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May 2014

Sisterhood

Guest Blogger – Mulesa, Durban – South Africa

One of my favourite things about blogging is my interaction with people from around the world. I only just realised that it was coming to the end of the month in like a couple days and I had not had a guest blogger on the blog.

This month we have the gorgeous Mulesa from Durban, South Africa as our guest blogger – yeah yeah! Lets see what she had to say…

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How would you describe your personal style? Simple, sophisticated, afro-chic. When it comes to fashion, I like comfort and minimum fuss. I’m all about simplicity with a touch of elegance and class.

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What is you go to outfit? A mini-dress, fitted blazer, a pair of comfortable wedges and statement earrings. I’ll swap my pumps with a pair of black heels to take the look from daytime to evening.

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What are your must have items in your wardrobe? Short dresses – you can never go wrong with a little black dress or a little white dress. I have a variety of short dresses in different colours for every occasion. I tend to dress them up or dress them down – KIMYE style. I also love accessories because they can instantly transform an outfit. Each winter i also invest in some gorgeous boots, they give me life even when the weather is dreary.
 
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What inspires your style? Anything and everything around me. I don’t really have one particular source of inspiration. I follow fashion trends that appeal to me but always try to put my own little spin on things. I’m drawn to interesting shapes, bright colours and bold prints particularly African-inspired designs like chitenge and kente cloth. My mum is also a source of inspiration for my fashion because she is incredibly stylish and fashion-forward

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Your nice and chatty, tell us five things you would like the world to know about you. 

  • I have a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Cape Town. I’m obsessed with earrings – I literally feel naked if I leave the house without any earrings on!  Most of my shopping budget is spent on earrings but do make a few of my own.
  • I can speak French, Afrikaans and Bemba.
  • I rarely go shopping for clothes. My mum is a fashion designer and her label is called Ethnique-Afrika designs by Chimba Lumina. So many of my clothes and shoes are either bought from abroad by my father or made by my mother (including some of the clothes I used for the shoot.)
  • I’ve kept my hair natural for about 4 years now. It’s definitely high maintenance but I’m really glad I’ve made the transition. Initially it was difficult to adjust but I’m finding it increasingly easier to manage. #teamnatural all the way.

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Thank you Mulesa, thank you for being the guest blogger! If you would like to feature as a guest blogger contact me here.
IamTinashe, xx
Sisterhood

I Am Wearing Your Dress…

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Each season I clean out my closet. Clothes that I have not worn or that I have abused get moved on to a new owner. I don’t get too attached to my clothes, so this works for me. It creates more room in my closet, which means more shopping cardio. *Colgate Smile*

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This dress was meant to given away to some lucky soul probably about two seasons ago. The reason I wanted to let it go was because I had worn it once – loved it, but it had now become a super snug fit. In other words I could not move in the dress let alone sit (happens to the best of us).

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When I tell you I am working out and HARD I ain’t playing with ya’ll. I am outchea putting in WORK. Beast Mode – ON.

I have been told that i can be a little obsessive, I don’t know what these people are talking about. But, I would unexplainably find myself on the scale each morning and night looking for a change. Weird right? So to keep a positive mental state I don’t own a scale in my house.

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Scale demons I rebuke you! I now just rely on my clothes, if I am wearing them comfortably then I am good. If it start to get harder to do up that last button or the zip is screaming for mercy – that’s a clear indicator to me.

As women we all have clothes in our wardrobe hidden for “when I lose that weight, I will wear this”. For me fitting into this dress is testament to my hardwork. Finally the blood sweat and tears is paying off – I can move freely in the dress!

Earrings – Lovisa, Dress – Target, Shoes – London Rebel

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Not Crawling In Flour…

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When i was younger my parents used to insist we apply Vaseline on our body to moisturise. Fair enough. But from memory I think we had different definitions of moisturising. I remember going to school literally shining because layers of Vaseline had been lathered on my skin. That’s right i was shiner than the china in your mother’s display cabinet. True Story.

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So imagine playing “catch” in the school play ground and literally slipping from the grip of a class mate. All because of the layers of Vaseline applied earlier. Hangs head. Kids can be so cruel. Enough said.

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I am older now and can apply Vaseline just the way i want to. Less is Less, More is More. My family and friends, laugh at me for my ride or die attitude towards Vaseline. Hand on heart if i don’t moisturise my skin with Vaseline after a shower, I just don’t feel like myself. My bond with Vaseline is deep like that. Unbreakable. 

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Lets face facts – Vaseline prevents me from looking like i have i have been crawling in flour, meeting all my moisturising needs. No ashiness can be found here. Lets not forget it keeps me warm in winter and cool in summer. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself. Given the cheap cheap cheap price, why wouldn’t you?

*No this is not a sponsored post, but i wish it was! Vaseline representatives if you are reading this, happy to be a brand ambassador. Wink!

Top – Valley Girl, Skirt – IamTinashe Custom, Shoes – Nine West

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On A Good Wicket…

The saying, never try to be someone else, that spot is already taken – speaks to me in so many ways.
We are all here, created to serve a purpose and to live out our individual journey and to leave something behind that will forever live.

Have you ever asked yourself, “What is the legacy you want to leave behind?”

For me it has always been my goal each day to leave a lasting impression. Not remembered just for the way I dress, but for the way I carried myself. I want to be remembered for not following the crowd, thinking outside the box, standing for something but with a kind heart. Laughing is something that i love to do, my contagious laugh is unforgettable. Last but not least I want to be remembered as a woman who had the courage to be herself. All of herself – flaws and all. Each day I work hard towards fulfilling that legacy.

For me it has always been my goal each day to leave a lasting impression. Not remembered just for the way I dress, but for the way I carried myself. I want to be remembered for not following the crowd, thinking outside the box, standing for something but with a kind heart. Laughing is something that i love to do, my contagious laugh is unforgettable. Last but not least I want to be remembered as a woman who had the courage to be herself. All of herself – flaws and all. Each day I work hard towards fulfilling that legacy.

Why is she boring us with all this today? The simple answer is when mortality is challenged only then does one begin to think of such things. I recently received some shocking news of a friend who’s life changed in a split second. Wether this sudden change is forever it remains in gods hands. We pray.

As I fight back tears this serves as a timely reminder to myself and anyone else reading this to live each day to the fullest. Having no regrets, no I shoulda, I woulda, I coulda.

Why? Tomorrow is not promised.

As for my friend, we continue to pray.

Earrings & Necklace – Lovisa, Top – Dotti, Skirt – Portmans – Shoes – Italian Boutique.

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Eye See You…

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Like any woman I can be a bit sensitive, insecure even about the size of my thighs. For this reason I tend to shy away from white or lighter shade pants. At times I find them a little daunting. It feels like I am screaming – All thighs on me – throws up gang sign.

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So this morning as I twirled around the mirror, scrutinizing my thighs from every possible angle my boo piped up. He simply said, “Those are the kind of thighs people want to see. No one wants to see bones! Besides you don’t have time to style another outfit!”.

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Normally I would be on my feminist march, chanting – “I don’t need a man to validate me!” But at that moment I was overwhelmed by his comment. I quicly got over myself and shoved my now insignificant insecurities aside and headed straight to work.

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So here I stand in my cream pants, taking complete ownership.

My thighs, My glory.

Jacket – Temt, Singlet – SES, Pants – SES, Shoes – London Rebel

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Spotted…

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My weekend was relatively low key mostly consisting of repaying my accumulated sleep debt, house chores, channel surfing whilst laid back on the couch like a goddess and bonding time with my yorkipoo puppy, Mandela. Manny if you are nasty.

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Zero exercise. I was mad chilled – recharging my battery. I did however exert a lot of mental energy trying to decide wether i wanted to remove my Marley twists and revert back to the almighty afro. Black girl problems 101. Life is good if you find yourself obsessing over such things,

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I can not thank You Tube enough for saving me from hijacking my own plans to just rest. So many women provided me with step by step instructions and inspiration to keep my hairstyle just for a little bit longer.

Truth be told, I am missing my signature look; the afro – it will make an appearance real soon, I can feel it.

Earrings – Lovisa, Sunglasses – Sportsgirl, Top – Cotton On, Jeans – General Pants Co, Boots – Rubi Shoes.