Ontrend Pop Up Event

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An evening of bubbles, tapas, laughter, networking, and lots of selfies, was the atmosphere at the Ontrend pop up event. Fashionistas and bloggers dressed to impress, flocked in numbers for this prestigious fashion gathering. The mood was set for an unforgettable night of shopping 🙂

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BLAZOR: H&M PANTS: Zara BAG: Woolworth BRALET: Guess SHOES: Public desire

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The event was hosted at The Bank in Cape Town. Different designers show cased their beautiful designs from swimwear, caps, evening wear, shoes, sunglasses, jewellery just to name a few. Unfortunately I couldn’t see all the designs as I had to leave before the event ended, but I shared some of the ones I had the opportunity to see below.

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I’m not a lingerie kind of girl BUT @nette_rose changed my mind, they have delicate and intimate lingerie handmade in Cape town, all their lingerie is produced in limited numbers, so you are guaranteed good quality and exclusivity.:) ladies if you want to impress your man, get your hands on one of their pieces.

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One of the designers that captured my eyes was @takechargesa, they have genuine leather bags with built in smartphone and tablet charger in them to make sure your phone or tablet never runs out of battery. I mean what a smart invention!! especially for bloggers like me who are constantly on their phones. Their bags are a MUST HAVE.

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@julz_watchthisgap had one of the most stunning full piece swimwear and printed cover ups and kimonos, I loved their side boob full costumes, which by the way, are trending this summer.

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@sh.swimwear had a bold, edgy swimwear collection with beautiful bright summer colors.I love the fact that they donate 5% of their profits to local charities, I’m all for businesses that give back to the community.

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@rochelle_tayla_designs had an amazing collection of nude, pale pink and leopard print bodysuits, some are side boob style while others have an open back. I am always scared of wearing anything on the nude side or leopard print, as I think the colors will not pop on my skin tone, but after trying on a few and seeing how beautiful they looked on my skin, changed my mind:)

For my next event I’ll make sure I leave when it ends, so I can be able to see all the designs. Regardless, I had a fantastic time. Hope you enjoyed reading nonetheless..and please share your thoughts below:)

Love Mapolo

XoXo

Is Afriderm the answer to dark skin problems?

untitled-design-1-1Imagine how ecstatic I was to finally find products specifically formulated for dark skin, that do actually work!! If you have been struggling to find the right products for your skin, this post is definitely for you. The moment I saw the name Afriderm, I knew I had to try their products out 🙂

Afriderm is an exclusive dark skin care range, designed to reveal and heighten the perfect beauty of dark skin. Their products are locally produced in Capetown South Africa. The fact that their products are at a reasonable price, made the brand more appealing to me. I mean just because products are exorbitantly high, does not necessarily mean they are good right? I’m going to review two of the products I received from them below.

EXFOLIATING BODY SCRUB: R88 (300ml)

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I have been experiencing extremely dry and ashy skin since I came back from Europe, I have tried almost every product on the shelves until I heard about this body exfoliator. I use it twice a week, concentrating more on the dry and cellulite prone areas. It has ingredients like avocado oil, sesame oil, and sweet almond oil just to name a few, leaving your skin feeling soft, hydrated, smooth and nourished.

NB: This product is PARABEN FREE!! For some of you who don’t know what this means, here is a quick explanation 🙂 Parabens are preservatives in cosmetics and personal care products, that make products last longer and they can be harmful to the skin.

DAY CREAM|SPF 20: R159 (60ml)

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This cream is good for moisture and hydration. Herbal oils, argan oil, evening primrose oil and Shea butter are some of the key ingredients. If you have ashy-looking skin, dark spots and blemishes this is the cream to use. It also has built in SPF 20 sun protection with vitamin E and anti wrinkle properties. This cream is suitable for all dark skin tones.

You can find this products and the rest of their range on www.afriderm.co.za or at selected Edgar’s stores.

I would love to hear about the products you use for dark skin or if you use Afriderm skincare range.

Love Mapolo

XoXo

 

Thabo Makhetha Designs

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A few days ago I had the privilege of having a photo shoot with one of my favorite, and talented South African female fashion designer Thabo Makhetha. I am always excited to work with female entrepreneurs as I am pro women empowerment 🙂

Thabo’s designs encapsulate my heritage as a proud Mosotho girl. I felt honored and proud wearing her designs as they represent my country’s traditional blanket known as Seana Marena kobo).

She took an ordinary blanket and transformed it into a beautiful masterpiece that could be worn as a dress, cape, pants or jacket. The creativity, quality and uniqueness of her designs make you fall in love with them almost immediately, forgetting that they are derived from a simple blanket 🙂

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Wearing her clothes made me reminisce about family road trips we took in the Maloti mountains in Lesotho, seeing young boys with a herd of cattle proudly and happily wearing their Seana Marena blankets. The true beauty of my culture lies in this blankets.

I love how versatile her designs are, some of the capes can be worn inside out, to give 2 different looks, that can be styled depending on whether you want to dress up, or down. The peach dress which was one of my favorite designs, can be worn as an evening dress that you can wear with heels, or dressed down with sandals or pumps.

The store is situated at the prestigious 15 On Orange hotel, in Cape Town. It also show cases other artist’s and designs like Afrigarde who designed the beautiful red necklace I wore during the shoot.

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You can find the designs at www.thabomakhetha.com and Thabo Makhetha Collective on Facebook.

OUTFIT DETAILS
Models dressed by: @tmcollective_sa
Red necklace: Afrigarde
Location: 15OnOrange Hotel
Photographer:@ignatiusmokone

Don’t forget to comment below :))

Love Mapolo
XoXo

The perfect Bikini

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If you prefer embracing your body and natural skin tone, you are my kind of girl!! Unlike many others, I’m actually most comfortable when I’m in a bikini. Thank God the sun is out today which means… beach day and taking lots of pictures yeeii!!!

On today’s post I’m featuring one of my favorite bikinis and cover ups.

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This bikini is daring and sexy, and it has that out of the ordinary kind of beauty. Its uniqueness portrays the rich variety in design which I absolutely love. It is cut generously and accentuates my waits line, by giving me an almost ‘perfect’ hour glass shape. My favorite part about this bikini is the 2 dominating strips, that you can manipulate however you want, to achieve more than one look. I mean how amazing!! For those of you who like bikinis that give the illusion that you are skinny, this is the one to have!!

I paired it up with an orange, chiffon coverup. I love the contrast between the two colors and I feel it gives the look a bit of glamour even though I’m at the beach 🙂

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Products used on my body:

Odorless Coconut Oil 400ml

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It is moisturizing, anti aging and good on a flaky dry skin, it also makes your skin soft and gives it a healthy natural glow. You can get it at: dischem.co.za

Elim Rejuvenating Gold Spritz 100ml

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A cooling and invigorating burst of gold, it is fast drying and will leave your legs shiny and glamorous all day, you can get it at: elimspaproducts.com

Outfit details:

Bikini & Coverup: omgmiamiswimwear
Sunglasses: Rayban

Please comment below and share your thoughts :))

Love Mapolo
XoXo

Clarins Make up

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With a feminine and extravagant color scheme, yet very bold packaging, Clarins make up range is simply for a woman who takes pride in how she looks, and wants to make a statement wherever she goes. The gold packaging illuminates and enhances the range to give it a warm, sophisticated and eye catching effect.

I got the pleasure to receive some products from them and I’m beyond ECSTATIC!! For a first time user of their make up, I’m blown away!! Below are some of the products i recieved, the rest will be reviewed later :))

1) Fix’ makeup (long lasting make up hold)
Perfect timing to receive this product in spring!! This refreshing feather light mist helps with setting your make up, my make up turns to get shiny during the course of the day when rushing from one casting to another, iv been using this mist for a couple of days and goodbye shininess!! It has yummy ingredients like organic rose water, grapefruit (for the amazing smell) and aloe Vera (soothing).
TIP: I use it before and after applying makeup, I realized it makes my make up last longer

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2) Kit Sourcils “Pro”
OMG!!! This is my life saver, since using this kit my eyebrows are PERFECT, this kit comes with the most cutest twizzer, brow brush and eyeshadow brush, the perfect color eyeshadow and a TUTORIAL GUIDE to help you achieve the perfect brow shape, I mean HELLO?!

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3) Mascara Supra Volume
If you want fuller, enhanced lashes, THIS is the product to use, this mascara is brand you and just got launched, the thin and long brush makes it easy to cover all your lashes, the Cassie flower wax in it helps to care for your lashes and prevent them from shedding.
TIP: Use it continuously for 4 weeks to get amazing result.

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4) Ombré Matte Eyeshadow (cobalt blue & sparkle grey)
These-cream-to-powder matte eyeshadows light up your look by elegantly enhancing your eyes, they are easy to apply and long lasting. I gently dab with my finger as a 1st application, then use an eyeshadow brush after. I don’t know if it’s just me but, I find it lasts longer applying with a finger first..LOL!!

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5) 09 Crayon Khol
I normally stick to black when it comes to my eyeliner, but this green liner made me change my mind 🙂 if you want to try something different, this is the perfect color to try, its super soft and the color lasts long it comes with a brush to help blend in the color.

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I would love to hear from you regarding your favorite Clarins make up, and any other tips you may want to share!!

Love Mapolo
XoXo

Elegantly chic

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An intangible quality makes this dress distinctive and attractive, the frills create the illusion of lace floating on the skin. The style of this dress is enduring yet timeless…it is the perfect dress to wear at any occasion, and be sure to turn heads :))

I like how breathable it is (which qualifies it as the perfect summer dress) the soft lace makes it comfortable on your skin and easy to wear. I love wearing clothes that make me feel confident, elegant and chic, this dress is definitely the one!!

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I would love to hear your thoughts about this dress and how you would style it, who knows next time I wear it, I might use your ideas :))

Love Mapolo
XoXo

Dress: catwalk_connection
Shoes: publicdesire
Photographer: zeephotography1
Venue: thevueskybarlounge

My natural hair giveaway

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A few days ago I had an exciting shoot with my natural Hair, where we shot for a tv commercial, editorial and YouTube vlog. My natural Hair is a proudly South African product that caters for natural hair. If you are anything like me and prefer wearing your hair natural, YOU KNOW THE STRUGGLE!!

Finding products that leave your hair soft, manageable and moisturized is not easy!! I have found a range that You will love as much as I do, not only do their products smell HEAVENLY, they have natural oil ingredients that your hair definitely need, Shea butter, jojoba oil and coconut oil just to name a few.

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The range has 4 products in them: nourishing shampoo, hydrating conditioner, strengthening oil and moisturizing butter. All products are free from sulphates, parabens, mineral oils, petroleum and phthalates.(all this ingredients are the DEATH of your natural hair, as they strip your hair off essential oils, dry your scalp and grease your hair)

I teamed up with them to giveaway a hamper to one of my readers, yeap its FREEBIE time :)) all you have to do is, make sure you follow @ma_polo and @_mynatural_hair on Instagram and comment below on why you deserve to win, it’s that simple. The winner will be announced on Friday. Competition open to SA citizens only.

Good Luck!
xoxo Mapolo

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The perfect bikini

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Today’s look is the epitome of chick and elegance,incorporating some of Summer’s biggest trends,the rich texture of the white lace and chiffon cover up gave this look a classy yet ungodly amount of cool to it.

I combined this gorgeous outfit with over the ankle lace up heels, I instantly thought that this match would give my outfit the wow effect I wanted to achieve.

I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of spring!
Thanks for visiting my blog,please comment below!

xoxo Mapolo

Outfit: Catwalk Connection
Shoes: publicdesire

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Welcome to Mapolo.Style

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Dear Fashion and Lifestyle Lover

The reason for creating this blog is to share with you my greatest loves, things that give me great excitement, joy and happiness!! (FASHION, BEAUTY and TRAVELING)

The goal of this blog is to share with you what I’m currently obsessing over, mostly the outfits I wear that Inspire me, and hope will inspire you too and products I use and places I have traveled to. I would also like to share a few tips and collaborations that I’m/will be involved in. I will also review some products and do some giveaways, which I know you guys will absolutely love, I mean who doesn’t like freebies?! Haha

I hope you enjoy every post, and that you engage with the blog as much as you want to.

Thank you for reading :))
xoxo Mapolo