Crabtree & Evelyn 60 Second Fix for Hands

Beauty: Crabtree & Evelyn 60 Second Fix for Hands

My mom always told me that the first thing that gives away your age is a woman’s hands so naturally she is obsessed with looking after her hands with constant moisturising, making sure there’s SPF and always wearing gloves while doing chores. I, on the other hand, wasn’t so fussed about my hands till I started noticing other people’s hands, and trust me I changed my ways really quickly! I started keeping hand cream in every handbag, one next to my bedside table, one on my desk at home and the office, one in my car, and made a mental note to myself that I must always apply hand cream after I wash my hands… You get the point! 🙂

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A friend gave me a set of the Crabtree & Evelyn 60 Second Fix for Hands from the La Source collection for Christmas last year and I didn’t really try the product until a few months ago because I had so many opened bottles of hand cream, I wanted to finish some up first before I started using my new ones. Firstly, why I didn’t just try it anyways, I have no clue but I really wished that I had started using it earlier!

The little set comes with 2 products, the first step is a cleanse and exfoliant for your hands and the second is an intense moisturizer to lock and seal in the moisture. Not only did I feel a difference immediately from how smooth and soft my hands are but the product smells so good. It has such a delicate but fresh scent, it will leave you sniffing your hands constantly for ages.

If you are looking for something to pamper your hands or a gift for someone that will be put into good use (literally it only takes 60 seconds), look no further than the Crabtree & Evelyn 60 second Fix for Hands. This little gift pack is available from other collections too but I definitely recommend La Source because it smells just THAT good. 🙂

With love…xxx

10 Signs you're in the Big Apple

Travel: 10 Signs You’re in the Big Apple

Hi everyone! As I’m lying in this, possibly bigger than a king size bed (everything in America is super sized), and getting the most out of my night in because I haven’t had one of these since I arrived in the States. I’m currently in Washington DC and writing this post just makes me miss New York City even more because it’s more than just the city that never sleeps but it’s full of life and possibly the most vibrant city that I’ve visited. Considering that it’s fall now and the cold does really get in the way of things (the temperature varies between 4 to 17 degrees Celsius), people just go on doing their thing like it’s summer here! While everything is still fresh in my mind, I should lay down the 10 signs you’re in the Big Apple and not SA anymore.

1. When crossing the road, you look LEFT then RIGHT (not right then left)

I know this sounds like the most obvious thing but trust me, crossing the road can be tricky especially when in SA we were taught from a very young age that if and when we cross the road, the sequence is: RIGHT then LEFT. I made sure that I drilled that into my head when I came to visit, otherwise just follow the robot, I mean, street lights to indicate when you should cross.

 

2. People actually walk faster than 5km per hour

Don’t be surprised when you’re walking a good 6km per hour and people are still shuffling behind you shouting “move!” or “excuse me!” every few minutes. I know that typically in SA, there’s generally no sense of urgency to do anything or get anywhere and I’m probably exaggerating or generalising a little bit but you know what I mean. 🙂 Whether you walk on the right side or the left side, there will always be someone who needs to get past from behind you, don’t feel offended if the people seem a little rough, it’s just part of the big city life.

 

3. They sell pizza by the slice and it’s $4

We are so spoilt when it comes to prices of food in SA and you really appreciate that when you come to a place like NYC because food is very expensive especially when you’re earning South African Rands. That said, there are tons of food here, not just quantity but the variety is insane! Vietanese, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, American fast food, BBQ, Italian, Peruvian, Greek, Indian, Turkish… you name it and they have it. The only problem you’re faced with is not having enough stomach to try it all.

 

4. You have to pay tip for everything and it starts at 15%

Remember how that one time you thought it was ok to tip the waitress less than 10% in SA or you complained about tipping 10%? The average here in NYC is 20% but you can get away with 15%, depending on where you are. You’re also required to tip the taxi driver, the concierge at your hotel if you ask them to make a booking for you, the bell boy for helping your luggage, the tour guide … pretty much everyone that offers some form of service to you. Nothing comes for free here so happy tipping!

 

5. People don’t look at you funny for living in your running shoes

New York City is probably one of the most pedestrian friendly cities I’ve visited and with that comes with tons of walking. It’s literally a workout on its own because of the amount of walking you do on a daily basis. It’s super convenient too because of the 24 hour underground metro service that runs across the whole city. Tons of people wear running shoes around the city, running shoes has become a fashion item on its own. Don’t even bother bringing pumps and heels unless you think you can walk about 10km in them a day.

 

6. Whether you’re white, black, Asian, Hispanic or alien, you’ll fit in

New York is possibly the most diverse and integrated city I have visited and no matter who you are, what language you speak, where you are born, you will fit in. Very little emphasis is put on race in such a big city and it’s the most beautiful thing.

 

7. You can monetize just about anything

Remember how you thought M&M’s were just candy coated chocolates? Well you’re wrong. They are celebrities and have their own 3 story merchandise store in Times Square. Seriously.

 

8. Dogs are truly a man’s best friends

Here we are thinking that SA is a dog friendly country, sure we have the luxury of space which allows us to keep pets in massive gardens but New York is possibly the most dog-friendly city with parks just about everywhere and dog owners walking their dogs on the streets on a daily basis. There are also doggy play grounds open to the public to allow just about anyone to bring their furry companions to socialize with their own kind. How sweet!

 

9.  There are people walking around at 2am and they’re not dodgy 

That person walking around on the streets in the early hours of the morning is most likely you. There are tons of places that are open 24 hours, the subway runs 24 hours and you will never feel alone out on the streets in the early hours of the morning. Dreams do come true.

 

10. Starbucks is in every corner

Forget Vida, have you tried the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Startbucks??

 Hope you enjoyed the post and look out for the next New York diaries post with pictures of my trip! Happy traveling!

With love…xxx

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Lifestyle: How to be the perfect host this summer

Hi everyone! After I posted my Watermelon Cooler Recipes, many of you asked where I got the drinking jars from and then I realized that every where I looked, there is this over whelming interest into drinking jars and striped straws etc. It has become the ultimate way to serve iced coffees, juices and even fruit infused water. I decided to write this post to give you some ideas for summer and how to be the perfect host with all shapes and sizes of glass jars that I found on Gumtree. Have a look at the ideas below.

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Please note that none of the pictures above are my own, I found them on the internet and they serve as inspirational pictures and ideas only.

There are tons of ways you can use these jars! So instead of using boring dishes and glasses to serve guests your food and drinks, you can use these ideas as inspiration. The best place to find what you need? Have a look at these links I found on Gumtree.

 

Drinking glass bottles and jars:

http://www.gumtree.co.za/a-wedding-venues-services/athlone/drinking-glass-jars-bottles/1001191194650910006619109

http://www.gumtree.co.za/a-store-catering-equipment/milnerton/glassware-for-sale/1001196736280910000736209

http://www.gumtree.co.za/s-home-decor-interiors/v1c9183p1

 

Remember whether you’re hosting a few close friends or a whole party, it doesn’t hurt to get creative and your guests will be left super impressed!

Not only is it much cheaper to buy these jars through Gumtree from a direct supplier, but there are tons of other party stuff you can either pick up or hire if you’re hosting a party this Summer.

 

Tips when shopping on Gumtree:

 

  1. Always ask for the price and settle on the price before you make any orders.
  2. Confirm shipping details and price.
  3. Shop and browse around, there are plenty of different sellers selling the same or similar things so browse around and keep your options opened.
  4. Don’t give your credit card details to anyone (I’m sure I don’t need to stress this point).
  5. Don’t be scared to bargain, you never know what deals you can strike by just trying your luck.

 

Don’t forget, Gumtree is home to tons of sellers and you can get almost anything, whether you’re looking for something new or second hand to buy or to rent. In fact, I found my first home as a student when I was still studying in Cape Town on Gumtree. Happy Shopping! 🙂