Thursday 29 November 2012

Funky Coral

Since we are a season behind the northern hemisphere in terms of seasons, it’s therefore probably apt that the spring 2012 Coral runway trend is hitting us now. This colour is fun and bright, it is hue is feminine with a bit more edge than the traditional pink.
Coral trend on runway Spring 2012

Molly Sims looking gorgeous in this coral gown by Azzaro, it even accautes the pregnancy glow
Personally I am mad about this colour; it has been in my closet for a few seasons in varying shades. It suits a lot of skin tones and is even showing up in home décor!

The reason I love it is because it is a happy colour; it brings to mind hot summer days and nights and all that is associated with warmth. I paired it with cream and my heels for a formal business look with my pop of colour.

Country Road pants with seam

Studded Forever New top, gifted necklace

Guess watch & gifted tennis bracelet (from hubby dearest)

Honey arm decor
Wearing: Linen blazer| Country Road pants| Forever New T-shirt| Kenneth Cole Heels

I'm loving the colour trends of this season, there are colours to suit all tastes. Brights & Bolds, Neons, Pastels...even prints.

So go on and enjoy!

RuBe xoxo
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Monday 26 November 2012

Lola's on Long Street| workwear lookpost

During my last weeks at work I popped into a darling little restuarant bistro, Lola's, on Long Street for an informal meeting and also grabbed a bite to eat. Whilst sitting there I soaked up the fusion of sounds and smells emanating from the delis and coffee shops. There is such a vibey atmosphere, and with the authentic mix of diverse cultures, you literally feel as if you’re sitting in a remote vacation spot! It's also a proud moment when one sees our public transport system in full force (the scheduled Myciti buses); still in it's infancy; yet efficient enough to rank on par with those of developed countries. I am passionate about South Africa and my heart fills with pride when we experience these little successes as a country, making us more marketable to the rest of the world. Go SA!
Long Street is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike

Myciti buses run regularly down Long Street as part of the new public transport system

Lola's boast a simple menu, but enough to cater for most tastes. I thoroughly enjoyed the grilled vegetable salad, as well as a few cups of red cappuccino, my non-caffeine fix.


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Whilst I can’t remember what I wore, here’s another lookpost on workwear. I really enjoy floral print, and since Spring and the warmer weather was nowhere to be seen, I decided to bring some colour to a dreary, Spring day.

 Wearing: Mango Dress| Country Road Cardigan & Belt|Nine West booties| TIghts by Falke| Gold hoops by Sass
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Thursday 22 November 2012

Workwear farewell

These past weeks have been a culmination to Friday 23rd November, my last day at the office for 3months. That's right, 3 months of no work, no finance proposals, no client meetings!
What will I do with myself? I am filled with trepidation, as I think about my job and realise that I absolutely love and enjoy it, and to be without it for 3 months?!
My career has been my purpose for the longest time; separate to being a mum, wife and friend. And so much energy and hard work- what shall I do for stimulation?

Well, I suppose one has to jump in with both feet and give it a go, to really know what a 3 month sabbatical will bring my way. As the saying goes: "If you are brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello".

So I have decided to do a few posts on workwear since I probably won't be wearing them for a while.

Since I work in a formal environment, one always has to look professional. At times I try to bring in a bit of a playful element with an accessory, handbag or a pop of colour. Seen below is one of my more formal looks, where I have paired a structured jacket with a textured pencil skirt.

Here I am wearing:

Country Road jacket| French Connection lace skirt| Kenneth Cole Heels

More look posts will follow as I have more free time.

Ciao for now,
RuBe xoxo
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Wednesday 21 November 2012

She Zone Fashion Show

I recently attended a fashion show which displayed pieces desgined and manufactured by Shahida Holmes Khan.  Shahida was employed in the retail industry, managing exclusive brands before embarking on her own line, equipping her with the relevant skills.

The final lot of outfits
She Zone was started by Shahida Holmes Khan in July 2012 and is targeted at the Modern Muslim Woman. She has conducted research studying womens body shape, the changes that our bodies goes through and how it makes us feel. And more importantly how it ties in with being a Muslim woman. In response to her client’s demands she started creating modest designs which includes workable basics.
The pieces exude a relaxed, stylish feel for the free spirited woman with inspiration drawn from the latest international catwalk trends. The aim is to make items affordable.
Shahida promotes a classical style of dressing, whilst keeping it modest.
She Zone has two ranges namely: pieces with a "fresh and funky" appeal and pieces with a "pure and classic" appeal.  The items are designed in such a way  that they can be paired in different ways.

Here's some of her beautiful creations:

Shahida says:  “Personally, I feel clothing is an art - you follow the basic rules, and the rest is....all play!!”

She Zone also offers styling, wardrobe consultations and personal shopping.

For consultations and orders (which can be altered to your desired size), please contact: 
Shahida Holmes Khan
Tel: 076 173 4414

Pieces can also be viewed at 32 Main Ave, Gleemor, Athlone

Thanks for reading,

Ciao for now,
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Sunday 18 November 2012

The Last Match with Neon sweats

It is with such a sense of relief that we attended my son's last soccer match for the season. It has been a really long season stretching from February this year to the end of November. Seeing the development in these young boys over the past couple of months has been amazing. From innocent, playful youngsters, they have become disciplined, considerate little people. It's really inspiring and I'm grateful to the people who took time out of their days to spend with our sons.

Ghaalid chilling before the match

Ihsaan after the match, trying to hide the doughnut!
Lets take some doughnuts home for my brothers too!

It was also the first time our summer sportswear saw the light on the soccer field. Soccer being a winter sport, usually means you bundle up in UGGS or wellies with as many layers as possible to guard against the Cape Town winter.

Yesterday I was so happy to don my summer sports wear as seen below:



Wearing Nike sportswear as well as my favorite neon sneakers! I must admit I have received a few raised eyebrows from my family members regarding these bright pieces!

Then off to a fashion show, the launch of the second range for She-zone, a line of modest yet fashionable pieces. More on this show in a separate post.

Here's a few snaps of my outfit:
Pandora silver bracelet| Swarovski necklace

Woolworths t-shirt| Makro maxi skirt| Country Road docksiders| Blackcherry slingbag

That's it for now...
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Wednesday 14 November 2012

White jeans trend for summer : Lookpost

Colour denims are a big trend right now, and I remember the 90's where the colour Levis 501 was the in thing. The white jeans were also a big hit and for a while thereafter regarded as tacky and uncool. Those of you who have been yearning for the trend to return, it is back! It is also suitable for any age. Whilst jeans are a staple, what changes constantly is the style, length and cut. The new look is the slim cropped jeans or skinny.

It is so versatile and can be dressed up or down, for a casual lunch date or semi formal occasion (office casual perhaps?). Dress it up with heels and a blazer for an office casual look or for a more casual look, strappy flats and t shirt.

Here's my take on the white denim trend:
Worn as business casual for an informal meeting.

Wearing:Asos blazer| Woolworths white jeans(bought last year) | Kumaro for Mr Price Embellished tank| Nine West peep toes| Belt by ZARA

Gifted cuff
Pippa Middleton has been seen sporting the white jeans. Have a look at how she's styled it:
For a casual dressed down look, flats and pretty tops

Styled with a structured blazer for a business casual look

Images courtesy of Google

If you're not comfortable with this season's hottest neon denim trend the white jeans is absolutely a stylish substitute.

Some ideas on how to recreate this look:

Blazer: Mr Price
Jeans, heels and bracelet Zando Online

                                                Thanks for reading!
                                                 Ciao for now,
                                                 RuBe xoxo

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