Princess of Jozi

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Monday, 24 October 2016

{OUTFIT} | Oui C’Est Moi + Frayed Denim DIY

Hi dolls! Frayed bottom denims have been very much on trend lately. I’ve seen them in countless different shades and shapes in street style at the various fashion weeks and I think they’re just so chic.
Fortunately this is a trend that won’t scare your bank account. You can revive an old pair of jeans with a simple DIY that I am sharing today.

What You Need

- A really sharp pair of scissors. Fabric scissors are ideal but you can use any pair you are comfortable with as long as they’re extra sharp.
- Ruler
- Chalk
- Clean Tweezers
- An old pair of denims, still in wearable condition. Any pair will do here, but for the specific look in this outfit you will want to go with a skinny fit or slim fit.

Step 1
Make sure the denims are clean and ironed. Put them on and decide where you’d like them to sit once they’re cut. Be 100% sure because you are going to cut the jeans. Make a small mark with the chalk.
Step 2
Remove the jeans, measure (for accuracy) and mark off where you’d like the new length with the chalk. Make sure that it’s fairly even on both sides of the leg.

Step 3
Cut straight across the line you just drew. Try to cut in one motion so that the cut is straight and even. It doesn’t have to be perfect but you also don’t want it to be completely uneven or unmatched. Repeat this on the other leg.
Step 4
You will see lots of loose threads at the point where you cut the denims. Using the tweezers, pull at the threads horizontally. Do this until you’re happy with the level of fraying. It does help to see the frays better if you fold up the bottom of the denim.

Step 5
Remove all the stray threads and dust off the denims. Try the jeans on again to make sure you’ve got the look you’ve desired.
Step 6
Wear your new frayed denims and join the chic club ;)

About the Outfit:

Denims – Koton (Customised as above) | Shirt – ZARA | Shoes – ZARA | Sunglasses – Guess

I bought these denims at Koton when I was in Istanbul last year and even though they are incredibly comfortable I hadn’t worn them that often. It is a very classic blue skinny cut and I thought that they could do with a little trendy update. Now I can’t stop wearing them!

In this look I wore my newly customised denims with this chic high-low cotton shirt from Zara. I love the shape and the cute embroidery! I complimented the shirt with these exquisite red heels and a swipe of red lipstick. Naturally, a pair of sunnies finished the look!

Have you done any DIY and customising with your denims? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @LadyZaa

Until next time

"We must never confuse elegance with snobbery." —Yves Saint Laurent

Love and sparkles
Zaakira xox

Monday, 17 October 2016

{FRAGRANCE REVIEW} | Modern Muse Chic by Estee Lauder

When the weather began to heat up I searched my perfume drawer for something a little brighter and fresher to wear. I came across Modern Muse Chic from Estee Lauder, a 2014 fragrance that had somehow slipped my mind for a while. The rediscovery of this bold, woody and floral scent feels like a little gift from me to me, just in time for the warmer months.

Modern Muse Chic was inspired by the “complexity of the modern woman.” She is extraordinary, extroverted and creative in her manner and sense of style and leaves a little inspiration everywhere she goes. Modern Muse Chic is what Estee Lauder envisions her to be as a fragrance; a daring take on the original Modern Muse.

The bottle is chic, pretty and slightly edgy. It is tall, clear flacon with rounded edges. The lovely, soft pink liquid is visible through the bottle which is branded in elegant navy blue and gold font. This is complimented with a gold spray mechanism and a gorgeous gold-studded navy blue bow.

The actual fragrance is built up off two facets; the Vivid Floral Accord and the Striking Ebony Woods Accord. It is crafted around the intoxicating and exquisitely unique aroma of Jasmine Sambac. This is achieved by the use of two different selections; Jasmine Sambac Fir Absolute and Jasmine Sambac China Absolute.

Modern Muse Chic opens with delicious golden honey, juicy plums, Davana and stargazer lilies. These are blended with the two Jasmine Sambac notes and two different Tuberose varieties; Tuberose Fir Absolute and Tuberose Fleur Fir Natural which all harmoniously intensify the exquisite jasmine fragrance.

The base is soft and sensual, combining cashmere woods and suede musks with patchouli, Agarwood, labandum and a delicate hint of Madagascan vanilla (hello!!!). I love how the striking florals are contrasted by the gentle base notes in a perfect balance. The effect is a really beautiful juxtaposition of bold and subtle.

Modern Muse Chic is an Eau de Parfum and the wear is excellent. It wore for 6 hours + on me and although it dries down into a creamier scent at the base you can still get a hint of florals.

When I smell Modern Muse Chic I always think of a really stylish woman, comfortable in her skin; strutting through the Upper East Side while holding an exquisite and intoxicating bouquet of flowers.

I don’t usually like floral fragrances but I absolutely love Modern Muse Chic. It is one of my favourites. I will definitely be wearing this fragrance throughout the warmer months. I can see myself wearing it while shopping and brunching in the daytime and also on those balmy summer nights.

Modern Muse Chic is available on in 30mL (ZAR915), 50mL (ZAR1225) and 100mL (ZAR1650). You can also find it at most fragrance retailers.

Until next time

Love and sparkles

Zaakira xox

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

{CLOSED} | Win with #MyiStoreSA

iPhone 7 releases this Friday and if you’re having a bit of FOMO with your iPhone 6 or 6s; iStore has just the spoil for you! We’re teaming up to give your iPhone 6/6s the rose gold glow-up it totally deserves!  

What You Can Win:
You can get your hands on both these dreamy rose gold products which are available from the iStore.

This incredibly pretty cover is really, really strong too! It’s made up of a diamond-cut aluminum backplate and a shock-absorbing inner-shell and is also slightly raised at the front to protect your display.

This is so pretty I could cry! It is a sleek and sophisticated little charging stand that will add charm to your desk or bedside. It fits most cases and covers and you can adjust the height. I didn’t know I wanted something like this until I saw it and now I don’t think I could live without one!

iPhones not included (OBVS!)

How to Enter:
Pop a comment below and let me know why your iPhone 6/6s deserves this. What do you love most about your iPhone? You can also enter by tweeting me @LadyZaa and using the hashtag #MyiStoreSA
Grab yourself some extra entries by sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The giveaway runs until 5pm on Monday the 17th of October 2016.

Good luck!

Until next time

Love and rose gold sparkles!

Zaakira xox

Monday, 10 October 2016


On Saturday, after my brothers and the husband got home from rAge, we were having a chat about the revolting culture of misogyny in gaming. This went on to the general culture of misogyny. They were all pretty appalled and disgusted at how a presidential candidate could brag about sexual assault. They were very much insulted by the fact that he chalked it up to “locker room talk” because that is not a normal way for men or boys to talk. What is even worse is that the only defence in last night’s debate was basically just like, “Well, at least I’m not as bad as ISIS.”  (!!!!!!!!!!)

The fact that I feel  ”happy” and “lucky” to be married to someone who is so vocal about the rights of women says a lot about the choices we have. The fact that a 12 and 13 year old think that they have a thing or 2 to teach grown men about how to respect and treat women should tell you everything you need to know about the world we live in.

It has never really been “easy” or “comfortable” to be a girl or woman on this planet. Despite this, women and girls have gone through life displaying great amounts of bad-assery and awesomeness in absolutely everything they do! Pow! You go girl!

About the Outfit:

Tulle Skirt – ZARA | T-Shirt – ZARA | Boots – ZARA | Sunglasses – Thrift Store | Choker – Custom | Ring – Pandora

I absolutely love tulle skirts; they are just so extra and filled with drama! ;) Needless to say, I couldn’t resist getting my hands on this one from ZARA. It’s a little more casual than a full-on tulle tutu but the glitter gives it a nice finish. Be warned though, this skirt sheds and the glitter goes EVERYWHERE. I’ve been sweeping up glitter since I got it!

In this look I wore it with a sequinned t-shirt and boots for a cute but edgier look. Of course, the theme is monochrome! I saw a similar choker on Gigi Hadid (let's also not forget about how yet another man who thought he could grab a woman without her consent. You go Gigi!) during Fashion Week and I really wanted to replicate it so I tied some net fabric around my neck. If you'd like some ready-made options, you can find some really exquisite chokers on 

I finished the look with a swipe of MAC’s Viva Glam Ariana II which is a lovely, vibrant matte mauve colour. You can still pick one up at MAC and remember that EVERY CENT of the selling price is donated to the MAC AIDS Fund which assists children and adults living with HIV and AIDS.

Until next time

There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.” – Michelle Obama

Love and sparkles

Zaakira xox

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

{BEAUTY} | Saving Water in Your Beauty Routine

Hi beauties! Water is an exceedingly precious resource that we sometimes tend to take for granted. The situation is becoming scarier by the day and so I decided to make some changes in my habits and routine so that I can lower my water consumption. Today I will be sharing these along with a few water saving tips for your beauty routine.

1      Time Yourself
On average it now takes me ±10 minutes to shower and wash my hair. I used to get really carried away belting out song after song and generally enjoying the water but not only is this a major waste, but it also isn’t very good for your skin. A good way to keep track is to make a killer playlist and shower within 3 songs. Just be careful with electronics in the bathroom.

2     Lower the Pressure
There really is no need for extremely high pressure in the shower. High pressure coupled with very hot water can also strip your skin of natural oils. If your body is sore from gym do a quick blast of high pressure when getting in and out and use lower pressure to wash up.

Wash Your Hair Every Other Day
It’s better and healthier for your hair and saves loads of water too. Better yet, skip the wash and get a blow-out. Most blow-dry bars don’t charge more than 200 Rands and you can try these tips to make it last all week!

4       Condition After Showering
I swear by this now! I give my hair a good wash in the shower and then feed it with leave in conditioner and oil afterwards. My favourite products are the Dove Dry Oil; which makes my hair so soft, shiny and generally delightful without weighing it down and pure Argan oil when my hair needs a little extra TLC. This method also assists in detangling. You can also apply conditioner to your hair before getting in the shower and washing it out with shampoo once in.

Turn Off the Tap
When lathering up, shampooing, shaving etc. please turn off the shower. Better yet, do your leg de-fuzzing out of the shower by shaving with a little water or using a hair removal cream. Veet is my favourite.

6       Keep Makeup Brushes Clean
Keep your makeup brushes clean by spraying them with a sanitizer like the Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner and make sure you give them a wash every 2 weeks (maybe weekly of you use them every day). Makeup brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria (gross!) and makeup build-up can be really difficult to loosen after a while which means you need more water to clean them.

7       Pre-Cleanse
Makeup removal is absolutely imperative. Do not ever ever sleep with makeup on! Use a facial wipe or coconut oil on your face before cleansing with water and your cleanser. It will loosen everything and ensure less abrasive scrubbing and water wastage.

      Use Only a Specific Amount of Water
This one may seem extreme but so is the water crisis. Estimate how much water you might need daily for cleansing, brushing your teeth, etc. (Basically, all the out of shower stuff). Fill up a Jerry Can or other storage with a little more than this amount and use only this. Even if you underestimate yourself and have to fill more the next day it is still better than a running tap.

 I hope this was even a little helpful! If we all make small changes and adjustments the result surely can’t be anything but positive.

If you have any tips and tricks for water saving in the beauty routine let me know by commenting or tweet me @LadyZaa

Until next time

Love and sparkles

Zaakira xox