By Greta Grayson

It’s 2018 and The Bratz Pack is back. You may remember The Only Girls with a Passion for Fashion from your childhood, the hours of time you could spend mixing and matching outfits and putting on doll scale fashion shows. Now that the Bratz are back, we take a look at how the new style holds up against the iconic looks of the original dolls.

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By Amor Lutho Ntamo

3 words come to mind when we think of Summer: colour, volume and print. With the Summer Pantone colour of the year being ultra violet, it’s no wonder designers lit up the runway in the most deliciously fashionable way possible with their S/S 18 collections. Some designers decided to run with it and incorporated some of the other colours on the Pantone calendar. While others were inspired to go in a different creative direction and opted for a
more mellowed down take on the calendar, hence pastels sticking around for another season. Here are some of the trends we love and think you’d look great in;

Neon

Live your best highlighter life this summer! Seriously, neon has made a comeback in a big way this year. Neon green especially, has been a staple for both summer and winter wardrobes all over the world. It’s an easy way to dress up an outfit and an easy statement piece to centre or build an outfit around. You can go as big as you want or as small as you want with this trend, it all depends on your personal taste and style. Neon nails, neon bandeau tops or military style neon pants are great super wearable takes on this trend. And no one will ever miss you in a crowd, ever!

Puffy sleeve

A great way to add dimension and visual interest to a piece is to make it voluminous. Many designers played around with layers and fabrics to create such beautiful and appealing pieces that we saw make their way down the runway. An everyday take on this would be puffy, bell shaped sleeves. Light fabrics, such as cotton and linen, allow for additional ventilation which is always a plus in African summers. This is such an effortless way to look stylish, trendy and chic while still keeping cool.

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Snake print

Prints in general have become the new solids but it’s been by far the season for snake print. With it being on every fashion blogger’s favourites list for the season and Riri rocking head to toe snake print at her most recent Fenty Beauty launch; snake print is definitely here to stay for the summer. It is a bit intimidating, most prints are, but worn right it’s a head turner and it makes you look like you tried when you literally just draped something on.
A light, flowy summer dress or a simple blouse in this print are an easy buy into the trend for those who just want to dip their toes into it.

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The Ugly Frock

We know, we know but hear us out! The 80s are in and with them; your
grandmother’s old ugly frocks. This is a good thing though as you can hit up your local thrift shops or even go through your family kist to find this piece. This is one trend you don’t have to break the bank for and styled correctly – it’s one that will definitely have you standing out. Pair it up with a comfortable white trainer, a heel or a combat boot; whatever your heart desires. It, surprisingly, goes well with any and everything.

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OTT earrings

Don’t feel like doing too much but feel like looking like you did? Well here’s the answer to you fashion prayers. Over the top earrings are statement pieces that will speak louder than you and announce your presence long before you do. There’s honestly nothing more to say about them, definitely a fave.

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We hope to see you rocking these and more on your own personal runways. Have afashionable summer!

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Cape Town is most famous for its beauty and oh so vibrant nightlife. Are we surprised it’s got some of the best cocktail bars in the country? Uh, no. It’s the Mother City after all. From swanky, sophisticated bars to outdoor rooftop bars and sand-between-your-toes venues, you are sure to pick and choose where exactly you want to go this festive because really, there’s just so many options! They say, “cocktails don’t solve any problems, but then again – neither does water” So just sit back and enjoy the ride while we take you through Cape Town’s coolest cocktail spots!

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If you say you don’t like Friends, then you’re either a liar or have not watched it before and therefore your opinion is irrelevant. It’s just one of those series that you can watch from start to finish (literally all 10 seasons, 234 episodes), over and over again, without any of the jokes ever getting old.

Disclaimer: If you have not watched the series religiously and with complete dedication and commitment, then you might read some of these quotes and not understand anything, at all. In which case, we strongly advise that you begin binge-watching right away.

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On 10 September 1933 in rural Hamburg, Germany, one of the greatest contributors to the art, photography and most notably fashion industries, Karl Otto Lagerfeld, was born. As one of the most skilled haute-couturiers the world has seen, he stood at the helm of creative direction for not only fashion house Fendi but of course Coco Chanel up until his passing at age 85.

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Do you like staying on trend for less? Fashion can come at a low price these days or does it really?

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Fast fashion is a contemporary term used to express that inexpensive clothing is produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends. Fast fashion clothing collections are based on the most recent fashion trends presented at Fashion Week in both the spring and autumn every year. Details

Being a not-so-hidden gem along the Southern Peninsula, Simon’s Town has everything to offer. Thinking of taking a break from busy city life? Want any excuse to spend time holding onto that holiday feeling? Well, here it is. With many accommodation options this historic town is the perfect spot for a weekend retreat. Or simply spend a day filled with history, food and nature.

On the foodie scene, this small town boasts many restaurants and cafes. A few that make our top hits are The Sweetest Thing, Saveur, and the ice cream store!

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In recent years the TrendE-iest drink of choice has been a good ol’ gin and tonic. But gone are the days of simply picking your poison, now we must consider which selection of infusions we feel like sampling. Not only has our selection of gin exponentially increased, but the range of tonics has also increased to compliment this blossoming industry. From gin and tonic festivals to our very own Gin Bar, it’s difficult not to indulge in this refreshing summer cocktail!

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Cape Town itself is home to many distilleries producing delicious gins (as well as tonics and other amazing spirits)! Details

It’s almost March, and December seems like forever ago. If you feel like you need another holiday, we have the answer: Happy Hour! We are giving you a list of some of the best Happy Hour specials at some of the coolest bars in Cape Town. Instead of being stuck in the afternoon traffic after work or letting your student budget stop you from living your best life, enjoy these two-for-one and half price deals all around Cape Town during happy hour.

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Bouncy curls that ooze personality are the agenda. For those of us born with
stick straight hair, this sounds like a dream. Coincidentally perms are back with a vengeance… Not the 80’s poodle perm that your mom had at her matric dance though. I came across a picture of my fringe looking like strings (I wish the barcode aesthetic was real) and decided that a modern perm was for me.

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Here is my journey to getting curls!

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Not many come to think of this aspect of the seemingly glamorous wonderland that is fashion, but there lies a whole world of thought behind the glittery curtain which reveals much more into how you express your traits and why you are specifically drawn to certain styles or colours in reflecting your character. Why is your fav red cardi your go-to grab and what does this say about your personality? Well, let’s get a little fashion psychology in on this part and have a closer look at what the top 6 colours reveal about you and your personality!

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Bella Maria is a 19-year-old South African singer, songwriter and music producer with an alternative take on music. Her diverse and honest approach to her music has given this singer-songwriter a creative confidence that shines through in her captivating vocals and honest lyrics, and has caught the ears of a community of music lovers with her honest storytelling and raw, beautiful voice.

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Stylist: Gemma Taylor

Over the course of the past two years, Bella has built an at-home recording studio where she has the freedom to write, produce, record, mix and master from the comfort of her home.

Home is where the recording studio is

“I have become well-versed in the art of home recording. I am a firm believer in rather not having to ever need anyone, so I thought what better way to not need anyone than to build a home studio. Having the power and ability to write, record, produce, mix and master music on my own definitely makes releasing my own music rewarding, especially as it’s such a rare thing to know how to do by yourself in this industry nowadays. I released my first two homemade singles, “belonged 2 U” and “Disco Volante” last year (2018) and that very quickly caught a lot of attention. After that, local DJ Polar Inc. approached me to write and sing for his single, “Cinematic Summer”, and from there got even more attention within the music world.”

Bella Maria
Image by: Jessie Exsteen

Stylist: Gemma Taylor

Collaborations lead to many things

Bella’s recent collaboration with Polar Inc. caught the attention of the South African group, Goldfish. Goldfish reposted their track on Soundcloud and added it to their Spotify ‘favourite songs mixtape’ playlist. “I can definitely say that I am proud that I’ve come so far on my own. I’m an independent singer/songwriter who writes truthfully about the experiences we all tend to go through nowadays. I am a complete open book in my lyrics – I can’t really help it to be honest. The truth sets you free, and the more truthful you are to yourself, the better you’ll understand yourself and your abilities, therefor the happier you’ll be for sure.”
“I have always dabbled in songwriting but never took it seriously until my Matric year. It was quite a difficult and lonely time for me to be completely honest, but it gave me more time to experiment with music and creativity.

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By: Bella Maria

Self-expression

During this particular time, as cliche as it sounds, creating music really helped me get through it all. I’ve always considered myself to be creative and heavily involved in music and expression through creativity as I find there is nothing more genuinely beautiful and authentic in life than expressing feelings
and emotions through art; a way of expression through something other than merely words. I try to write music that is as relatable as possible, however I often find myself creating whatever has flown. Whether it be about the universe, the moon, people, love etc. It really depends on my mood and the atmosphere the universe has given off that particular day/week. I don’t categorise my music as one specific genre, but rather explore the different realms of music with each song I create to see what works for me.”

Music is Bella’s most natural form of self-expression, as well as exploring and indulging in every possible sphere within the arts; cinematography (filming and editing) photography, art, music, poetry, writing, etc. Her thematic direction and focus highlights past experiences, exaggerated real events, human connections, fantasy, romance, art, astrology, and passion.

Bella Maria
Image by: Jessie Exsteen

Stylist: Gemma Taylor

Follow Bella Maria on IG, Twitter, Facebook and Youtube to keep up with her:
Contact Info:
Website: https://bellamariamusic.com/
Email: bella@bellamariamusic.com
Instagram: @bellamaria
Twitter: @bellamaria
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8w5fJnm2gIlyUxoZyZalgw
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bellamariamusic/

Rock ‘n Toast is a contemporary beer bakery in the Foreshore that opened on the 1st of August 2017. They serve GOOOOD food and are reasonably priced with R80-R100 being spent per visit.

Two friends, Jaco and Francois, met at a market in Stellenbosch. Now Jaco and Francois aren’t just two normal okes. Jaco has a law degree and is furthering his studies in the economics field while Francois was a finalist in South African Masterchef 2014. Francois has many culinary achievements such as running the best coffee shop in SA 2016 as well as working at the Spier Farm bakery. Literally a match made in heaven!

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 by Simonne Stellenboom

We all have that one actress we are looking up to, the one we aspire to be and our girl crushes – for whom we will watch any show for, as long as they are in it. Women in Hollywood have brought us powerful roles, yet they are robbed of their personal power when they face gender inequalities, sexual harassment and assault. Fortunately, women, with the support of society are standing up for themselves and talking about their experiences in Hollywood.

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You feel anxious, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you have an anxiety disorder.
You feel sad, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you are depressed.
You get mood swings, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you are bipolar.
You get angry, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you have anger management issues.
Anxiety is a part of most people’s lives these days and it’s so easy to label ourselves and heighten our humane symptoms and assume we have a disorder. The mind is the most powerful tool. What we put into our mind on repeat, becomes the outcome of our life. This relates to the power of affirmation.

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What if I told you that the way we’ve been drying our hair our entire life is wrong? Or that cutting our hair every month won’t make it grow any faster? It is common for us to make mistakes when we don’t even know they are mistakes in the first place and there are thousands of missteps we make every single day because we THINK it is the right way to do it. This is not our fault because we are simply misinformed. And that’s exactly where we have come to the rescue! We about to start you off on five mistakes you are making when it comes to beauty and ultimately save you from making them again. It’s okay, you can thank us later!

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Electric city life, rich culture, modish eateries and senescent architecture. Sound like a mishmash of requirements of a group of young travelers? Well, it is. We at TrendE know that travelling as a student can be daunting, especially when trying to cater to everyone’s needs and wants on a budget. It’s almost impossible to find a singular destination to accommodate everyone…or is it? With a mix of old and new, Eastern and Western, not to mention outrageously affordable, Bangkok is the wanderer’s dream and will grab a hold of your soul for good!Bangkok Details

In a city brimming with activities and hidden gems, it comes as no surprise that Cape Town leaves us spoilt for choice with its collection of yoga studios. As the yoga community has grown, more and more quality studios have popped up throughout the city which offer everything you could possibly need to explore your personal yogic journey. Whether you’re looking for a heated vinyasa flow or a meditative ashtanga practice, we’ve got you covered with the top 5 yoga studios in Cape Town!

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2018 is like so last year and we are ready to live our best lives in 2019. But sometimes you have a rough day and you need a little pick-me-up. So if you, much like us at TrendE, enjoy some quality time with your nearest and dearest, we have got you covered. Nothing says “hello New Year” quite like a cocktail party, so we’d like to share with you a few of our DIY cocktail combinations to start your 2019 gathering off the right way!

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Tattoos create a division in society depending on people’s perceptions and beliefs. Some say that a tattoo will ruin a person’s chances of landing a distinguished job or link negative connotations to the art form. However, there are others that embrace the art of tattoos as a form of personal expression, using their body as a canvas to tell a unique story about themselves and their lives.  Then there are also people that get tattoos to create a memory of someone special or of a loved one who’s passed away. The generation gap between the older generation and generation X and Y has fueled the hot topic debate of tattoos as a societal acceptance.

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