Lifestyle: High Tea at the Oyster Box Hotel

Happy Friday! As I am writing this post and going through the photos from my afternoon at the Oyster Box Hotel, I’m longing to go back and munch on all the goodies I never had the stomach to try out. Back in varsity days, high tea was quite a staple for me and my friends and one of my favourite spots back then was the One & Only Hotel in Cape Town. It made a great place to study and work, it was quiet during the weekdays, there were tons of sweets and savouries at your disposal and lots of different teas to choose from, it was pure joy.

High tea during the weekdays was impossible over the last two working years of my life, weekends were packed with admin, food shopping and blogging, not to mention having to book months in advance for high tea over the weekend. Now that I have the pleasure of pure freedom again, I organised to have high tea with my beautiful friend Nicci at the Oyster Box Hotel. The dress code is casual and it starts at 2:30 in the afternoon and ends at 5pm. Trust me, 2 and a half hours is plenty to catch up, enjoy a glass of bubbly, beautifully flagrant vanilla rooibos tea and most importantly, enough sweets and savouries to make your heart sing. I was immediately impressed the moment I was shown my seat, the chairs were large and comfy, the waiters all had exceptional manners and you feel more ladylike than ever. There was an overwhelming amount of food and not just the quantity but the variety, out of all the places I have had high tea in South Africa, I highly recommend the Oyster Box as it has the biggest variety, especially when it comes to savouries.

Unfortunately I didn’t bring my big camera as I wasn’t planning on doing a review or taking any photos for that matter. As you can see, I clearly couldn’t resist! I loved it and would recommend it to everyone, it’s definitely somewhere I would want to celebrate my birthday someday! 🙂 The Grill Room, another restaurant in the Oyster Box hotel is also a fantastic place for dinner! Did I mention the sweet sound of melody on the grand piano live in the afternoon while enjoying your high tea? It was pure heaven. I am definitely going back! Hope you enjoy the photos!

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Hope you enjoyed this post! Where is your favourite place for high tea? Are you a sweet or savoury kind of person? Let me know! Have a glorious weekend my loves!

With love…xxx

What to get your man for Valentines Day

Hello my loves! Hope Monday wasn’t too much of a killer! I know I may be harping on this subject for an unnecessary prolonged period but it is what it is and we should just cherish and enjoy it. For those who are by now in full panic mode, have no fear, I’ve come up with a short list of Valentines Day gift ideas for you to get your man. 🙂

Since I’m forever putting together wishlist, countess wishlists for birthdays, Christmas, for Valentines Day, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of something I would typically buy for my man. I know some of these may seem a little over the top, if you’re on a budget, honestly chocolates and a cute card will do. I promise that your man will love you unconditionally and regardless what you get him for Valentines Day. Remember you can always substitute any of these items for a different brand or style!

Check out some of these gift ideas below, from left to right, top to bottom:

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1. Calvin Klein underwear

There is nothing sexier than watching your man walk around the house in the morning getting ready than watching him doing that with a pair of CK underwear on. Both E and I agree that these are the only underwear any man should be wearing. No substitute for this one unfortunately.

2. Ray Ban Aviators 

This is such a classic, I think every man should own a pair of aviators. They’re so sophisticated  yet screams sexy.

3. Cute mug 

Especially at this time of February, cute valentines themed mugs are sold almost everywhere, every corner you turn. Singletons probably keep their head down while walking through the vast overly decorated isles in the supermarkets while muttering some curses towards the Valentines craze. Let’s not be haters, next time, why not go straight up to the chocolates with little heart cards attached to them, grab a few and surprise your colleagues and friends!

4. Beats by Dr Dre

If your man is always on the go, either working, travelling or exercising, a good set of earphones is a must! He will feel forever indebted to you for saving his ears and being so thoughtful.

5. Paul Smith wallet 

Did you know that the life span of a leather wallet is 3 years? I didn’t know either until I spoke to someone from Mont Blanc about cracks and tears in leather wallets. Not saying that every 3 years you or your man should toss the wallet and get a new one but just know that if it’s tearing and the leather is very scratched after 3 good years, it’s time for a new one.

6. Pandora leather bracelet 

Who said that Pandora stocks women jewellery only? These leather bracelets come in different colours, with a choice between a single leather piece or a wrap. You can shower with them on so he will always have a piece of you on his wrist.

7. Fitbit

Now days it’s pretty rare to find men with no interest in exercise or any kind of sport. If you man if a fitness fanatic or perhaps getting there, motivate him by getting him a Fitbit, they have a huge variety to choose from to suit the lifestyle of your man. It’s something he wears on his wrist, that’s lightweight and tracks his sleep as well as his activity throughout the day. Then it syncs with his phone so he can monitor his activity levels which will help him reach his goals.

8. Burberry Scarf

Does it have to be a Burberry scarf? No it doesn’t but I think men who wear scarves are pretty sexy!

9. As last resort, light some candles and throw on some sexy lingerie

Let’s be honest, men are simple creatures. They are happy with whatever they get, if your man already has the above or you don’t have time to get anything, just light some candles and throw on your sexiest lingerie. 😉

 Hope this was helpful or fun to read at least! 🙂 Good Luck!

With love…xxx

My Fitness Story: The Attire

Happy Monday my loves! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend and also a great week ahead! Typically, I hated Mondays not only because the weekend has fallen to its death and it was time for work/school again but also the fact that going to gym feels like going to a smelly flea market on Sundays in the ’90s. This together with the 20 minute limit on all cardio machines and the disgusting bathroom conditions has made me upgrade my gym membership to Virgin Active Classic, Alice Lane last year in September (by the way, best damn decision I’ve made in my life).

How do I like my Mondays now you may ask? I love Mondays! Not only because it’s the day I work the hardest at gym but it’s the most enjoyable few hours without feeling as if I’m at a flea market. 🙂 I posted about wearing the right gym gear not so long ago, read it here if you’ve missed it. In that post, I specifically spoke about choosing gym clothes with the right fabric and the right fit to make your workout a more enjoyable one. I realised that I didn’t address one very important factor when talking about the correct gym attire and that is what kind of clothes you should be wearing for different exercises with different intensity. I often cringe when I see women running with massive cotton t-shirts which drags them down, especially when you sweat and the t-shirts get wet and heavy then weighs you down.

Let me be honest with you, in the last 4 months, I’ve probably purchased more exercise clothes and shoes than normal everyday clothes (I even got Lorna Jane stuff for Christmas), I’m utterly obsessed! As I’ve mentioned previously, I motivate myself when it comes to exercise so buying new clothes for gym keeps me motivated, hey you really just have to do what you can to keep yourself motivated. When it comes to gym clothes and accessories, I love bright colours, the brighter the merrier and when I’m not sure about something, I do research. For example, I never knew the difference between training shoes and running shoes. If you’re also wondering what the difference is, training shoes tend to be harder, less flexible, a bit heavier and gives users a great level of comfort for gym because the soles are thicker; running shoes on the other side are more flexible in the toes, they’re lighter in weight, thinner soles but thicker in the heels to help with shock absorption. 🙂 If you just started exercising and plan on picking out one pair of shoes, I recommend choosing running shoes instead because running shoes are lighter and more comfortable to wear, plus it really doesn’t make too much difference doing weights and squats in running shoes provided that you choose a pair with slightly thicker soles.

I’ve put together something quite basic that I would wear or feel comfortable wearing for different types of exercises that I do. Have a look below.

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This is typically what I wear to gym, a comfortable pair of tights that’s normally full length or 3/4 with a sports bra and a sleeveless top. A sports bra is very important for me, I like to wear ones from Lorna Jane as I feel that they make sports bras that give you more support than the typical racerback sports bra from other brands. Of course this all depends on what type of exercise you’ll be doing. It’s important that your sports bra gives you enough support but at the same time easy and comfortable to wear and that it’s not too tight, otherwise it will cut into you and it will be difficult to breathe.

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I feel that running is a sport that completely exhausts me, but I go back to it every single time. I sweat the most with running so I tend to wear as little as possible. I generally try wearing a tank top with a built in bra so that I don’t have to wear another sports bra inside because I feel that running is the kind of sport that needs the a lot of flexibility with the least restraint. Wearing a sports bra under a top can be rather restraining at times especially when running. Whether you’re running at the crack or dawn or sunset, make sure you wear some protection, so a half cap is the ideal.

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Depending on whether I do yoga at gym or at home, I change my yoga outfit accordingly. I tend to wear far less when I’m doing yoga at home, I generally wear very short running tights and a comfortable sports bra. For me, yoga is something that requires the utmost flexibility (if I could I would also shave my head for yoga because I feel whether my hair is in a bun or tied up, it tends to get in the way). Make sure you wearing something comfortable for yoga and I don’t mean oversized t-shirts because they tend to get in the way. I’m completely obsessed with the Nike Studio Wrap, it’s perfect for exercises that are typically done barefoot (e.g. yoga, pilates, dance etc) but it gives you more control and more grip. Can’t find these anywhere as yet here in SA, I’m looking to order myself a pair from overseas. 🙂

Hope you find this post useful or helpful! Let me know what you think! What would you like me to post about in my next “My Fitess Story” series? Let me know by commenting below or sending me an email straight up!

With love…xxx