South African wedding guest outfit ideas when the degrees drop

So an email about the weather arrived in my email inbox this week stating that there may be cold, wet weather on the weekend. I sigh, as it is a close friend’s wedding and I would have loved for the weather to be gorgeous and sunny –  which we have experienced for the most part of the week.

So with a potential bout of colder, wet weather fast approaching and the wedding on Saturday, I decided to get some advice from friends, family and pinterest (of course) on the best kind of outfit to wear to a winter wedding, so that I am both comfortable, warm and stylish.

I have to be realistic as I am always on a budget, so when I prepare an outfit I first look at what I have in my wardrobe. If I don’t find something in there to wear, I take to the shops. Here, I look at the price, quality, and versatility of the outfit. (Can I wear it again?)

Here are some ideas I was advised to try.

Jumpsuit

Now, I don’t have a jumpsuit at home, so if I had to shop on a budget, my first option would be to visit Mr Price, Jet or Legit (yes, these are some of my favourite shops when a bit cash strapped). 

Here is an option from Mr Price:

black jumpsuit
Black Embroidered Jumpsuit from Mr Price

Little black dress

So, I do have a long sleeved black dress in the wardrobe, which I have only worn a few times and no one I know has really seen me in it, thank goodness. I have had it for a while, but it still looks amazing, and of great quality. I purchased it from Legit. Pair it with tights/pantyhose and a pair of ankle boots or closed heels and I am sure I will be set!

Here is the kind of look I would go for (courtesy of Pinterest)

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Black long sleeved dress with tights and ankle boots

Long sleeved shirt dress

If I were to purchase a dress that is versatile – one that I could use for a wedding and for work, this would be the one. I just have to try it on to see what it looks like on me. This one retails for R149,99 at Jet.

Graphic Shirt Dress from Jet

Formal maxi dress

My sister has this beautiful navy maxi dress which I have worn before. It looks really great, but it is a bit long, so I have to wear really high shoes to ensure there is no drag.

It is quite comfortable, but if I want to spend the night dancing, I wouldn’t say it is extremely ideal. Plus, it boasts shorter sleeves so it may not be as warm as I would like, BUT it is an option. If I pair it with a blazer or coat, I am sure it would work.

It looks similar to this one from Lulus

Navy Formal Maxi Dress

 

With only a couple of days to decide, I shall be trying out a few of these ideas to see what suits me best. I have only added in a few ideas and obviously, the list of ideas is endless and suited to one’s taste.

If you are attending a wedding soon and need outfit ideas, why not try some of these out for yourself.

Happy days

xoxo

 

July #InspirationForTheNation

Nelson Mandela Day quote
Image source: quotesing.com

It’s July and on the 18th of this month marks an important day for South Africans, that of Mandela Day.

Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. It was launched on his birthday, 18 July, in 2009 via a unanimous decision by the UN General Assembly.

Mandela Day calls on us all, every day, to make the world a better place. Each year on 18 July we look back on what has been done and forward to what will be done.

My July #InspirationForTheNation is every person who gets involved in Mandela Day this year.

Change starts with each and every one of us and this year, the theme is #ActionAgainstPoverty.

In my mind, this theme could not be more important, as South Africa struggles with a high percentage of unemployment, with a large portion of society living in debilitating environments and with beggars at traffic lights. For me, poverty is one of the leading causes of crime and if we can help fight poverty, we may be able to fight the negatives that are associated with this as well.

Let’s make South Africa a country that takes action and inspires change not just on Mandela Day, but every day.

If you are getting involved in Mandela Day, tag me in your photos on Twitter @DivinelyMoulded or alternatively send me an email with your pics. Visit the contact page for more.

#ACTIONAGAINSTPOVERTY

 

DIY Sofa Makeover – Suzelle style

When it comes to doing-it-yourself, the only way I am able to succeed is through gaining inspiration.

I recently scrolled through some DIY videos and watched this incredibly humourous tutorial by Suzelle.

For those who have never heard of Suzelle, she is Julia Anastasopoulos, a South African artist, illustrator, designer and actress. Anastasopoulos became a local internet phenomenon in May 2014, with her do-it-yourself web series known as SuzelleDIY. (Wikipedia)

I am all for DIY anything and my favourite DIY method is paint! That is probably the reason why this really caught my attention; especially since the video gives us more than just an old sofa makeover. Watch it here and be inspired just like I was: https://youtu.be/FY3QYjJDe20

Will you be trying this out? I know I will be 🙂

Till next time!

 

What Matric Dance hair should be made of in 2017!

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Bespoke Hair Durban team – Claire, Grant, Donald, Sally & Lynelle

Matric Dance season is here and I thought it would be fitting to chat to a professional about the kinds of trends to rock this year! I chatted to popular Durban hair stylist, Donald Olive from Bespoke Hair, (situated on the ground floor at the Lion Match Office Park, 892 Umgeni Road in Durban), who supplied some recommendations on the hair styles that ladies should be considering this year.

 

 

Braids: pancaked braids give a beachy or boho look. Don the plait with some flowers as accents. FYI: Pancaked braids are french plaits or plain braids that are pulled out slightly to give it a flatter and fuller appearance.

Twisted floral crown:  . The hair is divided and plaited into a section on each side. This is then twisted up to the top of the head and pinned down near the hair line to form a crown. Little flowers, pearl clips or diamante are then inserted. However, options can include a floral headband.

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Hair done by Grant Mack @bespoke_hair_

Pretty Braid Up-do: Updo’s are a great choice for hair that can easily fall out of a curl or for someone who wants a style that stays in place while dancing. FYI: The braided updo consists of any type of braid that is swept into a bun or tucked under or pinned.

 

Half up, half down curls: Gives off a beachy feel if messy and can also pass as a glamorous look if created with big curls. This style may also be bohemian if it includes a waterfall braid to separate the upper half from the lower half.

 

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Hair done by Grant Mack @bespoke_hair_

Updo with curls: The hair is parted to the desired side and curled. It is then left to cool and then fingers are run through the hair. The curls are then either tied with a hair band and twisted, pinned, or pulled to create the desired updo. This type of hair style comes in many forms including side styles which are also created by curling the hair first and pulling low to one side and pinning.

Donald Olive has owned Bespoke Hair Spa, Beauty and Personal Care Salon for the past 6 years. The salon offers experienced and talented hair stylists who provide expert hairstyling, cutting, colouring as well as male grooming for the fashion-forward.

Bespoke Hair caters to all ages and offers a full professional service in a welcoming atmosphere.

Book your matric dance hair appointment at Bespoke Hair by calling 031 303 1074.

April #InspirationForTheNation

It’s April and once again at the start of every new month, I share with you something truly inspiring.

For those of you that have heard of Bear Grylls, you are aware that he is an Adventurer and has been filmed in numerous TV series that showcase him in dangerous situations (and teaching survival) – the most popular of which is Man vs. Wild.

This man is a true inspiration – not only for all that he has accomplished but for his beliefs, faith and love for his family as well.

This month, Bear Grylls is my #InspirationForTheNation. I say this because I was recently told to read an article about him and it brought me to tears and I wanted to share his inspirational story with you – so that you too could be inspired.

Read it here: http://qpolitical.com/1-bear-grylls-shares-the-heartbreaking-story-that-led-to-his-faith-in-jesus-christ/ 

Stay Inspired!

 

The Journey begins..

Hi there really awesome moms! 


Have you ever felt a need to have a space to express your feelings, share your ideas, tips and things that you love…and that others  may find interesting too – well, that is why I started writing…well typing !


Being a working mom, I am sure  many of you can relate to how demanding life can be, especially with a toddler.


Here’s a bit about me… I am a February baby, love trying to see the positive in life. Love the sun and the sea and my City…good ol’ Durbz and especially my family. 


I became a mom at 25 and my little angel was welcomed into the world (weighing 3.9 kg’s) on November 27th, 2014.



We were impatiently waiting for him to arrive a week earlier, but he did not budge. It was only when I hit 41-42 weeks that I really began to worry and contacted my Gynae who gave me the option of induction, which I took… along with a 14-hour wait until my boy was born. The day after my hubby’s birthday!


Having been so adamant about natural birth, I didn’t consider that I may be in for surgery…which is exactly what happened when I only dilated to 4cm, with a “swollen cervix” and a child that was so squashed in the confined space he called home for 10 months….


C-section it was! And it went really well. My recovery was slightly painful, but as a mom, you endure it and don’t actually realise the strength you possess.  It is surgery after all!


I don’t know about many of you, and I know there are some new moms wondering if they will do things right when they are expecting their first baby…but by chatting to other moms, grannies, aunties, colleagues and friends, I can pretty much say that there is no “perfect” way to parent, as we know all children are different. 


My boy is now 15 months and growing into a handsome and charming little guy with an appetite for life…which I LOVE!


I have so much to say…but that will be for another post.


So here’s to amazing memories and the start on my journey to becoming a mommy blogger…Yippee!