#MADEUPMONDAY WIN AFRICOLOGY FOR YOUR ‘TACHE

Africology Grow Your Mo Campaign MJ AND STUFF

There is so much certainty to the concept of living and learning. Not that the theory has ever came doubted by me, if anything, it is my testament. Exhibit A:  I have just gone through most part of this month dedicated to observing people’s responses whenever anyone mentions their proud involvement with the #Movember drive to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer pandemics. From this, I have learnt a couple of things; one: a totally rad way to exterminate possible awkward moments with anyone, anywhere in the world right now. Two: the fact that participation seems to widen with every annual campaign is awe-inspiring beyond imaginable and can only suggest a piqued interest in nearing relief. With all the growing moustaches all over the place, it makes absolute sense that one looks into the right grooming products from Africology –a leading natural, eco-friendly and holistic spa and skincare company.i mean, we can’t just be carelessly growing ‘taches here. My pick is none-other than Africology Skin Hydrating oil which contains natural plant extracts chosen for their ability to soften, hydrate and even repair.

 Africology Skin Hydrating Oil_30ml MJ AND STUFF

I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and there is just something about the ideal unification ingredients like Chamomile, South African geranium, Rosehip, Jojoba, Jasmine, Neroli, Lime, Marula, Aloe, Grapeseed and Frankincense that just does a whole of good for one’s facial hair.

In this spirit of excitement, I am feeling a tad generous and would like to gift one of you, dearest awesome readers with (30ml) Skin Hydrating oil from Africology valued at R254.00. All you have to do is share your mo with me via the facebook page over HERE, drop me a cool pic and who knows, you may be walking away with the rad product.

 

Good luck and #WERQ

 

When purchasing the Skin Hydrating oil, Africology will donate a portion of the sales made to the Movember foundation.

STACEY HOLLAND x TRUE RELIGION: A CHANGE ROOM TAKEOVER.

True Religion x Stacey Holland

Just the other day I was engrossed in a lengthier-than-an-air-kiss conversation with someone from my past about the fact that I have never really owned a pair of True Religion jeans, yet I have been recommending the brand to clients for a couple of years. So fate went and did its thing, the first ever True Religion flagship store in the country opened doors in Sandton City a couple of weeks ago and I got the raddest offer to play in the change rooms with the most awesome gal I have hung out with in a while. The lovely human I speak of, is none other than the fitness model, media personality and entrepreneur; Stacey Holland. I have to say, plenty funziment was had, as we spent an entire mid-morning playing dress up in the freshly decked up shop and throwing Hi-5’s as support expressions to a never-ending gush fest. She assumed the role of a schmortzel –not surprising, I mean with that banging body-ody-ody and a remarkable personality, whilst I was at ease with the role of he who snaps the pics. All very casual vibez really and we came up with top three styles we think you should be #WERQing with right now. Oh, and I am going to write the captions in French because 1) I am obsessed with Google translator right now and 2) You simple have to try it.

pas emprunté aux garçons.

Body spray-like jeans are cute and all but the same kind of appreciation can be granted to a roomier silhouette this season. Not necessarily borrowed from the boys because meticulous attention needs to be paid to proportions and in these pics we aimed for a laid-back take on the seasonless denim-on-denim.

Body spray-like jeans are cute and all but the same kind of appreciation can be granted to a roomier silhouette this season. Not necessarily borrowed from the boys because meticulous attention needs to be paid to proportions and in these pics we aimed for a laid-back take on the seasonless denim-on-denim.

 

Stacey Holland True Religion MJ AND STUFF

Sandton True Religion Stacey Holland MJ AND STUFF

le jogger classique.

This season sees the magnificent jogger still beautifully positioned as one of the ultimate wardrobe staples. The once-was-reserved-for-track piece can be worn in many different ways and with these few shots, we hop-skipped straight into day-to-day functionality by including a tailored shirt and a pair of strappy heels.

This season sees the magnificent jogger still beautifully positioned as one of the ultimate wardrobe staples. The once-was-reserved-for-track piece can be worn in many different ways and with these few shots, we hop-skipped straight into day-to-day functionality by including a tailored shirt and a pair of strappy heels.

MJ AND STUFF Stacey Holland True Religion

Stacey Holland Sandton True Religion

 

nappe poussin de ville.

Not much narrative needed here. The look is very now, practical, considerably styled and could work for most sizes.

Not much narrative needed here. The look is very now, practical, considerably styled and could work for most sizes.

True Religion MJ AND STUFF Stacey Holland

MJ AND STUFF True Religion Stacey Holland

Fun gal. Fun day. Fun brand.

#WERQ

Credits: all clothing from True Religion. Shoes: Dusud Shoes at the Sandton store. Stacey’s hair was hooked up by Chantal Baaitjie @chanyb8

NOMCORE BE NOT PROUD

Mahlatse James MJ AND STUFF

I refuse to believe that I am the only one experiencing the probable rise of an unsolicited shift in things. Fashion things I mean. My heart bleeds a terror cocktail at the mere thought that a personal edit might be nearing its end days –as in, people are starting to appear more and more alike. I can’t say that I didn’t see it coming, and if I really must set blame, it’s all because of the massive tide that became the “nomcore” nonsense.

My raison d’être goes a little something like this; rewind to a whole year-and-a-half ago when several magazine editors thought it a good idea to perpetuate nods for a look so plain and lacklustre, they dubbed elements of it as make-up for a short-lived trend known in “susceptible” circles as Off-Duty. Like an unassumingly arrogant monster, the fad cultivated comfort to a crazy degree and erratic stylopolitans followed suit. I will however, grant it an ovation for veering the important basis of clean lines and an option to sometimes de-clutter one’s look. But, needy as this tribe of people constantly hungry for an upgrade, off-duty was due for an improved reference point and the result threw all the way back to a period in the 90’s when some people claimed to not be interested in the significance of fashion. (Please don’t make me go all Miranda Priestly and stuff). This according to me and an uncertified sensibility to put one and two together; is how nomcore came to be. #Don’tFeedTheMonster

 As you can probably imagine, committed practitioners of peacocking freaked the hell out as this craze could signal that one might face a possible dethroning from starring roles on street style blogs.

Individuality seems to be at risk and the way I see it, all believers of great style and advocates of letting one’s sartorial freak flag fly are now duty-bound as this here is a situation. Once again, I am by no means pledging support for anything styled tastelessly. If anything I beg for personality to reign paramount when one leaves their house… or as in my case in this here post, when one plays with a black lip ointment out in the fire escape.

Mahlatse James pro pic

South African Street Style MJ AND STUFF

MJ Mahlatse James

Personal style MJ AND STUFF

MJ AND STUFF Fashion Blogger Mahlatse James

Mahlatse James MJ

#WERQ

GREEN-LIGHTING THE GREEN BOX PACK.

MJ AND STUFF Puma green box collection

You know when something awesome happens and the only sentiment you want to express remains something alongside the lines of *drops mic*? Well, this here reaction is just not enough in this here instance. Read on further and… wait for it.

My PUMA fam’s Fast Track programme sees a rad introduction of the limited edition Green Box Pack. Radical, I tell you. Sending me straight into a remarkable fit of glee –because I just cannot enough of everything green (called it HERE before spotting it HERE); the nostalgic pack takes cue from the original Trinomic PUMA box and the product is a collective of classic vintage running silhouettes decked out in an alluring shade of green.

Four of some of the very best kicks referencing and iconic era of running sneakers in the history of the brand are updated and killin’ the game right now.

The XS850 gained notoriety in its ‘92 heyday, showcasing PUMA’s revolutionary trinomic-cushioned technology born in the early running boom days. This runner still has its distinctive speckled heel with a textured nylon upper and leather overlays. The 3M underlay on the quarter features a honeycomb graphic and colour pops in white on the heel.

 The Blaze of Glory 90s silhouette boasts an air mesh upper with soft nubuck overlays. The TPU piece feature a honeycomb graphic with colour pops in white on the heel pull.

The look and build of the original ‘93 version of the runner, the R698 holds a textured nylon upper with nubuck overlays and green piping for a rich finish.

 PUMA’s most iconic running style the XT2 completes the pack, with its 90s model lightweight textile upper with a full grain leather formstrip in white.

These kicks are available at PUMA SELECT stores in Bree Street, Cape Town, and Braamfontein in Johannesburg.

Green Box Pack at PUMA MJ AND STUFF

*picks the mic back again and slowly swivels it around my fingers and asks “Now what?*

PUMA Green Box pack MJ AND STUFF

IN WITH THE BELLES THIS MONTH.

Mahlatse James Elle Magazine MJ AND STUFF

You may or may not already know this –even though my friends and I kind of taking to the social media with uncontained enthusiasm, but yours truly is featured in this month’s issue of Elle Magazine South Africa alongside some of the finest local creative individuals, talking about all things and people and things and places and things and vibes and things on our radar throughout the month of November 2014. Holly Meadows; One of my favourite Belles at the Elle Mag HQs thought it a good idea to have me on a panel with those keen to share some of our “regular” weekend plans. And I did. Do pick up the November copy, currently flaming off the shelves and head on to page 41 to #DoTheRightThing. Trust me you can’t miss it, it’s the one with the gorgeous Miranda Kerr on the cover!

Miranda Kerr - ELLE Magazine, South Africa, November 2014

MJ AND STUFF Mahlatse James in the Elle Magazine

Mahlatse James  MJ AND STUFF Photographed by Tsholo Mothibi

It’s always such a joy when the Belles hit me up.

SPOTTED: THE TJ KAFTAN MAGIC

TJ wearing a Kaftan on MJ AND STUFF

The rainy week here in J-Sec has my system in a fully confused mode. I mean, just the other day I was slithering into a nearing holiday mood and almost giving into the excitement of never-ending missions in the heat. None of this gloom. That said; I am far from coming short on the optimism front, not with my reference board reflecting all things awesome. For example, these images I took of my faah-bulous friend; TJ clad in a floor-length marvel of a kaftan, signalling relaxation on a scale grander than I’ve ever seen. I am almost tempted to willingly swear the flowsy direction into piecing summer wardrobe. Who wouldn’t want to serve a “haute in the scorching streets of Abu Dhabi” type of look, whilst on holiday? Not only does TJ appear crazily comfortable in this number, there is just something about a kaftan of this remarkable length that just reflects an elegant understanding of style. I say #YAY to the kaftan now, #YAY to the kaftan next and #YAY to the kaftan forever.

MJ AND STUFF South African Street Style

Now can this rain just wrap it up already!?!

#WERQ

THE BAG TO BAG RIGHT NOW.

Radley London- Grosvenor Medium Flapover Shoulder Bag at Stuttafords. MJ AND STUFF

I am always on the run. Like, literally! Okay, maybe not anything like Julia Roberts as Maggie Carpenter in that late 90’s hit of a movie. More like an individual whose entire existence has to balance a life constantly on the move and have to have many of my tools of trade with me at all times -thus my predestined crush on Radley London’s Grosvenor Medium Flapover Shoulder bag. Coming straight out of an attraction to sling bags bigger than big (because trust me, size doesn’t necessarily mean that things come easier to find – lesson I learned hesitantly) I am open to open to a stylish change of a reasonable size and this right here, may just be IT!

 With classic craftsmanship and beautiful, naturally grained Harwood leather coupled with grosgrain lining at its core, the Grosvenor Medium Flapover Shoulder Bag has an adjustable shoulder strap and a full flap with magnetic closure. All the partitioned compartments inside and on the exterior of the bag are just enough to have all the necessities placed in an organised manner –like a grown-ass-human would.

An added bonus is a known fact that in its stylish and relaxed design, the sling bag is having a huge moment as the most versatile bag to have right now.  One can be worn with almost everything really.

The Grosvenor Medium Flapover Shoulder bag is available at Stuttafords stores nationwide.

 

A LIL’ LETTER TO ANISA

Anisa Mpungwe

Dearest Anisa.

You make me happy. You really do. It feels like just the other day when I first met you as the newly named winner of the Elle New Talent Award, back in 2008. Both of us moon-eyed and at the brink of what we didn’t anticipate to be colourful careers in this fashion business. I remember just how pitch-perfectly you radiated liveliness in that crazy long interview which detoured into (us) talking endlessly about paying  a little more attention to one’s “gut-feeling” because sometimes the risks we thing we take, are a make-up of the work we’ve been putting in.

I am proud of you for many reasons that could have me go on endlessly, but most of all, I am proud of you for allowing all of us to get to share in your genius. So skilful and passionate, yet tremendously pleasant in the well-thought manner you seem to care for all of us -lovers of great style. This comes through in the strong narrative alongside your design process with each collection you assume responsibility for. Oh, and darling, I simply must congratulate you on your well deserved ambassadorial role for the MRP Foundation. I know that the cause is dearly close to your heart, so it makes absolute sense that you, being at the very top of your field; are part of the mentorship programme to help nurture previously unemployed young South Africans who are enrolled in the MRP Foundation’s JumpStart Programme.

I adore everything about the newest range you designed for Mr Price; once again, a spirited collection keeping true to your ever so brilliant aesthetic. I think it met everything you were aiming for; “classic, but beautifully styled collection which is affordable and accessible” well done.  I love that you drew inspiration from your recent travels across the African continent and took a bold, fearless and slightly progressive clash of festive prints also using geometric shapes. Many women will get to enjoy your genius use of unbiased proportions.

You did well, dear one. You did exceptionally well.

#WERQ,

Anisa’s limited edition range is currently available in select Mr Price stores and online HERE. See my picks here below. 

DRESS CODE

DRESS CODE

SKIRTING THE ISSUE

SKIRTING THE ISSUE

COATED

COATED

TEE WITH IT

TEE WITH IT

WHITE NOW.

Mahlatse James in an All White Outfit MJ AND STUFF

Winter whites, summer whites, festive whites and whatever cute little box, we (fashion people) like to create for reasons to wear an all white outfit, I think we all just mean to encase the maturing fact this cleanest form of monochrome is –in its very minimalist appearance, one of the most authoritative fashion staple to possibly outshine fad grades. Okay, I may have gone a little too deep there, but essentially, all I am asserting here is that somehow, in a tastefully twisted conduct; wearing an all-white outfit can suggest fashion intelligence as well as it freely counteracts the inevitable partake in trends. I suppose it has something to do with the egalitarianism and wholesomeness affiliated with all things white.

Stylistically speaking, we cannot deny that #AllWhiteEverything has been having many fashion moments for a couple of seasons. Sometimes updated with a few metallic jewels for a majestic appeal and at times, coupled with tan notes to advocate a casual daytime relevance. It hasn’t been much of a secret that I have suffered from a brutal case of #FOMO whenever an invite to an all-white party miraculously skips my address box because you see; I have major plans to rock out a top-to-bottom ensemble like I did in these pics.

There is absolutely no shame in my game when the aim is to look no less than angelic. My approach here is to play a bit with texture and unfussy proportions as a way to update my fondness for street style. Also because one simply cannot afford to appear… erm… “simple.”

Mahlatse James All whote outfit for MJ AND STUFF

MJ AND STUFF South African Fashion Blog

Mahlatse James MJ AND STUFF Black and white

MJ AND STUFF MAHLATSE JAMES

Mahlatse James MJ AND STUFF All white outfit

Mahlatse James Street Style MJ AND STUFF

Mahlatse James MJ AND STUFF

South African Fashion Blog MJ AND STUFF

Mahlatse James wearing an all white outfit MJ AND STUFF

#WERQ

THINKING UP HOLIDAY THREADS WITH GARWOOD & GRACE.

GARWOOD & GRACE MJ AND STUFF

Guess who is ready for a holiday? Well, I haven’t really started doing much about it except fussily gawking at beachy brochures and debating the perfect colour of a possible Travelite Transformer set. My pre-holiday mood has just reached a state of possible reality, all thanks to a swift worthily growing fondness for Garwood & Grace’s summer 2014/15 collection of swim shorts.

The Cape Town based swimwear label has me floating on all sorts of anticipation for some time in the sun. I am already envisioning myself strolling alongside wide waters, clad in some of the skilfully tailored swim shorts. I don’t think I have ever mentioned that I always endure a massive struggle whenever I am faced with having to buy swimwear for myself. Good hemlines (1970s style) are almost always met with dreadful quality options and if or when I try to go the board short route, the very average waistband winches the most ample of leg(s) space(s) and extends all the way near below the knee in length –as if negotiating eyelets and Velcro clasps is not enough a warfare. One time, I spent the entire day in a costal mall equipped with an enduring sense of hope that there must be a piece for me out there #NoLies.

 Mercifully, Garwood & Grace offers shorts in two different lengths this summer. The Clifton is the shorter of the two with a 7cm inner leg whereas the Camps Bay is slightly longer and the detailing includes a zip fastening and jet pockets that are comfortable without compromising the shorts’ sleek silhouette that has been designed not to be flashy but rather to reflect an appreciation of quality.

My Clifton Pics

My Clifton Picks

 A pair of Garwood & Grace swim shorts offers more than making a stylish impression though. The fabric, a top quality polyamide imported from Europe, has been chosen for its ability to dry quickly, which is all good with me, because as much as I consider myself a part-time merman-especially when the local heat hits the high digits- I am not the one keen for wet struts. Except for the fabric, all other components are sourced locally and the shorts are cut, sewn and finished at a factory in Cape Town.

Picks from the Camps Bay range.

Picks from the Camps Bay range.

 Guess who stands a chance of looking mighty fine throughout the holiday?

 

Shop Garwood & Grace over HERE.