So a while back I started this series… but back then it was called “My Five Favourite” I’ve decided to revive it but this time I have tweaked the idea a bit. From now on it will be called “My 5 Favourite Finds for…” and I’ll be sharing with you my 5 favourite things for that month. Starting today with February! Some of these might be fashion finds, beauty products, helpful websites, great reads or pretty places I’ve visited…. anything that I deem worthy of naming as my favourite finds of the month! So, let’s get started!!
My 5 Favourite Finds for Feb…
1. My favourite find of the month is a fashion item I picked up on a recent 50% off sale at Stuttafords Cavendish Square. My hubby came home to tell me he’d got a great discount on some jeans and that I should go past while the sale was still on. I know who does that?? He’s a keeper! Anyway I did a dash off as I’m a sucker for a good sale…. It was quite an experience as everything was 50% off and it was a huge jumble of brands and sizes and styles and you really had to HUNT for the good stuff. Fortunately I wasn’t in a rush and didn’t have children with me – both essential elements of shopping at a sale! And I did score. I picked up a few great pieces including a seriously sexy Valentines Day present for myself and a pair of black patent heels by Pringle that I’d eyed out months ago! But my favourite find was a very simple navy t-shirt dress with slight flecks of white in the fabric from Aussie fashion label, Capital M. I just happened to see it while walking to the tills to pay (as is often the case) and knew I had to have it – I then proceeded to wait for ever while they located the price and almost walked away but I’m so glad I didn’t as I have loved this item and worn it a few times in the last week. I am now so aware that sometimes it’s worth trying something new and different to what you usually go for in fashion. I would ordinarily have picked out a basic black but the navy is divine and goes with so many colour combos (think coral, gold, white, tan, pink, silver, red etc etc). Who would have thought?? I don’t yet have a pick of me in the dress but I’ll be sure to post one asap – it’s been a winner!
2. A few weeks back my little girl fell and gashed her eyebrow (while being chased by her brother even though I had repeatedly asked them not too…. sigh!). At the time it wasn’t cut rather grazed so I didn’t take her for stitches. Unfortunately the graze has left a rather nasty looking scar above her eye and I’ve been feeling very upset about it…. although as my hubby reminds me it really isn’t the worst thing that could have happened to her! So it was really PERFECT timing when I received a bottle of Esse Repair Oil to try out. It’s a natural product from the Esse range full of healing omega oils perfect to use on scars. I’ve been using it for her scar nightly and will continue to for a few months – I’m trusting for good things! Available to purchase from The Spa Shop.
3. Last week I was invited to the launch of The Little Heritage Spa – a new Hand and Foot Lounge Spa at The Cape Heritage Hotel in the CBD (more to follow in a post soon). At the event I started chatting to a blogger friend, Clouds from and Lollipops… about the nail polish brand the spa is using – essie. I’ve read and heard so much about it, but never known quite what set apart this brand from the others on the shelf and had yet to buy it considering the price difference from the usual R20 cheapies I buy at the beauty factory shop! As luck would have it Clouds was the lucky winner of a hamper of essie and very kindly gave me a bottle from her win to try out. And now I’ve seen the light…. yes, the essie brand of nail polish is a revelation. The texture of the polish is smooth and silky – just the right consistency – not “gloopy” and thick or too thin and watery. The drying time is quick and after some investigating on their website I can truly say that their colour range is AMAZING. As a “collector” from childhood of anything and everything I can honestly say I need to have every colour Haha I joke but you know I mean it. Anyway let it be said that I know which brand of nail polish I will be buying from now on… essie! (thanks Clouds!!)
4. I’m so pleased that natural beauty products seem to becoming more and more prevalent. In the past few years there have been great new brands added to the South African market. One of these is Balm Balm and although I’ve featured them before in a previous competition I’d not yet used the product myself – until now. I’ve been trying out 2 of their products – the Lip Balm and the Hand Balm – both are stunning but I’m especially loving the 100% organic Tea Tree Lip Balm from Balm Balm. It is made from shea butter, beeswax and jojoba and smells divine. It also has just the right about of shine – perfect to use on it’s own or as a gloss over your lipstick. Since I’ve started using this daily I’ve had the smoothest lips I can recall. The bonus of this product is that it can also be used for other dry spots and problem areas such as cuticles and elbows. A must have for your beauty bag. I’m super keen to try more of this great organic range soon – all are available to purchase online at The Spa Shop.
5. I’m usually a ballet flats/ slip slops kinda gal but have been trying to include a few more heels into my shoe wardrobe. I have purchased a few for special occasions but realized that I needed a “in-between” style shoe for everyday wear that still provided a bit of height. Enter the wedge! For a few months now I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect pair of wedges. And a few weeks back I found my perfect pair. As I don’t have a lot of money to spend on fashion I have to make sure my purchases work well for a variety of outfits and therefore tend to stick to black shoes but I wanted something more summery that would be able to work with jeans and dresses. This lovely neutral wedge was the answer. It has a heel strap and quite a bit of height and it was only R200. Yes please! Available at Shoe HQ.
So, what do you think of my finds? Have you made some great “finds” this month? Do share!
Images: Kathryn Rossiter (excl essie)