Sunday, 1 May 2016

Review: Zensa Lodge Scarborough

So my husband and I just got back from the most romantic anniversary weekend away at Zensa Lodge in Scarborough. This beautiful gem of a place really offered so much more than what we had intended. We arrived on Friday evening and was warmly welcomed by the hosts of the lodge who showed us around this tranquil lodge surrounded by absolute nature.
Let me start of by saying if you really want to relax, unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life this place is definitely a must see. There is no TV, and most of the time signal is a rare find. But I must say that having this down time really does do the soul well. Boasting with 7 beautiful guest rooms all in calming white, with the decor and interior displaying absolute simplicity it really does show the beauty of the unspoiled nature that is Cape Peninsula.
This amazing accommodation offered, breakfast included on all mornings of your stay as well as on the Saturday evening a romantic 3 course meal and a free bottle of the most amazing red wine for the evening. I must say what made this place so special was the warmth of the owners of the lodge Hein and Cyrille. As we were enjoying our main course meal Hein grabbed his stunning vintage bass guitar and started playing some tunes and soon after his wife Cyrille joined with vocals which was such a beautiful special touch to an awesome evening of dining. I must say if you are thinking of taking your significant other to a special place this is definitely a place you should consider.
Don't worry Zensa Lodge is not just for the hopeful romantics there is so much to do even if you just want a relaxing breakaway with friends an family. This space has a beautiful private garden, with a pool, sauna, and even a jacuzzi for those colder evenings.
This has by far been one of the best cottages I have stayed at for a while, the food, company and absolute pleasant entertainment has made it such a special experience and I will definitely return back when I need a nature fueled recharge!


Monday, 11 April 2016

#LUXSHEWHODARES Part 2

What is it about a fragrance that makes woman feel so good, what is it about a fragrance that makes woman feel bold, daring and confident. I believe it lies in the essence that she can be absolutely whoever she wants to BE. We live in an era where woman are the leaders, they are visionaries, they are the CEO of big corporations. 
We live in a day and age where woman are the pioneers and are taking their rightful place in society. We live in this day where woman can dictate the life she chooses for herself and not that which society has prescribed her to live. She has freedom to express herself without hindrance, boundaries and limitations. She can choose to be a mother, a business woman, and even a philanthropists. 

That is the power of a fragrance, like in the words of Coco Chanel "a woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future" & Christain Dior which said  "A woman's perfume tells more about her than her handwriting".

Why is it that the perfect fragrance is of such importance? It is because the fragrance brings out that which is already locked up within a woman & that is exactly what a LUX is..... it's so much more than an average scent, bathing in it makes a woman feel beautiful and when she feels beautiful she acts differently. She is radiant, alluring, confident, captivating, fabulously feminine and 
unforgettable in every crowd.

Let me know how you feel when you wearing your signature fragrance?

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

How to style curly hair?

If you follow me on social media and read my blog often enough, you would have seen that since last year October I have transitioned into wearing my hair's natural strand more often. I have never really liked my natural curl/frizz. But on this particular day I was running late for my Brand Management exam and had no time to blow dry my hair. So I left the house with no make up and partially damp hair. I finished my exam and when I had a chance to look at myself in the mirror, I kind of had a Ah-ha moment! 
My curls was rather jazzy...
So from that day forth I decided that i'm going to try and wear my hair natural for as long as I possibly could and lay off dryer and the ghd straighter for a while. Ever since I started wearing my hair curly I've been receiving quite a few questions. 
How long does it take to curl your hair? What products do you use? How do you style your hair? So ever since that first daunting exam day, I've managed to get some tips and tricks that has worked for me.

1. I try and not wash my hair more than twice a week my hair's natural oil makes my curls look so much better. Also my hair tends to tangle easily, so I make sure to use a proper de-tangling brush. 
The Tangle Teezer is a great way to start, I purchased mine while I was on London, but just heard that they are selling it at Clicks now too.
2. I use a conditioning treatment religiously once a week. 
3. Make sure your conditioner is rinsed off properly.I find that when I neglect to thoroughly rinse my conditioner off my curls tends to fall flat on my head and the curls does not have that light bouncy feel. Trust me it makes a difference.
4. Use a soft t-shirt to dry your hair. Before I used a towel, I use to wrap the towel around my head and twist. This is thus really bad for your hair and could cause breakage and aggravate your strains to snap... ouch. Be gentle.
5. I prefer drying my hair naturally as I find the curl looks way better. But if you must dry a diffuser is a great second option.
6. To finish off I apply Aunt Jackie's Curl la la custard. I live by this product as it has so many benefits. Which is key for us curly haired girls. 
(There's an awesome range of Aunt Jackie's available make sure you check it out at Clicks)
Also the below product I purchased at Primark in London and I absolutely love this product, it acts as I great styling product!
If you are a curly haired girl and have some tips to share, please comment in the below section.




Tuesday, 5 April 2016

#LUXSHEWHODARES Part 1


Self identity in woman plays such a major role in this day and age. Woman are constantly dictated to BE and conform to a preconceived notion, that limits and box's us to our true potential. It's important that we as woman inspire confidence, encourage one another and live our true self. So if you have not seen the new #LUXSHEWHODARES film
where have you been? 
So when I was approached to be apart of this awesome #LUXSHEWHODARES campaign I knew that it was something truly magical. After watching the film I felt that passionate essence that we as woman possess which is so powerful yet beautiful, so strong yet endearing. The word "DARE" is so powerfully used & speaks of pushing boundaries, living a life without limits, defying odd and challenging the norms. It shows that when a confident woman enters a room, attention is received without any effort. It's that feeling when she is simply at easy and comfortable in her own skin.
The film truly evoked the message that each woman has there own unique fragrance and she is unapologetic about it! This is really such a thought provoking film that ignites all the senses. 

There is just something about a fragrance that kindles a mood, that elicit a feeling, its like you telling a story without saying anything. I love how a fragrance affects your mood and and possesses the very notes that you choose to represent, whether it be soft floral's for that hint of femininity, musky tones for confidence boost!
 
See the below behind the scenes imagery:
Lux® has partnered with MoFilms to create an Afrocentric film. The film is a human story of how fragrance inspires confidence and encourages women to express their self-identity.
Let me know what you think about this awesome film?

Change X Growth

Have you ever been in a space where life as you know it is about to change?
Change is never easy, and the fear of the unknown can become quite overwhelming! But among-st the uncertainty and the shifting that's about to take place, it's important to know that you are stronger than you think and braver than you have ever been. Sometimes that leap of faith is like a little seed waiting to blossom and grow!
So by now you thinking, what the heck is she on about! What is changing...
the answer is everything!
The one reason why people resist to change is because they focus on what they have to give up instead of what they have to gain - Rick Godwin
The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old. But on building the new -Socrates

You attract what you are, not what you want. If you want to be great, then be great!
Exciting things coming to the blog...






Sunday, 3 April 2016

The Grudge

So this is the first time in about 2 months that I've done an outfit post. I actually cannot believe that its been that long since I enjoy doing them so much. I think since getting back from London I kind of struggled to get my groove back, if you get what I mean? There was just never enough time in the day and something else just always seemed to pop up however, I believe that you should always have time for doing the things that you love, so I've decided to put on my big girl panties and get my head out of the clouds.
 So now that the prep-talk talk has kicked in full swing & my head is buzzing with inspiration and the many exciting things I have in store for the blog, I am in such a great space! So with that in mind the husband and I hit the Cape Town streets for a morning filled with sun, great food and loads of laughter!
I have been getting loads of lovely comments about my hair colour of late, I wish I could take all the credit and say it was all me. However it wasn't- the lovely ladies at Stylebar hooks me up month after month and keeps my colour fresh and hair in top shape!
 Outfit Details:
Adidas Sneakers: Sportscene
Tights and T-shirt: Foschini
Jacket: The Fix
All I can say is watch this space!

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

#MeetYourMatte Competition

I am quiet a Matte Lipstick snob and when I find a good Matte lipstick I could  literally stand on top of a building and shout about it. But that's not quiet gonna happen today, I would much rather tell you all about it in this post!
Traditional matte lipsticks tend to be either too shiny or so powdery that they cake and dry out your lips. For true matte colour with lasting comfort that never cracks, cakes or compromises, we give you a formula that gives 100% velvety matte coverage that doesn’t crack. Keep lips defined and sculpted hour after hour!
Splendidly Fuchsia & Ruby Kiss
Superb Wine & BerryBlast
Au Naturale
I must say I've been so obsessed with these lippies and the Superb Wine colorway has been my absolute favourite!
Competition Time:
Entrants must wear Avon Perfectly Matte lipstick in any shade and post a picture using the #meetyourmatte hashtag to Instagram between 1 March 2016 and 31 March 2016. Winners will be randomly selected weekly and announced the Monday following the week of thereafter on Avon South Africa Instagram. The winner of each week will receive an Avon hamper to the value of R1000