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!

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

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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The Christmas beauty edition

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The festive season is such an easy time to go overboard with your beauty look, and if you want to you certainly should! But over the years I’ve often found myself feeling slightly OTT. Family dinners, braais with friends or a board games evening rarely justify a perfect red pout and golden eyes. This time around I feel less certainly is more.

I love my LA Girl The Nudes palette as all the colours are right up my street. I rarely go for the extreme eye looks preferring to use one or two shades at a time. This time around I just blended the golden shimmer close to my lashes, loaded up on tonnes of mascara and added a little bit of festive colour to my pout with a Revlon Super lustrious lipgloss.

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Nails is where I go all out. I love the Essence Gel Nailpolish in Nr 14 Do you speak love? It is a lovely vampy red, probably not summer appropriate but I love it anyways! I then covered it in one layer of Wet n Wild’s Waiting for my solo. It is a warm golden-coppery glitter that has both small and chunky pieces. I applied this combo in the car a week ago for my husband’s year end work function and although it wasn’t perfect it lasted a whole week with minimal tip wear! I was so impressed that I repeated the look today. DSC_1923

What is your go-to beauty look for Christmas parties? Do you go all out or prefer a more relaxed approach?

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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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Trend Alert: Red Hair

red hair trendThe Disney girls did it first when Bella Thorne and Debby Ryan both added a red tint to their natural hair colours. Ariel Winter followed suit, before going blonde, and then a slew of other celebs jumped on the bandwagon. The trick is to just a red or copper tint to your natural hair colour to warm it up. As with going lighter, this is best left to the professionals to help decide whether this look will suit your skin tone. If you want to try this at home, stick to non-permanent formulas with the words “golden” or “auburn” for the tiniest hint of red before committing to this trend. This look is perfect for trying during the colder months as it looks amazing paired with a darker wardrobe. Will you dare to take the plunge?

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