Bow-babe!

So, recently I had the opportunity to attend an event to which the dress-code was denim jeans with either a bow-tie, chiffon or a tie! I obviously settled for the bow as I had some idea on how to make this look interesting based on what I had in my wardrobe! Below are some images of how I looked;

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scotch-styled blazer

 

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embRACE-LACE!!!

So my sister recently went for a business trip to Switzerland. Apart from news on how awesome it was for her to rub shoulders with “who’s-who” of her trade, I was more interested in getting an update on the shopping experience that side! So she just confirmed something I had noticed for a while….lace-crazzze! Apparently it’s big that end and the world over, and this got me thinking, is lace just a “fad” or a classic trend that will rule decades later! I still don’t have the answer to that, but until then, I think I will give it a try.
The thing with “lace” is that, it has such a feminine and soft appeal that can’t be ignored. If you want to add softness to your look, this is definitely a winner. I managed to find this one pencil-lace skirt from a Westgate Shopping Mall boutique – sadly, I can’t remember the name of the shop. And recently, my BFF surprised me with a cute peplum top with interesting lacy-detail.
PS; I think with this trend, one needs to tread carefully, as it can easily translate into something tacky n cheap! So go ahead and try it out and let me know how you like it!
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afro meets ethnic bling!

afro meets ethnic bling!

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Floral Summer!

This past week was extremely hot, especially here in Harare!!! And I was thinking to myself, bright colours, florals,  will probably be a hit this summer, and last summer and summers to come! There is something about bright colours that just brings that cooling effect (Im sure scientists have an interesting explanation involving reflection of sun rays, blah blah blah) So, below are some pics I took in one of my absolute favourite summer dresses…..Image

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Sunday Best

Last Sunday, me and my niece decided to go green as we prepared for church! Must admit, I am not too keen on joining the train of the latest trends too soon, maybe Im a laggard! But I like to analyse trends and see how I can make it my own. When colour blocking hit the Zim streets, the girls went crazzzzy mixing all crazy colours. In my opinion, this trend was misunderstood and abused. Yes, colour blocking probably means mixing colours that are not conventional, but still, there has to be a bit of order in that disorder!LOL! So here are my tips on this trend;

  • there are some commonly compatible bright colours (like green and yellow/gold, or even blue and red etc), try to maintain that balance
  • You dont necessarily need to colour-block your clothes, other trendy ways of colour blocking include mixing a bright coloured dress with some bright heels, or even the accessories. This works especially for the conservative shy-girls, this way you are not all over the place
  • Stick to your colours still, for each beautiful lady, there are colours that best fit your complexion and body structure….stick to those still, even in the midst of the colour-blocking mayhem

So here’s me, the trend laggard, rocking my “little-green-dress” and yellow jacket( I love the fact that this shade of yellow is kinda pale, less drama!!)

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What I Wore This “WINS-DAY” ……………

There are some of my clothes which I personally love, and feel good in, more than the rest!I’m sure you also have those, such that you dont even need a compliment, whether people like it or not, you just feeeeel good! So my latest addition is this cute white blazer! I can wear it casually or formally (like today) and still feel good, *lalalalala*….check out a few pics I got taken this morning…

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this morning

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“sider” view

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front-view

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(Slacks, Executive, Jason Moyo $35.00, white blazer, H&M, Geneva 35.00 francs which is something like $40 approximately, lacey camisole (can be found at almost any boutique in town in various colours for just $8.00)

Kisses

TO Braid Or NOT To Braid…

If I were to describe my personal preferred  style, the phrase “afro-ethnic” would definitely appear on the loong list! There is just something real and effortless about our African look. This could be in the form of interesting earrings (see pic), neck-beads, the popular java print or even the hairdo!

So, I love getting my hair braided, it makes me feel and embrace my afro-ethnicity more than anything else!The argument on whether to braid or not to braid is very common. The obvious downside to getting braided is the long period taken to get that pang! look. But I say, with patience, a good book , magazine and company, time will run so fast! Then the maintenance and upkeep of braids without damaging the hairline is something to be considered and carefully planned. Without focusing too much on the cons of getting braided, I will make my stand known,,,,,,I love braids! I have tried different types and still raring to go!(its a shame only got a few pics 😦   . Apart from the near natural look, braids are easy to maintain, and give me plenty of styling options. Check out some of my braidy-moments and hopefully be inspired to join the wagon!

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me, my girl Teej n my mo-hawk-styled braidies!!!!

me, my girl Teej n my mo-hawk-styled braidies!!!!

PS; I appreciate other hairdos and weaves etc, but I’m happiest in braids!;)

Kisses

H.O.C

 

Kicking Off The Winter Blues!!!

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zebra-print scarf 😉

SO winter has totally landed in Africa,,,southern Africa, Zimbabwe more specifically, and it has no mercy!!!And I’m thinking to myself, how to maintain our style edge without risking frost-bites and all other diseases….not too easy I know, but it can be done! The point is, winter is characterised by gloomy and windy weather, but we dont have to look “windy and gloomy” too;). So below are a few tips on how to ward off the chills and still look fabs;

  • winter boots;(these could be thigh-high, knee-high, wellingtons or even cowboy boots)…there is such a wide variety, the point is to choose what suits you best!

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  • chic scarfs/ scarves.…I love scarfs and wish I could wear them all-year through without getting some weird stares!so, thank God for the perfect excuse to put on lovely scarfs..winter! They can be worn differently for that chic look, and I personally use mine as head-gear sometimes!yeah, right!(see bottom pic) Not sure if its total fashion YES, but I do know that it keeps the ears warm!lol!
  • thick wooly pulling socks; these will also kick off the winter blues. Black ones work with almost anything…I prefer to have mine with closed shoes, but hey, you can make your  own rules and be the one to set a new trend!
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Will keep this one short and sweet, but please do share your winter-must-haves with me!

Kisses

H.O.C