Testing Basics: Slouchy Black Tee’s

I recently found myself on the hunt for the perfect slouchy black tee, as summer is around the corner and all that. I bought one last year from Mr Price and found myself constantly grabbing it from the washing line, before it was even properly dry, so knew I wanted to invest in at least one more. I don’t like spending a tonne of money on these as they often need replacing, so kept them all under the R200 mark. Below you’ll find some really unflattering pics of me and my review of each that might save you some time should you also be on the hunt for the perfect basic tee.

The Crew Neck Tee by Mr Price

Although I clearly favour a V neckline, this was surprisingly my favourite out of them all. The fabric draped beautifully and didn’t hug any curves or add extra bulk (which I certainly don’t need!). I would have liked this more sans the pocket though, as it would be easier to layer necklaces over it or dress it up. I’ll definitely keep an eye on Mr Price as they seem to get in a few options each season, so holding thumbs for a V-neck version. Undecided on whether I’ll keep this as it is a great back-up and very affordable, but I’m trying to buy less.

Price: R69,99

Size: Large

Fabric: 100% Viscose

The High-Low Basic Tee by Edgars

This was my husband’s favourite and I was actually also quite surprised at how well it fared considering I really don’t like the fabric. It is semi-see-through and feels as though it is going to pill easily, so it is far from my top pick but the cut is pretty flattering. It is slightly longer at the back which makes it perfect for the half-tuck, doesn’t stretch over my chest (which is often the reason I have to up-size) and the neckline doesn’t plunge too low.

Price: R99,99

Size: 10

Fabric: 65% Polyester and 35% Rayon

The Ecologically Grown Cotton Tee by Zara

Similarly to the Woolworths version, this one is largely made out of cotton and the stiffer material doesn’t drape as well. Usually cotton would be my first choice in a tee, but with oversized options I like it when it has a heavier fabric as it drapes and tucks better. I can’t fault the fit however, it would be perfect with a jean and I surprised myself by quite liking the lower cut as it isn’t too revealing. I picked up the stripe version in this as I wouldn’t want to tuck that one am quite happy with myself. To note though, I have a feeling it is going to shrink a little bit so erred on the side of caution with the large although the medium also fit fine. Will keep you updated as I wash the striped version.

Price: R129

Size: Large

Fabric: 100% Cotton

The Fashion Tee by Woolworths

Considering almost all my existing tees boast a Woolies label, I was surprised by how much I disliked it. I have to admit that I tested both the large and medium, and this (the large) is the most flattering out of the two and it is still miles off from being considered remotely flattering. The medium just didn’t fit my bust at all and this one was clearly too large over the shoulders and belly, creating a curtain-y effect that even my husband/photographer commented on. I’m rushing to return this. (P.S. If you prefer a round neck, I spotted other versions of the Fashion Tee in a better fabric which might be a great option although I haven’t personally tested them.)

Price: R129

Size:

Fabric: 50% Modal and 50% Cotton

P.S. Excluded from my test was this one from Cotton On as I couldn’t find it in my size (but the other colours all fit lovely), this one from Superbalist as I forgot to order online in time and this one from H&M as my nearest store is still too far for such experiments.

So in conclusion, the Mr Price t-shirt took the top prize with the Zara one in close second (I went with the stripes in the end) and the Woolies and Edgars ones were promptly returned. Do you have a go-to option or have you tried any of the ones I excluded? Would love to hear what your favourites are!

 

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How To Avoid Crocodile Hands this Winter

 

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I usually start off with one of my year-round essentials for great cuticles – a good cuticle oil. I’ve used and liked this one from the Body Shop before (the smell is heavenly!) but whilst this one from Sally Hansen isn’t as convenient it is just such better value. Regular application keeps my cuticles from becoming dry and white, making it easy to keep them at bay.

I usually follow this up with a thinner Vitamin E-based hand cream. Something like the cult classic from Vaseline usually does the job. It just immediately soothes and gets absorbed, leaving my hands feeling wonderfully soft. I’ll often pop something like this on during the day as well as it doesn’t leave my hands feeling greasy and it isn’t gross to touch anything afterwards.

I then follow this up with a more intensive cream, like the ones pictured above from Woolworths. They feel almost like a butter in the sense that they are definitely oil based and take a while to absorb, which makes them great for P.M. applications.

So this is my three-step routine for soft hands. I also try to put on gloves when facing extreme cold in mornings, just for extra protection. How do you tackle dry hands in the winter?

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Three Ways To Add Colour To Your Home

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One of my biggest design problems, and one that some of you hopefully share lest we be the only dreary and drab ones, is with regards to the introduction of colour into our home. I blame it on one too many sensible purchases and the fact that I love grey it is one of the few colours my husband agrees on (why couldn’t it be blush pink!). Anyhow sometime last year I realised that our home basically reads like a paint strip going from white to black with all the shades of grey in between.

And whilst I love monochrome homes, it simply wasn’t something we were aiming for and a well curated black-and-white home requires more restraint than we had applied. So in my attempt to make our home feel more well rounded and slightly more colourful, I’ve found three ways to introduce colour into a space.

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Wishlist

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I don’t know what it is about May, but I always seem to have a longer-than-usual wishlist around this time of the year. Maybe it is the new stock that makes its way into the shops due to the change in seasons or perhaps its just simply the birthday mood that gets me. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely won’t be adding everything above to cart and checking out. For me, it’s more about the growing online wishlist. Knowing there is a safe spot where I can keep an eye on everything that has drawn my attention. Some of these items aren’t even perfect (I’m looking for a smaller purse and have already bought these PJs which are similar but better than the ones above).

I have to say, everything looks so much more pleasing when grouped together. I can also see a strong theme taking shape.

So tell me, am I the only weirdo that still ads things to wishlists to keep an eye on them? I feel like in today’s fast-paced world, people have definitely become less patient and expect to own an item they like within 48 hours since they first laid eyes on it. I also notice that I am becoming increasingly impatient and often have to remind myself that everything can’t happen at lightning speed. For me, there definitely is something more rewarding about waiting, “stalking” and carefuly considering before finally pulling the trigger and purchasing something.

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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.

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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.

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Style Icon: Gwendoline Christie

Stellar performances in both GoT and Star Wars aside, Gwendoline Christie (perhaps better known to Game of Thrones fans as Brienne of Tarth) has recently been rocking the red carpet. It should come as no surprise considering she’s modelled for Vivienne Westwood and is dating designer Giles Deacon. Far from her on-stage androgynous looks, Gwendoline frequently favours more feminine pieces on the red carpet like the sequined Vivienne Westwoord wrap dress or monochromatic and fitted Oscar de La Renta at the Star Wars premiere.

Although her every day wardrobe is often characterised by somewhat eccentric accessories, she sticks to a neutral palette of metallics, creams, navy, black and white on the red carpet. Chameleon-like she shifts from feminine dresses and curled hair to structured pant suits and slicked-back hair, both with similar success.

I look forward to seeing her future red carpet appearances thanks to roles in the next Star Wars and Absolutely Fabulous.

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Launching www.shopgirlblog.co.za

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I am over the moon to finally publish my first blogpost on Shopgirl’s new home! I’ve been thinking about self-hosting for far too long and as we’re approaching Shopgirl’s fourth birthday this year, I’ve decided it is time!

Please bear with me as I am still dealing with a few teething issues and working my way up the steep learning curve of self-hosting. Thank you for all the support over the years, I look forward to sharing many more!

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