This is probably an odd day to write about party pants but whether we like it or not; tis the season to shake a shimmy ever so often and I am having one of those weeks with crazy important things taking place at back-to-back *wipes brow*. I don’t know about you all, but I have certain essential rudiments which add onto preparing for a night out in these fashion streets. First and above all else; I simply have to have a soundtrack for getting ready –the spouse human has that bit on lockdown. Secondly; fragrance, I cannot possibly stress enough on the soared importance of having a signature whiff to trail one’s presence in a pool of people in case you happen to be an uncompromising hugger like yours truly. Thirdly (only because this is where pleasure and a bit of anxiety intertwine) and definitely not last (there is still a face to “beat” and stuff): working out the wardrobe. You see, I have come to go easy on contesting the very evident fact that I habitually create a connective duct as far my personal styling missions stand and even though I cannot validate if the next statement is a “thing” or not, I seem to drift a little bit towards a stern surface shine in my threads. Shocked yet? Well, I aim to appear nothing like a space-age figurine and as you can see in these pics, I am all about counterbalancing my fave shinny “disco” pants with a cardi and golfer plus I have added trait elements with dotted bowtie and plaid suspenders because #PersonalityIsAThing. Yep, these pants went earned a recurring role in my part wardrobe cast.
One’s hunt for a perfect pair of jeans is never ending. #Never. I for one have completely submitted myself to this quest and of course having all the fun known to mankind whilst adding to a very versatile collection. I am not one to claim to know much about jeanpants, as a matter of fact, I am at peace with the realisation that I do not know nearly as much as I probably should despite almost always reading up on updated cuts and fits and washes. The only “system” I seem to consider before acquiring a new pair has very basic conditions; one: would I be able to integrate them into my already existing wardrobe? Two: Will my thighs appear exceptionally amazing? Three: How many washes would it take before the pair looses complete character and stand a chance to fade into the linen-esque vibe? This very important pep talk happens with every pair that makes it into my closet. That said, my newest pair brought with an interesting perspective for me, so to say. REAL+SIMPLE is my ultimate new obsession. Not only is the denim brand dealing locally crafted premium items, the striking edge comes in a form of the ever unfolding allure of raw denim. I prefer to wear my pair of slim cuts in a bit if a loose fit -because roomier jeans are everything to me right now and I am fully taking advantage of all the styling options which is why I am totally crazy about the Selvedge detail I so smugly show off whenever I carelessly fold-up the hemlines. Totally unique and full of personality.
Do keep it locked onto the REAL + SIMPLE facebook page over HERE
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Missed me? Well the freshness of an electrifying season has me getting all friendly with midnight oils and making fashion things happen because well, great things just have to happen. I am more than excited to be able to share soonest. Anywho, I know y’all know that October is a very special month right here in the MJ AND STUFF HQ. Over the years, I have rebranded in my birthday month, hooked up some amazing giveaways for the very dear of supporters and even thrown shindigs of a mad repute for my friends but this year, as we celebrate this blog’s fourth year (and over a hundred thousand of you who click on average #ShoutOut), I want us to take things onto the next level. A more personal level, shall I dare say!?! Wouldn’t it be just awesome if in addition to keeping it locked right here, we looked into stretching contact across social interwebs? Fortunately, I do not fall into the realm of the “asinine” few who claim to espouse some sort of offence when referred to by their social media handles. I will not get into that, but you best believe that involuntary twitches happen all over my system as I even think about such characters. Anyway, yes, I do have a bit of an active life all over the net and I think would be pretty cool to link up there too. Ypu have probably been following the side bar feeds right here on the blog and that’s rad, (seriously, it is epic stuff) but more often that not, I sometimes do believe that a some of information shared on all these pages doesn’t get to make to make it onto the blog. This is where I confess that my knowledge and understanding of tech stuff is not equal to much. When you get a moment do join me as a run my fashion mouth on all these channels below.
I AM IN AND I AM IN ALL THE WAY!
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Am I the only one who launches into a rampage of doodles whenever I am armed with a colour pen? In this head of mine, I envision myself as passionate long distant -like the 1200th in line- cousin of Jean Michel Basquiat (my tale, my cast). Leave me with anything that remotely resembles a canvas, I assume warrant to reform the situation. This here a hobby is about to be realised beyond my immediate family’s strained-eye peeks, all thanks to BOS Ice Tea’s brand new campaign to get us all exercising the left side of our brain works.
For the first time, since their launch in 2010, BOS Ice Tea is opening their design doors to the public to find a unique design for a limited edition flavour, to be launched this summer. Under the wide brief; “Go BOS!” the local brand is inviting everyone to get creative and stand a chance to have their design picked and produces on 100 000 limited edition cans to go in store in addition to a R10 000 cash prize.
No doubt that I jumped on the opportunity to utilize the BOS DESIGNER online app –which is like, crazy easy to use and guides you through the design process- for a few minutes and added a few key party symbols onto the bright yellow packaging, the result of which coincide with the Ultimate Party Constituency. *Check this pic below.* @BOS will also be giving away spot prizes to new entries throughout the duration of the competition and there will be plenty of BOS Ice Tea product, merchandise and Kalahari vouchers up for grabs.
Ultimate. Party. Constituent.
The competition is open to run until the 3rd of October and if you like, you can download the template to design in your preferred programme or even my hand and use the good old scanner before mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org
Full #DesignaBos T&C’s over HERE.
I don’t need to be convincing anyone that real men wear pink. Seriously, this should not even be the centre of anyone’s conversation. I am writing this post gawking at a pic starring a chubby-cheeked version of me-probably just over a year old, kitted in vertical stripped candy pink overalls with a matching bucket hat. Talk about a mother of all #throwbacks and NO, the image will NOT be shared. I much prefer it, right here atop my desk, next to an embarrassingly large collection of jewellery boxes. Anyway, I thought it a good idea to run amok in my wardrobe and piece together and all pink outfit as an ode to the great journey of the pink colour’s stance in and around mens fashion. I took to the streets in all-pink attire and found this once-was-salmon coloured wall awash with ripened and bold 90’s style graffiti. One simply had to take advantage and set up a small snap session there. The intend is totally unambiguous in these pics through a careful synchronization of colours, a relatable edge and not short of spirit. Happy Friday. Make it PINK.
Spring has definitely sprung and there will be no prizes for guessing who is all geared up to plot a course around inner city streets like it ain’t a thing. We all know my preferred carrier of choice (for a while now and seemingly forever) is a backpack because the practicality of it is just too real-dot-com and whether we like it or not, has become something of a must-hurl statement accessory if like me, you perhaps spend most of your day on a literal go. I have somehow also managed to flirt a little bit with personalising my burgeoning collection of backpacks, quite like I do with a lot of my pieces and some belonging to people who dare spend more than a couple-of-days in my house –I just might surreptitiously be setting alight an embryonic aspiration for a bedazzling gun here #JustSaying.
Anyway, a quick sweet piece of information to help corroborate the sitch in these pics: For this grey utilitarian style rucksack I went with adding on modern day Jozihood Mad Max details such as an acid blue metal chain swinging alongside a weave of wax print fabrics and multiple stands of plastic beads. The sort of done to appear undone look. Talk about a calculated ease into the spring season before my very own vibrancy kicks in full effect. I mean, we’re only in our second day here so it makes absolute sense that I instigate the necessarily heartening bloom with the coupled outfit almost camouflaged in a solid colour palate. Hint; I am definitely looking at solids for my spring wardrobe.
Back to it, I can only ever hope that this little bag ornamentation custom of mine will add to one of the fun fashion exercises for the spring season. It’s a thing, you know…
Straight from the furrow of all things exclusive; you may or may not have seen last week’s social media buzz (the latter probably applies if you have a disordered connectivity) all over the local fashion circles. The great fashion giant that is the Spitz Group hosted a few top fashion media folk (and me) at the amiably striking Spitz Summer Gallery which was set up for one night and one night only, right here in Joho. The evening made for such a spectacular introduction to the superior footwear products coming in stores for the nearing spring and summer seasons.
Gasps and wows were expressed by everyone as soon as we walked in to exist among the magnificently curated instillations showcasing most of the amazing brands housed by the Spitz group. I personally found it all so exhilarating. From the highlight casual conversations with some members of the brands’ profusely proficient team, to versatile moods ignited by every part of the set up. I loved it all and could go forever and deeper into details about that grand evening.
I thought I was photographed in equal amounts at most areas of the #SpitzSummerGallery, you know, to diversify this post. Well, going through the images earlier today I was flashbacked straight to my very own unbounded gasps and wows when I saw and clearly spent half the evening around the Carvela wall. I won’t even get into trying to explain my elation at the time. I mean this shoe is such an icon and no matter how many times I see a pair, Carvela still makes me want to demand a conversation with regulators of my genetic material pool about my saddening inability to can confidently wear moccasins. Imagine an entire wall nailed with all touchable designs of this legendary slipper known to mankind. Some of which didn’t even make it onto retail floors –for reasons which still make absolute sense, considering that at the time explained to me, I juggled listening to every detail in between my escalating thrill… talk about a grand #Throwback to when I had an astonishing opportunity to interview Mino and Marco Bagnoli -the farther and son duo who own the Carvela Factory in Italy.
I mean; #NoTeaNoShade, #ThisIsNotAContest, #ComeOnNow
IT CAN ONLY BE SPITZ
The Canadian Tuxedo, The Benoni jean-suit or whatever the (insolent) cool kids dare call it today, a double denim ensemble is totally hot. I will admit; there was a time in my life when I too went with the wind of declaring the pairing of denim threads as something tacky. I wish I could reason for the ill-motivated avowal, but I just cannot -for the love of workwear inspired fabrics, come up with anything. I mean, I actually totally thought that Britney and Justin Timberlake matching light-wash situation from the 2001 American Music Awards was quite rad for that period. Hey, I was a kid moon-eyed and ready to gobble up anything with a remote representation of never-seen-before magnificence. Check my collection of scrapbooks as evidence –all before the “cool” happened.
Fast-forward to today and I am all ready to heave a bleach stained placard in support of the motion to wear jean shirt and jean pants mutually. By the looks of things, it has gone past the fad phase and fashion’s love-child Palesa Mahlaba shows this off in these pics. Seriously, there are countless ways to dial up styles fitting all preferences. I am all sorts of crazy for the unassumingly chic level she is working with here. Bejewelled details on the shirt counter its cut-out details perfectly and the choice to exclude the belt from the pen-rolled boyfriend style jeans stirs up effortlessness. One can’t be mad at the heels pair-up.
Did she #WERQ it or DID SHE #WERQ IT!?
The Oppikoppi weekend comes next week and I seem to have lost some senses in keyed up anticipation –festivals do this to me. There is just something really cool about the liberty of spending a few days out in open air with several options to observe moments in history created through music performed live. No prize for guessing that my most fave bit involves some serious fashion served throughout the music fest. Alongside the rubber boots and vellies wearing folk.
In these pics I picked a head-to-toe outfit from Topman SA, inspired by the current festival-chic state of style. Having been to a fair share of outdoorsy music fests thus far, I know for sure that one is bound to meander endlessly throughout the day (and night), so functionality reigned above all else when I decided on what I would likely wear for the 20-years-old Oppikoppi.
Since winter is part way through, the basis of my styling is a pair of black denim skinny shorts worn with a black and yellow buffalo plaid shirt layered beneath a wide-weave chunky knit and a black beanie for the cred factor. The shoe game saw me adopting a pair of part-cheetah print plimsolls which tied in exceptionally with the yellow tint of the flannel shirt. A backpack is also a definite must-have as a carry-all for necessities. Seriously, you don’t need me to tell you about the importance of backpack in such a vibe. Bulking pockets are just not a look. Like, ever. This black leather situation is both stunning and practical.
There you have it folks; my picks from Topman to make up a rad wardrobe for the Oppikoppi weekend. Like it?
Something huge happens tonight. This here is a whole grand approach to the long-standing rhyme of pinches and punches for a brand new month. Like a colossal tide, PUMA is set to stun Jozi fans with collections of exceptional creative designs and exclusive collaborations as they open #PUMASelectJozi tonight in Braamies. Excited much? The rad concept store is the second of its kind (globally), following the high-standard success set by the PUMA SELECT in Cape Town.
#PUMASelectJozi will operate for a year to showcase PUMA’s premium product and collaborations with influential creatives, streetwear labels and fashion houses including Parisian design duo BWGH (Brooklyn We Go Hard), New York illustrator Sophia Chang, London interior design team House of Hackney, and Tokyo’s quirky king of avant-garde sneakers Mihara Yashuhiro.
Great news for you dearest awesome reader; I am giving away 5 sets of double tickets to attend the exclusive launch event happening tonight. Here’s how it will work: Tweet me @Mahlatsej and @PUMASouthAfrica, include the official hashtag #PUMASelectJozi and tell us what you look forward to the most… easy-peasy. This giveaway runs for the next couple of hours and only applies if you will be in Jozi tonight.