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A Known Entity…

This story has been told time and time again. It’s quarter to nine and you are running late to work. Frustrated that you are still at home, you start mildly panicking. On your bed there is a pile of clothes, that were outfit options at one point in the morning - but but for what ever reason, you just was not feeling it. Sound familiar? What to do? What to wear? Is that the time? Panic really setting in now. Shit. Shit. Shit. This is the outfit I settled on. Dress - IamTinashe Custom, Necklace - Lovisa, Belt - Temt, Boots - Novo Shoes
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Grow Up Not Old…

It was lunch time and I was heading to “the spot” with my Creative Director to capture my outfit of the day.

As you do.

Whilst walking to our final destination I happened to run into an old high school friend.

Keep in mind it has been 10+ years since we finished high school.

I know you are probably now trying to calculate my age. Don’t.

When I saw my friend she had her husband, her two kids (7 and 2 months) in tow.

Hugs, chit chat, laughter, more chit chat. Air kisses goodbye and we both kept it moving.

This relatively short encounter got me thinking though…

At my age now am I a bona fide adult or just a phoney?

Its embarrassing to say this, but some of my biggest decisions of the day may include such gems as:

Should I work out in the morning or afternoon?

What am I going to wear?

What do I feel like for lunch?

Seriously.

If you cannot already tell I don’t have the additional responsibilities of being a wife or mother just yet.

My mother puts things into perspective with these simple words of wisdom, “enjoy it while it still lasts”.

…And that is what I am doing.

Top - Supre, Hoop Earrings - Lovisa, Skirt - Target, Shoes - Target

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Tear That Cherry Out…

In 1770, British parliament banned lipstick, saying it had the power to seduce men into marriage, which was classified as witch craft.

Fast forward to 2014, I am pretty sure I would have been burned at the stake with this outfit.

Necklace and Bangle - Lovisa, Skivvy Top - Dotti, Pencil Skirt - Temt, Shoes - Wittner

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Wedding Style - Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson

Last week there was speculation of Solange Knowles tying the knot with long time love Alan Ferguson.

Men lie, women lie, Photos don’t.

I wasn’t going to believe it until I saw the photos.

Let me just say - it was worth the wait.

Could the wedding photos be any more breath taking?

So EPIC and TIMELESS.

Their unconventional wedding style exuded class, elegance and true beauty.

Honestly, I couldn’t be happier right now

Congratulations to the Fergusons.

Images Courtesy of Vogue.com

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I Consider Leopard Print A Neutral…

Strutting my stuff as I walked to the office, no lie i was really feeling myself - I was walking with vengeance. Pause. As I dramatically flick my hair to the side - giving you a moment to appreciate my strut.

Leopard print is my signature print slash colour and I seriously consider leopard print as a neutral. Yes you read that sentence correctly, leopard print is a neutral. When i wear leopard print i really feel fierce, extra pep in my step. Yup, Over the top dot com.

So as you can probably imagine I was having one of those days were I didn’t want to go home because I felt like not enough people had seen my outfit. Gosh, just have to laugh don’t you. Has this ever happened to you? No? Well this is awkward.

Top - Temt, Jewellery - Lovisa, Belt - Country Road, Skirt - Dotti, Shoes - London Rebel

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This Week I Am….

  • Getting used to my new look. If you follow my Instagram you would have seen the making of my new hairstyle!
  • Since moving to Canberra I seem to be working longer hours. This week, I am going to really ensure that I start balancing my work and me time
  • Booking flights for my first trip home to Brisbane
  • Of course continue to be all over my diet and work out plan.

Jacket - IamTinashe Custom, Sunglasses - Sportsgirl, Bag - Louis Vuitton, Skirt - Temt, Shoes - Nine West

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Market Day…

Every Wednesday is market day in Brisbane city. It is here that my work colleagues and I congregate and pretty much spend our lunch time enjoying some delicious and fresh food. Nom. Nom. Nom. Licks Fingers.

The environment at the markets is often crowded, but the vibe is just right for a fashion blogger like myself to take some happy snaps. Say Cheese! Besides it has been ages since I have had an outdoor shoot, yes in public view - so when my colleague or “Creative Director” as she likes to be called agreed to take some snaps - it was on and popping.

Hard to believe that one goes to the markets dressed like this, but as you can see it happens.

Necklace & Earrings - Lovisa, Dress - Calvin Klein, Shoes - Zomp, Purse - Mimco

Freedom, Fro-Dom…

Told you in the last post the hair was reverting back to the afro. *raises one fist high*

Time for some shut eye.

Who needs a pillow when you have your Fro providing you with ALL the cushioning?

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Humble With A Bit Of Kanye…

I feel like when I was back home in the sunny state of Queensland - winter was very pretentious.

Especially now when I feel the wind blow through my bones here in Canberra. As the cold send a shiver down my spine I think to myself - we were really kidding ourselves with the tropical Queensland winter.

Each day it’s averaging about nine degrees and according to the locals it’s not yet winter.

Welp!

I could just go out and buy a brand new “winter” wardrobe - think delicious faux furs, woolen coats, thick print scarves.  Any excuse right?. You know I got winters items on stand by ready to be purchased at my online hot spots.

But surprise - currently I am practicing some self restraint and just incorporating what I currently have in my wardrobe to keep me warm. Yes being humble with some mild Kanye tendencies.

Let’s see how long this lasts.

Long Sleeved Top - Cotton On, Dress - Wayne Cooper, Stockings - David Jones, Boots - Tony Bianco

Flashback Friday…

The man pictured in the photo above, is a man I feel deeply in love with three years ago.

We spoke for over a month without meeting, really sussing each other out.

When we finally met, I can honestly say for me it was love at first sight. The chemistry was there and I could see our future in his eyes.

Last week, much to my surprise he asked me to his wife.

Beyoncé coined the term when she said, he liked it so he put a ring on it.

When he asked me to be his wife, no lie at one point I couldn’t feel my legs. If it wasn’t for my heart beating at a million miles an hour I could have sworn it was a a dream or an out of body experience.

I said yes. No hesitation. Just YES.

I am a little shy to post the ring here, it’s already on my personal Facebook page and Instagram - just don’t want to be one of “those” annoying brides to be. You can click on the link if you are curious - I know you are! The man did good!

This week, I have been sharing our engagement story with family and friends AND  getting used to wearing my engagement ring.

I haven’t been able to wipe the smile off my face.

The joy is infectious, I am so excited to share the rest of my life with this man.

P.S. I guess now you know why I have been quieter than a mouse at your favorite restaurant, just know I have missed you guys.

IamTinashe,
xoxo

If You Are Too Comfortable Then It Is Not Fashion

What a statement right?

I think that women dress for three different types of audiences: for themselves, their girlfriends, and for their significant other. When you are dressing for yourself, you wear what you feel comfortable in or whatever shows off what you consider to be your best asset.

When you dress for your girlfriends, it can sometimes be ‘men repelling’. For some weird reason the Olsen twins come to mind – I mean I like the way they dress, but would I dress like them? Not necessarily.  Men repelling fashion is on trend, but your average mere male just can’t understand i.e. statement necklaces that weigh about the same weight as a new born baby or our beloved shapeless maxi dresses.

When you dress for your significant other….well *raises one eye brow*, I don’t think I have to go into too much detail there, you should know what they like to see you in. If you don’t – you are doing it wrong. Yeah, I said it.

Each work day is an opportunity for me to wear all my beloved clothes. It excites me that I get to style them my way and present my unapologetic version of myself, yes even in the workplace. When it comes to my work wear I don’t think I can categorise my style to suit the three audiences I described earlier.

All I can say is I dress how I feel, even If sometimes I look back at the photos and cringe, at the time it felt right.


Earrings - Lovisa, Peplum Top - Temt, Belt -SES, Skirt - Valley Girl, Shoes - London Rebel

What Up Doe?

If you are a regular visitor, you would have noticed that the posts have been few and far between. Why? Well for the first time since my long break earlier in the year I have two weeks of just straight chilling.

I don’t have anywhere I have to be, nothing I have to be doing. Just straight chilling.

It’s nice. Real nice.

Giving me adequate time to recharge and ready to come out swinging with fresh ideas for 2015.

When I return to my regular blogging schedule it will be Beast mode ON.

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More Than A Woman..

I just don’t think men really understand what it’s like to be a woman, let alone comprehend the hard work that happens behind the scenes.

Let me break it down for you.

Each day starts with a good body and face wash/scrub.

A moisturizer is applied because it promises to keep our skin glowing and youthful looking. No one has time to look like they have been crawling in flour.

Some of us choose to apply face paint also known as make up. Consider it as armor that prepares her to fight a good fight. The world can be so heartless.

We also don undergarments and clothes that accentuate all the right lumps and lady curves. This gives us that extra confidence to take on the world.

Sweat is fat crying so we exercise daily.

Let’s not forget the monthly trips to have hair removed from unsightly places, hair appointments so our crown remains our pride and the weekly mani and pedicure.

This is just a base line routine for some women.

Men you have probably never noticed this goes on because she is still catering to your needs, working her full time job, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry hell maybe even looking after kids - all whilst looking flawless and unbothered (most of the time).

Yes she is more than the a beautiful woman who is by your side.

Fellas: Love, respect, honor, admire, protect and appreciate your woman - because if you don’t who will?

You know your a parent when...

Look at those precious feet. Super cute right? I am not just saying that because its my baby. Without doubt women reading this are clutching at their ovaries and men are turning in their player cards determined to find “the one” so they can sow their seed. Teeny tiny baby feet have that effect on grown folk.

Jokes. Sorta. Not really.

Right now my mini me is being super impossible She doesn’t want her dad, doesn’t want to be breast feed, doesn’t need a nappy change. She’s not too hot or too cold, she is just right temperature wise. Looking at her eyes they are wide awake and doesn’t look like she will be going to bed anytime soon. We don’t know what she wants after eliminating a whole of host of possible solutions.

One thing is for certain. She wants her mama – me. She just wants to be held? Easy. That stops the crying. Mama has lots to do though – finish up cooking, cleaning up because she likes things just so. Not to mention blogging. As legitimate of an excuse as it is to say, “I have a baby” the time has some what passed for it to be valid excuse – tales of incompetence do not interest people. Routines need to be established so that things can get back to normal.

In other words, our little person who weighs less than 10 kilos will no longer be a dictator. As parents we are going to over throw (coup) and reclaim power. We going to work hard to get a solid routine in place to insure that we can literally GET our LIFE.

Right now I am writing this blog post with bub strapped on to me using a baby harness – something like this but I am dressed in daggy home clothes. Initially bub resists being restricted but I think the realisation that she ain’t going nowhere, the sound of my heartbeat or something eventually calms her down. Her being attached to me means my hands are free to do other things. Baby girl then closes her eyes and sleeps – in protest, I guess.

Being a parent is not of the greatest joys that I have experienced in my life time. At the same damn time it can be incredibly challenging and frustrating. Which got me thinking, how do you know that you have crossed over and are slowly morphing into your parents?

You know you are a parent when:

  • You sneak around like a ninja in your own damn house so you don’t make noise and wake the baby.
  • Vomit, urine or poo on you or your clothes no longer bothers you.
  • You spend ages trying to put them down to sleep as they resist it. They finally go to sleep and you realise you miss them and can’t wait for them to wake up.
  • You have to schedule a time for anything and everything. All the things you took for granted e.g. shopping, using the bathroom, taking a shower.
  • The sounds of baby farts and poos excite you because it means things are moving.
  • A 10 minute uninterrupted shower feels like a spa date!
  • You don’t wear white.
  • You drop the kids off at day care and drive to work listening to nursery rhymes….and singing along solo!
  • When you’re using every ounce of energy to keep your eyes open and keep it together.

Yes, it’s all true and I am probably not selling the parent trap. I have to say though, and it will sounds incredibly cliche but even with all of the above your heart is so full of indescribable love and life now makes sense.

Special shout out and a heartfelt thank you to other new mothers who also contributed to this post.

How did you know you were now a parent?

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A Look Back At My Hairstyles in 2014….

Not long now until we wave goodbye to 2014.

I spent the morning looking through some photos, appreciating the year that was.

It’s only then that it dawned on me that I had worn a few different hairstyles in 2014.

Which one was your favorite?

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Love Locked Down…

I have many women in my life. Be it sisters, aunts, mothers. friends even work colleagues. Through their heartbreaks I am reminded that good men can be hard to find.

The world is full of boyfriends but not many men who are willing to step up to become husbands.

They say that love is patient, love is kind it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonour others, it is not self seeking. It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

When you find your significant other with a good heart and unconditional love for you - treasure and value them.

Pearl Necklace - Gifted, Stripe Dress - Portmans, Black Heels - Wittner

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The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side…

Big or small we all have problems. That is just a fact of life.

As a social experiment imagine if we got a group of friends together and we all wrote down our problems. All those problems are then placed in a hat.

We then proceed to pick out a new set of problems, to have and to hold.

I am pretty sure that we would quickly want our own problems back.

It goes to show that even if it is only a small patch of grass carefully laid out on concrete.

The grass is not always greener on the other side
 

Top - Temt, Skirt - Temt, Shoes - London Rebel.

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Thick Thighs Save Lives…

When I was younger I was a girl guide covered in badges.

Now that I am grown I wear the thick thighs badge with pride.

Team Thick Thighs stand up!

Sunglasses - Sports Girl, Denim Shirt - General Pants Co, Shorts - Miss Shop, Shoes - London Rebel

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Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking…

Miranda Priestley’s famed line from the movie The Devil Wears Prada lives on in infamy.

The uber bitchy, yet hilarious retort has been proven wrong each time spring has sprung - florals live on.

Shirt - TrueWorths, Skirt - Asos, Shoes - Wittner

Guest Blogger - Tendai Sithole… How would you describe your personal style? I would say my personal style is classy and sophisticated no doubt about that one. What is your go to fashion outfit? My go to fashion outfit is a simple pair of heels and a nice dress… I don’t see how you could go wrong with that combination. What are your must have items in your wardrobe? My must haves are definitely my Chanel hand bag, converse sneakers, a shift dress, pair of sunnies and definitely some lip balm ain’t no body got time for dry lips. What inspires your style? My style is inspired by my love of all the glamorous things in life… I don’t care if I’m having a bad day I believe it is key too look on point everyday, all day. 5 things about you that the world should know about you…Well I’m not that exciting but in no particular order…
  • Your innocent until proven guilty - I’m a law student going into my final year.
  • *Shuffles script** I’m also an actress… (Theatre)
  • Charity starts at home - I enjoy giving back to the community… This is shown through the time I give at the Red Cross.
  • “To Be Or Not Be? That Is the Question…I teach speech and drama
  • You seen me on the dance floor? I have mad dance moves.

A big thank you to Tendai for featuring! I heart her TWA, the versatility and uniquness of her style. I created this blog for "real women” of all shapes and sizes to have a platform to share their jaw dropping style. If you are interested in featuring, holla at your girl, here.