GO BOS ON A CAN!

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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.

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 info@bosbrands.co.za

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Full #DesignaBos T&C’s over HERE.

 

PINK FRIDAY IN MY STREETS.

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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.

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AN ADORNED PACK TO SPRING INTO THE NEW SEASON.

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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.

MJ AND STUFF STREET STYLE MAHLATSE JAMES

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.

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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…

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#WERQ

WHEN MY BACK IS AGAINST THE CARVELA WALL.

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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.

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South African Blogger Mahlatse James Spitz Gallery

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I mean; #NoTeaNoShade, #ThisIsNotAContest, #ComeOnNow

I mean; #NoTeaNoShade, #ThisIsNotAContest, #ComeOnNow

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A wall of Carvela shoes at the Spitz Summer Gallery MJ AND STUFF

IT CAN ONLY BE SPITZ

SPOTTED: GAL DIGS THE DOUBLE-DENIM SITCH.

Palesa Mahlaba Denim on Denim MJ AND STUFF

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.

MJ AND STUFF Palesa Mahlaba Denim on Denim

Denim on Denim Palesa Mahlaba MJ AND STUFF

Did she #WERQ it or DID SHE #WERQ IT!?

MY TOPMAN PICKS FOR OPPIKOPPI 2014.

Mahlatse James for Topman x Oppikoppi x MJ AND STUFF

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.

Mahlatse James South African Blogger x Topman for 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.

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Oppikoppi x Topman x MJ AND STUFF

Mahlatse James x Topman for Oppikoppi

topman south africa x Mahlatse James x MJ AND STUFF x OppiKoppi

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There you have it folks; my picks from Topman to make up a rad wardrobe for the Oppikoppi weekend. Like it?

There you have it folks; my picks from Topman to make up a rad wardrobe for the Oppikoppi weekend. Like it?

#PUMASelectJozi OPENS. BE AMONG THE FIRST.

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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.

NEW PUMA SELECT STORE LAUNCHES IN JOZI MJ AND STUFF

#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.MJ AND STUFF PUMA SELECT JOZI

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.

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SLOW CLAP FOR THE PUMA x McQ AW14 DEBUT COLLECTION.

PUMA x McQ Debut Collection AW 2014 MJ AND STUFF

Y’all might as well go on and refer to this as PUMA Week all over the #MJandSTUFF HQ. My fam keeps escalating their awesomeness even after a successful PUMA x Brazil line throughout the World Cup. I am dedicating this week, well what’s left of it to include daily posts about the rad activities and product to hit the streets soonest. First up; the main reason to why people close to me must have been exposed to brusque gasps and untimed air-punches alongside many erratic performances from yours truly: The most recent collaborative effort between PUMA and the fab-tastic Fashion House of Alexandra McQueen. The PUMA x McQ Autumn-Winter W 2014 collection to be exact.

PUMA x McQ

Back-flips were spun (by me of course) when news of the contemporary brand that is McQ and my hommies at PUMA came out because when two great labels come together, thrills of epic proportions are bound to happen. You might have seen my fervent hint all over my facebook page a few weeks ago. True to form, the AW14 collection embodies the unmatched rebellious spirit known to best be represented by McQ and PUMA’s progressive and design-led ethos which have been nothing short of incredible for over 65 years.

The collection combines Burton’s gothic fashion styling with PUMA’s use of sports performance-inspired constructions – traditional athletic shoes are transformed by designs influenced by human anatomy, with ribcages and tendons creating cage-like styling on iconic sports trainers.

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Whatchu know about the ultra-awesomeness of a classic white sneaker...

Whatchu know about the ultra-awesomeness of a classic white sneaker…

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I am crushing all over the collection for a couple reasons. One: all of it is insanely AH-MAZING! Two: for proving that more often than not, intelligent collaborations need not compromise on reputable aesthetics in order to come up with designs that will go down in history. Three: I have been losing sleep over the McQ Run Mid sneaker, which is originally an athletic shoe given additional structure with heavy use of PUMA’s moulded TPU, laid over premium mesh and nubuck to create a rib-cage effect.

Seriously, these BEASTS are #EVERYTHING!!

Seriously, these BEASTS are #EVERYTHING!!

Do check out http://www.pumaselect.co.za to keep up to date with the landing of these kicks to a store near you.

 

 

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

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

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

YET ANOTHER WALLOP OF SUMPTOUSNESS.

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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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