Bathroom Makeover: Part 2

It is finally here! I am so happy to show you what our bathroom looks like nearly a year after it was done. If you remember from the before, the corner bath was taking up most of the room and it felt dark and dingy, whereas now I love how open and fresh it feels. It still isn’t large by any means, actually it is tiny, but it has everything I need and I couldn’t be happier with the end results.

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Bathroom Makeover: Part One

I thought instead of sharing the horrifying before pictures, I’d start the post on a high with our inspiration. When we first moved in, our bathroom had few redeeming factors. Among these factors were the natural light from the window and an extractor fan. That was pretty much where it ended.

The cabinet featured a cherry laminate top and it was mouldy and the bath took up most of the room. I could barely reach the towel rail that stretched over the bath, toilet and behind the door. Entering the room was tricky to say the least. You kind of had to enter, walk into the only gap between the bath, toilet and cabinet to close the door whilst you’re turning. That small landing spot wasn’t even large enough for a full bath mat to lay flat. Safe to say a bathroom makeover was pretty high on our list!

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Home Decor Trend: Velvet

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If you’d have enquired about my thoughts on velvet two weeks ago, I would’ve been completely indifferent. The only velvet associations I had are red stage drapes from my ballet days and a faded love seat that a friend had in her bedroom. Not exactly the stuff dreams are made of! But Pinterest is a magical place!

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Rock and Roll Basics

DSC_3612I have always been a relatively ‘safe’ dresser who feels most comfortable in jeans and flat shoes. When people hear that my favourite music genre is Metal they usually struggle to believe so as I don’t conform to their idea of what a metal fan looks like. These pants however might make it slightly more believable, or so I’d like to think. They aren’t something I’d normally gravitate towards and certainly don’t feel ‘safe’ for a conservative dresser like me, but it is kind of what I like about them. That and the great fit of course.  Paired with more feminine neutrals, I simply love the edge this adds to any look.DSC_3611 DSC_3590 DSC_3605

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Classic in Stellenbosch

 

DSC_0239This past weekend we decided to head to Stellenbosch for one of the best birthday dinners I have ever had at the Hussar Grill.  I digress, but you’ve got to try their Truffle Mushroom Fillet as it is the best I’ve ever had.

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As it was a particularly chilly evening I reached for my trusty grey Melton coat and a pair of skinny cords, but incorporated a few old favourites to jazz it up a bit. A classic bag like this leather quilted one and dressy shoes instantly add a touch of sophistication. I just finished it with a red lip and silk blouse and felt like a real Parisienne (minus the stripes and baguette).

Pointed black bow pumps

 

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Style Icon: Marina Larroudé

Marina LarroudéBeing a market director at style.com means that Marina is constantly surrounded by fashion. Working in the industry creates the expectation that she would be dresses in the latest trends and designer wear. Instead I find Marina’s style refreshingly simplistic, fresh and inspirational. She sticks to the basics yet somehow manages to make them look modern and relevant.

Even though she is in charge of accessories at style.com she keeps them limited, instead letting the outfit speak for itself. My favourite outfits include the camel cape look and denim and tee outfit. She proves that looking polished is equal part great clothes and confidence. Amazingly healthy looking hair doesn’t hurt either! Which of these is your favourite outfit?

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Shopgirl Find: Dotted Shirt

501962476_XCREAM_largeI’ve been eyeing a silk dotted shirt from Trenery for a while now but it is totally out of my budget, so imagine my happiness when I found this version from Woolworths! It looks quite similar to the Trenery version- without the hefty price tag! If I wasn’t in love with it already, the styling with this cute peplum skirt would’ve won me over. I imagine this would look equally great styled with a pair of skinnies or boyfriend jeans, as seen here. Happy shopping!

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