Wednesday, February 3, 2016

FRANCO FLORENZI Watch Review: Effortlessly Elegant

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Franco Florenzi Messina Costa watch
Quality. Classic. Elegant. These are the three words that came to mind when I first received these beautiful watches from Franco Florenzi; EXACTLY my type of accessories! Effortless, stylish timepieces that will stand the test of time.

I wasn't familiar with Franco Florenzi when they first reached out to me for a collaboration opportunity, but quickly realized after checking out their lust-worthy Instagram account, that they have a huge following and devoted fans of their stunning timepieces and bracelets. I totally get it; people love quality and simplicity at a reasonable price. And that's exactly what they offer!

I thought I'd share with you some pics of the watches, so you can admire their beauty. You can also check out the entire collection here. One of my favorites is this one, called the Vicenza Buffon. Can you ever go wrong with a classic white dial with a black nylon/leather strap? As far as I'm concerned, it's a must have in everyone's collection! 

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Franco Florenzi Vicenza Buffon watch
I'm also a huge fan of these Messina watches, with the interchangeable nylon straps, in a variety of different colors. You can literally change the strap every day to match your outfit. The dial comes in black or white, and you can also choose silver or rose gold casing. Here I'm wearing the Messina Lazarro, another favorite because of its nautical look.

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Franco Florenzi Messina Lazarro watch with interchangeable straps
If you're in the market for a new watch, one that will last you for years to come, I highly recommend this collection from Franco Florenzi. The quality really is fantastic! And I'm sure you'll be able to find a color, or color combination, that tickles your fancy. 

Franco Florenzi is based out of England, but offers worldwide shipping. Go check out their effortlessly elegant collection of watches here, and be sure to follow them on Instagramwhere I also contribute pics regularly!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Celebrate Moments of Joy with Flowers and Cakes


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Flowers are perfect mood changers and they bring both joy and inspiration to your loved ones. Flowers are associated with celebrations and festivity. And for time immemorial, flowers are considered to be ideal gifts for several occasions. An array of fresh blooms is sure to bring a hard-to-beat smile on your beloved’s face. You can get an extensive collection of floral arrangements such as bunches and bouquets of roses, lilies, sunflowers and orchids which is sure to make her heart skip a beat.

Flowers are not just beautiful but they are divine too. If you are scrambling hard at the last minute, it is best to go with combo of flowers and cakes which makes great gifts for almost every celebration. If you are planning to surprise someone on their birthday, go for moist and succulent cakes which are baked using the premium quality of ingredients. The cakes are baked with utmost perfection which will ensure that the sweetness of the occasion is maintained. 

People have used these as a means of communication and they have also assigned symbolic meanings to various flowers. Since they are language of emotions and feelings, they are best suited for occasions like Birthdays where you can complement it with flowers and give it as the perfect gift for the occasion. You can order birthday cakes and flowers online as you get multiple options to choose from and at the same time, you also get an online delivery of birthday cake and flowers.

There was a time when cakes were traditionally baked at home but with the gradual passage of time, people find it hard to take out time amidst their hectic schedule and for all such occasions it are best to go for online flowers and cake delivery in Dubai. You will never be limited with choices when it comes to choosing a perfect flavour for your loved ones, you can choose from vanilla, butterscotch, blueberry, chocolate and other delectable flavours too. Cake delivery in Dubai can be done the same day too with its express delivery options which allows you send freshly baked cakes at their doorstep.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

My 2015 Highlights

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Au Revoir, 2015! What a year it was, and man, did it whiz past us! (...or does it just feel that way for me because I'm getting older?) Excuse me for being a little sensitive, I celebrated a big birthday this year...

For the past couple of years, I've taken the time to look back at my highlights of each year. This year, for sure, did not disappoint. To refresh my memory, I looked through my Facebook and Instagram photos and I was overwhelmed by all the fantastic things I experienced. I'd love to share some of the high points of my year with you.

Our first wedding anniversary

On February 1st, The Husband and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. And although we are now nearing our second anniversary already, I still feel like a newlywed, and I'm really not sure if the honeymoon phase will ever fizzle out. I just love this man more and more every single day. 

This year, I also decided to change my last name, which was exciting, but also a pain in the butt when it came to paperwork. Still, I get a major kick out of being called Mrs. Ray.

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Our wedding day, February 1st 2014

Honeymoon in Bali

A year after our wedding, we finally went on our honeymoon. We chose Bali, which turned out to be absolutely stunning, and a place I still find myself daydreaming about. I blogged in detail about our trip, and you can read that post here. I'd love to go back one day, and  see even more of this paradise.

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Chasing waterfalls in Bali

Healthy family

If there's one thing that really frightens me, it's when a loved one isn't healthy. 2015 was a great year for my family, and I can't even explain to you how thankful I am that every single member of my family is now 100% healthy, and living their best life. 

I filled up my passport

I started traveling in 2008, and managed to fill up my passport with stamps from my travels to almost 30 countries. (Of course, being South African, I also had plenty of visas occupying quite a few pages). This year I got a new passport, and I can't wait to fill this one up as well.

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Another adventure awaits

Seeing more of Taiwan

I've lived in Taiwan now for a long time, and this year I really wanted to see more of the island. Even though there are still so many places I want to visit, I still managed to get around this year. The Husband and I went on a hike in an area called Wulai. It was so refreshing to get out of the city and be in nature. It was stunning! I also made a daytrip to Hsinchu, the city where I used to live when I first came to Taiwan, and got to spend some time with old friends. We also took the High Speed Train down to Kaohsiung, a city in the south of Taiwan, for a weekend and to attend a good friend's wedding. (Another highlight!) Other than that, I really enjoyed our hike up Elephant Mountain to watch the stunning sunset over Taipei City.

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Sunset over Taipei (Taken from Elephant Mountain)

ELLE Magazine feature

Posting travel, fashion, food and style pictures on Instagram has become one of my favorite hobbies, and I was over the moon when ELLE Magazine South Africa contacted me about featuring me on their website as their "INSTA Crush". What an honor, and such an exciting experience. You can find the link to my interview and feature here.

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Featured on ELLE Magazine South Africa

A big birthday

This year I celebrated 30 years of life on this beautiful Earth. So far, I really don't feel any different than 29. Reaching this milestone birthday has definitely made me think about my life so far, what I've achieved and what I still want to achieve in the future. The first 30 years of my life have been incredible, and I can't wait to see what happens next.

Friends and family visits to Taiwan

Just like last year my brother, sister and friend (whom are all flight attendants for Emirates) have all been able to visit us here in Taipei multiple times. Their layovers fly by (awesome pun intended), but we make the most of it by spending quality time together, laughing, eating and catching up on each other's lives. I love their visits, and look forward to it so much! May there be many more in 2016.

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Catching up with my The Sister

Scandinavia and Russia cruise

After cruising the Mediterranean 3 years ago, The Husband and I have been itching to go on a cruise again. Together with two of our very good friends, we decided to go on a 2-week cruise of Scandinavia and Russia. It was an unforgettable experience! Once again, cruising with Princess Cruises was fantastic, and I still can't believe all the places that we got to see. During our cruise, we got to visit Denmark, Norway, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Sweden. Each of these countries blew me away, and I'm so grateful that we were able to have this experience. You can read all about our cruise here.

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Sailing out of Copenhagen

Four days in Amsterdam

This Summer, I was finally able to cross Amsterdam off my bucket list. I've wanted to visit Holland for so long, as that's where my ancestors are from. We were so lucky to have perfect weather while we were there, so we got to experience everything that Amsterdam has to offer, and even got to spend two days with our friends from Germany who joined us there. You can read all about our time in Amsterdam and Europe here.

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Enjoying the scenery in Amsterdam

Exciting projects and collaborations

Lately, my blog has been taking a backseat to my Instagram. Not that I don't still enjoy blogging, but recently I've been enjoying the photography part more. Instagram has been a great platform for this. Sharing photos are fun, and I enjoy meeting like-minded and creative people from around the world. It has also offered a platform for me to collaborate with some great companies like The Fifth Watches, Byredo TW, Franco Florenzi, Sudio Sweden and many more. I'm so thankful for these companies for reaching out to me, and I can't wait to see what 2016 has in store.

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From Russia, with love

I never thought I'd ever get to visit Russia. To me, it may as well be on another planet, and I have always been very curious about it. During our cruise, we got to spend two days in St. Petersburg. It was two loooong, busy days with a jampacked schedule, and we got to see so many interesting places. Learning about Russia's history by visiting the museums and palaces there was surreal. 

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Peterhof, Russia

Actually, this list can go on for ages. 2015 was an incredible year and I can't wait to see what 2016 has in store for us. We have many exciting trips lined up already, which will literally take us around the world, so it will surely make next year another one for the books.

Now, please share your biggest highlight of 2015 in the comments.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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