this is where i’ll be.

this post is bittersweet because on the one hand i am on holiday (yes!!) but on the other hand it means i will be taking a break from the blog for a couple of weeks. we are road tripping up to the wild coast – a pretty unspoiled part of the country that i am really, really eager to explore over Christmas and new years. usually i keep the blog running during the holiday break, but we will have little to no internet access (actually we’ll hardly have cellphone reception, which is pretty nice) – so i decided that for once i’m going to take an actual break. i’m sure that everyone can relate at this time of the year, you just want to get away from it all right?

but you can still enter the Cardigan giveaway that is running until next monday! and when you’ve done that you can explore almost 4 years of archives that are at your fingertips (or mouse click, whatever).

i’ll leave you with some of my favourite posts of the year. have a wonderful holiday season! see you in 2013.

probably my most popular post of the entire year – Food & Fashion:

a Wedding at Home:

a Japanese Love Story:

Quick & Easy recipes:

the home of Børge Mogensen:

the Period & Costumes Drama Tour guest post by Hila:

Jessica’s Mac & Cheese recipe:

the ZOO BE ZOO BE ZOO post i did when mad Men returned (loved all the comments!)

Into The Jungle (always love doing these):

Beautiful Girls in New York:

another Food & Fashion post, this time for Bon Appétit:

my new cabinet, Peggy:

getting some Animal Love:

photograph by Parker Fitzgerald

exploring Matisse & Me:

discovering the photography of Kevin Russ:

coveting Schier Vellies:

Take Your Pleasure Seriously:

Givenchy vs Game of Thones:

being Pumped about Plants:

the Art of Vogue Covers:

yearly edition of Rewardrobe:

New York in the 80s:

Dulce Dolce:

launching the Cape Town City Guide:


exploring Shorpy:

meeting Gisèle:

getting Good Hair:

and my colour coded holiday gift guides (i hope these helped you in some way, sorry i couldn’t do more…)


  1. Love the ingrid fairisle cardi……amazing colour & pattern combo. Warm colours for a cold day. My baby(23) is about to go study in the USA for 2 years & would love to send her so beautifully wrapped & warm. Love yor blog, always spot on ,on things wondrous & beautiful!

  2. Had a “ha! I remember that! AND that! – they’re all from this same blog?” moment. Enjoy your trip and hope to see more of your quality posts soon!

  3. Have a lovely Christmas and a lovely holiday, Diana. See You Soon.

  4. Safe travels! Have a joyful holiday, and thanks for sharing this great recap. Love! See you in 2013 ;)

  5. happy holidays and safe travels, look forward to your words + images upon your return! may this be your year x !!

  6. will miss you, but beautiful! it’s best not to be in front of a screen when you have that amazing scenery.

  7. Have the best time! And enjoy being unplugged. I can’t even imagine all that I would see around me if I wasn’t concerned with email/twitter/Pinterest/Facebook/tumlr/Instagram… Will enjoy exploring archives in your absence (your blog is amazing) and will look forward to your return. Happy new year!

  8. Ok, ok, I suppose you can take a break…. You deserve it! Your blog is the best, and I can’t wait for you to share your travels. Happy holidays!

  9. Have a wonderful time and thank you for the most inspirational blog I know. I found AT LEAST five gifts through your gift guides. so thank you for that as well :)

  10. great reading, admiring and discovering, when you’re away, well, you’re a great hostess
    have a great time.

  11. Happy holidays, merry Christmas and thanks for doing one of my favourite blogs ever!

  12. what a place… :)
    hope you’re having fun, you must be!
    your blog is one of the few blogs that i visit almost every day. i find your taste in clothes & art very close to mine. hope that you have some posts about music in the coming year too.

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