Author / Onkgopotse Maitse

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Love

Yes!!!! the site is finally up! if you didn’t know, I have started a women’s clothing brand that will be making beautiful proudly produced african garments. This will be the 1st of a four part series I will be blogging apart with regards to the first range of Angalia clothing. I will call this one LOVE. Why you ask? well let me break it down…….it started here. The corny line of having so much passion and yes LOVE for fashion. I was raised by a teacher and a seamstress from the Vaal, a small town south from Johannesburg. Just like most kids I spent most of my time with mom, I loved going fabric shopping with her and felt happiest and most comfortable in a fabric and craft store. I ended up choosing a far more “well paying” “safe” and more “estemeed” career choice, well that’s in the eyes of main stream society. I ended being an accountant. I wont bore you into the details of how miserable corporate SA made me feel but rather let’s get back to the love of my life.
We all know love can make you do some crazy and dumb shit at times, others would even say my; embarking on this journey is crazy. What if it doesn’t work out? they say……..and more often then not I reply back saying, but what if it does???? can you imagine that?
I spent a big chunk of 2015 actually getting to know myself and just trying to be a better version of myself. I made a choice to do more of the things that make me happy. One of the first things I did was to buy a sewing machine. Then the blog followed and now ANGALIA. However the real love story here, was making a decision to surround myself with people (when I say people I actually mean one person in particular) that bring the best in me. There are a lot of people who have contributed and are still contributing to this Journey, but there’s one particular person who made me look at the world and myself in a different way. I dedicate this moment to him. LOVE, where it all began. A big shout out and a gigantic Thank you to Zethu Mashika.
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We took these shots on holiday in Stone town, Zanzibar a couple of weeks ago. I will have three more blog posts showcasing the range, So do stay tuned.
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You guys might have seen this skirt as I wore last year to Ayanda Thabethe’s Legit launch. You will find these two items online Angalia Apparel
Happy shopping!!!
Photography: Zethu Mashika (IG/twitter: @meyouantheview)

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White Shirt and Mom Jeans

 

White shirts and mom jeans. I wore this combo location scouting the other day. Test shots came out really cool,  So I thought I would share this look with you guys. I have been struggling to get the right fit of mom jeans, ones that are loose enough on the hips and just tight enough on the waist. I am not completely satisfied with these ones, but they will do for now.

 

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Shirt: Mr. Price
Jeans & belt: Legit
Heels: The fix
Photography: Zethu Mashika (IG/twitter: @meyouandtheview)

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Keeping up!!!

 

Hey Guys!!. I wanted to make a recap of my favourites trends of 2016 and some that are on my wish list.

Bare shoulders

I love love love! From tops to cute dresses, off the shoulder items are great for this season. I have even made a couple of these for myself and I shared it with you guys. Perfect spring/summer item to have in your closet. It’s got the right amount of sexy and cute all rolled into one.

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The Denim Mini/Midi skirt

Denim has been major this year, did a whole three look blog post about this. From shirts, dresses and skirts. Go crazy on the denim.

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Florals

Floral embroidery on shirts, jeans, dresses, jackets and absolutely just about everything is what’s popping for spring/summer. If you’re like me and always gravitate to your “comfort zone” of wearing black take a look at these florals prints and embroidery dresses. Gorgeous!!

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Cool Stripes

 There’s a million ways to wear Stripes. Currently trending is the nautical stripes as well as monochrome stripes. I do however think that this trend has  been around for a minute now. You can rock this look with dresses, twin sets, shirts as well as t-shirts.

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Bomber Jackets

A variety of bomber jackets have hit the scene strong. We started off with the flight/army jackets then moved to the light floral bomber jackets and the embroidered silk Japanese bomber jackets. The  Japanese bomber is my favourite.

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Pom   Poms          

Pom Poms make something as simple as a white top feel like resort wear, and they can deftly brighten up an LBD that takes itself too seriously. Like most fun things in life, though, there’s a dark side to pom-poms: They’re a bit ….. shall we say ….. easy to overdo.  Done subtly, they win.

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Mules

Sometimes there’s a shoe so easy and cool, it earns a following even bigger than the statement heels or printed pumps we saw on the runway. This season, it’s the mule, and they’re practically everywhere.

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Chokers

My favourite!!! This 90’s throwback accessory can be paired with any look, from swimwear right to your formal look.

 

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Espadrilles

The quintessential summer shoe, perfect with an airy summer dress or cut-off shorts.

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And last but not least,  African prints

 Kitenge / Ankara fabric styled pieces has hit the world by storm. This is one trend I hope stays for a very long time. Gone are the outdated dress patterns our mothers used to wear to kitchen parties but in with the modern and chic styles that are being made from Ankara fabric ,from shorts to capes, trench coats, crop tops, blazers and pencil skirts. We are going absolutely crazy over African prints.

 

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SA Fashion Week

 

Every Fashion lover’s dream is to be front row and centre of Fashion week. I attended three shows, being Rubicon, Floyd Avenue and Palse. I had fun on both nights. A little over rated if your expectations are too high, which I think mine were. However it’s a great time to engage and network with people who have the same interests as you do, More importantly to also experience the showcase of SA designers and see the direction and future of the industry. Considering that I will be launching my label soon, I was inspired. This was a  night well spent. Check the snaps below.

 

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Photography: Zethu Mashika (twitter/ig: @meyouandtheview)

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Monochrome love

 

Some days I am full of questions about my existence and what I have contributed and still yet to contribute to this world. Most days I am in awe of God’s work that consistently keeps showing up in my friends and family. Its days like those that keep me inspired to live a life bigger than myself. To constantly imagine dreams bigger than myself. A space of gratitude is a great space to be in!
Initially I was not going to use these snaps for the blog, but they turned out so well that I wanted to share. Plus I am yet to style these flatforms the way I would like, so look out for another blog post featuring these babies. I love love them!!! They are so comfy. I think I have been living in them since I got them.
Anyhow guys! have a great Friday. 🙂
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Top: Refinery
Skirt: MRP
Belt: Cotton On
Flatforms: China Market
Photography: Zethu Mashika (twitter/ig: @meyouandtheview)

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Blossom

 

Yay!!!!!!! I am so happy for spring. I love this season so so much. It gives me so much hope. Around this time I feel like I can conquer the world. Just the symbol of old leaves falling away and new fresh flowers blossoming, gives me so much inspiration. I am just generally happy around this time. Minus the allergies that come with this season, I really love warm days. So…. as we have seen the craze lately,  off the shoulder tops/ dresses are trending for spring ’16. I love love these tops so much so that I have made myself a couples of these, including the one I am wearing in this post. It took me about 40 minutes to make this top. It was super easy and I like just how dramatic it is. Perfect item for spring/summer season. This is how I styled this top 🙂

 

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Top: Me  (Angalia – launching soon)
Jeans: H&M
Shoes: China market
Shades: Cotton On
Bag:H&M

Photography: Zethu Mashika (twitter/ig:@meyouandtheview)

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Date Night

 

Found this perfect little dress at H&M the other day, I love this colour. Just perfect for the upcoming Spring season. It’s also a perfect date night dress. You can even pair this dress with some nude/black pumps for your night out. In hindsight this dress was not my ideal length, a little racy for me (personally) . In future I will probably style this dress with some pants. Anyhow……This is how I looked like 🙂

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Dress: H&m
Boots: Cotton ON
Jacket : H&M
Photography: Zethu Mashika (twitter/IG: @meyouandtheview)

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Mad about Denim

 

Hi Guys!!!! The talk of the town. Denim on denim trend. This is my basic denim edition. I basically went through my closet and picked some of my current favourite denim items. For the denim shirt and jeans look , I picked denim colours that are closest to each other. I was lucky enough to get the same wash of blues. I am a little weary of light washes on me. However I reckon you can play around with this look, switch it up and go for some white,tan, really dark blues and my favorite; black denim! Denim overdose season is in full swing. Go and get your basics. Thanks for stopping by! xo

 

Look 1:

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Dress: Mr. Price ( a very long time ago)
Sneakers: Superga

Look 2

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Dress: Cotton On

Look 3

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Shirt: H&M
Jeans: H&M
Sneakers: Superga
Photography: Zethu Mashika (twitter/IG: @meyouandtheview)

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And so it begins… A N G A L I A

 

Everyday has felt like women’s day to me lately. Woman’s day commemorates the strong woman who took matters into their own hands and marched to the union buildings to petition against the country’s pass laws, an incredible feat which we today celebrate only on one day. I say it has felt like woman day everyday to me because I have been so inspired, so much so that I have been actively pursuing my dreams. There is nothing more powerful than fearlessly chasing your dreams. I have been so busy working on an dream which I will see come to life in the next couple of weeks, a clothing range for women which will feature beautiful quality garments that will be offered exclusively to my clientele. I have a hand in crafting every single piece and making sure that every item is an investment piece. ANGALIA. Envision. A Swahili term that expresses my vision of beauty. More about this to come.

Today, I am wearing a caftan that I made. I love clothes like most girls, however I love the beauty of self expression more. What I decide to drape my body with should always be beautiful art. This Brand is my life… Hence The Life I Wear.

Look out for Angalia, We will be launching soon. Cheers!! xoxo

 

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This Brand is my life… Hence The Life I Wear.

 

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Kaftan – Angalia
Boots – Cotton ON
Choker – Ntozinhle
Photography – Zethu Mashika (twitter/IG: @meyouandtheview)

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Thigh-High Loving

Yes!!!!! Thigh-High boots. I got these babies at Cotton On about a week ago. I was ecstatic!!! I had been searching for these boots for quite some time. In my head I have styled these boots with so many looks. It makes my heart so happy :). So brace yourself these will be making a come back pretty soon. The perfect transitional wardrobe item, as these will seamlessly take you from this chilly season and right into those warmer days that all of us are anxiously anticipating. Depending on how conservative your workplace is, this look is an easy-going yet very strong look for work. This look can also easily transition from day to night. I would never use the word “sexy” to describe myself, but when I am in these boots my inner sexy vixen just comes charging out. I Love them!!

 
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Boots – Cotton On
Blazer – H&M
Skirt – H&M
Top – H&M
Sunglasses – Spitfire
Accessories – Mr. Price
Wrist watch – Fossil

Photography- Zethu Mashika (twitter/IG: @meyouandtheview)