Fashion by Brett Robson

Monday, April 6, 2015

Fashion Haul | Dubai + China {#BRFashionHaul}

When I travel, I always shop. I am extremely fortunate that I get to experience shopping in other countries, & be exposed to stores like H&M which I admire so much. I often make jokes that I am an "H&M whore" & that if given the opportunity, I would run off to Stockholm & be a part of the glorious Swedish retailer. They really are my favourite, & I have so much respect for them. Anyway, enough about that. If you are interested in seeing what I purchased on my most recent trip, check out the video below (or click here).

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Monday, March 30, 2015

GARNIER #besensational WINNERS

I love getting the opportunity to work with brands like Garnier on campaigns like this, that could change someone's life. Giving someone a hair makeover is not as simple as giving someone a hair makeover. You are helping someone look & feel more positively about them self.

"When you have confidence, you can have fun. 
And when you have fun, you can do amazing things"
- Joe Namath

So, congratulations to these two lovely ladies. I cannot wait to see your transformation. xx

Friday, March 27, 2015

Mad About Mules {Trend Alert}

Mules have made a comeback & are the hottest shoes right now - In My Opinion. I saw @queenofjozi (find her on Instagram) often wearing mules & I was keen to try the trend myself. I now own a few pairs of mules & they are all so different while all being the same shoe style. My favourite mule has got to be from Call It Spring. I purchased the white pair & wore it almost every day for a week straight - so I purchased the black pair too. Best decision ever!

I think what many women love about mules it is that it gives the illusion of being more comfortable than a traditional stiletto style shoe. I guess it's the fact that most of your foot is being securely nuzzled. I also like the fact that they slip on & off with ease. Confession - I can't drive in high heels. Mules are perfect for that because they are not too complicated. I also have to mention that while mules have been traditionally backless, we have seen the trend evolve with the addition straps around the back of the foot or ankle. I like this. It adds some dimension & security. So am I mad about mules? Hell yeah!

Mules can be worn with a multitude of looks. Whether you ware wearing jeans & a Tee or a fancy "night out on the town" look - you can find the perfect pair of mules for the occasion. I wanted to share with you a few pairs of mules that I think are super hot, & that you have to have!

If you haven't already started wearing this shoe style, have I convinced you to try?

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Monday, March 23, 2015

How to Pose Like a Fashion Blogger

I have seen a few posts like this over the years, & I thought why not do one of my own. I am constantly being asked for blogging tips, & basically everything blog related so I figured this topic falls right in there. After all, people love imagery. I will be very honest here, I don't always get the images I want. Often what I think I look like, & what I actually look like when posing for a picture are completely opposite ends of the spectrum. Life right? Today my hope is to share a few tips for how you should pose for your photos. I will always say that you should be yourself in pictures. But for some people, like me - I get a better result when I am actually posing not just being natural. I hope this helps you :)

Touch your hair.
I feel like your hair is a prop in pictures. One of the things I miss most about long hair, is that now I don't have much to work with. But what I do have - I make work. Whenever I am not sure of what to do with my hand, I place it on my head or push a hair behind my ear. It always works for me.

Hand on Hip.
I'm sure you are all doing this anyway, but in case you aren't - you should try it. Whether its one hand or both hands on the hip, I feel like this is always a flattering pose no matter your size or shape. Sometimes, when both your hands are at your sides, it doesn't show off your body or the look you are wearing. So, but simply placing one hand on your hip you can change it all.

Leg cross-over aka Know your strengths.
This is a funny one for me. I never really used to do this before. Or maybe not as much as before rather. I have a scar on my left shin, which I hate. I have been self-conscious about it for years now. So, in pictures I put my right leg in front of the left leg to cover it up.  It is not something I think about, it just happens in my subconscious mind - but I do know why I do it. This pose does also look great in pictures, but for me it's mainly about knowing ones strengths & weaknesses. For you it may be that taking pictures of the left side of your face is more flattering than the right. Figure out what works for you.

Look Back.
I love how these images look. Whether you are walking away from the camera & turn to look at it while in motion. Or simply looking over your shoulder back at the camera. It works. And more importantly it gives some dimension to the images. You get to show your look off at a different angle.

Look down.
Many people hate this pose. I have seen countless posts on Instagram asking "What are all fashion bloggers looking for on the floor?". It's funny. And no, I am not looking for anything. I think this works for a few reasons. I often look to the ground when I am struggling with my eyes - which is often. Jerome teases me because my eyes struggle in sunlight. So, when we are shooting & I can feel that my eyes aren't coping, I give them a break by looking away from the camera & to the ground. I like to tilt my head when I look down. You want to either be looking at the ground on your left or right side. This pose is also great for the shy person. If you aren't feeling that comfortable with the photographer this would be great for you. No eye contact! But please don't do this for an entire shoot. Try to show us your pretty face :)

I used to be very still in images. But I have learnt how to pose while in motion. And to be honest, these are some of my favourite images. Motion allows us to show the drape of clothing. To show the movement of our bodies. To add some character to a look post.

Have fun. 
I have started to have fun when shooting & not just be serious. There aren't many smiling pictures I like of myself, & I will always prefer the more serious ones, but by smiling here & there or laughing, I feel like it shows you guys a little bit of me. I laugh a lot. I love laughing really. And half of the time when I am shooting with Jerome, we are laughing about something or the other. Telling each other stories & being relaxed. Having a little fun & shaking off the negativity is always good in a creative environment. I believe creativity breeds off positivity & happiness. So why not try to portray exactly that.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Fringe Jacket + Lace Dress {OOTD}

Dress (Necessary Clothing) | Fringe Jacket (Nasty Gal) | Heels (Steve Madden)

It's been a hot minute since my last outfit post, but I wanted to share this one with you before I left for China. Tomorrow I am off to China on business. I am making a stop in Dubai for 2 days on my way to SA, & then I shall be back in time for Easter with my family. It's to funny, but 2 years ago I remember spending Easter alone in Hong Kong having lunch in Starbucks. This time of year for us clothing/fashion folk is always so busy. Last year this time I was in China, then a few weeks later in April I was in New York. This lifestyle really is something. But it does take some getting used to. And it is by no means for everyone. I must admit it suits me just fine. I get stressed, & from time to time I feel drained & exhausted - but I wouldn't change it. I love that I have purpose everyday, doing something that makes me feel happy.

I am really looking forward to this trip. I have been working so hard on my secret project which will be revealed very soon, that this working trip is almost going to be like a holiday. 

Now this look. I feel like it's so damn chic & classy. But at the same time there's that edge with the fringe leather jacket. I purchased this jacket last year, & when it finally arrived earlier this year I was so excited to wear it, but I just never did - until this. I felt like this look was perfect to introduce you all to this beauty. If I was at Paris Fashion Week, I would dress like this. No doubt in my mind. I would own this.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

WIN a hair makeover with Garnier Color Sensation #BeSensational

There is nothing like a new do to make you feel confident & ready to take on anything. Once I began to embrace my short haircut - I felt powerful in some way. The same goes for a new hair colour. A new colour can take you from drab to fab in no time! And today, in conjunction with Garnier Color Sensation, you could get the opportunity to WIN a hair makeover to take your look to the next level. What I love about this competition, is that it appeals to every woman. You could be a working mom with no time to herself. Or a student with no funds to pay for the new look you've been craving. Or you could simply be in need of the look to go with your vibrant personality. Whoever you are, I think you should enter this competition. And here's why.

While I haven't dyed my hair in a while, I have used Garnier Color Sensation on my hair on numerous occasions. For those who aren't aware, I don't like my natural colour much & always prefer a slightly darker brown to black look. I could go on & on about the Garnier Color Sensation hair dye for days really. But the main reason why I used it was because it was bang for my buck.  At R59.99 you are really getting a great product. Even with dark hair dye, I had vibrancy & shine. My hair was NEVER dull. There was always dimension to my hair colour - I like that. And to top it off - it's fool proof (easy to use). There are also tons of shades to choose from, so even if you aren't going to enter this competition, I think you should at least try the hair dye ;)

Have I got your attention yet? I hope so, because you are going to love this part. Garnier Color Sensation will be giving 2 of my readers (who reside in Gauteng, Cape Town or Durban) a hair makeover which will be featured on the Espresso Morning Show on SABC 3 (FYI I'm really jealous!).  Because I didn't want any of you to miss out on entering this great competition, I have opened it up on all social platforms, as well as on email for everyone to enter! I want you all to #besensational

How can you enter?
We want to hear from you. Send us a recent picture of yourself (head & shoulders no more than 3 months old), & tell us why we should choose you to get a hair makeover from the Garnier Color Sensation team.

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1. Competition closes 12pm 23 March. Winners will be announced 27 March.
2. You must be over 18 & reside in South Africa, within Guateng, Cape Town or Durban
3. You must include a recent image, no more than 3 months old in order for your entry to be valid
4. You must include your full name, email address & city of residence with your entry
5. You must be willing to use box hair dye on your hair.
6. You must be available on 13 & 14 April 2015 (Cape Town entrants) & 20, 21, 22 (Gauteng & Durban entrants)
7. Prize is non-transferable
8. Winners are chosen by the promoter & not Fashion by Brett Robson
9. Once winners have been announced, you have 24 hours to respond to notification 
10. Please note that by submitting your entry, your submission may be posted online & viewed publicly.

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