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It all went down in Cape Town last week

December 7, 2010
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Last week, everything that was hot and happening seemed to be going down in The Mother City – Cape Town. I was there on Thursday with fellow bloggers “Tweets in Heels” and Miss Milli B for a shoot with the fabulous Robyn Cooke, for a feature that will be published in the February issue of Oprah Magazine – I’ll have more details on that soon!

But what else went down in the Mother City last week?

On the same day, Thursday the 3rd December 2010 the ELLE New Talent Fresh Face winner was announced.

Meet first time model, 17-year-old Alexandra Robertshaw from Johannesburg, who has won prizes to the value of R45 000 from various sponsors. Some of her prizes include appearing in the Woolworths campaigns for winter and summer 2011, a wardrobe make over, make-up and a two-year contract with Boss Models, who will network her to top international agencies.

Alexandra will be featured in the January 2011 issue of ELLE mag, together with the seven finalists and in April 2011, she’ll be on the cover of the magazine!

Well done Alexandra! We look forward to seeing you in the mag!

On the 5th December 2010 celebs and media peeps glammed it up for the unveiling of the BOSS Black 2011 Spring/ Summer Collection.


More than 500 invited guests, among them celebrities including Tammy-Anne Fortuin, Michelle McLean, Lindiwe Suttle, Larry Cohen, Mark Bayly, Gina Athens, Janez Vermeiren and Liezel van der Westhuizen enjoyed an evening in a Clifton castle, where they gathered to view the BOSS Black Summer 2011 collection in style.

For more pics and celebrity sightings, check out my friend Clayton Morar’s blog.

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Shoe Porn – Avante Garde Heels To Die For

December 7, 2010
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Well it’s Shoe Porn Tuesday again, where we get to dream about fabulous footwear – without the guilt! Seeing as Shoe Porn is all bout dreaming, I thought today would be a perfect day to post some outrageously gorgeous heels.

These babies are from the Avante Garde designer shows … prepare to drool!

1. Talk about serious heels. These are by Ruthie Davis and are called “The Spike/ Dark Gaga” shoe bootie embellished with Swarovski crystals and spike studs. It has five inch heel on a 1.5 inch platform.

2. Mohawks are back! Yves Saint Laurent Palais Mohawk suede pumps are suede pumps with goat hair fringed heels. Talk about freaky unusual and so fabulous! These babies are have six inch heels with a 1 inch curved platform. TDF (To Die For)

3. Ballerina with a difference. Check out these Alexander McQueen Titanic Ballerina Pumps. 12 Inches of pure McQueen brilliance with a heel that looks like Hannibal Lecter while the front is pretty as a ballerina pump, complete with the cute bow on top.

4. Drool! How sexy chic are these Christian Dior “Goddess” heels? I’d so wear them although I’d be scared I damage them. Perhaps these are better saved for the mantlepiece.

5. How about these Versace platforms from the Spring/ Summer 2010 collection? LUST!

What’s your favourite pair?

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Barefoot Against Poverty

December 7, 2010
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Okay, so I know we’ve written about this before but we’ve reached the last week of the Barefoot Against Poverty, one pair of shoes for a month challenge.

It’s been an interesting journey, in my lovely g-mo Yacht shoes. I’ve had to face rain, howling winds and worst of all, cocktail functions in a little black dress, each wearing my flat little fabric sandals.

The fashion functions I attended were the hardest, but in some ways the best. People were so supportive of the cause and really gave me the encouragement to carry on. I didn’t have the heart to tell them that I had my heels in the boot of my car just in case my courage failed me. I have to say though, I’m so glad that I stuck it out. There’s something quite liberating about a LBD and a pair of flat sandals.

With make up artist Sylvie Hurford & fashion blogger Robyn Cooke

But not only that, the meaning behind the challenge – raising awareness for Human Rights Day and poverty and encouraging people to take a stand – has reawakened me to the realities of life in a third world country. It’s easy to get caught up in the drama and luxury of the fashion industry but if that’s taking up all your time, and on the drive home in the evening you don’t even acknowledge the man asking for money at the traffic lights, then it’s time to take stock and reassess. It is exhausting, giving money to everyone who asks for it, feeling an ache of compassion for every homeless mother and child. It wears you out.

However, this time of year, as holidays or Christmas draw closer, perhaps shake off the inertia and give something back. Whether you give clothes to someone knocking on your door, or donate toys to a children’s home or whatever you choose to do, do it with a light heart and a smile.

Check out the Barefoot Against Poverty blog to find out how you can show your support on 10 December. Takes one little action to make a difference.

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Summer Lust List – Melissa Allen

December 7, 2010
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Today, we’re featuring the summer lust list of Melissa Allen, otherwise known as “Miss Molly”

1) A fabulous Bikini
I think it is important to try and find a bikini with the right print and colours to match your skin tone. Don’t go overboard with accessories, but a great sun hat with a cute trim will add to your beach look and will add to your benefit by protecting your face from the harsh sun rays!

I recently purchased a fabulous bikini from Insight and a hat from Forever New. Sea Folly (Durban) is another great store to find amazing bikinis!

2) A good sun block
I have an olive skin tone but would still sit in the sun for hours on end trying to go darker. I realised how harsh the sun is and how much damage it can cause after hearing about a good friends mum who was diagnosed with skin cancer on her chest. If you are planning on spending a day in the sun then a good sun block with the highest protection is essential. And if you feel you are too pale to even bare your body in a bikini then go for a spray tan.

I highly recommend Roc sun block and if you live in the Durban area and are looking for a great place to go for a spray tan then Kusabana Spa in 9th Ave off Florida Rd is your place.

3) A great pair of flip flops
I would always ruin a nice and expensive pair of sandals by wearing them to the beach. They either end up with sand in the seams or full of sun block. If you want to wear pretty sandals to the beach then keep a great pair of comfy flip flops in your beach bag so you can do a swap when you get to the beach sand. Havaianas have the best flip flops (but I am sure you already know that!)

Follow Melissa Allen on Twitter @MsMollyFashions and check out her blog too

Want more lust lists? Check out our Summer 2010 lust lists.

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Beauty Review – Chanel VITALUMIÈRE AQUA foundation

December 7, 2010
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For the past week I’ve been trying out a new foundation from Chanel that makes the perfect summer face. I’ts my first touch of Chanel foundation and if this one is anything to go by then, I’m sure I’ll love the whole range.

This one, Chanel VITALUMIÈRE AQUA is dubbed the “new-generation” texture. On first application the formula is quite watery, but you’ve got to shake it up, combining the water and oil to develop into the correct texture that is Vitalumiere Aqua. I applied it with my fingertips (not my brush as I usually do) and perfecto! It blends like a dream.

Here’s how the foundation looks after shaking it up and just swiping it on my hand.

Same light, here I’ve blended it using my fingertips only and it’s a perfect match. My colour is B40 – Beige Desert.

The formula is soft and very sensual with a luxurious delicate smell that really does feel like second skin. I got a lot of compliments wearing this foundation, people telling me how radiant and glowing my skin looked.

It lasts about 8-10 hours and would probably last longer if I didn’t have a bad habit of constantly touching my face all the time!

The nice thing about this foundation is that it evens out your skin tone but doesn’t hide your face – my subtle freckles on my nose were still visible, yet my skin looked flawless and pore-less!

The formula is packed with 15 SPF with UVB protection and because it’s a mineral forumulation, it protects the skin from sun rays. I give it 10 out of 10 for day wear foundation.

Tried it? Post your comments below and let us know what you thought

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Kim Kardashian – Fashionista, perfumista and all-round glamorista

December 7, 2010
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Kim Kardashian, the 30 year-old reality TV star, red carpet trendsetter and entrepreneur is one of the most glamorous women in the world and has brought back classic Hollywood glam with a cutting-edge twist.

This powerhouse has just launched her new signature watch line (along with The Brissmor Company), has her own range of Bebe jewellery, several lucrative endorsement deals with Skechers USA and the like, and has launched a glam debut fragrance to boot.

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Kim Kardashian perfume is a sensual, feminine fragrance, developed by Kardashian in collaboration with master perfumer, Claude Dir.

With a blend of crisp notes, mandarin, honeysuckle, orange blossom, jasmine, tuberose, gardenia, tonka bean, jacaranda wood, vanilla orchid, musk and sandalwood, it is definitely one of my favourites at the moment and it is a five-inch heel step ahead of most of the celebrity fragrances I have smelt, capturing of the true sultriness and style of our beloved Kimmie.

This glamour girl must-have was only launched recently in South Africa so it is a little elusive at the moment but it is available at selected Truworths, Foschini, Edgars and Red Square stores in 30ml (R375), 50ml (R495) and 100ml (R595) EDP bottles with a limited edition pink and black Kim K tote bag.

Kim Kardashian with her fragrance.

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In another fashionable venture, Kim has teamed up with her siblings, Khloe and Kourtney in a brand new book called “Kardashian Konfidential” (available from www.amazon.com), which includes make-up and style tips and childhood info about the trio.

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Aside from Kim’s many accolades, this style icon is also currently indulging in a hefty dose of arm candy with her über-hot model boyfriend, Gabriel Aubry – Halle Berry’s ex and baby daddy. (It’s a new relationship so I am not going to call them ‘Kimbriel’ just yet.)

In Kim’s latest move, she has recently joined her Hollywood counterparts such as Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys in a ‘digital death’ where several celebs are participating in a pledge to stay off all social networking platforms until $1 million is raised for Alicia Keys’ AIDS charity, Keep a Child Alive. During her social media silence, you might want to follow her celeb stylist, Monica Rose (@MonicaRoseStyle), on twitter and celeb make-up artist, Joyce Bonelli (@GlamSquadBTS), for a small dose of Kardashian glam while Kim is ‘tweetoxing’. (Kim’s sister, Khloe, has joined Kim in staying tight-lipped on the twitter front in aid of the charity.)

Everything Kim touches turns to gold and you’ve got to love a girl who turns a shoe fetish into a moneymaker with her shoe styling service, ShoeDazzle.com (where Kim heads up a team of fashion stylists and chooses a pair of shoes for you on a monthly basis, depending on your shoe personality).

She’s en vogue and reaches for the stars while looking like one. You can rub shoulders with this style princess as she hosts the hot New Year’s Eve party at Tao Nightclub at The Venetian in Las Vegas for a mere $200 (about R1 400).

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Pulchritude’s Final Sale for 2010

December 6, 2010
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It’s been a while since the names of South African designers have excitedly formed part of conversations in the in-crowd. We go to fashion week and their names come out of our mouths then, but what happens afterwards? Who makes sure that their names are still on the tips of our tongues post the four days of runway shows?

It is my opinion that Pulchritude, Milisuthando Bongela’s ‘retail loves South African fashion design’ concept, is partly responsible for the invigorated new life that the South African fashion industry is experiencing. Everywhere you turn there is a platform pushing South African fashion retail. From Spence, to Twenty Two at 70 Juta to the SA Fashion Week Pop Up Stores: South African designers and brands are being shown a lot of love by South African consumers’ debit and credit cards.

Designer’s like Doreen Southwood, Selfi, Christopher Strong and David West to name a few, have been transported from the pages of fashion editorials and their ‘021 dialling codes’ to the shopping bags of eager Johannesburg shopaholics like myself and we have concepts like Pulchritude to thank for that.

It’s been a really good year for the little pop up shop that could. After 8 months of bringing us wonderful events, you can catch the final Pulchritude Sale at Trabella from the 9th to the 12th of December. Featured designers include most of the designers Mili has worked with this year including Christopher Strong, Black Coffee, Doreen Southwood, Selfi, Kimbo, Adam and Eve, Take Care, David West, Love Jozi, For the Love Of and Simon Deporres. With a wide selection of both womenswear and menswear as well as accessories – all of which cost between R60 and R1500, there is no excuse to not get a move on with your Christmas shopping.

To find out more information on Pulchritude and read about the lovely Mili’s musings go to http://missmillib.blogspot.com

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Stocking Stuffers under R100

December 6, 2010
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If you’re looking for fab gifts that make perfect and pretty stocking stuffers, as always we’ve got the inside scoop! Tried, tested and loved, of course 🙂

Here are some cute ideas for the sunshine baby

1. Let her step out in cute and comfy style with these Dupe flip flops, available from (believe it or not) selected Pick ‘n Pay Clothing stores nationwide. The price? Well that’s the best part! A pair of printed flip flops like these costs only R79.00.

2. Summer is all about colour and what better way to say “hello sunshine” than with bright, candy coloured nails every day? She’ll love this pack of five gorgeous shades from one of my fave brands Tip Top Nail Chic. It’s called Softeese and contains a selection of the hottest ice-cream shades in 5ml bottles, including; Pretty in Pink, Time Out (blue), First Light (yellow), AvoChico (green) and Amethyst Smoke (purple). All for R99.00 a pack.

Oh, and there is also another pack called Intense Affair with hot lumo shades!

3. For kissable summer lips, your gal pals will love Softlips Rose Tinted Lip Conditioner. Available in a variety of shades, we love the Rose for perky pink lips (R23.95), but you can customise the colour for your friends unique personality and style!

Stay tuned for more great gift ideas in our Stocking Stuffers feature – all this week on StyleScoop!

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Mad Men Style – Vintage fashion and trends for today

December 6, 2010
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What’s big for next year?

Recession thinking keeps us on track – no gross indulgence; rather subtle consumption mixed with super quality. That means less fast fashion and more high quality, keep-me-forever pieces.

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One of my favourite themes for 2011 is the early 60s ladylike look, made famous by Mad Men. It’s nostalgic, romantic, with below the knee circle skirts, cinched waists and prim and proper styling. Pretty, pretty , pretty!

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The key is to think ‘granny dressing’, but with a modern, sexy punch.  And the best item to wear is the granny skirt (this is the silhouette du jour). This is a longer length, usually pleated skirt that falls rather than puffs.  It also usually has a ruffle detail on the hem.  Think sexy 60s secretary.

Either wear with a pair of flats or kitten heels for authenticity, or modernise with high heels (worn with bobby socks underneath).

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Another key 60s look is ‘the bombshell’.   This is where your hourglass frame comes in. Look for straight-cut sheath dresses (fitted is also a good look), or slim-line, high-waisted  pencil skirts that fall below the knee, with a back slit.

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If you want to stick to the theme, accessorise your lady-like look with kitten heels, red lips, cateye glasses and a wide, waist-cinching belt. Wear hair sultry sex kitten, or in a 6os beehive.

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To modernise, dress our ladylike 60s woman in boyfriend blazers and slouchy sweatshirts.  Try shorter hemlines and knee-high socks (over at Gossip Girl this look is everywhere). Look for more edgy fabric in the right silhouettes (like leather) or pair a high waisted skirt with a cropped top to show a little midriff.  Finally, skip the classic 60s hairdo, and go 2011 with a messy topknot or side braid.

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This is such a feminine, pretty, classically sexy look!

Jenny xx

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