Find your inner child & win a trip for 2 to ZANZIBAR!!!

Hello World. Its time to Break Out a travel post.

If you follow me on social media you will know I’ve been struggling with how stressful life has been lately .  “Adulting” is hard work so I have to make a concious effort to unwind & take joy in the simple things in life. I’ve collabed with Travelstart to find my inner child & possibly jet off to Zanzibar .

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Bububu Beach Zanzibar picture courtesy of Pinterest

But before we get into that & in case you need help remembering what it’s like to be a kid again  here’s my top five favourite childhood memories that still works today:

1.  Bubbles

Is there anything more innocent and pure than blowing bubbles? Laying on the grass or running around trying to catch the bubbles is my top feel good memory.

2. Colouring

My nephew is three this year and when we colour it’s a constant fight because I hog his coloring book . As a child , I would get lost for hours colouring and it still works as an adult. I bought myself my own adult coloring book and I whip it out when I need to de-stress.

3.Sea, surf and sand

My best memories as a child were my days at the beach . Arriving early and swimming until you were hungry, running around till your food settles because everyone knows you will drown if you swim on a full tummy. This was on repeat until we left at sunset.

4.Forts
Another thing my nephew taught me is that there is nothing better than a few sheets and furniture . We lay under the sheets which are draped over the sleigh bed and chairs and read stories about dinosaurs and cars, it takes me back to being a little girl sitting in a “doll house” made out of the box my moms new washing machine came in.

5.Adventures

As a child my dad used say to us on a Friday afternoon “pack a bag , we going on a road trip ” and this is where my love for travel started. We would get in the car with no padkos or booking and just drive until we stopped at Engen’s Wimpy for cappuccinos. We usually found a guesthouse that had a family room for us and that was that. My travel adventures these days involve a long layover, usually some kind of drama over geckos, volcanoes erupting or a swarm of bees but I would not have it any other way . I live for these adventures.

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Paper jets made by me

Finding your inner child is easy , to help you along Travelstart is challenging you to get in touch with your inner child and take part in their Paper Jet challenge here.

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They have tons of prizes up for grabs but the main prize, the one that gets me most excited is a trip for 2 to Zanzibar worth R25000.00. Zanzibar has been on my bucket-list for the past two years now. I am obsessed with Stone Town & the Spice Tour but more than that I just want really fresh,  prawns & crayfish, enjoyed on the beach at one of those tables on the sand. Feet in the ocean, watching the sunset. Sounds like heaven to me.

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Stone Town picture courtesy of Pinterest

If you can’t wait until the competition ends (7th July 2018) there are some really Cheap flights to Zanzibar here. Always check a few days before the date you want to travel and a few days after as this could change the price drastically. Also when planning your trip remember that South Africans don’t need a visa but you will need a yellow fever vaccination.

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Darajani Bazaar Stone Town picture courtesy of Pinterest

If you need help planning your trip , let me know. Dont forget to start making those paper jets & record their flight. You’ll be sitting on island, sipping on fresh coconuts soon. Thank you for reading , with all my love F xx

Monday Must Have’s:Benefit Brow Bar

Hello World. It’s been a minute since my last Monday Must Have review but let’s Break Out a service review shall we .

If you attended my last Women in Business Cuppa for Cansa, which you can read about here, you would have received a Benefit Cosmetics voucher entitling you to a brow wax & tint in the goody bag.

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Goody Bag received at the Women in Business Cuppa for CANSA 

I’ve never been before so I decided to use it before it expired and made my way to the Benefit Brow bar in Edgars Waterfront this past weekend.

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Benefit Brow Bar

I met with brow expert Waseema Kippie who sat me down & talked me through the process .

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Waseema Kippie Brow Expert

First she cleant my brows and then she tinted it. The tint takes two minutes before its removed.

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Waseema applies the tint

Before just going in and waxing my brow she used this nifty little device to do a brow mapping which determines the shape my brow should take . She then tested the wax on the palm of my hand to make sure I was comfortable with the temperature and proceeded to apply wax starting with my unibrow.

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Brow mapping tool

I’ve been waxing for a few years and not a word of a lie when she pulled the wax strip off it didn’t hurt as it usually does and I’m convinced it’s because of the strip which felt satiny smooth .

After the waxing was done and my brows neatened she then went in with the Benefit Fool proof brow powder and Gimme Brow gel to keep it in place . She also used concealer to tidy up which I thought was the cherry on top of the rainbow cake because after waxing I go extremely red and walk around with these patches convinced people are looking at me like I’m from another planet.

 

The service I received was not only professional but it was such a pleasurable experience. Waseema asked me if I was okay throughout my session and we chatted like we had known each other for years . I am so impressed and know this is where I’ll be getting my brows did from now on.

The tint and wax take approximately 20 minutes and will set you back R280.00/21 USD /16 GBP. If you just want a wax it will be R155.00 /12 USD /9 GBP. Worth every penny in my opinion.

As always thank you for reading , I hope you enjoyed this review, let me know in the comment section below. And as the saying goes “Remember great eyebrows don’t happen by chance. They happen by appointment.” All my love F x

OOTD:David Jones

Hello World. Time to Break Out a young OOTD (Outfit of the Day post).

As a plus size woman I have always struggled to find clothes I love. Over recent years that struggle has become easier with more brands branching out, local designers offering inclusive ranges & Instagram stores filling the niche market.

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My love for local designer Isabel de Villiers is apparent on my OOTD posts here , here and here. As well as new and upcoming modest wear brand Kalathea Clothing which you can read about here and here. However what about when you just need something simple, you know the staples: a white tee or jeggings. I love Mr Price but their leggings never last me more than a few months.

Thank God for David Jones! If you didn’t know David Jones is an Australian department store brand bought over by Woolworths in 2014.  I started picking up a few items here & there two years ago, I am now a big fan of the brand.

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My jeggings purchased a year ago are still going strong thank you very much. At a price of about R350.00/ 27 USD/20GBP it doesn’t sound like it’s the cheapest , HOWEVER if you use my cost per wear ratio, which I use on everything I buy (this is the Total cost of the item/ estimated number of days you’ll wear it = the cost per wear) I currently pay R1.04/0.08USD/0.61GBP  a day, for jeggings!

Back to my current OOTD post.This light pink sequined David Jones knit  paired with leggings and boots for a cosy & snug fit in the chilly winter days is currently my favourite combo. Because knits and leggings are becoming my go too, I try to use accessories to change-up my look a bit.

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Here I am wearing a ripped knit beanie in a darker pink from Woolworths (R120.00), tassel earrings from Mr Price (R39.90) and Witchery Sunglasses to complete the look.

I got 99 problems but (thanks to fully inclusive brands) my curves ain’t one. Spend your money with brands who value your business, not with brands who treat you as an afterthought. As always thank you for reading , all my love F xx

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, it should be though!