Thursday, 31 May 2012

May Fashion Blogger Challenge: Day 31 - Something You're Obsessed With

Day 31 - Something you're obsessed with

Wow, May has completely flown by! Hard to believe we're already at the last post of this series!

Well, if you've been following my recent blog posts, you will have seen that I've developed a mild obsession for all things grey. I now have grey scarves, hats, jeans, t-shirts, jerseys, cardigans, shoes, jewelry... I love layering different fabrics, textures or shades of grey in the same outfit to add depth. [I also think I look a lot better in grey now that I'm a blonde, compared to when I was a brunette...]

To end of this series on a light note, here's a fun photo of me in my favourite new grey blazer (I loved this blazer so much I just bought it again in a lighter shade of grey!).

Grey fitted blazer from Mr Price // Grey long-sleeve tee from Woolworths // Straight leg jeans from Woolworths // Pearl earrings from Sass Diva // Silver key pendant custom made // Long necklace DIY'ed

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Body Thrills

Body Thrills is a fantastic South African producer of a range of pampering products. Their philosophy is all about creating products that are all natural and preservative free - they use pure essential oils, organic ingredients and locally grown herbs to create absolutely amazing experiences!

They've currently got several packages on special for Winter - just in time to indulge dry winter skin! My favourites are the three pictured above:

  1. Steamy & Fresh Winter Pack (R140, save R50): Any two 300 ml shower gels (usually ~R90 each). Choose from Pina Colada; Lemon, Nougat &Honey; Citrus Explosion and Rooibos, Ginger & Honey
  2. Moisturise & Nourish Winter Pack (R160, save R70): Any three 125ml body butters (usually R90 each). Choose from Pina Colada; Lemongrass, Lime & Neroli; Lemon Nougat & Honey Coconut; Citrus Explosion and Healing & Soothing
  3. Refresh & Repair Winter Pack (R350, save R170): A complete indulgence! Contains a Nourishing & Soothing Hair Repair Mask; Lemongrass, Lime & Neroli Bath Crystals, Chocolate Pudding Bubble Bath; Coffee & Chocolate Cellulite Scrub; Citrus Explosion Body Polish and Detox Smoothie Mask for Your Face.
I've already gone and ordered my "Moisturise & Nourish" pack - really looking forward to receiving it! Hopefully once I have some more money to spend, I can get the Chocolate Pudding Bubble Bath (seriously! how amazing does that sound!) and Body Polish...

Be sure to check out their website, as well as their specials. The special runs until Tuesday 5 June, 5pm and stocks are limited, so place your order as soon as possible!

May Fashion Blogger Challenge: Day 30 - Pretty Hair

Day 30: Pretty Hair

This is my go-to "pretty" hair. It's soft, unusual, a little bit boho and best of all - super easy!

All you need is a pretty, elasticated headband, like this one.

 Slip it around your head, over your hair. (Mine's a little loose, so I fix it in place with two bobby pins.) Then, starting at one side, take small sections of your hair and tuck it into the band. Keep on tucking as you go around your head to form the "roll" of hair at the back. Once it's all in, you can give the "roll" another tuck if you want it neat and tight, or rough it up a bit if you want it looser. Give your hair a quick spritz of hairspray and you're done!

Once you've got the hang of it, and are tucking your hair nice and evenly, you'll find that once you undo your hair later you'll have great no-heat curls!

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

May Fashion Blogger Challenge: Day 29 - Face of the Day

I've officially had to switch over from my summer foundation to my winter one. Goodbye tan, hello ghostly paleness!

Foundation: Revlon ColorStay Makeup with Softflex for Combination skin in 001 Buff (Yes, 001!)
Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in 004 Sandstorm
Blush: Estee Lauder Tender Blush in 102 Pink Kiss and 323 Fresh Plum
Liquid Eyeliner: Woolworths Colour Dipliner in Black
Pencil Eyeliner: Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in 001 Black (line inner rims of both upper and lower lids)
Mascara: Rimmel Extra Super Lash Waterproof in Black (top tip: always curl your lashes before mascara!)
Lipstick: Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 016 Heartbreaker

Oh, and say hello to my office! (Hence the highly unflattering florescent lighting.) There are also a few other shots of my look, taken this morning, in today's "outfit of the day" post here.

May Fashion Blogger Challenge: Day 28 - Something Everybody Has Now

Day 28: Something Everybody Has Now

Maybe it's just because I spend too much time on Pinterest, but it seems that mustaches are everywhere at the moment!

Aren't these sunglasses fun?
Adding a touch of class to
your knuckles...

Next up on my shopping list...

These tiny earrings from River Island
arrived on my desk yesterday!
Can't wait to wear them

Tached Tips
These stick-on mustaches are so much fun! I bought a pack of these for an evening out recently and they gave us many laughs!

Black and bows and braids

Outfit of the Day

Black V-neck long-sleeved T-shirt from Woolworths // Black jeans from Woolworths // Black lace-up ankle boots by Bronx from Footgear // Black coat from Woolworths (previously seen here) // Black and gold enameled bow earrings from Mr Price // Black and gold bow and chain necklace from Mr Price // "Love" enameled ring from River Island

May Fashion Blogger Challenge: Day 27 - Inspired by your style icon

Day 27 - Inspired by your style icon: Audrey Hepburn

Saturday, 26 May 2012

May Fashion Blogger Challenge: Day 26 - What's in my bag?

Day 26: What's in my bag?

Here's the day bag I'm using at the moment:

Yes,  it's purple! And a birthday present from a few of my varsity friends.

Top view of my bag. Only two things in: my handbag organiser, and my wallet.

The black/purple handbag organiser was a Christmas gift from my mom last year, and it's fantastic. No more digging around in a big bag for your lipbalm! Also, it makes switching bags effortless.

Wallet, and front pouches, left to right:
Hot pink faux-snakeskin wallet (from Mr Price), my phone (Samsung Galaxy SII, much love), iPad stylus, two pens (the blue is a recent addition from my conference last month), two eyeliner pencils (Almay Intense I-Colour in Brown Topaz for Blue Eyes & Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Black)

Side pouches, left to right:
Keys, two hair elastics (one thick for ponytails, one thin for braids), two bobby pins, Amilab lip balm, the day's lipstick, Rimmel Lipstick Lock

Center pouch, left to right, top to bottom:
Small notepad (with my name on it!), Palmer's Cocoa Butter hand cream (an oldie but goodie), "sensu" fragrance from Woolies (a light green/floral, 25ml handbag-sized bottle), cleansing hand wipes, permanent marker (you never know when you'll need one...)
My Guess watch (the clasp is broken, so I've been meaning to take it in for repairs, but I always forget - it's been in my bag for months!), a Sh'Zen glass nailfile (smoother and more even than normal files, so much gentler on your nails), sugar-free peppermints
My iPod (with earphones from my brother's phone - I have a habit of destroying earphones at an unbelievable speed), small compact mirror.

The back of the organiser also has a small zipped compartment, in which I keep my ID book, some paracetamol and a few safety pins and plasters (for the unexpected wardrobe malfunction, or blisters from new shoes).

Do you have something in your handbag that I don't and should have? Are you using a handbag organiser? Any useful handbag tips? (Oh, and to the men - see, it's not a pandora's box, just a collection of odd things that woman feel the need to carry around all the time!)

Friday, 25 May 2012

May Fashion Blogger Challenge: Day 25 - A totally YOU outfit

Day 25: A totally YOU outfit

This is the sort of outfit I always end up gravitating towards at the moment.

Dark blue jeggings from Woolworths. [Currently still available]
Grey tank top from Mr Price.
Grey crop top with cream sequinned hearts from Mr Price. [Currently still available]
Grey ballet flats (not shown) from PnP Clothing. [Currently still available]
Pearl earrings from Sass Diva. [Currently still available]
Pearl bracelet and necklace: freshwater pearls bought from wholesalers and strung by yours truely
Ring gifted (see this post!)

Hair in a diagonal dutch braid.
Makeup: black liquid liner, rose blush, pink lipstick. 

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Just for laughs

I need to see this movie again. Seriously.

May Fashion Blogger Challenge: Day 24 - The item that totally brings all the boys to the yard

It would have to be this dress from YDE! Curve-hugging, black, one-shouldered, sexy. This dress always gets attention. I feel like a model in this dress. The above photo was taken at my cousin's wedding, for which I bought the dress. So I'll post another great shot of the dress, with my brother and I pulling equally ridiculous faces (yay for champagne!).

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

De Oude Bank Bakkerij

If you're looking for a place to have dinner on a Wednesday night in Stellenbosch, I can definitely recommend De Oude Bakkerij.
This quaint bakery in Church Street has become famous for their amazing bread - good enough that people are prepared to make the drive to Stellenbosch! On Wednesday nights, they open for pizza and live music. The decor has a beautiful rustic French feel, and all the bread is lovingly handmade.
I joined two of my friends for dinner tonight - and it was a great evening. We brought our own wine (corkage was reasonable), had amazing pizza, listened to some fantastic music and generally had an awesome evening :)

The venue is small and intimate, so even though we sat in a private corner, this is how close we were to the music!

My pizza - Cream cheese, figs, brie, smoked bacon... topped with fresh rocket and balsamic glaze (*drool) 

Very large glass of wine!

I was utterly intrigued by this curving wall and window!