Saturday, 9 May 2015

WINTER, BRIGHTER THAN YOU THINK

Most people suffer dark mood changes when it suddenly gets cold and retreat into indoors activities. To me, the drop in temperatures announces the arrival of an exciting time to dress since one can indulge in the luxury of heavy fabric and texture. The Southern hemisphere not exactly warrants fur, but a little extra weight in fabric is required. Mid season always poses a few difficulties, and when in doubt, just layer in lighter fabric. I am welcoming winter with a bold flowery coat accessorised with bright colours, not normally associated with cold weather but then again, we do still experience balmy evenings and sunny days. What do you wear in mid season? Challenge convention and prance around fall in bright colours to perk you up.The one exciting thing to invest in is a multi colour tote!







Coat - D &G
Pants - Trenery
Shoes -  Dune
Tote - Fendi
Belt - Hermes






Sunday, 3 May 2015

ALLURE

Allure is something that lurks in all of us, it just takes the right kind of opportunity to allow ourselves to discover the inner beauty and ability.  What a wonderful chance to attend an event with  Allure as the theme, allowing us to just be, and escape from every day's routine to rediscover the magic of Red lipstick and high heels. And for those of us who do not brave the world in stilettos, you can find equal comfort in a gorgeous pair of loafers or flatter heels. The essence of being a women is to be able to enjoy a day of beauty, banter and relaxation. Former magazine editor for  Elle,  the stylish Jackie Burger, once again had us all in awe with a soiree at her morning of magic and cupboards full of captive ideas.  How nice of her to ask us all to introduce ourselves to the person sitting next to you, which served as a real icebreaker in a society where nobody talks to strangers!  Like Jackie rightfully said, today's women don't have much opportunity to just talk to each other and to mingle. The elegant and well known model, Juanita Kotze, then talked us onto the runway with good posture, allowing us to host our own little mini walkathon in high heels, with the correct body posture and heads up, of course. 

We were given a taster of the sampling table, each displaying an experimental bottle with a secret ingredient, followed by a "smell and taste" session, allowing us to indulge in the sensation of delicious bites served on micro plates previously used in the science class.  The morning was filled with much laughter and fun as we proceeded down the make shift runway, and with Spree's carefully curated collection of shoes ( edited by none other than Jackie Burger), those who were in flats, could adorn their pretty feet in a pair of heels, swaying the hips under the skilful eye of Juanita who shared a few modelling tips on how to compose yourself in heels.  Mac Cosmetics provided us with a fascinating workshop about how to correctly apply your lipstick, with instant results and lusciously plumped up lips, all in a few minutes work! The beautiful ambience of the art class provided the perfect backdrop for the occasion, with paintbrushes and splashes of oil paint left behind on desktops, hosting surfaces very well seasoned with the smell of Turpentine oil.  The inner florist was also put to work with the Blomboy hosting drawers of fresh cut flowers and greenery, leaving us to play and create our own little mini bouquets of flowers. The beautiful old window sill, with a view of the garden, was the perfect backdrop where I could place my work of art and exercise my photographic skill on depth of field.

Our senses were further stimulated with a little introduction and talk on the art of perfume making by Frazer perfumes. Another room hosted some beautifully crafted felt hats dangling from the ceiling, designer garments, skilfully crafted jewellery,  and eyewear that would turn heads. We could splurge a little in some extravagance with Extreme Eyewear who displayed a number of unusual and irregular shaped sunglasses, providing protection against the harsh South African light and making a very firm fashion statement at the same time. The  copious volumes of Method Cap Classique constantly flowing, the South African version of the French Champagne added some further  sparkle to the event. 

Keep your eye on Salon58's website and Facebook page for the particulars of the next event. An occasion not to be missed, at least not if you are in dire need to let your hair down and just have fun with the girls. 























Salon58 Soiree held at Pierre Olivier Art Centre, Stellenbosch by Jackie Burger
Photographs Nicolene Richards
Jenna McArthur Public Relations
Spree Clothing
Mac Cosmetics
Blomboy
Extreme Eyewear






Friday, 24 April 2015

SPREE PREVIEW

Those of you familiar with online shopping must surely have a shortcut to the Spree website on your desktop by now, as it's just so exciting shopping online and having it delivered to your door. No import duties, no custom checks, no hidden costs from cross border orders......One might not experience the tactile feel of texture when you shop online, but it sure beats the inconvenience of having to squeeze into garments in more often than not, ill fitting changing rooms!
 
Spree has become a household name in South Africa with an ever increasing variety including some of our own designer brands like Habits, Gavin Rajah and a few others!

Thanks to Jenna MacArthur Public Relations, we were allowed a sneak preview of what winter holds in store...  The bottom line is, you need a blanket poncho, an oversized coat, a dash of Red and a welcome return of animal print in your winter staple collection. The puffer jacket is by far the most useful for casual styling and travelling. So get on with it, get to Spree...





 

Friday, 10 April 2015

SALON 58

With the official launch of Jackie Burger's Salon 58, which she refers to as "some place of magic", February being the month of love, can now officially also be called the month of style, with the emphasis on the return of the classics. The most impressive of the soiree, is that it was introduced with an assemblage of women who inspire, not only as career women, but as style icons, including Jena Dover, Anet Pienaar Vosloo and Pnina Fenster. The event introduced the new clothing label by Elaine du Plessis, "Drotsky", all modelled by these iconic women, and whose collection certainly brings back a certain charm of timeless garments.
 
Jackie certainly knows how to showcase art, with exhibits taking the form of installations in an unconventional display in the old classrooms,  and with real models representing real women, walking the unusual runway. Salon 58 is situated in a former girl's boarding school in Stellenbosch, with the atmosphere and ambience of each room exuding a distinct Parisian feel. One could almost envisage Coco Chanel, who Jackie has great admiration for, prancing down the stairs in her classic trimmed suits, challenging convention.
 
Indeed a venue where you would feel perfectly at home to linger, and who knows, maybe even kick of your shoes!
 
The PUCHULIK series of jewellery served as the perfect embellishment to compliment the beautiful attire that was showcased during the event. The next soiree takes place on Saturday the 18th  April 2015, and tickets may be bought online.

I sincerely hope that Jackie's new venture will inspire a return of the classic style and nostalgia of days gone by....To crown it all, guests were entertained with the melodious sounds of La Vie en Rose being sung by none other than Lindiwe Suttle. With a voice like a nightingale, she was complimented and accompanied by the accordion played by Stanislav Angelov.

Step up on style, and be one who inspires....

Bookings:https://www.webtickets.co.za/…/jackie-burgers-sa…/1448485692