3 Steps for a permanent healthy weight loss success!

Do you want a permanent healthy weight loss - Follow these 3 steps to achieve it!Do you want a permanent healthy weight loss solution? In 3 achievable steps it is possible!
Article written by: Abby Bezuidenhout


Why must losing weight be so damn difficult? It is so easy to put on the pounds but to lose just one stupid pound – well it is almost very frustrating. Not to mention if you want to lose a few more! Believe me when I say it takes hard work and a new way of thinking. Perhaps, like me, you’ve tried one diet after another only to be disappointed by more weight gain.  Good News! There are healthy ways to lose weight and to keep it off. Using  the three healthy weight loss tips below, and get started on the road to lifelong weight success.

  • Get Creative with Your Diet Plan

Think about your diet for a moment. Are strict regimen diets going to work when you’re so accustomed to eating what you want when you want? Do you have time and money to plan meals that require many ingredients that you’ve never even heard of? If not, then you probably won’t last long on any diet plan. When you determine that it’s time to lose weight, use the foods you already eat to your advantage – even the fattening ones. Don’t cut them out altogether, just eat smarter! 🙂

Try eating your favourite items in smaller portions along with a new tasty food that’s healthy. For example, if your favourite meal is two cheeseburgers with french fries. Yes, you can turn this into a healthier meal. Simply by eating only one cheeseburger, skip the fries and instead opt for a boil/baked a potato (tastes great with ketchup or like me, mayo! ;p ), or even better, baked sweet potato chips. How about adding a couple of vegetables such as green beans,  sautéed in garlic, lemon, and Dijon mustard and a generous amount of black pepper. Don’t be shy, add some corn to your meal, spice it up with a hint of chilli and smoked paprika.

You’re actually getting more foods and adding good nutrition, but eating smaller portions of the fattening ones. The potatoes taste just as good baked as fried,  but a far healthier option!

  • Add Protein-Rich Foods or Protein Shakes to Your Diet

Adding More ProteinAnother way to achieve a healthy weight loss is to add protein-rich foods to your diet or drink protein shakes as snacks or replacement meals. There are even special diets and companies where you can get protein shakes customised for your body’s nutritional needs. Examples include the La Bamba diet, Shapeworks, Herbalife products, and so forth. With La Bamba Herbalife diets, you will use protein to get off extra pounds quickly. With other protein diets, you can drink protein shakes and take protein supplements for long-term dieting. It depends on your particular weight loss needs.


Protein helps your body to burn the calories you eat throughout the day so your body does not continuously store fat in unwanted areas. Protein also helps build and preserve lean muscle mass.

  • Drink Plenty of Water for Healthy Weight Loss

Water is essential to a healthy weight loss plan. Water hydrates the body and organs. It gives you energy and helps you to feel full throughout the day. Water also helps your skin and cells. No matter what type of diet you choose, be sure to drink six to eight glasses of water per day. I know, I am a total hypocrite as I do struggle myself in drinking water. I do find add flavours like a few slices of citrus, mint leaves, cucumbers, or any other seasonal fruit.

The benefits of a healthy weight loss are many:

  1. Lower blood pressure;
  2. Better figure;
  3. More energy;
  4. Healthier heart and organs;
  5. Less stress on bones, joints and muscles;
  6. Less mental stress and the list goes on…

Use these tips above to take back control of your weight and live life to the fullest!


*Note: As with any diet plan, consult with a physician to be sure there are no health risks when trying a new diet. If you have any health conditions that would prevent you from eating certain foods, then find a diet that will be safe for you.


 

WARNING! The Etiquette Rules During A Job Interview!

Warning! Etiquette Rules during Job Interviews

WARNING! Etiquette Rules during a Job Interview! ~ From the Desk of: Abby Bezuidenhout


YES!!!! I got the interview!!Congratulations! You made it to the interview rounds! So What now? First impressions do last, own the job interview by means of these few etiquette rules. Your journey doesn’t end once you got the interview. In actual fact it is only starting. So let’s make a first impression with the proper etiquette and it will be one that will be remembered!

What has etiquette got to do with anything for a job interview? Is it not old fashioned or a lost art? Most certainly no! During an interview you need to mind your manners and follow an unspoken code of etiquette. This does go far beyond than your mom’s “keep your elbows off the table.”

Business manners is going to be the number one key in you getting that job. The saying “actions are louder than words”, and in an interview this is so very true.  It is all about presenting or selling yourself. If part of the job you are applying for is dealing with clients or executives from other companies, you can be guaranteed how you act is going to be part of their decision making process!

  • Be punctual! 

If you don’t arrive 15min before the interview, you are late! Not a minute later or earlier.  Your first test will be to see if you show up on time. There is no excuse in being late.

Plan ahead by making sure you have good directions. You should know exactly how long it will take for you to arrive at your interview. Consider the traffic flow for that time of day, construction detours, or anything else that could possibly cause you to delay. But keeping in mind arriving 15min earlier, can be very annoying for the employer.

  • The handshake:

– The way you greet your interviewer says a lot about you, and you want to make sure you are sending the correct message!

No “fingers-only” handshakes, ladies! We mean the proper, professional way of shaking someone’s hand. The correct manner to shake is too use the entire hand, extending your arm (first if possible) for a firm, but avoid being a bone crusher, while rolling the index finger around the bottom of the other person’s hand. The “fold” between your index finger and thumb should touch the other person’s. If this doesn’t come naturally, practice with a friend before your interview.

Job Interview Etiquette - The Handshake

Job Interview Etiquette – The Handshake! No fingers only, but also not bone crushing!

  • Eye contact:

You have to be able to maintain eye contact without being uncomfortable. There are some acceptable ways to do this. If you are answering a question, it is okay to glance away when gathering your thoughts, however if you are listening to someone keep your attention focused on them (Yes, even if their eyes are wandering). This shows good manners and that you care about what they have to say.

Your eyes are the windows to your soul and often convey to others that you are trustworthy and real.

  • A Very Big NO-NO!

Under NO circumstances do you want to have gum or a mint in your mouth during the interview. If you want to be sure that you have fresh breath, chew gum or suck on the mint before arriving at your destination but discard or finish them before you enter the building. It is distracting and rude to have them in your mouth when answering questions.

  • Your Body Language:

You can give a lot away in how you are seated in the interview. Don’t sit with arms and legs crossed. This tells the interviewer that you are on the defensive, uncomfortable and that you’d rather be on a spaceship to Mars than to be at this interview.

Our Body Language, can tell our interview a lot about ourselves.

Our Body Language, can tell our interview a lot about ourselves.

Avoid excessive fidgeting, toe tapping, hair twirling or nail biting. If you are by nature a nervous person, try to combat the nerves by being fully prepared for the interview and maybe try a few relaxation techniques.

  • Ladies, the best way to sit in an interview is to have your ankles crossed and angled toward the right. Left hand on left thigh and right hand placed on top of your left hand. Hand gestures are always good, but keep them minimal and in proportion. Never pummel. Gents, it is best to keep feet and knees shoulder-width apart and hands are top of the thighs near the knees.

NO SLOUCHING! Instead sit up straight and lean slightly forward. You are telling the interviewer that you listening, you are interested, and you are ready! It’s hard to believe that in a few seconds you can make this kind of impression, but it’s true. Ignore this slice of interview etiquette at your own device.

A simple old fashioned hand written thank you note can make you a winner in your job interview

A simple old fashioned hand written thank you note can make you a winner in your job interview

  • Do this and you are a winner!

Lastly but definitely not the least. This very important etiquette rule, is not only common courtesy but it will put you in the lead of those who have been interviewed. A hand written Thank you note! Yes, you heard me, hand written, sent the old fashioned way via snail mail! Writing a thank-you note demonstrates professionalism, leaves you strong and gives a positive impression. You’ll stand out because most other applicants will not even bother!

No need to go overboard, you don’t need to recap your interview or try to resell yourself. It is just a gentle reminder of your recent meeting. When your letter arrives, managers will be impressed that you actually took the time to hand-write them a thank you letter. 🙂

Here is a sample that you can use! 

If you been out of the job market for a while, I highly recommend that you make use of this handy little tool. You pay $4 for it, but it is a Mock Job Interview Quiz! This quiz is basically a mini mock job interview covering the most important choke points in the interview process.

When it comes to interviewing, practice makes perfect, and knowing the rules ahead of time is a great start. So be prepared, be confident, and be yourself, and you’ll shine. Good luck!

10 Food Hacks That Increase Energy Levels

We all have these days, where you just want to stay in bed!

We all have these days, where you just want to stay in bed!

Our list of ten foods that increase energy levels ~ From the Desk of: Abby Bezuidenhout


We all have had those days, where you wake up feeling absolutely and utterly exhausted. You just want to curl over and be like sleeping beauty and sleep for a hundred years. You just can’t seem to pull yourself out of bed, and it was not because you had a bad night’s rest, in actually fact you slept too well. When you get those days, it is just pretty frustrating because your entire day just feels so unproductive.  A sudden increase in energy levels   can definitely help you in getting through the day productively. One of the best ways of giving your body the much desired energy boost is with food. Yes, certain foods can help boost and increase energy levels.

Below are our top 10 food hacks that will increase energy levels.

  • 1. NUTS
I'm nuts and I know it. But so long as I make 'em laugh, they ain't going to lock me up. ~ Red Skelton

I’m nuts and I know it. But so long as I make ’em laugh, they ain’t going to lock me up. ~ Red Skelton

I am nutty about nuts, and so should you. (If you do have an allergy then you want to find another source of energy) Nuts are rich in magnesium, which helps convert sugar into energy. They are also full of healthy fiber and fats that will keep you full for longer. A handful or nuts, including almonds, cashews and hazelnuts, a day will provide you with a lot of good health benefits.

Here is five ways in how you can add nuts to your diet to increase energy levels:

  1. Add them to a salad;
  2. Through some in with your hot porridge or yogurt in the mornings;
  3. For a crunch in your pasta, add some nuts;
  4. Soup needing some texture – how about adding some crushed nuts as a garnish;
  5. Need to snack, these are a far healthier option to snack on instead of sugar loaded chocolate bar…
  • 2. COCONUT OIL

Don’t you just love this stuff? I use this now instead of butter. It gives food such a wonderful flavour. Hey with an added bonus, this oil is a great energy booster thanks to its unique fatty acid composition, called Saturated fats. These fatty acids are the good guys. Why? Because: 1 – they are easily converted into energy and less likely to get stored as fat. 2 – also known to prevent heart disease and high blood pressure.

There is actually a long list of benefits you can get from just adding it to your diet. If you have the time – Google it. You will be amazed at how good Coconut oil is.

Add a tablespoon to your coffee or smoothie, or even to your hot oatmeal in the mornings, not only will it give you increased energy, but you also give your immune system a boost.

Here is a quick video in how you can make the best coffee to give you enough energy to last you the entire day. Only one cup needed!!

  • 3.SALMON

Salmon- Increase Your Energy LevelsOf all the fish, this is your man, I mean fish… if you are looking at increasing energy levels. Salmon is highly prized for it’s nutritional marvel, seen as a super-food. It is rich in healthy fats, vitamins, proteins and omega-3 fatty acids. It supports brain health and improves your mood.

There are so many different ways in how you can prepare it. It is so versatile, it can be smoked (which by the way pregnant ladies, is safe for you to eat), BBQ, poached, steamed, or grilled. Just remember, as with all raw meats and poultry you need to follow food safety rules.  Make sure it is cooked thoroughly properly cooked salmon will have firm but moist flesh that will flake apart.

Here is some supper ideas for Salmon:
Grilled with some fresh seasonal organic vegetables; or if you don’t like the strong fish taste, you can make a nice fish cake seasoned with dill and fennel and turn it into a nice healthy fish burger. Hungry family? No problem, how about a lovely creamy smoked salmon pasta or bake? Oh even the very classic fish pie will do great! Leftovers? Perfect for lunch next day at the office!!

  • 4.EGGS

eggs-increase your energy levelsEggs contain powerhouse full of energy-enhancing minerals such as phosphorous, zinc and chromium. The high protein content contributes to fullness. Eat one or two eggs for breakfast to get rid of the mid-morning hunger pangs. You can have them boiled, fried or poached, make healthy frittatas or if feeling adventurous an omelette will do.

  • 5.CITRUS FRUITS

Citrus - Increase Your Energy LevelsFruits such as grapefruits, oranges, lemons, limes and tangerines are rich in vitamin C. This vitamin acts as an immune booster, an antioxidant, and helps in the absorption of iron. Consuming citrus fruits regularly provides you with enough Vitamin C, which keeps your energy levels in check. Add the juice to your smoothies, drizzle some over your steamed vegetables or salads. Amazed what a little lemon juice can do with flavour. Add to your daily water, natural detox. 🙂

  • 6. CHIA SEEDS

chia Increase Your Energy LevelsThese seeds are rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids and nutrients that increase energy. Now wonder it has become such a famous super-food. Chia fiber is uniquely hydrophilic, meaning they soak up a lot of water and form a gel. This gel helps keep you hydrated and provides long lasting energy and maintains your metabolism. These seeds are also high in essential minerals like calcium. Just add a teaspoon of chia to your oatmeal or smoothie to reap all the energy boosting benefits. Click here for some tasty recipes!

  • 7.SUNFLOWER AND PUMPKIN SEEDS

seed-Increase Your Energy LevelsSunflower seed and pumpkin seeds are loaded with protein, Vitamin B, omega-3 fatty acids, iron and magnesium. All this helps fight fatigue and increase energy. Apart from this, seeds help fight hunger, keeping you satisfied for longer. They are also easy to digest. Add a spoonful to your morning muesli, use them as a snack food or toss them with roasted veggies to take full advantage of these little nutrition-packed powerhouses.

  • 8. YOGURT

yogurt-Increase Your Energy LevelsYogurt is full or Vitamin B, proteins and other nutrients. This makes it a great energy booster, especially when you need to jump start your morning. It provides your body with energy in a healthy way. Opt for the full or double cream plain styled. Add oranges, chia, pumpkin, sunflower seeds and some honey. One super powerhouse of energy killed with one stone!

Here is a list of 9 exciting ideas to add yogurt to your diet:

  • Grilled Tandoori Chicken with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce
  • Tandoori Spiced Snapper with Minted Yogurt
  • White Bean and Turkey Chili with Cilantro Yogurt
  • Asian Salmon Sliders with Citrus Yogurt Sauce
  • Pulled Jerk Chicken and Yogurt Slaw Sandwiches
  • Crab-and-Lentil-Stuffed Tomato with Yogurt
  • Yogurt Pops
  • Barley, Asparagus, and Cucumber Salad with Yogurt-Dill Dressing
  • Chilled Cucumber, Scallion, and Yogurt Soup
  • 9.BEANS

green-beans-1081933_1920Beans are an excellent example of high energy foods. They are rich in protein that is responsible for giving you energy, and fiber that lowers your cholesterol levels. Studies have shown that people who eat more legumes have a lower risk of heart disease, and the phytochemicals found in beans might be partially to thank, since they protect against it.

A serving of beans will help you feel full more quickly, because the rich fiber content fills your stomach and causes a slower rise in blood sugar. That should stave off hunger longer and give you a steady supply of energy.

Vegetable seasoning guide for Green Beans: garlic, soya, sesame seed, Dijon mustard, and lemon juice!
Vegetable seasoning guide for Dried Beans: lemon, olive oil, parsley, sesame seeds and soya sauce!

  • 10.GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES

spinach-Increase Your Energy LevelsVegetables like spinach, kale, swiss chard, and broccoli are packed with Vitamins, Minerals, folic acids, carotenoids and other nutrients. All these contribute to higher energy levels.

Vegetable seasoning guide for Green Leaf Vegetables: citrus, dill, garlic, pine-nuts, raisins, sesame seeds, spring onions.

What do you like to do when you have those mornings? What have you found works for you? We would love to hear from you! 😉


All health content on WAMExperts is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. If you have any concerns about your general health, you should contact  your local health care provider!


The Secretive Earl Grey Tea

Earl Grey Tea - The Unique Flavor of Earl Grey TeaThe Secretive Earl Grey Tea ~ From The Desk of: Abby Bezuidenhout


“What kind of tea do you want?”
“There´s more than one kind of tea?…What do you have?”
“Let´s see… Blueberry, Raspberry, Ginseng, Sleepytime, Green Tea, Green Tea with Lemon, Green Tea with Lemon and Honey, Liver Disaster, Ginger with Honey, Ginger Without Honey, Vanilla Almond, White Truffle Coconut, Chamomile, Blueberry Chamomile, Decaf Vanilla Walnut, Constant Comment and Earl Grey.” ~  Bryan Lee O’Malley.

Just like miso and mushrooms, peanut butter and jam, cheese and tomato, lemon with tequila, what would black tea be without bergamot?

The smoky and very fragrant flavour of Earl Grey is a particular experience that not many people enjoy. It is one of those flavors along with olives and red wine, that you will either absolutely love it or absolutely loath. It has a very distinct flavor that has been described as a spicy citrus, Earl Grey is in actual fact a hard flavor to describe. Once tasted it a taste that will remain unforgettable. Apparently the very famous Captain Picard of Star Trek will not drink anything else!

Earl Grey is a black tea that has been flavored with the essence of the Bergamot orange. Although many people consider Earl Grey as a type of tea, it is actually a flavored tea. Flavored teas include any of the four main types of tea—white, black, green or oolong, that has been scented or flavored with fruit, flowers, spices, oils, extracts, and natural or artificial flavors.

Some manufacturers will use lower grade black tea to make Early Grey, thinking that the strong flavor of bergamot will mask the poor taste of the tea. So I would highly caution you to stay away from very cheap brands of Earl Grey or any tea in matter of fact. Life is just to short to drink bad tea.

Mostly drunken black with a slice of lemon, Earl Grey is after all one of the most popular of all the flavored and most recognizable teas in the world.

The Legend of Earl Grey Tea

Earl Grey Tea Bags   Earl Grey tea’s history is just as mysterious as its flavor. There is a legend that goes like this: The Earl Charles Grey was the Prime Minister of Great Britain in the early 1800’s on one of his very diplomatic trip to China, saved a Mandarin or his son (depending who is telling the story) from drowning. To show his gratitude, the Mandarin gifted the Earl Grey a special tea, which the Prime Minister took back with him. The tea quickly became a firm favorite and the Earl asked his personal tea merchant to reproduce the same flavor for him. This new tea became highly fashionable and eventually spread in all of Britain and to the rest of the world.

As charming as this story is, sadly it is only a story. 🙁  As the very Earl Charles Grey never traveled to China and the Chinese  don’t even drink black tea that much, in any case, it only means the true origin of Earl Grey tea is still pretty much an urban legend, which all just adds to the mystery of this aromatic tea.

The Bergamot

The Bergamot Fruit

The Bergamot Fruit! A very citrus flavor which is described as mixture of lemon, orange and grapefruit.

Bergamot is a citrus tree which is cultivated on the south coast of Italy. Also known as the Princes Pear, the fruit is inedible but the oil extracted from it is used to fragrance perfume as well as tea. The oil was an ingredient of one of the first Eau de Cologne ever made. (Not to be confused with the herb called Bergamot) The fruit is a weird cross between lemon, orange and a grapefruit, sometimes compared to orange blossom, which is also used in making Turkish Delights.

In the winter months, just before it ripens, the fruit is picked by hand. Specially made, cold presses are used to extract the bergamot essence, which is then stored for at least a year. Bergamot is used in aromatherapy to treat depression, and also has anti-microbial effects that can strengthen the immune system to help in fighting colds and illnesses. Perhaps Earl Grey tea is a good remedy for winter sniffles! Perfect for this time of the year.

The Lady Grey Tea

   During the era of the Earl Grey, tea made women over-excitable, causing the ladies to behave hmmmm… indecently. Orange, lemon and bergamot were added to tea to calm these rash impulses, and Lady Grey tea was invented, and named after the Earls Wife, Mary Elizabeth Grey. Oh so the urban legend goes…  in actual fact Lady Grey was made for those who found the Earl Grey tea too pungent, so to tone it down a little they added a lesser amount of bergamot essence, added Seville oranges, lemon peel,cornflowers, or some manufacturers add lavender flowers. However the story goes, Lady Grey tea is enjoyed by many today; not just limiting to the female market 😉

It does not matter how you enjoy your Earl Grey tea, black with or without milk, with sugar or honey (must try orange blossom infused honey) or a slice of lemon. Earl Grey is just the perfect hug in a cup.

Here is my list of top Earl Grey Tea’s Products you have to try! (Links to make your earl grey tea shopping easier)

  • Smith Tea, Lord Bergamot
       This has to be my very favorite off all Earl Greys. A flavor that is definitely superior to the traditional Earl Grey. Fragrant Ceylon Dimbulla and Uva are artfully combined with selected teas from India’s Assam valley, then scented with the flavor of bergamot from the realm of Reggio Calabria, Italy. Also offered in a decorative string-tie carton or as loose tea in a loose pack or loose tin.
  • Twinining Lady Grey
    You couldn’t ask for me it has that amazing zesty brightness of orange, fruity flavour, which brings a delicious, light and refreshing tea.
  • Twining Earl Grey
    This tea perfectly balanced black tea with the unique and refreshing floral aroma of bergamot. The added bonus it comes in a box of 100 teabags.
  • Harney & Sons Black Tea, Earl Grey
    This particular blend is a medium bodied tea using  both tea leaves from China and India and has been infused with natural Bergamot oil from Italy.  You can sip away on this tea on its own or with milk and sugar or even orange blossom infused honey.

Why Numi?  Numi ages organic, Fair Trade Certified Assam black tea with real Italian Bergamot for several weeks so the tea absorbs the orange scent. Each sip brings a robust (“natural” flavorings-free) Earl Grey with subtle citrus notes.

The workers at the organic tea estate in Assam, India that Numi sources it’s Aged Earl Grey tea from have allocated their Fair Trade funds towards a new school, cooking stoves, mosquito nets and women’s self-empowerment programs.

About Numi: Numi is a labor of love by a brother and sister. She is the artist and he is the alchemist behind all of Numi’s blends. Their exceptional-tasting teas are captured in unique blends that use the highest quality organic, non-GMO ingredients sourced directly from fair labor gardens. Numi combines premium full-leaf quality teas and herbs with only 100% real fruits, flowers and spices.

I am dying for a cuppa Earl Grey tea, so we will chat soon! Thank you for stopping by and always feel free to share your thoughts, do like Earl Grey, and what are your favourite flavoured teas. Ciao Ciao!

7 Steps in finding the balance between fitness and remaining free-spirited!

How to find balance between fitness and being free spirited.

How to find balance between fitness and being free spirited.

Fitness – can you find a balance of being healthy and fit enough to be happy while remaining ‘fun and free-spirited’?
~ Written By: JA Smit

Information, advice and training services for fitness, healthy living and weight control is abundant and easily accessible. Health and fitness topics are important. And as such, it merits consideration.

For many of us, it may seem as if, unless you’ve ‘acquired the taste’ for exercise and healthy eating – striving for and maintaining the level of fitness you think you need, may and can seem like a chore (and for some it may seem like punishment).

Thus the question – can one find a balance? A balance where one could feel healthy and fit enough to be content and happy (sure while challenging yourself at times), but without being overly concerned about counting steps or calories throughout each day. In effect being able to live life in a fun and free-spirited way while maintaining a good level of health and fitness. Can a balance be found?

In the next seven steps, I’ll highlight why I feel balance is indeed attainable.

  • Your awareness! When and in what instance did you first feel conscious of the need to look into fitness as a subject?

The how /what / with whom / where and when this awareness came about often dictates your outlook of fitness (whether positive or negative).  If your desire is to incorporate fitness into your way of life, then it is good to identify where and when this interest first sparked. One can then objectively reason on how one can encourage that spark of interest or educate it and thereby change an outlook from within.

  • Incentive to change! An incentive to change means that effort is required . Change in effect disrupts a familiar way of doing things – and the unknown can appear either exciting or scary.

The feeling it evokes within is controlled by each individual personally. Thus an incentive is different from your awareness of fitness. If your awareness may be described as a casual glance or inquisitiveness that lingers and makes an impression, then an incentive may be described as that inner push that makes you want to take the next step.

Incentive could be an event in your life – whether it is a holiday, a wedding, a reunion or whatever prompts someone to action by incorporating fitness or even a higher level of fitness into ones life and routine. The incentive could also be because of health reasons whether from ones own deduction or even a Doctor’s recommendation.  Perhaps an incentive is just becoming self aware of your current situation and it may spawn from peer pressure. Whatever the incentive, it is usually something finite.

  • Selection of fitness routines, programs, training that is available near to you and also that appeals to you!

We are spoilt for fitness options. From getting into an exercise routine at home with books, DVDs or internet video clips to solo activities like walking, running, cycling, swimming or doing this as a team activity. Sport activities, exercise classes, various gym routines, lessons from personal trainers, weight training and the list goes on.

Unless your incentive is very specific (e.g. doctor’s recommendation for a certain type of exercise for health reasons), why not select a few fitness options that may pique your interest and try them. Thereby you are in a position to make an informed decision as to what will keep you engaged and where you feel you can grow and ultimately enjoy this new exciting change.

Remember not to compare yourself with others, if fitness is to be part of your life it needs to be tailored for you by you.

 

  • Realize that your fitness level and routine needs to match your incentive and that new incentives need to be created. 

If your goal is quite specific (e.g. achieving a certain fitness level and weight for an event) – then it is imperative that you work according to a strict eating and fitness plan that is healthy for you and designed to assist you in achieving your specific goal.

Yet you must take it on as yours – let it be your goal and your fitness routine. Your tolerance level, your endurance, your range – it all needs to be specific to you and your personal goal. Once you are ¾ the way in achieving your goal, it is good to start thinking of the next goal you want. Have that goal lined up for when the current goal nears completion. For fitness to remain part of your life, new incentives / goals are required.

  • Be inspired!!

To keep one’s spirits high and to keep motivated, one needs to find something or possibly someone that inspires. Start with one and then add more to keep your inspiration and motivation fresh. What inspires you needs to be personal to only you.

For me, when we moved to a new area and joined the gym, there was so much to take in, it was exciting but a bit daunting and almost overwhelming. Then, during the gym induction stage, I noticed an elderly lady (must be in her 70s) – could be anyone’s Grandmother – dressed modestly and with headphones concentrating on herself. This lady was at one of the rowing machines working hard but looking content and calm. The lady was an inspiration to me – why? Does it matter? All that matters is that at that particular point in time, I felt calm too and saw pass all my possible negative thoughts to ‘back out’ of my initial decision to address fitness. Instead I allowed myself to feel inspired and motivated to get on with it.

  • Finding joy in fitness that is not centered only on the fitness routine or level .

There is a danger of being too involved with your own goals of fitness and health matters that it crowds out any other topics and focuses. If you find that all you think about and talk about are topics relating to your diet or your fitness routine, then there is a problem.

There is no balance and you will burn out and loose your momentum and possibly because of a behavioural pattern it may cause strained relationships too. It is wonderful to get and maintain a good level of enthusiasm for what you are achieving but it can’t be all and everything you think about, do and say. Why? Because it is linked to a goal and goals are finite.

Individual personalities are layers of experience, dreams, hopes, aspirations, quirks, inquisitiveness, empathy and friendship. Do not loose the real ‘you’, to a singular goal (no matter how big the goal is).

Gain some control over your thoughts and enthusiasm for your newly found fitness focus, by finding something outside the actual fitness activity that brings you joy.

For example, start with noticing small things. It may be a particular song you’ve heard on your headphones that brings you joy, or a particular tree or shrub you pass en route to your fitness class. Everyday things that you can draw on in addition to your fitness routine, that makes you smile. This will add to a more balanced outlook. With a variety of topics that brings you satisfaction and makes you feel good makes for easy conversation (plus you’ll be approachable as you will have more to offer other than focusing only on fitness topics in your conversations).

By allowing yourself to have more to think, enjoy and talk about relaxes you and ultimately brings you balance to continue and maintain a healthy fitness level.

  • Enjoy live with a good balanced attitude!

One of the core values or top reasons we become aware and start focusing on being healthy and fit, is to attain a better quality of life. Life should not involve extremes of overindulging and feeling ill or denial of innocent indulgences that can’t adversely affect health (if enjoyed from time to time).

Rather embrace your wins and achievements, yet feel no guilt for the occasional  ‘duvet’ day, having that chocolate, going out with friends and proverbially painting the ‘town red’. If it adds quality to your life, that is the whole point – so enjoy it and feel good about it.

There is no need to guiltily do extra gym hours as penance, if things are balanced and you exercise moderation in the various aspects of your life, joy is attainable and sustainable.

DIY Tiling – How to tile like a Pro

How to tile like a pro

DIY Tiling – Tile like a Pro!
~ By Ashley Wilkinson

Tiling a room can be quite a daunting challenge, but with a few tricks, anyone can make their tiles look like they were laid by a professional. Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you wish to undertake a tiling project.

CHOOSING YOUR TILES:

Generally, tiles are made from ceramic, terracotta or porcelain. Porcelain tiles are generally all very hard tiles. Terracotta and porcelain depend on the manner in which they were baked.

Once you have chosen a tile you like, look at the back where you can see the un-glazed clay. The darker the back, the harder the tile is likely to be. A very hard tile may be too hard to cut with a conventional tile cutter and you may need to use a grinder with a cutting disk in order to trim the tiles to size.

If you are not confident enough to use a grinder, or don’t have one, choose a tile with a lighter natural colour that you will be able to cut with a standard tile cutter.

Make sure you know the square meterage of the surface area you wish to tile. The general rule is to buy 15% more than you require. For example, if you are tiling an area 9m2, you would purchase roughly 10.5m2 worth of tiles. If you are tiling fancy patterns or an unusual 45 degree angle, you may need to buy up to 30% extra in tiles. The good news is that most tile suppliers will take back unused and unopened boxes of tiles. Just double check with them before making that purchase!

CHOOSING YOUR FOCAL POINT

Your first instinct will probably be to tile from one end of the room to the other. However, this is not the best approach. For the best results, you need to tile with your focal point in mind.

For example, let’s say you are tiling a bathroom. Your focal point would be the basin, or the mixer you bought for the bath. Let’s choose the basin for this example. You want the tiles to line up symmetrically around the basin as per the example below.

how to determine your focal point in tiling

Therefore, your first tiles would be behind the basin and you would work outwards from there.

UNEVEN WALLS AND FLOORS:

How straight is your wall or floor that you are tiling? Many rooms can be built quite unevenly, especially if bricks were used!

Before you start tiling, make sure you know where the lumps and dents are so that you can compensate with the thickness of tile adhesive used. Use a straight edge and level to make sure that your tiles are 100% straight. If your tiles are not straight, you will be able to see the imperfections when the light reflects off them.

how to use a level for tiling

You can see in the image above that the one tile is not straight and level. To fix it, remove the crooked tile, add more tile adhesive and try again, squeezing out the excess tile adhesive, until the tile is straight and level. Uneven floor tiles not only reflect the light in an annoying manner, but are also a tripping hazard for those that walk over them.

SPACING

Use tile spacers!

You want the gaps between the tiles to be as even as possible. Tile spacers are little crosses made out of plastic. They come in a variety of widths.

Remember that not all tiles are created equal. Second and third grade tiles may not all be exactly the same shape. In order to compensate for this, you may have to use a slightly wider tile spacer and shift the tiles over a bit here and there to get the best fit.

how to use a tile spacer

If you use the tile spacer so that most of it sticks out from between the gap as per the picture attached, they’ll be easier to remove once the tile adhesive has set.

FINISHING

Once all the tiles are in place and the tile adhesive has set, take a small screwdriver and carefully remove any excess tile adhesive from between the tiles. Once the gaps are clean, and no tile-adhesive is left on the front of the tile, you are ready to grout!

The Zen of Menopause: Don’t let it defeat you!

Do not let menopause defeat you!

Do not let menopause defeat you!

One day you wake up feeling all happy, like Marry Poppins and then, BAM!! It hits you and you become Cruella De Vil!!

So what exactly is this dreaded thing we call Menopause? And what does it have to do with you? Is it possible to defeat this “Monster”!

Menopause is a normal condition that all women experience as they age. (If it occurs naturally it can start from the age of 40 to 51) So Ladies, the term “menopause” describes  the changes you have to go through either just before or after you stop menstruating. This is marking the end of your reproductive period!

Worldwide, menopause has all kinds of meanings. In some culture it could be a decline in social status others may view it a rite of passage. In other words, there are enormous physical, emotional and social changes that will occur in your life.

So when menopause does strike, what will I experience? This is very tricky, every woman is very different. Some will barely have symptoms and other will have a hot flush enough to melt the snow outside.

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So let me share you my story!

Remember how you can remember events that have happened around you? You can remember what you were doing, for example, 9/11. I was cooking when my husband came into the house and said the Twin Towers had been attacked. 🙁

Now, in all due respect to the family and victims of 9/11, my first change of life flush does not compare, however it sticks in my mind. I dosed off  in the lounge, and had a dream that God told me to translate the Bible 😊. I know…. people, don’t say anything. Then it happened. This burning heat that engulfed my body from head to toe. In that instance, I knew that Menopause had started.

Somehow, its a topic that seems kind of hush hush. I know, myself, I didn’t mention it to anyone, its almost as though its an end of an era. I suffered in silence at the flushes, just thinking to myself, this too shall pass, I tried imagining it as a wave,  and short of stripping off all my clothing in the middle of winter, and running around naked in the snow, delighting at the cold, I had to try find another solution.

Of course, like I said, windows in Winter were flung open, and the rest of the family shivered and moaned, and I stood in front of the window, blessing the cold. Then I hit open Google. Boy, did I Google!

Now, please ladies, I am NOT promoting in medical advice, I am just saying what helped for me personally, and maybe as you read this article, you can think DAMN, why didn’t I try that.

I found Sage drops worked very, very well. You just put ten or so drops in a glass of water, 3 times a day, and drink that down. Its not an unpleasant taste, just tastes like, well, Sage. I used a very good quality tincture, a little bit more expensive, I found, worked better, and longer. Of course, drinking 3 glasses of water to your 8 per day, leaves only 5  left to drink, so you have the added pleasure of killing two birds with one stone. 🙂

Along with the flushes, came of course the weight gain, so I decided to see if Acupuncture would work. What an interesting experience. We went to the consultation, and the lady just put her fingers on my wrist. AAAARGH, screamed my mind… DEMONIC, because after that, she told ME all MY symptoms.

Its all above board and kosher. So the treatment began. I was lead into a room, told to lie on the bed, and pull up the legs of my jeans. Then all the needles went in. in my head, arms, hands tummy, belly button. by my ankles, between my big toe, and in the calf of my legs. Then the blinds were drawn,the lights dimmed, and  the music was started, (Chinese music) and I was left to drift off, the sounds from the street drifting up into the darkened room. A WONDERFUL time to catch a snooze in Summer time, when its so hot and humid outside, which you wouldn’t normally do because all you want to do is make the most of every second of the sun and heat, but this way, you don’t have to feel guilty nodding off, you cant move anyway because of the needles poking out of you.

Ah well I thought. A bit of an EXPENSIVE afternoon nap, but after a few treatments, it really did work. My sleep at night was undisturbed, I felt better on waking, the flushes were waaaaay less, and none at night to disturb your sleep as you flung off sheets, and sleepily put your hand out to your bed side table to grab your fan and start vigorously waving the damn thing around, whilst trying to cool down, sleep, and fan yourself. (Talk about multi tasking). So it really helped me. I found that I was calmer as well, which, well, kinda made EVERYONE happier. I surprised even myself and my hippy love the world attitude.

Did it help with the weight gain? Well I didn’t pick up, but neither did I loose. I think my days of walking around looking like I did when I was 20 are gone. The weight gain, well I have tried Herbalife, diet tablets, teas, water, but nothing seems to help. I don’t like chocolate, pasta or bread, and fizzy drinks are drunk once in a while by me. I turn my nose up at the fondue, and potato and cheese that are scoffed down here in huge quantities. So I don’t know.

My doctor told me to stop eating, which nearly caused me to punch him out. However, I prevailed! I even landed up in hospital because I dehydrated myself, and landed up on a drip, battling high blood pressure as well, because of  over doing it a tad at the Gym. Ok. So I went everyday. Did all the machines. How was I supposed to know that would happen☺

However Ladies, Menopause is not too bad, we can live through it, our mothers have done it, grand mothers, sisters, aunties, the list goes on, And survived!

Take a look at the positive, you have freedom, joy, a sense of peace and wisdom that only comes to those with the experience of time and conscious living.

It is time to challange our thinking, be open minded. Eat healthy, drink enough water, exercise at least 30 minutes a day, try acupuncture….

Adjust your attitude, Laugh! Have fun! Celebrate life and be glad you not 25 again.

This is a time of your life where you can count on change. Let the power surge through your body, and grow into the woman you are are meant to be. Make space for new goals! Out with the old, in with the new! Manifest in your dreams! Yes, we should celebrate! It is really a magnificent time!!

…and this is how you defeat menopause!

~ Jax


Everyone has a story and we would love to hear yours? What was your first experience? What where you doing? What helped? Please share!

30 ESSENTIAL FASHION MUST – HAVES (PART II)

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After last weeks, rain storms, we are clearly heading towards and cold and wet winter. So to continue with our list here is the remaining must have’s for your closet!

13.  THE LBD (THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS)

LBD must haveWe all know that every woman needs one of these. Great for those red – carpet events or fancy dinners. Or if you want the “Damn girl! Those legs, though!” comments. Also great for just every day getting the morning paper. Ok. Maybe not, but you get the gist. You need this. You know you do.

Our Recommendations:
Sleeveless Lace Neck
Classic Slim Fit Sleeveless Midi Dress
Women’s Cap Sleeve 1950s Style Vintage Black Lace A-line Dress

14.  THE MIDI SKIRT

the midi skirt must have

These make me want to dance and sing on green hills while the sky is blue and the breeze is low. These want me to be a lady and say please and thank you’s. What a polite skirt. It’s modest, but oh so young – at – heartish. I love it!

Our Recommendations:
Women Pleated Vintage Skirts Floral Print Midi Skirt
High Elastic Waist Flare Pleated A-line Midi Skirt
Slim Pencil Skirt

15.  THE SILK SCARF

the silk scarf must have“Oh silk scarf, how you flatter me! I love you!” Feels like angel kisses in my neck. Looks like you walked out of the Oscar de la Renta store. Score!

Our Recommendations:
Mixed Patterns and Colors Scarf Accessory Set
Corciova Designer Silk Like
TONY & CANDICE Womem’s Graphic Print 100% Silk

16.  THE MATCHING PAJAMASthe matching pj must haveAfter a toss – and – turn night, you wake up and your body feels like it’s swaddled in angel’s breath, but your face is puffy and your hair and eyes are screaming, “CLOSE THOSE CURTAINS! WE ARE VAMPIRES IN THE MORNING!” , get a big cup of coffee. Drink it. It’s too early to be eaten by a supernatural light – sensitive being who seeks the blood of innocents. Those PJ’s look cute on you, though. I’ll just step outside where it’s safe to smile and laugh and dance in the sunshine.

Our Recommendations:
Seven Til Midnight Women’s Enchanting 2 Piece Cami Set
Velvet Kitten Lingerie Electric Lace Sexy PJ

Sexy Petals In Bloom PJ Set for Women

Now comes the most important part – shoes and accessories!!

 

shoequoteoftheday17.  THE BLACK ANKLE BOOT

the ankle bootWomen all over the world aspire to look good. Why should you be any different? Just pick a comfortable height. No one wants to see a broken – ankled fashionista break down in public over the loss of her beautiful footwear. Also, mascara tears. Not pretty. 🙁

Our Recommendations:
Striped Button Zipper High Heel Stiletto Platform Ankle Boots
A more  casual Pull On Ankle Boot
George-15 Women’s Strap Buckle Stiletto Heel Ankle Boot

18.  BLACK SINGLE – SOLE HEELS

30 Fashion Must HavesThey’re so simple, yet so damn elegant! I recommend only red carpet events and high powered business deals in these.

Our Recommendations:
Guess Plasmas 2
Loslandifen Womens Closed Toe Cusp High HeelsWomen Sexy Pumps Closed Pointed Toe Stiletto

19.  THE NUDE STRAP SANDAL

the nude strappy heelThese sandals are magic to those of us who like the illusion of longer legs. Heels elongate the calf muscles, lift the bum and give you an extra bit of height. Obviously. Spruce up those jeans for a night out and look forward to a great calf workout!

Our Recommendations:
Stiletto High Heel Ankle Strap Sandal 
Strappy Thin High Heel Sandals
Greyson 37 Dress Sandal

20.  BALLET PUMPS

the ballet pump must haveWhen you know you will have a hard day at work or at home, slip these on. You will be able to flit about your daily chores. Trust me, if these were never invented, I’d be the saddest person in the world. Because my feet will hate me. Angry feet are not the prettiest feet. Believe me!

Our Recommendations:
Crochet Ballet Flats 
Chocolaticas Honey Women’s Mary Jane Flat
Emmie Ballet Flat

21.  THE WHITE SNEAKERS

the white sneakers must have

Not for  tennis players anymore. These puppies are versatile. Wear them casual or smart. Do what you want. Maybe stay away from dirt. In any form. Oh who am I kidding? Have fun! Enjoy your life! These guys will show you how!

Our Recommendations:
Grasshoppers Women’s Janey Twill Lace-Up Sneaker
Lauren Ralph Lauren Women’s Jolie Fashion Sneaker
Women’s Classic Canvas Lace up

22  THE LEATHER BELT

the leather belt must have

Classic never goes out of fashion. Also, a nice buckle couldn’t hurt. Doubles as a weapon if you’re a ninja too. Or a superhero. Or just to keep your pants up.

Our Recommendations:
Distress Embossed Brown and Teal Leather Belt with Rhinestone Ring Buckle
Womens Square Buckle Color Ostrich Print Leather Skinny Belt
Carved Belt for Jeans Vintage Western Belts

 23  THE WALLET CLUTCH

the clutch wallet must haveFind one. Buy it. Never leave its side. How convenient! A clutch that’s a wallet! I must have it!

Our Recommendations:
FUNOC
Mundi
Tonse

24  THE EVENING CLUTCH

the evening clutch must have“Wow! That’s a really nice clutch bag!”
“Yaaas…I treat mahself well.”

These are the words you wish you could say. Polite company does not allow you to.

Just say thank you. You know it’s nice. Don’t be that girl.

Our Recommendations:
Pleated Satin Clutch Purse With Rhinestones
Satin Flap Clutch With Crystals
Satin Wavy Crystal Bag

25  THE WEEKENDER BAG

the weekend bag must haveWho doesn’t love weekends? Take this bag on your travels where you will encounter weird and wonderful things. Put those things inside your bag. No one will ever know. I’m just kidding. Don’t do that. Don’t quote me. Forget I even said that. You’re having a dream…about the weekend…shhhh….

Our Recommendations:
Oversized Canvas Leather Trim Weekend Bag
Carry On Lightweight Small Weekend Overnight Bag 
Travel Cheer Gym Duffel Bag 21″

26  THE NON – BRANDED TOTE BAG

the torte must haveI always carry a big enough bag that would carry a day’s supplies if I ever were to be stranded on a deserted island. So, my bag would be large enough to carry a great Dane comfortably. Not everyone thinks this way, I know. That’s why you should choose the size that’s right for you.

Our Recommendations:
Deluxe Canvas Tote Bag
Women’s Stylish Waterproof Tote Shoulder Bag
Paisley Travel Tote Bag, Black and White

27  DELICATE JEWELLERY

delicate gold chain mustA fine, sophisticated gold necklace with a paved pendant is exactly what you’re looking for to make your everyday look feel feminine and glamorous. Less is more, ladies. You know this. 😉

Our Recommendations:
Humble Chic Women’s Floating Diamonds
Dogeared Sterling Silver Life Is Beautiful
Rose Gold Necklace

28  THE DIAMOND STUDS

the diamond studs must haveEven if they aren’t real, who’s going to know? As long as you feel like a million bucks when you wear them.

Our Recommendations:
Platinum-Plated Sterling Silver Round Cubic Zirconia Stud Earrings
1/3Ct round Cut 14K White Gold Diamond Stud Earrings
Solid 14 karat Gold post Swarovski Pure Brilliance

29  THE SUNGLASSES

must have sunglassesProtect those beautiful peepers with fun sunnies. If you’re more into “old – school” shades, no problem. You can rock that look too! Perfect for hiding from the paparazzi. And other questionable individuals.

Our Recommendations:
Vintage Cat Eye Sunglasses
Retro Vintage Fashion Unisex Round Arrow Sunglasses
Womens Heart Shaped Sunglasses

30  THE RED LIPSTICK

the red lipstck must haveHow could you even forget the iconic shade of red to complement those beautiful lips? Red lips exude confidence and flair. Remember, though, that not everyone can wear stop – light red. Make this your own. If you choose none of the above items to don your wardrobe, choose this one. This one is a genuine must – have.

Mwah! Mwah! Mwah! TIME TO PAINT THE TOWN RED!

Our Recommendations:
Mac Cremesheen Lipstick, Brave Red 
L’oreal Colour Riche Lipcolour, British Red
Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipcolor, Red Revolution

Have fun! 🙂

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30 ESSENTIAL FASHION MUST – HAVES (PART 1)

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With Winter just around the corner, it’s time to love yourself a little. It’s time to give away all of your drab clothing and fill your closet with the stuff of dreams. Live a little. Step out of that comfort zone. Be brave. Never fear!

According to Elle magazine (frankly, I usually create my own fashion ensembles, and then add in some new fashion ideas as I see them) there are just 30 essential wardrobe items that you really need.

The trick is knowing when and where to wear them. Thankfully, this is not difficult as you, my dear, are talented and smart and won’t embarrass yourself with sandals over socks. Just let your individuality shine through with these fashion item ideas:

1. THE TRENCHCOAT

The Trenchcoat Must Have

Comfortable and still stylish. Just slip this on when it gets a bit rainy or nippy. Choose a fit that suits you and your wardrobe. Bulky is not chic. You aren’t a 1930’s Private Eye. You are? Apologies. I cannot be held responsible for your fashion faux pas!

Today we recommend one or hey maybe all three options:

Our Recommendations:
Elegant Long Trench Coat with Belt:
Calvin Klein Women’s Single-Breasted Classic Trench Coat
Double Breasted Trench Coat with Belt

2. THE DENIM JACKET

Must have denim jacket

This little number says “I’m casual, yet stylish!” Not really. Denim can’t speak, but if it could, that’s what it would say.

Our Recommendations:
Longsleeve Button-Up Denim Jacket with Chest Pockets
So Casual Military Style Denim Jean Long Coat Jacket
Levi’s? Womens Women’s Authentic Trucker Jacket

3. THE FITTED BLAZER

Must Have Fitted Blazer

Just because office – people wear these, doesn’t mean that you can’t. Just find one that is cinched at the waist and gives you an hourglass figure. It also doesn’t have to be black. Just as long as you don’t feel like you’re in a bad sixties movie. Have fun with this one!

Our Recommendations:
Double Notch Lapel Sharp Shoulder
Women’s Lapel Long Sleeve Short Suit Blazer Jacket
Women’s Boyfriend Blazer

4. THE WRAP COAT

Must have wrap coat

So cozy when you just want to envelop yourself inside yourself. Makes you feel safe and secure. Makes you feel like a happy, warm baby. A stylish, happy, warm baby. Cashmere works best. Suede is good too.

Our Recommendations:
Women’s Wrap Coat
Women’s Wool Cashmere Wrap Coat with Belt
Anne Klein Women’s Double-Breasted Wool-Blend Coat

5. THE LEATHER MOTORCYCLE JACKET

The must have leather jacket

Glam up your look with this jacket, it can literally be worn with anything. Try it! I promise, you’ll love it! And you’ll wonder why you didn’t sooner.

Our Recommendations:
Women’s Qulited Sleeve Classic Rider
Zip Up Moto Biker Jacket
Standard Leather Womens Motorcycle Leather Jacket

6. THE CASHMERE CREW NECK SWEATER

Must have cashmere sweater

Perfect with a jean, your favourite tights and sneakers or pumps. This sweater is magic if you want to spice up your casual look (and it comes in different colours. Yay!). “Oh, this old thing? I just threw this on!” you say as you throw your head back and laugh over a cocktail at your favourite horse racetrack!

Our Recommendations:
Parisbonbon Women’s 100% Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater
Women’s Crew Neck Cashmere Sweater
100% Pure Cashmere Long Sleeve Crew Neck Sweater

7. THE TURTLENECK SWEATER

the turtle neck must have

Oh, that glorious feeling when you find just the right amount of snug to fit your neck! It’s not the eighties! It’s fashion, baby!

Our Recommendations:
Lauren Ralph Lauren Women’s Short Sleeve Turtleneck Jersey Top
Solid Cable Knit Winter Sweaters
Lightweight Long Sleeve Rib Turtleneck Top Pullover Sweater

8. THE SILK BLOUSE

Must have silk blouse

A warm day, with a light breeze wafting through your hair, if you want to know what love feels like, then this is the blouse for you. It’s light, it’s airy, it makes you want to sing like a Disney princess. Just be sure to not spill anything on it. If you really must, then carry a soda water spritzer in your tote bag full of survival supplies. Genius? Why, thank you!

Our Recommendations:
Sleeve Satin Blouse
100% Silk Long Sleeve Dress Shirt Pocket Blouse
Classic Silk Shell for Women

9. THE CLASSIC WHITE TEE

Must have a classic white tshirt

Looks very crisp and clean cut with jeans and sassy and fun with denim shorts. I like the V – neck. You can choose whichever one you like, but I like the V – neck. Just saying…

Our Recommendations:
Classic Cotton-Blend 3/4 Sleeve V-neck Longsleeve Top
Premium Basic Fitted Soft Short Sleeve Deep V Neck T Shirt
Solid Cap Sleeve Crew neck Tee Shirt

10. THE BATEAU SHIRT

the bateau shirt must have

For all your nautical needs. Sailing crew not included. Perfect with smart pants or jeans. Great for walking the French streets or Sunday lunches with the girls.

Our Recommendations:
Classic Striped Long Sleeves
British Boat-Neck
Slouchy Pullover Sweatshirt

11. ANKLE – LENGTH BLACK TROUSERS

Must have item: ankle length trousers

Stay away from small dogs and cats when wearing these. A perfect Autumn trousers for rubbing shoulders with those in the know.

Narrow Ankle Length Trousers
Ease In To Comfort Slim Ankle Pants
Cargo Pants Ankle length

12. THE JEANS

Must have jeans

It doesn’t matter which style you choose, any will do. Does it make your bum look Fabulous? Good. You’re welcome.

Our Recommendations:
Classic Legendary Bootcut Jeans
Perfect Fitting Sexy Jean
Levi’s Women’s 512 Straight Leg Jean

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We love to hear from you – what is your fashion must have item and why?

~ Rachma Enslin

How to get the look: Incorporating teal

Incorporating teal

How to incorporate the colour teal? Writtern By ~ Abby Bezuidenhout


In our last article that was posted on the 28th of March 2016 we showed you some really amazing designs with the colour teal.

Don’t you just love Teal? It is such a happy colour enjoying life! Today, we will discuss how  to get that looking by incorporating teal in our daily lives.

Was that beach themed bedroom not just gorgeous? I just absolutely adore the colour scheme of this room – it does feel very sea side like. Sadly white in my house with 6 kitties, I am not completely sold, but a girl may dream, right?

Beach Inspired Bedroom:

It radiates such a feeling of calmness, peace and tranquility.

If you are looking for the perfect sheets, look no further. Best part they do come in all assorted colours. These sheets are so comfortable, soft and elegant. I highly recommend the Elegant Comfort 90 GSM Super Soft Wrinkle Free Sheet Set.

These Microfiber sheets are as soft as 1,200 thread count Egyptian cotton and has a breathable weave! Easy care sheets are machine washable and require no ironing! Added Bonus!!! NO IRONING!! More time to do more important things.

Do you wanna a little secret? These gorgeous sheets are currently on SALE at Amazon. You can get up to 75% on these sheets! If you don’t like white, they do come in all assortment of colours.

Mix and match it up a little by adding a throw her or there, you will see very below a few cushions that you may like to add to the room…

Don’t be afraid to be bold with bedside lamps. Try opting for a lovely glass mosaic lamp with different hues of teal.

Or alternatively opt for an elegant lattice design which is sure to compliment any decor.

“A picture is a poem without words” – Horace

A few factors to keep in mind when deciding artwork for a room. Bedroom it is best to go for something that is calming or maybe a little seductive. Dining room go bolder or more dramatic. Think what is the purpose of your living room. Are you relaxing? Then choose art that doesn’t take over the room, something that is more soft.

Read here for great tips in how to choose artwork for your home.

Here is a few examples:

You could have something with animals:

Something abstract:

Or something floral:

Remember the galaxy hoodie:

As a rule of thumb your scatter cushions should never match your sofa. Most importantly they should pull your room together. I love scatter cushions as they bring so much character to the room. You can have so much fun with colours and since our main colour theme for today is teal. Here are a few favourites that you can turn your room in something that is fun, funky and fashionable. The possibilities are endless!

Add a touch of Paris

For something a little different

Or go for a set:

…maybe a cushion or two to add to your beach themed bedroom

Something monotone or textured:

Or maybe plain but sleek

Like I mentioned earlier the possibilities are endless. You can mix them up, have different sizes, different textures or different shades. So many choices so little time!!

Did you not love the idea of having teal dinnerware?

…..and Oh my!! That beautiful dinnerware is available on Amazon. Pssst!!They only have 11 in stock. They are also Pioneer Woman – Just saying…

Sadly there is only one left in stock – but for some reason, I love this? Don’t you?

A house needs to have that space that you feel at home. A comfy chair, pillow, and a good book and a cuppa tea! Remember that amazing Teal Space?

They say that having the colour teal around can help you think clearer and help with making decisions. So why not add some teal in your study or reading corner. You don’t want to much teal as it may give you an overactive mind and can cause a little emotional imbalance. Here is a few ways of creating that amazing space with a few hints of teal.

That Vintage Teal dress, was it not just to die for? If you are good with a needle and thread I am sure you will be able to recreate that look, but if you like me who can’t sow a button online shopping is your best bet.
How do you like some of these?

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” ― Marthe Troly-Curtin, Phrynette Married

I am not a floral watch person, but the one that Ashley posted in her article was gorgeous. However, none as nice on Amazon, but I have stumbled across some of these. What do you think?

…and just for the sake of quirkiness

Please share us your thoughts in how you can add this beautiful colour of teal to your life!