Under the South African sun, Vogue Netherlands Contributor, fashion blogger and writer; Rebecca Laurey (who blogs under the pseudonym Raspberry & Rouge) shows us and tells us how she stays stylish on her travels afar. Read on to discover all of Rebecca's style and travel tips in her inspiringly chic visual diary. For more in the series see My Style Journey: The Golden Diamonds
I shot this look in Bo-Kaap, which is the most colourful neighbourhood in Cape Town. The contrast with the white suit just works really well – it was so worth getting up at 6am for!
I love South Africa, it was my fourth time in the country and I love it more each time. That might have something to do with the fact that my boyfriend was born there; a personal connection makes the heart grow fonder.
This time we decided to take it slow, and focus primarily on relaxing activities in Cape Town, like going to the beach. Of all the cute bays Clifton is my favourite, but I recently discovered the slightly less touristy Llandudno. So gorgeous! White sand, turquoise sea! What more can a girl wish for? A warm sea perhaps, because unfortunately this is not the case in Cape Town.
I can also highly recommend Muizenberg; it’s more suitable for surfing and long walks on the beach. It has the cutest brightly coloured beach houses (which double up as changing rooms but for me). When it's too cold to hit the beach, there's still plenty to do in the area.
I love the Winelands; Constantia is close to the city and very beautiful. A bit further out are Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek which all host famous wineries. The Table Mountain and Lion's Head have amazing hiking routes, for those people who seek more sporty activities. Walking up either of those during sunset will give you such memorable views - definitely worth the effort.
Rebecca wears the Kriss black bustier jumpsuit
I shot this look at the most beautiful road in the Cape Town area; the Chapmans Peak Drive. Loads of car commercials are shot here, and you can definitely tell why. It was on my bucket list, so glad I finally had the chance to shoot here!
What are your suitcase essentials when travelling?
I always try to make sure that most of the clothing that I carry works with other pieces; this way I don't have to think about my outfits too much. For me this means truckloads of black and white with the occasional dash of blue thrown in. I cannot leave for a trip without at least three pairs of sunglasses; they’re the perfect and easiest accessory when travelling - also good for those make-up-less days.
Which AW14 trends are you currently sporting?
I love culottes; I still wear them all the time. When back in Amsterdam I pair mine with boots, and when the weather allows I'll pop on a pair of trainers. Also, the camel coat. One of the biggest trends this season and mine makes a welcome addition to my otherwise quite monochrome wardrobe.
How best would you describe your signature style?
It’s a bit grungy and minimalistic but always with a feminine touch. I don't like to overdo it; I like to let the clothing speak for itself.
What are your beauty staples when away?
Sunscreen! I don't really care about make-up too much, but wearing protection against the sun is a must. Also, it’s super important to hydrate, so bringing a good facial and body lotion or cream goes without saying. When it comes to make-up I like keeping it quite natural with nude tones, and when I really feel like it I apply a bright red lipstick.
How does your style differ when visiting South Africa?
I must admit that it's slightly less fashion and a bit more easy-going. I don't want to think about jewellery and stuff like that when I'm in Africa. I also don't wear as many layers and leave my heels at home.
The best piece of sartorial advice you've been given?
Wear what you love and love what you wear!
What are your favourite hotspots when visiting and why?
The first thing I do when I arrive in Cape Town is to head for the seaside. The city has the most gorgeous beaches, they’re definitely worth a visit - even in winter. One of my go-to lunch spots is located in-between two of my favourite beaches: The Bungalow. Downtown is good for shopping, Long Street has some good vintage stores and Kloof Street is well known for its restaurants. One gem I discovered on Buitenkant Street is Haas, which serves amazing breakfasts and lunches in a gorgeous setting. Also a definite must-do is a high tea in the Mount Nelson Hotel. A gorgeous sight and delicious food. On Saturdays it's fun to visit the market in Woodstock – it’s a bit hipster with cute stands selling everything from clothing to food.For more style from Rebecca, visit Raspberry & Rouge