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I often have friends, even colleagues, watching my pockets with comments such as “You must spend a fortune on clothes”, or my personal favorite, “Seriously though, how much do you spend on clothes? I never see you wearing the same thing twice”!

I used to have a lot of clothes, not because of senseless spending, but as a result of careful planning and execution. In this blog post I am going to share my guiding principles:

Set Aside A Seasonal Wardrobe Budget:
Hard to believe, I know, but I am not made of money nor do I have a million dollar budget. I have a realistic amount that I set aside for me to spend each month, really breaking it down to make sure that every cent is accounted for. The truth is, sometimes I forgo an expensive outing for that special dress. Compromise, compromise, compromise!

Focus On Your Work Wardrobe:
Let me tell you this – I did not obtain a university degree and postgraduate studies just for the fun of it! I am serious about my career, so my clothes need to reflect that. Remember – your clothes speak before you do. For this reason, the clothes I purchase or invest in have to be an 85% fit for my professional life and stunt double in my social life.

Invest In Key Pieces:
When I first started earning my own cash, I used to just buy on-trend items, you know, disposable fashion. These days, I make a conscious decision to invest in key pieces. Think quality, not quantity. I have been building a collection of key pieces which include leather jackets, suits, designer bags, belts and shoes – you know, the main attractions! They may cost a little more now, but they will have longevity in my wardrobe. Family heirlooms.

Avoid Paying Full Price
I rarely buy things at full price – my African heritage will not allow me to. I tend to stalk items obsessively, waiting for the price to be just right. Say it with me – SALE PRICE! If you get impatient and the sale is nowhere in sight, nothing stops you from asking for a discount at the counter. No shame in my shopping game. From my own personal experience, nine times out of ten they will offer a small percentage discount. You just have to speak up. Besides, what is the worst that could happen? They just stay no and you move on.

Style, Style and Restyle:
This the fun and challenging part of having style. Your style is not what you wear, it is how you wear it. So look for different ways to wear the same thing. You don’t always have to buy something new, you can accept the creative challenge and create something new with what you already have in your wardrobe. I guarantee you will surprise yourself.

*Mic Drop*

IamTinashe

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Liquid Gold…

Have you ever been in a situation were your iPhone is full of pictures and you are forced to back it up? That was me today. I backed up the images after travelling down memory lane looking back on some photos and memories that were taken forever ago. Some of the fashion choices? Hideous. My eye brows? What was I thinking? The make up? All that comes to mind is Michael Jackson’s song – It doesn’t matter if you are black or white.

Seriously though – when it comes to my make up game I have really come a long way.

I was a real tomboy growing up and my mother being a firm believer in natural beauty, well lets just say she was equally challenged – so as you can probably imagine this make up thing was really foreign to me. In my late teens when I finally developed an interest in make up I relied on YouTube videos, magazines and tips from other women I knew who seemed to have it together to help me get up to speed. What do they say? If at first you don’t succeed, dust it off and try again. Wise words to live by.

When I first started wearing make up  I could never find a foundation that truly matched my skin colour. You see there wasn’t the influx of women of colour as there is now – so that meant a limited variety of foundation colours. Also there was this idea that women of colour didn’t need make up because we all had perfect ‘dark’ skin tone. Are they blind? Racist much?

After getting my money together I would go to a department store try on the ‘darkest’ foundation which because of the lighting looked like it would match my skin. As part of my trial then buy process I would apply the product on my face as a test run. The generous and all so flattering lighting would make it look like the “darkest” shade had really blended in. No lie, I would walk out the store with my head held up high like Beyoncé ok maybe Solange – i like her afrocentric vibe.

That is until I had random strangers giving me weird looks. First few looks I am thinking to myself damn I am slaying it today! A few more looks, some whispers and big “yes I am laughing at you because you look weird” grins and I begin to crack under the pressure. I then rush to the nearest public bathroom to check myself out in the mirror. Hard to believe but our phones back then did not have selfie view cameras. Gasp! As I made my way to the bathroom I would be thinking, dammit! I should have carried my compact mirror whilst asking myself, have I got a bugger? Is my hair not sitting correctly? The answer was always D – None of the above. Truth is under normal lighting the foundation I had tried and purchased did not match my skin colour no matter how much I thought I had blended it in – there was a little thing called my dark neck that was getting in the way of my foundation greatness. That same day I was back at the department store asking for a refund. The sales person knew better than to ‘try me again’ and gave me a complete refund.

So the moral of this story is don’t be like past tense Tinashe. I have compiled some of my favourite foundations that I have personally tried and tested. If applied correctly I am certain they won’t leave you looking half dead or ashy. In no particular order,  I present to you:

All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

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This one is on heavy rotation because it gives full, natural-looking coverage with unexpectedly weightless all day wear.

M.A.C Prolong Wear Waterproof Foundation

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

With all these Memes that encourage men to take their date to the beach on the first date so you know she’s real – the waterproof aspect makes this foundation appealing.

Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15

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This is the O.G foundation for all women of colour. It applies smoothly, builds coverage quickly and easily leaving a delicious matte finish.

Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation

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A creamy, luxurious, gel-based foundation that provides medium to high coverage with a natural satin finish.

Maybelline Fit Me

 

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This is probably the most purse friendly of the foundations. It leaves you looking flawless whilst letting the real you come through- fresh, breathing, natural.

So don’t ever say I told you nothing! You really have no excuses for looking ashy as I have done the leg work for you and provided my tried and tested foundations.

I know there is plenty of amazing foundations that are out there. I am a creature of habit so I posted the foundations that I know work for me. I am open to trying new products – so if you have other foundations that you would like to recommend, hit me up in the comment section of this post or email me.

I leave you with a recent selfie I took when I got dolled up for mummy duty. You were make up and get dressed up to go to work, sit in your chair and type or what ever it is you do. I currently wear my make up to look after my baby girl at home. A job is a job of course of course!

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