Monday, 28 October 2013

Glitz, Glam, Fascinators and Hats

This is what I'm doing when I'm not blogging!

  • Cancer Association Hats and Roses Champagne Brunch (Windhoek Country Club and Casino)
  • Delta Secondary School Reunion Class of 2003 (Bush Bar, Windhoek)
  • Bank Windhoek Estate Agent Awards (Nampower Convention Centre, Windhoek) - Mardigras Theme
  • Bank Windhoek Selekt Sales Awards (The Turbine Room, Windhoek) - Arabian Nights Theme
  • Hands Full of Glitter Gala Dinner (Safari Hotel and Court, Windhoek)
  • Bank Windhoek Coastal E State Agent Awards (Seaside Hotel and Spa, Swakopmund) - Asian Theme

Summertime And The Living Is Easy

The definition of ‘Summertime sadness‘ is sitting in an air-conditioned office, swamped with work, day dreaming about my planned summer holiday in Jeffery’s Bay, only to realize it’s been almost two months since my last blog post. I’m starting to think that the hole in my stomach is not hunger or fatigue but rather an aching need to write about fashion.

As it were, my summer day dreams always start with all the things I plan to do come December. Summer weddings, museum hoping and sightseeing, pool parties, cocktails and sundowners  and of course hours at the beach. I have thus put together tips and outfit ideas to inspire your summer daydreams and brighten up your typical summer fete.

For summer 2013 tranquil colours and textures that conjure up images of the sea are very popular. Shades of turquoise, gray-blue, and sea salt are all fantastic summer wardrobe choices!

The Beach

If, like me, you’re planning hours in the sun at the beach then pick your beach outfit like you would fruit—let your eye choose the most attractive, prettiest hue and it will be the sweetest one. Mix things up a little by wearing yellow and black—a killer combo for night or day. 

When you head for the sand and surf, it doesn't matter whether you like to show off your curves or hide them, avoid wearing heels to the beach. There’s a time and a place for high heels. A day at the beach is never one of them.

No matter how much you love that Prada handbag, there’s no good reason to lug it to the beach. Go with something lower-brow that you won’t worry about leaving unattended with your beach towels and sunscreen – a light, bright summer tote or beach bag will do the trick.

Sunglasses, like sunscreen is a beach absolute, but beware the raccoon tan lines. Shades that cover half your face have a glamorous look to them, as though you’re dodging the paparazzi. But wear them all day at the beach and you might wind up with some regrettable tan lines.

For the perfect beach outfit pair swimsuits in print with denim shorts and stylish shades; use colorful cover-ups; add a fedora and retro shades for glam; and finish with colored flip flops.

Date Night

Give the LBD a rest when on a summer date. Use warm weather as an excuse to break out the Brights. A colorful dress is an ideal way to make a day or evening date a little more glam.

Bright colors like oranges and pinks in a pretty slip dress will make you stand out in the dark evening hours.

Mix up your evening-wear options with an unforgettable full-length summer gown. Large floral prints are fun and flirty, but don’t forget the belt to give yourself some shape.

Be popsicle sweet in a sherbet-hue dress. A mid-length dress can take you from day (think blazer and scarf) to night, in seconds.  When wearing a bold floral dress, pick shoes and a bag in lighter colors to keep the focus on the frock.

Draw attention to your neckline and gorge face by pairing a cool necklace with a pretty halter-neck top or dress. Get your shine on by slipping into a silky dress that hugs you in all the right places. Pick one in a color that flatters your skin tone or a halter neckline to keep the attention up top, on your pretty face and fab smile.

For a big night out, try cool colors like swimming-pool blue and green shorts. They’re a fun way to add some sizzle to your nighttime looks. Shorts are great for summer days or nights when paired with a relaxed, easy printed T-shirt and flat sandals or wedges.

Whether it’s your birthday or just a normal summer night out, slip into a sparkly dress the color of stardust for a night of fun and dancing.


I always spend a whole day sightseeing or museum hoping when on holiday, and while khaki may work for some tourists, I prefer to stay stylish and comfortable. Miniskirts and shorts can look very cute for a day of sightseeing. Team it up with a well fitted t-shirt and belt. Choose footwear that is comfy and that goes with the look. Flats work great for a casual look, or even canvas shoes if you want to give it a sporty-casual feel.

Never underestimate the versatility of a little floral romper. Paired with lilac peep-toe pumps and loose waves, the vibe is relaxed-chic. Want to go super casual? Try gladiator sandals and a chunky scarf. The right way to do gladiator sandals is with a short and breezy dress that gives you enough legroom to run a marathon—or your afternoon itinerary.

Rely on the wear-everywhere shirtdress but keep the look stress-free with a floppy hat, strappy sandals and a roomy carries-the-kitchen-sink satchel. A great hat packs a powerful fashion punch because you can dress a hat up or dress it down

Simple outfits like white tops and blue jeans with some statement jewelry are perfect for summer sightseeing, add a pair of glam wedges and you’re good to go.

Pool Party

Wearing a bathing suit isn't a must - try a strapless romper or maxi dress. Both keep you cool with no strap lines while hanging out by the pool.

Whether you are cooling off in the shallow end of the pool, or taking a turn on the water slide, try a simple black bikini, or a patterned one-piece for cool but appropriate look (leave the Brazilian/Angolan cut at home, no one needs to see that while eating a sosatie).

As the afternoon sets in, pop on a white tank and cutoffs over your suit for a relaxed and comfortable sit down at the food table. .

Black and white is huge this summer and print is a season must. Add wedges and playful jewelry to make a pool party outfit complete. But let’s be frank here - please don’t go swimming in heels and jewelry, but for the initial meet and greet it’s a good idea to be a bit more pulled together, especially if you’re at a year-end function. When the time comes to jump in and make a splash, pack away your pretty heels and jewelry…that’s what the giant tote or straw bag is for.

Summer Wedding

This being the prime season for nuptials, you may probably be heading to a summer wedding.  It may not be your special day, but that doesn't mean you don’t deserve to look gorgeous. The problem is that dressing for a summer wedding can be tricky. Here are some basic Dos and Don’ts compliments of the Budget Fashionista:

- Wear summer colors like turquoise, melon, strawberry, and green

- Wear cute pumps and/or sandals for an inside wedding/reception

- Wear a solid colour like black or navy (with color) to an evening wedding

- Wear white, unless the bride requests it. 
- Wear black to an afternoon/morning wedding. Pick something colorful
- Wear heels for an outside wedding/reception (your heel with get stuck in the grass) 
- Wear ultra low cut dresses, short-short dresses, shorts. If you wouldn't want your grandma to see you in it, then don’t wear it.

It may be summer, but that’s not an excuse to wear shorts and a tank top to a wedding. While others may wear jeans to their friend’s special day, a fashionista doesn't stray from decorum. Show the bride and groom that you understand the importance of their wedding and dress up.

That said weddings now have color themes, so if the invite is red and blue, you may not want to wear that color because the bride and bridesmaids will probably be wearing something of that hue.

Because you’re probably wearing a light, breezy dress, you should also go light on the jewelry and makeup. Cumbersome baubles look awkward with an airy ensemble, so trade your chandelier earrings for pearls or studs. A little bling goes a long way in the summer time. Keep it light, and you’ll look and feel better.

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