Love L’Occitane

On a blustery, wet, windy day last week we went to The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay for the launch of L’Occitane‘s new skincare range Pivoine Sublime. The range uses peony extract that’s historically been used for its therapeutic properties.

To get a little technical for a moment, the experts at L’Occitane’s lab in the Manosque used enzymatic hydrolysis – a process that breaks up the molecules of an extract into micro-fragments that are incredibly active on the skin – all very interesting. After five years of research, they revealed their new peony-infused skincare range as well as fragrance and tinted lip balms (which I am now completely addicted to).

I have really dry skin and in winter it’s worse. I was moaning to Liza the other day about how awful my skin was looking, so dry and drab, so I was excited to start using L’Occitane’s Peony Perfecting Cream. I’ve been putting it under my barrier moisturing cream and in a week my skin is looking visibly improved. It has some of that elasticity back and is looking so much more hydrated. Yay!

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We had to snap a few pics of the pink, peony-inspired snacks. They were delicious.

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— Emily

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winter skin savers

My skin is so sensitive, and sometimes I feel like I’m still dealing with issues I dealt with 20 years ago, now just including the new issues (fine lines, wrinkles!). Because of this I’m always weary to try new products on my face, but these amazing products I’ve been using recently have been great…

La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster and Foam Cleanser 

The Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster is designed for both women and men. It’s a smooth, lightweight serum that is proven to reduce fine lines by 39% and deeper wrinkles by as much as 42%, within two weeks. The serum contains rare, powerful ingredients that not only plumps the skin, but helps to remove dead skin cells too. I’ve also found that this rich, creamy foam cleanser leaves my skin feeling sparkly clean and soft after use. Ultra luxurious!

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Letibalm Nose and Lip Repair Balm

My lips always suffer when the seasons change, and even during winter when it’s really warm one day and cold and rainy the next. They get dry and cracked so quickly! This balm is so super moisturising that it stays on and creates a protective layer to keep my lips soft. The great thing is I can use it on my nose and the sensitive skin between my lips and nose too. I’m also using Letibalm Paediatric on Bailey, especially when she goes to bed at night and her little nose is blocked. It helps to keep her lips from drying out too badly. You can find Letibalm at Dis-Chem, Pick n Pay and leading pharmacies.

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Africology Chamomile Body Balm

I love Africology so much, and this Chamomile Body Balm is just amazing. It’s a thick paste, perfect for those extra dry spots like heels and elbows but also beautifully nourishing for the whole body. You could add a bit to your hot bath before bedtime – the chamomile is the perfect calming aid to leave your body and mind feeling relaxed and restored.

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Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Firming / Sculpting Eye Creme

I’ll admit, I haven’t been very good with taking care of the delicate skin around my eyes. Earlier this year, it was dry and flaky and the lines around my eyes were even more prominent. I had to do something pronto. I’ve used Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair with brilliant results, so I opted for their eye creme too. The Resilience Lift has dramatically improved the skin around my eyes. Every night before bed, I dot a little under and around my eyes and it’s made a visible difference!

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— Liza

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H&M hits Cape Town. Triple yay!

H&M is opening its first store in Cape Town in October 2015 at the V&A Waterfront. Yay!

The store will be one of the largest in the world and the flagship store of South Africa, with two whole floors of gorgeous, affordable fashion.

“We are very happy to finally open our first store in South Africa and bring our future customers what H&M is known for the world over – fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way,” says Pär Darj, Country Manager for H&M South Africa. “We are also extremely proud of our newest H&M employees as we have found a wonderful team for our store,” he adds.

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The store will open with the H&M Studio collection for women that fuses modern eclectic with a classic twist. Silhouettes are playful with exaggerated curves and the collection sees the introduction of oversized shapes worn with neat and nipped pieces.

For men H&M is about personal style, with a collection full of masculine, wearable pieces that together create a modern wardrobe of adventure and individuality.

We are really excited. Meep!

— Emily

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get personal with Kirsten Goss

The new #getpersonal collection from Kirsten Goss Jewellery is just lovely isn’t it? Each piece is hand stamped and ranges from bangles, necklaces and pendants as well as rings. If you’re keen to #getpersonal, visit your nearest Kirsten Goss store in either Cape Town, Jozi or Durban or order online. You’re also able to bring in an existing KG piece that you already own to get that personalised should there be space.

Later this year, the #getpersonal range will extend to the exquisite Diamond Condition collection, using 18kt gold rings.

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So rad 

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Coveting this one :-)

 

For more information, call 011 447 2234 (Jozi), 021 424 3453 (Cape Town) or 031 303 1101 (Durban).

— Liza

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salon 58 soirees

Last month, I headed to the Bare soiree at Salon 58 with my friend Alison. It was a fabulous morning! If you haven’t yet been to one of Jackie’s soirees, do yourself a favour and get a ticket for Noir, which is happening this Saturday. You can buy from webtickets, here.

Here are a few snaps from the Bare soiree…

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All furniture and layout design was by Okasie

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Loved the M.A.C presentation – the make-up artist (can’t remember her name!) was really funny and captivating

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Tools!

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Jackie spoke on how to build your wardrobe with the essential basics: Breton stripes, denim jacket, wide-leg trousers, sneaker loafers, skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, white shirt, trench, pencil skirt, black heels, and of course lots of scarves. Loved this!

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Maybe Corpaci made for a beautiful model

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A talk by the owner of Santa Maria Novella – plus a chance to sniff and spray all these exquisite perfumes and potpourri

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Me, wearing my inherited vintage fur (it was John-Louis’ grandmother’s fur, made by his grandfather!)

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We all got to choose a flower and tie it to the installation in the dining hall

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The most amazing food by Schoon de Companje – baguettes, seed wreaths, salmon gravadlax, cultured butter, couer a la creme, tea eggs, sweet and sour leeks and the most delicious chocolate terrine which I definitely had too much of (all washed down with Graham Beck Brut Zero!)

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The long table where we all sat to feast

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Too good!

— Liza

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vintage round up

We have some amazing vintage finds in our store right now, just waiting for their forever home! Take a look and let us know if you want anything. All prices include postage!

Yours in vintage,

— Emily

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cotton on gets first homeware range

Cotton On has teamed up with Oz designer Mark Tuckey to create a bespoke homeware collection. As with everything they do, it is effortlessly stylish and has a true authentic Australian style that works so well in SA too.

The collection is Cotton On’s first foray into the homeware market and includes beautifully designed pieces for various areas of the home categorised by Eat, Drink, Relax, Store, Bathe and Sleep.

The range includes bed linen, cushions, blankets and throws, wooden serving bowls, platters, ceramic storage jars and mugs, wooden chopping boards and general storage vessels.

Here are some gorgeous images from the campaign to get you in the mood. Am loving the throws!

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The collection will be available online at www.cottonon.com from Friday 3 July and in select Cotton On stores from 8 July. The stores include Eastgate, Gateway, Sandton, Canal Walk, Pavilion, Cresta, Cavendish, Clearwater, Brooklyn, Rosebank and V&A Waterfront.

— Emily

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