Moving In-spiration 

There’s something inherently scary about growing up. Your parents have been taking care of you for 18 years, and now it’s time to leave the nest. Although I technically “flew the nest” more than a year ago, it became even more obvious that I’m becoming an adult when I signed my very first lease two weeks ago.

I’ve been living in a university residence for the past two years, and although I was doing my own laundry, buying my own toiletries & groceries, and travelling across the country alone, it never truly sank in that I was an adult. I still had parental figures in res (the warden and house committee), however I’m now moving into a flat and that brings a whole bunch of more freedom and responsibilites!

With moving into a flat, comes the added task of decorating – my flatmate, Cait, and I are super excited to have a place of our own that we can decorate and customise as we wish! Our bedrooms & en-suites are our OWN space to decorate but we will be combining forces to decorate our living room and kitchen area.

ENTRY-WAY & KITCHEN

The communal area of our two-bedroom flat is open-plan, although I’ve been treating the kitchen and entryway as a separate entity to our living room. Whilst the kitchen won’t require much decorating – just a couple of cute storage jars here & there, and maybe a plant or two -, I would love to have a cute entryway. There are more pressing things that would be considered before this but maybe a few months down the line we can start looking at this area.

Cait and I have bought a little “Welcome” sign with three little hooks for our keys, so obviously that will go here, but I think a table or a couple of shelves with some decor could really liven up the place and set the tone for the rest our our apartment.

I love ladder shelves, and one day I aim to have something similar in my home. I love the first shelf because it’s quite compact and cute, but still very effective. There are so many way to decorate it – plants, books, picture frames, candles. The list is endless, and you can see by the second ladder shelf what I mean. The smaller shelves are also very cute and functional – this would probably suit the apartment more space wise.

The pallet plant & light feature is also so different and compelling, although it would definitely be a DIY job… Another DIY would definitely be the hanging rope shelf – I know Cait wants to make and hang some of these in her bedroom. Perhaps I should do a bit of crafts once we’ve moved in.

LIVING ROOM

 

So far, Cait and I have decided to keep our living room theme quite organic – we plan on using simple colours like white and cream and accenting with “rustic” wooden pieces and LOADS of plants & greenery. We actually bought some lovely green cushions the other day, that are not only super squishy but also bring the perfect amount of vibrancy to the table!

Couch-wise, Cait and I have found our ideal couch. It’s on the right side of comfortable and makes you want to curl up on it with a book in hand and drift in-and-out of sleep. Paired with our squishy pillows, I think a lightweight throw will complete the look of cozy and cute. The living room is where we are going to socialise, so it’s important to enjoy the area. The couch can also double as a sleeping place if any of our friends need to crash at our place for a night.

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Whilst our pillows are great, I would love to find some printed or textured/knitted pillows to also inhabit our couch. This will just further enhance the couch area.

As I said before, we are trying to keep everything organic – there is definitely a heavy plant& reclaimed wood influence. In addition, it would be awesome if I could find a unique coffee table, like this hair-pin leg or crate table.

Personally, I’d love to frame and hang some leafy prints on the wall. They definitely fill up space, and stop a room from looking bare. Different sizes is obviously ideal, as it adds dimension, and creates a wonderful visual effect. No matter what plant print it is – banana leaf, monstera, fern – I think it would look great upon our wall!

 

BEDROOM & EN-SUITE

Cait and I each have our own bedroom and en-suite bathroom, so we will be decorating that individually. In my room I am aiming to have a clean colour scheme with a pale mint/turquoise influence and light wooden furniture pieces. I’d also love to incorporate more plants into my room, as certain plants can be beneficial for sleep and other various things – I don’t have many now because I can’t take my plants back to Durban every holiday and I can’t leave them in my residence room (which I have to constantly pack up).

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Bed-wise, I am hoping to buy a double bed. I currently have a single in res, but a queen size at home, and I like to starfish when I sleep. I also move around quite a bit and have in fact fallen out of bed at res due to riggling at night. I would love to find an inexpensive wooden bedframe, but I also love the idea of repurposing wood pallets as my bed base. This is a super simple DIY, so I might go that route if I can find pallets in good condition. I would probably keep them unpainted, like in the third picture, because I really like the wooden aspect. And of course it’s important to decorate a bed with pillows and throws – I currently have two throws on my bed, which will come with to the flat, and two decorative pillows (I want to add more though)!

As for a bedside table, I have ordered a pine crate to mount on my wall. I just love the “floating” aspect, and will definitely continue the mounted crate trend throughout my room – my workspace is begging for some adorable, yet functional, storage! I’d also love to hang some fairylights, and possibly a tapestry, up in order to spruce up the walls. The fairylights are definitely a must – it just adds this ambience to a room (SO cozy).

 

I will be taking a lot of my current res decor to the flat, which includes a white board, chalk board, several decorative jars and hanging decor. I will most likely be using these at my workspace. I have actually ordered a desk like the one below, but to my specific dimensions. I am so excited because I spend most of my time at my desk, whether  I am doing university work, my makeup or just messing around on my laptop.

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I have a lot of desk decor, but as I mentioned before, I would love to mount crates on the wall as storage and add more plants to the area – oxygen in vital for good brain activity after all! Pinterest has given me so many great ideas from wire sheets to hang various pictures and knick-knacks on, to simple decor. My workspace is special to me, and I want it to be perfect. This would probably be the most personal area of my room, and I cant wait to mix and match decor to acheive my sanctuary.

Personally I don’t think I’ll do much to my en-suite. It is pretty small, and at most I’ll hang an interesting mirror and maybe some shelves. Obviously I will co-ordinate my towels, and have a cute shower caddy (1) (2) – that can remain in the bathroom unlike in the communal residence bathrooms.

I can’t wait to move into our little apartment and start making it our own! This is a HUGE step in becoming more independent, and I hope I thrive.

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Smooth(ie) Start

Nothing gets you in a good mood for the day like a good breakfast. If I’m going to be honest though, I’m often running late and don’t have time to have a proper meal. My quick fix is a breakfast smoothie – it’s easy and delicious!

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Smoothies are currently my go-to snack/breakfast because I’ve been so super busy with Orientation Week at my university. My duties have started early in the morning, and it’s tough to sit down and eat breakfast, so I usually blitz up a smoothie.

My favourites smoothies are berry smoothies, but most recipes contain banana (which I don’t eat) and I have had to modify to my liking.

The smoothie I have made today is a mix of fruits, although it is mostly peach.

You will need the following:

  • 1/2 peach
  • 1/2 plum
  • 2 strawberries
  • 1 heaped tbsp blueberries (approx. 20)
  • 2-3 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tsp chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 tbsp uncooked oats (optional)

To start off the smoothie, I cut the peach into rough cubes. This is the base of our smoothie and will be a dominant flavour.

Next comes the plum, which is also cut into chunks. The skin is left on as it provides even more antioxidants and nutrients.

My two strawberries are next. Before I placed them in my blender bottle, I chopped them into small chunks and removed any “bruised” parts. Following that are my blueberries. I use about 20 small blueberries – I can find them a tad bit overpowering if I add too many more.

My last two ingredients are my yoghurt and chia seeds. I love using low-fat vanilla yoghurt as my “liquid” because it makes the smoothie super creamy and adds the additional vanilla flavour. Chia seeds are a great source of protein and have a distinct nutty flavour that works perfectly in smoothies. Many recipes call for a tablespoon (tbsp) of chia seeds but I prefer a little less to keep my smoothie a bit more liquified. Chia seeds absorb liquid, swell and keep you fuller for longer.

Another ingredient that you can add is oats, which provides texture and fibre, but I left them out today.

The only thing left to do is blend everything together. I love my small Go-Go Blender. It is compact and perfect for my res room, but still boasts a powerful motor. I just press the blending button until everything is combined and then pour the smoothie into a glass. Time to enjoy!

The pale pink/orange smoothie is delicious and perfect to drink, or even eat as a smoothie bowl. It reminds me of the pink Barbie box cupcakes that everyone loved when little (and still love to be honest)! I can’t wait to try out more recipes and drink more yummy smoothies.

What is your favourite smoothie recipe? I’d love to know!

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Beauty Treats? Yes Please!

There’s nothing like a good contour kit. South Africa’s only problem is our lack of variety. We either have to import beauty products from elsewhere (and with our TERRIBLY weak currency, it’s not the best option) or suck it up and use whatever is available. I have searched high and low for a contour kit that is worth its price AND I’ve finally found one!

Beauty Treats Face Powder Contour Collection is a gift from the Makeup Gods – the powders are pigmented, blendable and it won’t break the bank!

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2017 Planner || Getting Organised

At the beginning of 2016, I made the decision to be organised. HA.

It didn’t go as planned despite me buying an expensive planner – you know, one of the ones that swanky business men carry around so that they can pencil in appointments? I was diligent for a while but after two months I seemed to forget that I owned a planner.

Now however, I am even more determined to be organised in the new year. Second year is reportedly the hardest university year due to the workload – so I HAVE to be organised. I am also considering getting a job, and therefore need to plan my time wisely.

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Blemish Be Gone || #SkinLovesRooibos

As someone who struggles with oily skin, I often find myself in the predicament of breaking out at the most inopportune moment. Not only is it frustrating for me, but also embarrassing. Yes, I’m well aware that pimples are a normal part of being a teenager and everyone gets them (LIE! One of my friends has the clearest skin I’ve ever seen. It’s like fine china), but it’s just something that makes me self-conscious to the point where I won’t even let MY FAMILY see me without makeup on.

With the #SkinLovesRooibos campaign, I’m working on combating my pimples and insecurity. African Extracts is a local South African company whose products centre around a main ingredient of Rooibos, a type of plant & tea. AE originally started with the “Classic” range, and has now extended to “Purifying”, “Even Tone” and “Advantage” ranges. I’ve been given the opportunity to review the Purifying range which is targeted at young, oily skin that is prone to blemishes.

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Sinfully Darker || #MeAndJohnFrieda

Whilst I’ve managed to restore my hair to a healthy state again, its colour is certainly lacking. This is due to sun exposure and various other factors. I have, however, been given the opportunity to return it to its deep chocolate colour once again!

As part of the #MeAndJohnFrieda campaign, I am going to be reviewing the new John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Deeper shampoo & conditioner. I couldn’t be more excited!

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First Impressions: Image Lipstick

Here’s the thing. I’m fussy about lipsticks. The way to my heart is through lipsticks (HINT HINT). I must admit, when I bought a lipstick for R13.99, I wasn’t expecting much. But boy do I have news for you!

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Ready. Set. Contour.

Although contouring is “out” according to starlets and their makeup artists, it will always be one of my favourite makeup techniques. My face is somewhat chubby and despite it’s “perfect” oval shape, I do not have carved cheekbones, a sharp jaw or a thin nose (it’s actually rather bulbous). So that’s why I like contouring – I can define my features in the way I want.

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Updated Hair Care

Hair care is one of my top priorities. My hair constantly needs to be cared for, but last year I wasn’t caring for it appropriately. I was just using random products that others had told me of – despite the fact that none of them had dry, curly, frizzy hair like me. A lot has changed in the year since my last hair care post so I’m here to update you!

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DermX: My new favourite exfoliator!

I struggle with getting smooth skin. I just have very oily skin that results in small sebaceous deposits all over my nose and thus pimples/uneven skin. I’m also quite prone to hormonal breakouts. BUT I recently found a miracle exfoliator that has cleared up a large portion of my skin problems!

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