HYDE PARK CORNER HIGH TEA

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Hyde Park Corner is by far the epitome of luxury in South Africa. Within its walls, it houses absolutely glorious brands, with new additions continuously. Of recent, we’ve celebrated the launch of Day Birger et Mikkelsen, and the brand new luxurious line of perfume from Bvlgari called Bvlgari Le Gemme.

We were treated to a high tea at Tasha’s Le Parc. For me personally, this is the best Tasha’s in South Africa. It’s rather different; you instantaneously feel as though you’ve been transported to Paris; and macarons flowing continuously at the high tea (Nutella is definitely my favourite!) only added to the feel.

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Do pop in to Day Birger et Mikkelsen for luxurious clothes, as well as selected homeware that I am currently drooling over.

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As for Bvlgari Le Gemme, I will do a full blogpost post launch, however, I can tell you that it’s everything you want in a perfume.

201504-omag-obeautiful-bulgari-949x1356-717x1024 (1)It was not only inspired by different select countries throughout the world, each of the 6 perfumes contain diverse ingredients from those countries as well. It’s all about authenticity and absolute luxury.

The bottles are inspired by precious gems, as you can tell from the bottle.

Do make a stop next time you’re passing Hyde Park, you’re bound to fall in love with one of these, if not every single one of them! While you’re there, make a special effort to try out the Aqva range as well. the Bvlgari Aqva Pour Homme is by far one of my ultimate favourite men’s perfumes, so if you’re on the hunt for a birthday, anniversary or event a “just because” gift, do consider these!

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WHITE IN SANTORINI

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After a hectic (but absolutely amazing and unforgettable!) few weeks, I got to retreat on the wonderful island of Santorini (Greece). It was one of those places that was absolutely everything it looks like in pictures, and better. I will be doing a full write up on everything I adored about Santorini, but of course, I had to have a flowwy, white dress moment. When in Greece!

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OOTD | DARK AND DREAMY

 

Changing up your style for upcoming months can always be a positive thing. This outfit, particularly, is something I wouldn’t usually sport. I’m not one for flats when going out, or the concept of “all black err’thang”. Although, I quite enjoyed this. Pairing burgundy lips with burgundy booties against a neutral background somehow feels extremely classy, and classic. Who are your style inspirations for this upcoming winter? 

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Coat: FCUK from Stuttafords | Jersey: H&M | Jeggings: Cotton On | Bag: Aldo | Necklace: Forever New

MYSTICAL | OOTD

 

Of all the outfit of the day shoots I’ve done, this was by far my ultimate favourite. I am utterly obsessed with the magical, almost forest-fairy like feel of this post. 

Photos by Sumayya Kara of @eskaraphotog (Instagram)

   




 Top: Jenny Button | Skirt: Legit | Earrings: Corlette Hayman | Bangle: Lovisa | Bag: Louis Vuitton | Lipstick: L’Oreal Colour Riche Collection Exclusive Pure Red in Blake

WIN A MAKEOVER | GARNIER COLOUR SENSATION

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We’ve all been through it; that moment where you feel it’s time to take charge of your life, and make some serious changes. Sometimes it’s physical, like starting a gym routine to finally shed those last few kg. Maybe a wardrobe makeover to give you a confidence boost post baby. But often, when we’re at that high of “lets do this”, we want instantaneous results to keep that buzz. Something quick, something easy, something immediate.

Many people find cutting their hair life changing. Liberating, in a sense. For me, however, I made the mistake of letting go of my long locks once, and regretted it almost immediately. I prefer to go an equally liberating route: I change up my hair colour. If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you’d know my hair journey: how I went from dark to light to ombre to highlighted and now somewhere in between.

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But colouring your hair shouldn’t come with a hefty price tag; it’s more than possible to get amazing results at the comfort of your home for under R100. Colouring your hair yourself at home can seem initimidating; there’s the risk of the colour not taking, your hair becoming brittle, and the dreaded intense ammonia scent you have to deal with.

But Garnier Colour Sensation promises 5 things: Intense colour, Mirror shine, Silky Soft hair, Flower scent and a sensational price.

Their low ammonia formula that’s enriched with flower oil and mother of pearl ensures gorgeous, shiny hair whilst still 100% covering greys. It’s non drying, easy to use, leaves your hair buttery soft and, most importantly, gives you a professional look.

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That confidence boost from such a simple, quick action is second to none. That’s why Secrets and Stilettos and Garnier Colour Sensation want to give you a hair makeover, as well as feature you on the Expresso Morning Show on SABC 3!

HOW TO ENTER:

  • Comment below and tell us why you think that you need a makeover with Garnier Colour Sensation
  • Email a recent picture (not older than 3 months) of yourself to rowena@secretsandstilettos.com, with the subject line “WIN WITH GARNIER”
  • For extra entries and to really up your chances of winning, enter via social media:
    • Upload your image on Instagram or Twitter with your reason why you should win
    • Tag @rowenasaloojee and @GarnierSA
    • Hashtag #besensational
  • On Facebook, you can comment on the post about the competition with your image and reason as to why you should enter

Good Luck!

This competition is now closed; CONGRATULATIONS to Cindy and Marissa!

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THURSDAY THOUGHTS…

I was casually scrolling through my homepage on Pinterest, and a “suggested for you” post came up: “How to better your blog without networking”. I have never searched any of or related terms, and yet here was a post, 100% for me.

I am not traditionally shy, per se. In fact, give me a speech to say in public and I’ll barely stumble on my words. But put me in a room full of strangers, or worse, acquaintances, and I’d forget my own name. I’m not socially awkward, but probably come across as what is commonly known as stuck up or antisocial. It’s not that I don’t want to talk to anyone, it’s just I need the other person to make the first move. Then I’m okay. Somewhat.

I loved blogging for this very reason; I could express myself without the fear of rejection, judgment or be shunned. I didn’t have to physically speak to one person, but rather have a platform to voice what I love.

When I started my blog just short of 3 years ago, it was very different to the blogging industry today; there was more of an emphasis on quality writing and exceptional imagery. It was purely about words eloquently strung together to captivate an audience. Now, it’s more about popularity in a different sense: who gets to go to the best/most events and who knows everyone in the room. It’s not wrong; in fact, it’s a different, enviable skill set all together. It’s captivating an audience in a different way.

So when I read the article below, I heard it in my own voice; I felt as though I wrote it myself.

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That’s it. I am an introvert. I oppose small talk. I’d be happy to never attend another party again. I’m just not great at people-ing. I suffer severely from social hangover: a situation where I am exhausted the next day from interacting with people and literally need to take the day off. I don’t oppose being an introvert, but I don’t love it either. It’s gorgeously complicated. I think it’s best summed up by this quote:

“Half of me is filled with bursting words & half of me is painfully shy. I crave solitude yet also crave people. I want to pour life & love into everything yet also nurture my self-care & go gently. I want to live within the rush of primal, intuitive decision, yet also wish to sit & contemplate. This is the messiness of life- that we all carry multitudes, so must sit with the shifts. We are complicated creatures, & ultimately, the balance comes from this understanding. Be water. Flowing, flexible & soft. Subtly powerful & open. Wild & serene. Able to accept all changes, yet still led by the pull of steady tides. It is enough.” Victoria Erickson

TRIBAL INSTINCT | OOTD

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I barely wear flat shoes, but when it’s required for markets and a lot of (town) walking, I have to compromise. Booties with a slight heel are always the comfiest option, especially with the colder months around the corner (can you feel the autumn chill in the air?). Also, neutrals with a dash of print always works.

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Jacket: Clairs Campus Square | Tank: Cotton On | Pants: Olive de Olive online | Shoes: Mr Price | Bag: Aldo | Cuff: Cotton On

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SMOKEY EYE VLOG | LAST WEEK OF XPERIA COMPETITION

So I have just one more Sony Xperia C3 to give away and this week it’s all about a night out! With that, I’ve done a gorgeous rose gold brownish shimmery smokey eye that’s perfect for any evening function.

Products used:

  • Shadow Shields purchased from 27Pinkx
  • Catrice Light Reflecting Concealer in Light Beige
  • NYX Eye shadow base with pearl
  • NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in pearl
  • LA Girl eye shadow collection in NUDES and SMOKEY EYE
  • L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Matt-matic
  • Catrice Better than False Lashes mascara
  • Catrice Lash Boost Lash extention fibres
  • L’Oreal Telescopic mascara

HOW TO ENTER 

  • Upload a SELFIE of A NIGHT OUT on either Instagram or Twitter. Make sure your profile is not on private between 12pm and 12:30pm on Monday 2 March, so we can see your entries (it HAS to be a selfie, not just a normal picture)
  • Tag @rowenasaloojee and @sonyxperiaza
  • The following needs to be your tagline:
    • Let’s paint the town red @rowenasaloojee! #XPERIANIGHTOUT #SONYxSNS 
  • Competition closes on Monday 2 March at 12 midday (so you have the weekend to take your selfies!) Winner will be announced on this post and contacted privately. Please do not submit any entries after this date and time!

Congrats to Safiyya Kajee!

OOTD | CLASS ACT

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 Photo credit: Sumayya Kara of Eskara Photography (@eskaraphotog on Instagram)

Neutrals, berry lips and a tad bit of vintage from mom’s closet; I love this look for it’s juxtaposition of detailed simplicity. DSC_1606

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Top: Jenni Button | Pants: Zara | Jacket: Mom’s Vintage | Bag: Forever New | Bangle: Cotton On

CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT OMBRE NAKED CAKE WITH NUTELLA MOUSSE FILLING

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Just the name of this cake is already a mouthful, but imagine the sensation your taste buds will endure from this explosion of flavour.

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It’s Nutella filled. It’s Ombre and Naked. It’s basically perfection.

Surprisingly, this recipe is incredibly easy and the cake is ridiculously flavoursome and light. The Nutella mousse filling provides just the right amount of sweetness rather than an actual icing or ganache. This needs to be on your baking to do list!

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Notes:

You can purchase the syrup from Pick ‘n’ Pay or online from Yuppichef here. They’re generally used in coffees, but provide the perfect hazelnut taste for the cake

I only use silicon cake tins to make this. you need the cake to be perfect and not have any sticking or breaking issues

I simply mix the flavouring directly into the cake tins, rather than mixing in a bowl then adding it to the tin, saves dishes, time and comes out perfect.

Make and assemble the mousse before serving, or if you’re taking it somewhere assemble in advance and refridgerate for at least an hour (the mousse isn’t stable so can make the cake slide if not handled properly)

I dusted icing sugar onto the one side of the plate, but used a tiny bit of crushed meringue to top on the cake as icing sugar will dissolve into the mousse

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PS: shout out to Tas and Jo and Nazmi! The first time I made this recipe just out of trial and error, they were the first ones to try it out and persuade me to actually blog about it because it was that great!