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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.

We need to stop. Two Babes is first and foremost on self care and a major part of loving and caring for yourself, it not only start healthy habits but break toxic habits too.

I watched Queer Eye the other night and asked myself these questions. More than just a makeover show, it takes participants on a self exploration journey. I cried through five episodes and boy, were there tons of things I learned about myself.

If you have reached the level of self love that makes you feel confident and comfortable in your skin, then you can just skip to the looks. If not, read on, sister.

  1. Often when we do everything for others and none for ourselves, it’s because we don’t feel we deserve it. We project the things we wish we could say or do for ourselves onto others. It’s not that we don’t mean it, it comes form a rather honest place. We just wish we were brace enough to say it to ourselves,.
  2. When you feel confident, it’ll radiate from you.
  3. Regarding our self-deprecating attitudes, sometimes we convince ourselves that people are thinking or saying terrible things about us when they’re not. Your kids aren’t saying the horrible things you say about yourself. Your family isn’t. Your partner isn’t. Your friends aren’t. So why are we? The next time that you look in the mirror and find yourself bullying yourself, turn your bad thoughts into good ones. See yourself a whole person. Say, “I love this about myself.” A friend, Lee, shared a post: Stop this toxic habit of touching their bodies in a hostile way. You grab your fat rolls around your stomach, or fiddle with your stretch marks, jiggle your thighs or touch acne or cellulite with feelings of shame and disgust. Your nerves pick up on that. Stop bullying your body.
  4. And when it comes to your body, you don’t have to minimise or hide it. This is the powerful, beautiful, healthy body you were blessed with. Show it off, why not?
  5. Yes, there are things that we need, but there is nothing wrong with having what you want as well.
  6. Find your joy. And do more of that.

These are the realisations that made me brave enough to try looks that I haven’t worn before. Usually I would think of numerous reasons why I “couldn’t pull it off” but this time I challenged to have no reservations and just go for it. So often we tell ourselves, a change of clothes won’t make a difference but shallow as it is, we all judge people in the first seven seconds of meeting them. My chiropractor arrived in board shorts and flip flips and immediately my eyes scanned the room for diplomas. When you feel comfortable and confident, when you make time and put in effort for yourself, it certainly radiates from every pore of your body.

So here are the looks that helped me get my mojo back.

LOOK 1: POP ART SKIRT AND A DENIM SHIRT

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I have been lusting after this skirt for months but convinced myself that I couldn’t afford it right now or that No-Buy June prohibited me from it but really I didn’t believe that I was “Cool enough”. The day I wore it, I got a “your skirt game is on fleek, gurl” so I knew I made the right choice. It’s a simple as pairing it with a denim shirt, ora tee and jacket
Skirt any China Town, R210.
Denim shirt – it’s so old but you can find one at The Fix, R249.99 or a distressed one at Superbalist, R269 

LOOK 2: COAT, CHUNKY KNIT HEELS AND PAPERBAG PANTS

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This winter, this coat has given me LIFE. You can literally toss it over any outfit and elevate it immediately. Do a french tuck with your knit and, throw in a clutch and waistbelt and you’re office- or rooftop bar ready.

Coat and paperbag pants, Mr Price – R349.99 and R179.99 respectively.

LOOK 3: EMERALD KNIT AND ANIMAL PRINT SKIRT

Green is my absolute favourite colour and I’ve been DYING to pair it with an animal print skirt. It’s earthy meets earth warrior. Something about the texture of the knit paired with a flowy skirt has so many layers of fun. An my trusty All Starts – I never thought that I could pair with a silk skirt.
PSA: A great skirt in a fun print – animal, bold colours, pleated or metallic is something everyone should have in the closets! A colleague actually mentioned to me that seeing my metallic skirt made her brave enough to dust off her pink pleated skirts she’s wanted to rock for months!

Knit form H&M, R429 – no online store. Try this one at Superbalist, R299
Skirt – find similar styles at Superbalist, R259 , R299 or R599 (get those promo codes ready!)

That’s a wrap 3 street style looks that are super easy to copy. I hope that you will push your personal style, try three new outfits and watch those compliments roll in! You deserve to look fabulous. You deserve glowing skin and healthy hair. You deserve it fucking all!

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There is something about hitting the mid-year mark that just leaves me chomping at the bit for change, freshness, innovation. I want to sprinkle that fucking magic all my life. I want to marinate in it. I am a chameleon by nature. While some of us get really uncomfortable about change, I relish it. It makes me feel alive. Life tends to stagnate. We fall into our ways and routines and while they may not make us unhappy, they also don’t challenge us. And if we’re not challenged, we cannot grow.

So for the next few weeks, Kim and I are going to make a HUGE effort to scoop up the wonder of change and throw it right into your faces. We’re going to be talking about getting back on track, revisiting your goals, making new goals and closing out the teen years of the naughties with a BANG.

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Five Fabulous Friday Finds – #1

Friends! As I mentioned on Instagram earlier this morning, Kim and I are going to be introducing a new series to the blog, this is the new series by the way. We’ve realised (through our exploits in frugality) that 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 every week, starting from today, we will be sharing five things that have truly sparked that joy during the course of the week.

As you guys may know (if you watch our Instagram stories) I have had a really challenging 2 weeks thanks to a terrible chest infection that just won’t quit, Grace having chicken pox, and my raging, throbbing anxiety due to my growing work related to do list. Finding joy this week has been something of a challenge. So last night when Kim suggested I start this series this week, my first thought was “sherbs, I am going to have dig really deep”. But then as I sat there, on my couch, considering the week I’ve had, I realised that I didn’t have to dig that deep at all. Guys, at the risk of sounding like that cheeseball biets, there really is so much to give thanks for.

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Working It In Winter: What to wear to the office when it’s cold outside

You guys know that I have written quite a bit about wardrobe efficiency and how I absolutely loathe that whole moment where we stand in front of our cupboard in our undies and ruminate over what on earth we will wear to work today. I recently unsubscribed from ALL of the e-commerce newsletters (hello, how toxic are those bad boys). I felt like the constant reminders to shop were affecting my sanity. Anyway, because I unsubscribed to all of them, I haven’t been getting those newness updates. So on Sunday when I popped over to the Superbalist site for the first time in ages, I was SHOCKED! You guys, there are so many amazing things up at the moment. It feels like the perfect time to do a light winter update to your wardrobe. I have put together a quick list of 20 items from their standard and plus size ranges. All of these items would be great for work, home or outings.

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One Tee. 5 Statements.

Statement tees have been trending for a while now and over at Two Babes we are LIVING for them! It’s a movement we’re not seeing the end of, thank goodness! It’s a way to say something about yourself or make a statement about your beliefs without saying a word. And because they’re so popular, everyone owns at least one. Or ten.  Because what’s not to love?

For one, graphic t-shirts are incredibly versatile – they can be BFFs with basically anything in your wardrobe and can go from day to evening in a flash. It’s one of those comfy staples that works for every shape and are dirt cheap – starting from about R59.99

Gone are the days when the everyday t-shirt was just a cotton essential to laze about in over the weekend; nowadays you can get as much mileage out of it as a trusty Toyota Tazz. From catwalks to red carpets, black tie to boardroom, street style to street fair it’s a timeless piece works for winter or summer, casual or chic, and transitions like a dream!

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