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Recently I’ve been on a little health trip – eating loads of veg and protein, avoiding carbs and sugar, walking a little more. It’s been a pleasant trip, mostly. But whenever I start going full force towards healthiness I am reminded that sometimes I go a little too far and forget to be balanced. I’m mostly an all or nothing girl – loads of junk OR loads of veg. It’s something I’m working hard at, being a bit more balanced all round. It’s a little difficult but I know it’ll be worth it. It’s all about focusing on the important things – God, spending time with friends, working hard – and then the rest will fall into place.
Fruit and veg are important but there is value in the odd slice of sprinkle-covered toast.
I’ve just gotten back from a month long trip to the UK (London & the Isle of Man) and if you ask anyone that I spoke to before going to London one of the main things I said I was excited for was the shopping and, man, was I wrong. Who wouldn’t be excited for Topshop, Forever21, H&M and – dare I say it – Primark? Let’s just say that Oxford Street was craziness (I mean there are 4 H&Ms in one street?!) and the culmination of walking all day, hours of shopping, a migraine and ill-fitting clothes led up to me crying in the middle of Topshop. Not my finest hour. After that experience I found out that I really don’t like shopping, well, in London at least. I will take shopping in the Country Road section of Woolworths over shopping in London any day.
I suppose we all have a nightmarish shopping trip at least once in our lives, don’t we? No? It’s only me? Well, I guess I just failed the “How to be a good fashion blogger” test. Oh well. Anymore overseas shopping I’ll be doing for a while will be online in the comfort of my own home (Asos, anyone?).
What: Salmon-coloured tea dress with cream scalloped lace detail, Winsome Wanderer bag and nude ballet pumps.
Why: This outfit is colourful and girly (and matchy-matchy, sorry I couldn’t help myself) and perfect for a garden tea party or a tea date with a friend. It’ll brighten up any day just like the perfect cup of tea. What better way is there to spend International Tea Day (happy International Tea Day, by the way!) than to wear a pretty outfit and have a cuppa?
I found this little Q&A meme via Lauren from Glossary. I fell in love with her down to earth and fun answers and couldn’t help but do it too.
What is the best dish you can cook?
Hmmm. I’m more of a baker but I do love cooking roast veg if that counts.
Do you have any scars? I have too many to count! My strangest one is on my elbow. I got it by falling off a bed and on to a hot hair straightener. Silly!
Do you have a workout routine? What is it?
Um, no. I did ballet a couple times this year – loved it but the classes were too far away from home. I’m going to look for some classes near by. I also am planning on running the Two Oceans half marathon next year so I better start training for that soon. I even bought pink running shoes to get me motivated.
Have you ever been mentioned in the newspaper?
Ha! I was mentioned in the paper in preschool for doing a fun run and last year I was in it for my matric results. Nothing interesting really.
What’s your favorite animal?
I don’t really have one favourite animal but I do have a penchant for ALL baby animals. They’re just too adorable. I do particularly love Pudsey (the dancing dog from Britain’s Got Talent).
If you were that animal, and you are where you are right now, what would you be doing? Well if I were Pudsey I’d be dancing. Ha. Continue Reading →
Despite the bright colours used on this little blog, I am not a colourful dresser – at all! I wear grey, black, beige and more grey. Therefore, that I love this outfit goes against every grain of my usual style but who could not fall in love with this shocking pink skirt? I think it works so well because it’s paired with the black and grey (see, it’s all about the neutrals). One reason I could be in love with this outfit is because the blonde hair and the bright pink are totally reminiscent of playing dress-up with my Barbies (and that’s where everyones love for style buds from, right? Right?).
What: black tights, loose grey tank top, slouchy light grey sweater, black snood, canvas shopper bag and a pair of mocassins.
Why: Spending a relaxing morning browsing through a little book shop and grabbing a coffee is one of my favourite things to do. When I’m spending my time this way I want to feel comfortable but I also don’t want to look messy – that’s why neutral colours, tights and a slouchy jersey are the answer. The outfit is still comfy but the simple colour combinations keep it from looking like I just fell out of bed. Perfect.
dress: Cotton On top: thrifted tights: Woolworths necklace: Accessorize shoes: Shoe City (eek!)
I almost stopped blogging today – like for good. I had my first nasty comment on a blog post and it hurt, quite a lot actually. I cried, had a nap and then decided that one little comment shouldn’t get me down and make me feel this bad about myself. I was wearing this dress today and when I woke up from my nap I saw that the light was perfect for photos (hello, golden hour) and so I put on my shoes and this pretty gold top that I’ve been meaning to wear for ages and called my dad to take some photos. I love blogging. I love fashion. I love style. One horrible comment isn’t going to stop me doing what I love.
On a side note, the title of this post comes from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice play which makes me super happy. I didn’t know the origin of this quote that but I adore Shakespeare’s works – I even got an award in high school for my love of the bard. Ha! It’s funny how things work out like that – a pretty Shakespeare quote supersedes a nasty comment any day.
I was lucky to grow up trolling secondhand stores with my bargain loving mum but many of you are secondhand shopping rookies with nobody to show you the ropes – that’s why I’m here to give you my tips to becoming a savvy secondhand shopper.
1. Know where to go - The majority of people I talk to about secondhand shopping have no clue where any good secondhand shops are located. There’s no point in going secondhand shopping if you have no place to go. Talk to someone who knows the scene well and make sure that before you set off you know the name and locations of the secondhand shops you plan on seeing. You can also checkout the newspaper to find out about garage sales and markets in your area.
2. Friendship Folly - Pick your secondhand shopping companion wisely. Find a friend that’ll enjoy secondhand shopping too. You don’t want someone who will rush you or get bored easily in the stores.
3. Dress to undress - This sounds ridiculous but it’s true. While secondhand shopping it is important to wear clothes that are easy to take off to try on some bargain beauties. You don’t want to be wearing layer upon layer or things that have lots of bows or buckles because these make trying on clothes more difficult. Simple dresses are the best because they are easy to slip on and off and allow you to try on items underneath them when there are no fitting rooms.
4. Bargain Baby - It helps to know how to bargain when you go secondhand shopping. You can often haggle the price down at these stores and save some money at the end of the day.
5. Be daring - Be open minded when you go secondhand shopping. Don’t disregard items that you wouldn’t usually wear; try them on and you may find something exceptional. Remember that something can always be tailored if you love it but it’s a couple sizes too big.
6. Become a regular - Don’t give up – many people don’t find anything on their first secondhand shopping trip but if you go weekly or monthly you’re bound to find an item you love.
Have fun on your secondhand shopping trip and I’d love to know if you find something beautiful!
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“I look to create jewellery that celebrates the preciousness of the everyday. I am drawn to simplistic forms and I enjoy translating them into functional jewellery.” Karin Rae Matthee
Karin Rae Matthee of Dear Raeis one of those bright young things that the Cape Town creative industry has to offer. She is a jewellery designer that creates beautiful, simple and functional pieces. She has a lovely collection of intricately designed rings, pendants and bangles. Not only are her designs sublime but her service is delightful too.I bought a Sun & Moon ring set (here is a pic of me wearing it) and I love it; it is a piece of jewellery that I can wear daily no matter what outfit I have on.
Check out the Dear Rae website here to see more of Karin’s work.
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