Today was a day dedicated to my lust for nature. You know those days when you’re over work and feel the need to retreat somewhere simpler? I had one of those days today. I could not concentrate, and I decided to give myself an off day. When you work for yourself, it’s difficult to know when to stop and rest. Every day I feel that I should dedicate my time to some form of progress, whether it be with this blog, my personal growth, or knowledge; even on weekends when I am as ‘officially’ off as I can be, I still feel the inkling to work. But some days I have to consciously tell myself to stop. Anyway, I have digressed. Today was outfit number 8 from my Winter Capsule Wardrobe, and although I initially didn’t plan to wear a relatively smart dress to a botanical garden, I feel like it suited my surroundings, and my frame of mind, rather well.
I have already worn this dress in outfit number 1 and 5, but still wanted to include it in another look to highlight it’s versatility, both in it’s style and ability to be dressed up or down. I wanted to add something extra to it by wearing a blouse underneath. I’m in two minds about what I think about it; sometimes I love it and sometimes I don’t know what I was thinking. But this is what I love about this capsule wardrobe series; experimenting with my style, being resourceful and creative with what I have, and going slightly out of my comfort zone.
ITEM #8 | THE DRESS
Made from high quality cotton, this dress is one of many beautifully crafted garments from local slow-fashion brand, Nina Lifestyle Decor. Born out of a passion for beautiful and simple design, founder Raphaela Nina Adler centres her brand around handcrafted pieces made from the finest fabrics. With a strong focus on quality over quantity, Nina Lifestyle Decor creates pieces that transcend season and trend, creating small quantities of timeless adornments and lifestyle products made from fabric that will stand the test of time. The quality of this Arabella Dress is a testament to the level of superior craftsmanship and attention to detail that Raphaela has invested into her products.
Raphaela is the heart and hands behind it all, from the concept, pattern making, sampling, and production, to sales and marketing. Besides a once a month sale at her studio in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, she also stocks local stores in Cape Town, such as Mash Boutique, amyayenda clothing at the Neighbourgoods Market and Meade Café in George. There is an online store coming soon, but until then, follow Nina Lifestyle Decor on Facebook and Instagram to view more of her lovely designs.
If you’re in Cape Town, join Nina Lifetyle Decor for their winter sale, taking place at their studio on 1st July.