Friday, November 23, 2012

We Have A Winner

A massive thank you to everyone who entered the 36Boutiques competition. I wish I could be Santa's Little Helper and give you all a little something something to spend online but sadly there can only be one winner.

Thanks to Random.org, the following person will be shopping away. Congratulations to


To claim your prize, please send me a mail at skinnybsinthemaking@gmail.com.
Happy Shopping!

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Problem With TV According To Moi



TV shows used to be my escape from the world. While, when I’ve run out of cupcakes. So it saddens me that when I try to revisit a beloved TV show (i.e. spend a weekend re-watching it because I am broke and payday is a week away) I manage to find so many things wrong. So I have decided to compile a list of things my favourite TV shows have done wrong. And yes, it’s been a long-ass month of me having too little money and lots of time…

…The Gossip Girl Writers Think we’re stupid. 

Nate probably thinking 1 +1 =?


There is this moment in season 5 of GG where Serena’s dad says her brother Eric cannot come home for an event because he’s stuck in Zaire. And then Serena corrects him  by saying “I think it’s called the Democratic Republic of Congo now”. Like she knew that. Her dress is literally cut down to her navel but we’re expected to buy that she knows where it is and that there’s a country called the DRC. Bitch please. The other thing that really makes me mad because I take the journalism world so seriously is that Nate is running a publishing company. Nate…I realise he comes from a world of privilege and connections but this isn’t an assistant position. He is the editor in chief. And he has yet to finish college. Or *not* fuck any female character with the exception of his mother on the show. Nice one.  

…Carrie Planned Her Trip All Wrong.

This could have been avoided.

 I have watched the final season of Sex and the City way too many times. And after all the shit Big has put Carrie through, she deserves a fabulous older ex-ballet dancer who can provide a happy life filled with new adventures, aka The Russian. So when they meet, he is a famous artist who hasn’t done a show for years and has infinite time to spend with her. He gets a new show in Paris and invites her to move with him. All of a sudden he is working all the time and not there for her every moment. So girlfriend who is understandably a little homesick gets all weird in his grill and then they break up and Big arrives, blah blah blah. Now if I were Carrie, I’d realise, hey my boyfriend is about to embark on an artistic comeback, maybe he needs a bit of space. I’ll move countries when he’s closer to the opening and then when it’s done we can carry on living our amazing lives together. See, problem fixed.

…Debra Messing Cannot Dress For Shit On Smash

Intervention starts now.



Her character is a successful playwright with musicals on Broadway. She is trying to adopt a little Chinese baby. She also has a double-storey house. In Manhattan. She can afford to stop wearing ill-fitting cardigan shrug thingys and palazzo pants. Also, enough with the scarves.

…The Other Carrie Is Clearly Not Allergic to Sulphur

Glug, glug, glug

So I have a slight allergy to sulphur. Which means I cannot drink more than two glasses of wine before I turn into a sneezy, red-faced wreck. I once drank an entire bottle of sparkling wine in half an hour because of boy problems and the result was not pretty. So I take my wine slowly. Carrie on Homeland does not. Firstly it’s pronounced Kerri which is weird in itself. Secondly, she drinks the stuff like it’s water. Taking big ol’ gulps like she’s been in the dessert and shit. I have never ever seen anyone do that to wine before. It’s just not right or fun. And I once lost a drinking game in Thailand and had to drink a bucket of other people’s beer.

Anything bugging you?

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Images from here and here

Monday, November 19, 2012

Win With 36Boutiques Gift Boutique

So we're coming up to the most wonderful time of the year. Seriously, for me there is nothing better than the festive season. Everyone is in a good mood, it's summer and we get to celebrate Christmas.

Although I love Christmas I'm not a big fan of the shopping. Making lists and buying stuff and then wrapping them is great. Actually going to the shops, walking through crowds, trying to avoid children and then finding out what you want to buy for your loved ones is sold out....that sucks.

If you're anything like me, then hold onto your knickers because 36Boutiques has got you covered. Just in time to start spending those Christmas bonuses is the launch of their Christmas Gift Boutique. So apart from the clothes, the shoes, the bags and accessories, you can now buy artisan gifts and have them delivered in time for Christmas. It's like attending your favourite market but at leas now you don't have to deal with annoying hipsters. And you can get it delivered for free. Plus if you've changed your mind, you can also return it for free. Here are some of my wishlist items:
This is a candle that is made to look like a candlestick from Sobeit. My mind is  blown.
How amaze is this vintage apron from Handmade by Me? So Mad Men.

Heart bunting. Need I say more.



Cute lil' hanging lovebirds from TinTown.

I already have mad love for Moleskine but now there are pink ones!
To celebrate the season, 36Boutiques is giving one lucky Skinny Bs reader the chance to win R500 to spend online. You can use it to buy gifts or you can treat yo' self. After all it's the season of giving.

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me what your number one wishlist item from the site is. And then hold thumbs. The competition will run until Friday, the 23rd November at 09h00. I'll announce the winner later that day. Anyone in SA can enter.

Good luck bitches!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Dream

This week is a fail. So last night after getting home late we watched Bridget Jones' Diary for about the 100th million time. And as always, we swooned at this part.


Like I said, the dream.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Blend

For last week's coffee club, we went to The Blend in Roeland Street.


This cute lil spot can be easily missed and if you do you'll be very sorry. As soon as we walked in, we loved it. From the cosy setting to the friendly staff to the little decor touches, it was a great place to enjoy our morning coffee.


 

A super fabulous thing about this little cafe is that if you're a coffee fundi or even worse a coffee nazi you get to choose your favourite type of blend. Even as just a regular coffee addict this was awesome to hear. They serve Deluxe, Tribe and Kupa coffee.



They have a nice and simple menu with lots of mouth-watering items. Sadly as we're trying to become skinny bitches, we opted for a plate of scrambled eggs and bacon without toast (which is my kryptonite). When I'm super skinny I'm running over to try their Saturday Hangover Breakfast. It's an omelette with 5 fillings, coffee and a smoothie. Can you say "hell yeah".

I've been following them on Twitter and have noticed they have a few food specials that make me want to waste 40 minutes of my lunch break driving there and back just to indulge. Damn carb cravings. If you're in the hood you can find great deals such as R50 for a gourmet sandwich and coffee or coffee and monster cookie for R22 and muffin and smoothie for R20.

If you're in the hood, make sure you visit.

The Blend
79 Roeland Street
07h00 - 16h00


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Friday, November 9, 2012

Cotton On Super Store Launch



It doesn’t take a lot to make me smile, get me excited or scream and jump up and down. However it does take a little something special to get me to act like this:

That was me on Monday when I received an email to the launch of Cotton On’s new super store in Canal Walk. I think if you could measure the time between me reading and hastily cancelling all my other plans so I could attend would make Usain Bolt jelly.



I love Cotton On. I like that they have bright colours, the sales people always tell me I’m a Medium instead of a Large and they’re affordable. For some reasons I cannot fathom I seem to have a bad relationship with money. Obviously the amounts I spend on cupcakes, take-away coffees and glitter products are not to blame. So when something stylish and in my budget comes along I am very happy.



The only problem I used to have with Cotton On is that it seemed as if we never got the good stuff. If you looked online at the Aus store (where it’s originally from) you can see so much more fashion choices and departments. It was like we got a smidgen of what was on offer.

Well, like my willpower on a diet, that has all ended. The new store is huge for a start so it can start housing all the other departments. Instead of just the smaller pickings of ladies and menswear, we are now able to shop activewear, body, swimwear and kids. And there’s even a mini Typo gifting station. They’re from the same company so score!


There are so many options that it was hard when I was walking around. I got distracted by the lace, the glitter sweaters, the retro-style swimsuits, the colourful skinnies and the cutest pairs of knickers. 


Sue getting tres excited about the swimwear.
From what I saw nothing seemed priced over R500 which was music to my ears. In fact I heard Money Money Money ringing consistently I almost expected Donald Trump to pop out.


 


And even though they’re so well-priced there are some opportunities to save more. I noticed quite a few 2 for R250 or 2 for R400 deals around the store. In fact I managed to pick up two adorable skater skirts and got a lovely surprise when I got to the till. 


Another great thing about the store is the staff. I realise it was their first day and they were out to make an impression but they were on top form. They were helpful, attentive and promised to make every shopping experience like this one. So if you’re at Canal Walk next time and wonder why the store’s closed and I’m munching away on a plate of canap├ęs, it’s because I’m getting the ultimate shopping experience.

Love this colourful display in the kid's department.
I must give massive props to Atmosphere Communications for the invite and the awesome morning. Make sure you get on down to the new store, it’s bitching!

For those that need the proper deets about the launch:
*Cotton On has over 1000 stores and over 150 000 employees worldwide.
*They original started 21 years ago in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.
*Their target customer is 22 years old.
*South Africa currently has 17 Cotton On stores with plans to open another 12 by the end of the year.  

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Dear Future Boyfriend Part Nine

As you will soon find out about me, I take personal hygiene and style very importantly. I'm of the belief that feeling good doesn't necessarily start from the inside. In fact when I have my hair did, my nails painted and I smell ah-mazing I believe I run this world (I also have Beyonce on repeat).

Because I feel like this, I stupidly assumed so did everyone else. That bubble burst very quickly. Now as my journey to you is littered with men and boys sadly of a lesser-quality I have learnt that some males need a little help in the grooming department. I'm not saying you're one of them *but* just in case, I have jotted down some notes on styling I think you should know.

*Wash daily. A human basic you'd think but I have smelt enough men to know this is not the case.


*If you're gonna rock facial hair, you need to be serious. Make sure you know what you're working with and then take care of it. No girl wants to walk around with a guy who is sporting three errant hairs on his chin. If you take care of your hair, I'll take care of mine. Know what I'm saying!

*Wash your hair often. I'm not saying daily because it might not be able to handle it. But ensure it's clean. In my opinion very few women like the Robert Pattinson grease-ball look and even less of those women want to shag him.

*Further to that point, there is no thing as 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner. Whatever you knew about it before, forget it. it does not exist. If you cannot afford salon products, get your ass down to the pharmacy and just buy something legit. Nothing keeps those legs closed like a 2-in-1 combo.

*At this point in your life, you're a grown-ass man, not a pubescent horny teenage who bought into advertising. Stop using Axe. You can afford to get a really nice cologne or EDT, do it. Trust me on this, girls LOVE a man who smells nice. Personally I heart Cool Water for him and Boss Bottled, in case you were wondering ;)

*Fix your hands and feet. This should be a no-brainer but some boys are so oblivious. Feet are a serious dealbreaker. Hands I'm more relaxed about. Mainly because I walk around with chipped nailpolish all too often. But seriously if you're gonna be running your hands through our hair or doing other ahem stuff, make sure your digits are neatly filed and clean.

*Soap is not skincare.

*Very few men can pull off hats. I want to believe you're one of them. If you're not, bow out gracefully.


*I just want to touch lightly on clothing. It took me awhile to find out what works for my body so if you're still figuring out what it is, I won't hate on you. I will say hell to the no to the following: Crocs, denim shorts, silky boxers, sports shirts on any day that isn't match day, polo necks, socks with holes, vests unless under a shirt, combat pants, chunky boots, cartoon ties and mesh anything.

Just remember, despite all of this and contrary to what it seems like, I will love you for who you are.

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