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autumn brunch outfit oversized duster coat
autumn brunch outfit oversized duster coat
autumn brunch outfit
autumn brunch outfit oversized duster coat
autumn brunch outfit checked trousers cutout booties
autumn brunch outfit oversized duster coat
Can I even take photos without touching my face anymore?

You may have seen my post about the EC Bloggers Meetup (and if you haven’t, you really SHOULD), but pretty much the ONLY thing I didn’t show you was my outfit. But since I thought it was pretty fabulous, I definitely wanted to share it. After all, I couldn’t go to a blogging event and proclaim myself a fashion blogger wearing a sub-standard outfit!

I think the focal point of this outfit has to be the checked trousers. With their cream base and the dark orange and black checks, they’ve got the perfect colouring for Autumn and they’re beautifully soft so they’re super comfy. A loose t-shirt is always a good idea for brunch, because it hides those brunch babies perfectly ūüėČ The key to making t-shirts work for nicer occasions is details. This one is made of really nice fabric – a little thicker than normal and slightly textured. The zips also elevate it a bit.¬†If you’re a heels baby like me, chunky ones like these are a great choice for brunch, as you still get the height, but they’ll keep you sturdy even after one too many mimosas. Finally, I think you all know I’m in love with this duster coat, and I think¬†it just finishes off pretty much any¬†outfit perfectly. All you need is a giant pair of sunglasses and you’re ready to sashay into croissants and cappuccinos!
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The resting bitch face is strong with this one.

Details:

Coat: Vintage (similar)
Top: H&M (similar)
Pants: Zara (not at all similar but really beautiful checked trousers in Autumnal colours)
Shoes: Zara (similar)
*The coat and top I’ve linked to are both from the men’s section, but I think that will just add to it being the perfect, oversized fit!

A very big thank you to Gabriella from Luna Life Magazine for taking these beautiful photos for me. Her blog¬†is all about fashion, beauty, and lifestyle, and it’s honestly amazing – give it a read!

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I took soooo many photos at the meetup, so hang in there!

Yesterday I had the excitement of attending the first ever Eastern Cape Bloggers’ Meetup, hosted by the lovely Eleanor from Just Ella Bella, and Luchae from My Spreadsheet Brain. We met at The Boma for an amazing breakfast, and got some blogging and social media tips from Megan Kelly and Dorette de Swart from The Herald. Aside from eating truly scrumptious (and very Instagrammable!) food and getting some blogging advice, it was amazing to meet so many local bloggers! Before Saturday I only knew one other Port Elizabeth blogger, so getting to know some others was a great experience.

The Venue

ec blogger meetup at the boma
ec blogger meetup at the boma
ec blogger meetup at the boma
ec blogger meetup at the boma
We met at The Boma, which is a lovely function venue in Port Elizabeth. After parking, you walk through a cobblestone-paved passage lined with trees down to the venue. It feels magical and completely transports you away. Some of the trees even have fairy lights wound through them, which definitely adds to the magical element.

Inside was just as wonderful. There was definitely a rustic, vintage element to the decor, which I always love! There was a lot of lovely hemp and lace, but my favourite part was the slices of wood instead of place mats. There was a beautiful big fireplace, and candles everywhere, which kept things cosy. The centrepieces were absolutely stunning, with tall fresh flowers in mason jars.
ec blogger meetup at the boma
ec blogger meetup at the boma
ec blogger meetup at the boma
ec blogger meetup at the boma
ec blogger meetup at the boma
ec blogger meetup at the boma

The Food

Now.

The important part.

The FOOD.

There were far too many things that I didn’t try, but it all looked incredible! To start with, there were cinnamon buns, strawberry flapjack stacks, apple rolls, muesli and yoghurt, smoothies, and French toast and bacon. As you can see, the presentation of all of these was stunning, and I’m honestly bleak I didn’t just stuff myself with everything haha. All I had was the muesli and yoghurt which also had big chunks of spiced apple in it. It definitely tasted as good as it looks.

Most people thought that was the breakfast, before they started bringing out the main! This was one of the best breakfast dishes I’ve ever had, and honestly, my only gripe is that I couldn’t finish all of it! As you can see, there was scrambled egg on top, mixed with melted cheese. There was a layer of white sauce under that, and layers of eggplant, mushroom, and spinach under that. I’m seriously not a fan of eggplant, but even I thought it was good. I’m not entirely sure what the meateaters had, but it smelled incredible. I’m sure mine was better though ūüėČ
ec blogger meetup at the boma
ec blogger meetup at the boma
ec blogger meetup at the boma
ec blogger meetup at the boma
ec blogger meetup at the boma

On top of all those delicious treats, we were given an enormous goodie bag, filled with chocolate, wine, beauty products, stationery, and other bits and bobs that I can’t wait to try out.

Everyone involved deserves a very big thank you and congratulations. The meetup was a wonderful experience and I can’t wait for another one (please can we do a Christmas one with blogger secret Santa! Imagine the copious amounts of copper and marble…)
ec blogger meetup at the boma

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I’m sooo late in getting this post up, but a few weeks ago Alan and I visited the South Blvd Cafe for a bit of breakfast. To start with, I ordered a chai latte, and Alan got a filter coffee. When it arrived, we were also treated the delicious koeksisters pictured at the top of this post. We hadn’t realised, but you get one of these free with any coffee on Sundays, so that was a nice surprising treat! And they were so good. I typically don’t like koeksisters much because I find them very sweet and oily, but these ones weren’t oily at all, had just the right amount of sweetness, and had a bit of spice in them. My chai latte didn’t have quite enough chai in it for me, but it still tasted quite good. I think it’s just a personal preference that I like my chai with a little more spice than most! Alan was very happy with his coffee though – it arrived hot and was the perfect strength.

I had a toasted sandwich with mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and basil pesto. It was tasty, but there seemed to be a lot more basil pesto than mozzarella, so it was a little overpowering – and this is coming from someone who LOVES basil pesto. The bread was absolutely delicious. It’s always a huge plus for me when restaurants use ciabatta rather than normal bread. So all of the individual parts of the sandwich were great, I just wish the cheese to pesto ratio had been a little higher. Alan ordered that amazing looking breakfast (gosh, I miss meaty breakfasts), and he seemed really pleased with it. He found the mushrooms average as they were a little undercooked, but he said everything else was really good. Because South Blvd Cafe is run by Muslims, they don’t serve bacon, so he was particularly impressed that he got¬†pastrami instead of the fake bacon you would usually get, and the fact that the toast was actually toasted rather than just pressed.

Both of us were quite full after breakfast but really wanted pudding so we decided to share a waffle. The waffle itself was amazing. Slightly crispy, and not at all stodgy (my usual problem with waffles). The ice cream was delicious too.¬†It was really creamy, and it was proper ice cream – not like the soft serve you usually get. When we said we’d be sharing, they brought it to us beautifully presented on two plates. It also meant we didn’t have to share our ice cream as we each got our own scoop ūüėČ It’s such a simple thing, but I was really impressed by that extra little bit of effort that was put into serving us. Those small¬†touches make such a difference to how you feel as a customer.¬†I don’t actually remember if it was me or Alan, but one of us ordered orange juice, and it was freshly squeezed rather than from a bottle. It’s another small thing that makes a big impression.

The Verdict on South Blvd Cafe:

I would definitely recommend this spot. Their food is good, and the service is excellent, efficient, and very friendly. It has a nice aesthetic too. The decor is great, and their booths are SO comfy! They were also playing 60s music the whole time we were there, which was a huge plus for me. If it’s nice weather, definitely sit on the deck, because you get stunning views of the harbour. For more information on South Blvd Cafe, visit their Facebook¬†page.
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My sister and I spoke a lot at the beginning of this year about facing fears and doing more things that scare us. While I’ve been trying to face my fears more, I’m not sure I’ve quite managed that as much as I’d like. Until now. On Saturday last week, I went to my second @cityofpe Instagram meetup. Meeting new people and being open and friendly is scary enough in itself. And then I did something that absolutely terrified me: I took outfit photos in the middle of a busy shopping centre. I’ve taken outfit photos in areas with people before, but they were never in this volume, or this close to me. When I did my nautical-inspired post, for example, there were a couple of people on the same beach as me. But they were at the beach, just going about their day and ignoring me. I’ve posed on streets¬†before (way less dodgy than it sounds), but any people walking past me were walking with the intention of getting somewhere. When I was shooting on the stairs at Bay West Mall, people didn’t have much to do other than gawk at me while riding their escalator.

When I say terrified, I mean genuinely terrified. When we got to the stairs and I realised how many people were in that section of the centre, my heart started pounding. But we were there and we’d decided to take the pictures there and I have this resolution to do things that scare me and care less what other people think of me. So we took the photos. And it’s probably my favourite outfit post ever. (Seriously, go read it. I’m so proud of it)cotton on chelsea boots make a statement with a duster coat face your fears

Aside from the fact that I’m in love with the outfit, the lighting was flawless (so rare for an indoor shoot!), the stairs are very aesthetically pleasing (we all know I love grey), and I actually really like that there was some movement in my pictures, with people using the escalators behind me. Alan¬†also did such an amazing job of making me look effortlessly chic (there was much effort involved). The best part? About a minute into shooting, my nerves pretty much vanished. I guess it helped that I wasn’t wearing my glasses so I was blind to any weird stares, but I just completely relaxed and let myself enjoy the shoot. I kind of thought screw it. This is my job, and these pictures are going to look amazing. So why should I care if these people who I’m never going to see again think I’m weird for doing this.

What I’m trying to say is:

face your fears.

Do things that scare you. Accept every opportunity that comes your way (unless it will harm you or someone else. Stay safe, guys). Try everything once (except drugs). Doing new, exciting, and scary things is the only way you can grow as a person. The worst that can happen is you decide you don’t like something. Or you get momentarily embarrassed. Big deal. You can learn from those mistakes. Alternatively, you could meet wonderful people, and have amazing experiences. Or, as in my case, get better results than you ever could have dreamed of.

If I ever decide to use such a public spot for photos again, I can’t say I’ll be 100% nerve-free from the start. But I will be slightly less terrified than I was this time. And the time after that, even less so. Eventually, I won’t care at all.¬†Fears stop you from living your life. So don’t let them have that control over you. Every time you do something that scares you and you succeed, you become just a little bit stronger. So just do things. Face your fears, little by little, one at a time. You’ll be amazed at the results.

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It’s finally getting to be coat weather in South Africa and I couldn’t be happier! I love nothing more than being all snug and toasty, because somehow being warm in shorts is nothing like being warm in boots and big outerwear. On that note, I think a statement coat is an absolute winter essential, so today I thought I’d show you one way in which I style my duster coat. Nothing ties your outfit together quite like a great piece of outerwear. The best part is, if you do your coat up, you can put absolutely no effort into the underneath outfit, but still look super chic. Result!

There are two kinds of statement coats, and I love them both equally. The one that the phrase probably brings to mind more often is a classic style in a loud print or colour. For the less brave, the other kind is slightly more wearer-friendly. Try finding a coat in a solid, dark colour, but with a dramatic silhouette. Cape coats are PERFECT for this, or a duster coat like I’m wearing. Mine is a little oversized, and with a big shawl collar so it definitely makes a statement!

I think the key to wearing a duster coat is finding the right length for you. I have another coat that’s floor length, and while I love it, it absolutely dwarfs me and makes me look even tinier than I am. Almost like a little girl playing dress-up. The length of this one combined with a slight heel, however, makes me feel chic and elegant. I FELT TALL, GUYS! With an oversized coat like this, I think it looks best to wear it open, and keep the rest of your outfit quite structured. With that in mind, I buttoned my shirt all the way to the top, and cuffed my trousers at the bottom. (Not that I have a choice with this coat. You see that enormous button? I can’t seem to find a buttonhole for it. Not sure if I’m just being blind or…) As a personal choice, I just find it much more comfortable to wear bags with a long strap if I’m wearing a big coat, as I don’t want to have to get my arm and the very thick material through a small handle. The quilting on this one just screams Chanel to me, so it went perfectly with the sophisticated, put together feel that I was going for. And I’m sure you all know by now that I couldn’t live without my trusty chelsea boots, and I thought they added the perfect chic-but-not-too-chic finish to the outfit.
make a statement with a duster coat
make a statement with a duster coat
make a statement with a duster coat
make a statement with a duster coat
cotton on chelsea boots make a statement with a duster coat
make a statement with a duster coat
make a statement with a duster coat
make a statement with a duster coat
make a statement with a duster coat
make a statement with a duster coat
An hour or so after I took these pictures, I met Deadpool! How cool??
deadpool cosplay duster coat
Also, when you say: “Just keep taking pictures”, you end up with gold like this. So if you ever get down when you think about your favourite fashion bloggers flawless face, just remember that there is probably a picture of them in a recycle bin somewhere, looking like this:
make a statement with a duster coat

Details:

Coat: Fairweather (Vintage)
Shirt: Woolworths (Vintage)
Trousers: Charter Club (Edgars) (similar)
Boots: Cotton On (similar)
Bag: Zara (similar)

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