Summer Beauty Essentials

1. The Body Shop Strawberry Body Polish (R99):  This leaves skin feeling smooth and moisturized to create the perfect canvass for your tan, whether real or fake. This product also smell good enough to eat.

2. Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturiser (R80): For me a moisturizer with an SPF is an essential and this one is perfect. It is  absorbed quickly and leaves my skin feeling soft and nourished.

3. Clinique Blush in Precious Peony(R250): I prefer to skip the bronzer and just add a brighter, more vibrant sheer version of my winter blusher in the summer. This pretty colour instantly brightens my skin whilst the fact that it is sheer makes it easier to apply.

4. Essence Lash & Brow Gel (R30): This is one of those products I can’t live without as I have bushy, unruly brows. With a single swipe of brow gel I can easily create perfectly styled brows with a slight sheen. The best part of it is that it keeps my brows in place.

5. Essie Canyon Coral (R99): Nail trends come and go, but I find that season after season I am constantly drawn to shades of coral. Essie creates the best variety with great quality to boot. This season’s favourite is a pink-red coral that is slightly lumo.

6. Chanel Chance eu Tendre: I find that in the summer months I often forgo perfume as it can be overpowering combined with all the other scented products I use. When I do however decide to wear a fragrance, this one is my summer go to. It is a clean, sweet and innocent floral that is exactly how I wish I smelt after a bath. It is fun and flirty whilst light enough not to be overpowering.

7. Tresemme Naturals Sweet Orange Shampoo (R75): I have been in hair heaven ever since I discovered this shampoo. Lower sulfate levels means that it isn’t as harsh at cleansing as others might be. It leaves my hair feeling soft, strong and clean. The amazing smell is a bonus as it lingers in your bathroom!

8. Dove Summer Glow for Fair to Medium Skin (R34): My skin is rather fair, so I find it difficult to find a self tan that doesn’t leave me orange. This one is perfect for use at the beginning of the season and it is also great for making your natural tan last. I cheat a bit and apply this over my slight natural tan to intensify the look without all the risk factors of extra hours in the sun.

9. Nivea Sun Screen Light Feeling SPF 30 (R90): AS I mentioned above, I’ve got pale dry skin. So a few minutes in the sun can transform me into a lobster. I always wear an SPF of at least 30 when I know that I will be spending time outdoors. This one from Nivea is one of the more affordable ranges that is widely available and it isn’t as greasy as some of the others I’ve used.

10. Clinique Chubby Stick in Chunky Cherry (R205): During the peak of summer I tend to skip foundation and all other forms of make-up. All I need is a slick of sheer colour and this year Clinique’s Chubby Sticks will be replacing my trusted Strawberry Labello. It has all of the moisture with more colour whilst still feeling sheer. With such a delicious range of colours to choose from, it was difficult picking just one.

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What to Wear: The Formal Evening Wedding

Here is the final installment of my series of what to wear to a wedding. As you can tell, formal evening weddings are by far my favourite! This is a proper dress-up opportunity. Formal evening weddings are usually held indoors and include dinner and dance. Naturally a dress that allows for easy movement  is required. Here I show you how to style four different looks.

Please comment if you are attending an event and want tips to know what to wear. I would love to help!

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Get the look for less: Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012

The 2012 Spring/Summer collection of Louis Vuitton could easily be credited as the inspiration for this summer’s obsession with lace and pastels. I couldn’t resist doing a break down on how to get the look with so many clothes in stores that are clearly drawing on inspiration from the show.

How to get the look:

-Use white as your base colour and add small details in pastels. Yellow, mint, seafoam, pink and salmon were used on the runway. Alternatively you can go all out with one of these colours.

-Incorporate eyelet fabrics and feather details into your outfit.

-Add dainty hairpieces in silver and cap-toed heels as accessories.

-Finish the look with big bold lashes and a soft pink lip gloss.

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What to Wear: The Casual Day Wedding

Some day weddings can seem more casual than others, depending on the theme, the venue and the time. These type of weddings call for a more relaxed style, whilst still showing respect for the occasion through small details.

This look would work very well for an outside barbecue or an Al Fresco affair in the afternoon. The bright colour paired down with the natural tones and weaves are perfect for summer. Add modern gold jewellery to finish the look.Take your opportunity to play with the latest trends. Simply take your pick: 50’s, pastels or lace. Why not combine all for a completely cute look that is sure to draw attention for all the right reasons.
Why not make like Catherine, Duchess of Camebridge, and go fashion literal. A beach wedding is the perfect opportunity to try the latest runway trend inspired by the ocean. Turquoise, seafoam and teal is the perfect colour combination.

PS : Remember to always wear flats, blocked heels or wedges to weddings taking place outside. There is nothing as unsophisticated as someone who doesn’t know when to abandon her stilettos.

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Get the Look for Less: Taylor Swift in Red French Connection

Taylor Swift rocked this red lace dress from French Connection last week. The dress was celebrated mostly because of its affordability and accessibility to the masses. Whilst South Africans can get the brand at Stuttafords, I doubt that it would be as affordable as we wish. So luckily I found a very affordable alternative in summer friendly coral-red. This Mr Price variant also features the cute 3/4 sleeve and a-line skirt. Exchange the bright red lip for a summer-appropriate coral-red, add dainty jewellery and a pair of nude heels and you’re ready!


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New Shop: Typo

Give me a stationery store with a love for all things pink and glitter and I am happy! Typo, being the latest of a slew of Australian stores to hit our malls, offers us the simple aesthetic of Australian design with a spin of hipster style in the form of stationery and home accessories.

They have the cutest mugs and flasks!

I love their cute gift wrap and card selection! Notepads are certainly one of their specialties  with a large section of the store dedicated to them. Sure they are a bit pricey, but this one’s paper can be replaced when it is empty. I am also lusting after the golden mail holder. Whose office space can’t do with a bit of bling?

I also adore the cute tablet, laptop and celphone covers they have. Not all their products are geared towards Apple users, so Samsung girls can also indulge in a little bit of glitter.

They now have stand-alone stores in both Canal Walk and Tygervalley Centre in the Western Cape.

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What to wear: The Informal Evening Wedding

As the days get longer, many are opting for chic evening weddings but steer away from the traditional sit down dinner indoors. This is your key to break the tradition and wear what makes you comfortable. Black is the easy option as it is never too fancy, but always classy enough.

This look is perfect for a garden ceremony with a cocktail reception as the shoes won’t sink into the grass and the chain strap of the bag frees your hands. The is comfort and classy at the same time, whilst still being traditional.

This look brakes tradition, is completely comfortable and doesn’t break the bank as it incorporates a few basic items. It would perfectly suit an outdoor spitbraai wedding where dancing is minimal.

The final look can be worn in church without shame and is equally comfortable for a slightly more traditional dinner, even if it is outdoors. The fit of the dress is purely office whilst the material allows it to be elevated to something more. Add a little extra bling and high heels to take this look out of the office.

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Wedding Style: The Formal Day Wedding

Wedding season has officially arrived! It’s that time of the year again and this year will be especially busy for me, so I though I should put together a few looks that are wedding appropriate.

To accomodate all the different types of weddings, I decided that I would create a different post for each type of wedding. I will start with what is most likely the most popular type of wedding in the beginning of the season: The Formal Day wedding.  These looks can be worn for chic brunches as well as your typical church wedding.

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Happy Heritage day

I’ve had a few internet problems so this post has been slightly delayed. Whilst this long weekend certainly didn’t feel like the beginning of summer with sleets of rain and grey skies dominating the Cape, I felt like celebrating summer. So here is a picture of one of my favourite spots, Campsbay, taken a few weekends ago. The transition from winter to summer has been rather erratic and even though I have been wearing my winter wardrobe I decided to paint my nails a coral pink in celebration of the season to come.

I hope everyone enjoyed Heritage day despite the dreary weather and celebrated with a lekker braai.

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