Friday, April 27, 2012

Power Play-Powder Play

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Miss Selfridge dress
$74 -

Oasis leather mini skirt
$170 -

Proenza Schouler short skirt
$475 -

Sandro mini skirt
$195 -

Giuseppe Zanotti stiletto high heels
$885 -

KG Kurt Geiger high heels
£140 -

Chloé zippered tote bag
$2,695 -

Proenza Schouler leather tote
£1,340 -

Astley Clarke enamel ring
$75 -

81 Hours cotton scarve
€29 -

So, just one week left before I fly out, by tomorrow onwards, you all will probably start hearing about the few clothes that I am carrying with me, most I am going to give away. The weather in Toronto is still full of chills so probably will carry most of my woolens but I am still not sure what to do with the loads and loads of shoes I don’t want to part with. Well, as I continue to contemplate my luggage issues, I also on the side am looking at what’s in trend and what in my budget to get me the new wardrobe. Here are a few things I am currently crazy about from SS2012 ‘in trend list’…

One can never go wrong with the one trend hitting every aspect of fashion, from high end to budget buys, shoes to handbags and more, the COLOR BLOCK look. Totally loving the lemony yellow green in the Proenza Shouler handbag, just saw Dakota Fenning sporting one of these on the web the other day. Also, while talking of handbags, remember, the FRONT FLAP look is very much in trend this year, need to have one of those in my wardrobe (at all costs ;-)). Oh! And did you also reminisce about the Christian Laubotin spiked heel, looking at the beautiful number in tan and blue? Love the lime green heels!

Another thing everybody wants in their wardrobe this year is a well structured SKIRT. It can be pleated- knife pleats are BIG this season, or it can be a full flare knee length or maxi. Also variations of pencil and tulip skirts seem to be floating around everywhere. Make it an all over floral printed number for the best look this season (saw some really cool ones at Zara and Abercrombie, you can also check out FCUK and Scotch and Soda for shirts)….

P.S. This is an old post, that was lying in my drafts for over 3 weeks, just thought of publishing it anyway.. The writing isn't complete yet, but will finish it soon. Meanwhile, check out my favorite trends this season and have a lovely weekend fashionistas. Much luv and bliss. xx

Brief review of what's IN TREND:

Sea green/ aqua
Front flap bags& totes
Pleats/ pleated skirts
Color blocking
Matched sets- skirt/top, accessories, wallet&carrybag, more...

Thursday, April 26, 2012

How I soiled a $100 bill…

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The New*BEE* in the beehive
So, yeah, my Internet has been playing tricks on me all this while and although S enjoys a super fast Internet speed, I am stuck at home for the time being with Fido. It gets irritable slow while connected to the laptop via wifi and uploading pics gets next to impossible. I am saying all this to justify my absence from the blog, well to a point my laziness also is to be blamed, more so my impatience I guess!
Well, for the new readers, let me tell you, I just moved from South Africa to Canada, feels like the Sun was my best friend as I miss it the most ;), so do my dogs who came with us. You’ll see a few pictures of Olive (my MALE Jack Russell! Yeah! About that some other time) looking like Snoop Dogg in his track suit inspired black velvet hoodie. He has totally fallen in love with sweaters and I am scared, if I stay here for the rest of my life, he might just take over my ‘fashion designing’ career and start one of his own with just the winter range for him and his four legged friends.
Oh and please keep in mind, pictures will keep uploading at their own pace, hate slow Internet but stuck with it for a while. I also have to start job hunting soon or maybe look at colleges, still trying to decide. Also took a gym membership last week, have to at least start going there, or start with road running. The list of things to be done and to start with is pretty long, so let’s get to the fun part right away… shall we…
My shopping has not been much so far, to be blamed are the biting cold weather and my to-do list that keeps me on the go 24X7. One thing I did buy was the Abercrombie hoodie, as I mentioned in my previous post and later spent $100 on Aldo shoes, which ended up being a big mistake!
How I soiled a $100 bill…
I have lately been walking a lot, like ‘A-LOT’ lot! Been walking to places, to house viewings, just to grab a bite to eat or to go to the mall, it’s my life now! So! I needed the perfect shoes that were sans heels, easy to slide into, covered just enough to protect me from the cold and pretty and well! Different *read- Not Boring*. So last I walked into Aldo and got me the prettiest pair of lemon yellow brightness you could ever find. One problem- they were suede!! So this guy at the counter talked me into buying a spray *pics at the end* and a brush by Aldo of course claiming that they will help protect and clean my suede shoes. I wasn’t so sure so I told him, I will be walking a lot in these, taking my dogs for a walk, walking on wet grass and all, I didn’t think those were right for me. But it was my day for a mistake, he claimed and promised that after I spray them with that protecting ‘spray’ soil, mud, water, etc will glide through them as if oil on a balloon or whatever and the brush is an easy clean to be used whenever necessary.
So, I bought it all, $10 each for the spray and the brush and $80 for the shoes. I bought them, wore them and walked in them L after a daylong flaunting my latest favorites, I noticed visible spots (even after the spray) and tried to clean them, which the brush did initially. But whenever I go out they get dirty, which that salesman promised won’t happen, and every time I clean them with a brush, I notice it feels like it’s brushing the suede, like sandpaper, I am scared if I continue that, it’ll make holes in them and the wear and tear with be beyond repair. So for now, I am walking around town in spotted yellow wonders, who cares (maybe I do, but I should have known better). Always remember, suede shoes are not for walking! NO. Period!
Check out the pics, that I’ll post soon when my Internet wishes, they don’t look so bad, but do not trust Aldo when they claim to make your suede spotless regardless of where you wear them to. NA-aah!

OK :( sadly my internet connection is beyond slow! no pictures anytime soon I guess... so much to share, so many posts in draft..there's a backlog I never imagined possible..SADLY :(
much luv n luck to all..xx

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

my latest haircut

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So, I know it's been a week, since I got this hair cut (actually 10 days I guess) I have been so busy running around, never got a chance to post the pics, so today after a lazy shower I decided that its time.
Well, here are the pics, I even dropped the hair dryer while at it, hence holding it firmly in the later pics, LOL

It seems not so perfect as it was the day I came from the salon, but the hair dressers always have a million products they use on me and I don't really do that lengthy a process while getting ready. Although, I must say, I used my usual L'oreal ultra shine shampoo in the pink bottle, but just to give it a try got the volume boost conditioner in the mauve/ purple bottle, it does work wonderfully. My thin hair suddenly feels playfully voluminous and much similar to the way they would after a salon visit!!

And, the morning after look, just when I don't seem to have time before getting my dogs out for their walk, I can easily tuck my hair behind my ears and looks ready to go, totally loving how shorter the hair, the more hassle free it is to look groomed :)

P.S. this post makes me realise, how much I need to hit the gym :p

Sunday, April 15, 2012

My first week in Toronto

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The Initial touchdown

So we had a flight from Johannesburg to Dubai (8hr long emirates economy) not a bad way to travel but more leg space is always welcomeJ. After a 5 hour layover at Dubai, we headed towards the check-in counter for our very long and hopefully very sleepy 14hr long flight for Toronto. Just trying our luck, we asked the man behind the desk, if it was a possibility for us to get the emergency exit seats, a little more leg room, if you know what I mean and as if good karma had been waiting to shower us with gifts, we got upgraded to the business class of the A380, that we were in, just like that. Yup! It was a blissfully pleasant and the most comfortable flight I ever had, never wanted it to end, felt even like in a bond movie at one point, but yeah, all good things and especially the free ones end soonJ.
P.S. I and S both got these lovely little welcome kits with Bvlgari goodies inside, will post pics of them soon! How happy we were with all the bubbly flowing and the muffins circulating and the massages and all…

Oh and special mention, and pics coming soon of how we traveled and touched equator and North Pole at the same day!

So the landing was perfect, the luggage collected and we got to our hotel by evening. As much as we wanted to explore the city, the jet lag set in and within seconds of lying down on the bed I was fast asleep. Don’t know when exactly S fell asleep too but the next thing I know, I woke up at 2 in the middle of the night feeling fresh as a daisy, again the time difference meant it was actually 8 am in South Africa, so I actually brushed my teeth, had breakfast and slept again…hehehee!

The New*BEE* in the beehive

It has been just about 4 days for us here in Toronto, and our baby bums *puppies* have also arrived safely. A special mention for Global Paws, South Africa for the pleasant flight and all the arrangements they made to make sure my little hearts don’t panic much and get a safe transit. We are all adjusting, mah-jor-ly to the cold weather.
P.S. All your fashion sense runs out of the freaking chimney when it’s as cold as it is here, for spring! All I have been wearing is a black woolen pair of tights/ skinny trousers, random racer back and halter neck tees layered inside and an Abercrombie and Fitch navy hoodie, that was my first purchase here, along with it extremely thick socks and flat soled iron fist shoes that are my favorite to run around in, as people in Toronto, unlike South Africa WALK! Yup guys, we *yes, it’s WE now*winks* walk to places, there’s a crowd on the streets, it’s lovely; it’s lively and so very friendly. We totally love it here, even though sometimes my legs hurt ;-).
We are house hunting these days and as it progresses there will be lots of pics of the new place, in the meantime I do apologize for back benching my blog, it’s not every day we move a continent now, is it?

Oh and I haven’t been gyming or exercising of any sort, just a hell of a lot of walking, hopefully the calories I gulp down in excitement will not be that mean to me :). Have a lovely weekend everyone and please spare my lack of presence as an exciting adventure is ahead. Will totally keep you all posted on how the changes feel after moving three continents in three years *some stats* love and luck to all. xx
NOTE: Yesterday, after about 2 hours of writing this post, we found the perfect apartment on the 14th floor with huge rooms and a walk in closet ~this girl is set!!! pics coming soon :)

So, here are a few pics, as I promised...

yup tht's it! got an upgrade to business class, just lyk tht,...see we are such people, everyone whats to please.. LOL 

that was my nirvana for the next 14 hours

tht's S enjoying a movie while relaxing in his massage bed, sipping some bubbly ;)

Olive after arriving to Toronto, slept lyk a baby as soon as he sat down besides me on the hotel bed

Phoebe wasn't that far behind, slept like a log for hours and was probably the most jet lagged out of us 4

the view of lake Ontario from our new home (balcony)

Another one from the balcony

the day we moved in...

view of downtown from the guest bedroom in the night (could not get a better picture, it was so mighty cold that I refused to open the window to take a snap. period! ;)

another one from the study/guest bedroom..


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