Monday, April 18, 2016

For me, Winter dressing is all about layering your separates. It's about having pieces that you can mix and match with each other. It's also just about keeping warm, stylishly. I rarely wear colour so it's all about black, nudes, grey, and white knitwear, denims, boots and statement coats for me.

As Winter gets closer I have been stocking up on knitwear (my fave item to slip on during the cold!). Last season the polo neck made a big comeback and I was always too scared to wear one because they come so high up my neck that firstly I looked like I had four chins and they also make me feel claustrophobic! So happy that this season I found this one at Miladys. It's a turtle neck but the actual neckline doesn't come so high up, it's perfect. It's soft and luxurious and I'm so going to use these to layer. I picked it up in black and white. There is something so quietly stylish and chic about a turtle neck.

Talking about Miladys. when last (if ever!) have you been into a store? They have re branded and it is amazing. Think Country Road at half the price. The coat and boots in this post are also from them, I mean! I'm so impressed with their product at the moment. Being a twenty something I would never usually think to shop there but I do, secrets out!

These items hit stores this week so if you're busy updating your wardrobe for the season, go check out what they have and tag yourself using #shesgotstyle so I can see what you found!



Friday, April 1, 2016

I haven't blogged in a while because I have been feeling kinda like what's the point anymore. I am feeling like when I post on my Insta, why would you bother to then come to the blog. But then I reminded myself why I started blogging my looks and remembered that it was for me! I love fashion, I love getting dressed up, I love shopping (who doesn't!?) and I love what I do and I love sharing all that with you!

I am also trying desperately to cling to the last bit of summer. Winter has had a different idea and has arrived earlier than planned. In one final attempt at bare arms and legs I wanted to show you some of my latest treats.

Summer was all about open backs and off-the-shoulder tops and dresses for me. I got this Zara dress on their summer sale and have lived it in this season. I LOVE the tie back! I've also downsized my handbag. I used to carry around a big, well, carryall. And it literally did just that and then I couldn't find anything in it! I decided I didn't really need to carry around everything I own and now stick to this chic Colette by Colette Hayman sling. It holds just the essentials and goes with everything. I love the metal chain. I also got a brown and gold sling ALDO bag as a second option.

And can we just take a moment to soak up these heels. I mean! I love them. They are so OTT, I don't know how often I'll actually wear them but I got to pick out a pair of Kurt Geiger shoes at Spitz during summer and I couldn't resist the glamour of these. I just got the updated brown winter version which I will share with you soon. Any lace-up heel is a must right now, it was a hot trend for summer and it's being carried through to winter.

That's it from me, please let me know if you prefer seeing outfits on Insta and on the blog or just the one.

P.S I am VERY excited to share a new project with you, www.fitfluencer.co.za. I am constantly asked by friends and colleagues about what workouts I am doing and what eating plan I am on because I am a fitness freak and working out is a huge part of my life. So I have decided to create an online network for fellow workout addicts. The site launches mid-April but follow us so long on Insta @Fit_Fluencer.


Sunday, February 28, 2016

So I haven't posted in a while because I have been in a bit of a slump. But nothing a bit of a shake up can't fix. For about five years I've been at a trainer focussing on boxing and weight tranining with my running and Pilates thrown in. But honestly been feeling so gross lately. Like my body just is not responding to any work outs. I'm eating relatively healthy. I've gone off the rails a couple of weekends but moderation is normal, right? Well what usually maintains my weight isn't working anymore. Does that happen to you too? I'm sure many of you can relate!

One of my worst things is when you tell people you feel like you're gaining weight and they say rubbish, you are just fine. It's all relative. You know if your body is in a bad place and if you're just not feeling good in it. No matter your actual weight in kilos, if you don't feel good it can leave you feeling so down.

I chatted to a couple trainer friends and they all said the same. First, take a week off. Don't train and don't worry about every bite of food. I did just that and I felt my entire body relax. Secondly, change your workout regime. So I have quit boxing so much, started with a female trainer who gets a women's body focusing on each muscle group seperatly, started Sweat 1000 classes once a week and have now limited my running to only once or twice a week (running breaks down the muscles you work hard to get in the gym). And thirdly I am eating clean 80% and not so clean the rest (you need to shock the body with the yummy indulgence at least once a week so it reboots when you eat all the good stuff, and who it's clean all day everyday anyways?!). 

So what's my eating clean? I tried the no meat, chicken and dairy for a while and I gained weight! It's too high carb and fat for me. And my body craved red meat. So now I just try my best to buy proper organic (free range is not organic!) meats and eggs. I'm still limiting my dairy (women's bodies hold onto dairy). My eating plan is basically protein plus green veg plus a brown carb (breaky and lunch) and only one fruit a day (fruits are loaded with sugar). I'm also eating a mini-meal at the 4pm slump (think protein plus a free veg like cucumber) instead of reaching for more fruit for example. The biggest change is drinking water. I've always struggled drinking water, so boring! But now I'm drinking 3 litres a day and I am deifnitely less puffy and also feel fuller. My skin is also looking a bit clearer. I just make sure I get through two 1,5 litre bottles a day. I mean it's only been a week but I am already feeling so much better. This is def a more realistic way of maintaining. It's four weeks to go until my bestie's wedding and that's my goal. I can't wait to slip into my dress feeling great and looking healthy!

I really don't want my fitness posts to be about me, I want to motivate you to try out the workouts I'm into and see if they work for you. I'll share my recipes and food tips I get from my trainers and I want to share my fitness fashion finds to try and help you sift through the loads of merchandise out there for the ones that are actually worth the hefty price tags. Like these Asics FuzeX running shoes.

I have always been an Asics runner. I've tried the other brands but I always end up buying Asics. I've slowly made my way from a heavier shoe to their GT-1000's, a much lighter shoe. Or so I thought, until I tried these. If you're a runner you'll know, the longer you run the better you get, the lighter your shoe gets and the more accomplished you feel. But no matter how light you go, Asics has always been known to be a heavier shoe. Until now. I tested these for the last week with a long run this weekend and I am super excited that Asics have finally brought out a shoe like this. It is light, supportive and not too soft. I didn't feel like my foot was dragging at all from the shoe being heavy or that it was too soft and that my foot was sinking. To put it simply, they have fuzed their GEL with foam. I don't really understand how it all works but it has something to do with better shock absorption and cushioning but in a lighter package. It reminds me of a Nike running shoe in terms of weight, look and feel and is so unlike an Asics shoe, it's awesome that the brand has realized the need for a shoe like this for Asics runners. I can't wait to hit the road again in my Asics FuzeX shoes. They retail for about R1800 so are pricey but worth every rand. They also come in a really good selection of colour combos, and those goes for the guys version as well.

They also sent me this kit. You'll know by now I hate wearing colour or print so I would never usually go for these leggings but they are high waisted and I absolutely love a high waist gym tight. So just for that I will wear a multi-coloured polka-dot legging!

Have a great week everyone, get out there and get active!


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Shirt dresses are my new favourite thing. I picked this one up on the end of season sale at Cotton On. It's so soft and light and easy to wear. I've worn it on the weekend and to work at the magazine. They are usually on the cusp of being a little short for me so I stick to wearing them with flats. I also bought a black one from Milady's - they have had a bit of a makeover and I am seriously loving their stuff - no jokes! It has a reputation for being for 'older' woman but if you sift through you will find some great pieces. Think mix between Country Road and Mango and Woolworths kinda-ish!. Shirtdresses are literally one piece wonders. I mean what's easier than slipping one on with a pair of Persol's and Superga's? Nothing! Plus, it keeps me cool in this scorcher weather. It's been so hot, I only wanna wear things that are loose and cool.
P.S The end of season sales are on, go!
P.P.S Loving olive green everything at the moment.
P.P.P.S Ha! I threw my Superga's in the wash, they were almost black, and they are as good as new! Chuck them in with your regular load, just make sure they don't go in alone or else you'll break your washer!


Monday, January 18, 2016

Oh Billabong you've stolen my heart...with this dress! I hate doing this, but I have no idea if they have it in store anymore. Sorry! I bought it at the start of the summer clothing season but only wore it for the first time while I was away in Plett during the holidays on the day these pictures were taken so I apologize in advance if you can't lay your hands on it. I wore it over a strapless bra but ideally it should be worn over a cute bikini because the straps are adjustable so the back can be totally open and the hem even lower! I love the delicate embroidery and the high neckline too. And anything with some form of a tassel is an immediate yes for me. This is my new favourite weekender dress. If you can't find it, they usually have a variety of beachy dresses to choose from anyways.


Friday, January 15, 2016


So my last fitness post was all about my new eating journey and how I'm loving eating less meat, minimal milk products and no chicken. It came across very green and clean. But I want you to know we all have off days. Literally the day after that post, I made a smoothie bowl for breaky (scroll down for the recipe) and followed that by a slice of cake, a chocolate brownie, a scone and hot chips. This happened for a lot of reasons. 1: a special person I worked closely with was leaving and it was  a sad goodbye (emotional eating!) 2: I have very little will power (and that's okay, in moderation) and 3: it was my last day of work for the year and I wanted to enjoy it. My point is, we all fall off our paths sometimes. But we can just try get back on it. So cliché, but that's how it goes for me. The day before my pig out I worked out twice in one day. The morning of said pig out I walked and the day after ran 21kms. So I think a few sweet and savoury treats are ok. I hate the guilty feeling after eating something unhealthy most so I am really trying to not feel it. For me, and I am sure it can work for some of you, I find if I work out almost five days a week, then eating delicious treats really is ok. There's no reason to feel guilty. Work out and eat well 80%, eat whatever you want 20% - that ratio works for me. Do you feel the same? Or are you wracked with bad food guilt? Let's get over it, enjoy what we put into our bodies and sometimes just let it all go. Live a little.

It was a very indulgent festive season but I'm back into my routine and feeling great! I have my besties wedding in March so really am going to try eat well until then so I feel great in my dress. I'm mostly sticking to a high veg, low meat plan and as hard as it was on holiday, I'm loving it. The hardest part by far is finding decent veggie dishes when eating at restaurants. There are very few places that serve yummy vegetarian. I did have an incredibly nourishing meal at Sexy Food on Bree. Think all raw goodness. If you know of any other decent places I should try in Cape Town, please let me know!

Enough of the food talk. Onto some fitness fashion! When I found out Mango (my all time fave brand!) was doing sportswear, I immedietly wanted to know if it was coming to SA. Well, it's here! Spree sent me some goodies and I have found THE workout tights of workout tights. How amazing are these? They are high waisted. Genious. This is nothing new, I know they have been done before but it is the first time I am wearing a pair. You know when you see a girl at gym working out in tights and just her sports bra and her stomach is on show and she looks amazing and you kinda hate her. Well that happened to me. Thing is this girl wasn't stick thin, she had meat on her bones and she looked confident and ahmazing! Now I know why. High waisted gym tights! I wore these sans a top, just with my sports bra to gym and although I was self conscious AF,a friend said I was looking so good. That's because they nipped and tucked me in and showed off just the right places. I actually felt really empowered and confident and had one of the best workouts. I find if you see the parts of your body you want to work on while you are gyming, you push a little harder. Also, new gym gear always makes you workout harder. My point is that I said good-bye to muffin top gym tights thanks to these. I am so buying another few pairs, hopefully more brands will start to offer this style. This sweatshirt is also Mango sports from Spree. It's all relatively reasonably priced. Check out their full range online here.

P.S I'm a fan of Lorna Jane sports bras. They are super pricey, I've only ever gotten them as gifts and I had a voucher that I used to get this one. They are great because they have such awesome styles. They are also super supportive. Pity that the colours run sometimes, I just make sure I wash them separately.

P.P.S I really love hearing from you! Please share your fitness tips, restaurant recommendations, recipes and health journey with me.

P.P.P.S Smoothie bowls

I never really got the point of smoothie bowls. Surely you can just drink the damn thing. But then I made a smoothie one morning that came out too thick to drink and voila, I got the point of it. Eating breakfast in a bowl like you would regular cereal is way more satisfying. It's also more delish because you can add all the crunchy toppings. Try these out...

Bunch of Kale
One banana
Spoonful of Chia seeds
Half a cup of raw oats
Some almond milk

Mix, pour into your bowl and top with fresh mango pieces, goji berries, Chia seeds, sunflower seeds and mixed raw unsalted nuts.

Cup of blueberries and strawberries
One banana
Bunch of kale
Half a cup of raw oats
Spoonful of Chia seeds
Macadamia nut butter
Some almond milk

Mix, pour into your bowl and top with fresh blueberries, goji berries, sunflower seed,Chia seeds and slivered raw almonds.

Your can honestly throw anything into yoursmoothie bowl, I just loved these two concoctions.


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