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I Wore All Black For A Week and Here Is What Happened

When I was younger, people that wore all black were considered “goths”. What are goths you ask? Well, from what I’ve observed, apart from repping team Gothic, they were people that opted for all black. Think black clothes, hair dyed super black, dark eyeliner and wait for it – black nail polish. Let’s just say that this was not considered mainstream while growing up. Often times these “goths” were considered weird – bare in in mind this was before our “lets celebrate individuality” culture. But times are changing – these days wearing all black from head to toe is considered effortlessly “chic” or “elegant”.

On a more somber note, the last time I wore all black for a prolonged period of time was when my dad passed away and I decided to wear all black for a year whilst in mourning. At the time I really didn’t think about it – i just did it. It was survival, really.

This time around it’s completely different. For starters, I am in a completely different headspace and generally wear a lot of colours. In all honesty I really wasn’t sure if i would be able to do it because I have incorporated so much colour in my wardrobe – to suddenly switch to wearing only one colour seemed sinful.

After each day I reflected on how wearing all black made me feel. Below are my observations:

My decision fatigue reduced dramatically – it was a lot easier to get ready in the morning.

I felt really put together – head to toe black had me feeling like a classic woman.

With my outfits sorted I could focus more on my hair and makeup.

When I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror I seemed to look slimmer and elongated. Sure made me smile.

It became easier to wear all black as the days passed – I began to wonder if I ever needed colour in the first place?

I was able to spend more time on other things that mattered, rather than obsessing on creating and wearing the perfect outfit.

I got a lot of compliments at work – I guess the all black look was so different from my everyday colourful attire.

Laundry was easy! Since I had worn all black it was so easy to wash my clothes at the end of the week -thus more time to do other things.

I am not a messy person but at times I have been a victim of getting pasta sauce getting on my white blouse – when wearing all black, I didn’t have this problem.

Black goes with everything – things that I found at the back of my closet all of a sudden were brought back to life when paired together.

Look, I really surprised myself with this challenge – as an avid pro colour wearer I really enjoyed wearing all black. It is, however, a strange feeling because I felt like I could be my true self when not wearing clothing of colour that sometimes overpowered me as a person. Jaden Smith said it best, “i am just an icon living”.



Instant Braids, Can You Handle?

I think we can all agree that we all dread sitting for hours at a time to install the braids, only to have to repeat the process weeks later to remove them.

Ugh! I literally don’t have time for that.

Enter Braid Wigs Australia.

How we met was interesting. I posted a question via my Instagram stories asking people “to braid or not to braid my hair?”. Mya, who owns the Instagram page Braid Wigs Australia, then contacted me simply saying, “Why not try a braided wig?”.

To be honest, it’s a concept I had never thought of, but I must admit it intrigued me. I stalked her page at length and asked her a million and one questions – long story short we exchanged details and here I am rocking the braided hair wig.

“How you do you wear it?” Well..

Step One: Braid your hair into cornrows to ensure the wig lays flat on your head.
Step Two: Using the pre-determined part as a guide, place the wig on your head.
Step Three: You will need four or more bobby pins to keep the wig secure on your head.
Step Four: Pretend you sat in a salon, not just for hours but days, to install these braids and rock the hair!

I must admit, I was slightly intimidated by the hair color at first – it seemed bright and out there. I guess this is because I mainly rock dark hair, but I am really feeling it now. These braided wigs come in many assorted colors: red, black, blonde, purple and blue.

To get yours please contact Mya.

Special thanks to Mya for opening my eyes and giving me back my time so that I can concentrate on other things.



Trust the Process

Before I went overseas I managed to fit in a shoot. Not sure how, but I did.

I hate being a prisoner of a schedule, so we just take photos when our schedules align and I am feeling up to being photographed. Seeing your own image/s can be confronting so you need to be in the right headspace.

This time around we gave each other two days notice to make it happen. A lot of people think that you show up and take pictures – but it’s a little harder than you would imagine.

We generally take pictures of four outfits for each week of the blogging month. To prepare for this I need to look through previous blog posts (I don’t want to bore you with the same content) and see what hasn’t been photographed in my wardrobe. I then need to put the completed looks together – hair, makeup, jewelry, outfit, and shoes. Finally, we pick a location that will capture the mood of the shoot without overshadowing the clothes.

I purchased this dress randomly from a woman who was selling clothes she had made. I’ve always loved the dress but because of the nude statues, I haven’t quite found the right occasion to wear it.

When I picked this outfit, it spoke to my inner child. It really took me back to when I was three or four years old and I was finally able to pick what I wanted to wear. This outfit is a representation of wearing what I want and how I want to wear it – not clouded by grown thoughts. Nothing really matches but that is the whole point – freedom of expression.

Special thanks to HPW Photography she always captures the most beautiful images.

Jewellery – South Africa | Dress – Random Vendor | Belt – Topshop | Boots – Wittner



In My Natural State

For the last say eight months, I have been wearing a lace front wig.

I am sharing my secrets – so I will give you a moment so it can marinate in your mind.

Back in the day, it used to be embarrassing to say that – but in this modern world, it’s a status symbol! Women of colour from all over the world are proud to tell anyone that will listen about the number of bundles on their head.

Anyway, I digress.

Needless to say, with so much going on I had what you would call a “brain fart” on a Sunday night. I randomly decided that I just wanted to let my hair breath. It sounded good in theory, but the reality was very different. You see, my hair has grown significantly in the last eight months. Dealing with hair that does not want to be tamed each day…well, let’s just say, time is of the essence! I had forgotten how much work is required to keep an afro looking fresh, healthy, and bouncy. No shrinkage allowed!

To make matters worse half way through my work week I realised that I was due to present at a local university. The image of me on stage with big afro hair and matching big bold African print just didn’t marry well with the conservative nature of my organisation of employment. I suddenly remembered why I had originally chosen the unassuming lace front wig.

Later that night I panic braided my natural hair, found an old wig with a fringe and rocked it for the remaining work days. My work colleagues were confused – wondering how I had managed to get my hair so dead straight. I really didn’t entertain the conversations – they couldn’t handle the truth.

Again, I learnt the valuable lesson that hair is one thing that I never want to think about. Any hairstyle that I invite into my life should make me look and feel glamorous with minimal effort.

Top – Dotti | Jeans – Supre | Heels – Wittner

Shop My Closet

SOLD | Denim Jacket

My mind set at the moment is if something is not adding to my life or bringing me intrinsic But it’s an opportunity for the clothes to be housed and loved by a new owner. 

With that being said, I will be giving you – my readers – the opportunity to shop my closet.

Item Four: Denim Jacket

This seasons must have washed look denim jacket– style me up or dress me down to suit the occasion.

Product Information

Lightweight denim

Long sleeve with single button cuff.

Two pockets on front.

Washed denim look.

Super soft denim.

Contrast star print lining.

Matte buttons 

Size: 10

Condition: Brand new without tags.

You can view the item on eBay.

Happy bidding and buying!




An African Fairy Tale

I read fairy tales to my little girl each day but I can never really connect with them.

Naturally, I decided to write my own fairy tale focusing on key messages I want to share with her developing mind.

The fairy tale starts now.

Once upon a time, in a land far far away, a little African princess would not be caught dead wearing African print, let alone African attire.

As a child of parents who had left their African kingdom to settle in a new foreign land, she could see that she was no longer part of the majority, but the minority. 

The African princess desperately wanted to blend in and not draw too much attention to her royal status. 

Looking around she noticed that she looked different and spoke with an accent  therefore dressing differently was not an option. For years she tried to blend in, but it never quite worked – there was always something.

Her ancestors would often come to her in dreams reminding her that, “you can’t run away from who you are“. 

Fast forward twenty plus years and the African princess is all grown up and knows the new land like the back of her hand.  

The African princess no longer shuns her royal African identity, instead embracing it with open arms. African attire is now a staple in her wardrobe, giving life. With personal, professional, spiritual and emotional growth the African princess decided that the key to incorporating African print into her modern life was to pick material that was unapologetically African but make the cuts and designs modern, classy and sophisticated. 

The best of both worlds.

The African princess wore her African print pieces day and night – and lived happily ever after.

The end.

Jacket and Cullotes – IamTinasheCustom | T- Shirt – Gucci | Heels – Wittner

IamTinashe xoxo