Wednesday, 5 July 2017

LOOK BOOK: RETRO

Words: Taryn Bester | Photographs: Stephen Bryan Photography| Styling: Taryn Bester

Hello Guys!

I am officially back in the groove and happy to share this brand new outfit post with you, but before I do that allow me to share some life updates with you.

Now, for those who have been reading my blog since day one probably know that I have been studying for quite a while. I have completed my final exams a few weeks ago, but my nerves are still hanging on a thread and the anticipation for the results is killing me. Have you ever experienced this? Please comment below with how you dealt with it. I personally deal with it by thriving on the fact that I have an almighty father and he will carry me through. However, right now I am also facing the challenge of unemployment, well not really because I am so busy with a few other side hustles (Will tell you more soon), but I now understand what many other South African’s face and how difficult it is to find employment. 

ABOUT THIS LOOK
You might have seen it in the latest fashion magazines and definitely on Instagram too. The retro trend is here and especially with everyone rocking quirky framed sunglasses and spectacles.  In all honestly, I don’t have hope for this trend. I love it, but don’t believe in its longevity, because I feel that it’s not very natural and has too many add-ons. For this trend you need a very distinct personality which is great, but that means you need to find eyewear that suite every mood. And as you might know, eyewear is very pricey especially if you are looking for quality. However, thankfully this trend doesn’t only rely on optics, but textures, prints and because we are in winter knits will do too. That’s why; I paired a checked shirt dress, polo neck and my favourite blocked heeled ankle boot together. I was never keen on shirt dressers until I found this one, I always felt that the length is awkward and that it must be layered up. Therefore, it’s better for winter with warm knits and either a pair of stockings, ankle grazer denims or skinny jeans.
 
Red lips - Kangol ZA Liquid Matte Lipstick 
 Items Featured: Hat, Shirt Dress and Polo neck- The Fix, Boots- React Boot from Bronx Woman and Glasses - Stall Outside Cavendish Square

Thank you for reading!
Watch out for an exciting announcement in my next post and also the blog's 3rd Anniversary celebration. winx  
With Love, Light and Blessings 






Wednesday, 14 June 2017

LOOK BOOK: A WINTER BRUNCH OUTFIT MUST

Words: Taryn Bester | Photographs: Justin Smith| Styling: Taryn Bester

Hey Guys!
Happy Wednesday my you have a blessed week ahead, especially to the Muslim readers my thoughts are with you and your family and may the preparation towards Eid be filled with blessings. 

Last night, I came across a fascinating little documentary made about the area that I am from. It showed how through all the drugs, crime and poverty youth still preserver and strive to obtain their matric (grade 12) certificate. When I saw the post on my Facebook feed the first thought was "What’s happening now again?" Along with other negative thoughts, then eventually I watched it and my thoughts started to change.  It portrayed the good qualities of the people in our community along with the "not so good" circumstances. I immediately shared it with my friends, because this so fitting seeing that we are moving towards National Youth Day on Friday, 16th June.  Let us as young individuals stand up for what is right and not fall into the trap of wanting “things” (success, material things, fame, ect.) “now”. All goals take time and even if you feel like you're never going to get there, keep on and stay in your lane.

ABOUT THIS LOOK

I wore this exact outfit on Saturday morning for a brunch event held at Good Hope Suites, Grandwest. I attended with Justin, because he was invited as a guest speaker which left me to be on fiancĂ© duty. It was a beautiful ice cold winter’s morning and I knew that the only trick would be a pair of boots and oversize knitted top.These items are brunch outfit must haves in my books and adding a few other simple statement pieces will bring the entire look together. I threw over this longer-length-sleeves trench coat to keep a sophisticated smart causal look, a pair of jeans and an oversize leather hand bag big enough for both Justin and my gadgets. 
Items Featured: Oversize Knitted Jersey - The Fix, Jeans and Sleeveless Coat - MRP, Boots- Hushpuppies and Handbag- Accessorize  

Thank you for reading and don't forget to leave your thoughts in the comment section.
Stay safe and keep warm this season! 
With Love, Light and Blessings





Monday, 29 May 2017

LOOK BOOK: A VELVET CRUSH

Words: Taryn Bester | Photographs: Danielle Cloete from DanniC Photography | Styling: Taryn Bester

Hey Ladies and Gents!
It’s the start of a brand new week and I thought I'd check in with all of you, my extended blogging fam!

Now, I know you have seen all my social media updates and might have heard some rumors about Miss2Beesy getting in engaged? Well, it’s all true! My noble partner in crime, best friend and now fiancĂ© decided to propose two months ago and I of course said “YES” (after first asking him "did you ask my parents" lol). Some might say “this is old news” or “why only write about it now”. Well, like the saying goes “there is a time and a place for everything”. It was such a beautiful day and experience I really wanted to first keep it to myself, hold onto all the emotions, savour the moment and get over this huge surprise in my own stride. He completely knocked me off my feet with a rose gold ring and I could feel that God was present. Two weeks ago, I scheduled to shoot this outfit with Danni, and Justin was willing to get in front of the camera too, which created the perfect opportunity for me to write this post. I am really pleased knowing that I can share this with all of you, three years ago I started this blog from scratch and three years ago Justin and I also started dating. This all together is a huge way of showing me how much growth has taken place in my life. I am truly thankful and happy to invite you along on this exciting journey and I hope you guys won’t mind my chatter about wedding planning in the months to come. 

ABOUT THIS LOOK
One of the hottest trends this winter has to be velvet! You might have spotted it in our local fashion magazines and of course the gram. Everything velvet goes and my advice would be to get one key item that you know you would always want to wear this season and slay it. This way you won’t over spend on one trend and you won’t be stuck with it next year. However, a classic velvet piece is always a great closet must have! I spotted this dress on The Fashion Lotts Instagram account and I knew it would be perfect for an evening out and wore it to the DDEM prize giving earlier this month.

I hope you enjoyed this little update!
Thank you for reading and until next time.
With Love, Light and Blessings


She wears: Velvet Stasha Turtleneck- The Fashion Lott, Black React Boots- Bronx Woman, Rose gold bangle- Accessorize, Watch- Justine Africa, Whoop Hearings- MRP.
He wears: Shirt and Jeans- H&M, Blazer and Watch- Markhams and Sunglasses- Falco Milano
















Wednesday, 12 April 2017

LOOK BOOK: BYE BYE SUMMER

Words: Taryn Bester | Photographs: Danielle Cloete from DanniC Photography | Styling: Taryn Bester

Hey Beesy Bees
Soon we will be saying goodbye to summer, that’s why I thought of dedicating this post to all the amazing moments I have experienced over the season. Why don't you too? Sit back and for a moment right where you are, close your eyes and take yourself back to those days. After all, every busy bee needs a moment to reflect and revive their energy. Winter is moving in swiftly, and now is the time to stock up on those rain boots, coats and vitamins too.

ABOUT THIS LOOK

By now we all know how big off-the-shoulder is and how the 70’s trend made a huge comeback. That’s why when I spotted this dress of the Instagram account off The Fashion Lott a few weeks back, I thought it’s a must have. Another trend that made an appearance again is the “tie dye”. Even though I am not a big lover of it, I love it in this dress because it’s not that overwhelming. It’s perfect for a Sunday afternoon stroll on the beach and I can style it up in many ways. I am pear shaped and one look would be to add a belt to accentuate my skinny middle and to add definition to the length of the dress. Another way could be to knot the one end of the dress to show some leg if you are short and not a fan of a maxi dress.

The Fashion Lott is an online branded store based in Cape Town, southern suburbs and only releases limited quantity per style. Meaning, if you spot it then you should do like I did and get it right away. I am impressed by the quality of this dress, especially because it’s locally produced. One thing you should consider when ordering though is your size in comparison to theirs just like when making any other online clothing purchase.  There are a few other items I would really love to own especially their velvet dresses which would be perfect for winter. Agree? 
 Items Featured: Dress; The Fashion Lott, Earrings: Woolworths and Watch: Avon South Africa
Beauty Items: Lips; Kangol Matte Lipgloss in the whispers shade and Eyes: The Bodyshop Eyeshadow, 

Thank You For Reading 
With Love, Light and Blessings 




Wednesday, 29 March 2017

LOOK BOOK: LET'S PLAY DRESS UP

Words: Taryn Bester | Photographs: Danielle Cloete from DanniC Photography | Styling: Taryn Bester


Hey Fashion lovers, as you guys might know this past weekend was the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town. I unfortunately, only had the time to attend the David Tlale showcase on Friday evening 24th March, which was held off-set at the Cape Town Club (more about the showcase here).

When I received the invite, the dress code stated… ‘LET’S PLAY DRESS UP’ and I immediately thought of the “Great Gatsby” as a theme to go by. However, I was a bit unsure and played around with a few other ideas. Eventually, I decided to just go with my initial thoughts and ran down to the store to buy a pair of fishnet stockings, which by the way was my very first time wearing.  When arriving at the 1920s themed location for the event, I honestly expected more people to dress up to the theme, but unfortunately was not the case.  

Nonetheless, I was pretty happy to dress up and show off my inner Queen Elizabeth lol. Besides, fishnet stockings are super on trend right now and I can see myself wearing it underneath a pair of distressed denims soon. I used this bell sleeved bodycon dress as my canvas and added accessories to bring the vintage look together. 
 
 
 
Hair and Make-Up by Danielle Cloete 
Items featured: Bell Sleeved Dress: Missguided (Superblist.com), Shoes: Foschini, Statement necklace: Lovisa and Lace gloves: Thrift store


Thank You for Reading!
With Love Light and Blessings 



Monday, 20 March 2017

LOOK BOOK: ROMANTIC BALLET


Words: Taryn Bester | Photographs: Danielle Cloete from DanniC Photography | Styling: Taryn Bester

Hey Beautiful People 

It's a start of a brand new week and I think I should start it off with a brand new look. I am being my usual ambitious self (a "beesy bee") and prepared this post 15 hours ago, just in-case this week decides to go extremely retro on me and life happens. I also have a few pre-scheduled exciting occasions and events coming up this week like celebrating my three year anniversary with Justin, loads of assignment due dates (which is not exciting ....oops), setting out outfits for fashion week, then attending the actual Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Cape Town and the list goes on...

ABOUT THIS LOOK 
I wore this outfit the other evening when Justin and I went to the Galileo (Open Air Cinema)  while the weather was still fine lol. I paired one of my old time favourite lace skirt's along with this pink polo neck to keep with the romantic trend. It's totally taking control right now along with a few other key trends like the pink shade which you can read about in my previous post. The ballet look is also totally on point and something I love, because if it is all paired well together it creates an effortless dreamy look. Often I feel that when certain fashion trends appear that it shouldn't be paired together all in one look, but with this I beg to differ. My reason for this is that all these soft elements compliment each other and if minimal accessories are added it allows you to look chic and comfortable in flats. I added a biker leather jacket to add some edge and ultimately keep covered from the Cape Town evening chill. 
  
 
Items Featured: Pink Polo Neck- TheFix, White Skirt: Forever New, Ballet Lace-up flats - TheFix and Watch- Typo

Thank You for Reading!
With Love Light and Blessings