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My January Favourites

 

Happy Monday! I can’t believe we are going into the third week of January already. I hope you have been enjoying this heatwave we have been experiencing here in Gauteng. Nothing like the weather our friends over in the UK have had for the last month or so.

I thought I might share with you all my favourite things for the month of January.

Weekend Destination: Hennops Hiking Trail and Picnic

With the extremely nice weather we’ve been having this summer, we decided to pack a few things and opted for a day out somewhere to braai and swim. It’s not even a 25-minute drive from our home in Centurion. With a beautiful hiking trail, loads of areas for a picnic or braai and 2 swimming pools. It was a great choice.

 

Style: Speaking of said heatwave, I got all my dresses out from the back of my closet. I love me some lightweight, comfy and flowy maxi dresses. The right fit will look gorgeous and flattering on almost all women, any shape and size. Pulling a dress over your head is so easy, making the only thing you need to worry about, your makeup melting off your face. Haha!

Here are 2 maxi dresses that I’m in love with at the moment.

This one is from Spree and won’t hurt your budget either, at only R340! Click here to go shop this dress.

The second dress I love is from Superbalist. I like how it looks super comfy. This one will also not take a bite out of your budget at only R449. Click here to shop this dress.  

Both these dresses will look great with some metallic jewellery and a wide-brimmed hat. Making them perfect for the Summer. I have shopped at both online stores that I mentioned and can honestly recommend them both.

 

Movie: Jumani: Welcome to the Jungle.

I’ve recommended this movie to all my friends already. I can’t remember the last time we laughed from almost the very beginning till the end of a movie. This is hilarious. And as a bonus, it has Jack Black in it too. And who doesn’t love Jack Black! I liked the original Jumanji from 1995 too and this might be my favourite movie this year. That’s saying a lot, as we are still in January. Why are you still reading this? Go book your tickets online NOW to watch it in 3D!!!

 

 

Instagram Account to follow: Braeden Mckay

If you love beautiful travel photos, then give his account a follow. He is based in Canada and loves travelling. You won’t believe how young he still is, which amazes me with the amount of talent he has regarding photography! I’m looking forward to seeing where his talent takes him in the future.

 

 

 

Read: Dead Gods: The 27 Club

If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen that I’m currently reading this beaut. I’m a huge lover of music and got this book from the hubster for Christmas. And I can’t put it down. As the title states, it’s all about the famous legends that died at the age of 27. And all the music, sex, drugs and scandals that went along with it. I won’t get into it too much here, as I would love to do a full book review post on this book, as I feel it deserves a lot more than a measly mention in my favourites post.


Drink: At the moment my favourite drink is coffee. In my favourite unicorn mug. One teaspoon decaff, no sugar with skim milk. No fancy cocktails or beers this month as I just came off a week of treatment and am taking things slow.

 

TV Show: Stranger Things.

If you don’t know what Stranger Things are, then I only have one question for you… Have you been living under a rock?? This show captivated me since the very first episode! And I’m not sure if it is the set design, the music, the storyline or actors, but this show is currently my number one series of all time! Kicking Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead from their first place on my list. And that’s saying a lot! I’m currently taking my time to watch season 2 on Netflix as Millie Bobby Brown said on her Instagram that they haven’t started filming on season 3 yet.

 

 

 

Designer Dupe: If splurging is one of your New Year’s Resolutions, then I have just the investment you have been looking for. This classic black shoe is from Gucci and will cost R4150. Investing in classic pieces that you can wear with everything is always a good idea and will last you a very long time. You can shop this patent leather Gucci sandals at The Changing Room online. They sell second-hand designer goods at a very good price.

 

If saving sounds more like your thing this year, then these designer dupes would be perfect. I know “trying” to save is definitely part of my goals this year. I say trying because it’s not always easy. You know a sale can distract a girl! But check out these black block heels from Spree for only R349.

 

This was just a few of my favourite things this month! As you can see I’m all about chilling this month and shopping online. I would love to hear what some of your favourites are in the comments below.

 

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17 Things I learnt in 2017

As 2017 comes to an end, I can reflect on this year and just how quick it flew passed me. Still, quick or not, there is always something I can take with me into the next year. Some things that I learnt.

“Smart people learn from everything and everyone. Average people from their experiences. Stupid people already have all the answers.”

Here are 17 things that I learnt in 2017.

  1. If you ask someone how they are doing, do it with the sole intention of genuinely wanting to know how they are.
  2. You don’t know everything.
  3. Be kind to animals and people older than you. Always!
  4. Nobody knows anybody completely and that’s okay.
  5. Be gentle, but be aggressive. Take a stand for what you believe in.
  6. Accept Help…
  7. When in doubt, wear black. Black will always make you feel better about yourself.
  8. Always give tips. Whether it is a couple of extra Bucks to the waiter or a piece of mind to a friend. You never know how much you could be helping someone.
  9.  A good skincare routine is not a luxury, it is a necessity.
  10. Nothing worth having comes easy and life doesn’t give handouts.
  11.  Everyone has days where they don’t want to get out of bed. And it’s good to listen to your body on those days.
  12. Your body is merely a shell. Look after it. Decorate it. Keep it healthy. It is up to you.
  13. Don’t hold grudges. Don’t allow yourself to hate anyone. Forgive them. Wish them well. Hating someone only harms your own heart and soul.
  14. I have amazing friends!I always thought I was terrible at making friends. I convince myself that everyone won’t like me before they’ve even met me. What you do need though is good people and I learnt how fortunate I am to have the girls I have in my life already. The girls who knew me when I was even more embarrassing than I am now. The girls who have been there despite me not having a great social life due to my health but still messaged me every weekend just to check in.

    I realised that my heart is full and my circle is amazing.

  15. Don’t allow the opinions of others to choose your destiny.
  16. Sorry… It’s hard to say it but it’s even harder to accept it and move the hell on.
  17. Live for yourself. Breathe for yourself. Do everything in your life for nobody but you. This is your life. This is it

 

 

Writing this was incredibly therapeutic.

Thank you to everyone who religiously read my posts and who supported me on this journey. I hope 2018 brings you joy and happiness to your heart’s content.  Happy New Year! xxx

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The Galley Beach Bar in Ballito

Late in 2014, we decided to have a spur of the moment holiday. We wanted to go to the Dolphin coast and visit our friends there too. And we obviously took Django, our Jack Russell along.

Because Django was only a few months old, accommodation wasn’t really a big problem.

So we went on a mission to find cool restaurants and places we can go where we can take him with. We came across The Galley Beach Bar and Grill in Ballito. Such an awesome place.

Not only are they pet-friendly, but they are right on the beach as well. Which meant a beautiful view while you enjoy your lunch and drinks. They also have a menu for your beloved pet! How cool is that?! Not to mention, we went back there twice.  Another bonus… it’s wheelchair friendly too!

I will definitely recommend this place if you are in Ballito. Bring your canine, enjoy a delicious meal and a walk on the beach.