27 August 2017

Over on Instagram

Hello, friends! I haven't been very active on my blog lately, oh you know being a mother and wife and homemaker, um while you work from home ain't always that easy. But I've been trying to be active over on Instagram. Are you following me on there? Here's a sneak peek into my life.

Some titbits on my feed.

  • I recently developed a love for baking and just cooking in general. I've been frying up Cape Malay koeksisters, baked rusks, and chocolate cakes. I've made boboties and chicken pie and you know what I'm really good at it.

  • I celebrated my 1st wedding anniversary. On this special day we went to church whereafter my family indulged in sousboontjies, yellow rice with raisins and pumpkin pie made by me.

  • My little girl the joy of my life! She's a little toddler now and at 20 months she's totally running the show, but it's such a precious privilege to be her mommy.

  • I turned into a beauty addict. I'm not a beauty blogger at all but man oh man my beauty desk is overflowing. But I ain't complaining. 



@victoriajustinecloete

23 March 2017

5 Blog Image Background Ideas


Creating beautiful images for your blog and social media posts really take a lot of time. Sometimes the lighting is just not right, other times the structure of the image doesn’t look the way you want it. You have to style, play around and think creative all the time and while you cannot really complain about fiddling around with gorgeous looking + smelling products, it can become a little stressful at times.

So the blog post for today is all about creative image background ideas. Maybe you are familiar with a few already, but who knows, there might just be another clever idea you didn’t know about that you can implement in the styling of your images.

1. Wooden Slabs

Wooden slabs are so versatile, it’s great for creating rustic looks – perfect for food bloggers and you can also give them a fresh coat of paint if you want something more simple and stylish. You can even create a collection of different colours which you can use according to the look and theme you are going for.

2. Wrapping Paper

I love wrapping paper because it is affordable and easy to style. I normally lay mine flat on the ground with a weight at each end (normally a shoe) and then I start my styling process. It’s best to use paper with a white background and small illustrations or detail however it all depends on what you are after in your design process. Did you know that loads of bloggers use marble wrapping paper to create those amazing and fabulous marble backgrounds over on Instagram? Yes, now you know. Also when you turn your paper to the reverse side you have a beautiful white background to work with, and white is always a winner.

3. Placemats

Another favourite of mine! I bought a beautiful marbled placemat some time ago and have been using it nonstop, to the point that I feel the need to get something different ASAP. I also have a plastic placemat with a gorgeous brown wooden look that I absolutely adore. There’s really a lot these days to choose from and with some, if you turn it around like with the wrapping paper you get that awesome clean, white surface.

4. Grass

There’s just something about green grass that makes images pop! If you are lucky enough to have a pretty garden you should totally make use of all that greenery, pair that with the natural outdoor light. Need I say more? Just perfection.

5. Fabric

Think crisp white linen, faux fur throws, scatter cushions, bath towels, I mean the list is really endless. Fabric also generally create a cosy, luxurious type of look – just the thing for beautiful flatlay and product shots


Image - My Own

27 February 2017

The Beauty Desk: Dr. PawPaw, Eylure + Elegant Touch


Time to look at the latest beauty products I love and adore. First of all, I’m so thrilled that Dr. PawPaw is finally in South Africa. I’ve been paging through glossy magazines with a lot of envy when reading about the great benefits of this balm. Multipurpose and soothing with natural fermented paw paw! 

Also, I have really scarce eyebrows and it has always been a pain in the neck to fill them in – eyebrow powders and stencils don't do it for me and some pencils are just too waxy, but now I have finally found something that works! Read on to see the full scoop on my new favorite beauty products.

1. Dr. PawPaw Original Balm – R95.00 

This award-winning and bestselling original balm can be used by the whole family - on your skin, lips and hair to relieve dryness + to add moisture. I love the smooth consistency and the way it just glides over my lips, I also love the fact that it is fragrance-free. Also amazing for your nails and cuticles, heels + elbows – talk about a little miracle worker! 

2. Elegant Touch Polish in Oxblood Red – R90.00 

I love this press on nails from Elegant Touch in the new show-stopping shade of Oxblood Red. I normally keep my nails very short, especially now that I have a little toddler to take care of. Every now and then, however, I like to get all dolled up and press on nails in a beautiful shade just makes the getting ready event so much easier. Expect to get fantastic smudge + chip-free results of up to 10 days. Also with super-flex technology for a more comfortable wear, perfect for moms and girls on the go!

3. Eylure Brow Contour in Mid Brown – R115.00 

Guys, suddenly I can also have perfectly contoured eyebrows! The Eylure Brow Contour is a two-in-one colour and highlighter that transforms my eyebrows completely. It’s a lovely chubby pencil that makes brow application quicker + I love the fact that the highlighted side comes in a matt and silky creamy shade. This pencil is available in dark brown and mid brown. 

All Products available from Dischem.


Images - My Own

10 February 2017

Watermelon Pizza


I recently discovered this awesome watermelon pizza idea in a copy of my favorite glossy magazine, Good Housekeeping. It is just the thing for summer, it's super easy to make and sooo beautiful to look at. When my little girl turned 1 I decided to display this on her little birthday table along with her other tropical inspired snacks + table decor. 

This is also a super duper breakfast idea, think of it as a smoothie bowl in the form of a slice. The main reason why it's called a watermelon pizza is obviously because of the shape and the various toppings you can put on there. 

Toppings

  • Yogurt
  • Cream Cheese
  • Honey
  • Banana
  • Strawberries
  • Paw Paw
  • Passion Fruit Pulp
  • Grapes
  • Mint

Side Note: Basically you can use whatever you like, but it's best to start with something somewhat sticky like a thick greek yogurt and maybe some honey and then build it from there. Make sure you have a watermelon slice of about 2,5 cm, I only used a bit of honey, sliced banana and a handful of raisins - there was a sweet-melon in my fridge but I kept it simple.

This was for my one year old remember. Simple or not our watermelon pizza was so tasty and truthfully, I can't wait to try out more delicious variations. Is this something you would eat, let me know in the comment section. 


Image - My Own

09 February 2017

Take A Break: Springbok Inn


Over the weekend me and my husband visited and slept over at the beautiful + tranquil Springbok Inn. We left our little Milania with her grandparents, whom she loves and adore and decided to really just enjoy our little break. For those that don't know - Springbok lies in a narrow valley surrounded by the Koperberg in the heart of the Namaqualand, 570km north of Cape Town. It is the last major town before Namibia and it is known as the flower capital. Springbok Inn also comprises of 87 air conditioned rooms + 25 campsites. The Nama language is probably South Africa’s last indigenous language still spoken in the greater Namaqualand area and is a remnant of the Khoisan culture which once dominated large parts of the Southern African region.

I've lived here most of my life and even I cant get enough of the amazing stillness of this unpretentious + rugged area. Upon arrival we were greeted by the friendly + accommodating staff of Springbok Inn, where after we left to the bar + dining area to have a glass of bubbly accompanied by a buffet of delicious lamb stew, vegetables and a fresh green salad. 

We skipped the decadent malva pudding only because of the generosity of the main meal and also because we were both so tired. I couldn't resist the fast + free Wifi (the life of a blogger and social media strategist) and was scheduling social media posts for one of my clients until about 10 pm, where after I also fell asleep in the soft and clean bedding of our lovely room. I was really pleased with the cleanliness but most of all the beautiful, delightful view from our little balcony. 


In the morning I treated myself to a good cup of coffee while flipping through a glossy magazine that I brought along. It was great to have that amazing hours of just chilling - let's just say a stay at home mom that's also trying to run a digital marketing biz on the side is definitely not used to this type of leisurely lifestyle. Me and my husband (again) both enjoyed a generous breakfast of bacon, beans and eggs - basically the whole works because an overnight stay at Springbok Inn also gets you a big breakfast buffet. Day visitors can also treat themselves to this breakfast for just R90.00. You can visit their website at www.springbokinn.co.za to view the rooms, rates + contact details.




We ended our lovely stay with this amazing view - in conclusion, I really + thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely recommend and revisit this establishment soon. Also visit their Facebook Page to see their current Valentines Day special. For more images on our stay + visit you can also view my Instagram Page - I always use the tag #SpringbokInn


Images - My Own
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