Comfortable Valentine’s Day

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I love H&M and still remember how overwhelming it felt when I stepped in my first store in Italy. Everything looked so good, their collections seemed well edited and planned and I obviously appreciated the price points. One of the first dresses I bought was a blush butterfly sleeve dress, but sadly I lost it shortly after on my trip to Mauritius.

I was so glad however when I found that it is a classic style that they offer in a multitude of colours and patterns. I got a cream dress with black dots but I really want to go back for the black version, as it is one of the most comfortable dresses I own, requires no ironing and can easily be dressed up and down.

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Franschhoek Huguenot Monument

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On a rare sunny day a few weeks ago, Ryno and I decided to head to the beautiful town of Franschhoek. This was before summer arrived and we were both keen to spend some time relaxing outdoors. So picnic basket packed (ready to be filled there) and books in hand we undertook the 40 minute drive to wine country.

 

Franschhoek is famous for their wine, but being the sweettooth that I am I can’t visit without a stop at Huguenot Fine Chocolates. Their store is located on the main streat and they give tours showing how they make chocolate on most days. I always find some exciting new flavours to try, but when in doubt their Strawberry Cream and Cherry Kirsch never disappoints. Along with some chocolates we also picked up some buttery croissants and parma ham for lunch before we headed to the Huguenot Monument gardens for some lounging. 

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Rhodes Memorial Outing

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I consider myself incredibly lucky to be living in Cape Town, as it is one of the most beautiful and diverse cities in the world. Cape Town also happens to be incredibly rich in history.

Rhodes Memorial has become somewhat of a controversial monument and unfortunately part of it has been damaged by vandals. Perched on the side of the mountain, the views are spectacular and Sir Herbert Baker designs never disappoint.

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Valentine’s Day Style

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I actually shot this look a few days ago without giving a single thought to Valentine’s Day and only realised that it is the perfect Valentine’s look today! Shocking I know, but given that my Valentine’s Day consists of coffee in bed and couch shopping you have to forgive me.

I love this flowing chiffon dress as it is the perfect blush shade and is super comfy. It also happens to be great for hiding food babies! I know paring it with a pair of nude heels is the chic way to wear it but since I was just taking a walk in the forest on a Friday afternoon you’ll have to excuse my flats.

This dress calls for a romantic hairstyle and natural make-up to complete the super feminine look. This rope braid is super easy to make and it would look great with soft waves. For my natural make-up look I started with favourite LÓreal Magique Lumi foundation which gives a natural, medium coverage and is slightly illuminating (I use the shade N1).

As I’m leaving my lids bare I kind of go to town with the blush. I suggest you use a warm pink tone which best matches your skin tone. For me that is a Clinique sample I got ages ago in a light pink.

To add some definition to my eyes I use a brown eye liner (Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Brown) at the outer corner of my lower and upper lash line and finish with lashings of lengthening Clinique’s High Lengths Mascara in black. I am currently on the hunt for a new eyebrow product, so any suggestions are welcome!

I then add the finishing touch which is a Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie- a kind of my-lips-but-better, pinky shade. This is the only colour I can add to my lips that won’t have Ryno running in the other direction. Red lips are completely out of the question here. I’m also currently wearing my favourite nude pinky nail polish, Essie in Fiji.

So there you have it, my favourite Valentine’s look whether you’ve got a hot date or just one with your couch. Hope you have a great one either way!

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Stripes and Sequins

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Hello everyone!

I’m so excited as summer is definitely starting to bloom! We’ve tried to take advantage of the great weather we’ve been having by spending as much time outdoors as possible. I always love days spent in the city and usually can’t resist a pit-stop at the Company Gardens. The outfit I reach for most often when the sun comes out is usually some kind of striped top and jeans. I think I’m pretty much sorted if I want to wear a variation of this every day of the week (pfff…not that I’d really consider doing that…) On this particular occasion I decided to throw on a diamante necklace which makes quite a statement against the sequins on the top, which was a DIY job. Funny how I knew that it was a successful DIY when my brother commented that it looked it like someone had messed a bit of sequins on it…

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Rock and Roll Basics

DSC_3612I have always been a relatively ‘safe’ dresser who feels most comfortable in jeans and flat shoes. When people hear that my favourite music genre is Metal they usually struggle to believe so as I don’t conform to their idea of what a metal fan looks like. These pants however might make it slightly more believable, or so I’d like to think. They aren’t something I’d normally gravitate towards and certainly don’t feel ‘safe’ for a conservative dresser like me, but it is kind of what I like about them. That and the great fit of course.  Paired with more feminine neutrals, I simply love the edge this adds to any look.DSC_3611 DSC_3590 DSC_3605

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Coral Summer

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If I had to choose my favourite colour coral would probably win if it were based on my closet contents. It always evokes memories of warm weather and summer dips in the pool.

This sleeveless top from Trenery is great for super hot summer days and the zip detail adds an unexpected edge to what would otherwise be a very basic shell top. Lately I’ve been pairing this bright colour with neutral pants and accessories for an simplistic approach to dressing for the end of summer. I don’t feel nearly ready for winter and I don’t want to start buying warm knits and coats. Are you ready for it?100_250620140209_100432

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Scalloped Lace

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Hello everyone! Today I’msharing a pretty little lace dress that can be dressed up or down. It might be surprising for some to learn that this is the only white dress I have ever owned excluding a Halloween wedding costume from when I was six. The scalloped lace drew me to this dress and I knew I had to try it on.

I’ve worn this dress on several different occasions and it can be quite versatile depending on styling. For Christmas I wore it with delicate golden accessories for a more festive look and I’ve also toned it down with heavier wedges but I think indulging the femininity is my favourite way to wear it! I paired it with my favourite nude wedge, a pink lip and my Barbie-esque vintage handbag for a completely girly approach that would be perfect for a morning high tea.

100_7724100_7727100_7744100_7737P.S. Yay for my first OOTD post!

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