Friday, 28 June 2013

Shortening It Out!

So one of the things i love to do every few months is to do a blogpost on my hair and showcase the latest hairstyle I would be rocking. My hair is my vessel that i constantly switch up, change and play with. My favourite post so far has been My CuteLittle Pixie Cut that I did back in March. It was the first time I had cut my hair in 14 years! And to be honest since then, I have fallen in love with short hair. It’s fun, quirky, liberating and unique, because most women aren’t keen on going short; it’s either a preference to a weave or braids. So I was inspired to showcase a little about short hair on my blog; since it’s the new look I’m rocking right now, as well as emulate local women with short ‘dos.

What I adore about short hair is that it’s fuss-free, different, neat, versatile and pocket-friendly (I will not lie, I’ve saved a lot of money since having cut my hair). I also believe that all you need to do with short hair is to find a look that works best with your personality, your look and your lifestyle as well as loads of confidence, just so you can stand out. I for example, have a little edge which is why I opted for a fun pixie cut earlier on in the year. 

So as daunting as it is to chop off all your hair and go short, there are actually so many cool ways to make it work for you. Some of them include keeping it natural a la Mrs Tsitsi Mutendi of JEWEL mag, there’s the s-curl (mind my spelling) that Miss Pokello does so well (this girl is fierce because I’ve only ever seen her in short hair and at some point in 2010/2011 she had a pixie going on), there’s the red dye look that Miss Makosi did so well and looks lovely on her; and last but not least there’s Harare Mbama’s Angie who rocks a bald head so well, it almost looks and feels natural.

Furthermore I’ve only spotted two hair salons in Harare so far that do a great job in catering for ladies short hair; that is Scandals hair salon by the Travel Plaza and Divine Touch Hair salon at Sam Levy Village (nothing beats having your hair done by a guy; they are really good and super neat and tops to the fact that they cater to the customer’s needs!).

So whichever way you wanna go, either short locks, natural, s-curl, dye/tint or bald, there’s actually quite a lot of short hairstyles to choose from. I mean if Solange Knowles can cut her hair, then why cant you, besides you have the opportunity to start over and experiment and grow it back too!

And a quick fashion tip is to incorporate a lot of headgear especially during this winter season in the likes of hats such as felt hats, fedoras and trilbys; scarves are also a really great alternative to style your head and keep warm, invest in a doek (via and or a turban. Read on here for The Turban Movement to get inspired.

Another quick hair tip I like to do is to wash my hair and condition it with either Dark and Lovely Moisture Seal Deep Conditioner or Luster’s Pink Hot oil treatment, so as to just get rid of dandruff and it promotes a little shine and healthy growth.

My hair is undoubtedly my best accessory and my kaleidoscope playground; right now I’m rocking a short curly ‘do but it’s only a matter of time that I go back to my lovely little pixie cut (when everything around me has settled in a good space).

So don’t be afraid to shy away from the norm and go a little short, besides your hair will always grow back. Take a cue from these fabulous modern local ladies that are rocking short ‘dos:

Harare Mbama
Socialite Makosi

Jewel Editor Tsitsi Mutendi

Moi, in my current 'do. Crazy aint i..
Be bold, be sassy and be fierce!

Stay Gorg and Glam,

Monday, 24 June 2013

My Winter Essentials

I’m your typical winter baby born right in the middle of the cold season, and I’m always superstoked because I love to embrace the season. It may be cold and chilly but some of the few things I love to do is stay indoors and watch lots of movies, drink hot chocolate and a good ol’ cup of tea with lots of warm toast; and occasionally have me a glass of red wine (I’m not an alcoholic beverage fan but a good glass is good for you!).

So I’ve decided to share some of the pieces I love about winter. Its not a lot, but it’s the occasional fashion/beauty little things that I like to embrace, considering winter is cold and its at times super difficult to dress up and look good as well try to be comfortable.

Knits/Sweaters and Pullover Jerseys
Its no secret that I’m obsessed with knits, that are pullover jerseys, knit jerseys, cable knit jerseys and anything that is thick, wollen and knitted! You wont find any coats in my closet as I love to embrace knitwear and winter is my vessel to do that in. I own quite a few knits in different colours, sizes and shapes but with particular reference to the colour blue. I stick to this colour because I love dark hues and I’ve also noticed that the colour works well with my complexion.

Some of my pullover knits. I love these because they are casual, chic and fun to wear. I love all of them that i cant choose one.
Some of my cable knit jerseys

My Inspiration comes from Cosmopolitan SA's lookbook spread on sweaters for May 2013 and June 2012. Be inspired to take a cue guys!

With every lady I spot in Harare is rocking a pea coat or structured coat, I would like to encourage local fashionistas not to shy away from knits (as they are not only for your stylish grandma but can be modern too). By playing around with them and making them chic or quirky with shorts or a pencil skirt and daring with long flared denim and a round-toed boot. My secret is to just have fun with them and be warm.

Simple Beauty
I’m no make-up marvel but I do take particular attention to my skin in the winter to keep it moisturized and glowing. I keep my regimen all natural, simple, effective, fuss free, and good to my skin because I’ve super dry skin. A quick moisture package is to add either honey, rosemary oil, olive oil, brown sugar and coconut milk to your warm bath water (all of these ingredients are  also great for your hair). I personally like honey and coconut oil to my bath.

One of the things I’m also very particular about are my lips. The first thing anyone looks at when they greet you is your smile so I pack on the moisture on my lips. I stick to three lipglosses with Revlon’s gloss being my favourite, just to add an extra shine to my chaps (in the normal summer season I think to one lipgloss and my Vaseline). No dry chaps I say because the harsh cold does no good to the lips. Keep them kissable!

My 3 magic wands for my lips. I mix and match all three for something kissable. The vaseline is backup.

So this was just a small look at some of the little details I like to add on to my “winter feel-good package”. Its not much but its what keeps me going and surviving. 

Any suggestions, comments and ideas are most welcome to share your winter essentials so as to add on to the list and keep it growing.

Stay Gorg and Glam,