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Everyday I Am Hustling…
Hands down Zimbabwean’s are some of the most resourceful people that I know. Having been in the country now for just about a week now, I can honestly say that everything is here - anything and everything you could ever want, its all possible. The catch? You gotta have your “Obamas” otherwise known as US dollars.
For this reason, day and night Zimbabweans hustle hard to get that paper. These young men were captured on the grind and kindly obliged to have a picture taken.
I now understand why my relatives said, ‘Welcome To The Real World" when I arrived.
Location: Mufakose
Hello From Zimbabwe…
Firstly I apologise for my absence. I write this blog post from Borrowdale, Zimbabwe. It took us twenty eight hours, two stop overs in Singapore and Dubai respectively just to be here in Zimbabwe. Times like this i can genuinely acknowledge that Australia is FAR.
As you can probably imagine jet lag is kicking my ass. Its day two and only now I am starting to feel like a normal person slowly getting into a nice routine, which means blog posting! Do your happy dance…
I will be in Zimbabwe for two weeks, stay tuned as i will be sharing my adventures!
T-shirt - Cotton On, Jeans - French Connection, Shoes - Converse

Losing You…

Let me start of by saying hello from Johannesburg! Having too good of a time in the city that can best be described as the New York of Africa.

I have come to the conclusion that I have mad respect for bloggers who travel and are able to blog at the same damn time. I have basically become a hoarder of pictures and content - but for the life of me I just haven’t had the time to blog about. Insert sad face. The good news is when I get back to my regular scheduled programming I will make sure you won’t want to leave this website. You heard?

Soo…..Did you notice my African print jacket? In an earlier post you saw me shopping for material in Avondale, Zimbabwe. The end result is I made a shit load of my own designs with the help of a very talented tailor. If you are interested in obtaining your own IamTinashe print jacket inbox me: tinashe.taneka@gmail.com

Until next time, xx

Jacket - IamTinashe, Leather Leggings - Sportsgirl, Shoes - Converse
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Picture This…

Whilst on holiday my camera has been my constant companion. Together as we wonder the streets of Zimbabwe I have been capturing some images for those who have never been to get an insight and for those that are familiar can get reacquainted.

All the photos were taken whilst riding shot gun in the car, in some cases the shots are not as clear as I would have liked them to be - still worth sharing though.

Location - Harare, Zimbabwe

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Avondale Markets - In Print…

In coming to Zimbabwe, one of my missions was to source some African print material so that I could have some clothes custom made. From what i have seen it is definitely cheaper to do have the clothes sewn here and the quality of work is outstanding. My only challenge is to bring to life African print so that its modern and suitable for the corporate Australian working environment.

You will notice my mother in the pictures. My Shona is not that great, which means the merchants will inflate the prices quite drastically. Having my mother by my side insured that I was able to obtain all the materials at a local price - thank god for your mama!

Top - Zara, Jeans - French Connection, Shoes - Rubi Shoes

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Kombi - An Alternative Mode Of Transport in Zimbabwe…

Beep, beep, beep, beep, the horn goes off - continuously. For some unknown reason to a foreigner in my own mother land like me, the driver continues to press the horn as it approaches us on the side of the road. As the kombi comes closer I watch with amusement as the continuous beeping noise is accompanied by loud shouting from the windy, who can best be described as the “conductor” ensuring the kombi stops, starts and the people are adequately seated. 

The words “sit four four - move over, move over” still echo in my ears, the “windy” was THAT loud. The reality is for a greater percentage of Zimbabweans this is their only mode of transport they have - cars being to expense to buy, let alone own in the long term.

So what does it cost to ride this bad boy? In some areas of ZImbabwe it costs 25 cents to go to and from your final destination. At most you can expect to pay one US dollar in the city surroundings.

My minders/tour guides (cousins and family friends) insisted that it would be a great social experiment to go in a kombi, I agreed because I also saw it as a gold mine for material for my blog.

I do have to say, if you ever have the opportunity to ride a Kombi - proceed with caution. No really. I guess at this point its important to note that when you speak to locals, they think that windy and driver are bullies on and off the road. Which is quite humorous if you are not on the receiving end of random comments,laughter etc.When i decided to take a ride in the Kombi, i had to put aside any Workplace Health and Safety knowledge and enjoyed the ride - this is Africa after all. 

Location: Harare, Zimbabwe

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Picture This…

Whilst on holiday my camera is my constant companion. Together as we wonder the streets of Zimbabwe I have been capturing some images for those who have never been to get an insight and for those that are familiar can get reacquainted.

Location: Mufakose, Zimbabwe

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Can I Get An Amen?

Whenever I make the twenty eight hour journey to travel back to the Zimbabwe I always make it a point to go to church. For those wondering i normally worship in the privacy of my home on a Sunday.

My grandmother is an avid church goer at the Salvation Army Church in Mufakose. My mother was also married there, so heading back to the Salvation Army Church is always emotional and soulful to a degree that even I can not comprehend.

My grandmother pictured here in her Sunday Best (Salvation Army custom fit uniform) is pretty much a veteran having served in the church for over fifty years. Yes you read that correctly, fifty years.

You would be forgiven to think that churches here in Zimbabwe are just like the churches back in Australia. Nope, you couldn’t be further from the truth.

Every sense that i have is awakened when i am at the Salvation Army in Mufakose. Why? They worship the Lord by singing to put any top 40 artist or group to shame, dance like there are no worries, playing instruments to a contagious beat and the pastor preaches until he literally foams at the mouth.

It made my heart smile. Having my grandmother and mother by my side made the church service that extra special.

Denim Shirt - Cotton On, Skirt - Choies, Ballerina Flats - Seeds

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Gentleman’s Quarter - Africa Edition…

Introducing my younger brother - names will be remain unsaid to protect the innocent. After over twenty years this is the first time he has been to Zimbabwe, Africa.

Hesitation. Nerves. Excitement. Anxiety. All emotions aside he is happy to be ‘home’ in the motherland.

Oddly enough it took us to travel to the other side of the world for him to want to sit down on the “nigerian sofa” i laugh as i type that and finally capture him in his essence.

Shirt - French Connection, Shorts - Universal, Loafers - Topman

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Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail…

Have you ever noticed that when you are preparing to travel overseas you have a endless list of things to do? I am a prolific list writer - serial organiser. Listen I don’t want to scare you too much, i see you taking several steps back from your computer. My list isn’t out of the ordinary. It contains items such as:

  • a thorough handover at work
  • paying my grown ass bills bills bills in advance
  • buying presents
  • Ipad preloaded ready to entertain
  • finalising my itinerary of things to do etc etc.

So much for not being hectic. *Head Spins*

Luckily, I am not doing it all alone. I have an incredible support system. With the help of my amazing friends I was able to get my hair did (can you tell? My fro is looking fresher than ever).

With stress levels mounting, having friends around helped….A LOT. Making tasks I was dreading surprisingly fun, You see we joke around…A LOT. Safe to say that resilience is a must in my friendship circle.

As i was delegating tasks I jokingly said. “Its easy to spend money and go shopping when you are using some one else’s money”. This comment was met with rolling of the eyes - you see my girls have attitude for days, so this is not surprising at all.

Lets just say my complete shopping list was completed in less than three hours. The joy of crossing off items on my to do list? Priceless.

Excitement is kind of looming, things are coming together nicely. Just left with the packing now, decisions decisions.

Sunnies - Mombasa, Top - Sunny GIrl, Skirt - Temt, Shoes - Dotti

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Date Night…

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I feel like Jack Bauer from 24 at the moment. The clock seems to be relentlessly counting down and I am running around like a headless chicken trying to get myself organized for my pending overseas trip to the motherland. I am feeling a combination of excitement and anxiety.

To mitigate the state of panic my boo and I enjoyed a romantic dinner for two at the Marriott Hotel. Perfect venue to just unwind with mindless conversation, sip a glass of wine and devour a three course meal. I lick my lips when I think of their sticky date pudding, good lawd! Afterwards we enjoyed a romantic stroll along the Brisbane river, perfect ending to our date night.

Crop Top - Supre, Skirt - Choies, Shoes - Zara

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Push It As Far As You Can…

This blog business is not for the faint hearted. It’s the product of a lot of hard work, dedication and preparation (styling outfits), posing for the picture (I am the face of my blog brand) and blogging about it afterwards (let me entertain you). Working a full time job means that I am super organised; working on strict time lines – beauty sleep is a must! Tools down at 10:30pm every night!

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In the past I used to put my outfit together in the morning. Hindsight is a good thing, because now I see that this was an absolute nightmare. For instance, things I had not worn for some time would be too small or too big. The pressure of ironing in the morning was too much, adding accessories and lipstick to go with the look? Forget about it!  I never really felt like I “I had it together” when I walked out the house.

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These days, I style my whole outfit the night before; make up, jewellery, shoes right down to the undergarments. I guess you could say it is similar to a military operation - ready to slay the world with my style the next day.

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I love the camera, but does the camera love me? Not always. The camera and I have a love and hate relationship, some days my poses and facial expressions can really be on point. Other days – it’s the struggle Olympics. What is important though is I am enjoying it and I have fun with it.

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No one is perfect; we need people around us to provide constructive feedback. For example, whilst my boo was reading my blog one day, he simply said, “You know what makes you blog unique? Your writing, your voice – anyone who reads this will get a real sense of who YOU are”. .

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Was this an Oprah “Ahhh – Ha!” moment? I think so. Before that comment I was always too shy or scared to really put myself out there. Since then I have summoned the courage to accompany each blog post with a little written part of me. Writing as it turns out is by far my most favourite thing to do as part the blogging process. I know for a fact I will never run out of content and its somewhat therapeutic

There  you have it, my current blogging process. Let’s see what happens as I grow, change and evolve.

 Dress – SES, Shoes – London Rebel

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Parks & Recreation…

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Picture this. I am at home loud music booming through the speakers and I am doing the Azonto. No half stepping I mean really giving it my all - exaggerating every movement. Why? Consider it a small victory dance. Of late I have noticed that i am getting a lot of traffic on my blog - so a big welcome to the new visitors, i am humbled by your interest! What can i say, Welcome to the madness. Those that visit this domain on the regular, you know how we roll - so lets get to it.

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Its a fact of life, wether we like it or not at midnight we bid our farewells to another weekend and now welcome the beginning of a new working week. Looking down at my iphone i seriously can not believe that we are approaching the end of March.

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It literally seems like just the other day I was shopping for Christmas presents. Where has the time gone? At a glacial pace i am starting to believe as you grow older time seems to move a hell of a lot faster.

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I live on the internet, no surprise there - we all have some telco company drilling a whole in our pocket. Yes, as they say the world seems a a lot smaller giving us up to the minute updates of what designers are sending down the runway, celebrities are wearing etc. Most of times I have a blank stare and ask the question, really? More to the point - even if I was blending $100 bills for a morning shake and could afford some of the things -  where would I wear it?

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Which brings us to today’s outfit, enough ranting. On the internet I noticed the longer hemlines have made a major comeback. I literally wanted to high five and pat designers on the back. Finally a trend that could be incorporated into the real world and worn by real women like you, me, your mama, your sister, your wife etc.

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As an early adopter I have for now ditched the mini skirt for one that is just a few inches below the knee giving me a 50’s -inspired, lady like look.

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At 163cm i have to tell you, I was scared that the full midi skirt might be unflattering or just look plain frumpy. When i slipped on the skirt I immediately knew it going to be a great transitional piece providing endless styling opportunities for work or play.

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When rocking the full midi skirt the most important accessory will be your shoes! Because of the length of the skirt you need to elongate your legs and show off your calves. Its a no brainer really, but the easiest way to do this is with a good pair of heels.

….Happy St Patricks Day!

Top - SES, Belt  - Elizabeth Arcade, Skirt - Choies, Shoes - Wittner

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Sunshine. Moonlight. Good Times. Boogie…

Over the weekend my boo and I had the pleasure of attending an African wedding. Part traditional, part modern wedding. I have to say, I love weddings! As a guest its an opportunity to dress up, mingle, eat some good food and boogie the night away.

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I had never been to a wedding at a waterfront address - the views could simply not be matched. 

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The function room boasted an uninterrupted outlook of Moreton Bay and their world class marina, providing magnificent photo opportunities. As shown above and below. My boo was a little camera shy that day, but was more than happy to take pictures of yours truly.

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As a wedding guest I decided to stray away from my usual colourful midi - body con dress. Instead I opted for a pale pink baby doll dress with roses up top and flowy chiffon material below. I accessorised with pale pink bangles and clutch. To add a bit of interest I paired the look with peach reddish shoes. image

The outfit is definitely not something that I would normally pick because I feel like its too girly and doesn’t have enough edge to it.

That’s not to say that i didn’t  feel my self whilst wearing it! Wink

Dress - Target, Shoes - Target, Clutch - Collette Denningham, Bangles - Lovisa

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My 9 - 5 hustle is as a Human Resources professional in the heart of Brisbane, Australia.

I have always had a fascination with fashion and photography, so I created this blog to document my personal style and fashion inspiration.

I often see people who are using fashion to express themselves in a unique manner - not surprisingly these people are also captured on this blog.

Its here that i also share my thoughts, ideas, loves and obsessions...

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