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What would have been an all black ensemble was resuscitated back to life by a larger than life tribal statement necklace and a shaggy coat. 

Let me grab the mic real quick. Clears throat. 

With your version of a Jamaican accent say with it with me, “She call me Mr. Boombastic say me fantastic, touch me in me back she say I’m Mr. Ro…mantic” 

Drops mic. Walks of the stage.

Come on now, everyone knows you can’t reference Shaggy as a source of inspiration without dropping a lyric or two.

Shaggy Coat - SES, Necklace - Lovisa, Dress - Temt, Shoes - Wittner

Doing It With A Smile….

After my last post you now know my “resting face”.

Today though, I am doing it with a smile.

Smiling because I love experimenting with print and colour. It is a way of self - expression. A way to remind me to not be complacent.

Instead constantly push my own boundaries - even with my hand on my waist.

Top - Temt, Belt - Portmans, Skirt - IamTinasheCustom, Stockings - David Jones, Shoes - Novo

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Resting Face…

What you see here is what my Creative Director calls my “resting face”.

For those not in the know a resting face is when a woman looks ‘thoughtfully sad or angry for no reason’. I have been told that when I give that look people would be fearful of me, let alone visit my website because I do not look too friendly - at all.

I didn’t believe it until i saw these pictures. She was right! I was suffering from resting face without even knowing it. 

Does your reaction to my resting face upset me? Well, yeah I am a little offended because you have assumed my emotions from my resting face. My resting face makes me look bitchy, when I am not a bitch at all.

Reading this, i am sure you can relate. You cant just walk around smiling at everyone all damn day, its just not practical.

Earrings - Lovisa, Dress - IamTinasheCustom, Stockings - David Jones, Shoes - Wittner

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Just A Dollop Of Colour…

The cold weather has everyone around me wearing all black. I shudder at the thought. I feel like walking around with a loud speaker and screaming to individuals in all black,”Its winter, we get it - but your fashion sense doesn’t have to die!”. 

Bold colour or print, those are my signature looks.

If you see me in all black - watch out!

I am probably having a ‘nothing fits me how i want it kinda day’ or i am pretending to be “chic” because that’s what the fashion industry says you look like when you wear all black. You gotta laugh, Its funny.

i hope you enjoyed this delicious serving of colour.

Top - Temt, Skirt - Asos, Stockings - David Jones, Boots - Novo Shoes

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You Wear Your Big Hair, But Do You Really Care?

My mother, “Are you goin to leave the house like that? That big hair makes you look cray cray. Tie it up or something”. A clear generation gap there.

Work colleague one – “You know being Caucasian, if I was to come to work with my hair like that people would wonder were my crack pipe was hidden”.

Work colleague two - “Can I please just touch your hair? Never seen anything like it!”

Throws hands in the air, I can’t.

To add to the mix it is also not unusual for me to be going about my business and I notice complete strangers stopping dead in their tracks to stare. I presume to look at my BIG hair.

I guess with such examples you can understand why even the most confident person like my self can have moments of “big hair self doubt”.

Who can blame me? I am living in a society, were people are not used to black women with big hair. A black woman rocking a natural Afro to be precise.

Yes I can obtain inspiration from celebrities such as Solange, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu, Wynter Gordon and Shingai Shoniwa just to name a few.

On days were I feel a hair challenge coming on strong the women listed above give me that extra hair inspiration - they a just a click away on my IPhone. But what about in real life? There is not many of us roaming free with our Afros.

When I look in the mirror each day I know that whilst others might not yet comprehend the big hair. My hair is not for fashion. It is an extension of me. It is part of my heritage. It’s a statement of my cultural background and my pride.

That’s right ultimately, I inspire myself. Big hair, I literally don’t care.

Turtle Neck - SES, Sequin Skirt - Asos, Shoes - Novo Shoes

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In Hot Water…

It’s a pretend winter in Brisbane at just under ten degree celsius. For people who experience colder winters - you are probably wonder why we even call it winter. I share the same sentiments.

But…they say if you can’t beat them join them. So each night I look forward to drifting off to sleep with my hot water bottle strategically placed on my feet.

Now anyone that has ever been tired and cold would know that sleeping with a hot water bottle allows you to experience great warmth accompanied by dead to the world sleep that would leave even sleeping beauty jealous.

That is why I blame the hot water bottle for the horrendous start to my day today. I was sprawled across the bed, deep in sleep when a noise suddenly woke me. At that moment I decided to reach for my phone to check the time. To my horror the time was 8:20am.

I am supposed to be at the office at 9am to perform my real job. I must have slept through my alarm. Shyte, shyte, shyte! Breaks glass and presses the PANIC button.

You see what I was saying earlier? The hot water bottle is that deceiving. It can lure you into a false sense of security.

Long story short I ran around like a manic got myself ready, quick smart. The dress you see on this shoot is the only item that did not need ironing.

I managed to walk into the office just a little after 9am, like nothing happened.

Beware of the hot water bottle, you have been warned.

Earrings - Lovisa, Dress- American Boutique, Stockings - Myer, Shoes - Wittner.

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Functional, Desirable and Fashion Forward…

Recently my aunt who also shares a passion for fashion was cleaning out her closet. As she was packing some goodies for some lucky charities, she set aside this functional, desirable and fashion forward dress just for me.

Who am I to say, No?

I have amazing people around me who spoil me endlessly. For that I am eternally grateful.

Earrings - Lovisa, Dress & Belt- Veronika Maine, Shoes - Novo Shoes

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Hand In My Pocket…

I’m free but I’m focused
I’m green but I’m wise
I’m hard but I’m friendly baby
I’m sad but I’m laughing
I’m brave but I’m chickenshit

And what it all boils down to
Is that no one’s really got it figured out just yet
‘cause I’ve got one hand in my pocket

Exert - “Hand In My Pocket”, Alanis Morissette

Earrings - Lovisa, Leopard Print Sweater - Best & Less, Leather Skirt - TopShop, Shoes - Wittner

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Ticket To Ride…

Whilst we waited for our ride to the wedding, I strutted my stuff on the Melbourne streets.

It was 5 degrees, but I was focused. I figured with the bipolar Melbourne weather they may not be another opportunity to make use of the natural lighting.

Earrings - Lovisa, Dress - Sheike, Shoes - Novo Shoes

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Why Did You Get Married?

Over the weekend my bae and I flew to Dandenong Ranges in Melbourne to celebrate a family friends wedding. This one was extra special because they both found their true loves later on in life.

My bae and I never miss an opportunity to fix up and look sharp so together we made our appearance.

The guests were much older than us and offered some valuable advice and perspectives on life, love and marriage. With each couple I spoke to, I made sure to ask the question - Why did you get married? Below are the top five reasons, in no particular order:

  • With each day that passed I knew I could not live without them
  • She was a flight risk, it was the only legal way to lock her down
  • I met my best friend, my lover, my companion
  • With my significant other by my side, I felt unstoppable
  • I had never felt a love like this before

Him: Suit, Shirt - Topman, Shoes - Italian Custom

Her: Dress - Sheike, Earrings - Lovisa, Shoes - Novo Shoes

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Neck…

Don’t let the sun fool you. The temperature has dropped in Brisbane, Australia.

I am rugging up in colorful turtle neck knits.

Bag - TopShop, TurtleNeck - ZARA, Skirt - TrueWorths, Boots - Novo Shoes

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Feeling Some Kind Of Way…

Given my archive of blog posts, I can probably see why people would find it hard to believe that sometimes I just do not feel like having my outfit of the day captured.

You see sometimes there is a discrepancy between how the outfit looked in my mind and how it turned out once I put it on. I am sure you can all relate.

My mama said there would be days like this. So you guessed it on this day my outfit had me feeling some kinda way.

The Creative Director pretty much had to give me an ultimatum so I would get over myself and get in front of the camera lens.

So here we are.

Looking at the images, the outfit turned out pretty bad ass.

Top - Dotti, Waist Coat- Dotti,Pants - Dotti, Belt - Country Road, Shoes - Target

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Everyone’s Definition Of Plain Is Different…

With each picture its clear my hand was super glued to my waist during this photo shoot. Could not let go.

Why would you when you are all Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle. I really should have been a drag queen or a magpie - because if it sparkles, I am finding a reason to own it and then wear it.

Look at the way the sequins glisten in the light. It is impossible to be in a bad mood when you are glimmering all day long.

Never one to be keen to do the walk of outfit shame during work hours, I kept the look subtle yet sparkly.

Necklace - Lovisa, Shirt -True Worths, Skirt - Dotti, Stockings - Myer, Shoes - Wittner

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No Standing…

I told you this leather skirt was going be one of the hardest working items in my wardrobe. Here the skirt is doing an afternoon shift whilst the owner is off duty from corporate Australia.

You see me posing in front of a “No Standing” sign. Tricks are for kids, but we still play.

T-shirt - South Africa, Skirt - Topshop, Sneakers - Converse

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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...

Contact me: tinashe.taneka@gmail.com


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