Friday, October 2, 2015

I am SO ready for summer, come on already! Zanzibar was a tease, I want to wear my bikini and kaftans everyday like I did there.

It was way too hot for anything other than beachwear. Before I left I picked up a coral bikini from Cotton On. Here I wore it with a Ruby Yaya off the shoulder tassel kaftan and a Klines bracelet. This summer I want any and every top I can find that is off the shoulder and tassels on everything, it's all about boho dressing.

P.S Doesn't a fake tan make everything so good? I am petrified of the sun and what it can do to us. I'm a beach baby but am always under the umbrella like a beach nerd, constantly putting on sunscreen. There are such brilliant products available now that there is really no need to bake ourselves under the harsh sun to get a tan. Before I left for Zanzi I went to Zhoosh Beauty in Cape Town to get a Fake Bake spray tan and not only did I not bother roasting myself to get some colour, it made me feel good and made everything I wore really look it's best. At home I use Tropitone Bronze It. It is super affordable and goes on at night after a shower the same as your body lotion. It gradually builds up into a perfect glow and it is honestly my best kept secret, well not anymore now. But seriously, don't spend hours trying to tan. Rather spend a little money and fake it, so much healthier that way.


Friday, September 18, 2015

I spent last week in Zanzibar styling fashion shoots for the magazine so obviously packed in all my beach ready dresses. I picked up this embroidered kaftan from Billabong before I left. It is from their latest Spring / Summer store drop and is the perfect bikini cover up. Love the bell sleeves and criss-cross back.

Was so great soaking up the hot, humid sun and being in the fresh air again. I am back home now and honestly dreading wearing pants again, can't it just be an endless summer here!? This weekend I run the Cape Town Marathon, eek! Have a good one, whatever you get up to!

Thanks to Anel van der Merwe for the snaps and Dale Titus for the red lip and wet-look hair. Shot on location at The Residence Zanzibar.


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Another week closer to my first marathon! Two weeks to go. I feel ready, physically and mentally. We did a 21km training run yesterday morning and I felt totally finished after, think I am just tired from all the running and running and running...I decided I wasn't doing enough strength training in between so I started Kayla Itsines BBG workout again. I did the first twelve weeks last summer and with my running it really worked for me. I think it really does what it promises, but you have to eat semi right as well, as with any kind of training. I have also been doing Sweat 1000 classes which I am loving. But I'll tell you all about that in another post.

I often do my best workouts in new gear, there is just something about feeling good in your gym gear. It motivates me a little bit more and makes me feel good, you too? I've been waiting for the sun to come out so I can finally run in less layers and bring out some of my new running and gym bras. This one is from Cotton On Body. Love the back of it! Also picked up this gym tank with the cross back from them. This season is all about straps and interesting backs for gym and swimwear. Best part is that everyone can pull it off, I mean our back is the one body part most of us are happy to show off right? Either way, be comfy in your workout gear and feel confident in what you are working out in, that's the first step in getting out there and getting fit!

Also spoilt myself about halfway through my marathon training with this Garmin Forerunner 10. I wanted a basic GPD watch that tracks my distance, pace and time. It's easy to use and a great basic entry level watch. Obvs not as good as the other Garmin I am testing (see my previous post) but it does what I needed to do and is an affordable option for those of you looking to get one and not rely on your phone to track your info.

P.S. Puma had an awesome sale, these tights were marked down and have a nifty back pocket.

P.P.S Still loving the new adidas Ultra Boost shoes but they are a bit too cushioned for me so I have been wearing them to gym and also casually with trackpants and a tee on weekends because firstly they are super comfy and secondly love that they are black and white.


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


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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