OOTD: Flower Power


Photo taken in Barcelona, Spain

Photo taken in Barcelona, Spain

Hat: Forever 21

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Top: PQ Clothing

Shorts: Forever New

Bag: Guess

Flip flops: Forever 21

Watch: Guess

Bracelet: Nomination

Xoxo Carina

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Terrific tips: Bridesmaid dress fittings

So as you probably know by now, I’m going to A LOT of weddings this year and one early next year.

One of my dearest friends is getting married the 17th of October and I’m a bridesmaid.

Next week Tuesday I have to go for my first fitting. I am quite nervous about it as I don’t really know what to expect since this is the first time I’m a bridesmaid where my dress actually was tailor-made, and not bought. I did some Google-ing and decided that these are the best tips or things you need to know if you’re in the same boat as I am:

Don’t go for a fitting directly after a workout

You haven’t even worn the dress properly so don’t get it dirty, and dry cleaning ain’t cheap.

Buy your undergarments before the time and take them with/wear them to the fitting

It’s just easier to see what your dress will look like when you’re wearing the proper undergarments already.

Take your shoes with

It makes adjusting the hem so much easier for the tailor and you’ll get a sneak peak into how everything will look together on the actual day.

If you’re clumsy, ask the tailor to make a long dress slightly shorter

Nobody wants to become a YouTube sensation for tripping and ripping off the bride’s veil…

Tell the tailor if you’re going to change your physical appearance drastically

Meaning a boob job, crazy diet etc. It will obviously affect your measurements and the size of your dress.

If the tailor recommends a change, there’s a reason

Tailors work with fabrics daily and they’ll know what fabrics will work best for certain styles.

Don’t move unless you’re told to

This one is tough for me. I always fidget, but I’m going to have to force myself to stay still so that my dress doesn’t end up looking lob sided.

When the tailor says you can move, do so

Swish around, sit down etc. to see how your dress looks and how you feel wearing it.

Final fitting

Your final fitting should be about two weeks before the big day. In that two weeks, try not to go on an eating binge because you’re the only single one out of your friends or not to go on some crazy fad diet that’ll make you lose 10 kilograms either.

A sneak peak of how I wanted my dress to look:

My dress will be mint, not lavender. Photo: Pinterest

My dress will be mint, not lavender.

And another sneak peak of how I want my hair styled on the day:

Photo: Pinterest

Photo: Pinterest


The big day is your friend’s afterall and she chose you to share it with so behave! 😉

Xoxo Carina

August favourites

hello september

As usual, I’m the last one in the blogsphere to do an August favourites post so let’s just jump in and not wait a second longer!

Blah Blah Blah t-shirt


I love this t-shirt. It was R99 at Edgars and initially I was attracted to the colour. I’ve worn it to work (I work at a newspaper i.e creative environment), to parties, braais, around the house, to the movies, literally everywhere.

Rage shoes


These little cut out pumps are insanely comfortable. I didn’t need to wear/walk them in or anything. They just fit perfectly and were just comfortable from the get-go. I also liked the colour.


Forever New handbag

Well, this isn’t really a clutch although it could double as one. I’m not actually really a yellow person, but for some reason I just loved this teensy bag when I saw it in Forever New. I walked out without buying it and when I opened up my laptop bag later that day, mister S had snuck back and secretly bought it for me. Such a sweetie.

Mango shirt


Again something I saw and loved, but honestly it was just too expensive. Initially it was something like R600, but a month later it was on a 75% off sale. Needless to say, I snatched it up.

Lovisa earrings (purple flower earrings)

My mom got me these and I love them. They don’t hurt my ears and they make a statement without being completely over the top.

Forever New earrings

I’m a bridesmaid at a good friend’s wedding in October and I bought these in a little set of three with the intention of wearing one pair to the wedding. I tried on these silver ones and loved how they looked and I’ve been wearing it non-stop to work and everywhere (with my Blah shirt). They go with everything.

MAC lipstick in All Fired Up


A true impulse buy, but one I don’t regret at all. I was with my best friend and we always admire the MAC lipsticks when we go shopping and when I saw this one, I grabbed it. The next day, my friend went back for one as well and they were sold out. It’s one of those incredible colours that will go with any skin tone.

Yankee Candle in Garden Sweet Pea


Apart from this candle being a beautiful colour, the smell is just great. It smells really fresh and flowery, but it’s not overpowering.

Mouse mitts


Aren’t these the cutest oven mitts you’ve ever seen?!


Summertime creepy crawlies

I don’t know if other countries get this as well, but during the summer here in Southern Africa if you dare leave a light on disgusting moths come hurtling in through the window and I hate bugs. Especially those horrible moths and they’re relentless. I’ve tried sitting with my windows and bedroom door closed to keep them out and to have some peace, but they will literally somehow get in under your door to head towards your light. Apart from it being super irritating having them aimlessly and stupidly knocking back and forth into the lightbulb, it just gives me the creeps.


I only recently got a new cellphone and I have to say never in my life have I ever experienced such trouble and constant irritation with a phone as I have with my old Blackberry. The thing already started giving me trouble after just a few months and it just never stopped until the day I stopped using it, and I had the phone for two years. All I have to say is, Blackberry should be ashamed of themselves for putting such utter shit on the market. Have you no pride?! You suck!

Even though this post is suuuuper late, I hope you enjoyed it!

Xoxo Carina

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200 followers! Thank you!

THANK YOU 200 Followers


So I’ve been quite MIA lately. With work, the Oscar Pistorius trial drawing to a close which sent the entire office into a frenzy, and just life in general, made me not even realise that this little blog of mine reached 200 followers.

Thank you to each and every reader. Your comments and encouragement makes it all worth while. Lotsa love for y’all!

xoxo Carina

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