Thursday, 23 February 2012

My ♥ stopped at Still Life.

Lunch times have become exploring times. I'm lucky enough to work in Kloof Street, which means I am so close to so many amazing stores. On a beautiful day, walking down Long Street and discovering new places to eat and shop is a must for myself and a few friends. We've formed a 'lunch club' and we make it our mission to taste everything Cape Town has to offer. Well Kloof Street has to offer for now. Yesterday we made our way down to Still Life on Long, to see owner Karen's new range. It doesn't disappoint! Faves include the multi-coloured babies and that GORG white cat (top right). She also boasts one of the biggest ranges of lampshades in CT, made with beautiful fabrics. 

I have to ration myself when venturing into Still Life and yesterday was punishment right before payday. There's something for every home in this store. You'll love it. I promise.

My ♥ stopped at Moth.

Just a taste of what you can find at the Lot in Canal Walk. I adore Moth clothing, and am a regular at Wardrobe on Kloof, where I bought myself the most amaze brown belt. The clothes are super feminine and always on trend. *please hurry payday*

(pics from here)

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

My ♥ stopped when I discovered Mary Oliver

Wild Geese 
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Mary Oliver - Dream Work

(pic from Google)

Monday, 20 February 2012

Jewellery He♥rtstopper: Collect Coins

Today I received a mail about Collect jewellery's latest range, the Vintage Coin Collection.

I think there's is something so romantic about coins, layered in memories and intricate in design. Some people collect them or have them passed down to them. Others have memories about what certain coins meant to them at some time in their lives. Me, I remember getting R2 from my mom in junior school, I remember that this R2 could go very far, and could buy me many things at the tuck shop. Now, it's almost too little to tip a car guard. But then it was my treasure.

Collect's new range is definitely something to consider when getting someone a special gift, something sentimental yet current. I also LOVE the pocket-watch-style silver chains. 

 ''... Consider the journey of  coin, the tales it could tell, the people it has seen, carrying with it a collection of precious memories over time....the French Franc that bought an entry to the MoulinRouge, an Indian Rupee that perhaps Ghandi purchased spices with, the Mexican Peseta that Frida Khalo bought roses with, or even the South African Cent that passed through the hands of our Grandparents? How precious to have and hold a piece of such exquisite history..."

The small tikkie starts at R600 and goes up to +- R1200 for the XL ones. Perfect as an extra-special gift for an extra-special someone. 

The best part is, you can bring in your own coin and have it set,  which makes it even more special and relevant.


Find Collect Jewellery here xxx 

Thursday, 16 February 2012

My ♥ stopped at Etsy.

How CUTE is this bunting necklace from etsy!? I'd like to see it with a silver chain (maybe a long silver chain). 

"This necklace is made from celluloid. It has to be worked cool, and wet. I melts at a low temperature. All the chic french costume jewelry was made out of this starting in the mid 50's. It lasts forever."


(Thanks Kerry)

Thursday, 9 February 2012

My ♥ stopped at Zara!


Off topic, don't her legs look Barbie-like?


Died and went to corporate heaven

Hello 90's nice to see you again

Every South African woman jumped for joy when she found out Zara was coming to SA. But when I found out it was opening in Sandton,  Johannesburg, my orginal YAY, turned into a yay. BUT! A little birdie on Twitter told me that Zara is coming to the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town - YAY! And if their new collection (above) is anything to go by, it's going to be my new favourite after work spot. I visited Zara in Bangkok recently and bought myself a gorgeous little leather jacket, which will remain in my cupboard unloved until winter. 

We love you Zara, and we're happy you're here.

(credits: Kim Gray, Shadders)

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

My ♥ stopped in the 90's

Kate, 90's Vogue

Via Sartorialist

Via revolveclothing

Christy, 90's Vogue
Via Google

In 1990 I was 6 years old. Class 1 as they used to call it. I remember so much about the way my mom dressed back then, probably because she was one of the only things in my scope of reference at that age. My mom had a shoulder length perm, and wore an oversized jersey and some tights on my first day of school. The jersey was knitted, with a pattern on it. And the tights still resembled the 80's. I used to sit on her bed and watch her do her make-up, one of the most therapeutic things, and something I still enjoy when I go home. I remember watching my mom and dad getting ready to go out to dinner parties, my mom with shoulder pads and a sequined bag. And I used to wish that I was big enough to go with them. On Saturdays, they played tennis with their friends at the Hilton club, and my mom used to wear 'skorts' or shorts mixed with a skirt. 

Mid 90's I remember my mom falling in love with hats. She wore them when we went to town. She and I would go and get a coffee (me a Fanta Grape) at a small coffee shop near where my dad worked. Back then going to town seemed like a big excursion for me. In the car on the way home, she used to play the Modern Talking cassette and I would sing along in the back. My friends and I used to make up dances to songs like 'No Limit' and then perform them for whoever would watch (I'd forgotten how embarrassing the 90's were).

These memories have come flooding back since I noticed the 90's fashion trend, creeping up on us one high-wasted skirt at a time. I actually think it's very feminine, and feels more ethereal than the 'in your face' 80's. 

What are some of your memories? I love a story from a time gone by...

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Heartstopper Recipe: Gruyere potato bake

2012 is my "Nigella year". So far, there's been more of the eating Nigella than the cooking Nigella, but hey, the intentions are good. I love anything simple when it comes to cooking and I can't be bothered to cook some elaborate dish, that takes time away from, well, my life. Watching Masterchef recently, I came across a Gruyere potato bake, and let's face it, who doesn't love a potato bake? And a gruyere one? To die for. The contestant cooked it with fillet and asparagus, but really it goes with a host of other foods.

Prep Time: 10 mins
Serves 6-8

10 large potatoes (2kgs), peeled and sliced
4 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
100g gruyere cheese, coarsely grated
1- 1 1/2 cups of cream
2 tsp salt (more if you use flaky salt)
ground black pepper

preheat oven to 200C/400F.

Grease the base and sides of a 25cm x 30cm shallow baking dish. Place sliced potatoes with garlic, cheese, cream, salt and pepper in the baking dish.

Toss to combine, making sure that each potato slice is coated with cream. Spread mixture evenly in the dish. Bake until potatoes are tender and golden, about 1 - 1 1/4 hours.


(Recipe found at