The perfect day-to-night summer shoes for the modern woman

The perfect day-to-night summer shoes for the modern woman

Wedges are a must-have for every woman because of their specific design for comfort. They are suitable for whole day wear while portraying a lady-like look. They can be a great and fabulous accessory for ‘dressing up or down’. If you’re looking for a classic wedge shoe and more, look no further! Calzada – is an online shoe brand that has a fancy range to choose from.

It is owned and designed by Shafeeqah, who grew up in Cape Town and completed her studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She then continued pursuing her career as a Fashion Merchandiser in the Retail Industry. Her love for shoes started at a very young age where she would unpack her mother’s shoe closet on a daily basis and play shoe-shoe with her sister.

Calzada was established when she went on vacation to India to do some exploring. Amongst all the hustle and bustle, she found a shoe district that produced all hand-made shoes. Coming across this gem, she pursued her dream of designing for a niche market in her leisure time. The brand was officially launched in November 2018.

She always strives to be productive, focused with strong design flair and passion for starting off new and exciting projects. The brand aesthetic was to design shoes for the stylish modern woman who love adding fun into her closet.

The brand strives to manufacture quality handmade shoes at reasonable prices. Striking the balance for price and quality is very challenging, considering all the shoes are hand-made. Each shoe is made with time, effort and lots of love.

The brand is new and fresh with endless amount of possibilities to discover.

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Liyanna B – She is the one to watch!

Liyanna B – She is the one to watch!

Cynthia Barnett once said; “True, the sun and the wind inspire. But the rain has an edge. Who, after all, dreams of dancing in the dust? Or kissing in the bright sun? This resonates with how in her late teens, Nomfundo Basini decided to name herself Liyanna. The name symbolizes rain and is significant to her birth and is a reminder ‘as her mother would relate to her’, how the day she was born turned from a scorching hot day to suddenly rainy. Because rain is a common natural occurrence vital for life and rebirth, the name encapsulated the young woman she was becoming.

Liyanna B, is a beautiful, smart, confident, self-aware and empowered model, a gender-based violence activist, and a foodie. Although new in the professional modeling industry, she has booked many modeling gigs, worked with several designers and has been featured in various magazine editorials. Liyanna was born in the beautiful Kingdom of Swatini, later she moved to South Africa with her parents and has over the years also established roots in Mpumalanga. She currently lives in Cape Town where she’s pursuing her modeling career.

But most importantly, she has quite a keen interest in the environment and those around her. To this end, she will be venturing into sustainable fashion by officially launching The Sustainable Runway (TSR) on the 4th of March 2020. TSR is an online sustainable luxury thrift store. According to her, the goal of the brand is to reduce waste, stop poor labour conditions and to encourage a healthy free and flourishing ecosystem.

“We’ll be selling timeless pieces that have graced the runway as well as off the runway clothing. We would also be selling luxury donated clothing that has been upcycled to promote conscious and mindful sustainable living. Our aim is to source sustainable items created by upcoming and popular sustainable conscious fashion designers, who have showcased on runways to donate them towards TSR and my foundation, ‘The Liyanna B Foundation’ towards the end of each year. A percentage from the sales made will go towards the foundation, to help aid women and children, she says.

“Our objective is to build communities, one’s s that can develop efficiently and still promote flourishing ecosystems, which ensure that mankind and all kind can live in healthy earth, and one that is free from global issues,” she says.

Nomvula Liyanna Basini
Clothing/ Styling: Andrea Ruth
Photography: Andrea Ruth
Hairstylist: Kelvin Kadambura

Fashion isn’t necessarily the first word you think of when you hear environmentally friendly and ethical right? You might not be surprised to find out that the fashion industry is, in fact, the second ‘dirtiest’ industry in the world following oil. For many of us, fashion is something we love. Some people live and breathe it, can’t get enough, and others, nonchalant and couldn’t care less about it, but either way, we all wear clothes.

“I love fashion and it’s no surprise that I fell in love with modeling, specifically couture. With the mind of minimalism staples and being the founder of an NGO, I felt that I not only needed to make a change in the lives of women and children, but also in my life and career. It’s like a child, you may love them but when they act out of character or are harmful, they should be called to order. The people and the environment as we know and “love”, is, unfortunately, going through trauma. The fashion and modeling industry has been responsible for 5% of man-made CO2 emissions since 2015, more than aviation and the oil business combined. How awful is that? And for the longest time, the industry has not taken accountability. Beyond that, the industry only recycles 20 percent of its fabric, while most of its manufacturers, packages, transports and sells at a cost that serves unlawful to the environment. We are buying more clothes than we are wearing and repairing them or not at all. Thus, the birth of The Sustainable Runway! I’m only one person, one woman, but I do believe that South Africa needs to participate in what is currently happening with climate change and its disasters. It is not only overseas as we so absentmindedly talk amongst ourselves. It is here, it is in Cape Town and the whole of South Africa. I don’t know how many seasons we go through per day here in Cape Town, which is unusual,” she elaborates.

Liyanna says that she would like TSR to become one of the most successful online sustainable luxury thrift stores of its kind. “I would like to see the venture playing a role in promoting a flourishing ecosystem, fair labour for the families who break their backs just to put food on the table and clothes on their children’s back. I would like to make a change, and I will be making a change, by starting a conversation on how to make the world a better place for us and the next generations, through fashion. It would give me great satisfaction for TSR to be at the forefront of pioneering awareness in the amount of pollution caused by the fashion industry. It would mean the absolute world to me to know that I used my platform, no matter how narrow or small it might look,” she concludes.

Outstanding Film and TV Performances Honoured at the SAG Awards

Outstanding Film and TV Performances Honoured at the SAG Awards

The 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, honouring the best achievements in film and television performances for the year 2019, were presented on January 19, 2020 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

Honoured with individual awards were Joaquin Phoenix, Renée Zellweger, Brad Pitt and Laura Dern for performances in motion pictures, and Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Aniston, Tony Shalhoub and Phoebe Waller-Bridge for performances in television. The Screen Actors Guild Awards originated awards for the outstanding performances by a motion picture cast and by television drama and comedy ensembles. The Actor for a motion picture cast performance went this year to “Parasite,” while the Actors for television drama and comedy ensemble performances went this year to “The Crown” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” 

26th SAG Awards Ambassador Logan Browning and SAG-AFTRA Foundation President Courtney B. Vance revealed the honourees for outstanding action performances during the official live pre-show PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly & TNT Red Carpet Live: 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards. The stunt ensemble from “Avengers: End Game” was honoured for film and the stunt ensemble from “Game of Thrones” was honoured for television. 

Leonardo DiCaprio presented Robert De Niro with the 56th Life Achievement Award. The SAG Awards continued its traditions of presenting a montage saluting the work of SAG-AFTRA members and a filmed “In Memoriam” tribute honouring the union’s members lost during 2019.

ABOUT THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS

Lauded by critics for its style, simplicity and genuine warmth, the Screen Actors Guild Awards presented by SAG-AFTRA, which made its debut in 1995, has become one of the industry’s most prized honours. The only televised awards ceremony to exclusively honour performers, it presents thirteen awards for the outstanding performances of the year in film and television in a fast-moving two-hour show which airs live on TNT and TBS. The awards focus on both individual performances as well as on the work of the entire ensemble of a drama series and comedy series, and the cast of a motion picture. These honours are fundamental to the spirit of the Screen Actors Guild Awards because they recognize what all actors know – that acting is a collaborative art.

Here are some of the red carpet looks:

Different ways you can wear the off-the-shoulder tops

Different ways you can wear the off-the-shoulder tops

Off-the-shoulder tops are feminine, sassy, playful, and seductive. They can also be alluring and polished when paired with a sleek fabric and a flattering cut. The variety of styles, patterns, and designs is broad. The off-the-shoulder top is a crowd-pleasing style that belongs in the wardrobe of all women.

Whether your aesthetic is more girlish or more rock ‘n’ roll, there is an off-the-shoulder top that will appeal to you and your sartorial sensibilities. Here’s some insight into styling and wearing an off-the-shoulder top.

Ntando Duma’s striped off-the-shoulder top paired with a matching pair of shorts is quite fancy. If you’re looking to add some serious style to a chic yet casual outfit, you can consider this look. It’s a relaxed, super comfortable and oh-so-chic.

Toke Makinwa

Toke Makinwa’s off-the-shoulder top with a matching short skirt is a bright, fun and elegant look that can work for any occasion depending on how you accessorise it. The off-the-shoulder top is soft and seductive simplicity. It is alluring and sexy. The elasticized fabric makes it easy to wear and gives it a comfort factor. The matching skirt is understated and complements the top.

Nhlanhla Nciza’s off-the-shoulder striped jumpsuit is, without a doubt, a stunning casual style. The head-to-toe, all-in-one garment creates a striking look that moves beyond a simple dress or pants and top combo, and into more fashionable territories. Choose the wrong fit or add the wrong accessories and your jumpsuit can go from a fashion hero to a fashion zero.

Nina Ivy’s off-the-shoulder African print outfit is the perfect item to get you out of your jeans and T-shirt rut. Choose from a variety of print fabrics in a range of silhouettes to find the one that suits your style. This might be a trendy and relaxed look for a traditional wedding.

SA beaming with pride after Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe

SA beaming with pride after Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe

Congratulations to Zozibini Tunzi for winning Miss Universe 2019. The country has been buzzing since the news broke. Celebrities from all over the world shared congratulatory messages to Zozibini on social media. After winning, she had this message to share; “Tonight a door was opened, and I could not be more grateful to have been the one to have walked through it. May every little girl who witnessed this moment forever believe in the power of her dreams and may they see their faces reflected in mine.”

The event took place on the 8th of December at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. More than 90 women from across the world took part in the pageant. Zozibini beat Puerto Rico’s Madison Anderson and Mexico’s Sofia Aragon in the final three to take the tiara.

Zozibini is a passionate activist and engaged in the fight against gender-based violence. She has devoted her social media campaign to change the narrative around gender stereotypes. She is a proud advocate for natural beauty and encourages women to love themselves the way they are.

“I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me, with my kind of skin and my kind of hair, was never considered to be beautiful. I think that it is time that that stops today,” says Zozibini.