I really like this graphic scatter cushion from Mr Price Home. Everything from the texture of the fabric, the size (50cm x 50cm) and the colours look and feel awesome. It is also very practical as it’s made from a blend of polyester and cotton meaning it is safe to wash and the zipper allows for easy removal.
As always though, you get what you pay for and I suspect the inner possibly isn’t the best quality as some instore already looked a little down. R100 still isn’t much to pay for a cushion cover so you can always replace the inner if need be with a real feather one. Hertex Fabrics and many other stores sell quality cushion inners separately. I’ve been looking for scatters for my bed for a while now and these are strong contenders. They will also look great on a charcoal or white sofa. What do you think?
Understanding which brush to use when is really important when styling your hair. To make it a little easier, I’m sharing my favourite brushes and for what I use them. Some might be very obvious, but I only recently discovered that my paddle brush is great for detangling wet hair. So I really hope this helps!
Hard Round Boar Bristle Brush: This is great for blow drying medium to thick hair, especially when you’re straightening curly hair. The brush easily grips hair (wet and dry), making it easy to style stubborn hair and add body. Natural bristles also distributes hair oils evenly adding shine to the strand.
Soft Round Boar Bristle Brush: This is more suited to blow drying thin hair but I loved using it to style my fringe when I still had one. It isn’t as harsh when you touch your forehead and really helped smooth my fly-aways.
Ceramic Round Brush: This is a fairly new brush of mine and I’d suggest testing it before buying. I find that I can only style very small sections of hair at a time with mine as it doesn’t grip hair as easily. I think that it might be because the bristles are a little sparse. That being said, a ceramic brush can be a great alternative to curling tongs and straightening irons. The ceramic barrel heats up when blowing, effectively turning this into a heat styling tool, minus the intense heat which damages your hair. I love using this to introduce soft curls or waves to the ends of my hair and I find that they do last longer than those I create with other round brushes.
Plastic Paddle Brush: This is the perfect all-rounder. If I were ever to be limited to one brush, this would be it. I use it mostly to gently comb out my wet hair before blow drying. It is painless and detangles in seconds compared to the wide toothed comb I used for years. I also use this to brush my hair in the mornings and when I’m speed blow drying. I always use a round brush for blow drying around my face though as this doesn’t create volume.
Fine Toothed Comb: I use this mainly for creating partings as it is so extremely precise. I also used this to seperate wet hair when I wanted to trim my fringe and it is great for cleaning your other brushes (simply comb out the hairs that gather in your other brushes).
Lupita Nyong’o in Prada: The accessories really makes this dress! I love the simplicity yet elegance and femininity of the dress paired with her sparkly headband and earrings. This is red carpet dressing at its best.
Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive: Cate was a close second in this perfect Armani dress. I love the shape, the sparkly paillets and the illusion netting. No one can pull off this colour as well as Cate can. Her perect makeup and hair really add to this dress-which I suspect will serve as many wedding dress shoppers’ inspiration.
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture: She was the best dressed in colour- read other than white and light- and she rocked it. This is one of my favourite colours and the silhouette is really flattering on her. I just wish she would have styled her hair a bit differently.
Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli: Flawless makeup, beautiful jewellery and a princess dress is what makes this one of my favourite looks this year. I am not the biggest fan of the fishtail but it all is so very pretty so I don’t really notice it.
Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra: Pretty, white/silver dresses ruled this red carpet and Jenna was one of the best.
Penelope Cruz in Giambattista Valli: I love the ballet inspired look with the ballerina pink and bun defined by the black bow. The drapery makes what could be a little too tweenster look age appropriate. I love that she played up the pretty instead of the sex appeal.
Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein Collection: Naomi always looks so good in CK and I love her geometric clutch and bold lip. She might be wearing the trend of the evening but simple styling differentiates her from the rest.
Margot Robbie in Saint Lauren: From the front she looked beautiful in what appeared to be a sleek, minimalist dress but that bow from the back proves else wise. The classic sideswept curls really enhance this look and I am so glad she didn’t opt for an up-do.
Julia Roberts in Givenchy: Julia Roberts looks beautiful in black lace with a peplum effect. She also opted to cover her cleavage with a piece of lace, making the dress age appropriate and placing the focus on her natural beauty.
Calista Flockhart in Andrew Gn: I love the detail on her dress and the emerald earrings to firmly differentiate her white dress from the sea of others.
Who was your best dressed last night? For me it really is a toss up between Cate and Lupita. Are you surprised that Leonardo missed out on the award AGAIN?
This year really has flown by, I can’t believe we’re almost a quarter of the way into the year! I am a little sad as March is kind of the last month of summer. I do love all seasons equally, but I am not particularly fond of the in-between weather that lies ahead before it’s hot chocolate season. So I am focusing on the positive.
I plan on indulging in ice creams, berries and beach days before they all expire! I must say I think that raspberries are currently at their best.
I am also looking forward to finally upgrading to some decent running shoes this month and styling my new trench from Woolworths with classic stripes the first time the temps drop below 20*C.
I am considering reinventing my bedroom curtains by doing an ombre dye, if only I can decide on a colour.
Finally I hope to find another recipe I love as much as this caprese mac and cheese- maybe one that is a little healthier! Any suggestions?
Hope you all have an amazing month ahead! What are you looking forward to most?
This Kenyan born actress from the critically acclaimed 12 Years a Slave has literally been on everyone’s style watch since her appearance at the Golden Globes in the statement Ralph Lauren red cape dress.
Her style can best be summarised as edgy, fun and youthful with favorite designers including the print-tastic Peter Pilotto and minimalistic Calvin Klein. Just to prove that she can also do classic and beautiful she threw on the beautiful pink Chanel number (matching 90′s style) and followed it with the gorgeous Lanvin draped perfection.
As a side note I really like the contrast of her edgy hair to her feminine style as she usually wears a-line skirts or beautiful necklines. I also appreciate her beauty effort- those bright lips are my favourite!
I can’t wait to see what she will wear to the Academy Awards this Sunday.
Turkish Delight really is one of the easiest sweet treats to make-if you can boil water and measure ingredients you really can’t fail. It can also make an incredibly nice hostess gift and if you’re feeling extra indulgent why not cover a few pieces in chocolate? Yum!
500 ml sugar
75 ml cornstarch
200 ml water
40 ml granulated gelatine
50 ml warm water
Pink/Red dye (I used liquid)
3 tbs Rosewater
Spray and Cook
3 tbs icing sugar
1 tbs cornstarch
Add the cornflour and sugar to 200 ml boiling water and stir until all the sugar evaporates.
Dissolve the gelatine powder in 50 ml hot, but not boiling, water and add to the sugar mixture and stir it in.
Add the rosewater and a few drops of colouring (aim for a medium pink shade).
Spray a heat proof tin/casserole approximately 16 x 16 cm with the spray and cook before pouring in the mixture.
Leave to cool before placing in fridge for 4-6 hours until completely set.
Once set use a smooth sharp knife to cut the turkish delight into equal pieces. Dip the knife into boiling water to make it easier.
Mix the icing and cornflour together in a plastic container with a lid.
To loosen the turkish delight place the container in warm water for a few seconds. The edges will start to melt making it easy to lift out. Place immediately into the icing sugar and close the lid and shake until it is completely covered.
Hello everyone! Today I’msharing a pretty little lace dress that can be dressed up or down. It might be surprising for some to learn that this is the only white dress I have ever owned excluding a Halloween wedding costume from when I was six. The scalloped lace drew me to this dress and I knew I had to try it on.
I’ve worn this dress on several different occasions and it can be quite versatile depending on styling. For Christmas I wore it with delicate golden accessories for a more festive look and I’ve also toned it down with heavier wedges but I think indulging the femininity is my favourite way to wear it! I paired it with my favourite nude wedge, a pink lip and my Barbie-esque vintage handbag for a completely girly approach that would be perfect for a morning high tea.
As I’ve mentioned before, I really am new to the beauty game and I still have a lot to learn. The fact that I am not the biggest beauty junkie means that I probably won’t ever be your first stop for beauty advice- I don’t blame you. So I’ve decided to share a few of my favourite beauty blogs and Youtube channels that will inspire and help you in your quest to master the art that is face painting. I’ve also included my favourite hair styling blogger.
1. Into the Gloss: You might remember Emily from her brief stint on The Hills as Lauren’s top competitor for Vogue or simply from reading Teen Vogue, but Emily recently launched her beauty website and it isn’t bad at all. She and a bunch of contributors share their favourite products, beauty routines and funny yet informative articles like this one on all the alternatives to mascara.
2. The Beauty Department: This really should be everyones first stop whether you’re a seasoned make-up artists looking for unique ideas or a novice wondering what foundation best suits your skin. They also have a plethora of youtube and image tutorials that will help you master even the most complicated braid.
3. Lisa Eldridge: Make-up artist to the stars and a Chanel favourite, Lisa’s blog and youtube channel really cement her as everyone’s favourite make-up artist. She does tutorials on most of her celebrity looks (Keira Knighley being a regular client) and features both high-end brands (Chanel, YSL and Dior) alongside cheaper brands such as Bourjois and No7 (the Boots brand that she worked on). She also has a few basic tutorials on getting started -foundation, mascara, eyeliner, etc.
4. Kiss, Blush and Tell: A local blog by Victoria Tatham. There is a reason she was voted Best Beauty blogger in the Feminina awards. I like the fact that she shares mostly products we can all find locally (SA) and frequently does product reviews.
5. All Dolled Up: Another local beauty blog. Camilla and Jules only started early last year, so their fairly new to the beauty blogging scene but damn they have caught on quickly. I love their quick and easy video tutorials and product reviews. A big plus is how funny they seem! Really fun to watch
6. The Beauty Explorer + 7. Gemsmaquillage: Yup, the Brits do have the best beauty bloggers in my opinion. It might also have a little bit to do with the fact that most of the products they mention are available in SA. Expect standard reviews and youtube tutorials with tricks like how to master the bright lip.
8. The Small Things Blog: She really has some of the best youtube hair tutorials and as a professional hairdresser I also appreciate her advice on hair care and the very delicate subject of trimming your own fringe (SOOO glad my fringe has grown out!). She also does some cute make-up tutorials every now and again, but I really think its her hair knowledge that sets her apart.
If you’ve got any other suggestions on great beauty blogs or youtube channels that I haven’t discovered yet, please do share. I’d love to know who your favourites are!
I’ve been looking for a new silver/gold watch as I’ve had to replace my current leather watch’s strap thrice already. I’ve been looking at bangle watches as they are so elegant and simple and I really don’t like the look of links as I they feel so masculine to me.
Michel Herbelin pioneered the bangle watch and their Salambo collection has some of my favourite watches. As always it is the pinnacle of feminine sophistication with mother of pearl faces and little diamond insets. Fossil and Anne Klein also have a great selection of bangle watches and I particularly like the fact that Fossil has various sizes of each design.
Right now I am on a gold kick, but tortoise shell has always been a favourite so I don’t know what I’ll choose yet but I am leaning towards the golden Fossil. Which is your favourite?
When I was a little girl my mom wore Ralph Lauren’s Safari almost every single day. I though this was the pinnacle of being a grown up along wearing Estee Lauder lipstick. I still covet the classic gold bullet beauty wise!
I remember early on learning that I don’t want to wear my fragrance every single day. I save mine for special occasions such as date night and parties with friends or simply when my spirits needs a lift. Besides perfume is a precious elixir that captures memories in scent. I want to use my scents to remember things that make me happy.
I still clearly remember the excitement around my first fragrance. It was a small Tommy Hillfiger Girl, and all the girls in my high school wore it, so it definitely wasn’t unique. I liked the fact that it smelt clean and fresh and made me feel sophisticated.
I followed this up with Ralph Lauren’s Ralph on a overseas trip. That was the first fruity-floral fragrance I liked and it still one of my favourite scents. I love the fact that whenever I catch a whiff of something similar I feel like I’m sixteen all over again, looking forward to a milkshake dates at the mall, the latest Teen Vogue and my trip to freezing cold London. I can still feel the excitement!
Right before I started University my mother gave me my current scent, Dior’s Miss Dior Cherie. It is the ultimate in sophistication and it smells so feminine. It has still got that hint of a fruitiness but is essentially a fresh floral. The notes include things such as caramel popcorn and strawberries which really just sounds (and smells) delicious.
I have been eyeing Chanel’s Chance eau Tendre and plan on making this my next fragrance as soon as I finish my Miss Dior. I choose to never buy the same fragrance in succession as I want each chapter in my life to have its own scent. That way I can always revisit a specific period in my life by simply visiting the beauty counter. What fragrance do you currently use and how often do you wear it? Do you believe in signature scents?