Insta-Joy

Hello everyone! It’s felt like a very long almost two weeks, as I’ve been sick. I’ve been weak, sore, and didn’t even have the energy to blog. I was terribly sick of being sick, and I’m glad that’s over.

On the upside, in these two weeks, there’s also been reason to celebrate. Thought I’d post some Instagram pics, to share the joy with you. 🙂

My husband (my best buddy, love of my life, awesomest guy ever) booked our flights to Europe. We’ll be spending our 10 year anniversary in Paris, my favourite city in the world! I can’t imagine a more perfect gift! 😀

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I told him last year I could spend all my time in Paris Disneyland, so instead of a few day visits, he’s booked us in for a week this time – yippeee! 😀

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Last Thursday was also a super special day. It was Zee’s second dance prize-giving. She was only two and a half at the first one, and I can’t get over how much she’s grown since then!

Yay I won!  2012 prize-giving
Yay I won!
2012 prize-giving

She was super excited, and even got her hair done. Silly mom didn’t take a photo of the pretty curls before they opened up!

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There were three themes to choose from, to decorate the tables: ballet, tap, and hip hop. We chose ballet, but I opted for a lovely bright yellow and cerise colour combination, instead of the usual soft pink or lilac. What do you think of our table?

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My little luvbug received 6 trophies and certificates for ballet, tap, and hip hop. She was thrilled with her prizes, and I’m incredibly proud of this little person. 🙂

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My TMG Fashion post

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about The Magnifying Glass (TMG), an awesome new platform for South African bloggers. I had the privilege of being a contributing blogger, with my travel post “Petit Paris”, and then a photo I’d taken in their “Daily Image”.

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When TMG asked me to do a fashion post, more specifically a shoe post, I was thrilled. I love shoes. I’ve spent free time designing my dream shoe closet. My mom says I may have a “problem” haha! So now you know why I was so happy to write this. I’ve posted it here, and I hope you like it too.

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Why We Love Christian Louboutins

When Jennifer Lopez stepped onto the red carpet at the 2011 Grammy Awards, I was in awe. She looked incredibly beautiful, and her body was flawless in that dangerously short Emilio Pucci dress, but it was her shoes I couldn’t take my eyes off. Oh my word, those shoes! She wore a gorgeous pair of super high, spiked Christian Louboutins. Two years later, I still drool at the thought of those red soled beauties.

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Most women will admit to being a little – what’s the word I’m looking for – ah yes, obsessed. Most of us will admit to being a little shoe obsessed, especially when it comes to high heels. We’re either buying them, or lusting after them in glossy magazines and online shops. And around that time when our budgets don’t allow for a shoe purchase, you may even find us in the shop, gently caressing a pair we’ve spotted and fallen in love with, whispering “I shall return for you… my precious!”

Yes, we feel about a beautiful pair of heels the way men do about fast cars or power tools. And a pair of Christian Louboutins is on just about every woman’s wish list. Celebrities such as Blake Lively have been rumoured to buy 40 or more pairs at a time! What is it though, that makes them so popular, and where did it all begin?

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Christian Louboutin began sketching shoes as a teenager. He once visited a museum where he saw a sign from Africa which stated that women wearing sharp stilettos were not allowed to enter a building so as not to damage the wood flooring. When he began designing shoes, Louboutin said “I wanted to defy that. I wanted to create something that broke rules and made women feel confident and empowered.” Thank you, sir. This is why we love you.

He opened his Paris store in 1991, and his first customer was Monaco’s Princess Caroline. A fashion journalist published the princess’s compliments about the shoes, and you know what they say about word of mouth.

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In more recent times, television shows like Gossip Girl, have made the brand even more popular. The stars of those shows wear stunning pairs almost every episode, while we watch from the comfort of our couches, coveting each pair.

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I’d wondered in the past, if there was any significance to the red soles. Louboutin explains, “The shiny red colour of the sole has no function other than to identify to the public that they are mine. I selected the colour because it is engaging, flirtatious, memorable, and the colour of passion.” Well you know what, that’s enough for me.

Here’s what the man himself had to say regarding why women love shoes, especially his, so deeply – “There is an element of seduction in shoes that doesn’t exist for men. A woman can be sexy, charming, witty, or shy with her shoes. That is why women are happy to wear painful shoes.”

I don’t own a pair of Christian Louboutins, and I don’t see myself acquiring a pair in the foreseeable future, but I will continue to admire from afar, and photo-shop my face onto JLo’s body whenever I see a photo of her wearing a pair I must have. After all, they say if you visualise something, you’re halfway there right? 🙂

Original post: http://www.themagnifyingglass.co.za/bloggers/love-christian-louboutins/
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Review | Hey Gorgeous Coconut Lime Body Scrub & Coconut Body Soufflé

This year I committed a horrible crime. Despite being aware that my skin gets really dry, and requires extra TLC during the winter months, I failed to give it the necessary attention. Eventually, afraid I would turn into a scaly reptile, I decided to take serious skincare action. Enter Hey Gorgeous!

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I’d been seeing wonderful comments about the all natural, organic brand on social media, so I placed my order. I bought the Coconut Lime Body Scrub and the Coconut Body Soufflé. I read that these were excellent for all skin types, and especially dry to very dry skin.

Both products come in 200g tubs, and are filled right to the top. The little “made with love” sticker is a really cute, special touch. And I really like the label that covers the top of the lid, as every time I go to open the tub, I’m greeted by “Hey Gorgeous!” 😀

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The label at the back of the scrub made me giggle. I’m not sure if you can see it clearly in the pic, but it reads: “Try not to eat this product.” I guess I don’t blame them for putting that on there. I love the smell. Lime infused with coconut makes for a very refreshing, very edible scent.

Here’s what the brand says about the product:

Why Use Me?

Exfoliation is key to glowing healthy skin and you can do just that with this body scrub. Khoisan Salt contains important skin elements such as magnesium, potassium, calcium and bromides and is combined with tropical coconut and lime for a fresh and uplifting scrub.

Remove Excess oil and dead skin cells.
Unclog pores and increase circulation.
Slows skin aging.
Relaxes muscles.
Replenishes critical minerals for healthy skin.
Revs up skins metabolism.

Made With

Khoisan Sea Salts, Epsom Salts, Coconut Oils, Jojoba, Desiccated Coconut, Coconut extract, Lime Essential Oils.

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My skin felt great as I rinsed off the scrub. I also loved knowing that while using this yummy product, I’m saying goodbye to nasty old dry skin cells, and making way for soft, flawless skin. I’ve only used the scrub 3 times, but I’m already obsessed with it and how great it makes my skin feel.

And this is is what the brand claims about the body soufflé:

Why Use Me?:

Travel to the tropics with our rich and aromatic Whipped Coconut Body Soufflé! Lush, intensively moisturising, skin caring, indulgent, it will satisfy the most spoiled skin ever! Sweet and exotic coconut scent that you are sure to enjoy! Slather generously onto your skin, it will be quickly absorbed and will release the most heavenly aroma that Mother Nature can offer. Now your skin is baby soft and replenished all day and night long.

It works wonders moisturising, nourishing and protecting skin, as well as fighting acne, eczema and other skin conditions! Oh and did we mention that our Coconut Body Soufflé can also help in the fight against ageing, helping you regain that radiant youthful glow!

Like all our gorgeous products, this fabulous exquisite Coconut Body Soufflé is 100% natural and organic, no chemicals, synthetic preservatives and other yucky stuff that usually may be found in commercial similar products.

Made With:

Whipped Shea butter, Organic Coconut oil, Jojoba, Sweet Almond Oil ,Coconut Milk and Arrowroot powder.

Why It Works:

Coconut Oil, or rather the medium chain fatty acids within, possess antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties! All of this means extra protection against the microbes responsible for unwanted skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. As Coconut Oil doesn’t change skin PH, it doesn’t irritate your skin, making it great for those who are allergic to products with fragrances and dyes, as well as those who suffer red and itchy skin post-shaving.

I’ve been using the body soufflé everyday since it arrived, and I adore it. The first thing that hits you is the smell. For me, this one’s worse than the scrub when it comes to being difficult to resist the urge to have a little taste. It smells like coconut sweets! When you dip your finger into the tub, you can actually feel the coconut, but as soon as you rub it into your skin, it’s so smooth and incredibly moisturizing. I really like how quickly it absorbs into my skin.

The thing that really sealed the deal for me though was what happened the very first time I used both products together. Hubby asked me what I was using because “your skin feels so good”!!! Guess who’ll be sponsoring (oh so happily) my next Hey Gorgeous order.