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TUESDAY 18 FEBRUARY, 2014 / COMMENTS 
For all the ladies living or working in "The Parks" area, there is an amazing nail bar called Polish Nail Spa in Parkwood. You go in for an hour max, sip a perfect (and I mean perfect) flat white from The Park Cafe, and emerge a new person. Caffeine and Acetone can do that.
Red is my current go to colour. The nails are shellac and are still perfect a week later, and my toes were OPI (I forget the name, but it was something spicy).
Shop Nr 5, The Parks Shopping Centre, Cnr Wells & Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood.
WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE, 2013 / COMMENTS 
It's taken a while to get our lounge to exactly how we want it. When we moved in our furniture felt a little bit odd in the new space and slowly we've been chopping and changing, trying to get new things to fit into the random spaces and make it more cozy (as it's the place we entertain and spend most of our time).
It's our first proper winter here and we've realised how freezing our house is. The wooden floors help, but it's quite an old house so there's a few sneaky spaces that let the cold air in. So, with Sedgwicks, the challenge was set to warm up the lounge (Gotta start somewhere). So firstly we got our anthracite fire place working again. It was missing a few pieces, and had a big hole in it so we got some guys in to fix it up and it works like a charm now. It takes a while to get started but it really warms up the room.
Next I wanted to change up the decor a bit, if you look at what it was it was pretty cold and uninviting. I want people to be able to sit on the floor and lounge around after dinner, and this space just wasn't working. So I got a rug (finally!), a few extra things to sit on (how great is that wooden stomper? This was my Weylandts splurge but I just loved the character in the shape and grain). I also got some cozy throws and cushions and a few other key items.
I wanted to pick up on a few of the seasons trends without going overboard. So I collected some lovely glassware and scientific apparatus from all over, and even used a used a Sedgwick's 2L jug/bottle which works so well as a vase in it's after life.
Another trend I love is indoor plants! I don't think I went as crazy as I could have here but I chose some nice bright green, leafy plants to bring a little of the outdoors indoors and to make the place still feel fresh without feeling cold. Also appropriately with the Harbour name, I had to incorporate some nauticalness. I got my ship mirror from the Milnerton market on our last trip to CT, and the lovely anchor cushions are from Zana.
Here is the video of it allll coming together! What do you think?! I'm pretty smitten with the results. It feels a bit more "finished" if you know what I mean :).
Sedgwicks bottle DIY time.
After our Sedgwicks hike a few weeks ago I realised how awesome the 2L jug is. It's got a very old school shape and I thought it would work well as a vase. I'm the type of person who hates throwing away glass bottles and jam jars and will always find a second life for them. So for this DIY all you need is an empty Sedgwicks 2L bottle, hot water and soap. It's that easy. Soak off the labels. Add some fresh flowers and water.
Before and After
I also had this grand idea to make a vinyl sticker that would convert the vase into a scientific jar with measurements, but apparently you can't print a white vinyl? (So above is my photo shop attempt as to what it would have looked like - anyone know where I can do this sort of thing?).
(This Warm up your lounge post is brought to you by Sedgwicks Old Brown. Check out their facebook page for an amazing competition where you can win a weekend away for you and 5 friends to one of 3 luxury camping destinations! One of them is the Old Mac Daddy! - One of my favourite hotels!)
Edit: So where's everything from:
Weylandts: Striped Rug, Wooden stool, Eye test cushion, Ombre throw, woven basket
Country Road: White frames, Grey cushions
Anatomy Design: Scientific apparatus
Mr Price Home: Pouf, small glass cake stand, triplet coffee tables
Ceramic factory: White ceramic skulls
Zana: Anchor cushions
Plants: Garden Shop
TUESDAY 30 APRIL, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Last week I was invited to the first ever Gap Styling Session hosted by Grazia SA. We all got to pick out a pair of Gap jeans to take home and style with whatever we already had in our wardrobes. I decided to take a bit of risk and go for these bright floral jeans. They just jumped out at me, and told me I had to have them and go out and 'be bright'.
I decided to put together a summer meets winter look. I paired my summery floral jeans with a light blue denim shirt that fit the blues of the jeans perfectly. I added my go to brown leather boots which have been with me for two winters already and a neutral trench coat (Gap has an amazing version of this in stores). Moving on to accessories, the leather back pack is from Red Oker, and the hat belonged to Dylan's grandpa.
WEDNESDAY 6 MARCH, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Ella Anne is a beautiful new shop in Sandton stocking a range of amazing brands imported from Austrailia and Bali. The brands include Mink Pink, 3 of something, Finders keepers, Keepsake and Bali Design.
I popped in yesterday to see Gaby, and to take a few pictures of some the gorgeous clothes. She's imported some incredible pieces that you won't find any where else ranging from short shorts to sparkly party dresses.
You can find Ella Anne at 183 Rivonia Road, Sandton Court (behind the Shell Garage)
Mon - fri 11 - 4pm, Sat 11 - 2pm
SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER, 2012 / COMMENTS 
Before the weekend is over I thought I should get a post out about the wonders of Food Wine Design so you’re not angry with me for blogging about it on Monday when it’s all over ; ) and if you've missed out!
If you have been to this event before it’s a huge improvement from last year, it’s bigger and there’s far more variety as well as a lot of new things I hadn’t heard of or seen before. The food, wine and design are all in separate tents so you can start in one section and move along naturally.
So let’s start with food. We ate. A lot.
We started at the Dim Sum Vin stand where they have 4 different dim sum platters that are paired with two glasses of wine. We had one each and got to taste a whole lot of bite size combinations. The steamed dim sum (green) was a lot tastier than the cold option (blue), but the colder option had a much nicer wine! It was a Chardonnay from Plasir De Merle, and I do love chardonnay.
We then had a plate of stuffed Zucchini flowers at the Mastrantonio stand paired with wine imported from Italy (delicious flavours!) these were really interesting, something definitely to try out!
We also had a small Kobe Style beef burger (a bit pricy at R50 a burger the size of a Slyder but Dylan educated me that Kobe beef is world renowned as some of the best Beef in the world). Anyway, it was quite delicious and something Ron Swanson would be proud of. It was basically a bun and a patty with nothing else. Find this at the Braeside Butcher stand.
For pudding we had a haagen dazs mint ice-cream and brownie combination, not the most adventurous but it was pretty tasty.
Moving on to design. We perused a lot of stalls but these were my favourites.
above: Pedersen & Lennard
above & below: Anatomy design
above & below: Hunter cycling Jhb
above & below: Dark horse
We bought this dark horse leather strap for a special home project.
above & below: Dear Rae.
Dylan bought me this 'heart of gold' ring which i've been coveting for a long time.
above: Mat blac - very cool men's accessories like ipad covers and wallets.
I highly recommend going to the fair, just remember your credit card ; )
SATURDAY 17 AUGUST, 2013 / COMMENTS 
From the people that brought Cnr Cafe to Craighall park now bring The Wolfpack to Parkhurst. A brand new bar serving craft beer on tap and incredible gourmet burgers. We headed down on opening night to be the first to give it a try and they did not disappoint! It was completely packed with people. The beers and burgers were flowing and the vibe was awesome.
They have a nice range of delicious burgers to choose from that go for between R65 - R90 (including a side dish). We went with a group and tried a few different things. I loved the interesting side dishes like Polenta chips and apple/cucumber salad that come in a little cone on your board. The presentation was beautiful and everything tasted amazing.
Craft beers are at normal craft beer prices, wines and champagne from R23 and R36 per glass. They also have quite an extensive cocktail menu with cocktails from R40/45.
I loved the interiors, they've done everything so beautifully and it'll hopefully set the bar pretty high for future restaurants in Parkhurst.
Overall the service was great, the food was amazing. The only problem will be getting a table! From what i've heard it's completely booked out this weekend, but I think you could pop in for a take away.
Find them at 21 4th Ave, Parkhurst.
011 447 7705
THURSDAY 16 MAY, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Sorry for the radio silence over here this week. I've been editing non stop trying to get work out before we go on holiday this friday. We're going on a little Cape escape, starting with a hike and camp out on the Table Mountain reserve with a few other bloggers this weekend. I'm so excited for a change of scenery and a break from the two glossy screens that I spend all my time with.
We've been working hard, and I have so many nice shoots I still want to share with you guys. In the past few weeks we've been doing a lot of different work, which has been a wonderful break from shooting weddings. Don't get me wrong, I love weddings but it's so nice mixing it up with other types of shoots too. Here are a few sneak peeks of our latest work:
A maternity shoot that looks nothing like a maternity shoot.
A fashion look book for a local boutique.
and a really fun, no cheese, couple shoot.
Now I just have to get around to actually blogging it all!
FRIDAY 8 MARCH, 2013 / COMMENTS 
I'm getting very excited about Kinfolk Vol. 7, and waiting with baited breath (as per usual) when Warm & Glad will announce they have stock. I am in love with these dreamy images popping up everywhere of these huge ice-cream cones full of beautiful flowers! Like clockwork the Northern hemisphere is exploding with beautiful spring images while my garden already has crispy autumn leaves scattered on the grass. I love this time of year, and i'm pretty excited for some cooler weather. Shot by Parker Fitzgerald and styled by Amy Merrick. Images via
MONDAY 4 MARCH, 2013 / COMMENTS 
There is an awesome (pretty new) Italian lunch spot that has recently started popping up every Tuesday at the Rosebank fire station from 12 - 2. I went last week around 12:30 and it was PACKED! You pay R45 for a take away box and then you get to fill it with all sorts of delicious Italian dishes from their harvest table.
We tried almost everything, but while we were there they kept on bringing out more and more dishes!
It is run by a couple of authentic Italian families and they all make a dish or two of something delicious. It's also a great place to learn a few Italian phrases (which will come in handy for our Italy trip in July!).
If you're bored of your usual lunch/take away and work near Rosebank it's definitely worth the visit - parking is a bit of nightmare so come on your vespa or car pool!
THURSDAY 22 NOVEMBER, 2012 / COMMENTS 
Topshop has finally opened it's doors in South Africa and people couldn't wait to get their paws on all their clothes (some people even slept over to be the first in). I went through this morning and was completely overwhelmed.
The shop is small-ish (if you're comparing it to the Oxford Street Topshop), with quite a small shoes section (I didn't find anything in my taste) but there is a full make up bar and a large denim section!
I found most of the clothes to be very dark and edgy - a lot of gold, black, velvet and studs on everything (!) and I gravitate more towards the plainer items. That being said it is flipping awesome to have the latest stuff straight from London, on trend and will definitely change the way the average South African sees fashion. Price-wise, it's similar to Zara but I actually found some of the items to be a bit more expensive like the blazers were R1000 compared to Zara's R599, and the jeans/pants were around R699 (the clothes are very high quality though and definitely worth the splurge.)
Here are a couple of items that caught my eye.
What can I say? I love the basics.
I also bought some of their make up which is amazing (My favourite red lipstick is from Topshop. It's called Rio Rio and it's the nicest shade of red). Did you know their make up is made in the same factory as Mac? So it's similar quality just a bit cheaper ; ).
Go have a look, i'm pretty sure you won't be disappointed!