I wouldn’t call myself a hard core antique hunter, but every once in a while I do love a fun search for treasures that provide a special touch to the home. Moving to South Africa made antique shopping a little harder, but not impossible, when I discovered the antique route in Pretoria South Africa.
South Africa’s capital city of Pretoria may be four hours away from my home, but that hasn’t stopped an occasional weekend trip to hunt for forgotten gems. Twelve shops line a 5 kilometer route through a quaint part of Pretoria. From old books to aged vinyls to charming wardrobes, you’ll find it all, each shop possessing their own flavor that makes them truly unique.
I’ve visited just about every single shop on the route. For my taste of cool vintage but doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, these are the shops that catch my eye every single time.
By far the coolest little shop you’ll find on the route. Heavier on the bric-a-brac (aka knick knacks), there’s a high possibility you’ll find something to add to your home decor. The room of vinyls will have you sorting through for hours. At their … >> find out more...
Feeling fresh and pretty at 40,000 feet can be about as easy as figuring out middle seat armrest etiquette. Mainly because: makeup. Our favorite blushes and balms aren’t always very travel-friendly, crumbling faster than the little behind you who can’t pop his wee ears.
But if years of travel have taught me anything, it’s how to pack makeup properly. Streamlining is key of course, and comes down to focusing on the essentials you’ll need to feel your best – primer, foundation, mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipstick, blush and finishing powder; plus the implements (think brushes and an eyelash curler) to apply them.
These are my tried-and-true favorites, and despite being accidentally stepped on (carry-on bags have a tendency to slide during takeoff and landing), dropped in hotel bathrooms and otherwise handled less than gently, have stayed intact and mess-free, making me feel a lot less stressed and a lot more pretty. (Nothing goes on worse than that shattered powder blush you just tried to scoop off the floor with a postcard, thinking you can just pretend it’s the loose mineral variety. Trust me.)
Then there’s makeup bags. We all know there are some super gorgeous ones that make us happy whenever … >> find out more...
Easter Brunch is one of my family’s favorite meals to share together. We’re big on breakfast foods at our house and especially when it comes to egg dishes like omelets and frittatas. And especially when it comes to a good asparagus recipe. Asparagus goes very well with eggs and bacon. This is one of those brunch recipes that is also delicious for lunch or dinner. This asparagus bacon frittata is very savory and satisfying. I served it up with a side of home fries browned up in a little bit of the bacon drippings.
I don’t buy bacon very often, so when I do, there are often cheers heard ’round the house – “bac-on! bac-on! bac-on!” And then the sneaking starts. One piece here. A nibble there. I can’t blame the poor kids. Bacon is mighty tasty. And this woudn’t be an asparagus bacon frittata without it.
When it comes to cheese, you want to use a stronger one that holds up to the flavor of the bacon and meshes well with the asparagus. I used an four cheese Italian blend this time. Usually I go with gruyere which is one of the greatest cheeses EVER. Mozzarella is nice and … >> find out more...
It’s completely realistic to get gorgeous in the morning with a an easy, everyday, 7 minute makeup look. It’s true. Stay with me. Work, school, kids, dinner, housework, family time. These are just a few things that take up life, often we probably even have more to add to the list. Just because we’re busy doesn’t mean we can’t make time for ourselves, though. I don’t know about you, but when I make the effort to, put on makeup and attempt my hair I feel so much better. I’m actually a lot more productive!I have whittled my makeup routine down to 7 minutes. That’s right, seven. How do I know it’s seven? Well, I timed it. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t lying to ya’ll. Oh and I had a couple of little boys interrupting me to check on their dinosaurs, so you might even be able to knock this out in less! Here’s what I used for my 7 minute makeup routine. You can most certainly adapt to what you have or what works for you.
Eyes: Revlon palette. I love these palettes but the one I use the most is called Impressionist. It’s simple … >> find out more...
Manicures at home are pretty much my specialty. I love doing my own nails, so much so that I have a regular old salon party every Sunday night with my ridiculous collection of OPI nail polish; I watch my stories and give myself a manicure and go to a super happy place before the week turns to madness. It’s a ritual I’ve had for a long time and I don’t feel quite right on Monday if I don’t have pretty painted nails.
It’s just a thing, and we all have our things, don’t we?
Well anyway. I always have my nails done, it’s just how I roll. But when I travel I hate to take nail polish with me unless it’s an emergency (sometimes I have, in fact, had nail emergencies, deal with it) so if I’m traveling for more than 5 days I like to get a shellac/gel manicure so I’m not stressing about chipped nail polish (a trashy look on me).
Eventually though even a gel manicure starts to peel, taking the whole nail-bed with it, and the temptation to peel the manicure all the way off becomes too much for me (gel peels off like a … >> find out more...
When I was a girl my grandma bought me a new Easter dress every year. I was always thrilled to have a something new for the holiday, and to welcome spring. I confess, as an adult I still find myself wanting a new dress every time Easter rolls around. I’ve been scoping Easter dresses online and I’ve created three fashion-forward Easter looks for us curvy gals.
If the weather cooperates, this outfit would be comfy for a picnic or lunch al fresco. Casual, yet still full of spring cheer.
Do you have Easter brunch plans with family or friends? Dress up just a little in honor of the day.
This outfit speaks to the little girl in me that still wants an Easter dress. The belted dress is classic, and the necklace adds a little pop of color to draw attention to your face. I’d absolutely wear this look to church services on … >> find out more...
Just look what our newest contributor, Andrea, has been up to in the craft department! Read on for this fabulous sequin bracelet DIY.
I’ve loved the look of stacked sequins in jewelry for a while now. I have a long boho-type necklace that mixes metallic sequins with all sorts of funky beads to make a very unique and pretty statement, and I’ve gifted a couple sets of simple sequin bracelets for birthdays. The store I had picked up a couple of bracelets has long been sold out, and months later, I’m still dreaming of owning a set of my own. So, when I spotted loads of pretty sequins at my favorite bead shop, I decided I could most definitely make my own. Turns out, I was right, and the process and results came out better than I ever expected. Here’s what you’ll need for your own sequin bracelet DIY:
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- Flat sequins in your favorite colors
- Unique beads or stones (try to find ones that match the diameter of the sequins as close as possible so it doesn’t wind up looking bulky)
- Elastic bead cording
- Beading needle
- All supplies should be available at a local craft store. To find
Do you dream of traveling to Scotland? Smoky whisky, lilting brogues, family tartans, medieval castles, bagpipes, mythical creatures, verdant backdrops – all that and more makes Scotland easy to fall in love with, something my family discovered first hand while visiting the small, incredibly vibrant country peopled with some of the most welcoming folk in Europe.
And though my husband and I are used to overnight travel and jet lag, this was the very first time my kids had gone beyond the limits of the Caribbean. Adventures by Disney invited us to join them as a family to experience an abbreviated version of their Scotland itinerary, and after a proper night’s sleep, both kids proved themselves seasoned travelers, excited to go exploring from the minute the sun came up until long after the stars appeared in sprays across the inky night sky.
We can’t wait to go back, and if you’re not smitten with Scotland already, these five adventures should leave you convinced and ready to pack. (Besides, you kind of have to heart a country whose national animal is the unicorn.)
EXPLORE OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH
Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is where historical medieval awesome meets thoroughly … >> find out more...
I’ve got 5 ways to dress up t-shirts for you, friends. If you’re anything like me, you probably love your comfy t-shirts and you probably have a tee in every color and shape–scoop neck, v-neck, crew- neck, etc. Alas, the good old plain t-shirt and jeans gets pretty old, pretty fast. I find myself gravitating to a white v-neck and comfy jeans almost daily, but like to jazz up the look! Here are my favorite ways to dress up t-shirts for any occasion.
Pair it with a fun skirt, bright accessories- or both! Some of my favorite outfits have been a mixture of casual pieces with slightly dressier pieces. You may usually wear a pencil skirt with a chiffon top or button down, but why not pair it with a fun t-shirt?! This will definitely dress up the t shirt without being fussy or fancy, great for brunch or a date night. Play it up with other prints! A grey tee by itself looks fine, but when you throw a fun camo, chambray or striped blazer over your it, there’s a whole new look in play. Throw on a pair of skinny jeans and adorable flats for a look … >> find out more...