Be a ballerina bae with MRP

All that ballet jazz

I used to do ballet for 5 years when I was younger and I’ll never forget how upset I was when our ballet teacher moved out of town.

Just because I didn’t turn out to be a prima ballerina, doesn’t mean I can’t still look like one.

Meet MRP‘s new dance-inspired PROJECT collection.

“In this limited edition range, mixed fabrics and a muted palette take centre stage, while mesmerising silhouettes capture movement.”

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It was hard to choose (because I’m such a ballet obsessed snob) but here is my top 5 picks from the #MRPXPROJECT.

2. Asymmetrical Tee_R79.99
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3. Strappy Bra Top_R59.99
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6. Crushed Velour Bodysuit_R79.99
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10. Bell Sleeve Hoodie_R129.99
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14. Tie Leggings_R89.99
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Boss babes have off days too

Never be afraid to speak up if you are not okay.

Lately I have been working hard on chasing my goals – just a pity you don’t burn calories while at it….

Oh well, I managed to tick all of them off and I am beyond ready for the next exciting chapter on this roller coaster ride even though I won’t be able to spill all the beans just yet.

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BUT

For a few months I wanted to give up… give up on the career I have chosen when I was only five years old and just move to a small town with a stress-free job working from 9-5 making someone else rich. Overall I just wanted to give up on life for so many personal reasons (yes, boss babes have off days too!)

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The turning point was when I caught myself sitting on the pavement in Strand Street (Cape Town CBD) two weeks ago with no ambition left, no fight inside me and 100% not in the mood for living.

I remember phoning my mom and telling her I’m done. With fashion. With friends. With life.

I don’t know how she did it, but after an one hour or three of mommy talk she managed (from 1000 km away) to get my bum on the bus and making some important healthy appointments I won’t bore you with. It came as no surprise that I was suffering from some medical issues which resulted in me not having the usual go-getter attitude or energy to run a 10km looking like I woke up like this.

WHAT’S YOUR POINT, ANNE? (you might ask)

No matter what you are going through in life, it only takes the first step to get better. Just make the call, send that email, do that gym class, make a medical appointment, join a support group, opt for the fruit salad instead of the cheesecake – only one step to a happier and healthier you!

Since I’ve made a few changes, life’s been good – gosh, I even dropped 2 kilograms!

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Whatever you’re going through in life right now, you are not alone and please don’t ever be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Don’t suffer in silence. That’s just not okay.

If you want to talk to someone, drop me an email any hour of the day.

You got this, boo!

Annette de Wet Always Anne

Always, Anne

xoxo

OUTFIT: Woolworths, Dress R899.00

LOCATION: Strolla, Sea Point

PHOTOGRAPHY: Rezaine Desai

10 things I hate about Instagram Husband

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You had met at coffee!

Instagram hubby and I have been going strong since 2011, so obviously I’m NOT going to bake him chocolate cookies everyday. We can annoy the living day light out of each other and a lot of times he’ll just roll his eyes for the things that come out my mouth. #DOnotASK

Anyway, I hate all these corny posts about true love and those your-guy-are-hotter-than-my-guy vibes… so let me tell you what I dislike about my Insta Hubby.

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1 I hate it when he tells me I don’t look fat when I honestly swear-to-the-rooftop knows I have a mufftin top! Let’s just be real right now.

2 I hate it when I want to buy a whole packet of Zoo Cookies and he’s like: ‘baby, are you suuuuure?’

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3 I hate the fact that he does not understand that my daily cappuccino fix is a need, not a luxury.

4 I hate it when he reminds me to pick up my seven outfits from the bedroom floor. We live in an one-bedroom-apartment, how am I suppose to be a Fashion Editor with NO closet space!?

5 I absolutely hate it when Instagram Husband does not want to take Instagram photos for me. You are Instagram Husband – what don’t you understand about that part?

6 I hate the fact that Instagram Husband is not a morning person. No sunrise hikes, no early road tripping to the West Coast. Nothing! Nallah!

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7 I hate it when he’s more excited to greet the cat.

8 I hate the fact that Instagram Husband does not eat bacon. Who doesn’t eat bacon? WTF am I suppose to eat with my toast – anchovy and fish paste?

9 I hate it when Instagram Husband use my salon product shampoos. Unless you’re growing a man  bun – do not touch my stuff!

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10 But mostly, I hate the fact that everybody have this idea that Instagram hubby is this perfect little creature, but then again, he is that perfect. Well, most of the time anyway.

Oh, who am I kidding? After 6 years I am still obsessed with this guy. I get butterflies when we kiss. My heart rate jumps to 160 when he puts on his red PUMA bomber jacket and he gets the foaming part just right on my morning coffee.

Love you babe.

Always, Anne

xoxo

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Annene van Eeden (follow her on Instagram or book her for your next fashion shoot!)

CLOTHING: Cotton On

MAKE UP: La’eeqa Yunus

LOCATION: Sea Point, Cape Town

12 Sex & the City quotes I love

Closet like Carrie and Money like Big!

Like Carrie Bradshaw I live, eat and breath fashion and both of us can’t wear white without spilling…

Fortunately, like Carrie, I also found my Mr. Big and our love is (sorry for the pun) BIG!

I collaborated with 3 bloggers and we did a city themed fashion shoot captured by Roam Free Photography. This has been such an exciting shoot as I got to experience 3 powerful women showing their inner confidence and also their support for other inspiring women with goals and dreams.

ENJOY!

Always, Anne

xoxo

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1 ‘Do any of you have a completely unremarkable friend or maybe a houseplant I could go to dinner with on Saturday night?’ Miranda

2 ‘I will never be the woman with the perfect hair, who can wear white and not spill on it.’ Carrie

3 ‘Don’t play hard to get with a man who’s hard to get.’ Samantha

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4 ‘I couldn’t understand a word she was saying, but I felt I had in my possession all the Italian I’d ever need to know: Dolce, Dolce, Dolce.’ Carrie

5 ‘They say nothing lasts forever; dreams change, trends come and go, but friendships never go out of style.’ Carrie

6 ‘We keep dresses we’ll never wear again, but we throw away our ex-boyfriends.’ Samantha

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7 ‘Could you please not use the F-word in Vera Wang?’ Charlotte

8 ‘I feel the same way about being a bridesmaid as you feel about Botox. Painful and unnecessary.’ Samantha

9 ‘I like my money where I can see it – hanging in my closet.’ Carrie

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10 ‘Abso-f*cking-lutely.’ Mr Big

11 ‘Maybe all men are a drug. Sometimes they bring you down and sometimes, like now, they get you so high.’ Carrie

12 ‘I’m looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-each-other love.’ Carrie

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PHOTOS: Roam Free Photography

LOCATION: Cape Town, CBD

MY DRESS: ZARA

MODELS/ BLOGGERS:

  • Crisna Coetzee
  • Hanli van der Spuy
  • Roelien Havenga

Twinning on trend

Because you can’t out-twin your twin!

She’s Audrey Hepburn and I’m Coco Chanel. She laughs like Serena van der Woodsen and I’ll give you a resting-bitch-face like Blair Waldorf.

Together we’re fierce yet feminine, completely crazy although we know exactly what we want and when we want it.

(Two skinny cappuccinos, please!)

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She’s the foodie although I can’t say no to a slice of caramel cheesecake and dusty pink macarons. I’m the fashionista although she’s always dressed to perfection wearing her Tiffany bracelet.

What I love the most about our friendship is the fact that we can just be us when we’re together. We chase the same over-the-top life goals a lot of people are too afraid to do. We love our personal space and aren’t afraid to admit it. We hate birthdays and we’ll never answer the phone if it’s not work related.

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We can quote Walt Disney movies, rap like we’re part of Jenny from the Block’s squad and when we have a laugh-attack (yes, it’s a thing!) there’s nothing you can do about it… or maybe to pretend you don’t know us.

What I love the most about our friendship is the fact that we are so much alike – it’s almost freaky. We’ll say the same things at the same time or laugh at the same inside-joke without telling each other.

We go through the same life situations at the same times and when she’s sad, I’m normally sad too… eating a chocolate slab… on my own… with Smarties.

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I’m only three weeks older, but strangely enough I was born three weeks too early. Go figure!

We decided to a twinning styled shoot in collaboration with POETRY. We chose these beautiful pink floral print garments which really represent our personalities.

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Hope you like it as much as we did taking the photos.

Always, Anne

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xoxo

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Danni C Photography

MODELS: Roelien Havenga & Annette de Wet

CLOTHING: POETRY

LOCATION: Cape Town, South Africa

 

 

Put on you ‘big girl’ shorts

Hold your horsey!

There’s two things in life I’m really scared of – horses and wearing short shorts! Okay, three if you count the fact that I can’t light a fire match to save my life…

YOLO (you only live once) has been my motto for the whole 0f 2016 and I’ve done some crazy things like running a half marathon, moving to the city, starting my own blog, taking up adult “absolute beginners” ballet just to name a few.

Still, nothing freaks me out more than putting my lady thighs in summer’s worst trend ever for curvy girls – short shorts! I’m also really scared to be around horses, so why not plan a styled shoot overcoming both fears? #WINNING 

I booked a trainer for an hour and at first I stood a few metres away, but he gave me pills to feed the horses with and within in a few minutes I actually started to enjoy the whole new scenario.

I got to meet the cutest little horse (with some mental issues I have to add) named Prince who is the most photogenic horse I’ve ever met and we took some great photos together.

If you notice that I’m just giving a small grin, that’s because I was scared AF.

After the shoot I just wanted to buy a horse but then Instagram Husband reminded met that we don’t have space for a horse in our one-bedroom-apartment… But I did go out and bought some fabulous pair of short shorts for summer.

Because hips and all, I’ll going to have the best summer ever.

#MERMAIDTHIGHS 

Yes, that’s a thing.

Always, Anne

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OUTFIT: Edgars Fashion

PHOTOGRAPHER: Colleen Bruintjies

LOCATION: Hout Bay, Cape Town

Life is better when you’re ‘brunching’

Because it is the best meal of the day!

My name is Annette and I’m a brunchaholic! Boom.

I’d choose a late breakfast with friends any day over late night clubbing. I don’t know if it’s an age thing (27 is not that old!) but nothing beats the smell of a skinny cappuccino and crispy bacon on a Saturday morning after an intense week of deadlines at work.

One of the perks of being a Capetonian is the fact that you are overflooded with amazing brunch spots from wine farms to oceans views to super chic city vibes – the options are endless!

What I love even more about Cape Town fashion is that you can wear your gym wear as day wear and rock the athleisure trend like a babe. Totally why I am obsessed with Cotton On‘s fitness inspired collections! Comfy yet super stylish. #OnFleek

Always, Anne

xx

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PHOTOS: Michelle Lategan Photography

CLOTHING: COTTON ON

My type of bucket list

You know all those things you’ve wanted to do, you should go do them!

You know all those “if only” conversations you have with yourself – If only I could run a 10km race or if only I could get a better job… if only you would do something about it! Life is way too short to not live in the moment and turn all your can’ts into cans.

At University my goal was to work for a glossy magazine – end of discussion. And marry Chuck Bass. Yes, I was twenty-one and highly aware of the fact that he was a fictional character, but I’ve always (still?) thought I would make the perfect Blair Waldorf living in the Upper East Side. I even dated a guy once that looked like Chuck Bass only because he looked like Chuck Bass, but that’s a blog post for another day. Fetish much?

Anyway, I met my husband and I ‘chucked’ my obsession with Mr Bass right out of the front door.

(Okay, let’s get back to the point)

Number one on my dream bucket list is sitting front row at Paris Fashion Week with my black Chanel 2.55 handbag between Blake Lively and Alexa Chung. I’ve always pictured myself chatting to Anna Wintour, but I think know I will break out in the world’s biggest sweat and collapse out of starstruck on her limited edition of Louboutins.

I also have my short term bucket list which consists of smaller and short-term goals like running my second half marathon next month, spend more time on my blog, plan a trip to Europe with my husband and show any (ANY!) sign of a six pack.

Putting together to-do lists and goals for yourself are fun and inspiring. Everything don’t need to be realistic. The fact that I also want to be a pop star in Japan in my next life doesn’t make me weird… or does it!?

#awkwardsilence

Always, Anne

xx

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PHOTOS: Michelle Lategan Photography

CLOTHING: Top, Zara | Bag, Daniel Hechter @ Truworths | Earcuff, Woolworths

MAKE UP: La’eeqa Yunus (Celebrity MUA/MUA lecturer)