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 :))

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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
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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