Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine's Day MacaronsI’ve loved rounding up this Valentine’s day gift guide because I feel like I can really indulge in my love of blush pink without any shame! Most of the gift are fairly simple – I say save the big ticket items for anniversaries and birthdays – but their just kind of token  of appreciation I’d appreciate. I hope that there is something in here for you too!

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Blush pink scarf – I’ve had scarves on the brain for quite some while now as I’m packing for a winter break. This one just seems like it would be so soft and comes in a beautiful colour. I hope it is massive!

Cute card – I really think that a cute Valentine’s Day card is more than enough! Just make sure it is personal. Bonus points if you DIY one.

Red lipstick – This is more likely something to gift your bestie, as I doubt guys would know where to start. This Bourjois in Hot Pepper is my personal favourite red. It stays put and isn’t too drying on the lips. I just top it up with Labello in Cherry flavour for some added moisture.

Heart Balloon – Cheesy I know and probably incredibly overpriced, but if you can find something (not too cloying) in Chinatown for a bargain I’d say go for it! Just stick with pink and red tones sans writing.

Heart lollies – I just can’t resist these cute sugar rush-inducing candies. As it’s only available once a year I most definitely indulge!

Blush beret – I am still not sure I can pull off a beret on my odd head, but I think they look so stylish on others and would love this blush pink one.

Chocolates – For complete transparency I’m going to admit I chose these choccies based purely on their packaging. I have no idea whether it is any good! But this time I’m judging the book by its cover. You could totally wrap up some delicious Lindt as well!

Mugs – Valentine’s mugs can be incredibly cheesy but I feel like you could use these year round. They are so chic and understated yet completely on-trend for the day.

Hope you have a glorious day either spoiling yourself, your bestie or anyone special in your life!

P.S. I’ve not included any gift ideas for guys as mine would only say chocolate or biltong! Plus he wouldn’t know it is Valentine’s Day if I didn’t say anything.

 

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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.

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October Favourites: My upcoming wedding

wedding updateSomeone at work recently asked whether I’ll be sharing anything of my wedding on social media, only to realise that I have kept quiet without exactly intending to! Whilst I don’t want to share every last detail with everyone, I think there are a few things that might be of interest to some of you- whether you simply love weddings or are planning one yourself.

I have to confess, doing all of the planning yourself can at times become slightly overwhelming and stressful, but nothing that a cup of coffee and a good planning session can’t cure!

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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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Relaxed Blush Weekend Look

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Hi everyone!

I recently wore this super comfortable look on one of the hottest days in Stellenbosch. It was actually a pretty good day as we met our wedding photographer and tried a pretty good new-to-us coffee place.

I bought this pair of elastic waisted pants for long-haul flights last year andI’ve actually gotten a lot of wear out of it since. I was slightly weary of elastic pants adding loads of extra bulk, but as these are very lightweight it isn’t really a problem. Besides they are just so damn comfortable that I don’t mind if it gives me thunder-thighs.

The shirt is one of my all-time favourite bargain buys (Mr Price) and I bought the handbag in Italy. It is definitely one of my all time favourite bags as it is great for sneaking snacks for the movies and it is real leather.

I can’t imagine I’d ever be able to sacrifice comfort for style, so I am really glad I found the perfect middle ground. And it is nice not to wear jeans for once…

What is your favourite weekend look?

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How to ask your bridesmaids

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Once all the hubbub around our engagement started dying down, we immediately started thinking about who we wanted in our wedding party. I knew who I was going to ask, but for me the important thing was how I was going to ask.

I waited until we had already decided on the look and colours of our weddings as I wanted it to tie into that. I then tailor made a gift for both girls, one a close friend and the other my niece including small gifts (not the fragrance, that is only for colour inspiration).

The important thing is to give them as much information about your wedding as possible to help them make an informed decision. I decided that I want each of them to get a unique dress within my colour palette so I collected a few colour swatches from my local hardware store to include in the gift pack.

I also gave them a budget for dresses, a ball-park for wedding dates and in which region it would be. I think it is also important for them to know with whom they’ll be sharing the responsibility and fun and what extras I would pay for them or expect them to pay for. This is particularly important if your wedding party needs accommodation.

I made sure to finish it with a nice card asking her to be part of our special day and explaining why. Pretty wrapping also helps!

How did you ask your bridesmaids? Maybe you can steal a few ideas?

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Home Office Tour and Organising Tips

Home Office Pink and Gold with Hello KittyToday I’m sharing with you the place I’ve spent the majority of my time over the past few years whilst I was still studying, my home office. Now I mainly use it for arts and crafts, general admin and for the home PC (which my boyfriend kindly donated after my laptop died) but I still do spend a fair amount of time here as it also doubles as a space where I often shoot blog photos and write all my articles (House & Leisure and blog related). Home Office DeskOur study is built into the attic so the exposed roof beams are a big feature in the room. This however allows for some unique shelving (not pictured, its quite messy) and the built in desk which is very practical. No other conventional desk would be able to offer me so much space.

Home OfficeI kept the colour scheme fairly neutral but added some pink and turquoise touches. The build in desk doesn’t have drawers so everything you’d traditionally store out of sight has to be on display so I try to be very careful about what I display. Oh and say hi to my Hello Kitty which I got several years ago in a McDonald’s Happy Meal! Still looking good (and storing my paper clips).

Home OfficeUnfortunately I don’t own a MAC PC (and I can’t see myself ever paying that much just for the looks) but I’ve made the best of what I’ve got. I like to keep things wireless if possible or if you have to deal with wires as I do, make sure they’re tucked away as much as possible. Most of my PC accessories are stored in the cupboard but I do keep a few things I use daily out.

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Finally, I am going to share my few very basic tips on organising your home office as it really is the key to making it work for you.

  • I like to make lists and keeping a cute notebook or diary on hand is essential for me. It not only makes me feel more organised but somehow also helps me to focus on what I’m doing or working on that moment. A printed daily planner can also help if you’ve got a hectic schedule. Try this (so very pretty with the polka dots) or this one as they’ve both got fairly large squares allocated to each day for writing.
  • My DIY pin board really serves as a cute inspiration board with favourite colours, runway looks and art on display. Having everything pinned to a board instead of pressed to the wall with presstick not only makes it look more organised but it’s also easier to replace and change things up. I highly recommend this if you need some creative inspiration.
  • Keeping things stored in a pretty container right where you need them is really essential to an organised space. I like to keep flash drives, memory cards and freshly charged batteries on hand when working on the PC. Nothing is more frustrating than having to search for them, especially when you’re in a rush.
  • I like to use both a pencil holder (for prettier supplies) and a pencil bag (for the unsightly ones) on my desktop. You can use either one or the other, witch ever works best for you, but make sure you always have all the essentials on hand (glue, scissors, rulers, black and blue pens, pencils, sharpeners and erasers). This pencil holder DIY is very cute, I might have to try it.
  • Keep magazines, books and binders stored horizontally for easy access. I’ve got mine sandwiched between the wall and a roof beam but you can also find cute magazine holders at shops like Typo to help with this. An In and Out tray may also be necessary depending on your workload. I just try to stay on top of my admin.
  • This isn’t technically an organisation tip, but spend a little time and money to make your office space, however small it might be, pretty. This will motivate you to keep it clean and organised at all times. If it weren’t for this, I’d probably have a whole week’s worth of coffee cups and water glasses gathered here.
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Pink Beauty

pink beautyI always associate pink with beauty and whilst the colour can be tough and fierce, I like it most when it is unpretentiously sweet. Here are some of my top pink beauty buys- Just in time for summer!

  1. Chanel Le Blush Crème De Chanel in ‘Affinite’, available from R440.
  2. Lancôme Gloss in Love  Sparkling Lip Glaze in ‘Under the Spotlight’, available from R270.
  3. Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Balm in ‘Pudgy Peony’, available from R215.
  4. Essie Nail Polish in ‘The girls are out’, available from R105.
  5. DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Intense, available from R485 for 30ml.

What are your favourite pink beauty buys?

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DIY Star Cake Toppers

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I love super easy and affordable DIY’s. They are fun as there is no stress involved and you don’t feel guilty if they don’t come out as envisioned or if they aren’t used as often. These cake toppers are as easy as child’s play, in fact a child could do it, and it looks cute on cakes and cupcakes.

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What you’ll need:

  • Large Glitter Stars in Shades of Pink
  • Equal Number of toothpicks
  • Bostic Liquid glue

Steps:

  1.  Take each star and add a drop of glue in the center.
  2. Gently press the end of a toothpick into the glue and position star symmetrically.
  3. Leave to dry on a flat surface with the star face down.

Simple as that!

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Beauty Colour Inspiration: Pink & Mint

Pink and MintEventhough it is winter, I’ve been drawn to this combination of pretty summery colours. They seem to work so well together, like best friends! It leave me yearning for a lovely beach vacation. So for everyone lucky enough to be or to be going somewhere where it is summer, here are my top picks to incorporate the colours into your beauty routine:

  1. Woolworths Lipstick Hydro Lips in Fuschia, R99,95 (shop online here)
  2. Revlon Colour Burst Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie, R115
  3. Estee Lauder in Startlit Pink, R265 (shop online here)
  4. Essie in Turquoise and Caicos, R100
  5. Revlon in Mint Candy Apple, R100
  6. Estee Lauder Nail Laquer in Dilettante, R215 (shop online here)

 

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