A Day Spent at Babylonstoren – Franschhoek

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We went for a long Sunday lunch in Franschhoek at a fantastic little restaurant called Babylonstoren. The restaurant is situated on a magnificent farm (turned hotel) owned by media man Koos Bekker and his stunning wife Karen Roos, former editor of Elle Decoration in South Africa. I got a great picture of Karen standing in the background with a very stylish outfit on – safari inspired with fabulous panama hat and her trademark red lipstick.

What a great way to spend a Sunday with family and friends enjoying good food and the best conversation. The farm has a famous garden which stretches out for miles which is an exact replica of the original Cape Town Company Gardens . Truly breathtaking, and what is even more terrific is in-between starters and mains you take your glass of vino and walk around the gardens. Click through to see more pictures from our lovely day!

Street Style- London

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Take Ivy fashion inspired!

“Take Ivy, originally published in Japan in 1965, set off an explosion of American “Ivy Style” fashion amongst the students of the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo. The New York Times described it as “a treasure of fashion insiders”. Take Ivy has been the Ivy League Bible for the Japanese baby boomers, who were very much into the whole Ivy League look, having been a very rare find in the West, garnering auction prices as high as $2000. Take Ivy was authored by four Japanese sartorial style enthusiasts and is a collection of candid photographs shot on the campuses of America’s elite Ivy League universities…..

Labelwear Studio

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Popyacollar loves new cool places to shop, and Labelwear is one of those little gems that fashionista’s fall in love with instantly. The ready to wear collection is feminine, edgy and stylish. I recently published a Today I am Wearing post wearing a riding jacket which I acquired at the studio here .

The Latest on Kate Moss Wedding Dress

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What’s going on with Kate Moss’s wedding dress?

Never having fantasised about wedding dresses, FS generally fails to get interested in all things meringuey. However, the whole Kate Moss/Jamie Hince wedding thing has got us excited. First you need to be fully up to date on the dress saga …

A Few Not-So-Inspiring Outfits!

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I love writing about what inspires me and what drives me in terms of fashion trends. It’s not really my style to judge fashion from a negative point of view. BUT sometimes you come across an individuals style and you just wonder how they could get it so wrong.

J Crew Pink Toenails – Big No No…

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When J. Crew sent out its latest catalog, we doubt that the classic clothing company expected it would be blasted by social conservatives as “transgendered child propaganda.” But alas, it has.
The images in question fall under pages titled “Saturday with Jenna” — featuring products personally favored by J. Crew president and creative director Jenna Lyons and her family. This particular Saturday for Jenna includes painting her five-year-old son Beckett’s toenails pink. The caption reads, “Lucky for me I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink. Toenail painting is way more fun in neon.”

Models Street Style

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Thought you might like some inspiration for winter dressing which is around the corner – leg warmers are looking very chic and leggings are still the most wanted and needed item for layering!

Miu Miu Cleared of Using Underweight Models!

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Two people complained to the ASA that the model – who is wearing a ‘low-cut, sleeveless dress, which exposed her arms, shoulders and décolletage’ – was ‘significantly underweight’ and that the ad was irresponsible.

The Culotte – Stylish or not so Stylish

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Not so sure about this trend, Stella McCartney has been punting it on the catwalks and the magazines are showcasing them in their editorials, but I am just not jumping up and down with excitement. Am loving long very wide pants but those are called palazzos, I think. The culotte shorts were famous in the 60’s as well as the all in one culotte jumpsuit, wouldn’t mind finding one of those in a vintage sale, very cool. We will have wait and see how this turns out.

Chantal Joffe

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Joffe primarily paints expressive portraits of women and children, often in very large scale, sometimes 10 feet (3 m) tall. In a 2009 interview with Stella McCartney, Joffe said, “I really love painting women. Their bodies, their clothes – it all interests me.”[5] Source images for her personality-filled oil paintings include family photos, advertising, fashion magazines, and pornography.[6][7][8] Working roughly from her photographic source material, Joffe introduces distortions to her depictions.[9]

Jackie, Katie and the Iconic Pink Outfit!

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So I am hooked on the Kennedy Tv Series. Katie Holmes plays the famous Jackie O and in some scenes looks almost identical. However, I doubt Jackie was a soft spoken poppie which is sometimes the case in the series. The famous Pink suit makes an appearance and it makes you sigh, what happened to that kind of dressing every day? I am set on buying some long white gloves this week….

The History of the Iconic Wedding Gown

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Gowns that changed fashion: Kate Middleton’s will be latest in a long line
By Samantha Critchell, The Associated Press – 15 hours ago NEW YORK, N.Y. — When Kate Middleton walks down the aisle later this month to marry Prince William, the would-be brides watching out there will almost certainly home in on her dress. Some wedding dresses leave a legacy beyond the next-day knockoffs. Here are some famous brides who set fashion trends: —

My New Roberto Cavalli Sunglasses

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I got the most amazing pair of shades from Sunglass Hut this weekend. I chose Cavalli this time, love the gold trim detailing on the side. Very dramatic and cool. Will go nicely with some animal print or tan leather! Love Sunglass Hut….

Jimmy Choo to buy back Jimmy Choo

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In case you haven’t heard, Jimmy Choo, the shoe designer, doesn’t actually own or design for his namesake label. In fact, he hasn’t been involved since 2000. UK private equity firm, TowerBrook, owns the majority of the company. (The other big shareholder is co-founder/chief creative officer Tamara Mellon, who owns 15% of the business.) TowerBrook is keen on selling. LVMH, Valentino, and a few private equity firms have been whispered as potential buyers.

Karl Lagerfeld designs Diet Coke Bottles

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Previously designed by Matthew Williamson, Gianfranco Ferre, Marni and Roberto Cavalli among others, Diet Coke and Coca-Cola bottles have been getting fashionable and collectable makeovers by fashion’s biggest names since 2003.

It’s no surprise Lagerfeld was invited back for a second collection, this time decorating the pink and white bottles with stars, stripes and spots, next to his unmistakeable be-ponytailed silhouette.

Hudson By Georgia Jagger

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She has loads of sex appeal and am sure every girl flinches a little when she is around. The lady has amazing genes and has inherited the Jagger look like the rest of the family. Georgia has stamped her name on Hudson’s latest jean collection and I must say they are looking fab! The white pair of sexy skinnies she has on below are looking very relevant and cool, might need a pair. On the Hudson website these are called the Georgia May Jeans. They also have a jean named Jerry which I am assuming is named after her mom, they look slightly high waisted and have a gorgeous tie up trim at the back.

Black Swan Inspiration

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I have not seen the movie yet, seeing alot of garments off the catwalk looking very Black swan inspired. Nude colours, layering and lots of frills seems the way to go. Or you could go with quite a black dark gothic look as seen below, both are really cool. I think Natalie Portman has divine taste – never over doing it and always keeping it simple and true!

Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor

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One of my all time most remembered child hood movies was National Velvet! I wanted to be a horsy child and live on a farm! Then she starred in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof opposite Paul Newman and all I wanted to have was a white dress and heels and to be married to Paul Newman.

Buy Hunter Boots in South Africa

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Oh my goodness girls I have some outstanding news. Hunter Boots are launching in South Africa. Gone are the days that we have to trek from co-op store to co-op store, trying to locate wellington boot in our size, which by the way is near impossible.

Franki’s Vintage Chic – Kalk Bay

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Vintage and vintage – inspired chic for your wardrobe. I LOVE vintage stores, I can spend hours rummaging through the rails. Franki’s has a couture element to it, and they have a vintage Valentino set (the white set on the mannequin below) going for R10 000.

Catacombes – Kalk Bay

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Spent a lazy day in Kalk Bay on Sunday with the family. Whilst roaming around from store to store I found a little gem of a dress. The boutique was called Catacombes and is located on the opposite side of the train station on the main street. The dress was made by the owner of the shop from an old Indian sari from Indian Silk. Could not believe my luck! Definitely worth a visit the next time your in Kalk Bay for the day.

Kate Moss smoking on NO SMOKING DAY!

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Naughty Kate decided to take a stand against No Smoking Day at the Louis Vuitton show at Paris Fashion Week. Naomi Campbell made an appearance too, nice to see them both in action on the catwalk again.

The Upturned Collar!

Love the upturned collar on a guy, very stylish! Some may think it is quite uncool and it maybe a bit snobbish but I think that’s very hater and ridiculous! In the sixties lots of well-known guys use to wear their collars up – think Paul Newman, Elvis and JFK! Don’t be shy and get that collar up! Very stylish indeed.

Armani Buys a house in Cape Town!

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Nice to hear that more and more celebs are finding our Cape Town shores attractive. I read on the Nox Rentals Blog that the legendary designer Armani has recently bought a spectacular house here – am sure its a beautiful pad! No pics on the Nox blog accept an address so I google earthed the address and this is wear it is….

Lady Gaga during the Thierry Mugler Spring/Summer 2012

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Lady Gaga has a candy nack to be the most outrageous at anything she does – including the catwalk. At Paris Fashion week she walked down the catwalk to her latest single Government Hooker along with models Alek Wek and Coco Rocha. Love the Zombie model!!

A Model Summer – Paulina Porizkova

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Remember that awesome comedy called “Her Alibi” with Tom Selleck and Paulina Porizkova? I was quite young when I watched it and I remember how Beautiful Paulina was – I’m sure she was part of the Kate, Naoimi and Cindy crew. I often wondered what had happened to her. Well it turns out her model career came to a complete halt and ever since then she has not stopped complaining about not being a model.

Dior fires Galliano

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Oh dearie me, it seems Galliano did say all those nasty things. After Galliano had witnesses swear his innocence a video has appeared where you see all the shameful remarks.

Tina Turner

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I watched the Biography of Tina Turner on the History Channel the other day and got all Tina Turner happy again! I listened to some my favouite hits from her on vinyl like Addicted to love and Private Dancer! Am definitely going to ask Deco Dance (the new eighties club in Sea Point) to play those the next time we go dancing!

Memoirs of a Geisha Fashion

Seeing lots of Asian influences coming through on the catwalks, the biggest one being the kimono. The Kimono Sleeve Dresses, Black Satin kimono’s over dresses with belts and Kimonos in full colours with floral prints are divine. Am thinking of going to a cool chinese shop in Sea point and buying one of those classic kimono’s with Asian fusion kind of prints and wearing it with my jeans and heels?

Thought I would get you inspired with some pics from the classic movie Memoirs of a Geisha Fashion. Oh my goodness what a wonderful movie.

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