Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Oh, hello there...yes, I'm still around...


frangipani photo by me

A few people have asked me recently why my blog has been so quiet, so I thought I should actually  stop being so aloof and do a post just to let you all know that I am taking a mini blogging break (don't get too worried though, I always come back).

Life right now has been a bit crazy.... Here's some of what happened in January & February: I moved into a new apartment by myself (moving is a mission - but loving it, except for the fact I don't have wifi yet), got very obsessed with home decor shopping (more on that soon), started to work a lot harder on my new career path, had a friend down from LA (and I tried to be a tour guide when I could) and had a few very big "A-Ha" moments (as Oprah liked to call them) about love & relationships....... anyway, all in all it's been a very busy time for me and my blog has been terribly neglected.

I plan to get back to writing a lot more on my blog soon and possibly taking a slightly different direction with my blog posts.

Hope you have all been well. Chat soon x

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Minted


Looking for great stationary, wedding invites, party invites, prints, cards, gift tags or Save the dates? Then you really must check out Minted.com.

This American based site has a great selection of stationary,  that is all designed by independent designers (Personally, I am loving the Save the Date and Wedding invites -Plus they all 15% off right now - check them out over here)

Here are just a couple of the stunning designs available:

 
 
 
 

A bit about the brand from the website:

'Minted is the world's premier marketplace for independent design. 
Our mission is to find exceptional artists and designers all over the world
 and bring their work to consumers who appreciate great design.'

 Minted ships all over the world. Visit the website over HERE
 

Monday, 6 January 2014

Healthier chocolate milkshake



Lately I have become a little bit obsessed with smoothies, juices and getting healthier (new year, new you and all that), So I have been working out how to make healthier versions of a lot my favourite "junk" foods.

This is my current recipe for making a healthier alternative to the chocolate milkshake (which I love having) and It actually ended up being pretty darn good...

What you need: 

* A blender
* A small amount of raw cashew and almond nuts
* Organic Cacao powder (I add about 4 heaped tablespoons)
* At least half a cup of plain yogurt (preferably organic)
* 1 to 2 Bananas (optional, but adds to texture and taste)
* A tablespoon or three of honey
* Water or a bunch of ice (depending on how cold or thick you want it)

What to do:

Throw it all in a blender and blend until nice and smooth - easy peasy.

* Notes -  For lactose intolerant peeps, I would suggest using some almond milk. Also, I've heard chia seeds and cinnamon can help add some cool flavours to a Cacao smoothie..

Happy New Year!


Photo taken by me

I just want to take this opportunity to say Happy New Year to you all.  I truly hope the year ahead is wonderful for all of you and that it will be bigger & bolder than all the years before.

Personally, I have mixed feelings about  saying good-bye to 2013. Sure, there were some unforgettable moments I will always treasure (here is a video of all my travel highlights from 2013), but there were also some hard lessons and some heartbreaking moments I'd rather put behind me now  - In short I think last year truly taught me to intimately understand the phrase "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times". I have a strong feeling my 2014 will be a lot more happy and healthy... and I'm ready to embrace all the lessons the year ahead has to teach me. 

Anyway, here is one of my favourite advice quotes and a great message for the year ahead.....


“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. 
Make glorious, amazing mistakes. 
Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
- Neil Gaiman

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Statement necklace love


I think the best accessory you can add to your wardrobe this festive season is a statement necklace.

Whether you go for a sparkly piece or something more 'boho chic', it will help dress up any plain dress or fitted tee & jeans combo (well, that's what I like to wear mine with).

Here are a few lovely necklaces to inspire you while on the search for your perfect holiday necklace...

1. Kate Spade 2. House of Harlow 3. Oscar de la Renta 
4. Alexis Bittar 5. Kendra Scott 6. Oscar de la Renta


Oh and dont forget... MasterCard's 2013 holiday promo is still on until 31 December, which means all local MasterCard cardholders can shop online at cool department stores (like Neiman Marcus, where ALL the above necklaces are currently available) and enjoy exclusive offers & discounted shipping to South Africa.

PS - Register at MasterCard's Priceless Africa to stay up to date with special offers.

A walk up Lions Head


On Saturday evening I went for a hike up Lions Head and it was amazing.

We made it to the top just as the sun was setting and the views were truly breathtaking. It was easy to see why this is one of the best hikes to go on in Cape Town (as you get amazing city and Atlantic Seaboard views from the top).

 Here are some of the photos from Saturday.....


 
- all photos by me, except for the one of me (Thanks, Paul) -

Monday, 9 December 2013

Marc by Marc Jacobs gift guide


I have always been a huge fan of Marc by Marc Jacobs, and have more than a few items from the brand on my 'Lust-have' list, So today I decided I'd share a little gift guide of cool items that you may want to add on your list to Santa .

 I would not mind finding any of these under the Christmas tree this year....

 1. Metallic flap Percy bag 2. Bulldog zip pouch  3. Cat iPad case 4. phone wristlet 
5. Katie the Bunny Dinky watch 6. PVC tote 7. Bulldog iPhone 5 case 8. Mouse ballet flats


Now thanks to the MasterCard & their 2013 holiday promo, local MasterCard cardholders can shop online at cool department stores (like Bloomingdales, where ALL the above Marc Jacobs items are currently available), enjoy exclusive offers and get free or discounted shipping to South Africa until the 31 December.

PS - Oh and don't forget at checkout, just enter the MCSHOP code and your shipping costs will be removed. Register at MasterCard's Priceless Africa to stay up to date with special offers.
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