Hello World. Its time to Break Out another OOTD (Outfit of the Day) post. Recently I introduced you to Kalathea Clothing who I featured on my first OOTD post & today my OOTD is another Kalathea original. Asked to walked in a charity event for them recently , with little time , I arrived on the day of the event to this beauty, custom made for me. This pleated full length dress with 3/4 sleeves & side seam pockets feels luxuriously soft.
As a plus size community we have come so far when it comes to whats readily available at retail stores, the sizes/styles & options definately are more inclusive now , but we are still a far cry from where we should be. A few years ago bored with the selection on offer I started looking at local designers, pop up shops & online/instagram stores. Boy am I glad I did. Fashion labels like Kalathea clothing make it easy to love & buy local.
I now use my voice to influence the plus size fashion industry by choosing who I spend my money with. In fact we all have that power, we have been ignored for so long that the only way for our voices to be heard loud & clear is the brands we choose to support.
As always thank you for reading lurvlies. With all my love F xx
Hello World. Is it just me or do things get crazier the faster festive season approaches?! I guess that means its time to Break out a “How to” self care post .
Having received an email from one of my readers starting an interesting conversation about self care (Hi Emily) this was a blessing in disguise because what is self-care really? It seems I had completely forgotten how to unwind.
And because I have recently been under the weather, this forced me to take some much needed me time. Today I’m sharing my top five things to do when you don’t know how to take care of yourself.
Light a candle:-The first thing that helped get me into ” chill out” mode was lighting candles, if this doesn’t create a relaxing atmosphere for you nothing will.
Pamper party for one: Now that the mood is set, I knew my skin was screaming for some attention. Using my favorites: ie charcoal mask & She’zen body re-hydrate my skin was feeling the love in no time. Now on to my hair, eyebrows, & nails. Nothing beats clean hair, fresh nails, soft skin & perfectly shaped brows.
Right or Write: If there is one thing that calms me its writing. Whether it be a blog post, priority list, bucket list or journal-ling. Whatever makes you completely forget about life’s day to day worries do that.
Blending is my cardio: Whatever your bliss is, find it & never let it go. For me it is playing with my makeup. Creating new looks, trying to perfect my cut crease and experimenting with a new make- up technique.
Back to the basics: And if you’ve done all of this and you still feel ‘meh’, lets go back to the basics . Drink some water, have a snack, grab some sunscreen & get some sunshine.
In a world where we often feel guilty when we are not busy & only validated when our priority lists are a mile long, its time to cut the b.s. This past week has reminded me why its important to put myself first. My mental health is more important to me than the fear of saying “no”. Thank you for reading lovelies. What is your number 1 self care tip? Please share in the comment section below. With all my love xx
Hello World. How exciting is it that I get to Break Out another Monday Must Have post. Well it is for me anyway.
Lets get into it. Today I’m introducing you to the Kiki Luxury Skincare brand and more specifically the Cool Citrus Setting Spray. This is another item I received in my BSS Beauty Expo swag bag, along with a sample of the Natural Radiance moisturizer & Face Primer ( shout out to Coco for going out of her way to arrange my swag bag & ticket after it sold out).
Description taken from the website:
KiKi’s Make-Up Ready Cool Citrus Setting Spray is a gorgeous, light and silky, citrus enriched product which is sprayed over your make-up in order to set and hold it for longer periods of time. KiKi’s Make-Up Ready Cool Citrus Setting Spray, Step 5 of the Make-Up Ready process, not only locks down your make-up, but spraying on this extra fine mist also gives you a refreshing boost. Don’t let those dry days get you down. The Cool Citrus Setting Spray can also act as a secret weapon to provide instant moisture and hydration. Just whip it out of your handbag, any time, any place, give yourself a quick spritz and immediately find a new, more radiant and moisturised you. This product is free of synthetic fragrance and suitable for both dry and oily skin types. It contains aromatic, natural grapefruit oil to cool and calm the senses.
Let me just say out of the bundle the Cool Citrus Setting Spray is my favorite. To test it I used it before foundation, after foundation, after my make-up was done and spritzed my face once more during a night out. Obsessed much?! I also used it on a brush to intensify my highlight & eye-shadow.
The smell firstly is a biggie for me, because of my sensitive skin & sinus, the citrus tone is not overpowering as I feared. The Cool Citrus Spray also covers the two p’s. Price & Packaging. It’s reasonably priced , at 245ZAR for 100ml. And then lets not forget about the gorgeous packaging, I can hardly believe this is a local product. Simply put I’m so impressed by this local brand , I will be repurchasing it when I run out.
As always thank you for reading. If you have tried and absolutely love any other Kiki products please let me know.
Hello World. Its Monday and that means I get to “Break Out” another “Monday Must Have” post , girl. My absolute favorite kind of post.
Over the weekend I tried the infamous Hydra Intense Black Charcoal Mask. I received this mask in my BSS Beauty Expo swag bag & was so chuffed when I saw I had received the “Hydra Intense” mask as I suffer from dry skin due to eczema.
Product Description taken from website:
Intense Hydration Plump up dehydrated skin Eliminate acne Bamboo charcoal extract – highly absorbent and deeply cleanses the skin Suitable for all skin types Not tested on animals Fragrance free Paraben free CLOTH: Black Charcoal Mask
I kept the mask on for 45 minutes. 40 minutes into the mask I started massaging the serum into my skin. It is advised to keep sheet masks on for no longer than 15-20 minutes . When I removed the mask my skin felt tight like a tiger, smooth & super velvety. The best was yet to come the next day when a few people commented on how “glowy” my skin looked and this ,let me just add this was without an ounce of make up on. I’m soooo impressed I’m incorporating this into my weekly beauty routine.
These masks are available from Timeless Truth Mask and usually retails for 69 ZAR but is currently on SALE for 49 ZAR.
Thank you for reading beauties. Please share your favorite masks with me, I think I might just have found my new obsession.Love, peace and happiness xxx
Hello World. I’m so excited to break out a Monday Must have post, its been a minute.
A few weeks ago Cape Town was host to the first ever Beauty Swop or Sale Beauty Expo. I couldn’t wait to stock up on some much needed items & some ‘must haves”. After reading such good reviews, I decided a “must have” item would be Pink Cosmetics brush cleaner.
I emailed Janet Stewart, the powerhouse behind Pink Cosmetics. My order was processed & I picked it up at the BSS expo. Easy, peasy! What I love about Pink Cosmetics besides the great products obvs ,is that Janet’s passion comes through in her business, and that love spills over to the products she creates. With every order she sends out she adds a little bit of magic, in the form of a free gift( her amazing bath bombs), the care she takes in packaging each item (my order before this came individually gift wrapped) & her professionalism. They say “God is in the details” & these are the little things that matter to me & will keep me coming back.
The instructions on the website read “Simply wet your brush or sponge with clean water. Next, wet the top of your cleaner in its container, and swirl the wet brush around on it to activate the cleaning ingredients. Remember, the dirtier your brush, the less it lathers. Rinse and repeat until your brush or sponge is perfectly clean and germ-free.”
I did this four times et voila my brushes are clean, & feels as soft as the day I bought it. It feels nourished & best of all I have tons of product left which means this buy will last me ages. Another plus is that I don’t have to feel guilty about water restrictions as this actually cuts down on water usage. . When I finally reach the end of the product I will do a “cost to use” ratio to see how affordable this product is.
As always thank you for reading. Wishing you a beautiful Monday with all my love xxx
Hello World. Today, I’m breaking out with my first OOTD (Outfit of the Day) post. Last week I introduced Kalathea Clothing, you can read the article here. This week I’m giving a sneak peek of some items their launch range will have.
Outfit details. Crepe scuba dress in olive with pockets, 3/4 slit sleeve and zip detail. It retails at R380.00. The overdress I’ve worn here is actually a full length rose-pink viscose button down shirt dress with pockets which comes with a belt. It retails at R420.00.
I was quite apprehensive posting this. Would the post be as good as my peers. What if it’s not professional enough. There was also a minute I struggled with how my tummy looked, my insecurities kicked in. I couldnt look at the pictures. I was channel hopping & “Hair Spray” was on. For some reason this was just the motivation I needed. I’m thinking to myself, “Really , you don’t like your tummy, toughen up”. Pep talk over, inspired to change the world I realised that the body positive movement did not happen over night. It took moments like this , not liking yourself, but learning to not only accept what you considered to be your flaws but love what you looked like. This is the end goal. Different maybe, but different is beautiful.
And as Tracy says in Hairspray ” … it’s changing out there! You’ll like it. People who are different, their time is coming!” And that time is now. Be different! If no one likes that, tough. Just be you. Authentically you. As always thank you for reading!