Monday, 30 December 2013

{OOTD} Christmas Cheer

One thing I had been incredibly excited about for my trip to the UK for Christmas was going to buy a Christmas jumper, which I did on my very first day. I held out until Christmas Day to wear it :) my family and I went to a typical English pub and enjoyed turkey with cranberry sauce! I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas as well

Jumper: Primark
Skirt: Cotton On
Boots: Rage
Stockings: Woolworths 
Makeup: Bobbi Brown, Essence, Dior and H&M

What did you wear for Christmas lunch? 

Sunday, 29 December 2013

{OOTD} Why did I go outside?

This day, which happened to be my birthday, was by FAR the worst day to be outdoors. Most attractions around London closed and many of the travel routes were cancelled. It rained, and rained, and rained - and the wind was a whole other story! My sister and I travelled all the way to Leavesden to go to the Warner Brother Studios for a tour. This is what I wore... 

Shorts: Jo Borkett
Jumper: Mr Price 
Coat: Identity
Beanie: Woolworths 
Bag: Mr Price
Boots: Rage

Whilst I'm glad I wore the thigh-high boots I could have reconsidered the shirts ;)

Sunday, 22 December 2013

{OOTD} Just touched down in London Town

Hello from a very chilly London! It's been a bit of a mind shift leaving SA with a tan and then popping over to the northern hemisphere kitted out with boots and coats. Here's my first outfit post. It was taken outside my family's new UK home that I saw for the first time:

Jacket: Mr Price
Jeans: True Religion 
Socks: Woolworths
Shoes: My friend Sally, I think they're from Aldo
Earmuffs: Primark
Rings: H&M and Sass Diva
Makeup: Bobbi Brown, MAC, Dior, Essence and H&M 
Bag: Mr Price

I also really like my sister's outfit which I helped style so I convinced her to post that too: 

Friday, 20 December 2013

Introducing rubybox Moods

rubybox has recently launched their first, exclusive, hand selected scent collection including four gorgeous 15ml eau de toilettes, packaged together in one beautiful gift box.

Inspired by the extremities of our ever-changing moods, each scent was carefully, beautifully crafted to evoke feelings of Serenity, Desire, Rapture and Delirium.

Serenity, an uplifting blend of top notes of ozone, melon, cucumber, grapefruit and magnolia, heart notes of tuberose, lily-of-the-valley, peach and rose and base notes of sandalwood, white woods and amber.

Rapture, a thrilling composition of top notes of orange blossom, cedar and bluebells, heart notes of jasmine, patchouli, white rose and bamboo and base notes of cedar wood, honey, amber and musk.

Delirium, a euphoric fusion of top notes of starfruit lotus flower, mandarin and honey, heart notes of saffron, jasmine, pear and peony and base notes of vanilla, musk and incense.

Desire, a sultry melange of top notes of tangerine, black current, freesia and rosewood, heart notes of lilac, jasmine, peach, rose and geranium and base notes of patchouli, lemon tree wood, musks, amber and apricot.

Which one would you go for?

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

River Island is coming to South Africa!

I just read the very exciting news that Edcon has signed a deal with River Island to come to SA in June 2014. I really love their stuff, especially their handbags, and I am so looking forward for their doors in Rosebank to open! I'm just hoping the prices aren't too crazy...

Read what I read below...

River Island recently signed an exclusive franchise deal with Edcon, providing the leading retailer with sole distribution rights to the popular brand

The first flagship store is set to launch in Rosebank, Johannesburg in June 2014 with additional flagship stores expected to open in Cape Town in October next year.

River Island is a brand with Great British heritage. Founded and based in London, the business was created and is managed by the Lewis family. With design at the heart of the business, it prides itself on the ability to remain ahead of the trends and indeed to create them.

With over 65 years of fashion retail experience, the brand continues to grow globally and has over 300 stores in the UK, Ireland, Russia, Poland, Holland, Belgium and the Middle East and offers worldwide shipping through its website.

Edcon CEO J├╝rgen Schreiber comments, “River Island is a complete shopping experience all in itself. Not only is it extremely fashion forward but it is also very versatile and possesses its own unique flair. We expect it to be a hugely popular addition to our current range.”

While clients of River Island are all connected by their love for fashion, the brand's diverse collections all draw on different inspirations, enabling wearers to cultivate their own unique styles

River Island is constantly evolving in order to stay young, fun and vibrant. Not surprisingly its stores undergo the same evolutionary process in order to maintain their unique image. Customers can constantly expect to see new elements of surprise in shop fits and visual merchandising.

“This is truly a significant milestone in local fashion,” enthuses Schreiber. “River Island is known for its incredible collection which literally has everything from statements to staples. No matter what a client's individual style, River Island will have fun refreshing pieces to suit their needs,” he concludes.

“We are very excited to be entering into the South African market in partnership with Edcon. We are confident that together, with our combined knowledge and experience, we can deliver fantastic fashion and a great store experience to our South African customers.” – Ben Lewis, CEO River Island

Words from here

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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Pantone reveals the colour of 2014: Radient Orchid

Another year, another colour to live by. Or so says global colour authority Pantone, who officially deemed Radiant Orchid as 2014′s Colour of the Year, citing the light purple’s shade’s transformative nature (it also happens to be one of my brand's colours).

“The purple family has continued to grow in popularity and acceptance among interior designers and consumers alike,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute. The hue will replace last year’s shade, Emerald Green.
What this means for you: Probably, that you’ll see a slight uptick in pastel lavender clothing in stores—we’ve already seen an influx of pastels toward the end of 2013 from several designers—and possibly on the walls in your friends’ homes, if only because Pantone teamed up with Valspar to produce a Radiant Orchid paint collection.
“As we move into 2014, we are beginning to embrace bold paint colours in the home for accent walls or to revamp key furniture pieces. Radiant Orchid is a surprisingly versatile, modern hue that evokes a sense of creativity and movement that will elevate any room to a new dimension,” said Eiseman.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

{WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT} of a limited edition bottle of "MOSCHINO loves DISARONNO"

I have picked the winner of the limited edition bottle of "MOSCHINO loves DISARONNO" and it is:
Luzanne Ashby! Congrats :)

Please email me your number, email address and day-time delivery address so that the people at Disaronno can organise delivery?

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Monday, 9 December 2013

Ingrown hairs? I have the solution!!

I have been battling with ingrown hairs from waxing for ages now, I was so surprised when my new waxing lady at Sorbet in Melrose Arch casually piped up, "why don't you buy a product for that?"

"Whaaaaat?? You can buy something to help with that?" I queried in a shocked tone. Fancy that, you can. She recommended I try Environ Derma-Lac, which was like fate since I recently started using Environ moisturizer on my face.

VERDICT: Works like a charm!

Use a body scrub to exfoliate all affected areas – be thorough but not rough, as ingrown hairs can easily become infected resulting in red, raised bumps.  This will help to lift the excess skin that covers the hair trapped in the follicle.
Follow the exfoliated skin with a spot treatment (for small areas) or lotion (for large areas) that contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids. This will reduce inflammation and further get rid of excess skin that is trapping the hairs.

Try Environ Derma-Lac lotion (R220 for 200ml, selected skincare clinics).

I've been using Derma-Lac for about 3 months and I've noticed a significant change in the number and appearance of my ingrown hairs. Well done, Environ

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

{WIN} a limited edition bottle of "MOSCHINO loves DISARONNO"

The awesome peeps at Disaronno have given me a limited edition "MOSCHINO loves DISARONNO" bottle to give away! How exciting? It's such a fab Christmas gift, or (for me anyway) something to keep and drink over the summer vacation. Here's how to WIN!

Share the post on my Facebook page here (make sure you like the page, of course) and comment below that you have :) 
How simple?

I'll announce the winner on the blog on Friday and reply to the winner below to ask for contact details

Good luck wonderful ones! 

Monday, 2 December 2013

RE: shorts from Woolworths featuring Candice Swanepoel

I'm sure lots of people saw that Candice Swanepoel was in South Africa a short while ago, then there was a rumbling that she was working with Woolworths whilst she was here, now we see the result! RE: have just bought out these super cute summer shorts in Woolies and Candice is the face of the campaign.

I read online that "RE: elected her to represent the brand, as they believe that she fits its mood and general message perfectly. In the TV ad Candice channels her inner rock ‘n roll chic as she shows off the RE: Festival Collection". This range is limited edition so make sure to visit a Woolies today to get your hands on a pair, or two ;) They are available in six colours and different finishes, colour, print, pleather and with embellishment. I've seen different reports but it's save to say that a pair costs around R200.

The purple pair is my personal fave, how about you?

Friday, 29 November 2013

Moschino loves Disaronno ♥


Disaronno is by far my favourite liqueur! My go-to shot is a tot of Disaronno followed by a shot of lime, it tastes just like the sweets called Rascals and my friends and I used to call them 'dirty rascals' at varsity. Disaronno has a sweet taste, which gets taken down a notch by the lime, and has hints of marzipan flavour (must be from the almonds). It's a versatile drink that can be enjoyed over ice or in a number of delicious cocktails and is available in supermarkets and bottle stores.

The people over at Butter Knife PR sent me this press release for Disaronno's latest news, a collaboration with the equally Italian fashion house Moschino. What a great collab that was! Moschino loves Disaronno, and so do we! This black and red bottle with hearts all over it is perfect as a Christmas gift ♥

DISARONNO, the most popular Italian liqueur in the world, has teamed up with Italian luxury fashion house, MOSCHINO, to design a unique limited edition bottle resonating the superb brand quality and contemporary presence. This collaboration between two stylish Italian brands will be available for purchase up until March 2014 at outlets nationwide.

The MOSCHINO loves DISARONNO bottle has been designed in the fashion house’s signature style, adorned with its classic heart pattern in a bold black and red colour palette. This distinctive limited edition combines the characteristics of MOSCHINO with the unmistakable silhouette of the DISARONNO bottle. It's an ideal treat for fashionistas and trendsetters around summer time. 

The partnership was born with the idea of linking the image of the bottle and brand to that of another, which is also recognizable all over the world. DISARONNO meets the world of fashion, in particular MOSCHINO, another dynamic brand with an extensive Italian heritage. 

The project will support the charity Fashion 4 Development (sponsored by the United Nations) through donation of its profits to help the development of this unique initiative in Africa. 

The exclusive MOSCHINO loves DISARONNO limited edition will be available at stores nationwide at approximately R199.95.

Visit or follow DISARONNO on twitter @DisaronnoSA. The official hashtags are #disaronno and #moschinolovesdisaronno. The official Instagram account is disaronno_official.

To celebrate this exquisite collaboration, the iconic Italian liqueur suggests enjoying a DISARONNO Loves Sour, a timeless cocktail:

2 parts Disaronno (50ml)
1 part Liquid Sugar (25ml)
1 Freshly squeezed Lemon.
Shake together and strain over ice in a tumbler.
Garnish with a cherry.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Monochrome from Superbalist and a SALE!

I get so excited to receive my Superbalist (previously CityMob) email every day, they have the raddest items and I have to hold myself back all the time to not buy everything! I am, however, loving today's story more than most... These monochrome finds are amazing and with a special currently running (see end of post) I intend on spoiling myself a little ;)

You can shop the entire monochrome story here

Here's more on that sale I was telling you about ;)

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Henry Holland for Mr Price

Henry Holland is back! After a successful range for Mr Price last year, we are again treated to a special collection by the international designer. 

Henry has created a range of nine beautiful dresses all inspired by his friends - Kelly Osbourne, Pixie Geldof, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, Alexa Chung, Agyness Deyn and Poppy Delevingne.

Another amazing part of the collection is that for every dress sold R10 will be donated to the RedCap Foundation Schools Project, Henry and Kelly Osbourne talk more about that in the video below:

Click here to see and SHOP the Henry Holland collection from the Mr Price online store, it's available worldwide. I've got my eyes on the Rihanna dress, drool!

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

stila Christmas Sets

stila is one of my fave makeup brands lately! As their website says "stila is the carefree, whimsical cosmetics brand that is as fun as fantasy, as individual as a signature and as inspiring as a dream", they also have a 'cruelty free and eco friendly' badge on their website which always makes me happy!

Here are some of their latest products that make up their Christmas sets:

Best of Kitten set

RRSP: R450 
Get ready to sparkle this holiday season with a collection of best-sellers in stila's iconic shade, kitten—a shimmery golden pink that beauty editors, makeup artists and girls about town have long-loved & adored. 

The set includes:
- eye shadow in kitten, for sparkling eyes.
- lip glaze in kitten, a shimmery gloss that leaves lips shiny & kissable.
- smudge crayon in kitten, a waterproof primer, liner and smudge able crayon in one
- kitten all over shimmer liquid luminizer.

Masterpiece series eye and cheek palette


RRSP: R340 
The Masterpiece Series includes 3 adorable paper-wrapped palettes containing 15 beautifully wearable shades of eye shadows and 3 universally flattering shades of blush. 
- Volume I - The Minimalist Eye Shadows: natural light, simplicity, elegance, subtlety, balance Cheek: harmony 
- Volume II - The Impressionist Eye Shadows: canvas, pastel, vision, watercolor, movement Cheek: parisian pink 
- Volume III - The Modernist Eye Shadows: glaze, avant-garde, mondrian, abstract, charcoal Cheek: nouveau 

Included is a book of easy-to-use tips & tricks written by Stila's Global Executive Director of Creative Artistry, Sarah Lucero.

Colour-outside-the-lines smudge stick waterproof eyeliner set

RRSP: R375
Draw the perfect line this holiday season with our adorable retro-chic tin pencil case that comes filled with Stila’s best-selling Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in 5 fun and versatile shades that can be worn alone or combined to create Stila’s signature double line look.

Shades include:
- emerald (green)
- navy (blue)
- aubergine (burgundy)
- stingray (black)

- lionfish (brown)

Colour-me-glossy lip glaze set

RRSP: R250
To give or to keep... that is the question. This must-have gift is sure to please. Give it in its entirety or break it apart and cross three names off your holiday list with individually packaged Lip Glaze trios that make the perfect stocking stuffer. Stila’s legendary Lip Glaze delivers a glossy shine on lips with delicate, matching flavours and scents. These iconic click pens are perfectly portable for a glistening pout wherever you go.

Contains 9 Lip Glazes packaged in 3 Trios including:
- Reds
- Pinks
- Nude/Neutrals
Shades: cranberry, dazzle berry, passion fruit, persimmon, wild berry, kaleidoscope, melon, strawberry cream and amaretto

Available at selected Woolworths, Truworths, Foschini and online stores.

Which set would you like for the holidays?

Monday, 25 November 2013

Forever New: Rio Carnival

Check out Forever New's latest range dubbed Rio Carnival. I could buy every single item in this range, hint hint ;) Which would you like the most?

Friday, 22 November 2013

Redken Diamond Oil Treatment

I saw this Redken product on Kim Gray's blog this morning and immediately had the urge to go buy it! The elements of this product that I like the most are that it adds shine to your strands (which is a hair-quality I am obsessed with and battle with since my hair is blonde) and because there are so many different ways to use it. I hate when you can only use a product before or after wash or dry, drives me mad because I always reach for it at the wrong time.

Here's what I read on Kim Gray:
Apply 2-3 drops of the multi tasking Redken Diamond Oil Treatment to your hair from mid length to ends to restore distressed hair for stronger, shinier locks. This should last for ever too as again, a little really does go a long way..

Ways to use this product:
  • Pre-Shampoo: Apply to dry hair and / or scalp. Wait 2-3 minutes and shampoo thoroughly
  • Overnight Treatment: Apply to damp or dry hair prior to bedtime
  • Added to Conditioner or Mask: Blend with mask and leave on damp hair for 5-15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly
  • Pre-Blow Dry: Apply to towel-dried hair prior to styling products. Apply at driest areas of the hair first
  • On Dry Hair: Apply to dry hair starting at the frizziest, most distressed areas first, then work remainder of product through the hair. Reapply as needed
  • On Dry Skin and Scalp: Apply oil on hands and scalp as needed to reduce dry skin

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Ted Baker AW14 Collection

I am becoming SUCH a fan of Ted Baker! I have blogged about 2 of his latest ranges as they are just too stunning to ignore (you can read my last one here). The latest is the AW14 Collection; and the colours, cuts, styles and textures are utterly perfect for the season. Ted Baker is available at Stuttafords.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

My Dream Closet

I have many an (healthy) obsession in life, but by far the most love I have is for my closet. I am a shopaholic, and I accept that. It's not even about all the stuff that I buy, per se, it's a collection. I collect clothes and shoes and bags and perfumes and cosmetics. My biggest dream one day is to have a spectacular closet to house all of my wares. Here are some images from my Pinterest board (Home is where the ♥ is) that are inspirational and aspirational: