It’s the 1st of June and as per my habit I’ve put together a list of my 5 Favourite Finds for the month of May here for you today…
1. Far from the Madding Crowd movie
Although this move opened on 1 May it’s still showing at various cinemas around SA, and good thing too because it’s well worth a trip to the big screen for this one. I went along to watch this with my husband on the recommendation of a good friend and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. In fact it’s probably my best film for 2015 thus far!
I loved the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor.
Although the story is set in 1974 it is a true timeless story of choices and passions and I found it really thought provoking. In fact we analysed the movie all the way home! It explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.
What was very interesting is how the 3 different male leads in the movie almost represent the 3 types of men you might meet in your romantic pursuits and makes for very interesting viewing especially if you are single and looking for love!
Strikingly modern even in 2015, the exuberant Victorian farmer Bathsheba Everdene starts out a simple country girl who has inherited her uncle’s farm, and becomes a fierce-willed, impulsive heiress who is faced with a myriad of life choices. As she becomes as independent financially as she is in spirit, she ironically becomes a lure for the very thing she’s been trying to avoid: marriage.
She’s surrounded, and confounded, by intriguing suitors – the down to earth farmer Gabriel Oak, the seductive soldier Sergeant Troy and the wealthy landowner Mr. Boldwood. But as she weaves through a turbulent tangle of passion, obsession and betrayal, she must etch out her own hard-won path to what she really desires.
I love how Bathsheba is an amazing role model for women of all ages (aside from her love choices!) I really loved this movie and will definitely be rewatching it when it comes out on DVD.
“In those earlier days she had always nourished a secret contempt for girls who were the slaves of the first good-looking young fellow who should choose to salute them. . . . she had felt herself sufficient to herself.” Thomas Hardy, Far From The Madding Crowd
2. Beautiful Colour Moisturising Lipsticks from Elizabeth Arden
These Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour lipsticks are lovely and luxurious. Presented in gorgeous gold embossed cases and with lush, long-lasting colour I’ve hardly been wearing anything else on my lips this month. I love the super soft texture that’s comfortable to wear and even those these lipsticks are presented as Matte I found the formula to be moisturising and wasn’t left with super parched lips at the end of the day as is oftn the case with other matte lipsticks.
Boasting the same long lasting, moisturizing results as Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick, these matte shades flood lips with bold coverage in a lush, beautiful matte finish. Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick’s highly pigmented and fade-resistant matte formula glides on with silky smooth comfort and saturates lips with intense color payoff that lasts for 12 hours
There is a stunning selection of 8 highly pigmented matte colours – from Nude & Barely There to Rose Petal, Coral Crush & Pink Pucker plus Chocolate, Raspberry and Bold Red to choose from – there’s something for everyone. My current fave is the Nude paired with a smokey eye – perfect for winter!
These modern matte lipsticks features moisture-enriched pigments, mango, shea and Murumuru butters to protect, condition, and nourish lips with moisture. Satin-Texture Powders form a unique film that flexes and bends with every smile and pucker for supple matte look that won’t fade all day. Matte lips make a statement, and work on any skin tone at any age, for any occasion! (R220 each at Woolworths, Foshini, Edgars, Red Square and Truworths stores nationwide)
3. Boots from Footgear
Well winter arrived this weekend and with it my winter woolies!! I have been digging out my snoods, scarves and jerseys along with my boots…. and identifying where the holes are in my winter wardrobe. Luckily I have the boots department covered with 2 new arrivals from the fabulously affordable Viva range of boots from Footgear.
I live in boots during winter and my stock standard black and tan leather pairs of long boots have stood me in good stead for the past few years but to be honest the thought of wearing the same two pairs of shoes on rotation for the better part of 4 months was not too appealing. Fortunately Footgear came to my rescue! I popped in to select a pair of boots for myself and my kids. My daughter is not one to mess around and has very definite ideas of what she will wear – and fluffy, fun ugg-style boots were her first choice. My son wasn’t too keen on gum boots, despite the large selection of cute styles, his 8-year-old self was having none of them and opted for a cute pair of “Converse” style shoes also from the Viva range at Footgear.
Then it was my turn… and after wittling down the endless options, I opted for 2 pairs! Both very different from my usualy style, but definitely ones I will wear repeatedly this winter. In fact I have already done so in the 2 weeks since I brought them home.
The first pair is a beige pair of ankle boots with a removable strap detail which I bought on special for under R300! They are the ideal length to elongate your legs and look especially good with a short skirt and opaque tights or a pair of leggings or jeans paired with a large, chunky knit. (R299.99)
The second pair I choose is one I’ve been wearing almost daily – a grey pair of lace ups with a zip detail up the back. I’ve been really enjoying the versatility of this pair having recently spent a day wearing them with cuffed jeans and then pairing them with a leather jacket and a long charcoal jersey dress at night. (R369.99)
Having a few new pairs of boots in my winter wardrobe has been fab and I’m finding it so much fun thinking of ways to wear my clothes with these new additions to my shoe cupboard.
4. The Bike Park (Pump track) at Constantia Uitsig
For a few months I’ve been hearing friends talk about the awesome new bike track at Constantia Uitsig but we just didn’t get there ourselves… now we finally have a new bike rack for the kids bikes and we no longer have any broken limbs we could venture out to the “pump track” for an afternoon of bike riding with friends. And it was totally worth the wait. What a fun place for kids and adults alike.
I didn’t venture onto the track myself… it’s a feat for me to stay upright on two wheels… but both my kids had a blast. Obviously it helped have some friends to enjoy the experience with too. I was a bit concerned that my 5 year old wouldn’t be able to do much but we found that there is a small beginners track for the little ones and she did a few laps of this to gain some confidence. She is a new rider and almost needs to relearn each time we get on the bike again (and the 6 weeks in a cast didn’t help) but after a few laps she was up and off – mostly on the road alongside the rest of the track, but she still had great fun. My son, aged 8, had been before with his dad and after sorting out a puncture at the bike shack he was off and I barely saw him again all afternoon.
It’s a great spot to take the kids, join them on the track or hang out at the rustic shack with a book or magazine. Apparantly ere are plans to create a better option for the parents, let’s hope they are soon as it looks like I’ll be spending a lot more time here! Find the bike track behind the old River Cafe off Spaanschemat River Road in Constantia (R30 for each rider)
5. Lingerie Letters
I’m not one to flash my knickers around but the latest pretty pair from Lingerie Letters is worthy of a mention… in fact the whole service is! My May pair of pretties arrived at my door mid-month, just when I needed a bit of a lift!
Lingerie Letters is a subscription service with a difference… sign up and they will send you a pretty pair of panties by post every month. And they are certainly very pretty and unlike any you’ll see in the shops. Plus the little surprise in the postbox each month is a lovely pick-me-up. Whether it’s for yourself or someone special as a gift, it’s sure to be the best thing you get in the post each month! I can’t wait to see what’s inside the next Lingerie Letters parcel… (From R149 per month)
I love putting together this series of My Five Favourite Finds each month… I hope you find it interesting too! Let me know if you’ve discovered anything fabulous this past month that I should know about in the comments below!
Images: Supplied (Movie pics), Deryck Broom (Bike pics) & Kathryn Rossiter
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