Thursday, 3 August 2017

SZA - CTRL Review


Ctrl | Release Date: 09 June 2017 | Studio Album

26 year old SZA has released an album that speaks to the twenty something who is going about her life and being confronted by heartache along the way. Many of us where convinced SZA had pulled a Frank Ocean on us when the album was not released as previously in February 2017. However the wait was well worth it.
The content resembles conversations you would have with friends while getting ready for a night out and the music production compliments the lyrical content well.

The album starts off with a letter to what seems like an ex flame. Do we still write letters in 2017? Well SZA makes it seem like it's almost necessary to write in 2017 as she does such a good job at explaining how her insecurities are the reasons why she needs to stay in a relationship, something women don't talk about often.

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Why I can't stay alone just by myself?
Wish I was comfortable just with myself
But I need you, but I need you, but I need you
- Supermodel

Supermodel ends and goes straight into the first few notes of the emotionally filled Love Galore featuring Travis Scott. This is the second single off the album. The song about a breakup between two people who shared a summer fling is a favourite amongst SZA listeners and seems to resonate with many.


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Why you bother me when you know you don't want me? (yah)
Why you bother me when you know you got a woman? (yah)
Why you hit me when you know you know better? (true)
...
- Drew Barrymore

The dialogue between SZA and Scott makes for great listening and the lyrics make it a sing along for women who have been through the same. The song is definitely a favourite for me and so is Drew Barrymore which is the first single off the album.

Drew Barrymore echoes Supermodel as SZA speaks about her low self esteem and how it almost dictates how a toxic relationship plays out.


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We get so lonely, we pretend that this works
I'm so ashamed of myself think I need therapy-y-y-y
I'm sorry I'm not more attractive
I'm sorry I'm not more ladylike
I'm sorry I don't shave my legs at night
I'm sorry I'm not your baby mama
I'm sorry you got karma comin' to you
Collect your soul, get it right
...
- Drew Barrymore

So far I have only spoken about heart ache and it doesn't get better. The Weekend is our modern day Weekend Special where commentary on what it is like to share a man with another woman is shared. You know, your usual 2017 relationship.

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My man is my man is your man
Heard it's her man too
My man is my man is your man
Heard that's her man
Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
I just keep him satisfied through the weekend
You're like 9 to 5, I'm the weekend
Make him lose his mind every weekend
You take Wednesday, Thursday
Then just send him my way
Think I got it covered for the weekend
...
- The Weekend

Undercover gems in the album are Garden[Say It Like That], Broken Clocks and the one minute interlude Wavy featuring James Fauntleroy.

It is a painful album and the only thing you want to do is tell SZA that pain is temporary but at the same time you also want her to carry on making even more music. She has done a very good job at summarising heartbreak and realisations from heartbreak into a 14 track album.

If you look beyond the pain you will realise that this album is a love letter to all women. A love letter that reminds you to love yourself.


Monday, 31 July 2017

Autumn/Winter 2017 - Fur Diary



The dream is to own fur coats but unfortunately my wallet can't keep up with my dream. So in order to keep up with my clothing dreams, the best option for me is to make my own clothes which I have been doing since around 2013.

Fur is the one fabric I had never sewn until 2017. First of all it was always so difficult to find it and when I did the price was around R100/m for something that resembled plastic. 2017 I got lucky and managed to find quality faux fur in the streets of Durban's city centre.

The first faux fur I found was not exactly what I was looking for but when you find a gem by chance you buy it. I would have preferred longer hair but what can I do. Before putting the sewing machine on I watched a video on Youtube to figure out how to actually sew this. Little did I know that you don't just cut fur, you have to cut it as if you are cutting a new born baby's nails. I was already put off because I am lazy and the idea of only cutting fabric with only the tip of a pair of scissors made me want to turn the fur into a rug rather. Then I remembered my dream and fetched my scissors.


When working with fur make sure you use the sharpest scissors you own and wear old clothing unless you want fur all over your clothes. Also make sure to have a lint roller close with you. If you are not too keen on eating fur, wear a mask or just make sure you cut it properly.

I'm not much of a pattern maker so I used generic measurements as well as old sleeve patterns that I made last year. After spending an hour cutting I was ready to sew. It took me two days to make the jacket as it was my first but it now takes me a couple of hours.


I remembered that I had seen animal print that looked like it was more for a blanket than clothing on one of my shopping trips. I didn't buy it because I would have laughed at someone wearing fabric that resembled a blanket. But what's wrong with buying fabric that looks like a blanket?


I am terrible with animals so please don't ask me which is which. I have made two jackets and in the images I photographed them together. I used the same pattern for all my jackets, just increase or decrease size depending on the amount of fabric I had.
I don't use any padding or lining in the inside of my jackets because team lazy which is why they are not as thick as what you see in the stores or on the internet.


The fourth fur I have made for winter came by chance. I was in Bond Street in Durban where I get all my fabric. I had already spent my full budget by the time I walked into the last store. As I was looking through the fabric I saw a strip of cream fur hiding by the till. In awe I took it only to find out that it was the scarf of the store owner. I died from embarrassment and sadness as I thought that the fabric did not exist in the store. Because the store owner and I know each other she laughed it off and directed me to the rest of the fabric in the store. I went to heaven when I saw she had the fur in maroon, black and cream. Unfortunately because my budget was depleted I could not buy all the colours so only walked out the store with maroon.


A few days later I had a faux fur maroon jacket. I ate maroon faux fur for a couple of days as it is so difficult to clean it but it was worth it. I only had enough to make for two other people so there are only three of these pieces roaming South Africa at the moment.

Even though we are nearing the end of winter in South Africa and I still haven't worn majority of my fur, I am glad that I finally made it. It was worth the late nights, the sweeping, vacuuming and lint rolling.


For those who want to place orders, unfortunately I only have a bit of the animal print and brown fur left so let me know.

A big thank you to Thozama who assisted with taking the photographs. All photos taken with a Samsung S6 and edited with VSCO. All the clothes in the images were made by yours truly.

Mkay Frash Camo Party - Outfit Post


Hunting for Kicks founder, Mkay Frash did his Camo party during the Durban July weekend. The original party was hosted earlier this year for his birthday in Johannesburg. I unfortunately missed the Johannesburg one but was very present for the Durban edition.

When buying fabric, camo is always the most difficult to find. Stores always manage to get it wrong. In the past I have been l've been lucky and found mesh camo which I used for my sister and sheer camo which I used earlier in the year for a plain long sleeve top. So when I heard that the Camo Party was coming to Durban I was the most nervous person as I was not ready to struggle while looking for fabric.
Granted I do have camo items in my wardrobe but I'm not too fond of repeating outfits. I opened my fabric cupboard and found that I had enough sheer camo to make a dress.


I knew I was going with a group of girls so the first thing that came to mind was the Spice World film where the Spice Girls dressed in camouflage for one of the scenes. Posh Spice was in a camouflage dress so it was quite obvious which Spice Girl I was going to be. Destiny's Child also had a camo stint with Survivor but I wasn't quite ready to wear a swimming costume in the middle of winter to a party with no pool.

I decided on an ankle length sheer dress with an army green long sleeve and matching two tone leggings.


Paired with my white Reebok Classics, I was on of the most camo-ed people at the party. Scroll down for more looks from the party.

Left: Me, Phiko, Mkay Frash, Thozama Mputa, Khanyisa Songca, Chumi Nxiweni
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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

2017 Vodacom Durban July - Outfit Post


Me, Khanyisa Songca, Thozama Mputa, Cameron Nicholas, Chumisile Nxiweni (Left to right)

On the 1st of July I attended my third Vodacom Durban July with my friends. The biggest horse racing event in Africa obviously needs one to dress for the occasion.

My Durban July outfit prep starts the year before as my friends and I always choose to dress according to our own theme. Last year the theme was all black even though the theme for the event was Royalty, or something along those lines. 2017's theme was The Colour of Magic and according to the Durban July that is red, okay. So we had already decided in 2016 that we would all wear suits so I could not now change for the theme.

Once we decided on a theme we jumped onto Pinterest and looked for ideas. A slick black suit was always the dream after I saw Kourtney Kardashian wear one to her mother's 60th birthday party. A second option was also a full print suit but I am extremely fussy with print and I didn't want to look like I was doing too much so I stuck to a colour I know very well, black.

As most of you might know, my biggest fear is zips when it comes to sewing so it was obvious that I was not going to make my own suit. I mean I just started making leggings the other day. I called my good friend Cameron Nicholas and told him that he needs to learn how to sew a blazer because his services are needed for the Durban July.

We went to Durban CBD to get fabric for myself and my sister, Thozama. She had already decided a while back that pink was her colour. I am unfortunately not good with colour as I have been told so I left the colour matching to Cameron. In total I think our fabric was R75 each.
When making suits, obviously depending on your height and size, three meters should be efficient as it worked for both my sister and I and we are different heights and sizes.

The t-shirt I bought at Ackermans for R49.99 at the children's section so in total, without the shoes and socks my outfit came to a total of R124.99. We won't speak about how much my Reebok Classics cost. In fact even my sunglasses were more expensive than the full outfit.

In terms of make up, Khanyi Makeup came to the rescue. Initially we were supposed to do a Durban July prep video. That flopped but we did a full Snapchat Story (zovuyo_mputa) on the day with all our makeup prep. I wish I was a makeup guru but I really am not. Khanyi used a beauty blender, foundation and eye brow brush to try make me look as close to gold as possible. The target was gold and I finished it off with Mac's Bronze Shimmer lipstick.

Hair was obviously done by yours truly. I did a plain braid out for the July and got it right thanks to Lush's Queen Bee hair butter.

2017 Vodacom Durban July Inspiration


A lot of people think my sister and I think we deliberately planned to wear outfits that are the inverse of each other. When in actual fact it was coincidence. Guess it was just the twin gene in us.

2017 was definitely my favourite Durban July outfit to date and glad it all came together.

See you at the next Durban July and once again thanks to Cameron and Khanyisa for the outfit and the face beat.

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