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Throwback to Feeding Elephants and Choosing Experiences Over Things

Throwback to Feeding Elephants and Choosing Experiences Over Things

I recently realised that feeding elephants has been one of my most memorable experiences and I’ve never shared it on the blog. Having just returned from yet another beautiful game reserve in the Western Cape last week has made me think of all the travel experiences I’ve been fortunate enough to have and how elated it’s made me feel. I’ve just downloaded the photos from my camera today so last week’s trip to Botlierskop Game Reserve will hopefully be on the blog by next week! I’ve always wanted to have an interaction with elephants because the gentle giants are my favourite animals. They possess all the strength in the world and tower over other animals in their environment and yet they only use their power when absolutely necessary. Us humans could learn a thing or two from that. About two years ago hubby and I decided to book an elephant experience at the Buffelsdrift Game Lodge in Oudtshoorn which includes feeding elephants, touching them and sitting on their backs if you’re brave enough! I was excited and anxious at the same time – if you think they look big on your TV screen, wait until you see them up close! We were given a few do’s and don’ts, including how to approach the elephants and after that it was time to fulfill a lifelong dream of mine so naturally I was the first to go! The elephants were very gentle but every now and then they’d give us a firm grip with their trunks to show us exactly who the bosses were. Their skins are leathery and their eyes... read more
Why Getting Adult Braces Was My Best Decision

Why Getting Adult Braces Was My Best Decision

Pinning the best decision of your adult life on one specific thing is big and a decision in itself. But deciding to get adult braces truly was the best decision I could EVER make for myself. I’m sure many of you don’t even know about my braces or shall I say, didn’t know I had braces. Yes, I’ve had it for almost nine months and it was removed 2 months ago. When you’re a child, you don’t have much choice and have to be happy with what you’re given by your parents. They do the best they can but so much income can only go so far. So even though my parents knew we needed certain things, they weren’t always able to provide these things for us and I don’t blame them. Medical aid was a fancy term for families with high and middle incomes and our family was way at the bottom of the income scale. But now that I’m all grown up with a good job, I’m able to change anything (well most things anyway) I’m not physically happy with. I always wanted braces because I always knew I needed braces. But braces were something I thought I’d have in my teenage years because it’s normal to have it when you’re younger – no one looks at you weirdly or with question mark expressions. So it took a lot for me to pluck up the courage and go to the dentist but quite frankly, I was tired of being self conscious about my teeth. I had a overbite and gaps between my upper teeth and because of... read more
Hey There Cape Town Winter

Hey There Cape Town Winter

If there’s one thing I love about winter (besides everything else I mentioned in my previous post about my undying love for winter) it’s getting to whip out my beautiful vintage coats, blazers and jackets. I’ve built up quite a collection over the years. And by ‘built up’ I mean I just snatched them out of various family members’ closets. These beauties come in handy for the harsh Cape Town winter for both keeping me warm and looking stylish too! Yesterday marked the start of June and the official start of winter too. But like I also said in my previous post, Cape Town has been having borderline sub zero temperatures practically right through autumn so in my book, winter started a long time ago. So much so that it became necessary for me to take this luxurious vintage coat for a OOTD spin. I was so lucky to have scored this coat from my Gran. It’s in mint condition and fits me just right! A good quality coat and pair of boots are the backbone of a winter closet. If you’ve got enough of those two items, you’re good to go for a few winters. It’s basically just about adding or changing a few seasonal trends to keep your look updated and to avoid repetition. Don’t know about you, but I’m sooo ready for winter! Coat – Vintage | Jersey – Truworths | Jeans – Topshop | Ankle Boots – Edgars xxx Gaynor xxx... read more
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

Hi, I'm Gaynor!

I love mixing vintage fashion with modern day trends and exploring the beautiful Western Cape of South Africa. I believe in shared life lessons, constantly evolving and never to stop learning.

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