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Sunday 6 December 2015

My Favourite Stores {Birthday Money Haul}

Hi there!
I am sitting on the couch with the sliding door wide open, we had a scorcher of a weekend and this cool air is most welcome. I went shopping last weekend with my birthday money. I had a blast in Canal Walk. 

The thing you need to remember when visiting Canal Walk is, go with a plan of action. That mall is way to big to just take a stroll and with that it is Christmas time as well. Don't know what I am talking bout, visit the Canal Walk website*.

Armed with a list of my favorite shops and what I want from each, I set out Saturday afternoon. 

If you are new to my blog, let me quickly brief you on my favourite shops.
♥The Body Shop - I die for their shower gel.
♥Lush! - Against animal testing and all natural.
♥Cotton On - Absolutely my style guru.
♥Typo - Any stationary addicts dream!
♥Woolworths - A classic. They never grow old.
♥Exclusive Books - Bookworm at heart.
♥The Tea Merchant (Tygervalley) - You have to try their tea.

I did visit some shops at other destinations and have included a few extras I picked up.

The Body Shop. I splashed on some shower gel and a scrub. The Fiji Green Tea and the Satsuma smells like summer. I have come to love summer. I am looking forward to that warm summer night shower!
Lush! I love their products. It is handmade with no harmful chemicals, all natural which makes using it just so much cooler. I was super happy when they opened in South Africa. I wanted shampoo and then the sales lady told me about this little round bar of shampoo. I am very skeptical, but I am all for trying something new. So off I set with my bar of shampoo. It is the Montalbano*.  I bought the cute little tin to keep it safe. I bought perfume as well. Hugo Boss does not need any introduction. We all know it smells divine! 
Cotton On. If you don't know by this time how much I love this shop, you must be new to my party. I love them. Plain and simple. Their clothes is cotton and comfortable and this just makes me happy. I invested in a black tank top (I have two of these already and they are so comfy). I decided to try out their sandals as I only have the flip flops. Tan is so in this summer. I am down with the fashion. hahaha!  They have this great 5 for R300 on their panties as well. Picked up a few stylish ones here you know. ;P I also got the blue cammy from Truworths with lovely detail on the back.
Typo. This really is a stationary addicted child's dream shop. There is nothing in there you really need. There is only stuff you really need to have. I wish I had a budget each month for this shop alone. I did not think twice about where I was going to buy my diary for next year. Cute, glitter and compact. I found "the one" and I saw this really cool mug which turns to a different color when you pour hot water in it, had to need it. I mean with a catchy "Show us your kitties"-why not?
Woolworths. I was super overwhelmed when I was in Woolworths, Canal Walk. It is a mall on its own. Here I needed a few items. I was looking for new towels and slippers. I had some money left from the vouchers so I bought some t-shirt bra's as well. I do not buy my bra's anywhere else. Always an investment!
 Exclusive Books. Need I say more. You know when you see someone reading and you are like "point-one of us-one of us". I love reading. With my vivid, wild imagination it is a feast. I have been looking for Four by Veronica Roth in paper back and found it at last. Don't get me wrong, I love a hard back, it is just expensive. I enjoyed Gone Girl immensely so I am going to read Dark Place by Gillian Flynn and then I am busy with The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Whooo bring on the weekend so I can read!

I also stopped at Cum Books and bought the Gospel Skouspel CD of 2015 and a big calendar for my door. I have a thing for calendars and diaries!
The Tea Merchant. I started to love tea last year. Not the normal tea, flavoured tea. What better place to stock up on some summer flavour teas. They also have this really cool feature now where you can refill your tin for R120 instead of paying R145 for a new one. It is a bargain as 50g is R60 and the tin hold 100g. They also have the coolest gadgets and tea pots. I will add it to my Christmas list.
Last, but not least I popped into Truworths, and did some online shopping at Zando to add some printed t-shirts and more sandals to my wardrobe. I am very privileged at my job to wear whatever I want to. I can even do the shorts thing. It is so comfy! No suites. Heaven! The white elephant top has detail on the back (picture above).
It was an absolute feast not thinking twice about buying something I want, and not necessarily need. You have to spoil yourself and this was cost free to me.

It is Christmas time and my heart is singing. I am doing a 24days of Christmas Photo challenge, which will be posted on Christmas day. I am also looking forward going to the beach and spending some time with my family.

Have you spent some money these last few weeks and how is the Christmas shopping going?Tell me in the comments below.

Speak to you soon!