Tuesday, 31 May 2011

bold & stripey

Stripes are one of the few patterns found in every women's closet! I just LOVE the way Mango, (using the colour block trend) have combined bold accessories & vibrant colors to provide a fantastically fresh, new & fashion-forward way to wear them! Too gorgeous!*
pics from fashionising

for the love of babushka's

Babushka a.k.a Russian dolls have become one of the most fashionable print trends around at the moment. Their imagery became quite popular in Japan & has now spread to the west throughout fashion, jewellery, homewares & stationery. Below is a selection of Babushka's I have gathered from all over the web- Just love them.
Please excuse the lack of picture reference! Very naughty!

above stickers from vinyl wall art,
Just LOVE these stamps!

add love to your saamies

My friend Megs in the UK is selling these gorgeous little heart stamps! They are the perfect tool for adding some lurve to your brekki/ lunch! Mine is already on its way! YAY!
ONLY R50/ 5GBP including postage & shipping!
Click HERE to order (just leave a comment with your postal addy & Megs will get back to you). They are shipped the same day you order.

Monday, 30 May 2011

... perch

I LOVE these perch designs! How gorgeous are the Letter Lights and the Bonnie & Clyde salt & pepper set!

Make a wish and place it in your heart. Anything you want, everything you want. Do you have it? Good. Now believe it can come true. You never know where the next miracle is going to come from. The next smile, the next wish come true. But if you believe that it’s right around the corner, and you open up your heart and mind to the possibility of it, to the certainty of it, you just might get the thing you’re wishing for. The world is full of magic. You just have to believe in it.
So make your wish. Do you have it? Good. Now believe in it, with all of your heart.

want. this. recipe book

This recipe book is amazing! You can TASTE 'the freedom' in these vibrant pages of food from the CafĂ© – Neil Roake's recipes & the colourful tales behind them are truly fantastic! & the illustrations are INCREDIBLE! Probably the BEST recipe book I have ever laid my eyes on! 
Easy recipes. Entertaining & Fun. Order it here
OH! And if you havent been to The Freedom Cafe - do yourself a favor & get there asap!

Friday, 27 May 2011

con amore (with love)

Last night, us Durban Bloggers were treated to a bloggers evening hosted by Con Amore in La Lucia Mall and wowzers what a treat it was! We indulged in fine Italian champers, cupcakes, sushi and delicious macaroons whilst ooo'ing and aaah-ing over Con Amore's gorgeous range of decor items! Thank God I left my credit card at home cos she would have been out in a jiffy and had one hell of a field day!

I am however friends with Candice, who is the official Con Amore Buyer (I have friends in high places, ha!) She has safely put aside my favorite items for collection early next week!*

My faaaaavorite items:
- Big measuring jugs - would look too amazing on display in my kitchen
- Heart sweetie jar
- Awesome stamp set
- Over-sized Maxwell & Williams cherry tea cup & saucer
- Heart butter dish
- Union Jack & "love" pillow
Thank you Con Amore for a fantastic evening & special thanks to Candice who organised it (& for keeping my above goodies safe for me)

Have a look at the Con Amore website, here

And if you live in JHB / Durbs you can find their stores here:
KRAMERVILLE2 Kramer Road, Kramerville, 2148
Johannesburg, South Africa
Tel: +27 11 262 0385
LA LUCIA Shop 201, La Lucia Mall
90 William Campbell Drive, La Lucia 4051
Tel: +27 31 562 1074

Thursday, 26 May 2011

SUCH a creative idea for a bedside table! Love it!

Tickets at Computicket (& all Shoprite/ Checkers stores)
Pre-sold - R80
Gate - R100
Kids under 10 - Free

Picnic basket, good friends, a bottle of wine and cool local tunes in a park ... Can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday!*

sarah ord interiors

I came across this post on one of my fav blog spots - lanaloustyle 
She took these pics- amazing right!? I have already fallen in LOVE with this shop- it has such a vibrant & exotic feel to it! Love the glorious mix of colours and decor! Definitely popping in here next time I am in the gorgeous mother city!

Sarah Ord Interiors, 215 Bree Street, Cape Town
Tel: +27 21 422 3218

get in my belly

Get the simple and easy to follow recipe HERE
nom nom!

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

My husband and I are on the house hunt ...  and this is my ONLY request
(okay, not only, I have a whoooole list of things I want for our new home but this is definitely one of the TOP!)

But on another note, shesh! I must say, we have been horrified at the amount of people who have absolutely NO 'house- pride' and absolutely NO taste for decor. I mean you dont have to be a millionaire to make the place look good. It saddens me to see how some people live ... Bladdy hell people, buy a couple home decor mags and get some inspiration!

my pottery creations

Here are some more of my pottery creations*
Gravy / Bar-one (has to be) chocolate sauce jug & personalised tea mugs I made for my hubs & I - this was before I found the personalised ones at @home!

Oh and, Grant's one isn't smaller than mine so dont go thinking I'm a tea greedy guts- its just the camera angle, they both the same size :) Oh # 2 - My hubby tells me his tea "tastes sooo much better in THIS cup" sweet hey? Adore him!

happy africa day*

Happy Africa Day!*
And to commemorate it- Going to showcase these amazing African inspired fabrics from the Design Team Fabrics.
Their fabrics are out of this world!!

jack & jill

Absolutely love these little dudes and dudets (known as Jack & Jill)! You can get them from a shop in Durban called Ikhaya, I paid their store a visit this past Saturday. Absolutely love their stuff & I'm sure you would too!

You can find them at 197 Brand Rd, Glenwood (Durban). They usually have a table at the monthly Durban I heart market OR, you can simply purchase any Ikhaya goodies online HERE

not to be missed!

Friday, 20 May 2011

lookie what i got

I have ALWAYS wanted a mug with my initial (k, well this was before I took the matter into my own hands and made my own at pottery)- Finally they have arrived @home

They have only just received the stock so not every letter of the alphabet are in store as yet but they coming (apparently).

Wise words for a Friday! :)

My plans for the weekend;
- tonight we are off to watch my beautiful babiest sister, Natalie
 perform in her school production, such a talented chikita!
- tomorrow we dont have ANYthing planned for a change so I am hoping to go to the beach for some much needed vitamin D & wouldnt mind popping down to the Essenwood Flea Market if its a nice day!
- Sunday, hubby and I are house hunting in Ballito after which will treat ourselves to a delish lunch at Waterberry. If you havent been there, do yourself a favor! Its amazing!

I hope you all have a wooooonderful weekend!*

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

do try this at home

Looks pretty easy right?
Definitely going to give this look a try for my next night on the town!*
So tomorrow South Africa go to the poll's in municipal elections! I urge all South Africans to go MAKE YOUR MARK for a better RSA!
Your vote can make a difference!

Monday, 16 May 2011

the best chocolate chip cookie

Origin: “Baking: From My Home To Yours” by Dorie Greenspan
Makes about 45 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 to 12 minutes

● 2 cups all purpose flour
● 1 tsp. salt
● 3/4 tsp. baking soda
● 2 sticks unsalted butter at room temp
● 1 cup sugar
● 2/3 cup light brown sugar
● 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
● 2 large eggs
● 12 oz. bittersweet chocolate (I used 2 cups store-bought chocolate chips)
● 1 cup chopped walnuts
1. Preheat oven 200 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment or spray with cooking spray.
2. Whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda together.
3. Beat the butter on medium speed for about 1 minute until smooth (you can use a stand mixer, but I don’t have one so I used a hand mixer). Add the sugars and beat for another 2 minutes, until well blended. Beat in the vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for1 minute after each egg goes in. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients in 3 portions, mixing only until each addition is incorporated. By hand with a wooden spoon, mix in the chocolate and nuts. The dough can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days. (Normally, I put it in the fridge for just a half an hour just to firm it up but this time I couldn’t wait- tell me who would!? )
4. Spoon the dough by slightly rounded tablespoonful onto the baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between spoonfuls.
5. Bake the cookies one sheet at a time and rotating the sheet at the midway point- for 10 or 12 minutes, or until they brown at the edges and are golden in the center. Pull sheet from oven and allow the cookies to rest for 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool to room temperature.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

LOVE this ensemble!*

carolina herrera's 10 style rules to live by:

1.  A full-length mirror is the most important accessory a woman can own.
2.  Do not be afraid to wear color. A woman who walks into a room full of black dresses wearing red, pink or orange is stunning and everyone turns to look.
3.  Trends make everyone look as though they are wearing a uniform. It is best to wear what is most individually flattering and appropriate for the occasion.
4.  A crisp white shirt looks wonderful for the day or evening; every woman should have one they love in their closet.
5.  It’s important to dress for your age. What looked good at 15 will not look good at 40.
6.  Don’t forget to be feminine. Glamour and elegance are always something that attracts attention.
7.  Dress according to your personality.
8.  Your hair and makeup are always very important.
9.  If you don’t have taste, you will never be stylish. Style is a state of mind. It is how you live, how you wear your clothes, what you read and what you love. It has nothing to do with money.
10. Be mysterious. Mystery is the most important quality for a woman. Elegance is an attitude.

wish list

Found these woooonderful items online from various places and just LOVE each and every one of them! None of them had sources on where I could purchase them! How sad! Want them aaaaall!

Definitely think im going to try get this made myself- just need to find
an embroider first :)

So cute!!

Really heart this pillow! They for sale (along
with many other cute ones) on etsy for R280.00

Tuesday, 10 May 2011