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Oh Audrey!

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A little look book of my new short, ombre locks. 

After weeks of deliberating and hours in the salon, I finally present to you, my much shorter and blonder hurr. I’ve had almost every hair colour and hairstyle known to middle earth, but none quite like this! I love doing drastic and crazy things to my coiffure because you know, yolo, and also it grows back.

PS: In true first world problem style, which black crop do you think looks best for my Hepburn-esque look?

Racer Front – Factorie

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Long Sleeve – Factorie

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Strappy Crop – MRP

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PS: Shot to Gloss Lady for the pics.

J x

Feeling Lucky?

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I had the privilege of being invited to the Lucky Brand relaunch of their Denim Donation Drive.

I got to choose a pair of jeans in exchange for any pair of old denims and let me tell you, it was a very hard choice, rivalling the decision whether to cut a fringe or not, or what to order at my favourite restaurant. 

Normally jeans shopping is an absolute nightmare for me – I generally stay very far away from this traumatic experience. I have a smallish waist, big butt and short legs – jeans weren’t made for this booty without some serious tailoring. Yet, for the first time in the history of ever, every single pair I tried on was perfectly fitted, super luxe and comfy as hell. Now all of a sudden, the nightmare was choosing my favourite out of all the beautiful fits and washes.

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In between wine sipping and grooving to the DJ, I finally settled on these ripped dark wash skinnies AKA The Charlie Skinny (Right). It was a close call between the light wash high-rise skinnies on the left!

If you want to get your hands on your own pair, all you have to do is bring in a pair of your old, lightly worn jeans (any brand!) and get 50% off a brand new pair of stunning denims.  

All denims collected will be donated to the SOS Children’s Villages. They run a project in Port Elizabeth whereby repurposed denims are sold for profit by women in the community, who are then able to support themselves through this awesome initiative.

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I was helped by a strapping young lad named Reese who selected my perfect size after taking one look at me, despite my usual protests for a larger one. Brother had skillz. 

Support a good cause and get some rad new jeans pant – what’s not to love?

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Wedding Weirdness

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A brief account of how I landed up doing the most bizarre impromptu look post shoot in the mist at Tala Game Reserve…

Last weekend, the Gloss Lady asked me to be her Plus One to a wedding. Normalsville right? That was until La told me that she was going as a “blogger proxy” for a friend who couldn’t be at her little brother’s Big Day. Apparently, it’s a common thing in the UK for people to send writers to weddings to capture the day for them, should they not be able attend.

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So off we went, severely hungover from the night before, to a wedding where we knew no-one. We managed to get completely lost and run up to our seats as the bride was walking down the aisle. Our hopes to fly under the radar were now completely diminished and we spent the rest of the night explaining to people how we landed up in and amongst long lost friends and dear relatives.

Even better is that (as the seating arrangement put it) I was known as La’s “assistant” and we were placed at the table right in front of the wedding party. I now probably happen to feature heavily in most of the photos and film during the speeches as I am sure my bad allergies were mistaken for emotional tears. The camera was on me more than at the wedding where I was an actual bridesmaid.

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The bride also kept giving us confused glares and I can’t blame her. Not only were we strangers at her meticulously planned and intimate do, but we were also the first to jump up to the buffet or to grab healthy helpings of dessert. 

Nothing better to do than take a few outfit pics while we were at it right?

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Jumper/Factorie  Skirt/Topshop  Boots/Topshop  Sling Bag/Better Half

Sunnies/Forever New  Lippie/Mac Lady Danger

OppiKoppi Odyssey

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With more outfit changes than Beyoncé, I give to you my OppiKoppi experience.

I don’t get no Coachella or Glastonbury, so I got my festival chic on for my first OppiKoppi out in the dusty reserves of Limpopo.

Running water, clean toilets, plenty of stages, sick line-up (with acts all starting as per the schedule), veggie food galore, crazy crowd goers, old varsity friends and beautiful weather is how I would sum it up. I didn’t take my camera so all I have are a few iPhone pics of me trying to look inconspicuous whilst posing in a dust bowl. Not very rock ‘n roll, this blogging.

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OppiKoppi Highlight Reel:

1. The 14 hour train ride from Durbs to Jozi. I don’t think I’ve partied like that on public transport before.

2. The moment when Steve hopped up on stage at the Bos tent for the most epic impromptu drumming.

3. HHP was seriously one of my favourite acts the whole fest. The 6 of us stood on the hillside dancing like loons on loon tablets for the full set.

4. The arts and crafts section where we made togas. Those togas were legit for about 35 minutes until we succumbed to heat and dust and torn them off.

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5. Finding out the trippy waffle guy wasn’t just super trippy. He was snaffling drogas ilegales on the sidelines. The next day, there was just a vacant spot where his trippy waffle caravan once was. We all wondered why he’d decided to make his vanilla icecream, trippy green. 

6. Spotting two snakes whose cobra cove was conveniently situated at the opening of our camp. They turned out to be pretty cool neighbours for the full 4 days, making guest appearances every so often. 

7. Finding the one lone grassy patch, along a sidewalk and just napping there without a care in the world. We must have looked like 6 drunkards who peaked way too early. Meanwhile we were just zen with nature and woke up to do a yoga pose or two. Namaste, bitches.

8. While I am very disappointed with the fact that the sound was so shoddy for Cat Power, the shade that was being thrown at the sweating sound guy was quite entertaining.

9. The fact that the moon was so bright, that we all cast night shadows. Night shadows man, night shadows.

10. Wolfmother, Nomadic Orchestra, Grassy Sparks, The Muffinz, Spoek Mathambo, Hugh Masekela, HHP, Black Math. 

11. Six of us, dirty and stanking, sleeping like the dead on the flight home, after dropping off the filthiest rental car you ever did see.

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Cheers Oppi, see you next year.  

 

Warehouse Wurking

Another afternoon of Gloss Lady and I running around sketchy locations for impromptu look post shoots.

We laugh in the face of danger.

Cami: Lady and the Punk

Skirt: MRP

Shoes: Truworths

Bag: Superbalist

Watch: Swatch

Sunnies: Sportscene

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Not only is this video inspiring, absolutely beautiful and from an epic brand that has its roots in 031 soil, but also as a result of the input of my bestie. PROUD AF.

Check it out, share it with the tag #workingclassheroes and you could win yourself a sweet 2.5k voucher.

PRESS PLAY.

Wind For Days

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Amble and Thorn has a little special running for my dear readers. Peep the details here!

PS: HOT NEWS! The Gloss Lady and I are back in action!

Lauren and I are back to our usual tricks. Now that we are making that paper together again, we decided to commemorate this momentous occasion by hitting up The Cube on Innes Road for a very windy, look post shoot (as one does.) You can czech La looking a lot more graceful in the gale than I did, here

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Anyways, if you love my look then you also might like Amble and Thorn – a little entrepreneurial brainchild of a lovely local lass. I picked her noggin’ about a few things concerning her little collection – because let’s be honest, we all love knowing what goes on in the minds of our enchanting creatives.

What’s even better is that by using the promo code, GIRLWITHABUM, you dear readers, can get 15% off of any items from the fashion collection, until the 14th of July. Say hello comfy textured stockings!

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What are your favourite pieces?

Bron: It’s difficult to say, I love everything! But if I had to choose a couple of things it would have to be the Veronique statement necklace – gemstone necklaces made from Lapis Lazuli, Quartz & Jasper stone as well as the charcoal drop earrings and the Annabel backpack. I’m loving chunky statements and gemstone pieces at the moment!

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Elab on the Fashion Collection for us…

Bron: The Fashion Collection is a bit more edgy and having been inspired by the Byzantine Era, includes bold statement pieces, big jewels and a rich, luxurious colour palette. We also carry a range of unisex leather and canvas backpacks and satchels.

You can find Bron and her beauts at The Wonder Market or at ambleandthorn.com. Don’t forget to use your promo code dahlings!

Sol-Sol Durban Pop Up Store

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Assuming you’re all up to date with the Sol-Sol menswear trend, assuming you all want to cop some, assuming you want to know where to get your hands on the merch… 

Sol-Sol is running a little pop-up shop at 150 Florida Road.

Monday to Thursday: 1 – 4 pm

Friday: 1 – 3:30 pm

Read about the brand here.

Can’t get to the store? Then shop online! CLICK HURR.

Werk Wednesdays

Winter is coming…

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Cardi: Lady and the Punk

Cami: Topshop

Jeans: River Island

Sneakers: Adidas 

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Tee: Forever 21

Skirt: Mr Price/ Kristin’s Closet Clean-out

Sneakers: Nike

Shellac Nails: Courtney Shaw

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Tee: Vans

Jeggings: Woolies

Slops: RVCA

Double Chin: Food Addiction