Perfumes For Women

Maybe your birthday is coming up or maybe you're already thinking about your Christmas wish list. If you're in the market for a new perfume, then this post is for you. In my book these are strut-your-stuff-head-held-high fragrances and as a bonus, they're compliment-inducing too!

Ralph by Ralph Lauren 

This one is really an eau de toilette, but it is one of the most refreshing, floral and fruity scents I've ever come across.

Stella by Stella McCartney 

Roses and more roses, soft and feminine. This was Stella McCartney's first perfume and like many movies, the original remains the best. 

Peony Blush Suede by Jo Malone

Subtle, fresh and floral. This is one of the bestsellers in Jo Malone stores and once you've smelled it, you'll understand why.

Lady Vengeance by Juliette has a gun

This scent is incredibly long-lasting and a musky and rosy trail will follow you everywhere you go - but not in the "oh-my-she-poured-out-the-whole-bottle-on-herself-kind-of-way". 

Daisy by Marc Jacobs

Another eau de toilette and an oldie, but a goodie. Fresh and light, you can't really go wrong with this one.

What It's Worth Spending Your Money On

We all exchange hours of our lives to earn money. Sometimes you're standing in front of the jam shelf in the supermarket and you suddenly question whether you really need to buy the yummy, cute-looking Bonne Maman jar from France? Or whether that money should rather go elsewhere. This post is not about buying experiences rather than things. It's about those things that you should probably buy when you're buying things.

Here are some categories and thinking that I have found useful over the years. The implementation does not always go off without a hitch though :)

Medical aid and insurance

I cannot stress this enough. Life happens and sh^t happens. It's a lot cheaper to pay your premium and hope you'll never have to claim than to not have that security in place. People get ill or their stuff gets stolen. You're not so unique that it couldn't ever happen to you. 

Sunscreen and skincare

Your skin will be with you for the rest of your life. I'm not saying you should splurge and go into debt to buy the moisturiser made from the urine of Irish dairy cows or something, but do try and take care of your skin. This includes your neck and hands.

Mattress and pillow

You sleep about one third of your life and that's excluding afternoon naps. A bad mattress and/or pillow will ruin your back and neck and decrease the quality of your sleep. 

Bra's

This one is just for the ladies, but it's crucial. The right bra offering enough support will uplift any outfit, improve your posture and likely also your confidence. Ensure that you're professionally fitted and find what works for your body.

Shoes

If you've spent a lot of time in the company of older people, you'll know that many of them suffer from foot ailments - bunions, heel pain, deformities. Yes, not all of these problems can be directly traced back to the types of shoes worn, but when you're young you can definitely set yourself up for success or failure in this regard. E.g. rather buy one or two pairs of good quality leather sandals or boots than several pairs made from cheap plastic that make your feet sweat or that pinch your toes.

Car

I'm not referring to the brand or status of your car. Any car that has not been recalled or been known to explode while on the highway should be fine. The key is to pay attention to the maintenance of your vehicle. Not only does your life depend on it, any issues your car might have could possibly impact other, innocent people on the roads as well. 

I'd be keen to expand this list so let me know in the comments what else you think people should be spending their money on.

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Boardgame: Codenames

One of the easiest ways to get everyone off their mobile phones is to suggest a round of Codenames. Two teams are formed (a blue team and a red team) and each team is led by a spymaster. The spymasters know the real identities of their agents, but the two teams have to guess who the agents on their team are by figuring out their codenames. 

The basic premise is that teams have to connect different concepts in a creative and strategic way. For example, if the blue team has the cards “mosquito”, “Brazil” and “epidemic,” then the three cards could be linked by saying “Zika, three”. The Zika virus was spread by a mosquito and the epidemic was especially large in Brazil.

The spymaster has to guide his/her team to figure out which cards belong to them, while avoiding the assasin (the one word/concept/card that means ‘game over’). The clues given by the spymaster must also be framed in such a way so that the blue team does not end up choosing cards/concepts that belong to the red team. 

Codenames enables you to see how well you know your friends or helps you to become better acquainted with a new group of people, laughter guaranteed! 

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Leather Sandals For Women: Jane Sews

Jane Sews is a clothing, footwear and accessories brand from Durban, South Africa. They produce the most marvelous leather shoes and the sandals in my wardrobe are still comfy and going strong after more than two years and many miles of exploring. I also like the fact that Jane Sews does not mass produce in China or Vietnam, but instead employs local artisans. If you want quality staples, Jane Sews is your girl. 

Pillow: Dunlopillo

I bought a Dunlopillo after reading about it in The Barefoot Investor book. It's very important to have a good mattress and pillow, seeing that you sleep about one third of your life. The Dunlopillo is a latex pillow that offers good structural support for your head and neck. The pillows are also hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial and mite resistant. I bought the Luxurious Classic Latex Pillow with a medium profile and have never regretted it.

Scone Mix In South Africa: Snowflake

Nothing makes me feel quite as British as enjoying tea (from a teapot) and light and fluffy scones. Add to that good quality jam, cream and grated cheese and you're ready to be transported to a bygone era. If you're ever in the mood for an afternoon tea of your own, I'd recommend the Snowflake Scone Mix. No words needed, these beauties speak for themselves

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Down Jacket For Women: Uniqlo

For the longest time I have been looking for a down jacket, without a logo pasted on the left or right side of the chest. When I found a plain, black option at Uniqlo, sans logo, I was ecstatic. I've got the ultra light down version, as I wasn't going for the Michelin-man look. The jacket is warm enough for autumn weather and layers easily under a coat in the winter months.