Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Opposite the beautiful beach of Gordon's Bay and next door to pubs, lies a really bizarre, not your average, bookstore. When you set foot inside, you actually realise that the store had to be a house once upon a time. With passages and doors leading you from the one room to the next, surrounded by books stacked to the roof, it was so easy to get lost in there - literally and figuratively! Every single book you've ever heard about, every single book you've ever read and every single book you've ever wanted, lies under that roof.
I feel so sad that all the books there are for sale for a ridiculous price, because it must've taken ages to build up that collection. If you're a book-lover, you will think that 'ol bookstore is the mother of all libraries.
I'm not really big on reading (apart from reading magazines), but I couldn't leave such a legendary place empty-handed! So I bought a book with the idea that it would be a suvenir, but I ended up buying a book that every girl should own. The Fabulous Find for today is a book called How to Walk in High Heels – The Girl's Guide to Everything. It doesn't literally teach you how to walk in high heels, because that's a quality you're born with, but it's a fun, straight-forward, hilarious encyclopaedic catalogue of how to live modern life to the full! Call it a reference book if you must. It teaches a girl anything from playing poker, to climbing out of a car in a mini skirt, tackling lobster in a restaurant, changing a tyre - you name it!
Gals, do yourself a favour and get this book! If you Google it, a list of pages will pop up and give you more info, reviews and online websites where you can buy it. It also makes a great gift and you can even pass it on to your daughters!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
I’m not against ‘team Edward’ or ‘team Jacob’; I’m just pro-proper-vampire-movies! I guess it sounds too much like a chick-flick for me to care. And there's nothing like a chick-flick to insult my intelligence.
(Image found here)
Friday, June 25, 2010
So here is the part I would like to get off my chest (and listen up foreigners!): We are more than just civilized! South Africa is a beautiful country with even more beautiful, talented, PROUD people! There are more to SA than the Big 5, Table Mountain or Nelson Mandela. We use money, that we work for, when we buy things in malls, restaurants or boutiques. We even use a currency called 'rand'. Now I bet you didn't see that one coming, because somewhere you read that we trade with cattle. Just like our water, our milk is safe to drink - and it's delicious! Then let me not go into the wines we make, among other things! We live in houses (the wealthier ones in mansions) and we have things like satellite TV, designer clothes, dishwashers and washing machines. We even have our own actors, models, fashion designers, singers and reality TV shows; homebrewed. Shocked yet? Well, then I probably shouldn't tell you that we have cars parked in our garages, and it's cars like BMW, Mercedes and 4X4's. We don't run around barefeet with our babies tied to our backs. We don't have wild animals parading through our streets. The women are not topless, unless the price is right. And lastly, the majority of us don't live in poverty with AIDS and have our men hunt during the day.
See, we're pretty (and) normal on this side of the world. It might not be Vegas, but we also party and get drunk - some more than others.
Again, I'm so proud the Soccer World Cup is happening right here, because it's a chance to prove ourselves, a chance to finally put South Africa on the map once and for all, and a chance for the world to open its eyes.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
In case you were wondering why no giveaways featured on my blog recently, don't worry, I came across a very cool comp on Being Brazen's blog! Behold, a floral skirt giveaway. It might sound like a bit of an anti-climax, because, what is a simple skirt with floral prints nogal? Well, I love clothes, I love skirts and if I can get a custom made one FREE, then heck, I'm so entering! I will rock this piece of à la mode. Just wait and see.
Visit this marvellous lady's blog and enter!
Thanks Being Brazen and Miss Molly for yet another giveaway. Now come on, let miss JJ win something!
Friday, June 18, 2010
I haven't gone onto Facebook lately, because, between blogging and tweeting (and a little work somewhere in between), I hardly have spare time on my hands. But when I actually did decide to finally update my status and see what my friends' kids look like (wedding and baby albums are completely taking over cyberspace), I saw a childhood friend had posted photos of me from when I was
We weren't extremely wealthy, but I had everything I needed (and 'need' is more important than 'want'). Both parents were still alive and married, and still is to this day, and I have a sister. Back then we never got along and always tried to either get each other in some deep trouble or kill each other! But today things have changed completely. Like a total 180, but we look back and have some good laughs!
We lived in a big house with lots of pets (I'm to blame - I couldn't ignore a stray animal), attended a normal school and played with all the kids in the street. Back then we still played outside, got our feet dirty and our knees scraped. Stuff like DSTV, Playstation, Wii, cell phones, ipods or social networking sites didn't exist! I think all the technology and gadgets available today, that is supposed to make our lives more convenient, are responsible for the fat and lazy youth of today. Kids, if you're reading this, go outside and get on your bike, skateboard or rollerblades. Take your dogs for a walk or chase the neighbourhood kids with funny worms!
My high school years were the best years of my life! So far, at least. Back then I could party without drinking, I didn't need to wear make-up, boyfriends changed like my moods and I was thin, naturally. There isn't much I would change if I could do the whole thing over, just simply relive it. I wasn't one of the nerds or the sporting heroes, instead, I was the popular one who took part in everything - from debate, to cheerleading, to pageants to even being a prefect! Generally, I was a good girl (oh how things have changed) and the worst thing my parents ever found in my school bag was book of poorly written songs.
I also had the perfect grandparents! In the movies you see chubby healthy grandparents that live on a farm far away, who can do anything from baking to knitting to killing a spider with their bare hands. Well, I had that exactly. Let's not even go into my lovely family (especially my cousins), because I can write a book on all the great memories! Maybe a teensy peek in the next blog...
Now you know even more about me and a little about my past. Baby steps, like they say.
Yolandi (today I feel like being myself) x
(Images: writer's own)
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I'm also not the type of girl who has a list of hobbies, because doing the same thing over and over will bore me to death. I love painting, scrapbooking, knitting (at times), cooking (these days), reading, writing, crafts, arranging parties and even taking photos (loves it), but these are things I do when I have some spare time. My time are spent at work, working at home, spent with my family and friends, with my bunnies, sleeping, practising the art of cooking and social networking. And somewhere in between I have time to enter competitions. Totally hooked on it! I love to party (especially if it has a dress-up theme) and socialise, meeting new people, trying new drinks, karaoke and I'm the queen of the dancefloor. If it weren't for hangovers, I would spend my days drinking champagne and coffee-tequila.
I hope I painted a clearer picture of myself and my life. Useless information to you, 'blogging' to others.
(Pictures: writer's own)
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Back to the competition. Thank you Kim Gray for this wonderful giveaway and thank you to the experts at Dolce & Gabbana for bringing fashion to soccer.
*crossing fingers and toes*
Image and comp found here
Friday, June 4, 2010
Every blog I've ever come across has had some uniqueness to it, things like a joke of the day, new things they've learnt, current addictions (ala Being Brazen) or fashion spreads (ala Kim Gray). That's why I decided my blog should have something different, something cool, something that's not restricted to one topic. Behold, the Fabulous Find! Ever so often I'll blog about something I found either online, in the shops, in the streets, in the clubs, a new discovery, a person, wonderful food, art... anything, anywhere. A 'find' that's worthy of stopping traffic.
My first attempt at a fabulous find are these Jimmy Choo's. Speechless.
If you're willing (or stupid enough) to spend thousands on shoes, these babies can be yours. Me? Blogging about Jimmy Choo's is about the closest I'll get to owning a pair. The price ranges from anything between R15 000 up to R30 000 and I'm sure there are pricier ones if you look hard enough. I'm a shoe-addict and most of my fabulous finds will probably be about shoes which I will never be able to afford in this lifetime (or the next one).
Ok, pricetags aside, what do you think? Aren't they just, uhm, well, there are no words, really.
You can close your mouth now.
Say the words 'competition', 'win' or 'giveaway', and you've got my attention! Getting things I didn't expect, like a prize, makes me feel like it's my birthday (minus the ageing part). Bonus!
Thanks to the lovely Being Brazen, who so often grabs my attention with her amazing blog and comps, I get to enter another one of her fab giveaways!
I'm a complete softie when there are freebies involved and, even though I don't always get to win, I still enter! Which is exactly what I did on her blog.
This time she's giving away a pair of semi-hooped earings featuring cute little leaves, which are made of silver plated matte 18K gold finish. Nice one girl!
Once again, holding thumbs, tightly.
Go on and enter - you know you want to.
Image and comp found here
Image and comp found here