Friday, 31 January 2020

Sheer Is Here - Spring/Summer Fashion Trends 2020

"If you’re going to do something, do it well"


Introduction

They say if you’re going to do something, do it well and guys that is an important principle that has been weighing my mind ever since I decided to recommit myself to blogging again. As an innate creative, there are times where you go through a drought and the things you love no longer inspire you to create. It’s tragic. However, I do believe it is important to have a break and prioritise the important things that will alleviate the pressures of “Adulting”. University was my bane and having recently graduated last summer while also securing a job in my field, for the first time in my life, I feel as though I'm journeying on a steady course. The tides are still and I can finally breathe. So here goes, bitches I'm back!

Sheer Is Here!

When it comes to the fashions, honey I always like to be on the look out on what's in & what's out and this seasons fashion forecast is all about 'What lies beneath' *winks winks. Sheer is here and I am totally obsessing over it! This Spring/Summer 2020 trend encompasses the classic 'less is more' principle, tied in with the use of wearing soft, flowy & sheer fabrics such as chiffon & tulle for that ultra-feminine look. This trend gives you the opportunity to show off your prettiest bras or like me...your chance to free the nipple. My favourite sport! This risqué aesthetic can be worn by anyone who dares to be bold. 


Mugler, Jacquemus & Ermanno Scervino Spring/Summer 2020
Designers from Mugler, Jacquemus & Ermanno Scervino have all been sporting this trend on their catwalks, showcasing their own interpretation. With a plethora of sheer organza blouses to dresses seen on the high street, this trend can be taken even further with the use of your imagination. Understandably, it is still cold in these damn streets and nobody has the time to fall ill for the sake of fashion. However, I still wanted to interpret this trend my own way and of course, tailor it in a way that is still deemed suitable for these current weather conditions. 

Here is my interpretation of the sheer trend. 'All black everything' with an emphasis on soft mixed fabrics and playing around with unconventional silhouettes for that 'Wow!' effect. Dinner is served!









Skirt - Zara
Bag - Zara
Blouse - PrettyLittleThing
Boots - Asos

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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Lost Files



They say pictures never lie
They are a testimony of that divine time
Moments that I can never deny
Life is like a jewel that is sublime

Lost Files



Like a flower I've blossomed
Like Spring I've come alive
Mother Nature has seen me rise
Life is like a jewel that is sublime

Lost files


Like Angelina Jolie,
I am the star to my own movie
I've lived, I've cried, I've smiled, I'm alive...heck I'm alive
God has kept me alive

Lost files


Though life has been sublime, life has also been dark
Times where I've fallen deep into the Sunken Place,
Unable to Get Out, But...
God has kept me alive
Life is like a jewel that is sublime
Life is like a heavy crown you wear with pride
Life is like a wounded smile you try to disguise
But God has kept us alive.

Lost files. 

- She Who Conceals



I hope you guys have had an amazing and blessed year as I have 








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Monday, 23 October 2017

How to Slay University: The Season of Adulting


Hey guys and welcome back to this beautiful space, I hope that you are feeling energised and revitalised because we have work to do! whether we are at college or university, we are on the same road to getting our degrees, obtaining our dream careers and hopefully making a great success of ourselves. As young people, we go through a lot of pressures to stand out of the crowd, to compete against each other and often times we fall into the trap of thinking that life is a "race". As a 20 year old young woman, one of the the things I'm currently learning throughout the process of this unnerving season of 'adulting', is 'How to React to the Journey of life.' Regardless of our income, social status, sex, family upbringing, etc. life is not fair on everyone and it is inevitable that we will go through life-changing obstacles that will probably define us as individuals. Therefore, the main question we should ask ourselves, is how can we still remain in control of life, still be content and most importantly, how to remain happy.

Through experience one of the things I realised is that to remain in control of life, one has to learn how to react to it accordingly. That is how you gain control. For example, college or university assignments are piling up horribly and you don't understand a single thing. So what do you do? You make sure your place of work is tidy and organised and you take the initiative to arrange various meetings with your teachers, friends etc. and you continue to strive to accomplish the assignments with a positive attitude. Remember, it's all about how you react to the stressful situations. Personally, I've formed my own formula on how to succeed during my season of adulting. It's a formula I live by day in and day out and it's a form of discipline that I want to be able to teach my children because I believe that disciplining yourself is so important when you transition from being a child to becoming an adult. I'm guessing you guys want to know a little more about my formula, well I'm here to share it with you guys. Time to take out a notebook and pen!

Rebecca's Guide to Adulting:


  1. A Tidy Room is a Tidy Mind- There is something so therapeutic about having a tidy and organised room that makes you feel like you're above your problem. Personally, I can never begin my day with a messy and an unorganised room because psychologically, it makes me feel like the life I'm living is...well messy and unorganised to simply put it. By this straight-forward routine, I'm constantly disciplining myself that regardless of what life may throw at me, I feel like I am above it. This is great practise when you eventually have your future home that you will look after.
  2. Prayer is key- Prayer can be a form of release when you feel like the stress and pressures of life is getting to you. I always encourage anyone that I talk to, that praying in the morning is a great way to start the day feeling positive, confident and encouraged to take on the day. Moreover, prayer enables you to give the weight that you carry unto God, he knows the pain and struggles that we go through, and all he wants us to do is to involve him in our daily lives and he will see us through it. 
  3. Look Fabulous- Although, we sadly have no control over life, we definitely have control over our appearance. I am a believer in presenting yourself in the way you see yourself. For example, I know myself in God and he is the King of kings and therefore, I come from royalty. I am a precious jewel and I will present myself as such. When you understand your worth and calling, branding yourself accordingly is something that you will come to understand when it comes to preparing yourself in line to your destiny. If you want to read more about my philosophy click here!
  4. Positive people equals a positive environment- There is nothing better than having positive people who are like-minded and have the desire to accomplish and amount to great things in life. Evidently, the environment that you end up creating with them is so uplifting for your mind and soul. Cling unto those who will sharpen you like iron, these are the kind of people that you can learn from as they will challenge you, enabling you to reach your full potential. In Proverbs 27:17 it states that "Iron sharpens iron,  so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend." Enduring relationships that enables you to be sharpened (to be improved) through persistence, support, encouragement, praise and even constructive criticism will be the very thing that will make you a great person. These are the friendships you should aim to have and if you don't, I urge you to leave a toxic environment. 
  5. Sit down and self-evaluate- Self-evaluation and having some sort of accountability is key to moving forward! Sit down with yourself and try to understand how and why you seem to be making the same mistakes, how your allowing yourself to stay in toxic environments etc. There is nothing worse than deceiving yourself because even your parents will not always be there to tell you about yourself. This is a quality that will help you to become wiser in life and lets face it, as new adults, we cannot be having the same mistakes time and time again. 
Volia! This is the discipline that I use to survive my season of adulting, and it has been working amazingly. I want to encourage you guys to have some form of discipline that you can abide by that will help you through this transition. It is not easy and it will take time, it took me a year to identify the ingredients that would work for me and I thank God that through his help I finally created something that worked for me. I hope that you are blessed and inspired by my formula. 
Until the next entry x

Editorial: Fall 




To remain in control of life, one must learn how to react to it...


OUTFIT


Outfit Spec:
Sweater- Zara
Culottes- Zara
Mules- Asos






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Friday, 6 October 2017

Chateau de Versailles

From Paris, with Love


Ever wondered what the Palace of Versailles is like? or wanted to get a glimpse of the magnificence that surrounds it, well here is an account of my epic experience of The Sun Kings (Louis XIV) most beautiful Palace that the world has ever seen. As a history lover and an admirer of great architecture, going to see the palace that once housed the last french monarch was a bucket list of mine from when I was a young teen. At 20, I finally made it a priority to finally see it for my own eyes and not in a documentary. It was by far the most amazing trip that I made on my travel to Paris. Oh and by the way did I forget to mention that was free!

MY EXPERIENCE

For some odd reason, I believed that the Palace of Versailles was within Paris...(I know, what kind of foolishness) Having realised that it was outside of Paris, I knew it was really essential to understand the metro as  I understood it was going to be a very long journey. From the reviews I had seen online, a visit to Versailles is a whole day trip, therefore It was imperative for me to prepare and these are the things that I brought with me!

Essential Travel Kit:
  • Comfortable slides (Wore heeled mules)
  • Packed lunch (Chicken wings and fries honey *laughs)
  • Water
  • DSLR Camera
  • Sunglasses (essential!)
  • Compact powder
  • Lipgloss 
  • Portable charger (essential!!!)
  • Earphones (essential!!!)
  • Perfume (optional)
With my travel kit prepared, my Mother, Sister and I were ready to take on Versailles and our trip officially began around 11 am. Surprisingly, the journey was very straight-forward, all I had to do was follow our trustee Google Maps and with a click of a finger, we were in Versailles by 1 o'clock. With the sun shining bright, my makeup and outfit popping heavily, my mood was on a high and nothing could stop me because I was now going to live my dream. However, one thing that cut my joy abruptly was the sight of the que! YES, ALWAYS THE DAMN QUES! I want to advise you guys from now, if you want to be a tourist and see the most sought after attractions, get a Paris Pass because these ques will end you before you've even gotten inside the building. (You have been warned.)

THE PALACE

After standing under the scorching, hot sun for 3 hours which basically consisted of me eating and finishing off my chicken wings and fries and rinsing my mobile battery to about 50% (mind you, I had used up all my power from my portable charger) it was finally our turn to enter the Palace. As we passed through the usual security checks and got given a map, we were off to wonder for our own amusement and what a show stopper it was. 

With my camera in hand, I was lost in my own imagination, lost in the architectural beauty that made its stamp on the world. It was truly breath-taking. We went from seeing the palace art gallery, to the late Kings bedroom and with all its splendor and glory, you could envision the lifestyle of the french court and how much they really enjoyed living in the palace. I feel like I've spoken to you guys for some time now, instead of going on and rambling, please take a chance to look through the pictures I captured! I hope you guys consider visiting the Palace of Versailles. 

Until the next entry x    

Editorial: The Sun King




Hall of Mirrors

Can you find me?

Palace Gardens


















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