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 21 OCTOBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Calling all creative business owners wanting to learn a bit more about social media and marketing. The lovely, Durban creative Nadia is coming to Johannesburg in November to host a few workshops just for you.
"The workshops are aimed at creative business owners in a variety of fields from photography and design to crafters or even bloggers. If you have your own business and want to learn and prosper, then the workshops are ideal. The topics range from social media to creative marketing ideas and there are two types of workshops – one for beginners and one for intermediates. The Beginner Workshops are ideal for business owners who would to learn the basics. The Intermediate Workshops are for those who are in the industry and on the right track, but would perhaps like step it up a notch.
Creatives who attend can look forward to a day of learning with practical examples and case studies of successful businesses. The day is the ideal platform for networking within a creative environment. All the courses include a delicious lunch, snacks, a really lovely goodie bag and a host of giveaways from wonderful brands."
Dates for Beginner Workshops:
Saturday 16th November 2013
Thursday 21st November 2013
Dates for Intermediate Workshops:
Tuesday 19th November 2013
Saturday 23rd November 2013
Venue: Clico Boutique Hotel - 27 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg
Times: 09h00 - 17h00
Cost: R1200 per full-day workshop (Payment plans optional)
For more details go visit Nadia's blog. Or email here to book a spot - firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
On Sunday a friend and I were totally spoilt by 4th Street Wines as we were invited to experience Rihanna in concert from the presidential suite at FNB stadium. I've been to concerts at soccer city so many times and it's always quite a mission as a
normal citizen pleb. This time we were true VIP's, waltzing in our private entrances, moving around a beautiful suite as we pleased. Eating dinner off a real plate and being able to order what ever we wanted (and getting it brought to us) without missing any part of the concert.
Rihanna was incredible. She really owned the stage and I was quite surprised how well I knew almost every one of her songs.
Thanks 4th street for an incredible experience. You've ruined me for all future big concerts at soccer city. Thanks for letting us living The Sweet Life for a night!
Unfortunately I didn't take too many pictures but I managed to get a quick snap of my outfit (outside our local cafe/kiosk) and a picture of the stage from the suite.
Cap & Two-piece outfit: Mr Price
Shoes: Cotton on
TUESDAY 8 OCTOBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
We were shooting in Maboneng on Saturday and stumbled upon Cocobel, a bright, new food truck in town that specialises in Granitas (felt like Spain!), frozen yoghurt and other sweet delicacies.
We tried their granitas, and those really hit the spot on a hot day. We tried the Rose & Litchi, and Pineapple & Mango, but their flavours seem to change and evolve regularly.
How flipping sweet is their bright turquoise food truck? Very nice use of a shipping container and an old Chevy!
THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
De Kas was refreshing discovery (found through A cup of Jo) just outside the tourist circuit of Amsterdam. We cycled for over an hour to try their delicious, unpretentious food fresh from their gardens and far exceeded our expectations.
Set in an incredible glass building (reminiscent of a green house) it over looks a huge park. It's great place to escape and relax for an afternoon or evening. You really feel far away from all the craziness of the city, which is exactly what we needed after a few days of being tourists. We had a looong lazy lunch, three courses beautifully presented and bursting with flavour paired with some light delicious Rosé.
We had a short kitchen and garden tour with one of their chefs, and we got talking about Babylonstoren in Cape Town as the concept and design are very similar, and he told us that De Kas was actually the original inspiration for Babylonstoren! According to him, Karen Roos spent a lot of time in the Netherlands and loved frequenting De Kas ;). They now have a good relationship between the two of them and have even hosted each other's chefs for a visit. How amazing?
If you're in Amsterdam and want to visit, booking is essential. Get all the information you need here.
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.
WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Last week friday was the Jane Sew's Pop Up at Wolves. It was such a lovely evening of good tunes, pretty dresses and awesome people. Gareth made this really awesome little video of the night! I love it.
If you missed out.. you do know you can shop Jane Sews online right? Trust me, everything is so beautiful in real life.
THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Joburg has quickly skipped through spring and has jumped straight into summer this week. It's so lovely and warm and we can officially pack all the winter warmers away and unpack all our breezy summer clothes.
Woolworths is showcasing some of their key summer items every week online in the form of a fashion convo. This week the key item is the cropped pants. I got to pick out a pair to style up so I picked the bright orange one's because they screamed summer to me.
First of all I'm quite short so cropped pants are basically like normal pants for me, so I folded them up slightly at the bottom so you can see a little more ankle and paired them with some clogs (that slightly help to lengthen my stubby short legs). As the pants are quite bright, all you really need is simple white tee on top (you can either dress it up for work or keep it casual like me). I paired my pants with this white boxy crop top (which also happens to be a key item this summer). It's light and breezy and goes so nicely with the cropped pants. Cropped on Cropped.
What would you wear with these pants?
Join the Woolworths #fashionconvo on facebook, twitter and instagram.
Cropped pants: Woolworths / White crop top: Mr Price / Clogs: Cotton On
MONDAY 7 OCTOBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
A look book for paper products? Yes please! Anna Bond (of Rifle Paper Co) and Brooklyn based floral designer Amy merrick got together to create this absolutely beautiful look book that brings Anna's illustrations and products to life. I love the mix of real flowers, and paper one's overlaying some of Rifle Paper Co's distinctive illustrations. I would love this poster in 3D(above) in my house.
Photographs by Alpha Smoot
TUESDAY 1 OCTOBER, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Jane Sews is running a campaign for her new summer 2013 collection. Follow the hashtag #MySummerWithJane on instagram and twitter to see some of her beautiful pieces. The lovely Amy (of Jane Sews) sent me this beautiful sky blue dress and asked me a few questions about summer.
My name is... Emma-Jane
I live in... a lovely surburb called Parkhurst in Johannesburg
I'm dressed in... the Emily Midi Dress in Sky Blue.
Wearing this dress makes me feel like... dipping my toes in the swimming pool water to see if it's warm yet, it makes me feel like frolicking around a park to find the perfect picnic spot and it makes me feel like eating a simple summer supper outside, barefoot.
My favourite things about Summer are... Watermelon, bare legs and longer days.
Jane Sews is hosting a pop up shop in Joburg on friday 11 October 2013. All the details for the event are below. Sounds like a nice evening of music and shopping all her beautiful new pieces.