IT’S STYLIN’ SERGEANT MJ TO YOU!

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Something pretty awesome has been happening for the past three months or so and has me feeling like I work as a special agent tasked with activities of a very high regard. I do not know if you have gathered that a great deal of my recent Instagram posts have been carrying the #MRPMyStyle hashtag. Well, yours truly has been picked by the phenomz team representing the retailer to join a network of creatively integrated informers for a bit. I truly wish I could share with y’all the bits and bops, but that might totally jilt the bigger picture of it all… wait for it. Instead, I am open to share these pics of one look which in my very humble opinion, I do feel totally represent a part of my utilitarian standpoint as a I engage some of this winter’s motifs. An all black uniform is most stylopolitans’ fall-safe direction but as my “religion” dictates; one must always really, truly work towards and updated course. Call for texture, an oddish fit and of course plenty of humour. I CAN ONLY EVER TRY!

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I STAN FOR AFRICOLOGY’S SHAVE KIT. YES I DO.

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The beard period is certainly proving to sustain beyond what was once the centre of anti-hipster jokes expressed loosely with gasps. I for one am for it right now and the exciting measures employed to care for one’s facial hair. Sensibly, I too have been taking fewer trips to the barber this winter and have discovered Africology’s Limited Edition Shave kit as a just the thing to help rally round looking fresh.

 I absolutely love the whole three step system I have coordinated with these products.

First: the cleansing gel, designed to cleanse without drying my skin (ain’t nobody got time to be ashy in this cold). This gel contains quillaja extract and soapwort, which are naturally mild cleansing and foaming agents. This keeps my skin remained firmed and stimulated. Seaweed extracts maintains the skin’s health while smoothing and moisturizing

Secondly: the shave cream which takes the scrapes and cuts out of shaving (goodbye razor bumps!). The deeply moisturizing cream provides a smoother shave with Shea butter and coconut oil, leaving my skin feeling super soft. Shea butter has a natural SPF of 7, which provides further protection against the sun.

Thirdly: the beard balm. I am very new into the practice of balming my facial hairs but I am sold. Africology’s smooth Beard Balm is made with a proprietary blend of all natural essential oils and helps condition and softens the beard whilst taming split ends. –done with the itching caused by new growth and stray hairs.

This set is an absolute necessity right now. a perfect Father’s Day gifting option. Even to self –even if you are growing your own. Hook it up HERE.

WIN: SPREE.CO.ZA’s JIGGY JEANS!

If the current chill feelz is anything to go by, winter 2015 will forever be known in fashion history as the season for denim upon denim from all fronts. It is not much of a secret that I too have adopted the trend and I aim to run kilometres with it, not missing an opportunity to dress-up (and seldom down) in the cotton warp-faced twill textile.

My current obsession is none other than spree.co.za’s latest fab-tastic range of in-house denim wear. Not only because the retailer clearly spent time focussing on the rad fits and quality fabrics but also because the jeans are made specifically to move in –hence the decision to name my pair The Jiggy Jeans. I have been living and dancing and #WERQing in these for the past couple of weeks and it has been nothing short of exhilarating. These (check the vid) are pretty much the jeans to have right now at a great price!

I do suppose we all have at least one good denim story to rival “round-the-fire” tales. Mine centres on a trusted pair disappointing me right in the belly of downtown Jozi as a newbie and a rip schemed by one’s lack of skill as far as jumping out of a taxi is concerned. Let’s just say; I had to dial up all the confidence known to a teen and trip cut shorter than short, to make the catastrophe appear like a look. A memory I revisit to claim jolts from all directions.

Do you have a tale worse? Tell me about it on the social media pages facebook, Twitter, Instagram, google+, use the hashtag #SpreexMJandStuffGiveaway and one of you – dearest awesome readers- will get to win your own pair of Spree’s ultra-flexible jeans.

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Goodluck and #WERQ

COSY UP AND WIN YOUR PAIR OF @BEDROOMATHLETICS

MJ AND STUFF blog x Bedroom Athletics Slippers Giveaway, Mahlatse James

 I am a pretty reasonable human, I think.  Yet, a minuscule part of me has always wanted to reiterate a well known fantasy of a working fashion person who appears to miraculously have it all figured out; a desirable social agenda balanced with the actual demands of a rather irresolute industry, a wardrobe unparalleled, along with an offhand skill to manage one’s so called some sort of a financial plan.  Aaah, things of an open headspace plus a six-season-long late 90’s TV series plus one too many pointlessly undersized cocktails of a rosy tint! It is not a particularly unreachable vision, if anything; my closest realisation to this vision right now is under the guise of a startlingly treasured #WinterBeStyled campaign. I shall dare not get too deep into comparison vibes here nor share any bottom line for this one-man-led operation. I will however, let you in, on a little fact that it involves stylin’ even in the most private of spaces and times. And @bedroomathletics is taking very good care of me on the cosy front. You could totally be sharing these #Feelz before winter wraps.

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For someone, who gets to spend a bit of time in a week, cocooned in at home and doing some ground work, I still always insist on intersecting comfort with some level of a stylin’ effort -especially on days where I lock myself indoors and compel creation.  Most recently, together with a co-styling-pilot, we worked crazy hours at home putting things together and by the time the sun came up, we were still in our sleepwear. Making things happen. Naturally (as one does in such a case in point), gushing went on a little lengthier than it usually does. At first, I thought it was all for thoughtfully layering plaid patterns, then I quickly snapped out of it and right into co-gushing about my newest booties. My newest sleek looking McQueen slippers in a snug Sherpa fleece from Bedroom Athletics, because from here onwards, winters “indoors” will be nothing short of a delight.

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This definitely called for an impromptu photoshoot in the courtyard!

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Rad news:  you too can get to own @bedroomathletics slippers and have your winter spent warm and cosy and stylishly. It’s all very easy really; you will need to head on to www.bedroomathletics.co.za , sign up for the newsletter, browse through the wide collection and pick a pair you simply have to have. Right after that, we will need you to hit the facebook streetz over HERE, ht them with a LIKE and tell us about your faves with the hashtag #MJANDSTUFFxBEDROOMATHLETICSGIVEAWAY between today and next Tuesday 02/06/2015. The winner will be notified soonest.

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Goodluck and #WERQ

#FlashbackFriday TO THEM DENIM DAYZE

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A heavy week this was. So heavy, that at the end of each day; fashioning missions were truly the only activities worth holding onto.  With absolutely no time to even go through any form of indication pointers, one looked to piecing and re-piecing bits and bops. -The result of which was this winter’s number one trend, updated to kick-start this beast of a week.  #FACT, denim-on-denim is quite a thing and in most cases trying to style it into what it is not, is likely to result in an unfortunate appearance. Mine is not carved in stone; neither did putting it together require extreme efforts to achieve.  Since the newest addition into one’s closet is these spray-on ft blue jeans with ribbed details from MRP, it made all the sense that I match it up with the mandarin style collared two-tone chambray shirt and my winter staple; the buffalo plaid flanel shirt in a multitude of blue shades and tints. Here’s to it. To a week brimmed with trialling work hours and hearty laughs somewhere in-between and of course fashioning movements.

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Oh, and yes, we #WERQ with this hair-do these days

Oh, and yes, we #WERQ with this hair-do these days

#ByeSummer? FOR REALS?

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One is having major withdrawals symptoms from a lot lately. This space for firsts, closely trailed by an extreme longing to once again witness the sun setting at around the same time it did throughout the festive season –purely because memories created over sundowners are always best. Thirdly and of course of outmost importance; I think I am running a little low on the energy supply to thrive in the thick of winter. There, I said it. I am being had by the common #GoodbyeSummer bug. Thus the case for this, yet another long-ish pic based post laced with all the neediness a stylopolitan can possibly muster.  This here is a declaration for a layered-up steez and coming from one whose winter wardrobe seems pretty much sorted, I am elated with boundless glee because our chill spell lasts a little less than twelve hours (on most days) and only ever come about in the night time.  Let’s hear it for lengths, slits, prints and brights to ease into the freeze.

One even got a “stank eye” from the inner city graffiti murals.

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One even made new friends and stuff!

One even made new friends and stuff!

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#MRPDENIMCONNECT TOTALLY INVOLVED

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I stand for denim and forever will. This here is an actual fact supported by my almost-daily uniform. Naturally; when my fam at MRP hit me up to ask for my involvement, I jumped on the course to help lead light the next winter’s sensible wardrobe staple. As a stylopolitan who has related to the work-wear-come-fashion-hoist-crane fabric in many different ways, it absolutely made all the sense that I drew inspiration for my contribution from the streets. Be it styled raw, updated, alternative, in a multitude of colourwashes and cuts, denim remains an everlasting cause for streetwear. In these denim-on-denim styled pics (totally my vibe), I hope to communicate that I will be representing the streets on a full-time basis.

Get Involved!

Share your awesome denim moment on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, using the rad hashie #MRPDenim to become part of the movement and you could win a once-in-a-lifetime experience worth R150 000.

#WERQ

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LUSH AND PRINTED. HERE’S TO AUTUMN!

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This has to be by far my lengthiest pic based post in the tremendous history of this blog and I am almost certain that looking at these images, you too are likely to understand that I simply could not have left a frame unpublished. Photographed by my beloved when we took time-out from the city jumble after an intense season; I realised on the final morning of the retreat that I could coordinate a print-on-print-on-print-on-print outfit with pieces recently acquired.  It all pieced up, I think. Needless to mention (in parts) that for a human who fashions even in his sleep, I spent a great deal of that weekend in sweats, hoodies, swimshorts and vellies (and yes, I totally spoke of myself in 3rd person). One’s excitement reached peak levels as I curated this look (vellies in tow), befitting for these trialling fashion times. Trialling because a change of season usually thrusts a tinny and exciting hiccup in one’s stylin’ missions. Some people cannot handle the “challenge”. I, on the other hand, thrive on balancing a comprehensive knowledge with the tout sera sera of it all. This here, is the autumn fitting result. All many frames of it!

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SAFW SS15 TREND: THE MAXI REDRESS

Left to Right: Rubicon, Sies! Isabelle, Thabo Makhetha, Matte Nolim.

Left to Right: Rubicon, Sies! Isabelle, Thabo Makhetha, Matte Nolim.

What do we want? REAL Fashion! When do we want it? NOW!” The South African Fashion Week has recently sent out wonderful trend report, depicting threads as recently showcased on the Spring Summer 2015 walkway. Magnificently *insert a wide smile on my face*, whilst carrying an unquestionable South African ID, most of these collections –as confirmed by an in-house analytic, come equal to an international echelon. Talk about Glocalisation. Of course I am super keyed up for all this! So keyed up in fact, that whilst watching some of the shows, I too spotted a trend I foresee to be all kinds of attractive when worn by every single type of woman out there.

Left to Right: Erre, Lunar, Erre.

Left to Right: Erre, Lunar, Erre.

Whether in trails a couple of centimetres behind or skims the floor a little bit, the next season’s flowsy and Bohemian-esque maxi frock is nothing short of sexy. I have gathered that the assertion instigated by these designers must signal an appealing proud and refreshing repossession of character for the kind of woman who is likely to wear her femininity in the hemline not far from the ground. There is a delightful sense of effortlessness about the necessity of this redressed movement, yet through an assortment of appeasing designs and bountifully restructured details; maxi dresses exemplifies power at a very soaring degree.

These below are my absolute faves!

SIES! Isabelle

SIES! Isabelle

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COLLEEN EITZEN

COLLEEN EITZEN

GERT-JOHAN COETZEE

GERT-JOHAN COETZEE

NON EUROPEAN

NON EUROPEAN

MANTSHO

MANTSHO

BLACK COFFEE

BLACK COFFEE

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GOTTA HAVE THEM NEW JOGGERS. WIN WITH SPREE

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I am typing this whilst observing one of my favourite things to do outside of the barricades of a SALE sign. I am people-watching through my window. Surveying humans as some of them settle into an admirable routine of sorts, straight after a blissfully long Easter weekend. I cannot help but wonder about their possible wonders for their wardrobes. Particularly in this loom of what feels like a rather frosty winter season ahead –if the morning chills are anything to go by. I know, I am going crazy for some of the pieces I spotted at spree.co.za’s AW15 collection preview. There is a pair of Head Honcho joggers I am simply dying to get into.

Spree AW 15 Head Honcho for THE COLLECTIVE

Presumably taking lead from the much celebrated trend of injecting athletic elements into everyday wear, this pair of pants forms a key part of SPREE’s street relevant range of local designer gear aptly headlined The Collective! I was fortunate to have gushed incredibly at the collection just as it was revealed, in Cape Town, a couple days ago. Imagine the sensible next piece to have in your closet. A piece so appropriate it could even transcend seasons. The ribbed and padded detail on the knee area is a remarkable update to an item that has become a definite wardrobe staple.

... it always all in the details...

… it always all in the details…

Logically, I am dying all kinds of deaths for a pair and will stop at nothing to hook up one. Good news; you too can hook up something nice at www.spree.co.za. We –the rad retailer and I- are feeling super generous and to celebrate all this awesomeness we are giving away a R500 Spree Voucher. All you need to do is drop me a comment *in the essential comments box below* and simply tell me how you would style a pair.

Gushing for the vid.

Gushing for the vid.

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Good luck and #WERQ