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Must-Have Summer Styling with Shoeaholics.

Have I caught your attention yet? Who wouldn’t want to know about discounted designer shoes! I’ve been aware of Shoeaholics for years after an ex-housemate (whose bedroom was piled high with shoe boxes) told me how incredible it was for discounted designer shoes – up to 70% off retail price dontyouknow. I’ll admit that many of my purchases were made during uni hours with money that should have paid for my rent, but each pair was so worth it when my cupboard was filling up with designer shoes and now I’ve got the chance to work with Shoeaholics, I can share my love with you so that you can make better accessory choices too (or like me, shoes that can’t pay your rent but probably should have). So I have two pairs of shoes and a bag to share with you today which were chosen after a lengthy browse of the website,…

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An Instagrammers Guide to Cape Town.

Lets be honest, how often do you go on holiday and think about all the potential shots you can get? Whether you love the quirky architecture, the endless beaches or just love a good outfit post at a cliff-face – I’ve decided to give you an instagrammers guide to Cape Town.. you know, to help a gal out. There will probably be more of these for other places in future too so keep your eyes peeled! Cape Town is actually one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa if you love a mixed atmosphere. There are so many variations from the hipster city centre to a more architectural waterfront, white sand beaches and even the odd mountain to climb. Its basically an Instagrammers heaven if you’re not looking for the white and blue Santorini vibe because theres just so much there. It kind of reminded me of (a hotter version of) London…

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Horse Riding On The Beach in Noordhoek | Bucket List Adventures.

Horse riding on Noordhoek beach is the one thing you definitely need to do if you visit.. and I know I say this about pretty much everything we’ve done but I’m serious. Just look at these pictures and its quite clear why – the beautiful blue sky and empty beach.. so relaxing and definitely something you can’t do in many places! Myself and Ellie spent quite a while browsing Google for the cheapest, longest ride that we could find and landed on Sleepy Hollow Riding School, situated right by the beach and offering a 2hr ride for only R530 (approx. £30) per person and you choose from three times of the day morning, midday or evening so we opted for 9AM – having a private ride with no-one else. To be completely honest, I’ve got no experience on a horse. I’ve ridden maybe a handful of times in my life…

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Statement Sleeves: The Trend That Doesn’t Stop.

Can you remember a time before statement sleeves? When we didn’t all struggle to eat dinner in restaurants due to fear of our bell sleeves dipping into our food (seriously though)? The sleeves trend feels like its been around forever.. of course the styles and fabrics differ slightly but the general vibe is there and it seems like its here to stay. We all know that statement sleeves are here to stay for a little while longer but when it comes to this time of year, I’m a sucker for light pieces that work for everyday (over a bikini and even layered up with a jacket for colder days) and this definitely fit the bill. So as the seasons have changed, my chunky bell sleeved knits have been switched for the lighter, more feminine pieces that will see me through until October (I hope). This particular sleeved must-have is from…

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The Harsh Reality of Bo-Kaap, Cape Town.

I didn’t want to write this post because I didn’t want to taint my trip to South Africa with something less than perfect (how stereotypical blogger of me) but these images couldn’t be shared in any other way. I couldn’t allow myself to sugar coat an outfit post or Instagram shot by pretending nothing happened. I couldn’t give my usual witty humour though this post or spread some motivational quotes or whatever else I’d have written when in reality, this was one of my worst days. I just needed to let myself spill out every thought and move on from it.   Its all still so raw having been only a couple of days (at the time of writing this) and each moment brings a realisation of something else that was taken from me. An item which is irrelevant to them but probably meant something to me. I know in…

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Three Hidden Bars & Restaurants In Cape Town | Recommended By Locals.

Have you ever visited a city and remembered a certain meal or restaurant/bar enough to recommend it? Or feel nostalgic whenever you eat/drink said thing again? Discovering a new place is often best done through the mouth. No, not sexually as I know some of your brains will automatically assume but in terms of food and drink!When you travel, its inevitable that you will need to eat out at least a few times but websites like TripAdvisor tend to offer the most popular options and not necessarily the hidden gems. While in Cape Town, I decided to speak to locals and discover the amazing independent restaurants and bars instead of the tourist, popular chains. The Gin Bar, Wale StreetWhat could be better than a bar full of gin, hidden from view? The Gin Bar a small little haven disguised in the back of Honest Chocolate Cafe in the heart of Cape Town…

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Falling Back In Love With Colour | Muizenberg Beach.

Hello, hi, how are you doing? I hear it was pretty exotic in England this weekend.. and by exotic I mean its hotter than usual and actually a similar temperature to here in Cape Town! This post is brought to you from outside the most aesthetically pleasing beach huts in Muizenberg which you probably already saw on my Instagram last week. The huts have been around since the Victorian days and used to be used as changing huts, in bright colours that give the beach a little happiness. I fell in love with a little yellow one so it became my ‘home’ for this shoot and I was mentally planning how I could fit some cute Pinterest style decor inside. I know, who am I? Since when did I like colour!? I’m sure by now you’ve realised that I’m a sucker for monochrome but in recent weeks, I’ve been slowly…

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Stripped Back Outfit Post.

How often do you see a stripped back post talking about just the outfit nowadays? I think the blog world has become too much about article style content rather than just kicking it back to 2014 when we all loved chatting about our clothes and not much else.. anyone with me on this!? I miss the old blogging world where you’d give a few short sentences alongside some killer pictures against a bedroom wall or in your garden. Yep, I said it. So heres a good ol’ outfit post, just like the old days. I’m curious actually, do you guys miss the outfit posts? JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content. To be honest, I’ll admit that this is the first ‘outfit post’ I’ve done in a while because this is probably the first time I’ve actually dressed up since arriving in South Africa.…

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Why You Need To Climb Table Mountain If You Visit Cape Town.

Table Mountain is one of the main things that instantly comes to mind when you think about South Africa and at 3563ft tall, its quite the impressive backdrop to Cape Town. Now obviously being the little travel bug that I am and wanting to immerse myself in the culture of every place that I visit, Table Mountain was an inevitable part of our trip. We decided against the cable car route in favour of hiking and I just needed to write a post to explain why you need to climb Table Mountain rather than taking the easy way up. How else can you truly experience so beautiful? Its free! Paying for a cable car to the top will cost you around £15 which isn’t a lot, but hiking up is free and gives you more time to enjoy the mountain and properly experience Cape Town from the sky. You’ll feel like…

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Have I Lost My Identity Or Am I Still Discovering Who I …

Identity. Nothing more, nothing less. Its what makes you, you and me, me. Do you ever feel like you don’t really know who you are? Because thats exactly how I feel right now. I’m sat overlooking the most beautiful beach, completely cut off from reality and feeling sorry for myself. Feeling like I don’t know who I am and I couldn’t go another minute without writing it down and putting into words exactly how I’m feeling. The last four years of my life have been a constant whirl of change with absolutely nothing that I have right now being even a slight echo of my previous life.. my previous self. And changes change a person, evolve you to be able to cope and keep moving so I guess the ‘me’ right now is stronger and smarter. I sometimes worry that my identity is lost through all the change. Am I…

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Luxury Hostel Without The Cost | Curiocity, Durban.

Durban is one of the tourist hot spots of South Africa with beautiful coastlines and plenty to do, meaning accommodation can be pricey due to sea views and luxurious suites. Finding somewhere lovely but inexpensive is a challenge if you’re on a budget and even though I’m one of those people that is always out exploring when I travel, I like having somewhere homely to unwind and rest at the end of the day. Admittedly a hostel is never somewhere that crossed my mind as I always associate them with cheap bunkbeds and minimal space but this one was surprising. Curiocity Hostels is listed independently on Google and also through Airbnb, which is where their premier double room* came up in my search.  The hostels are based in Durban and Johannesburg and Curiocity was voted best backpacker accommodation in South Africa in the Lilizela Tourism Awards.   The Durban hostel…

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