Arab Minimalist

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I thought for this post I’d change it up, I’ve been meaning to do this look-post for the longest time. About two years back I went for Umrah to the holy city of Makkah and Madina and everywhere I went I noticed how well the thobe and shemagh went together.

So while I was there I decided to get one tailored made and designed it myself. And trust me its amazing how a simple modest white sheet can look so elegant. I tried to keep it as minimalist as possible, but also included some finer details such as the gold cuff links.

 

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I know a few of you might be thinking that I’m wearing eyeliner, hey hey I’m not! Hahaha it’s referred to as surma and was the practice of our Prophet Muhammed (PBUH). It has many benefits and also finishes the look nicely.

If you’d like me to do a tutorial on how to tie the shemagh (Ras Al Khaimah style) leave a comment and I’ll put one up on the blog.

 

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James Dean Inspired

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One of the biggest trends in street style this season is denim on denim, so I decided to a look post after finding this sick denim jacket from Zara.

One of my biggest style icons ever has got to be James Dean- the quintessential rebel, who always pushed limits in life as well as in fashion.

My look was inspired by him and I went for a very retro vibe. And can I just say that this is by far my favourite look thus far.

The jacket has all these cool badges on and makes the jacket more exciting. And what better way to finish the look than with a skinny faded jeans from Diesel.

This year it’s all been about street style and I think I’m slowly adapting and focusing more on it than anything, because it’s so edgy and I get to push boundaries.

My best friend and photographer Layla Shaik and I love shooting at buildings with glazing and my favourite place to shoot at is Keyes in Rosebank. Here’s what we came up with.


  
  
  

GO WITH YOUR GUT

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Lately, I feel like I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone and slowly drifting away from my nonchalant stance in life. And in this post you’ll notice how different I am.

I tried to be as candid as possible with my shots. I even popped a smile in the one shot! If you were to ask me to describe my style in three words, it would be ‘unique, edgy and spontaneous.’ See most of the time I try to picture an outfit in my head and then just go with my gut, regardless of whether it’s what everyone else is going for or not.

I have the same mentality in life, don’t try to make everyone happy, because trust me you won’t succeed. You have to do what’s best for you. I know it’s a cliché, but it’s the only way you’ll remain happy.

Right, now that I’m done being all deep, let’s get back to my outfit. You’ll notice that this outfit is very simple, but fun. The black denim jeans, paired with all black sneakers, bring out the pastel green tee-shirt. Both my tee shirt and denim jeans were sourced from Topman in Sandton which is my go to place for most of my items. Shoutout to LSP for making this shoot so fun.

Tee-shirt: Topman

Denim Jeans: Topman

Sneakers: Nike Air Max

Sunglasses: Aldo

Watch: Hugo Boss Orange


  
    
  

NYFW INSPIRED STREET STYLE

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Not too long ago, yet another successful fashion week was held in New York. And after seeing some really amazing street style shots I decided to do my very own NYFW inspired street style shoot, except mine was done in Sandton.

It’s amazing how a little wind, some yellow cabs and some skyscrapers can instantly make you feel like you’re in another city. If I hadn’t mentioned to you that this shoot was done in Sandton, you probably would’ve thought it really was done in NYC haha!

There’s something about a suit that just makes you feel important. You’re noticed more easily and many people stop and stare out of curiosity to see what it is you’re up to.

For this shoot I partnered up with Kurt Geiger and The Dapper Toad. And I came up with this fresh look. I love how a simple pocket square and floral lapel pin can transform your suit jacket and instantly make it more stylish. If you haven’t already, you should definitely have a look at @thedappertoadsa for all you dapper needs.

Suit (Jacket) : Kurt Geiger

Shirt: Zara

Chino: Kurt Geiger

Lace up shoes: Kurt Geiger

Sunglasses: Aldo

Accessories: The Dapper Toad
  
  
  

CASUAL VIBES

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So a few people have been asking me what I usually wear to campus, I therefore decided to do a post on a casual look. And no I dont wear formal wear all the time haha. Campus is a really chilled enviroment so I go for a laid back look, usually opting for either a pair of jeans or sweatpants paired with t-shirts, hoodies etc.

I really like cotton t-shirts that are plain and they work perfect in the hot summer weather. Also not forgetting some sneakers like these Adidas Superstars that practically go with everything. If you guys really like this kind of look leave a comment and I’ll do a few more look posts.

You can also expect more street style from now which you’ll see in my next post. I’m really trying to challenge myself to bring better content. Layla and I did this shoot in Parkhurst which is now my go to place for shoots.

Cotton striped tee: Woolworths

Grey sweat pants: H&M

Sneakers: Adidas Superstar

Sunglasses: Aldo

Watch: Calvin Klein

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THE LAST OF WINTER FALL

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As we now enter a new season (Spring) I decided to do one last post for a Winter inspired look. Over the past few days I have been inspired to give my blog a minimalist approach, by focusing on whites, blacks and mostly neutral tones. You’ll even notice my blog has a new logo and design.

The reason for this is I am slowly adapting my style and want my blog to reach new levels. For my avid readers you can expect more consistent posts and content that hopefully will keep you inspired. I am hoping to work with more brands and share my vision with you.

Coming back to this winter look, I just had to show you this lapel winter coat I got from Zara. It’s really warm and also really trendy. Usually I would go for a collared shirt, but the weather was relatively warm which is why I decided on one of my favourite white tees- the famous YSL fitted tee everyone asks me about. I got this as a gift from one of my family relatives who brought it back from her travels to Dubai.

You’ll also notice I’ve been wearing ‘smart’ trousers which are very in at the moment and I got these on sale at Topman. They are really comfortable and pretty much work with anything. I also decided on my metallic Air Force Nike sneakers which I got from Sheshsa.

I am hoping that I will get more posts published in the near future and bring new and exciting content every week. If you are a regular reader on my blog please click on the follow button below and you’ll never miss a post again.

Photographed by Laylashaikphotography at Nelson Mandela Square Sandton.

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SERENITY 

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This look was all about comfort and warmth.  I tried to keep it as casual as possible with a detailed hoodie from Wrung, jeans from Markham and boots from Topman.

I really like the floral print on the hoodie which adds a little more detail to it, a key characteristic found in Wrung clothing.

This shoot was all about taking it back to nature and finding serenity. And Autumn is the perfect opportunity to do this. The leaves are golden brown and it paints the perfect picture for a background. Myself and Laylashaikphotography decided to do this shoot at Emerantia Dam which is breathtakingly beautiful.

This is my last post for Wrung so don’t forget to check out their dope clothing on their website: http://www.9couture.co.za


  
  

WRUNG-ART x FASHION

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I must say when I was first approached by Matiase from 9Couture to collaborate with them and do a post on their latest brand Wrung, I was first unfamiliar with the brand. However, when I did some research I found out that Wrung has actually been around for quite some time.

Wrung- French clothing brand was established in 1995 in Paris. The brand focuses on combining art with fashion. Gaining inspiration from graffiti, contemporary art and emerging cultures the brand has produced some amazing pieces. You could say Wrung is best known for their street wear.

9Couture has finally brought this brand to South Africa and it is slowly becoming more and more popular. I got to personally pick out my favorite pieces from their collection and I am definitely impressed. Their clothing is dope and is super trendy and comfy. I can personally vouch for their quality. Look many may will argue that their clothing is expensive and not very popular right now, but I guarantee you wont be disappointed. Wrung is imported so it works with the Euro-Rand exchange which is why it appears so expensive, but remember you’re paying for quality.

This shoot was done by Laylashaikphotography who shares the same vision as me so check her out on insta- @Laylashaikphotography The shoot took place in a street in Rosebank which has some cool graffiti art.

Beanie: Factorie

Heather blue sweater: Wrung

Joggers: Wrung

Sneakers: Nike Air Max