outfit | sole venture

outfit | sole venture

Photos by Menzi Mcunu | Shoes are courtesy of Superbalist

Despite the sweltering, uncomfortable heat – one of the biggest benefits of summer in South Africa is definitely the versatility of your wardrobe. During the summer months, there are some days when it still feels like winter and you can put on some boots, and other days when it’s so hot that espadrils are your only companion on the beach. Beyond that, you can wear open-toe heels without worrying about your toes falling off from the cold. So, in conjunction with Superbalist and the latest Sole Venture story on their blog with Aqeelah Harron and Anelisa Mangcu (which you can shop here), I thought I’d show you my top picks from each shoe category and give you a little insight into how I’d style them.

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read | first year survival guide

read | first year survival guide

To the matrics of 2015 who can finally say “Mama, I made it!”, congratulations!! ? I know as well as anyone that it was a long and difficult road but you did it, and for those of you going on to university, I thought I would try and impart some more wisdom on the things I wish people had told me before I got there. Some of these will have a UCT bias because you write what you know, but I’m pretty sure the rest are pretty relatable.

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beauty | the BBB: big braid bun

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Alternatively titled: My Anaconda Don’t Want None Unless You Got Buns, Hun

Seeing as it’s #ThrowbackThursday, I thought I’d post this braided hair tutorial from my A Fashion Friend flogger series!

Whenever I saw Solange Knowles or Neema Nouse – or basically every other black girl with box braids – with these gigantic buns, I was always super jealous and felt like I’d missed the memo and wasn’t privy to the big conference that taught everyone how to make these buns, because no matter how long or how thick I made my braids, my buns always looked incredibly pathetic by comparison. So, after searching for answers for a while & finally finding a useful YouTube Video, I have learnt how to accomplish the massive bun, and I’ll impart it onto you in 6 simple steps.

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things i’ve learnt from harry potter

if you know anything about me, you know that i am a potterhead. proud of it. and seeing as these movies are the only constant in my life and, at times, the only things that keep me sane, i felt that i should at least give my take on the valuable life lessons the movie franchise has taught me (yes i know they were books first, calm down. for the sake of this post, i am making movie references.) so here we go:

things i’ve learnt from harry potter
1) not everyone who wears a turban is your friend
case en point, professor quirrell. okay, not everyone is a horcrux and has voldemort on the back of their heads, but you never know what’s under there. they just might.
2) when in doubt, ginger out
if there is still some ginger-prejudice going on, you should stop it. now. if harry potter has taught you anything, its that ginger people make great friends to have because they let you stay at their house when your family is being sucky. and ginger mothers knit great sweaters. you can trust all gingers. except the girls. never trust ginger girls (i have still not forgiven ginny for opening the chamber of secrets)3) spiders are evil

*shivers* spiders are the type of creatures that will lure you into their den, contain you under the pretense of truthful information, and then send their millions of children to see you to their death. do not trust them, i repeat, DO NOT TRUST THEM. 0/10 would not recommend

4) starring as a ‘small’ role in a major movie will springboard you into blinding fame

so this isn’t necessarily applicable to my life at all, but still: even if you hate your decision, do not bite the hand that feeds you.

5) there is hope for us yet

puberty is real and neville longbottom is proof. hang in there guys, our time will come.

6) girls with colours as their first and last name are not to be trusted

mean girls moment. sorry not sorry. but either way, you shouldn’t trust her because she has a colour as her first and last name. suspicious, hmm? and she was really annoying which did not help her cause.


7) the author is not always right


okay, so hermione and ron have a historical love story and they are perfect for each other and best friends and blah blah blah – but don’t tell me you’ve never imagined the epilogue with hermione married to draco and then the movie just ends and you’re like “what the heck happened in nineteen years.” seriously. i love the canon ship, but draco and hermione make sense too. think about it. like. just. yeah.
anyway, the point of the story is that everything is not as it seems. things change. you are the author of your own life. adapt and change8) magic should be real

it really should. it’s a bit sad to imagine your life in a world that only exists in your heart *deep sigh*, but we do what we gotta do.
those were just some valuable life lessons i have learnt from my favourite movie franchise. feel free to share anything you’ve learnt too 🙂