Spring hit Johannesburg with a bang, showing off with 30 degree days and what felt like 100% humidity last week. It seemed like overnight the air was warmer and the grass greener. It was actually so hot last week that I thought we had skipped spring entirely and summer was upon us. Needless to say, my spring wardrobe will consist of DIY denim shorts (see below), free nips (also see below), and crop tops (I’m so original). I am definitely a creature of the sun and I thrive in warmer climates, so naturally I’m smiling through the sweat. In the midst of summer, I’ll no doubt be wishing for some cooler days, but isn’t that our eternal curse? Our (humans) inability to be satisfied. Maybe that’s what keeps us progressing, or possibly, regressing.
Anyway, I’m gradually starting to feel like my old self again; winter had me cooped up inside most days and the lack of sunshine made me feel really sad. Now that I don’t have to don a huge jacket every time I go outdoors, I’m spending much more time in the sun, and the extra vitamin D has obviously kicked in because I feel so much happier, more inspired and energetic. I’m even waking up before my alarm! There’s something about this season that makes me notice and appreciate the little things. The movement of the trees in the wind, the scent of flowers, the sound of birds. Suddenly, every thing is picture worthy, and I’m jumping out the car to grab a photo of moon flowers that I’ve driven past a million times before. It makes me realise that those ‘little’ things aren’t so little after all. I can spend a good twenty minutes absolutely engrossed in the ecosystem of a tree. I try to imagine how many animals call it home; the birds, the insects, the reptiles and the fungi. I sound like a crazy person, but people who don’t take the time to acknowledge the existence of the environment around them are the real crazy ones. Crazy to miss it.
Meant for the coast but worn in the city, this outfit is casual casual casual. Channeling my inner Cindy Crawford, I paired a simple white button-up shirt, that I rebelliously buttoned down and tied into a knot, with classic blue jean shorts. You can find similar shirts here, here and here. T-shirts work well too. Check out some beautifully made tees here and here. These shorts were originally long jeans that I picked up from a thrift store in Melville. They had horrid stains on the lower legs but fitted me perfectly so I decided to cut them into shorts. Denim Palace, a Durban based thrift store that exclusively sells denim, is currently running a special: buy two Levis’ high waisted shorts for the price of one! GET. ON. IT.