One door closes…

Hello lovelies! So if you follow me on Instagram – you probably would have seen my story regarding blogging and where I stand right now.

If not… Frocking Cotton was started in 2010 (when I was in Matric and looking for a creative outlet and stress reliever) – this was when it was still known as Pretty Young Things.

Since then, it has been a place for style and fashion, events, home and interior design as well as makeup, beauty and skincare.

I even started incorporating some pregnancy stories recently – because I always try to blog about what is relevant in my life at the time.

With all of this in mind, I feel like it has served it’s purpose over the years and now it is time to start a new chapter.

I still want to use social media to post and discuss my ideas, my thoughts, my feelings… I just think that maintaining a blog is a full time occupation – and I do not have the capacity to do this right now.

I have always blogged for myself first, and the readers came along when they related to my content. I hate the word – blogger – I never fully felt like that’s what I am. I always say to friends and family that I feel like I am someone who has a blog, I never categorised myself as a “blogger”.

Thank you to all the years of support through all of this. Thank you for encouraging me to write when I felt that I had nothing to offer and thank you for being so connected (there are readers I feel I have become dear friends with – although, we have never even met!)

With baby on the way as well – I feel that posting on one platform (Instagram being my choice for my new venture) would be more manageable and I could be consistent (whereas with my blogging, I always felt like I was never writing enough).

This is not goodbye – but the beginning of a new chapter and venture (for me and for you).

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Pregnancy: 1st Trimester

Hello my lovelies! So if you have been following me on social media, you would know that we are currently expecting our first little one.

If you don’t know, now you know haha!

I meant to post every trimester buuuuuttttt I think that was being rather optimistic!

So here we are at 36 weeks and recapping the journey thus far before little one blesses us with his presence…

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Ilhaam’s Sustainable Closet: Lessons Learnt

Onto to our last post for this series, Ilhaam will be going through with a focus on trial and error.

Read more below to get an insight into her journey, how we got here and what tips and tricks you can use if you’re starting (or would like to start) a capsule wardrobe.

Also go ahead and wish her a very Happy Birthday!!! Yay!

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CT Meetup 2018 and Blogging Journey

Hello lovelies! Been a while, but I thought I would pop in as I attended my first blogger meet-up on Saturday, hosted by the lovely Zayaan (of Surviving the Madness) and Robyn (Uphill Writer).

I was quite nervous attending this event – not knowing what to expect, never having met majority of the women before – just being altogether out of my comfort zone.

So glad that I attended – it was such an amazing experience and I have taken away so much from the short, albeit wonderful, time with these incredible women.

We had Maz Halliday from Caffeine and Fairydust giving us some insight into her blogging journey and how she went against the “norm” and what was expected of her versus creating a brand all her own (and definitely worth following!).

The second guest speaker was Ayesha Abrahams of A Squared PR and Communications, she had some wise words with regard to your presence on social media, how you appear to brands as well as approaching brands that would be a perfect fit for you and your brand.

Overall, both Maz and Ayesha had one thing in common to say – do it for the right reasons and you will reap the benefits. If you are in it to share you story, give advice and share your experiences with others, it will only show in your work.

I also found that whether you have 500 followers or 100 000 – at the end of the day, all the women in the room had experienced the same things.

Going through droughts when it came to writing or posting, not posting everyday, etc. It made me feel so connected to this group and everything I have been thinking and feeling lately is something that’s quite common and made me feel so much better in terms of not posting all the time – especially when you feel like you have writers block and the words are not coming.


Wonderful day, amazing group, scrumptious food and also topnotch goodie bag! I thank the organisers for the stunning event they put together and am so excited and inspired for my blogging journey going forward!

Customised (Non Alcoholic) bubbly! Courtesy of Netflorist

 

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Transitional Wardrobe

With Winter in full swing- it’s all about coats, boots and warm jerseys.

But what about that period in between?

As you may know from my previous posts, I have a capsule wardrobe – this is a “mini wardrobe” so to speak, of items you love to wear, bought consciously/purposefully and generally really great quality.

While many stick to numbers, like the 37 piece seasonal wardrobe of Caroline Rector of Unfancy or the Project 333, I have decided to forgo this, as it can be quite limiting, and have stuck to having a mindful closet, with good quality pieces and easy to assemble outfits (I tend to mix both summer and winter pieces because of the weather in this city and I have the space to store all my clothing to be accessible at all times).

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Ilhaam’s Closet: Building your capsule wardrobe to fit your lifestyle

So if you are following my latest series, I have asked my sister, Ilhaam, to give us some insight into her capsule wardrobe and her take on sustainability.

Read more below on how you can build you capsule wardrobe to fit your needs and lifestyle- and if you have not had a look at the first post, here you go

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Sustainable Closets: Ilhaam

Sustainable Closets and Slow Fashion – you may have heard these terms around (especially of late, given the impact we have had on the environment, one the major impacts being fast fashion).

Some of you may be wondering if slow fashion is just a trend, is it really for you and how do you go about changing your shopping habits and wardrobe to accommodate this lifestyle change.

I decided to talk to my sister, Ilhaam, about her current experience with capsule wardrobes and the world of sustainable fashion.

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Fancy Florals

Happy Sunday Lovelies! For some, either your or your family is partaking in the Cycle Tour – I hope it goes well (my dad is doing the race today for the 08th time! All the best!)

With the lovely we weather we have been receiving, I have been taking advantage of all my summery and spring clothes before I have to start layering again.

I recently starting buying items from Mr Price again – I have always found some of their shoes to be quite good quality, and it has seen me through three years at College, so it’s a really great buy.

Other items I have gotten are maxi and t-shirt style dresses, layering tops (long sleeved, turtle necks) as well as really comfy soft pants.

Fancy Florals

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