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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

OOTD/Life Update/What the hell am I doing?

Hello World. It’s the start of a new week & possibly the start of a new attitude.

These past few months have been difficult for me, I find myself being anxious all the time & having angry outbursts. Starting a new high pressured job, putting pressure on myself for my blog to reach certain goals, beating myself up because my Instagram doesn’t have a theme, constantly worrying about one thing or the other,comparing myself to my peers & just general “adulting”  it’s just all too much tbh. And it’s not just me, my friends are experiencing the same feelings of anxiety , which begs the question how do we make it stop.

 

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Outfit Details: Belted Melton Coat by David Jones, “I love Istanbul” Tshirt , Grey leggings from Mr Price and Stretch Gusset ankle boots from Studio W

 

So in between my outbursts this weekend,popping calmettes and trying not to lose my shit, I knew something had to change. This week I have promised I will take better care of myself. This starts by getting back to basics, going back to doing things I enjoyed doing because of how it made me feel. I started blogging because I needed a creative outlet, it’s never been about all the other stuff. I’ve been getting so wrapped up in the noise of social media that I’ve forgotten my soul purpose.

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Accessory Details: Felt Fedora by Witchery & Sunglasses from Aldo (3 years ago)

Getting back to basics also means concentrating on my breathing. I find this breathing exercise helps defuse the situation:

  • 1. Inhale, count 5 heartbeats
  • 2. Hold breath, count 7 heartbeats
  • 3. Exhale, count 9 heartbeats

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Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves?! If you find yourself overwhelmed or pressurized this week just STOP for a second! Remember that our timeline is not God’s. Breathe! Then go get some ice cream.  In the end the only thing that matters is being the best version of you.Take care of yourself  in which ever way you need. As always Thank you for reading , with all my love F xx

 

 

 

 

 

WSWB:Women in Business Cuppa for CANSA networking event

Hello World . It’s been two months since my last Women Supporting Women in Business post. Time to Break out a show and tell on our last event? I think so 😀

In March I piloted an event for The Cancer Association of South Africa called Women in Business Cuppa for CANSA, which you can read about here.

I felt, nervous, scared and a thousand other things, imagining the worst. But God always comes through .The pilot event was a huge success & the feedback I received was phenomenal.

Fears laid to rest I set to work planning our second installment which took place at the Radisson Red .

Impromptu Review:” The service we received at Red was unparalleled. They are forward thinking & the future of the hospitality industry in South Africa.The decor is urban & hip (read young). It also helps that their Red Roof Bar was voted best Rooftop Bar in Cape Town for 2018 by the Inside Guide.Check them out, Thank me later .”

 

Our panel of speakers were Rushda Moosajee better known as Rushtush owner of Glow Womens Physique (I fangirled so hard I stumbled over all my words, which I’m sure she’s used too) and our resident life coach & colour therapist Lynne Kock owner of Evolution Incorporated Coaching & Consulting . The speakers addressed what it meant to be successful in business and shared some tips & tricks.

 

Pictured from left: Lynne Kock & Pictured right Rushda Moosajee

Our open mic session also known as the networking portion of the event heard Taskeen Barday introduce her organisation the New Life project.

We were also joined by  Claudell Van Eerden a sponsor & author of YouTube Channel “Coasting with Claudell“.

 

Pictured from left: Taskeen Barday, Sharon Nelson & Claudell Van Eerden

Sharon Nelson qualified NLP lifecoach & motivational speaker shared a self love exercise with the group. These sessions are my favourite.  We get to hear about all the incredible things these ladies are doing.

 

Our next event takes place just after Women’s Day on August 11 at Protea Fire & Ice Hotel and I have something special planned.

I am happy to welcome Letishia Charles from Queen Bee Marketing who will address social media in business & how best to use it to our advantage. Lynne Kock will lead us in a special vision related exercise and Dr Koebraa Peters Marine Biologist and co-owner of Kalathea Clothing will speak on what vision means in business.

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If you can , join us. It’s an event that WILL inspire you , it exposes you to amazing speakers & venues and ensures you ALWAYS have a support structure available to you who will actively support  events , projects & your business. We love & support local. As always thank you for reading xx

OOTD: Little Miss Sunshine featuring Isabel De Villiers

Hello World. It’s time to Break Out an Outfit of the Day post (OOTD).

The dress I’m wearing in this post is by one of my all time favourite designers, Isabel De Villiers. I wasnt sure about this dress at first, as the colour is so far out of my comfort zone but I took the plunge anyway and decided to try something new.  This dress was the second dress I picked up on sale , you can read about the other dress I picked up over here.

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This yellow Tulle Summer Dress, is the most dreamy princess dress anyone could ask for and can be styled in many ways. Here comfortability was key as I knew I was going to be on my feet all day.I paired it with a pair of olive boots & because we not really in the heat of summer I wore a boat neck bodysuit underneath.

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Stepping out of your comfort zone is a good thing, it keeps your look fresh and makes you question everything. Fashion to me is about playing around with different things until I get something that is undeniably my style. Fashion also means not having any rules. At the end of the day clothes make you feel a certain way. And I always want to feel good. Feel good fashion. It’s a thing! Make it your thing.

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Have you invested in one of Isabel’s pieces? Let me know if you are as inlove with her work as I am. As always thank you for reading. With all my love , F xx

 

 

 

 

 

OOTD:The Fix

Hello World. It’s time to Break out a OOTD (Outfit of the Day) post.

I picked up this t-shirt dress from The Fix two months ago. Since The Fix rebranded from Fashion Express they don’t have a dedicated plus size section wgich was a bit dissapointing.However  I popped in on a whim & was surprised when some of their items actually fit. I love that I can style this dress as a lazy summer throw over to the beach and pair it with stockings & boots for colder days. This dress was approximately R260. 00.

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This past weekend because of a work commitment at Clovelly Country Club I found myself exploring Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Fishoek & this was the perfect no fuss dress. I hadn’t walked these streets for years and yet it felt familiar. The way home does. I remembered summer nights spent at Cape to Cuba and summer days spent at St James Beach swimming until you were exhausted from the sun & sea water .

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What feels better than sitting on the beach eating fish and chips straight from the wrapping it came in. Sometimes it is the little things!

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Being a tourist in your own city can be as exciting as hopping on a plane to go somewhere foreign. What places give you those feel good memories? As always thank you for reading, with all my love, F x

OOTD: The Snug Life with Trenery

Hello World. It’s time to break out an OOTD (Outfit of the Day) post, its been long enough.

A month ago Woolworths had their annual sale & did I score big time. I picked up a few jumpers from Trenery  at 75% off. I find this outfit works well when its the end of the week, you mostly office bound and have to power through all the admin you put off during the week.

I paired the jumper with tights and velcro strap metallic sneakers from Studio W in this OOTD post. With the days getting a bit colder I feel this is going to become a firm favorite for casual Friday’s as its super comfortable and laid back.

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Polka Dot Jumper (Trenery), Tights (Mr Price) and sneakers (Studio W)

 

 

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How cute are these layered tassel earrings?! A steal at R39.99 (MR Price)
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Sunglasses Witchery

Happy Fake Friday everyone. As always thank you reading.

Monday Must Have’s: The Burgundy Bar

Hello World! Easter Monday is the best Monday and its time to break out a Monday must have post. This time featuring favourite drugstore brand and owner of  the infamous”Maybe shes’s born with it , maybe its Maybelinne” tagline.

I received The Burgundy Bar from a very kind friend and thought I would practise my cut crease.

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This palette is the perfect Autumn palette. With 12 shades which ranges from ultra matte to champaigne metallic shades. I found the shades pigmented with little fallout. I like to use my setting spray with metallic shades to create a more intense and pigmented look and once again it didn’t let me down.When applying the product it went on smooth and I found it blendable.

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While doing the cut crease the lightest shade in the palette set the concealer I used, perfectly. I was super impressed by this as I have tried other lighter shades in other palettes before and did not get the result I wanted.

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What I have found is that I need to cut my crease much higher as I have hooded eyes.

 

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I recommend this product if you are looking for a palette that’s easy to work with. When it comes to pricing it’s not the cheapest palette for a drug store brand, retailing at R260.00 \21 USD\ 15 GPB but the colours & quality more than make up for it.

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Happy Easter Monday all. Let me know if this is a yay or nay for you. With all my love.

OOTD: Karoo

Hello World. I’m Breaking Out my first OOTD post for 2018.

Day two of the easter holiday saw us doing the most between breakfast, a failed easter Egg hunt & some work at the Old Mutual marathon after party hosted by Forrester Arms. After all that the only way to end the day was with a visit to Oude Molan Ecco Village. My nephew enjoyed some q.t with his horse Milo , who he knew for all of two seconds.

Before he could go riding we had to put everything on hold and take some blog pics. Can you blame me, the view was spectacular especially after some much needed rain.

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Really glad I chose to wear this Karoo dress from Isabel de Villiers Spring\Summer 2017 collection as it’s the perfect ‘on the go’ dress. I picked up this dress and one more on sale, and I’m happy to report it’s still currently on sale on Spree.

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I don’t know what it is about Isabel but she hits it out of the park every time . This woman just gets it . I had a chance to see her new Autumn 2018 range and I knew that she had hooked me forever.

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Wishing you all a blessed Easter , with all my love F xx

Monday Must Have’s: Catrice Cosmetics

Hello World . Its 2018 and time to Break out a Monday Must Have Post.

I’m pretty late to the party with this brand but after seeing it on the 3 for 2 deals at Dischem I didn’t need a second invitation. Catrice cosmetics is a premium brand inspired by trends the world over at an affordable price. Also a firm favourite with bloggers on my timeline and I can see why.

I trialled the Glam & Doll Super black waterproof liner , the eye matic waterproof dipliner & lash|brow designer shaping, conditioning mascara gel. I’m always careful with the products I use as my skin is sensitive and I’ve had bad reactions to liquid eyeliner before . These products however did not disappoint. The Eye matic dipliner  allows easy application, applies like a dream,dries quickly and stays put for the entire day . The same with the Glam & Doll super black liner. What I’m interested to see with the Glam & Doll black liner is if it dries out quickly like I experienced with the Essence liner. I love the lash|brow designs shaping & conditioning mascara gel applicator , it allows you to shape your brows perfectly & the product is not sticky . 

As always thank you for reading, with all my love xx