Oh yeah! Forever 21 finally opens in Canal Walk in Cape Town

11 Sep

Last night, after months and months of anticipation, I finally got to shop up a storm at the media launch Forever 21, the US fashion mega-chain that’s finally opening this Saturday in Canal Walk.

Forever21 launch Canal Walk Cape Town

Hashtag happy place! (FYI, clicking on my piccies will make them larger.)

Judging by all the questions that were fired at me via twitter and Instagram last night, there are things you girls want to know, so let’s jump right in with the big three.

So, just what exactly is in store?

Lots and lots of lekker ladies clothing, accessories, undies, swimwear, gymwear and shoes. Forever 21 do have a line for men, but it’s not available in SA. Neither is their plus size collection.

You should also know that the store is massive. Like huuuuge. Setting foot inside is like stepping into a Twilight Zone o’ Awesome in that you’ll easily lose an hour of your life before stumbling out with a mountain of yellow bags, muttering things like ‘Maybe I should’ve taken the silver one too…’ and ‘Who cares if I can’t buy groceries this week. These pretty li’l handsakkies are forever…’

That necklace was around R150, the mini Chanel-style sakkies are R249 and that anchor bracelet was just R15!

That necklace was around R150, the mini Chanel-style sakkies are R249 and that anchor bracelet was just R15!

The question on everybody’s lips – what are the prices like?

I was very flattered to be asked to get a pre-launch preview of a selection of clothes before the launch to create an outfit to show off on my blog. Sadly, this invite came at a time when I was almost paralysed by work so I wasn’t able to take the PRs up on it. Still, I envy-stalked the other girls who had and got super nervy when I looked at the prices some had listed on their blogs. R600 for a pair of shorts? R250 for a hat?

For those who don’t know, Forever21 is the Mr Price of America. If you shop their US store online as I’ve done in the past, you’ll know you can snap up a necklace for a dollar and a pair of jeans for seven. Their stuff is cheap as chips. So, like I said, when I saw those initial price points, I was super disappointed.

However, once I got in store, I quickly realised that yes, they do have a few things that I feel cost more than they’re worth but, for the most part, its bargains freakin’ galore, baby! We’re talking jeans for R150… cute li’l bracelets for R15 (!) and flirty summer dresses for R170. Quality-wise, I’d describe the brand as being superior to Mr P and mostly on par with Cotton On.

I think the kaftan/kimono thing-y was around R350,

I think the kaftan/kimono thing-y was around R350, not sure about the jumpsuit, the vest was about R170 and the shirt was R270.

In short, I now could never visit Canal Walk without making the store my number one stop and I don’t see myself ever leaving without making a purchase or three. I must’ve spent a good twenty minutes in just the accessory section alone! Also, as their stuff is pretty current (i.e. not last season’s stock), when it comes to the more expensive items, you could always compare the price of what’s here with what’s in their online store and snap up whatever costs less via the latter.

When does it open in Jozi?

Honestly, I really don’t know and it seems like neither does anyone else. At present, there aren’t any plans for a store to open anywhere else in South Africa but, if the Cape Town store turns out to be a pot of gold (and I’m sure it will), I’m quite sure they’d open up elsewhere. But ja, for now, us Slaapstadders have another reason besides our mountain for mense to want to come visit.

All these shoes were in the R400 - R500 zone.

All these shoes were in the R400 – R500 zone. The brushes and make-up bags where both just under R50 each.

So, if you want to check out the store yourself, know that it officially opens to the public this Saturday and they’ll be giving away gifts to the first 300 shoppers so get there early ‘cos I expect it’ll be a total mal huis. Alternatively, give it a week for the hype to die down a little (remember the crazy queues when Burger King opened in town?) but then still make a point of going early. Much like everyone’s favourite 24-hour Woolies Engen on Orange street, this is one of those stores that’s always going to pump.

Love, love

Leigh

One Green Elephant jeans, exclusive to Edgars – something you’re going to want in your closet

10 Sep

So I went on yet another Edgars shopping spree – I know, I know… it’s become a bit of a thingI’ll be doing two more posts for them after this one and, in the last one, I’ll be giving away a R1000 Edgars fashion voucher. Nice, ne?

Anyway, this time round I had bit more of a budget to play with which meant I could snap up a pair of One Green Elephant jeans, a brand I’ve been eyeing out for a while now. They’re kind of like Japan’s answer to Diesel in that their shizz is edgy, sexy and fits like a glove. Case in point, the pair of ‘Imizu’ slim fit jeans (R1 599,95) I picked out below.

One Green Elephant

How much do we love the green stitching and cute li’l fortune cookie-style tag tucked into the pocket? Each pair offers a different pearl of wisdom.

Reasons why I love them? For one, they feel super-duper almost crazy soft, almost like brushed cotton. They also have an awesome ‘stretch’ – perfect for fat days – but still sit nice and ‘toit’ and don’t end up getting baggy in the crotch come day nommer three. I also like that they’re a lighter colour but not so pale that they’re not flattering to anyone who’s yet to fully shed their winter chub (i.e. me). Lighter colour jeans are a must for spring/summer as they look great with pastels and brights.

So, how did I style ‘em up? Like this – with a pineapple tee and a pair of black and gold flats.

I had to whip my sunnies off after test shot nommer een. You have no idea how naff it looks, wearing shades while wearing a top featuring a fruit that's also wearing them. Also, for the record, this top's a bit more lumo pink than it appears in these shots - the flash was a bit intense.

I had to whip my sunnies off after test shot nommer een. You have no idea how naff it looks, wearing shades while wearing a top featuring a fruit that’s also wearing them. Also, for the record, this top’s a bit more lumo pink than it appears in these shots – the flash was a bit intense.

Still, while this outfit’s all very cool by the pool, let’s not forget that September weather in Cape Town’s a tad psychotic. But that’s an easy fix if you can layer up with a super cute, lightweight cotton checked Free2BU shirt (R299,95) and swap out your sandals for a kifftastical pair o’ tekkies.

Love it

Ta da! Your South Easter dramz are sorted.

I can’t tell you how much I love this shirt, peeps. I’ve been wearing it with just about everything lately and, if I had decent legs, I’d have totally used it to do the whole ‘oh here’s me rocking out in my white vest, checked shirt and sinfully teensy shredded cut offs’ vibe. But ja, let’s take a closer look:

Gangsta!

Tres gansta for someone who may or may not work at Ocean Basket.

Now let’s move on to the bit where I show you the super cute Free2BU mini heart vest (R99,95) I found.

Sweetness!

Ag cute, man! All I need now is an oversize gold tote and I’m a-for-away.

Or, if the weather starts being douchey again, a good pair of wedges and a lekker Kelso denim jacket (R399,95).

An easy little switch up, ne?

For the record, that colour on my fingertips is Essie’s Fashion Playground from their new spring collection. I’ll be posting about that later, but it’s pretty much a new obsession. And yes, I know my top needs to be pulled down a bit in the bottom left piccie. Don’t be such a critic, okay?!

Again, I love that this jacket’s made from stretchy denim. This makes it easy to roll up the sleeve

s which are actually full length. If I had to give you one tip in regards to wearing it it’s this – don’t team it with similar colour jeans. Like ever. If you do, you’re going to run the risk of looking like you’re wearing a weird-ass denim ‘suit’. Remember Britney and Justin at the AMA’s in 2001? Ja. You don’t want to go there. This is why I swapped out my OGE jeans for black ones.

So, to wrap things up, a big dankie once more to Edgars without whom I wouldn’t have One Green Elephant in my closet. Also, a giant hug and a kiss to my pro photographer bestie Leah. A super talented meisie, she’s worked for the likes of Cosmo and Playboy (her speciality is nekked chicas) and shot two of my sister’s weddings*.

Love you long time, pooh face x x x

Love you long time, pooh face x x x

Love, love

Leigh

*My sister had three of them, all with the same dude. (Yep, that’s just how she rolls.) A fab thing for me ‘cos now my folks are all weddinged out and won’t care as much when I die all alone.

Reviews: L’Oreal Color Riche Chameleon Mono shadows, Olay’s Regenerist 3 Point Super cleansing system and Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear lip lacquers

9 Sep

L’Oreal sent me a few of their new metallics-inspired goodies from their L’Or Lumiere collection. This includes the Volume Million Lashes mascara I wrote about earlier this week, a super pretty powder I’ll chat about later on and these boys down below – Colour Riche ‘Chameleon’ Mono eye shadows (R99,95 each, Clicks and Foschini).

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Swatches from left to right are 602, 601 and 600. The big close up is of 602 as it suffered the least from pre-photography finger dipping and I’m wearing 600 on my brow bone.

L’Oreal’s always done a stellar highlightery, shimmery kind of shade. To date I still mourn the discontinuation of their Holographic/Chrome/Platinum sheer shimmer shadow in Golden Rose, the perfect gold-pink brow bone highlighter. The reason for all those forward slashes, by the way, is that they released it under a zillion different names that varied from country to country. And I know this because, years after L’Oreal pulled the plug, I used to track it down on eBay and stock pile it. If I’m Gollum, it was totally one my preciouses.

Anyhoo, the closest thing to Golden Rose in this lot is the pinkier shade of the bunch (600) which has found a new home in my make-up bag. Lovely stuff.

Moving on, let’s chat about Olay’s Regenerist 3 Point Super cleansing system (R334,99).

Olay

It’s sold in a box that contains a battery operated facial cleansing brush and Regenerist Skin Perfecting cleanser. 

The first thing I thought when I looked at this baby was ‘Ooooh, it’s like Olay’s answer to the Clarisonic!’ To be clear though, the two really are very different – the Clarisonic emits a zillion trillion sonic pulses and doesn’t actually ‘spin’, whereas this is exactly what Olay’s cleansing brush does to rid your face of dirt, make-up and grime. According to the brand, their brush rids your skin of 4 x as much dirt as another facial cleansing product (although they didn’t specify which one) to ensure your skincare products penetrate deeper into your skin.

So, does it work? Yep, it does. It has two speed settings but I only use the faster one as I’m a hard guns kinda girl. The bristles are super duper soft so they merely create a lather with your face wash, be it Olay’s or otherwise, but it feels good and does the job nicely. While Olay reckon you should avoid the eye area, I’ve been going there anyway (what can I say, I have a live on the edges ethos when it comes to beauty) and have been running it over my tightly closed eyelids without any hassles – the bristles are seriously that soft.

In all, if you’re looking for an interesting new way to cleanse (and very, very gently) exfoliate your face, this is it. I’m not sure if it provides a deeper or better cleanse than a cloth or sponge or even your finger tips when using a good facial wash, but using it sure feels fancy and lots of fun. Also, being water-resistant, you can totally use it in the shower.

Last but not least, Smashbox have launched Be Legendary Long-Wear lip lacquers (R250). Each liquid lippie is non-sticky and lightweight yet grips lips nicely for a highly pigmented colour pop that lasts.

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Knock Out on the left and Beet It on the right.

I like the curved doe-foot applicator – it makes slicking it on a breeze – and that the vitamin E-enriched colours have a nice, hydrating texture that don’t dry out your lips. While Smashbox says each lippie has a ‘staining effect’, it’s not really all that noticeable, so don’t snap one up looking for a lip stain. But if its a highly pigmented lip gloss that you’re after, chances are you’ll be impressed.

Love, love

Leigh

DKNY will soon be launching My NY and – surprise – it doesn’t smell like apples!

8 Sep

We all know Donna Karan is crazy in love with New York and her big applelicious DKNY line is a regte testament but now she’s gone and surprised me by teaming up with singer/actress Rita Ora, a girl who’s a little more edgy than her usual faces, and created a scent that – wait for it – doesn’t smell like apples!

Pretty ad, ne?

Pretty ad, ne?

A fresh patchouli-musk-type scent, DKNY My NY (R560 for a 50ml EDP) opens up with raspberry, pink pepper and galbanum (a green, ‘sappy’-smelling resin) top notes. It soon reveals a heart of jasmine, freesia and orris resting on a base of patchouli, vanilla, musk and ambergris. (FYI, ambergris is a waxy substance formed in the intestines of whales that, according to google, has a musky-waxy-honey-like smell. Sjoe!)

I'll be updating this with my own bottle shot as soon as the sun comes out. The lighting in my apartment is terrible when the weather's gloomy.

I’ll be updating this with my own bottle shot as soon as the sun comes out. The lighting in my apartment is terrible when the weather’s gloomy.

Anyway, when I sniff My NY I only pick up on the raspberry, something fresh and green, patchouli, musk and jasmine. To me, it smells feminine and girly, but refreshing and light – not overly sweet in the least. In fact, you could happily douse yourself with it and still not offend anyone. Something about it makes me think of a much lighter, less sweet version of Issey Miyake Pleats Please, another berry-patchouli juice, or possibly a ‘spritzer’-version of Chanel Chance.

In short, this is a very pretty, super feminine, easy-to-wear scent that’s perfectly suited to a hot summer’s day and, much like Donna’s bestselling Be Delicious line, I’m quite sure this is going to be a real crowd pleaser. Keep an eye out for it in stores like Edgars and Red Square as of 22 September. 

Love, love

Leigh

Review: Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate

5 Sep

So let’s talk about the latest addition to the Kiehl’s line up – Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate (R625, selected Edgars stores).

Kiehl's

Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate

It promises to ‘give new life to dull, tired skin’ using liquid-to-serum technology that hydrates the deeper layers of your skin while plumping it up to smooth out the appearance of fine lines. The star ingredients are mega-moisturising plant-based glycerin (15%) and Shiso leaf extract. I don’t know too much about the latter but apparently it can help reduce the look of pigmentation.When I first looked at the ingredients list, I kind of wrote this off as, despite all the glycerin, it’s also got quite a lot of silicone in it which my face doesn’t appreciate – it always seems to break me out within days. However, I’ve used this for about a week or so and far so good. I like that it it’s got a creme-gel texture that feels a bit like ‘watery silicone’, if that makes sense. So it glides across your skin, but absorbs in a flash and there’s nothing left hanging around on the surface of your skin.

So, who’s going to want this? Anyone looking for a nice hydrator, either to boost what they’re already using or, if you’re an oily-combo girl like me, sommer as is. If you’re concerned about aging, however, I wouldn’t rely on it as a sole time fighter or brightener – you’re still going to have to layer up with something that includes retinol and good a SPF. But if you’re after a li’l aquaboost via a feather light formula, this is worth looking into.

If your budget doesn’t extend to Kiehl’s but you want something similar – consider The Body Shop’s Vitamin E moisture serum (R149). It’s also a lovely lightweight glycerine-silicone mix that also includes antioxidant vitamin E.

Love, love

Leigh

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