TUESDAY 12 NOVEMBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Last night I finally went with some friends to go watch the big band play at the Zoo Lake bowling club. Since April, every monday they've had "big band mondays".
and if you didn't know... "A big band is a type of musical ensemble that originated in the United States and is associated with jazz and the Swing Era typically consisting of rhythm, brass, and woodwind instruments totaling approximately 12 to 25 musicians." (Here's a little sample)
They had about 15 musicians that filled the club with beautiful tunes that made me want to get up and do the jive. We drank cheap G&T's and had a simple but tasty meal. Then the lovely Hannah (who is the wife of the guy who started the Bowls Big Band) got up and belted out "At last!" (Etta James)
All around it was an awesome night out. If you love old jazzy music, you'll love this band. They play every Monday at Bowls, and entrance free (there's a tip jar if you like what you hear).
THURSDAY 7 NOVEMBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
A few cool things happening this weekend in Joburg (starting tonight, because thursday is the new friday).
1. Night of 1000 drawings is on tonight at the Scibono centre in Newtown. Tickets are only R30 and you could score yourself a nice piece of art for R100 (all proceeds going to an amazing cause). Read more about it here.
2. The night market is on at Market on Main tonight.
3. Food Wine Design starts tomorrow on the roof of Hyde Park Corner. If you like good food, incredible wine and buying beautiful designed things this fair is a feast. Tickets are R80.
4. Nestlé SA and their digital agency, NATIVE VML, are celebrating the announcement of Android™ KitKat with Chocnology with an exhibition of 3D-printed sculptures made entirely out of chocolate. Ten talented local artists were recruited to design the edible artworks using Android™ KitKat as their inspiration. The exhibition is on at MOAD (which is a flipping cool venue we shot at about a month ago) from tonight 7th November until Sunday 10th November.
5. The Rosebank Rooftop market has moved and in it's place arrives the Finders Keepers market, launching this Sunday, the 10th November. I'm hoping for a lot of cool vintage stalls but we'll see? Really hoping for something different.
and that's it for my first edition of "Weekend recreation".. have an amazing weekend everybody!
TUESDAY 5 NOVEMBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Dear Rae have just launched their beautiful new Luxury range and got Gareth Hubbard to help create this beautiful lookbook for them. There are so many beautiful pieces here that I would love for christmas.
MONDAY 28 OCTOBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
I'm sitting with Dylan in a coffee shop drinking R10 cappuccinos after a crazy weekend of shooting. My head and my body feel tired, and verging on flu like symptoms so i'm taking today off and i'm not going to feel guilty about it.
I quickly ran out of the puny 20 mb of free internet from the coffee shop, so I started looking through a couple of our travel albums on my desktop when I came across this awesome picture of when Dylan and I stopped to drink coffee in Lake Como.
We stopped at a tiny town, had the cheapest cappuccino in all of Italy (90 cents) and took in the incredible view. It was only a few months ago but it already feels like a faded memory, which made me sad, so I stared into the photograph for longer and tried to remember exactly how I felt when I took it.. how awestruck I was by the colour of the lake and the dramatic mountains behind it. The cute Italians going about their weekend and tanning on the bank. Our delicious cappuccinos and the adventure ahead.
I loved that brief moment, and remembering it made me incredibly grateful. Grateful for the 'faded memory' of an awesome adventure, but also realizing i'm on another great adventure right now.
THURSDAY 24 OCTOBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Guys it's almost time for the Sanlam Investments FoodWineDesign Fair! This is one of my favourite events of the year. I always taste something i've never had before (like these stuffed zucchini flowers above), always find a new delicious wine to stock our racks with and always find soo many beautiful desirable design objects.
It's back on the roof of Hyde Park Corner from 8 - 10 November 2013.
Friday 8 November: 12pm - 10pm
Saturday 9 November: 10am - 10pm
Sunday 10 November: 10am - 4pm
All the favourites are back this year including Anatomy design, Craft Liquor merchants, Inverroche Distillery (Gin!), Idiom wines, Dear Rae, Pichulik, Skinny laMinx and sooo many more. For a full list of exhibitors go visit the FWD site here.
I'm running an incredibly cool giveaway this year. I'm giving away rugs from Barrydale Hand Weavers and 5 x sets of tickets to the fair with one of the winners receiving a R3000 Sanlam unit trust investment towards your ULTIMATE, once in your lifetime food, wine or design trip/experience.
1st Prize: 1 set of tickets + R3000 Sanlam Unit Trust Investment
Runners up: 4 x double tickets + a bedside rug from Barrydale Hand Weavers.
Is it your dream to go champagne tasting in France? or perhaps to go on the ultimate foodie tour of all the best spots in New York City? I have so many of these food and wine fantasies. I would love to go back to Babylonstoren (this time for a full week of relaxing, eating and drinking), or perhaps go back to Italy , stay in a Villa and spend a few days sampling the best cheese and wine of the region.
Whatever your dream is, this is your opportunity to get a bit of head start in saving up for it ; )
1. Tell me what your ultimate once in your lifetime Food Wine or Design dream is in the comments section below.
2. Tweet about it for an extra entry using the hashtag #EJN_FWDTweet #EJN_FWD
I will draw all the winners in 2 weeks time on the 7th November (just in time for the fair!).
MONDAY 11 NOVEMBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Zana is a lovely lifestyle brand based in Woodstock, CT that creates a range of beautiful homey goods including cushions, bags and other paper goods. Their bold colours and prints are flipping gorgeous and i'm lucky enough to have a few of their nice products in my home. I bought a set of their anchor cushions a few months ago for our lounge and then last week received this lovely pouch bag below, as well as a 'YAY' wall hanging (which you can learn how to make here) which I looove and is currently making my kitchen very happy and bright.
Robyn & Melissa (the two lovely lasses behind Zana).
I'm giving away this lovely anchor pouch below to one of you lovely readers.
All you have to do is leave a comment blog telling me what Zana product you love the most (go have a look at everything here!)
I will draw a winner next week Monday the 18 November 2013. Good luck! :)
(Photos by Lindie Meyer (a few are my mine too) )
WEDNESDAY 6 NOVEMBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Thank to everyone who commented, tweeted and entered this competition. I loved reading all your entries!
The winners are as follows:
Hasmita, Danae, Natasha Day and Tracey - you have all won double tickets to FoodWineDesign and an awesome rug from BarryDale Weavers
Robyn Swart! Congrats girl - you've just wone a R3000 Sanlam Unit Trust Investment plus tickets to FoodWineDesign this weekend.
Congratulations to all the winners and maybe see this weekend :)
MONDAY 4 NOVEMBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Jane Sews just teamed up with Brooklyn based photographer Amber Mahoney for their MY SUMMER WITH JANE campaign. It stars the gorgeous Hannah Kristina Metz, and was styled up by Emily Theobald with special appearances from Young Frankk , Etymology and Beacon's Closet. I love the dreamy nostalgic feel to these polaroids. It makes me want to pack my bags and go on a road trip, and stop to run into sunflower fields along the way.
Follow the #mysummerwithjane campaign on instagram - it's so nice to how people have styled up their different outfits all over the country.
FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Guys, I have great news. You'll remember a couple of weeks ago Black Betty had a little pop up in Parkhurst? Well she's back for round two early next week!
The Pop-up will be at LALALUX in Parkhurst - 50 6th street, Parkhurst.
Tuesday 29 October 2013 - 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 30 October 2013 10am - 7pm (for all the worker bees, come after work.. have a drink in Parkhurst afterwards. Can't lose!)
Both the Treacle range and the Polki Diamond range will be there so bring your credit cards, and come do a bit of early christmas shopping.
TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Skinny laMinx has just launched her 2013/14 look book with a whole lot of new beautiful products that will suit a variety of tastes from Maxi Minimalism, Afro-Scandi to Acid pastels. She also has a range of products perfect for a modern christmas. To see her full look book go visit her site here.
I'm focusing on her natural, home grown theme 'Oh my Garden', inspired by leafy greens and eating from the earth. I'm giving away 3 items from this collection.
To enter simply leave me a comment below telling me which product you like best from Skinny laMinx.
The competition will run for 2 weeks and I will draw a winner on the 5th november 2013.