8 August 2014

Wear a Crop Knit Three Ways


I've been talking about my most recent personal thrifting trip on my facebook quite a bit lately. I only bought myself two items on said trip -- a pink v neck knit that will look great with jeans and a-line skirts and this (champange?) crop. I've been enjoying the fat crop top on international girls for months now and when I came across this baby I had to have it.

LOOK ONE: Stripes and Stones(?)

 Top - Thrifted // Dress - Jet // Shoes - (old) Mr Price
When I take my own pictures with a timer I forget my face 9/10 times, so I decided to crop my dead face out of these pictures. Sorry not sorry. Now, about this look...I've pretty much been living in this dress since I bought it. I'm wearing it every other weekend and hoping that it makes it to the some in one piece. I shot these the Saturday of the Soweto Derby and as I type this, I'm wearing it under my hoodie.  This is an awesome look for those warm but (not quite) days. Are stripes not the best thing ever? I want all of the striped things. I recently watched Poetic Justice for the first time and I want the top Regina King's character wears, fir and all -- and maybe her hair as well.

LOOK TWO: Floral + Leather
Top - Thrifted // Dress - Pep // Shoes - Mr Price // (p)Leather cap - Street Vendor

When I bought this dress from Pep in 2012 it was already not my size BUT being the pushy fattie that I be, I had to have it. I hadn't worn it since summer 2012 and things being what they are it's gotten even smaller in the breast area, I'll be turning it into a skirt. I want all the floral culottes from ASOS and this is where this look comes from. It's for that spring or summer day spent on roof tops looking at the city. I would certainly enjoy this a lot with light floral shorts or culottes. Review of these boots: the band could have been more generous.

LOOK THREE: Mqhewu Maven on the Move

 Top - Thrifted // Skirt - (on sale!!!) at Boutique in the CBD // Shoes - Adidas Originals // Crown - Mr Price

Imiqhewu + creeper face.
Finally, some skin! This Skirt has been sitting in a plastic since April because where am I going to wear it to, bruh? I love it all the same though because double slit and pleats!Of all the three looks this is my absolute favourite. It shows some belly and is way cute and flirty. Those are two things I'm generally not but could try every now and then.

That's three ways to style a knit crop top (not really though because I didn't give any ideas, lol) all done.

- Nomali


6 August 2014

How I Write: A Blog Tour

This post is an interesting and possibly redundant one. Full disclosure: I think more about writing than anything else. I spend more time thinking about writing than actually writing. This is all because writing is so important to me it scares me. The lovely Haley Rankins who writes one of my favourite corners of the web, here, tagged me on the blog tour challenge -- read her response to the prompt here.

1. What are you working on?

I have a slew of writing haunting me because I'm a procrastinator, because I get scared and leave things unfinished, because I feel things. I started an essay in May -- the fifth anniversary of my mother's death was coming up -- but have left it alone since because I felt less than. There's also the short story that morphed itself into a novella, I leave it for weeks then write the smallest details until I can taste them. I'm working on various blog posts, including a blogging resource. I was working on an interview, which just wasn't coming together so I left it alone. I haven't written in my journal in months because I always gravitated to it when the tears wouldn't stop -- I didn't like that.

2. How does your work differ from others of its genre?

I'm a black feminist in Africa. I'm a black woman. I'm a dead mother's child. Is this even relevant? Probably not. I hope that my fiction work but especially my essays speak to this. I certainly do not blog as much as many lifestyle bloggers do -- I'm a loner too, which makes the life part of my blogging a bit bare. I put myself in my blogging (and writing) as much as possible. My writing (on the internet) differs from that of other life bloggers because nobody reads it. Yes.

3. Why do you write what you do?

I got on the internet because I needed to document my life -- when I wasn't being lazy -- possibly to feel less alone. I write a life blog because it feels a little like confessional poetry. Jk. Dunno, what else could I write about? What else do I know more that what's been (not) happening in my life?

In terms of my other writing, which isn't blog geared I write to share my perspective on usually universal things. I hope to "describe things for a living" as Joshua Bennett put it. Or live to describe things. 

4. How does your writing process work?

Haha. I get a decent idea, write a sentence and run away. I feel guilty somewhere alog the line and write a bit more in my kakberry's memo pad. I run some more.

5. Tag three writers to answer these questions.

If you read this and would like to do it then please do and tell me about it so I can check your process out. I tag Anja (sorry, I know this may end up being about your day job, don't let it because I'm not paying you! lol), Heather and Khensani.

Thank you for tagging me, Haley, and thank you for reading

- Nomali