The wiser cat – Leopard print dos and don’ts….

August and it is limbo time in terms of fashion…everyone is on holiday, still summer out there but that niggly feeling that our summer wardrobe has started to bore us won’t go away. It has always been a month I don’t get excited about shopping for new season pieces, as the days of actually wearing a new coat, pair of boots or that snuggly new cashmere sweater are still too far in the future. Yet, in these days of instagramRead more…

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Summer dressing and its challenges…

Summer dressing in the city is a challenge to most of us women who don’t permanently live in a coastal city. That holy grail that is the perfect marriage between flattering, comfortable styles and occasion appropriateness goes completely off kilt. For one, it is as practically impossible to look professional in spaghetti straps at the office, as it is to not overheat in a pant suit. Of course the (too) easy answer has always been the short sleeved sheath dress,Read more…

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The rise and rise of the new status handbag…

As it were, a few years ago when two sisters launched a new concept in handbag materials and shapes, they could not have, in their most ambitious career dreams have foreseen just how the launch of Mansur Gavriel would disrupt the fiercely disputed world of handbags. With the combination of a small production line and the enormous quite unexpected attention the Instagram world (still in its infancy then) brought to the label, it was no surprise to see the labelRead more…

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Fashion and the beautiful people…

Brazil is a country synonymous with beauty, beautiful nature & beautiful people, so it has always baffled me that its incredible fashion industry has never really flourished outside of its own cocoon. Of course part of the reason is that in terms of leading trends, the hubs of high fashion are all located in the Northern hemisphere – it is where all new fashions are traditionally first seen. The southern hemisphere’s hot fashion hubs of Brazil, Australia and South AfricaRead more…

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Cracked heels not invited…

Well, yes it feels like a time to celebrate… For quite a few seasons now, I have felt left out of the “shoe porn” party on instagram as well as in real life. Let me explain, as I grow into a more mature phase of my fashion life, I have been finding it more and more difficult to fall in love with shoes. I have in my mind been blaming designers who no longer design for the women with realRead more…

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The sales as we knew it….

I have been one of the very early days adopters of online shopping. In fact I suspect, I must have been one of the very first few customers to join net-a-porter’s mailing list all those 17 years ago. I had a good reason back then, it was a case or adapt or die, ok maybe not die, but let an intense passion die. I was living in South Africa back then, a country that after years of isolation from theRead more…

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The once a season treat your wardrobe deserves….

At this time of the year, when Christmas is fast approaching, it is only natural to start thinking about those investments that at any other time of the year would seem far too indulgent and quite frankly, frivolous. And because frivolity has never equated to elegance, it is the classic handbags category that comes to mind. In the handbag department of my perfectly defined and somewhat rigorous style’s dos and don’ts, I have some style finickinesses that I am not ready toRead more…

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Head to toe embroidery…will you please?

Much against what I imagined my 50-year-old self to be one day – that super sleek classic dresser who takes dressing her own age very seriously… now fast forward to September 2017 and I find myself convinced that in fact, a good eye for prints (and print clashing for that matter), is an essential key to a grown up woman’s style evolution. Feeling rather enlighted by this change of heart, I am totally smitten with the luxe Bohemia taking hold of myRead more…

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All hail the one piece…

As a Brazilian-born, it has always been tricky to get my head around the concept of a full piece swimming costume. I mean, growing up watching women of all shapes and sizes wearing bikinis of all shapes and sizes while worshipping the sun on the white, sexy sands of Rio, does not leave space in one’s head for understanding the concept of a one piece that leaves one with all sorts of weird and wonderful tan marks. In addition, IRead more…

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The essential guide to the summer sales…

With traditional sale times turned on its head, sales shopping has become a little more complicated. Firstly, because we no longer know when to expect the price of that gorgeous designer blazer to drop, secondly because it may be discounted by anything from 20% to 50% off, depending on the stockist. While it is quite exciting to shop the summer sales in May, when technically summer has not even started yet, it does make it harder work to trawl our favoriteRead more…

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