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SOLD | Leather Jacket

A leather jacket is a must have item in any woman’s wardrobe.

This classic jacket, luxurious leather quality with chunky chrome detailing, ticks all the right boxes that make up the elusive leather piece you’ve been looking for but were yet to find.

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

Information
The Buckle Up Biker Jacket will give you the ride of your life. Made from luxe leather with metal hardware detail, this polished jacket is a buy now, wear forever piece. Team with ripped denim and velvet loafers for a rock-chic look.

Size: 10

Condition: Preowned, Pristine condition

You can find the item being sold here.

 

Happy bidding and buying!

IamTinashe

Fashion

Delicate Balance

You can always trust your family to keep it real it with you. Why do I say this? Well, when I speak to my family we cover many different topics. Politics, religion, current affairs, celebrities, recipes, music you name it we talk about it.

Interestingly one of the things that came up was the lack of posts in recent times on IamTinashe.com.

I knew I had been a bit quiet, but dang, the reality was confronting.

My ego was stroked as people told me to not give up my creative outlet.

The truth is I just haven’t had time – no scratch that I haven’t made time.

I have a backlog of pictures that were taken and blog posts that were written – they just never made their way to the website. I guess my family gave me that extra push to get back to it.

So here we are….

I think it’s worthwhile mentioning that these photos were taken by HPWPhotography – an incredible professional photographer. Hayley will be partnering with me for future blog posts ensuring that my image quality up there with the best of them. Goodbye tripod and begging friends to take photos – welcome Hayley!

Long Sleeved Top – Dotti | African Print Skirt – Chenesai | Heels – Wittner

She Tried It

Natural Deodorant | Does It Work?

How It All Started

I was having a conversation with one of my friends and she let it slip that she wasn’t wearing deodorant anymore. I was shocked and had endless questions.

She went on to explain that she was afraid that the aluminium in deodorant can cause either cancer (breast cancer being the biggest concern) or alzheimer’s disease – which both ran in her family – and she wasn’t willing to risk it. Wow. That took my breath away.

Days later, and intrigued, I picked up the phone to chat to another friend of mine who happens to be doctor. Without naming names we discussed the topic at great length. Her only comment? “A lot of people are choosing aluminium free deodorant or not to wear deodorant at all because people who practice natural medicine are pushing it. However there isn’t enough substantial scientific evidence to back it up”.

I would describe myself as a fairly confident person – but I am not confident enough to go completely without deodorant. So I decided to experiment with natural deodorant for five consecutive days.

Choosing the Natural Deodorant

Its funny how when you are looking for something, it’s suddenly all that you see  – everywhere!

Before doing this experiment – I was completely unaware of how competitive the natural deodorant market was. What was even more shocking was the price points! Prices varied from $10 – $90. Which can really sting (pun intended) especially for something that you’re just going to put under your armpits and keep it moving.

After looking at various options at various prices – I settled on Skin Natural Deodorant.

I mostly picked it because I was grocery shopping one day and randomly saw the deodorant at my local grocery store – Woolworths. That reminded me that I had not yet made a final decision. Also, I thought if it’s stocked at a major super store – you readers can trial out it out too.

How The Natural Deodorant Was Used:

For this experiment I applied the deodorant at 8am each day and put my nose to my armpits at 8pm each night. Sounds weird, but I wanted to make sure that I was judging the product in a consistent manner. “Setting controls”, as my Scientist husband would say.

Five Days Using Natural Deodorant | Breakdown

Day One – You know when you can actually smell yourself and you dread people coming near you because they might just get a whiff? Well..that was me. I had a really active day and this deodorant just didn’t hold up. I am not a sweater – so the smell was really an unwelcome surprise.

Day Two – I didn’t have much on as I spent most of the day in the office and was only really active at the end of the day. On this day my scent was still plain. Plain because there was no smell – just a scent of nothingness. If you are familiar with body odour –  this is a good thing.

Day Three – I had a fairly hectic morning with my toddler and forgot to wear deodorant completely. Funny thing is I was super active. When I remembered that I had not applied deodorant I became paranoid. When  gave myself the sniff test – I was alright – well my nostrils thought so.

Day Four – This was one of the colder days in the month – so I praised myself for choosing this time to test out this product. It was unusually hot in the office so I did have moments of sweating – but overall my scent at the end of the day was pleasant.

Day Five – My underarm skin was getting used to the natural deodorant. My underarm skin was looking smoother – a surprising benefit is that the discoloration seemed to be improving significantly!

Final Thoughts

Obviously since I have invested money in this product I am going to continue using it until it’s finished. If I am honest I have always thought that natural deodorants were for hippies (no offence) but this five day experiment has me convinced otherwise. I wont say I am completely converted but i am open to having it in my personal hygiene arsenal.

Fashion

Abundance Of Colour

Most days, I don’t sweat the small stuff. Its a waste of my time and energy,

Each morning I feel blessed to wake up, take my first conscious breath and put on my happy face.

I genuinely feel that way probably 90% of the time.

With a toddler, you sometimes have to operate (business as usual) on a VERY limited night of sleep; pretending everything is fine –  by force. With limited sleep it is very easy to feel sorry for yourself.

There is that 10% rearing its ugly head.

For me a fail safe trick to perking up my mood is to wear an ultra bright outfit. Have you ever tried being in a bad mood whilst wearing a bright colour? It is virtually impossible.

On days like this when I walk into the office in an ultra bright print outfit, the conversation in the office goes a little something like this:

Work Colleague: Wow that is some bold colour that you have on there…

Me: Just giving you some loud African print and colour – nothing to see here.

Work Colleague: *chuckles* Have you been given the task of bringing colour to our lives?

Me: I guess so. The pressure is weighing on my shoulders because everyone in this office seems to only wear black, blue and grey. Some sort of aversion or allergy to colour.

With that the conversation dies a natural death.

We all have our own unique coping mechanisms. How do you naturally elevate your mood?

IamTinashe

Blazer – Zara | Top – Bonds | Skirt – Custom Made | Stockings – Bonds | Boots – Sportsgirl

Hair

Crotchet Life…

This blog post is being written by popular demand.

I literally have had other women of colour stop and ask about my hair. Most have been shocked when I let them know that it was crotchet braids and not my real hair.

Basically this blog posts has been written to explain my crotchet braid process.

Its no surprise that I love big hair. The bigger the hair the closer you are to God. Me myself, I am a natural haired girl – no chemicals can be found on my nappy head. Achieving this look day in and day out would just be too hard as I would be fighting against elements beyond my control.

After extensive research I settled on crotchet braids using hair that could pass as my natural hair.

To achieve this look you’ll need the following things:

  • Hair extensions – I used a random afro braid I found in my hair suitcase.
  • A long bobby pin – You will need to open it at about a 45 degree angle, as this will be you crotchet instrument. You can also use a crotchet hook but I found that it not only painful but also broke my own hair,
  • Scissors – these will allow you to shape and even out the hair.

Step One:
To lay the foundation for you crotchet braids, cornrow your entire head of hair from the forehead to the nape of the neck.

Step Two:
Starting from the back row, insert your bobby pin under your braid line. Grab a piece of your extension and insert the hair in to the loop created by the bobby pin. Once the extension is secure in the loop pull the bobby pin throw the cornrow ensuring that you are holding on to the end of the extension. Using your fingers pull the extension through the loop and tighten – basically doing a knot to secure the hair.

Step Three:
Repeat step two until you have covered all the cornrow braids on you head.

Step Four:
Cut and style to your heart’s content.

By following these four steps you can achieve the look you want for at least three to four weeks.

Now that is satisfaction!

Earrings – Lovisa, Turtle Neck – Zara.

IamTinashe. xx

Fashion

Competent and Confident: How To Develop Your Uniform Style

I wear African print all day every day.

It’s who I am in fabric – bold, unapologetic, brave, unwavering, unafraid, courageous, agile, dynamic, and not afraid to stand out from the crowd.

The journey to wear only African print took me three decades. Yes, it took me three decades to fully embrace myself. All of me. It took me three decades to not give a damn about what anyone thought of me and just go for it in the corporate world.

If I am honest, motherhood had such a profound impact on me. I always knew and said that I was a strong black woman. After bringing life into this world I can actually say for the first time that when I said it, I actually believed it. It’s then that I decided that I was going to be the truest version of myself, so I could instil confidence in my youngin’ – to be the best version of her true myself.

The first step was to review my outward appearance. The clothes, the shoes, and the jewellery I adorned.
Fashion blogging is a hobby of mine, so I had rooms filled with “things” I had accumulated over the years. Now as a wife,mother, working professional I wanted to create a “uniform”, so this meant a LOT of things had to go.

I recently read an essay titled “Boring is Productive,” by Robert C. Pozen and this quote stood out to me – “Making too many decisions about mundane details is a waste of a limited resource: your mental energy.” These black and white words spoke volumes to me and made me more determined to find a personal uniform that would work for a busy schedule. Call me vain but I still want to be a stylish working mother.

Below you will find my tips that helped me to develop my uniform style:

Invest
When I was much younger and earning way less money, I would buy heaps of cheap crap. Wear things once and then just store. Times have changed, I have moved up the tax bracket and I now choose to invest in higher quality versions of my signature pieces. This means they last much longer and I can justify my purchase by working out my cost per wear.

Feel Good In What You Wear
If you don’t understand your body shape or where to start with your “uniform” start by selecting things that make you feel the best and hide those trouble spots that make you uncomfortable. Pick out pieces of clothing that you receive positive feedback on and make that your “uniform”.

Own Your Unique Signature
Since we were born we have all been told, “there is no one like you, you are unique”. I would suggest picking a colour that you love, embodies your personality and compliments your skin tone – again let’s not ignore your body shape. If you are adventurous like me pick a print that you like and stick to it. I wear African print because it represents my heritage and I want to bring some colour to my professional industry, otherwise a sea of black, blue and grey would surround me.

Marry Form And Function
I am a busy working mother who still wants to look stylish so my fashion pieces have to take me from the boardroom to day-care at the flick of a switch.

Seek Inspiration.
If you feel like you are in a style rut and just can’t dig yourself out, why not want to learn from others who are doing it well? Don’t be afraid to do research. Research key people that you admire and influence your style and just unashamedly copy it. For once you won’t get done for plagiarism.

In conclusion, since returning to full-time work from maternity leave, I have worn my personal uniform. The introduction of this theory has had a stabilising effect on my busy and at times chaotic life. Picking and pairing clothing is one less decision I need to make, and honestly I couldn’t be happier!