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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Monochromatic Haul: Woolworths & Mr Price

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I’m back after a short blogging break, which allowed my eyes to catch a much-needed break (I also scaled back on my Netflix addiction). I made my way to the Woolworths sale this weekend and couldn’t wait to share my bargains with you.

The first thing that caught my eye was this black and white breton which I’d been contemplating for a while as I’m replacing some of my older stripes. This one has a looser fit and long sleeves which makes it the perfect winter closet staple. At just a R110 it was a steal (use your Woolworths My School card for a further 10% discount).

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Home Haul

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I mentioned a home haul a little earlier this month and I’m so happy to finally share with you a few things that have made our home a little more enjoyable these past few weeks. I do want to add a disclaimer, as we moved into our first home with only the bare essentials so we did have to buy almost everything that we needed brand new. Some of the stuff included were also gifts. So I don’t buy this much stuff on the regular!

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The LLBD (Little Lace Black Dress) – A closet staple

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I have to admit that I don’t have the most glamorous cupboard. Sure I’ve gathered a few nice dresses for events that I have attended, but I was in desperate need for a little black dress for when my jeans and fancy-top just won’t cut it.

Finding the perfect one is however easier said than done. Since I struggle the most with dressing up during the colder months, one with sleeves was essential. I also didn’t want it to be too tight (so that I can enjoy the food) or in a shiny fabric.

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Woolworths Sale

Scalloped Lace Black Dress from Woolworths

Hi guys, just quickly popping in to remind you (if you live under a rock!) that the Woolies sale is on at the moment and there are some amazing finds! I always like to wait for the initial buzz (similar to a feeding frenzy) to die down before I head in there. I might miss out on some of the best finds, but honestly I just am not that desperate (It is a total different story if you’ve had your eye on something for a while though!)

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2015

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Wow, I can barely believe that it already Mother’s Day. Where has this year gone? Anyway, it feels like this holiday crept up on me and if you’re like me you can do with a little help in this department. We rarely go big with gifts for these “Hallmark holidays” but I still enjoy the sentiment. I am sure my mother would be happy with any of these gift, in fact she might have already gotten one of them… So here goes my relatively compact gift guide for Mother’s Day 2015…

  1. Some pretty yet comfortable pyjamas (who can resist polkadots!) from Spree.co.za
  2. Handcream that does the job whilst packaged all innocently from Woolies
  3. An orchid, or any plant or flower really. This is where the personal touch comes in!
  4. A beautiful dish with a few sweet treats like nougat and turkish delight from Woolies
  5. Still not sure? How about a luxurious lipstick in an everyday colour (Chanel Adrienne?), a yummy candle or the best of all – a home cooked dinner that she didn’t have to lift a finger for!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there.

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The Perfect In-flight Outfit

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I am planning a trip to Italy later this year (less than three months, yay!) and besides stressing about my dry skin, I’ve been imagining the perfect in-flight outfit. I walked into Woolworths just after work now and realised how evil they truly are. I saw everything I want and there is just no way my budget will allow it all. I thought I’d share it with you guys as it is the best I can do!

We’ll have a long flight, spending almost 20 hours in transit and arrive early morning in Rome, meaning there will be minimal clothing changes between my flight and the first day of sight-seeing. So everything has to be comfortable, stylish and still look decent after spending 24 hours in it.

I want to trade in my regular jeans for comfortable, yet stylish silk sweatpants and a bright, ‘beautifying’ coloured top that will keep me warm. For our stop over in Abu Dhabi I will wear a plain white T. Black suede flats are  a necessity as well as big sunglasses and a decent travel wallet. Because I am a bit of an earring addict I think a minimalistic pair of studs will add a little polish to this comfortable outfit.

I hope you like this as much as I do and that it will help you solve your travel dilemmas too!

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Bedroom update

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I promised to keep you up to date with my bedroom developments so here goes.

My headboard got delivered this weekend and was promptly hung by my boyfriend (for which I am very thankfull). I don’t think I’d ever have the urge to drill a hole in a wall!
I managed to find these amazing pillows sooner than I had imagined I would. The monochrome ones are from Woolies and I was very lucky to find the gold one, which I have been eyeing for a while, on sale at Country Road.

Next up would be replacing my nightstand, which might take a while. I also have to figure out what I am going to do for lighting. The silver & off-white lamp is clearly out of place. Do you have any suggestions?

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Shopgirl Find: Gold tea cup

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Winter is just around the corner, meaning my uptake of warm beverages will increase dramatically over the next couple of months. It just seems like the perfect time to treat myself to a special cup for late night hot chocolates and early morning coffees.
I love this modern take on a traditional gold rimmed cup and saucer from Woolworths. It perfectly balances tradition with quirk.
As it is made from bone china with a metallic rim, this isn’t microwave or dishwasher safe but I don’t think I’ll mind hand washing this beauty. What does your favourite cup look like?
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