Like most Capetonians, I’m feeling ready for summer (although more rain is very welcome)! I wasn’t too keen about it until recently, when the weather gave us a little preview of balmy evenings and 30 degreee days. With the warmer weather I had to swap in my summer clothing, but it just hasn’t been as exciting to get dressed in the morning as it usually is. Most of my clothing is office ready and whilst they aren’t very formal, the fabrics just don’t scream summer.
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.
Summer isn’t quite here yet, but if you’d like to help it along or find yourself in a warmer clime these frosé drinks are exactly what you need! Super quick and easy to make, yet so impressive when served in sugar rimmed glasses! These are the perfect addition to any summer party, or reason enough to convert your next Netflix and chill session into a mini party.
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.
I keep an imaginary list in my head of all the clothing items that I dread shopping for (bra’s and jeans spring to mind), but I think bikini shopping should also have a special place in hell. Trying to find a bikini top that fits properly (never mind suits my budget!) is nearly impossible. The truth is that if you don’t fit into the first three letters of the alphabet, you’re gonna have a hard time!
On the rare occasions that bikini manufacturers actually “get” it and create bikini tops according to cup and torso sizes, they often make one of the following two mistakes: either they only make A, B and C-cup sizes or they create a push-up bikini top. If I’d wanted to look like I’m about to explode, I’d have just gone one size too small!
Apologies for the rant, but if you happen to have a similar problem I think I found something that might work for you as well! This tube top isn’t something I’d usually try but I was getting desperate, thinking it couldn’t look worse than some of the other items I’d tried. The padded sweetheart shape is flattering and covers enough so there is no risk of #freeingthenipple (a movement I do not support!). The frill keeps it from looking too frumpy by adding a dose of cute. It is comfortable, stays in place and doesn’t require me being strapped in.
Did I mention that it is white? What!? I need at least one thing to be paler than me on the beach! This was a total steal from Jet stores, but similar styles can be found at Woolworths.
Now I finally have a bikini I can swim in without having to do tripple checks before leaving the water. Summer here I come!
1. Garden roses
2. Abstract art
4. Long dresses
5. Bathroom reno
6. DIY Reef
8. Christmassy desserts
9. Christmas prep
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.
1. Trench + Stripes
3. Beach days
4. Mastering the perfect pink lip
5. This caprese mac and cheese = awesome!
6. New running shoes
7. Something I have to keep reminding myself of
8. I want to try this ombre DIY
9. Berries + Ice cream
This year really has flown by, I can’t believe we’re almost a quarter of the way into the year! I am a little sad as March is kind of the last month of summer. I do love all seasons equally, but I am not particularly fond of the in-between weather that lies ahead before it’s hot chocolate season. So I am focusing on the positive.
- I plan on indulging in ice creams, berries and beach days before they all expire! I must say I think that raspberries are currently at their best.
- I am also looking forward to finally upgrading to some decent running shoes this month and styling my new trench from Woolworths with classic stripes the first time the temps drop below 20*C.
- I am considering reinventing my bedroom curtains by doing an ombre dye, if only I can decide on a colour.
- Finally I hope to find another recipe I love as much as this caprese mac and cheese– maybe one that is a little healthier! Any suggestions?
Hope you all have an amazing month ahead! What are you looking forward to most?
Mr Price Easy Waisted Graphic Print Dress retails for R89,95 and is available online here.
This on-trend graphic printed viscose dress is great for summer as it fits loosely, but has a flattering cinched waist. The length is also great as I generally find that most skirts are either too long or uncomfortably short for me. I am looking forward to pairing this dress with wedges and a bright lip this summer. It is an absolute bargain from Mr Price. So happy shopping!
Eventhough it is winter, I’ve been drawn to this combination of pretty summery colours. They seem to work so well together, like best friends! It leave me yearning for a lovely beach vacation. So for everyone lucky enough to be or to be going somewhere where it is summer, here are my top picks to incorporate the colours into your beauty routine:
- Woolworths Lipstick Hydro Lips in Fuschia, R99,95 (shop online here)
- Revlon Colour Burst Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie, R115
- Estee Lauder in Startlit Pink, R265 (shop online here)
- Essie in Turquoise and Caicos, R100
- Revlon in Mint Candy Apple, R100
- Estee Lauder Nail Laquer in Dilettante, R215 (shop online here)
This is the perfect sunhat- not too wide or floppy. It looks youthful and stylish! R120 at Cotton On.