In honor of March, the month of Women Empowerment, we want to celebrate two lovely ladies who no doubt arrived and made such a beautiful impact in each other’s life that built a strong friendship as they bond on all things fashion. Here’s Rethabile Mendu and Lizeka Makala in a 2-part series on Style & Friendship. Click here for part one!
As Told by Lizeka Makala
A Biomedical Technology graduate, Lizeka Makala, comes from a small town called Idutywa in the Eastern Cape. She is currently pursuing a Pharmacy degree at NMMU whilst being a Vodacom EC NXTLVL Brand Ambassador and a fashion influencer with her bestie Rethabile Mendu by her side.
When did you two meet?
I met Riri back in 2014 through a mutual friend. I misjudged her, thinking she was this loud person who was out there. Little did I know how much of a sweetheart she truly is. From there on, we were inseparable like Bonnie & Clyde.
Describe each other’s style.
Riri has her own unique style. She loves paying attention to detail, playing with layers, textures and colors. She would rather be overdressed than under dressed.
What is your staple clothing item?
Crop tops. Our wardrobes are full of them, guess we’ll never get enough of them.
If you could describe the other with one word, what would it be, and why?
Attentive. The most basic yet powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Rethabile is such a good listener and adviser. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention.
How do you keep your friendship strong?
We address each and every issue we have about the other, we don’t pile things up. Like every relationship, there will be fights but we make sure we solve the issue instantly.
The most important thing that keeps us so strong is that we invite the presence of the Almighty into our friendship at all times.
Less or more?
We always like to keep it simple, minimalistic yet classy.
Does one need to take out a second mortgage for shoes?
I believe that it is now what you wear, it is how you wear it.
With a better eye for quality, you can find clothes that are well affordable that still make you feel totally indulgent regardless of how much you paid.
What should I buy right now, today?
If you were to buy one fashion item for the other tomorrow, what would it be?
It would definitely be shoes. We love shoes.
How would you explain the fashion scene where you are?
I can define it as more streetwise but a bit formal too. Mostly, it’s street style.
What would you let yourself splurge on?
Make-up! I’m very fond of make-up of late.
What is one thing you know of the other that no one else does?
People don’t know that she’s a cry baby. They always see her as this strong person.
What is your favourite thing to do together?
Spend time together, shop and of course take good pictures.
What would you like to do together but never have?
Travel abroad! You know, take nice pictures in Santorini or Paris… that has always been our dream.
What takes up most of your closet space?
What one thing would you both like to do in the fashion industry that has always been a dream of yours?
One thing is to have a page of our own. There, we will show people how we do this slaying game in a form of beautiful pictures.
Another is we would love to form an organization that will give a platform to young, talented, unrecognized fashion influencers in the Eastern Cape. There are a lot of them out there lacking the right contacts and knowledge on how to approach big brands.
Images courtesy of Lizeka Makala’s Instagram.