Shopping For Your Capsule Wardrobe on a Budget

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I love scoring a bargain as much as the next person, nay probably more, as it leaves me with an incredible sense of achievement. Especially if it is an item I’ve been hunting for for a while. But when it comes to purchasing your whole wardrobe on a tight budget, it comes down to a little more than just scoring that elusive bargain. Below are my tried and tested steps to ending up with a closet you love.

1. Know when to save and when to splurge

A t-shirt is an obvious save as cotton is an inexpensive material and it doesn’t take much to create a great cut. All five my t-shirts come from Woolworths and none of them cost me more than R200 (which was the price of the fancy one).

When it does come to more complicated pieces, like a good quality blue jean it might be worth investing more if it is a cut that will stand the test of time. Other items like classic coats and good boots also often come with a steeper price tag. Witchery, Poetry and Zara are good places to look for investment pieces – think a structured trench or silk shirt.

2. Know how to tell whether an item is good quality

You know the saying, you get what you pay for! But this doesn’t always ring true, and it is especially disappointing when a big ticket purchase doesn’t live up to your expectations. I love shopping IRL versus online as I’m a touchy-feely shopper, in my opinion it still is the best way to tell whether it is a quality fabric or not. Often you can pick up issues with the fabric’s knit or material this way.

When comparing your clothes against designer wear

Fabric is however only one aspect to take into consideration, with cut and stitching being equally important. I found this video very informative.

3. Shop Around

Whenever shopping on a budget, whether it is for a capsule wardrobe or anything else, the biggest tip is to always shop around. Which is why I advocate for allowing yourself more time to find the perfect item at a good price.

4. Patience

You might not find everything on your list immediately, especially when you’re on a budget. Which is why it is important to commit to your capsule wardrobe in the long haul as you might have to wait a few seasons until you find the perfect piece within your budget. This is also why you have to prioritise your needs above your wants.

5. My favourite stores

If I could have my way, I’d buy everything from Zara and Witchery, but my budget doesn’t allow that which is why I only shop there occasionally (mostly during sale season).

Exact – They have great work tops and always some amazing denim shirts and/or dresses.

Forever21 – Black skinny jeans (R150) and great sales. I even scored my faux leather jacket here for under R600.

H&M – Knits (thin and thick) and dresses (like this and this) usually for around R400. Their “workwear” department is also amazing.

Jet – Bargain shoes

Mr Price – The occasional trendy piece or something like this.

Woolworths – Basics from underwear to t-shirts (plain and stripes).

When it comes to online shopping, I really like Superbalist’s own brand dailyfriday and Spree’s Edit for some trendy basics at affordable prices.

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7 Steps To Starting A Capsule Wardrobe on A Budget

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I really like the idea of a capsule wardrobe, as it perfectly encapsulates the wardrobe philosophy I’ve had my whole life. Buying less clothing with the intent to wear it often just seems to make so much more sense to me than having a tonne of trendy items you’ll wear once. I also like having a smaller, more edited closet, as it makes it easier to get dressed in the mornings. So the whole capsule wardrobe trends makes me one happy chappy!

But the only thing that bugs me is that so many bloggers seem to promote this as justification for making crazy expensive designer purchases. Obviously that is their perogative and I do appreciate looking at a pretty designer bag, but it needs to be said that you can create a perfect capsule wardrobe on any budget. So if you’ve never done a capsule wardrobe or are just interested to see how I do mine on a strict budget, find out below.

  1. Seasonality

I know a lot of of your capsule wardrobe guides will tell you start each season off by stowing the previous season’s wardrobe and replacing it with the current season’s wardrobe, but that doesn’t make much sense to me as Cape Town’s autumn is pretty erratic – yesterday it was ice cold and rainy and today it is basically summer.

So a typical autumnal wardrobe wouldn’t work for me. I basically organise my wardrobe into three sections – cold wear (coats and boots), hot weather items (sandals and sun dresses) and inbetween items(cardigans and jeans). This gives me the most options as I can transition pieces. Like for instance, right now I still use pieces from my summer wardrobe, but I’ll add a cardigan. It allows me to really get the most out of my wardrobe.

Unfortunately seasons aren’t as predictable as we’d like, so just ensuring you’re covering all the possibilities could help.

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2. Taking stock

So right now, in autumn, I’m looking for cold weather wear and inbetween pieces. So I’ll take out things I likely won’t be wearing any time soon (shorts, bathing suits, etc) and move them to the spare bedroom. It isn’t time to move my coats into my closet just yet, but it is worth noting if I’d like to replace one of them as shops are already selling them.

Then I start making piles of my autumn/winter clothes – bottoms (jeans, pants, skirts), t-shirts, blouses, cardigans, jumpers, jackets and shoes. As I work in a fairly informal environment, so I can get away with wearing jeans and flats on most days. So separating my work wardrobe from my weekend wardrobe isn’t as important for me, but if your workwear is more formal this might be a necessary step for you.

Going through one stack at a time, put aside items you want to donate and make notes of things you’d like to replace.

I don’t subsribe to having any specific number of pieces in your capsule wardobe, but the number 37 has been thrown around a lot. I’d say if you can cover all your day-to-day situations with your wardrobe and have enough pieces to last you for at least a week or week-and-a-half’s wears you should be fine.

 

3. Budget

Now that you have a rough idea of what you need, its time to take a look at your finances and set yourself a realistic budget. We make a yearly clothing budget, which we roughly split in half and try not to exceed in the first six months. You could be more specific, setting yourself a monthly budget or whatever works best for you.

I just like the idea of not restricting your shopping to a specific time frame, as it might result in impulse purchases or ones you’re not 100% satisfied with. I also find that it’s best to shop your basics at the beginning of a new season, as that is when you’re the most likely to find your preferred colour and size in stock.

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4. Identify your colour palette

There is no shame in it, 80% of my closet is black and grey. When I do add some colour though, I gravite towards blush pinks, coral reds and army green. Noticing a trend like this in your wardobe can help you quickly asses whether a new colour would work with your existing wardrobe.

5. Make lists

Now that you know what you have in your closet and what needs replacing, is a good time to make a list of everything you need. Make basic notes – two t-shirts, one work pants, etc. We’ll get into more details later and add a list of wants later. This will prevent you from becoming distracted and spending half your budget on an insanely beautiful, albeit unnecessary, coat at the beginning of the season leaving you with too little basics.

I also like to keep a separate list of items I want to add to my wardrobe, but don’t necessarily need. Often times these are trendy pieces or more pricy items like the perfect trench. I’ll also add to this list as the season wears on, especially if I spot something in a shop that I want. It allows me time to think it over and avoid making an impulse purchase.

It is also completely fine to have things like this on a list for more than one season, as you don’t need it for your wardrobe to work – it would just elevate your outfits. Right now I am looking for a Burberry-inspired stone trench (Zara usually has them, but I’ve yet to find it on sale) and an olive or tan leather jacket. Both are pieces that I’ll have in my wardrobe for +10 years, so it’s worth the wait to find the perfect pair.

Capsule wardrobe inspiration6. Inspiration

Now that you already know where there are gaps in your wardrobe, is the perfect time to consult magazines, Pinterest and Instagram. Doing it this way around will allow you update your general list of necessities with more specific items. Something like a ‘jumper’ might now become ‘navy striped jumper’, or ‘blouse’ might become ‘nude fluted sleeve blouse’, etc.

It also adds more structure to how you shop, as with a restricted budget there is a chance you might not be able to afford more than the necessities.

 

7. Shopping

Armed with your (fairly comprehensive) list, I’d say aim to get the basic necessities ticked off first. These are the items you noticed are missing from your wardrobe or that need replacing. Most people would encourage you to “invest” in your basics, but buying quality clothing doesn’t have to equate to spending a lot of money. It is a little bit of knowing when to spend versus when to save and also knowing that things don’t always have to be the best to be great. A cotton jumper can be just as amazing as a wool one (and sometimes less itchy!) at half the price. I’ll share some of my favourite budget shopping resources later this week.

I think it’s worth getting all your basics in one or two shopping sessions, so that it is out of the way. Then you can tally up the total and find out how much of your budget is left for you to either replace items, save the money or put it towards something on your want list.

I like shopping throughout the season, as it means that you won’t panick purchase anything just because you’re only allowing yourself one week to shop for the whole season. It means you can wait for the perfect piece, but at the same time having the basics taken care of really takes all the stress out of it.

A capsule wardrobe can be fun, it can be done on a budget and it doesn’t have to be boring! The longer you stay at it, the happier you’ll become with your wardrobe.

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10 Must-Watch Series

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Our favourite way to decompress after a long day has to be a serious couch session with whatever we’re currently watching. Over the years we’ve watched some spectacularly good (and some less so) series, and a good murder mystery rarely disappoints. So if you’re currently inbetween series, perhaps you’ll enjoy some of our favourites:

  • Designated Survivor

This one came first to mind, as Netflix is currently torturing us by releasing an episode per week making binge-watching it impossible. The basic premise is that someone with no political ambition has become the president of the US during a very troubling time with a very limited support system and bad guys all around.

  • The Killing

We loved binge-watching this older muder mystery as it really took us along for the ride. One of the key features of a good mystery is one where you can’t predict the outcome, and this one takes it to the next level. I also appreciate how thoughtful the two seasons have been linked and how the lead characters each has their own flaws.

  • True Detective

The first series of this show was gruesome, in some instances scary, and very freaky but also incredibly intriuging. The second season never really drew us in, but the first definitely provided a few good hours of watching and contemplation on whether it really was bed time.

  • That 70’s Show

Unlike the others mentioned, the 70’s Show is one of our go-to series for light entertainment. Even though it has been around for a while, we love occasionally re-watching a favourite episode for the laughs. Other favourites not currently on Netflix are The Office and Parks and Recreation.

  • The Crown

If you liked Downton Abbey’s portrayal of British Aristocracy then you’ll love The Crown’s depiction of the British royalty. It meets the basic needs for drama, beautiful costumes and British accents.

  • Marcella

Getting back to the mm category, Marcella portrays a confused detective seargent who has to investigate the disappearance and potential murder of a victim of which she suspects herself. Cue the confusion on both the audience and lead’s part.

  • The Bletchley Circle

Set in the 1950’s this series isn’t just a straight-up muder mystery, but also addresses issues of gender equality and sexism as a group of of war-time codebreakers find themselves struggling to settle in to the bland lives expected of a woman and wife at the time.

  • Hinterland

This is one of the more gruesome muder mysteries and provided a few jump-in-your-seat moments, but is more palatable than True Detective and leaves you on the edge of your seat the whole time.

  • Shetland

I appreciate series set in alternative destinations, like this one set in Scotland. Top of the Lake (set in New Zealand) and Trapped (set in Iceland) are also firm favourites in this category. The murders aren’t too gruesome, but the mysteries are well kept secrets only allowing the audience to uncover the answers with detective Perez.

  • Dexter

An oldie but a goodie, Dexter will make you root for the muderer all the way until the end. Not only is the storyline interesting and unique, but the character development plays an important role in the winding up of the story. A few years ago there were talks about a movie, and lets just say I’d love it it were taken further.

P.S.  I nearly titled this blog post Netflix & Chill, but a quick Google revealed that it definitely does NOT mean what I thought it did! I’m clearly getting old…

 

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Cheats Carbonara

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I love all things Italian, especially food. Crusty breads, warm pizzas and creamy pastas are just a few of many things that I dream about. Whilst there is nothing inherently wrong with a traditional carbonara, I love this lighter varient that was born when I combined two of my faves (alfredo and carbonara) with some fresh herbs. I think some of the best recipes can be born out of need. In this instance I simply didn’t have enough cream left over for a alfredo sauce and since then I’ve purposefully recreated this recipe a few times as we love the intense flavours and lighter sauce. If the raw egg in a traditional carbonara worries you, then read on to see how I make myself feel better about it.

Ingredients:

  • Linguine
  • Salt
  • 2tbs Sunflower oil
  • 200 g Fat-free Bacon, cut into ribbons
  • 100 g Mixed Mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 large Clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 sprig Rosemary
  • 2 sprigs Thyme
  • 125 ml Cream
  • 1 small Egg yolk
  • Salt & Pepper to flavour
  • Parmesan for serving

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  1. Bring enough water to the boil for your linguine pasta. Add some salt and a tablespoon of oil to the water before adding your pasta. Linguine is my preference, as it is a happy medium between spaghetti and tagliatelli.
  2. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a non-stick pan and fry your bacon until nearly browned. Add the mushrooms and garlic near the end. It might be necessary to add more oil at this point. Stir until everything is browned. Keep an eye on the garlic as it becomes bitter when burned.
  3. Add the rosemary and thyme at this stage.
  4. Combine the cream and one egg yolk in a bowl. Add salt and pepper.
  5. Once the pasta is al dente, drain the water and return it to the warm pot. Add the cream mixture and mushrooms and bacon to the pot. At this point you can return it to your stove top, which should be switched off, for a few seconds and just stir everything together and ensure that everything is heated through. Do not let the sauce boil at any stage as the egg yolk will cook and seperate.
  6. Serve immediately with or without a generous amount of parmesan.

Makes enough for 2 generous potions.

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Our Garage Makeover: After | AD

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I am so happy to bring you these pictures of our garage after it received a massive overhaul thanks to Prominent Paints. It is proof that a little bit of paint chosen in the right colours and formula can really transform a room! I was honestly ashamed to publish pictures of our garage before the makeover as it just wasn’t the best representation of our taste, I’m sure we aren’t the only ones that felt like that about our garage.

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When I shared the before, I broke down what we had to do in order to transform the garage from a tired (and dirty) room to one that really reflected us and that would be a welcome sight to come home to. I am happy to report that not only have we completed all the tasks, I feel like we have achieved what we set out to do.

Below were all the tasks that we completed:

  • Seal garage door with foam strips.
  • Sort through the garage content and make a trip to the dump site.
  • Defog the garage.
  • Move ladder hooks to the left-hand side of the garage (so that we can comfortably get to the driver side of the car).
  • Create hanging space for garden tools.
  • Paint walls glossy white.
  • Paint back door in grey enamel.
  • Replace sponge on both passenger and driver side of the wall.
  • Clean oil stains on garage floor.
  • Paint garage floor (two coats).
  • Indicate on wall where car needs to stop.

First off we made a trip to the dump yard to get rid of all the stuff we no longer need, including some paints that were past their best. We also took full advantage of all the storage space in the garage roof and made use of alternative storage space for things that didn’t necessarily have to be in the garage.

All of this helped, but obviously the biggest difference was made when we started painting. We used a very glossy white paint on the walls called Select Sheen in a bright white from Prominent Paints. We were really impressed as the first coat nearly gave an opaque finish – unheard of for a white paint over a bright colour! The second coat has made the walls completely smooth to the touch which means it doesn’t trap as much dust as the previous matt paint and it is completely wipeable and washable.

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On the floors we used Stoep Enamel in Pale Grey, a lovely mid-tone grey. I personally don’t like working with oil-based paints, but this one was a breeze. It was thinner than I expected but because of this, it went on completely smooth with barely any brush strokes detectable. We were even able to use a roller, which I usually struggle with when using oil-based paints.

If you remember from the before post, our garage had quite a few oil spills which needed to be cleaned before we could paint it. Although there are a few different ways of cleaning up an oil spill, I just used some dishwashing liquid, a big floor brush and an old rag to soak up all the oil. I had to scrub each stain about 3 – 4 times in order to lift all the oil, but it starts feeling worth it once you can see the floor underneath it.

We gave the garage floors two coats and then decided to paint the back door and cabinets (both wood) in the same Stoep Enamel and again it applied beautifully, with a smooth and glossy finish.

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From the pictures you can see we moved all the hooks to the left of the garage and also hung the garden tools. Then we replaced the tired sponge with these black strips from the hardware store. They were only about R35 each, but can really be a saving grace in a narrow garage where the doors occasionally have to touch the walls. I used some washi tape to mark the place we need to stop the car in order to have enough room in front and behind the vehicle, which is great as it could be moved at any time should we get a new car. This would also be a great sollution for renters as it is easy to remove.

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We’ve used the garage for about a week now and I can honestly say we are so impressed by how big a difference the paint can make to such a tiny room. Now it not only looks and feels cleaner, it’s also brighter and definitely something worth coming home to at the end of the day. Just look at that before and after! If that doesn’t convince you to paint out your garage, nothing will.

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Romantic Fragrances

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Valentine’s Day seems as good a reason as ever to celebrate some of my favourite (fruity) floral fragrances. There is just something about the warm weather and cheesy-romance of February that makes it seem a little more acceptable to love the feminine scents (although I wear them year round).

Whether you’re looking for a gift idea or, like me, just appreciate a little pink fragrance: here are my tried-and-tested favourites.

Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet

The Miss Dior Cherie fragrance was one of my favourite and first fragrances, but sadly it is now discontinued. Dior has however relaunched their Miss Dior fragrances and updated it in the process, with Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet feeling like the more sophisticated version of my early-20’s favourite. Gone are the caramel popcorn and strawberry notes and enter a more mature fruity – peony combination. My favourite part about this fragrance is how beautifully it wears! It might start out a little strong, but it fades beautifully and last exceptionally well.

Jo Malone’s Peony and Blush Suede

Similar to other Jo Malone fragrances, this delightful floral is both complex and simple at the same time. The opening notes of peony and apple are clean, bordering on powdery but the suede cuts through it just enough to prevent it from going into grandma territory. It’s a true floral with top notes of rose and peony, and in my opinion the more sophisticated version of DKNY’s Delicous Fresh Blossom.

Chloe Roses de Chloe

This perfume smells like a walk through a very fragrant rose garden and is what I wish my own would smell like. It’s a straight-up sweet floral scent with a touch of white musk and litchi. The Chloe Love Story Eau de Toilette is another firm favourite, that is slightly softer and sweeter than this.

The Body Shop Atlas Mountain Rose 

A great budget option, the Atlas Mountain Rose is another intense floral fragrance with just enough hits of citrus to keep it fresh. All I can wish for with this fragrance is that it would last longer on me.

Who says you can’t wear pink fragrances year round? There certainly are enough to try!

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Our Garage Makeover: Before | AD

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When we first moved into our 1980’s house my husband and I went with “quick wins” like replacing the green carpets and painting the rooms and trim throughout. This immediately made the home feel more us, but I feel like we haven’t made as much progress since. This is probably because the projects that are left are more time consuming and definitely not easy on the budget.

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So while most of the rooms in our house are at least liveable (though surely not completely done), the one space that truly lagged behind was our garage. We’d barely touched it and it was a horrible reminder of the peachy shades the previous home owner had used throughout the house.

Despite my husband’s dream of transforming it into his engineering man cave (and pretty home for our cars), the garage became a dumping ground for EVERYTHING (like the wall mounted heaters that the previous owner placed throughout the house). It also houses his windsurfing gear, our old paints collection (which we’ll cull) and some yet to be completed home upgrades.

When Prominent Paints approached me to work on a project to show you just how paint can transform a room, I knew the garage would be the perfect example. Al it really needs is some organisation, a deep clean and a lick of paint in colours that matched our home’s aesthetics.

Partnering with a local company like Prominent Paints was an easy decision. They have a good track record with over 35 years in the industry and a wide range of quality paint products to suit all our needs. Although we have reasonable experience and knowledge when it comes to painting furniture and walls, we needed to consult experts on how to approach the garage floor.  The staff at Prominent Paint’s Cape Gate centre were friendly and could recommend a suitable product for use on our garage floor.

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Although epoxy is a popular option because of its durability, we were keen to explore other options that wouldn’t be as time consuming without sacrificing the paint’s longevity. Our consultant, Wade, recommended a Prominent Paints product called Stoep Enamel that also provides a durable glossy surface similar to epoxy paints without the fuss. It comes in a variety of neutral shades and we chose a mid-tone grey. Wade also explained how we should go about cleaning the floors and the application process for this paint (will be explained in the next post).

So with our products on order, we’ve made a list of what needs to happen to completely transform our space:

  • Seal garage door with foam strips.
  • Sort through the garage content and make a trip to the dump site.
  • Defog the garage (a spider-free space is non-negotiable).
  • Move ladder hooks to the left-hand side of the garage (so that we can comfortably get to the driver side of the car).
  • Create hanging space for garden tools.
  • Paint walls glossy white.
  • Paint back door in grey enamel.
  • Replace sponge on both passenger and driver side of the wall.
  • Clean oil stains on garage floor.
  • Paint garage floor (two coats).
  • Indicate on wall where car needs to stop.

We were lucky in that, although the previous home owner had some questionable taste in paint colours (maybe just not to our tastes), she had some great storage solutions installed. Some of the old kitchen cabinets were moved into the garage (we just relocated it), there were a few wall hooks installed and the sponge on the walls has really saved our car doors in this narrow garage. All of these will definitely stay in some way, shape or form.

If you have been thinking of painting your garage floor, we’ll run you through the steps and show the end results as soon as it is completed.

I’m really looking forward to the end results of our makeover, as the garage is to us what the foyer is to guests – the first room you encounter as you enter the house. As that, it really should set the (right) tone!

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9 of the Best Pyjama Sets & Robes

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I’d never given much thought to my nightwear, but after I spotted a ridiculously expensive summer robe (R850!) that I couldn’t stop thinking about (it was a black and white floral with neon pink pompoms), I decided to go on the hunt for a more affordable robe. I love my Mr Price palm print gown as it features the same colours as the gown of my dreams (not pictured) and didn’t break the bank.

Whilst on my search I also found some really lovely pyjama sets and robes that unfortunately are not in my budget, but definitely worth it if you are feeling spendy. Because you know, treat yo self!

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Perfect for throwing on during cooler mornings, I love wearing mine to bed with a warm cuppa and a good read on a Sunday morning.

Plain Sets

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In my opinion there are few things more classic and stylish than a matching set with contrasting piping. I’d like all three colour ways please! Best part, all are by local designers.

Printed Sets

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Though I love the aforementioned classic pieces,the pretty patterned sets are what first caught my attention. I’ll take the one of the right (and left) please. Unfortunately these were only available on ASOS’s website, but Superbalist stocks some of the brands. So maybe we’ll get lucky!

 

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3 Ways with Ice Cream

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As summer gets into full swing, we’re entertaining more often and frequently invite friends over at the last minute. I’m always on the lookout for last-minute entertaining ideas that I can whip up with items already in pantry. Vanilla ice cream is our default, but serving ice cream and berries or chocolate sauce gets boring after a while.  As ice cream is somewhat of a summer staple, I thought it would be a good idea to share three of my favourite ways to serve the classic in a less predictable way.

Affogato

Affogato with biscotti

This simple Italian drink is the dessert we serve most often as it is so simple to recreate and we usually have some fresh coffee beans to recreate this with. Simply add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to a single or double shot espresso. We serve it with biscotti when we have (get my recipe here), but it is just as enjoyable served on its own.

It works best if you have an espresso machine that can create some crema, but moka pot coffee could also work. You probably won’t be able to achieve the necessary espresso strength with a french press.

Affogato with biscotti

 

Dom Pedro

Dom Pedro

Dom pedros are kinda like the dessert of cocktails, combining the best of both. I personally don’t like a traditional dom pedro with whiskey, but luckily things like Amaretto, Frangelico, Kahlua and Baileys also work well.

Simply blend two scoops of ice cream, 25 ml of chosen alcohol and 100 ml milk per serving. You might want to adjust this according to your taste and the strength of your alcohol (you might need more of somethings creamy like Baileys or Frangelico to detect the flavour). Serve with a sprinkle of cocoa.

Ice Cream Sandwich

Ice Cream Sandwich

I think out of all three options, this is the Chanel handbag of vanilla ice cream desserts. I just went with plain vanilla ice cream sandwiched between the two biscuits, but you could get very creative by sprinkling things on the side. It does however make it more complicated. The combination of a slightly chewy-buttery cookie with the melted ice cream is just as dreamy a combo as you’d imagine.

For this sandwich I used some of the ahhmazing chocolate chip cookies I made (recipe here), but you could use any other chocolate chip cookies you might have in your pantry. Things like Chips Ahoy and FOX would make great alternatives.

For my South African readers, I try to always buy vanilla ice cream that reads “ice cream” and steer clear of anything that says “frozen dessert”  as I am looking for something creamy and not watery. Although something fancy with detectable vanilla seeds would be the best, it isn’t something we usually spring for. Brands that create good vanilla ice cream at reasonable prices are Country Fresh, Ola and Woolworths.

Would love to know if you’re giving any of these a try!

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Christmas Decor

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I must admit that it feels like Christmas crept up on us this year, and despite the fact that our tree has been up since the end of November (enthusiastic much!) I hadn’t really spread the cheer to anywhere else until recently.

This year I decided to try to use up a few of the half-finished rolls of gift wrap so our gifts are all slightly miss-matched metallics. When I saw this nude paper with gold spots from Mr Price I couldn’t resist. They really have some pretty gift wrapping options at the moment.

Besides having family members on our list, this year we also decided to do stocking filler type gifts for some of our closest friends. These biscotti biscuits are some of our personal favourites and destined for close friends. It is the thought that counts after all.

Sweet rose gold bells and a natural pine bouquet round out our minimalistic decor this time around.

Keep an eye on Instagram to see my Christmas table, which I can’t wait to decorate!

I hope you have a lovely Christmas and festive season with your loved ones.

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