I am a recent winter convert. Yes, the weather is dreary but this chilly season provides all those little things we love about life – a good book, time with the kids, crackling fires and taking a break from our fast-paced lives. In winter, there’s absolutely no shame in spending days under a cosy duvet and not a shred of guilt need be felt for avoiding the chilly reality on the other side of our curtains. So when it comes to creating a cosy space to enjoy those cold winter months, we have you covered. I’ve always loved the minimalist lifestyle and recently when I Kon Mari’ed the sh*t out of our lives, I was worried that I’d need to add a lot of clutter. But, really, all you need are a few throws or snuggle-soft blankets, some mood lighting and few bits and bobs to create a warm ambiance. So here are 10 budget-friendly ways to add warmth and love your home this winter. Cosy starts in the bedroom Creating a snug winter home …
Today I am going to be sharing five moments that cover the diversity of my work life and my current wardrobe. Dressing for work can feel like a challenge but since I started dressing to a “personal uniform”, it’s a challenge I have been comfortable rising to.
One of the things I love about living in Cape Town is winter. I love that it gets frigidly cold, but I can still get away with wearing a dress and stockings. Our wonderful climate gives my summer wardrobe amazing longevity. All it takes is a bit Pinteresting and a little creativity.
Our favourite styles from R80! There’s nothing better than curling up on the couch with a hot cup of coffee and good book when you do find a single quiet moment. It’s only made better when it’s in something super comfortable. So, slip into these cosy budget loungewear, handpicked by Two Babes on a Budget and all (barring one) under R300! I don’t know who the genius was who introduced loungewear but the fact that pjs have become part of fashion speaks to my soul – it’s a dream I’ve had for pretty much my entire life. You can skip the outfit change from lounging around to hopping out for a quick grocery run, or from daytime to sleep time – it’s perfect for curbing the embarrassment you feel when opening for the delivery guy in threadbare Snoopy PJs.
This in between stage of the seasons is always hardest for me. I never know what to wear and in Cape Town, where we experience all seasons in one day, it is especially difficult. I am a winter person but I also get hot often so I cannot layer too much. When shopping for jerseys and coats, I usually lean towards the lighter knits and weaves. I am desperate for a new coat and like most of you, I just cannot spend thousands on it. So I went to peep at my favourite online stores and a few that you had recommended as well, to see what was available.
I am a summer person. Late sunsets, fruity cocktails, beach picnics with friends. But there’s one thing I love more and that’s the trendy colours autumn brings to the party. Every year, the colour palette seems to borrow from nature – from crisp autumn leaves soaked in warm ochres, rich reds with hints of sky blue, to precious jewel tones in crimson reds, emerald greens and citrine yellows. This year is no different. 2019’s autumn/winter 2019/2020 is set to offer many instagrammable photo ops – it’s sophisticated and strong; a meaningful palette of colour that empowers and instills confidence as well as balance, giving you more freedom to create your personal sense of style.
My morning makeup routine is fuss free, natural and really takes me about 5, sometimes 6 minutes. I don’t do any fancy colour correcting or contouring. I keep it simple and muted. With two kids, I barely have time to brush my teeth most morning, so elaborate makeup is completely unrealistic. Having said that, I really like the results I’ve managed to achieve in my short five minute routine.
I was rather nervous to write this blog post. Whenever you think of investment pieces it’s usually something that is worth buying because it may be useful in the future, give you tons of wear and thus more bang for your buck, but it often comes with a price tag only the Kardashians have seen and bought. Think leather boots, a quality trench coat and thick, durable denims. All of this doesn’t seem to sit around the same campfire as a budget blog where you’re showing people how to stay fashionable even when they’re broke as hell. So I did a little investigation. Can you buy investment pieces at a time when you’re siphoning petrol from your lawnmover? Let’s see.