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Top 5: Australian Babes

Top 5: Australian Babes

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Australia has been a place that I have loved ever since I was a little girl. My aunt lives there and ever since we visited her a few years ago I knew that it could be a place that I would live one day. I am so in love with the fashion and beauty industry there – I think the girls are absolutely beautiful, the country is a one of a kind and the accents are awesome (although they annoy most people…

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I will never forget my reaction to my first taste of @vitacocoza I was not a fan. Yet having attended quite a few events where @vitacocoza was placed for guest to enjoy on I found myself trying more an more refreshing flavours. I am now officially hooked! Simply love this one in particular. Vita Coco retails at R19.95 for a 330ml box. Available at Woolworths. For more info, visit www.vitacoco.com #vitacoco #cocunutwater #refreshing #refreshment #blogger #capetownblog #capetownvibes #capetownliving #bluesky #bluefeed

How to increase your financial IQ

How to increase your financial IQ

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It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts – John Wooden

All my life I’ve been known to be self-disciplined in all areas of my life – especially on the financial side, however, this week saw me acting totally out of character, making a very unwise choice that could have cost me way more than I can afford to lose.

Thankfully my sister Find her herehelped me put my life back into…

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Feelings #22

I enjoy the chase more than the idea of commitment, plus there have only been 2 people who have captured my attention in more ways than one.

There’s something about being wanted by a stranger. Without any expectations they seem to “love” you more than the people who notice and have been well acquainted with your flaws. Under the influence of some magic, colloquially: alcohol, the urgency to hold something with a heartbeat and with such intent. The possibilities are endless and don’t seem too far to reach.

The butterflies begin to fill your appetite with every touch, and soon enough your few minutes of exploring one another are over.  

Stay Beautiful, beautifuls. 

Sally Hansen: Hard As Nails

Sally Hansen: Hard As Nails

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Do you bite your nails? I have bitten my nails since I was in grade 2 and my nails have always looked so ugly, and not to mention sore because the nail was always bitten way too short. As I got older I realised how ugly hands looked and I really wanted them to look pretty so that I could wear nail polish and get manicures, but honestly I never had much luck. I have tried almost every trick in the…

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This past weekend, Mumford & Sons played three concerts in Cape Town and I was lucky enough to get tickets to the show on Saturday the 30th of January. It was an absolutely amazing concert and they were incredible live!

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It was quite a busy day leading up to the concert, I had been in Stellenbosch the night before and still had to drive back to Cape Town that afternoon. So my boyfriend and I drove back, showered, got dressed and met up with some friends of our who were joining us for the concert. We thought that parking and traffic in town would be a nightmare for the show so we left early to grab something to drink and eat. Surprisingly enough there wasn’t much traffic at all and finding a parking was actually quite easy. So we decided to go to Truth Coffee before and grab a cup of coffee.

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At about 6pm we decided to walk to the venue, it was a short walk and the process of getting in was no trouble at all! It was definitely one of the best organised concerts I have ever been to. There were also a wide variety of food stores and food trucks (which is awesome for someone who loves trying out good new food.) We grabbed a burger from one of the food trucks and found a spot to watch the opening bands.

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When it was finally time for the concert to start at about 10pm, the organisers made an announcement that the Cape Town wind had picked up and they had to delay the concert slightly to ensure that they could secure all their equipment – the wait was torture! But eventually it began and it was well worth the wait. They put on an amazing performance and sounded incredible live! They had the crowd jumping up and down or swaying the whole night and interacted so nicely with the audience. The lead singer even walked right into the audience during the show – followed by his body guards holding torches of course! I would watch them again in a heart beat if they had to come down to Cape Town on another tour.

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The night was so incredible (minus the hour and a half wait due to the wind). Now I can’t stop listening to their music!

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Mumford & Sons Concert: Cape Town This past weekend, Mumford & Sons played three concerts in Cape Town and I was lucky enough to get tickets to the show on Saturday the 30th of January.
So work has kept me quite busy over the past few weeks but I am determined to post more this year and share as much as I can. After all life is about balance, and all work and no play (or should I say blogging) would make for a rather boring and depressing year. So I am back into my routine I have decided that this year will be a good one. No point being negative now is there, we are only 21 days into 2016 after all :p Recently I have been very interested in raw/ vegan and vegetarian food and more specifically what are called ‘super foods’. So my curiosity directed me to Pinterest (obviously) to look for some more information and recipes. I was very keen to try out some recipes, because normally the food looks so good but I wasn’t fully convinced that it tasted that great. So I decided to try out three different things: smoothie bowls, seed bars and date balls or energy snacking balls. I searched online and found a few different recipe variations for each to give me an idea as to how they are typically made. It seemed easy enough once you had all the ingredients so my mum and went out and bought what we didn’t already have and we decided to try them all. So here is how each turned out and the recipes we used for each. Smoothie Bowls: So when I did some research on smoothie bowls one thing that I found was quite common was the term ‘acai’ which is a new to the health scene super food. So naturally I researched what it was and basically found out that it is a powder made from crushed acai berries, and has a great deal of natural anti-oxidants. This powder was primarily mixed into smoothie bowls along with bananas, other berries, nuts, seeds and sometimes protein powders. So we decided to give this a go. This was the recipe I used: – 1 whole frozen banana – A splash of coconut milk – 1 cup of frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries and blackberries) – Desiccated coconut – Flaked almonds – Organic peanut butter – 1 tsp acai berry powder The to decorate the top – because decorating smoothie bowls is basically half the fun – I used some more seeds, nuts and desiccated coconut. Here is what it ended up looking like and it tasted pretty damn good too! By not adding too much liquid the ‘smoothie’ ends up much like the texture of slightly melted ice cream, and ice cream for breakfast sounds like a good idea to me! I will definitely be making more of these.
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Seed Bars: These were next on the list, I have seen quite a few recipes online and they looked like the perfect healthy snack alternative to store made ‘health bars’ which are normally packed with sugar. I figured that if I made these myself at least I could make sure no extra refined sugars were added. To make these we had to buy quite a few seeds and quite a lot of them as you almost need about 1 cup of each to make the bars. So here is the recipe we used:

–  1 ripe banana

– 1 cup pitted dates

– 1 cup pumpkin seeds

– 1 cup sunflower seeds

– 1 cup flaked almonds

– ½ cup sesame seeds

– ½ cup flax seeds

– 1 tbsp poppy seeds

– 1 tbsp chia seeds

– 1 tbsp coconut oil

Blend the dates and banana together until they turn into a lumpy liquid. I did this in my Nutribullet blender (this thing is amazing!). In a separate bowl I think mixed all my seeds and nuts with the tbsp of coconut oil. Then I combined the fruity liquid into the seeds and nuts until everything was combined. I then sprayed a shallow baking tin to avoid the bars from sticking and I poured the mixture in, flattening it out evenly. The comes the long and tedious part, you pop them in the oven on a medium heat for 3 to 4 hours, or until they are dried out and crispy. Then let them cool and cut them into squares or long bars. They also ended up being pretty delicious and honestly more filling that processed ‘health bars.’ We make these almost every week now! Here are some pictures of the process! P.S we added some goji berries to the top but they ended up drying out to a crisp because of the amount of time they had to spend in the oven so I wouldn’t recommend doing this.

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Right so last but definitely not least are the energy balls! These are by far my favourite, and the best thing about them is that they don’t need to be cooked and you can add almost anything to them and they will still taste delicious. For these I didn’t have to do too much extra research, we basically just found some recipes and tried them out, and they all ended up tasting delicious. So here is the recipe I used to make peanut butter date balls:

– 1 cup organic peanut butter

– ½ cup organic honey

– 1 tbsp coconut oil

– 1 cup rolled oats

– 15 pitted dates

– ½ cup desiccated coconut

– ½ cup flaked almonds

– ½ cup chia seeds

Simply stir together the peanut butter, honey and coconut oil on a low heat in a pot on the stove until they have become soft. Chop up the dates into small pieces. Add all the ingredients to the pot and stir until combined, then let cool. Then use your hands to roll the mixture into bite size balls. An optional extra is to roll the balls in crushed nuts or desiccated coconut. Then chill in the fridge for about an hour.

I eat these all the time, I always add one to my lunch box when I have sweet cravings and I don’t want to reach for super sugary sweets. They always hit the spot. In fact, I am eating one as i type this up!

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I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do, and if you try them out let me know what you think! Or follow me on Instagram, I always post my new food experiments on there.

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My Favourite Healthy Recipes So work has kept me quite busy over the past few weeks but I am determined to post more this year and share as much as I can.
OOTD: Work Casual
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Since I started my internship at the beginning of this year I have been struggling to find a balance between wearing work appropriate clothes but also remaining casual. Working in the marketing and advertising industry is quite relaxed and informal and it is even acceptable to wear jeans and sneakers to work. I mean most of the people in my office often opt for slip slops, and at least 80% have a…

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Happy Monday! Time For Change x

Happy Monday! Time For Change x

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Happy Monday Everyone! It’s a new week and time for new things. I have recently been stuck in a rut and haven’t managed to kick myself into gear. So today, I will change my life – it’s never too late to start! So I began week 1 day 1 of Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide 1.0. I have tried this guide out before after seeing it pop up all over social…

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Feelings #21

I’ve given up on being gloomy, because even though I don’t like to say it, it wasn’t such a big deal. I made a great fuss because it hurt but now, I’m okay. I’m finally okay because I realized you aren’t everything you said you were and that’s okay too. It still hurts but I’m growing up, making decisions for myself based on whats best for me, not convenient for you.

You aren’t the devil I make you out to be and I’m no saint either. It’s just easier to hate you because I adore you that much, to be okay with you two embracing one another.

Writing this I feel senseless. 

 Stay beautiful, beautifuls.

Feelings #19

I’m learning, now more than ever, the unimportance of some people in our lives, the long hours cramming before a pointless exam and the constant worrying of judgment. I want to live for now, just for today, everyday. I spend 3 quarters of my day worrying about the future, the past, and the implications of my rash decisions and the complexity of them.  I cannot enjoy a “moment” without rethinking and over thinking. I end up breaking my own heart. Rather that than someone else breaking mine right? I can fix myself up surely? Why would I need anyone else’s help?

Well I figured I actually do need you. I want you to believe in me and thoroughly, not influenced by my forceful ability or even worse, my mothers. I want you to want to make me feel as if you’re the only thing pure and right in my world, because if anything, you will be.  I don’t just want one of you though. I want a couple of you, because what are memories without more than one person reminiscing about them.

 You are the world, all of you are.

Stay Beautiful, beautifuls. 

Jazz #5

This jazz tune stole my heart for the first whilst I was in Grahamstown, a jazz student at UCT say it at the Vocal concert on the last night of the festival, and I was blown away by the beauty in its simplicity yet complexity. The lyrics are nonsensically honest and vulnerable; they are hardly sung but left for your own interpretation.

“In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning” was introduced as Frank’s title track of his 1955 album, its composed by David Mann matched by Bob Hilliard’s lyrics. Only the best have recorded their own renditions and I have a couple of favorites; OF COURSE Franks fresh interpretation is considered the best, take a look at Johns Mayer’s featuring Chris Botti and Jamie Cullum’s. 

Stay Beautiful, beautifuls.