My Essentials

Winter Surf Essentials

June 16, 2015

I know that this is long overdue. Without making too many excuses, life has been pretty crazy lately with exams and deadlines, as I’m sure that it has been for every other student out there, both at school and university. So without further delay, I bring to you…my ‘Winter Surf Essentials’.

Surfing in Winter in Cape Town actually isn’t all that bad, in fact, I much prefer it to Summer! The water on the Atlantic side of the ocean is much warmer as the South Easter wind that pumps through in Summer does not make appearances that regularly and secondly, I LOVE surfing in the rain. I feel like I’m in some romantic movie, just splashing about in the turquoise water playing with dolphins underwater, and then I often get a rude awakening when I get taken out by a wave, or have to paddle uncomfortably close to the nearest poor surfer in my reach due to my rather large fear of seals, or dolphins, or anything else that is a dark shape in the water.

Clayton Surfboard – This is my prized possession. After being given a decent discount by Lifestyle Surf Shop in Muizenberg, I was convinced to take the plunge and buy this new baby. The model is called a ‘Clayton Dredger’ and the dimensions are 5’11 x 18 3/4 x 2 5/16. My super-girly leash (of which I’ve seen more guys wear than girls) and foot pad, is a Dakine Kanui.

Topo Bag – This bag was featured in my last ‘Canada Essentials blog post, and due to its waterproof and Nicole-resistant nature, it stores anything and everything for me from towels to wet bikini’s to shells and rocks that I pick up along the way for bedroom decorating purposes.

Rip Curl Ladies Flashbomb Wetsuit – After one year, my previous Rip Curl Flashbomb started rapidly deteriorating and upon complaining and receiving poor customer service, I was reluctant to spend money again on new Rip Curl suit. With a temporary solution of superglue and gaffir tape, I managed to get another 2 months out of my wetsuit, and on my birthday, I was lucky enough to be given this beauty. Obviously I couldn’t be rude and reject the gift, so instead I graciously accepted it, did a happy dance, put it on straight away and we have been best buddies since. In all seriousness, this suit often leaves me overheating when everybody else is freezing in the water, something which is pretty rare in the icy Atlantic waters.

Cotton On Sweatpants – I have two pairs and pretty much alternate them daily. It got really bad during exams when my mom had to sneak into my room when I was sleeping so that she could wash them before magically placing them back in my cupboard. Let’s just say, they’re what I’d imagine unicorn skin to feel like.

Daniel Wellington Watch – The Classy St. Mawes, something a little more suited to Winter wear. If you like this watch, I currently have a 15% discount code going on until July 15th. Use the promotion code ‘NICOLEEDDY’ for any online purchase.

Island Tribe – I always had the problem of coming out of the ocean with a burnt face even when applying heavy sun cream. After trying Island Tribe I hardly ever get burnt during my 1-2 hour surf sessions, and still come out the water with a greasy face.

Argan Oil – Saltwater really DESTROYS hair. It makes it brittle, dry and bleached blonde which isn’t always that great as it strips it of its nutrients. After a surf, I’ve started to put a few drops of Argan Oil on and it helps to return some life to my hair, giving it a somewhat silky look. The only problem is that good argan oil that doesn’t leave your hair greasy after applying, is expensive to buy and hard to find.

Ray-Ban Sunglasses – These are my latest aviator edition. I think that sunglasses are pretty self-explanatory.

If any of you surf, what are some of your ‘Winter Surf Essentials’. Let me know in the comments below.

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My Canada Essentials

January 24, 2015

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Some of you might be aware that I am shortly heading off to Alberta, Canada for two weeks where the mountains are bigger, the snow is thicker, the temperatures are colder and the scenery is more beautiful…or so I’ve heard. I guess this would be the appropriate time to announce that I have never actually seen real snow before, nothing that counts anyway! As you can imagine my excitement levels are through the roof and I literally cannot get on that airplane soon enough, but before I rush off anywhere armed only with flip flops, shorts and a hoody, I thought that it would be better to get geared up for the snow in order to avoid frostbite.

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These are some of my essentials for my Canada trip from top left:

TopoΒ DesignsΒ Backpack – This classic backpack was a very welcome gift from Topo Designs. It will be perfect in the mountains as it is weatherproof, light weight & has zipper pockets within grabbing distance for my phone, money etc.

Lululemon Hoody – I haven’t used it many times back home in Cape Town as temperatures are often pretty warm but this is one of my best hoodies that I own. It’s super snug inside and can be used for both chilling and exercising, the latter of which I am fairly confident that it is originally intended for…don’t quote me on that. The only downfall is that it is quite heavy, a consequence for being able to handle the cold I guess.

Sorel Waterproof BootsΒ – My newest & favourite addition to my snow gear! I came across these snow boots in London at ‘The Snowboard Asylum’ (it’s a pretty bad ass shop) whilst internally making fun of a pair of long shiny black moon boots which were obviously intended for the staff at NASA. The weight of the Sorel boots were quite an adjustment at first however the benefits, being 100% waterproof and designed for -40 degrees C, clearly outweigh any negatives! To convince me further about this purchase was Steve Booker,Β the UK’s number one men’s fashion blogger, whose knowledge about quality fashion & clothing products should not be questioned.

Von Zipper Skylab Goggles – These Von Zipper goggles were recommended to me by Two Seasons in Kingston, UK. Although Oakley has unquestionable quality lenses, these VZ goggles fit my small head the best and due to the fact that I am a female, looks naturally played quite a large, if not the largest role.

Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses – These have certainly outlasted my clumsy habits that often involve dropping or losing most items that come within my grabbing range. So far I have not lost these (which is apparent), not permanently anyway, and they have certainly withstood a large amount of dropping.

Polaroid 300 Camera – Because film lasts longer.

Book – I started The Fault in our Stars two days ago and I am hooked. It has been ages since I have had time to tuck into a good book and the feeling is so welcoming! All I can picture is sitting in front of a wood fire with some red wine and my book after a long day on the slopes.

RipCurl Beanie – Ben bought the world’s largest bobble beanie for me about two years ago as a gift. It has been my favourite ever since, and I do love my beanies. It’s looking a bit grey now days but it is super warm and fluffy and has kept me super snug since I landed in the UK.

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