Scarf tying tips 4

So if you haven’t seen any of my other scarf tying tips, here is another!

This works best by adding in a little more dimension to a square scarf. Depending on the occasion, this is a great style to create the Western / Cowboy look, especially if this is a checked scarf with a denim collared shirt!

The look I show you below is more of a casual boho look that I love to pair with a denim or leather jacket. This scarf is from Poetry if any of you would like to know – they have the BEST scarves!


Peach and Leather


In the cold winter it is always difficult to steer clear of the dark gloomy colours. Although black, grey and brown can be very smart and chic, here is another take on a little brighter, colourful look with peach!

I just love my Mango leather jacket – this classic item is a must for your wardrobe! So useful and warm and goes with anything! I have paired it with Soviet jeggings, Mr Price satin pumps in chocolate brown and a peach cotton top from YDE.

Happy Monday everyone!




If any of you know me, you will know that I love my wine. Red in Winter, Rosé on the odd occasion and White…whenever! I love the history of wine making and the way wines are made from all sorts of different ingredients. I don’t think I will ever know enough about wine and all its details but one thing I do know for sure, I do enjoy it! With friends at a lunch, romantic dinners with G, laughing with family or relaxing with a good book or writing this blog.

I spoke about discovering apps the other day here, and this is another that I think every wine lover should have…Vivino!

What is so great about this app is that you have a profile that will save all your favourite wines and the wines you have reviewed. Similar to the Zomato app where you can review the wine and comment to all the people that are on your profile. Like Facebook you will have friends on your newsfeed that pop up with their reviews about the wine they have tasted. On the various wine reviews, you will see others that have commented whether they are on your profile or not.

To use this app, take a photo of the wine bottle label. Once the app has analysed the image it will confirm with a “Voila!”. All the details about the wine will be displayed with ratings, the farm it comes from , the grapes used and what food you should pair it with.  How clever?

How many of you have this app and does it meet your expectations?


Matte nails

Our generation are so lucky! We are exposed to such fun beauty products. Brands are creating the most amazing colours and incredible innovations that our mothers and grandmothers would never have been exposed to in their era! My latest craze? Matte nails!

I have always enjoyed experimenting different nail colours, not so much the nail art as I am not that adventurous but think on some people it looks incredible! In the recent magazines and beauty trends online, the matte nail varnish is the “in thing”!

There are a few nail polish brands that stock the matte option instead of the traditional gloss top coat – Cosmopolitan June issue features these great options if you’re interested.

I have always loved the Essence range of cosmetics and beauty as they have such a variety and are very affordable especially when you would like to test out the different trends. Below is what the Matte nail polish looks like as well as the Express dry drops which assist in the drying of your nail polish quickly – always a win!

Essence, Nails, matte, fashion, beauty

Matte nail art and Express dry drops

I would love to hear from you and see your matte nails!



Scarf tying tips 3

I have been asked several times on how I tie my scarf in this style. My scarf tying tip 3 will now reveal the secret!

This style works best with a full scarf, one that is wide and long. Some scarves are rather thin and this style will work with the thin scarves but doesn’t have as much impact as a wider longer scarf.

When tying the scarf around your neck and tucking it in as mentioned in the steps below, try keep the scarf fluffed up and not too tight otherwise this will lose the full effect. This is a great style for covering up the tummy area and works well as an accessory to your outfit or to keep you warm under your coat or jacket.

I would love to hear from you! Did you attempt this scarf style and how did it look?


Zomato App

I am quite useless when it comes to apps and what the latest trends are regarding new apps for Android or iOS (…or in human terms for example, Samsung or Apple). I generally use my phone for phoning, texting or social media catch-ups but since I moved over to the Apple world, I have been exposed to apps! What a wonderful discovery! One app I would like to share, is the free app called Zomato . Have any of you downloaded it?

I have found living in the city very different compared to living in Durban where I could go to the beach to get out. Here in the city, we go to restaurants, cafes and pubs / bars. I absolutely love this alternative because there is just so much to choose from. Some expensive, some affordable. Some Thai cuisine, some Italian – which do you choose from?

Zomato has been the greatest site for me when choosing a restaurant. When first moving to Johannesburg, I wasn’t sure of where we were going when a friend would suggest a restaurant. I am always intimidated by menus, I am always the last one at the table to choose what I want – there is just too much choice!! I learnt to go online and check out the restaurant menu before heading out so that I knew the variety of food offered and familiarized myself with the menu so it wasn’t so difficult to choose. Zomato was always the first site to pick from when looking on Google.

Now that I have become accustom to Zomato, I downloaded their app and have been so fulfilled. It will ask for your location so that it can choose the various restaurants or bars in your area, it will give you the option of breakfast, lunch, supper or drinks and then defines the cuisine to which your growling tummy desires. Even better, it gives you the latest on trending places at that time. Hipster hangouts, hidden gems or tea times, you can choose. A list of places to see will be featured and many visitors to these places have reviewed what the restaurant / cafe is like regarding service or cleanliness. Very appealing! Recently Zomato have updated their software and when logging in to the app to greet you, “Hello Chanel.” to which you can then choose what your heart desires.

If you keep your locations services on, the app will pick out all the places that are closest to you for food or drink when moving around or travelling to different towns, cities or countries. Clever!

Let me know your favourite aspects of Zomato!





Let’s Deli

At last we have our own Deli in town! I wrote about the wonderful Giovanni’s Deli here and am so thrilled to have our very own in close proximity. Let’s Deli opened up a few weeks ago and seems to be buzzing! Situated in the Lonehill Shopping Centre, Let’s Deli offer an array of wonderful fresh produce from different cheeses and meats to pickles and breads. The steak and boerewors we tried out the other day was delicious and the butcher, friendly and helpful! For the gluten free crowd, there is a full stand of pastas and produce for you too! What a pleasure it is to shop here and so look forward to this becoming a regular pit-stop for my dinners and weekend tapas styled picnics!

Scarf tying tips 2

Here is another version of tying your scarf so that it doesn’t look like a slap dash mess in the morning. I find it so difficult in Winter to dress well without freezing! This scarf tying tip definitely helps keep that chill off the neck and chest and is great when wearing it as I have in the pictures or when you have a big coat or smarter jacket over your top. This is an ideal style for work (just make sure that your hair is neater than mine looks in these pictures!)

Let me know how your scarf tying goes. Send me some pic’s of you attempting the scarf tying tip 2.


Bronze and browns

I love this kind of outfit for winter! Mixing bronze with browns always has a warm feel about it. This khaki green colour tank top from Cotton On gives the outfit just a little more depth to it by adding in a little bit of colour.

Because our days are so warm during Winter in Johannesburg, this tank top with the jeans by itself is really great. When it starts getting cooler towards the end of the day, into the evening, you can start layering again by adding the gorgeous brown leather jacket from Mango and a snood scarf from Old Khaki for that extra bit of warmth around the neck.

My belt and jacket have the bronze accents so I have added a bronze necklace from Accessorize to keep in line with the look I am pulling off. My little satin brown ballet pumps are from Mr Price a few seasons ago.

Khaki, casual, leather, bronze, brown, greenCx

Scarf styling tips

Now that the Winter chill is setting in, scarves are always a great way to keep warm but also to style your outfit – scarves are great accessories! I am going to post up a few scarf styling tips over the next few weeks to give you a few ideas.

Tip #1:

I think this style is very French. Just imagine the French artists in old movies or the stylish French women walking through the streets of Paris.

The steps to tying this scarf style are very easy. Hold your scarf loosely and place behind your neck. Pull one side longer than the other. Tie a knot in front with the top section of the scarf being the shorter side. Once tied, pull to one side for that extra sophisticated “French-looking” style.

A wonderful Vogue article called “How to tie a scarf like a French girl” gives some great tips and step by steps on scarf styling too.

Send me some pictures of your scarf tying results!