My Post Work Out Playlist

iPod on Laptop Keyboard

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

My Work Out Playlist

Ipod and Earbuds

In winter I get terribly lazy when it comes to working out. I’d much rather be lounging around drinking hot tea than be at the gym, but I’ve found a super hyped up playlist helps my levels of motivation.

Here are some songs I listen to to get me psyched:

  1. Goldfish – One Million Views

Goldfish is one of my all time favourite South African groups! I’ve seen them performing live countless times and I love that they literally play their own instruments and then mix it into their songs. Now this may sound bizarre if you don’t know who Goldfish is, but they’re a house music duo. Have a listen to the song linked above. Both guys play saxophone.

  1. Eric Prydz – Everyday

What I don’t understand about Eric Prydz and David Guetta music videos are the girls in them. Always super hot, super in shape bartenders or aerobics instructors. I’ve never come across bar tenders or aerobics instructors, male or female, that good looking. At least this music video is a live performance.

  1. Avicii – Wake Me Up

This song really reminds me of summer, which always makes me happy.

  1. Tom Hangs feat. Shermanology – Blessed

Gospel house music. I’m sure it’s not something you wanna hear when you’re out partying with your friends drinking up a storm, but luckily I don’t drink. 😉

  1. Pharrell Williams feat. Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines

Bizarre for a work out, but it slows me down a bit, because by this time I’m still wondering why I’m at the gym and not at home taking a hot bath instead.

  1. Euphonik – Shut Up

Ah I love South African musicians. This DJ took something a South African politician said in parliament and changed it and a piece of the speech into a song. Hilarious.

  1. Pascal and Pearce – Disco Sun

Can anybody tell me what a disco sun is?

  1. Flo Rida – Let It Roll

I also don’t understand Flo Rida music videos. How come he’s always surrounded by half naked women? And by the way, how are his music videos not banned from television?

  1. GoodLuck – London Sixteen66

Another local group I love. I saw them live at OppiKoppi in 2011, and they rocked!

10. Nicki Minaj – Va Va Voom

What is a play list without miss Minaj?

11. Pharrell Williams – Happy

Here’s the South African music video. If you share it, Sunlight will donate R10 to their chosen charity. Do it!

Xoxo Carina

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day to all my American readers!

Clicks Beauty Fair is on, baby!

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Oh yes… It’s that time again… Say it with me: THE CLICKS BEAUTY FAIR IS ON!!!

From the 13th of June until the 9th of July, that is. Ah yes, this always excites me so, since you can get some really good deals out of it.

Today, I went for a leisurely stroll through the aisles, as one does, on a quest to try out a new silver shampoo. I spotted my usual Lee Stafford, but decided to try out John Frieda Sheer Blonde instead, so I secretly opened the tubes and had a sniff. I always do this, because the way a product smells is literally one the most important things for me. I hate using products that don’t smell nice, because I always think that’s what other people will smell when they come near me and it’ll overpower my perfume. A bit dramatic I know.

Silver shampoos and their matching conditioners are really expensive, even for a girl with a job (that’s me), but I decided to just bite the bullet, because I only use silver shampoo once a week so it lasts forever and really does make my lighter ends look much better.

So as I was paying, the man told me that because of the Beauty Fair, I get another conditioner free. Here’s our dialogue:

Man behind counter: “Ma’am, because the Beauty Fair is on and you purchased matching shampoo and conditioner, you can go get another conditioner for free.”

Me: “Free?” (like this is some foreign concept)

Man: “Yes ma’am, free.”

Me: “Like for free, free?”

Man: “Yes, completely free.”

Me: “Seriously?”

Man: “Yes, seriously.”

Me: “Any conditioner?”

Man: “Yes, any conditioner.”

Me: “Even this one?”

Man: “Yes ma’am.”

Me: “WOOHOO!!!”

I don’t think I’ve ever skidded around a corner that fast to get back to the hair aisle. Sad, but true.

So I got a pretty expensive conditioner (R95,00 to be exact) for free, and next time I only have to get the matching shampoo. Happiness for days!

Be sure to grab a little Clicks booklet at the entrance or at the counter. There are seriously some great deals in there. 

Happy shopping!

Xoxo Carina

The Holiday Spirit

I’m positively shivering as I write this. Not because I have some amazing news like I decided to quit my job and take my savings to live in Barcelona, which trust me I would’ve loved to do, but because I am freezing my butt off at the moment and Barcelona is literally now one of my favourite cities in the entire world. I was on holiday for three wonderful weeks in Abu Dhabi and Europe, and came back home in the dead of the damn winter.

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I find myself dreaming of Venice where I roamed the streets and enjoyed a gondola ride. I crave the ice cream I had in Monaco, and I miss the Trevi Fountain in Rome, but all good things come to an end and I went back to work yesterday.

Now, the problem with having a long, relaxing holiday is that often when you go back to work it’s difficult getting back into the swing of things. Or at least, I often struggle getting back into work and deadlines.

Here are some tips to make sure you get out of holiday mode:

Think positively

There will always be those tiny tasks or the chirpy morning people that grate you, but try and think about how lucky you are to have a job in the first place and focus on the things you do enjoy about it. The same goes for if you are still a student. Think about how lucky you are to be able to get an education or that you don’t have to necessarily get up at six every morning like all us suckers who work already… 😉

Gooooooooaaaal!!!

Make a list of things you’d like to achieve on a specific day or for the first month. This will help motivate you to start working hard at achieving the goal, but preferably start small if you’re still feeling a little lazy. I always get overexcited and set some ridiculous goal and then feel terrible when I don’t achieve it 100%. Making to do lists for every day can also help.

Just do it

Take a page from Nike’s playbook and just do it. Force yourself and the happy memories out of your mind temporarily and just get your work done! You can relax and daydream again after the task is completed. 😉

Early bird

Get your body clock back into sync by going to bed early or waking up early so that you’re tired enough to go to sleep earlier at night. I struggle the most with this part, but it works for me, but then again I’m old so maybe that’s why I go to sleep easily if I woke up at the crack of dawn.

I hope these help!

Do you have any tips? Do share in the comments.

Xoxo Carina

Last day in Europe

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South African flag – The most beautiful flag in the entire world

It’s my last day in Europe!

I had such a swell time on a cruise with my family that I probably won’t see again for another two years and I’m actually quite sad about it, but all good things come to an end and it’s time to head back to South Africa.

I’ll be posting again regularly as soon as I get over my jet lag, which will be caused by a 14 hour flight…

Xoxo Carina