Author: kim brandt

One Denim Jacket. A million Ways to Wear it

Is it just me or has been so frustrating getting dressed lately? I live about an hour from work and usually I just look outside before getting dressed. We had a gorgeous summery day on Sunday made for picnics, beaches and watermelon, so I had already started tossing my winter wardrobe aside. But lo and behold, here we are are slap-bang in the middle of winter again. Add the fact that trends change as frequently as the price of an iPhone charger… and every season brings with it a new shape, colour or trend to follow, and your wardrobe woes seem to get to you. Luckily, there’s on item that you can wear no matter the time of year, trend report or even personal style. It’s the trusty and timeless denim jacket. It teams well with everything from dresses to jeans to skirts to jumpsuits and fits every body shape. This classic can be matched with any fun or formal ensemble no matter your mood or occasion, and if you shop smartly, you can get …

Athleisure: From work-out to working it, under R500

8 Must-have Pieces for the Office The question Two Babes gets all the time is: “My style is more sporty. I love athleisure. Can I wear work-out get to work without looking as if I’ve given up, or as if I’m itching to get fired?” Simply put, “Why the hell not?” Athleisure has come a long way. It’s no longer a gym-only, weekend-only luxury. We all want to feel comfortable at work, right? So imagine if you could easily transition your weekend uniform to the workplace? Most stores now offer the most adorable range of athletic apparel that’s stylish, structured and refined, so plenty of pieces can easily flip into workday attire. So much so that you don’t even have to be sneaky about it. However, I was disappointed that many styles only went up to size Large and I really wish that stores would expand their ranges. Here are the pieces you need you need right now. Build a closet of staples and get the best of all worlds: style, comfort and versatility, while …

Looks for Limbo Weather

Walking the tight ledge where the seasons change can be tricky, especially when it comes to your wardrobe. I’m sure that we can all agree that winter has been all over the place this year – days cold enough to freeze your moustache right off, punctuated by warm summer days that could easily confuse you into reaching for your swimsuit. Keeping the cold at bay while simultaneously avoiding warmer fabrics from clinging to you, is shite. But transitioning your wardrobe, is easy capri-sy with a little planning. Leandra Medine is the QUEEN of transitional wardrobes so today, Two Babes on a Budget is using her as inspiration for 3 of 4 ensembles, perfect for limbo weather. All you need are lightweight jackets and a little layering knowledge to find your happy medium. Look 1: Combine summer and winter I really struggle to style dresses in winter. Short-sleeved dresses with leggings is something I won’t do, and I absolutely loathe pairing an already-warm polyester or woolen dress with an equally hot coat. So when I stumbled on this look on …

Five Fabulous Friday Finds #2

This has truly been a month of gratitude for me. Last week Nikki introduced our new series, “Five Fabulous Friday Finds. As she mentioned, we experience wonderful things every single week and not all of them are as a result of a purchase. We read, we eat, we meet, we experience…” So today I’m sharing the five things that have truly sparked that joy for me during the course of this week. THIS DARLING LITTLE CRUFFIN I recently started a new job and across the way, we have a Now Now cafe with seriously the most delicious range of fresh foods – scrumptious salads, comforting soups, the most divine sandwiches and wraps, and amongst of all this, this darling little cruffin – a mixture of a croissant and muffin – dusted with powdered sugar, with peanut butter or cappuccino cream, and O.M.G. LIFE CHANGING! Not too sweet but sweet enough. You may wonder why a cute little confectionery is at the top of my list of things to be thankful for, but it is a …

I Copied 3 Street Style Looks and Wore Them to Work!

Recently, I did a little test and copied 3 street styles. To understand why I needed to do this, I have to preface my post with a few questions: Show of hands, who here doesn’t feel beautiful, whether sometimes or all of the time? Who feels that they’re doing everything for everyone else and not for themselves? Whether simply complimenting someone else or always doing favours for others? Who among us no longer puts effort into their appearance because we’ve convinced yourself that it’s not important? Or that we don’t have time? Who has self-deprecating attitude? Following every compliment to yourself (if any!) with a “harmless” self dig. “This skirt on me is perfection except for this muffin top.” Who here uses words or looks for a clothing item that “hides, skims, minimises” their curves.