Monday, 29 December 2014

Sisterhood Of The World Blogger Award

Happy Holidays Readers!!!!
The lovely Miss Laura Bora from Miss Laura Bora's Blog has nominated me for an award for the Sisterhood of The World.

Here's how it goes:

The Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site
2. Answer the ten questions that have been set you
3. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer
4. Nominate ten people

So the questions Laura has given me are:

1. Who is your fashion inspiration?

To be honest, I'm not much of a fashion person I mean I appreciate fashion but I'm more of a safe dresser. Although when I do need inspiration I love a mix of Khloe and Kim Kardashian #SorryNotSorry

2.  Do you have any pets?                                      

Right now I don't but I really REALLY want a Labrador but I want to make sure I have enough of a backyard for him or her.

3. What is your favourite quote?

I really love this one but more recently I shared one that Khloe had shared and it's heartbreaking and beautiful.

4. Favourite song right now?
5. What is your new years resolution?
To be healthier version of myself and to keep pushing through everyone else's perceptions of me so I can do what I want to do.
6. What is your middle name?
I'd rather not say juts because with my full name my online profile would have no secrecy left :(
7. Glass half full or glass half empty?
Half full... most days
8. Favourite TV show right now?
Pretty Little Liars
9. What is your favourite wild animal?
Are horses considered wild animals?
10. One makeup item that you couldn't live without?
Concealer. I don't wear a lot of make up but concealer is a must to hide my insomnia nights in the morning sun...
That's it folks... I'm going to cheat and not tag anyone but if you choose to do the tag send me your link and I'll definitely pop by. I just don't want to force anyone to do this post at this time of the year.. if you do decide to do it, these are my questions to you:
1.Who's your favourite blogger and why?
2. What's better bold lips or bold eye make up?
3. Favourite Christmas memory?
4. Favourite sport? ( you don't have to play)
5. Do you have breakfast daily?
6. Do you own a LBD? What makes yours special?
7. At what age did you stop believing in Santa?
8. Have you ever tried online dating?
9. What's your fail safe recipe?
10.What's your New years eve plans?

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Wedding Vibes : OOTD (My Attempt at Fashion Blogging)

I attended a wedding this weekend and I literally wore one of my favourite outfits - EVER! 

Custom Made Champagne Sequence Dress
Nine West Nude Sandals
Nude Pierre Cardin Clutch


I loved this look it made me feel so pretty... anyway happy Tuesday x

Friday, 19 December 2014

Hypocrisy At It's Best

DISCLAIMER: This is one mixed bag of emotions in this post.There aren't any pretty pictures to go with this post just raw emotion. 

I've always prided myself on not being a hypocrite but such is life when you bite your tongue and hang your head in shame as you give into something you morally don't agree with.

I know I'm being cryptic and I wish I could just write out and share with you guys what's going on my mind so I can get it off my chest but I can't because I don't want to humiliate the other people involved but I'll just say this: the one thing people have always said about me is that I'm so straight forward/ so honest/ so trustworthy and now I've been asked to support a decision I don't agree with and I feel like a fraud.

I've been really battling with this because it's not just that I don't agree but other people I'm close too agree that to support this decision is wrong and yet we're all doing it...

You see we so things we wouldn't ordinarily do for the people we love but my conundrum I'm suffering through today is... Would they do the same for me? Or better yet, how much can you write off your own sanity for the sake of being the "better person"?

I know, heavy thoughts for a Friday morning but this has been weighing me down for weeks and it doesn't feel it's going to get any better.

So, thoughts?? Support without (with little) judgement or preserve your integrity?

Thursday, 18 December 2014

The Songs That Made My 2014!

I've said this a million times (ok, about 100 times) before - music is a very big part of my life and this year has been no different so when I saw that Helene was hosting a link up about the Best Songs of 2014 so of course I wanted to join the party!

The Best Songs Of 2014

Stay With Me - I don't want to lie to you, I have no idea when this song came out I just knew I loved it and Sam Smith and Adele could possibly make the most heartwrenching love album known to mankind.

I would have to say that Stay With Me is the song that will always remind me of this year because it's the one that has been most consistent over this year.

 Come Get It Bae - don't hate me but I was actually not a very big fan of Pharrell Williams in the past, I always enjoyed his songs but never felt compelled to buy them until this one. This song made me so happy every single time I heard it on the radio. Hands down my go to happy dance song this year. Have I mentioned I hate the word "bae" but I love this song #SorryNotSorry

Thinking Out Loud - Who are you if you have not included this song on your list? This is ridiculously beautiful and hands down my lyrics of the year! Again, I haven't been a huge fan of Ed Sheeran's before but Oh My Word thing song opened my eyes to his amazingness.

"And I'm thinking 'bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways
Maybe just the touch of a hand
Well, me—I fall in love with you every single day"

"'Cause honey your soul could never grow old, it's evergreen"

I Lived - I've told you before that One Republic follow me on Twitter (why don't you???) but I actually only had a few of their songs on my phone but literally the first time I heard this song I knew I was going to love it and my instincts were right. I think it's probably because the lyrics are on point once again but also because I've been trying to live my life this way this year.

I know this is my favourites list but I thought it would only be fair to add a few of my least favourite songs:

1. Shake It Off - T.Swift - I know earlier in the year I said I liked it but damn this song got super annoying but not as annoying as ...
2. All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor - I will sing along to this song because it's been played so much it's drummed into my head so badly I want to stab my ears! I loved this song at some stage but it was just overplayed and went from hit to hit me in the head so I don't have to listen to it. Also the fact that all her songs seem to sound the same just really annoyed me.  #RantOver
3. Wiggle - Damn you Jason Derulio I hate this song it's offensive and freaking annoying.

Soooooo, spill it - what's your best of the best of 2014????

Monday, 15 December 2014

A Child Called It - Book Review

This is an old book and I can't believe it's taken me this long to finally sit down and get to it. If you've read it you'll understand how critical it is to be aware of what happens to the children around you.

It's not that I'm giving away some big secret plot this is a book about one child's abuse which is so inhumane that it leaves you feeling absolutely gutted about situations similar to this that go unnoticed.

For most of this book I felt confused as to how David's father and teachers and neighbours let the situation get so out of hand. I was the most angry with David's father which is funny because David's mother is the abuser I just felt that there is obviously more to the story probably more than David ever knew or would know so the story seems incomplete but the idea that a somewhat normal family switches to a disgusting lowlife alcoholic dictator run household.

I must say that this book made me reflect on the kids that I may have judged growing up because perhaps they weren't the cleanest or they were some shade of "abnormal" and the fact that I just judged them instead of seeking help or extending a helping hand...

There's so much to say about this book but I'd prefer for you to read it and then we discuss it ...

Here is my Goodreads review:

A Child Called A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Heartbreaking to read and yet I found myself filled with hope that despite what people throw at you, with faith you can push through.

I can't even explain how many times I felt physically sick reading about David's experiences and yet all I can say is that I'm inspired by him.

View all my reviews

This book just made me feel like I wasn't doing enough. Like, what was I doing that could make someone else's life better?

Friday, 12 December 2014

I Finally Get It

I finally get it, the reason why blogland was so quiet during the middle of the year. Summer makes it difficult to blog because there's so much going on.
For most of you, you know I'm from South Africa so we are in the middle of summer and that means fun in the sun, cocktails and loads of socializing.
Yesterday when I logged onto my bloglovin feed I had 131 unread blog posts. I've only ever had more unread posts from when I went to Europe for two weeks. I'm stumped because honestly, I don't think I'm going to be able to read everything and do EVERYTHING I need to get done before 2015 closes on us.
So I thought I should update you guys on what's happening..
~ My brother's wedding is just over 50 days from now and there's loads to do from a bridesmaid POV as well as sister of the groom. Including bachelorette planning to finalizing accommodation for out of town guests.
~ I've recently moved into a new place which is awesome but daunting because there is so much to do. I have also realised that my OCD nature is through the damn roof! I really need to sort this ish out because I will go cray trying to keep everything spotless.
~ I've started a new venture and while it's picking up slowly but surely it's also hard but I'm loving it which is an incredible feeling. I love being busy with something I love doing.
~ I cannot even comprehend the fact that 2014 is just about done and dusted. I knew that it was going to be a challenging year but the challenges have been so different than what I imagined it would be and I feel like the days are literally running away from me.
~ I just realized I haven't bought a single Christmas gift and don't have a single clue as to what I'm getting anyone!
Anyway, I'm hoping to pop around here more but the next few days are ridiculously booked up - please still love me in my absence!
Also, do you know of any fun link ups happening? I need some inspiration to blog peeps ;)

Monday, 8 December 2014

Nutella Surprise

Hey guys,

We're into the second week in December which really means this is the last week that anyone will actually be doing work at work. It's crazy I know but this year has really managed to evade me in many ways. A lot of stuff has been going on and I've been saying and I'll say it again I will share the information with you guys when I'm ready.. I promise it will be this year though ;)

Today I wanted to share a variation on a recipe which I've seen floating around the magic Nutella Cookie that doesn't need the oven.

Here's what you'll need:

2 cups sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 tsp vanilla essence
pinch of salt
1/8 cup peanut butter (if you use crunchy peanut butter there's an extra texture which is delicious)
1/2 cup Nutella (or more if you're passionate about it)
3 cup Rice Crispies (depending on how much crunch you want)

So here's what you do:

1. In a pot, bring to a boil the milk, sugar, cocoa and butter. After a minute or two remove from heat.

2. Add in remaining ingredients and stir! Try not to over stir it because the rice crispies will get soppy which isn't much fun.

3. Use a large tablespoon and lay them onto a baking sheet. Then pop them into the fridge. They won't get super hard so you may need to leave them in the fridge until you want to eat them

We had cookies for a good week and a half which was our go to snack. they aren't as sweet as you would think they would be which is good because it satisfies the sweet craving without turning you into a complete diabetic. Fun, right?

Anyway, what's your go to cookie recipe?

Monday, 1 December 2014

Let's Make December White Hot Passion!

Firstly I wanted to say thank you to all of you that sent positive thoughts and kind words about my last post. I'm still reeling from it all despite attending his funeral on Saturday. 

However I will tell you that someone shared this quote at his funeral and I thought, WOW I need to adapt this! I need to reach my white hot passion! It's obviously the first of December which also makes me anxious because my to do list hasn't got a huge dent in it and I've literally got 31 days left to complete them.

If I reflect on where I was a year ago things are sooooo different and I am so different but sitting at the funeral on Saturday listening to all these incredible things people said about my friend (knowing I wasn't the only one who felt that way about him) I decided when I die, I want people to say those things about me. She was a girl with so much passion. 

Seriously though, I crave White Hot Passion, don't you?

What's your December plans?