Summer Photo Shoot 2017: Gorgeous GIRL POWER, Found in the City
Life is good.
Since the last shoot I know you guys probably had a hunch that I was a little in love with the continent of Africa. Well, since then, my connection to the continent has only grown stronger and my journey with my House of G&C fashion for good blog has propelled my life forward into the new year to not only face the unknown, but to straight up step right into it. Last year, God put the dream in my heart that I would go to Africa and bring the HGC look good, do good and give back fashion story there. I wasn’t really given much more info other than just that. Coincidentally, Hillsong LA, my home church, also a global church, had just announced their women’s Colour Conference dates. When I went to check out the website, I saw the Cape Town, South Africa session listed and that’s when I knew God had given me my answer. So for the next few months, I started making plans for my travel and for a HGC x Hillsong Africa Foundation collaboration. Shortly after I booked my flight to Cape Town, I knew that in order to celebrate my 10th (Wow...) House of G&C photo shoot, that I’d have to go big!
The last HGC Fall/Winter 2016 shoot featured a variety of beadwork accessories, bold bright colors, and my obsession with music-inspired spirit and sustainable style. Last year’s winter shoot was influenced by fearless pop culture trouble makers, the South African rap group Die Antwoord, and now this new shoot brings together blues/oranges, mixed metals, upcycled fabrics, and the flowy essence of the feminine spirit. This summer shoot includes some of my favorite USA-based brands such as Live a Great Story and CANNED GOODS, and new Cape Town favorites including Pichulik, A Bird Named Frank and Misc. by Lara Kelbe. Just think souful dance vibes via the sexy uplifting spirit of Omarion in Cape Town, SA and French Montana’s beautiful dance video shot in Kampala, Uganda. Hope you love all of these look good do good and give back brands, handpicked by yours truly.
Found in the City, HGC Goes to Cape Town South Africa
I’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to my HGC models Naledi and Nthuthu for letting me capture their extraordinary beauty- both inside and out. Also, thank you to the awesome 91 Loop staff for everything, thank you to the many new South African designers and U.S.-based brands that continue to join me on this magical journey, thank you for embodying the HGC look good, do good and give back spirit.
Shooting location: City Centre, Cape Town Western Cape. For shopping info, please see notes below.
HGC Approved Guide to Shopping this Shoot
>> A Bird Named Frank
What: Variety of bracelets, necklaces, earrings with minimalist focus and geometric aesthetic, made in Cape Town, South Africa. Prices range from $18-50 USD.
HGC-approved: LOVE these delicately designed rings (featured in current shoot)
Click to shop: A Bird Named Frank
>> Aid Through Trade
What: While exploring the amazing finds in Cape Town, I couldn’t help but bring my favorite artisan-made bracelets from Nepal to share and showcase. Aid Through Trade Roll-On bracelets were originally featured in the HGC Fall 2016 Photo Shoot in Las Vegas, and we were so in love with these fair trade goodies that we just HAD to give them some more love! Prices range from $26-66 USD.
HGC-approved: Check out the fun Summer 2017 colors in the shoot- loving the bright blue hues and mix of baby pastels.
Click to shop: Aid Through Trade
>> CANNED GOODS
What: Canned Goods are simply gorgeous accessories made from tin cans, that also do good! This Denver, Colorado based brand started from a simple idea turned thoughtful anniversary gift, and has now blossomed into a full accessories line. Accessories include cuffs, earrings, necklaces, cuff links, and more. Prices range from $32-42 USD.
HGC-approved: Not only do I love the designs of these pieces, but I love the CANNED GOODS can do good concept. With each CG purchase, a can of of food is donated to a local food pantry in Denver, and the jewelry itself is handmade out of a tin can. There’s a CG statement piece for every person in your fam! Check out the previous HGC photoshoots in HGC Fall 2015 and HGC Spring/Summer 2015 for more HGC-approved CG picks.
Click to shop: Canned Goods
>> CARLOS by CARLOS SANTANA ACCESSORIES
What: Musician Carlos Santana launched the Carlos by Carlos Santana shoes and accessories line in 1998 and made it a priority to focus on giving back through The Santana family NFP organization, The Milagro Foundation. The accessories line is a dedicated brand partner that supports The Milagro Foundation with each Carlos by Carlos Santana purchase. Prices range from $20-118 USD.
HGC-approved: In spanish, Milagro means “miracle”, and was founded as a charitable foundation that supports underrepresented and vulnerable children and youth in the areas of arts, education and health. The Milagro Foundation was founded by The Santana family becuase they realized they needed a foundation in order to help children from all around the world.
Click to shop: Carlos by Carlos Santana Accessories
>> DOVE Self Esteem Project
What: I love the beauty brand Dove, not only because the products smell delicious and leave my skin feeling super super soft, but I love supporting a brand with a vision of a world where beauty is a source of confidence and not of anxiety of body shaming. Dove decided to make its vision a long-term commitment and started the Dove Self-Esteem Project in 2004.
HGC-approved: The Dove Self Esteem Project wants to ensure that the next generation grows up having (and enjoying) a positive relationship with the way they look. The initiative works with leading experts, who come from fields including psychology, health, and body image, to create a program filled with world-class resources, many of which have been scientifically proven to significantly develop and increase body confidence and self-esteem in young people, aged 7-17. These resources are FREE to download and use, and materials range from articles, action plans, and conversation starters to activities, videos, and workshops.
How to get involved: DOVE Self Esteem Project
>> Hope Art Zambia
What: Handmade toys and paper bead accessories made by Zambian women that are super cute and make great gifts. People that care buy and sell this unique hand crafted jewelry and all net profits from ‘Hope Art’ are invested in the Zambia Project that provides shelter, food, education and healthcare to children and women in need. Prices range from $6-30 USD.
HGC-approved: Hope Art accessories are made by a group of impoverished, unemployed and mainly HIV positive Zambian widows who are facing the orphan challenge. Your Hope Art Zambia purchase will make a difference in the lives of many impoverished children and women.
Click to shop: Hope Art Zambia
>> Live a Great Story
What: Love this inspirational clothing and accessories line from Austin, TX/San Diego, CA that is focused on staying positive and living a great story, no matter what walk of life you may come from. Check out the HGC x Live a Great Story interview with founder Zach here.
HGC-approved: Live a Great Story inspires and also gives back to partner charities that Live A Great Story fans get to vote on.
Click to shop: Live a Great Story
>> MISC. by Lara Kelbe
What: Misc by Lara Kelbe accessories and garments are made in South Africa from repurposed saris made from 100% silk. These beautiful brocade patterns come in metallic colors, pretty pastels and berry-colored hues, perfect for any time of year and for any age. Prices range from $7-28 USD.
HGC-approved: These Misc. bracelets are gorgeous! Perfect add-on to complete any outfit for day or night. The bracelets were found at my favorite HGC-approved shop, Amiti Shop in Cape Town, conveniently located on Long Street.
Click to shop: MISC. Clothing South Africa
What: Designer Katherine-Mary a trained artist and Patissier started the PICHULIK brand in 2012 after a trip around India. Her PICHULIK line is inspired by the intimate relationship women have with jewelry – it speaks of her travels, her mother or grandmother and the people she has loved. Prices range from $20-140 USD.
Click to shop: Pichulik
All Photos by Melissa Wong of HGC
Are you a brand that looks good, does good and gives back? If you’d like to be considered for our upcoming HGC Fall 2017 Photoshoot and upcoming 2018, we’d love to hear from you! Please email us at: email@example.com.