This was the highlight of my blogging career – so far. Attending SAFW for the first time, as media was the most exciting thing to happen to me in a very long time. From planning my outfit to figuring out how to use a DSLR camera, it was nerve-wracking in the best way.
With the season of over-eating and annoying relatives fast approaching, you tend to look forward to opening gifts and the obsession hour-long sessions of laughter with family. So how to get through this season without attempting to drown your nemesis (bossy aunt or uncle) or pushing that over eager cousin in the oven? Well mostly the food and presents get me out alive by the end of December. Laugh laugh I’m just kidding…maybe…but truthfully its good getting to spend time with your family. It lets you fully appreciate them for the good and yes the sometimes irritating too. But its family after all and the season of good will so family rules.
Stocking up on boxes of chocolates is a great way to avoid an awkward situation of unexpected guests or receiving a gift even though you had no intention of giving out one. Also I think that gift cards are insensitive, because truth be told, if you take more time to actually get me a properly wrapped gift, I’ll appreciate your effort. Gift cards equal lazy and thoughtless, see also lack of creativity. Now vouchers on the other hand, are a sweet touch, because it shows you did actually think through your gift.
Going green is chic and all; but please, for the love of all things divine, do not give out gifts you received and have no use for. This tips over the scale of insensitivity. Why? Because it’s, tacky, rude and shows how much you think of the recipient. Tacky being most of the time you’ll wrap it up without realising that say the box is frayed or the message is addressed to someone else. Rude being a gift; is a gift, if you don’t like it, don’t pass it on. And finally if the recipient actually adds value to your life, you would off actually made an effort.
Oh yes and do be creative, let your hamster run the whole wheel upstairs. Don’t be a bore by getting the same things for everyone, it shows a lack of interest. Buying something for the girls? How about getting them different earrings or rings? And the boys? Maybe a subscription to their favourite mag or customised memory sticks? I’m sure your mum appreciates the bubble/soap assorted box you get her every year, but why not try giving her something a little different, maybe a plant or jewellery she’ll love. I know shopping for men, is a bit daunting, because you don’t know what to get, but try getting your dad a CD of his favourite songs or a cool car accessory, it beats the mug/key ring irk.
Have you made it on the good or bad list this summer? Regardless, I’m sure you have all done something this year that made you proud. Be it actually studying from day one, to budgeting like a pro or helping out the less fortunate. Don’t count of the fat man in the red suit this year, go out and splurge. With these amazing finds at great prices, you can afford to be spoilt.
Pouty Princess, yes you who like all things pink, sparkly and drowned in glitter. I’m sure you’ll love these very chic finds:
Consider yourself a stylish first always and trendsetting a hobbie, than these will you keep you ahead of rest:
If you really want a halo this year, try wrapping them up for some one else. A little gem of insight, it feels good to receive but great to give too. But I wont blame you if you can’t resist and get them all for yourself lol. So wrap it up, tear of the wrapping and act surprised!
Sexy and Love
To those of you who have let yourself go, I bet you hating on bikini season now. To those of you who have worked every single day so far just to show of your toned-ness (Yes, I just made that word up. It is my blog after all), you might possibly have OCD. And to those who like me, tend to eat too much, exercise too little, but know when it’s time to reverse those two, than I have put a little swimwear i.d. system in place. Okay that was kind of just for laughs. Some of us are blessed with even proportions (I am so not one of those) and some of us aren’t, but it doesn’t mean you should avoid the beach or dress like an Eskimo for the occasion. I say play up your best asset’s and divert attention from your not so awesome sides
So here are my finest tips when shopping for swimwear:
1. Don’t try your swimwear in the changing rooms. Why? Cheap lighting and the tiny space can play Jedi-mind tricks on you. It’ll have you looking frumpy. I suggest you take it home, try it on and if it isn’t working for you, return it. PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE THE PROTECTIVE SLIPS, SINCERELY EVERYONE.
2. When buying bright colours, like say red or fuchsia pink. Test a small patch to see it doesn’t run colour. Nothing scares people more (besides a shark sighting) than period blood floating around.
3. Who doesn’t love monokini’s? But can you really deal with you patterned tan lines. Choose wisely.
4. Don’t purchase swimwear if it’s too small, thinking “Oh I’ll lose the extras by the time I need to use it”. Even if it’s on sale. Don’t.
5. Be open minded when shopping, because it doesn’t look great on the rack, doesn’t mean it won’t look smoking on you.
Before you invade the beach, take note:
If you feel you fall into the flat-chested category; than details like horizontal stripes, fringing, ruffles and triangle tops will add that extra volume you want. I don’t know about boob-tubes because to me it emphasises the lack of bust and whenever I have seen some one wearing this look, they had to keep pulling it up. Loving these:
If you have a bit of a tummy; look for pieces that have coverage. Details towards your bust draw attention there and a cami-top style is great too, but make sure it’s long enough. Also buying black is great because it does all the work for you but too me it is a bit boring, so if you do find a great find spice it up with accessories. Look for items, like so:
If you’ve been blessed with an extra busty bust, than you should keep in mind the support and structure of the swimsuit. V-necks are great because they show the right amount of cleavage but still keep you together. Try a thick-strapped halter or a supportive band top to keep you from spilling. Keep these in mind: