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..

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.
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