What I’ve Been Up To

Hi All! I’m sorry for being so quiet over the last few weeks, my mind has been elsewhere and I just can’t seem to place it back onto the blog, so I just took it as a welcomed break which makes me feel less guilty when I do something else. However, you’re not completely missing out because I am still active on social media, especially Snapchat, you can keep up to date with what I’m up to on Snapchat so follow me 😉 —> @lovemarylu

I just wanted to update everyone on what I’ve been up to instead of announcing it on social media because then I have the freedom to ramble a little, make you follow me on Snapchat, include some sneaky pictures and so forth. 🙂

If you follow me on social media, you probably know how involved I am with my Golden Retriever puppy Buddy, he’s growing so fast and I really don’t want to miss a single moment of all the fluffiness while he is still a puppy. Having a pet is such a mood lifter because whenever I’m having a rough day or in a bad mood, the sight of him instantly cheers me up, it’s like a high dose of happiness by looking at him. On the down side of having a pet though, just packing up and going is a bit limiting, traveling is only possible when he’s 6 months old, that would be in February 2016. As much as I love and miss traveling, I don’t regret a single moment with Buddy, I want to be here with him, stare at him all day doing silly puppy things. 🙂

We are currently in the process of moving offices. You don’t actually realise how much work it goes into that, finding a bigger space to the size we were searching for was really difficult, added on top of that, location is also really important for us. The most fun part of it all is shopping for office furniture (I guess shopping for anything is fun) and putting it all together, the colour schemes and the arrangements of desks, it all sounds a lot of work and it is! At the same time, I’ve never felt more accomplished and ‘chuffed’ with it all because watching your company grow from strength to strength and moving into bigger premises is probably more satisfying than buying a new car.

I’ve mentioned that I’ve started a new venture for a while, and I’ve pretty much kept it a secret for so long because when I started it, I never realised how long it actually took to execute everything, from design, to logistics, to traveling, to sourcing the products and visiting the manufacturers etc. At the same time, I’m glad I did it all and did everything myself because I can be 100% responsible for everything and know how it all works. I am a firm believer that you cannot take ownership of something if you didn’t lay the bricks from ground up and that’s what I did. Unfortunately I’m still sorting out some logistics but I’ll be launching soon, before the end of this month. 🙂

I’ve included some random photos that were taken over the last few weeks! Chat soon!

We’ve been office furniture shopping and we found such cool gems in and around Jozi.

I did a beauty shoot with Xavier Saer Photography, his work is fit for a goddess! The main reason why I needed some photos was because I needed it for my new venture. 🙂

With love…xxx

 

August 2015 Empties

Hello everyone! As you may know, I’ve been moving for the last couple of weeks and till now, we still don’t have internet at home. Telkom is coming tomorrow to set up our internet and to move our line – yay!! 🙂 I must tell you it has been absolute torture not having wifi at home, Snapchat is just not the same and not only that, I could barely browse any social media apps via my phone because I’ve bought data bundles of 1GB twice already! Absolutely ridiculous! Hopefully I’ll be able to shoot some lookbooks for you this weekend, which will be up next week, not promising anything though but thank you all for your patience and I’m really glad that you guys are enjoying my snaps too, I really enjoy snapping, it makes running errands less “lonely”.

I haven’t done Empties posts in so long now, mainly because I really haven’t finished any products as of late but towards the end of July and this month, I’ve managed to finish a few products that you will see below.

 

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know what I cannot live without my Fix+ by MAC, I use before and after I apply my makeup. I’m currently using the Charged Water by MAC which is similar to the Fix+ except it claims to have more minerals and better for hydrating dry skin. I finished another bottle of the Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream, I’ve been using this cream for years and I used to buy them overseas when Benefit was no longer available in SA. This moisturiser is so rich and perfect for my dry skin. I finished my first tube of Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer, I got this in New York last year October. I’m not sure if I’m riding on the rave train for this concealer because it does crease a little on me, but it is a great drugstore under-eye concealer.

 

I finished a tube of this Prep + Prime lash serum by MAC. I’m pretty sure most people don’t even know that this product even exist because no one really promotes it when you visit a MAC store. I’ve used it for a good few months, can’t say I’ve noticed a visible growth in terms of my lashes but it does make me feel a little better that I am apply some form of nutrient to it before I go to bed at night. I absolutely love the Creme Sheen glosses by MAC, this one I finished is in Just Superb, very flattering on all skin tones, it may look super light but it looks great worn on its own or over a lipstick. This is currently my favourite MAC mascara, it’s the Extreme Dimensions mascara, I’ve blogged about it before. I love the big brush applicator that comes with it and the formulae is great for lengthening your lashes.

 

I finished a Maybelline and a Kat Von D eyeliner, they are both brush tip (I only like using brush tip liners) and very pigmented. I’ve bought backups of them both when I go overseas so I still have enough to last me another year! 🙂

 

I know this is not a beauty product but I have to talk about it because I’m so obsessed with Yankee Candles right now! The Champaca Blossom candle was amazing and the scent is really carried throughout your home if you’re burning this candle. I haven’t bought another because I like to try new fragrances when it comes to candles but definitely try this out if you’re looking for a great fragrant candle.

Hope you enjoyed my empties post! Remember to go like my Facebook Page 🙂

With love…xxx

Lookbook: A Day At the Office

Lookbook: A day at the office

Hello lovelies! Since this week is the official week where most people return to work, I thought it would only be fit to do a post relating to work (if you are working that is). 🙂 Sometimes office wear can be rather boring or monotonous because you care less and you end up sticking to the greys, blacks and whites, I’m personally guilty of that! A day at the office doesn’t always have to be boring grey, black and white though, I’ve put together an outfit appropriate for work or a formal dinner. I’ve incorporated the boring 3/4 suit pants, cream blouse and nude peep toes and I made it a little more glam with some accessories that I picked up from Forever New (you can’t go wrong there). Being in legal, people tend to be more conservative in office wear because we have to look the part and look “professional” (whatever that means really). If you’re not quite ready to step out your comfort zone or it’s your first day of work and you’re looking for some inspiration then look no further! 🙂

I absolutely love this cream blouse that I got from H&M in Hong Kong, I love that it’s so comfortable and loose, which means I can pair it up in so many ways! Look out for a casual outfit with the same blouse!

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What I’m wearing:

Blouse from H&M 

3/4 Suit Pants from Forever New 

Shoes from Aldo 

Necklace from Forever New

With love…xxx