Five Goals I Want To Achieve.

Five Goals I Want To Achieve.

De Hoop Nature Reserve, 2018.

So…2018 is upon us. Hectic, who could’ve imagined it? This time last year, I was skiing in Livigno, Italy on my honeymoon, eating everything a carb could ever dream of becoming in the hands of sweaty men shouting at each other in Italian family-owned kitchens. Hmmm.
This year, I am back at my desk making promises to my future self about goals I WILL accomplish. (Because they will be super simple and easily achievable. Aha, smart!)

Here goes…

1. Decide on a blog layout…and then stick to it!

Probably one of the disadvantages of loving change is that you want it all the time. Being decisive this year will allow me to trust my gut, the first time and be content with what I decide. 

2. Champion breakfast!

If you’ve ever been over for dinner at our place, you’ll know I absolutely love being in the kitchen and making food. But somehow I skipped the breakfast class (I’ll blame it on my love for sleep…). I simply lack creativity when it comes to the most important meal of the day. Nevertheless, being married challenges you on a whole bunch of levels and lucky for me, my husband loves breakfast. So I’ll get some help and smash those avo toasties in the face. Mine, most probably. 

3. Read more. A lot more!

Over our December holiday, a friend of mine recommended a book she’d read and thought I would enjoy reading it too. Baring in mind this friend of mine is a doctor and probably has no trouble racing through a 910-page book in a week, but enthusiastically, I accepted and I am proud to say I’ve reached page 282. It only took me 3weeks. High five me!
Have a squizz through my journal for some great reading material. 

4. Stress less.

Oh, this one we’ve all heard a trillion times. “Stress isn’t good for you!” So goes the broken record, however, it is the truth. The solid, undoubted truth. So, working towards a well-balanced lifestyle where work is work and quality time with my husband and dog is not! This is the ultimate goal. 

5. Excercise like you love it!

My husband and I went kayaking over the December holidays in the Stormsriver, (highly recommended) and there was a mommy who joined our group. She had three young children and a husband tagging along, but she looked like she could run up and down Table Mountain without a pain. I decided then and there, “Right Jessica, If she has three kids and finds the time to exercise (and looks like a swimsuit model because of it) then you have absolutely no excuse.” The closest thing to child-responsibility and commitment I have is my 5month old Golden Retriever, who is happy to run and swim with me. Eeek. Lazybones! Kayla Itsines, here I come.

My husband ALWAYS says, “Everything you decide to do or not do is a choice!” and I say it will stay a choice until I decide to do it. Wise words, he’s so smart.

Rivka, Strand Beach, 2017.

Juan, my handsome bestie, De Hoop Nature Reserve, 2018.

Share your goals with us, we’d love to hear them.
Jessica. x

Black Friday Reflection

Black Friday Reflection

Black Friday. Where does this day of craze and rock bottom price tags come from?
The first claim is dated way back to the 1960’s when Philadelphia police officers dubbed the day after Thanksgiving “Black Friday” because of the chaos in the streets. People from all over were coming to kick off their Christmas shopping and take advantage of the good deals. Some also say that it has to do with retail stores turning a massive profit on this day, going from being in the “red” to being in the “black”. (Learn more about Black Friday here.)
Either way, South Africans have adopted this day of the year, giving the silly season a proper welcome.

If you follow me or know anything about me, you’ll have come to find that I am not the biggest fan of excess, fast fashion or clever marketing tactics. I was not hyped or phased by Black Friday at all, in fact, I avoided the Somerset Mall as best I could. Did my husband and I take part (and advantage) of the great deals available? Well yes, we did. But if I could explain the difference between the way we did it and the feeling I get when I see people pushing and screaming, huffing and puffing until Game’s doors came cracking down. 

I have decided to group the different types of consumers I have watched on phone recorded videos and news feeds to make more sense of this insane day. Bare with me…my findings are as follows.

1. Along for the ride.
These are the people who have fallen for the clever marketing and sales strategy behind this day. They get hyped up and join the crowd as people start to gather before midnight to get their hands on any deal really. They are the ones who don’t plan on buying anything, they just want to check out the fuss but then walk out with deals they just could not resist. In my research I found many people confessing that if it were any other day of the year, they wouldn’t dream of buying what they bought, they wouldn’t be prepared to save for it. Essentially, Black Friday was the reason for their exploding shopping trolleys. Buying things they don’t need, with money they don’t have, as seen below.

2. The planners.
This is me and my husband. We knew exactly what we needed, and been needing for a long time. We needed a casserole pot as well as coffee mugs. Because I am all about quality over quantity, I urged my husband that we wait until we have enough money to buy a quality pot that could last generations as well as mugs that wouldn’t chip and crack after a few months causing us to spend money again. He decided that “Black Friday” was a good way of getting what we needed and getting some discount on it. So he surprised me with these items and it also doubled as an early birthday present. We didn’t fall for any marketing schemes that drew us closer, instead went right for what we needed and didn’t buy excess while doing so.

3. The actual customer.
This person is someone who has little money, a big family to feed and support and has to make it happen somehow. They are the ones that will elbow you out of the way for a jumbo pack of diapers because they know that the little person at home is counting on them. These people are the ones who I feel buy smart because they know what they have, don’t have and desperately need. Why then not save up a little for Black Friday, save some well earned money on essential items and have a joy-filled holiday season?


My conclusion…We need to be sure what in this world is leading our happiness. Are we feeling content after a massive shop where we get to bring trillions of things home that we don’t need but found absolute pleasure in buying them on a great deal? Or do you also feel that sense of, “Shucks, I went overboard and allowed my eyes to feast, and my “wants” to lead me to debt and excess!”
Don’t let consumerism become your trademark. Choose well and buy less, you’re life will feel lighter and you’ll have more space for the important things.

Happy planning, Jessica. x

Photo content by Local Truth Photography


Buzzy Wraps

Buzzy Wraps

Bee’s play an important role in mother natures system but who could ever have thought that they’d be helping us out this much.
Introducing BuzzyWraps™! An alternative way of wrapping, preserving and covering your fresh foods. The innovative minds at Buzzy Wraps birthed this idea when they decided to reduce waste in homes, replacing plastic wrap, ziplock bags as well as plastic containers with this naturally derived alternative. 

As demonstrated above, Buzzy Wraps can easily be incorporated into our everyday use. I can testify to its ability to keep my homemade bread fresher for waaaaaaaaaaay longer than any other alternative packaging. Now we’re saving on waste both ways, I love that! Using a naturally derived packaging also reduces the toxins that plastic packaging carries over to our food. #winning. We had the opportunity to chat to Robyn McLean about this innovative alternative. Here’s what she shared:

Who is the genius behind Buzzy Wraps and how did it start? 
It’s thanks to Jill that we have BuzzyWraps! She spent ages playing around with recipes and fabrics until she found one that worked best – wasn’t too sticky or too hard – and that used sustainable ingredients. Her business partner, Darren (Robyn’s husband), has focused on creating the brand, the marketing, and distribution.
What is the actual wrap made of?
Our wax wraps are carefully handmade using 100% cotton infused with South African beeswax, jojoba oil, and natural food grade tree resin.
Why natural?
It was this, a general desire to reduce waste in our family homes and impact on the environment that gave birth to Buzzy Wraps. Using plastic containers, or throw-away bags, cling film, zip lock bags and the like to store fresh, wholesome, natural fruit and vegetables from our garden or the local market fresh didn’t feel right at all. Wax wraps are perfect and do a much better job, last for ages, and are biodegradable.
What can it be used for in an everyday household?
Our wax wraps completely replace cling film! It’s great to wrap cheese, a loaf of bread, fruits, veggies, and it can be stored in and out of the fridge. Use it to cover a bowl of leftovers or pack a lunchbox (in fact, they can be used instead of lunch boxes). They help keep foods fresher for longer and are easily washed in cold or warm water with any mild soap (nothing acidic like lemon juice or vinegar as this can eat away at the wax coating).
Where can we find Buzzy Wraps?
It’s easiest to buy them online at or at
They’re also available at selected shops around the country, so please contact us on if you’d like to find out about a supplier in your area.

And, that’s not all. Robyn says they have plans to further the extent of natural packaging in the kitchen in the future. We are definitely looking forward to seeing what they come up with.
I was gifted a few wraps to test them out and can I just say, amazing! I love my wraps and I use them instead of cling film. Although they will biodegrade sometime in the future, I have no problem replacing them because using cling film and throw away plastic only leaves 
toxins in my food as well as unnecessary non-biodegradable waste on landfill! I am pro Buzzy Wraps, as should we all be!

To contact Robyn and the team at Buzzy Wraps, click here. You can also find some more great information on their website.

Dr.Baumann – Bionome Beauty

Dr.Baumann – Bionome Beauty

{ Bionomy } The branch of Science concerned with the laws of life.
“These laws are the qualitative basis for the development of all DR. BAUMANN COSMETIC products. This means that on the one hand the skin’s metabolism and structure is taken into account, and on the other hand aspects of our environment are considered.”
Say what? Who wouldn’t want a product that takes those two valuable aspects into consideration when creating beauty care?.
If you thought ‘natural’ skin care only looked like essential oils and shea butter whipped together in a pretty container, think again. This beauty care range is on a whole ‘notha level!

When two Doctors joined forces in 1988, realizing the lack of ‘nature’ in our skin care products they obviously came up with something revolutionary. When Dr. med. Ernest W. Henrich and Dr. rer nat. Thomas Baumann joined heads and created beauty care that would blow the world away, they’re focus was one thing, natural and effective skin. For me, the difference is that behind Dr.Baumann is a scientific research team who has worked with nature and science to create something that is needed for our skin care products today. It is not a mixture of a few natural ingredients, it is, however, extensive research into what our skin is made of and how we can find similarities in nature, harness them and use them to repair our damaged skin. 

My absolute favorite bit of information to share with friends are these which makes the world of difference when you’re trying to look for a product that’s more than just a product:
Long-lasting without the use of preservatives
Free from mineral oils
Free from animal ingredients and testing
Free from unnecessary packaging (environmentally friendly)
Free from perfume and fragrances
With skin-friendly vitamins
With pure natural plant oils
With skin-endemic active ingredients
With highly efficient multilamellar liposomes
With high-quality plant-based substances
Say what?! Insane! Now I know there are a few words there that we don’t necessarily use in our everyday vocabulary so let me help you out real quick. 

Skin-Endemic – A harmony between the ingredients and the physiology and anatomy of the skin. This is achieved when as many ingredients as possible are endemic to the skin and body, meaning the substances occur naturally in the skin.
Multilamellar Liposomes – Ingenious, skin identical, transporters, to transport moisture and active ingredients, be it essential vitamins or fatty acids, to the layer of the skin, where it is needed.  In fact, it is structured to travel right to the dermis, where new skin is formed.

The lady bringing this world changing technology to the Western Cape is none other than Aimee Sinclair, who is currently the only person using Dr.Baumann, BOOK HER!  She recently found this gem of a product and took a few weeks to explore the possibility of bringing it to this region from upstate. She now runs a salon in Rondebosch called Beloved Beauty where all her treatments are done using the Dr.Baumann products. She has gone through extensive training getting to know the different ranges, and after visiting her salon myself, I can definitely recommend her if you’re looking for a more serious natural product with an extensive range of beauty care and science to back it.
For more information on their range of products, click here. You will be blown away!

Aimee Sinclair
+27 71 488 5404


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Black And White

Black And White

In a world where Pinterest and Instagram are alive and online 24/7 in every home, it can be hard to stay true to yourself. Especially when it comes to style. There is so many avenues of inspiration and they’re easily accessible, which isn’t always the best.
I only recently decided that JESS|GREEN was going to be a blog, the original intention was an online store, but while waiting on my doodles to come to life, I wanted to get going with this platform. Designing it was fun at first, I drew inspiration from absolutely everywhere, trying to be as ‘me’ as I could. But a few months in, it became hard to stick to ‘me’ and my style. The more I Googled, “best blogs”, the more confused I was. This famous blogger had a side bar, this well known stylist didn’t, South Africa bloggers were all about colour and then the Australians are monotone. Confused!!
But then I started trying something that, again, was not ‘me’. I tried to be as different as possible. I decided that if it was already done, I wasn’t going to do it. HA HA! You know the feeling of trying to fit a square into circle and it just won’t budge? That was me.

I finally came to my senses, stopped comparing my online profile to the rest of the world’s, and decided that the only Jessica Combrinck there can be, is me! Allowing myself to organically get to this point was tough, yes, but here I am.
Of course, we will continue to draw inspiration, and yes, there are a million people who love black, white and grey at the moment, but if you are one of them, embrace it. Don’t copy and paste your style from Pinterest, instead, get to know yourself better! Know what you like in black and what you like in white, what you can’t stand in grey and how minimal or rose gold or blush you want to be! Let yourself grow, organically!

The Truth About Polyester

The Truth About Polyester

Reading this title, what does your mind picture first? A plastic bottle? Or a ‘to die for’ coat? Surprise surprise, you can actually start thinking about both, as they are really one in the same.  On this rollercoaster clothing design journey of mine, I came across heaps and heaps of information that the normal everyday girl wouldn’t know without searching for it. It caused a ripple effect of change. Changing the way I shop for clothes, the way a shop for food, and lifestyle products. This massive lifestyle change hasn’t come to it’s full fruition yet, but I can say this much (with confidence) we are not your average household. Polyester is a word you have read a couple of times on the washing tag of your garment. Have a look at the tag of the garment you’re wearing right now. Just like food packaging, every clothing brand should have a label stating what the garment is made of, (as well as where it was made). More often than not, you will find 100% or some percentage of polyester, nylon, viscose, rayon etc. It has come to my attention that most women don’t really care what their clothes are made of or know where these textiles originate from. Google it!

Ever wonder why you are so sweaty, or over heating in your favourite blouse? Why you are smelly at the end of a long day at work, rushing to the shower, or making sure you’re using the best roll on on the shelf to hide this problem you have accepted to live with? Well, I hope it all makes sense to you now. 100% or any percentage of polyester is basically telling you the content of plastic in your clothes. Now imagine taking cling film and wrapping yourself in that, how would your body breathe? Imagine going for a run, or standing in the sun? The amount of heat building up with nowhere to go will cause your internal thermometer to hit the roof. Choosing to consciously check every label BEFORE falling in love with a garment is a strategy I use every time I look at clothing. I have become frustrated many times for taking too long to find a certain necessity, but waiting and searching for a 100% natural textile garment is something I try my absolute best not to compromise on.

100% natural textiles…
…do not prevent perspiring but it breathes so your body heat has somewhere to go.
…last longer in it’s original state, where polyester will lose it’s beauty after a few washes.
…will biodegrade once worn out, where polyester is plastic so when you are tired of the garments look and it ends up on a rubbish dump, it will stay there until kingdom come.
…are more expensive than polyester but they will last longer, where polyester as I’ve mentioned, loses it’s look and forces you to replace constantly.

If we adopt a mentality of buying more consciously and with thought, we won’t need to spend thousands of rands on new clothes every year. Of course this way of thinking walks hand in hand with knowing who you are and what your personal style is. If you keep falling for the latest trend or fad, you’ll be shopping every week thanks to fast fashion.

Love your purchases, Jessica.

As a whole, the textile industry occupies roughly 5% of all landfill space. The clothing that is discarded into landfills is often made from synthetic or inorganic materials which prevents these textiles from being able to degrade properly.