I know. I know. Not another weight loss article. Before you get discouraged and munch at that bag of chips you hold so dearly to your heart and declare war on all things healthy – hear me out. My weight loss journey is, for the lack of another word, a strange one. I’ve always tried to live a healthy lifestyle but never really saw results until I suddenly (and unintentionally) lost 7kgs. You must be wondering why I specifically used ‘unintentionally’ – because that can’t be healthy. Not to worry, it wasn’t the result of starvation or other harmful tactics that are frowned upon. ItRead More →

Substance What do you value in your life? Is the first thing that comes to mind materialist objects? Or is it the things you can’t put words to – that’s intangible yet has value beyond measure? Something that we all seek, if we’d have to narrow it down, is love. Acceptance. This can come in many forms and yet can all satisfy the same need.     Experience This year has been filled with eyeopening experiences – especially of diversity. Pursuing a tertiary education launched that initial shock and excitement of new social endeavours. An exposure to people with differing cultures, personalities, behaviours and viewpoints.Read More →

Desired Result Glowy, youthful, blemishless skin. That’s the goal, right? I don’t know about you but I’ve always wondered how makeup artists make runway model’s skin look so amazing – like they’re not even wearing foundation. Surely, that’s when you know you’ve done it right. Glossier Recently, the ‘my skin but better’ foundation look has been getting a lot of attention. For this look exactly, most beauty influencers have been using Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint. It’s a very sheer coverage liquid foundation that doesn’t intend to cover. It evens your complexion slightly while also reducing redness to some extent. It’s a glowly skin-like formula thatRead More →

Great expectations Finding something unexpectedly that you end up falling in love with is a great feeling. It always makes me feel chuffed with myself for actually buying into something I’m maybe not too certain about. This month’s pleasing purchase was something completely unique: ribbon laces. Search & Find I was helping out my friend’s little sister with finding some shoes and pants last month. We finished picking out the shoes she wanted at Cotton-on and was heading to the till when I saw ribbon shoelaces. Another one of my friends often wore ribbons with her sneakers when her laces were worn-out or over-stretched –Read More →

Voluminous hair. Doesn’t that sound like the dream? I’ve always struggled to maintain volume in my hair. Unfortunately, straight fine hair is the epitome of flatness in the world of hair. Not to worry, this all changed recently when I discovered L’Oreal Paris’s Elvive Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner – specifically the creme version. Que The Music Before I get into the juicy details: let me dish a bit on my hair journey. I’ve always prefered having lengthy locks over a shortish bob cut. However, this wasn’t always practical when it comes to volume. The longer my hair got the more weight it had andRead More →

I’ve always been one that enjoys making gifts personal. Regardless of who it’s for or for what occasion. Recently I discovered a decently easy yet completely customisable way to add a personal touch to gifts. It’s nothing new or mindblowing but embroidery has been all the rage these days (more so than usual). You can elevate a plain pair of socks to a piece of trendware with a single addition of embroidery. Individuals stand in queues for customised embroidered jeans at designer events – which are embellished on the spot. It instantly increases the worth, appeal and sentimentality of an item. The fact that almost anything in any colourRead More →

Ever heard of that saying: “sometimes what you’re looking for comes when you’re not looking at all”? I’ve recently found this to be true. Although that statement is pretty profound my experience wasn’t as breathtaking. I mean how substantial can a shopping experience be? Nevertheless, it had me thinking. I recently was looking for pants that are appropriate for winter. To my dismay, my dedication to the distressed denim trend hasn’t been too rewarding in the change of seasons. I got to Menlyn with a plan and a certain outcome in mind but then left without buying what I intended too – ironic I know.Read More →

Levi Jeans By now it can be assumed that jeans are a basic wardrobe requirement. They’re the white bread of the fashion industry. You can’t really do without them. Being a bit of a jean hoarder, I’d like to think I have this jean thing all figured out. But more often than I’d like to admit: jeans are difficult to shop for. It also doesn’t help if you’re indecisive or a perfectionist either. Regardless, I had a really good experience recently – that proves there’s still hope (for all of you that second guess like it’s a sport). Levi jeans are pretty well known andRead More →

Ever heard of Physicians Formula’s bronzer that smells like a tropical vacation and applies like a dream? Their Murumuru Butter Bronzer has been making some waves in the global beauty community. All you seem to hear is that it’s one of those jackpot products from the drugstore: it’s inexpensive, smells heavenly, easy to blend and is the perfect colour. All things considered, the reason I’m excited is that it’s finally available in South African drugstores. Where can you find this? It’s available at Dischem along with the Butter Blushes.Read More →

Layered hair is great. It gives your hair body and definition, but there’s something no one ever mentions – fly-aways. You might be dealing with second or third-day hair and want to try out a braided hairstyle. Everything is looking great, you know, until you get to the ends. When you get a comment from your dad (with elaborate hand gestures and a concerned expression) saying: “Your hair is fraying at the ends. Is it suppose to look like that?” – you know it’s a problem. My Dad’s observation brought to my attention that it actually doesn’t look so great to do a three strand braid onRead More →