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Zee Fashionista: May 2011


One is born a fashionista

(Images via Street FSN)



Here are the numbers: 2 gorgeous girls; 2 amazing magazine covers; 1000 reasons to love them both...

Dutch model Daphne Groeneveld by Greg Kadel for Numéro #124 June/July 2011

Lithuanian beauty, Edita Vilkeviciute, by Daniel Jackson for H&M Magazine Summer 2011


Wise words inked

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(S)punk is what you need

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Brilliant. That is the one word that encapslates this Anna de Rijk by Txema Yeste editorial for the June issue of Harper's Bazaar Spain.

The punk rebel feel of the editorial that comes from the leather, studs and fringes from the likes of Balmian, Gucci, Jean Paul Gaultier and Ralph Lauren as well as Anna's strong features marry well to create an incredibly arresting shoot. The styling by Juan Cebrian is right on point.

Those heels with the crosses - cross my heart, I adore them! This is just what I love.

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KWV Dinner in the Sky


So on Saturday I went to the KWV Dinner in the Sky at Silverstar Casino with a couple of other Joburg bloggers and journalists. Now, I'm super scared of heights, so when I was told we would literally be having a feast and wine 100 feet in the sky, I was like, okay, why not? 

It turned out to be a lovely evening, with some amazing people, good food and lots of  KWV wine, champagne and cocktails.

Yes, that is the crane that lifted us 100 feet in the sky.

Yikes: The amazing Beth Shirley of The Sunday Independent.

Mokgadi Seabi of City Press
It's Autumn here in South Africa, so we were told to dress warmly, but you know me - come rain, shine, or gale force winds - I will wear my 6 inch heels (and I got to wear my new camel coat *happy days*). Style, like beauty, knows no pain. Surprisingly, I didn't get as cold up there as I thought I would, thanks to the blankets they gave us (and the wine, of course!). After our little soiree in the sky, we went to the Fashion TV Cafe at Silverstar for yet more wine, cocktails and food, naturally. 
I loved this super tasty kiwi and litchi cocktail cocktail made with KWV

Fashion blogger Milisuthando Bongela making her very own cocktail.
 We had the whole upstairs section of the FTV Cafe to ourselves, as well personal cocktail makers and we could even make our own cocktails. I really enjoyed the hot, spiced wine cocktail - I guarantee that it will be my staple dinner drink for the upcoming Winter months.

The spiced red wine cocktail with the cinnamon stick was incredible!
I had an awesome time with some really fashionable people. Thanks to Cat Drowley for inviting me and to KWV for the fun evening.

P.S. The KWV Merlot I got in the goodie bag is now finished, along with all the cinnamin sticks we had in the house. Blame it on the aaaaaalcohol.

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One hot Summer

Photographers Mert & Marcus team up for a 1989 Steven Meisel-esque cover shoot for the June-July issue of Vogue Paris. Featuring the beautiful (and mother of 2!) Brazilian supermodel Isabeli Fontana as a super sexy bombshell, the shoot celebrates a period of the hottest days in Summer (or canicule, as the French say). Besides the fact that Isabeli dons some stunning pieces from the likes of Pucci, Balmain, Moschino and Versace, she also has male model Clément Chabernaud as an equally alluring accessory. J'adore.

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Save our soles

I have this penchant for incredibly high heels. For me, the higher the better really. While I concede that not all women love super high heels, we all do love to wear some platforms now and then.

The situation

Now this right here is a situation.

You know the feeling... those heels elongate your legs and seem to be the missing piece in all of your carefully-thought-out ensembles. So you go on your merry way, donning those gorgeous heels, and then it hits you - THE PAIN.

 The thing about sore feet is that the pain doesn't just ebb and flow. It lingers. It's like, there’s some unwritten code among shoe designers that the most stunning shoes must be as uncomfortable as humanly possible.

As the saying goes, beauty knows no pain. You know for sure that by morning, blisters will come, aplenty. I've even known girls to walk home barefoot because they simply could take the pain no more.

I will survive

But, no matter how unbearable the pain was, I would refuse to take my heels off until I was at home - even though I would feel like I'd been running miles for five hours straight (while wearing 6 inch heels!).

That is until now though. I recently discovered the lovely  KIWI® Smiling Feet™ products that are mini, clear gel cushions developed to keep our feet smiling.

Last Friday I had a crazy night out with gals (6 inch heels in tow) and guess what? No throbbing feet pain. Yes, none. Not even a little burning or blisters. The balls of my feet always tended to be my problem area, so I gave KIWI® Smiling Feet™ Ball-of-Foot Cushion gel insert a try and I was pretty comfortable dancing up a storm the whole night.

No to pain

I think the great thing about fashion these days is that we can look chic but minimise the pain. I mean, if models have to walk in heels all day and they struggle, what about the rest of us? I wasn't always sure about heel cushions because I have tried some in the past that somehow seemed to maximise the pain (like I needed any more of it!).

What's great about this Kiwi product is that besides the fact that it actually works, it's also quite inexpensive too - it retails for R24,99 at most Checkers or Pick 'n Pay in South Africa. The whole range of these Kiwi products contains:  the ball of foot cushion, heel cushions, heel liners, between the toe liners, anti slip pads and gel inner soles, that work for both closed and open shoes, with socks or stockings, or sans.

Great. This gives me even more reason to wear my heels all day...

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"Fashions fade - style is eternal"

Yes, Yves Saint Laurent was right, wasn't he?

(Images via Stockhom Street Style)