Happy AF

After three LONGGG months I was finally reunited with my boyfriend Pierre, and in no other place than the French Riviera. It was my first time in this gorgeous part of the world and I might as well have stepped into a postcard. I have to be honest, I wasn’t a good tourist. I didn’t go to any monuments or museums, I didn’t go on any tours or learned any words other than “Bonjour” or “Croissant”. All I did was wander around the old parts of the towns of Antibes, Juan-Les-Pins, Nice and Monaco with my bf’s hand in mine, drank coffee at all the cafe’s that had anything under 2 Euro and lazed in the sun on Nice’s infamous pebble beaches.

But, this was all I wanted. Sometimes traveling calls for different styles, like in New York I don’t want to stop moving and exploring, but in the French Riviera I wanted to do the opposite. I guess I quite literally take on the pace of the place I am at that moment. It probably didn’t help that I was like a teenage girl, catching myself staring into the bright blue eyes of the boy next to me 95% of the time, completely forgetting where I am and concentrating on not drooling.

Monday.

Denim on denim. Apart from actually seeing Pierre himself, I was most excited about wearing his vintage Levi’s jacket that he bought in Israel. I wore my mom jeans from Zara, a black velvet top and Pierre’s jacket. After walking though Nice for most of the day, we got a couple of beers and some fresh strawberries and sat on the rocks on the edge of the ocean until the sun set.

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Tuesday.

The most incredible weather. Pierre and I headed to Antibes and Juan-Les-Pins for a solid beach day. We strolled through Antibes’ old town (which was my absolute favourite town btw) and headed to the beach of Juan-Les-Pins. There we found a place with a sundeck, yellow deckchairs and umbrellas and decided this would be our camping spot for the day. We spent the day napping in the sun, cooling down in the clearest water (who have not yet received the message that it’s already summer), chatting and catchup up on days spent apart.

Summer days call for bright colours and open shoulders. On Monday I wore my old trusted high waisted jean short that I had to patch with a flower after tearing it in a very competitive family volleyball game December. I paired this with my (now brown) platform Supergas, an It’s all lies, Darling crop top from The Lot and my floral scarf from Zara.

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Wednesday.

We headed to Monaco for the day. It was two weeks before the Monaco Grand Prix and the whole city was littered with huge bleachers waiting for the thousands of spectators who will be watching this spectacle in a couple of days and the roads were already painted in the iconic red and white blocks. Even without the crowds, the whole setup was very impressive.

It wasn’t the first time that I wore this white outfit, but every time I wore it previously I got sidetracked from my blogging and never got some good shots! But with my handsome photographer boyfriend, I finally have some good quality shots showcasing this awesome white pinstriped wide-legged pants from Forever New. I wore it with a crisp frilly shirt from H&M. There’s just something about wearing something that you’re really comfortable in. This outfit gave me so much confidence and I loved wearing it so much!

Pierre looked sexy.

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Thursday.

Quite a gloomy day. The wind picked up, so we found shelter in the narrow streets of Nice’s old town (I just realised, while  typing this that we never went back for these amazing flavoured salt that I wanted to buy for my mum. damn). Nice’s old town is cheese and cured meat heaven. I am such a sucker for a good Camembert or Brie and some salami or parma ham. I was in a state of constant temptation. Especially with all those fresh croissants staring at me from all the viennoiserie counters.

I was in such a cheery mood and ended up looking like I was 6 years old and my mom dressed me for pre-school. I never wear pink, but that day I wore this in-your-face pink sweater from Pull&Bear with a flower scrunchy in my hair. To reduce the “my mom dressed me” look I wore Pierre’s badass Ray-Ban’s.

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Friday.

We went all the way to ITALY for some fresh produce! We got a little sidetracked in the pop-up clothes market selling faux Louis Vuittons and some pretty cool sneakers, but managed to make it home with a hand full of asparagus, green beans and 2 peaches.

I wore some of my old trustworthies. My black jeans, Pierre’s jacket… but my super cute leopard print sandals from Country Road made their debut! Although I don’t think I actually got one photo of them. I guess it will have to remain a surprise until I blog about them next time!

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Saturday. Today.

I left Pierre in the beautiful Cote D’Azur while I am making my way to Thailand. It was one of the hardest goodbyes of my life.

But how lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard?

Very.

Till next week babes.

Love A B x

My tips for when you have a long layover in London

Borough Market Shrimp WrapTate Britain Inside Lights InstallationTate BritainTate Britain Inside Lights InstallationI am finally home after 56 hours of travel.

Although I love traveling, it’s always good to be back home.

I did, however, managed to squeeze in a couple of hours in London between the 6 hour train ride from Richmond to New York, the 3 hours of subways, the 8 hour flight from New York to London, the 11 hour flight from London to Johannesburg, the 3 hour drive to our farm and the hours upon hours of waiting in between.

I wan’t planning on visiting London on this trip, but my tickets ended up leaving me with long layovers in London twice. So, I got a UK visa just incase I might want to leave the airport for some crisp Autumn air. I wasn’t sure whether I was actually going to use the Visa, I’m usually pretty tired after a long flight and could easily have stayed in the airport having a nap on my luggage, but I am extremely glad I did.

Coming back from New York, I had a 14 hour layover in London! Even though I had less than two hours’ sleep on the plane and I was a bit reluctant to go at first, we headed out to the heart of London. Taking the Heathrow Express train from the airport is the easiest way to go. It brings you to Paddington Station from which you can take the subway to almost anywhere in town. We got off at the Blackfriars stop and walked a short while to Borough Market.

Borough Market is where Jamie Oliver buys his ingredients from, and I can understand why! You can find the most incredible bread (which I definitely had a bit too much of), organic produce, fresh fish, cheese that looks a hundred years old (you know- the older, the better) and everything else you see in cookbooks that always seems impossible to find! But, what’s even better than the raw ingredients is the small individual stands of Fish and Chips, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Colombian Coffee, French Pastries, Spanish Paella, Thai Noodles, Greek Mezze and every type of cuisine that your heart may desire – all cooked by experts in their own fields.

Grab yourself something delicious to eat and drink, and join anyone at a table with a open seat for the feast you are about to have.

My tip for the Borough Market? Walk through the whole place first before making your food decision. You don’t want to end up with a food baby and the regret that you missed out on something.

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We dragged ourselves away from this heaven and walked on the banks of the River Thames, making our way in the direction of the London Eye and Westminster Abbey.

Apparently the city only gets 2 weeks of sunshine a year (which I find pretty depressing… only 14 days a year? crazy), but we were once again lucky to have a sunny day in London. This meant that the River Bank was full of people, making the most of the 12th last day of sun they are going to have this year. We walked past the Tate Modern as well as the Tate Britain and made our way inside both times, feeling very proud that we actually made it into an art gallery in one of the three cities we visited!

I would recommend the Tate Britain. With it being smaller and not on the tourist route, I enjoyed the calmness of it. I could take my time with Dali and Picasso. The coolest part of the whole gallery was this room they had where they give you a A3 sized blank paper and a pencil and you can draw to your heart’s content while a video of the artist, Hockney, played on the walls. I made a quick sketch of my all-too-loyal camera and my water bottle, quoted with a sentence I heard while the Hockney-video was playing.

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Inspiration,

she never visits the lazy.

–Hockney

I just have a couple of tips for making a trip to the city when you have a long layover:

  1. Try to book your bags all the way through to your end destination. If you cant, there is a place that you can leave them securely for 11 Pounds per item. When you exit the arrivals after collecting you luggage, turn right, they are the last shop at the end of the building (right opposite a coffee shop).
  2. Don’t buy a ticket for the Heathrow Express at the baggage claim (they have a small stand there), buy it in the main arrivals terminal from where the train leaves – they give day travelers a special rate. Also, save yourself some trouble and buy your subway ticket here as well.
  3. Skip the London Eye and Westminster Abbey. It’s absolute chaos there! I actually got claustrophobic with the vast amount of people around me. Honestly, if you have seen these places of a Postcard, you have seen it all.
  4. Decide on one place or a small area that you want to see and savour every second of it. Don’t try to see the whole of London in one day. You have your next layover to explore a little more.
  5. On the 6th floor of the Tate Modern, there is a bar where you can have good coffee, tea, cake, beer, wine and small meals with an incredible view over London City.
  6. Save your hunger for Borough Market or some restaurant on the Thames between the Tate Modern and London Eye. There are some great spots.
  7. Make the effort to go. It’s much better than the airport.
  8. Lastly, wear comfy clothes for your flights, but pack a killer jacket for your day in one of the trendiest cities in the world.

About my outfit:

I have to be comfortable while I travel, especially when I have multiple legs on my journey. I was wearing a plain black top and plain black leggings with Adidas sneakers. In London, I had been in these clothes for longer than a day, so I just threw on the red vintage leather biker jacket that my bf, Pierre, found in a thrift store. I immediately felt like I was actually dressed up a little. Problem solved.

I will only be home ’til Wednesday. I am leaving for Namibia for my aunt’s 60th Birthday Party and will also be driving through Botswana with my parents for a couple of days after the party. I am looking forward to having my feet in the sand and dust on my face.

Speak soon.

A B xx

Empire State of Mind in New York City

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There’s just something about New York. It’s the thing that urged artists like Frank Sinatra and Jay Z to write the songs that we end up quoting on our Instagram posts.

I’m not sure if it’s the fact that there’s always thousands of people around you, everyone on their own mission, or the sea of yellow taxi’s flooding the streets, or the chaos of the city being broken by the absolute tranquility of Central Park, or the promise of success in the names like ‘Broadway’ or ‘Wall Street’. I guess it’s different for everyone.

It is, however, a very overwhelming city. I tend to take a day or so to get used to the pace and intensity that New Yorkers seem to handle with great ease, but then suddenly feel like I have been living there my whole life (except for the parts where I get completely lost and where the lady at the coffee counter doesn’t understand my South African accent).

I am lucky enough to have an amazing cousin, Ilana (who happens to be one of my favourite people on this planet), who lives and works in this city, so instead of taking on the impossible task of trying to find a reasonably priced AirBnB in Manhattan, I get to live in an apartment in the Upper East Side. Ilana is also an exceptional tour guide.

It’s hard to do a day-by-day of what I did, where I ate and what I experienced while in New York, so I will tell you about the places that I feel you HAVE to visit when you find yourself in New York.

Where to eat:

 

1. Grand Central Oyster Bar

This is an institution in New York and the best place to have your oyster and champagne fix! Don’t sit at a table, turn right when you enter the restaurant and take a seat at the bar where right in front of two cheery guys chucking the very oysters you are about to indulge in

2. The Boathouse Lakeside Restaurant, Central Park

Even though The Boathouse is very well known among tourists and we see it in many a Hollywood movie as a chic wedding venue, it’s not touristy at all. Although you have to be well dressed to get a table at the restaurant on the water, they don’t take reservations which adds to the relaxed atmosphere of this gorgeous place.  Also, they offer good take away breakfasts and coffees if you would rather enjoy Central Park from one of their park benches.

3. Joe’s Shanghai, China Town – The home of Soup Dumplings

Don’t let the exterior of China Town stop you from having the best soup dumplings in Manhattan. I would recommend the Pork Soup Dumplings, with a very close second – the Pork and Crab.

Mexicocina, The Bronx

If you would happen to find yourself in the Bronx (I know, it’s not usually where you would end up when visiting New York), do yourself the favour. They made our guacamole fresh and they give you a whole bucket full, not like some places who give you just about enough for one taco. Have the grilled beef hard shell tacos. Yummy.

5. Seamstress, Upper East Side

Fried Cauliflower and Seared Sirloin to die for. Have a couple of plates to share.

Where to have a drink:

1. The Plaza Hotel

When you go through the main entrance, make your way left and then up the stairs on your right. Go sit right at the bar, the bar ladies are very friendly and you get a snack plate along with your drink. This is where you have the Manhattan in the heart of Manhattan.

2. Apotheke Bar

The ultimate Speakeasy. You won’t see a sign outside of the bar, just enter the darkest door you can find and you will be transported to a 1930’s chemistry, except instead of mixing medicine, they mix cocktails. This is also close to Joe’s Shanghai, so this is a good place to have a drink before or after stuffing yourself with Chinese Food.

3. Dear Irving, Gramercy Park

Another Speakeasy from another era. You might have to share a table with a couple of impeccably dressed New Yorkers (you won’t find a single tourist here), but you won’t ever have to flag down a waitress, just push the button next to your table and your waitress will be there in 5 seconds. Have a Dirty Martini.

4. Any Dive bar

New York has bars EVERYWHERE. You can’t go wrong.

What to do:

1. Watch a ball game

Whatever it is: American Football, Basketball, Baseball – they’re all good fun. I watched a basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics. Even though we don’t have good basketball in South Africa, it’s such a easy and entertaining game to follow. Especially when you have a foam finger and they shoot t-shirts from big t-shirt shooting guns 4 times in the game.

2. Go to a Comedy Club

There are a couple of comedy clubs around town, just Google one in your area and you are bound to find one close by. I loved it. They pour the wine glasses to the brim and some of the talent ain’t half bad. Just don’t order food, it’s not worth it.

3. Go to a Jazz Bar in Harlem (Ginny’s Supper Club)

Harlem is one of the areas where jazz got it’s soul. This is the best place for a mix of Southern and Swedish food (weird, I know, but delicious). This is where the first waffles and fried chicken meal was ever eaten. Remember to book and ask for a table where you are guaranteed a view, we got lucky and could literally feel the talent and passion of these jazz musicians. This is a MUST do.

4. Take the ferry to Staten Island

Don’t do a trip to the Statue of Liberty. The view is better and it’s a hell of a lot cheeper just taking the ferry to Staten Island and back.

5. Take a walk up Madison Avenue

Although 5th avenue is great for shopping the brands like Prada, it’s hectic and busy. Window shopping in Madison Avenue from 59th street and up is much better.

6. Watch the sail boats in Central Park

Central Park must be one of my favourite places in the world. Combine that with cute kids playing with remote control sailboats and I’m hooked.

7. Times Square at 5:30 in the morning.

Throughout the day, you won’t find a single New Yorker in Times Square. It is most definitely the busiest place I have ever been in my entire life, lights and people everywhere! But, I walked though Times Square on my way to the subway station when I headed to Brooklyn for my half marathon. It was so peaceful. Although the lights on all the billboards were still flashing like crazy, there was not more than 10 people in sight. If you want to experience this iconic landmark in NYC, do it while everyone else is sleeping and you are about to run a half marathon in freezing temperatures.

These are a couple of the gems that I had come across in the time that I had spent in New York. I absolutely love this city for its mix of food, fashion, lifestyle and personalities.

I always feel like I am leaving a day or two too early, just as I start looking the right way for traffic before crossing the street and just as my pronunciation of ‘water’ is so that the waiters understand me, I have a flight back home.

I am however excited to see my dogs.

Until next time NYC!

A B xxx

(EDIT: if you happen to fly from Terminal 7 on JFK, have the Korean BBQ Chicken Wings from Blue Point Restaurant close to Gate 1. They are delish.)

 

 

paris, the city of street musicians

 

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You know that it’s usually the best weather on day you have to leave? Well, for the first time in my life, that was not the case. Today, I am leaving a cloudy Paris behind. Apparently, the weather that I have had is Paris the past couple of days was something way out of the ordinary. With this time of year being associated with rain and cold, it was completely weird to have people tanning on the banks of the Seine River this week. It felt like summer and I wasn’t complaining.

After another one of my Eiffel-Louvre-Champs-Arc de Triomph runs, I was determined to actually make it to the neighbourhoods of Paris that I wanted to visit on the first day. So, eliminating all possible distractions in the form of café’s and boutique stores where I can’t afford anything anyway, I got on the Metro underground train and only emerged to a gorgeous day at Hotel de Ville Station, the one closest to the Notre Dame. From there the plan was to explore the Latin Quarter and Le Marais, which are some of the oldest and most authentic neighbourhoods in the city.

I don’t know if it was the incredible weather or because of the fact that it was Thursday (who knows, maybe there is something secret about a Thursday in Paris), but something invited all the street musicians to this part of Paris.

The first musician I came across was on the bridge at the back part of the Notre Dame. He caught my attention with a beautiful rendition of Don’t Think Twice it’s Allright”, written and originally sung by Bob Dylan but then later covered by Peter Paul and Mary (which is coincidentally one of my favourite songs at the moment). The music echoed over the water and made every person, tourist or local, stop in their tracks and pause a moment to take it in.

Walking though the streets of the Latin Quarter gave me a peek of what it would be like to live here. Well, I have decided that I could easily sip coffee (or wine), eat stacks of bread and have deep discussions with friends while enjoying the sunny day (To be fair, it was lunch time so all the café’s were packed, I’m sure everyone actually does have jobs and things to worry about).

The second musician I came across was a picture right from a cliché Paris postcard. An old man with a leather jacket that any millennial would kill to have, a lit cigarette hanging from his lips, playing classical guitar.

The third was on the bridge taking me from the Latin Quarter to Le Marais. This must have been my favourite half-hour of my whole time in Paris. The bridge can’t be accessed by any cars, making it the perfect make-shift stage for these musicians. This guy, armed only with his guitar, a microphone, amplifier and his voice, managed to gather quite an audience. Every-one taking a quick break from being on their feet, but staying a couple of minutes longer to enjoy the music.

The rest of the day I saw at least another 5 musicians/groups singing on the streets, in the underground terminal and even in the train itself.

I absolutely love my outfit from yesterday (although my 12-year-old-self would die if she saw me in these clothes!). My last day in Paris I wore a pair of khaki, high-waist, flare pants from H&M, a plain white top and finished my look with a colourful floral scraf that you can find at Zara.

I am typing this on Heathrow Airport in London with my flight to New York leaving in less than two hours! I am beyond excited, so stay tuned for some cool posts coming your way in the next week!

G2G

BRB

Andybee xx

 

always pack your running shoes

 

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I went for the coolest run this morning. I guess my runs get longer the more comfortable and at home I feel in a new city. On this particular run, I ran down the street to the Eiffel Tower, ran along the Seine River, over the Love Lock Bridge (where, sadly, there were 5 guys in neon bibs busy removing all the locks), passed the Louvre, through the Luileries Garden, passed the Roue de Paris ferris wheel, up the whole Champs Elysees, underneath the Arc De Triomph and sprinted the last 1km to the hotel.

I know that it seems daunting to take on the streets of some place new when you an barely find your way with a map and while walking. But, do yourself a favour the next time you pack for a trip – throw in those runners. A run is the best way to start your day, getting rid of the jetlag and to see your destination from another perspective.

Yesterday I walked through the whole Paris, not in my runners, but in some super cute ankle boots from Trenery and now I have blisters on my pinky toes. I am very impressed with these boots though, they were brand spanking new (which is a usually big mistake when walking for 8 hours), but they only started hurting the last hour and that was because I was speed walking like a little greek lady in her walk for life club. So, I thoroughly recommend THESE BOOTS.

I know I said that I would be exploring the Latin Quarter and Le Marais yesterday, but got so distracted on the way with cute cafe’s, shoes shops and street stalls that we never actually made it to these neighbourhoods! I can’t even say that we did anything “tourist” worthy at all. I just ate an incredible cheese and meat platter in a cafe on some street corner…

The other reason for getting so distracted on the way was the flares that I sewed onto my old jersey’s sleaves, making me feel super fancy.

I want to tell you more about today, but first – some shots:

(Wearing mom jeans and a suede coat from Zara and another one of my dad’s shirts that I fitted and cropped, but this time with added flowers that took me hours to embroider by hand)

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It’s a quick ride on the Metro to the Palace of Versailles and it was the best 7 Euro’s I could have spent.

The Palace of Versailles is obviously gorgeous, I mean it is a Castle with gold statues, but the palace itself is not the most beautiful part of the royal estate. It’s the garden. It’s breathtaking, with avenues of trees offering cool shade to many tired Japanese tourists, dams that reflect the sky as if it were a huge mirror and beautifully manicures lawns on which no-one has set a foot in like 400 years. An incredible place to spend one of the days in Paris.

Arriving back in the heart of Paris at sundown, I got to see the best part of the city. The Seine River becomes the meeting place of friends. families, lovers and dogs. By 7pm, the students and people that probably got off early from work start gathering on the river banks. By 8pm there are people sitting with their legs dangled from the edge as far as the eye can see. I didn’t see one person without six-pack beer or a bottle of wine…and cheese and bread. I am certain that having a picnic is a skill that Parisians have perfected over hundreds of years to the point that it is now imbedded in their genes.

And what a sight it is to see.

I wish I could also look as elegant eating a buttery baguette and drinking wine from the bottle, but I guess that is just one talent that I have yet to master.

Good night from the girl who wore a mom pants and a dad shirt with granny embroidery.

A B x

 

 

paris blooms

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Hey there guys,

It’s day two of my trip and I had already walked more than a marathon (this is probably a good thing since I am running a half one in New York in less than a week). I always end up being over excited on my first day in a new city and try and cram as much of the sights in to this one day. So that’s what I did and now I feel super accomplished. Now I can relax and start looking for those Parisian gems, the one’s off the beaten track.

Paris is beautiful and calm. Spring has sprung and the city’s trees are covered in flowers, the air is crisp and warm and it seems like everyone has an extra hour in their day, sitting in the sun and sipping on coffee or wine in a cafe on every street corner (or maybe this is just how everyone lives their lives in this city). Anyway, I love it. I, however, didn’t expect it to be this warm (since it’s technically still winter in the Northern hemisphere) and since I hate getting even a little bit cold, I took my camel coat with me when I left this morning. With all the walking and the sun shining bright, my coat ended up folded over my arms all day.

Other than this coat of mine I was wearing one of my dad’s old work shirts that I altered a little. I took it in on the sides, slimmed down the arms so it would fit me and not the hulk, cut it into a midi-crop and embroided a yellow crown just above the pocket.

Tomorrow I will be heading to Le Marais and the Latin Quarter. Apparently this is where I will find the best small shops and cafe’s in the city. Pop onto the blog tomorrow night to see what I have discovered! All I hope for is to find some good croissants… I am dying for a croissant.

Night.

AndyBee x

 

cheers on a new chapter

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The end of an era.

For the past four years, the Western Cape was my home. Originally a Transvaal girl, I had to see what the whole ‘rave’ about the Cape was about. So I headed to the beautiful town of Stellenbosch for my undergrad and I wasn’t disappointed.

This is where I met my best friends and also my incredible boyfriend. These were days of trading Economics lectures for a box of wine at Bohemia, days of blurry res formals and pub nights, of Saturday morning runs in the mountain and Sunday mornings at the Root 44 market…doing the absolute minimum required from me to still pass my degree.

The three years I spent at Stellenbosch will always be a highlight in my life. It was such a carefree life, where the worst thing that could happen to you is to have an 8am lecture on a Monday morning, which I slept through anyway. But, I am some-one who has to move around quite a bit. After these three wonderful years, I was ready for something different.

I started my postgrad in Cape Town at the beginning of 2016. This was a very challenging but yet rewarding year. With Cape Town being quite a bit pricier than Stellenbosch, I got myself a part-time waitressing job. With juggling school, work, training and a personal life, I worked harder than ever. But, I learned a lot. In this year I finally figured out what I love and wanted to do with the rest of my life…just in time.

So, after four memorable years, I’m sad to say that I am leaving the beautiful Cape.

I am trading the city life in Cape Town for one on our secluded farm near a small town called Vaalwater – crazy right? Not really. I am living on the farm for a couple of months (although I will be doing a couple of trips in this time as well), making and saving all the money I need to start traveling a bit later in the year.

I will be able to create and post some extremely interesting and beautiful content over the next few months.

Today, I am leaving you with a post of my second last day in Cape Town. On this day, Pierre and I stumbled across the biggest gem in the city. It’s a little thrift store called Lindsay and Lenny in the heart of Sea Point. Everywhere you look you see vintage denim jackets, felt hats, chunky jewelry, black ankle boot…. AND IT WAS ALL HALF PRICE.

Call me cheap, but at that point I was unemployed and barely had money in my bank account (although I did have just enough money for a pair of shorts, a beautiful gold necklace, a ring, a tan felt hat and a turquoise stone bracelet).

The photo’s you will see is of me in the Lindsay and Lenny store, taken by Pierre.

I am wearing a Cotton On jumpsuit with my Freedom of Movement Bobby Backpack, and to be honest, everything else I bought in the store and put on immediately.

So stay posted, I promise I won’t disappoint.

A B (and Pierre)

ABOUT LINDSAY AND LENNY

Find them at 361 Main Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town

Call them on 062 997 1882

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bomber jackets 101

The ultimate cool item in your closet, The bomber jacket. Every celebrity and street-style stars have been wearing these jackets this season – and for good reason. This will become your go-to staple item for this awkward half-winter-half-spring time and also then especially in the summer, (although we all have trouble admitting that summer does not always consist of 32 degree beach days) where we sometimes need something light to take the chill out of a windy summer night.

I found myself a floral bomber for a bargain and decided to wear it in an athleisure style. I kept it sleek with all black everything and wore it with an amazing black top from River Island. The top is basically a crop, but then has chunky netting down to the waist with an open back (it gives you the idea of those 90’s athletics shirts with the mesh). I finished my look with tight black jeans and my Adidas RMDs.

Bomber jackets have a way of adding an edge to your outfit. This can be done either subtly, with a soft champagne coloured bomber, or full on with a bomber covered in patches or embroided flowers. I have put together a little collection of style-inspiration. See how these girls pair anything from a crisp white button up shirt and jeans to loose flannels to  denim skirts.

Here are some of my favourite looks:

If you are wondering where you may find one of these Gems, go have a look in

Factorie

Cotton On

Adidas Original

Witchery

Do yourself a favour and invest in a bomber jacket for the season. You will never find yourself in a situation where you don’t know what to wear ever again! (that might be a bit of an overstatement – but you know what I mean)…

May your ambition be on fleek this week.

A B x

 

outfit of the day – 8 october

This past week has been one of the most exciting and important weeks of my life. I presented a whole marketing campaign to a major international company as part of my final assessment of the year. It went extremely well and I finally had a weekend that was more than one day long.

Although it has been spring for more than a month, today was a picture perfect Stellenbosch winter’s day.

I started my day with a 10km run in the Stellenbosch Mountain. I set out while it was beautifully sunny and ended my run with a 3km sprint in the rain! It was, however, amazing to be outside since I have spent most of the past month indoors, working on my project and working at Coco Safar (the luxury coffee shop where I waitress).

My boyfriend and I treated ourselves to lunch in town – something we haven’t done in ages. He took the opportunity to snap some shots of my outfit in the streets of Stellenbosch, with neon green oak tree leaves announcing spring time.

My outfit today consisted the midi skirt that my mom sent me all the way from Pretoria. I wanted to wear it with a simple crop, but because of the weather, I paired it with a grey Zara jersey, which I think worked really well. My white platform Supergas made another appearance (I know, I am one of those people who gets something new and then wears it constantly for the next month).

I loved wearing a long skirt for a change, you will definitely see me wearing this skirt more often.

I hope you have an amazing week! Again, thanks for your support on my blog.

love love love

A B x

fashion blogger envy – who to follow

I have been wanting to share this with you for such the long time! This is a post about the ladies that inspire me and essentially drive me to improve. I have so much respect for these bloggers, for the amazing content that they provide us and for their hard work in portraying the life of fashion in a beautiful way.

IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER, HERE ARE MY FAVOURITE FASHION BLOGGERS:

The Chriselle Factor

Chriselle Lim

www.thechrisellefactor.com

As Chriselle Lim has just won the Blog of the Year at the 2016 Bloglovin awards, it obviously means that I am not the only one who is in love with her blog.

I especially love her fashion section in which she covers everything cool an chic, adding effortless class to all of her posts. Her outfits are a constant source of inspiration for me and she is definitely one of the best dressed people in this universe. She also uses flawless photos that are of very high quality, showcasing her outfits with intense detail, but it’s not only her great photos that makes her blog the best. She also writes very well. I feel that she doesn’t ramble on about irrelevant things. She writes to the point

Along with her top-class fashion posts, she has some great beauty and health tips.

the-chriselle-factor

Follow her on Instagram (here) – I promise you won’t be disappointed.

chriselle-lim-instagram

Gypsy Lovin Light

 Helen Janneson Bense

www.gypsylovinlight.com

This is the blog with the most beautiful visuals.

Although this is a fashion blog, most of Helen’s photos revolve around the ocean. She has the ability to display her clothes and accessories in absolute coherence with her surroundings. The colours complement each other, the flow of her clothes reflect in the flow of the water and her statement accessories stand out against  the calmness of her surroundings. Continue reading “fashion blogger envy – who to follow”