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Reasons to Love Winter

Reasons to Love Winter

Cape Town winters are not for the faint-hearted and the past few days have proved that. Even though we’re still technically in autumn, according to me it’s already winter because er it’s freezing outside. I’m a full-on December summer baby but I love winter. Now I know there’s a lot of people who loathe winter and are dreading the next few months but there’s a few reasons to love the icy season that might just change your mind. So I’ve compiled a few of those reasons to love winter, partly to get myself through the season as well because heck even a winter lover needs some motivation! You sleep better in winter The days are shorter and the nights are longer so you get into ‘sleep mode’ much quicker in winter than summer. Yes, it’s a bit more difficult to get out of bed in the morning during winter but you sleep much cosier at night (thanks to hot water bottles, heaters and mountains of blankets) so you get in those 40 winks easier than in the scorching summer heat. Plus, you get to indulge in overly long bubble (or Lush, whatever you prefer) baths before bed! Discounted rates anyone? Who doesn’t love a good deal? Personally, I love planning my escape from reality during winter because a) it’s much more quiet and b) it’s way more affordable. You’ll obviously have to miss out on a few things, like taking a dip in the pool for example, but then of course you’d look for a spot with a jacuzzi or heated pool and still win! Hiding bad hair days... read more
Winter Pastels

Winter Pastels

There’s a tendency in the fashion world to think that pastel colours are reserved for spring and summer months. But if you stop by my blog regularly or follow me on social media, you’ll know that I don’t care much for fashion rules. Fashion rules are meant to be broken. This winter pastels look is perfect for autumn days and I’d typically wear an outfit like this on a Sunday for church or even a pretty garden party or high tea. The skirt is a bit sheer but any summer item can be taken into autumn or even winter by combining it with a slightly warmer clothing item – like I did with the trench coat in this look. Speaking of this beautiful skirt, can you believe I’ve had it for over 8 years! My mom has the exact same skirt and being a vintage clothing lover, I have absolutely no problem wearing the same clothes as my mom. In fact, I raid her closet regularly looking for more vintage gems! I’ve been going strong for 3 months without having bought a single item of clothing and I’m super proud of myself. I’m a vintage lover and I love mixing and matching so I see no reason why I should be running to the shops every week. I’ve shared some winter pastels looks previously on the blog where I’ve also combined clothing items of different seasons. And in the wise words of Sophia Amoruso: “Money looks better in the bank than on your feet”. Makes you think, doesn’t it. Crop Top & Bag – Mr Price | Skirt (old)... read more
My Beautifully Flawed Vintage Sherpa Jacket

My Beautifully Flawed Vintage Sherpa Jacket

I’ve been thinking a lot about the curated social media craze lately. It’s made be question if I should be blogging about every look post. Should I be posting that photo on Instagram? Or should I only be blogging and posting perfectly edited and curated photos? And I’ve come to the conclusion; Er, no. Take this vintage sherpa jacket for example; it’s got little stains, some flaws and is slightly oversized for me, so it doesn’t really fit into the picture perfect box. But I love it and that’s supposed to be what matters. I especially love the fact that this is not your typical denim vintage sherpa jacket. It’s got it’s own unique look with the silky beige colour and longer length. Now if I had to be busy worrying about what look to post and what not to post then I wouldn’t have started a blog in the first place. I read (or rather scrolled through, as it was mostly photos) a rather thought provoking post on WhoWhatWear the other day which pretty much evoked my thinking on the whole curated trend. All I’m going to say is, it wasn’t as picture perfect back then as it is these days so I strongly suggest you check it out. I like ‘documenting’ and watching my style evolution. Even if my photos aren’t professionally taken and edited, it’s okay because I am happy with them. And as long as you like what you’re sharing with the world then that’s okay. A perfectly curated life is boring – it’s the learning process of ups, downs and mistakes that makes us... read more
You Know You’re Adulting When…

You Know You’re Adulting When…

The other day amidst its autumn yoyo weather patterns, Cape Town surprised us with a bright and sunny day. I’m talking not a single cloud in sight – basically perfection. Being on a weekend, you’d think the first thing that would pop into my head is to hop in the car with hubby and head for the great outdoors but alas that was not the case. You see, we’re adults now and adulting does not care for beautiful sunny days. wana-joke.com So what did I end up doing on this picture perfect day? Load up the washing machine of course! Taking to Twitter, it seemed many others knew the feeling all too well, as they too were adulting. This got me thinking, how many other things we do differently now that we’re full-blown adulting. In light of this, I thought I’d share some more adulthood facts. You know you’re adulting when: 1. Those free community newspapers arrive at your doorstep and the first thing you look for are the supermarkets’ promo pamphlets. 2. When TGIF means ordering a pizza (perhaps even baking some cupcakes) and getting comfortable in front of the TV instead of hitting up the town. 3. You actively participate (and sometimes even provide solutions) in discussions about the risings costs of electricity, groceries and petrol. I mean R30 for an avo?! 4. For the ladies; household appliances and cleaning agents actually takes preference over that ‘must-have item’ of the season. memeexplorer.com 5. You consider cleaning the house as your 30-45 minutes of exercise a day because you’re so exhausted after that. 6. It’s not a normal... read more
Choosing Neutrals Over a Minimalist Wardrobe

Choosing Neutrals Over a Minimalist Wardrobe

About two weeks ago I read a post on the Man Repeller blog about the minimalist wardrobe trend and man did that post hit home. I thought FINALLY! Finally someone (and a very well-known blog to boot) is speaking out on the so-called minimalist wardrobe trend. Now I’m well aware that minimalism also refers to a lifestyle change and has even more varied meanings for each person but I’m referring particularly to a minimalist wardrobe. When the minimalist wardrobe became a trend I was perplexed, outraged, confused even! Even though I’m an avid vintage lover and don’t follow trends like a slave, I was completely taken aback by this boring black and white wardrobe craze. I thought to myself, who the heck would want to wear black and white (and grey if you’re feeling adventurous) every single day when there’s so much colour in the world to choose from??? I’m not judging at all, to each his own I always say but DAMN I could never commit to a minimalist wardrobe of black and white. The closest I’ll ever come to this is a neutral coloured wardrobe. I’ve always loved neutral colours, so much so that my family members would buy things they’d spotted in the shops which were neutral toned and excitedly hand it to me exclaiming “It’s so you!”. I fully embrace the idea of having wardrobe staples that will carry you through the seasons but statement pieces are much more my thing. Rummaging through family members’ closets for hidden treasures – that leopard print coat, classic A-line skirt, chic blazer and stand-out accessories. Now those are... read more
William Sweetlove’s Water Wars Exhibition at Kirstenbosch

William Sweetlove’s Water Wars Exhibition at Kirstenbosch

I attended the latest exhibition, Water Wars, of the world renowned Belgian artist William Sweetlove a month ago at the retro chic Club 9 on Bree Street (my first First Thursdays experience I might add). Now I’m no art fundi but I’d heard a lot about this exhibition through social media but had never got around to viewing it at the V and A Waterfront where some of the sculptures were displayed throughout the month of March. The evening also rang in the official launch of the Cape Town Art Agency by Dirk Durnez and William Vaesen. Willam Sweetlove aims to spread awareness on the impacts of climate change through his unique artworks and has been doing so for almost 50 years through over 600 exhibitions worldwide. It is therefore fitting that Sweetlove and the Cape Town Art Agency, who represents the artist in Africa, have chosen the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to host his first exhibition in South Africa, after the successful pre-show of some of the large sculptures at the V and A Waterfront. From 11 May to 11 June, Sweetlove’s Water Wars exhibition will be on display at Kirstenbosch, highlighting the reality of how the excesses of humanity are threatening our natural resources. The exhibition can be seen in two places in the garden – the Fisherman-hunter sculpture will be on display at the Old Dam and more than 60 penguin sculptures will be set up in the Vlei Garden. The message is simple: “Water is temporary. Extinction is forever”. The exhibition will be making its way through South Africa over the next couple of months, starting... read more

Hi, I'm Gaynor!

Lover of mixing vintage fashion with modern day trends, indulging in yummy food and exploring the beautiful Western Cape of South Africa.

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