My Current Skincare Routine & Essentials

My skincare routine has changed significantly since my original post on the subject over four years ago. While I think my routine was right for me, my skin and my budget at the time, I’m actually much happier with my current routine and line-up. If you’re looking to shake things up, you might be happy to implement some of the changes I have made.

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Wishlist & What I Have Been Loving

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By now you should know me as a very considerate shopper – I rarely make impulse buys – but sometimes I just feel overwhelmed with a whole sea of things I’d like to home. This happenned to me on a recent visit to H&M, where I felt overwhelmed with things I want. I know it is not realistic for me to want them as I don’t need most of it, but as a nice theme evolved I thought I might as well share my beautiful wishlist with you! These would also make nice gifts, which is something to consider with wedding season approaching.

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March Favourites

I’m trying very hard not to focus on how fast this year is blowing by, and rather trying to take it one week at a time and try to squeze in as much of what I love as I can. I was feeling a little bleh last month and didn’t blog for about two weeks – each time I thought of powering up my laptop after work my eyes started twitching. Luckily it was nothing that a little break couldn’t cure and I’m really looking forward to March.

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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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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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July Favourites

Yay for July! I’m looking forward to a lot of things this week. It is about three months until our wedding (time flew!) and our wedding invitations are keeping me going. I just love all the pretty fonts.

We are currently working on our hallway and are planning a gallery wall to fill some of the space. I love the simplicity of this one!

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April Favourites

Can you believe that the first quarter of the year is already over? Wow it really feels like time flew! It was just yesterday that I got engaged with a year to plan and now we’ve got six months left! But I digress, we’re here to discuss what gets me excited for the coming month.

So lets start with the most obvious – Easter! It might not be my favourite holiday (I find Easter quite depressing) but we do have chocolate to make up for it! And it will be the first weekend we spend in our first home!

Which brings me to my next point, we got the keys to our home last week! Although it is very small, we’ve been painting all week long (cuboards, walls and skirting boards – basically every surface where the paint will stick!). Finding the right grey paint for the walls is a whole new blog post (short version: there are a lot of blues and purples masquerading as grey).

I am really looking forward to just chilling in our new place althoug there is still a lot to do. We really need to get a new bathroom cabinet (as step one of the bathroom make-over) and I am completely lusting over this classic shaker-style cabinet.

Besides all the painting we’ve done, we’re also replacing the hardware on all the doors and for the bedrooms we’ve settled on a similar crystal style and it really does transform the space (not as much as painting the dark cuboards white, but it was well worth the money!)

All this hard work has me lusting for a holiday and all the lovely pictures on Pinterest just isn’t helping! It’s been nearly half a year since our Italy trip (I know-shut up already but I just can’t) and I feel like I’d give anything to go back, or somewhere new. There is so much of Europe that I want to explore still.

I look forward to some normal weekends which don’t require paint clothes – maybe I can even replicate this cute stripes outfit! Oh and I’ll paint my nails my favourite Essie shade, Fiji. It also happens to be great for Easter!

So on that bombshell (yes I watched Top Gear),

I hope you have a great April! Please share what you are looking forward to this month to help everyone stay positive and happy! Sometimes sacrifices are worth it when you keep the greater picture in mind!

Much love,

Astrid

P.S. You can find all the images on my Pinterest account.

 

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March Favourites

Hi everyone!

March marks the end of summer here in the southern hemisphere (yet tomorrow is set to be nearly 40 degrees celsius!) so I think this month will settle down. We’ve been so busy the first few months of the year with Ryno starting his new job, house hunting and wedding planning. Whilst it is all very exciting, I do look forward to some later starts to my weekend mornings.

This is also the last month before we officially move into our first home! So load of (cheap) DIY’s to come, like these awesome side tables. I’ve already picked up a piece of trunk from the small forest near our new home. Now I just have to decide on the colour. I’m also researching the best climbing roses for a slightly shady spot in our garden. I’m hoping for something with lots of green foilage (preferably for most the year) with big pink buds.

Along those lines, I’m also sorting the flowers for our wedding this month. It is something I’ve been looking forward to for quite a while and I really hope we can incorporate a few peonies into our budget-friendly arrangements.

Beauty wise I’ve been loving the look from the Micheal Kors show. It’s kind off my everyday look done professionally (and NOT in less than 4 minutes). As Ryno is planning a work trip to the US in the middle of the year, I’ve been compiling a list of want-haves for him to look out for. So any suggestions of absolute beauty must-haves for the natural look-lover that is only available in the US would be welcome. Wow that is a mouthful!

I’ve also finally found some gorgeous golden pave bar studs which will be on heavy rotation this month! I am hoping to pair it with a simple and classic look geared towards the cooler weather I’m expecting at the end of March.

I just think it so great to start the month on a positive note than to just reminisce about the great month past. And so I’m off to go snack on a batch of chocolate bark (my latest addiction) whilst staring at everything that’s yet to make its way into boxes. I hope you all have a great month and please let me know what you’re looking forward to this month!

Much love,

Astrid

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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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