December Favourites

‘Tis the season to be jolly…!

It is my favourite time of the year already! It is hard to believe that Christmas and New Years is around the corner as this year really flew by. So welcome to my festive favourites!

Even though I have already put up my Christmas decorations I still crave the perfect reef. I will be doing gold and white gift wrap this year, but the elegance of black and white still attracts me. Maybe I’ll attempt some calligraphy on this year’s name tag.

I usually make a panforte for Christmas (get my favourite recipe here), but I’d like to try my hand at florentines this year. This chocolate orange recipe seems like a perfect festive combination. Since it is summer I will steer clear of anything overtly cosy and rather attempt a simple yet festive table like the one above. It would go well with a summer Christmas lunch!

I also plan on spending as much time as possible either pool side or on the beach and a classic black bathing suit is exactly what I need.

Lets talk about the endless amount of DIYs I’m planning this month. Not only do I want to make this awesome star garland with glitter paper, I also want to tackle a few of my wedding DIYs, they may or may not involve large amounts of sequins and glitter.

Since December is decidedly summer in Cape Town, I look forward to al fresco dining, summer salads with my favourite fruit and braais (aka barbecues).

Finally I’d like to kick-start next year on a high note, it would be an added bonus if I could find these cute eyelashes!

I hope you all have a great festive season with all your loved ones! Safe travelling and I look forward to sharing a few festive ideas with you over the coming month!

Much love,

Astrid x

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November Favourites

Hi everyone!

I know this month’s favourites is a little late, but better late than never is what I always say! I also tweaked this month’s favourites a little as an added bonus.

November and December is my favourite time of the year. I love looking back at everything I’ve done and achieved that year and this year it has been a lot! November is also the official start of summer and I can’t wait for the first official heat wave- and I think today qualifies.

So this month I am looking forward to the future which stretches far beyond this year. Next year will be a pretty exciting time for me and my fiancé. I am also looking forward to the festive season which will probably enter our home later this week as I put up the Christmas tree. This is one of my all time favourite things to do. Just add a little Christmas music and bam- you’re ready for anything! ‘Jingle bells jingle bells…’

Summer also means a few trips to the beach. We usually divide our time between Clifton and the West Coast for Christmas. I just can’t wait for endless turquoise waves and blueberries (by far my favourite berry) to match!

Next weekend I am visiting my niece in the winelands and we plan on baking macarons, not in front of the Eiffel Tower unfortunately but in their lovely kitchen. I suspect a few ice lollies might also be consumed…

Finally we are kicking off the wedding planning and I am mostly looking forward to dress shopping, always keeping my beloved Monique Lhullier Candy in the back of my mind.

P.S. As a fun extra I decided to compile this month’s favourites of pics from some of my favourite Instagram accounts. Credits go as follows:

  1. The Glitter Guide @glitterguide
  2. Stephster Jovski @stephsterjovski
  3. My own pic of Cliffton beach
  4. Lucy Laught @lucylaught
  5. Amy Stone @amy_stone
  6. A Girl, A Style @agirlastyle
  7. Gal Meets Glam @juliahengel
  8. Fab Muse Diana @fabmuse_diana
  9. Liz Adams @liz.adams_

You can also see what I Instagram over here.

I hope you all have a great November!

Much love,

Astrid

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Update

DSC_7229Hi everyone, just a quick little note to apologize for my absence from my most beloved form of self expression. We only got back late last week from the best trip ever and all my best intentions to upload posts on the airport kinda became impossible as my tablet didn’t want to charge overseas. To cap it all, my PC broke and doesn’t want to switch on and my finance’s laptop with all our images on is giving problems. Hopefully all this will be sorted soon and I will be able to share this incredible trip with you and return this blog to its usual self.

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And yes, you did read correct I’m engaged!  😀 I hope you all had a great weekend!

Much love,

Astrid

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Italy Trip

HewittHello, as some of you might know (because I’ve been rambling on it about it for months!) I’m heading to Italy next month. Whoohoo! Sorry, I just had to get it out there as I am so excited. Italy has been on my list forever! We’ll be visiting Rome, Florence and Siena. So if any of you guys have got some tips, must-visits or just simply amazing places we have to see please leave me a comment. It is our first time in Italy and we’d really love to see more than just what you’d find in a travel guide. I’m already preparing for all the amazing pizza and gelato, so if you’ve got a favourite place you can recommend please do so. I am also looking to narrow down the best food markets and shopping districts. I hope to bring back many beautiful photographs to share with you guys. 🙂

 

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September Inspiration

Happy first day of Spring!

I went jogging yesterday and the change of the seasons has never been more apparent. The sun was beating on my back but in the distance I could see some snow left on the mountain peaks. I am glad summer is finally on its way!

Whilst there is no way for me to wish away another cold front, I do plan on indulging in some summer traditions like a fun manicure and over-wearing my stripes.

I also want to find the perfect shirt-dress and somehow master the cat eye, any and all tips welcome! If the amazing weather we’ve had this weekend holds up, a trip to the beach would definitely be on the cards.

Lastly I’ve found this really cute DIY bow bracelet on A Pair, A Spare and couldn’t resist sharing. I have no idea where I am going to find a gold bow, but it is so pretty that there was no way I could keep it to myself.

I hope you enjoy the first month of spring! For all my Northerners, keep warm this autumn with loads of hot choc, I might join you when the next cold front hits.

Much love,

Astrid

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August Inspiration

Hello August!

Whilst those in the Northern Hemisphere are saying goodbye to summer, we’re welcoming spring (about a month early!) and with that I am already looking forward to summer. Whilst Augusts are still quite cold and usually welcomes the heaviest snows on the mountains, I feel spring in the air and know that summer it is just around the corner.

I’ve got a few simple DIY’s planned for this month including a canvas tote for travelling. It is ideal for everything that doesn’t fit into my regular handbag.

Beauty-wise I’d love to try and perfect my faves but thus far I’ve been unsuccessful. And don’t you just love this manicure?

I’ve also got a better idea of what I want to do above my bed, though I’d choose some more meaningful words. Since I’m in an Italian mindset I also want to make my own pasta which I haven’t done in ages. It does take a while but makes the most delicious lasagna!

So whatever you’ve got planned for August, I hope it is a good one!

 

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July Inspiration

Helo everyone!

I almost feel like I have to reintroduce myself as I’ve been absent from my blog this past month. The truth is that working two jobs has been getting to me. But from somewhere around mid-July my time after 5 O’clock will be all my own. It is a luxury I haven’t had for what feels like ages and hopefully I’ll be able to spend that time doing what I love most, of which Shopgirl is one.

So this month I’m looking forward to settling into a new schedule which hopefully includes reading a great book (any suggestions welcome), and getting back into a regular jogging schedule. This does however depend on the weather.

I’m also really looking forward to the Soccer World Cup Finals (what, I’m a soccer fan – during the World Cup!) and in honor of the team I’m supporting I’ll give you beautiful Dutch tulips.

This month will most likely also see my first hairdresser visit in about 6 months, which is kinda anxiety inducing (if you don’t know what I mean, I’ll have to ask for your hairdresser’s number). I could probably write an entire post about my hairdresser disasters but they usually only surface once I have to style my hair myself and realise how terribly skew they’ve cut it etc. So there is that to look forward too… I’ll keep the image of OP’s envy inducing healthy hair as my inspiration handy. I’ve also developed a slight obsession with the perfect pink lip.

I hope to one day have a pretty vintage plate collection like the one above and I believe my trips to the Milnerton Flea Market will help. I also want a pair of perfect jeans (ideally they’d also make me look like that), but I’ll settle for a dark blue pair with perfectly placed and sized pockets, no gaping at the back, thick denim at a reasonable price. Is that to much to ask? I promise I’ll always make them look classy!

When you look at the last picture, I hope the striped sequin dress grabs your attention. I just want to let all how strong I can be as I passed one almost just like that up despite the fact that it was on sale in Zara. Sometimes you have to prioritize!

I hope July is just as an exciting month for you as it is for me!

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June Inspiration

I can’t believe it’s already June. These last two months just flew by and its kind of surreal to think that we’re halfway through this year already. It’s been rainy and cold these last few days, just how I like my winters. I’m looking forward to curling up with hot chocolate in cable knits, my fur baby (who you can see a lot of on my Instagram) and catching up on a few of my favourite TV series (The Blacklist and GoT).

Working two jobs has started taking its toll as I struggle to get in bed by my curfew, so I’ll be prioritizing my sleep more. I think the drop in temps will help! I love falling asleep to rain gently pattering on the roof.

I’m currently on a French toast roll and I’d happily eat it every day of the week if I could. When I do however find the time to make it, I go with this recipe.

Back to my bedroom makeover. I’m pretty sure I won’t find the perfect bed lamp and beside table as I don’t know what I’ looking for yet, but I do like Emily’s bedside arrangement and it’s something I can imitate right now. I’m also thinking about doing this beautiful and easy DIY.

Thinking of the months ahead, I’m also considering a trip to Rome later this year as my boyfriend is going for a conference and I don’t want him to tick Rome off the list without me.

Finally, if you don’t have a pretty calendar for the second half of the year yet, take a look at these beautiful ones you can print for free! And remember, June/July is ranunculus time! Here is to hoping a few of my bulbs survived the year.

Hope June is a happy month for you!

 

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May Inspiration

Happy May! Today is a public holiday (Yay!) so this month is off to a good start already, but the month of long weekends and short work weeks is nearing and end. Adjusting to longer work weeks might take some time getting used too and getting up early on cold mornings isn’t going to be great, but May month does have a few highlights that I’m looking forward to.

  • I love waking up on winter weekends knowing I can stay in bed for as long I like. Sipping coffee (preferably served in bed), wrapped in grey cable knits and listening to the rain.
  • I am so going to try this yummy looking recipe as soon as I can convince the rest of my family. It scores bonus points for being kinda healthy!
  • This winter my skin won’t surrender to the cold. I’ll be doing everything in my power to keep it hydrated and looking perfectly dewy. Starting with my foundation. It’s toss-up between Clinique’s Supermoisture makeup and Bourjois’ Healthy Mix Serum (nearly impossible to find).
  • Beach days are some of my favourite days so this series by Josef Hoflehner called Patience is simply irresistible to me. Turquoise oceans always make for pretty pictures.
  • My favourite mag with one of my favourite celebs and pink flowers on my birthday month- score! The shoot is unbelievably pretty.
  •  Olivia Palermo is a universal style icon but I also really love her hair and makeup. This month images of her hair shall help me resist that trip to the hairdresser. Instead I’m avoiding over styling my hair and applying copious amounts of moisturising products.

I hope you enjoy the coming month! Remember to do things that make you happy. What are you most looking forward to?

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What I bought and loved: Part 1

100_8775Ankle boots | B&W Peter Pan Shirt | Nude Shell Top | Belts | Black Straight Leg Pants | Melange Knit 

Hi guys, so this is a new series I’ve been thinking about for a while. I won’t follow a set schedule for this series as I just shop when I find things I like and it’s usually pretty random, but I’ll try to update you whenever I do find something I want to share with you.

I’m kick starting this series with a few of my favourite buys in anticipation for starting my new job. I might as well call this a Mr Price haul as the majority of items are from them. Their buyers have really been on winning streak of late. Keep up the good work! As you can see I’m really feeling the monochromatic and nude colour schemes and I’ve finally come around to buying a few key autumn/winter pieces.

100_8779Ankle boots are going to be major this season-think over-the-knee boots last winter, but much more practical! I have always loved Country Road shoes but the price tag is somewhat off-putting, so imagine how happy I was at finding these at Truworths.  They’re a dead ringer for Country Road’s Tayla Ankle Boot for less than half the price. Obviously it isn’t real leather though but as it’s a trendier piece I’m not bothered.

100_8778I love shell tops and this blush one from Mr Price is super flattering and surprisingly I also really like the neckline detail. It adds definition without being too OTT. The black and white trim top has one of my favourite features- a Peter Pan collar. So naturally I couldn’t resist. Both were priced at R69,99 from Mr Price.

100_8780I kind of always need belts to keep my pant looking neat (the joys of being pear shaped in a world of apples) so this two-pack from MrP is great. It features a light rose gold buckle and is somewhere between a skinny and regular belt (just perfect). The nude is ideal for white or other lighter pants whilst the black is a staple for winter wardrobes. I am so glad my mother spotted this for me and at R50 it’s a bargain!

Finally I bought a straight leg black pants from Mr Price and a round-neck knit in melange at R180 (from Edgars) that’s great for layering.

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