Author: Tokelo Motsepe

Thebe Magugu | #geology

I first saw Thebe Magugu’s work on the runway of AFI’s Fastrack show about two years ago, his work stood out for me then (read here) and I must say his debut collection didn’t disappoint. Thebe showed at the most recent SS17 SAFW in Joburg with a collection he described as being “inspired by the idea of escaping into the wild. I was just fed up with all the pressures of day to day urban life and imagined a woman having to take to the great outdoors and surviving.” The lookbook for the collection came out this week, titled Geology, with a notable feature on the Vogue Italia website. I love how everything was brought together in these images, the colours, styling and different shades of afro’s worn by the models. What really got me was the memories it brought about, from way back when I was that carefree young woman enjoying the games shown in the various images. How fun and simple life was then. Waking up to spend hours in the sun playing games like …

Noetzie Beach

I’m typing this post from the warm and comfortable confines of my bed, with the rain coming down outside. We’re still living in drought conditions here in Cape Town, so trust me when I say I’m more than happy for whatever rain we get [two minute showers in winter are the worst], but I really am starting to miss those hot summer days. I know its really only been a month since my last visit to the beach, but it feels like much longer than that and I fear I may already be suffering from withdrawal symptoms. Noetzie: originally known as Noetziekamma, a Khoisan phrase for ‘dark water’ Noetzie, a place I first heard of through one of my favourite bloggers Aimee Song, when she shared her visit to the a bit about her visit there on her blog here and here. When I looked up the name online, I read hidden beach and old castles and I had to go. Just east of Knysna, it took some patience getting there. It’s off the beaten [tarred] …

WAIF | Technicolor Melodrama

A jewellery label with an affinity for utter simplicity. The brand is inspired by nature and I just love the organic, asymmetric approach the designer takes with each piece. I discovered the label not so long ago, when I bumped into its lookbook for its classic collection [shown above] and was wowed when I popped back on the site this week to find the gorgeous new lookbook for the Technicolor Melodrama collection, which launched just last week. I loved the use of raw stones and pop of colour in this collection, while still staying true to the signature simplicity in design and the brushed brass look. Some of my favourites include the cute Sleeping Faces earrings, Mookaite earrings, Caracole earrings, Jade envelope earrings and the dramatic Japanese Lichen earrings. See more here. WAIF is the creative outlet of ad-girl-cum-entrepreneur Gisèle Human – a one woman company that runs on weekends and after hours out of the garage of a house in Woodstock, Cape Town. Photographer: Travys Owen | Art direction: Gavin Collin Jones | H&MU: Tina Hoffman | Model: Kayla Crous.

Wilderness | #roadtrip

This post is long overdue, I know. You know how it is, you go away for what feels like a blink and you come back to madness. Anyway, I’m back and as they say, better late than never, right? So I had my bags packed & loaded to set out bright and early for the four and a half hour drive from Cape Town to Wilderness. Didn’t leave quite as early as I wanted, but the drive was still pleasant with a playlist of my current faves in tow, how could it not be. Roadtrip | #tokelotakestotheroad Shot with my @samsungmobile #lifethroughshadedeyes #teetheexplorer A post shared by Tokelo Motsepe 🇿🇦 (@throughshadedeyes) on Jun 4, 2017 at 4:12am PDT Arrived at the Moontide Guesthouse to find the place to be even prettier than the images I had seen online when making the booking (FYI they have great winter specials on now, which you must take advantage of if you are planning a visit to the area soon). My room was high up in the trees, with …

Fresh Face | #clinique

For the last while I’ve been experiencing some irritation when using a couple of my eyeliners, I don’t know why the sudden sensitivety, but it won’t go away and so I’ve been looking to replace some of the eye products I use. I like to keep things clean and simple, whether in what I wear or my make-up, though those close to me will tell you have have a bit of a flare for the dramatics; so when it was suggested I try out Cliniques new High Impact Black Kajal eyeliner & Lash Power Flutter to Full Mascara together, I thought ‘why now?’ especially them highlighting how they are appropriate for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. The combo is great, the eyeliner goes on easily and smoothly, making nice super dark lines in just one swipe. It’s soft  and I’m sure it would be easy to smudge, for a smokey-eye for a night out on the town; but what was best for me, is how the products delivered on their promise and caused no irritation …