Every time I've met the stylish and elegant Jackie Burger, I have been at a loss for words, (yes, this is possible for me), a starstruck girl meeting her girl crush! Former editor of SA's ELLE magazine, now owner of a new style venture, SALON58 , a collaborative space where fashion, inspiration, styles and aspirations can be shared with other women. (These are truly amazing soirees where one can interact with Jackie, so if you have a chance try to attend one!)
Here's some insights she shared with me:
FIVE WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE YOU?
Passionate / Maverick / Spiritual / Classicist / Dreamer
WHAT'S YOUR STYLE OF DRESSING?
Classic and timeless with a twist; a dose of daring and a love of vintage finds.
HEELS OR FLATS?
Both… Sadly practicality is overtaking my love for heels and flats are starting to reign my shoe collection.
YOUR BIGGEST EXTRAVAGANCE?
I don't really have an articulated extravagance and view perceived luxuries as humble necessities to live a soulful life – mine will include handmade soaps & candles; artisanal coffee & chocolate and abundant flowers.
YOUR BEAUTY ESSENTIALS?
My signature MAC Russian Red lipstick
Brow & Lash tint every 2 weeks
I opted to age naturally and regular facials are non negotiable
A definitive hairstyle - including healthy, glossy hair maintained by stylist Dawid Kriel of Institute Aesthetics, Somerset West
YSL Touche Eclat Face Highlighter
Dermalogica's Daily Superfoliant with Charcoal
Wild Olive Hand Cream
YOUR FAVOURITE SCENT?
I believe in a perfume wardrobe and as such have a few, including Chanel Jersey; YSL Caban & Diptyque Philosykos and House of Gozdawa Simo.
WINTER OR SUMMER?
Autumn actually – the quality of light and autumnal shades instills a lightness of being.
YOUR DREAM LUNCH OR DINNER?
Late afternoon champers, cake and sisterhood.
FAVOURITE MOVIE OR BOOK?
It's a toss up between Simone De Beauvoir's Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter and Diana Freeland's The Eye has to Travel.
AN INSPIRING QUOTE?
"Be – don't try to become" - Osho
BEST ADVICE YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN?
"The woman of taste is the woman of adventure"; extract from The Designer Scam by Colin Mc Dowell.
SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY ABOUT YOU THAT NOT MANY KNOW?
I am an introvert.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR SALON 58?
Our 10th soirèe #Cycles on the 26th of August celebrates Women's Day and explores the notion of "Every next level of your life will demand a different version of you" - giving context to the stages of womanhood and the challenges as well as the rewards we encounter. The day will include style and beauty workshops, insightful conversations and a celebratory lunch.
TELL US MORE ABOUT THE PERSONAL STYLING SESSIONS?
My style coaching sessions are very close to my heart and very personalised. It starts with a one on one conversation honing a true and honoured understanding of my client's dreams, fears and goals. It extends beyond a mere quick fix make-over and the sessions are grounded by a respect for the complexity of our needs; where it stems from and the investment of time and care to uncover the liberation of personal style and creativity. Each client's journey is tailor-made to meet her needs and budget.