Lately…

These days I’m getting so “Lately” happy that the space between my lately posts are even smaller. I feel that life changes so much in a space of a week that it makes one realise that life happens even without you noticing. I promised frequent posting but my first week of holiday I actually dedicated to just relaxing but managed to squeeze a post in or two. Blogging on holiday has proven to be quite a mission because I’m blogging and editing pictures from my phone and that’s not the easiest job in the world. But enough with my rambling. Here’s what’s been happening in my life…

LATELY:

Yesterday… I shopped AGAIN and now I’m broke AGAIN.

Sunday… I started fasting. To me, Its one of the most spiritually uplifting months and definitely my favourite time of the year. The month where I see the most growth in my life on every level. With that being said: I would like to wish all my readers and supporters a Ramadan Kareem.

So far… I’m loving my holiday. Its one week in and I’m already lazy.

I can’t stop watching… “Pad na jou hart”. This is by far one of the best movies I’ve watched this year.

At the moment… I’m feeling nostalgic.

I believe… Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

I’m fascinated by… The story behind “shadows of Hiroshima”. I recently stumbled upon it while Googling a few things and it gave me the chills! Google it, I know you want to. ;-)

I feel… That I need to make a few changes on the blog.

I know… That friends are the family that you get to choose.

It seems… Like time is flying and there’s just no stopping this train that is 2014. I can’t even believe that we’re in the second half of the year.

{Review} Glysolid Glycerin Cream

Half of the goodies that I’m supposed to review are chilling at home while I’m on 3 days holiday with only my current face/body routine products, so I thought why not blog about some products that I’ve been using and that didn’t have the opportunity to make it onto the blog. Having family and friends that lives in the Arab Emirates means that I get to try a lot of different products that’s not available here in South Africa and also get to experience all the cult faves that the beautiful women over there consider as the holy grail of body lotions, face-creams, perfumes or whatever .IMG_20140616_174540

Today Ill be reviewing the Glysolid Glycerin cream that has been my lifesaver over the past few weeks. I know that this is going to be my go to product this winter so I’ve been using it sparingly because I want it to at least last till then. As stated on the tin “Its a formula that helps sooth, soften and protect rough, chapped and extra dry skin on the hands, feet and entire body.”

All of the above mentioned facts; ALL TRUE. I used this cream all over besides my hands. Its a tad bit too sticky/oily on my hands maybe because my hands sweat so much especially in warmer weather. I love using it as a moisturizer on my body. It hydrates my skin perfectly. I think if it didn’t make my hands this sticky I would absolutely adore it. I do however use it as  a cuticle  balm.IMG_20140616_175258

I love that it comes in a tin form because I tend to chuck everything in my handbag and leaking lotions are all too familiar to me. My bestie used these on her lips (I’m not that brave, Ill stick to my LipIce) and said that it moisturized her lips for a long period of time.

So I hopped onto Google and spotted the Glysolid website, This brand will be available in stores soon!

Lately…

I haven’t done a lately post in a while and I like doing it especially when my blogging becomes a bit scarce. Things simmered down on my side so you can definitely expect more blogging. This year marks my 3rd year of blogging and boy oh boy what a ride its been. Nonetheless, I think its time I started a new giveaway on the blog. Suggestions anyone?

At the moment… Cape Town is definitely living up its nickname ‘Cape Of Storms‘. Just drafting this post is taking longer than usual. I can barely feel my fingers!
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Yesterday… I renewed my blog domain. Its been 3 years since I switched to .com and I can’t believe that I even started my little ‘ol’ blog 3years ago. Thank You to everyone that’s taken this ride with me. I even remember my 1st comment!

I’m looking forward to… 1 month of late sleeping. On the 19th my varsity holiday starts and I can’t even begin to describe how I’m looking forward to it.

These days… My playlist consists of only Korean Pop and Swedish R&B. This is what happens when you’re over English music.

I believe… The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. –Alice Walker

I’m convinced… I’m the love child of Niggella Lawson and Gordon Ramsay. I’m not even kidding when I say that I CAN COOK!

I hate… It when people drag their feet on the floor, especially in the shopping mall. You better pray I don’t walk behind you with my trolley. I’ve gotten into big trouble for pushing it against people’s heels. (Its one of my bad habits that I’m really trying to shake…but I can’t.)

My greatest investment… Would have to be my quilted patent leather booties that I bought last year winter. I promise its worth every little penny saved on my student budget. It not only keeps my tootsies dry but also warm!
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I know… That good things happen to those who wait but even better things comes to those who works for it.

I can’t live without… My lipsticks. Aaaaah everyone knew that! Believe me when I tell you its the first thing that I apply before I leave the house in the morning, not even clothes!Collection.jpg

Music Monday: Brilynn – Chance For Love {Competition}

Today on the blog I’m talking music. Something that I’ve never blogged about before but also to shine some light on some homegrown talent that deserves a mention AND a spot on your playlist. To me the South African music industry is growing at a rapid pace and that brings me to today’s post.

Today I’m talking Brilynn Van Rooyen and also how you can stand a chance to win your 60seconds of fame. For those who are not familiar with this talented Capetonian artist, he reigns from Eersterivier, released 3 albums already and is currently recording, promoting and shooting the 4th one titled ‘Aries’.

A little more about his latest album: He’s been hard at work recording his ‘Aries’ album which will be released in September ’14. According to Brilynn, his inspiration behind the album is Love. His love for Music, Talent and People. If you want a taste of Brilynn’s music, just click here.

Now let me tell you about the fab competition that Brilynn is running; If you’re a Cape Town based couple that’s brave enough to share your love story on Crazy World Productions Facebook page, you might be lucky enough to feature in Brilynn’s new music video called Chance For Love. Brilynn will send his camera crew to the couples with the best stories to document their story, where it’ll be posted on Youtube, whereby the overall winner will be determined by votes AND that’s not all, the top couples with the best stories can we some great prizes. The winning couple will feature in the Chance For Love music video with quite a few other spoils along with it. So there’s definitely no excuse not to enter!

It would be awesome to see a City Girl Vibe reader win this competition, therefore I urge my Capetonian readers to ENTER. ENTER. ENTER!

Connect with Brilynn on:
Twitter: @ChanceForLove
@ChanceForLove
Facebook: Crazy World Productions
Email: brilynn@crazyworldproductions.co.za

Bloggers And Bags: Cindy Alfino – 3Kids 2Dogs 1Old House #14

Today I take a look into one of my fave bloggers handbags… And guess what? She’s not a fashion or beauty blogger. I love Cindy’s blog because she’s real and its nice being able to read ‘honest realness’ opposed to sponsored beauty/fashion posts. I’ve stopped reading many blogs because it started to look advertisements and I’ve replaced it with mommy blogs, Cindy’s blog is one of them. I love love love taking a look into her life and reading about her family and even learning things even though I’m not a mom or even close it.

Enough with my rambling, take a look into Cindy’s handbag.

This bag was a birthday present from Seth about 3 or 4 years ago.  It used to look a lot less worn even though the strap broke just a week after buying it (hence the knot and random sticky outy bit on the side).  It’s genuine leather though so it might be around for a while still.

I broke up what was in my bag into two categories – What should be in my bag and what shouldn’t.  Disclaimer – I am a Mom of 3.  Nothing is my own anymore.

What should be in my bag:

1. My wallet that I have had since matric,  It could possibly be time to update it.  Actually it’s definitely time.
2. My ID book, you never know when you’re going to need it.
3. A few beauty products – Dermalogica hand/nail cream and lipstick for when I need a bit of a lift.
4. Hot air balloon mirror that I received as a secret santa present last year, it’s so cute I love it.
5. My Carol Boyes business card holder
6. A flash drive that a friend gave me last year this time to put pictures of her daughters party on it.  Obviously because it’s still there it means that I’ll be adding this years pictures before I send it back (sorry Zoe!!)
7. A necklace that Seth gave me that was a total surprise – one of my favourite pieces of jewellery of all time.
8. Probiotics because I was recently on antibiotics and (when I remember to take them) I’m responsible like that.
9. A sweet little key ring that a client brought over for me from Holland
10. Random coins that must have fallen out of my wallet
11. A copious amount of pens although I can never find one when I’m actually looking.

Now, this is a whole lot of stuff that shouldn’t be in my bag but has been for at least the last 6-10 months.  

1. Riya’s sunglasses that she insists on wearing in to school in the morning but then taking off for me to take home when I drop her off.
2. Beauty products and jewellery for my girls – obviously necessary in case they have to paint their nails while at the park
3. Hair ties for the girls.  I swear I used to have a very cute little purse for it but the girls must have gotten hold of it.
4. A ping pong ball?  We don’t even have the game.  In fact no one I know has it either.  How on Earth we have the ball I will never know.
5. Sweets from restaurants.  Seth makes me take them for him to eat later, but he never does. Clearly.
6. A bunch of papers that no longer hold meaning or value.  I know right?  I’m possibly the worst person to do this kind of feature!
7. The girls school photos that I have now forgotten to order in time for 2 years in a row.  Oops :/
8. A pair of rolled up socks.  This one baffles me.  I honestly don’t even know if they’re even clean.
9. I took this thing off my keys like a year ago…  But I didn’t want to lose it, so obviously it’s live here since.
10. I literally had a couple of rocks, acorns and random bits of nature combined with a rogue doll shoe hiding out in my bag.  I never even knew.
11. More hair clips for the girls, because they NEVER have enough!
12. A ring and a sticker.  Because, mother…

I never use the word “lol” in a post but I had a major LOL moment when I read Cindy’s post. Its definitely one of my absolute fave Bloggers And Bags posts that I’ve done over the post 2 years. Thank You Cindy for showing us what you (and your babies) carry around in your handbag. Definitely give ‘3Kids 2Dogs 1Old House’ a read. You won’t regret it.

Connect with Cindy on:
Blog: 3Kids 2Dogs 1Old House

Twitter: @CindyAlfino

Facebook: 3Kids 2Dogs 1Old House

Must Have Monday: SheWolf

10154334_649036328498901_719292490_nLong time no “Must Have Monday“? Today I’m telling you all about the latest brand under my beauty radar. I’m a huge acrylic makeup organizer fan, you would know that if you’re a regular reader. So lately I’m wondering around the web looking for affordable options because unfortunately I couldn’t attend the 27Pinkx launch in Cape Town where darlings were spoilt to amazing organizers (Major FOMO and hate that I had my awards ceremony that day). Then I stumbled upon a fab new site called She Wolf Products.

Now She Wolf Products is one of the brands that sells Luxury Acrylic Makeup Organizers, Hair Extensions, Jewellery Storage Units, Makeup Brushes and their very own Branded Cosmetics to name a few. They pretty much remind me of the 27Pinkx brand but for the budget girls.

I’m quite intrigued by their makeup line, especially the lipstick palettes and the makeup brushes… Okay and everything else. So obviously I had to make my ultimate lust have list to show you some of the amazing things that you can buy from the SheWolf online store.
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When I find a new brand that I love, I make it my mission to report back. Every girl needs some luxury in her life, no? I feel that the founder of the SheWolf products brand, Nadine definitely knows what beauty lovers adores and she customizes each and every organizer to the buyers needs. My fave aspect of some of SheWolf’s acrylic units? The knobs! I L-L-Love it!

Enough with my rambling, check out the SheWolf site for the latest beauty products and must haves!

Connect with SheWolf on:
www.shewolfproducts.com

Facebook: SheWolf Products.

Order via email: info@shewolfproducts.com

*This is not a sponsored post
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Bloggers And Bags : Carla – Style Diary #13

BannerAnother day, another blogger! Today I’m featuring one of my fairly new fave blogs to read and peeping into the handbag of a fashion loving girl called Carla. Now let me tell you why Style Diary is one of my best fashion blog finds for 2014; firstly Carla doesn’t do the awkward poses that are so “famous” amongst fashion bloggers, I love her style, she actually looks comfortable in what she’s wearing (not like someone that swallowed a broom) and she’s pretty rad if you ask me.

Now enough with my rambling and let’s see what Carla carries in her bag!

Here Goes…

I have a few handbags but this black leather all-rounder is the one I use the most. I bought this bag in Italy almost two years ago and it was definitely worth the money. It’s just the right size – not too big and not too small.

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The items in my bag are very functional – (almost) everything that I’ll need if I’m not at home. Here’s the low down:

  • A small wallet with my most important cards like medical card, driver’s license, and my debit cards.
  • A Tangle Teezer brush, they’re the best! This one is nice and small which makes it perfect for your handbag.
  • Tissues
  • I have a small bottle of Bio-Oil in my handbag and a bigger one at home. I use it especially on my cuticles – moisturized cuticles can make any mani look better!
  • A pen
  • A small compact mirror
  • Headache tablets
  • SPF 40 sunblock, I love the sun but not the effects of the sun – so I always carry a mini spray-on sunblock with me.
  • A small umbrella, with Cape Town’s weather you never know when you’re going to need an umbrella!
  • My two favourite lip balm stains from Revlon, a nude pink for an every day look and a red one to spice up any outfit.
  • A small blemisher stick to touch up my makeup when I’m out.
  • A little bag to keep in random things like a needle and some thread, plasters, a mini perfume bottle, basic medication for things like nausea, tummy problems, sinus, etc (I like to be prepared!), a few bobby pins, an extra hair elastic band and a pocket knife.what's in my bag

 

So that’s my bag, I’d love to hear what you have in your bag that’s similar to mine – chat to me in the comments.

A huge Thank You Carla for showing City Girl Vibe’s readers what you carry around in your handbag. Don’t we just love everything?

Don’t forget to connect with Carle on:

Her Blog – www.stylediary.co.za

Facebook – Style Diary SA

Twitter – @Stylediarysa

Instagram – @Stylediarysa

 

 

{I Love} Photoblox

To me, a picture is not a picture until its been printed and that’s become a really rare thing since everybody just walks around with their cell and tablets where they can view their pictures on. Today Ill be filling you darlings in on an amazing new discovery of mine called Photoblox.

What is Photoblox you ask?
Photoblox is the initiative of Cape Town based designer Roché Du Toit, that prints your pictures onto wood. We’ve been seeing a lot of brands popping up that prints your Instagram pictures and Photoblox does that AND if you’re not on Instagram, don’t fret! Photoblox allows you to send in your own pictures to get printed on wood so you don’t have to feel excluded.

Photoblox makes everything from:

•Hangers
•Button Tables
•Leaning shelves
•inspirational quote blox
•Quirky coaster blox

But most of all turns your beautiful captured memories into work of art. I love how different it is and makes for such a great display in your home or office. At Design Indaba 2014, Photoblox was by far my fav stand. I loved viewing their amazing work.

I was lucky enough to have 3 of my pictures printed and I’m blown away by the quality of the blox. The pictures printed on it is silky smooth and stands out. I can’t wait to find a special place for them in my home, definitely a space where I can show them off. Photoblox also makes for a great gifts for christmas/birthday or decor purposes because its affordable, unique and hassle free. I could go on and on as to why Photoblox is amazing so I’d suggest that you try it out for yourself

Don’t forget to connect with Photoblox on the following social media sites:
Website: Photoblox.co.za
Facebook: Photoblox
Twitter: @Photoblox

WIN a set of double Taste of Cape Town Tickets

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Today I have a set of double Taste Of Cape Town tickets to giveaway to one lucky dude or dudette that would like to attend the event. The event will be held from the 3 – 6 April at the Green Point Cricket Club. Now this is a do that you don’t want to miss out on.

I won’t go into the whole shabang so if you want the whole low-down, just hop on over to the Taste Of Cape Town website and read what’ll be happening at the event. This is definitely the place to be if you want to take your tastebuds on an adventure. Sounds good, No?

This why you should make sure that you go:

There”ll be some of the city’s most
acclaimed restaurants, artisan producers, award-winning wineries.
Demonstrations so that you can bring release your inner Nigella Lawson when you get home.
Robertsons butcher block- A place where local butchers will get to use different kinds of meats and spicing it up with Robertsons spice.
Unique eating experiences- where Taste Of Cape Town goers will be able to sample some of Cape Town’s best restaurants, wineries and artisan producers goods.
Food Market- where you’ll be able to purchase some delicious food.
Charitable Cause- Raising money for Cape Town Angels. There will be a benefit stage where artists and performers will be entertaining the crowd.
Party Tots Kids Zone- The perfect place to leave the kidlets when parents wants to go around and experience everything. Kids will be entertained with jumping castles and all that fun goodies.

Enough with the nitty gritty. If you want to win it, I’m keeping it all very simple.

Just Tweet:
I’d like to go to @TasteofCT with @Citygirlvibe .

If you’re not on Twitter, just paste that tweet bellow and don’t forget to add your email addy.

Comp ends on Tuesday.

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezey!

{Birthday Spoils} and life lately…

Life back at university is really proving to be more challenging than I had expected it to be. I’ve been so swamped with projects and practicals and I’m only back one month. City Girl Vibe has taken a back seat yet again but I’m grateful for the constant support, comments and to see that people are still reading my blog EVERYDAY!

Now enough with my rambling. For my birthday last month I really got spoilt to the T. Thank you once again to all my readers for the messages, comments and tweets. Everybody asked me what I wanted for my birthday and all I really wanted was lipsticks and I ended up being spoilt by my friends and family. I’m so in love with all of my prezies, Ill probably be saving on bath and body products for the next few months. I’ve got a whole lot of products to review over the next few weeks, I don’t even know where to start. Now let me share all of my spoils with you darlings.

Firstly Desle sent me a huge box. It was packed with brands like Victoria’s Secret, Soap & Glory, Qatari branded souvenirs, my fave perfume and MANY MORE. Take a looksee.IMG_20140222_120026

Then being spoilt even more, Desle sent me another box filled to the brim with more amazing gifts. Can you tell that I got spoilt to the nines? I’m really loving the products that I’ve used thus far.IMG_20140222_114519

The awesome peeps over at Revlon sent me some amazing goodies and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on them. If its anything close to their balmstains, I’m going to love it!IMG_20140222_121922

My aunt bought me the most amazing Michael Kors handbag for my birthday, packed with H&M polishes and Bath & Body Works products. *Swoooon*IMG_20140304_162756

My sister & her hubby knows me so well, they bought me my 2nd case of makeup (I deserve it seeing that I used my first case for their wedding #JustSaying)IMG_20140304_163256

And lastly, some amazing soul sent me a huge box filled with Loreal & Maybelline products. I’m not sure who sent it but Thank You.
IMG_20140224_175106Ill be reviewing all of these products over the next few weeks months, keep and eye out for them and let me know your thoughts. Thank you for all my amazing spoils dear friends and family. You made turning a year older so much less depressing! Have a splendid week further darlings!