VIBE YAKA: SHORT TO THE COAT.

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This here is just another one of those posts featuring a rather lengthy sequence of images snapped totally unplanned. #TrueStory, the back-tale is set around a very regular midmorning, on a very regular Tuesday, en-route to source wardrobe for a celebrity client. Now, that bit is not very regular! Let’s just say there was a proper five-minute-thirty-seven-second long and spirited haul between   the styling partner dude (come snappographer) and I, about whether or not it is at all important that I take an entire hour out of my day to try and best capture an outfit that is most certainly not intentionally curated for either side of a camera.

No prize for guessing who “won” that round. Crazy, especially since these here photographs are not even half of what we ended up with.

If I really, truly must get into it; I suppose it is unavoidable that one of my primary themes right now in life, centres on “lines”. Be they visible to a dispassionate eye or able to pique an interest of whatever type stylopolitan, I am with lines.

Still in the business of making it my own, here I dialled up comfort first and never ever flirting with an interest to compromise on the style front. The PUMA XT1s served that aspect extremely well, worn with my other pair of tailored shorts (these I inherited –read snatched- from my young cousin when he was in boarding school, it was his uniform at some point. I threw on a skinny Banana Republic crock belt and my fast-becoming-fave flannel shirt from MRP. I cannot quite decide on which of the pieces here qualifies as the conversation piece for this look, I will however, give major props to one of my proudest and newest go-to item; this navy blue mid-length topcoat from H&M always comes in handy atop almost everything and has fast become my fail proof shield slash barricader to the random cold fronts.

Totally vibe ya ka. Translate: My Vibe.

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VIBE YA KA: KNOTTING IN THESE STREETS

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Today’s vibe throws back to one of my favourite steezes to #WERQ with; knotting a good turban. If I have t my way, I would dedicate an entire season to styling my own day-to-day looks showcasing the versatility of rocking an elaborately placed character scarf on my head. The reality on the other hand, is that it is extremely difficult to get it right with every attempt. I know; we make it look all so easy sometimes and I do believe I am not alone in the certainty that despite spending hour upon hours fixed on tutorials, a controllable knot is often owed to sheer luck.  One very lucky Sunday, I happened to get it right with the first try and was not about to chill on the couch and pop bottles. Oh no child, I took my doek out to the daytime market for brunch, caught up with my family over a liquid lunch and got to see dusk around some friends hurdled for a braai.

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Nothing fancy, just fantastically parading knotting it right.

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#IOT: WOLFORD’S PISA STRING BODYSUIT AS WORN BY SJP

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My girlfriends must really, truly must count themselves insanely lucky for the crazy lengths I go through to spread smiles all over their faces. I not complaining though, I mean, if their requests are lined with my trade and I get to score a free liquid dinner on their tabs ever so often…?

Most recently, I have been on the search for the magnificently fitted bodysuit seen worn by Sarah Jessica Parker (my most favourite of humans) in newest campaign following being named the face allied with two of Jordache’s lines –Jordache Collection and the Jordache Look Collection. The incontestably desirable #IOT is known as the Pisa String Body from Wolford and judging solely by the enormous demand thus far, it is fast become a staple piece in almost every woman’s woardrobe.

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A classic favourite.

MY VIBE: RARELY STAYING WITHIN “THE LINES”!

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“Clean lines here, uneven lines there and messy lines over there”! Who went and told everyone about the existence of “lines” within the fashion industry? #NoTeaNoShade, all I am saying is; six out of ten times I engage with people about the trials and revels in my line of work (see what I did there!?!), they all quickly claim to categorize a certain look by first identifying these said lines. Don’t get me wrong, the clear altitude of EduFashion is highly appreciated, but I much prefer to form relationships (short lived as some prove to be, as soon as the reality of the industry knocks in) with individuals who are open to seeing style as more of a spirited expression and less of “what it should be”. This comes from a bloke who shops wherever the heck he wants and yes, for-the-love-of-PUMA-Trinomics, I do value the unequivocal importance of trends as a guide to understand why we wear what we wear and for those serving diligently within the fashion industry to connect from a knowledgeable point of view. With the same belief, I campaign for nothing if not the strong advantage of a personal edit when it comes to styling oneself. I say take what you can from what is expertly researched and try by all means to be present in that decision because this way, not only would we be working towards bridging the classist gaps, we would also be likely to avoid wasting valuable time chatting overpoweringly about the “lines” which are really just a mere choice.  Don’t let me go any deeper…

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It is known that I am not much of a gym or sporty person (yet) –one: my hand to eye coordination does not function beyond seeing SALE sign and exercising plastic rights. Two: I have only ever seen the inside of a gymnasium less than ten times in all of my life because even with an instructor I cannot for-the-love-of-me quite gather interest in learning how to pilot some machinery. Still, this does not mean I will be missing out on the linkage between fierce fashion and sports allied elements. With this look, I aimed for just that and much like everything in my life, I did it my way. Studs, CHECK. Sleeveless waterfall knit, CHECK. A layered selection of necklaces, CHECK and from the waist down, you might as well call me “Mr Sports Luxe” with a high-end shopper in tow.

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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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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

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 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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