Thursday, 27 November 2014

Daddy long legs

The other day, I was telling a friend of mine how I was on the (baby) bottle until I was about 5 years old. I was old enough to understand that I was too old for a baby bottle, but I didn't care, I'd cry until I got what I wanted.

I remember this day so clearly, I went to the cupboard to get my bottle, when I saw them all lined up side by side, with spiders in them (daddy long leg spiders because they were all over our garage). I freaked out and never wanted to touch the bottle again. My fathers parenting skills were dramatic, yet very effective.

Looking at these pictures of me in these high waisted jeans, I am reminded of him. He had the longest legs, and he loved wearing these (embarrassingly) short shorts. I used to tell him that it looked like his legs started under his arms, I called him daddy long legs.

Jacket: Identity. T-shirt: Woolworths. Jeans: Cotton On. Shoes: Charles and Keith. Neck Piece: Mr Price.
This was a good hair day :) 

2014 is winding down really fast, and it can be really overwhelming to see how much needs to be done, and the little time that we have left to do it. I have 3 words of encouragement for you: Shake. It. Off. You're going to be just fine! 

Thank you so much for reading.
- Arlene 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Favourite Products

When I was in high school, none of the girls wanted to share their secrets. Where they got that nail polish from, where those cute shoes are from, or even if you use a GHD on your hair. Everything seemed to be a big secret.

That's what I love about the blogesphere, everything is so open. We share where we get our bargain buys from, and how much we got them for. Our beauty secrets are out, and we're here to share what works best for us.

I've had quite a few people ask about what I'm using for my hair and on my skin, so my friend suggested that I post about it. I am by no means an expert, and I'm really not someone that has tons and tons of products, but when I find something that works for me, I stick to it. Here's what I use:


The Aussie Aussome Volume shampoo and conditioner works so well for me. It smells fresh, and leaves my hair feeling super clean and gives it some great volume. The thing that I love most about this product is how shiny and sleek it leaves my hair looking and feeling.

When it comes to a heat protector against the plates of the GHD, I use the Lee Stafford Arganoil serum, as well as a Lee Stafford flat iron shine mist, all I can say is that it smells great and works so well on my hair. I've had the Arganoil for about 8 months now, and I'm only half way through the bottle, one (half) pump is more than enough for my head.


My skin can get really dry, Winter, Summer, whatever the weather, it's dry. I haven't found a great cream that works just the way it is. The Elizabeth Anne's baby aqueous cream is thick and gives good moisture, but it still isn't enough for my dry skin. I mix a little combination of Bio Oil, glycerine and Johnson's baby oil into the cream, and then it's perfect for me.

In the evenings after a shower, I make sure that my skin is super hydrated by using just the Baby Oil on my body, and then the bio oil on my face. Since I've been using the Bio Oil, my skin looks amazing, and I have an even complexion.


The  routine for my day face, is an old one. I've been washing my face with Dove and using the Ponds vanishing cream since I was in high school. It's served me well. This year, however, I found that my skin was really really dry, and that's when I started using the Bio Oil in the evenings. The ponds keeps my skin looking matte, even when there's no make up on. If I am wearing make up, the only thing that needs touching up is the lipstick :)

I do use a face wash that a friend gave me to try out as well, but I didn't get the chance to take pictures of that one. It's also been good to me, and it's called Isabella Garcia.

And that's pretty much it! These are my old faithfuls. What do you use? I'd love to hear from you!

Thank you for reading :)

- Arlene 


Monday, 17 November 2014

A grateful heart

Everyday, when driving home from work, I pass a bridge. On this bridge, a man stands and raises his hands over the passing traffic while talking. To me, it looks like he's praying.

It's been raining so much in Johannesburg for the passed week, and even though it was raining pretty hard, that man would stand on the bridge with a rain coat on and prayed over the moving traffic. As I drove passed him in that slow moving traffic, I felt so guilty. This man goes there every day, whatever the weather to pray.

So many days we get so busy, and we forget to pray and just give thanks to God for the simple blessings that we have. Today, I just want to say thank You for a few things.

Top: Meltz. Skirt: Mr Price. Shoes: Mr Price, and DIY'd jewelled heels. Bag: Woolworths.
My husband - he cuddles and holds my hand when no one is around, and helps with housework. 
Friends. The kind that we've prayed for. The kind that are family. 
Family, because even if we shave our eyebrows off, we still love each other. 
Our church, because real, genuine leaders are hard to come by. 
A healthy body and mind, I am so grateful.


Today, I'd like to encourage you to take a moment to say a prayer of thanks for something that you have, that you probably don't deserve. 

What are you grateful for today? I'd love to hear. Thanks for reading!  

- Arlene

Thursday, 30 October 2014

3 reasons to buy the Ford Fiesta ST

About a year ago, the kind people over at Ford sent me the Kuga to test drive for a week. I enjoyed the car so much, and felt so spoilt to have been able to drive it share my experience with you. When they recently contacted me to test drive the new Fiesta ST, I was super excited, and secretly hoped that it would come in red, and it did :)

I thought I'd put a post together about reasons that you should buy the Fiesta ST, if you're considering a sports car.

1. Asthetics

The Fiesta ST looks amazing. It's a real head turner and the difference between the standard Fiesta and the ST is obvious just by taking a look at the outside. Looking at the interior, it is completely different. From the seats, to the radio - that includes bluetooth technology and voice command, the interior is sporty, yet luxurious. 



One of my favorite features, it lights up and looks beautiful in the evenings 

2. Speed

Obviously this car is fast, ST stands for Sports Technologies. The difference between this one and the previous Fiesta ST is the it has an EcoBoost engine, which means that it's super fast, but it saves you fuel. It's a 1.6L, 16 valve, turbo charged direct injection Ecoboost engine, and let me tell you this thing moves, the first time I drove it, I felt like it was literally pulling me back into the seat, its thrilling for a speed freak. It has 6 gears, and has a shifting indicator if you're looking to save fuel while driving, even though it's oh so tempting to wait a little longer between changing gears :) 



3. SYNC technology 

The SYNC function is one of my other favourites in this car, the Kuga has it as well, but I played around with it a lot in the ST. SYNC allows you to make calls, send texts and play music off your device using voice command, just by pressing a button with a little face on it, on the steering wheel. Some of the time it didn't understand me (apparently it's because I have a thick Coloured/Indian accent lol), but most of the time it understood the command.  




I thought I'd include the things that I didn't really enjoy about the car. The suspension is really low, so if you're driving on a bumpy road, or even just an uneven road, you feel every bump. The other thing is that it isn't very spacious, especially at the back, if you have a family, I'm not sure if it's a good decision for you to go for this one. 

Other than that, it's been a great week with the Fiesta, I feel so fortunate and blessed to have been able to roam around with it this week, thank you Ford. I look forward to the next test drive!

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post.

- Arlene 

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

F.E.A.R

I do some of my best thinking while doing my hair and makeup in the mornings It’s when my day is at its quietest, and it’s just me, my God, and my makeup. A weird place for quiet time, but it works for me.

There have been so many mornings that I’ve woken up feeling ugly. Bare faced and curly haired, sometimes I just feel ugly. Those are the moments I hear whispers from the Still Small voice. He speaks and tells me that I’m beautiful. It’s the most astounding thing, and it’s just what I need to pull myself together and get on with my day.

On this specific morning, I was thinking about a friend of mine that I’ve been praying for. Personally, when I’m praying for someone that’s in a situation, I do my best (with the help of the Holy Spirit) to figure out why/how this situation arose. So many times we find ourselves in situations that we label an attack or that blame the devil for, but some of the time our situation is just the aftermath of bad decisions that we've made. As much as I pray for myself as well as others, my desire is to find the root of the issue, and pluck it so that it can never grow back.

Reflecting on my friend’s situation, I heard a whisper. It said “Fear. Fear is what holds us back.”



Just like that, my mind plummeted into my memory bank – to a time where I was in a bad (some would call toxic) relationship. I had started dating this person when I was in a very vulnerable place, and looking back now, he had taken full advantage of that.

At that time, I was a part time, unemployed student. I was trying to figure out a way to save money, and make money without being employed (lazy me). His suggestion? Sell my car (My year old Toyota Yaris), and he would be able to get me a better, second hand one for a good price. Then I could save the left over cash. So foolish me, I did what he suggested.

Every time we had an argument, he would use the car situation against me. After about 3 months of not having a car, and him breaking up and making up with me, I eventually left him. Turns out I got a terrible deal, because this was a car that was in quite an accident, and he had got someone to fix it up for me. As a result, the axle was badly bent, and was costing me a fortune to replace tyres (literally) every 3 months. I remember the first time I went to replace the tyres, and the man doing the job came running up to me asking where I had bought the car, he said that I was putting my life at risk by driving it, talk about a reality check.

I could easily blame the devil for this situation, and call it an attack. Accuse him of coming against God’s perfect plan for my life by setting me back like this, but the truth was, I had gotten myself into that situation. I had chosen to listen and sell my perfectly new, working car for a hazardous one.

I asked myself some really difficult questions after that relationship. Why didn’t I just let him go after the first time he broke up with me? I let him get away with a lot of intolerable things? Why?

I was scared. Scared of being alone. Scared of not being able to find anyone again. Scared that I was going to lose my car! I was gripped by fear at that time – not only about relationships, but life in general.

I’ve often said that courage is not putting up a strong front and sweeping your situation under the carpet. Courage is facing your situation head on and overcoming it, because the second it’s in the light and you face it head on, it no longer owns you.

I remember a time when I was gripped with fear, guilt and shame, and I just couldn’t handle it anymore. The load was too heavy to carry on my own. I was desperate for God to take this thing off of me! He wasn’t doing that though, I felt as though I was sitting in a corner in a fetal position, crying and desperate and He just sat back and watched me. So I decided that if He wasn’t going to take this thing away from me, I was going to give it to Him, and that’s just what I did, and I’ve never looked back since. See, I’ve realised that God will never force Himself on you. He will always be there, but will only come in if you invite Him to, He is a perfect gentleman.

Psalm 27:1 - The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid?

There’s no room for fear when your life situation is in God’s hands, He knows best, and is working that terrible situation to turn around and work in your favour.

I asked a pastor friend of mine what his definition of fear is, and he said that it’s born and cultivated in the mind. He says that fear is a fruit of and is often born out of insecurities – and I agree. So often we hear about the good seeds that can be sown and the good harvest that comes out of that, but the reality is that there are bad seeds to be sown as well.

 Today, I’d like to encourage you to leave all of your fears and insecurities with God, and know that He’s got your back. It isn’t easy, but He will lighten your load, and life will get easier once you give Him the control.





Monday, 13 October 2014

Stage Line Make Up

I've always had an issue finding the correct colour foundation for my complexion. Even when mixing 2 colours, it just always seemed too dark. 

When I was approached by Heather to try this new line, I was excited to try an new product. Stage line is a line of make up used by professionals, and is produced in, and imported from Spain. 

When I started using this foundation, I had quite a rash on my chin, I was a bit worried that the new foundation may aggravate it a bit, but it didn't. Within 3 days of using this foundation consistently. the rash was gone! 

Stage line is not just a make up, it promises to keep your skin looking good, even when the make up is off, and that it did. I am really impressed with this product, and would recommended it to any make up fundi.




This foundation is my favourite of all the Stage Line products that I have. It is a long wearing foundation, and looks completely natural on my skin, not to mention that it smells so fresh. All I need is a pea sized pump of the foundation, and it's enough to brush all over my face, and creates a beautiful glow on my skin.


I'm a sucker for a good liquid liner, and this one is great. It goes and easily, and even though it is water resistant (not water proof), it isn't a hassle to wash off - easy on, easy off. 


Concealer is another favourite of mine. My previous one was a stick that got a bit dry an hour or 2 into my day and created cracks under my eyes. This stage line concealer is liquid, and slides on, and blends easily. I love it! 


Last on the list (for today :) ) is the Stage Line foundation powder, and it's just another great product. It matches the foundation so well, and keeps the make up in place for most of the day. 


If you'd like to know more about the Stage Line/Laurendor products, or would like to contact Heather about purchasing, you can check out the website here.

A huge thank you to Heather for trusting me with her products, I honestly do love it! 

Thanks for reading! 

- Arlene 




Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Red

I've always felt like red is such a loud colour. Red lipstick, red nail polish, red dress - it screams look at me, and people look, trust me.

This dress was a gift for my birthday, and as much as I love a good peplum, I felt a little out of my comfort zone when I wore this. It's quite short, and the sheer sleeves add an extra bit of sexy, which is what makes it feel a bit foreign to me.

That being said, this dress is really comfortable, and great for a cool Spring morning.

Dress: Gift. Shoes: Mr Price.



I've been using a new make up range recently, and it's pretty amazing! I'll be sharing more about that in my next post, until then, thanks for reading! Please leave your comments below.

- Arlene