I like to eat locally produced muesli or granola with a generous dose of Bulgarian yogurt and seasonal fruit; with a cup of tea on the side (indigenous Rooibos tea is very popular!). I head to work quite early so often I’ll take my breakfast with me and eat at my desk while checking my emails.
A little later in the morning, I go for coffee at a local café where – if I’m hungry again – I’ll have a fresh croissant. Stellenbosch is well known for its little cafes and restaurants, which spill out onto sidewalks, shaded by its famous oak trees.
There is a big focus on eating local, hand produced food in preference to anything heavily processed. On weekends or “special occasions” a typical breakfast will include toast, eggs, bacon and fried mushrooms. My family is originally from Belgium so sometimes I’ll make waffles instead (old family recipe!)
It starts withmy morning shower, including washing my hair. I love using bath and body products by Rain as they use all-natural, local ingredients including many African herbs and plant extracts that are excellent for your skin and hair!
Makeup is typically fresh and natural looking, even for women like me that wear a full face. I typically wear BB cream, concealer, blush, brow powder, neutral eye-shadow, mascara and lipstick. SPF is also very important for protection from the harsh African sun!
An example beauty product formulated especially for South Africans is the Ponds Flawless Radiance BB Cream, which has SPF 30++ for both UVA and UVB and, importantly, caters for the wide range of skin tones.
I get to work on foot. Public transport is either non-existent or not very safe, and I much prefer my 15-minute walk from my centrally located apartment to sitting in traffic!
Thanks so much for sharing, Laura Jane! Other South African readers – what do your mornings look like?
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