Wednesday, 29 June 2011


It's my birthday today, so I am going to take a tiny little blogging holiday and I'll be back tomorrow. xx

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

teal and red

Look at the beautiful Freshly Found sari garland necklace (with detachable pin) I got at The Caboodle today. I love the colours.

Image: Freshly Found

Monday, 27 June 2011

sad face, happy face, hungry face

So the husband left for England yesterday, which made me sad, but my parents arrived, which made me happy. We went on a shopping spree today and I got spoilt rotten. Thank you mooky and dad! Also looking forward to the Zara and Ikea goodies the husband will be bringing back with him. I joked with him and told him he's my personal shopper - not sure if he likes the title or not!

One of the things I love about having my mom around is that we make yummylicious food together. I guess I am the sous chef, but I like to think my chopping and strirring makes the food taste even more delicious. We're planning on making French onion soup and this recipe that I spotted in the latest Woolies Taste magazine. Mmmm ... wild mushroom ragout on herb mash.

Image: Taste

Saturday, 25 June 2011

ring ring

I never really liked those old telephone tables, but this one on the TLC site has changed my mind. Love how it's been made to look sophisticated. Am definitely going to keep an eye out for one that I can restore.
Image: TLC

Friday, 24 June 2011

Bridgette 1977

I bought the mirror above from the Boeremark (farmer's market) in my hometown a while back. I paid R20 for it. When my mom saw it, she told me she had one similar to it when she was a teenager.
The signature under the illustration reads Sara Moon, but from my research I found out it was painted by a Persian artist named Bijan. He was commissioned by Red Baron Publishing of Los Angeles to create commercial works of the female form. Four years later Bijan parted company with Red Baron. For their part, Red Baron continued to satisfy demand for new Sara Moon work by commissioning the artist Christian to paint and sign images as "Sara Moon".  
Each one features a different girl with her very own name. I am in love with them all, but I am glad I have an original Bijan.
I only hung Bridgette up yesterday, but now I think I must find another one to hang next to her so she doesn't feel lonely.
Images: Sara Moon

Thursday, 23 June 2011

woohoo for giving and taking

The oh-so-sweet Miss Angie from Lucky Pony (who is the next bloggirl in my series) is organising a present swap. I took part last time round and lemme tell you - it's so much fun (I got the little bowl pictured above plus other goodies). If you wanna take part, just comment on her post. Who knows, maybe you and I will be pressie buddies!

say what?!

So in the past week I was told I have expensive taste by two people. This instantly raised my hackles, because I feel they haven't really thought it through. Yes, I do prefer to shop at Woolies rather the Checkers or Mr Price for food and clothing, but I do this because of the quality I get from the one place over the over. I am willing (and fortunately able, to a certain degree) to be able to choose quality, but I think that's as far as it goes. I definitely don't choose the more expensive option to appear "grand" or because I am pretentious.

I ike telling people about a good restaurant or cafe I recently ate at, and they often respond by saying that I must be loaded because they couldn't afford to go there. Well, have your looked at Spur's menu lately? A burger there costs R5 or R10 (if that) less than a "gourmet" burger at the places I frequent. And of course the marginally more expensive burger tastes a damn lot better - and is probably healthier to boot. I sound like I am ranting? Perhaps, but I feel there is a case to be made for quality and that more people should try it. Yes, this may mean that they have to shorten their grocery list somewhat, or eat out less, or buy one pair of shoes than rather two, but at the end of the day I'm sure they'll be happier with the bag of bananas that are all edible, the well-prepared, perhaps even lovingly prepared meal, or the coat that lasts for several more seasons.

Let me know what you think. I am totally open to hearing opposing thoughts!

Image: Going with my Gut

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

happy things to look forward to

My parents are coming to visit me in Durban for a week on Sunday. I cannot wait! They were last here two years ago, so I have lots to show them. I'm just sorry that they couldn't have come a bit later in July for the Virginia Airshow (my dad loves anything that flies) and the Durban International Film Festival. The programme was released several days ago and wowzer, there are some awesome movies coming to town. My pick: Toast (based on Nigel Slater's book - that's Helena Bonham Carter in a scene from the movie above), The Tree of Life (the love-it-or-hate-it new Brad Pitt movie), Midnight in Paris (the new Woody Allen movie), Black Venus (about Saartjie Baartman), and Black Butterfiles (about poet Ingrid Jonker).

Image: Telegraph

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

mouse for dinner

Or is it a rat? Anyway, how cute is this ceramic picnic set by Sootcookie Ceramic? The words in the banner read "magie vol, ogies toe." Translated it means "tummy full, eyes closed".

Images: Sootcookie

Monday, 20 June 2011

9 to 5

If I worked in a corporate environment (which thank heavens I don't), I would definitely rock this as a kinda uniform. Black suit (with cropped pants) and low black heels. I'd just mix it up with a different detailed top and handbag every day.

Images: Zara

Sunday, 19 June 2011

one day soon outfit

Okay, so the husband is bringing back these Zara pants from his England trip and I'm gonna buy these Rage shoes when I get paid (but maybe in the purple/maroon shade that's also available).

Images: Zara, Rage

dad's day

The guy above is my dad (with my mom). He's a real gentle giant. I think people are a bit scared of him cause he's very tall (though you can't see it in this photo), but he's got a soft heart. He's the kinda dad who buys you and your mom chocolates at 10 at night cause you are craving something sweet, the kinda dad who plaited your hair for school every day. I think that's a cool kinda dad. So Happy Father's Day! Love you lots!

Saturday, 18 June 2011

here kitty kitty

Sorry for not posting yesterday. My laptop charger decided to give off a rotten artichoke smell and die. True story.

Anyhoo, check out these super cute Jonathan Adler salt and pepper shakers. They look kinda like my kitties. Love the humour in Adler's ceramics.
Image: Jonathan Adler

Thursday, 16 June 2011

top gear

I flippen love my car - a zippy little yellow Kia Picanto. It's seriously the easiest car - especially for a driving challenged person such as I.

But I must say this Orla Kiely Special Collection Citroen DS3 would be a pretty cool ride.

Just check out those details on the floor mat thingie and the head rest thingamagig.

Images: Citroen

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

i dig these gig posters

I think I am going to fill an entire wall with these gig posters (framed of course - don't want the flat to look like a college dorm room).

Images: eBay

Monday, 13 June 2011

best of the bunch

Theyskens' Theory was my favourite of the Resort 2012 collections.
Those bags...

Also loved this look from The Row.
Images: Style

retro radness

My mid-century modern/scandinavian obsession has reached an all time high with the purchase of my sofa. Now I just want more and more and more retro furniture and accessories for my flat. These are some of the a-ma-zing pieces I've spied with my little eyes on local sites lately.

Images: Space for Life, Mid-Century Modern

Saturday, 11 June 2011