Autumn Transitions

Autumn Transitions

Autumn is by far, my favourite season of the year! It’s not too hot, nor too cold so you basically get the best of both worlds. Sunshine all day and nights where you can cozy up under a warm and fluffy blankie and watch Netflix. It’s the best!

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Chanel États Poétiques Collection for Fall 2014

Chanel États Poétiques Collection for Fall 2014

Like Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, I love poetry! I also love makeup, Chanel and the colour pink! For their latest Autumn/ Fall 2014 Collection, the house of CHANEL draws inspiration from a colour steeped in poetic tenderness: pink, interpreted in a spectrum of shades, an intense and fragile colour collection… This collection also pays tribute to Gabrielle Chanel’s fascination with the art of poetry. Eyes are dominated by pink. With a palette of shadows that are different shades of pink, together with a bright  buttercup yellow, (called ADMIRATION) that brings and element of suprise to this collection. I love pink eyeshadow. Not the Poppie pink from the 80’s! But rather, pretty pinks that enhance the eye! I have green eyes, and pink always helps to intensify the colour. Above, are 2 of the 6 shadows. The darker one HESITATION, is an intense romantic rosewood, while PALPITATION (limited edition) is a deeper and more true pink. These two look great on their own, but especially great blended together. The other shades in the Ombre Essentielle range for this collection include: SENSATION – (limited edition) a sweet, pastel shimmery pink, PULSION – a deep blackcurrant, EXALATION – an invogorating raspberry and ADMIRATION – a bright and playful buttercup. For the quad lovers, LES 4 OMBRES in POESIE (limited edition) is a gradiation of shadows in a palette from light and…

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TREND ALERT: The Biker Jacket

TREND ALERT: The Biker Jacket

The biker jacket, whether you opt for genuine leather or pleather (faux leather), can help you to create a multitude of stylish looks this winter. It’s also a great staple item for your autumn-into-winter wardrobe,that can be worn with just about anything! Give your look the EDGE by combining a chic biker jacket with trendy pieces such as textured leggings and ankle booties, as worn by Alba from Petit Sweet Couture,  or work the biker jacket into SWEET outfit, using Folake from Style Pantry as your inspiration. One thing I really love is the edginess and toughness of leather or pleather jacket worn with something girly, like florals. That combo goes really well together. Try it out! Here are some leather biker jackets I found online. If you haven’t got a biker jacket hanging in your wardrobe, then snap one of these babies up! Oxblood pleather jacket by Oasis at Foshini Shimmer, button detail biker Jacket by RT Formal at Mr Price Beige pleather biker jacket by Oasis available from Zando {buy now} Cream biker jacket by Free2BU at Edgars INVESTMENT ALERT! Genuine leather, 100% lamb Nappa leather Anthracite jacket from Old Khaki. Studded biker jacket by Vero Moda from Zando {buy now} PU Biker jacket with zip detail by News at Foshini Zip detail biker jacket by InSync Casual at Mr Price Bronze studded biker jacket by RE: at Woolworths 10.…

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Shoe Addict Alert: Spickernell Shoe Launch

Shoe Addict Alert: Spickernell Shoe Launch

I was recently invited to preview the Spickernell Autumn/Winter 2012 Shoe Collection at the James Mudge Furniture Studio in Cape Town. Stylish shoe addicts congregated with much excitement around the gorgeous new ankle- and full-length boots which are bound to find loving homes on the feet of discerning shoe lovers. Models were gliding around during the evening, dressed in clothing from shop-label.com and Adress, finished off with Spickernell shoes, designed by the bubbly Sarah Spickernell. The shoes are made using leather from Spain and Italy and Sarah mentioned that the “blush metallic inners” are the signature of this season’s collection so if you appreciate the finer things in life and attention to detail, be sure to contact info@spickernell.com to get your hands on a pair before they sell out because they’re going to go like hot cakes. Whether you like ankle boots or the whole shebang (full-length boots with tassels), there will be something to tickle your fancy in this collection.

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Buttoned up shirts for Autumn

Buttoned up shirts for Autumn

Buttoned up shirts were seen all over the runway recently with the likes of Paul Smith and Balenciaga and of course bloggers from all over the world are pairing this item with just about everything in their closet. I spoke about this huge trend on my radio segment on MFM recently, so here are some great examples of how to wear this trend for Autumn. 1,2,3,4,5.6,7,8

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Autumn Skin 101: Makeup trend forecast

Autumn Skin 101: Makeup trend forecast

Thanks to the lovely Eloise Dreyer, celebrity beauty artist and blogger for sharing her autumn makeup trends with us today… This autumn we have a strong palette to look forward to. I’m a lover or strong lips and eyes, and here’s what you can do to be spot on when it comes to Autumn trends. Strong brows are making a huge comeback. Dont over colour brows and draw stark lines, rather use a soft brow pencil like Bobbi Brown Brow Pencils, to create a strong and groomed look. Colours for eyes include washes of greys, browns and purples. My favourite grey palette is found at Dior in their “Gris” collection. Purples pop in pallets from MAC Wonderwoman, Estee Lauder Surreal Violet and YSL in Parisian Sky. Use an aubergine/grey/navy color eye pencil to finish off strong eyes. Keep lips either very nude or very strong For nude, try MAC lipstick in Myth. For strong, go for Java Jolt; a dark chocolate, or even a dark grape will be perfect. Skin is flawless, slightly on the dewy, translucent side. I use Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua and YSL Transfer Resistant foundation to create the best skin. Colour mascaras are making a huge…

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Legging it

Legging it

Winter is on its way!  I love the cooler months for the ability to layer and cover up one’s pins in stockings and tights and socks. I love all these looks from ASOS.  Some really inspiring styles to wake up your wardrobe!

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Autumn Skincare 101 – Masks

Autumn Skincare 101 – Masks

Give your skin a little TLC this autumn with a recovery mask that will polish, cleanse, hydrate or detox your skin. Here’s our top picks… Almay Polishing Mask helps to unclog your pores, vacuuming impurities to leave your skin feeling polished and oil free. Leave it on for 10 minutes and simply rinse with warm water. Almay Polishing Mask is 100% fragrance free, hyop-allergigenic and clinically, dermatologist and allergy tested. African Extracts Rooibos Deep Cleansing Facial Mask help to deep cleanse the skin, leaving it feeling nourished and looking fab with the posers of Rooibos extract that helps to draw impurities from the skin surface. Almay Hydrating Mask helps to add moisture back into the skin. The rich creamy formulation pumps the skin, helping to plum the skin and minimise the appearance of find lines that are associated with dry skin. A light film applied for 10-15 minutes is all it takes, and when you’re done, you simply remove with a damp cotton ball – no moisturizer necessary, although we always recommend a good dose of moisturizer. Yardley Oatmeal Detox Facial Mask deep cleanses and detoxifies the skin. It contains stimulating ginseng and soothing oat with a cleansing and protecting…

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Lovely Missibaba

Lovely Missibaba

On Thursday, iheartyouroutfit went to the launch of Missibaba’s autumn/winter 2011 range at their showroom in Woodstock, Cape Town. We mingled with the super-stylish, ate macaroons and got to slowly wander around the studio taking in all the gorgeous bags, belts, sandals and earrings… The collection, which was inspired by the Beatles, was a wonderful array of fragrant leather bags, belts and earrings with names like the Sgt Pepper, the Penny Lane day bag (below, *sigh*) and the Lovely Rita clutch.  The whole collection itself is called Lucy in the sky with diamonds and totally lives up to its dreamy title.   Designer Chloe Townsend has managed to create so many must-have bags that you actually don’t know where to look. She’s incorporated the Beatles flamboyant Sgt Pepper suits and their military-esque feel, using a variety of pale greys and camels to eye-catching pops of scarlet, camomile yellow, blues and gold. *Sigh*, Liza and I were totally taken with the day bags and the gorgeous belts and the bird earring… okay, we’re pretty much obsessed with the whole lot. In order to see more of this fab collection check out www.missibaba.com

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Autumn Skincare 101 – Toners

Autumn Skincare 101 – Toners

Toners are generally used after cleansing to help “seal” the pores and keep them from appearing enlarged. They also help to get rid of any dirt your cleanser may have missed. In Autumn, when your skin may be feeling a little extra dry and sensitive, it’s important to use a toner that is mild and does not irritate the skin. Payot Demaquiliant Express is one of my favourite “toners” as I personally prefer not to use toners on my skin (my cleanser does a good enough job :)). This one however, is a cleansing toner with 3-in-one benefits to cleanse skin, remove make and tone it all in one easy swipe. It removed makeup magnificently and leaves the skin feeling radiant and moisturized. I love using this one at night to take-the-day-away. Phytomer HydraContinue Comforting Toner helps give your skin a refreshing boost of moisture, which is especially great during the colder months. Olay Gentle Cleansers Refreshing Toner also from the Olay Gentle Cleansers range, is  ideal for mild, everyday cleansing. Calming extracts of cucumber and aloe also help to lift off any access dirt that your cleanser (or a heavy day of makeup) might have missed Nivea Visage Daily…

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Autumn Skin 101 – Exfoliators & Scrubs

Autumn Skin 101 – Exfoliators & Scrubs

New Kids on the Block It’s amazing how far skincare has come in recent years. Remember those Golden Oldie exfoliators that had all sorts of scrubs, beads and granules  to help with the exfoliating process and to remove dead skin cells? Well there is a whole new breed of exfoliators out there. Some of the new types of exfoliators, or as I like to call them “New kids on the block” are so smooth you wouldn’t even consider them as exfoliators. But they do a great job at getting rid of dead skin cells.     Clarins Gentle Peeling Smooth Away Cream is a granule free exfoliator that works wonders to give your skin a fresh, smooth and “new skin” look. Apply a thin layer, leave on for one minute and remove it with light sweeping movements. I love how this product gives the feeling that you’re “pulling off” your old skin to reveal a fresh, new complexion. There is a technique to removing it, so don’t worry about damaging your skin. Nimue Exfoliating Enzyme. Every time I use Nimue, I can’t believe its a local product! It’s amazing (and looks super chic too). The Exfoliating Enzyme combines Papaya and…

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Autumn Skin 101 – Cleansers

Autumn Skin 101 – Cleansers

It’s time to say goodbye to summer and hello to the cozy season of Autumn. Now is a good time to start getting you skin ready for the colder months ahead by giving it a fresh new look. Summer tends to leave your skin feeling a bit over worked and de-hydrated. In our Autumn Skin 101 series, we’ll give you all the products you need to get rid of your dull skin, revealing a fresh new you for Autumn. Gel Cleansers Gel cleansers are ideal if you suffer from an oily skin as they help to absorb the oils, letting you clean the skin. OptiPhi Facial Cleanser (4) is our number one pick! This soap free gentle cleanser cleans your face without disturbing your skins Barrier Integrity. It also contains a mild exfoliator, which means you don’t need to use any other form of cleansing systems with it. OptiPhi Facial Cleanser leaves the skin feeling fresh, rejuvenated and revitalised. TIP: This product works even better when used in conjunction with the OptiPhi Muslin Cloth and cold water.   Olay Gentle Cleansers Refreshing Face Wash (4) cares for you skin with extracts of Aloe and Cucumber. Its great for removing makeup…

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