Must have list for 2014

Since I am stone broke and would probably rent out my cat for strokes if I could earn money from it, I’ve decided to put together a bit of a lust have list. There is no way I’ll be able to afford very much of anything on this list, but I thought I’d get it out of my system by publishing it.

Yankee Candle
Recently I spotted some really festive-looking candles in the florist at Constantia Village. Ofcourse they were the awesome Yankee Candles that so many bloggers talk about. Sadly, they only had stock of the large jars, which were R350 – way too much for a candle in my opinion.

But then, while reading MotherCityMom’s blog (I think), I saw she mentioned http://www.creativecandles.co.za had some Yankee Candles. Cue: angels singing and harps playing.

The flavours I’d love to try include: honey & spice, shea butter and cedarwoodsoft blanket and tangerine & vanilla.

Prices range from R160 – R269 for the medium and small candles.

Makeup storage
I asked for one from The Beauty Box for Christmas, but I realised when I put that on my wishlist, it was more of a dream than anything else. Besides R899 for a 3 drawer organiser is a little mad, right? I’m pretty prepared to give another brand a go. Anyone know of cheaper alternatives?
Got this for my birthday! Lucky me 🙂

Real Techniques brushes
So, I realise now I really should have picked up a bunch of these from Boots while I was in the UK. Alas. I see that All4women’s online shop has a few for…okay…prices.

On my radar is the Starter Set which is about R350, including duties, from all4women, the Core Collection for R345 also from the same site and the Face Brush for R236.

Curvy Kate Dreamcatcher Petrol bra
This one was on my lust list last year. FYI, I got the Panache Cleo Jessie bra that was featured on the same list, but this one is still so pretty. Figleaves, Belle Lingerie… I’m coming for you!

Mavala Mava-dry spray
Seriously, I’m sick of waffled nails.

Corkboard
I’m in the process of trying to put my room in order. It’s sort of been stuck in a timewarp from when I was 16 and I reckon it’s about time that I change things up. I figured I could still keep all my quotes and post-its lying about, but I could have them look more orderly. Enter the corkboard.

I saw a really nice curled up cat shape one from Takealot, otherwise I’m thinking just a plain rectangle one. Both are R321 from getCork.

Urban Decay Naked 3 palette
Why this is all the way down the list, I don’t know. I want this baby. It is now available locally, but how much is in stock…that’s another story. I am hoping beyond hope that one is still available on the 25th of this month (yes, I’m going to be bad and just buy it…if I can). You don’t even want to know the price T_T

Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector 05
Because it’s pretty 🙂

Hydraluron
Bloggers everywhere are talking about this stuff. It apparently does wonders for your skin. I would love to test the Indeed Laboratories version. This stuff…cry…is like R400 though. So that’d be a splurge if I get around to buying it. Got this on sale at Clicks!

Haircut
I need one. Finally. FINALLY!

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2013 round up. Sort of.

I’ve always felt I’m the sort of person who, when asked about how I am and what I’ve been doing, replies with the answer that was given the last time the question was broached. This has mostly been the case for years now, give or take a few swapped out details (lost job, got a new one, for example). And it really bothered me, really. So, I decided to do something about it towards the end of 2012.

A few things came together in 2013. One – I decided I would definitely be going to the UK, no matter the financial cost. Two – I re-met a friend/acquaintance, who became so much more than that. This is sort of monumental in terms of personal life OMGs because before this point, I had been single since the dinosaur age. Three – I was finally in a stable job. And four – go with the flow a little more. Jump, fall, and most of all, do things for myself. I think I managed to make at least some headway with this point.

So why the UK? I had been dying to go for ages. So many of my friends have moved there and I wanted to see them. But also, I wanted to explore. I had never left South Africa before this point, and going on this trip would mean my first time flying. That alone was enough to get me all excited.

UK highlights include (in no particular order):

  • Seeing Laurie and Kasha’s face in a sea of people and coffee and business men, all the while being so goddamned tired and hating everything about flying and planes and babies and luggage. Thank god they rescued me from Heathrow. I’m not sure I would have made it out alive alone! With them, I went on my first adventure. One of the tube lines was down (I arrived on a Sunday I think), so we had to walk loads, and get on the bus and take the tube and and and… Ooh, and I figured out the joys of Oyster Cards 😛 And the not so joyful act of reloading said card. ALL MY MONEYS.
  • Arriving at my destination. Standing outside Camden Town station (I think), I saw magical mermaid hair in the distance and just knew it was Holly 🙂
  • First pub lunch – Holly and Macca, along with Macca’s family, took me along for a traditional English Sunday pub lunch. And oh my. I had pork belly (first time), with apple sauce (holy macaroni), peas… AND YORKSHIRE PUDDING. That stuff is a god send!
  • Getting tickets to see The Breeders live 😀
  • Harry Potter Film Studio. Enough said.
  • Highgate Cemetary with Holly and Macca. Oh. My. Gosh.
  • Nottingham. I organised to stay a few days with my godfather. This was one of the best decisions I ever made. Within about 2 hours of arriving, we were already walking down to visit a pub. I think we went to about three (and drank at each) before going back home for dinner, and going out again. To another pub. This time, it was the Grey Hound I think, and a nu rock/metal coverband was playing and we got so wasted we had to take a taxi home. But we missed the first taxi so we had to call another one. Ha. Had a nice fry up the next morning and went exploring.
  • ROCKETS at the National Space Centre in Leicester with the godfather.
  • Wollaton Hall in Nottingham. You know in Jane Eyre and books like that, you always read about these manors with ginormous grounds and basically an entire town employed by the homeowner… well this was exactly it. Extravagance, luxury, deer, and so many windows.
  • St James park with Laurie and Kasha. Actually, just exploring London with these two was….AMAZING.
  • Dinosaurs. This really should be put right at the top of the list. My aim was to go to as many museums as I could. And wow, did I fit in a few. The National History Museum, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Science Museum, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the museum near Tower Bridge, Sherlock Holmes Museum… I hope I haven’t missed anything out.
  • Sitting on the steps, eating one of those apple pastry things with Laurie and Kasha, watching this total nutter do what we assumed was the beginning of some flash dance, only for it to be some very weird solo calisthenics/dance number.
  • Delicious food and restaurants, and of course, Holly’s birthday, with Holly and Macca.
  • Oxford with Holly, Pril and Rich. Just wow. Oh, and that weird Curiosities museum was BAD ASS.
  • University of Oxford Botanic Garden, and seeing Lyra and Will’s name on THE bench (Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials, for those who don’t know what I’m going on about).
  • Sleeping on couches and blow up mattresses.
  • Shopping. I arrived with a half empty bag, and returned with one that required some elbow grease to unzip.
  • M&S honey and pear (or something) fruit smoothies. Actually, Sainsbury’s, M&S, Boots… All this foreign food/drink was sooo good.
  • Underwear shopping. Yes, I’m putting that on the list.
  • Tea and biccies with Laurie, Kasha and Jesse.
  • Meeting Anton/the_basilisk 🙂
  • Watching ALL of Hannibal Season 1 with Laurie.
  • Laurie and Luc’s shower. I can’t even describe the joy of experiencing their water pressure.
  • The plane ride home. I bought myself a decent pair of earphones so I could actually watch movies this time around (I stupidly didn’t bring any with me on the way to the UK, and the headphones they provide had poor sound. Actually, the plane ride there was terrible, but that’s another story). Also, just the idea of coming home was… without words. This was the first time I had been away from home for so long. I wasn’t really missing my parents (sorry guys), but I was starting to miss my own space. And ofcourse… I had left someone behind.
  • Homecoming. Hugs, kisses, my person, my bed, my cats, my bedroom, and the first shower after the flight. Bliss.

I’m sure there are others… if I’ve missed anything out, remind me!

Holly, Macca, Laurie, Luc, Kasha, Bill and everyone else who put up with me… Thankyou! You all made this so much easier for me, and it was such a relief knowing that I always had someone to rely on and show me around. I had the best time thanks to all of you 🙂

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