Natasha Ndlovu is a model, blogger and photographer based in London, England. She writes about fashion, photography, beauty and travel, as well as shares her experiences working in the fashion industry.
Cat eye sunglasses are making a comeback, just in time for Spring. Ok, maybe the cat eye is not necessarily making a comeback because it never left, but let’s just say it is back but looking a whole lot slimmer. So many brands from the high-street to designer are making a variation of the infamous shape. I tend to lean to a more oval cat eye than a triangular shape because it suits my face better.
These sunglasses I am wearing are more of an oval shape, although classified as cat eye on Asos. Nevertheless, if you are going to go for a slim oval or cat eye shape, be bold and go for colours like red, white or the occasional pink. Stock up on them now before they sell out and have fun with the shapes. I personally advise you to buy cheap ones because some of these styles may not be forever. If you know you will wear a pair regularly and it will be a staple in your wardrobe, then, by all means, fork out a couple hundred bucks. Just make sure to take a photo to look back on and show your grandkids how cool ( or ridiculous) you looked in them.
SHOP CAT EYE SUNGLASSES
Not to forget the rest of the outfit, here is what the rest of my look consisted of. When I put together this look, my sunglasses were the focal point. Usually, sunglasses are something I throw on last minute but because these are quite a unique-looking pair, I had to be more cautious of what I wore to complete them. A black, white and grey palette works well with a pair of white sunglasses, so I opted for this tailored look.
This image should come with a caption: When you are ready for Spring, but Spring is not ready for you. I never thought I would say February is a long month but it is beginning to feel as long as January was. Considering we lose a good three to four days this month, one would think we were already in March. I cannot wait for Spring. I cannot wait for when this velvet slit skirt can be worn without skin-tone tights. Also, I cannot wait for when my cable knit jumper will be more-than-enough to wear on its own. Did I also mention that I cannot wait until I put my trusty ankle boots away ? At this point, they are the only reasonable heels I can go out in. In the mean time, all of them together make for a nice head-to-toe black outfit, don’t you think?
Happy Valentines day everyone ! Although I am not one to get all soppy and go on and on about love, I will say that I love the community that I have built over the years here on this blog. There is also the growing community of subscribers on my Youtube channel whose comments, input and advice I appreciate whenever I upload a video. I appreciate those of you who enjoy my beauty content as well, being no makeup guru myself, but nonetheless, thank you.
To show my gratitude – and love – I am giving away a Bisous Natasha Beauty Box to two lucky readers. The giveaway is open worldwide. This beauty box is something I thought of doing for Valentines day, focusing solely on lip products. As someone who loves doing lipstick videos, I wanted to give two of you the chance to win a box containing lipsticks. These include Fenty Beauty, Hourglass, Laura Mercier and Clinique, to name a few. I also wanted to use this opportunity to encourage you to follow @bisousnatasha Instagram which will focus mainly on beauty content. I look forward to featuring people on this new Instagram and cover topics on beauty & skincare.
All you have to do to win the Bisous Natasha Beauty Box is the following:
Leave a comment below letting me know what you love about my content. This can be blog, Instagram or Youtube-related.
Leave your Instagram name as well in the comment so that I can contact you if you win.
The winner will be announced on Thursday 15 February via @bisousnatasha Instagram. Make sure you are following and check your DMs. Good Luck !
Here is a Valentines Day gift guide for 2018 which will come in handy for those of you, who like me, leave things to the last minute. Yay ! So, you are probably thinking why would I want to look at a gift guide for items I want someone to get me, right ? Well, I believe Valentines is about treating yourself – single or not – and ladies don’t wait for someone to buy you lingerie. The last thing you want to associate your ex with is a pair of undies, unless they stick around then it’s something you can sleep in to remember them when they are not by your side. So here is a quick list of lingerie, beauty and accessories which will make for a perfect Valentines Day gift. Now all you have to do is casually send this link to your partner and let the online shopping begin !
I have been a fan of Reserved since discovering them last summer, on a trip to Gdansk, Poland, where we got a tour of their head offices and met the founder himself. Affordable and stylish fashion is important for me but what I also look for is quality in a high street product. Reserved do just that and their denim has been a favourite of mine since getting one of their metallic denim jackets during the Christmas season.
This time around, I opted for a pair of denim jeans with stripes which have a loose, baggy fit to them. I like this style of denim because it is not restricting in the way a pair of skinny jeans may be and I can see myself wearing these around the house but also hanging out in the park or beach in them. I prefer a dressed-down approach to them but these can work in an office environment with a pair of block heels. Otherwise, you can opt for another one of their denim styles for women on their site – reserved.com.
My first time in Bali was a fun and eye-opening experience which I got to share with one of my friends who had been there before two years ago. Unlike most trips where I tend to stay in one hotel the entire time, I got to experience four different hotels, thanks to Asoni Haus Travel Club (@ahtravelclub) and the itinerary they set up for us. We did a variety of activities, ate amazing food and, overall, were taken care of by amazing Balinese people. I thought I would give those of you interested in travelling to Bali a quick guide on all the places we stayed at and where we ate, relaxed and sight-seed. Also, what is a travel guide if it does not involve a bit of fashion as well ?
The first hotel we stayed at was The Slow Canggu where we spent 2 nights. It is a fashionable hotel with an art gallery and the vibe it has is one similar to the Ace Hotel groups, if you are familiar with the New York and London branches. There you will find a young, well-traveled, international crowd which stays up late, especially on Fridays, thanks to the DJ booth set up near the bar. The street on which the hotel is located has an array of clothing stores, spas, trendy bars & restaurants, amongst them Moana, where we had dinner on our first night. Their breakfast is amazing and if you are a coffee addict like myself, you will not be dissapointed. Don’t, however, expect a pool on the premise, unless you book The Pool Suite. The beach is only a five minute walk down the end of the road if you are looking to dip your toes into the Indian Ocean. The decor of the rooms consists of natural earth tones, along with bamboo furniture and plants with tons of space for two people sharing.
Next on our stop was Kayumanis Ubud Private Villa & Spa, located in the Ubud area of Bali, famous for its lush, green rice fields. If there is one word I would use to describe this villa (besides beautiful) is romantic. You want to stay here with a partner, not a friend, sibling or parent. You can if you want to but as soon as you arrive, like we did, you will know this place was made for couples. Having our own private deluxe villa, with complimentary afternoon tea, a butler and a shuttle to take us around the Ubud area was the best hotel experience out of all during this trip. The outdoor shower and bathtub were a winner for me and one of the decor elements that made this place stand out. Their Spa is amazing and we had a relaxing full body massage on one of the evenings surrounded by nature. The food was great, the staff went above and beyond to help us and overall, Kayumanis villas was amazing. If you want to avoid the crowds and stay somewhere quiet and remote but luxurious, then this is the place to stay at.
Third on the list was New Earth Haven Villa which was also located in the Ubud area. Unlike our previous hotel, Kayumanis, this place had a more relaxed vibe to it. If you are more of a free spirit, love to be closer to nature and don’t mind the occasional gecko or tiny frog leaping into your accommodation, then this is the place for you. Along with their vegan/ vegetarian restaurant Akasha Bali, the one night we spent at New Earth Haven was an interesting experience for two women used to more modern and luxurious hotel settings. New Earth Haven, on the other hand, felt more like glamping ( glamorous camping for those of you who don’t know the term) . Their bio-architecture eco domes made out of bamboo work well with their surroundings and the concept of the place is about living and eating as natural as possible, which is something some, not all, people will find to their liking.
Our last hotel was at Plataran Ubud Hotel & Spa also located in the Ubud area, although much closer to Ubud market and its surrounding restaurants and shops. The set up of Plataran is such that the facade on the main road is the reception and a lounge area but to get to the rooms and pool itself, you take a golf cart or a short walk further down towards the back, to a part of the hotel that feels like you are in a jungle. The views from our room and the breakfast area of the pool and fields were stunning. The hotel offers not only spa activities but a cooking class, which we took, that teaches you how to make traditional Indonesian dishes. The hotel chef takes you to the market, early in the morning, to pick out the ingredients which will be used to cook your lunch. If the cooking and eating takes it toll on you, you can always take it easy at their pool, like we did, right up until we had to leave to go to the airport.
I am sure by now you would have already seen my Youtube video about my day out with Farfetch – if you haven’t, watch it – but I also wanted to share with you the dinner we had at the end of the day, to wrap up the day’s events. Our location for the dinner was Motel Studios, a studio in the arches, under the train tracks, which doubles as a photographic studio and a place where you can host events.
As we had been in separate groups throughout the day, it was lovely to see new and familiar faces at the dinner and chat to more members of the FarFetch team about future events and projects. The decor was a mixture of black and gold with an array of candles not only on the table but along the sides. Typical of the fashion crowd, a lot of us wore black, grey and white, almost matching with the decor.
We wrapped up what was a celebration of The Shop At BlueBird‘s online store moving on to the Farfetch website, something which will definitely bring in more customers, especially those who cannot physically shop at their London locations. Take a look at their section on Farfetch and shop some of the best designer selections, my favourite being Isabel Marant !
I am assuming what brought you to this wonderful post is the fact that you are still doing last-minute Christmas shopping. Am I right? At this point, you are going to have to do it online, unless you are one of the privileged few who has an assistant running around doing all the dirty work. I thought I would throw in some of my favourites for this season which should go done well come Christmas eve. I’ve even included some tech items for those of you who might not be into fashion that much. If you are a guy, or have a boyfriend, husband, brother, grandpa etc … you get the point, then check out the FarFetch Guide for men. Happy online shopping and Happy Holidays !
What I’ve been seeing a lot of lately, perhaps thanks to the popularity of Gucci‘s graphic t-shirts, is a rise in t-shirts emblazoned with our favourite celebrities (past & present) as well as cult TV shows – think Strangers Things. What I will tell you about this trend is that the best tees, in my opinion, are in the men’s section. I personally am not a fan of what they offer in the women’s department. I find it repetitive when I see yet another woman’s t-shirt with a French word such as “Amour” or the phrase “Je t’aime“. And don’t get me started on the ‘We Should All Be Feminists” tees that every brand from the high-street to high-end stores sold this past summer.
Anyways, I thought I would share with you some of my favourite t-shirts, mostly featuring celebrities, which you can style with your leggings, mom jeans or however your heart desires this winter. I found this Outkast t-shirt in the men’s section of Urban Outfitters. I have my eye on a Tupac t-shirt and a Cher one to add to my collection this season but for now, I am also trying to not overwhelm my closet with even more clothes. In the mean time, here is a great selection of my favourite ones below:
It’s the most wonderful time of the year ! No, I’m not talking about Christmas (not yet), rather the Black Friday Sales. The time has finally come when retailers, online and in store, have massive reductions on their items. If you’ve done this before, you know the deal. I’ve popped some of my favourite retailers down below who have amazing deals happening from today onwards, some ending on Monday November 27th. Be warned, the Pretty Little Thing Sale ends midnight tonight (Nov. 22nd) !
NORDSTROM : Designer Clearance up to 40% OFF
ASOS: Black Friday Weekend 30% OFF Everything with Code EPIC30
SHOPBOP: up to 75% OFF Sale Items / 30% Off Full Price Items with Code MORE17
MISSGUIDED : 50% OFF on all items with Code CYBER50 until November 26
PRETTY LITTLE THING: 30% OFF Everything with Code TSON (ends midnight November 22nd)
MODA OPERANDI: Up to 65% OFF Designer items & 30% OFF Sale items until November 27th
SAKS 5TH AVENUE: Up to 40% OFF Designer In store & Online
TOPSHOP: Up to 50% + Free Worldwide Shipping until November 27th
Here are some more Retailer Sales:
Macy’s — Take 20% off Black Friday with code HURRY. Valid November 22 – 25.
Nike — Take an extra 25% off sale styles with code EPIC25. Valid through November 28.