Posts by: carlavanstaden

Ndurukoro camp and chalets

Ndurukoro camp and chalets

A few months ago a group of us visited Ndurukoro Camp & Chalets in northern Namibia for a weekend away. This is the furthest I’ve been up north and all I can say it wow – what a gem this …

Prioritizing

Prioritizing

It’s crazy to say, but the first month of 2017 is almost over. Scary stuff, right? Last year felt like it flew by in a blink and I definitely don’t want to get to the end of this year again …

The process

The process

In my first post for the year, I mentioned that 2017 is going to be the year of ME. I have a lot to sort out in terms of my health, skin, diet and lifestyle and over the course of …

Routine

Routine

Question: How important is having a daily routine to you? I’m quite big on getting things done in a certain order and over the years I’ve tried out many different routines – from waking up earlier and working while no-one …

Planning

Planning

Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed a break over December to rest, re-group and get ready for the New Year 🙂 I have so many plans for this year and I have a feeling that 2017 is going to be …

A look at: My dressing room

A look at: My dressing room

A little bit of context: I really didn’t want to move again – especially not to a new town as I just started to feel settled in Otjiwarongo – so the night before we had house viewings in Tsumeb lined …

A look at: The kitchen

A look at: The kitchen

The first section of our house that I’m going to share with you, is the kitchen. Not because it’s my favourite room in the house (not even close…the less time I have to spend here, the better) but because this …

Why you haven’t heard from me

Why you haven’t heard from me

I’ve been mulling this post over in my head for quite some time now. I don’t know how or where to start, so I’m just going to start writing and pour my thoughts into this post as they come to …

Winter staples

Winter staples

I realised while packing for our upcoming trip to Cape Town that we don’t really have ‘winter’ in Namibia. Yes, it’s cooler in the mornings and evenings, but seriously – our swimming pool water is still between 20C and 22C …

A new home

A new home

So, this is the exciting news which I have been DYING to share…we bought a house! It’s been a loooong process, mainly because I’m a South African running my own business (which is based in South Africa) and we’ve only …

One year later

One year later

We’ve been living in Namibia for exactly 1 year today. In the last 365 days, I only blogged 5 times and at one point I seriously contemplated deleting the blog, since it was just ‘sitting’ there. It’s been a challenging …

The opening of H&M in Cape Town

The opening of H&M in Cape Town

This post is long overdue, but rather late than never – right? Okay, so let’s start off with this – I had *serious* FOMO on the day of H&M’s VIP shopping experience in the V&A Waterfront in Cape

I’m still here

I’m still here

I realized this morning that I haven’t blogged in a long, long time. So, hallo! I’m still here, and I haven’t forgotten about you guys…

Sensodyne

Sensodyne

I love it when I’m approached for a collaboration by a brand that I already use (and love!) Here’s an interesting fact about me that you may not know…as a child I had braces for longer than I care to …

Hallo from Namibia

Hallo from Namibia

This is the first of many blog posts coming to you from our new home in Otjiwarongo, Namibia. We’ve been here for just over a week and we’re slowly but surely settling into our new place. I’m telling you, I …

Bittersweet

Bittersweet

The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of packing, saying our goodbyes and wrapping up work-related admin. This past weekend was our farewell party, and with our last day as Capetonians quickly approaching I have this bittersweet, mixed …

Stock up on sunnies

Stock up on sunnies

In case you haven’t heard yet…Sunglass Hut is having their stock clearance sale! That means you can buy designer sunglasses from as little as R500. Yip, you read right – R500! The sale is taking place at their Black River …

Packing up

Packing up

I don’t even know where 2015 is going. It’s March already…MARCH people! Like…how? I’ve only posted two blog posts this year…so much for my ‘ blogging resolution’ to post at least twice a week.

Anyway, a lot has happened over …

Empire Hotel in New York

Empire Hotel in New York

Today I’m going to do a flash back Monday vibe and write about one of my standout experiences in New York. I’ve been meaning to share this post with you for a while now, so here goes.

The day after …

New beginnings

New beginnings

The New Year kicked off with a bang and if this week is anything to go by, 2015 is going to be great! I wanted to ‘take it easy’ the first week back at work, but alas – that plan …

Looking back

Looking back

It’s that time of the year where everyone is getting ready to celebrate the year that was and the new year ahead of us. 2014 has been good – even with all of its ups and downs. I believe these …

Holiday living

Holiday living

I love summer…especially now that we’re on leave and the days are our own to do whatever we want to do. No early morning alarm that needs to be set, no sitting in traffic to get to the office (Pieter, …

Counting down

Counting down

One more day…just one more day then it’s officially holiday! Well, for some of us. I’m ‘closing’ Twenty3Media tomorrow (Friday) for a couple of weeks over the festive season – but if you work for yourself, you’re never really off …

Hiding scars and redness with makeup

Hiding scars and redness with makeup

I’ve been struggling with (very) red cheeks for years now, and I endured quite a bit of teasing at school thanks to my rosy cheeks. Luckily I discovered the power of makeup and concealer, so these days you won’t even …