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Lately

i recently shared some personal stuff like our weekend at Die Laaitjie and some of my trip to Johannesburg, but here’s the rest of what’s been happening lately.

walks on the promenade never get old, especially at this time of year:

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i got some amazing shoes from Charlotte Stone! i have already worn the sandals a number of times and they are super comfortable (i prefer the style to the recent Birkenstock revival)
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and i’ve been wearing a pair of their new boots (which are coming out soon) as much as possible before it gets too hot. these are the Kari in black. also ridiculously comfy:

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some extra bits from my Johannesburg trip. Arts on Main on a sunday is a vibe:

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finally got to visit Anatomy at 44 Stanley, the most beautiful shop ever:

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a courtyard at Everard Read gallery:

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a bit of Central America at Hadeda:

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cool desk at Maker:

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lunch at Warm & Glad, where you can work all day & no one bothers you:

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sweet pooch at our JHB guest house, his name is Stripes.

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gardens in JHB are next level…

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i went a bit crazy at Kim Sacks:

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walked away with these hand-carved bunnies and songololo (pitcher by Rebekah Miles)

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scenes from the air:

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always spotting interesting details around Cape Town:

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the Ritz hotel, a famous revolving restaurant in Sea Point:

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Downtown Ramen, a new spot in Cape Town that made me feel like i was in NYC again:

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and now that September is here, spring is slowly turning its pretty head…

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Oums

today is a sad day for us. Anton’s beloved grandmother passed away in the early hours of the morning. she was a true matriarch, who lived to 91 and left behind a legacy of 4 children, 11 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and countless more loved ones. she handmade our wedding rings, even though her hands were crooked with arthritis. she had the best, loudest, naughtiest laugh; a dry sense of humour and a straight forward matter-of-fact manner that made everybody grin. she was the first person in Anton’s family that he introduced me to, a loving and creative woman who made a lasting impression on his life and so many others.

goodbye Marie Jeanne Neilson, Oums, you will be missed.


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NYC

since i have shared a bit about the wedding i thought it would be nice to show some pics from our honeymoon. whenever people asked where we were going post-wedding, and we replied NYC, they were either really excited for us or genuinely confused about our choice of destination. i guess people associate honeymoon with tropical beaches or romantic cities like Paris – but we have always, always wanted to visit NYC (ever since we first got together) and we are far more into new visiting places that allow us to explore, see museums, eat great food, shop and just experience something other than what we have at home. we have beaches at home… and fantastic ones at that.

our trip unfolded like something out of a storybook. everything we did was awesome. staying in Williamsburg and taking the subway into Manhattan every day like some kind of a real New Yorker (and being totally blasé about it – just gonna take the subway), doing a cheesy but required and ultimately enjoyable boat ride in Central Park, seeing the Book of Mormon on Broadway (highly recommended!), running into someone i know from the internet at a random subway station on our first day, experiencing Sleep No More (what a trip), eating more pizza than i could handle (i can handle more pizza than you might think), indulging in very expensive lobster rolls as a treat, seeing more art than my eyeballs could deal with, falling in love with the Natural History Museum, spotting some celebrities (ok don’t look now but Hilary Swank is eating a burger right behind you), going to the top of the Empire State building at night, eating a feast at Brooklyn Crab, spotting a Banksy, seeing ARCADE FIRE at a secret show in Brooklyn after discovering a cryptic poster in Red Hook – that actually happened! for reals! it was just absolutely unbelievable and amazing. by the end of it we were walking fit and our bank accounts were drained.

i want to thank everyone who commented on this post (and emailed) with recommendations of places to visit in NYC. we tried to do everything on the list but it was just impossible, even with 2 weeks there. if anyone is planning a visit soon be sure to check those out. you can also visit my pinterest board for more.

i took all of these photos on my iPhone.  had the best intentions to take actual nice photos with my camera, but after taking perhaps 5 shots i decided i didn’t want to view our holiday through a lens. and, because i know it will be asked, they were edited with either VSCO or Afterlight, depending on whether i was on my phone or iPad – VSCO doesn’t work so great on my iPhone anymore after the iOS7 update (of course!) so i often just used Afterlight, which is simpler but also great.

if you want to know where any of these were taken, just ask in the comments!

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Our Wedding Day

my fingers are hovering over the keyboard and i’m just sitting here thinking, how do i begin to describe this day? our wedding was held on a fruit farm about 2 hours from Cape Town, and the weather was cool and overcast: just perfect for us. it was the best day of our lives, and it was indeed the Best Day Ever.

the week leading up to the wedding was a mixed bag of emotions: excitement, nerves, laughs, occasional stress… but most of all a lot of love. our friends and family literally made our wedding day, everyone pulled in to help – be it with the flowers (thanks Amy), the decor, the tables, the cakes, printing menus and name cards and signboards, standing on ladders tying things up so the wind didn’t blow anything away, bringing me hayfever pills at 7am on the morning of the wedding (thanks Jess), making enough coffee that everyone was buzzing (thanks Pete). it meant so much to us that our favourite people were involved, adding their own special touches, and that our wedding was such a team effort.

it was very important to us, from the get go, that everything would be kept very simple with few frills and that the focus of the day would be about celebrating with our loved ones. our photographers, Rebecca and Bruce from Love Made Visible, really captured that feeling in their beautiful photos. you can see some more here.

my only advice to anyone planning their wedding: don’t stress the small stuff, and savour every single moment. it goes by SO quickly. people tell you that, but you won’t realise until you’re truly IN it.

photos: Love Made Visible. my dress: Jessica Harwood of Take Care. Anton’s suit: Spaghetti Mafia. venue & food: Olive Rock. flowers & co-ordination: Amy Ellenbogen. flowers sourced from: Cape Fynbos. laser-cut table numbers & best day ever sign: Artymiss. make-up: Claire Ellenbogen. hair: Kate Brand. cakes: Jené Steyn & Jessica Shepherd. cupcakes: Lady Cupcake. coffee cart: Seattle Coffee Company. music: Dario Leite.  hiring: Something Different. stationery: me. wedding officiant: Marius Brand.

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NYC

NYC

hello! so we are in NYC and it is amazing. I wasn’t planning on checking in while we’re on our honeymoon (sacrilege) – but I see there have been some technical difficulties with images in the blog posts I scheduled. I’m sorry about that, and unfortunately I do not have my computer with me so it can’t be fixed. that means no new posts until we are back in Cape Town.

I’ll leave you with this pic I took at Top of the Rock until we get back. you can also follow all my updates on Instagram.

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Best Day Ever

i thought i had it all figured out. i’d schedule a ton of posts, get married, go on honeymoon and just not look at the internet for 3 weeks or something. of course that did not happen. the wedding weekend took over and i just let go. we got together with our family and friends on a rustic fruit farm about 2 hours away from home, set up the reception (with the help of my amazing bridesmaids) and the rest just unfolded… exceeding every expectation we could have ever had. it was the best day ever.

we are bursting. bursting with happiness and love and just being on a hiiiiigh. an incredible high. if you follow me on instagram you would have seen some pics by now, but here are two more (thanks to our friend Joel). i will share more – and all the details – when we get back from our trip & receive the photos from our amazing photographers. until then we’ll be eating some NYC pizza, because now i don’t have to fit into the dress anymore. welcome back to the family, carbs.

PS: got any NYC recommendations for us? please share in the comments.

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Stuff Lately

in lieu of a These Things today i thought i’d do a bit of a Stuff Lately catch up. you can follow me on Instagram if you like. don’t fret, These Things will be back on monday. have a great weekend, everybody.

my desk was featured on Dwell this week – i’ll be making a small appearance in their September issue, have a look out for it!

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been filling the house with flowers and plants…

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taking road trips with Anton’s GTO (her name is Charlene)

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enjoying capturing bits and pieces of Cape Town:

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and taking walks on the promenade, which is just a block away from our flat:

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some new acquisitions, type mugs & my wedding shoes (8 weeks tomorrow!)

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making new friends :)

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and spending time in some wonderful places.

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Bushed Holiday

guys, i’m bushed.  i don’t know what it is about the easter holiday – but every time it swings around i am always just so ready for it. i guess it’s also the fact that come next month we’ll be a third a way through the year. what! it also marks the official changing of the seasons around here, it’s been hot hot hot since… forever. i can’t remember the last time it was cold. and easter weekend almost always brings in a cold front that finally breaks summer.

but Anton and i will actually be heading for a hotter clime, as we’ll be taking a trip up to the Kruger Park for a week long bush break! as kids we used to go to the bush as a family almost every year – but as we got older and our family grew and grew with the additions of partners and little ones it became quite an expensive trip to take. so i haven’t been in years, and i’m literally reverting back to a 5-year-old level of excitement to get on a plane and go see some animals.

i do feel guilty about leaving the blog in the lurch for a week, but it’s only 5 days… and i need a holiday. i think we will both survive. you can follow me on twitter and instagram because i will be probably instagramming the shit out of this trip. i’d like to think the animals are as excited about seeing me as i am them…

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have a wonderful Easter break, and see you in a week!

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Stuff Lately

this is what’s been happening offline lately! if you follow me on twitter and instagram you’ll probably be up to speed.

i moved out of my old home…

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…into a wonderful new home!

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luckily for me there is a plant shop right across the road from said new home

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i’ve been making new friends. actually, not with the fearsome little guy on the left – even though i desperately wanted to. but i did make friends with a neighbourhood cat, who i might lure inside someday and never let go.

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i received some amazing things in the post!

left: clutch by Lee Coren. right: zebra print cardigan from Cardigan NY

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left: amaaaaazing ring from Julie Cohn. right: incredibly handy foldable laptop stand from Kraftisan.

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even though i complain about the heat, summer in Cape Town is damn impressive.

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been enjoying rooftop movies (left) and always appreciating old school cars (and cottages):

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summer = tons and tons of granadillas:

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i started the Whole30

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…and lasted just over a week (pathetic)

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i visited Jess & Luke at their pop-up restaurant at Pier Rabe in Stellenbosch. that’s a fig and custard danish with lavender and honeycomb ice-cream. there was actual honeycomb inside.

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Pier Rabe is a very dangerous place.

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they do wonderful displays to entice you to part with your cash.

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always appreciating the glory that is the pooches.

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and, the best for last. i received the most beautiful thing i have ever owned from the greatest man i’ve ever known.

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here’s the story behind the ring.

last year Anton approached Karin from Dear Rae to design (the world’s most beautiful) engagement ring. they set out to find a rose cut diamond, an antique cut that has less facets than a modern brilliant cut diamond. after weeks and weeks of searching they were still coming up empty handed. rose cut diamonds are rare to find because diamond merchants hunt them down and re-cut them into brilliant diamonds so that they’re worth more on the diamond market.

so when we got engaged Anton proposed to me with a beaded ring his grandmother, who used to be a jeweller, made from Xhosa beads that they bought from the ladies on the beach in the Transkei (a common sight if you’ve ever been to that part of the country). he told me that my real ring was coming, but i was so deliriously happy that i didn’t care – and just knew that he probably had some amazing plan up his sleeve.

meanwhile back in Cape Town, Karin was scouring through the Long Street Antique Arcade when she came upon an antique ring that had an old mine cut diamond in it. a predecessor to the modern brilliant cut diamonds, these were usually shaped and cut by hand making the facets quite large and the shape uniquely asymmetrical.

it is set in a matte gold band, and Anton gave it to me on Valentines day by the sea where we had our first ever date. aaw, shucks. it’s the most amazing thing i have ever worn and will ever call my own. the story behind it makes the ring a thousand times more precious than it already is, something i hope to pass on to some lucky grandkid someday.

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