Olde Worlde Charm at the Dutch Manor Antique Hotel

The good peeps at Influence PR invited The Chosen One and I to spend Friday night at the Dutch Manor Antique Hotel in Bo-Kaap. At first, I thought it would be something old and musty which my gran would enjoy – were she alive today.

Olde worlde charm.

After all, this elegant establishment celebrates its 200th birthday this year and the decor is pretty much from that era, give or take a decade or two. Boy, was I wrong. Continue reading

Look of the Week: Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney gets two look of the week votes from me. Copy the designer for a casual but stylish take on the classic black pants suit. Pair black skinny’s and a tailored cropped jacket with a casual t, leather shopper, ankle boots and dark shades for perfect street chic style.

Classic made cool; the designer spotted out and about in London this week.

She scores another vote for this little number. Ginnifer Goodwin attended the world premiere of  My Valentine in Los Angeles wearing Stella McCartney Fall 2011.

Are the  ladies wearing shoes from the same collection?

I wouldn’t consider this outfit a red carpet look but I do love the dress. What do you think?

Have a great weekend, fashion lovers. Happy styling.

love & light

Clouds xxx

Support World Malaria Day; Save a Life by Looking Fab

These precious delights were delivered to me this morning. I’m saying precious because they’re more than just gorgeous arm candy which will compliment any trendy look from denim on denim to boho- chic. They also carry power; the power to save a life.

I think an armful of the multi-coloured ones will look fun against denim. Or try the pearly strands with black.

Now before you race off in the opposite direction spurred by thoughts of voo-doo charm; read on.

Influence PR, the benefactor of my charm bracelets are working with the South African division of a global partnership called United Against Malaria (UAM) to help raise awareness for World Malaria Day which is tomorrow, Wednesday, 25 April.

Malaria is a disease which kills one child in Africa every 60 seconds. Shocking huh? Something as simple as purchasing a mosquito net will save a life but like everything in life, safety measures cost money. This is how you can help.

UAM has collaborated with Relate, a beading organisation which supports employment and social development in townships, to create a signature bracelet. The sale of one UAM bracelet, the brightly coloured one; can help protect a child for up to five years from this killer disease.

R30.00 couldn’t can’t buy you a vodka cocktail, a new lipgloss or even a movie ticket, but it can save a life. Support UAM in their quest to reduce a frightening statistic to zero buy purchasing a bracelet for R30.00 from Cape Union Mart and Old Khaki stores nationwide. The pearly bracelet is a Relate product available from Poetry. Either way, you’re doing good and looking glam at the same time. It’s that simple.

You may also offer your support for World Malaria Day by following United Against Malaria, Relate and Cape Union Mart on Facebook, and sharing news via Twitter by following @UAMalaria, @RelateBracelets and @CapeUnionMart

Here’s to saving a precious life one bracelet at a time. Happy shopping.

love & light

Clouds xxx

Look of the Week: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was in New York City on Monday night. The Victoria Secret model who you’d probably remember for replacing Megan Fox in Transformers II, was there for the premiere of Jason Statham’s new movie Safe.

No guessing why she has Victoria’s Secret on her CV

I think she looked absolutely gorgeous in a white brocade Andrew Gn Spring 2012 halter dress with a tulip skirt, teamed with watercolour blue heels and a gold Diane von Furstenburg clutch. Continue reading

Oscar Pistorius on Time Magazine 100 List

You know how much I love and admire Oscar Pistorius, right? In 2011, he was the face of French designer Thierry Mugler’s new fragrance, A*men.

Known as The Blade Runner because of his carbon-fibre blades

That same year, he made world history as a member of the 4x400m South African relay team at the IAAF World Championships by winning a silver medal, becoming the first amputee to win a medal at an able-bodied event. Continue reading

Victoria Beckham Celebrates her 38th Birthday

So, my besties David and Victoria celebrated her 38th birthday on Tuesday. I didn’t crack the nod simply because they decided to keep it a close family affair . That’s the official story and I’m sticking with it, ok? ;)

Just in case you didn’t know, the purple is her fashion label’s corporate colour. Take notes; there’s never a day when the brand isn’t kept alive.

She posted a pic on her official FB page of the start to her special day. Sweet. Continue reading

Street Style; Carry Summer Stripes into Autumn

In my world, nautical stripes define Summer. Sun, sand, sea; you get the blue and white stripy picture, don’t you? This week my alarm clock’s slap of reality was accompanied by two unwelcome visitors; chilly air and darkness.

Katie Holmes

I love Autumn but I’m not ready to surrender Summer, yet. And I bet you aren’t either. Here are a few styling tips to carry your favorite coloured stripes into the next season. Katie Holmes replaced summer sandals with neutral suede ankle boots; keeping the look light but the feeling warmer. Continue reading