30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 25 – February Instagram Round Up

The truth is, I’ve been really busy with assignments for campus so I’m gonna spare you the boring details of why my posts are extremely delayed. Enjoy my February IG Round Up and for those of you that want to follow me my Instagram username is Just_Deeanne.

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30 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 23: Empire before Marriage.

“The dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately”

 

I apologize for that horribly titled text but that isn’t what my post is really about.

So here’s the scenario:

My boyfriend’s brother proposed tonight and we were all startled to hear the news for 2 reasons: Firstly it was unexpected (but come on, it’s always a surprise isn’t it?) and secondly they’ve only been dating for about a year or even less. Please don’t get me wrong, I am extremely happy for him. What took me by surprise was when my boyfriend of 3 years asked me if I’m excited to get engaged to him (Now keep in mind I’m turning 20 and he is turning 21). My answer? Was a good old fashioned NO.

What? Did I just read right? Did she just say that she doesn’t want to marry the guy she’s been dating for 3 years?

Obviously I want to marry my boyfriend but that’s not my main priority. What is it then, you may ask?

Myself.

Yes, I would like to build my own empire before I even think of getting that serious with someone else. I love being in love, I love seeing people in love but I want to know that I am happy with myself before I can put someone else before me. You see when you finally say the words “I Do” you make a promise to share a bond, a home, a life with that person. You promise that you will carry his children, cook and clean and plan a life with him (or her, just by the way) and he promises to provide for you and support you. That’s okay, I have nothing against getting married young. What I do have a problem with is people rushing into things for the wrong reasons: Moving out because I can’t stand my parents anymore or I want the ring because it’s a more solid commitment than boyfriend or girlfriend.

I still have a lot of things to do before I want to walk down the aisle or say yes to the magic question. I want my degree, I want to travel, I want to make silly decisions which lead to the best adventures, I want to meet new people and learn things about their past so that they can be lessons for my future. I want to push myself to do things that I wouldn’t even have thought of, dream big and watch things unfold, lose myself and then find myself again. There’s nothing wrong with getting married young, but if you are going to say I do, ask yourself: Have I accomplished everything that I’ve wanted to before I start supporting the dreams of someone else for the rest of my life?

Food for thought & a big congratulations to my boyfriend’s brother. Nothing makes me happier than to see that two people who are in love and have already achieved all of their dreams and plans that they have set out come together and finally become one. All of the best, can’t wait for the wedding.

 

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30 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 16: 5 Places I want to visit

Well hello there, look at me hitting you with a late night post (or day, depending where you’re from). So one of the challenge posts that I found absolutely fitting would probably be the 5 places I really want to visit. I’m not going to ramble on so let’s get going!

Paris, France

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How terribly cliche of me, I do apologize but I personally feel like I need to eat a croissant and stare at the Eiffel tower from the comfort of my hotel room. Night walks in Paris under the gorgeous illuminating lights take my breath away just thinking about it. First on the list, in hopes that it will become a reality…

Bora Bora

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How can you look at this picture and not fall in love with this view? I would love to stay in an over-water bungalow and sip on coconuts while watching the sunset go down with the love of my life (Matthew, duh). I’ve always liked the beach, due to the fact that I grew up a walk away from it. But I’d love to tan under palm trees and forgetting about my worries, even if it’s only in my dreams.

Italy

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Known for being the fashion capital of the world, obviously I would love me some Italian leather (faux, of course). I cannot imagine how much weight I would gain from indulging in the most exquisite Italian cuisine. My boyfriend is part Italian so this would be a fun little adventure!

Mexico

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How adorable is Pusheen in that sombrero? Not going to lie, only really want to experience the Mexican food. Taco, anyone?

Disney World, Orlando, Florida

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Come on guys, I’m only 20 and I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to Disney World. This is the dream, I begged my parents to take me for the longest time but because we live in South Africa, that’s just not possible.

Where do you want to travel to?

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 8 – A Letter To My Younger Self

Hello everyone, I know I’ve been consistent with all my blog posts but I felt that I haven’t really posted anything personal besides my current relationship (If you missed that post, you can find it here). Tonight (It’s about 21:15 here in South Africa) I just really wanted to take a day to think about what I would’ve told myself and what I wish I knew then so here we go!

Dear Deeanne

I hope this letter finds you well. I’m going to tell you a few things that I think you should know and hopefully you find helpful on your journey through the whirlwind we call life. I feel that primary school treated you well, but I just want to tell you that a cellphone is a very dangerous thing and you shouldn’t use it in school. You will get into A LOT of trouble. Yes, I know that guy in grade 8 is cute and says all the right things to you but please stay away from him, he’s too cool to be in a relationship and he will break your heart. For every boy you meet, be cautious. You fall too hard, too fast. Enjoy high school, I promise you won’t miss it when you’re done. I hope you’re happy with the friends you have because you’re not really going to hear from them again after high school except with the occasional hello here and there. Picking the subjects you’re going to do will be tough, I know. Personally I think you should’ve done business and history. But it’s okay, I need you to know that you need to push through, you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Do NOT ask your mom to cut that fringe, you will look horrible. Also, stay away from neon and glitter tights because its just a phase and those photos will haunt you forever. Do some volunteer work, you’ll enjoy it. When you’re in a serious relationship remember to put yourself first and never anyone else. Keep praying, I know you feel like it doesn’t help sometimes but trust me, God is listening and it will get better. You’re going to go through a tough break up, I want you to know it’s going to be okay. It’s going to take time to heal but you’ll be okay. Stop comparing yourself to other girls, you’re good enough as you are if not better. Listen to your mom, always. Your matric ball dress was disappointing because you didn’t listen. Applying to university is going to be the hardest battle you’ve ever fought. Keep fighting, keep calling, keep praying. Spoiler alert, you do make it into UWC. Don’t be upset when you don’t get in for what you want to study, doors close for a good reason: To point you in the direction of the right ones. Pursue your passions, practice driving and don’t let your license expire. I’m stuck with that problem at the moment and now I have to go write it AGAIN. My best advice to you is to be happy, a lot of people would kill to have the things you have or be in your position. Be grateful for all that you have and be excited for the great things coming your way. I’d give you a book on how your life should play out but that would ruin the fun of the surprises along the way.

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 7 – OOTD Rainy Day In Kalk Bay

Is it okay to confess that my internet connection is so slow that I was on the verge of tears because I was afraid this post wouldn’t go up? Crisis averted, the create post page has opened and now I can go ahead with day 7.

Today was quite an eventful day as my boyfriend and I decided to have a photo shoot in Kalk Bay Harbour. We took a walk and went for brunch at Kalky’s, a restaurant right on the harbour with the freshest seafood there is. I loved their calamari and the prawn samoosas. If my stomach wasn’t so sensitive to heartburn, I would have probably eaten 5 or 6 but I only had 1. Next we moved onto the shoot where I realized I had forgotten my SD card at home. It’s okay because Matthew took the followig on his phone and they turned out just as amazing!

Photo Credits: Matthew De Kock (Follow him on Instagram: @Just_MatthewDK and yes we have matching Instagram names so don’t forget to follow me too! @Just_Deeanne and you might find a post about the delicious seafood we had today)

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Shirt: Jet

Flannel: Ackermans (If I’m not mistaken I think this is a men’s one. I’m really big around the chest areas so I feel that shirts with buttons from the men’s section fit me better and I don’t have that horrible hole revealing everything under my shirt!)

Jeans: Edgars. Love the light wash look but my mom bought this for me and purchased a size too big so my pants tend to fall down a lot but don’t worry, I’m going to buy a new one before I go back to campus)

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Shoes: Nike Blazer in Black. Love these for when I go walking around because they’re comfortable yet stylish. I grew up as a tomboy and I’d say it does have an effect on my style but I know when to tone it down and be more girly.

 

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Gold Flower Ring: Mr. Price

Silver Diamond Ring: American Swiss, this was a Christmas gift from my boyfriend 2 years ago.

Gold Watch: Lanco – Truworths/Foschini I’m not too sure this was a gift from my mom for my birthday.

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My bag was a gift from my boyfriend’s mom for my birthday. I think it’s from Accessorize. I can’t begin to tell you how much I love this bag, it’s different and I love the vintage style it adds because of the cassette on it. A lot of people always compliment me on it and ask where it’s from.

To end off my post I thought I’d show you this cute picture Matthew took of me posing with a seal. He’s cute and I named him Theodore x

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Matthew ran into a bit of car trouble on the way home and then we sorted it out and he gave me a driving lesson. I’m not going to lie, I did pretty well. Then we ate Mc Donalds because I was too lazy to make dinner, oops.

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 6 – My Day In Great Detail

Hello everyone!

I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t too excited to write this post because in my opinion my life isn’t really that interesting. I don’t really go out that much unless I go out with my boyfriend or I have errands to run. I plan on getting my drivers license before my birthday so hopefully I’ll be on the road before August!

My day started off with my mom waking me up. If she doesn’t, I could sleep the whole day away. Then she surprised me with muesli rusks and coffee which is my guilty pleasure and we had breakfast together. Shortly afterwards we had to head off to the mall to go to the hairdresser. Usually they wash my hair, put me under the dryer and then I proceed to the stylist who blow dries and flat irons my hair. After we paid my mom and I went for a late brunch at Wimpy and then we went home. I decided I wanted to film my every day make up tutorial to go up for next month (When my WiFi cap is reset) and I completed it successfully and took a few great selfies. Then my mom went to look for a suitcase because she’s going on a trip for work and we headed off to the mall once again. I ended off my day with a pizza after a nice long hot bath. Due to the fact that I am like an old person, I went to bed after talking to Matthew for an hour on the phone and playing XBox with my brother

 

I know, pretty boring right?

Sorry, I tried 😦

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 5 – My Current Relationship

I’m not going to lie, I’ve been so busy filming today that it did slip my mind to write this post, but it’s 11 PM so it still counts because it’s before midnight.

This was actually supposed to be the topic for another day but I thought I’d change things up a bit. The challenge is to talk about your current relationship and if you’re single you discuss single life.

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This love story dates back to when I was in 11th grade. Yes, high school sweethearts. I met Matthew by chance when he walked past one of my friends. My curiosity got the better of me and I just HAD to find out who this handsome young man was. I still remember I was on my way to math class when I saw him. After my friend had told me who he was, I asked her if she could set us up and see if anything would happen. After plucking up the courage to send him a text, he replied with “I’m really busy with my studies at the moment, I’ll talk to you after exams”.Β  Ouch, burn, right? Nope, I really admired his dedication to his studies and his ambition just made me admire him even more. Surely enough, once exams were over we got to know each other and became very good friends. Things were a bit quiet on the romantic front but after a few ups and downs this lovely young gentleman asked me to be his girlfriend on the 23rd of February 2013. We had a great relationship and when Matthew left to start university (He’s a year older than me) we grew apart and decided to go our separate ways. However, it didn’t last very long. After some talking and working out a few things, Matthew and I rekindled our relationship and I’m not going to lie, it still feels today like we never left each other. I think our time apart really made me realize that I had lost more than just a boyfriend, I lost a part of myself. Over time he had become way more than a boyfriend but a partner in crime, a best friend and a better half.

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Being in a 3 year relationship is not easy. To this day I still ask myself “How on Earth did I get so lucky” but I wouldn’t trade that feeling for anything in the world. Many people think that once you end a relationship there is no way it can go back to the way it used to be. Take it from me, if you really want it badly enough then it can be anything you want it to be. I’ve learned a lot from my time with Matthew. He’s even teaching me how to drive at the moment!

He’s really been a great role model and friend and whenever I need advice, he’s the one I know I can run to any time of day.

Here’s to almost 3 years together babe, and many many more.

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 4 – 6 Songs I’m Feeling Right Now

I’m not going to lie, this was not actually the topic for day 4 but the topics were becoming extremely repetitive so I had to look for alternatives.

I love listening to music, I feel lost without it. I feel that it needs to be playing in the car, when I do chores and when I get ready for my day. Here are six of my faves at the moment:

  1. Here – Alessia Cara: This, ladies and gentlemen, would be the theme song to my life. It’s been described as the introvert’s theme song and I couldn’t agree more. Basically it’s about how the singer is uncomfortable at a party and would rather be at home by herself instead of an uncomfortable environment. I always felt out of place at parties so this is definitely a song for me! 93d16eb131184a8b7f15a2a173cdebf6.600x600x1
  2. Be Right There – Diplo & Sleepy Tom: Just a feel good track and a spin on the classics which I really love. Always gets me up and dancing around my room when I’m supposed to be getting ready. artworks-000127803058-zeykfb-t500x500
  3. Feelings – Maroon 5: I love dance music and this just happens to be on my playlist for when I work out. Great beat, awesome to blast in the car and just have a crazy dance party. maroon-5-v-album-artwork
  4. Perfect – One Direction: What a great song, just so honest and fun. I like playing this in the car when I feel like singing my heart out.
  5. I Cry When I Laugh Album – Jess Glynn: Words cannot describe how impressed I was with this album. If I really had to pick a fave it would probably be “You Found Me” but I just loved this album so I take my hat off to this woman. I_Cry_When_I_Laugh
  6. 2014 Forest Hill Drive Album – J. Cole: So proud of J Cole for releasing a really good album, I cannot pick a fave song so I thought I’d end this one off with his album. If you’re into rap I’d really recommend this album. 2014ForestHillsDrive

I’m so proud of myself for posting daily, this challenge has been difficult but I’m working really hard on my posts and trying to complete the challenge.

DISCLAIMER: I do not own any of the pictures used & all credit goes to the respective owners.

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 2 – Where Do You See Yourself In 10 Years?

My humblest apologies to everyone who was waiting on this post. No I did not forget, I was just having very bad WiFi problems but the issue has been sorted out and here I am!

Day 2/30: Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

Today I had a lot of time to think about this blog post and what I really wanted to say. You see, in my dream world I would see myself having won my first Oscar and starred in at least 10 films before I turn 30. I would love to have my own reality TV show and have written my autobiography and just be on vacation for the rest of my life because I won the lottery and gave a portion to my mom and charity… But I had to come down from this cloud really quickly.

I’m no psychic, I fear that I might dream too big sometimes and I always tend to get into the worst jobs for some reason. After some thought and discussion with both my mom and my boyfriend I came to realize that I have to be realistic so here we go:

I’ve narrowed my list down to 8 goals and aspirations so that I don’t bore you to death and because I feel like I could go on forever but I won’t.

  1. Due to the fact that I will be getting my degree in 3 years time, I just want to be successful in my career and enjoy what I do. At the moment I’m still not sure if I want to go into journalism or the entertainment/advertising industry but whatever I choose, I hope that I am well and happy. I’m not sure whether I’ll pursue a second degree or diploma but if I do then you do you girl. Dream big, hustle hard and stay humble!images
  2. As I’ve mentioned before, I am a hopeless romantic and I’d like to be married before I’m 30. My ideal age for engagement would be 23/24 and I’d like to be married by 25.7751_1455
  3. I hope that in 10 years time I would have been able to pay back my family for everything they’ve done for me. I’d love to give my mom the vacation of her dreams and my dad a good car. My parents have honestly done so much for me that I could honestly never repay them but I can always try.6358136108662414155350240_9102657_orig.imgopt1000x70.jpg
  4. I don’t want to look back and regret that I haven’t traveled enough. Which is why I would like to have at least been to a few good places. Traveling means so much to me and I hope that I can have my little passport book tattooed so many times I’ll need a new one! original
  5. Personal growth and happiness means a lot to me. I hope that I’ve learned from my mistakes and really became a better person. I hope that I still value my religion the same and have grown spiritually. I really want to know that I’ll be grateful for all the opportunities and lessons I’ve learned. 143495-Eat-Drink-And-Be-Thankful
  6. Have my first child by 26. I really want kids while I’m still fit and able to keep up with them. I’d love a family of 4 but I’ll settle for 3. 33e6a440f0124cdaa467c220ed6ea257
  7. I really want to be comfortable financially. Growing up, I could never work well with money and always struggled with jobs. I just want to be able to spoil myself and my family.tumblr_net9xrs1MK1rdk4vco1_500.jpg
  8. The last one is going to sound cheesy but I’ve mentioned before on my blog that I don’t really have that many friends. I hope I’ve met a few great people who are ambitious and goal driven and bring out the best in me. The type of friends I can call and schedule a last minute road trip with so we can leave our hubbies at home for the weekend. I’m hoping Sex and the City type of friendship if you know what I mean. index

I’m so pumped to do tomorrow’s post so stay tuned!

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Till we meet again, Daddy x

Today has been anything but good for me.

For starters it is 11:48 AM and I just said goodbye to my dad who leaves for Iraq today for 3 months to go and work. I hate saying goodbye because it literally tears me into pieces. For real though, in all honesty I admire my dad’s tenacity and being able to leave his family in order to work and provide for us. Before I would throw the biggest tantrums and ask him why would he leave me here and why couldn’t I come with? Last night I came across my dad’s passport and it was every travelers dream, tattooed in stamps from around the world. It was truly inspiring to see how far he went and makes me so excited to travel. I hope that one day I will be able to explore and get my little passport book stamped!

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Well, I just wanted to express my gratuity and just give a huge thank you to my first love, my first man in my life and my traveling inspiration.

 

Now I have to wait for these delivery people to drop off my cupboards because I will be renovating, yaay. So if you notice I’m a bit quiet on the blog, don’t worry I am just very busy and will be back as soon as possible.

 

Au Revoir, Daddy

 

Sincerely,

Deeanne