Christmas Wishlist | For Him

mensgiftguide If you’re like me shopping for the men in your life might prove to be a tad more difficult than you’d care to admit. So this year I decided to reign in my fiancé to help me narrow down a gift list that will leave any man with a smile on his face. Unfortunately he proved that ‘boys toys’ usually exceed budget, so I added a few pocket friendly options which received his approval. Ranging from classic novels to the latest technological toys you’re sure to find something for the man that has everything!

  1. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller from R375 (Kalahari.com)
  2. A selection of striped tees from R70 each (mrp.com)
  3. Fitbit Flex watch from R1199 (Superbalist.com)
  4. Leatherman Super Tool from R1658 (Kalahari.com)
  5. Humble & Mash Cased Braai Set from R499 (Yuppiechef.com)
  6. Leather Satchel from R1799 (Superbalist.com)
  7. Western Digital TV Live Hub from R2229 (Incredible.co.za)
  8. Powerstick+ from R349 (Superbalist.com)
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Christmas Wishlist | For Her

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This holiday season I am really enjoying the festive yet simple appeal of white and gold. Who am I kidding!? I’ve been enjoying it since last year. It is classic and elegant yet can also be playful and rendered in stripy form it is practically perfect. Throw in some black and it is as classic as it gets!

I wouldn’t mind being at the receiving end of a few of these gifts and the best part is that most of them are super budget friendly!

The beautiful earrings pictured in number two comes with a matching chain, how cute huh? And I’ve been eyeing a pair of lace Supergas for quite a while but the price kept my card tucked safely in my wallet, but for these Mr Price lace sneakers it will make a special appearance. I also desperately need a new beach towel as mine has sadly met too many chlorine speckles.

I’ve always wanted to own a Essie nailpolish and I think I’ve finally found the perfect one – the glitter chunks gets me every time!

Lastly, can we take a moment to discuss how cute these gold rimmed plates are? If you can’t imagine using them daily, at least get them for Christmas dinner. I think they might even make my favourite avo toast look fancy!

Have you made your Christmas wishlist yet?

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The Perfect In-flight Outfit

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I am planning a trip to Italy later this year (less than three months, yay!) and besides stressing about my dry skin, I’ve been imagining the perfect in-flight outfit. I walked into Woolworths just after work now and realised how evil they truly are. I saw everything I want and there is just no way my budget will allow it all. I thought I’d share it with you guys as it is the best I can do!

We’ll have a long flight, spending almost 20 hours in transit and arrive early morning in Rome, meaning there will be minimal clothing changes between my flight and the first day of sight-seeing. So everything has to be comfortable, stylish and still look decent after spending 24 hours in it.

I want to trade in my regular jeans for comfortable, yet stylish silk sweatpants and a bright, ‘beautifying’ coloured top that will keep me warm. For our stop over in Abu Dhabi I will wear a plain white T. Black suede flats are  a necessity as well as big sunglasses and a decent travel wallet. Because I am a bit of an earring addict I think a minimalistic pair of studs will add a little polish to this comfortable outfit.

I hope you like this as much as I do and that it will help you solve your travel dilemmas too!

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What I bought and loved: Part 1

100_8775Ankle boots | B&W Peter Pan Shirt | Nude Shell Top | Belts | Black Straight Leg Pants | Melange Knit 

Hi guys, so this is a new series I’ve been thinking about for a while. I won’t follow a set schedule for this series as I just shop when I find things I like and it’s usually pretty random, but I’ll try to update you whenever I do find something I want to share with you.

I’m kick starting this series with a few of my favourite buys in anticipation for starting my new job. I might as well call this a Mr Price haul as the majority of items are from them. Their buyers have really been on winning streak of late. Keep up the good work! As you can see I’m really feeling the monochromatic and nude colour schemes and I’ve finally come around to buying a few key autumn/winter pieces.

100_8779Ankle boots are going to be major this season-think over-the-knee boots last winter, but much more practical! I have always loved Country Road shoes but the price tag is somewhat off-putting, so imagine how happy I was at finding these at Truworths.  They’re a dead ringer for Country Road’s Tayla Ankle Boot for less than half the price. Obviously it isn’t real leather though but as it’s a trendier piece I’m not bothered.

100_8778I love shell tops and this blush one from Mr Price is super flattering and surprisingly I also really like the neckline detail. It adds definition without being too OTT. The black and white trim top has one of my favourite features- a Peter Pan collar. So naturally I couldn’t resist. Both were priced at R69,99 from Mr Price.

100_8780I kind of always need belts to keep my pant looking neat (the joys of being pear shaped in a world of apples) so this two-pack from MrP is great. It features a light rose gold buckle and is somewhere between a skinny and regular belt (just perfect). The nude is ideal for white or other lighter pants whilst the black is a staple for winter wardrobes. I am so glad my mother spotted this for me and at R50 it’s a bargain!

Finally I bought a straight leg black pants from Mr Price and a round-neck knit in melange at R180 (from Edgars) that’s great for layering.

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Shopgirl Find: Gold tea cup

Chamonix tea cupChamonix Cup & Saucer, R120 (here)
Winter is just around the corner, meaning my uptake of warm beverages will increase dramatically over the next couple of months. It just seems like the perfect time to treat myself to a special cup for late night hot chocolates and early morning coffees.
I love this modern take on a traditional gold rimmed cup and saucer from Woolworths. It perfectly balances tradition with quirk.
As it is made from bone china with a metallic rim, this isn’t microwave or dishwasher safe but I don’t think I’ll mind hand washing this beauty. What does your favourite cup look like?
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Shopgirl Find: Graphic Scatter

02_6102027123_SI_00Facet Scatter Cushion |here|

I really like this graphic scatter cushion from Mr Price Home. Everything from the texture of the fabric, the size (50cm x 50cm) and the colours look and feel awesome. It is also very practical as it’s made from a blend of polyester and cotton meaning it is safe to wash and the zipper allows for easy removal.

As always though, you get what you pay for and I suspect the inner possibly isn’t the best quality as some instore already looked a little down. R100 still isn’t much to pay for a cushion cover so you can always replace the inner if need be with a real feather one. Hertex Fabrics and many other stores sell quality cushion inners separately. I’ve been looking for scatters for my bed for a while now and these are strong contenders. They will also look great on a charcoal or white sofa. What do you think?

 

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Shopgirl Find: Bangle Watches

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I’ve been looking for a new silver/gold watch as I’ve had to replace my current leather watch’s strap thrice already. I’ve been looking at bangle watches as they are so elegant and simple and I really don’t like the look of links as I they feel so masculine to me.

Michel Herbelin pioneered the bangle watch and their Salambo collection has some of my favourite watches. As always it is the pinnacle of feminine sophistication with mother of pearl faces and little diamond insets. Fossil and Anne Klein also have a great selection of bangle watches and I particularly like the fact that Fossil has various sizes of each design.

Right now I am on a gold kick, but tortoise shell has always been a favourite so I don’t know what I’ll choose yet but I am leaning towards the golden Fossil. Which is your favourite?

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Lacy Little Things

pretty little thingsThe perfect time of the year to splurge on lingerie for yourself is around Valentine’s day as the stores are practically bursting with pretty lingerie. I prefer delicate lace in soft colours versus push-ups and g-strings in all colours of the rainbow. Whatever you prefer, as long as it makes you feel great, its worth it!

  1. Mr Price Daisy Lace T-Shirt Bra available here and matching Brazilian here.
  2. Agent Provocateur Soiree Saadia Lace Underwire Bra available here and matching lace brief here.
  3. Stella McCartney Faye Flirting Contour Bra available here and matching bikini here.
  4. After Eden Dainty Blossom Underwire Bra available here and matching boxer here.
  5. Stella McCartney Clara Whispering Underwire bra available here and matching brief here.
  6. L’Agent by Agent Provocateur Esthar Underwired Bra available here and matching brief here.
  7. Dolce and Gabanna Lace Soft-Cup Bra available here and matching brief here.
  8. L’Agent by Agent Provocateur Maribel Underwire Bra available here and matching brief here.
  9. Chantelle Rive Gauche Full Coverage Bra available here and matching  brief here.
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Shopgirl Find: Striped Prom Dress

01_1140212882_SI_00Mr Price Striped Prom Dress from R139,99 available here.

If you know me at all, you’ll know that I find stripes irresistible. Especially when it is presented in the form of something wearable. Enter this cure Mr Price prom dress with a taffeta striped skirt and fitted sweatheart bodice with removable straps. I am smitten! I tried it on and the fit is amazing considering how affordable it is. Now if only I can think why I need it…

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Shopgirl Find: Festive Dresses

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The festive season is the perfect excuse to wear sequins, so why not treat yourself to a glittery dress (or jumpsuit) to celebrate Christmas and New Year? I’ve rounded up five of my favourite glittery finds at different price points so there really is no reason to be boring in black.

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What are you wearing this festive season?

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