Today’s featured blog is The Stylist’s Notebook, written and curated by Sheena Bagshawe, a fashion stylist and creative consultant.
This beautifully presented lifestyle and fashion blog is her diary and the online space where she documents her work and play.
Read on to find out more about Sheena…
What I know? This is such a deep question! It makes me think of the ‘What I Know For Sure” write up on the last page of Oprah Magazine. Anyway… at this point, I know the power of finding strength in gentleness. The power of following intuition. The power of saying ‘no’ when you don’t want to be involved and feeling no guilt. The power of letting go when life is screaming that this isn’t for you. I also know the power of letting others help and then saying thank you. The power of realising people’s reactions to situations has more to do with them than it has to do with you; it also means that your reactions have more to do with you than it does with them. These have been hard learned, but I’m so lucky to know these things.
What I love at the moment is being about to do work I really enjoy and have important connections around me. Being surrounded by a network of mentors and clients, supportive and boundary-pushing friends and work peers as well as my family, is something I really cherish. On a less sentimental note, I just bought a pair of adidas originals Stan Smiths deboss polka dot, and I adore them! Why didn’t I hop onto the white sneaker trend sooner?
What I read varies from month to month and constantly changes, but I generally stick to fiction. This year I challenged myself to read more African literature and that’s lead me to start up an online book club on the blog. “Fashion Bookclub” asks thought leaders in the fashion and creative industry to give 5 book recommendations. This year I’ve really enjoyed Half of A Yellow Sun by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie, The Secret History and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, and Piggy Boy’s Blues by Nakhane Tourre. I’m currently reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.
What I want right now is a pair of Jane Sews flow culottes in stone. The pleat detailing is impeccable and on the whole, they’re minimal perfection. Jane Sews design, quality and customer service is always on point too.
What I wear all depends on how I feel that day, at the moment I’m moving towards a more monochromatic style with timeless basics. I aim to have a wardrobe that’s a mixture of local brands and designers and retailers. More and more South African brands manage to produce locally using means that benefit our economy and environment. A lot of them also charge prices that are in line with imported fashion brands.
What I need is to create habits that help with wellbeing and stick with them, and to travel more! Whether it’s physical activity, or remembering to prep healthy meals in advance I’ve got to learn to take the time to care of myself. On the travel front, I recently realised that the last time I booked a trip for no reason other than travelling somewhere new was in 2010, so here’s to more exploring.
Images: Sheena Bagshawe