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H&M South Africa

October 21, 2015
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Can I get a woo hoo and yeea-haa!?

H&M is finally open in South Africa, and in case you live under a rock, the very first local store opened it’s doors last weekend in Cape Town at the V&A Waterfront.

But don’t worry Jozi, H&M has already secured it’s spot at Sandon City (next to Accessorize on the upper level) and it will be open next month on the 7th November. Further stores are planned in the Autumn of 2016 at Alberton’s Mall of the South, Clearwater Mall and the Mall of Africa.

I always used to get my H&M fix when I went to Greece to visit the familia, but sadly, I haven’t been to Greece in years (well two years actually) so I’ve really missed my little H&M annual splurge. But hey, good things come to those who wait, and now I can splurge all the friggin time as H&M will be right at my door – well almost, (it’s closer than Greece!)

Price wise, I must say that I am impressed!

I had a quick browse around the local South African website (YAY for that alone) and I am happy to say that H&M South Africa’s prices are spot on!

You can pick up cute summer dresses for around R300, shorts around R250, bags for R350 and a bunch of awesome accessories ranging from R50 – R349.

I like that H&M has really affordable, trendy stuff, but I really love that they also offer Premium Quality items, for those that want real leather, silk and wool items – and even then, their premium stuff is affordable – R899 for real leather shoes, R1200 for a full on suede skirt, or R749 for a pure wool cardigan.

I can’t wait to shop at the Jozi store and I’ll be sure to tell you guys all about it.

In the meantime, check out what’s on my lust list from H&M South Africa with local prices and links to the items to check out more.

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Beauty Beauty Features Beauty News Beauty Reviews Skincare

A New American Icon Is Born! Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate

October 20, 2015
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Here’s some exciting beauty news to brighten up your Tuesday….

This October, Iconic American skincare brand, Kiehl’s (who I’ve been loving lately) unveils a new skin boosting serum that will soon earn its very own “icon” status.

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Much like the iconic Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, which is an amazing night time serum that repairs the skin while you sleep, Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate is a new, lightweight facial oil that boosts your skin’s daytime defence system.

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Blissfully scented and super absorbant, Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate is a lightweight oil, containing a blend of Ginger Root, Sunflower and Tamanu Oils that help to correct the visible appearance of skin fatigue.

In a recent survey of 1,800 women in the U.S., aged 35 and older, when asked “how many years older do you look due to skin fatigue?” the average response was 5.4 years! Additional studies have validated that “tired looking skin” is a global beauty issue, ranking as the #2 concern in Japan, #3 in France, and #4 in the US and affecting more than 240 million women around the world!

After a full day of dealing with climate, stress and daily concerns, our poor skin can’t help but show the signs of fatigue, which in tern causes us to look older, tired and dehydrated.

That’s where Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate aims to save the day!

It’s a product specifically designed to reduce daily, enviromentaly-induced oxidation, by offering the skin its own daytime defence system to revitalize and help reduce the signs of skin fatigue.

To use, massage two to three drops onto freshly-cleansed skin – avoiding the immediate eye area

In the morning, I like to mix my Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate with my foundation – yes it works (thanks for the tip from this genius beauty guru) and the result is fresh, healthy looking skin that stays happy and looks fresher for longer.

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Such a beautiful product that you NEED to get your hands on!

Find it exclusively at Kiehl’s stores nationwide, at the recommended retail price of R700.

Expensive yes, but amazing… more so! Plus this oil is insanely concentrated, and since you only use a drop or two a day, it will last you for—-ever!

Way to go Kiehl’s on another rock star product!

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Live Life LOUD with @MRPFashion

October 19, 2015
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Are you ready for one, hot summer?

A summer that’s fresher than fresh?

Well, you’re in luck, because at MRP, summer is all about fresh!

Fresh new styles with insane prices to match!

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This year’s summer styles at MRP are bang on trend, and so affordable, you can literally get everything you need!

From cute floral playsuits and cheeky denims, to gypsy tops and denim dungas!

MRP_live_life_loud_2764Pretty lace tops and ripped shorts for the win!

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Gladiator Sandals (R119.99), Peasant Top (R89.99), Cheeky Denim Shorts (R129.99), Round Blue Sunglasses (R49.99)

Shop this entire look here right now!

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If there’s one skirt you NEED this season, it’s the denim button-up, A-Line style!

Pair it with block heel trucker sandals and a cute peasant top like this…

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A-Line Skirt (R119.99), Peasant Top (R89.99), Block Heel Trucker Sandal (R169.99)

Shop this entire look here right now!

YAY for summer at MRP!

I don’t know about you gals, but I’m about ready to crack open my piggy bank. Those denim shorts, lace tops, A-Line skirts and gladiator sandals have my name written all over them!!!

Need, Need, Need!

Be sure to check out and shop the latest Live Life Loud campaign on MRP and follow them @mrpfashion on Facebook and Instagram to see the latest as they land.

Beauty Fragrances

Armani Sì Huile de Parfum #SaySi

October 16, 2015
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Brace yourselves for an absolutely exquisite fragrance experience this October, as the house of Giorgio Armani reveals its much anticipated Armani Sì Huile de Parfum.

A new, highly concentrated fragrance oil and a fragrance ritual that will change the way you view perfume.

A mysterious and bewitching art to creating your own unique fragrance journey…

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“I reveal to you my beauty
In a tunic of the finest royal linen
Infused with balsamic essence
And steeped in perfumed oils” *

Armani Sì Huile de Parfum is the latest sensorial interpretation of the Sì brand and the first perfume with a pipette.

It’s a heavenly elixir with an exceptional concentration that will leave a long and lingering sensual wake on your skin.

Composed of a royal nectar of blackcurrant, a heart of black and creamy woods, intensified with modern chypre, Armani Sì Huile de Parfum offers you a long lasting scent, that’s highly concentrated for a deeper Sì fragrance journey.

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Placed delicately on the pulse points, where the blood flows close to the surface and warms the skin, Sì Huile de Parfum wraps women in a subtle and persistent trail.

Apply it behind the ears, on the nape of the neck, in the hollow of the throat, on the chest, in the crease of the elbow, on the wrists, on the lower back, or behind the knees.

Wear it alone, or use Sì Huile de Parfum as a base to create your own, unique fragrance experience, by simply layering it with any of the other three Armani Sì scents.

A tailor Made Ritual

SÌ TO DREAM by layering Sì Huile de Parfum with Sì Eau de Toilette to create a tender touch that’s like your second skin

SÌ TO MYSELF by layering Sì Huile de Parfum with Sì Eau de Parfum to create a denser, more enveloping scent

SÌ TO LOVE by layering Sì Huile de Parfum with Sì Eau de Parfum Intense to create a warmer, more sensual experience

Sì Huile de Parfum is alcohol-free and will not dry the skin – making it a perfect scent for summer, and beautiful days spent lazing on the sand.

Sì Huile de Parfum retails at R1 395 (30ml) and will launch, exclusively at Stuttafords stores this October.

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* Vernus P., Chants d’amour de l’Egypte antique, Paris, Imprimerie Nationale, 1992.
Fashion Men's Fashion

The Hottest Spring/Summer Trends For Men #MHStyle

October 15, 2015
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Now, I know I don’t usually post too many Men’s features, but hey, stylish gals need to be complimented by stylish guys right?

So today’s feature is all about hot summer fashion trends for the guys, as styled by Men’s Health Fashion Ed, Azeez Jacobs.

Recently, I attended the eighth annual Men’s Health Menswear Collection event, and let me tell you, guys, you’re in for a treat when it comes to choice!

From brands such as Adidas, Superdry, Soviet, River Island, Converse, Polo, and The North Face (to name a few), your style options are limitless! And who better to show you how to wear them than the ever stylish Azeez?

“You can expect to see the rise of sport luxe, fresher prints, statement tailoring, monochrome looks and bolder denim” says Azeez!

I had the best seat in the house, Front Row and got to snap up some of my favourite picks! If you follow me on Snapchat (@stylescoopblog), you would have seen these looks coming down the runway, but sadly, since Snapchat only keeps these for 24 hours, they are long gone.

Luckily though my photos are still accessible…

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For more style options, be sure to pick up the latest issue of the October Men’s Health Mag, that debuts this year’s Men’s Health Guide to Style

And for the girls who stuck around to the end of the post, this last one’s for you 🙂

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Beauty Beauty News

A Chanel Beauty Treat… Wear It Your Way

October 14, 2015
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Ladies listen up, CHANEL is inviting all of you to discover your perfect complexion wardrobe with a personalised consultation this October!

From the 12th – 31st October 2015, when you visit CHANEL counters nationwide, you will be treated to enjoy a complimentary bespoke makeover, learn tricks from the experts and discover exclusive new complexion enhancers.

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Whether you love a dewy, fresh, or subtly sculpted face, the experts at CHANEL will show how to enhance your natural beauty and ‘Wear It Your Way’.

You’ll also get a chance to explore some fabulous CHANEL products, including…

The shiny new INFINIMENT CHANEL ILLUMINATING POWDER (R855), that will enhance your complexion with a touch of light.chanel-beauty-INFINIMENT-CHANEL-ILLUMINATING-POWDER

This illuminating powder features the emblematic and iconic CHANEL double C logo that subtly brightens and enhances, while adding a touch of delicate colour to the cheeks.

The limited edition powder presents a harmony of two shades to apply together or separately, lightly sweep onto areas of the face to highlight and enhance.

chanel-beauty-wear-it-your-wayYou’ll also get a chance to discover POUDRE UNIVERSELLE in Beige Lumière (R690), a radiance-boosting limited edition shade of the makeup artist-favourite ultra fine loose powder that evens out the complexion and prolongs hold, as well as JOUES CONTRASTE (R605) which joins the CHANEL Makeup Collection in two new shades, Vibration, a bright pink to add a pop of colour, and limited edition Golden Sun for a glowing touch of warmth.

What are you waiting for?

Visit CHANEL counters nationwide and enjoy a complimentary Wear It Your Way personalised makeover from 12th – 31st October 2015.

Out + About

Chocolate Heaven at SA’s first LINDT Boutique

October 13, 2015
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Chocoholics rejoice, because the very first LINDT Chocolate Boutique in South Africa opened its glorious doors at Sandton City last month.

I popped in there a little while ago to check it out and oh-em-gee chocolate heaven!

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Now I know you’re probably thinking, “hey, I need to get my body in shape for summer” (so do I), but if you’re going to do chocolate, then you might as well make it worth your while right?

And there is no better place to indulge than at the LINDT Chocolate Bouqitique, a place dedicated to giving you an intimate, luxurious glimpse into the world of the LINDT Swiss Master Chocolatiers.

A place where your appreciation for chocolate will surely be taken to the next level!

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Dimo Simatos – LINDT Master Chocolatier

At the LINDT store, you can explore a wide selection of international LINDT flavours, as well as the full range of well known favourites.

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Out + About Outfits

Out in Africa! My “Safari Outfit” and our Adventure in the Bush

October 12, 2015
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I’ve just returned from the most incredible bush adventure!

Four days out in Africa, getting up close and personal with all her beautiful creatures, just roaming around a few inches from the protection of our Landrover.

Before our trip, I popped into Old Khaki (of course) to pick out some bush-ready, summer-ready and style savvy pieces and I couldn’t resist this gorgeous fringed Cardi.

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Isn’t it just the cutest summer cover-up? It was perfect for our evening game drives!

Since I had bush veld on the brain, by pure stroke of luck and perfect timing, I also found this floppy bush hat while I was there, which was just the cherry on top!

It will defs become my bush adventure staple from now on! I wore it on almost every game drive and it kept me cool, protected from the sun and thanks to the little drawstring I didn’t lose it.

And the colour… perfecto!

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Look at that frrrrriiiinge! Obsessed!

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We had such a blast! This was part of our group racing to catch the lioness before she moved away on our last game drive evening.

We were incredibly blessed to have seen it all…

We spotted the entire big five entourage… Lions, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino, as well as a whole lot more. I wasn’t too fond of the Croc, that was way too close for comfort on our second drive. He was so close that I jumped onto my sister lap and didn’t even consider taking a photo of him.

But, I did love the herd of elephants strolling past our camps’ watering hole, which was less than 10 meters from where we were braaing! The morning before, while I was out on a game drive, the leopard came to the watering hole as well, and I’m kinda sad I missed seeing him that close!

Leopards and Lions are by far, my fave wild animals – even though in domestic life, I’m more a dog person than a cat person – lol. I don’t like Hyenas (which is a dog-like creature), even though we spotted an awfully cute one, that looked more like a bear than a scavenger,  just parking off in the water trying to cool off, I guess.

The wild is such an incredible experience – I could go on and on about how awesome it is, but instead of bombarding you with tons of text so early in the week, how about I just share some of my pics?

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I wore this outfit on our 6am game drive, where it was quite chillos – even though it later heated up to around 40 degrees Centigrade.

YIKES

For the evening drive, I swapped the boots (Caterpillar Maisie Boots) for my Espadrilles (Rare Earth at Old Khaki) and took off my green Parka (an old but loved purchase from Old Khaki as well 🙂

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Sans jacket, boots (and my hat) and whole look quickly transformed from Bush baby to casual boho.

We stayed at Java Bush Camp, a private house that isn’t available for bookings unfortunately, however it is part of the Motswari camp, and we basically used the Motswari rangers who were amazing!

So, if you’re looking to book an incredible bush getaway with rangers who go out of their way to tick off your wildlife sighting list and experience the bush in an authentic way, then you should defs check out Motswari! The Motswari Private Game Reserve and Geigers Camp are still on my bucket list, even though i’m obsessed with Java 🙂

Shop my look at Old Khaki with these current in store pieces

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Amathe Ladies Cardi (R550), Rare Earth Bailey Espadrilles (R399), Caterpillar Maisie Boots (on sale for R1199), Gerrie Washed Floppy Hat (R150).

Beauty Skincare

A Pioneering Product! Kiehl’s Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate

October 9, 2015
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Kiehl’s Pioneers By Nature Programme has really got everyone talking these past few weeks.

With raising $150 000 for organisations that support nature and children, and giving us the chance to interact with local, inspiring pioneers through live Twitter chats (see below for a recap on the dates and times), this is one brand that goes beyond ground breaking skincare.

But, let’s not forget that Kiehl’s is an amazing skincare brand, and today I wanted to share one of my favourite Kiehl’s products that earns every bit of it’s “Pioneering Status”.

Before we get into it, remember to read my post on Kiehl’s #PioneersByNature campaign and check out the interviews with two of my fave Kiehl’s Pioneers, Craig Jacobs and Phillip Lim.

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One of the rockstar products from the Dermatologist Solutions range, that I’ve used and can honestly tell you is amazing, is Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate.

When it launched in 2005, Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate was considered to be a breakthrough achievement, as the Kiehl’s chemists were able to stabilize 10.5% pure, potent Vitamin C in this unique formula.

It was one of the first products of its kind, and ten years later, it’s development is still considered an industry achievement.

I started using it when I took part in the Kiehl’s Change Your Skin Challenge, and it worked wonders on my skin.

After the Challenge, when my product was all used up, I didn’t continue with it – not becuase I didn’t love it, but ya know, as a beauty blogger, there is always something new to try.

But my skin wasn’t happy. My pigmentation, which had started to fade was back, my lines more prominent, and overall, the condition of my skin was not looking good.

So I started using Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate again, and soon, my skin was back to looking it’s beautiful self again.

Now, I am not only converted to this product, but simply put, I cannot live without it!

 

It’s no wonder this product has earned it’s pioneering status!

It’s amazing!

Catch the Live Twitter Chats with the local Kiehl’s Pioneers

Be sure to join the local Kiehl’s Pioneers for a live Twitter Chat on the below dates, using the hashtag #PioneersByNature.

  • Elvis Blue – 6 October at 12:30
  • Jackie Burger- 13th October at 12:30
  • Craig Jacobs – 20th October at 12.30pm
  • Prof. Mamokgethi Phakeng –27th of October at 12:30

By taking part in the chats with your chosen pioneer,  you’ll also stand the chance to be selected for the Pioneers by Nature Mentorship Programme. The winners will be announced on World Kiehl’s Day, which is the 12th of November 2015 so make sure you chat with your fave Pioneer if you’d like the chance to gain valuable advice from them.

Also on World Kiehl’s Day our local Pioneers will be packing meals to supportStopHungerNow, an event that everyone is invited to come along and help pack meals! The venue is still to be confirmed, however it will be held at Sandton City, on the 12 November 2015 between 10/11 am – 1pm.

Life In Style

October Playlist

October 8, 2015
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Holy freak guys! Can you believe it’s already October!?!?!

Where has the year gone?

Flown by I tell you!

Right now, I’m working on my Summer Playlist, and these 10 songs, have me feeling happy this month…

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What songs have you feeling vibey this month?

Comment below and let me know, I need to populate my list.

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