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Jess van Wyk

Mama and Me

May 7, 2015
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  At the age of three, I knew what I wanted when it came to fashion. I never let anyone dress me. Unsurprisingly, my choices have not always been ones to brag about. At five, I went through a disney gangster stage and four years later, gelled back hair was all the rage. Ah, memories. Needless to say, from a young age, fashion has been something of great interest to me and my mom has always left me to my own devices.…

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Boyish Behaviour

April 28, 2015
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  Blurred lines are taking over in the fashion industry, or perhaps just taking over my closet. I don’t mean the Robin-Thicke-surrounded-by-scantily-dressed-women kind of blurred lines, I mean the blurred lines that have given rise to a celebration of androgynous dressing. A few weeks ago I bought a pair of leather-like loafers – lately, they are maintaining a permanent spot on my Instagram feed and on my feet – and since this purchase, I have received more compliments from both men and women about my…

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Take it Easy

April 7, 2015
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Comfort, noun. A state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint. In the most recent years, the fashion industry has embraced this state of ease. Currently, it’s all about feeling your look and feeling good in it. Think about it. The rise of athleticism in fashion, a growing obsession with boyfriend jeans, out with the heels and in with the flats – comfort is now key. Hence, while I still love my skinnies, my loyalty lies with #teamwide. #TightorWide   What…

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Burnt Umber

March 30, 2015
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A few days ago someone asked me what colour my trousers were, without trying to have a look-how-much-I-know attitude I immediately replied, “I think it’s a burnt umber.” Now, I only know about this colour because of studying art throughout high school and taking up a few art history courses at uni. Plus, I don’t even know if I’m correct – burnt umber just felt like the right thing to say. Wrong or right, it reminded me of my high school days. Throughout my matric year,…

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Thebe Magugu AW15

March 25, 2015
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After covering Joburg Autumn/Winter Fashion Week 2015 for AFI, I have seen some serious talent – especially during the AFIfastrack show which showcased 12 young designers. The collection by finalist and LISOF graduate, Thebe Magugu, made my heart skip a few too many beats. The cohesion was impeccable. Sunny culottes, the most luxurious kimono, knits to kill and everything else in between. I want to transform my wardrobe into a Thebe Magugu showroom, and I plan to do so soon. Thebe is one of…

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The Boyfriend/Skinny Debate

March 16, 2015

A few weeks ago I was asked a question that left me rather perplexed. In an interview with Thithi, of the blog teeteeiswithme.com, she asked which would be my first and favourite pick when it came to boyfriend or skinny jeans. A few days later, I was introduced to the G-Star RAW #tightorwide campaign. I took it as a sign that it was about time I picked a side. As much as I love the form-fitting skinny; the masculine and more relaxed…

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Winter Time Lusting

March 2, 2015
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  Feeling in a bit of a rut with my wardrobe at the moment, I’m sure I’m not alone in this, especially amidst fashion month.  And with winter on the way in South Africa, what better time to create a lust list? I’m sure Johannesburg Fashion Week, starting in a few days, will be another source of inspiration for the job of filling my closet for the winter months, but for now, here’s what I’m lusting over. Winter Wishlist: Stella…

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Harvest

February 12, 2015
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It would be a rather difficult and demanding task to find anything as beautiful as the changing colours that accompany Autumn. Driving down my road in the early mornings isn’t so bad when the street is hugged on either side with overarching fall trees. With the idea of evolving colours in mind, I am brought to one of my proudest moments – my first styling gig. At the beginning of this year I knew I wanted and needed to create more. I…

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Where to Go for Valentine’s Day – Joburg

February 4, 2015
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If you have had a peak at my blog or my Instagram account, for that matter, you would know that I am a major foodie. I would rather save my money for a good meal out than a night on the town. There is nothing wrong with a party animal; I am simply not wired that way. It will probably hit me when it’s too late to take advantage. But as of right now, food is a major passion of…

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Mustard

February 2, 2015
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  We all know clothing can be bloody expensive, and usually if it’s cheap it’s for a very good reason. So, in the face of endless financial woes, innovation is the name of the game. Dresses can mask as a skirt with an oversized shirt and a button down dress can become a lose trench coat, which is what I did with this dress in a previous post. My mom has always preached the Cost Wear Factor doctrine – while a piece…

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