Summer Thyme Punch Recipe from Taste Magazine - Amazing!
Monday was my 23rd birthday, and over the weekend I threw a small birthday party with some of my nearest and dearest friends and family. I'll let the pictures say it all, but I'll add that I had one of the loveliest and most special evenings - exactly as I had hoped. If you'd like to see some of the things which influenced the decorations and food, pop on over to my pinterest board here. The roses were found at Mr Price and the bunting and Pompoms are from @home and my dress is from River Island.
Do you still celebrate your birthday even if it isn't a milestone birthday?
So after much anticipation and excitement, Topshop has finally landed in South Africa, with hundreds of people making their way to the shop yesterday to welcome it in. It was an overwhelming experience, as at first glance you would think that you were in one of the Topshop stores in England, and not right in the middle of Sandton. One of the great things about having a local Topshop store, is that the collections which are in England, will now also be in our local stores with no waiting period. I was shocked to see many pieces that I had seen in Topshop in Sheffield while in England over a month ago, sitting in the Sandton store. Good one Topshop!
Many of the pieces in store fit the dark and edgy themes that are popular over in the UK, with lots of dark colours, gold and stud embellishments and velvet all being the style of choice. For me personally, that is not quite to my taste, though I did see one or two things which I would like to own. I look forward to seeing lighter and more summery pieces in store and I would love to see their Limited Edition Dresses, which are always beautiful and special, being stocked in the Sandton store. It will definitely be interesting to see how the South African market takes to this strongly English brand and how we integrate it into it our own growing style aesthetic.
It is wonderful that we can now boast to having international stores like Zara, Country Road, Trenery and now Topshop, with the latest international trends right on our doorstep (at least for us Joburgers!). Now when will we get River Island????
Poppy Ntshongwana with the man himself - Henry Holland
Yesterday, I attended the Mr Price launch of their summer range Denim and Tees in collaboration with Henry Holland, at the Roofop in Kramerville, Sandton. It was a fabulous launch with South Africa's fashion pack mingling, sipping champagne and getting a first glance at the exciting new range of t-shirts designed by Henry Holland himself. This collaboration with Henry saw him take inspiration from some of his most iconic runway designs to create a range of super cool and edgy t-shirts that will be available soon!
Play this video to hear from Henry on his collaboration
"I was really drawn to this project when the guys at Mr Price told me about the hook up with the Red Cap Foundation. The fact that we can donate funds to this amazing charity through our fashion collection is a brilliant idea. I hope we can make a difference to these kids' lives through this collaboration." - Henry Holland
What stood out more for me than the bright colours, houndstooth or the stylish outfits of South Africa's fashionistas, was the heart behind the FUN. and Henry Holland ranges - Mr Price's contribution to the RedCap Foundation. The Foundation was started in 2006 with the intention of contributing to social change in South Africa and since then 200 000 children have been helped through the commitment to education. I walked away feeling so excited and inspired by this example of how a fashion retailer like Mr Price can play a significant role in the social space. How much more then can the fashion world, which is often regarded as being frivilious, play a role in bettering South Africa? This something close to my own heart and something which I am excited to see more of.
And you can do your part in this by buying a t-shirt from the new ranges, and R10 from your purchase will go to the RedCap Foundation. So you can rock a super stylish tee while giving back and playing a part in empowering young South Africans. Nothing better than fashion with a conscience!
Carlinn and Lana
Demonstrating Leigh Schubert's "we go together" - fashion and sore feet!
The amazing Mr Price team
And a few pictures from Instagram:
From top left : Playing in the Mr Price photobooth; Super cute nametags, One of the t-shirts from FUN. (which I ordered!) and modeling two of my gifts from Mr Price
I really can't encourage you enough to get involved and to get behind this initiative which promises to do so much.
Clockwise top left: Swans on the River Dee in Chester, forest in Welton Spa,
Tilly, Lincoln Cathedral
Clockwise top left: Pumpkins for sale outside Doddington Hall in Lincoln, Me and my Englishman outside Doddington Hall, Fountain in the Lincoln Arboretum, lovely little red brick house in Lincoln,
Clockwise top left: Smiles at Skegness, the most amazing fish and chips ever,
Skegness beach, Skegness pier
Clockwise from top left: That face :); All packed for some roadtripping from Lincoln to Sheffield, to Chester and then onto Liverpool; content hearts and Tesco slippers in Lincoln, Green leather finds from Accessorize and Marks and Spencers.
With the craziness of being back home and back at work, I realised that I hadn't yet shared some thoughts and pictures of my time in England even though I've been back over two weeks. And while it has been on my mind to post about England, I'll admit that I am not very good at sharing some of the more personal aspects of my life, unlike many blogger's who are so free and open to share about so much of their lives. When it comes down to things outside of fashion and what's happening in Joburg, I am just not a very good sharer both on this blog and outside of it. But I do want to share a little bit about someone who is very special to me and who is a major part of my life even though we aren't in the same country currently and is the reason why I was in England.
The man in my life is a wonderful 6'2 Englishman called Matt, who I've been involved with (in one way or another) for two and a half years. We met when we were both in America over three years ago and have had a connection ever since despite our story being played out over three continents. And in spite of the difficulties of being on different sides of the world, and the hardships that we have gone through, I can't help but be glad that I found someone as lovely, kind and as funny as he is, (with a hot accent to boot!) and who is so worth hanging on to.
So who knows if life in England with an umbrella permanently glued to my hand will become a reality for me in the future, or whether Matt's English skin will have to get used to this thing called the sun here in South Africa; but all I do know is that I am at my happiest with this person, and I'd like to be that happy all year round.
The cap toe shoe trend is the trend for Summer this year and one which I have fallen (quite literally) head over heels for. This shoe trend was started by Coco Chanel years ago when she added a black cap to the toe of a classic pair of white pumps. But this year, cap toe shoes have spread like wildfire and have taken on a life of their own since Chanel first donned hers in 1957. The shoe du jour of the year, cap toe shoes manage to be both ladylike and subtly edgy, and feature everything from of-the-moment contrasting color combos to modern textures. You can find these shoes in colour combinations ranging from classic black with a cream or silver toe, to cream with neon yellow toes or even neon yellow and neon pink!
In addition to the versatility of this footwear trend, there are so many truly noteworthy styles to choose from. Whether you are like me and walk more on the feminine side or tend to gravitate toward edgier pieces, there is a cap-toe shoe for you.
And even better if you are shorty like me, these shoes are great because they elongate your feet with the pointed toe in a contrasting colour, which makes legs look longer.
Necklace - Lovisa
These shoes are such a chic way to smarten up an outfit and add a little bit of colour flare if you choose a fun pastel pair like mine from Mr Price.