Author: kim brandt

10 INVESTMENT PIECES FOR WINTER

I was rather nervous to write this blog post. Whenever you think of investment pieces it’s usually something that is worth buying because it may be useful in the future, give you tons of wear and thus more bang for your buck, but it often comes with a price tag only the Kardashians have seen and bought. Think leather boots, a quality trench coat and thick, durable denims. All of this doesn’t seem to sit around the same campfire as a budget blog where you’re showing people how to stay fashionable even when they’re broke as hell. So I did a little investigation. Can you buy investment pieces at a time when you’re siphoning petrol from your lawnmover? Let’s see.

10 Things On My Winter Wishlist

Winter is coming. And Nikki and I have been furiously and fiercely pinning and preparing for our autumn capsule wardrobe posts. Shopping and shooting whenever we get a chance. But looking at the pins I absolutely LOVED vs what I actually wear, left a few inconsistencies that made me wonder what my personal style actually is. Then Nikki in her brilliance gave me the answer. We’ve spoken about personal uniforms for a while – this is your tried-and-tested, true-to-you fashion. You usually need to sit still and examine your wardrobe to see what you wear on a daily basis. But in a nutshell, it is your signature look. Fashion that makes you feel the most comfortable and confident and more like ‘you’. Fashion you gravitate towards time after time. Nikki is a bottoms and top person while I tend to steer towards dresses. But I’ve wanted to switch things up for a while.

Sustainable fashion that doesn’t cost the earth

Sustainable fashion on a budget. Can it be done? In short, yes. Today, sustainable fashion goes beyond organic tees. Ethical fashion involves a number of factors: how the industry operates in terms of fair wages, environmental damage, waste, the use of hazardous chemicals in the production process as well as animal cruelty. As consumers, we have become as conscious of our fashion as our food – where it comes from, who made it, were they paid fairly and what happened during the making process, was there waste or harm to the environment? Depending on who you talk to, fashion has been described as the third or fourth biggest contributor to pollution, specifically air pollution. Our biggest problems being microfibres found in items like polyester blends, harmful chemicals, landfill space, and as mentioned, pollution. In South Africa, there are a number of smaller brands who tick all the boxes in terms of ethical fashion for children as well as adults: clothing is made from recycled or eco-friendly materials such as banana leaves, organic cotton or bamboo …

20 EASY AT-HOME DATE IDEAS

Some time ago I shared a story with Will about my grandmother. She loved board games and when we visited her every Christmas, we would crack out the Snakes and Ladders or Ludo board, and get the family fun started. This sweet li’l ol’ gramma was so competitive and would cheat like crazy, which in turn left us all in stitches!  So last Christmas, Will secretly bought a Snakes n Ladders game and brought it out on Christmas Eve (and also cheated like crazy since I lost three game in row!). It was the sweetest gesture he has ever made and will no doubt become a family tradition that we pass on to the kids. It was also the most fun we’ve had together as a couple. There’s just something so hilarious about getting all cocky with a victory dance when you’re two steps away from glory, then getting your soul crushed as you get swallowed by the last snake. While I cannot stress the importance of dressing up, going out and reminding each other …

Three date night looks under R300 (and 15 dates to wear them to)

Date night. Last year, after not going on a formal date for almost two years, my husband Will and I made a box of date night ideas. The idea was to close your eyes, grab a slip of paper from the box, and do just that. No objections. I don’t think I need to explain to parents why we didn’t touch that box again! (LOL, but also crying face emoji). Apart from learning just how important it is to hold hands on days where you’re not each carrying a kid, pushing a trolley or carrying groceries, I learnt the significance of putting in a little effort for each other – I mean putting on a bra, getting your hurr did, make up, plucking, perfume, high heels, a tie, shiny shoes, shaving, cologne, the works! But so many times, a dinner at a fancy restaurant will set you back anywhere between R300 and R1500 depending on whether the spot uses Helvetica on their menu or not. While date night is the perfect time to dial up …

Three ways to wear a basic R59 white tee

On Monday, Nikki shared 3 different ways to wear a basic tee found at Pick n Pay for just R59.99! I had a total #momcrush thereafter. She really is such a snack. I loved every outfit she put together and she really encompassed what a budget wardrobe is all about. Finding not only an affordable item, but one that plays well with everything in your wardrobe. Something that you can wear in several different ways – that transforms from desk to date night in a sec. It’s a must read so if you haven’t checked it out, here it is. She styled the v-neck and challenged me to the crew neck basic tee. Trawling for a basic tee – whether in store or on Pinterest – usually left me with one thought. “I can’t. I can’t “give up” and wear a simple tee to work, I can’t be as fab as that Pinterest model, I can’t pull off a cropped denim jacket. I can’t. I can’t. But womxn, we really can do and wear whatever the hell …

Best back to work basics

This week, I braved those hot little fitting rooms and tried on a few dresses, so you don’t have to. I can’t explain the shameless pride I feel when I find a good bargain that looks great too, so I’m sharing a few selections everyone should own and cherry on top – they’re each under R200!

How To: Kids Capsule Wardrobe

Have you ever looked at your kids wardrobes and thought, “Man, they have a truckload of $#!+?” So recently when my genius buddy, Nikki, mentioned the idea of a capsule wardrobe, my mind (and the heavens) opened.  Back to school usually means back to piles and piles of laundry the size of the pyramids – this perpetual (wash) cycle of clothing heaps that never end. And switching from winter to summer wardrobes… shoot me now.  A capsule wardrobe is basically a few items that are easy to mix and match to your heart’s content!