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Ch ch ch changes

  Question: Have urbanites forgotten how to notice the turning of the seasons? -Andrew Mueller, Monocle July/August 2015   We live in a city surrounded nature (Cape Town, obvs!); on the one side we have the sparkling ocean that brings refreshment on a hot day and the mountain that offers security and shelter, if only to our wandering hearts. Being so close to nature, you’d think we would be able to read the seasons like the back of our hands, but we don’t. At the first drop of rain our social media fills up with dismay and despair: Alas, the great winter is upon us! And those same wailers are the first to celebrate the first random ray of sunshine...

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The Devil wears Prada.. or Mr Price or whatever

When you walk into a boutique or some haute-as-sh*t little designer shop and the snooty shop assistant gives you that look and just sits there behind their tiny little desk and watch you in contempt, it kinda spoils the experience doesn't it? You turn into this nervous schoolchild, trying to act as casual as possible while hurrying through the shop just to get away from all the judgement. And you leave there feeling small and poor and very uncool (You're just wearing a t-shirt and jeans? How very unfabulous, duh!) And so, you turn to Facebook and you rant. Quite rightly so. You rant about the bad service you just received, how you could have bought something if you really...

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It's not summer yet!!

It's not summer yet!!So WHY are we seeing tanks and shorts all around? (Did I spot a bikini??) Have retailers become like Capetonians, who at the first ray of sunshine proclaim their everlasting love for summer and set off to the beach? And does this mean that while the first snow is sifting down on the mountains, we now have to start buying our summer wardrobe? You know how the retailers start celebrating Christmas in September? Well, just because they plan in advance doesn't mean we won't wait until Christmas Eve to buy our gifts. It's the same with summer stock, just because it's there doesn't mean you have to buy it now. If you spot something you absolutely cannot be...

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"This is why your wardrobe sucks"

Ok guys, the next time she tries to convince you to buy clothing "because it will go with everything", say no. You've heard it many times, she's standing in front of her bulging wardrobe and she has NOTHING to wear. Don't you just love how that always happens minutes before you have to leave? Well, that's because she has a whole wardrobe full of practical items. Now, practicality has its place, but sometimes we have to rock the boat in order to keep things fresh. Think about it: practical items are usually plain and neutral in colour. These are items you can wear on most occasions and it goes with basically everything in your wardrobe, which isn't necessarily a bad...

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Mother’s Day | Momma’s Boy

Come on, admit it: you’re a bit of a momma’s boy, aren’t you? That’s OK, after all the woman gave you life.  She’s always there when you need advice on anything from your latest relationship issues to what to serve the in-laws now that you’ve successfully incinerated the stuffed chicken. But do any of us really show her our appreciation? Do we really follow that old hackneyed saying; “Everyday should be Mother’s day”? No we don’t.  So we get one chance each year to make up for it, so we better make it good. Guys, I know shopping for the special woman in your life can be hard and now even more so when buying lingerie for this particular woman...

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