The charming town of Knysna (pronounced ny-znah) lies in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and is part of the Garden Route. Never in this life would you ever think that this beautiful town is located in South Africa because I mean look at how clear that water is!! Not to mention, Knysna is a natural paradise of, indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches, it is South Africas very own Garden of Eden. The town nestles on the banks of a breathtakingly pretty lagoon that is now a protected marine reserve that is home to the extraordinary Knysna seahorse and over 200 species of fish. It may be small but there is an endless opportunity for leisure and outdoor adventure. Fun Fact – Knysna, Formerly the centre of the timber industry, supplying yellowwood and stinkwood for railway lines, shipping and house-building, it still has several shops specialising in woodwork and traditional furniture.
So for my entire life, I thought that the Hermes Birkin bag by Japanese designer Ginza Tanaka was the most expensive bag in the world because I mean come on, Hermes have the most valuable bags on this earth, everyone knows it whether or not they are a fashion enthusiast! However, after a little research, it turns out I was wrong, the worlds most expensive handbag certified by Guinness Book of World Record as just that is in fact, the 1001 Nights Diamond Purse by House of Mouawad. The heart-shaped purse is encrusted with 4,517 diamonds in yellow, pink and colourless variants totalling to 381.92 carats.
Designed out of the fairy tale of Scheherazade and her king, this exquisite piece of jewellery was inspired by the 1001 nights. The bag was designed by the third-generation owner of the business, Robert Mouawad and It took 10 skilled artisans and a total of 8,800 hours to create this bag. So as you can tell it is not the worlds most expensive handbag for no reason! Mouawad also holds a number of other world records, including for creating the most expensive bra in the world. The $11m Very Sexy Fantasy Bra, which was modelled by Heidi Klum in a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2003, was covered with 2,800 diamonds, sapphires and amethysts and weighed 2,200 carats. And do you know the craziest thing about this is that I had never heard of this brand until the minute I decided to write this blog post, you’d think that with the way I love handbags (designer ones to be specific) that I would know this information? But then again what’s life if you’re not learning something new every day??
This one-of-a-kind handcrafted accessory was available for private auction at Christie’s London, and was initially showcased at a collector’s handbag auction in Hong Kong in 2017. With enough bling to brighten up a dark sky, the precious purse is an investment for eccentric billionaires, who are accessory collectors, hence why I included it in this series. Experts say the Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse is an extremely rare piece worth more than $3.8 million, an investment worth buying. And although it doesn’t suit every occasion, collectors believe this purse can be worn on very simple occasions. If you’re a billionaire who loves sparkling items and very luxurious accessories, this handbag is a must-have for you!
I did one of these last year and I find it so nice to reminisce on the trends of the past summer. I feel as though it’d so cute to look back at my blog, especially at posts like these to show my children what was cool back in my day (lol) and to compare trends because I always say fashion trends always come back so are this years summer trends going to come back and haunt us in 30 years time? That is why this year I won’t only be doing fashion trends but over the next 3 weeks I will also be doing bag trends and shoe trends that dominated the summer of this year.
Is anyone else super upset that summer 19 is already over? This year has honestly been the fastest year of my life so far, I feel like everything happened so fast, like how am starting university in two weeks???? Do you know how crazy that is to me!!! Anyway, back to fashion, last year we saw co-ords, bum bags, cycling shorts, cargo pants, cropped denim jackets, bandeaus, etc dominate summer 18 and not much has really changed, I think these trends hit their peak this year – especially co -ords and cycling shorts.
Clueless vibes or what??? This will forever be one of my fave trends whether or not it’s fashion. Leopard wasn’t the only popular print for the Spring/Summer ’19 show season. Tartan also appeared on the streets of New York, London, Paris and Milan and in all of our favourite high street shops. Pick up a tartan suit, jacket or pair of pants that features the classic pattern in unique and bold colours, such as red, blue, green and yellow.
This was more of an Instagram trend but the high street did pick up on it, it was all over PLT and Topshop as they tried to compete with the rising It brands like Dôen, LoveShackFancy, and Reformation, the ultra-feminine, ultra-soft look is replacing the menswear-inspired trends of seasons past. Now, it’s all about looking like you just stumbled in from an afternoon of milking cows in the fields.
CYCLING SHORTS AGAIN!
Is this trend ever going to die down? Well, not any time soon because the trend the no one ever asked for is still here two years later, and it’s bolder than ever. Simple, shiny shorts were found at Chanel, but Stella McCartney’s reinvention for 2019 involved florals – and lots of them. This summer we saw the high street even doing denim cycling shorts, a trend that hasn’t been popular since the 80’s!
I feel like this entire summer was a ’70s, California Dreamin’ craft-work. Crochet was spotted at Oscar de la Renta, Victoria Beckham and JW Anderson – all in monochrome, although it was completely mainstream this year, I feel as though crochet will most definitely dominate our Instagram feeds next year.
Prabal Gurung was the king of colour blocking on last years ss19 runway shows! I mean look at that dress ughhhhh!!!!!!! So much colour was smacking us in the face this summer and I was LIVING for it. People were still getting used to the idea that anything goes with colour and that you can go WILD when it comes to colour blocking so I think that this is another trend that we will see thrive in 2020.
As an African woman animal print will forever be fashionable in my eyes! Just like cycling shorts, this continues to be the trend that keeps on giving meaning that if you bought a leopard print item last season/ year, you’ll still be able to wear it probably until the end of time!
Utilitarian designs have been haunting us for a good year now, last year we saw cargo pants literally EVERYWHERE in every colour, fit and material! Although boiler suits didn’t appear on this year’s runways they appeared in all the major fashion cities throughout fashion month. Originally designed as a one-piece protective garment for manual labour, boiler suits are now as fashionable as they are functional but for us short girls it’s hard to find a suit that fits us perfectly 🙁 .
THIS IS THE TREND THAT DOMINATED SUMMER 2019 WITHOUT A DOUBT! This is not one for the faint-hearted that is for sure. if there was one way to describe this trend it would have to be vibrant! Neon made its way to our high street shelves and never left! But the question is, is that it for this highlighter trend? will fashion go back to its beiges and pastels? Reflective of both the 1980s comeback and a growing interest in cyberpunk I really hope it’s here to stay.
Last year it was dramatic sleeves this year it’s bold shoulders with a twist rather than padded, boxy numbers, this season’s take was a whole lot puffier proving once and for all that the minimal trend is over! We just have to thank god that the British weather was good enough this year that we could all make a puffy statement without the need for a jacket dimming our fashion!
Is just me or does this give you major flashbacks to your childhood when you used to watch those films/ tv series of kids going to summer camp? For me, Tie Die is the definition of hipster and it’s pretty evident that fashion atm is in a phase of nostalgia so it’s not really much of a surprise that tie-die was all over ss19 runways but the question is when will the high street pick up on it because I only saw it once in Topshop this summer?
When I was little people always used to tell me that I didn’t need suncream because I am black but bbbooooyyyy where they completely wring, everyone needs suncream, melanin does not make you immune to sun damage and it has a lot of benefits which is why you should wear it EVERY SINGLE DAY not just in summer simply for the reason that “Ultraviolet rays that are the cause of sun damage and skin cancer are always present,” explains Dr. Shilesh Iyer, M.D., a Board Certified dermatologist with the renown New York Dermatology Group. “They are independent of cold or hot weather and are not blocked by clouds. On overcast days, only visible rays (but not UVB rays) from the sun are blocked. The best way to protect the skin is with sun protection.”
And yessss the SPF in your foundation, concealer, primer or powder is not enough. You might be thinking that your makeup containing SPF is a suitable substitute for sunscreen, it’s likely not protecting you from sun damage as well as you think.
What exactly is SPF?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor (Pretty obvious). It measures the level of protection a product will give you from UVB. The British Association of Dermatologists recommend always using a minimum of SPF 30, which blocks 97% of UVB. To put that into context, SPF 15 blocks 93% and SPF 50 blocks 98%. So, in reality, they should kinda stop selling anything below SPF15 because it is very misleading and as you can see not useless but not as effective as anything at SPF30 and above.
How much damage can UV rays really cause?
Sun damage shows itself in the form of dullness, uneven pigmentation and loss of firmness. Which is why SPF is perfect for preventing wrinkles for as long as possible, they kind of work as an anti-ageing product. “Ultraviolet rays from the sun are extremely harmful to the skin and cause more than 90 per cent of the visible signs of ageing including wrinkles, sagging, rough patches and skin discolouration,” confirms Dr Shirin Lakhani.
What’s the best way to apply your SPF?
“Your sunscreen should be applied after you moisturise and before you apply your foundation,” says Shirin. “Even if you are wearing makeup you still need to re-apply every two hours.” It also needs to be applied correctly to be effective, so make sure you’re using a decent amount. “Sunscreen should be applied before you leave home in the morning all year round,” adds Dr Qian Xu. “Even on cloudy winter days.”
I am such a wimp so when it comes to South Africa, one place I can never stay in is central Johannesburg, especially in light of everything that has been happening in the press involving South Africa! Imagine my small self – a Zimbabwean girl who grew up in the U.K. staying in central Joburg AKA a disaster waiting to happen. That is why Sandton is the solution and more of my scene, it is an affluent area situated in the Johannesburg Municipality. The name comes from the combination of two of its suburbs, Sandown and Bryanston. Sandton is a popular area for visitors to stay in when exploring Johannesburg and its surrounding attractions.
The Apartheid museum – If you ask me this is a must if you are visiting Johannesburg. By going here you will receive an insight into 20th century South Africa along with the history of the country and the key individuals which helped to bring apartheid to an end. Visitors are randomly classified as “white” or “non-white,” and their ensuing experience through the exhibits reflects their assigned race.
Montecasino – The premiere entertainment destination in Gauteng offers the best of the best for people coming in out of town.
SAB World of Beer– Voted Johannesburg’s number one tourist attraction twice. Here you will discover the rich history of beer, and uncover the important role it has played culturally, socially and economically over time.
Johannesburg Art Gallery – Love art and history? Why not visit JAG, it is home to an impressive historical art collection and houses one of the biggest art collections in the country.
Go shopping in Sandton City, the biggest shopping mall in Johannesburg and one of the biggest in Africa which holds hundreds of top high street and designer stores!
On Sunday why not spend the day at the Fourways Farmers’ Market located directly opposite the large Montecasino entertainment complex. There is plenty of opportunities to buy handmade chocolates as well as ice creams and other sweet treats, and if you are looking for gifts there are a number of cute craft stalls. There is a lot of space for kids to run around and for the grown-ups, there’s a wine and craft beer bar where you can enjoy performances by local folk singers.
VisitThe Cradle of Humankind – one of South Africa’s eight world heritage sites and the only one in Gauteng and take a hot air balloon ride across the entire site to see it in all its glory.
If you love good food and an intimate shopping experience then you’ll enjoy Parkhurst’s buzzing village atmosphere. Take a cab or catch the Gautrain to nearby Rosebank, within walking distance of the suburb.
Most people come to Africa to go on a luxury safari trip of their dreams so why not go to the Dinokeng Game Reserve, a range of wild animals in their natural habitat.
I don’t really know if they do women’s sizes for these, so I guess this is kind of a men’s fashion post. I feel like I neglect you guys on my blog and instagram but do not worry, I will start doing more posts for men on here! You have my word.
So you may wonder why do I have a pair of trainers on this segment? Well back in July Farfetch reported that a pair of Kanye West x Louis Vuitton trainers are the most valuable in the world going for £22,763 a pair! The trainers in question are a collaborative design with Louis Vuitton from 2009. The Jasper sneaker, originally available in three colour palettes, was on sale ten years ago for only £864 meaning that they have increased by 2,532% in value👏🏾
Mathieu Le Maux, trainer expert and author of 1000 Sneakers: A Guide To The World’s Greatest Kicks, From Sport To Street, explains what determines a rise in value: “A model in men’s size 42 to 44 (UK8 to UK10) will be way more popular, because a majority of men are wearing shoes in this range. It will probably be more expensive to find sneakers in these sizes than for bigger or smaller ones. Rarity, condition, the prestige of the designers at that time, and the quality of the material used to create it determine value too.”
if you’re lucky to have a pair at the back of your wardrobe, cling on to them – they’re only going to increase in value. So I guess we can kind of call these the Hermes birkins of the trainer Industry?
Meet my new shoe obsession! Flat mules, heeled mules, there is a mule for every occasion; work, uni, dinner, shopping! if it’s a mule best believe will buy it. They’re just so easy to slip on, hassle-free and not as restricting as your average heel or shoe, and like I mentioned before, they are suitable for any occasion and they go with absolutely EVERYTHING. If you ask me they are a staple piece that you need in your wardrobe! Does anyone else feel that the older they get the more they fall in love with the more classical pieces and the more they stay away from buying things like trainers (which I am sure my mother would be more than happy to hear)! It is actually so insane how my style has evolved just over the short space of two years!
A brief history of the mule courtesy of Another magazine
They were all over the streets during fashion month 2015 and 2016 so the question is will they be every fashion influencers favourite shoe again this year? The mule was a staple on the Spring/Summer 2016 catwalk and we really have to thank Gucci and chanel for bringing them back in all their power and glory; a controversial style loved by some aka moi, and hated by others with no sense of style (lol joking fashion is subjective). I think these are the perfect transitional shoes for autumn, mules offer a covered-up yet more liberating option ideal for the transitional period before winter hits us hard and I know for a fact after the hot summer we have had winter is going to be horrendous 🙁
Personally, I have never been a foundation type of girl because I can never find the perfect shade for my complexion that for one, doesn’t make me look ill, washed out or looking like a ghost or maybe the actual problem is that I am just simply shit at doing my makeup. Which I know may be hard to believe considering I have been blogging about beauty for the last 3 years of my life but when I tell you guys I have tried so many foundations in the last 2 years; I have tried MAC long-wear, Makeup forever HD foundation, Clinique, Dior, Lancome, L’oreal true match, YSL, NYX and Estee lauder and still none of them look amazing on me, I am really starting to think I’ll never find my perfect match 🙁
So ever since I got into makeup I have always worn concealer (thank you God for giving me good skin) and kept my make up nice and natural-looking especially on a day to day basis when I had 6th form. But do you know when you just wanna be a little extra and want a full 0-100 transformation but you can’t because you’re still looking for your holy grail foundation??? Or am I just being super picky and there actually is no such thing as the perfect shade??? However, after an event at Harvey Nichols, I tried the Nars sheer glow and It looked pretty good so hopefully, that will be my staple foundation for this winter (finger crossed), that with the Nars creamy concealer is a killer combination!!!
Anyways enough about me and my first world problems but winter is around the corner and that means we’re probably going to have to buy a new foundation shade because if you’re like me you tan super easily so when it gets to winter you need a lighter foundation that is extremely hydrating, especially for all my dry skin queens out there. I personally have oily-combination skin so in summer my skin is so oily around the T-zone area and I sweat a lot so it just makes the whole process of makeup so long in the summer, but in winter my skin can get so dry so I literally have to switch up everything including my skincare routine and the makeup products I use on my face. Mh lifestyle is well and truly an expensive one, can anyone else relate? Dry skin is such a task to get so please this winter can you guys remember to drink lots and lots of water and MOISTURIZE, however, if you do end up with flaky skin I recommend a coffee scrub mixed with full-fat yoghurt every two days until your skin is back to being smooth. Works every time.
According to Glamour, these are the 6 Pro tips to always remember when looking for your perfect foundation;
If you are buying for everyday wear, perhaps keep the coverage a little lighter or go for a tinted moisturiser and then use a concealer to target any areas in need of extra coverage.
Choose three shades you think are a close match, swiping all three side-by-side down your cheek towards your jawline. The shade that seemingly disappears, wins.
Step outside and check the shade in natural light. (this is the most important step because I have walked out of a few shops looking worse for wear after getting a shade match)
Have a foundation for when you’re tanned (even if it’s fake tan!) and one for when you go weeks without sun.
If you have oily skin, try prolonging the wear of your foundation with a primer or setting with a lightweight powder.
If your foundation is applying streaky, ditch your brush and try using a beauty blender or your fingers to apply. Both will produce a more diffused finish.
These are the 5 winter-friendly foundations to keep your skin looking refreshed no matter the weather conditions (All of them I mentioned above, although they were not the perfect shade they were pretty good foundations).
I think this foundation first came out in 2015 or 2016, this was my first ever foundation and boy did Bare Minerals do me wrong. At that time they didn’t have that many shades and I bought the darkest shade there not knowing it was going to be 4/5 shades too light (I ended up gifting it to my mum because there was no way that £28 was going to waste). But if you wanna glow this winter, this is the foundation for you, infused with vitamin C there won’t be a dull day this winter for you!
Dior prides itself in quality and it really shows because this is honestly one of the best foundations I have ever tried, the application is amazing, the texture is amazing and the finish is Divine! Now I just need a Dior saddle bag and my life will be complete.
This is the foundation that changed the f=game as well as the beauty industry, in general, and will probably go down in makeup history. With 400 shades to pick from all with specific undertones, you’re honestly spoilt for choice, also with the new foundation, you whatever shade you are in this one you’re the same for the new foundation which can I add is specific to dry skin so perfect for winter!
This has to be one of the most raved about foundations of all time! Ever since I started blogging no one has ever had a bag thing to say about this foundation. it truly the best if the best with buildable coverage, long wearable, flawless matte finish and SPF – it is everything you could.
This has to be the most underrated foundation of all time! When I say this is the best foundation you will ever try I am not joking. it gives 0 flashback, the best coverage and it literally looks like skin without being light!!
I bet you all think I’m joking when I say there is a St. Lucia in SA but I can confirm to you that this is in fact 100% true and something that I didn’t even know about until literally a few hours ago and I just thought I had to write a blog post about this! There are clearly some obvious differences about the island of St. Lucia and the actual town in South Africa including the fact that there are no volcanic beaches, reef-diving sites, luxury resorts and fishing villages but instead you get hippo and crocodile cruises, night safari’s, beach excursions and so much more!
Fun fact about South Africa’s paradise on earth is that it is a municipality meaning that it is a small town with its very own local government. Awarded as a World Heritage site in 1999 (Unesco), this small but quaint village has fast become a top tourist destination. St Lucia also happens to be the most visited town in Africa to witness our beloved Hippos. According to Lonely Planet in high season St Lucia is a hotbed of activity as the population swells with visitor numbers. The main drag, McKenzie St (a former hippo pathway), is packed with restaurants, lively hostels and bars, but the quieter avenues behind it offer a touch more hush and a good selection of B&Bs. Hippos sometimes amble down the town’s quieter streets (beware: these are not cute, just dangerous).
Where to stay;
Among the accommodation this is my favourite, the rest were ether old fashioned or they just didn’t have a nice aesthetic, but at least if any of you ever wanna go to St. Lucia I have made the accommodation bit that little easier as I have only given you one option lol.
In a town surrounded by iSimangaliso Wetland Park, this low-key resort on a leafy property is 3 km from Jabula Beach on the Indian Ocean, and 28 km from National Route 2 so it is the perfect place for your stay in St. Lucia! Accommodations range from simple rooms and permanent tents with fans and shared bathrooms to upgraded permanent tents offering safes, decks and en suite facilities.