Over the last year the 70s trend of tie-dyed everything has resurfaced everywhere from my Instagram feed to international runways. I’m rather enjoying this splattered look making a comeback, especially in muted pastel tones. Ever since my mother showed us how to tie-dye using pegs or elastic bands before dumping them into a bucket of dye to create circles of colours, I’ve had a penchant for tie-dyed material. Years later I repeated the ritual for my daughter who wanted a bedroom of purple tie-dyed curtains and bedding, along with scatterings of gold stars painted on burnt orange walls (I think the outcome was a happy tween hangout!).
I’ve paired a tracksuit jogger with a Mens pink hoodie and tied the matching tie-dye top around. When styling I often tie tops under the arm or waist to add a bit of effortless ‘cool’. Whether I pull off this ‘cool’ look or not is irrelevant as the only activities I’ll be doing in my loungewear is drinking too much tea with a series playing in the background, or pottering around the garden tending to herbs. After all, these pieces are for comfort and, as the name suggests, lounging! I’ve popped on a pair of men’s socks from Woolworths and I’m still on the hunt for some seriously comfy woollen socks; any suggestions?
My tie dye joggers (R399) and sweatshirt (R349) are currently available from Woolworths and pink Mens hoodie (R199) H & M
That’s it for today – keep warm and snug on this cool evening!
I love using the new year as a chance to reflect on the past year and choose what to focus on going forward. The pandemic has forced us all to put a pause on any big plans we might have had, so instead of setting big goals I am focusing on making more time for the little things that make me happy, like spending more time with my loved ones. Another small thing that makes my heart happy is putting outfits for myself together, which is (luckily!) what I do for a living. At work I have heaps of clothing rails to mix and match with, but at home it’s about incorporating what I already have in my wardrobe with just a few new buys. For me comfort is my main priority, especially these days where I’m either on my feet all day at work, or laying low at home for lockdown. Here are a few outfits I’ve enjoyed putting together recently:
WHITE ON WHITE An all-white ensemble in cotton and linen blend keeps you cool and comfortable, and the natural crumples and creases give a relaxed soft feel.
Hello, kitty cat!
ANIMAL PRINT I’m sorry I gave a lot of my animal print clothing away over the years as it’s a trend that keeps on returning, but hopefully someone out there is enjoying my cast-offs! This shift dress is super cool to wear on weekends with slip-ons, or with sneakers for comfort when working in studio. I love this length that falls below the knees.
LOUNGEWEAR Definitely the best items to wear for literally lounging around the home in comfort. I did yoga and pilates classes in this linen-blend before Christmas, but honestly, I have not done ONE SINGLE online class this year, (so much for resolutions of being focused and on top of life, but we’ll get there someday!). Please tell me you’re also feeling a little distracted and not able to get into the year yet?! I guess on that note we’ll just grab a book and do some more lounging!
Like a lot of local brands Just Cruizin Clothing has been affected by Covid-19, and sadly had to close two of their Cape Town stores. The silver lining, however, is that the brand has been able to use this as a push to create an online store. I caught up with owner Amanda Kamhoot to find out more about Just Cruizin.
What was your inspiration behind the name?
Just Cruizin started back in 1985 from an idea born out of a love of chilled, unconstructed cotton clothing. Hans, my husband, was influenced by the laid-back life he had experienced abroad, spending most of his 8 years searching for perfect waves and learning from many mentors who impacted his non-conventional way of doing things. Hans’s motto was and still is ‘keep it simple’. I have always felt the name ‘Just Cruizin’ is a perfect reflection of the lifestyle he largely lives up to.
Tell us about your team
Having owned a hair salon and a real passion for making women feel beautiful, it was a natural progression for me to eventually join Hans in his business. After our daughter, Hana, was born, my back gave in and I knew I had to sell my salon. I grieved the loss for a year and still miss so many of my clients dearly, but so many of them are now loyal supporters of JC! I am not a designer but have always loved fashion; don’t we all?
As a family, we enjoy overseas travel and use these opportunities to find interesting samples which we then adapt to suit our fabric. I work with an amazing team of women, and we have lots of fun getting our ranges together. Our son Jordan has been involved in the business for nearly 10 years and it’s been wonderful seeing him mature and take the JC men’s brand to new heights.
Did lockdown give you the little push you needed to go online?
I think we must have been one of the last clothing brands to go online! We knew it was something we had to do at some stage and Covid-19 definitely gave us the push we needed! Technology is not our strength at all, and I guess we feared to dip our toes into this uncharted water.
I have often mentioned, ‘treading lightly into our new normal’ in my posts on Insta. These words were written by Arundhati Roy at the beginning of the pandemic. They resonated hugely with me, and if I learn anything from this time, I hope it to be to ‘tread lightly with little baggage.’
What is a typical day for you? My day starts with a delicious coffee in bed from Hans and an excited ‘Hello’ from our husky Marlie. I have now gotten used to the early morning walks during lockdown, so I think I’d like to continue with this as one of the new additions to my new normal. I generally get to work around 9.30am, check-in on stores, communicate with our CMT about production status and start answering emails.
I find that since going online, so much more of my time is spent communicating with customers or potential customers. I love interacting with people, so at the moment I don’t mind. I think anything new is exciting, so I am grateful that we have this platform to focus on right now, and give our staff some work to do.
What influences you? I would like to think I am influenced by the many incredible people I’ve met throughout my life. Aren’t humans just the most extraordinary creation? In a time like we are experiencing now, we realise more than ever how much we need, miss and rely on each other. I am instantly drawn to folk who have a story and are open and willing to share. I used to spend so much time chatting to the elderly at my late grandmother’s old age home… if ever you have the time, sit and chat to the elderly. They have something to say and stories to tell.
What do you do to relax? I’m a Leo, so I guess that could be part of the reason why I just love the sun. When I get home from work, I’ll always find the sunniest spot whether inside or outside to have a cup of tea. I love music, especially all the ‘oldies’ and my best is when Hana and I have our own dance parties together at home! We find any excuse to turn the music up. Being around my friends and family is probably my happiest time, and when you’re happy you’re relaxed!
A life mantra ‘Be kind, always’.
Any exciting plans for the future? So much has changed so suddenly in business and in all our lives, I feel I would like to relook at our business model and possibly bring it back to its core again, simplify, follow our dream of perfecting a fully sustainable range of clothing. Keeping things honest and real.
PINTUCK RESORT swim & active wear are locally made using superior fabric with signature designed prints; I caught up with Jo Springthorpe, founder and co-owner:
‘Pintuck Resort’s simple concept is to create gorgeous original prints, then pair them with a select range of swimsuit designs, that experience has taught us are the most flattering to all women’s bodies. Then allow the women, themselves to play. With our help, our customers can pair the pattern she loves with the suit that suits her!”
Where does your name PINTUCK RESORT derive from
PINTUCK RESORT came from a brand I had done before which included dresses and kaftans sourced from India where their signature technique included a lot of ‘pintucks’. I just loved the name and it stuck! When it came to moving into swimwear, we decided to carry on with the name Pintuck and added the word Resort.
Where did your inspiration for swimwear come in?
I couldn’t find any swimwear for myself that wasn’t either young surf brands or boring “old ladies cozzies”, so while on holiday sipping sundowners with my partner Beryl who has been in swimwear for many years, we decided to make our own instead!
What makes PINTUCK RESORT unique?
It’s unique because of our prints; I think we have a very specific handwriting , retro based with a play on graphics and colour .
Secondly, we make a lot of prints over our tried and tested styles so there is a lot of variety to choose from where you can create your own bespoke online or choose your own style and print you love. (You can meet us and chat at our Pop UP stores and we can help with your decisions – there’s one this weekend so look on the social pages -see links below).
What can we expect this season?
We are excited about our new season as it’s an entire new lot of prints introducing new styles; so far the range has been very well received.
We have also grown our brand to include Petite and Tween ages so are fulfilling our #foreverybody idea.
You’ve just returned form Kamersvol in Jozie, how did it go?
It was such fun and a great market to launch our new SS20 range.
We do regular Pop Up Shops and open days throughout the season at our studio in Newlands, which we post on social media and via our newsletter, so customers can sign up for updates .
Size-wise you cater for…
Now with Petite and Tweens they run from ages 1 – 12 and our adults go from size 6-16
How do we get in touch
Our website www.pintuckresort.com has all the styles and prints and you can order online . Or follow us on social media and come to our Pop Ups
I’m a bit of a sucker when it comes to fine jewellery and wanted to share KiiRA‘s latest gorgeous AURORA Collection, which has just dropped and available online here. Inspired by the ever present spheres of a rainbow prism seen across the Victoria Falls, the pieces are delicate and just so lovely; (they’re on my Christmas Wishlist already!) Scroll down to view more of their lovelies:
There’s something rather chic and fabulous about a simple silk square that can transform an outfit instantly into something special. Silk scarves have made a comeback in the last couple of months, sported on women of all ages and worn in various ways; here’s how to incorporate this versatile must-have accessory into your wardrobe:
1.This is the easiest way of wearing one wound twice around your neck and loosely tied to the side
2. Add a silk scarf to your bag for added effect (I styled my model with this scarf from Woolworths); the floral dress + scarf look pretty and feminine
Inspiration from #Pinterest
3.Wear as a belt or if it’s not long enough to go around the waist, tie on a belt loop and let it hang for a casual accent
Inspiration from #Pinterest
4.Wound around the head looks tres chic!
5.Change up your bracelet for a silk version -wind twice around and knot
I like to roll the scarf from both sides to meet up in the middle, and then folded over once more to create one thickish band – from here you can wind around the neck twice and tie
Pair with a white shirt for super coolness
Love the way she has folded the scarf in a triangle, before wrapping around the neck
The Backward Cowboy version
Do you like to wear silk scarves? Please share your version with me!
Two days ago CHANEL transformed the Grand Palais, Paris into a perfect beach setting of sea and sand under an azure sky for their Spring/Summer2019 Ready-To-Wear Collection. Designer Karl Lagerfeld invites us to “live out the summer months from morning to night, in complete freedom and sophistication”.
CHANEL fashion shows are always so spectacular, take a peek at their latest Collection.
Models sauntered along beach sand wearing pastel shades of pinks, blues, iced mint, mother of pearl, sunshiny yellow and golden tans and beiges, sprinklings of tweed, embroidery of seashells and sand.
This season’s look is a sophisticated elegance, with fabrics ranging between chiffon, tweed, crepe, denim, leather and lace to poplin.
Bigger volume jackets with wide shoulders and flared sleeves, extra wide legged jumpsuits contrast with short jackets worn over tweed dresses.
Jeans are worn with cardigans, some belted, swimwear with an asymmetrical shoulder and men’s jackets paired with leggings, or cycling shorts.
‘Beach hut stripes’ appear over maxi chiffon dresses and lace ruffles and embroidery is done with golden sequins reflecting trails of seas and over delicate tweed white suits or on navy crepe georgette dresses.
Oversize tunics with a scooped neckline are open at the back. In mint or beige tweed, in crushed golden sand silk, they open to reveal a matching pair of shorts.
The waterproof coat for summer showers is reinvented as flared in plasticised lace.
One can feel designer Karl Lagerfeld’s sense of fun with his cabin dresses, or ‘beach hut dresses’ that come in lace ruffles and a multi-colour lightweight plumetis fabric plus pink tweed, reappearing in evening wear, adorned with chiffon origami type ribbons. A kaleidoscope of colourful dresses, all gorgeously feminine.
CHANEL is split into two distinct syllables when it came to the accessories. Double visor caps and wide-brimmed fringed straw hats, along with layers of chains, pendants and beaded necklaces, while the XXL cuff bracelets is very prominent.
Bags made from tweed and braid with parasol embroidery and the BOY CHANEL is back as a saddlebag in tweed and leather patchwork, while flap bags come in terrycloth sporting an XL bead handle. Multicolour net bags, as well as large beach bags in denim and straw with leather and wicker camera cases, complete the collection.
The show was applauded by the CHANEL ambassadors Vanessa Paradis, Pharrell Williams, Caroline de Maigret, Soo Joo Park, Nana Komatsu, Alessandra Mastronardi, Gwei Lun Mei and Jennie Kim, the singers Jorja Smith, Ibeyi and Clara Luciani, as well as the actresses Mia Goth, Sylvia Hoeks, Sandra Ma and Jelly Lin.
I hope you enjoyed the collection of CHANEL images – it sure put a little sunshiny smile on my face!!
The charming and romantic courtyard at Winchester Mansions was the perfect setting for Poetry’s Spring/Summer 2018 launch, with bougainvillea-laden pillars and a beautiful fountain at its centre piece. The boutique hotel has been updated to modern standards but hasn’t detracted from its historical charm.
Poetry’s wares were displayed on tables around the courtyard, Champagne and canapés flowed before we took our seats to view the fashion show.
I particularly love this pale pink floral dress paired with espadrilles and round bag as an option for a wedding I’m attending next month – I might just go and try it on this week!
Stripes are strong again this season as are wide legged cropped pants.
The collection brings an excitement and romance to modern day travellers for the perfect summer holiday wardrobe with relaxed silhouettes, pretty soft and feminine dresses and jumpsuits, head-to-toe two pieces and colourful swimsuits. Dresses are big this summer, with the focus on prints, summer-kissed ones and pops of yellow and vibrant red.
A soft flowing dress is a sure winner.
A flattering swimsuit with cute candy-striped fabric
I love this sunshine-y colour!
You can’t beat a black jumpsuit.
Striped jumpsuit + a pop of colour bag = summer’s must have!
Accessories include romantic big bags in leather and straw, feminine prints on silk scarves to tie around your neck or hair and a glorious selection of hats!
To complete the collection is an extension on homeware with hand-painted ceramics and (most exciting to me) Skin Creamery’s lovely beauty products are on shelves too.
Pintuck Resort is the passion project of fashion editor Jo Springthorpe and swimwear designer Beryl Goslett. I’ve known Jo Springthorpe for many years, in fact, she was the fashion stylist in my modelling days where her impeccable taste was stamped across many local and international titles. Beryl Goslett’s background spans years back in the swimwear industry and together they bring us a fresh approach to swimwear. The patterns, colours and fits are what makes this range so irresistible. I caught up with Jo to find out more about Pintuck Resort.
‘Pintuck Resort’s simple concept is to create gorgeous original prints, then pair them with a select range of swimsuit designs that experience has taught us are the most flattering to all women’s bodies. Then we allow the women themselves to play. With our help, our customers can pair the pattern she loves with the suit that suits her!’
What made you decide to get into swimwear?
My work partner Beryl and I were sitting on the beach one December holiday sharing the fact that I could not find a costume for the holidays I liked. Available swimwear at the time was either tiny surf brand bikinis or dowdy ‘granny suits’, nothing that appealed to me. So on my suggestion we made a few swimsuits for ourselves and that is how we started! Our first season was small, growing a little each year and this season we have an extended choice of shapes and prints to choose from.
What inspired the name Pintuck Resort?
Pintuck Resort is an extension of a clothing brand I [Jo] already had where I used ‘pintucks’ on shirts and dresses and as people were already familiar with the brand name Pintuck, we added ‘Resort’ to incorporate our swimwear line.
What makes your swimsuits so attractive?
Most of customers remark on three things: quality, fit and prints. Beryl and I share the same aesthetic so our styles have a retro seventies twist which fit well, are comfortable and flattering. Colour is key so you’ll find some non-commercial colours like greens, oranges and browns in the prints and colours, which we update each season. We use woman of all shapes and sizes in our images to show how the swimwear fits; our hashtag is #foreverybody.
Will you be branching into men or kids swimwear?
We have just introduced a small range of swimwear called Petite by Pintuck Resort, suitable for 2-8 year old girls. We’ve also included a small capsule range we’ll be selling at pop ups stalls to see how it is received and take it from there.
Tell us about your new range for summer 2018.
Our handwriting of prints are inspired by the bold and beautiful colours of African summers, so for summer 2018 we’ve introduced even bigger, bolder and more fluid designs as well as bright and colourful retro and graphic prints. The addition of bold plain colours like orange, green, gold and red leave one feeling pretty cheerful when looking at them!
When’s your next pop up?
We have just had a pop up in Johannesburg this past weekend and our next one in Cape Town on the 26th September, so follow us on Instagramhereand sign up for our newsletter on our website.
Where do we find your swimwear?
We supply a few select stores who carry small bespoke ranges but we are concentrating on pop up shops in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Grahamstown and are looking at Durban and other areas too. We also include activewear suitable for yoga, pilates, gym etc.