Thursday, July 10, 2014

LETTING IT GO

Last few days of varsity holiday and coming to an end and this past week I have really been making an effort to work on myself as a person and also find some calm in my heart and in my mind.  I went back to yoga and it felt incredible to go and stretch out my body. Since moving I have struggled to find a class I really like and one that works with my timetable, so I am hoping my new timetable permits some leeway for these particular classes. If not, I will have to roll out my mat at home and make my own calmness. While I love gym and exercising, I do adore yoga, it stretches you in every possible way that helps to awaking you and push you a little bit further and to breath a little bit deeper.

The last few varsity holidays I didn't get to really have a holiday, so I have really enjoyed this one. I did a massive cupboard clean out and sorted throughout all my draws, clothes, make up and magazines. We really don't need a lot in this life, and we don't need to hold onto every material item. I am a hugely sentimental person and I like to keep everything that has a memory attached to it, but this time I thought of a lot of people who have nothing and could benefit from the things that I no longer use or have been sitting in my cupboards for years and simply gathered dusk from move to move. The whole process was weirdly very therapeutic! My neighbour had his door open and was playing Enya (the entire album) which made for a rather calming environment  instead of my usual frantic clean up mode. I was pretty ruthless and pretty honest and pretty stoked to have finished it off and dropped it at Nazareth House knowing that it will be washed, folded and specially hung in the charity shop or given to patients that could benefit from the things I donated. It really is a wonderful place and I have found two fantastic jerseys in the charity shop so pop in sometime if you live in Cape Town, (they do have one in JHB).

I went for a wonderful walk on Camps Bay beach with my friend Kristi the other day. It was so needed. She is like a soul sister to me and someone I can always relate to. The sun was out the air was cold and the scenery was just  beautiful. We walked the length of the beach and then sat soaking up some good old vitamin D on the rocks at Glenn beach. Really need to get out more and not just get too stuck in my routine, hello Cape Town is just too beautiful.



I started a gratitude journal which is making a huge difference in my life. No matter what kind of day I have had I make the effort to sit down before I go to sleep and write about my day and the things I have to be grateful for. If something bad happens in the day it simply cannot over shadow all the good in my life. Sure I have moments, honest moments and I write about them to, its good to get them out and on paper, but its nice to also affirm the good that I have in my life and appreciate it even more.

I am learning to be more mindful of myself, my body, my time, my friendships, relationships and my beliefs and ethics. I am working on my patience, my calmness and my focus. I am pouring energy into the right places and trying to not let silly things derail me or get me down. 



I love this quote because it is so true. Often we cling to negative or bad situations, discussions, remarks, moment and memories which in actual fact do not deserve that much time, energy or space in our minds. Yesterday I had a really unfortunate incident which got me really worked up and super upset, straight away I thought what bad luck do I have. Wrong, its not about luck, good or bad, its life, and instead of letting it ruin my day, week and weekend I decided (after a few pep talks from boyf and friends) that it is not worth getting into a panic about. I will deal with it and sort it out. At the end of the day I was not harmed in any way and nor was my life or anyone else. The situation is repairable and will be costly but non the less it has come and gone. I can't hold onto it and let it over take my entire thought process. Simply not worth it. That goes for a lot of things in life. You have to not let it consume you. There is good in so many things and a moment of gratitude makes it all the more worth it

FASHION INSPIRATION - THE JERSEY

I am obsessed with jerseys, especially granny like jerseys or sweaters and this editorial from the July issue of Glamour France is living proof of how cool jerseys can look! Love this editoral.









Wednesday, June 25, 2014

LUSH PRODUCT LOVE - BREATH OF FRESH AIR TONER WATER


LUSH always has such fantastic products and I am a big fan! I recently started using the Breath of Fresh Air Toner Water - The sea breeze captured in a bottle. A refreshing spray to tide you over. Great for use any time throughout the day as a pick-me-up for skin and mind and it really works for me. It contains aloe vera gel to sooth the skin, rose and rosemary to calm skin and rejuvenate it.

 It can be used as part of your cleansing routine or just to freshen up. I have read and heard that it can also help set your make-up. I have found that it works really well for me before I do exercise. Probably not what the product is intended for but for some reason it helps! I know LUSH also have a fantastic Tea Tree Toner which is full of antibacterial properties and great for fighting blemishes, but I find if I use too much tea tree it can dry out my skin, although I am eager to try it too, but for now the Breath of Fresh Air toner works and help prevent  breakouts that often occur when I sweat. I never wear make-up when I gym or exercise because I know it just leads to skin issues and because I have sensitive skin I have to be careful what i put on it, but a light spritz of this toner seems to do wonders. Yesterday after my exam I used some on my face and straight away my skin felt alive and fresher.

The only downfall is that for me personally, it makes my skin feel a little bit "tight" If I use a lot of it. You really only need a light spritz and you can either pat it on with clean hands or let it settle. I am no beauty expert (wish I was) But this little bottle is kept in my bag at all times.  Would love to hear your thoughts on this product and how it works for you!

* 100g bottle costs R65