• Theory Spring 2015 Collection

    It’s so hard to find the time these days to go online and check each amazing brand, following all the different Fashion Weeks. But there are a few that I cannot resist having a squizz through to get inspired. On that note, I thought Theory was looking quite like everything was made for me!
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  • Atlas Trading – Bo Kaap

    Should you ever feel like a walk for some inspiration, I think Bo Kaap on a hot summer’s day is the place. I was in the mood for some fresh smells, so of course Atlas Trading was top of my list. I couldn’t help snapping a few pics of the brightly painted houses – all in a row. Is it just me, or  do you also wonder what they look like inside as you walk past? I would imagine some fairly traditional Cape Malay interiors. I’m so nosey – I really wanted to take a peek. That, and paint my house pink when I got home!

    As a novice foodie, you have to have your brave shoes on, as you enter Atlas Trading. I’m sure the big foodies out there know what spice they want for a particular dish. But I do it the other way around – I usually have Google open on my iPhone when I go in, to find out what to do with each spice! And if I can’t find a dish I want to cook I am more than fine filling my kitchen with brown paper bags, labeled with each spice’s name. And anyway, how can ‘pure butter ghee’ not make any dish taste magnifique!?

    I do love this city!

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  • Sawa Leopard High Tops

    I have to get these leopard print high-top sneakers from Merchants On Long!!! How divine? Yes, I know it’s starting to get warm and we all have sandals and light clothes on our radar but come on – these are just too cool to pass on. And anyway, sneakers and dresses are tres cool.

    Right???

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  • Banana Republic Marimekko Launch

    We’re quite excited for the launch of the Banana Republic Marimekko summer collection! Can’t wait to get inspired for Spring purchases! Will keep you posted ;-)

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  • Dinner Is Served…

    Now that my greenhouse is in full swing I can take advantage of not running past the shops on my way home. Instead, I am digging through the fridge to find all the left overs and mixing them with fresh salad and herb leaves from the garden! It makes for a super, colourful and  yummy salad for dinner!

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    • Radishes
    • Parma Ham
    • Avo
    • Cucumber
    • Goats Cheese

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  • New Chapter

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    Well I think I had better say something about the name change! When I stared the blog over 5 years ago, it was ONLY about fashion and I was (clearly a bit younger! Now (slightly  older!) I think my taste and style has evolved and, as a result, so has the content of the site. I realised that I was writing about other passions of mine – outside of fashion – like travel, food, home decor and people.

    It’s no secret how much I love France and our annual trips to the South, so the new name should make sense (it does, right?!) and also relates to this beautiful city we live in – Cape Town. And as for the Café part? Well, who knows what the future might hold!

    I have felt quite lost over the last week while the change has been happening. All sorts of bugs seemed to appear and it wasn’t as easy as a simple name change. I am sure you noticed no posts for a couple of days – but RSAweb and the Perel bothers at Obox happen to be AMAZING  - and came through for me, as usual!

    If you’re ever in need of any sort of blog service these are the guys you need to work with!

    So it’s all starting to come together and I hope you are as excited as I am!

    Let me know what you think!!

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  • Car Spotting in Camps Bay

    Vintage Alfa Rameo…# Car Spotting

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  • Headband Vibes

    These bright coloured headbands from Out of This World in Camps Bay are DIVINE!!! Can I have one in each colour please?

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  • My Blooming Spring Onion

    I’ve been watching these spring onion bulbs in my greenhouse for a few weeks – and now finally a flower has appeared! As a novice gardener I was quite interested to see what exactly would emerge. A while back I would have never got so excited about the growth of spring onions – oh my how times have changed! Watching my veggies and salad leaves spring to life from little seedlings get me really excited! And when they don’t make it.. well let’s not go there. I’ve just surfaced after a worm attack a couple of weeks ago, which meant I  almost had to start from scratch  :-(

    I’ve been planting like a mad-woman the whole of winter so I can make beautiful salads for the summer season!

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  • Shaman – the new collection from Kirsten Goss

    The latest Kirsten Goss collection draws on influences of tribal adornment, the natural versus the supernatural and magical forces… It is called SHAMAN

    A recent visit to Accra, Ghana – a city of sun-bleached colours, piles of handmade glass beads of all colours, shapes and sizes filling the local markets, and a mystical history – stirred in Kirsten the makings of SHAMAN.

    References to tribal themes manifest in the repetitive geometry of the collection, while colour is introduced in a limited but bold and unexpected palette. Chains drip from studded earrings, stones lurk within caged settings and stylized references to elemental shamanic forces such as the sun appear within the designs.

    The end result is a collection that is a striking force of shape, colour and texture with unusual detail in unexpected places.

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  • Closet

    My love for Country Road and Trenery is no secret – if I need a dress I go straight to my shopping paradise. This navy spotted dress stopped me in my tracks a few weeks back and I’ve been in dress heaven ever since!

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  • Hemelhuijs

    I mentioned a few weeks back that I was dying to try out Hemelhuijs. Yes, I know, how could I have not been to Hemelhuijs yet? I guess the life of a fashion buyer means eating on the go (ie. at my desk)! So I had to force a diary closure time between 12.00-1.30 to have lunch, feeling quite guilty on the way out – as one does in the corporate jungle!

    I could see when I arrived that this was no ordinary quick in-and-out lunch spot. I quickly scanned the menu whilst waiting for a friend and realised I would have to have starters, mains AND desserts – oh dear. I could also tell I would have to come back a few times to try everything out – which means more penciled-in naughty lunch breaks!

    If you haven’t gone yet – do yourself a favour..

    Oh, and I had the pear salad – which I have been raving about ever since. Just beautiful!

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  • Weekend Inspiration

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  • J.J. Martin, Wallpaper Magazine Editor At Large

    I am sure some of you might be following JJ Martin on Instagram. With the most gorgeous wardrobe, vintage pieces that only a hardcore vintage collector finds – and the way she mixes and matches, is all just incredibly inspiring. If you are  a minimalistic dresser and you decide to look her up for some inspiration, WATCH OUT – as you might get turned!

    She grew up in LA and now lives in Milan where, as the Editor of Wallpaper Magaizine (Italy), she gets to write about everything from architecture and design, to fashion, food, and contemporary art! What a life.. She has been named one of the most fashionable people in the world and it doesn’t stop there. Her home in Milan is apparently “to die for!”

    Yes, of course it is..

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  • Morning Fix From the Greenhouse

    There is nothing more rewarding then home grown spinach from your backyard greenhouse! Mixed with carrots and some celery for garnish (also from the garden) and voila – a natural boost before work! And by the way, I am not saying these are the only veggies you should be having for the day, as this seems to be a popular debate around our dinner table! This is just an all-in-one vitamin juice to get you started for the day – ie. an ADDED boost, not the ONLY boost!

    I mentioned before that I was spending around 37 bucks every day to get my veggie juice fix, so I went out and bought a juicer and have never looked back. Now it’s all about how to keep the spinach growing in a natural supply and demand environment. It’s not ideal when you run out! I have even taken to growing it underneath my work bench and in-between the flowers beds in the garden. If there is spare soil, I gotta plant more spinach!

    ps. Get your greenhouse for cheap from Urban Freedom!

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