This year’s collection was inspired by the very essence of the Poetry woman – eclectic and timeless.
“She takes heed of trends but draws on her own well of life experiences and creativity to curate an effortless look that conveys her signature style in a contemporary way throughout her home. She weaves her own narrative and does so with a keen appreciation of the finer things in life.”
At the recent launch which took place at Botanical Bar in Longmarket Street CBD, we got the opportunity to express our creativity by hand painting coffee mugs while indulging in deliciously prepared dishes inspired by traditional South African dishes and botanicals.
What a stylish affair for such a stylish brand! Thank you Pressroom PRfor inviting me.
See more photos of the event below:
The Poetry Homeware autumn/winter range for 2019 will be available in stores and online from April.
Old Khaki WOWed me at their recent #OldKhakiAW19 launch channeling retro-sport and modern heritage.
The event took place place at Colourlab in Woodstock where media and influencers gathered together to enjoy Old Khaki’s new Autumn/ Winter collection first hand.
You can expect a fresh new take on urban-adapted wardrobe staples that can take you from inner-city vibes to exploring the Stellenbosch Winelands looking 100 percent Instagram-ready.
The AW19 ladieswear range mixes urban casual with contemporary interpretations of iconic 70s and 80s silhouettes. The season begins with a bold palette of cream, rust and emerald on the heritage front; moving onto navy, grey and ochre with a touch of red in the sporting arena.
Animal print knitwear
Furry jackets in bomber silhouettes
Branded sweat tops
Windowpane check jumpsuits
Colour-blocking roll necks
Shall we talk denim?
Alongside the core range of Old Khaki skinny and straight-leg styles, a new collection of silhouettes is ready to take centre stage. The standouts being a pinstripe mom jean and a skinny-fit black dungaree. Denim has gone slightly cleaner for winter, with elevated fabrications adding some lustre to the occasion.
Scarve it up
As always, the Old Khaki man and woman will have everything they need to round off their looks with daring detail.
Ladies’ scarves have been expanded into a beautiful selection of warm-handle versions in plains, checks and colour-blocking, as well as smaller (90 x 90cm) printed poly squares in everything from floral prints and dots, to plains, checks and stripes – ideal as neckerchiefs or for accessorising handbags or hair.
Beanies are still a wintertime staple for both men and women, with peaks not far behind. The Old Khaki woman can look forward to a beautiful collection of beanies with plenty of pretty pompoms.
Black leather bags are back…
As for bags, there’s plenty to be excited about. On the ladies’ side, the collection builds on key silhouettes in new colours with touches of sizzle coming through in the round shape, whip-stitched details, as well as the introduction of fabrications such as corduroy and suede in navy, yellow and rust, in the smalls offering. Oh and did we mention the leather belt bag is back? I’m in love with the Lillie Leather Belt Bag, R699 (below).
The new Old Khaki autumn/winter range will be available in stores and online in April. See more photos from the launch event below.
Falke invited media and influencers to be the first to preview their AW ‘19 collection.
The event was held at The Stack on Tuesday morning. Guests had the opportunity to have a sneak peak of the latest mens and ladies fashion collections, followed by a quick run through of the products by the Falke team. Guests were treated to delicious canapes and drinks while interacting with the product through fun activations where they had a chance to win product. All guests were spoiled with an exclusive goodie bag containing some of the AW `19 collection.
The autumn/winter 2019 Falke range illustrates the wonderful symbiosis between the individual themes and shows their harmonious connection – divided into four trend directions:
I don’t understand why friends still feel the need to compete with friends. Why do you have to be better, richer and skinnier? This is not the Olympics and you will definitely not be handed a golden medal if that’s your goal.
This year taught me more about friendship – are you the ‘friend’ or are you the ‘ship’ that sails away when things get tough? Do you check in with your girl when she’s going through a tough time even though it looks like she’s got everything together? Newsflash – she doesn’t.
So, it’s not a FBI secret that I got really sick this year and ended up in hospital in September. I got booked off for another three months and still have to take a little handful of medication to get better which I don’t like, because weight gain and stuff…
BUT I’ve realised over the last few months that it really doesn’t matter what you weigh or what you wear… health always come first and although I don’t feel 100% comfortable in my body just yet, I’ve never been healthier. Some days are still tough and I’m not embarrassed to admit that, but let’s be real… no one likes to share their struggles on Instagram so in general people think I’m living my best life right now. Debatable.
Anyways, while being at my weakest I’ve learned to open up more towards my closest friends and the response was the opposite I thought I would receive.
Support, support, support! I thought that they would see me as ‘failure’ in their eyes, but it was literally the opposite. Never have I received so many messages from friends, ex-colleagues and strangers on social media saying that they are proud of me for being just a ‘real person’ speaking about ‘very real issues’.
Why shouldn’t it be okay to not be okay? I feel that there’s a huge lack of mental health support on social media and that we NEED more influencers/ real people speaking up about it.
Unfortunately one or two people I really care(d) about didn’t really care to check in with me, but that’s okay too, because the only ship I will be sailing in 2019 is a 5-star yacht and it will be by invite only.
PS. I did a impromptu shoot with one of my best friends, Listelle, recently at one of my favourite local hangout spots in Sea Point -Strolla. Thank you Listellie for just being you, just having a way to always make me laugh and leaving my heart a little warmer.
Emerald green is one of the most elegant colours to wear, but it doesn’t mean you can’t add an edgy twist to make your outfit POP!
What I love most about this colour is the fact that anyone can pull it off as it suits every skin tone.
Accessorise with rose gold jewelry or be fashion forward and add colour blocking pieces or prints like snakeskin to look like the next big Instagram influencer.
If you are aiming for a more classic look, wear a crisp white collar shirt paired with emerald green high-waisted pants – a popular choice to stand out in the workplace.
Hollywood A-listers like Emma Stone, Lupita N’yonga and Blake Lively have all been spotted rocking this luxury shade on the red carpet and local retailers are introducing more emerald green garments in their window displays for winter season.
Everyone knows that I’m that girl with the bangs chasing my magazine goals with a skinny cappuccino in the one hand and my pink phone in the other, but did you know that I am actually a big chess nerd who hates yoga? BOOM!
Here’s 20 things you didn’t know about me:
If I wasn’t in the magazine industry, I would have been a concert pianist playing classical masterpieces in Austria, Berlin and Paris.
I’m more obsessed with Bach than Bieber. My favourite piano piece to play to date is Bach’s Prelude & Fugue No.2 in C minor.
I was the primary school chess champion in Grade 1 – yes, I even beat the grade sevens and I’m owning that.
I haven’t worn a bikini to the beach since 2009. #workingonthat
People think my kindness is my weakness, but it’s absolutely my biggest strength.
My grandmother’s full names are Anna Elizabeth and that’s where Annette came from meaning ‘graceful.’
I ‘published’ my first story when I was five years old. It was about a sheep and a fly having a fight, but still… I even illustrated the cover and asked my mom to make photocopies at school.
I have never not had a fringe – it’s my identity. Anna Wintour has her straight-cut bob. Annette de Wet’s got the bangs!
The first time I saw my ‘now-husband’ in my life was in the doctor’s waiting room. I saw this guy wearing a blue tie and super polished shoes, looked at my mom who was with me at the time and said: “That’s the guy I’m going to marry!”
I have never smoked a cigarette in my life.
I’m obsessed with Jack Parow and I totally turn into a gangster poppie when listening to him.
I’ve ran two half marathons. And I didn’t die.
In University, I compared every guy I dated to Chuck Bass. I once dated a guy only because he looked and talked like Mister Bass. #donotjudge
I type 80 words per minute and have the certificate to prove it. #NERD
My brows are naturally black, but my hair is light brown. People think I have ombre highlights and tint my brows regularly, but that’s just the way I was born. I’m old school, – when I wake up I already have eyebrows on.
I hate yoga. I don’t do the slay nor namaslay thing. The only downward dog you’ll find me in is on the couch with coffee – milk, two sweeteners.
One of my goals are to start an anti-bullying platform. I was bullied in grade 8 by my so called “BFF” and ended up with no friends. She would leave “You are fat” sticky notes against my cupboards, turned all my friends against me and spread the worst rumours you can image…. It got to a point where I lost all my self confidence and it literally took me 3-4 years before I was my crazy confident self again. I lost out on soooooooooooo much fun in high school, because of one person.
I am not an avocado person.
I haven’t coloured or put any chemical products like a brazilian in my hair for 3 and a half years. #VirginHairDoCare
Lately I have been working hard on chasing my goals – just a pity you don’t burn calories while at it….
Oh well, I managed to tick all of them off and I am beyond ready for the next exciting chapter on this roller coaster ride even though I won’t be able to spill all the beans just yet.
For a few months I wanted to give up… give up on the career I have chosen when I was only five years old and just move to a small town with a stress-free job working from 9-5 making someone else rich. Overall I just wanted to give up on life for so many personal reasons (yes, boss babes have off days too!)
The turning point was when I caught myself sitting on the pavement in Strand Street (Cape Town CBD) two weeks ago with no ambition left, no fight inside me and 100% not in the mood for living.
I remember phoning my mom and telling her I’m done. With fashion. With friends. With life.
I don’t know how she did it, but after an one hour or three of mommy talk she managed (from 1000 km away) to get my bum on the bus and making some important healthy appointments I won’t bore you with. It came as no surprise that I was suffering from some medical issues which resulted in me not having the usual go-getter attitude or energy to run a 10km looking like I woke up like this.
WHAT’S YOUR POINT, ANNE? (you might ask)
No matter what you are going through in life, it only takes the first step to get better. Just make the call, send that email, do that gym class, make a medical appointment, join a support group, opt for the fruit salad instead of the cheesecake – only one step to a happier and healthier you!
Since I’ve made a few changes, life’s been good – gosh, I even dropped 2 kilograms!
Whatever you’re going through in life right now, you are not alone and please don’t ever be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Don’t suffer in silence. That’s just not okay.
If you want to talk to someone, drop me an email any hour of the day.