Travel & Restaurants

Oyster Box Hotel

January 10, 2017

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When Shane and I went on the Rovos Rail in November we started in Pretoria and ended in Durban. We had one day to spend there and so we stayed in the iconic Oyster Box Hotel situated on Umhlanga’s beachfront overlooking the Indian Ocean and it’s iconic lighthouse.

This absolutely beautiful hotel has such an interesting history attached to it. In 1863 it started out as ‘The Oyster Lodge’ and then in 1954 it was sold and turned into a tea garden, which over time became a restaurant and then The Oyster Box Hotel. The original owner of the hotel passed it onto her brother who in turn sold it to its current owners. This is the part of the story I really love – the owners Stanley and Bea Tollman were visiting the Oyster Box one day, Stan who loved the place so much and landed up proposing to Bea telling her that one day he was going to buy it and make it theirs, which is exactly what he did a few years later! Shane can I have a hotel, please?!

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Churche, DESIGN, FASHION, photography

African Bazaar

January 9, 2017

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This is a photographic project that I have really been wanting to share with you guys and now I finally can! Near the end of last year Adi and I under Churche worked together with the awesome folk from The Spanish Coalition on a little project called African Bazaar. Working with the team behind this and the amazing Emy (I mean how beautiful is she?!) was such a treat and I’m so happy with the end result. Please let me know what you think of it, I would love to hear your thoughts.

The Spanish Coalition’s (who are a great little advertising agency if you’re looking for one) concept behind this project is really cool – African Bazaar’ was inspired by the informal economy of this city. This catalogue exhibits some of the bizarre and miscellaneous things you can buy in and around the streets of Jozi. 

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home stuff, My Recipes

Homemade Sweetie Pies

December 20, 2016

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I love Sweetie Pies, I don’t buy them often when I go to the shops but every now and then I spot them and they come home with me, only to be devoured like 20 minutes later on the couch. So I was thinking to myself that I’d try my hand at making some homemade Sweetie Pies that way I could change the name to homemade Angie Pies and eat as many as I want without anyone knowing. Good plan right?

I recently was invited to see Poetry’s latest SS17 Homeware collection, which is so so pretty. I landed up coming home with a few pieces, obviously, I’m a sucker for ceramics and kitchenware, especially ones with gold trimmings and swishes of pale blue paint. I also bought myself an absolutely amazing set of knives, forks and spoons from Laguiole which I’m in love with. So after my Angie Pies were made I hauled out my new kitchen loot and put together a little shoot, as one would.

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FASHION

Cotton On Kids Little Reindeer Academy

December 19, 2016

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I always love shooting style posts with Nina James, she’s become such a trooper and I’ve learned that if I’m patient and have a couple of marshmallows in my pocket she’ll play along with me. Cotton On Kids sent her the sweetest little outfit the other day with a bit of information about Cotton On Kids Little Reindeer Academy, which involves a whole family of cute looking reindeer, fun in-store activities, face painting, movies and more. So when mom is going goo-goo-ga-ga over things like this pom-pom tulle skirt then the kids are happy and entertained.

We hopped onto our roof yesterday afternoon with a bit of confetti and a small supply of the good stuff (marshmallows) and I took some shots of her running around in her new get-up. Everything she is wearing from top to bottom is from Cotton On Kids except for her shoes. She loves this skirt so much, I think if she could she would sleep in it, it’s so sweet how happy it makes her. Shame by babs.

So NJ’s New Years outfit is sorted, I, on the other hand, are going to be so big I may have to wear my duvet with some fairy lights wrapped around it as a belt! Hehe.

Hope everyone is on holiday already and loving it!

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D.I.Y., DESIGN

DIY Festive Season wrapping

December 13, 2016

It’s that time of the year again, time to buy presents, lots, and lots of presents and then make then look all nice and pretty so that they can sit under your tree until they make someone else other than yourself happy. I love this time of year, I love the way it makes me feel, I love decorating our house and tree, I love buying presents (obviously) and I love getting my old D.I.Y. Festive Season wrapping skills out.

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Travel & Restaurants

Nonna’s food bar

December 9, 2016

I’m a sucker for homemade pasta but only if it’s done right! There are two things that I hate when I go to a restaurant that serves fresh pasta, I don’t like it when the portions are too small, as if someone sat and counted every strand of spaghetti, because you know that stuff is so ‘expensive’ to make and when the pasta is a bit wet and sloppy. Luckily this was not the case with the next restaurant I’m going to tell you about now.

My mom and I went through to Sandton City the other day to have lunch at Nonna’s Food Bar which is a 100% Italian restaurant built on the owner’s very own Nonna’s (granny in Italian) original recipes so what they serve is good wholesome Italian food which is super delicious.

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