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November / December Favorites

Ive decided to post November and December together for this favorites post as November is long gone and December is just about over too.

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Vitamin E face mist from The Body Shop. Im sure Ive mentioned this pastel pink beauty before, but she needs another mention. Its summer and it’s hot and this is all I want on my face at the moment. Its moisturising, it keeps my skin looking fresh and bright so Im a happy camper.

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Cute christmas cards, this one was from a set I got from In Good Company. They come with tiny temporary tattoos as well. So festive.

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Pretty jewelry “Catherine” bracelet from Cardies. This is a gift I picked out for my mom on my little brother’s behalf. He’s 3 and only wants to buy diggers and trucks for everyone so I had to intervene here…

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Glitter filled baubles from H&M, these seem to be really popular this year, and the more I look, the more I seem to find them. I love glitter and I wish everything was filled with glitter. I’m considering hanging the gold one in my car when I take my tree down this year actually.

The white one has two beautiful feathers inside of it, and makes for a delicate and elegant baubale.

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Wrapped gifts, this year I wrapped all my gifts early and I’ve been thanking myself ever since.

Well done Courtney for getting it together this year, you have no need to go to any crowded shopping centres or inflict any form of stress or anxiety upon yourself. You have all this time to yourself now, good on you.”

I chose all kinds of pretty wrapping papers and then finished my gifts off with cute tags and twine bows.

There you have all my favorites for these past two months. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post

Love Courtney xx

Desk / Office area Makeover

This post calls this a makeover, but in reality I only spent R150 and did some major cleaning up around here.

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These first two photo’s show what the space looked like before, it was cluttered. I decided to take everything down from the walls and start over.

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I put up some decorative ceiling tiles on the walls, they added a bit of texture, without being too distracting and loud. I got two packs from a DIY shop. They are light and made from polystyrene. This particular pack was in a pearly pink colour and I left them as is, you could also paint them if you wanted to.

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Next I recovered my grey pin board with some thick white fabric. This was to make the pin board look fresher and cleaner in the space. I put up some of my favourite quotes and drawings, as well as some decorated pegs.

IMG_6104 IMG_6078 IMG_6087The left hand side of my desk is where these pink drawers are, they were a huge mess before, but I tidied them and labeled the drawers so things stay tidy.

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The right hand side is where my most used stationery is, I sorted pens and markers into pretty glass jars. I decided to use a glass cake stand here, for a bit of height, I am also storing some things like tape rolls and staplers underneath the cake stand where they can’t be easily seen.

IMG_6098   I added in a yellow milk carton for colour and then added some spaces for fresh flowers. IMG_6106I hope this was inspiring, a complete makeover can be done using just the items you already have and you don’t need to spend huge amounts of money.

Love Quartz

Going Vegan | My Eating Journey

IMG_6029 I’ve been vegetarian for a LOOOOONGG time now, from as far back as I can remember I just could not break the link between loving animals and seeing them as a food source. I have also never liked the taste of fish or red meats. My transition to becoming vegetarian did not happen over-night and it was a slow process for me. Ive also got a few food allergies and intolerance’s.

At first I just ate whatever I liked, and dealt with feeling crap for the next few days about it. It’s only been very recently that I have decided to look carefully at what I put into my body and if it’s really worth feeling shitty for the next few days. This is absolutely not about dieting or loosing weight. This was simply about finding food that I loved eating, and food that made me feel good and happy about eating.

through this process I discovered that the biggest thing making me feel so sick was dairy and milk products, so I cut them all out immediately. For me it made sense to go vegan from then on. Ive always been vegetarian and I don’t eat eggs, and now no dairy too, so thats vegan for me.

It has been an easy change so far from vegetarian to vegan. Ive been conscious about what I eat and the effect it has on my body, my moods and my emotions. I have found that when I eat badly, my body feels sick and tired, this drags my mood down and I end up feeling quite anxious or depressed. I then am more prone to panic attacks and these make me feel even more tired and sad. This all really isn’t worth the milkshake or ice-cream that may have caused it.

I also struggle with low iron, but I am allergic to the iron tablets (go figure?) This means that I need loads of iron in my diet, for this I have been having a teaspoon of Spirulina powder in my smoothies or over my cereal each day. I cannot express how much of a change this has made, I am feeling stronger and much much healthier with this addition to my diet.

I don’t really want to go into any more reasons for my becoming vegan, and I didn’t want to ramble on and bore anyone so I will stop here. I had just hoped that this may help someone out there who is struggling through some similar problems.

I am so glad I am now in control of my diet, it has given me control on almost every aspect of my life, I feel healthier, and the extra energy makes me feel happier, and this leads to less sad or anxious days.

Love Quartz xxx

Dear 14 Year-old Courtney | Letters to myself

I’ve decided to write down some of the things I wish I had known when I was in my young teens, or at least had a bigger sister to tell me about. So here I am, at the ripe old age of 19, putting on the “big sister” shoes for everyone who reads this, and maybe it helps you out a little bit.

Dear Young Teen Courtney,

Firstly, it is ok not to fit in! You’re going to spend so much time, energy and emotion fighting against who you really are, just let that go. You do not need to be anyone but yourself, you are you for a reason. As soon as you are true to yourself, real, honest and genuine friends will find their way to you. Friends who love you for who you are and not for who you are trying so desperately to be.

Second, accept your physical flaws, you have flaws and so does everyone else. Love the body you have because it’s never going to change, no matter how much you wish it would. Everyone is beautiful in their own, unique ways and that’s what makes us all special. You have massive feet, a gangly looking body and a few years down the line, you still don’t have any curves, but that does not need to make you feel insecure or ugly.

You also refuse to show your legs or your arms because people make comments about how pale and slender you are, you are only spiting yourself by sweating away in summer with long pants and long sleeve shirts on, silly! Who cares what other people think, embrace your glow-in-the-dark skin tone and be happy with it. Self tanner isn’t going to work well for you, you’ll end up a weird orange colour, and that’s even worse.

Remember that everyone has good days and bad days, and you won’t love yourself, or your body every day, but work on trying to accept it, flaws and all, you’ll be much happier for it. I know it’s difficult at first, but try to remember the things you get compliments on and focus on those parts first.

Love , 19 year-old Courtney.

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Outfit of the week | #2

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Yellow dress – Mr Price R119

Cat-eye sunglasses – tattoo parlour R145

Casio Rosegold watch – Bought a long time ago, but now as they are more popular they cost around R899

Blue Blazer -The Lot R499

Blue stone ring – flea market R20

Opal stone ring – designed for me as a gift from my mom

Plain silver band ring – Glove Jewellery R140

silver heart links bracelet – Jewish museum in town R130

Amber bead necklace (worn as a bracelet) originally my little brother’s teething necklace

Pink bead necklace – CANSA support charity R50

Pink hair bow -Forever 21 R29

*the ends of my hair were dip-dyed using Manic Panic Mystic Heather a few weeks ago and it has washed out to a subtle pink colour on the ends of my hair.

Love Quartz xx