the shirt-under-your-dress trend

This classic 90s trend has crept back into street style. It’s a way of wearing your party dresses during the day. It’s also perfect if you have spaghetti straps or uncomfortably low cut dresses… how will you wear yours?

I’ve got inspiration for a whole new way of wearing my wardrobe. Hooray for practical trends!

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— Emily

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Salon 58 – Awaken Grace

We cannot get enough of these gorgeous photos from Jackie Burger’s latest soiree at Salon 58. As usual it was elegant and utterly charming, exploring grace in all its manifestations to uncover a way of thinking that is unfettered by time, seasons and age.

Enjoy the beautiful pictures and inspirational learnings from this unique morning at a special place in Stellenbosch…

STYLE: THE WHITE SHIRT

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Since making its first public appearance in 1779, compliments of Marie Antoinette, the white shirt has never gone out of fashion. The clean cuts we know today have evolved, like the trench coat, from menswear and this piece has become a symbol of status. Nothing signals the wearer’s character, attitude and intent quite like a white shirt. This is why Jackie, together with HABITS, presented a selection of classic white shirts. ‘A white shirt allows the women to speak louder than the clothes.’

– Jackie Burger

MAKE-UP: THE ICONIC RED LIP

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The perfect crimson pout is a powerful symbol of female beauty and has, like women, evolved into more than a one-size-fits-all shade. Proof that age does not define a woman’s look nor her outlook is the 94-year-old Iris Apfel who collaborated with M.A.C Cosmetics on a range of sell-out red lipsticks. The M.A.C Cosmetics team was on hand on the day with their Lip Service bar and helped each guest find the red for her.

TASTE: AWAKEN THE SENSES

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A five-course interactive food experience created by Slippery Spoon, courtesy of Woolworths Food, brought home the magic of awakening all five of the senses – hearing, taste, smell, touch and sight – and ultimately led to discovering the most powerful sense of all, intuition.

HAIR: THE RETURN OF THE CURL

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Award-winning Redken Stylist Dawid Kriel unpacked the return of the curl and demonstrated the possibilities of greys, silver and platinum, hair colours that are increasingly seen on fashion spreads and the runways today. He showed how to wear natural grey with confidence and, for the more daring, how to go all-out platinum.

CONVERSATIONS: AN ACT OF KINDNESS

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Jackie, together with her collaborators and guests, examined the process of conscious eve-olution with Dr. Yvette de Villiers in a conversation that centered around grace as a way of being and behaving. ‘To practise acting in a graceful way toward all beings at all times requires an incredible level of awareness and mindfulness to others and to our environment.’

– Dr Yvette De Villiers

— Emily

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Win with Storytime Club (because reading is rad)

As you probably know, Liza and I have a business called Storytime Club. It’s a subscription-based book club for kids aged 0 – 6 years old, and we’re really proud of it.

To celebrate all the glory of winter, and cuddling up on the couch with a good book, we are giving away a month’s subscription to Storytime Club worth R299. Your child will get three gorgeous, age-appropriate books delivered to your door, hand picked by us (both mamas and trained journalists, as well as devoted bookworms). We understand that not much can beat the excitement of receiving a package through the post (aka courier… same difference right?) and we are so pleased to be able to bring this joy to a new generation of children.

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To enter, all you have to do is upload your favourite photo of your little one/s reading, either via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Don’t forget to tag us and use the hashtag #readingisrad, then tell us here that you have done so. Good luck!

Competition is open to residents of the Western Cape only and closes on 14 August. You will be notified by mail.

— Emily

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butter pudding is so darling

I stumbled upon this local brand for little people, Butter Pudding, while admiring the Instagram account of Bailey from Kimmy & Bear. She dresses her twin girls (Florence and Anna) in the sweetest little outfits, and in one of their pics they were wearing little tasselled boots from Butter Pudding that caught my eye. I had to check this label out, and I’m so impressed. The African prints remind me of the little calico dresses my mum used to make for me when I was little. I just love that there are more and more local offerings in terms of fashion for little people. Go check Butter Pudding out!

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— Liza

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we heart cloth and print

Many, many, many moons ago, we attended a creative coffee morning and this is where we met Megan Smith for the first time. It’s so great to see how Megan has channelled her creative energy and talent and poured it into her new business, Cloth and Print, which she launched six months ago. We just love the design aesthetic of this brand. Read on to find out more about it…

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Tell us how Cloth and Print came about
I adore beautiful fabric and have a passion for print. My background is in Textile Design and over the years I have been eager to create my own handprinted collection but have parked it on the back burner until the time was right. I think the real catalyst to begin Cloth and Print came after a creative trip to Jaipur, India in 2014. Being so close to the historic craft of block-printing and being immersed in a culture rich in textiles gave me the impetus to lay the cornerstone of my dream to create my own textile collection. The name Cloth and Print simply expresses my love for fabric and my joy for print… where these two concepts meet, one repeat at a time. 

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I feel inspired by so many little things we find around us. Recently, I found myself mesmerised by the rather arbitrary shadows thrown by roadside retainer blocks, thinking what a great print it would make! But more often that not, I’m drawn to the natural beauty of our surroundings, flowers in particular are a source of inspiration to my work. I find that travel is a wonderful eye-opener especially when we allow ourselves to learn from people around the globe and the creative process they follow. It shakes us out of our comfort zone and broadens our perspective.

Where can we find your products?
Cloth and Print has an online shop where all the products are available, both ready-made and custom orders. I also supply Fabricate in Gardens Centre with most of the purses and bags from the range.

What are your favourite items to date?
I absolutely adore the Clutch & Cover bag which is both fabulous and functional! With a handmade leather wrist strap and available in two sizes, it can be used as a beautiful clutch for a night on the town or an iPad cover during the day.

In just a sentence, tell us what Cloth and Print means to you
Our lives are made up of memories, and Cloth and Print is the curated cultural recollections of my life told in the manner of pattern and print.

And to celebrate the beauty of Cloth and Print, Megan is giving away a tote bag worth R350 to one lucky reader. Simply like Cloth and Print on Facebook here and tell us you’ve done so in the comments below 🙂

Support local, get shopping at Cloth and Print!

— Liza

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outdoor art for the win

We love the new initiative by the V&A Waterfront to bring art to the public. They’ve given a number of sizeable outdoor artworks and sculptures permanent homes around their open spaces and public plazas. These artworks form part of their Art in Public Places Programme which has included artists such as Noria Mabasa, Cameron Platter, Claudette Schreuders and more.

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Already one of the most iconic cultural hubs in the country, and soon to be the home of the incredible Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) opening in September 2017, the V&A Waterfront has made a substantial commitment to raising the public profile of art in South Africa. Included in this is the idea that the artistry of those exhibiting in Zeitz MOCAA should not be confined within the museum’s walls; instead, it should spill out onto the rest of the property, with the outdoor areas becoming something of an open air art gallery the public could appreciate.

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What a great idea, and a nice way for little people to enjoy art as well (without annoying anyone in a quiet museum or gallery).

— Liza

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win a R1000 hill’s voucher

We’re all big animal lovers over here, and we’re guessing a lot of you are too. Last month we attended the most amazing presentation by Hill’s Pet Nutrition – it was so inspiring and we learnt a whole lot more about the care, research and dedication that goes into every single bag of Hill’s pet food. It’s good stuff!

We also love a beautiful heartwarming story, especially when it involves animals. Watch this video of Skyler (grab some tissues first), who was found by TEARS Animal Rescue in a terrible state. She was given two weeks of love, care and nutritious Hill’s food and her transformation was just incredible. Add new loving, adoptive parents and Skyler is a different dog today. There are so many of these heartwarming stories of how good nutrition can change a dog’s life. If you’d like the chance to win one of 50 R1 000 Hill’s vouchers, visit Hill’s Transforming Lives and share your story! You might even be the lucky family to win a R50 000 holiday.

— Liza

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