Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Metanoia

Metanoia - I have been throwing this word around my social media ever since I discovered it. Metanoia (n) meaning the journey of changing ones mind, heart, self or way of life.

Last week I took leave from work and while I had a moment to de-clutter my thoughts I started asking myself why?

Why am I not blogging as much as I want to?
Why am I not experiencing what I want to?
Why does the word ‘later’ exist in my vocabulary?

Each time I came up with a pathetic answer like ‘I don’t know’ or ‘because I’m lazy’ I began to become more upset with myself. I am not blogging as much as I should because I am not prioritizing what I love. I am not experiencing what I want to because I am not seeing myself as important. The word later should never exist in my vocabulary because the time is now.

I will be sharing my metanoia – my positive journey of change with you all through my blog and I hope that you will join me.

My 30 day positivity challenge: (adapted from an online source on Pinterest)
1) Don’t text, call
2) Compliment someone new
3) De-clutter your digital life
4) No complaint day
5) Identify 3 to 6 main priorities
6) Follow a morning ritual
7) Streamline your reading list
8) Learn to enjoy solitude
9) Downsize your beauty collection
10) No email or social media until lunch
11) Evaluate your commitments
12) Define your goals for the year – let go of one
13) Take a step towards learning a new skill
14) Give away a pair of shoes 
15) Smile to yourself about everything you’re grateful for, after every hour
16) Don’t buy anything for 24 hours
17) Practice single tasking (this is a hard one)
18) Unfollow or unfriend
19) Go for a walk and practice mindfulness
20) No TV all day, read instead
21) Journal for twenty minutes
22) Create a relaxing bedtime routine
23) Take out your clothes the night before, for the next day
24) Go bare faced
25) Practice gratitude
26) Plan a day doing everything you have been putting off
27) Turn off all notifications
28) Evaluate your last five purchases
29) Clean out your closet by asking yourself if “I were shopping now would I buy this?”
30) Figure out how to let go of one thing that stresses you out. Let go

Let the 30 days begin. You don’t have to start the challenge in order or do the challenge consecutively; in fact I started with number 26 last week. I planned a day doing everything I have been putting off, with my hubby.

We adventured all around Johannesburg:
  • Trying a new restaurant - Pablo Eggs-Go-Bar in Melville. The food was amazing!
  • Taking pictures around the city near Newtown Junction and in Melville


  • Visiting new art galleries like Art It Is

  • Ending the day off trying something sweet at Marble Restaurant. We had the chocolate tart.



Thursday, April 13, 2017

icherryefresh Earrings:

I feel so inspired when I see creative individuals thriving in the South African Fashion industry. The brand awareness challenges faced by these entrepreneurs, mean that they need money to advertise their product. The catch 22 is that without advertising it gets hard to make money. The ripple effect is that not enough young South African talent gets recognised.

My goal is to advertise small start up brands and brands that I feel deserve the credit through my personal online platforms like social media and blogging. I aim to empower women like Siyabonga Ngwenya who is the founder of the plus size blog and jewellery brand icherryefresh.

Siya sells extra-long beaded earrings that are such a wonderful pop to any outfit! The statement lengths vary between shoulder length like the white 'Nomahlubi' to the pink 'Zuzi' earrings featured in this post.

Place orders via  the Facebook page: icherryefresh and instagram handle: icherryefresh
Prices: From R50

'Zuzi' - R150


'Nomahlubi'  - Made in honour of Siya's mother who passed away last year October.
'Nomahlubi' R120


There will only be 16 pairs made in total, 10 of which are still available for purchase. I received this pair with a special note hand written by Siya that read: 

Thank you for choosing these earrings I made in honour of my mother Nomahlubi who passed away on the 30th of October 2016. Like her, they represent light, strength, resilience and beauty. I've only made a few pairs because like her, they are one of a kind. I pray they bring love and light to you. Love Siyabonga."

I love the earrings and I'd definitely suggest getting a pair if you're a jewellery junkie.

 

Top: SiSi
Trosuer: Zara
Heels: Cotton On




Sunday, March 19, 2017

RMfashionary: The Inspiration Behind the Name

My blog name isn’t a common word you would ever come across on a normal day, the inspiration behind the name came from my husband. I thought it would be nice to share the story of how RMfashionary was born so that you can relate to it a bit more.

I have always loved dressing when I was growing up which is where my true love for fashion started. Although, I can’t take all the credit because when my husband Ahmed– who was my boyfriend at the time – came into my life, he accelerated my love for fashion even more.

When I was 17 Ahmed took me to my first South African Fashion Week. When I started looking at places to study during my senior years of high school, Ahmed suggested I attend a fashion school by the name of LISOF to exploit my full talent. In 2013 during my first three months at LISOF Ahmed gifted me my very first Fashionary entirely made by him.

What is a Fashionary? If you don’t already know, it is a diary of all your fashion designs and fashion inspo. It comes equipped with silhouettes of fashion models to sketch your designs on and a dictionary of fashion garment terms. In this special case it also included a dictionary of inspiration of all the best fashion designers and bloggers for me to take note of, Ahmed had researched and bound it all just for me. It was one of my favourite gifts that I had ever received, labelled in bold on the front of the book was RMfashionary. ‘R’ which stands for Ranaa and ‘M’ which stands for Moola – Ahmed’s surname.

A few months later after a heap of inspiration from being at fashion school and using the Fashionary I decided to start my blog and to me the name was an obvious choice from the get go. 

RMfashionary – a guide to everything fashion and lifestyle that inspires me.

We decided to do a photo booth bit strip inspired shoot to go with the story of RMfashionary. 

Here it is: Ahmed Moola and I.








Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Falke Feet:

The rise of funky socks is a street style statement that you can’t miss. It’s become so common to see people wearing a bright or intensely printed sock with a neutral or fun outfit.

I remember the episode of Keeping Up with The Kardashian’s where Robert Kardashian expresses his new business venture to his family. Kim’s reply was ‘socks?’ followed by her pulling a very displeased face with her nose scrunched up.

I can see the wisdom in it now Kim.  There are so many sock brands ,Happy Socks, Nic Harry and Sexy Socks to name a few. Socks aren’t just something to wear to keep your toes warm anymore, it’s become a fashion statement. One of my favourite sock brands locally is Falke. If you haven’t heard of the brand yet do yourself a favour and have a look at their website here.

Falke is a German knitting company, however, the socks are produced here in SA. You can shop all kinds of socks from advanced sports socks, everyday sport (gold/cycling/arch support) to fashion socks for both men and women. Socks can be purchased online on the Falke site or from the Falke store in Cape Town.

Falke recently sent me some socks to add to my ever-growing collection since I am a sock junky. Here’s how I’d suggest you wear rock the sock trend with Falke:

Sheer socks:

These are my favourite socks to wear at the moment. The striped sheer Falke socks show off just the right amount of skin and is able to take your shoe game to another level.




Scrunched up socks:

This look works well to add a casual edge to your outfit. If you're wearing a jeans, you don't want your socks to reach the cuff of the jeans to make it look awkward. Instead scrunch the socks down towards your ankle and fold up the cuff of your jeans.



Socks with heels:

Whether you think its weird or not it is a trend. I love wearing socks and heels with minimal-look, knee-length dresses. This way the socks and heels together won't shock anyone who looks at you, instead it will be a welcome pop.



Patterned:

Adding a patterned sock to a shoe that you would not usually wear a sock with can add a new aesthetic to the shoe. You can almost guarantee that people will look down at your feet and ask: ''where are those from?'' As if they have not seen the shoe before.



I got in touch with local style icon and sock queen Yasmin Furmie  for some of her sock styling tips too. Here's what she had to say:

1) Have fun with prints - Yasmin suggested wearing a striped outfit with polka dot socks. 
2) Make use of your socks as a pop - Yasmin was wearing a plain black outfit when I met her with statement ''Stance'' socks as a wow factor.
3) The length of the socks are important - Yasmin says with shorter clothing items opt for long socks and with longer clothing items like culottes, a shorter sock will do.
4) Socks can be formal too - Yasmin's suggestion is to wear a pair of sheer socks with killer heels for a formal function.


Myself and Yasmin.

Our fashionable socks.

Believe it or not it was really difficult for Yasmin to give sock styling tips because it comes so naturally to her. She's a natural street style genius.

A special thanks to Yasmin for featuring in this post.

Photography by Lydia Wessels

Thursday, March 2, 2017

10 Backpacks You Need:

Backpacks have been trending for a while thanks to the street wear trend dominating runways and retail. It's my favourite bag to wear for any occasion whether I wear it to work, when I travel or even out on the weekends.

I have compiled a list of 10 backpacks I love that you need to add to your shopping list. Each bag below is available in store or online right now. So lets get shopping:

R169,99 available at Mr Price

 R269 available on Zando
R1399 available on Zando

R379 available at H&M

R599 available at Forever New

R449 available on Superbalist

R2899 available on Superbalist

R1599 available on Superbalist

R499 available at Cotton On

R599 available at Forever New

The bag below was gifted to me by my friend Rizana and this is how I styled it:









I am really into wearing solid colour outfits lately. I wore solid navy for this look and added a pop of pink. 

Top: Zara
Culottes: H&M
Shoes: Mr Price
Head scarf: Mr Price

Photography by Lydia Wessels 

Monday, February 20, 2017

theBalm Cosmetics:

I have started delving into the beauty industry more this year and you will see that soon, as I post more about beauty products. I recently attended a beauty master-class hosted by Gina Myers in collaboration with Stuttafords for theBalm Cosmetics.

The exciting news is that you can attend the next one too:



I would suggest that you attend because you can get some beauty tips from Gina,  you can get any products of your choice with a voucher to the value of R500 and also have a fun outing with your friends.

The thing I love most about the products is the quirky packaging. Stuttafords gifted me the below make up palette that has matte eye shadow shades named after males like matte Lopez, matte Lin, matte Kumar and matte Ahmed. My husbands name is Ahmed so I will most definitely be using that shade the most. ;)



The philosophy behind the Balm cosmetics range is ‘beauty in five minutes.’ Each of the palettes comes with a travel size mirror, which makes it easy to use on the go.

On average the price range for the products are between R279 – R600. The item you should buy for the most value for your money is definitely the Balm Jovi palette since it comes with a range of eye-shadow colours, highlighter, blush and lipsticks in a compact size for only R550.





 I also received the eyelid primer - ‘put a lid on it’ (how cute are the names?) and the mascara - ‘cheater’. I have been using both every day since getting it and it’s brilliant. Your eye-shadow will last longer with the primer and the mascara gives off an exaggerated eyelash finish, I love it!




Best of all are the matte liquid lipsticks. I bought the perfect red shade called 'Trustworthy.' These lipsticks are colour-stay lipsticks and they actually do stay on unlike some other brands. It also doesn't feel hard or dry on your lips after you apply it.


theBalm Cosmetics is an international beauty brand available at all Stuttafords stores.