One door closes…

Hello lovelies! So if you follow me on Instagram – you probably would have seen my story regarding blogging and where I stand right now.

If not… Frocking Cotton was started in 2010 (when I was in Matric and looking for a creative outlet and stress reliever) – this was when it was still known as Pretty Young Things.

Since then, it has been a place for style and fashion, events, home and interior design as well as makeup, beauty and skincare.

I even started incorporating some pregnancy stories recently – because I always try to blog about what is relevant in my life at the time.

With all of this in mind, I feel like it has served it’s purpose over the years and now it is time to start a new chapter.

I still want to use social media to post and discuss my ideas, my thoughts, my feelings… I just think that maintaining a blog is a full time occupation – and I do not have the capacity to do this right now.

I have always blogged for myself first, and the readers came along when they related to my content. I hate the word – blogger – I never fully felt like that’s what I am. I always say to friends and family that I feel like I am someone who has a blog, I never categorised myself as a “blogger”.

Thank you to all the years of support through all of this. Thank you for encouraging me to write when I felt that I had nothing to offer and thank you for being so connected (there are readers I feel I have become dear friends with – although, we have never even met!)

With baby on the way as well – I feel that posting on one platform (Instagram being my choice for my new venture) would be more manageable and I could be consistent (whereas with my blogging, I always felt like I was never writing enough).

This is not goodbye – but the beginning of a new chapter and venture (for me and for you).

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Pregnancy: 1st Trimester

Hello my lovelies! So if you have been following me on social media, you would know that we are currently expecting our first little one.

If you don’t know, now you know haha!

I meant to post every trimester buuuuuttttt I think that was being rather optimistic!

So here we are at 36 weeks and recapping the journey thus far before little one blesses us with his presence…

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Year in Review: 2017

Hello lovelies! 2018 looks to be off to a great start already, as it is raining today here in Cape Town (for those who may not know, we are currently experiencing a drought with severe water restrictions in place.)

2017 was quite the year for us, we purchased our first home (see series here) and this has been such an amazing experience thus far.

See my favourite looks from this year below – thank you for another year of support. We are hoping that 2018 brings many new projects and content just for you!

Here is to 2018 being even better than 2017 and to all my readers – a Happy New Year!

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How I deal with stress

Work work work work work work… It’s getting to the end of the year (I cannot believe that it’s almost 2018!) and my body, brain and soul are at the point where they need a break.

Stress and Shoes

This year has really been one for the books (in terms of my career) and at times it has been overwhelming and high pressured, however, these are a few things that kept me going throughout (in no particular order mind you):

  1. Waking up earlier to get more done so I don’t have to rush
  2. Try to prepare as much as possible the night before
  3. Let go of unnecessary drama (you don’t need that toxicity in your life)
  4. Exercise – this has been an on and off things for me but I am taking it day by day
  5. Eating better – less junk, more wholesome goodness
  6. Taking time to enjoy a cup of tea (I L O V E tea so when I have my cup of the day, I like to just sit and relax and really enjoy it
  7. Watch something funny (a 20 minute Modern Family episode always makes me laugh)
  8. Sleep early (anyone who knows me knows that I am in bed at like21h00)
  9. Vitamins – this has been saving me lately!
  10. Yoga (which is in line with number 4 but I felt like it needed it’s own point)
  11. Dance Dance Dance – sometimes you gotta blast the music and just shake it off
  12. Prayer – of course
  13. Treat yo self! To a massage or little spa treatment because you deserve it
  14. Read – I have been getting back into this – never knew how much I missed it
  15. Take it a day at a time

How do you deal with the stress when it gets too much?

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Buying a House – Part 1: Should you buy a home?

Hello lovelies! I hope everyone is enjoying 2017 so far and that January is the start of a wonderful productive year (I know it’s been that way from my side at least!)

So 2017 has started off with a bang for Labeeq and myself as we are currently in the process of buying our first house (*happy dances to all the music*).

While this may not seem like much of a feat, being Millennials, aged 24 and 27, it’s a pretty big deal, not only in South Africa, but as a young Muslim couple as well.

A little background for you; we got married a year and 10 months ago and have since rented (for 7 months), stayed with my in-laws until we could find a smaller place of our own (3 months) and have since been renting (11 months).

While I don’t have a problem with renting, We both wanted a place to call our own, with walls we could paint, art we could hang and a little garden for Cinnamon to roam free (she’s been acting so weird – like a cat that’s never seen grass in her life, rolling about all over it O.o)

We found an almost home last year, but there was a huge problem with subdividing the property (D O N T go that route! Unless you have the time, money and strength.) It was a tedious, tiring and a pointless process – in the end we didn’t get the house and started from scratch.

We started looking at other areas, went to quite a few viewings but nothing was within our budget OR fit our requirements.

We were actually viewing another property when I saw the ‘For Sale’ sign outside our soon to be home.

Made contact with the agent and boom! Here we are today.

One of the most important questions to ask yourself is; should you buy a home? Are you ready?

We are in a place where we can afford to (financially) and we don’t have any dependents as yet, so the time for us was now.

Remember to sit down with your partner and make a decision that’s best for both of you (or you and the kids).

I told Labeeq that the next move we make has to be into our own home (I’ve moved 3 times since we got married!!!!) – This was our next step together and I am really happy to be doing this with the love of my life!

How are you finding the housing market in South Africa?

Check our Part 2 here: Getting your foot in the door

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Year in Review: 2016

Hi lovelies! Sorry it’s been so long since my last post! I have actually been in holiday mode!!!

With it being New Years Eve today, I thought it would be appropriate to post about my year, what I envision for 2017 and how this year has been for me.

I have been seeing a lot of posts on social media, accounting 2016 as the worst year, I however, had a wonderful year!

I became an aunty, shared my first anniversary with my husband, we also gained a fur baby (Cinnamon!!!) as well as a new sister (congrats to our brother getting hitched!)

2016 was basically filled with family, love and all kinds of good food.

We are also, Inshallah, in the process of becoming homeowners, so for us, 2016 has been all about that hustling and good food life.

Remember… Tomorrow is a new day to better yourself and to overcome obstacles.

Wishing all my followers a lovely New Years Eve and a wonderful 2017 ahead. Let’s make the next year better than the last.

Eid Ul Fitr - Bardien Family
Tahlia and Uncle Naeem - Eid Ul Adha
Bardien Ladies
Cinnamon - Our Fur Baby
Tahlia Patel - Our littlest niece
At the wedding of Ilyaas and Janell

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