I’m so in love with my mom’s old skirt. It’s such a great fabric!


What I’m wearing….

Headscarf: Maria McCloy

Earrings: Someone sold them to me at The Attic one tipsy night

Jersey: Mr Price

Belt: YDE

Shoes: Aldo


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Lately I have been thinking about my blasé attitude towards sunglasses – I don’t care for big brands, fashionable styles or whatever else goes into the selection and self expression process for shades. I guess the important part is protecting my eyes, right?. That’s it. 

So I discovered the trick to get me excited  – Wooden sunglasses!

Wood is one of those things that with anything created using it will be as unique as a fingerprint.
In wood you can see a lifetime of stories. It’s just beautiful.

Three brands, two international and one local – all in the craft and art of making wooden sunglass frames. Very awesome. Very very.

SHWOOD – http://www.shwoodshop.com/

Started as an experiment with nature, or as they call in – “a curios endeavour” – either way, they make beautiful eyewear. Starting price – about $175

PROOF – http://iwantproof.com

Proof sunnies I saw at The Space in Rosebank recently retailing around the R1500 mark. Really beautiful cases too.

Online purchase price starts around $90 mark.

Finally, our very own, from Cape Town, South Africa

HOUT COUTURE – http://www.houtcouture.com/
Love the clever name association – Hout is Afrikaans for wood.
Locally created, with a plant a tree programme in place for every pair sold.
I believe they are available at MEMEME stores both in Cape Town (Long Street) and Johannesburg (Parkhurst).

I used to wrap my head in scarves and shawls many many moons ago and have recently started trying it out again. It is fun, adds some element that stops young men from hollering ‘hey shortie’ when they “greet”, and a spot of colour when needed.

Steph O’Conner  – of Conner Varin Photography – and I were chatting about styling hair and head-wraps and how there are minimal examples out there of how to style braided or natural hair, and how to tie different head-wraps.
I’m properly struggling a) Finding interesting ways to style my long braids and b) tie 4 metres worth of beautiful fabric around my head.

Need to practice more.

These pictures of my latest try were taken by Anthony Bila. 

I was thoroughly bored with my outfit on this day, so the turban totally helped

With the lady who has inspired the recent head wrapping  – Lethabo Boogy Maboi

Me, Steph and Boogy. – Image by StrussBob

My awesomely talented designer / stylist  / creative friend Odysseus makes wonderful clothes through his label Arnreuby. He’s been sending me pictures from his new range and I am tres excited to see and wear finished product

Here is my favourite skirt ever that he made for me once upon a time. It has a gorgoeus slit detail at the back, pockets, red lining, and this amazing raw silk feel. Love it.

Recently he did the wardrobe for Zaki Ibrahim’s The Do music video – have you seen it? Gorgeous look and sound. She channels her own kind of Black Swan through the beautifully shot video. It’s lovely and goosebump inducing.

Facebook: Arnreuby by Odysseus
Email: Shirindzaster@gmail.com

Maria McCloy – the vintage queen, African Print clutch bag maker, Accessory creator extraordinaire!
Here are my latest goodies from her incredible collection

Long wire earrings. I think they are from her Masai inspired range.  Loving these lately because they work so well with my coverall hairstyle.

The blue skirt from her R50 vintage box from a while ago – had to get it tailored to fit my newly slimmed waistline. I love the colour and the fact that it has pockets. Pockets are a girls best friend!

Again – do check her out every Sunday at the Market on Main at Arts on Main between 10am and 3pm. You will not be sorry.

See some more of her goodies on Facebook