Bad boys bad boys

Good day to you my sports loving socialites,
If like me, you grew up loving all things sport and a complete Tom boy then you will surely appreciate where I was this past weekend. A few weeks ago, when a friend of mine proffered a spare ticket to the rugby tens event at the infamous Suncorp stadium in Brisbane I jumped at the chance to go along.


This event saw teams from Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and my motherland South Africa battling it out to be crowned the winners of the tournament. As the weekend was approaching, my friend who had invited me, said did I know it was fancy dress and did I have anything to wear? My heart dropped into my stomach as with only a few days to go I had not had time to visit a fancy dress shop or store to purchase said outfit. I then told my friend that it was ok, I would just refrain from dressing up.  When Saturday arrived and I headed to my friends hotel for a few drinks before we left to go to the stadium as she lead me to her room she said oh I picked you up a hat and an accessory. She is so thoughtful and I was so happy to be able to get into the theme of our outfits. Can you guess what we went as? Who would have said police as that is what we were 😀


When we got to Caxton street where the famous stadium is situated, the streets were awash with every style of costume from bumble bees to nerds to Hawaiian shirts and leprechauns. It was so amazing to see see everyone getting into the spirit. 


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It just so happened that the weekend of the rugby, Brisbane was experiencing a heatwave with temperatures reaching the late 30’s on Sunday so I really felt for the players having to run, tackle and score tries in that heat. Where we were seated, luckily we were in the shade but it was still cooler standing at the top of the stadium where the industrial sized fans were blowing and the drinks refrigerators were located.

When my friend and I (she really going to town with her police uniform complete with cuff links, hat and lace up boots) and I were walking around the stadium, it was so nice to be approached by people saying how cool we looked and if they could their photographs taken with us. Although I was just dressed in cut off denim shorts, a vest top and converse, my police hat and baton along with my Ray Ban aviators really brought it all together and the off duty cop attitude was a winner. 

After the game, we headed back onto Caxton street and ended our night at the Caxton which played old school music and with the drinks flowing finished the night off perfectly. It felt so surreal dancing amongst all of the different characters and it really was so much fun mixing with so many different nationalities and backgrounds of people. It made me feel like less of a foreigner for a day for sure. 


Isn’t it amazing how sport really can bring every walk of life together in one place and the fact that I got to show a touch of my fashion influence for the day too made it even more special. Where do I sign up for next year already?? 😀

Until next time, take care

Keya x

Dashing Dublin

Good morning my Irish idiosyncrasies, 

This past weekend I was in Dublin celebrating my friends 30th birthday with nine of my girlfriends. It was my first time visiting this part of Ireland so for this weeks post I thought I would delve into the parts of this city which made it so magical for me. 

 
We were so relieved to find that although a tad chilly, we had blue skies and sunshine for the entire weekend. The view from the love lock bridge over the river Liffey was wonderful and it was sweet to read all the personal messages on the locks. 

  
One of the highlights of our trip was our visit to the Guiness Brewery. We were fascinated learning the technique used to make the perfect pint and at the end of the tour I finally managed to try my first sip. (Much to my amazement I actually quite liked it by the end of the pint glass. Haha) I thought I would coordinate my outfit for the day with the tipple of choice wearing my black and white polka dot shirt, dark denim and leather converse below. 

  
On our numerous walking tours around the city we saw some beautiful traditional Irish pubs. I loved learning of their histories and was amazed at how old some of them were. I can only begin to imagine what Dublin must have been like back in those days. In the pub below we warmed ourselves by drinking Irish coffee and we chatted to the bar maid about where to go for a good night on the town. 

  
Another peculiar thing we noticed was a lot of the shops and pubs were decorated to the max with Halloween trinkets and ghouls. (I wholeheartedly admit some of which gave me the creeps especially the clowns and chuckie figures.) We were flummoxed as to why the festivities were in full swing already even though Halloween isn’t until the end of October. I guess if they are fans of fancy dress and decorations though,  why not make it last the whole month. I definitely got some inspirations for my own Halloween costume.  

  
On Saturday night we were told the best place to venture to for a night out was Grafton street. We went to a few different bars and then ended up in a club called D Two which was a lot of fun. I decided to go for a chic LBD for our night out which I paired with my super high Jimmy Choos and my Chanel clutch. 

  
Looking back at all of our wonderful photos, it makes me smile to think of the memories we made in Dublin. The people made us feel immediately at home. I loved seeing the street styles in the shopping district also, it’s amazing how it differs from London. Incredible what an hours flight can do fashion wise hey! 

Thank you Dublin for  your “céad míle fáilte”

Until next week

Take care, Keya X

Festival Fever

Good evening my music mavericks, 

As those close to me know, I am a huge music fan. My ITunes collection displays an eclectic variety of so many different genres from deep house, to rap, to R&B. Music has the power to transport me to my happy place whatever I am doing and can really push me to my limits when I’m out running or on my bike. 

I am lucky enough to have already been to some amazing concerts and festivals this year with more planned in the next few months. A few week ago I attended Wireless festival with Drake headlining. The weather was blissfully bright and  warm so I decided on the below outfit. My shorts are customised Levi’s with a sequin detail on the back pocket by myself, belt by Ted Baker, my striped Breton top is from a local shop, my sunglasses are Ray ban and my shoes are diamanté adorned Converse lovingly made by one of my best friends. 

 
In 2010 I went to see Calvin Harris at the O2. As it was New Year we decided to dress up for the occasion, I wore the below outfit. The dress is a vintage designer one and my shoes were from Nine West.  

 Whilst I was working overseas in South Africa where I have family luckily, my cousins and I went to see Swedish House Mafia. The day was perfect and whilst sat in a dusty field I wore the below. My sunglasses are by Rayban, my vest by Mango and shorts are from French connection.

    I also went to the Holi one festival whilst there, which was an unforgettable experience. Every hour on the hour thousands of people would throw coloured powder into the air whilst dancing to deep house music. As the colours were so vibrant everyone wore white clothing which ended up looking simply spectacular. This was me after a few rounds of the powder throwing with the beautiful Table Mountain as our backdrop😊
  

Every year I attend SW4 festival in Clapham Common which is always so much fun and has me dancing all day and night to the killer anthems. Whether it is raining (where my fail safe clothing will be Hunter wellies and my Mac) or stunningly sunny (where I usually wear my trusty sunglasses and funky shorts) it is my favourite London festival and I cannot wait to attend it this year again in August. 

  

My main advice for musical events is just always have fun and do not take yourself too seriously – music can bring up so many different emotions in every individual but for me as long as I am surrounded by my amazing friends and I feel cool and collected in my outfit of choice then I know I will have an awesome day. Just look at the smiles on these lovely faces from the Ed Sheeran concert this past weekend – you cannot fake that elation 😀  

Until next week, take care 

Keya x

The Man Edition

Good afternoon to all my fabulously groomed gents,

This post I have decided to dedicate to all things male. Although I do not usually spend much time in the men’s department of my favourite stores, I thought I would reveal what styles I love to see a man wearing and hopefully provide some fresh ideas to kick start your spring/ summer wardrobe.

Much like in my own wardrobe, one of the hardest working items in a man’s closet is a white T shirt or shirt. It can be dressed up with a tailored blazer, Churches brogues and dark jeans or dressed down with chino shorts from Pull and Bear and Haviana flip flops. It looks even better when paired with that summer tan from your exotic  vacation 😀 

I have always loved the preppy style on the men’s catwalks of Tommy Hilfiger or Ralph Lauren. I really adore a smartly dressed man. If that is your style you should never have to dress down just because of the area you are spending your Friday night. Yes, Brick Lane is full of hipsters wearing drain pipe black jeans with vintage Ellesse or Converse T shirts but if you feel confident in a slim fit shirt and blazer then wear it. Your individuality will be noticed I can assure you.

 

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As the weather starts hotting up, it can be a challenge to dress appropriately for work but also keeping the warm weather at bay (no one likes a damp collar or perspiration stained shirt I know.) It is really worthwhile to start investing in some fine knit or soft cotton polo shirts from Penguin or Gant now. They are still smart enough for the office but keep you cool on that dreaded tube commute home also. 

When it comes to shoe choice, in this trans seasonal period where it is too warm for your trusty Chelsea boots but not warm enough to throw on a pair of flip flops, I love seeing a man in slip on leather loafers in a decadent tan hue or a chocolate brown lace up pair sans socks. It always reminds me of the laid back Italian gentleman holidaying on the Amalfi Coast, Gucci sunglasses jauntily perched on their tanned face whilst they gaze longingly out at the sunset; casual but effortlessly chic. 

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Talking of vacation let’s discuss swim wear. Even if you plan to play football/ volleyball/ bat and ball on the beach this still does not make it ok to don shorts you usually wear in the gym or on the pitch (Don’t even get me started on the cropped jogging bottom style; one word – abysmal) On the beach with the sun drenching your skin, you can afford to go for the pastel or bright colour block styles at Ralph Lauren, Armani or Gant. The shorter length is perfect for optimising that all over colour and makes your legs look endless too. Peter Crouch eat your heart out 😀

The main rule of thumb in my view is to dress to display your best physical features. A well fitted jacket really accentuates broad shoulders and a narrow waist and dark skinny denim can complement the awesome gains you made on leg day this week.

Fashion is all about breaking the rules and most of all having fun. A happy, comfortable, self assured man is the most attractive atrribute to us ladies anyway 😀

Until next week, take care 

Keya x