Lily Storm

A personal take on beauty, life and dreams.

November 2014 archive

Pinterest and dreams

This weekend, I’ve discovered Pinterest…and am completely obsessed! I always thought it was just a bunch of random people uploading photos, similar to Instagram. But not so. What I love about it is the fact that you can create your own ‘boards’. And pin things to it. I call mine dream boards. I am drowning in a sea of Marilyn Monroe décor ideas, beautiful images of Tuscany and inspirational quotes.

So the plan is to pin as many photos of my goals and dreams for the near future. Let me share a few….

Marilyn Monroe. Queen of sexy sophistication. I admire her quiet, timeless beauty. Yet sometimes feel an incredible sense of sadness and strength from her photos.

When I move into my fresh, new apartment one day…I want to create a plush space. Miss Monroe’s presence and style will be key. My home must be my sanctuary. A place to read a good book propped up against ridiculously comfy cushions, or eat a breakfast of poached eggs and salmon while flipping through an issue of Woman & Home on a Sunday morning.

I have never travelled. Yet something in my soul longs to discover the cultural mystery and earthiness of Tuscany. I want to eat real pizza, have good wine, have conversations with elderly owners of established vineyards and villas, spend days writing about my experiences… On my bucket list for sure.

Life is too short to worry about constantly pleasing others. As women, our natural instinct is to nurture, fix and conform to what society demands we be. I am multi-faceted. And I don’t think it’s selfish to want to give myself the best that life has to offer. Work hard, be kind to those around you, be brave while facing the storms of life. Put yourself first.



Optiphi Essence 1.618 – aromatic balm

I am a great lover of perfume, and very keen to try different brands according to my mood.

Optiphi’s Essence 1.618 aromatic balm is truly divine. My first experience with a solid perfume (received at a blogger event earlier this year), and months later I am still impressed. It comes presented in a cute vintage-like tin. Now a staple in my handbag.

What does it smell like? It’s hard to describe… warm, softly sweet, discreet yet seductive. I apply a smidgen to my pulse points during the day. It lasts for a few hours and I can’t resist sniffing my wrists every now and then! The fragrance is gentle enough for those who don’t like anything too overpowering.

Contact Optiphi for more information on stockists: or via Twitter @optiphi





Hello beauties

I have been ‘away’ for a long while. But am back, ready to breathe some life into Lily Storm once again.

There is so much that I need to catch up on, but first lets start with something unrelated to beauty. I love people with entrepreneurial flair, and animals of course. So when my friend Angie told me about her new business called Pet-ography, I really thought it was a novel idea. Photo shoots for your four legged friends!

She is such a honey, and will come out to your venue / house if you’re based in Cape Town. Below is more information on how to contact Angie. Also see the Pet-ography Facebook page here. Please support this awesome venture and create beautiful memories :-)

Love & light…LS xxx