To Tommy from Zooey

Zooey Deschanel is a style icon to many – her quirky and vintage style is captivating and fun so obviously a collab was on the cards somewhere along the line.

She describers the capsule collection as “feminine, classic and whimsical”. The collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger is the perfect mix of Zooey’s personal 60s mod style mixed with the preppy American vibe we know from Tommy Hilfiger.

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Of course, I love it! What do you think?

*Image source: Elle.com

Beauty is…. me

Dove never ceases to amaze me – they are constantly coming up with all sorts of ways to try and help us women, us, who have so little confidence, us, who only find faults with ourselves, us, who haven’t learnt to love ourselves. In a crazy, fast paced, looks and body obsessed world, we need more of this! We need more support as real women, not photoshopped women or those who spend 12 hours a day in the gym but rather those of us who have 9-5 day jobs, houses to keep clean and boyfriends/fiancés/husbands/kids to feed, the real women who live real lives.

I watched Dove’s new video with misted eyes because up until about a month ago I was one of those women, I was someone who would potentially spend money on a beauty patch to try and help my confidence and to feel more beautiful. Notice, I said I was.

I recently changed my life from overweight, unhealthy, unhappy to a positive one, not only one where I am losing weight and getting healthy physically but one where I am attempting to get healthy mentally. You see, up until a few months ago, I thought if I could just lose some weight and be healthier, I would be happier and more confident but even after shedding 15 kilos, I still wasn’t happy with myself, I still didn’t feel as confident as I wanted to BUT with some help from my beautiful friends Kirsten and Aimee, I changed my initial journey (of becoming physically healthy and losing weight) slightly, I took on more of a challenge, one to be healthy and happy!

So far so good because after reading an amazing book (which I am still not finished) that has literally changed my life and chatting to friends I came to the realization that my inventor, my God did not create me and wish he had done differently, He didn’t make a “mistake”, this is how He wanted me, this is who I am meant to be and what I am meant to look like and no matter how much weight I lose, I will still look the same, just thinner so who am I to hate/dislike myself? I am basically slapping my inventor in the face and saying you did it wrong!

I am not one to get into religion on my blog and the above refers to my belief in God (I am Christian) but the same can apply to anyone because whoever you believe created you, you have to believe they did it with purpose and that they didn’t make a mistake with anything.

I fully believe that beauty is confidence and self-love so anyone can be beautiful! Beauty is not out of anyone’s reach, for some it may be higher than others, depending on how you feel about yourself right now and what you intend on doing to change it, but it is there for the taking!

I am learning to love myself, I am learning to dress how I want to dress, I am learning to stop worrying about what others think of me – I am not completely transformed yet but I can feel a big difference in my life, I can feel my confidence coming, I can feel the love growing.

I strongly suggest you take time to work on you, not to change yourself but rather to learn to love yourself. Whether it is surrounding yourself with confident people, reading self help books (no shame in that) or watching more Dove videos, just do it!

 

 

Mr P VIP Event

It’s no secret that I am a big Mr P fan and that half of my wardrobe comes from there. I check the online shop at least once a day and NEVER walk past a Mr Price store without going in and browsing so it is only fitting that I attended the MR P VIP event where we were treated to a peak at the Autumn/Winter 2014 range which will be in stores any day now.

Forever fashion forward, Mr Price has once again nailed the winter trends! You can expect lots of pleather, tartan, statement coats and some amazing winter accessories (specifically a hat, which you will see in many of the pictures and which was a big hit on the night)

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The event was a blast, the food was delish, the smores stand was literally eye candy – set up so nicely and everything tasted so good!

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I had a fab evening catching up with some of my favourites, doing some shopping, seeing all the fresh Mr P fashion and posing with a mannequin and in the photobooth. Here are some more snaps of the event

Mannequin copying my style

Mannequin copying my style

Delish food

Delish food

 

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I couldn't leave without this hat - in love! Winter fave for sure

I couldn’t leave without this hat – in love! Winter fave for sure

Coolest way of pouring coke ever!

Coolest way of pouring coke ever!

vouchers and scratch cards

vouchers and scratch cards

Photobooth fun

Photobooth fun with my lovelies Monique and Hanrie

The awesome totes for sale. All proceeds went to the Red Cap foundation

The awesome totes for sale. All proceeds went to the Red Cap foundation

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The hat again

Bought two tote bags

Bought two tote bags

Love this beanie

Love this beanie

Loving pleather for A/W14

Loving pleather for A/W14

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Thank you to Mr Price for the invite and for a rad evening out! Here’s to lots of winter shopping

Online store: http://www.mrp.co.za

Twitter: @MrPriceFashion

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mrpriceofficial

Blog: http://www.inthefashionloop.com

DBN Blogger Meet #2

Obviously the #DBNbloggermeet wouldn’t have been the same without the bad ass goodie bags we received. Everything in these bags of awesomeness was sponsored so a BIG THANKS needs to go out to each and every one of the sponsors.

It is a long list and I urge you all to check out these brands because obviously they rule!

Sponsors: Hashtag DBN, Smith’s Bake Shop, Drakensberg Chocolate Memories, Zomato, Le Creuset, Anna Louise Sleepwear, A New Weigh, Consol, Fry’s Family Food, Lenovo, Blend Box Body Products, Swee & Moo, Clarins, Essentials Magazine, Filo Yoghurt, Golden Cloud, Rubybox Beauty, Greenleaf Olive Oil, Huawei, Ice Box Colors, John Freida, Stila Beauty, Lou Harvey, Madame Macaron, MyScoop, Oh So Heavenly, Optiphi Products, Penguin Books, Cooee, Debonairs, Pilosophia Botanica, Ponds, Rebelink Studios, REN Skincare, Rondavel, Royal Dansk, Elephant Shoe Stationery, Second Treasures Decor, Synergy Hair Products, Tasha’s Fudge, Thierry Mugler, Thrift Collection, Uber, Wakaberry, Washi Bug, YW Couture, Grazia Mag, Cooee

(Thanks to Fathima from Happiness is… who so kindly allowed me to copy her sponsor links because I lost my whole post and was on the verge of tears)
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A very bad image of the goodie bag contents (not even all of them)

A very bad image of the goodie bag contents (not even all of them)

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A massive thanks also needs to go out to the ladies who organized it – Michelle, Verushka and Nicola. Not only did you give us a memorable day but introduced many of us and helped with a foundation for possible friendships.

Our very own Durban Oprah's

Our very own Durban Oprah’s

Of course, us blogger gals may not have been so happy and chirpy if we had empty stomachs so a shout out must go to HASHTAG restaurant who sponsored the venue and food and drinks as well as Smiths Bake Shop and Madame Macaron.

Meat ala King pizza

Meat ala King pizza

 

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Smith’s Bake Shop & Madame Macaron

 

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To Lenovo – you are wonderful! I am loving every second spent on my Yoga tablet. So easy to use, so light weight, easy to handle – I can’t say enough about it so thank you for being there and thank you for picking me as the winner :)

Proud owner of a brand new Yoga

Proud owner of a brand new Yoga

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all involved in making this day awesome!

Health & Wellness Wednesday

My friends and I had a picnic on the weekend and because we didn’t know any better opted to all bring/make the unhealthy snacks – sausage rolls and cheese puffs, cupcakes and chocolate squares which is obviously no good for my Weigh-Less, but I ate them anyway because they were there and it was a picnic.

Often, healthy snacks seem too boring or we just don’t have as many ideas so I got researching and found some ideas which all look as interesting (the look is quite important) as they taste I am sure. I found them all on Cooking with Dr.Olivia but my favourite (because of the ease and just the way it looks) was this lettuce cup

Cooking with Dr.Olivia

Cooking with Dr.Olivia

It is plain and simple and I’m sure you could stuff the lettuce leaves with other fun and creative foods.  I didn’t post the recipe because it is basic and you can use the idea to create whatever you like.

This is what my picnics are going to be looking like in the future and yours?

 

 

DBN Blogger Meet #1

I am sure all my Twitter followers are sick to death of hearing about the DBN Blogger meet because since the beginning of last week, it has been the main topic of my Tweets, and for reason! You see, I have been a blogger for quite a while and as much as I knew there were Durban bloggers out there, our community hadn’t formed properly, we didn’t know each other or even of each other because let’s be honest, Durban is way more chilled than other cities and we kinda just do our own thing and go with the flow. This DBN Blogger meet was more than just an epic social gathering, more than just goodie bags and delicious food, but more about building our Durban blogging community – meeting each other and learning about new blogs! I met so many ladies I have followed on Twitter for ages, I saw some I already knew and then I met some I hadn’t even heard of which was exciting and overwhelming at the same time.

I woke up on Saturday feeling excited and I went to bed with a happy heart on Saturday because the meet was everything I hoped for and more (for many different reasons)

Starting with the Venue, Hashtag was incredibly welcoming and proved to be a good spot for all of us crazy ladies with our phones. As a selfie taker – their selfie zone was something I really appreciated. The pizza was delicious (unlike any other pizza you have tasted) a nice thin base, lots of topping options and it comes served on a cute wooden board with a mini chalkboard pegged onto it with the name of your pizza. It’s creative and cool, just like us Durban folk :) Service was excellent (imagine waiting on 25 hungry and loud bloggers?) but they managed it with a big smile on their face. While small, Hashtag is a great Durban venue for a chilled lunch meeting (ladies, when are meeting again?)

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Selfie Zone

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I could feel the excitement and the atmosphere as soon as I walked into Hashtag and it probably had to do with seeing all the lovely ladies as well as what was on the tables

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You guys, those macaroons!!!

Hands down the yummiest cupcake I have ever eaten. I will be travelling to Shongweni Market specially for these

Hands down the yummiest cupcake I have ever eaten. I will be travelling to Shongweni Market specially for these

We then had the formalities – the whole event was for Kitty Action, we raised R1250 and lots of food for the kitties so Mandy from the organization joined us and we had a Kitty Action talk, we then had a Lenovo talk, all about the Lenovo Yoga tablet. We were also told that there was a Yoga up for grabs if we tweeted what would we give to have the Yoga tablet, you can check out those tweets using the #loveyourlenovo hashtag (believe me they are worth a look, had some serious laughs) the ladies and myself spent the whole day coming up with things to tweet, so I am not entirely sure how much we heard from the Fry’s guy BUT he made an appearance and made some very valid points

Batteries were flat by the time we left and we were only there for three hours or so

Batteries were flat by the time we left and we were only there for three hours or so

I am very excited to say that myself and Nazneen were chosen. Yes, you heard me right, I won a Lenovo Yoga tablet and let me say it is an amaaaaazing piece of technology which deserves it’s own blog post which will be up once I can tear myself away from it for long enough to actually write about it (this post is hard enough because it is not being done on my tablet) basically, I said I would pass my Lenovo laptop onto someone deserving if I could win this, and I genuinely meant it because when I was tweeting I had a school and an individual in mind who I both know could use it. I am going to take some time to think about who to pass it onto (mostly because it is a tough decision and right now I am way too wrapped up in my tablet for anything else) but if you have any worthy suggestions to add to my list of possible recipients, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Me receiving my Yoga, thanks for the pic Jane :)

Me receiving my Yoga, thanks for the pic Jane :)

Proud owner of a brand new Yoga

Proud owner of a brand new Yoga…. the excitement!!!!

But winning the Yoga tablet wasn’t the only thing that came as surprise, the goodie bags (I am sure you have heard many things about these goodie bags if you follow any of the ladies who attended) I took a pic to show you how big there were

1396708808425It was filled with amazing things, from stationery to tea cups and beauty goodies. The brands that sponsored us were all amazing and I know every lady loved everything she received. I wish I had taken a second out from the excitement to snap a video of the ladies reactions while unpacking them and discovering all the treasures.

I have a few favourites already but overall was really chuffed at the kindness of all the sponsors and the hard work put in by the ladies who organized the whole event, Nicola, Michelle and Verushka

The smell is amaaaazing!!!! Totally in love

The smell is amaaaazing!!!! Totally in love

Already putting my Elephant shoe daily planner, Consol bottle and Lenovo tablet to good use in the office this morning

Already putting my Elephant shoe daily planner, Consol bottle and Lenovo tablet to good use in the office this morning

I numbered this blog post because there are more to come so keep an eye out for them!

Big thanks goes to the lovely ladies I mentioned earlier, Nicola, Michelle and Verushka who organized EVERYTHING and made the day awesome and memorable! Also a huge thanks to Hashtag for having us and feeding and hydrating us. To all our sponsors – WOW! You all outdid yourselves by giving us amazing treasures! And of course, a special thanks to all the ladies who attended and who took the time to chat to me and get to know me. I really hope we can do it again soon (maybe on a smaller scale, we don’t expect goodie bags as big, maybe slightly smaller haha)

Here are a few more snaps

Meat ala King pizza

Meat ala King pizza

Madame Macaron

Madame Macaron

Cool Scrabble letter décor at Hashtag

Cool Scrabble letter décor at Hashtag

A very bad image of the goodie bag contents (not even all of them)

A very bad image of the goodie bag contents (not even all of them)