dolce & gabbana pay tribute to mammas

On Sunday at Milan Fashion Week, Dolce & Gabbana’s A/W ’15 show – Viva la Mamma – was dedicated to all mothers around the world. As the curtains were drawn, the stage revealed a crowd of elegant mothers and their adorable babes, all impeccably dressed. Despite the fact that this show was so special, I actually am a little obsessed with all these dresses and coats and shoes. They’re all so achingly chic. I wish I could dress like this every day, I really do! Show goers were also given a copy of Edoardo Bennato’s Hurray for Mum song, which had been translated into 15 different languages. How beautiful and refreshing. Viva mammas!

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Hurray for mum

she’s fond of that skirt that’s a bit long

so elegantly Fifties-style

always so straightforward


Hurray for mum

hurray for women with both feet on the ground

the smiling beauty queens of the postwar years

with their hair just like hers!


Angels are dancing rock ‘n’ roll now

you’re not a dream, you’re real

hurray for mum because

if I talk to you about her, you’re not jealous


Hurray for mum

she’s fond of that skirt that’s a bit long

always busy and always absolutely sure

sometimes a bit severe

hurray for mum

hurray for the fairytale of the Fifties

so far away and yet so modern

and so magic


Angels are dancing rock ‘n’ roll now

it’s not a jukebox, it’s a real orchestra

hurray for mum because if I talk to you

you’re not jealous


Bang bang the alarm goes off

bang bang you have to go to school

bang bang just a minute

to carry on dreaming


Hurray for mum

hurray for rules and good manners

the ones I never managed to learn

perhaps because of rock ‘n’ roll

Pic credits: Vogue

— Liza

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a portrait a month – february

Here are February’s portraits…

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Willow cuddling the cutest puppy with Bailey and cousin Lily

 

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James playing trucks on the beach – his happy place

 

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Bailey painting Ariel at Art Jamming

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Robert on his first visit to the aquarium on his 2nd birthday

 

— Liza

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bedroom makeovers for the littles

We’re currently at the stage of life where our children’s needs are changing… Robbie has to move from his cot to a big bed. Bailey needs a better workspace in her bedroom, and just a bit more space of her own. So I’ve been planning the bedroom makeovers for a while and I’m started to get so excited about it all. We’re ordering Robbie a bunk bed and we’re moving Bailey to the spare room which is double the size of her current bedroom. Then the fun begins… decorating!

This is some of the inspiration I’ve been pinning on my Littles board on Pinterest.

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— Liza

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salon 58 opening soiree

On Saturday we were thrilled to be among the 150 fashion insiders and media at the opening of Salon 58, Jackie Burger’s new venture.

The PJ Olivier Arts Centre in Stellenbosch, where Salon 58 has its offices, was the perfect setting for the event, which Jackie described as “a gathering of friends”.

“I have been planning this day for three years,” she said. “As everyone knows, I am an admirer of Coco Chanel, not just for her fashion but because she was a woman who was not afraid to take risks. Salon 58 is the expression of one of my dreams, to create ‘some place of magic’, as she once said, where we can kick off our shoes and connect while enjoying one of life’s ultimate pleasures, that of good company.”

We were treated to a fashion show featuring women who have each built a brand based on their originality and style, including Anet Pienaar Vosloo, Jena Dover, Jess van Wyk, Doreen de Waal, Pnina Fenster, Jenna Bruwer and Asanda Sizani. Also on display was the Salon 58 x Pichulik series of striking portraits shot by Kristin-Lee Moolman. The portraits of Anet Pienaar Vosloo, Jenna Bruwer, Doreen De Waal, Juanita Daniel, Jackie Burger, Mellissa Muringani and Lindiwe Suttle are mesmerising. Each wearing once-off earrings created by jewellery designer Katherine-Mary Pichulik.

The mesmerising Lindiwe Suttle opened the morning’s event with a moving rendition of La Vie en Rose accompanied by Stanislav Angelov on the accordion. It was a beautiful thing to behold and brought a tear to my eye. I was entranced.

Jackie’s long-time favourite designer, Elaine du Plessis, launched her new label Drotsky which we are particularly excited about. We have always been huge fans of Elaine (otherwise known as Olive) and her work and are so happy to see she is creating clothing again.

Also on show were a range of hand-woven scarves by designer Nicholas Coutts and hats by Joburg’s Simon and Mary. Milliner Dean Pozniak is currently working with Jackie to create a signature hat to be called the Jackie Burger, a process he calls “a labour of love”. Durban’s Dave de Witt contributed 12 pairs of Sk8 Shades sunglass frames made from reclaimed parquet flooring and skateboard material. Displayed alongside these were a selection of pure silk kimonos imported from Japan by Karen Ter Morshuizen that will form the basis for her new business set to launch soon. The kimonos precede WWII and have been woven and dyed by hand.

Jackie, who is known as a champion of new design talent, will showcase carefully selected items such as these at the salon where she will also host one-on-one tête-à-têtes (personal style consultations). Also on the calendar are seven soirees per year, each with its own theme and collaborators.

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— Emily

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gotta get some culottes

Culottes may not be the easiest thing in the world to pull off, but they’re actually more flattering than you give them credit for. You’d think because they are billowy and wide that they’re going to create the same effect on your body, but the high waist and the way they fit when you put them on (almost like a midi skirt), actually streamline your look.

Dressed up in heels and a crop top (a little leg lengthening goes a long way) or down in trainers and a boxy t-shirt, you can’t go wrong in culottes. We’re certainly giving them a go this autumn.

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These perfect culottes are by Drotsky, the new collection from Elaine du Plessis which we had the pleasure of viewing at the Salon 58 launch this past weekend (more on that soon!)

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Vintage beauties that were for sale in our vintage shop but then Emily stole them and fell in love…

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Beauties from Country Road

 

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More deliciousness from Country Road

 

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If you’re feeling ultra brave!

 

Credits: Woolworths, We Wore What

— Liza

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tree change dolls

This is such an inspirational, heartwarming story. One woman whose love of dolls growing up led her to create a new range of very lovely, down-to-earth dollys out of unwanted, second-hand Bratz dolls.

After removing their porn star make-up and transforming them into something else a little more realistic she has inadvertently seen her hobby go viral.

I love this little video about Tree Change Dolls. Their creator Sonia, is clearly totally overwhelmed by the response her dolls have received.

It inspires me to get creative with some of the old Barbies I see at the second-hand shops I frequent.

— Emily

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shea whipped from l’occitane

I am more than a little obsessed with L’Occitane en Provence, and their new limited edition Shea Whipped Collection is no exception.

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In Burkina Faso, during one of the steps in the production of shea butter, the women whip the paste to get a soft, light mousse-like texture. This is the inspiration behind the Whipped Shea Butter products, which have an amazing fluffy, light whipped texture. It’s good enough to eat.

Shea butter is known as the Gold of Burkina Faso’s women. This video shows something of the amazing relationship between L’Occitane and the women of Burkina Faso and their shea butter.

Shea Whipped Collection is retailing at R340 for the body cream, R250 for the shower foam and R120 for the hand cream.

— Emily

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