Monday, June 27, 2016

Bargain Buys:

I have a knack of coming across bargain buys whether I am looking for them or not. The jacket in this post, for instance, was something I stumbled across when I was in Forever 21 casually shopping in Sandton City. There was no sale tag on it and knowing that jackets are usually about R 1000+ I decided to try my luck anyway.

"How much is the fluffy?" I asked. 
The sales assistant replied and I thought I'd heard wrong. I asked her to repeat the price. "It retails for R 350." Both shocked and excited I made my purchase.

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Upon closer inspection I found out that the label read 'R 1200' at first but the jacket was now on sale for a fraction of the cost without it being advertised. This was not the first time I've found things on sale at Forever 21 sneakily placed on the rails so that it isn't an obvious sale item.
Next time you're in Forever 21 make sure to look at ALL the price tags, it could reveal a bargain.

Speaking of bargains another store to look out for sneaky sales is H&M. Although we have access to their online store here in South Africa we cant see what's on sale unless you actually visit the store. At the moment they have some great bargain buys, like their jeggings which are extremely comfortable and are now on sale from R 299 to R 229. Not only that but their padded jackets and gilets with faux fur detachable hoods are 50% off, they now retail at just R 300.

The end of season sales are the best. One of my favourite places to find bargains at this time of year is Zara. Shirts are starting at R 239, shoes for R 459, Tops for R 179 and jackets for R 600. I cant wait to share the jacket I bought, in my upcoming post. It was most definitely worth it.

I've decided that from now on  whenever I spot a a good sale, I'm going to share it with all my readers because who doesn't love a great bargain? I know I do!

Top: H&M
Pants; H&M
Jacket: Foever 21
Boots: Zara
Bag: Zara

Photography by: Layla Shaik Photography
Hair by: Runway Rae

Sunday, June 19, 2016

''The Greatest"

On the 3rd of June 2016 the world mourned the loss of one of the greatest boxing legends, 'Muhammad Ali'. Ali was known as "The Greatest" because of his whopping 56 wins from 61 fights and his impeccable footwork in the boxing ring.

Cassius Clay (his former name) changed to 'Muhammad Ali' when he accepted Islam in the 1960's. Mohammed Ali was known for being outspoken, trash talking his opponents quite boldly before boxing matches. Speaking of being outspoken, Ali was also exiled from the US for refusing to take part in the Vietnam War because of his religious beliefs. As candid as he was, Muhammad Ali, always made a great impression on people, hence his other nickname, "The Peoples Champion."

Ali always looked dapper out of the boxing ring, appearing in well tailored suits and skinny ties, however, what inspired me to do this blog post were the very boots he wore within the ring. One with impeccable footwork must have good shoes and in this case it was the infamous boxing boots. Many celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Zendaya and Cara Delevingne have been seen sporting the PUMA boxing boots and so I thought, why not I? 

In tribute to one of the greatest champions of the 20th century, below is a boxing inspired look post courtesy of Puma. The quotes below each image share some of the wisdom from the great man himself, Muhammad Ali

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"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."

"What you are thinking about, you are becoming."

"If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough."

"I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was."

"Its lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges and I believe in myself."

"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."

"The service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."

All photos by:Layla Shaik Photography
Hair by:Runway Rae

Monday, June 13, 2016

Youth Day:

On the 16th of June it will be a public holiday in South Africa. What does this mean? A day off from work? An extra day to study before your big paper? Yes but hopefully for you it will be a way of remembering that on the 16th of June 1976, 500 students marched for freedom from oppression in a peaceful protest for what they believed in.

The 16th of June should be a day of appreciation for those who were killed in the Soweto uprising during Apartheid in South Africa. A day of remembering those who had the ambition and passion to represent the youth.  The best way to commemorate the youth movement that took place in 1976 is not to laze about and waste away your day on the public holiday but in some way celebrate yourself if you are the youth or those inspiring youths that surround you. Spend the day with someone who inspires you,  spend the day researching a member of your community who is doing well for themselves from a young age already, who is going the extra mile in their lifestyle, community or career. Spend the day learning from and appreciating each other.

For my Youth Day tribute I was commissioned to do the make up for 7 young models for the KISUA Youth Campaign photo shoot. Being part of the youth in South Africa, I strongly believe in supporting local campaigns and fashion and learning from every process and person involved in the SA fashion industry and community. Look out for the KISUA youth campaign images and the inspiring models who took part in the shoot. 

Below are some images of me in a recent photoshoot supporting the local brand KISUA:

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Have an inspiring Youth Day everyone!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Alice is that you?

My blog has become more of a business rather than a hobby lately, which isn't a bad thing at all but sometimes that makes it easy to forget why I started blogging in the first place. I'm a person who likes unique clothing and putting clothing together in a unique way. I wanted to keep a journal of my ideas and show people more about the playful approach I had to putting looks together... and so RMfashionary was born.

This shoot was done mainly because my friends and I wanted ice cream but also because I haven't done a fun look post in a long while. As most of you probably noticed on my Instagram I love taking flat lays of quirky items that I discover while shopping. Socks are my favourite quirky accessory lately.

Here's my take on Alice in Wonderland with an overload of pink...

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Jersey: Woolworths
Skirt: Mr Price
Sneakers: Superga
Socks: TopShop
Bag: Aldo

Speaking of Alice in Wonderland, the latest film Alice through the looking glass has just come out in Cinemas and it's a must see. The costumes and make up were spectacular throughout the film. 

The costume designer behind the colourful dress that Alice wears is Colleen Antwood. This lady clearly knows what shes doing as she has had the whimsical job of creating costumes for movies like 'Edward Scissorhands,' Memoirs of a Geisha', and 'Chicago'. The most exciting news yet is that she is rumored to be designing costumes for the up and coming Harry Potter franchise movie, 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.' I cant wait for the film to come out, perhaps It will inspire me to do my take on a Harry Potter inspired look post.

All photos by: laylashaikphotography