HOW WE DO WHAT WE DO WHEN WE DO IT FOR A GOOD PIC.

Mahlatse James South African Fashion Blogger MJ AND STUFF

Was there ever a time when people ran a mile in a different direction at the flicking sound of a blogger’s camera? I don’t recall ever falling into such a category. Is it even possible for one to turn down an opportunity to freeze-frame a so deemed “money-shot”?  I decode the idea as pretty improbable, only because I happen to derive crazy amounts of gratification from being on either side of the camera –it comes with doing what I do. I understand that I am probably nowhere near being knighted for the mastery of photo-snapping images of my wildest dreams, but this does not halt me from double spinning ever so often and throwing scrupulous air-punches every time I experience moments with a beautifully clad subject, at an ideal location and an overall set-up to warrant a pic I could confidently share with the rest of the world. Without sounding like a creepy stalker, I also always chuckle a little when I observe some of the people I know partake in this pleasurable practice of wielding out cameras at a sight of awe-inspiring subject matters. There is an unexplainable degree of strong-willed precision brought to the table when one spots, aims, flicks and check to assess their product. It’s one of those inter-reversible fun things. These are just a few of my favourite people doing what they do, of course captured through the lens of yours truly. Happy Friday y’all.

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Lawrence from PREVIDAR MJ AND STUFF

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Pholoso Nkosi MJ AND STUFF

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-can't not take a breather to strike a good pose-

-can’t not take a breather to #WERQ a good pose-

CULT11AD FOR A MODISH COURSE!

Cult Collective Lick Tee MJ AND STUFFGuess who is back… Back again… Cult Collective is back… Back with yet another collection of enviably printed t-shirts, still demonstrating creative ways to correspond the brand’s eclectic ideologies and rebellious notions.

Reintroduced under the adaptive name –CULTT11AD, the awesome duo fashioned a range of protest tees some of which are roused by international political activist and fashion designer Katherine Hamnett. This newest assortment embody a strong concept of wardrobe staples’ influence to can be an valuable way able to convey a positive or even evocative message to those who cross the wearer’s path.

Cult Collective Peace Out Tee MJ AND STUFF

With this theme; CULT11AD invokes a wide array of deep-seated and globally troubling issues by contrasting their stance through neon bright slogans and logos printed on primary coloured t-shirts -such a rational intersection of a deservingly laudable brand and sentimental topics that concern all of us at one point or another.

As a gleeful follower of the label, I am excited for this collection, not only because it exemplifies Cult Collective’s stylish swing from the previous seasons (which I still adore), I love it for its ability to extend an innovative take on the general fashion industry’s often well thought-out course. And of course, directing the blinker-wearing few to follow suit. Looking good with conscience? I’m in!

‘Full moon evangelist’ tee shows a neon x-ray of a centaur. Each man is a particular belief system unto himself. And with each action and reaction he or she is practicing his or her own religion. As a society we need to be more tolerant of people’s beliefs.

‘Full moon evangelist’ tee shows a neon x-ray of a
centaur. Each man is a particular belief system unto
himself. And with each action and reaction he or she is
practicing his or her own religion. As a society we
need to be more tolerant of people’s beliefs.

The ‘Fame’ tee depicting the notorious event when Britney Spears shaved her head was stirred by an overheard conversation; a little girl telling her father she wanted to be famous when she grows up. "Famous for what?" asked her father. She didn't care what for. She just wanted to be famous. This tee epitomizes celebrity worship; we build them up to better tear them down.

The ‘Fame’ tee depicting the notorious event when
Britney Spears shaved her head was stirred by an
overheard conversation; a little girl telling her
father she wanted to be famous when she grows up.
“Famous for what?” asked her father. She didn’t care
what for. She just wanted to be famous. This tee
epitomizes celebrity worship; we build them up to
better tear them down.

No sympathy for apathy is another reflective message provoked when seeing the ‘CCCP’, ‘God save the queens’ slogans on this tee. The message to stand against homophobia and prejudice towards others is incited. It carries support for human rights in Russia and the rest of the world.

No sympathy for apathy is another reflective message
provoked when seeing the ‘CCCP’, ‘God save the queens’
slogans on this tee. The message to stand against
homophobia and prejudice towards others is incited. It carries support for human rights in Russia and the rest
of the world.

MJ AND STUFF Cult Collective Tees

YET ANOTHER WALLOP OF SUMPTOUSNESS.

Mahlatse James Mj and Stuff

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but my posts have been a few and apart of now late, coupled with busyness I had committed myself to, all for a stylish shift you will notice a little later *winks*. The painful bit was the unceremonious inability to share with you all the wonderful thoughts and ideas I have had, ramming into my system throughout the last three weeks. A fan of the blog also sent in mail and howled about a rigorous “famine of fashion” I have put her under. This post is just a twinkle of what has been on my radar…

Just this past Sunday, I honoured an invitation to join the well-heeled and attended this year’s Land Rover Africa Cup Finals at the 80-year-old Inanda Club. I told y’all I am expanding an appreciation for sport. In addition to feeding my curiosity for equestrian vibes at a prestige level, I got all fuzzy and stuff on the inside after witnessing that there was a theme –everybody who know me, know here I stand when thumped with a theme-. The invitation summoned A Touch of Gold and having spent a great deal of this winter with my fashion eyes fixed on all things OPULENT, this was to be a festive fair of fabulousness.

MJ AND STUFF Blogger Mahlatse James

South African Blogger Mahlatse James

MJ AND STUFF Mahlatse James

Well, I kind of went with several strokes of gold –as you can probably tell in these pics -the shoes, the belt and the braiding on the bolero. I suppose I had to bring it from interesting and dissimilar bends, you know, for all those cheerless individuals who just can’t seem to execute a theme so precisely requested.

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OUT WITH THE BEDAZZLING GUN, IN WITH PHONECASES.CO.ZA

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Let’s be frank about this here a situation; nobody deserves to go through life with a naked smart phone. There, I said it. I mean, we live in an age where appearance is #EVERYTHING and unless you belong to the school of swankers whose loyalty remains assiduously pledged to boisterous generic branding, then by all means, please do wheel away on the train of banality. If maybe like me, you would much rather have your cellular phone extend the expression of who you are and what you individually stand for; you are definitely going to love PhoneCases.co.za quite like I do.

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PhoneCases.co.za has introduced cutting-edge technology which enables anyone keen for originality an opportunity to design a mobile cover in a few minutes. A simple 3-step guide leads you to (1) upload your favourite image to the site HERE, (2) customize it with an extensive range of themes and imagery –see the Pinterest page HERE for examples, and (3) hit “Buy Now” and await your tailor-made phone case to arrive within 4 working days. Made from the highest quality materials, the superiority of a clip-on polycarbonate case provides ultimate protection of a scratch resistant exterior. A full-wrap printing technique is employed to infuse the image design into the surface of the case, which ensures that the print does not fade.

...because BOS Ice tea is my staple diet and it rocks...

…because BOS Ice tea is my staple diet and it rocks…

I am obsessed with this service and of course the rad designs, and I haven’t stopped yapping about it to everyone I come across. My top faves right now include everything attached to Tata Nelson Mandela’s name and his wise teachings –seeing that it is #Mandela Month- see these pics below.

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Hopefully, the eminence of this great option will result in some exciting sights when people whip out their mobiles for selfies. Out with the bedazzling gun, in with PhoneCases.co.za

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TREVOR’S GREY MATTERS.

Trevor Stuurman x Adraan Kuiters MJ AND STUFF

They grow up so darn fast I say. It truly feels like just the other day when I met the crazily talented Mr Trevor Stuurman and we hit it off immediately with a mission to assemble a flourishing position in this kingdom. It comes as no surprise that this brother of mine keeps soaring way high above prospects. His gift is like none other I have ever known. We should probably get matching tattoos or something…

Hearty stuff aside, I am also very proud of witnessing his sartorial growth too. I photo-snapped the knowledgeable stylopolitan here wearing one of my many suit crushes by Adriaan Kuiters. Y’all know I am all about jumping for joy over a fresh take on a twin set. This suit is very now and the ease with which it is seemingly cut makes for octane excitements. I mean, can we observe silence for the enviously structural, yet billowy sleeve work? Those matching shorts could be styled in infinite ways too. The grainy grey shade definitely ranks among my all-time favourite colour schemes to work with season in and season out.

MJ AND STUFF Trevor Stuurman Adriaan Kuiters

Trevor is currently in LA –as in Los Angeles- for an exchange program with the eminent Chapman University and upon his arrival, he texted me an update on his style ventures. If this suit is anything to go by, the US of A is in for a stylish treat.

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#WERQ

LADY CAMO VIBES.

South African Street Style camo MJ AND STUFF

I do adore a gal in utilitarian style clothing. This could be because of unwashed teen fantasies centered on GI Jane figurines from my younger years or maybe a tingly reminder of how I too almost signed up for the military service straight after high school, yes, by some sort of chance, I could have been “Lieutenant MJ” –can you imagine? Anyway, whatever the reason, the now staple fashion direction has me all excited and stuff. Exhibit A. I am not in any way here to campaign for people to prance around looking like extras in a bad 90’s flick working with full forest-like suits. No, that’s not a look. These ladies here have incorporated just enough dosage of camo encouraged looks; nonchalantly adding oversized military style jackets onto their decided wardrobe of the day. A little hint is more than enough to hit the streets. Trust me, it goes with almost everything.

MJ AND STUFF STreet Style Camo

camo Street Style MJ AND STUFF

#WERQ

THE EXCHANGE RETURNS, CAN’T SKIP IT.

Skip Fashion Exchange 2014 MJ AND STUFF

It is back, it’s better and oh so beautiful. The 2014 editions of the sought-after Skip Fashion Exchange launches this week and it definitely ranks among the must-attend events. “Aimed at women conscious of impact high levels of consumerism has on the environment and are looking at ways of reducing this impact.  These events bring women together where items in great condition are traded for other items thereby refreshing one’s wardrobe at no extra cost whilst reducing the impact on the environment.” 

Three years in, the Skip Fashion Exchange facilitates the ability to use clothing as currency which provides access into other patrons’ wardrobes and this year’s theme “I love what you’re wearing” is a perfect endearment phrase.

 According to Kerry Cuppusamy, Skip Brand Manager, the 2014 series of Skip Fashion Exchange events is bound to be nothing short of “a real show stopper; guests will be treated to a three course meal, intriguing fashion exposés, assistants by a crew of expert on-site stylists and award-winning local entertainment”.

There are still tickets available to purchase for the kick-start event taking place in Johannesburg, this coming Thursday 17/07/14. To purchase your tickets to the exclusive Fashion Exchange events please go to www.pnpticketss.co.za  – when prompted please use username and password to open the gateway to style.  Tickets cost R280.00 each (login: Skip, password: Fashion exchange)

Skip Fashion Exchange Garment Selection Guideline MJ AND STUFF

For more info, visit http://www.skip.co.za