Wednesday, 28 January 2015

The Steamworks Gastro Pub

I was born in the wrong era and wrong world. This is a burden I have to bear every day. :P I should have been born in a Steampunk world! But alas... Sighs.

This weekend, a bunch of us went to The Steamworks restaurant in Sandton, which may very well now be my favourite place on earth. Steampunk. Restaurant. People! I can't even.

The decor! I mean, the decor! And the food! Oh, the food! And the cocktails! The friggen cocktails! But let me start at the beginning.

I've been wanting to go to this place since it opened, but due to the fact that I'd just had a baby, that wasn't going to happen. Stuff was hectic and sleep was a commodity. Luckily, the crazy phase passes and we finally had a moment to hang out with friends. We heard the Sunday roast was legendary at this particular restaurant, so we decided to head over and give it a try. Ironically, none of us ordered the roast... Haha!

Anyway. The decor is incredible. You enter to this amazing clock / map / wine-thing, which is simply beautiful. The table-legs are made of old water pipes. The wallpaper looks like vintage maps. The paintings (which were stunning) are framed in gorgeous antique, golden frames. There's a massive compass with lights on the ceiling. The basins in the bathroom are made of copper. And a million tiny details that make the place quirky and wonderful to look at in between.

The food was incredible. You can expect to find delicious gourmet pizzas, juicy burgers, a variety of succulent meats, fantastic pies and an array of light meals too. They make their own craft beers and great cocktails too! I had the Steamworks mule, which was an incredibly good ginger based drink. I loved it!

For the main course, I had the chicken pie. Now I've had many pies in my life, the best of which was a chicken pie I had in a pub near Harrods in London. This pie is either better than the one I had in London, or tied for first. I can't decide. But it was wonderful! With it came a side of mash and gravy, crunchy broccoli and delicious carrot with a star anise flavoured sauce.

The staff was really friendly, which is a bonus!

What made the experience so much more incredible was the great company. I love you bunch of awesome people to bits! We need to do this kind of thing more often!!

Anyway, here are the photos (these first ones were taken by LF Photography).

The next photos are from the hubster's phone.


If you're ever in the Sandton area and in the mood for some awesome cuisine, this is the place to go.

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

I'm Yolandie

I started this blog almost four years ago while doing a makeup course. At the time, I was just recovering from a really bad time in my life and makeup was just the creative outlet I needed. Full of hope and belief that makeup would heal my heart, I started to blog about it. And today I can safely say that that small step has brought me lightyears forward.

On my journey, I've learnt a lot. About myself, about others and about life. I've changed both physically and spiritually, but, like a caterpillar, I'm not done changing yet. Maybe that is supposed to frighten me, but I find it pretty inspiring. Because even if I don't like some things about myself, I still have the opportunity to change them. And that's an amazing chance to have.

Today I want you to meet me. The new, but still growing me. So let me introduce myself.

Photo by LF Photography

I'm Yolandie. (you-lun-dee)
* I'm a woman. With this comes the need for constant chatter, obscene amounts of beautifying, and an incredible desire for cuddling and feeling loved. But even if I just listed the stereotypical points of womanhood, I'm not a stereotype at all. There's just too much to me to simply fall into a mould.

* I'm a wife. An incredibly blessed one, I might add. This is my seventh year of being married, but it doesn't feel that long (while feeling longer at the same time). Being with your soulmate and best friend every day is more spectacular and fulfilling than you can imagine. I never thought I could love a person as much as I love my hubby. But he makes it easy, so I do. The knowledge that I've got the perfect person to grow into old age with makes the journey to that point so much more rewarding. Because no matter what, he's got my back and I have his.

* I'm a mother. Wow. Just typing it gives me chills down my spine. What a responsibility! But what an incredible, overwhelmingly fantastic joy it is! Above I said I could never imagine loving someone this much. That goes doubly here. My daughter brought out a love in me I never dreamed I could feel, but I do. And it's not more than I love my hubby, it's equally deep and meaningful, just in a different way. Watching her grow and learn (something new every single day), has been a blessing. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. :)

* I'm a writer. The sound of my fingers tapping the keyboard keys brings a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment that I never dreamed of. This, THIS, is what I am supposed to be doing. This word-smithing thing, that makes people smile and laugh and cry and feel. Heck, it makes ME smile and laugh and cry and feel. It's spectacular! It's a calling, I think.

* I'm loud and slightly crazy. I'm the one at the table laughing, gesturing and talking in the loudest, most passionate way. I've feared in my life that people would be ashamed of this fact, but strangely, they aren't. Or they just don't tell me. :D

* I'm a dreamer and an optimist. During the course of my life, I've always been busy with some half-baked, hair-brained scheme. This has included making steampunk jewellery, doing nails, making bath products, learning to sew, sculpting, movie making, writing books, doing videos on YouTube, selling an array of things, drawing a webcomic etc. I don't live in reality, where things aren't possible. I believe that anything can be done with the help of the right people, and I always have. Sometimes, this belief has backfired on me, but other times, it's paid off ENORMOUSLY. For example, did you know I'm a published author? Because of this aspect of my personality, I try to always say things that will encourage, inspire and 'build' other people. I'll never tell someone to let go of their dreams, or that something is too big for them to attempt. Instead, I always say, "Good idea, how can I help?"

* I'm fiercely loyal. If I've got your back, I've got it forever. Need someone to bring the shovel? I'm your girl.

* I'm a social creature and an extrovert. I need people. Maybe this is worsened due to the fact that I spend my weekdays cooped up at home with no more conversation than a one year old (which is fabulous conversation in its own right). But I'll talk to anyone who will listen; from the person working at the grocery store, to my fellow makeup-buyer at the Inglot counter, to the lady behind me in the que for the loo.

* I'm dramatic. I simply can't tell a story without doing wild gestures, different voices and sometimes terrible accents. I'm not wired that way. :P

* I'm emotional. Maybe the better way to put this would be to say that I get too attached too quickly. I cry a lot. Over movies and series and commercials. Over YouTube videos and blog posts. Over people that don't exist outside of the pages of novels. Over the way people react. I cry when I'm extremely happy just as easily as when I'm sad. I mean, I really cried when Liani gave birth (I wasn't even there!!) and when Rita got engaged (not there either!!)!

* I'm a mother-hen. I don't know if people in the rest of the world use this metaphor, but here in South Africa it means that someone has a mothering type of personality. I'm that person. I like to keep people fed and happy. :) I'm that friend who requires a message from you to know if you got home safely (but often forgets to send the same message myself). I'll ask you a million times if you need a refill on your drink, something more to eat (or if you enjoyed the meal), something warm or medication for your (insert ailment here). I honestly can't help it.

* I'm messy. I'm pretty religious about cleaning my house once a week (on Thursdays or Fridays), because if I don't force myself to do it, it won't get done. I'm messy in every other aspect of my life too. My makeup and hair are never perfect. My outfits don't always look put together, because they very rarely are. Toys litter my livingroom floor and there's a lot of clutter everywhere else in my home. But in spite of the disarray, everyone always knows their welcome here in my mess. I'd rather spend two more minutes with my husband or daughter than spend my time cleaning.

* I'm self-critical. I'm my own worst enemy. It's something I'm struggling to let go of.

* I try to keep everyone I meet happy / help everyone. This is a difficult one that has often been at the cost of my own peace of mind. Sometimes, helping people means tough love. I know that. But administering the tough love is very difficult to me. Also, keeping others happy has hurt me many times. I try so hard to conform to the standards other people set for themselves or for me, that I end up forgetting who I am a lot of the time. (It doesn't help that I'm self-critical!) I need to learn where to draw the line here.

* I'm impulsive. Need someone to buy your incredible new product or wonderful new way of thinking (AKA scam) that will change my life forever? Yeah, I'll buy it. Which is another reason I'm so happily married. Jan is very level-headed and steady. He uses the thinker in his skull, which keeps me out of trouble more than I'd like to admit.

* I'm so much more than I've listed here...

* I'm growing, you know? Today I know stuff that I didn't yesterday. Tomorrow I'll have learnt something new again, and that's fine. No, it's more than fine. It's BRILLIANT. Because growing as a person is a gift we've been given. It means that we have new goals to strive for. It means we have a new day to learn things. It means we're alive. And I love it.

Now I want to challenge you. Go introduce yourself on your blog / social media (all of my blogger friends, this means YOU!). Introduce yourself here, in the comments, if you want. But own up to who and what you are, and be proud of it. You're special, one-of-a-kind and FABULOUS!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,


Thursday, 22 January 2015

Three Shadow Glam

Here's the scene. You're running late. The party is about to start and you just got out of the shower. Throwing the dress over your head is the least of your worries, because drying your hair is going to take time. Not to mention your face! So it's either fantastic hair or fantastic makeup. You just don't have time for both... What a disaster!

But wait! Stop, breathe in... Breathe out. 

What if I told you I can show you how to do really quick and really simple glamorous makeup. And you only need three eyeshadows for it? Bonus, right! You'll have plenty of time for your hair, because your makeup's going to be so easy to apply! :) 

What you'll need : 
* 3 eyeshadows (I used three great shades from Inglot; a silver, shimmery white and black)
* Mascara and false lashes (you can skip the lashes if you want to. I used over the top ones by Eyelure, though I can't remember which exact ones. They're heavy and flared.)
* Foundation, powder and blush (I used a rosy pink blush and an alabaster pale foundation)
* Something to fill in your brows (I used a light, ashy brown)
* Lip gloss (I used a shimmery pink)

My lovely model was Jacqui, whom I made up for this party

 * Step one.

Take my advice, do this step BEFORE foundation. :)

With a fluffy eyeshadow brush, apply the black eyeshadow as a base, working from the lashline to the crease. It doesn't have to be perfect at this stage, just make sure the edges are diffused (which is why I recommend using a fluffy brush).

* Step two (image below; left).

Apply the silver shadow over the black, focussing on the inner two thirds of the eyelid.
Then smoke out the outer third of the lid with a little black eyeshadow. You're simply doing this to blend the two colours into one another.

* Step three (image below; right).

Apply the shimmery white shadow onto the inner third of the eyelid, gently sweeping outwards to blend.

* Step four (image below; left).

Clean up the fallout under the eyes and then apply your foundation (and concealer if needed) as usual.

* Step five (image below; center).

Powder your face.

* Step six (image below; right)

Fill in the brows and line the eyes. I used a small angled brush and the same black eyeshadow from before to line the eyes. :)

* Step seven (image below; left)

With whatever eyeshadow is left on your brush, sweep some colour to the lower lid.

* Step eight (image below; right)

Apply the blush, starting from the apples of the cheeks and sweeping outwards.

* Step nine (image below; left)

Apply mascara. Make sure to get the lashes on both the top and bottom. Because Jacqui has such incredibly long and naturally curled lashes, I didn't need the lash curler here. But if you're skipping the falsies, a curled lash might be just what you need.

* Step ten (image below, center)

Apply some lipgloss. I wanted to go for something subtle that would catch the light, but still not be too overpowering when paired with the dramatic eyes. I did this step while we waited for the lash glue to become tacky, so it was good time management too! :)

* Step eleven (image below, right)

Apply the false lashes.

And that's the completed look! The whole makeup took me about fifteen minutes to do, but it could be sped up if you cut out the amount of chatter that was going on. Haha!

I also did Jacqui's hair! I'm in no way a professional hairdresser, but I think it came out OK. We went for a very boho / messy kind of look. I did a Dutch braid on the side of her head, ending in a messy bun on the opposite side. 

I hope to play around more with hair during this year!

Anyway, I hope you liked this. Stay beautiful and be kind to animals, 


Thursday, 15 January 2015

Quick Review : Essence Lash Princess Mascara

Mascara is probably my favourite makeup product. It's that thing I can't leave the house without. I always have a mascara in my handbag, just in case. Of what, I don't know. :P But the point is, I love it.

If you know me, you know I don't like to spend too much on mascaras (well, I don't like spending too much on anything, really...), because I go through them too quickly. So I'm always looking for a good one that not only fits my budget, but delivers too. Which leads me to today's review. I adore this product!

First of all, I absolutely love the packaging! It's really girly and princessy. But it also fits the hand really well. The brush itself is full with fine bristles, which coats every lash individually, adding both volume and length.

I picked this up for around R50, which is a pretty good price. It isn't flakey and I haven't found it to rub off during the day. It's also really black, which is a bonus. Here's how it looks.

As you can see, it gives a lot of length and volume, without clumping. I've been using this on a daily basis now since the beginning of December and it's still got a lot of product in the tube. I can honestly say that this is my new favourite!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals, 


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Makeup trends of 2015

This probably won't be a very interesting post. You see, you already KNOW the trends of 2015, because they are basically the exact trends of 2014. It's a very predictable year in many aspects.

We see the return of heavy eyeliner, no-makeup makeup and pops of colour on the eyes and lips. Bright reds and oranges on the lips are back too. Bigger brows are still in, due to the likes of Cara Delevigne.

The only new trends are these ones:

* Lips and eyeshadow in berry shades.
When worn on the eyes, go for the more neutral look to the rest of the face. Flawless skin and nude lips complete this more dramatic look.

The same can be said for the berry mouth. Go for the bare minimum on the eyes and a perfect foundation to round off this look.

* Dark smokey eyes.
Deep gunmetals and metallic silvers is promised to be a big trend this year. And the bonus is that you already know how to wear this! Nude lips and subtle cheeks (if any) is the key to make the eyes pop even more.

* Bronzed skin.
I'm not a fan of this one personally, because too much bronzer can be ageing. It can also make i seem if you had a quick dip in the mud before your date. But heck, the runways have spoken! Heavy bronzed cheeks are apparently in.

* Brown eyeshadow.
As far as I can see, this trend seems to stick to more matte, ashy browns. It's simple to wear too, as it's basically a matte brown smokey eye. Loving this trend!

I love this trend so much that I did a quick tutorial on how to achieve it for you. I used the BH Cosmetics 88 Matte palette to achieve this look. Unfortunately, the colours don't have names, but they're in the bottom left, second row from the right. There are only two or three matte browns, so you'll easily find it. Any taupy or ashy brown will do. I also used Noir from Sleek makeup for the eyeliner.

* To achieve the look simply apply the lighter brown to the entire lid, smoking it out at the crease.
* Then bring the darker colour in, focussing the most of it on the outer corner and blending it inwards.
* Use fluffier brushes to get very diffused edges.
* Don't forget to bring the colour underneath the eye too!
* Line your eyes and apply mascara.

This whole look can be done in under ten minutes! It's a really pretty and easy makeup that will look great on everyone.

That's all for today!

Have an awesome week!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,