hello forever 21

I remember my first visit to a Forever 21 store was back in 2011 when we were on holiday in New York. I stepped inside the Times Square store and literally did not want to leave. It was huge, overwhelming… and I left with nothing. Too many choices! So how exciting, just a few years later, to have a Forever 21 store right in my home town. Now I can go as often as I want, plus they have new stuff in store every week. I will admit that I’m not a big fan of ‘fast’ fashion, but sometimes a girl just needs a good, old-fashioned retail fix that won’t break the bank.

A few weeks ago Emily and I went to the exclusive opening of the store at Canal Walk. We were feeling tired, stressed, overworked, premenstrual (seriously!) and just not really in the mood for a shopping evening. But as soon as we walked through the doors we somehow forgot about all the stress and exhaustion and we turned into full on shopping mode. The fact that we each received R1000 to spend also helped. The store is big, with different shopping areas each tailored to a specific look plus a huge accessories area as well as shoes, underwear, active wear and everyday basics. At one stage I misplaced my voucher (remember I said we were tired?) and I retraced my steps but just couldn’t find it. Thankfully Emily had a clearer head on her and she marched straight over to where we had been trying on the hats and picked it up for me. Thank you friend!

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The new Forever 21 is worth a visit, so get down there and let us know what you buy!

— Liza

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bailey’s frozen party

Like most five-year-old girls, Bailey was sure about one thing for her party, and that was it had to be all about Frozen. This year, we did a joint party with one of her friends. It was super fun, and lucky me because Chloe’s mum is the most amazing party organiser. I can take no credit for all the food and decor. She did it all. Amazing!

We booked Cooking with Hannah for the party, who is just so good. To start, the girls got to decorate chef hats with stickers and crayons. Once their chef hats were on (which Hannah kindly converted into crowns for us), they decorated cupcakes, each with their own piping bag filled with blue icing, and then topped that with snowflakes and sprinkles. After a little break and a game of pin the carrot on Olaf, they made their own pavlovas with mini meringues, strawberries and cream. Hannah also arranged for a game of pass the parcel. The only disappointing thing about the day was the shocking service from the venue, The Bay at the False Bay Rugby Club. I won’t go into the details of how bad they were, just bad.

Bailey’s snowflake cake was made by Lisa Welsh, our go-to cake baker. She is the best! Not only are the cakes beautiful, but they taste good too. It’s important to get both right. You can order with Lisa on 076 417 2751.

Thank you Hannah for being so calm amongst the chaos of the day, the girls had a blast.

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— Liza

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“A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Bailey and Robert: Eating supper
Willow: I asked her if I could take a photo. While she was thinking about it, I did.
James: It’s impossible to orchestrate a photo of this busy boy. But hey, he’s as beautiful in the driveway as anywhere else

— Liza

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lipidol

A new range of skincare oils called Lipidol was launched last week. It’s from the guys who brought us Bio Oil and I can say from experience that it is amazing.

We think a lot about what we put on our skin, I know that I do. More and more I’ve been turning towards natural alternatives and what we learnt at the Lipidol launch has just enforced this even further. One of the scientists involved in the creation of Lipidol talked us through the whole process, from conception to delivery.

One thing that really stuck with me was when he explained why we should use oil on our skin. Our skin produces an oily, waxy substance to keep it moisturised and to protect it, this gets removed when we wash so it makes sense to replaced it with oils… skin doesn’t release cream.

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There are 6 products in the range: Cleansing Face Oil, Cleansing Body Oil, After Shower Oil, Sunscreen Oil, Aftershave Oil and Overnight Face Oil. Liza and I have been using the Cleansing Body Oil and the After Shower Oil and I can see a big difference already. I have dry skin and I’ve noticed that it’s now way more supple and dewy all day.

The entire range is available exclusively at Clicks at the same price point – R79.95 for each product.

— Emily

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pork fillet stir-fry…

… With Green Chilli Paste and Coconut Milk

Lately, I’ve started doing meal plans for the week. It actually helps tremendously when I do the grocery shopping. I quite enjoy grocery shopping but the usual way I go about it is to start from one end of the store and weave my way through every aisle picking and choosing what I feel like and what I think we need. Often this means we’ll have five bags of carrots and no tomatoes in the fridge, plus it’s not so good for the budget. So now, with the meal plan, I actually have a better idea of exactly what to buy when I go the shops and I save money. Bonus.

I made this delicious Pork Fillet Stir-Fry from The Real Meal Revolution last week. It’s worth a try, delicious!

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You’ll need:

400g pork fillet, thinly sliced
3 tsp Thai green curry paste
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup coriander, chopped
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp fish sauce
1/2 cup chicken stock
200ml coconut milk
1/2 cup carrot, shredded
1/2 cup spring onion, shredded
1/2 cup mange tout, shredded
1/3 cup basil leaves, thinly sliced

1. Combine the green curry paste, garlic and coriander in a small bowl and mix well.

2. Heat the oil in a wok, swirling to coat the surface. Add the curry mixture and stir-fry until garlic is aromatic, about one minute.

3. Add the pork and stir-fry, stirring often, until meat is cooked (about five minutes).

4. Add the oyster sauce, fish sauce, chicken stock and coconut milk. Stir to combine and heat thoroughly.

5. Add the shredded vegetables and toss for one minute.

6. Stir in the basil leaves and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

— Liza

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spree s/s 2014

We had a great time at the Spree spring summer look board on Thursday night. Spree.co.za is Naspers’ online shop, which offers ladies and men’s clothing, decor, gifts, kids clothes and beauty products.

Their look board event was attended by all the designers, Marianne Fassler, Malcolm KLûK, Christiaan Gabriël du Toit, Gert-Johan Coetzee and Thula Sindi. We mingled and sipped Tanqueray cocktails, checking out the models posed in Spree’s trend selections for spring summer 2014. All in all a great night out, with some gorgeous fashion to feast our eyes on.

Spree S/S Lookboard 2014

Spree S/S Lookboard 2014

Spree S/S Lookboard 2014

Spree S/S Lookboard 2014

Spree S/S Lookboard 2014

Pics courtesy SDR

— Emily

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“A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Willow:I took her out for a spontaneous lunch date. We both loved it
James:I hate wasting water, but he just loves running the tap. I have to be very alert because it can turn on the bathroom taps by himself now.
Bailey: Having a blast at her Frozen party
Robert: An apple in the bath

— Liza

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