Prom 2016 

Hey guys so today I’m not going to write much, I’ve decided to share some pictures from my from this past Friday. So enjoy. 

  1. The look



I designed my dress myself, it was brought to life by a good friend/ fashion designer Mothusi Lesolle from @izauracreations.  My goal was to look and feel like an African queen, which I did & judging from the response on my social media it was achieved. 


My gold sandals were by Kelso

     2. Pictures 


Here’s a picture with my best friend. 

Instagram : @dead_pixxie


Here’s a picture with my girl. 

Instagram: @kaya.panchalingam




Our squad pictures both candid & when we were paying attention were lit, everybody looked amazing and that’s all I wanted. 

Thank you for viewing this post of an unforgettable night. I will be doing more event post in the future, be sure to follow me on all of my social media {tagged in the sidebar} so that you don’t miss a second of my actions. xox Suraya 

My top reads

Hi guys so today I’ve decided to share a few of my favourite books with you since the holidays are approaching and many of us will be traveling, so if you need some new books to read, or not sure if you should buy a book or if you just need something to keep you entertained (besides your phone) during an upcoming trip, this post is for you. 

1. Fashion books 

i) style

These books are related to style and have fun little illustrations of ideas and fashion dos & don’ts. The 2 I’m sharing today are related to Paris since that is one of the most classic and timeless places when it comes to fashion. 

• Parisian Chic by Sophie Gachet

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The illustrations are hilarious but get the message across

•Paris Street Style by Isabelle Thomas & Frédérique Veysset

This book is full of images and illustrations of some of Paris’ best street style which can inspire many outfits


ii) fashion biographies 

These books are about personal style stories of one of the biggest fashionistas of the past and one of the biggest fashionistas of our time, as well as one of my favourite fashion designers. 

• IT by Alexa Chung

You can just see how used and loved this book is by how dirty the cover is…
This book is full of images of Alexa’s style and those who inspired it as well as her cute illustrations.



• Diane Vreeland – Empress of Fashion by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart


 For those of you who don’t know Diane Vreeland is, she was a noted columnist and editor in the field of fashion. She worked for the fashion magazines Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and as a special consultant at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1964. So the title Empress of fashion is very appropriate. 

The book is full of images of Diane’s style and this fashionable lady at work. The book goes through her life story and how she developed her style and got to where she was.



• The woman I wanted to be by Diane von Furstenberg 


Diane von Furstenberg is one of the greatest fashion designers of our time, her work is so elegant and timeless. This book shows us how Diane got to become the woman she is today.


2. Drama/romance 

• If I stay by Gayle Forman

This book is an emotional roller coaster it leaves you on the edge of your seat as we wait to see what Mia’s decision will be.


3. Comedy

• Shoe Addicts Anonymous by Beth Harbison

My mom actually lent me this book as a joke because my dad always thinks that I’ll end up like one of these girls. This is a funny story of 5 women that are all addicted to shopping and shoes { it’s very similar to the movie Confession of a shop-a-holic}, it is an extremely funny book.



4. John Green 

• Looking for Alaska by none other than John Green

This book is an emotional roller coaster, it is honestly my favourite book I have read it over and over again.

All of these books can be ordered from your local bookstore. I ordered all of mine from Exclusive Books

Thanks for checking out my book post, I hope you all invest in a good book for your travels this holiday. xox Suraya 

My watch Promo 💘⌚️🎉

Hey guys so recently I collaborated with an Australian company barbasandzacari. They’re an Aus based company that gives back to the community by donating $5 from every sale to Cancer Research! 

I set up a promo code with them which gives you 15% off your watch & free shipping. The code is SURAYADEREIGE. I happily agreed to do this promotion because the money is going to a good cause and could end up coming up with a cure that could one change your life or a loved ones life.  

Most of the watch straps are leather, while a few are metal mesh. The metal mesh straps are changeable as the come with a leather strap in the box. 

The code is valid for the rest of the year, so hurry over to barbasandzacari.com and spoil yourself or a loved one this Christmas 💘



Thanks for reading, if you have any questions about this promotion or want to know how I got it, I’m open to answering any questions so feel free to leave a comment. Also be sure to follow all of my social media {tagged in the sidebar} xox Suraya 

DIY fashion trends for Summer 2016 

Hi guys, I’m officially back from my exam break & I decided to come back with a DIY that are on trend and will ensure that you look good throughout this summer ( it’s summer here in Southern Africa). So let’s get straight to the DIY’s..

1. DENIM CHOKER 

The finished look
 

First we have this super cute denim choker as seen on Kim Kardashian-West

Denim choker on Kim Kardashian-West


How to: 

  1. Cut the end off an old pair of jeans ( preferably wider legs). Make sure that it’s a little wider than you want your choker to be.
    Ps. I think that this choker looks best with a lighter shade of denim.
  2. Cut the piece of denim so that it is now open so you can attach the clip or button to one end. 
  3. Wrap the denim around your neck to make sure that it’s not too loose, then adjust it’s length the 2 ends and cut one to make sure that they overlap slightly ( only do this step if you wish to sew on a button, if not cut the 2 ends so that there is a little gap between them for the clamp to go )
  4. If you are using the clamps, poke a hole in both ends of the denim and put the clamps through each end and secure them in the holes with tweezers or pliers. 
  5. If you are using a button simply sew it on by sewing through the button several times to secure it. ( I recommend sewing a button on as it will be stronger
  6. And you’re done and have a fabulous choker. 

2. SWEATSHIRT SKIRT


This is the end look


Next we have this super cool way to wear an old jumper inspired by the jumper skirt by thpshop.co 
So if you’re tired of wearing your same old skirts or just want to add a little something to your outfit, this could work for you. 

The sweater skirt seen on Janice Joostema

Sweatshirt if by Atmosphere from Primark
How to: 

  1. Take an old jumper  (make sure to use a jumper that you will never wear it as a sweatshirt again because you are going to stretch the neckline
  2. Stretch the neckline to make sure that it fits around your waist ( this is going to end up being a high waisted skirt
  3. Put the jumper on like a skirt and tie it loosely. Be sure to tie it without lumps from the sleeves popping out. 
  4. And your done 

    3. FRAYED JEANS 

    Here’s the finished product

    This trend is super simple and very easy to do yourself. 

    The trend is seen here on these jeans by rag&bone


    Jeans are the curvy skinny by Levis


    How to: 

    1. Put on your jeans and mark them at your ankles with chalk. 
    2. Cut them where you marked them. 
    3. Throw them in the washing machine and dryer for a nice frayed look ( they come out looking like store bought frayed jeans ) 

      4. SPARKLY EMBELLISHED CHOKER 

      This sparkly trend has been rocked by many celebrities including Kim Kardashian-WestKendall Jenner & many others. It is super girly and can completely transform a simple night out outfit. 

      Here the sparkly choker trend is seen on Kamilla Osman


      How to: 

      1. You start off with a simple iron on wedding dress accessories or sparkly ribbon which can be bought from any fabric store. However, today I’m going to use a sparkly headband that I found at Clicks
      2. Simply prick a hole in each end of the iron on embellishment and put on the clamps on both sides and secure them with tweezers or pliers. 
      3. And you’re done 

      5. FUR SLIDES 

      The finished product

      I know that this sounds more like a winter thing, but this trend is super hot for the summer. 

      How to: 

      1. Just take an old pair of regular slides, or brand new slides. 
      2. Next take your faux fur { this can be bought from any fabric store } and cut it to match the size of the upper part of the slides. 
      3. Next glue on the fur with super glue or use a hot glue gun. The let it dry and set. 
      4. Now give the fur a “haircut”, trim it to align with the slide or to overlap the top slightly. 
      5. You’re done and ready to go. 

           The lipstick that I’m wearing today is Stone by Mac cosmetics 

          Thanks for reading today’s post. I hope that my DIY’s will help you look fabulous this summer. If you try any of them out be sure to tag me in your posts {my social media is tagged in the sidebar}, I would love to see your results & see you shine xox Suraya