skincare routine

I’ve had a few conversations lately with a selection of different friends who all seem to be practising the same skincare routine as me, bar one or two small differences. I’m not saying this routine is the best, because I don’t think my skin is one of those that people look at and think, wow… but this simple routine has kept my skin free of blemishes, healthy and in the best condition it’s ever been. So I thought it may be good to share it.

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Here’s the lowdown…

  1. Cleanse morning and evening with Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Face Wash
  2. Apply Cetaphil Moisturising Cream and Bioderma SPF 50+ Tinted
  3. Apply make-up
  4. In the evening before going to bed, apply AHA Cream after cleansing

Yup, that simple. And effective! Sometimes I use almond oil on my face too, it’s natural and nourishing. Plus, a good facial every 4-6 weeks doesn’t hurt either. When I struggled with bad skin in my 20s, my dermatologist put me onto Cetaphil and told me to use SPF 50 on my face every day, no matter the weather, and I have never ever looked back.

How does your skincare routine work for you?

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— Liza

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missibaba’s new backpacks are just so rad

As a mama, it’s sometimes not practical to lug a big handbag around, especially when travelling with your littles or when you’re out for the day and need to pack a million supplies. It’s also not practical to use an ugly bag, because well, just because you’re a mama doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice on style.

That’s why we like the idea of Missibaba’s new Palermo Backseat Bitch Backpack collection. Not only are they practical but they’re good looking too. The backpacks feature five sets of magnets, making it easy to whip them open and closed in an instant. And they’re locally made – each bag requires six people’s crafty hands to create the final beautiful product.

We love this new collection! Buy them in the Missibaba store today 🙂

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— Liza

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fun family things to do in cape town for the winter holidays

We’re in the last week of Term 2 and we’re heading towards a long, cold, winter school break! It’s always a bit daunting imagining how we will keep our little people from going crazy with cabin fever. We don’t really want them glued to the TV or the iPad all day, so if you’re not heading off to warmer climes or taking a mini break somewhere nearby, here are a few ideas around Cape Town that will help keep you all happy…

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Table Mountain Cableway
Luckily, Cape Town offers gorgeous, crisp clear winter days too, so it’s a brilliant time for a family outing up Table Mountain on the cable car. Especially when you can take advantage of their Kidz Season special offer which runs until 30 September – one adult ticket gives two kids under 18 a free ride. Bonus!

Watercolour Workshop
A stalwart in Cape Town, Hi Ho Cherry O in Tokai is an institution when it comes to all things educational and fun for children. For the holidays they’re offering 30-minute watercolour workshops for little ones between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, at their store from 27 June – 1 July and 4-8 July. The workshop will teach your kids how to mix palette paints properly and how to produce certain effects in free-style painting. It will cost R50 per session, there will be morning and afternoon slots with two children per session allowed, and your child will receive a set of Italian Giotto watercolour paints too. To book, call Hi Ho Cherry O on 021 715 9033 or pop into the store.

Mini Masterchefs
The Table Bay Hotel‘s Executive Chef, Jocelyn Myers-Adams, has been running cooking classes for kids since April, and for the winter holidays she will be teaching mini chefs-in-training how to make Tomato Beef Bredie (on 2 July) – the perfect dish for a cold, rainy day! The two-hour session costs R300. To book, call 021 406 5988 or email tablebaydining@suninternational.com

Theatre Time
We’ve been to many of the children’s theatre shows at The Artscape and they are always so brilliant. This time you can look forward to an adventure with Noddy and his friends (27 June – 9 July). It’s a lovely morning outing. The Playhouse in Somerset West will also be showing The Wizard of Oz and Little Red Riding Hood.

Sweet Treats
For a milkshake treat like no other, head to the new MyShake Milkshake Bar at Canal Walk. Little ones get the opportunity to build their own milkshake creations from a creamy vanilla base. With over 100 toppings and treats to choose from, they’re bound to enjoy it! Or head to Crumbs & Cream in Sea Point for the ultimate ice cream sandwich – a scoop of their choice of ice cream flavour sandwiched between two giant cookies of their choice. Yum!

There are many more fun things to do in and around Cape Town, but we can’t list them all here. Let us know what you have planned!

— Liza

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a great date night idea

It was hubby’s birthday on Friday and I booked for us to go to The Crypt for dinner and jazz. We haven’t been since we were dating (about 15 years!), but I’d recently heard that it was still a really good night out. If you’ve never been to The Crypt, it’s located in Wale Street in the basement of St George’s Cathedral, and it is just the most wonderful place. The Cape Dutch Connection were the band for the evening, and they blew us away – brilliant music played so incredibly well. We ate steak and chips, drank some good red wine and had a perfect night out. Go for your next date, you’ll love it!

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— Liza

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lunch in the winelands // boschendal

We visited Boschendal in April on a blistering hot day to picnic with friends at Werf Picnics. It was in the 30s with not a breath of wind and it was heaven to just laze around under the trees sipping wine and kicking back in those comfy bean bags while the kids ran around. The service is great, and once you arrive you literally do not have to lift a finger. The staff bring your picnic baskets and drinks to you. The baskets are filled with fresh bread, dips, meats, cheeses and preserves. And the kiddies baskets are great too – yummy pies, jelly, fruit and more.

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Bailey and her friend Sam :-)

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We visited that day with the intention of taking some family photos afterwards. The kids were tired and hot, we were tired and hot! But we managed to get some lovely shots in the end, like this one 🙂

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— Liza

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the beauty of patterns

It’s exceptionally inspiring to see life through the eyes of Skinny laMinx designer Heather Moore. She just has that knack of being able to turn everyday things into works of art. If you follow Heather on Instagram, you’ll get a good sense of how her creative brain works.

And her latest collection is a prime example. Heather was inspired by early 20th century architecture where perforated brick, concrete and steel brise soleil (French for sun breaker) screens were built in tropical climates to create privacy and security as well as to filter the sun and allow air movement. For years, she has been capturing the beauty of these structures in her travels to Tokyo, Jaipur, LA and all over SA.

Brise Soleil at Sea Point Library

Brise Soleil at Sea Point Library

Brise Soleil in Muizenberg

Brise Soleil in Muizenberg

And these incredible screens with their different patterns are the inspiration behind her new collection, aptly named Brise Soleil. The collection consists of three new textile designs (Weft, Apeture and Breeze) in three shades… concrete, petrol and moonbeam.

Below are some incredible collabs Heather did with four furniture manufacturers in Cape Town for the Brise Soleil Lookbook. We heart them all, but the LIM collab is our fave.

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Saks Corner

Saks Corner

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Bofred

The New Modernist

The New Modernist

— Liza

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personalised rings by Janine Binneman

I have so much love for my new personalised stacking rings by local jewellery designer Janine Binneman. They are quite simply the cutest things ever.

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Janine and her team create exquisite one-of-a-kind pieces, from engagement rings to occasion jewellery and classic must-haves for men and women.

I have a very minimalist approach to jewellery. I’m not a very good ‘accessorisor’, but I do like each piece I wear to mean something to me, almost like a tattoo. I have my wedding ring, I have my Huguenot cross necklace that my dad bought me, which represents my ancestry – and now I have these rings, and they bear my very heart and soul.

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I look at them about a thousand times a day and each time I smile. They have that effect on you.

Made from sterling silver, they are also available in rose gold and yellow gold plating (maximum of 9 letters per name). The price ranges from R330 to R380.

— Emily

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