Monday, 20 October 2014

9 things I would tell my 16 year old self

So, I am 27 years old. I've been thinking a lot lately on what I wish I knew years ago to assist me in aging gracefully and be the best looking version of myself (superficial, I know). I didn't have a mom during my teenage years so there was no-one around to give me this type of advice. Especially over the last few weeks I thought of a few things that I would tell my 16 year old self, and maybe you could benefit from them too :)

1. Don't overpluck your eyebrows
I think a lot of people have encountered this 'problem'. You were so obsessed with plucking and "shaping" your eyebrows in your teens that they are now thin and scattered. Well, this is one piece of advice that I actually did follow! I was too scared to pluck my own eyebrows earier on, so I didn't. Whilst I don't have Cara eyebrows I still have the freedom to groom them as I wish. I go for threading every couple of weeks and I am happy with their appearance.

2. Don't wash your hair everyday
This is one piece of advice my mother did actually give me, when I was about 7! If you wash your hair (shampoo and conditioner) everyday then you will strip your hair of all its natural oils. I wash my hair 2-3 times a week and that plus the fact that I haven't dyed my hair in a year has left my tresses silky soft. I'm no expert, but I would recommend getting out of the habit over a few weeks; leave your unwashed for 2 days, then 3 days, then four over the next few weeks and see if it makes a difference. Dry shampoo is always a winner.

3. Floss every night
I know, flossing takes a lot of time and really is a mission. But - it's worth it!! You need to floss in order to clean out the gaps between your teeth, where bacteria often reside. If you don't floss, you're more likely to have plaque build-up, which can lead to cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Ew.

4. Start using eye cream and wrinkle cream from about 18 years old
Whilst I don't have 'proper' wrinkles (ones that are visible all the time as opposed to when you smile or squint) I do have fine lines, especially around my eyes. I've been a little lazy with performing all of my night-time skin routine (I get too tired and just crash) I have been better lately with putting cream on my eyes every night. I am also investigating a fine line 'filler' to use under my makeup, sometimes my base and concealer highlight the fine lines under my eye.

5. Save up for laser hair removal
I am so over the shaving and waxing. Laser hair removal is the way to go, I would suggest saving up every month in order to do so.

6. Don't get a tattoo
I am SO happy that I never got a tattoo. Whilst it is defintely a personal preference, I feel that tattoos can be subject to trends (think tramp stamps) and aren't as pretty when you get older; especially in the working world. No offense to anyone that has a tattoo, again this is just my personal preference.

7. Change up skin and hair regime for different seasons
Your skin and hair behave differently in summer compared to winter. In winter I use more moisturising products and really try to skip the heat tools (my hair tends to be more dry in this season). I buy different products for the different seasons and I've felt such a difference changing up my routine.

8. Exercise and start yoga early
I didn't exercise for 10 years after school, can you believe it?! I thought I didn't have the time to do so. This year, I made time! When you hit your mid-20s your body changes. I was always skinny throughout school but felt a drastic change at ±25. My metabolism slowed down and all of a sudden I couldn't eat the way I used to. Cue putting on 10kgs. This year I have combined weight-training, cardio and yoga in my weekly routine. I feel GREAT and I'm looking better too. I have been getting lots of compliments of looking good, and I haven't even lost taht much weight. I even completed my first 10km race a few weeks ago :)

9. Don't cut your hair / don't overdo it with your heat tools
My hair has gotten so thin over the last 6 years; this time directly coincides with when I got given my first ghd for my 21st birthday and when I cut all my hair off. My hair used to be full, volumous and curly (like ringlets curly). I cut a bob when I was 21 and I regret it to this day. It took years to grow back to the length I like and now it is so thin. I actually think I am going to buy clip-in extensions because I can't deal with the thiness any longer. 

I hope that this advise is helpful. Do you have any more to add?

Monday, 13 October 2014

Looking for a bridesmaid wedding dress?

Hello everyone. Are you a bride looking for the perfect dress for your bridesmaids? Are you a guest that has been invited to so many weddings that you are running out of dresses to wear to the occasion?

Forever New have got a treat for you!

A multiwear dress has been launched in Forever New stores as of last week. As you can see below, the dress can be worn in 8 different ways. This is perfect if you are a bride that wants your bridesmaids to be wearing the same hue of dress but that suits their individual personalities.

There is also a "while stocks last" deal that if you buy more than one of these dresses you get a 15% discount. So, get shopping!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Let's talk underwear

Underwear. Not the most glamourous of topics, but one that needs to be talked about none the less. 

It surprises me (to a degree) how many women are wearing the incorrect size bras and undies that don't match their body shape, I come across this all to often when shopping for clients. 

Another thing is shape wear, there is nothing wrong with you if you wear 'spanx' to tuck in that tum whilst wearing a tight dress. It's not a silent acceptance that you aren't possibly the size you want to be! Not at all. I use shape wear and I'm a size 8 or 10. 

On the topic, I came across a few great pages on the Ackermans website. Did you know you can shop online with them? Me neither.

Firstly, you should check out their catalogue that shows some images of the lingerie on actual people and them check out their site to browse shape wear and everday undies. There isn't much of the fancy stuff.

Next, they have great articles on two topics;

  1. Different types of bras, and 
  2. Tips for taking care of your lingerie (a must read)

I hope you've found this post interesting, please comment or tweet (@CJaneWonder) with any other topics you would like for me to cover xoxo

To see the whole catalogue, click here

Monday, 6 October 2014

{OOTD}: Pink and Girly

Happy Monday everyone! I was really in love when A-line skirts came into fashion, they're so sophisticated. I just checked and I posted about this trend a year ago tomorrow, weird. Anyway, I haven't found all that many in stores but I did manage to get 3 from Mr P (always satisfying my trend fix). I hope you like the way I styled it, it's a great way to wear a crop top without showing too much skin.

I LOVE to hear what you think, so drop me a line in the comments. Please also follow me on Instagram and Twitter - @CJaneWonder xx 

Skirt: Mr P (similar here)
Crop top: Mr P (purchase here)
Shoes: Forever New
Bag: A gift
Accessories: Cotton On, Aldo Accessories and Zuri
Photography: Kristie Jade Greene
Hair and makeup: Camilla Jane (that's me!)

Friday, 3 October 2014

NEWS ROUND UP: 5 stories

Another week gone, can you believe it? I'm going to keep it short and sweet, check out 5 stories below from Dune/Edgars, L'Oreal, and Forever New.

I LOVE to hear what you think, so drop me a line in the comments. Please also follow me on Instagram and Twitter - @CJaneWonder xx

Dune London SS14 Sugar Rush 
Powder pinks, minty greens and sorbet peach - These frosted pastels transform classic brogues (Linfords), modest heels (Appoint) and cross-body chain bags (Endover) to accentuate SS14’s pretty femme mood. No bling goes unnoticed as sandals stack on jewels and pretty crystals for all occasions to sparkle.

Dune London Availability
Dune London is available at flagship stores in Sandton City, Canal Walk, Centurion Mall, Rosebank Mall and Highveld Mall as well as selected Edgars stores. 

Karlie Kloss reigns at L'Oreal

We are delighted to officially announce that KARLIE KLOSS is the new International Spokesperson of L’Oreal Paris.

Supermodel Karlie Kloss, the most recognizable face since she was spotted at 14, rules the fashion world. From her powerful walk to her unique freshness, her amazing energy arouses envy.
Icon of her generation and muse of the most creative talents, she turns her infinite legs and her atypical beauty into an inimitable signature. This generous personality, appraised by everyone, becomes L’Oreal Paris’ new Spokesperson.

Forever New: Summer in the Hamptons

Dune London SS14 Graphic Impact Trend

Dune London makes black and white anything but basic.

Exemplifying the latest catwalk trends, pair two-toned wedges (Gail) and sandals, with sleek trousers and blouses for a graphic, fashion statement. A minimal, white snake print embellishes ankle straps (Carys) and clutch bags (Barrio) to add a touch of luxe to this androgynous trend.


Colour Block and Pop! 
Go for bold colour blocking in bodycon dresses popped with geometric black and white for a fresh, high-energy take on this summer trend. Statement handbags and sexy heels complete the look.

Sport this look with items from Kelso, Free 2BU, Mango and Dune London, available at selected Edgars – in store now!

For more information visit

Thursday, 2 October 2014

New from Mr P

WOW! I just checked and I haven't done a Mr Price post for over a month. Apologies to the fans of this series.

So a trend that I've seen popping up everywhere lately is the "festival look" trend. From Mr P to Cotton On and River Island there are loads of short-shorts, kimonos (one of my fave new trends), crop tops with tassels, and hats.

My picks of Mr P new stock for this week include 2 items that I already have, my gorge pineapple earrings (love this print) that you can find in THIS outfit post, and my super-comfy shirt dress. On a side note, I was steaming this dress the other night for my trip to Durban and steamed my leg by mistake. Ouch for steam burns.

My #1 pick for this week is the lace kimono, swoon! Kimonos have been a love of mine for a while now. I bought a night-gown in a large size from Cotton On in June 2012 that I wear is a kimono, I wore it to the Superga launch a few weeks ago - I hope to post this soon. 

I have my eye on a couple kimonos at the moment, one being from Factorie in Rosebank Mall (check my Instagram for the pic) and one from OhOneOne which you can find HERE.

**Check out the end of this post for a cheeky competition

1. Lace kimono - R79.99
2. Espadrille - R79.99
3. Aztec studs - R11.99
4. Belted shirt dress - R119.99
5. Pineapple studs - R15.99

To WIN a small, black cross-body bag from Mr P, tell me in the comments what your fave new pick is. This bag is perfect for the festival-look trend. I have one too!