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.


Always, Anne



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



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


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


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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  • 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!)


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.


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.


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.


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

Always, Anne

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Danni C Photography

MODELS: Roelien Havenga & Annette de Wet


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.


Yes, that’s a thing.

Always, Anne



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


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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!?


Always, Anne


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

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

Laughing like a lady

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A wise lady once said ‘I’m done with this negativity’ and she lived happily ever after.

Lately there have been a lot of new yet exciting changes happening in my life. But with change comes stress and with stress comes more stress….

While settling into a new job as Fashion & Beauty Editor for one of South Africa’s largest online sites is a dream come true, I have very high expectations to meet.

I’ve also been given more digital strategizing responsibilities which the nerd in me loves to do, but it’s been tough getting in the habit of doing regular in-depth reports and analysing social media statistics.

For a few weeks I have been out of the gym, eating all the wrong foods and skipping my normal make up routine because I have to wake up at 5 to skip the traffic and adjusting in a new work place does not happen overnight.

But then I decided to just completely start giving a damn about any negative thoughts!

Oh my gosh, I have so many things to be thankful for with so many opportunities waiting for me. I get to work in the most beautiful city doing what I’ve always dreamt of doing. I love my job, my editor, trying out a new coffee shop for lunch every single day… so really, what do I have to complain about?

You can’t expect everything on a rose gold platter. With every new chapter there will be ups and downs and it’s up to YOU how you are going to deal with it.

I choose to laugh. A lot – because I see the bigger picture and that really is the ‘bigger picture’.

So, what about my slacking at the gym? I signed up to do my second half marathon next month, because why not?

Always, Anne


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CLOTHING: Dress, Zara | Coat, Legit Fashion  | Handbag, Charles & Keith | Heels, Forever21 |Alice band, Woolworths

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

Small town girl

Growing up on a farm taught me a lot of things.

“Just a small town girl…”

My brother and I was fortunate to grow up on a farm with so much exploring to do. Every day.

We (yes, him included) played with my barbies in the mud, discovered our own little hiking trails in the farm’s beautiful mountains and spend most afternoons on our bicycles looking for new adventures.

I had no idea what the freeway was and that it even existed! #SHOCKINGBUTTRUE

Although I was quite the tomboy, I lived for family events over weekends when my mom dressed me up in the most adorable dresses with an overload of bows and sparkle.

We hardly ever went to the city and on the rare occasion it happened, my brother and I would always stare at all the city lights and dream about one day…

Being from the countryside taught me to always be humble and treat everyone with respect and most importantly, you have to work hard if you want to make something out of your life. There’s no other way around it.

People are always shocked when I tell them where I am from and how I actually love spending time outdoors. It’s just who I am.

Never judge a book by its cover. Pick it up and read the first chapter at least.

Always, Anne


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CLOTHING: Angel Jersey (R760), Hannah Collection available at CONVOY | Clutch, Ted Baker | Barret, Foschini

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

More me less you

I’ve learned the hard way that it is OKAY to put yourself first.

“My attitude is based on how you treat me.”

Surround yourself with people who make you feel happy and valued. Skip the ones who only text you when they need something and completely block the ones out of your life who wish you nothing but the worst. The jealous ones, the negative ones who think the world owes them everything and recently I’ve been experiencing the frenemies who are always watching your social media but never likes a post. Sies man!

I know it’s easier said than done. I’m also struggling with cutting people completely out especially if I have a history with them, but you only have one life and who wants to be the supporting actress in their own movie?

Ignore the ‘friends’ who don’t get happy or excited when good things happen to you and spend more time with the ones who are always there for you, no matter what.

Jeanne, Nicola, Roelien, Annemi, Clarise, Carli, Nicolette, Deneal, Zazu…. and mom (duh!) Thank you for loving me just the way I am. Without you guys, everything would’ve been pointless.

Always, Anne

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CLOTHING: Dusty Pink Dress, Merwe Mode available at CONVOY | Clutch, MRP Fashion | Boots, Woolworths

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