20 things you didn’t know about me

Life is short, tell your story.

Everyone knows that I’m that girl with the bangs chasing my magazine goals with a skinny cappuccino in the one hand and my pink phone in the other, but did you know that I am actually a big chess nerd who hates yoga? BOOM!

Here’s 20 things you didn’t know about me:

If I wasn’t in the magazine industry, I would have been a concert pianist playing classical masterpieces in Austria, Berlin and Paris.

I’m more obsessed with Bach than Bieber. My favourite piano piece to play to date is Bach’s Prelude & Fugue No.2 in C minor.

I was the primary school chess champion in Grade 1 – yes, I even beat the grade sevens and I’m owning that.

I haven’t worn a bikini to the beach since 2009. #workingonthat

People think my kindness is my weakness, but it’s absolutely my biggest strength.

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My grandmother’s full names are Anna Elizabeth and that’s where Annette came from meaning ‘graceful.’

I ‘published’ my first story when I was five years old. It was about a sheep and a fly having a fight, but still… I even illustrated the cover and asked my mom to make photocopies at school.

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I have never not had a fringe – it’s my identity. Anna Wintour has her straight-cut bob. Annette de Wet’s got the bangs!

The first time I saw my ‘now-husband’ in my life was in the doctor’s waiting room. I saw this guy wearing a blue tie and super polished shoes, looked at my mom who was with me at the time and said: “That’s the guy I’m going to marry!”

I have never smoked a cigarette in my life.

I’m obsessed with Jack Parow and I totally turn into a gangster poppie when listening to him.

I’ve ran two half marathons. And I didn’t die.

In University, I compared every guy I dated to Chuck Bass. I once dated a guy only because he looked and talked like Mister Bass. #donotjudge

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I type 80 words per minute and have the certificate to prove it. #NERD

My brows are naturally black, but my hair is light brown. People think I have ombre highlights and tint my brows regularly, but that’s just the way I was born. I’m old school, – when I wake up I already have eyebrows on.

I hate yoga. I don’t do the slay nor namaslay thing. The only downward dog you’ll find me in is on the couch with coffee – milk, two sweeteners.

One of my goals are to start an anti-bullying platform. I was bullied in grade 8 by my so called “BFF” and ended up with no friends. She would leave “You are fat” sticky notes against my cupboards, turned all my friends against me and spread the worst rumours you can image…. It got to a point where I lost all my self confidence and it literally took me 3-4 years before I was my crazy confident self again. I lost out on soooooooooooo much fun in high school, because of one person.

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I am not an avocado person.

I haven’t coloured or put any chemical products like a brazilian in my hair for 3 and a half years. #VirginHairDoCare

And finally, I absolutely love my life!

Always, Anne

xoxo

PHOTOGRAPHY: Rezaine Desai

OUTFIT: Shirt with slogan – Nicci Boutique | Leggings – Woolworths | Boots – Truworths

LOCATION: Arthurs Road, Sea Point

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!

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Always, Anne

xoxo

OUTFIT: Woolworths, Dress R899.00

LOCATION: Strolla, Sea Point

PHOTOGRAPHY: Rezaine Desai

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

How to have flawless skin this winter

Because acne is real!

So most people know by now that I’ve been through hell and back the last couple of months. The results = REALLY BAD SKIN.

I used to be that girl who can rock up at work without wearing a drop of foundation, but life happens and when the going gets tough even the tough gets pimples.

Why? Stress releases cortisol, which can really mess with your hormones in your body resulting in breakouts on your face.

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Tina from Symbiotic Communications (in true fairy godmother style) sent me the Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Range (and without sounding like a cheap TV ad), the results are really effective – I haven’t been wearing foundation the last 3 days, because my skin looks clean, clear and carefree.

 

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Eucerin DermoPURIFYER is a range of effective dermo cosmetic solutions for ‘not perfect’ skin focusing on the the following factors of problem skin*

  • hyperkeratosis (disrupted skin cell shedding)
  • seborrhea (increased sebum production)
  • microbial colonisation (increased bacteria proliferation)
  • inflammation of the skin

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I’ve been using the following products for the last 6 weeks now:

Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Cleanser (R229.99)  is a soap-free and fragrance-free formula for gentle, yet effective, cleaning. So, my husband and I literally had fights over this product. Luckily the product is also available in a 400ml Value Pack – because sharing is caring, people! It contains 6% Ampho-tensides meaning it removes all excess make up.

I use the Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Scrub (R139.99 for 100ml) two times a week. It’s a gentle oil-free formula and won’t dry out the skin at all.

Gosh, I love a good toner! I apply Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Toner (R139.99 for 200ml) daily as part of my skincare  routine. Its anti-bacterial formula contains 2% Lactic Acid active system which gently unclogs pores without overdrying.

Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Active Concentrate (R189.99 for 30ml) is a very light, fast-absorbing emulsion and assists with overall better looking skin. It leaves you with a healthy glow which I absolutely love.

Bedtime beauty! Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Active Night Care (R189.99 for 50ml) is a highly effective oil-free formula also containing Lactic Acid.

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OVERALL

SKIN TYPE: Super sensitive

DURATION: 6 weeks

RESULTS: 9/10

REASON: Overall my skin looks more healthy and I did not get any breakouts again since using the products. Instagram Husband also switched over to the Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Range and his face showed instant improvement.

Visit eucerin.co.za for more information.

Cheers to a happy skin this winter season!

Always, Anne

xoxo

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PHOTOS: Michelle Lategan Photography

LOCATION: Cape Town, CBD

 

*Retrieved information on eucerin.co.za

 

 

 

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

(Follow my bestie on Instagram HERE)

xoxo

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Danni C Photography

MODELS: Roelien Havenga & Annette de Wet

CLOTHING: POETRY

LOCATION: Cape Town, South Africa

 

 

How to ignore the bullies

A woman can never be to classy, too caring or too pink… well that’s according to me anyways.

I get judged on my appearance… a lot. Too much.

I love pretty dresses, glitter donuts, (sometimes) think that I am a princess married to my prince and if it’s pink, I’ll take two.

Because I’m marked by so-called society as “cute” and “girly,” people are so easy to judge me. My fellow fashionistas, I’m sure you’ve hard some of these before:

  • You’re such a snob.
  • Looks are so important to you.
  • You’re just in this industry for the glamour and freebies.
  • You think you’re better than us.
  • Just another pretty face.
  • You are so selfish….

And my favourite – she’s so lucky!

(No, I just studied for four years and worked my butt off for five  while paying back my student loan with massive interest. Still paying though. With interest.)

BUT

I say screw this, be you no matter who you choose to be. Just be you.

Appearance doesn’t matter. Size doesn’t matter. Your relationship status doesn’t matter and your background doesn’t matter either. All you should really care about are your morals and beliefs.

Don’t settle for second best.

Don’t be that girl who makes comments about other girls’ weight.

Don’t think you’re better than someone, because of your job status, your outfit or your haircut.

Treat the CEO and the homeless man on the street with the same respect.

Life’s short. Don’t hate.

Don’t hate on people who you think are better off, because everybody have 24 hours in a day and it really depends on you what you are going to do with that.

That Fashion Editor – she might be bipolar. That woman who just got a promotion – she might secretly suffer from major depression. That girl with the perfect body – she might just be exercising and eating healthy.

Nothing in life comes easy. It’s 10% luck, 40% hard work and 40% being nice to other people, trust me on this one.

I am sorry for always preaching, but I can’t stand bullying in the workplace and even amongst friends. It’s something that needs more attention, because it seems to me that bullying changed from mocking the ”fat kid” to trying to break down successful (and happy) women living their best lives.

Stop hating and start supporting – it’s worth it!

If you are being bullied or judged for being you, I would love to hear from you! Send me an email at alwaysanneblog@gmail.com and let’s end this.

There’s nothing more beautiful than women supporting women.

Always, Anne.

xx

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PHOTOGRAPHY by dannic_photography.