Monday, December 15, 2014

This was me heading off to work on Friday. Nothing unusual except that it was the last day of work for the year, yes!, and the specs. I have never worn or needed glasses before. Which is ridiculous since both my parents and brother wear them for everything. I go every year or two for an eye test and it's always been good. This year the cool kids at Luxottica sent me off to EyeQ in the Waterfront for a check up. I had mentioned to them at a press preview of their latest collection that I love their Vogue Eyewear but don't need glasses so don't have a reason to wear them. We got chatting and all agreed, specatcles are as much a fashion item now as they are a necessity for some. So they offered me to choose a pair, even if they put lenses in with no prescription, so I could literally wear them as an accessory! When they then said I could pop into EyeQ I thought cool, my eyes are fine so they will literally become part of my jewellery and sunnies collection to finish off my looks. Wrong. Turned out I have a slight stigmatism in my one eye and totally needed glasses for in front of the computer. After chatting to their optometrist, I realised why my eyes felt strained after long days in front of my computer screen. My eyes often felt tired at the end of the day but I got so used to it, that it felt normal to me. She said most people should wear glasses in front of the computer, and if not, they should take a break from staring at the screen every 20 minutes. High computer workloads are extremely tiresome on the visual system and the non-complaining eye sometimes can’t keep up. A prescription pair of specs designed for the computer basically relieves these symptoms of visual fatigue. So a few days later my prescription Vogue Eyewear frames arrived and now I wear them every time I am in front of my computer. It just takes that edge off them so they don't hurt after a while and I don't get a headache. I loved that these were oversized and tortoise shell. EyeQ said it's best to come back once a year for an eye test, so I will be going back to them. They were very sweet and so helpful. Plus, their range is pretty big so there is a lot to choose from. So, go for an eye test and see if you need glasses, you may be surprised, and if not then at least you know!

EyeQ have branches in Cavendish, Canal Walk, Tygervalley, Waterfront and Camps Bay and are opening soon in Menlyn Park in Pretoria.

Cotton On camisole | Mr Price skirt | Zuri cuff | Rage sandals | Jet handbag


Thursday, November 13, 2014

For once I am not showing you what's new in my cupboard. These are mostly pieces that I have had for over two years, they are gently worn. In fact, the last embrodered top I have never ever worn! This is a two fold post. Firstly, I moved into a new place at the beginning of this year and took my most often worn clothes on their hangers straight to my new place. I gave away a lot of the rest and the pieces I wasn't ready to let go of just yet were put away in 3 massive boxes and delievered to my flat by my mom when she got sick of having them in her way at home. I literally walked into my flat after a work trip to find them in my living room with a text from mom saying I dropped something off for you. Ha! I put them behind my couch and 'forgot' (read am lazy) about them. I had every intention of sorting them out into Summer and Winter piles and neatly packing them into my closet. Problem is that my cupboard is too full of new clothes I have bought since moving in. Eek! I started sorting out the boxes and had forgotten that it was actually clothing that I love! Pieces that I would happily wear this summer, in fact some of it has made it's way back into my closet and that is my point. Sort through your clothing every now and then, you'll find pieces you forgot about and it will feel new again! Some I am giving away and the rest, well...

That's the second part of this post. Some of the items are from brands like Zara and Country Road. And others Mr Price. But they are all in perfect condition, some never worn and some gently worn. I just have too many items to wear it all and I know others would love them so I am selling the lot! This is a little experiment. People have often told me they purge their closets every season and sell off their items to make room, and money, for new ones. I always thought it's a bit ridic but I am going to give it a try. 

I have loaded an ad here onto Gumtree under women's clothing to test the water. If it gets a response I might do this every season. This is one of my fave summer dresses for sale, perfect for the beach. Maybe I should actually keep it right!?

I sold it all for a great price! I should bank it or I can buy a new pair of shoes, at least two Zara dresses or something from Country Road...yay! I got an influx of emails requesting to buy all the garments I loaded. I am totally surprised. Just goes to show you that what you may not need or want anymore, others will. I sold the entire lot to a lovely lady who buys and sells new and used clothing as a side business. One tip when selling on Gumtree: make sure they are legit. Google or Facebook stalk them before you meet them to make sure they are real and all checks out. Never arrange to hand over goods alone, I met her at my security in the foyer of my office where there were loads of people. And always exchange the goods for cash or only once they have done an EFT, never hand over goods without or before payment. I am so doing this again!

Gypsy top, boobtube dress, embroidered top, leather clutch & stud bag all old pieces (I clearly went through a boho phase) | Accessorize crystal drop earrings  | River Island denim cut-offs


Friday, October 31, 2014

A little while ago I got to fly up to Jozi to shop at River Island. They launched in SA at Rosebank mall and I hadn't had a chance to see it yet so I was super excited! I picked up this pair of rippped jeans, tee and sandals plus a pair of denim cut-offs which I am loving. As a first time River Island shopper I really liked their denim range. What's cool is that they have a range of jean lengths to choose from like regular or short - which I chose so that these end on my ankle. I think all skinny jeans should finish at your ankle, it just looks better. Anyways I love all my River Island gear. The good news is that they are opening in Cape Town in December and you can win a R500 shopping voucher so start the weekend off well and enter!

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River Island is opening a new flagship store this week Friday in Brooklyn Mall, Pretoria and in Canal Walk next month! River Island will also be available in selected Edgars stores from December too!

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Mr Price necklace | Cotton On bralette

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