Thursday, 31 March 2011

I Love....

It started as a crappy day. No sugar for my coffee. No eggs for my breakfast. I had to had some switch replaced on my car so that my indicators would work, and that set me back quite a tudy sum... But, then I arrived at the office and opened my email. And there it was. The new issue of Adore magazine, ready to inspire me! And what do you think of this gorgeous cover! Funny thing is, I just bought myself some watercolours yesterday and started experimenting with painting in watercolours. I am madly in love with these cushions. I also spotted a similar fabric at Mavromac - it might have been a Pierre Frey? Not sure - will investigate and let you know! Hope you have a bright and lovely Thursday!

Friday, 25 March 2011

Design Indaba Feedback Part 2: Silver Spoon clothing

When it comes to clothing, the fiance insists that everything I buy looks like something that I already have hanging in the cupboard. "Nonsense" I always say.

When I arrived home after the Indaba expo with the cutest white Silver Spoon dress, he said "Now that's different!".

Silver Spoon Clothing hails from my hometown of Port Elizabeth, and the creative duo of Stephanie and Dieter (aka the "Dude" by those who know him) are already making waves in the local fashion industry.

When I stumbled upon their stall at the Expo (wish I took a pic!) I had no intentions of buying anything. My arms were heavy already with Wonki Ware bowls, magazines and other paraphernalia. Flipping through the rails I could not resist however.

I bought this (below) dress, and every time I wear it I feel sexy and girly all at the same time (must be the cute frills on the shoulder) - but the best part is how comfy it is! As they state on their website: "We make functional pieces with character".

My kind of clothing ;)
For more on this dynamic due, and for stockists have a look at Silver Spoon Clothing.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Wedding detail 2

It's the little things, I believe, that make weddings personal and extra special. We made simple 'confetti cones' (using really pretty gold dotted paper) filled with bright red, pink and yellow rose petals. The end result was just dreamy!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Wedding detail

It was my big brother's wedding over the weekend, and it was PERFECT! Although I've always tried not to add wedding things to my blog, this time I have to show you something....
This is the twig centre piece that I blogged about a while ago. Sorry, this is not the greatest pic....

I spent about 2 weeks making the centre piece, adding twigs from the Tokai Forest and bits of bling like pearl-like beads, big fat crystals and other gold coloured beads.

It did give us some cause for swearing on the morning of the wedding to get it in place, but I think it was all worth it!

Friday, 11 March 2011

Different kind of love?

I found this pic on my laptop the other day - the fiance had saved it for me. I suppose, whether it's yellow daisies and sunshine or slightly macabre drawings - love is love!

Happy Weekend everyone!

And to everyone doing the Argus on Sunday, may your tyres never go flat and the hills be a breeze!

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Design Indaba feedback Part 1: Skermunkil

I've been following Skermunkil's lovely blog for a while now, so when I saw them at Design Indaba, I was in heaven! Seeing all the lovely pieces up close and personal really made me realise just how great her pieces are. Also, I think the great thing about the Indaba is it gives exhibitors the chance not only to display their goods, but to tell us a story. Inspire us. Captivate.
You know, when you go to these exhibits, there are always some stands that you just walk past. There is nothing that grabs your attention, nothing note worthy. But then there are gems (like Skermunkil) that make you stop, listen, look, touch, feel, admire and inspire. And it does not have to be a dramatic exhibit, no flashing lights or spinning displays. You just have to feel the love that goes into each piece, into the way they display it, the way they talk to the people that come to browse and shop.
For more (and details on where to buy), visit their blog "Eendag op 'n reëndag" (Once upon a time on rainy day).
Image 1 and 2: Eendag op 'n reëndag
Image 3: Lucky Pony
Image 4: Design Indaba

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

De Waal Art: Special

De Waal Art as featured in House and Leisure

Lecia de Waal is a wonderfully creative lady. Her range of vinyl wall stickers are sure to make any drab space come alive!

The great thing about wall stickers is that they really are not expensive, so if you get bored of it after 6 months you won't feel bad peeling it off and replacing it with a new design.

Lecia has a great deal on at the moment: buy any tree from her website and then she'll throw in 10 butterflies and 10 cute birdies for free. Mahala. Pasella. Verniet.

Not sure when the special ends, so better you be quick and get yours now!

Find all her pretty stickers at De Waal Art.

Honeysuckle: Not just a pretty flower

Last year it was Turquoise. This year Pantone has announced the colour for 2011 is Honeysuckle.

"A Colour for all seasons. Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new colour, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It's a colour for everyday, with nothing 'everyday' about it."

I think the important things to remember when it comes to the colour Honeysuckle, is that it's not just pink. Then they would have said so! There's a slightly red, and sometimes even orange, tint to it.
It was so funny coming across the Pantone site yesterday, as I was sitting in the office with a honeysuckle coloured top! It's a sleeveless top with crochet detail on the neckline, and I picked it up for a song not too long ago! Wonder if the store owner knew it would become so popular? ;)
And then, if you want to add just a hint of this amazing colour to your look - go to Clicks and grab a bottle of Essence nail colour. Again I bought this before knowing the colour trends! They have the perfect shade, at only R40 a pop.
And guess what? It works well with last year's colour, Turquoise!
Image 1 and 8: Pantone
Image 2 and 4: Love, Live and Fashion
Image 3: source Unknown
Image 4: Raceytay
Image 7: Orglamix


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