The Perfect In-flight Outfit

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I am planning a trip to Italy later this year (less than three months, yay!) and besides stressing about my dry skin, I’ve been imagining the perfect in-flight outfit. I walked into Woolworths just after work now and realised how evil they truly are. I saw everything I want and there is just no way my budget will allow it all. I thought I’d share it with you guys as it is the best I can do!

We’ll have a long flight, spending almost 20 hours in transit and arrive early morning in Rome, meaning there will be minimal clothing changes between my flight and the first day of sight-seeing. So everything has to be comfortable, stylish and still look decent after spending 24 hours in it.

I want to trade in my regular jeans for comfortable, yet stylish silk sweatpants and a bright, ‘beautifying’ coloured top that will keep me warm. For our stop over in Abu Dhabi I will wear a plain white T. Black suede flats are  a necessity as well as big sunglasses and a decent travel wallet. Because I am a bit of an earring addict I think a minimalistic pair of studs will add a little polish to this comfortable outfit.

I hope you like this as much as I do and that it will help you solve your travel dilemmas too!

Top 5 Beauty Uses for 8 Hour Cream

DSC_1560Elizabeth Arden’s iconic miracle cream has thousands of uses, but here are the five ways I use it the most.
1. Laughter lines are a sign of a life well lived, but crows feet are a massively different thing. Apply a thin layer to your upper cheek bones. This will act as a beautiful highlighler all the while delivering extreme moisture to the area all the way up to the eye. Thus preventing unsightly lines.
2. If you’re anything like me you can’t resist touching the occasional spot (naughty I know). Luckily you can speed up the healing process and prevent scarring by applying copious amounts of this cream to the scab until it has healed completely.
3. Prevent winter hangnails by rubbing this into all your cuticles and sleeping with gloves. This helps lock in moisture and makes unruly, dry cuticles more manageable.
4. Ever been so misfortunate as to burn your forehead with your straightening iron? (How glad am I that my fringe days are behind me!) A little bit of 8 hour cream will manage the sting and reduce the redness granted its not too serious.
5. Finally, my favourite use has to be for kissable lips all year round. I keep it in my bedside table and apply a thin layer every night before bed. Great for if you want to attempt a matt lip!
Do you have any other great uses for this magical fornula?

July Inspiration

Helo everyone!

I almost feel like I have to reintroduce myself as I’ve been absent from my blog this past month. The truth is that working two jobs has been getting to me. But from somewhere around mid-July my time after 5 O’clock will be all my own. It is a luxury I haven’t had for what feels like ages and hopefully I’ll be able to spend that time doing what I love most, of which Shopgirl is one.

So this month I’m looking forward to settling into a new schedule which hopefully includes reading a great book (any suggestions welcome), and getting back into a regular jogging schedule. This does however depend on the weather.

I’m also really looking forward to the Soccer World Cup Finals (what, I’m a soccer fan – during the World Cup!) and in honor of the team I’m supporting I’ll give you beautiful Dutch tulips.

This month will most likely also see my first hairdresser visit in about 6 months, which is kinda anxiety inducing (if you don’t know what I mean, I’ll have to ask for your hairdresser’s number). I could probably write an entire post about my hairdresser disasters but they usually only surface once I have to style my hair myself and realise how terribly skew they’ve cut it etc. So there is that to look forward too… I’ll keep the image of OP’s envy inducing healthy hair as my inspiration handy. I’ve also developed a slight obsession with the perfect pink lip.

I hope to one day have a pretty vintage plate collection like the one above and I believe my trips to the Milnerton Flea Market will help. I also want a pair of perfect jeans (ideally they’d also make me look like that), but I’ll settle for a dark blue pair with perfectly placed and sized pockets, no gaping at the back, thick denim at a reasonable price. Is that to much to ask? I promise I’ll always make them look classy!

When you look at the last picture, I hope the striped sequin dress grabs your attention. I just want to let all how strong I can be as I passed one almost just like that up despite the fact that it was on sale in Zara. Sometimes you have to prioritize!

I hope July is just as an exciting month for you as it is for me!

DIY Book Sleeves

 

DSC_0168textI love collecting all the classic novels from Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters and Charles Dickens but have found that hard covers are ridiculously overpriced. So instead I’ve been buying paperbacks which often feature some less than appealing cover art. Instead of replacing replacing them I decided to give them so love by creating these paper sleeves for some of my favourite novels. It makes my bookcase look so pretty and I love matching a design to each novel or author.

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Supplies:

  • Good quality paper (I used some off cut wallpapers, but very thick gift wrap or card stock could also work)
  • Scissors
  • Books

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Steps:

  1. Start by cutting the paper to size. About 4-5 cm  larger than the book.
  2. It is easiest to start by folding the paper in half and then placing the edge of the spine on that half before continuing to fold the other edge for the spine and then wrapping it around the cover and back.
  3. Re-position your book so that the paper is even on the top and bottom and then lightly press over the edges to create a line to fold.
  4. Remove the book, open the paper and fold along the pressed lines. Now fold the cover and back flaps into place.
  5. Place spine of book in the cover and wrap around like a sleeve.

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Pasteis de nata

Text overlayI love a good flaky milk tart so it should come as no surprise that these Portuguese custard tarts have a special place in my heart. There is no better reward after biting through the flaky butter pastry than the rich, creamy custard filling. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water! Traditionally you do need to use a cook’s blowtorch to caramelise the icing sugar but I’ve managed to get away with the oven grill.

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Ingredients:

  • 200g all butter puff pastry
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 50g plain flour
  • Vanilla extract
  • 300ml full cream milk
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar

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Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200*C and prepare a small muffin case with spray and cook.
  2. Roll out the puff pastry according to packet instructions and cut twelve circles slightly larger than the muffin base. Do allow for some shrinkage. Carefully place each cutout in the pan.
  3. Line with baking paper and bake for 15 minutes with baking beans or rice if you don’t have any.
  4. Remove the baking beans and paper and bake the cases for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Whisk the egg yolks, caster sugar, flour and vanilla extract together in a heat proof bowl.
  6. Bring the milk to the boil and then whisk it into the egg mixture. Pour it back into the pot and bring to the boil whilst whisking.
  7. Remove it from the heat once it starts boiling and pour into a cool bowl. Dot with butter and allow to cool.
  8. Once cooled, mix well and spoon the mixture into the pastry cases. Dust with icing sugar and then  caramelise the tops with a cook’s blowtorch or grill in the oven (keep a watchful eye on your precious bites as they burn easily).
  9. Devour once the custard has cooled to avoid burning the roof of your mouth.

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June Inspiration

I can’t believe it’s already June. These last two months just flew by and its kind of surreal to think that we’re halfway through this year already. It’s been rainy and cold these last few days, just how I like my winters. I’m looking forward to curling up with hot chocolate in cable knits, my fur baby (who you can see a lot of on my Instagram) and catching up on a few of my favourite TV series (The Blacklist and GoT).

Working two jobs has started taking its toll as I struggle to get in bed by my curfew, so I’ll be prioritizing my sleep more. I think the drop in temps will help! I love falling asleep to rain gently pattering on the roof.

I’m currently on a French toast roll and I’d happily eat it every day of the week if I could. When I do however find the time to make it, I go with this recipe.

Back to my bedroom makeover. I’m pretty sure I won’t find the perfect bed lamp and beside table as I don’t know what I’ looking for yet, but I do like Emily’s bedside arrangement and it’s something I can imitate right now. I’m also thinking about doing this beautiful and easy DIY.

Thinking of the months ahead, I’m also considering a trip to Rome later this year as my boyfriend is going for a conference and I don’t want him to tick Rome off the list without me.

Finally, if you don’t have a pretty calendar for the second half of the year yet, take a look at these beautiful ones you can print for free! And remember, June/July is ranunculus time! Here is to hoping a few of my bulbs survived the year.

Hope June is a happy month for you!

 

Bedroom update

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I promised to keep you up to date with my bedroom developments so here goes.

My headboard got delivered this weekend and was promptly hung by my boyfriend (for which I am very thankfull). I don’t think I’d ever have the urge to drill a hole in a wall!
I managed to find these amazing pillows sooner than I had imagined I would. The monochrome ones are from Woolies and I was very lucky to find the gold one, which I have been eyeing for a while, on sale at Country Road.

Next up would be replacing my nightstand, which might take a while. I also have to figure out what I am going to do for lighting. The silver & off-white lamp is clearly out of place. Do you have any suggestions?

Classic in Stellenbosch

 

DSC_0239This past weekend we decided to head to Stellenbosch for one of the best birthday dinners I have ever had at the Hussar Grill.  I digress, but you’ve got to try their Truffle Mushroom Fillet as it is the best I’ve ever had.

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As it was a particularly chilly evening I reached for my trusty grey Melton coat and a pair of skinny cords, but incorporated a few old favourites to jazz it up a bit. A classic bag like this leather quilted one and dressy shoes instantly add a touch of sophistication. I just finished it with a red lip and silk blouse and felt like a real Parisienne (minus the stripes and baguette).

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Bedroom Makeover

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My bedroom makeover has been long overdue as you might have noticed when I posted my Confetti Wall Art DIY a while ago. I’ve always loved light white spaces and I continue to do so, but I want to add some much needed contrast and incorporate a few investment furniture pieces to ultimately create the bedroom of my dreams. Today I’m sharing my inspiration.

My room has amazing natural light and there are some things that will be staying. My white walls and sheer curtains do add to the overall lightness of my room and I don’t want to lose it.  I also think white bedding is the easiest as I’ve had problems with grey bedding fading in the sun, so my simple oxford flap duvet and pillow cases will remain the same. I’ve also got a cable knit throw in dark grey to balance the dark headboard.

f644b5de1a5e213b921bd39740fe3827The first order of business for me was ordering a custom deep button headboard in a dark grey linen. You won’t believe how difficult it was to choose a fabric as I struggled to find one with a neutral undertone. We ended up narrowing it down to three choices which we jokingly referred to as red, green and blue. In the end I went for the one with the nicest texture and the least noticeable undertone. I’m super excited about this! But obviously my room transformation doesn’t end there!

062ee061e03c74cc4b8df0de68e99fc2I want to add touches of gold and keep the little pink there currently is to add warmth and femininity to what can be perceived as very male colours. After the headboard my first order of business will be to narrow down a few pillow options. I either want a monochromatic or gold printed pillow, but nothing geometric. I’ve been eyeing a few Country Road options but will only know whether they suit my room once I’ve got the headboard. 60997aa7c53046d68333de69865fdf34 Other long-term changes include finding new bedside tables (which will undoubtedly be troublesome), smaller golden accessories and a dark lampshade for my existing base or two new ones.

These are some of my inspiration pics for what I want the end results to resemble. I’ll keep you posted on the progress!

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New Winter Skincare Products

DSC_0211editedWinter skin is typically characterised by dry skin. I am always plagued by dry, sensitive skin so for me winter is a particularly difficult skin time. ALthough Cape Town winters are rather moderate compared to say East Coast USA, the icy wind and air conditioning does take its toll.  I was looking for an affordable face scrub to get rid of all the dead skin cells when I came across the Dirty Works range. I used it ages ago but never realised they have a complete skin care range. Along with the scrub I also bought the Rose & Glow Moisture Mask to really combat my parched winter skin.

Dirty Works Face ScrubFirst up, the scrub. For about R50 I think it is one of the cheapest on the market and I’d say I’m fairly happy with it. My favourite by a long shot is still the Clinique 7 Day scrub but I just can’t justify the hefty price tag if something for a fraction of the price does the same job.

The scrub contains fine particles that gently buff away dead skin cells and leaves your skin feeling tingly for the ultimate clean feel. For me this is slightly problematic as my skin always tingles after a wash and needs a soothing moisturiser. But I do like how it foams up for that ultimate clean feeling! It leaves my skin feeling clean and smooth, so job done.

Dirty Works Rose & Glow Moisturising MaskThe moisturing mask containing rose smells divine! I’m not sure how moisturising it is but it does leave my skin feeling soft and calm. It’s a great way to end a long day.

Both are relatively cheap and cheerful buys and I’d definitely recommend them if you don’t have any drastic skin problems to address.