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small body_Q4april_may_2015_3929_V2 copyIt’s no secret that winter is not my favourite time of year. I can never get warm, nevermind remain warm, and I always find summer’s fashion way more exciting. Last year the winter fashion really surprised me with some pretty awesome trends and items (plaid shirts and bomber jackets), and this year I have to admit that the winter fashion is really growing on me!

There are two long weekend’s coming up and I am really considering climbing in my car and going away for the weekend! I feel like spending the weekend outdoors, glamping with the girls – Cotton On Body has the perfect range of outfits to choose from.

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For those of you who are not familiar with the term glamping, it’s “glam camping”. No one said camping had to be drab and boring! Glamping is all about “roughing it”, while still having a completely co-ordinated outfit that looks like you’ve put it together effortlessly. Layers are essential for staying warm while glamping, and nothing feels more snug than textured fabrics.

Besides awesome outfits, other essentials for glamping that you shouldn’t leave the house without are wet wipes, tabard (especially if mozzies usually enjoy nibbling on you), a head torch, plastic bags for your rubbish, warm blankets and your pillow, and your tent (obvs).

Festival fashion – some of the most creative and hot outfits you have ever seen! I’ve been to Oppikoppi 6 times (one of my absolute favourite weekends away) and every time I’ve gone, I’ve spent many hours sitting on the grass/dust admiring the fashion. Festival goers put amazing outfits together, and make glamping look ever so cool – even with all the dust and heat.

AfrikaBurn is around the corner (27 April to 3 May), and is the spectacular result of the creative expression of participants who gather once a year in the Tankwa Karoo to create a temporary city of art, theme camps, costumes, music and performances! I’ve not been to this festival, but have it on my bucket list for one day.

If festivals are not really your scene, there are some pretty awesome places where you can organise a fun weekend of glamping:

Magalies Sleepy River Campsite – Camp on the banks of the peaceful Magalies River in between shady indigenous vegetation. The campsite can by found only 60 minutes from Johannesburg and 30 minutes from Krugersdorp.

Nature’s Valley Rest Camp – Situated in the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park, this rest camp is on the banks of the beautiful Groot River. Nature’s Valley is a secluded little village, with its incredible forests and close proximity to the sea, is ideal for a tranquil nature retreat.

Beaverlac Camping – Tucked high up in the Olifants River Mountains above Porterville in the Western Cape in South Africa, Beaverlac offers camping and cabins to maximise your enjoyment of nature. Situated in a secluded 5 000 hectare valley surrounded by mountains, Beaverlac is blessed with two rivers, the Ratel (Honey Badger) and the Olifants.

So if you’re like me and you are ready to climb in the car and go glamping, pop into Cotton On and get yourself some of these amazing glamping outfits (even if you end up spending your glamping weekend indoors at home, with the girls, some DVDs, milo, popcorn and smarties).

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