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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Strawberry Frosé

Strawberry Frosé Drinks

Summer isn’t quite here yet, but if you’d like to help it along or find yourself in a warmer clime these frosé drinks are exactly what you need! Super quick and easy to make, yet so impressive when served in sugar rimmed glasses! These are the perfect addition to any summer party, or reason enough to convert your next Netflix and chill session into a mini party.

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February Favourites

For many, February is the month of love. For Capetonians, February is the month we try not to melt. It means that ice cream is a more suitable Valentines gift than chocolates (although who can resist to do so anyway) and spending time outdoors isn’t always advisable.

As we’re on the topic of love, I’ve been dreaming about far-away destinations in France of late. This pink cafe will be filed away for one day. Planning and gathering information on destinations helps to keep me content until I next board a plane.

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The White Bikini

DSC_1867I keep an imaginary list in my head of all the clothing items that I dread shopping for (bra’s and jeans spring to mind), but I think bikini shopping should also have a special place in hell. Trying to find a bikini top that fits properly (never mind suits my budget!) is nearly impossible. The truth is that if you don’t fit into the first three letters of the alphabet, you’re gonna have a hard time!

On the rare occasions that bikini manufacturers actually “get” it and create bikini tops according to cup and torso sizes, they often make one of the following two mistakes: either they only make A, B and C-cup sizes or they create a push-up bikini top. If I’d wanted to look like I’m about to explode, I’d have just gone one size too small!

Apologies for the rant, but if you happen to have a similar problem I think I found something that might work for you as well! This tube top isn’t something I’d usually try but I was getting desperate, thinking it couldn’t look worse than some of the other items I’d tried. The padded sweetheart shape is flattering and covers enough so there is no risk of #freeingthenipple (a movement I do not support!). The frill keeps it from looking too frumpy by adding a dose of cute. It is comfortable, stays in place and doesn’t require me being strapped in.DSC_1866

Did I mention that it is white? What!? I need at least one thing to be paler than me on the beach! This was a total steal from Jet stores, but similar styles can be found at Woolworths.

Now I finally have a bikini I can swim in without having to do tripple checks before leaving the water. Summer here I come!

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November Favourites

November marks the start of my favourite season with the festivities usually starting early in my home! The first usually kicks off some Christmas tree decor. This is my first Christmas since moving out of my parents home, so I am finally starting my own Christmas decor collection. It is growing slowly but surely!

Ryno and I have four different garden roses planted in our backyard (one didn’t make it) and they are finally blooming at the same time. It really does look magical and I love the scents from the roses and herbs when working in the garden. Sometimes I even imagine that it is what it must be like to be a nose for a fragrance house – not that I’d ever know! This summer is marked to be the hottest one in a while, so I plan on taking plenty of picnics (probably not dressed like a lady) in nearby parks.

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March Inspiration

Happy March!

This year really has flown by, I can’t believe we’re almost a quarter of the way into the year! I am a little sad as March is kind of the last month of summer. I do love all seasons equally, but I am not particularly fond of the in-between weather that lies ahead before it’s hot chocolate season. So I am focusing on the positive.

  • I plan on indulging in ice creams, berries and beach days before they all expire! I must say I think that raspberries are currently at their best.
  • I am also looking forward to finally upgrading to some decent running shoes this month and styling my new trench from Woolworths with classic stripes the first time the temps drop below 20*C.
  • I am considering reinventing my bedroom curtains by doing an ombre dye, if only I can decide on a colour.
  • Finally I hope to find another recipe I love as much as this caprese mac and cheese– maybe one that is a little healthier! Any suggestions?

Hope you all have an amazing month ahead! What are you looking forward to most?

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Shopgirl Find: Graphic Printed Dress

MR PRICE VISCOSE DRESS

Mr Price Easy Waisted Graphic Print Dress retails for R89,95 and is available online here.

This on-trend graphic printed viscose dress is great for summer as it fits loosely, but has a flattering cinched waist. The length is also great as I generally find that most skirts are either too long or uncomfortably short for me. I am looking forward to pairing this dress with wedges and a bright lip this summer. It is an absolute bargain from Mr Price. So happy shopping!

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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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Strawberry Popsicles

From theslowroasteditalian.blogspot.com

Lately I’ve seen many recipes for the Zoku Quick Pop Maker, but at R600 it is a little to expensive for me. Then I found a plastic ice-cream mold at my local Spar for only R20- score! I coudn’t wait to try some of those delicious recipes. This one is super easy and quick. I made it this weekend with some over-ripe strawberries and it came out divine!

Ingedients:

  • 250 ml water
  • 125 ml sugar
  • 200 g strawberries, hulled and pulped in a food processor
  1. Boil the water and sugar on the stove top until all the sugar has dissolved. Let it cool.
  2. Wash the strawberries, hull them and blend in a food processor until smooth.
  3. Add the syrup mixture and blend.
  4. Pour into mold and place in the deep-freeze.

This is where you have to have patience! I waited overnight and was rewarded the following morning with some yummie popsicles!

PS: As photography isn’t my strong point I borrowed this picture from The Slow Roasted Italian. Mine came out looking exactly like that. For a slight zing you can follow their recipe and add 2 tablespoons lemon juice to the mixture.

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