Sunday, August 23, 2015

I've been a half marathon runner for over six years. Running has helped me manage my stress and keep my weight relatively stable. If I don't run for a long period of time, I get moody and cross. For no reason. I just feel on edge. I can be exhausted, but when I push myself to run I get home feeling fresh and rejuvenated. No workout gets me going like running does. A little over a year ago I joined my local running club and now running has become social for me as well. I have met some special people and it has been amazing to run with others who are as obsessed with all things running as I am. I know people get sick of runners talking about their running, so it's great to get on the road with people who genuinely want to hear about your PB (personal best race time), new kit or the next race. 

I've also learnt that far is never far enough. When I started running I always said I would never run more that 21km races and I most definitely would never, ever, try to run a marathon. "Our bodies aren't made for that" was my go-to line. But, last year I watched friends finish the Cape Town Marathon and I decided I had to try it. I have one month to go before I stand at the start of this years CT Marathon and I can now tell you that we are as strong as we train ourselves to be. Last weekend we ran 30kms as a training run from Sea Point to the bottom of Suikerbossie and back. It was blowing gales, pouring with rain and at one point I could not feel my fingers. "It just makes us tougher" became my new line. It is incredible what our minds can do. I have been training for four and a half months now and it has been the hardest thing I have ever done. I have discovered a new found self discipline and self motivation. The goal is to finish, enjoy it and be able to walk away from it feeling relatively OK. I hope I'm going to still want to run after it at all. What's pushing me even more is that I have decided to run it for charity. Atlantic Hope is a temporary place of safety for abandoned babies and I have pledged to raise R5000 for them. I am almost there.

Along the journey I have learnt a lot about the right nutrition in connection with the amount of exercise you do. I've learnt about portion control and about eating clean. I've learnt that running far does not give you the go-ahead to eat anything and everything afterwards and can tell you that training for a marathon does not give you your dream body. You build muscle and don't shed as much fat as you think, but I am fitter and stronger than I have ever been. I have carried on with pilates and took up swimming along the way and I am counting down until after the race to hit the gym again.

I have been very lucky to be sent some awesome gear from brands I work with at the magazine. I couldn't keep up with my laundry that comes with exercising 6 days a week so I got to go to Lorna Jane and pick out a sports bra, tank top, long top and tights. I love the detailing on her workout gear. I have some of the sports bras. They are super supportive and the backs are always interesting so I like layering them under open workout vests.

I'm also testing out the Garmin Forerunner 225. it makes getting my info so easy while I am running because your pace, distance and time is displayed on one screen and I can press one button to see what my heart rate is. The heart rate is colour coded so you know what zone you are in. The heart rate monitor is wrist based so you don't have to wear a strap or foot pod which is why I ever wanted one in the first place so this is so clever and one less piece of gear to put on. It also tracks your steps and calories daily which is an added bonus if you choose to wear it throughout the day.

I also came home to brand new adidas ultra boost shoes. It's a bit too close to race day for me to try new running shoes out completely but I took them out on a short run and can tell you that if you prefer a very cushioned running shoe, this is for you. They feel like you are on a cushion! The adidas stripes on either side are plastic and act like a cage around your foot while the actual shoe upper is made of elastic stretch primeknit fabric which is more like a sock making them very light and more suitable for different foot shapes. It also make it very flexible. And I love that they are black and white. These are probably the only running performance shoe I would wear as a lifestyle sneaker too.

You would of noticed the blog has a new layout. This is because I have decided to expand the blog into fitness fashion as well and wanted a fresh look to the site. I'm excited!

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

I've found my perfect summer dress at Mr Price. Was so perfect for sundowners on the beach this weekend, Cape Town teased us on Saturday with what I hope is the start of the hot weather. I am so ready to pack away my knits and coats. I love the dress so much I bought it in white too. Then bought another two of the same to put away for next summer, of later in the season when these two wash out. I like it that much. This tunic dress is perfect for the beach over my cozzie, with sandals on hot days or dressed up a little for nights out. Love that it's slightly Seventies too with the bell sleeves. I've been wearing it with these lace-up gladiator flats also from Mr Price. You will see loads of lace-up sandals this season, literally every store will have a different version so it's safe to say it's the must-have shoes for Summer. 

Rayban aviator sunglasses | H&M bar bracelet | Spirit Jewellery ball and thread bracelet
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

I was in Durban for the weekend and can tell you that Winter in Durbz is not so bad! The sun was out so my shorts were on. It got a bit chilly so I threw on this Zara knit I picked up on their mid-season Winter sale. I'm still mad about my American Swiss stack rings, wearing them almost every time I go out. I picked these earrings up on the Lovisa 5 for R100 sale. I got two pairs of earrings and three rings, such a good promo. Mr Price ripped denim shorts.
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

It's mid-season sale time! I picked up this Mango jacket marked R495, down from R1000. I have a thing for fringing at the moment. It just makes you want to shake and move around, such fun! I also grabbed this Mango vest for R150. They go perfectly with my Jamie Topshop jeans and new Nikes. I finished the look off with stack rings from American Swiss. They spoilt me. They are my new favourite accessory, I love how they sparkle and dress up a more casual outfit. They are in store now as part of their Winter collection.

Pics: Anel van der Merwe
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Monday, June 22, 2015

I'm living in knitwear this winter. There's nothing new about it but cozy, comfy jerseys are my best part about dressing for this season. I love shopping the mid-season sales. On Friday I popped into Mango (currently having a crazy good sale, will show you what I got in the next post!) and the Woolies trio of Country Road, Trenery and Witchery. I found this cozy knit at Witchery less 50% off the marked sale price, how good! When I buy knitwear in general I am happy to spend a bit more for better quality because I cannot handle scratchy fabric. This one is so soft and feels totally luxurious. Tank is Mango (on sale), H&M necklace, Topshop ripped Jamie jeans and the boots are from Europa Art and are genuine leather. I saved up some gifted vouchers form them and finally splurged on these. I really love the stud detailing and zips on both sides of the boots.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015


I went back to Billabong the other day and picked up this super cozy knit. It's perfect for layering over vests and under coats. I really think this is the perfect weekend slouchy knit, also great for weekends away and days off when you just want to dress down a little bit. Yesterday was freezing in Cape Town but we caught a break in the rain and headed down to snap some pics. I wore my Billbong knit out to lunch with my Element Eden ripped boyfriend jeans that I got last season at Billabong.
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