Monday, April 29, 2013


I've been wearing yellow nail polish for the better part of the past week and I love how heads are turning every time people realise that I am wearing nail colour to begin with. I think it's a bit of an obsession. I find the process of putting it on simultaneously tedious and therapeutic, funny enough. When I put this colour on, I think about two days ago, I was fuming about a situation that transpired between a friend and I. He was being such a douche! I was so pissed off at him, I was chain smoking as I uttered fire under my breathe thinking; 'This nigga though!'. I eventually decided to just try and forget about it and put some nail colour on. It made me so happy! At least for a few moments I was able to smile. Love nail colour!


‘Me and my BFF,’ a friend recently wrote under a picture of himself with, well, I guess another friend of his on Facebook. The first thing I thought when I saw this picture was; ‘Are the rest of us not as important?’
This is someone that I, and other friends, spend a lot of time with and this person in his picture: we hardly know. They didn’t grow up together or anything- none of us did- yet he had publicly declared that she is more important than the rest of us. As you might have gathered; I was quite offended by his declaration. Offended as I was, I’m not quite a believer in BFF’s. In fact, I think of it as a very childish concept. Honestly! I do not believe there is such a thing as ‘best friends forever’.
It’s just something I’ve never been able to grasp in all 26 years of being on this planet. Even on the school playground I knew there were people in my friendship circle that were more close than others, I just never warmed up to the idea that I should be finding my confidant within the group too. If we are all such chums why do we have to skinner about the others anyway? Why are some afforded special time and privileges over others? What is it that this other person has that the rest of us don’t? Psychologists suggest that children who grow up this way- having a BFF- tend to be more confident as adults. Personally, having never been that person who plays the ‘birds of a feather’ game, I find it desperately childish when an adult goes on about ‘my best friend...’. More than immature I also find it insensitive to the other people in your life that must now be made to feel less important than the one you’ve declared your best buddy. That’s how the playground works; there’s the popular kids and the not-so-popular kids. The more popular ones, by virtue of being, automatically become the more important ones.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying you should be having six ‘best friends’. I’m saying you need to get over the fact that a best friend exists to start with. I have several people I call friends, as I hope most of us do. I relate to each of them differently. There are categories of personal issues I can share with one friend that I can’t with another. There are friends I can borrow money from when I need to and those that I cannot ever speak to about anything finance related. There are friends I love going out on the town with and those whose enthusiasm about the social scene makes them a schlep to take with to a club, for instance. There are friends I discuss current affairs with and those who don’t even know what the hell it is I am talking about when I refer to Nkandla. None of the people I know fit in all of these categories, yet they all have a special place in my life. In my mind, if you are going to designate this one person as the ultimate then they must fit into all these categories to make them such a perfect being that others can’t measure up to. I’ve learnt to appreciate my various friends for their individuality and not for their ability to fit into my little BFF box. I can’t imagine calling one of them more important just because they lend me cash when I need it, for instance. It’s either you are a friend or acquaintance. There’s no in-betweens and most certainly no hierarchy.

- This column was originally published in the Sunday Independent newspaper on the 28th of April 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


It was with delight that I read the news yesterday that my friend and fellow blogger Mahlatsi James has been picked by sportswear brand PUMA to become one of their South African ambassadors. MJ joins the likes of BLK JKS and DJ Kenzhero but this makes him the only blogger to be a public face of the brand. Congratulations, MJ and you too PUMA for making a good choice!


Ever since I cut my dreadlocks about three or so years ago I haven't been able to decide what to do with my hair. It's been fun wearing my hair short for a while but I've always felt like something needs to be done on this head of mine. I'm not yet sure if I'll be keeping this blond look and/or experimenting more with it, but I think I like how it looks. So, it stays. At least for today. They do say blonds have more fun!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


This pic was shot for and I've just nicked it from their website. Here I am wearing a shirt and gilet from Woolworths, print pants from Topshop, brogues from Mr Trickett @ Mr Price and a sling I bought at 'It's A House' in Cape Town. If you didn't notice; I am also wearing yellow nail varnish. That's also from Topshop. Lol.


Cape Town based retailer Traffic Live held its winter 2013 fashion show last night at Shimmy Beach Club. As one would expect from a retailer, the collection is quite trendy and bound to be a hit with those of us who are into current trends. From the highly popular camo trend to berry tones, metallics, hints of baroque, embellishments, what is often referred to as nudes (for a black person like myself it is senseless to call it nude) and, of course, the trend that refuses to die- the peplum! I thought it was a well styled show, perfectly presented to hit all the right notes with the ordinary consumer. What I did find odd were the models walking down the ramp holding on to their Blackberry phones. I understand that the smart phone maker was a sponsor, but jislaaik, that is like 'in-your-face'! Found it a little bit too much, but hey, I guess it does not take away from the clothes. Traffic Live will be launching its e-commerce business later this year, so do watch out for that if you live outside of Cape Town. Will keep you posted! Although I did not put up any menswear looks on this post, do note that Traffic Live does offer menswear! Shops are located on Long Street, Canal Walk as well as Cavendish. According to the press release; a new V&A branch will be opening soon.

Photos: SDR


The much anticipated 'Great Gatsby' starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan hits the big screen next month and while I've been waiting- ever since I heard it was in the making- to experience the world of 20s glitz and glamour, for the past couple of days I've been more excited about the soundtrack. I love Lana Del Rey and I am looking forward to hearing Beyonce's version of Amy Winehouse's Back to Black. Hope she doesn't stuff it up because it really is one of my favourite Amy songs. Her hubby Jay Z helms the star-studded project as executive producer. Lana's single is the lead and it dropped online some 24 hours ago.
I've gone and found it so you and I can give it our first proper listen:


I was busy just browsing the net this morning and somehow landed on the Prada website. I am not sure how I landed on this one particular video, but it's a charming ad (as most Prada ads go) showcasing Prada's Poeme sunglasses. If you follow my tweets (@Sandiso_N) and this blog you probably know that Prada shades are a favourite of mine. I have three pairs in my collection so far and I can't wait to find out from my friends at Sunglass Hut if and when they will be bringing the Poeme sunglasses to the South African shores. I think the collection is quite new because there isn't much about it on the web and I recently spotted someone rocking them on Bryan Boy's blog. So, let's cross fingers and hope they will come down south very soon. I needs me a pair!

Thursday, April 18, 2013


I have to say; I'm a big fan of good food. I just don't have the patience to make the good food though. And by 'good food' I mean healthy food. Another thing I am a fan of is beautiful people. Lol. I know what you're thinking; how shallow, right? Well, at least I'm admitting to it. With this combination in mind; when I saw via Into The Gloss that male model Cesar Casier (isn't he just gorgeous?) has put out a cookbook I just had to read the post and I have to say, the salmon, avo and poached egg salad (pictured below) looks delish. There's also the detox juices (also pictured below), which is an absolute must for someone like myself. I do a lot of socialising and with that comes a lot of sipping, which often leads to problematic skin- breakouts and all. How handy it would be to have those juicing recipes! I reckon I should make this my first ever cookbook purchase!


Wednesday, April 17, 2013


If I had no clue how magazines work I would say 'clever timing'. With Rihanna's October tour of South Africa having been announced a little over a week ago this ELLE cover came just in time. A real stroke of luck for ELLE as the Rihanna Navy anticipates the arrival of the Commander-in-Chief! I, for one, cannot wait to read about my current favourite female star. Digging in as we speak! And that Louis Vuitton SS13 crop top she's wearing? Winning!

Monday, April 15, 2013


I've never heard of Hana Mae Lee, but according to IMDb she's an actress, model, comedian, artist and fashion designer. I was scrolling through some looks from last night's MTV Movie Awards when I came across this picture of her in a dress that I thought looks great on her sans that thing on her head, of course! The cigarette butt on her head takes Miss Lee's ensemble from possibly good to beyond bizzare. I don't know what statement she was trying to make but what I see is an actress who done smoked an otherwise good look. Cigarette butts stink! Even I as a smoker can't handle the smell of cigarette butts and I must say there's nothing fascinating about her fascinator.

Photo: via Getty 


adidas Originals and their collaborators BAPE and Undisputed take the current print trends a step higher with these awesome kicks in the adidas Consortium Spring/Summer 2013 collection. The kicks all feature hints of camo, probably the hottest of current fashion trends. The print is popping up everywhere, so why not on one's kicks too? No idea when these babies are dropping or even if they will drop in South Africa, but dang! Haute!


Pharrell Williams does some major shining in this teaser for Daft Punk's upcoming album. Williams and Saturday Night Live's Nile Rodgers feature in this song titled 'Get Lucky'. I love the modern take on 70s-type styling  and it blends in very well with the music. Here's the 1-minute teaser promoting Daft Punk's Random Access Memories:



Ah! What a great start to the new week; the sight of an impeccably styled Solange Knowles. Things could have easily gone awry for the singer with those (I-so-want) cloud print Michael Kors pants, but Solange is not one to shy away from a fashion risk and it is almost always a triumph for her! How gorgeous is this combination of a loud print and neutral pieces? And those sandals? Honey boo rocks something major!

Thursday, April 11, 2013


I don't think of myself as having a solid sense of style. I think for most people in their mid-20s and younger, we are still figuring out what works for us and what doesn't. One's style is constantly evolving. This is why I don't mind taking risks. At times I just like being plainly dressed and not feeling like I'm at all dressed up. It really depends on how I feel. But I also like to be creative about how I dress and I think this is something that's very important to learn how to do for anyone with a limited closet. I'm documenting my personal style evolution on my new tumblr blog titled 'I wear blouse, they call me Sandiblouse'. Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I love taking pictures. Lol. 

The picture above is one of the few that are at this point up on the blog. It was taken by fellow Malibongwe Tyilo at an event I attended last night.

Click here to link to the tumblr.


I mean, who isn't excited about Rihanna bringing her Diamonds World Tour to South Africa this October? I can hear the Bey-stans trippin', but guess what, they will also be queuing up for those tickets (just as much as I think the Navy would do the same if Bey dropped by). There's just no argument; Rihanna is currently the hottest thing and she's got a flippin' hot album out. Pour it the f*** up! Love this girl and I cannot wait for October! I hate Golden Circle, so I hope someone will be nice enough to invite me to be in a suite *winks and hides*
Tickets for the Johannesburg leg of the concert are now on sale at Computicket

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Vintage is one of those trends that the kids have taken to so much I doubt we are about to see it fade any time soon. But while others choose to look like they've just leapt out of a terrible music video from the late 80s or early 90s, some like Kabelo Kungwane are very particular about their take on vintage. The Johannesburg-based journalism student and stylist has been popping up everywhere in the city's social scene along with his friends and they are all, more often than not, dressed impeccably in tailored suits. I remember snapping them at STR CRD last year and since then I've seen them appearing in a variety of street style blogs and Kabelo, specifically, was last year shot by international blogging superstar Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist blog. Kabelo tells us a little more about that and his style:

SN: What do you do?
KK: I'm a student studying journalism,stylist and I design ties that I'm making with my friends 

SN: Do you have a fashion philosophy? What is it?
KK: I believe in understanding what works for you and keeping it simple.

SN: Who are some of your favourite designers and why?
KK: Thom Browne because he is a genius and an amazing artist. I also love United Arrows they doing a great job collaborating with Nick Wooster.

SN: What do you think of South African street style? Any blogs you are into?
KK: I think South African street has a long way to go in terms of being creative and original and being able to be put besides the likes of leading fashion countries like Italy and France. We are on the right track and we just need to understand what works for us as Africans to establish an identity for our style as South Africans. Blogs I'm into: and of course

SN: You were one of the very few people Scott Schuman shot when he was in the country during Africa Fashion Week. What did he say to you and what was going through your mind as he took pictures of you?
KK: Scott gave me a lot of encouragement. He saw that I'm passionate about what I'm doing (and) told me one day I'll go to Pitti Uomo and meet some of my style icons and also learn from them. 

SN: Where do you shop?
KK: Charity auctions and asking for clothes from my Granddad.

SN: You and your friends often pop up at social gatherings looking dapper and it's quite a sight to look at. What inspires the way you guys dress?
KK: We are inspired firstly by Africa; simple life struggles and passion for our people. We are also inspired by artists- from musicians to painters to photographers and 'Art Comes First'. We love their movement. It is so inspiring. 

SN: Thoughts on South African menswear?
KK: Personally, I believe that South African fashion doesn't really focus on menswear a lot -judging from fashion weeks- and I find it discouraging but I'd love to change that in the future :) 

All images, unless otherwise stated, are courtesy of Kabelo Kungwane


Whoa! I have to say Marc Jacobs is quite convincing in this clip where his character in the movie 'Disconnect' asks a 15 year-old kid if he jerks off and whether he'd like to get paid for it too. Creepy, right?! The American designer makes his acting debut as a porn baron in this new film and if the trailer is anything to go by, this is one film I absolutely cannot give a miss. It also stars Jason Bateman and Alex Skarsgard. You know them from Hancock and Battleship, respectively.

Monday, April 8, 2013


It's popular in Europe and America, but not so much in South Africa...

For decades, the catwalk has been where the world looks to for fashion trends but with the rise of photo blogging a few years ago the streets of the world’s biggest cities have become an integral part of telling the fashion story. The men and women behind the lenses are the storytellers. They are known as street style bloggers. Their subject: no longer just skinny models and big name designers; it’s the ordinary man on the street whether they are dressed in Chanel or cheap finds from city bargain bins.
You may be familiar with names like Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist blog, his girlfriend and sometimes business partner Garance Dore and Tommy Ton of Locally names like Michelle Oberholzer, Malibongwe Tyilo and Trevor Stuurman come to mind as does Ed Suter who last year released a book titled ‘Sharp Sharp’, chronicling his street style adventures through the streets of the country’s biggest cities.
In the Western world- specifically the world’s fashion capital like New York, London, Milan and Paris- where the street style photography culture has become a phenomenon, magazine editors who were previously unknown to the rest of the world have become cyber celebrities often posing to have their pictures taken before they enter the fashion week show venues. This has given rise to a trend known as peacocking, where individuals dress up specifically to get shot by popular street style bloggers. But while some revel in it some are increasingly expressing fatigue. It has become what New York Times fashion editor Suzy Menkes refers to as ‘The Fashion Circus’.
‘It’s empowering in a funny way. But it’s empowering in the same way that reality TV is empowering. It makes monsters; it doesn’t make Gods,’ fashion critic Tim Blanks says of street style blogging. Blanks is the main commentator in a documentary recently shot by Garage Magazine and titled ‘Take My Picture’. It provides rare insight into what happens outside fashion week venues in the world’s fashion capitals. Fashion editors can be seen, at times, posing but more often than not taking cues from the photographers who are screaming ‘Walk this way. Stand right there!’ among other things as they aim for the perfect shot. Others can be seen walking as fast as they can trying to get away from the glare of hundreds of photographers, but how can you when there’s so many of them surrounding you from all angles?
‘Watching the hysteria of all these people,’ Blanks laments, ‘I just (think) someone is gonna get run over, someone will be trampled.’
He adds that there was a time when he found the street style blogging kind of appealing; ‘I thought it was charming. I thought for so many different kinds of people to be so enthusiastic about fashion is good for the industry. This season I thought “oh, enough!”’
In South Africa, despite the fact that almost everyone you meet at fashion week calls themselves a blogger, street style photography is not as much of a phenomenon. Events will come and go but when one googles for street style from the blogs few results come up. Yes, the cameras are there clicking away but one is always left wondering where these pictures are being published. Even when certain blogs do publish pictures one is left thinking; ‘Is this it?’
One editor who will remain anonymous for the purposes of this article once said to me browsing through these blogs often feels like browsing through a retail catalogue. When the famed Sartorialist Scott Schuman payed a visit to the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa last year the excitement over his attendance soon turned to disappointment when the fashion set realised that he wasn’t exactly filling up his blog with posts from the front rows of the African fashion spectacle. When Women’s Wear Daily told him that local fashion lovers were complaining about his apparent lack of interest in them he replied; “I’ve only met a few people here that I’ve maybe wanted to take pictures of. Johannesburg reminds me of a lot of cities, like Moscow, Buenos Aires and in Poland, places that had some kind of political or economic difficulty, or they were a communist country for a long time...A lot of the women here are very beautiful, very perfect in every way, but it lacks a certain amount of charm."
These words set twitter timelines abuzz and left many feeling insulted. How dare he say that when we break our backs trying to put our best feet forward? But could there be some truth to what he was saying? Do South Africans just lack charm when it comes to style? Is this why good blogs that are documenting South African street style are hard to come by?
Local bloggers disagree.
“South Africans definitely do not lack style,” says Michelle Oberholzer when I pose these questions to her. Oberholzer is based in Cape Town and her blog is seen by many as one of the few real street style blogs in the country. There aren’t many, like her, who literally stand for hours on the streets scouting for that special something in ordinary people walking the city streets. “The word charm is but one way to describe style. There is also simple, classic, contrasting, understated, eccentric and many others,” she adds.
“Every city has something unique to offer. I think that in general it is also easier to perceive 'style' when someone is wearing lots of layers and accessories like people do in the northern hemisphere. In a country like ours, where it is hot nine months of the year, layered and accessorised dressing is not always possible. Like everything else in a developing country our sense of fashion and style is developing and growing along with everything else and I find that very exciting.”
“I'm not sure what he was looking for. In my view there is more than enough charm at Fashion Week,” says Malibongwe Tyilo, “ I know for a fact there's a lot of charming and edgy street style that comes out of fashion week and I think a lot of it represents the place we're at as a creative community; there's a lot of friction, a lot of contradictions, one just needs to keep an open mind. I also think sometimes when Euro or American foreigners visit our country they have preconceived notions of what they'll find in ‘Africa’, so they struggle to see us for what we are.”
Although Malibongwe is often categorised alongside the likes of Oberholzer as a street style blogger he doesn’t see himself as being one. “My blog focuses much more on events,” he says. “Yes I do focus on the clothes people are wearing at the events but I wouldn't call it street style as what they are wearing is defined by the event they are attending. Plus I also focus on capturing the vibe of the event.”
As to why he doesn’t conform to the street style categorisation, Tyilo explains; “Actual street style is a bit hard to find. To be fair, we're a fairly conservative nation, so whilst you might find the occasional ‘out there’ kind of person, the streets are generally a lot more about blending in than standing out. I wish there were more people pushing the boundaries.”
He adds that he looks for individuals who take risks. “I like a bit of danger. Something that could have gone completely wrong but got saved by the wearer’s sense of style. Although sometimes I'm just after a beautiful outfit that looks fresh, or worn is worn in a fresh way.”
Elle Magazine’s street style reporter Trevor Stuurman says he also looks out for the risk takers. “Fashion is art and art is entertainment.,” he says. “I always look out for individuals with outfits that have powerful elements of design. For example beautiful balance and clashing contrasts of textures. When an outfit is well put together it all has to tell a narrative and that is what I look out for - beautiful fashion stories on the street.”
On finding these stories, Stuurman admits that it often proves difficult. “It is challenging. South African street style culture is still very young (and) not everyone is open to being stopped for a quick stylish snap.”
He also cites South Africa’s lack of a functional public transportation system as a probable contributor to the difficulties of finding stylish people on the streets everyday. “A large number of stylish people do not walk or use public transport therefore making it tough to spot people on a day to day basis.”
Perhaps this is where Tyilo’s portraits of people at art exhibitions, Friday night jamborees in bars and nightclubs and other social gatherings comes in. Style exists in all kinds of places and it certainly isn’t exclusive to the confines of the fashion industry. Street style and social style photography blogs (if one can call it that) prove this. To borrow from Stuurman; a style democracy is what it’s about.

- This article was originally published in the Sunday Independent on April 7, 2013

Saturday, April 6, 2013


It reportedly costs almost a million rand ($91, 500) and the folk over at Hermes obviously think someone is willing to pay that much for a t-shirt. It's made of genuine crocodile skin after all, not that fake isshhhh so-called croc-skin stuff we're used to. reports that the shirt costs double the average US household income. I don't even want to estimate the South African comparison. If I do I'm bound to get depressed. Then again, Hermes is not for Joe the Plumber now, is it? PETA is already calling the t-shirt 'cheap looking and ridiculous'. I can already imagine some rapper telling niggers just how his t-shirt costs as much as a house!

Monday, April 1, 2013


Took us a while to put together this edit. Between life, work and play, it's just been delayed over and over but we're finally ready. A few weeks ago Malibongwe and I attended Cosmopolitan Magazine's Hottest Bartender 2013 party held at Cape Town's Shimmy Beach Club. Although I wasn't wearing any make-up we decided I was more than okay to go before a camera and speak to some bloggers as well as fashion and social scene commentators about the party. The result is this webisode of Skattie TV. We're not professionals at video editing but Mali really did his best at polishing this vid. Besides, you are not allowed to complain... it's free!