My fibromyalgia story

Close your eyes and imagine the following…

You wake up in the morning with pain all over your body. Your muscles are stiff and your hands feel tingly. You feel a possible migraine coming with muscles in your neck and back aching. Trying to open your eyes is a challenge, it feels like you haven’t slept for a week when in actual fact you were asleep for more than eight hours. It feels like your entire body is bruised, with even a simple touch feeling like a stabbing wound. You get up and don’t know what to wear – mostly due to the fact that tight-fitting clothes only makes you feel even more distressed. Trying to eat something in the morning is the worst. You have gained a few pounds and most foods just make the pain worse. Now get ready for the day ahead, put on a smile and do some work.

Welcome to the last six years of my life.

Kraft Eyewear - Your Must Have Accessory for Spring/Summer 2016/2017

It is always lovely finding people in South Africa who has excellent entrepreneurial skills creating creative masterpieces – like Kerry and Rhett – husband and wife and also the creative minds behind Kraft Eyewear. Both Kerry and Rhett has a creative background in art and design and when they saw the wooden eyewear becoming a trend overseas – they knew that this is something they can do here in South Africa as well. With both husband and wife caring for the environment, they only use reclaimed wood for the frames.

2016 Emmy Award Fashion Update

It is always amazing to see what celebrities choose to wear on award nights and today I will be sharing my choice of best dressed with all of you.  

The Spring/Summer 2016 hat

Since I can remember I never really loved the sun. I have a fair skin so hanging around in the sun for too long evolves in me looking like a lobster for about a week. Nevertheless, I still like walking in the sun for a few minutes to get my daily dose of vitamin D. One of the best ways to protect yourself from the sun is to wear a stylish hat. So thanks to WGSN, today I will bring you up to date with the 3 top trending hats for this Spring/Summer 2016.

New York Fashion Week Spring 2017 - Important dates

Spring is my favorite time of the year and what better way to get into a spring mode than watching the New York fashion week Spring 2017 collections? For all the updates on what shows starts when, check out the following website:

Special blog post - Wian Smith

“Always dress well but keep it simple” – Jared Tomas

When I first saw this quote, Wian Smith owner of WS Marketing, immediately came to mind. Working in the entertainment industry, it is important for Wian to always look presentable as first impressions are the key to success. How you present yourself and your ideas are crucial in this industry and Wian also attends a lot of events where looking fashionable is very important.

Wian, also one of the SA Bachelor finalists for 2016 is a driven, friendly and caring young man. The purpose of the Mr. and Mrs. bachelor and bachelorette was to find South Africa’s most eligible bachelor/bachelorette – someone who is truly the picture of beauty, brains and entrepreneurship. This competition is purely to choose the most successful candidates who are older than 20 years and not married or engaged. 

It is always challenging to style outfits for people with an exquisite sense of fashion. Wian is such a stylish young man that I had to do some serious thinking about who he is and what fashion will suit him best. With Wian always being on the move I thought it was best to style an outfit that is comfortable, yet stylish – something he can wear to meetings and also grab a quick coffee with friends. 

One thing Wian and I both have in common is sharing a love for neutral colored clothing. I think one of the main reasons for loving neutral clothing so much is due to the versatile nature thereof. You can dress it up, dress it down, mix it with some bright colors or just keep it in the neural family – you have endless options. So I used this concept as the basis of styling this look. First I chose the neutral colored pants and then paired it up with a white and navy striped top. This is a classic look that can easily be changed by just adding some new accessories. I then decided to add the brown leather sandals. This option gives the look a much more informal feel to it, but when changing the shoes to something more formal, you will have an instant formal look. When it came to adding some accessories to the look this stunning red stripes watch immediately caught my attention. This will then add a splash of color to this look. Finish this look off with a pair of Kraft Eyewear wooden sunglasses, Old Khaki fragrance and of course a Theron & Theron card holder – ensuring that Wian will be able to keep all his important cards safe in one stylish leather card holder. 

Neutral colored pants available @ Woolworths.
White and blue striped golfer available @ Old Khaki
Red striped watch available @ Woolworhts.
Brown leather sandals available @ Old Khaki.
Fragrance available @ Old Khaki
Wooden sunglasses available @ Kraft Eyewear
Leather card holder available @ Theron & Theron.   
I would also like to remind you that the bachelor and bachelorette competition is slowly coming to an end. Support Wian by sending an sms and voting for this amazing young man.

It is truly such and honor knowing and inspiring young man like Wian. I would like to wish him all the best with his Mr. Bachelor 2016 journey and know that everything he does in the future will be a great success. It is so inspiring to see young entrepreneurs not only achieve success in their business careers, but also inspire other people and make a difference in their lives.

Carolina Factor love,

(The merchandise used in the "Back to Basics" look is available at the following retail outlets)

Bohemian queen - Ulricke Laubscher

A few weeks ago Ulricke Laubscher, designer and owner of Wooden lace, had another one of her spectacular photo-shoots. This stunning lady is not just beautiful from the inside out, but also very talented and you can see the effort she puts into every one of her Wooden Lace designs. So today I will be sharing some of my favourite photo's of this shoot...

Model: Ulricke Laubscher
Jewelry: Wooden Lace
Headpieces: Wooden Lace & Gabby Laubscher
Hair and makeup: uBella
Assistant: Libre Genis
Photography: Pretty Pictures

I would also like to make use of this opportunity to say thank you to Ulricke for being such an amazing role model in my life. She is such an inspiring woman and it's a real honor working with her. Be sure to order your own Wooden Lace merchandise TODAY!

The Caroline Factor and Wooden Lace love,

Flower Power

Flower Power

Dorothy Perkins pink cami
385 ZAR -

Destructed jeans
1 320 ZAR -

Steve Madden ankle strap shoes
1 185 ZAR -

Karen Millen purse tote
1 735 ZAR -

Goshwara 18 karat gold ring
16 320 ZAR -

A pop o color

A pop o color

WearAll white top
145 ZAR -

Delpozo wide-leg pants
18 650 ZAR -

Schutz leather sandals
2 265 ZAR -

Gucci hand bag
35 965 ZAR -

White watch
159 850 ZAR -

Monica Vinader stud earrings
1 930 ZAR -

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