FASHION, photography, Travel & Restaurants

Stellenbosch your streets are so pretty, but what’s with the rain?

August 31, 2015

Oudewerf Hotel

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I’m such a sucker for denim, I pretty much wear it every single day of my life. So when I found myself doing a street style shoot in Stellenbosch I of course was dressed head to toe in denim.

Anna-Belle and I were invited to spend a couple of days in Stellenbosch so we stopped off in town to have a cup of tea at the beautiful Oudewerf Hotel. We actually relaxed inside while we watched the rain fall and then nipped out quickly when it stopped every now and then to shoot some photos. I think the front of house staff thought we were a bit bonkers the way we kept running in and out. I’m surprised my hair didn’t crowd all the photos because when it catches a bit of rain the fizz right on top of my head is fierce. It’s not pretty. But regardless we had fun shooting these even though the weather wasn’t on our side.

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photography, Travel & Restaurants

Hello America

August 30, 2015

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Hello America, we’ll be seeing you very soon…

For the last ten years Shane and I have been dreaming and talking about going to New York. It has been our dream destination and the one place that has always been at the top of our travel list. So last year for Shane’s 30th birthday I bought us plane tickets and plotted out our whole trip on a map of America for him. We start in New York then go to Portland Oregon, then to Long Beach for one day to watch one our favourite bands, Future Islands and then our trip ends in the neon city that is Las Vegas.

I was still pregnant when I was planning this and the whole time I was putting it together I was telling myself that by the time the day we were going to leave rolled around Nina would be over a year old and I would have convinced myself that I would be ok without her for a couple of weeks.

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My Recipes, RECIPES

Easy chocolate mousse

August 28, 2015

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Have you ever found yourself preparing for a dinner party at your house and you realise that you’re responsible for the dessert too and you want to make something that won’t keep you in the kitchen for hours? Then I have just the solution for you. I own Alida Ryder’s book Simple & Delicious and in it is a quick and easy recipe for good old fashioned Chocolate Mousse. Now some of you may be thinking that chocolate mousse is a boring dessert, but I beg to differ. Sometimes at the end of a meal all you need is a bit of a chocolate fix and what’s so nice about mousse is there is zero effort needed to consume it. Yup you can pretty much suck it down using nothing but your face, if you’re skilled enough in the art of crafty eating like I am.

I have made this particular mousse a couple of times and it has never failed. It comes out smooth, rich and delicious. I haven’t made it the original way with white chocolate, but I’m definitely going to try it next time around. In the version below I use half dark chocolate and half milk chocolate and I’ve upped the chocolate content by 50 grams (what can I say I love chocolate).

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PLACES, Travel & Restaurants

The Alphen Boutique Hotel

August 24, 2015

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Over the weekend Shane and I travelled to Cape Town to attend our friends Matthew and Jess’ wedding. It was held on the beautiful grounds of Babylonstoren, a word I finally have learnt how to pronounce properly! This has been the first time that both Shane and I have been away from Nina and I must say I handled it a lot better that I thought I would. I was a bit teary in the beginning on the way to the airport and I thought about her the entire time we were in Cape Town, but Shane’s parents who were babysitting were so good at sending photos and updates all weekend long that I actually did ok being away from her. She got loads of kisses though when I saw her on Sunday evening!

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FASHION, photography, Travel & Restaurants

Stellenbosch

August 17, 2015

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Anna-Belle and I were invited to hang out in the beautiful town of Stellenbosch for a few days thanks to the lovely people over at Stellenbosch Wine Routes. I’ve never stayed in this area before and I’m really glad I got to because it’s so pretty to look at, I like being surrounded by wine lands and vast mountain vistas.

Whilst there we got together to shoot some looks that we have just recently added to our wardrobes. So to kick off this series I’m starting with this navy jumpsuit I found at Zara. I really like it, it’s light and easy to wear, so easy in fact that I accidentally wore it backwards and I only realised after we had shot and the rain had started pouring down. I laughed so hard at myself afterwards, but hey I think it works both ways so it’s all good hehe. My hat is from Simon and Mary, luckily I managed to wear that right way round.

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GIVEAWAYS, PLACES

The Commune

August 16, 2015

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I absolutely love it when my friends do really awesome things, it makes me so happy to see them succeed and start ventures that they are really passionate about. Two such friends of mine are Amy Venter a.k.a Jane Sews and her husband Zak Venter a.k.a Sergeant Pepper Clothing. These two are not only talented clothing designers but they’re also the very clever minds behind Durban’s latest shared retail workspace called The Commune. I haven’t been yet in person, but I can only imagine that it’s a really cool space because everything these two do is always amazing and I’m not exaggerating when I say that.

– The Commune is a gathering of makers and brands offering a collection of apparel, home goods and design. We are collaborative inspired by slow living, taking design back to the foundation of comfort and utility. In the Commune tools, space and ideas are shared. 

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