December 3, 2018 Roshan

Not sure if we were highly confused or just messed up.  In the 80s, I wore floral pants and stripe jerseys – no one complained – no one called the fashion police – fortunately NO ONE TOOK ANY PHOTOS.  I think most of the fashion fauxpas happened in the 80s.  From hair to makeup to wardrobe. In the 80s Madonna wore big bows, brightly dyed hair, and lace downtown, while Paloma Picasso wore retro sunglasses and sumptuous elegance uptown.  The eighties was an over-the-top period when, stylistically, anything seemed to go. When you think of the 80s you probably remember:…

October 29, 2018 Roshan

Desert Cove Fashion from Dubai, UAE, is all about the hottest trends being hijabi-fied to suite the wants and needs of all women who wish to dress modestly, yet fashionably.   Designer Mosika Zeid took a few minutes to speak with me about the birth of Desert Cove. Inspiration When I began my journey as a Hijabi, I slowly lost my sense of style, which was due to the lack of trendy modest fashion wear.  Not only was it hard to still embrace my fashionable side but also harder to find the quality and coverage that I needed without the…

October 23, 2018 Roshan 3Comment

Ever feel like you’re in a slum and can’t seem to get out of it.  Procrastinating rather than focusing on what requires urgent attention.  Well…. Let me tell you… you probably just lost your mojo. Mojo is that thing that keeps you hyped up, gets you interested in what you’re doing and expands your ability to produce great work.  Defined in the dictionary as : good luck, charm or skill that seems to come from something magical or supernatural. Whether on the sports field, at work, or at home, whatever requires your full attention, requires your mojo to be activated. It’s…

October 15, 2018 Roshan

On Tuesday 16 October 2018, the Africa chapter of the global Council of Modest Fashion (COMF) will debut at Africa Halal Week. In partnership with Wesgro, COMF intends to be at the forefront of conversations around the current and growing landscape of modest fashion in South Africa, Africa and the world. On the heels of the successful Halal International Trade Business Meeting, Africa Halal Week is an initiative by Wesgro to foster business linkages, conversations and opportunities within the halal industry of Cape Town and the Western Cape, South Africa, and the rest of Africa. As an integral part of…

May 14, 2018 Roshan

We are too critical of ourselves when we look in the mirror. Why do we look in the mirror?  To see if we are pulled together properely? To see if the image before us is what we want to present to the world? What if we don’t like what we see?  How can we change how we see ourselves? Allow me to introduce you to the 3C’s; colour, confidence, comfort. The 3C’s that affect the way we see and feel about ourselves and the way in which we see and feel about the world around us.   CONFIDENCE Confidence is…

April 13, 2018 Roshan

Individual style can be described as;  relating to, characteristic of, or meant for a single person or thing. separate or distinct, esp. from others of its kind; particular. characterized by unusual and striking qualities; distinctive. Individual style is pretty much the same as a designers style signature.  For example if I see the colour, structure, and use of materials as per the cape I’m wearing in the below photograph, I will know immediately that it is a Thabo Makheta design.  Try identifying designers whose style signature is easy to identify. Here are a few to test. What is the style…

April 5, 2018 Roshan

Pick up the brushes and paint your life. Add as many colours to enhance every facet of your being. We can choose to live the mundane, routine, and expected life or experience the reality of our dreams, uncovering much about ourselves and our place in the world. May we never stop dreaming. I cannot be boxed I cannot succumb to a stereotype or an expectation that someone else has of me. My freedom to think, to be, to experience life through me has to be a valid need. I cannot feel trapped, thinking my fate lies in someone else’s hands….

March 5, 2018 Roshan

It doesn’t matter your style:  sporty, elegant, chic, classy.  Making an effort to dress up, can affect your mood 100% . Think about it:  Do you dress up according to your mood, or to change your mood?  A suit can make you feel powerful – ready to take on the boardroom. A good gym outfit can can make you feel like you’ve already accomplished your workout. A great statement piece of jewelery can make you feel extravagant. YOU DON’T NEED TO SHOP EXPENSIVE TO LOOK GOOD Name brands only make you think you look expensive, because of the price tag.  A name…

May 17, 2017 Roshan

Hello Dreamers The title of this post is all about waiting for permission.  When you are ready to sore and yearning to fly – then why wait for someone to tell you , “You are ready”? We must learn to believe in our abilities and push ourselves to the extreme. If we fear moving forward then the fear will be a reality in everything we wish to do.  If we believe we have the ability regardless of the outcome we will push forward determined to fulfill that which we most desire ~ no matter how many brick walls we encounter. Determination…

April 20, 2017 Roshan

“Spirituality does not come from religion, it comes from the soul” Anthony Douglas Williams In this post, I wanted to express a culturally inspired look. Still stylish in this Cherry Top Abaya and matching ruched legging. I’m inlove with the detail and colours of this abaya. They have it in a pink shade as well . Not too bright but wonderfully blended with soft pastel hues and aztec print this abaya from CherryTop Clothing is the perfect look to go low key on colour yet suitably stylish. CHIC TURBAN STYLING – Ring through Turban Intertwined with a scarf ring (actually a finger ring) through…

March 16, 2017 Roshan

As we mature we seek a more refined approach and quality in our sense of dress and demeanour.  For many the pursuit of elegance comes in their late 30’s, early 40’s; when our career path is set and we are climbing the corporate ladder. The need to dress and behave in a more dignified manner is among many things; a sign of emotional maturity, demand for respect, personal style preference, acknowledging the grace that comes with being a lady or gentleman…. Audrey Hepburn said, “There are two stages of becoming elegant, starting first with the workings of inner elegance, because true…

March 6, 2017 Roshan

Because I dream of sitting on a throne, I acknowledge that my throne is in my home alongside my King (husband) and as a mother to my Prince and Princess.  So I’ve titled this look “Urban Royalty”, for we are all Queens or Kings and worthy of being treated like one – No diamante or gold crested crown required. You would have noticed that this royal gold and black was my instapage theme over the last few days. As much as I love my local designers, I do splurge occasionally on international designer brands that appeal to my sense of dress and modest…