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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Buying a House – Part 5: Renovating

Hi Lovelies! Hope you are well.

Been a while since I’ve written about our home story – to catch you up, it’s been 6 months that we have now been staying in our home, we have the most amazing neighbours (more like parents and always looking out for us two) and settling in has been quite the journey (mind you, we are still living out of boxes!)

Now comes the dreaded renovating part – when we bought the house we knew that we would definitely need to do some work – we have essentially no kitchen and the house is completely bare save for one cupboard in the main bedroom.

With this in mind we knew we could make the space our own and design it in a way that would work for us (rather than work with what the previous owners had left behind – some people do not know how to plan around a space).

Now this is not an easy (or the cheapest task) but we have come up with some awesome tips to make this process just a little bit easier (Read More below!)

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Buying a House – Part 4: Inspecting

Hi my lovelies! I am down with the flu at the moment – I think my body is telling me to relax.

I have been stuck in bed watching series (sounds like I am complaining but I am not!) but also I decided to tackle making pickled fish for the long weekend (I hope it is as amazing as it smells).

For Part 4 of the home buying series, I thought I wold discuss our tactic in finding a good area to settle in as well as what we looked for when viewing our home.

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Buying a House – Part 3: The cost of buying a house

Hello lovelies! I am typing this as I sit at our table in our new home! Alhamdulilah!

It has been a process and it has been a journey but, we finally have a place to call home (complete with a garden and amazing neighbours).

We have “settled in” so to speak… and by that I mean we have unpacked what we needed and shoved all the other boxes into the study – I just try not to look at it.

So this post is all about the cost of buying a house…

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Buying a House – Part 1: Should you buy a home?

Hello lovelies! I hope everyone is enjoying 2017 so far and that January is the start of a wonderful productive year (I know it’s been that way from my side at least!)

So 2017 has started off with a bang for Labeeq and myself as we are currently in the process of buying our first house (*happy dances to all the music*).

While this may not seem like much of a feat, being Millennials, aged 24 and 27, it’s a pretty big deal, not only in South Africa, but as a young Muslim couple as well.

A little background for you; we got married a year and 10 months ago and have since rented (for 7 months), stayed with my in-laws until we could find a smaller place of our own (3 months) and have since been renting (11 months).

While I don’t have a problem with renting, We both wanted a place to call our own, with walls we could paint, art we could hang and a little garden for Cinnamon to roam free (she’s been acting so weird – like a cat that’s never seen grass in her life, rolling about all over it O.o)

We found an almost home last year, but there was a huge problem with subdividing the property (D O N T go that route! Unless you have the time, money and strength.) It was a tedious, tiring and a pointless process – in the end we didn’t get the house and started from scratch.

We started looking at other areas, went to quite a few viewings but nothing was within our budget OR fit our requirements.

We were actually viewing another property when I saw the ‘For Sale’ sign outside our soon to be home.

Made contact with the agent and boom! Here we are today.

One of the most important questions to ask yourself is; should you buy a home? Are you ready?

We are in a place where we can afford to (financially) and we don’t have any dependents as yet, so the time for us was now.

Remember to sit down with your partner and make a decision that’s best for both of you (or you and the kids).

I told Labeeq that the next move we make has to be into our own home (I’ve moved 3 times since we got married!!!!) – This was our next step together and I am really happy to be doing this with the love of my life!

How are you finding the housing market in South Africa?

Check our Part 2 here: Getting your foot in the door

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