Today I am going to be sharing five moments that cover the diversity of my work life and my current wardrobe. Dressing for work can feel like a challenge but since I started dressing to a “personal uniform”, it’s a challenge I have been comfortable rising to.
One of the things I love about living in Cape Town is winter. I love that it gets frigidly cold, but I can still get away with wearing a dress and stockings. Our wonderful climate gives my summer wardrobe amazing longevity. All it takes is a bit Pinteresting and a little creativity.
Our favourite styles from R80! There’s nothing better than curling up on the couch with a hot cup of coffee and good book when you do find a single quiet moment. It’s only made better when it’s in something super comfortable. So, slip into these cosy budget loungewear, handpicked by Two Babes on a Budget and all (barring one) under R300! I don’t know who the genius was who introduced loungewear but the fact that pjs have become part of fashion speaks to my soul – it’s a dream I’ve had for pretty much my entire life. You can skip the outfit change from lounging around to hopping out for a quick grocery run, or from daytime to sleep time – it’s perfect for curbing the embarrassment you feel when opening for the delivery guy in threadbare Snoopy PJs.
I am a summer person. Late sunsets, fruity cocktails, beach picnics with friends. But there’s one thing I love more and that’s the trendy colours autumn brings to the party. Every year, the colour palette seems to borrow from nature – from crisp autumn leaves soaked in warm ochres, rich reds with hints of sky blue, to precious jewel tones in crimson reds, emerald greens and citrine yellows. This year is no different. 2019’s autumn/winter 2019/2020 is set to offer many instagrammable photo ops – it’s sophisticated and strong; a meaningful palette of colour that empowers and instills confidence as well as balance, giving you more freedom to create your personal sense of style.
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.
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 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 …
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 …