14 January 2017

The Beauty Desk: Smudge, Wet n Wild + Johnson's Body Care


Here's another round up of my current favorite beauty products. I was really thrilled when a small Smudge counter popped up at my local Clicks over the festive season, like really they currently have the most gorgeous nail lacquer shades. I also finally bought a bar of Johnson's Body Care, Vita - Rich soap - one word, amazing!

1. Smudge Nail Lacquer - Nearly Nude

I absolutely love this shade and cannot get enough of it. It's so subtle and glam all at the same time, and it goes with everything. The staying power is not that bad and I would definitely repurchase this brand as it is the first time that I've tried it out + I also can't wait to find another pretty shade to add to my collection.

2. Wet n Wild Balm Stain - Coral Of The Story

My mom bought this dashing Wet n Wild lip shade with a little nudging from me of course. It adds colour without being too bright, just a beautiful cheerful shade that you can wear anytime of the day. I'm a huge fan of these lip stains because they really stays put also because they have this fresh minty tingle (some more then others) when applied that I'm also really fond of.

3. Wet n Wild Balm Stain - Lady And The Vamp

This is my first dark lip shade ever and I absolutely love it. Admittedly I never thought that this would be something I'd wear and look good in too, but it works and I'm so chuffed! This stain have less of a minty tingle when applied but the staying power is still the same, in fact I'm constantly adding new shades to my beauty stash. You'll find this brand at Clicks.

4. Johnson's Body Care - Pomegranate Flower 

This is not your normal soap, it's way up there in my opinion. I love that it lathers up like crazy and that it smells like a breakfast smoothie, also the fact that it leaves my skin feeling soft and nourished. Infused with pomegranate flower extract, although I smell strawberries and a hint of citrus too. Nevertheless I adore this lovely bar of Johnson's soap and I'll surely repurchase it again. Available from all leading supermarkets.


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11 January 2017

French Toast With Rhodes Cherry Jam



I recently discovered this easy breakfast and have been preparing it for myself ever since. I love the fact that you can jazz it up with whatever you feel like and also the fact the ingredients for this recipe are almost always available in my fridge. If you're looking for more breakfast ideas you can take a look at my Apple + Cranberry Overnight Oats recipe.


Ingredients

  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • A dash of milk
  • Half a teaspoon of Vanilla Essence
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 Slices of bread 
  • Butter for frying
  • Rhodes Cherry Jam

Method

Beat together the eggs, milk, vanilla and salt. Dip slices of bread into egg mixture. Fry in buttered pan over medium heat on each side until golden brown. I particularly love the decadent new Rhodes Cherry Jam available in all leading grocery stores but you can serve this delicious French toast with whatever you prefer – fresh strawberries and maple syrup or what about marmalade with cheese. Happy eating! 


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11 December 2016

4 Reasons Why You Should Support Your Blog Tribe


Who’s your blog tribe and do they inspire you? My blog tribe are mostly female, most of them are from my home country South Africa and they range from beauty, lifestyle and tech bloggers. I call them my blog tribe because they are my kinda girls, we all get excited by the launch of a new sought after fashion, food or beauty product. 

We are kinda predictable like that, getting excited about stuff like lipsticks and donuts. To me it’s always interesting to see how my fellow bloggers evolve – some become mothers (like me) and incorporate it into their niche, others get to work with big brands and you can really see them souring and just going further (because you know they’re good at what they do) and some of us just keep writing entertaining blog posts, for the fun of it because that’s what we like to do. 

I find it very easy to support my fellow bloggers, well because let’s see... I live in a very small town in Namaqualand and I don’t really have any competition around me. Admittedly I do sometimes feel left out when PR companies + brands seem to work with everyone but myself, but then again I work in marketing so therefore I understand their strategy...

Furthermore I just feel that hard work will get you up there. Meaning that if you want to achieve a certain blog goal you’ll get there – with persistence and previous mentioned hard work. Which brings me to the 4 reasons why you should support your blog tribe. 

1. It kills the green-eyed monster. 

Unfortunately, if you focus too much on the success of a fellow blogger without recognizing your own improvement the green-eyed monster will take over. And um, nobody’s got time for that. When you are genuinely happy for the other persons success you won’t compare and despair. Try to ask yourself if you’d really like to reach a similar goal + does reaching that goal matter in your life. If it is know that your time will come. 

2. You can learn from them. 

I learn so much from my tribe all the time, from how they style blog images to how honest they get in a write up. It inspires me and while I like learning I also love to show my support by telling a blogger when something’s really awesome – because let’s face it, you can always see when a project took a lot of effort. 

3. Friendships are cultivated. 

After such a long time blogging, 5 years to be exact I know that friendships can be formed, even digitally. Bloggers constantly meet and greet at events so it’s really not strange that they’ll form bonds + friendships that will last a lifetime. I don't know a lot of bloggers in real life, but I do love the sense of blog community I get from my tribe. I feel that they really care about my wellbeing even  if we’ve just formed a virtual friendship. 

4. Collaborations are made. 

Are you noticing that the blogging industry is now a real thing, it’s being acknowledged as a career choice? Brands are realizing that’s bloggers have the power to influence and that they should have a media budget set out for bloggers when they market products. Preferably a budget where payments are made and not just goodie bags are given.

So here’s the thing, when you’ve cultivated friendships with your blog tribe you’ll always be in the know. They can make referrals for you, you can collaborate on campaigns and oh my word, before you know it you’ll be reaching all your blog goals + dreams, thereby making a living from your beloved little blog.

Did you like or feel to disagree with this post? Leave your feedback in comment section. 


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12 November 2016

5 Life Lessons Of A Work From Home Mom


I love being a stay at home mom, in fact I think I'm very blessed to still be able to make an income while I'm with my little girl every single day. That's the great thing about being able to work in the digital industry - you can create a flexible schedule for yourself + you can work from anywhere you like.

That being said, being a mom still takes up a lot of your time and if you're a new mom the whole process can be very nerve-wrecking at times. Still, I wouldn't change this life-changing experience for anything in the world - now read about the life lessons that I've learned thus far.

1. Nighttime became my friend.

That is if I want to get some work done, like a big chunk of work. Milania recently turned 10 months and except for the feeds of milk she needs during the night she's sleeping really well. Which gives me the time to work undisturbed. You may wonder how I functioned during the day. Well let's just say that after a while you become used to only a few hours of sleep.

2. Preparation is everything.

I don't always mention this but I suffer from anxiety. Over the years however I've learned to manage it very well. Like when I need to have a meeting I'll make sure that my hair is shiny and bouncy, that I'm well dressed and that I spritz on my most expensive perfume. And at the end of each week I'll cook + prepare a batch of pureed baby-food and I'll also pick an outfit for Milania a few days before we have to do a clinic run.

Also when she visits her grandma over the weekend, I'll make sure her little bag is packed with all the medicine, snacks and extra nappies she may need. When I'm prepared for something I feel more in control and that ease the anxiety. I guess that's why I'm also a bit of a control freak. Well, this makes my life sooo much easier.

3. Let it go.

I really envy successful bloggers sometimes that still get time to write fantastic posts, that have great collaborations with brands and that just seems that they are really winning at life. Sometimes I wish I had more time + energy to just do more! But then I realise that my recent journey have been a tough one. In the past 2 years I've not only lost my beloved baby sister, but I've also been retrenched from my full-time job. I've been in a serious car accident and to top all of that I also had to go to the dentist 3 times this year to pull a tooth.

It wasn’t all negative though, I gave birth to the most beautiful girl and I got married! Point is, life happens and it doesn’t always happen the way you want it. But you got to keep going and make the most of the blessings you have and just let the rest go.

4. You can still be fabulous.

I do not know why some people assume you have to look and behave in a shabby looking mess all the time when you've move into the club of motherhood. Sure when I’m just at home with nowhere to go I’ll look like that and sure there are times when I just want to sleep, when I stay in my pj's all day and when I don't feel like brushing my hair. But I've always liked my me-time too and nothing's change about that habit.

That means I still love painting my nails and dressing well. I make sure that I still spoil myself to beautiful lipsticks and glossy magazines and I also plan date nights with my husband, I make an effort to still be fabulous.

5. Just do your best.

Even when you've cleaned and cooked and delivered on all the tasks you had for the day you may sometimes still nitpick on the laundry that you didn’t get to. The report you didn’t send or whatever the hell you forgot throughout your hectic day. Here's what I've learned, do not torture yourself - realise that you still need to take care of it and leave it at that. Just do your best and give yourself a pat on the back for the things you were able to achieve.


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22 October 2016

Apple + Cranberry Overnight Oats


Today I'm sharing one of my favorite breakfast options (this is for you frazzled mommies out there) something that I never imagined I would like: overnight oats! I love the fact that it's an easy + no fuss breakfast, that's also healthy and tasty. This have become something I eat a lot during the week and I love the fact that you can make it the night before. To be honest, I'm on the lookout for similar kitchen hacks.

Ingredients
  • Half cup of rolled oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 apple 
  • Half cup of yogurt
  • Cranberries
Method

Mix the oats + milk  together. Grate whole apple and add to mixture. Cover and put in fridge overnight. In the morning add yogurt, cranberries + thin shavings of more apple. Enjoy!


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