Friday, 1 August 2014

Lovely & local: Victoria Verbaan bags


I am a big fan of South African artist Victoria Verbaan 's work. I already have a few of her prints on my wishlist, but recently I discovered an even more funtional way I can own some of her art - bags!

Yes, now I can carry a piece of Verbaan's art around with me in the form of a lovely, original handbag. Here are a few of the ones available ...

 
Each bag is detailed with one of her daily illustrations. The canvas is coated and trimmed in leather. Bags are all about R1250. You can buy her bags from her official site HERE

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Currently loving...



1. Two-tone watches for chicks - especially drooling after the Michael Kors mini Bradshaw watch (too nice, but not too big)
2. Birkenstock inspired shoes - yes, yes, I know they not the prettiest shoes ever...but they are  as comfy as slippers and are super to wear to the beach. Plus, you can now get them in florals and bright colours (yes, please)
3. Shameless (the US series, not the UK one) - I absolutely love this TV show. Its hilarious (well, most of the time, when you not feeling sorry for the kids) and addictive. Oh, and I have a serious girl crush on Emmy Rossum.
4. Iggy Azalea -  Liking her vibe right now. Her song 'Fancy' has been swirling in my head for weeks and I don't mind (if you still have somehow not heard it or seen the great 'Clueless' video, go HERE ).
5. Nike Airmax sneakers - these are on my christmas list.
6. Deliverance ring from the Legacy Collection - This jewellery is made out of the original fence from Robben Island then plated in silver or gold. Each item of jewellery comes with a certificate of authenticity (Oh, some of the money from your purchase of Legacy Jewellery goes to charity too - niiice). Check out the website HERE
7. Prada Baroque sunnies - I'm still not over how cool these are.
8. Flower head bands - maybe it's the hippie in me, but I just love flower head bands and alice bands. Spring is almost here and I plan on decorating my head accordingly ;)

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Hello again, Anna Maria Island...


This year I was lucky enough to go back to Florida again (for a second year running) to spend a few weeks with my American friend, Orsy, and be her bridesmaid (more on the wedding stuff soon).

One of my favourite things about visiting Florida's Gulf coast is getting to spend time on Anna Maria Island.

Anna Maria island is a paradise - It's white sand, warm water, sunny weather and relaxed vibe make it a perfect place to go to just chill out (plus it's pretty underrated, so its' not too crazy crowded during the week). Any way, here are some photos to show you what I mean.... 


My new, favourite restaurant in Anna Maria Island has to be the Sandbar, which is located on Holmes Beach. It's got yummy food and a stunning outside deck where there are even tables on the sand.


My grand plan is to try get myself to Florida every year during May/June (for 2 weeks) to get a lot of sunshine, eat some key lime pie and see my American friends :)

All above photos by me.
For more photos from my last Florida trip (in 2013), you can go HERE

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Let's talk about Olivia's wedding style...



Olivia Palermo (the socialite, blogger, style star and one of my top 'I-want-to-raid-her-closet' women) got married over the weekend and, as always, she kept things classy.

Instead of a big fairytale-like dress, she opted to wear three pieces by her favourite designer Carolina Herrera. She wore a cashmere sweater (yup, a sweater to her wedding) and white shorts (again, thats not a typo) with a very pretty, detailed tulle skirt over. She also wore blue Manolo Blahniks (very Carrie Bradshaw). Olivia kept her look even more relaxed with simple hair and make-up.

Some people may think she went too simple, but I think she looked fabulous, relaxed and classy (honestly, loving this look - though i'd probably be a bit more conventional for my own wedding). 


What do you think of Olivia's wedding style?

For more details on her wedding, visit her blog HERE

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..
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