Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2015

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Wow, I can barely believe that it already Mother’s Day. Where has this year gone? Anyway, it feels like this holiday crept up on me and if you’re like me you can do with a little help in this department. We rarely go big with gifts for these “Hallmark holidays” but I still enjoy the sentiment. I am sure my mother would be happy with any of these gift, in fact she might have already gotten one of them… So here goes my relatively compact gift guide for Mother’s Day 2015…

  1. Some pretty yet comfortable pyjamas (who can resist polkadots!) from Spree.co.za
  2. Handcream that does the job whilst packaged all innocently from Woolies
  3. An orchid, or any plant or flower really. This is where the personal touch comes in!
  4. A beautiful dish with a few sweet treats like nougat and turkish delight from Woolies
  5. Still not sure? How about a luxurious lipstick in an everyday colour (Chanel Adrienne?), a yummy candle or the best of all – a home cooked dinner that she didn’t have to lift a finger for!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there.

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Winter Style with Spree

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My winter closet is in desperate need of an overhaul. It is predominately dark and structured, but I’ve always veered towards classic pieces which sits kind of in the middle of masculine and feminine.

This season I hope to start introducing a few contrasting pieces, like this leather-inset coat from Spree. It has a great structure to it, but the faux leather collar adds a touch of edge and masculinity. I’ll contrast this with a pop of feminity in the form of a pleated shirt, peplum knit or even  pointed stilletos. In my opinion a basic pair of skinny blue jeans is the perfect foil for any statement piece and these from Next not only look great but they also fit the bill.

And who can resist a pair of suede over-the-knee boots? They can be very sexy but worn with a pair of black jean-leggings and an oversized knitted jacket it completes the perfect weekend look.

I am also a recent convert to gold hardware and love the how it adds a touch of luxe to any accessory yet remains understated. The messenger bag is perfect for weekend brunches and the tassle bag is perfect for toting around your weekday essentials. Now just for the final touch, the ultimate red lippie from Bourjois.

Shop these and other great winter essentials at Spree.co.za. I’ll be launching an exciting competition in partnership with Spree tomorrow, so you might want to save those items in your shopping basket before checkout to see what I have in store. Have a great Sunday and see you all tomorrow!

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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Whilst my fiance and I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s day I still appreciate all the beautiful pink and heart-shaped items.

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Whether you are treating yourself or a friend one of these bright and cheery items will definitely put a smile on anyone’s face! Has anyone tried the Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoother? They seem to be a dupe for the Clarins Insta Light Lip Perfectors at a quarter of the price.

I hope you all have an amazing Valentine’s Day!

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Shopgirl Finds: Heart Shaped Plates

hartjie bordeAs I mentioned earlier, my fiance and I am now in the throes of apartment hunting and it has been really hard to steer clear of the shops until we find somewhere to stash it. But browsing on the internet doesn’t count does it?

I love this subtle hint to Valentine’s Day without it being too cheesy. As it is white you really can get away with using it as  servers year round. I am just picturing it ladled with chocolate-dipped strawberries or a delicious French toast breakfast on V-day.

The best part about it? It is on sale at www.spree.co.za

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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

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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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