Live in Levi’s video featuring Nikki Taylor20. October 2014
We-are-awesome and I are currently working on a new Levi’s series called Live in Levi’s®, where we feature different people who literally live in Levi’s®. Last week I posted some photos of Nikki Taylor in some very cool Levi’s gear and now I’d like to share a video interview we shot with her at her lovely flat in Illovo. Nikki is an art director at TBWA Hunt Lascaris and an all round lovely face.
Nikki lives with her Fiancé, Ross Garrett, who’s interview you can watch over at We-are-awesome
Hello Change and welcome to the family – Share your #LoveChange stories and WIN some cash monies.20. October 2014
My friend Natasha from Raising Men challenged me to write a story about how my life has changed since having a baby and so today I’m writing about how CHANGE came a-knocking on the Durrants’ door a few months ago, not once but twice and how we not only let it in, but we made it our new best friend.
In November last year Shane and I found out that we were going to have our very own human, we were pregnant with our first child, a baby girl and we couldn’t be happier. Starting a family was one of the biggest things to happen to us since we said ‘I do’ in 2008 and we were so excited and apprehensive, because we didn’t really know what to expect and it was literally the most important thing that we were going to undertake to date. Nine months came and went and between them I faced a lot of changes, not only to my ever expanding belly and face (shoo my face was flipping fat in the end), but to my mind too. I had grown to love the little person inside me so much and I didn’t even know what it felt like to hold her in my arms or look into her eyes. She was born on the 29th of July and even though she’s only been with us for 9 weeks, I can honestly say that she is the most wonderful and most important person in our lives.
With a baby comes many changes, which is no doubt the truth. I mean there are the obvious things, like your sleep routine being anything but a routine, you can’t just pop out to the shops or anywhere for that matter without planning ahead, you have to work around a baby’s schedule, a schedule that at times in non-existent. Some days all you literally get do is feed, rock, change and chat to your baby several times over and then before you know it it’s 7pm and you’re still in your pj’s (thankfully I don’t have many days like that, but every now and then Nina decides to not sleep during the day, at all). There are emotional changes too, for the first 2 weeks of Nina James’ life I had about 4 major cries and I’m talking those hard cries, where your face could scare off a starving coyote it’s so ugly. I sobbed and sobbed and when Shane asked me why I was crying, the honest answer was because I felt too much emotion towards Nina. I just couldn’t comprehend the amount of love I felt for our baby, it was just so overwhelming. I also felt a little scared that I wasn’t always going to be able to protect her and the thought of anything happening to her made me super sad, but luckily after a while I managed to reign those emotions in, although sometimes I still look at her now and feel very teary, because she just makes me so damn happy. Being a mom has also changed the way I love Shane, I never thought it was humanly possible to love him more, but I do and I feel more protective over him and Nina. They are my everything and if I had a choice to do absolutely anything in this world, it would be to spend time with just the 2 of them. Nothing else.
Nina James hasn’t been the only major change in our lives since November last year. Before her Shane and I had 2 other ‘babies’ that took up pretty much all our time, made us happy, made us cry, made us angry, made us (me) fat (too much cake). We had 2 restaurants, Wolves and The Good Luck Club, we started these businesses literally from scratch and over the last 5 years have taken them from figments of our imagination to actual real life things and we’ll forever be proud of our little holes-in-the-wall here in Illovo. In November last year we made another huge decision that would completely change our lives. We were approached by a husband and wife team to buy both shops. At first we were not that open to selling them, after all they had played a huge part in our lives, they gave us an identity and something to nurture and care for, we had grown them from the ground up and the thought of passing them on was quite daunting, not to mention sad. But eventually, after loads of discussions and a few bumpy rides on the roller coaster of emotional emotions, we decided that we would sell and take the opportunity begin something new, find a dusty piece of ground and start once again from the bottom up.
This change, together with the introduction of our baby girl into our lives has been the beginning of an adventure that we’re still on, but one that has me feeling very excited about what more the future has to hold for us. The last few months Shane and I have been thinking about what our next step is and even though we’re amped to see which of our ideas will become a reality, we’re also a little nervous, because change is a scary thing, but I’ve always said, a little fear is good because it pushes you to succeed, I think if things come too easy, you run the risk of taking them for granted. Success doesn’t just land in your lap. It should be wooed, swept off its feet and then loved and cherished the day you get to call it your own. And for that to occur sometimes change is the most important factor, because things don’t just happen if you’re not willing to let them.
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Mom’s night out.20. October 2014
On Saturday I went to go watch Shane and the boys perform for the first time in literally 8 months. My folks were in town and I took the opportunity to cash in a ‘babysitting card’ and when it’s your mom and dad fulfilling that duty and they probably love your baby more than any human on this planet, including yourself, you know you have nothing to worry about.
I haven’t really been out since my Nina James has arrived and so on Saturday I decided that a dance was in order. And dance I did, only problem is I was stiff on Sunday (ha) because my body has pretty much forgotten how to do any sort of exercise. But it was worth it. It was fun letting loose a bit and watching Desmond and the Tutus and just hanging with my friends, without having a baby monitor hanging off my top. I even took my old camera out for a spin!
When Nina is old enough she’s going to be having a TV room dance party with me everyday. Every day.
aLoveSupreme16. October 2014
The other day I went to a lunch held by Art Logic that gave us a sneak peak at what to expect at the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary FoodWineDesign Fair this year. From what I can see from the small display they put together to entice us, there is going to be some really beautiful things to lust after and some really amazing food to dive face/hands first into, I really can’t wait.
We got given a goodie bag before we left, made by a label called aLoveSupreme, it’s one of the nicest tote bags I have ever been given, the quality is great and the prints are so much fun, so I went looking for their site so I could check out all their products. They make everything from throw pillows to placemats to wrapping paper to tote bags to material by the meter etc etc and all with such awesome prints on them.
I had a hard time choosing which one I wanted, it was a toss up between the cowboys and the ice-lollies, the lollies won in the end. I think tote bags should be the new wrapping paper , yes? Yes.
- Intelligent and creative with a dash of whimsy, aLoveSupreme is the imaginative range of stationery, apparel and homeware with a sneaky sense of humour and a whole lot of heart.
Taking stationery to the next level, aLoveSupreme creates wrapping paper, note cards and notebooks with stylised illustrations designed by Ryan Botha. Other products in the range include gift tags, disposable and melamine placemats, A4 prints, SNAP playing cards, gift bags and doodle books. Their recently launched fabric range includes fabric by the metre, tote bags, napkins, tea towels and pouches.
Let’s get Tropsi – Dear Rae14. October 2014
Ok so I got super spoilt by the team over at Dear Rae. WOW. I received a beautifully packaged ring yesterday with loads of photos of their new Let’s Go Tropsi Collection, which is really pretty and delicate and made up of glints of gold, native shapes and lavish colours that come through in the use of precious stones. I’m a huge fan of Dear Rae’s creations, in fact every time I wear any Dear Rae piece that I own, someone asks me where it comes from. I find everything that they make so simple and unfussy, but really eye catching and beautiful at the same time and I’m super happy with my awesome ‘delicious monster’ ring that they sent me, which I definitely think needs some friends, because they look so good stacked.
I have attached some pictures of their latest look book and collection, that I cannot wait to see in real life. I’m going to have to practice some self-control when I do, something I’m not very good at, but hey…
You can buy Dear Rae pieces online or from their studio – Shop 3, The Woodstock Foundry, 160 Albert Road, Cape Town, South Africa. You can also catch them at the Food Wine Design this year in Johannesburg on the 7th to the 9th of November on the Hyde Park rooftop.
Karin said: This range was inspired by the raw, lush and leisurely nature of my surroundings. I found that most of my designs hold aspects of naive shapes, capturing the light heartedness of Summer.
Live in Levi’s with Nikki Taylor13. October 2014
This week I’d like to introduce you all to Miss Nikki Taylor, who is a super talented art director at TBWA Hunt Lascaris, a budding ceramicist, a soon-to-be wife to Mr. Ross Garrett, a novice sitar player and one of the most photogenic, sweetest people I know. Nikki is the next instalment in our new Live In Levi’s project and the other day we got to go shoot a small video (which is coming soon to the blog) and some stills with her in her beautiful flat in Illovo.
Nikki is sporting some new Levi’s gear that she picked up at the store – she’s wearing a mid-length stonewashed denim skirt (that I thought about stealing right off her) and a crisp white Levi’s shirt. All these items are available in store now.
You can check out what Ross wore on we-are-aweosome