Monday, November 21, 2016

The Fashion Intern's Survival Guide:

I’ve been privileged enough to have easily gotten a job after campus at a reputable company like The Sunday Times. My work contract as an intern will officially be ending this week and I wanted to share all the knowledge I have learnt during my very first year of working.

I wish I knew the below list during my first week of work but hey its all part of the learning experience right?

These tips can be helpful to you too, hopefully, whether you are in the fashion industry or not.

  • ·      Listen – This means listen properly the first time you are given instructions. It gets annoying when people have to repeat themselves to you.
  • ·      It is always helpful to have a notebook – Don’t feel shy to write down what colleagues ask you to do, they will appreciate this more than you know because you won’t ask them about the same thing twice.
  • ·      Write daily reminders on post-it notes and stick it on your desk/computer screen, this way you can never forget what you need to do.
  • ·      Never ask too few questions. This can be tricky because you don’t want to be annoying but at the same time you also don’t want to make a mess of things. Asking questions allows you to do the best job possible.
  • ·      Give your opinion about things – Your boss will appreciate this more than you keeping quiet all the time. Its good to build relationships with the people you work with.
  • ·      Always have manners – you never know where or when you’ll meet the people you once worked with, again. A good reputation is key.
  • ·      It’s okay to ask for help –no one expects you to be able to do everything on your own. Just ask.
  • ·      Smile everyday. Why not? It will make your day better and the people around you too.
  • ·      Be yourself – the working world shouldn’t change you or take away the kid that you are at heart. Stay true to yourself and the people you work with will appreciate all your traits. In fact, it may even add to how well you do your job. If you are true to yourself and your job involves you doing what you love then its almost impossible for you to go wrong in your career.
  • ·      Grow in your maturity – My dad always says this to me. In my opinion ''grow in your maturity'' means learning from all the knowledge you take in on the daily. Develop it and better yourself to ace your job and be a star performer.

 This year has been challenging and demanded a lot of hard work from me but I have grown so much and I will always be grateful for all that I have come to learn. Until next year Sunday Times Fashion Weekly/Wanted Magazine/The Edit Magazine/SMag, au revoir!

Here is my foolproof office look to end off my working year:

Shirt: Tiger of Sweden
Trouser: Forever New
Blazer: Tiger of Sweden
Shoes: Mr Price
Earrings: A gift 

All photos by Layla Shaik Photography

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Summer Jackets to Die For

With the weather fluctuating and going from bright summer afternoons to thundering hail storms this season, the best item of clothing to have is a light weight jacket. I recently was lucky enough to attend a massive Tiger of Sweden/Day Birger Et Mikkelsen/The Kooples sale where my husband treated me by buying me the most beautiful clothing pieces.

The blazer below was one of the pieces I found on sale. I absolutely love it and think that it's perfect for summer. 

Blazer: Tiger of Sweden
Top: Mr Price
Jeans: Mr Price
Heels: The Kooples

Earrings: H&M 

 As a treat for you all, I have decided to compile  a list of must have summer jackets that are on my wish list. I hope you enjoy them and perhaps add it to your wish list too.

1) The H&M blouse jacket priced at R799
2) The H&M raincoat priced at R899

 3) The Country Road utility jacket priced at R1699
 4) The Mr Price blazer priced at R180
 5) The Mr Price Jacket priced at R180
6) The Zando Amanda May sleeveless jacket

All photos of me were shot by Layla Shaik Photography 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

November is known as the silly season and for good reason. November is the tired month of the year, when you just can't wait for the December holidays!

I thought I'd do a look post that was a fun and Summery holiday inspiration, just to get you ready for your big summer break. Well, when it does eventually come.

This look is perfect for a tropical getaway. At the end of the year my hubby and I will be travelling to Bali and Singapore and this is most definitely one of the looks I'm going to be packing in my travel bag.

Dress: TopShop 
Espadrilles: Mr Price 

On a side note I'm super impressed by the shoes at Mr Price this season. I plan to do a post about my favourite must have shoes for summer very soon. In it I'll share with you all the wonderful colourful shoes you should have in your wardrobe in time for your December holiday.

For now, keep calm this silly season! :)

All photos by Layla Shaik Photography