The Kits Approve - Hill's Promotion

The Kitties got a gift!

Mr Meow Investigating the treats inside
From September, vets will be giving away cute, collectable ‘kitty’ tins with selected purchases of Hill’s Science Plan Feline. Purchase a bag (1.5kgs or larger) of any Hill’s Science Plan Feline and you can choose from a selection of four differently designed storage tins. Valued at R85 and large enough to hold 2kgs of food, it will be a colourful addition to your home. The #hillskittytin is only available from September at participating veterinary outlets, while stocks last.

Josie was more interested in the camera :)
 Hill’s Science Plan is naturally preserved, completely balanced and scientifically-formulated to meet the nutritional needs of all breeds of cat and dog. Offer available while stocks last. Terms and conditions apply. To find your nearest participating veterinary outlet contact Hill’s on infoza@hillspet.com or 0800 228 783. For more info visit www.hillspet.co.za/News.

Become part of a community passionate about pets and learn about Hill’s latest special offers on Facebook and Twitter. #hillskittytin

During September Hill’s are hosting a fun Facebook photo contest on crazy places some cats like to sleep - www.hillspet.co.za/Facebook – there are #hillskittytin prizes and food to be won.

Thank you for this gift Hills!

Claire

Starting an Orchid Collection

Hi there! I recently found an Orchid on special at my local Checkers. A beautiful Phalaenopsis hybrid for only R50. I though it would die for sure but I did some solid research and made sure I was educated on how to look after this special flower the day of my purchase. Needless to say, the more I researched the more I found and the more I found, the more Orchids I feel are missing from my life. 

Phalaenopsis Orchid (it also has another name for the specific flower colour and pattern but I am still trying to get it identified)
I think it is quite rewarding to understand a plants needs who are 100% dependent on the environment and nutrients you provide. It seems I am doing something right so far because my Phalaenopsis hasn't died, so I am looking for more Orchids to make a collection.

The biggest issue I have found is that not many nurseries supply a wide range of Orchids because they are pricey, the chances of people buying them are slim and they'll end up sitting on their shelves for many months. Then there are the horticulturists who exclusively grow Orchids however they seem to stay under the radar and only make themselves known to the nurseries. I am sure they sell to the public as well but it'll take a bit longer to track them down.

I managed to find a Dendrobium-Phalaenopsis Orchid last week, at my local nursery and shot-gunned it immediately. This type of orchid is different from the one I already have. I found this out during my hours of Orchid research. It gets me very giddy :)

Dendrobium-Phalaenopsis
Dendrobium-Phalaenopsis
The actual plant of this Dendrobium doesn't look very healthy, probably due to under fertilization and not getting enough light. It only has 4 leaves on one of the canes and the plant has four canes. This ratio is bad however it is flowering which tells me that it is coping.

If you have an Orchid and need some info, here are some links that helped me understand the different types and how to care for them;
Dani from Orchid Nature on YouTube
Brad from Brad's Greenhouse on YouTube
Les from Orchid Species on YouTube

There are also some South African sites I will link below. Some seem to be outdated but they still have some useful info.
Bay Orchids
Orchids SA
Marvelous Orchids
South African Orchid Society

In extra Orchid news, South Africa is hosting this yesar's World Orchid Conference from the 10th to the 14th of September at the Sandton Convention Center. You can read here for more information on exhibitors and how you can get tickets. The last time South Africa hosted this event was back in 1981 so this is a big deal guys :)

Let me know in the comments below if you have an Orchid and if you enjoy looking after it/them.

Claire

Office Decor Pinspiration | Home Decor






Tip Top Nails Sumptuous Collection | Nail polish review

Many beauty bloggers got the opportunity to meet many brands at a recent PR day hosted by Freebees PR. There I got to meet the lovely ladies behind the Tip Top Nails brand. I have known this brand since my blog career started, 3 years ago, and their nail polish collections have become more beautiful over the years.

At this beautiful PR event, I took home the new Sumptuous collection by Tip Top Nails, which will be on the shelves this month! Here are the swatched shades.

Lady Lilla, Navy-Gator and In My Genes
Jade in the shade, Cupid's Arrow and Sea me now.
I do wish that there were softer colours in this collection but that is only my preference. The Tip Top ladies were inspired by Venice with its melting pot of Gothic, Renaissance and oriental elements. Picture yourself in Venice with beautiful skies, velvet textures and mosaic architecture...I think they nailed it!

This is actually the prefect collection for ladies who's style isn't really "girly". Matching one or two of these polishes with a nice Spring dress will let people know you take care of yourself but you mean business.

The Sumptuous collection will be on the shelves throughout September at Clicks stores only (they have dropped Foschini as a stockist). Some added news, Tip Top nails will be releasing a new collection every single month and it seems like it will continue into next year. I have seen the next two collections and they are beautiful. Start saving up for a monthly nail polish fund!

Visit Tip Top Nails Facebook page for weekly competitions were you could win your own set of pretty polishes.

Which shade has caught your eye?

Claire

I Love Spring Tag

Happy Spring day! I found this cute tag online and thought I'd share my answers. I know you're supposed to "tag" others to do this but I am only doing it for fun :) Feel free to tag yourself if you want!

Favorite spring nail polish?
At the moment I am loving OPI's Pink Friday which is a baby pink shade. It is a soft pastel that matches the soft Spring feel in the air. A more affordable polish in the same shade would be Tip Top's Melting Marshmallows which you can find at some Clicks stores.

OPI Pink Friday. Image as seen on Instagram
What is your must-have lip color this spring?
I am not one for Lipsticks and prefer wearing lighter lip products as it starts to warm up so lip tints are the way to go if you have similar likes as I do. I love Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Darling for Spring.

Show us your favorite spring dress!
Unfortunately I'm not a dress kinda gal.

What's your favorite flower?
I recently purchased an Orchid and I have come to appreciate it's beauty. This has become my favourite Spring flower!

Favorite spring scarf/accessory?
For some reason I think of Alice bands/ head bands as a Spring thing.

What spring trend(s) are you most excited about this year? 
I have been really busy and have not kept up with the Spring trend so I guess I am excited to be surprised!

Favorite spring candle?
Ah! I am dying to get my hands on a Yankee Candle. At the moment I only have incense sticks and my fave for Spring is Vanilla.

Favorite body spray/perfume for spring?
Anything flower-ey 

What is spring like where you live?
It's still quite cold but all the beautiful blossoms get me excited for the next few months.

What's your favorite thing about spring?
I love seeing everything come to life. Even the grass gets greener everyday. These are all signs of impending swimming pools and watermelon during our December holiday.

Are you a spring cleaner?
Not really. Besides, we just moved in to our house so our "junk" is very minimal.

Any plans for spring break or an upcoming vacation?
We don't get Spring break here in SA. I am definitely excited for a long break over December.

Go ahead and follow me on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with my posts!

Claire