Monday, 27 July 2015

Back to the Basics

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged and I can’t really say why that is? I really can’t even say that I was busy... because I wasn’t. I wasn’t busy studying for some big exam or working on some massive project. I was really just having some down time busy “procrastinating”! I’m sure you have experienced this before, you have your entire day planned out to the “T” and then end up staying in bed watching series. Yup that has been me for the past couple of weeks. Winter has me in complete hibernation & nesting mode I’ve been feeling so un-inspired and exhausted to say the least...
But guess what Right now I’m actually so tired or being tired! So yesterday after having a major pep talk from hubby... I’m dusting myself off and getting back into action mode!
This morning I woke up feeling motivated and so so inspired... 
ah I’ve missed this feeling so much!
Enough about me, back to work... 
The “slit trend” is fast becoming one of the hottest key items this season. It really makes any outfit pop without much effort.
These slit tops come in array of styles from side slits to front slits even back slits... ooh that sounds weird! Women of different shapes and sizes are becoming more confident and less afraid of showing off their bodies. This is why you should definitely be having your eye on this trend.
Outfit Details:
Slit Top: Foschini
Hat: Foschini
Leggings: Mr Price
Boots: Fashion Express
Photographer: Brandon Louw

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Typo - Vintage Diner in July

Typo goes Retro this July and has shared with us their amazing Vintage Diner July imagery and gifting ideas. I thought ill share these images with you so that you know what to expect in Typo for the month of July.
I will definitely be getting me a few of those pretty sip cups xx

Thursday, 9 July 2015

DIY Auto Maintenance Tips: How to check your oil?

I was super excited when I saw that Gumtree actually has a DIY maintenance help portal. Simply because it allows me as a woman to be inform and know exactly what to do when my car needs some extra TLC. The Auto help portal has tons of helpful information about the mere basic things that a woman or men for that matter should be able to identify in her/his car such as “How to check tyre pressure?”Or even “how to check your oil”?
 So my husband is a Qualified Motor Mechanic and he usually checks my car and ensures that everything is working as it should, but I’m not going to lie there are some times where I wish I kind of knew how to do the basic things myself and identify an issue before it becomes a major problem. Let me tell you a little story that actually happened to me not too long ago. On a Friday night my girl friends and I had decided to go out and paint the town red. I picked up a few of my friends with my car and as we were driving out of the blue a “red light” started flickering on my dash that I’ve never seen before. It flickered and after a few minutes it actually went off. I didn’t want to spoil anyone’s fun, so I decided not call my husband and ask what the light meant but decided to continue on our evening’s excursion. We had a lovely supper and I dropped each girl off again and as I drove home the light came back on again.

I was far from a garage and closer to home so I just continued to drive on. I got home and told my husband what had happened and immediately he told me, are you sure it wasn’t the oil light? I just shrugged my arms up and replied I don’t know?

Hubby checked my car the morning after and advised that I had actually driven my car without any oil & it had caused major damage to my engine. My entire engine had to be redone and needless to say I was without a car for about 3 months and my pockets were empty ($) Ka-ching!. I would have saved myself a lot of hassle & money if I had known how to check my oil?

On this Gumtree Auto Help Portal it shows you step by step what you need to know on array of different motoring topics from the most basic to the most intricate questions, Ill share the article I should have read a
How to check your oil:The engine of a car contains many moving parts, all of which require lubrication to work as they should. Without the proper amount of lubrication, the parts rub together causing friction, which eventually leads to wear. Motor oil provides the engine with the lubrication it needs to keep all components operating smoothly. It also keeps the engine clean, free from dirt build-up and prevents overheating. Checking the motor oil on a regular basis ensures the engine continues running at an optimal level and that you get the most out of the vehicle. With a few tips, checking a car's oil is quick and easy, even if you are not an experienced mechanic.

 Locate the Dipstick:Before beginning, park the vehicle in a spot where it is sitting on level ground and make sure that the engine is cold. Checking the oil when the car is hot can result in serious burns. With the engine off, open the bonnet and make sure it is securely propped open. Locate the oil dipstick. This is often marked with a bright-coloured handle.

Read the Dipstick: Taking a rag or cloth, wipe any oil off the end of the dipstick. Put the dipstick back into the engine completely. Pull it back out and look at both sides to determine where the oil level is. All dipsticks have some type of indicator such as "min", "max", "L", "H" or "Add." If you are uncertain about what your exact dipstick indicates, refer to your vehicle's owner's manual.
Avoid Overfilling: If the level is at the right spot on the dipstick, avoid adding more oil. Overfilling the engine can cause damage if the oil begins to seep out into other parts. If the oil looks clean, you can insert the dipstick, make sure it is tight and close the bonnet.

Learn Oil Types: If the level is below the minimum mark, add oil. To add oil, use the grade recommended for your vehicle. Vehicle manufacturer's often recommend a range of viscosities that work for the exact vehicle. This information is located in the owner's manual. There are also different types and learning a bit about these oils comes in handy when you have to top off your vehicle. Conventional motor oil comes from crude oil and it is made with petroleum products. This type is suitable for older cars, or ones that have frequent oil changes as it breaks down quicker than the other types. Synthetic motor oil contains a synthetic base and other manmade chemicals. This type is usually recommended for high-tech engines, but it can extend the life of any engine since it offers longer-lasting performance. A synthetic blend is also available and this is made up of both natural and manmade materials. Synthetic blends are designed for engines under heavy loads, or ones that tend to run in high-temperature areas. Another option is a high-mileage oil, which contains seal conditioners. High-mileage oil is beneficial to vehicles that have been driven a great deal.

Add Oil: If the level of oil is severely low, avoid driving the vehicle until you can add more. Driving on dangerously low levels can cause irreversible engine damage. When adding motor oil, it should be done slowly to prevent overfilling. Remove the filler cap from the top of the engine and add a half a litre using a funnel to prevent spills. Wait a few minutes and check the dipstick again. If the level is still below the minimum indicator, add another half of a litre. Continue doing this until the level is accurate. After the dipstick shows that the oil is at the correct level, place the filler cap back on making sure you tighten it to prevent it from coming off or loose.

Changing the Oil: Unless the car is burning or leaking oil, it is unusual for a car to need the oil refilled on a regular basis. This does not mean that you should not check it regularly. If you find yourself constantly topping the oil off, have the car looked at by an experienced mechanic to determine the issue. Along with checking it on a regular basis, many manufacturer recommend oil changes every 8 000 km to 10 000 km. If the oil appears dirty or contaminated, a change is needed sooner.
Healthy Oil: When checking the oil, it should be a dark brown or black colour. If it is not, this indicates a potential problem. Oil that has a light or milky appearance can have coolant mixed in. This often results from the coolant leaking directly into the engine. If not repaired, this can cause severe engine damage. If the oil appears to have metal particles in it, this can be a sign that there is internal engine damage.

Since oil is an essential part of maintaining the engine, checking it periodically is vital. While there is not set schedule for checking the oil, you should do it more frequently on older vehicles. Doing a proper check just takes minutes and does not require the use of any tools. Checking the oil and maintaining a proper level can keep the engine healthy and extend the life of it.
For more topics and other helping auto tips click here: Gumtree DIY Maintenace

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Nail Tutorial: Avon Gel finish

When it comes to painting my nails, i'm rather a plan Jane type of person. I go for a bright colour and that's about it. I often see all these fancy nail arts and people experimenting with different prints and stamps. However that's far to advance for me. When I received a thin fan brush from Avon I had absolutely no idea what it's suppose to be used for until I googled it and saw everyone doing these brush prints on their nails. So I thought I would go ahead and give it a try! 
 So I started off by painting a base coat of the Nude Avon Gel finish polish, I used 2 coats and the finish of this polish is so shinny and even.
 I waited to the Nude Avon Gel finish polish to dry completely. I then dipped my fan brush into the Purple Avon Gel finish polish and roughly brushed it across the nail. You can clean up around the nail with the nail polish remover and a cotton bud if you have painted onto your skin.
 You can try it with various colour, just make sure that the base colour is lighter than the colour you use ontop. So that it would stand out.
 So if you want to try something different when it comes to nail art & want to make it stand out this is a great way to do it. The fan tool can be purchased at AVON.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Shopping with #FashionFriendsSA winner!

Hi All, so yesterday I was super excited to go and shop at Foschini with the #FashionFriendsSa winner. Myself and Ayesha had such an awesome time browsing the store, chatting & looking for the perfect items for her.
{Ofcourse a dressing-room #selfie is in-order!}
 After going through various items, Ayesha however mentioned that she loved the dress I wore on the #FashionFriendsSa shoot and that she wanted to try it on herself. Off we went in search of that particular dress and as soon as she tried it on, it was a perfect fit!
She grabbed a few more items, a stunning grey cardi and these awesome maroon boots. All in all it was a really fun shopping experience.
Thanks so much Ayesha for joining me! Would love to do this again...

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

What’s in my bag?

I can remember doing a post like this in my beginning blogger days and thought it would be fun to do another one as I’m sure the contents of my bag would have changed since say 2 years ago. I love reading and seeing what other bloggers carry in their bag so I thought i'd once again try my hand at it.
Lipstick, Gum & Floss brushes
These are the few items that you would almost always find in my bag. I have a no less that 4 to 5 items of lipsticks stuck in some or other inner pocket of my bag & these floss brushes just always comes in handy at the weirdest moments so I just keep them in my bag just in case. Sugar free gum is always a must as it keeps your breath oh so fresh!
 Hair-ties, Slides, Grips and Flower crown
I always have one or other hair crises, hence in this area i'm quiet prepared. Ever since I've cut my hair, I actually can't tie it without pieces of strands falling by the wayside. But for some reason I still keep these in my bag (just in case). This flower crown has actually belongs to my 5year old niece and have been meaning to return it, but never did so its been dragged along in my bag ever since. It's quiet pretty right...
Nail polish, Tweezer, Nail Clipper & Notebook 
There is at-least one bottle of nail polish in my bag & a trusted nail clipper, you know just in case a nail chips or hooks. You know it's happened to you before at some point or another? I'm really busy with work, studies and blogging so those in-between moments when i'm not as busy, I'll paint my nails. My tweezer travels with me wherever I go, having nicely twee-zed brows is a must for me, hence if I see a hair out of place I have this constant urge to tweeze it & set the record straight. I also have those random splurges of inspiration & hence I always keep a small notebook handy just to write down a few ideas which I would be able to resume to later. The fact that it's pink makes me love it even more...
Competition Time:
This particular Blackcherry bag is one of my favourites, & it can be purchased from FashionHub. Let me know what's in your bag and you can win a R1000 FashionHub voucher. There are x2 R1000 vouchers up for grabs.

Monday, 15 June 2015

My 5 favourite app’s on my Iphone right now...

I always find friends asking how I edit my pictures or what apps I’ve been using. So thought I’ll give you a sneak peak onto my phone to show you a few of my favourite apps. The below 5 of my most used apps on my phone.
(Actual screenshots included) 
Gumtree App
So without any doubt this obviously would be on my favourites list. I am huge Gumtree fan. I love a good deal or bargain & what better place to search for them than on Gumtree. I use to sit for hours on my Laptop searching looking for whether it may be textbooks, games, or even great furniture pieces at a fraction of the cost. That was until I heard about the gumtree app, it makes scrolling through the various categories so much easier.
All you have to do is download the app, sign up and you can customize the the app to see the areas closest to you. I love searching and scrolling through the "Home & Garden" section as I find antiques pieces something rather exquisite.This app is so easy to navigate.
I have this thing where I search and scroll Gumtree for properties, even though i'm not planning on purchasing a new home anything soon, I cant help but scroll through the various homes just to see what is available and on the market. Who knew searching for your dream home could be so easy...
Click here for the Google Play store Gumtree link or here for the apple store Gumtree link!

Zomato App
Yes, I love food & Yes, eating out and finding awesome new restaurant in and around Cape Town is on top of my list. This awesome Zomato App makes it so much easier to find your favourite spot. I love the way this app greets me by name... me have we met before? It's so cool though.You can select whether your looking for breakfast cafes, a spot for lunch even a fancy, pansy restaurant for supper. Its all available at a click of a button. They even rate the restaurant so that you know what to expect... hows that for service!

Insta-Collage App
Yes, as much I love taking a #selfie, creating beautiful collages is another love of mine. Whenever I feel a need to put a bunch of pretty pictures together, I would use this app. Besides the annoying ad pop ups at the top bar, the variety of collages makes the app a great option. It's really worth the try.

Photoshop App
This is all time favorite photo editor. All the pictures that you would see on my blog or my various social media platforms  would usually get filtered through this app. I love a crisp, brightened picture this app makes my pictures 10x better than what it actually is. It smoothes the skin & even removes zits and blemishes.Yup this app is my BFF.

Ster-Kinekor App
So hubby and I love watching movies, we  go quite often and I use this app to check if a new movie is showing yet or what the time scheduled is for a movie to start, I can even pre-book tickets and seats simply by using this app.
Let me know what your favourite app is, would love to check it out.