Sunday Afternoon Treats

I’ve had a really long week.

Our newsroom was buzzing with stories about policemen getting killed on the job, a child nearly drowning, horrific car accidents and a pediatrician getting robbed and shot in his house, and we had a little boy coming to our offices from Reach For A Dream. He has a rare blood disease and he’s terminally ill, but his biggest dream is to become a journalist (read the article and his own article here). To be honest, I’m secretly glad that I wasn’t the journalist picked to show him around the offices, because even just seeing how insanely happy he was being at our offices for a few hours made me want to reach for a Kleenex.

On top of that, my job is quite stressful even though I enjoy it. I’m online journalist and social media girl so when I get a news story from one of the other journalists, it has to go online like NOW and it gets tricky, because sometimes the Internet just doesn’t want to cooperate in getting the news out fast enough to my liking.

So after this week, I was feeling a little low and to cheer me up mister S and I headed to Bella and Boo, a cute little frozen yogurt place very close to my house.

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Doesn’t it just look delicious?!

Thumbs up for Sunday afternoon treats!

P.S: Another bright spot is that my best friend is on a plane as you read this from South Korea to South Africa. Whoop!!! Can you say being at the airport at 6 in the morning already..? 🙂

Xoxo Carina

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South African beauty and fashion trends

The South African national flag

It’s full blown winter and icy cold here. Please note that icy cold to me is 20 degrees and that’s quite warmish for a winter day and I still freeze to death.

I’ve been paying attention to what the girls are currently donning on the streets. No, I don’t mean prozzies, I mean like street style like what my colleagues wear and what girls wear at the mall for example.

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In general most South African girls are quite chilled and you won’t easily see over the top Barbie doll looks. Most of us seem to be happiest in our flip-flops and cute t-shirts.

So it comes as no surprise then that what I’ve been noticing is a serious no make up, I-woke-up-like-this trend. Not when it comes to hair though, but definitely the make up. Big lashes with lots of coats of mascara, no eye shadow, a teensy bit of blush and nude or clear gloss is the way to go.

Girls seem to be wearing a lot of high ponytails as well. They straighten their hair until it’s pin straight and then throw it back into an effortless, slicked back ponytail. Another hair trend I’ve noticed is having one streak of blue, purple or green in your hair. I’ve also seen a seriously cool pink dip dye, but the most popular colours are blue, green or purple. At least the old ladies have now stopped doing that, because that was just sad.

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Like I said, it’s winter and still I see morons wearing shorts. Seriously, go home and put on some jeans, and stop wondering why you keep getting a cold! But I digress.

Thick woolly scarves seem to be the in thing. Thinner and lighter ones have taken a backseat although I still wear mine all the time. I just love patterns and bright colours.

With regards to tops, I’ve been seeing a plainer colour palette like lots of black and white. Jeans, especially skinny jeans, are a must and I haven’t been seeing a lot of leggings or tights. For that matter, I haven’t been seeing girls wearing skirts or dresses with tights either. Jerseys/sweaters are always in style during the colder months, but the jerseys aren’t chunky at all.

Pumps and boots have always been the thing to wear in winter. We don’t really get a lot of snow in SA, especially in my neck of the woods, there’s no snow. Just freezing cold winds coming in from the Cape so people still wear pumps in winter. Girls don’t wear sneakers all that much in winter, but the guys do. Any ballet pumps go and the boots are usually up to the knee or slightly lower. You very rarely see people wearing ankle booties.

With regards to accessories, girls wear thicker scarves like I mentioned earlier, but earrings are kept quite simple. No chandelier earrings or anything crazy. No crazy bracelets either.

The overall trend seems to be less is more, which I have to say, is quite refreshing.

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Which trends have you been noticing?

Xoxo Carina

Review: Nivea Shine Control Moisturising Day Cream with SPF 15

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Nivea Shine Control Moisturising Day Cream with SPF 15

Usually during the winter months, my skin is incredibly dry, but this year my skin has been acting quite differently. This winter, it decided to be slightly oily, which is the first time that’s ever happened to me.

I do think the new oiliness is due to my BB cream, the fact that I travelled to different climates recently or the fact that my dry skin is maybe trying to overcompensate for the harsh weather.

Either way, my skin needed a new type of day cream.

I was browsing in Clicks as I often do, when I spotted the Nivea counter. I sauntered over and after not being able to decide between two creams I settled on this one.

I’m really happy I made this purchase, because let me tell you, it’s quite fantastic.

It does exactly what it says it’ll do on the label, which is shine control and giving your skin a fresh feeling. It’s also very lightly scented, but it still smells so fresh and awesome!

I also love that it contains a teensy bit of SPF, because even in winter the African sun doesn’t stop shining.

What I love most about this is also that it’s light, doesn’t clog my pores and keeps my skin feeling soft all day. Bonus!

I’m yet to notice whether the Hydra IQ and Ocean Algae makes a difference to my skin, but hey, I’m willing to wait.

So girls, if you’re in dire need of a new day cream, Nivea’s got you covered.

Xoxo Carina

What you probably won’t be wearing again after graduation

DSC05475 I recently read an article about items of clothing you need to chuck out when you enter the professional working world, and I was amazed at how I just automatically stopped wearing those items of clothing when I graduated from university this year. Not because I don’t like them anymore, but because I’m in the adult world now and I just don’t do the same things anymore that I used to when I was at university. Eating a ton of junk food without getting fat? No, sorry. I eat a few chips and I can feel my jeans starting to cut off my blood circulation. Staying up all night and sleeping all day? No, sorry. I get sleepy at 10 pm and go to bed. If I stay up later than that, I’ll be a zombie the next day. Drinking? Oh hell no! Can you say nauseous the entire next day?

Yup, things change quite a lot when you graduate, but I wouldn’t say it’s all bad. In fact, wearing more tailored clothing and getting a salary sure beats eating McDonald’s, because a slightly better restaurant is too expensive.

But honestly, your wardrobe will change. Here’s what you probably won’t be wearing nearly as much as you thought you would:

Body con dresses

My trusty bodycon dress from YDE

My trusty bodycon dress from YDE

Especially really cheap ones that are clubbing staples. No dear, you’ll trade them in for more lady like ones.

Ugg/slipper looking boots

These slipper boots have always gone with to cold exam rooms at uni

These slipper boots have always gone with to cold exam rooms at uni

They’re just not meant for the office, regardless of how chilled out the environment is.

Boob tubes

The cheesy leopard print one you wore every weekend when going out will just not cut it anymore and to be honest, I can’t get away with boob tubes anyway. I’ve come to accept it, and unfortunately I don’t own one anymore either for the purpose of this blog post.

Frat/sorority tees or jerseys or anything college apparely

My trusty Tuks (University of Pretoria tee)

My trusty Tuks (University of Pretoria) tee

You know you bought this at the book store or the campus “boutique”, because you’re proud of your university and you wanted to remember university and the swell times you had when you graduate, but I promise you’ll literally almost never wear it as part of a serious outfit ever again. I wear my University of Pretoria t-shirt at home or to the gym. That’s it.

Anything insanely tight

I don’t know why, but it’s just not happening anymore. I can’t deal with feeling uncomfortable anymore in anything or spending my hard earned cash on something that feels like it’s too small for me.

Uncomfortable, cheap shoes

I had my one pair of shoes I ALWAYS wore out when I was at uni and I was sad to chuck them out, because of the great times I had wearing them, but to be honest, apart from them now looking grubby and worn (and being insanely uncomfortable after a while), they were embarrassingly inexpensive and slightly more expensive shoes look better and are much more comfortable. Mine’s already been eaten by the dustbin so sorry, no pics!

Cartoon t-shirts

My favourite cartoon shirt that I practically lived in all of last year

My favourite cartoon shirt that I practically lived in all of last year

Okay, this is debatable. Vintage looking ones you will probably still wear occasionally, but the ones that look like your little sister should actually be wearing won’t be seeing the light nearly as often anymore.

So there you have it.

What do you think you’ll wear less?

Xoxo Carina

My Fashion/Beauty Icons

In general I normally don’t follow trends or celebrities too closely when it comes to fashion, beauty or exercise fads. I’m more inclined to keep an eye on street style to see what girls around me are wearing or doing with their make up, but there are some celebrities I always find myself admiring based on what they’re wearing and I have found myself making purchases based on something I saw these lovely ladies donning.

Lauren Conrad

I absolutely adore Lauren’s style! It’s so romantic and whimsical with lots of blush pinks and girly accents. Plus, she has a clothing line and I always drool over the images on Pinterest!

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Kate Middleton

Ah miss Middleton… She’s so elegant and classy. Her style seems to be a bit less girly than Lauren’s, but it’s timeless and classic, and I love that. I also really love that she doesn’t just wear high-end designers, but some affordable brands like Zara as well.

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Candice Swanepoel

South African born Candice is just so gorgeous. I’m super jealous of her height, because I’m a mere 1.53m, but I love her style because she always seems so effortless. Like I-woke-up-like-this. Stunning! Also, I just can’t get over her beautiful hair!

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Audrey Hepburn

When I look at some of the outfits that Audrey Hepburn wore like 30 years ago, I have to admire the fact that it’s still so classic and beautiful. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of my absolute favourite movies of all time and whoever did the wardrobe on set is a genius. Just love for miss Hepburn!

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Marilyn Monroe

Cat eyes, voluptuous lips and figure and a neat red lip! Well, not in this image, but what’s not to love?

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Nicole Kidman

I’m about as pale as Nicole Kidman is except I’m blonde and not a redhead so I can’t pull off some of the colours she wears at all, but my skin tone is almost identical to hers. I admire Nicole Kidman’s beauty and how she rocks porcelain.

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Who are your style icons?

Xoxo Carina

My Post Work Out Playlist

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I follow up my work outs with stretching and just lying still for a bit on the floor. Click here to see what I listen to while I work out. Obviously I skip the lying on the floor part when going to the gym, but at home I throw out my yoga mat, light a candle and just listen to some more chilled out music before hopping into the shower. I only have fewer songs on this playlist, because I seriously have ants in my pants. I can’t do just nothing for too long. Also the songs on the list start off being super chilled and then become a bit more lively.

Stay – Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko

I used to play piano for quite a few years when I was younger and whenever I hear music with piano in my ears prick up. The piano playing in this song isn’t too complicated, but I like it regardless.

Heart Skipped a Beat – The xx

Just a relaxed song. Nothing more to say about it.

Seaside – The Kooks

I always sing horribly off key along with a fake British accent. 😉

Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve

An oldie, but a goodie.

Free – Rudimental feat. Emeli Sande

If you don’t click on any of the other music videos in this post, then do yourself a favour and click on this one. I’m absolutely obsessed with this song. I heard it the other day in the salon when I went for a haircut and immediately Shazamed it. The music video is seriously cool. Not the parts where the kid is tormented, but the parts with the mountain and the guy.

Horchata – Vampire Weekend

I know this is a bit strange, but it’s quite a quirky song and I enjoy it. That and a good cup of horchata.

What chilled music do you listen to?

Xoxo Carina