Winning student designer, Cleo, talks fashion

On Mother’s day the Fairview Racecourse in Port Elizabeth was host to a fashion extravaganza, when 16 NMMU students were asked to present garments to the theme “Art at the Races”.

Cleo Allison, 19,came out tops with a design inspired by a wrecked sculpture after a tornado, modelled by her sister Amber.

The winning design featured in The Herald LaFemme caught my attention  but on closer inspection I realised I knew both the designer and model. In fact I used to be their Sunday School teacher *Insert feeling ancient here* I had no idea how good Cleo was and decided I should interview her for my blog.

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All about Miss Mandy

Miss Mandy is the brainchild of Ruth Mandy Botes. A trained IT specialist, working away from home in Johannesburg was taking it’s toll on her.

“I grew more and more home-sick with every passing day. One day I woke up and decided to put on my big girl panties… I resigned, packed my belongings and a month later I WAS HOME 🙂 without any promise for employment! Stupid and Irresponsible, some would say.But here I was, in Jeffreys Bay, the place of dreams, as it is also known.”

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Tattoo Undo – Interview with Justin Main

Lets start by saying I love my tattoo, it’s a reminder of Logan and it’s something I can carry with me forever, but not everyone is that lucky some people look at their tattoos and think, “Eish, where’s the undo button on this thing”. That’s where my buddy Justin comes in (I’ve interviewed him before about his graphic design work see here), he is an amazing tattoo artist  who sometimes, like on the TLC program “America’s Worst Tattoos” fixes up tattoos people are not too happy with.

Here is some of his work: (Q&A below pics)

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Designer showcase: Stoned Cherrie

So I decided it’s time I get back to showcasing South African brands and where better to start than the home grown, African in every stitch, Stoned Cherrie, label?

I love Stoned Cherrie, it’s a eclectic mix of high fashion and traditional with plenty of MUST HAVES for the Afro chic chick:

Stoned Cherrie, is an afro-urban lifestyle brand that is said to be expressive of African urban culture in South Africa. It was established in 2000 by the ultra impressive Nkensani Nkosi (you know award winning entrepreneur, television personality and actress, who happens to hold a degree in Industrial Psychology and Sociology and writes articles for O Magazine, Y-Mag, Going Up, amongst others) and has grown in the past twelve years to gain international appeal and saw the label being invited to exhibit at New York Fashion Week in 2009.

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Welcome to the blogosphere, Super Sal

Those of you who visit my blog on a Friday, know all about my friend the reluctantly recovering shoe addict ,Salama, and her love of things fabulous [ that’s why we are such good friends, me being fabulous and all – WHAT? I didn’t say she had a love of all things humble 🙂 ]  anyways she has started her own blog and I like to think my gentle prodding (go on do it, doooo it, just doooooo it, why don’t you do it, you know! you should doooooooo it, so you do it? because you should do it…) has helped her see the light and join the blogosphere 🙂

She entitled her blog THE SILLY LITTLE BLOG (click on the name here and you’ll see for yourself) but it’s anything but silly. Sal talks about the things she cares about, friends, family, food and fashion (the alliteration was not intentional)  So pop around

There are some cool outfit posts:

And places to check out.

Loving the blog Sal! You guys should check it out, but don’t desert me, like check us both out (nothing worse than introducing a friend to a friend and they like each other so much you are the third wheel, so don’t turn my blog into a third wheel, but DO check out Sal’s uber cool blog)