Fragrance Review: Acqua di Parma Colonia Eau de Cologne

Acqua di Parma Colonia Eau de Cologne

Unisex fragrance Acqua di Parma Colonia Eau de Cologne is so appealing I decided to grab it for myself, (sorry hubby); it smells delish on him too, but keeping a fresh citrusy scent in my bag to use throughout the day certainly lift my spirits!

Italian city Parma is steeped in history and where Colonia was first created to fragrance gentlemen’s handkerchiefs; elegant, timeless and refreshing, it became an instant success and well loved by celebrities like Cary Grant, Ava Gardner and Audrey Hepburn. From humble beginnings, Acqui di Parma went on to become a prominent house name and remains a timeless classic. The idea behind the creation of the original Colonia was to offer something crisp, subtle and utterly refreshing and that it certainly is!

Acqua di Parma Colonia Eau de Cologne

Intense Sicilian lemon, bergamot and bittersweet oranges are found in the top notes of Acqua di Parma Colonia Eau de Cologne, unfolding to a heart of Bulgarian rose and lavender, before settling down with warm woody notes of vetiver (one of my favourites), sandalwood and patchouli – a formula that hasn’t changed, to this day!

Acqua di Parma Colonia Eau de Cologne

The bottle is sleek and modern in the art deco style of clean lines and the yellow packaging takes its inspiration from the city’s buildings with facades in a shade of ‘Parma Yellow’.

If a fresh uplifting scent is what you’re after, (for you and or your partner), this one’s a winner for day and night time wear!

Let me know if you’ve tried it out and what you think of it?

ZAR 1359 for 50ml www.takealot.com

ZAR 2515 for 180ml at www.foschiniforbeauty.co.za

That’s it for today…I hope it’s a damn fine fab week ahead!

Cath

NO MORE PANDA EYES: The Sensai’s Kenabo 38°C Mascara

Kanebo was the mascara to use in the late nineties, as not only did it coat eyelashes brilliantly, but a gentle smudge-resistant formulation made it super easy to remove without leaving one with ‘panda eyes’. As a model in the early days, makeup artists would change our makeup two or three times a day between fashion shows or beauty shots, so our eyes were prone to being sensitive. This mascara was a bonus as it literally slid off your eyelashes with warm water. This was pre-micellar water days, so it really made a difference as it didn’t leave eyes feeling tired or watery even after using makeup remover. Twenty years on and Sensai Kanebo continues to deliver great technology on their mascaras with Sensai Kanebo Mascara 38°C as their latest addition:

So what does the 38°C stand for? Kashimaru silk and Phyto-Squalane formula loosens with makeup remover making it easy to wash the rest off with lukewarm water of 38°C. Water molecules are held together with strong hydrogen bonds so water can absorb huge amounts of heat without increasing in temperature very much, meaning 38°C water temperature is warm and pleasant.

Besides coating lashes without clumping them, I like how the small spiral brush really manages to get to the finer small lashes. I add a second or third coating of mascara for volume and love that it’s a a waterproof mascara; I just watched The Fault In Our Stars again and can vouch that my eyes didn’t land up smudged and panda-like!

The price is ZAR685 but I’d say well worth it as it is waterproof, comes in either black or brown, gives great volume and lasts for ages!

What mascara do you like to use and why? Have you tried out any of Sensai Kanebo ones? Let me know what you think!

Happy day

Cath

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Ramblings of a Blogger: Book Love, Road tripping and Swimwear

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Sunday morning and it’s way before the sun has even decided to show up; as much as I’d like to sleep in late, my internal clock kicks in just before five so I do a session of meditation and stretches before grabbing my first coffee of the day. I prefer summertime, but there’s something magical about the long winter mornings, with the quacking of Egyptian geese, twittering of birds, the gentle sound of waves and the sun rising across the bay that awakens the senses; good morning world!

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I’m reading this fab book by Chris van Wyk called “Shirley, Goodness & Mercy”, about a young boy growing up in a Coloured township during the apartheid era in the mid-sixties. It’s not a book on racial politics, but an account of his upbringing and relationship with family, friends and neighbours in his community; charming and poignant and just a beautiful read which reminds me of childhood days before cell phones, selfies and the power of social media.

I mention the latter as I stumbled across someone who overnight had jumped from 5K to 15K on Twitter and wondered in awe at the power of social media platforms! I remember Chad le Clos in the 2012 Olympics before he had swum his first race; (who can forget his wonderfully proud dad?) and his followers a mere 535, yet after his first race his followers had jumped to 12K and rising. I was super impressed with the phenomenal data transpiring before my eyes. Chad continues to mesmerise us with his swimming feats (and a legit over 200K followers!)- the power of Twitter!

I’ve just started a workshop called “Embracing the Challenge of Awakened Living”, a gentle reminder to be true to ourselves and to others. It’s so hard to put things into practice every day, to break life long habits and try to live a kind life. I read a tweet by Paul Coelho this morning: “ Expecting the world to be fair with us because we are fair, is like expecting the lion not to eat us because we didn’t eat him”.

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As Netflix is relatively new in our household, I have to admit I’ve become completely obsessed with series and reality shows. Peaky Blinders, Top of The Lake, Rita, Queer Eye, re-runs of Project Runway …I really need to put a stop to this obsession of coming home, hoping my other half hasn’t made alternative plans to go out! I shall blame it on the dark winter evenings and ease up sometime! What’s your current obsession?

I can’t believe summer merchandise has arrived full force into studio this week, where I am styling in my standard winter uniform of jeans, boots and polo-neck, while models stand bikini-clad before me! I love my job and team who keep me on my feet with their shenanigans; exclamations of ” oh my God, I’m exhausted”. Listening to their late night and early morning tales reminds me of my own all-nighters where one would go from night time parties straight to a photo shoot. All I can say is makeup artists wove magic as there was very little photoshopping that was or could be done back then. I do remember it was quite a biggie when I shot a Cosmopolitan cover whilst in Jo’burg where the necklace I was wearing needed to be changed, so a new piece was super imposed onto me, as it was easier than flying a model and photographer down to shoot again with the magazine budget and time constraints. I never found out why they changed necklaces, but I do remember the exhorbant jewellery price tag, hence two security guards accompanying the pieces while we shot the cover. That was probably the extent of ‘photoshopping’ and film back then – how things have moved excitingly forward! (Check the price: R3,60!)

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I’m off on a road trip in two weeks time to see my twin sister; we haven’t spent time together for a while and I’m combining my visit with old schoolfriends revisiting our childhood days of growing up in George. One forgets how glorious the mountain range is and the charm of growing up in a small town!

Watch out for posts I have scheduled for the rest of July: an entourage of lovely summer scents, Giveaways, a Q & and A with Jessica, owner of SWAN restaurant in Cape Town, a couple of fashion posts and an ’empties’ post of some lovelies that have sadly come to an end.

I can hear the birds twittering so I’m off to put the kettle on again

Happy Sunday

Cath

JANUARY RAMBLINGS of a blogger

JANUARY RAMBLINGS

I cannot believe a month has already flown by and New Year’s Resolutions are still ringing in my ears. I have yet to complete my list of “things to do”, but decided I would take a moment to breathe, drink a cup of coffee and contemplate the day…how about you?

The past six weeks has been filled with family gatherings, lounging around the pool, (I need to invest in a pool covering as the water level has dropped somewhat rapidly this past week with the wind pumping), but for now I don’t mind a shallow dip when the heat gets too much! In an earlier post I mentioned planting a veggie garden that’s flourishing, thanks to grey water, maybe?

My son left for Vietnam on Monday and besides a heavy sad heart, it was absolutely wonderful having him spend most of the holidays on our turf. He’s an incredible human being and I’ll miss him enormously, but he’s gone to teach English for a year or two so more time can be spent with his other half who flies for Emirates. Luckily my daughter still lives in Cape Town, so in between her busy schedule we go for coffee, movies and play Bananagram! She’s busy working on an exhibition collaboration happening in February, yet still found the time to make this top for my birthday, how nice?! #happymama

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I attended a retreat last weekend, a gentle reminder of being grateful, grounded and to practice mindfulness. I’m getting a bit better at morning time management to include yoga and meditation, but sometimes I find myself staring out at the sun rising over the ocean as time ticks by and… it’s okay… I’m trying not to beat myself up if I falter with my routine every now and then, because I’m not Miss Perfect, but I still wish I was you know?

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Mornings are still filled with anxiousness as to whether the trains will pitch on time or not; yes, it would be less stressful to drive the twenty-five minutes in before peak traffic, but I’m trying to keep my carbon footprint to a minimal. It also helps to have a GARMIN (a birthday pressie I love, as it’s a great incentive to walk and be more active, reminding you every now and then to “MOVE!” But really, this year is about taking care of ourselves a little more, for our health, soul and mind, without feeling so goddamn guilty about it!

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We’ve had a couple of days twiddling our thumbs at work waiting for merchandise to arrive. As from tomorrow we’re going full steam ahead which is exciting, as it’s good to keep busy! I have a team of wonderful free-spirited millennials who every now and then need a gentle reminder about time management, but other than that, it’s going to be a fun-filled year of teaching them to work on new machines across all mediums; styling models and mannequins, to shooting loads of stills as well as styling food, bedding and even flowers!

This last week of January includes a much-anticipated concert by Julia and Angus Stone, an Australian band performing at Kirstenbosch, my daughter’s birthday tomorrow and Friday is payday! Yay! So that’s it for this month – how’s your January been?

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bye

Cath

BEACH LOVE: GranadillaSwim

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With Christmas less than a fortnight away I’ve been avidly searching for ideas for my kids’ presents, and if my son reads my post today he’ll get the gist of what lies “underneath the Christmas tree…” GRANADILLASWIM is just the bestest for men’s (and women’s) swimwear, and they’re local nogal! So if you’ve also only just got into the swing of the festive season (lastminute.com!) you’ll be happy to check out their fabulous swimwear below. Take a peek and get shopping!

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flaming fabulous flamingoes! R500

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seeing double lighthouses R700

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These remind me of Clifton days and the ice cream guy shouting “have a lolly to make you jolly” R700

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Muizenberg or St James huts – #localislekker R700

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Facade shorts and matching towel R700

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skulls R700

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Koi R1000

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Passionfruit R700

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Succulents R700

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and how is the new range for women:

made from Italian soft lycra the feminine feline deep-v one piece is fab hey!

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Granadilla Swim bikinis are ‘direct printed’ meaning they aren’t transfer print. This means when you’re wearing your bikini and it stretches slightly there aren’t any white lines where the ink hasn’t inked the fabric. Roxy wears a reversible pineapple strappy top and bottoms

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Here Roxy wears a Koi print halter neck bikini with a royal navy reversible side

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⎨REVIEW⎬ PAYOT Techni Liss Booster

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SKIN BOOST

My new find, Payot Techni Liss Booster ticks the boxes for fabulous consistency, absorbs easily, is lightly fragranced and priced well. Here’s what I thought:

Payot Techni Liss Booster is a lightweight anti-aging gel which strengthens and boosts hyaluronic acid already present in skin and is effective for dull and dehydrated skin. It contains Hibiscus seed, an antioxidant rich in Vitamin E, linoleic and oleic fatty acids and brown Algae to help slow down cellular aging.

Suitable for all skin types and recommended to use underneath your moisturiser morning and night or apply thickly as a mask before climbing into bed; by morning skin is seriously nourished, hydrated and plump! LOVE!!

payot techni liss booster

R589
Available at Dischem stores countrywide
And that is it, short and sweet on this FRIDAY! Happy day
Cath

FRAGRANCE GIVEAWAY: Mademoiselle Rochas EDP

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FRAGRANCE GIVEAWAY WORTH R1195

Mademoiselle Rochas fragrance embodies happiness, speaking to a young, carefree and optimistic girl who knows what she wants with her choices and decisions. She’s bold and curious, embracing her surroundings, whether it’s popping into a gallery or sipping coffee in a cafe’ or walking through Tuileries Gardens; this scent, inspired by Femme and Madame, has a personality of its own, elegant and tres French!

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Perfumer Anne Filipo created a fragrance to reflect the playfulness of a women so combined

fruity top berries notes with a dash of sweet addictive toffee apple to awaken the senses. At the heart is an explosion of florals including rose petals from the exclusive Rochas rose fields, seductive Egyptian jasmine and a violet accord for a touch of elegance and femininity.
White whispy Chantilly musk evoke the sexy lace that Monsieur Rochas so loved, whilst creamy sandalwood and gentle Ambergris accord round up the base notes.

The bottle is a circular glass smooth bottle evoking the femininity and roundness of the female shape and the slightly pink juice reflects the floral gourmand character of the fragrance.
Actress Noemie Schmidt embodies the French woman, representing the fresh appealing attitude and elegance of Mademoiselle Rochas.

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Does this appeal to your senses? It does to me; one whiff of the sweet notes takes me back to my younger days of living in Paris, absorbing everything that the great city offered and knowing that whatever path I took would be on my own terms and damn, life has been good! That’s the beauty of fragrances, to fill your senses with wonderment and feel confident, cool and happy wearing a yum scent! So enough ramblings from me, here’s how to win a delish bottle of MADEMOISELLE ROCHAS EDP 90ml worth R1195 for yourself or an early present for a friend or family member.

SCROLL DOWN TO SEE HOW TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY!

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All you have to do is write in the comments below two things that make you think of Paris. For an extra yayness follow me on Instagram @cathi_trevor and tag a friend.

Winner must reside in SA and will be announced Thursday, 30th NOV at midday.

Have fun and good luck!!

Cath

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Wedding Belles: BO & LUCA Bridal Wear

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Tis the season to get hitched and yay I’m over the moon as my gorgeous niece Francis aka Spookie has announced her wedding plans for next October. As she’s living in Australia I promptly thought of BO & LUCA, an Australian brand of enchanting gowns. I was fortunate enough to interview BO & LUCA’s creative director Shannon Pittman last year so I’ve resurrected our Q and A’s as she is just so lovely and included her latest collection SHAKTI SS18, which is breathtaking and inspiring. To all the brides and especially to Spookie, this post is for you..to love hope and happiness….and finding a damn fine gown!

Where did the love of Bridal gowns come from and why did you choose this niche market?

My love for wedding gowns started as a child and growing up with a grandmother who was a creative designer. She created the most beautiful gowns. I design wedding gowns for the beauty and the romantic notion of what the day represents.A beautiful tradition filled with love, family, honour and commitment.

Your collections are Bohemian inspired, tell us more…

The bohemian-inspired collections arose because I feel I am a travelling gypsy – never in one place for too long – taking in all the beauty of the world and all of the wonderful cultures and traditions that I have the privilege of being immersed in. There is a movement of strong, independent women who follow their own path; choose their own destiny and I feel I belong to this group. We don’t always suit structure or follow everyday traditions, but rather go where our hearts take us. So a more traditional or formal styled wedding gown would not work.

You’ve steered away from the traditional pattern making preferring to create a bespoke gown for the intended bride, by draping and shaping the fabric as it falls naturally. Can you elaborate why you use this technique and also the choice of word ‘gowns’ rather than creating bridal ‘dresses’?

My design aesthetic in the bridal world differs greatly from the more traditional sense of structured corsets and strapless ball gown style wedding dresses. I design pieces that have ease to them. I like to think of the pieces as relaxed glamour. I like to drape the fabric over the mannequin and the body when being inspired and when creating my new collection pieces. This helps me to visualise and feel how a fabric will fall on the body. A woman should wear the gown not the gown wear her. It’s a subtle luxury. I use the term ‘gowns’ because weddings are a celebratory occasion and you wear special pieces on these occasions. A ‘dress’ is something you can wear any day of the week.

The intricate beading, embellishments, fine detailing and sumptuous fabrics are just breathtaking. Where are your fabrics sourced, who does the handwork and how long does the process take to make one bridal gown?

Our luxury fabrics are sourced from all over the globe. We always use 100% silk as this moves on and with the body with elegance and ease. Every gown that we make has been delicately hand-beaded and hand-embroidered by my amazing team of artisans based in Mumbai, India.

And the low V backed dresses – is this a signature style of yours?

We do have a majority of pieces that have a low V back. I guess this is becoming a bit of a signature to the brand. It was never intended this way. I just listen to my brides and what they have to say. It’s lovely to show a hint of skin.

I love your choice of name – BO & LUCA. What is the meaning behind it?

The names Bo and Luca are from a song that I used to love when I was a young girl. They have stuck with me ever since.

Where and what inspires you

Living in my 20s in the Middle East was a great source of inspiration to me. I was fortunate enough to be taught the art of drapery and the cutting of silk by an amazing Indian tailor. The Indian craftsmen are so incredibly talented, true artisans.

They can create the most beautiful embroideries and their technique of fabric manipulation is phenomenal! I became obsessed with the tambour technique and spent a few years finding and sourcing the best Indian craftsmen while travelling through India. I now have a marvellous team of artisans who work on our silk pieces. The beading and embroidery for our gowns can take up to six months for one piece to be beaded! I spend a large amount of time travelling through different cities around the world so this helps with my imagination and inspirations for many of my pieces.

Quotes by: Shannon Pittman, Creative Director of Bo & Luca

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BUNGALOW LIVING: Homeware

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“My mission is to feed my creative passion, to make peoples homes a happier and more beautiful place, while hopefully enhancing the quality of life for the people who have become part of my Bungalow Living team” – Owner Kathy Latsky Burns

I fell in love with Bungalow Living when I first spied their hexagonal shelves at Saint Siena in Kalk Bay and thought they would work well in our home especially as you can add more as you go along! I asked owner Kathy Latsky Burns to share a bit about her brand. Here goes:

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“Bungalow Living is a natural outlet for me to combine my two passions, homeware and photography, says Kathy. “I grew up on an Indian Ocean beach and now live on the Atlantic coast and am obsessed with the beautiful and vastly diverse shorelines of our oceans, from which I derive my photographic inspiration.”

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“The idea to combine the things I love has all fallen wonderfully into place and I’ve met so many amazing humans on my new journey.”

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“Bungalow Living scatter cushions are made in Masiphumelele by a wonderful organisation that offer free skills training for unemployed and unskilled members of their community and an opportunity to earn money by working in their CMT (Cut Make Trim) business.”

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“The carved wooden planters and shelves are also made by a group of men from disadvantaged communities, who have taught themselves wood-working skills.”

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“Everything in the Bungalow Living range is made made in Cape Town and it’s been so rewarding to tap into the skills and amazing creative talent that we have here, and to work with people from all walks of life.”

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My mission is to feed my creative passion, to make peoples homes a happier and more beautiful place, while hopefully enhancing the quality of life for the people who have become part of my Bungalow Living team!

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