how to wear slides

You might remember Emily’s sudden need for the Birk. Soon after that post we went online to order our Birks, then we had shopper’s anxiety and decided against them – it’s quite a lot of money to spend on what might be only very cool for one summer. So we left it. Until we saw Charlie May in her Adidas slides and fell in love – we are now both proud owners of our own Adidas slides. And if they’re only cool for one summer, it’s ok, they weren’t too pricey! The funny thing is, I used to have a pair of these when I was a teenager?!

So, how to wear them…

Slides are super versatile – they work equally well with laid-back boyfriend jeans, slick tailored trousers or a pretty skirt or dress. It’s really what makes you feel comfortable. A tip: try to always keep your jeans rolled or trousers cropped so that you’re showing a bit of ankle. And get a good pedicure :-)

There are also a ton of different styles – single straps with buckles, two straps with buckles, one big strap, crossovers, white, black, leather, suede, metallic, stripes. Try a few on and go for the style that suits your feet the most. And you can find them pretty much anywhere: Green Cross, Woolworths, Country Road, Trenery, Witchery, Cotton On, Mr Price, Truworths

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Credits: Red Reiding Hood, Love Shop Share, Modern Legacy, Street Smith

— Liza

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summer with cotton on

Cotton On Body is launching something new this summer. In surfer and scuba-influenced fabrics like neoprene and mesh, with functional, sports-inspired detail. It’s a swimwear range designed for a girl with an active lifestyle. Something we plan on having this summer… in between lounging with G&T in hand, of course.

Whether it’s paddle boarding, surfing or a morning beach run, these pieces combine the best elements of swimwear and simple activewear. Think: industrial zips, high necks and racer backs. Love it.

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We are also besotted with this high-waisted bikini that is in stores now…

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— Emily

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

Bailey: School concert. Yes, that’s my giraffe pulling a silly face
Robert and James: Helping their mamas shoot product for I Heart Vintage
Willow: Such a beautiful, sensitive soul

— Liza

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santa’s shoebox happiness

On Tuesday we went to Canal Walk to visit Santa’s Shoebox ‘The Little Elves’ Pop-Up Shop. Situated at the Centre Court, it’s the cutest little cardboard shoebox shop with everything you need to make a needy child’s Christmas a wonderful one.

The standard shopping list for each box ensures each child gets a toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, a facecloth, a toy, sweets, a little outfit and some crayons and a colouring-in book.

The Good Hope FM pop-up shop supported by Pick n Pay will cater for anyone who has already pledged as a donor with the organisation and also encourages new shoebox pledges – on-site registration and pledging means you can support the initiative easily and quickly.

“Every year we work as hard as we can to ensure that every child on our name-list receives a pledged box and this year we are hoping that The Little Elves Pop-up Shop will help us to reach new supporters, and to grow our reach even more within the community of the Western Cape. We are thrilled to see our initiative coming to life like this!” said Irené Pieters, National Coordinator, Santa Shoebox Project.

All the filled shoeboxes will be handed over to the Santa Shoebox Project at the CTICC on 31 October. So if you are at Canal Walk this weekend, do pop in and put together a shoebox. We did, and we are so grateful for an organisation like this that puts so much hard work into making sure needy kids get blessed for Christmas.

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The Santa Shoebox Project originated in Cape Town and has grown from a humble 180 boxes in 2006 to a record 118 274 in 2013! The boxes are distributed to more than 1 000 facilities through more than 60 satellites around South Africa and Namibia. The success of the Project can largely be attributed to its personal nature – your box is specific, for children whose names, ages and genders are known.

— Emily

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style crush: charlie may

I stumbled upon British designer Charlie May on Instagram. What first caught my eye was her great hair. But basically every single photo she posts is beautiful. I like discovering designers that I’ve never heard of, especially when their aesthetic speaks to me – simplicity, clean lines, no fuss.

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Charlie May also has a great blog, Girl a la Mode, where she posts about all her trips, projects, outfits etc. I love this look with the high-waisted pants and Adidas slides!

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— Liza

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

Willow: We licked the bowl after making chocolate brownies
James: He’s discovered how to pull out the plug. And turn on the tap.
Bailey: She went camping with dad on the farm this weekend
Robert: Cheeky chops

— Liza

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out with the old, in with sleeeeep!

I mentioned in my last ‘confessions’ post that we were having a spot of trouble in the sleep department. So, after a month of being relegated to the couch Ryan decided it was time to shake things up. We needed to sell off Jimmy’s cot and compactum and get him into a big boy bed.

First thing we did was get onto Gumtree and load the items into the Children’s Furniture section and then we started browsing for a new bed. We were planning on getting a little bed for Jimmy, but found such an amazing deal on an almost new, king size that we ended up buying that for ourselves and shuffling everything else around. Willow got our old double, Jimmy got the single and we got the king size. It’s like sleeping in a glorious, soft, comfy boat. It’s enormous and we got it for a bargain!

Gumtree is such an old faithful friend. We have found everything from our house, to sunglasses and camping equipment on this platform and now we have it to thank for a full night’s sleep.

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There was much excitement. Jimmy’s bed is now the number one reading, jumping, playing place in the house. He hasn’t done much sleeping in it though. Hopefully that is to come. Fingers crossed!

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— Emily

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