Meet: Tessa Mini

June 24, 2015

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I met the lovely Tess whilst we both living in Sydney through a mutual friend.  Tess is a personal trainer based in California and believes that through the means of teaching about proper clean eating habits, meal preparation, resistance and cardiovascular exercises and consistency, anyone can achieve their goals in health and fitness.

Besides having killer mermaid hair, that sweet Californian accent and a beautiful smile, Tess definitely knows a thing or two about health, nutrition and training.

Here we divulge into the world of clean eating, exercise goals and more…

Enjoy! x

To find out more about Tess check out her site – or follow her on instagram. 


What is your training and diet philosophy?

Balance. If you don’t have balance in your training and diet its not going to be maintainable. You will burn out before you even start. I don’t think there is one correct type of fitness – you should incorporate everything in your training. A little bit of lifting, Olympic lifting, crossfit, boxing, running, intervals, yoga, sports, anything you name it – just do it and get your body moving. Now of course if you are training for something specific I do believe its important to follow a specific plan that will supplement your event. But, by doing all sorts of activities you are going to keep things interesting and most importantly you are getting your body moving. With diet I do believe in clean eating and eating whole real foods but also treating yourself to a craving every once and awhile. If you are too restrictive you will miss out on opportunities, special moments, you may even isolate yourself from others, binge eat or it could lead to an eating disorder and that’s not healthy.

 What is clean eating?

Clean eating = whole foods. It’s a simplistic concept that society has grown away from because we have been blinded by marketing and boxed goods that are sugar laden (and equally as addictive!). Much of society has forgotten or has sadly never been introduced to the real foods they should be eating. When I say whole foods I mean foods that come straight from our earth. Any grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts and meats are whole foods and that’s what the majority of our day to day food should be.

 Does clean eating mean no booze?

This comes back to balance and moderation. Technically, most sources of alcohol are not clean because of added refined sugars, excessive processing / distillation, additives and preservatives. However, I do believe alcohol can be enjoyed as part of a clean lifestyle in moderation, one to two servings per week but preferably you would chose organic red wine to indulge in. Beer is the second best choice and its best to purchase a locally produced beer to avoid refined sugars, flavoring and artificial ingredients. Lastly, vodka and soda water is your third cleanest choice but it is still important to try and find organic variety. If you do chose to drink, I tell all of my clients to pair your drink with a glass of water. For every sip of alcohol you take try and have a sip of water. This trick not only helps extend your drink to last longer so you wont feel the pressure to order more but will also keep you hydrated and may even fill you up so you are not tempted to order another drink.

What’s always in your fridge?

Twice a week I do a big meal prep that helps keep me on track throughout the week. This prep consists of grilled chicken, steamed veggies such as broccoli, asparagus and brussel sprouts, a container of brown rice, hard-boiled eggs, and roasted sweet potato. By having all of these options portioned out in my fridge it gives me the ability to grab and go as I run in and out of the house for appointments throughout the week.

I feel healthier when I eat low carb and gluten free food – is this necessary if you aren’t gluten intolerant? Why are carbs seen as the devil??

People generally feel healthier on a low carb diet because carbs retain water in our bodies. When you go low carb you will initially drop that water weight – this is why when people start diets they magically drop five pounds right off the bat – its water weight not fat loss. When you drop the water weight you will also feel leaner which is a great feeling but picture yourself in 3 months, 6 months and 1-2 years down the road and ask “Is this diet something I can see myself doing for that period of time?” If the answer is yes then you have found a maintainable healthy lifestyle but if the answer is no, then you are dieting and your diet ought to die. Carbs can be and should be a part of a healthy lifestyle on a day-to-day basis you just need to eat healthy carbs that fill you up longer. I always chose carbs such as sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, oats and lentils these carbs generally have a lower glycemic index and are quite filing. Things to avoid are high glycemic index carbs such as white rice, white breads, pastries, cookies, cakes and white flour as your body instantly processes these carbs as sugars and rapidly absorbs them. This is why you can eat so much more of these types of carbs than the lower GI carbs because your body digests them quite rapidly. In regards to gluten, if you aren’t sensitive to gluten then don’t cut it out. Our bodies can develop allergies if we cut foods out for extending periods of times as those enzymes that process those foods will go dormant. I first hand experienced then being vegan for 7 years and then struggled for over 2 years to re-introduce eggs and red meats back into my diet and still till this I day I struggle digesting some meats.

I have seen you do cauliflower crust pizzas and banana strawberry gluten free cupcakes! What’s some of your fave recipes?

Hmmm yes I love recreating recipes and thinking how to create naughty favorites into decadent clean treats! I have really been into raw food desserts lately as Sydney had some amazing raw food cafes. Lorna Jane has some amazing recipes and one of my favorite treats is a raw carrot cake – it tastes like the real thing to me but this version is full of clean substitutes! (recipe attached)

I love yoga and running but gyming at times is a chore – do you think we should push ourselves to do different type of exercise we don’t like to challenge our muscles and keep strong?

Our bodies are designed to be pushed and challenged whatever means of athleticism you chose to participate in that gets your body moving then do it. There is no one size fits all answer for health and fitness – we are all different, enjoy different activities and should partake in what we enjoy. If you don’t enjoy your exercise regime then you are not going to do it and having a healthy body isn’t a 12 week challenge or a “diet” it’s a lifestyle, your health is a forever. Therefore find something you enjoy and do it but the key to results is to do it consistently.

What’s the best training advice you’ve ever been given?

Have goals and create a plan. Your goals need to be as specific as possible so you can work towards them and achieve them! Having a goal such as “lose weight” is too vague. What exactly do you want to achieve and how are you going to do it? Why do you want to do it? What is driving you to do this? Why does it matter to you? Your fitness journey is far more than just losing inches and thinking about calories, carbs, fats and proteins. When I think of my goals I like to think about personal growth goal as well. What in your personal life / lifestyle can change to help support this goal? Is it being more positive, optimistic, and believing in yourself? Is something holding you back from achieving your goals? What inspires you? Think back at a time that you were truly happy and you felt that nothing else matters except that moment – what were you doing then? And how can you bring more of those moments into your life? These are just some thought starters I think about for myself when I am re-evaluating my goals and creating new goals.

You have lived in the US and Aus and visited many countries including South Africa. Do you think the health culture differs from country to country?

Absolutely! In every location there are different types of foods that suit the environment and different types of lifestyles people live which ultimately effect how healthy the region is as a whole. In Australia for example living by the beach it is so easy to get active and run around the beach all day sipping on coconut water and having healthy vegetable meals as they are so easy to come by. Whereas living in Napa Valley the wine region of Cali the norm is to go wine tasting on a weekly basis and indulge in fine dining so its easy to toss the healthy lifestyle out of the door if its not a priority in your life. I have completely had to reshift my beach life and encourage a new type of fitness life with my friends to go for a hike, bike ride, long walk or try a new yoga class on the weekends rather than go wine tasting. I try and make coffee dates paired with healthy salad lunches with friends rather than go out to all the nice restaurants. Now of course I indulge every so often but I like to maintain at least 90% of the time I am eating clean and living a healthy active lifestyle.

What did you love about SA (and in particular little old Durbs)?

South Africa! Hands down one of my most favorite places in the world so far! I cannot wait to take my boyfriend there and experience it all over again. The people are so vibrant and friendly. I think what makes South Africa even more spectacular is the hesitation a lot of people particularly Americans have with it. They primarily think its unsafe so when I tell them about how beautiful South Africa is I love how it sparks curiosity in them to go visit, to go on a Safari, have bunny chow (like seriously how is that white bread so good?!) and have a braai! I mean where else in the world can you go on a safari and see animals in there naturally habitat – the big five! How cool is that!?!!! Its literally National Geographic up close and personal in your face! In Durbs I went to this incredible raw vegan café and had such a special meal there. They made this pesto veggie wrap in a raw vegan seeded wrap and then I had this amazing espresso date banana coffee shake. It was AMAZING. I also trained in this little hot box of a gym seriously must have been 35 degrees in there and had a killer workout that was heavily influenced on martial arts.

And finally, what does living with soul mean to you?

Living with soul to me is living with passion. I left Australia to pursue passion in my career, which is health and fitness. I think you are living with soul if you can wake up excited every morning to start the day and that’s what I am doing now. Teaching people about how they can enrich their lives with proper health and live a more fit lifestyle brings utmost joy into my life. I would do this for free, getting a paycheck for this just enables me to reach even more people and that’s what living with soul means to me.

Cape Town cool

June 4, 2015


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 Images: Nicole Leftwick

Cape Town – always cool, classy and breathtaking.

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted, but I have been mulling over a little winter getaway to Cape Town and as I was going through some old pics of my trip back in December I decided that this post would be the perfect segway to get me back into ‘the space.’

So if like me, you like to plan ahead here are some of my must sees if you’re in the Mother City over summer – or winter (wrapped up accordingly) x

For market meandering – Hout Bay Market

Blown.Away by this market. Set in an authentic old fish factory, Hout Bay Market is a melting pot of uniquely South African arts and crafts. It’s one of those places where the creative energy and the vibrancy of South Africa come alive and you just get that proudly Saffa shiver up your spine. There’s something for everyone there – I personally indulged in a delicious salmon and poached eggs brekky, impeccable coffee at ZA cafe and got me some blue mirrored sunnies from one of the many to die for fashion stalls.

For road trippin’ – Kalk Bay and Boulders Beach

When I’m in CT I always squeeze in a road trip to see the little penguin men at Boulders Beach – and with the picturesque little retro town of Kalk Bay en route, it’s definitely one of my highly recommended ventures. Penguins and boutique stores – what’s not to like, really?

For wining and dining–

Ok it’s no brainer – in Cape Town, we drink wine. There are so many beautiful wine farms it’s hard to recommend one – just get a driver to chauffeur you around! Some personal faves of mine are Tokara, Meerlust, La Motte, Spier and Beau Constantia. I am looking forward to visiting in the colder months – sipping on some red wine around a fireplace is my kinda holiday.

For fresh air and exercise – Lions Head

Table Mountain’s little sister, always a goodie for a Sunday morning hike with a rewarding breathtaking view at the top. No more words of persuasion needed, you’ll see why…

For the health nuts – Wellness Warehouse

I died and went to health nut heaven here. 3.5 hours later (and I had only just moved over from the food and into the skincare) and I was convinced I needed everything from coconut yoghurt to kale chips and every superfood supplement under the sun – eventually had to get outta there… My fave part was the lovely wellness café inside that offers delicious vegan, vegetarian and gluten free meals – something still lacking in Durban I am finding – but we’ll get there.

Wellness Warehouse is situated in the Lifestyles on Kloof centre, 50 Kloof Street.

For an authentic township vibes party – Mzolis

This was newbie for me and man I am glad I ventured out to Gugulethu. Mzoli’s is a butchery and grill bar on the outskirts of the township. I was at the outset, a bit concerned that it would be far too touristy for my liking, but was pleasantly surprised! Aside from the queue taking a good two hours – made a bit more fun by meeting many energized and festive spirits and being able to buy a few cold ciders and soft drinks from a mama’s homemade shebeen across the road – it was a really authentic experience. You choose and pay for your tray of meat and then head to the back where you wait in a smokey kitchen for your chosen cuts to be cooked (doesn’t sound fun but it was!). After that you take the charred cutlets back to your table inside the bar area where you proceed to devour it savagely with your hands, quickly clean up and then dance the night away to some really great African and RnB beats. A rustic and tasty African experience – I smelt like braai afterwards but it was well worth it!

For sun downers with a view – The Grand

And this is why you go to Cape Town (aside from the wine), to sip a cocktail on a private beach. A lovely spot for a Sunday sundowner x

Bohemian heart

March 2, 2015





Prints above taken from Justina’s ‘patternful’ pinterest board 

I am sucker for beautiful prints and anything boho – and so when I came across Justina Blakeney’s work  I was immediately taken by all her creative wonderfulness.

Justinas describes herself as ‘obsessed with colour, plants, travel, creative reuse and thrifting. A designer with a Bohemian heart. Her online platforms are an absolute must-follow for any fellow Boho style lovers.

You’re welcome.


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2015 – The year of YOU

January 15, 2015




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A friend of mine recently said something quite profound. She said that she wished she could swap lives with myself or a few of our other friends – and that really got me thinking and reflecting…

This year, I’ve decided to start blogging a bit more on the topic of ‘soul’ as it’s something that really drives and excites me. I believe that the sharing of experiences and thoughts online is truly an untapped resource for a lot of women, and personally, it has been something that really helped me towards the beginning of last year and the end of 2013, when I was going through a difficult time in my life.

Over the past two years I feel I have grown more spiritually and have been more in tune with ‘me’ than I have ever been in my life – ok it could be something to do with crossing over from the 20s to the 30s, but age is but a number right? And you know what? Getting to know ‘you’ should always be your number one priority, it’s your most important relationship and the basis of all your other relationships as well as everything you do in this life.

Once I started taking a step back from my life; the work, the travel, the people and the places, I slowly but surely learnt that life is something that you have to not only embrace and enjoy, but also work at, just for you – always striving for balance and presence. No one’s life is perfect but ultimately we all want to achieve a common goal of just being happy.

Online life coaching, mentoring, researching – whatever you may call it, was a powerful tool for me, because it helped me to start becoming more aware of my life, of what I want, what makes me happy, my goals, my purpose and so much more. It is so readily available at our fingertips via the big old interweb, you just have to have the desire to discover and learn and ask yourself some difficult questions.

Two ladies work played an integral part in this process and journey –  Connie Chapman and Melissa Ambrosini (please do take the time to have a look at their sites). It was so refreshing to learn that other women, a whole online community even, were also dealing with a similar modern day stresses – a kind of ‘running women’s syndrome  (watch Dr Libby’s TED talk on this topic – super interesting). I started to begin looking inside instead of outside for the answers, being kinder to myself and choosing love over fear. Through reading these ladies powerful blogs as well as keeping up to date with thought provoking online articles on everything from health and wellbeing to mind, body, psychology and yoga  – and practising a heck of a lot of yoga inbetween, I was able to almost banish all my stress and anxiety, set achievable but challenging goals for myself and just be happy again.

So, I sat on Lions Head in beautiful Cape Town at the start of this year I reflected on 2014 – a challenging but very rewarding year – and wrote down my 2015 goals like I always do. I split them into things that I want to work on as part of my spiritual growth and the things I want to do because I can (yes a photo editing class can be a life goal!). This year, vulnerability topped the list for me, for a number of reasons (and hence the calling for this post) and another was to continue on the quest to find my meaning and my purpose.

A friend of mine recently sent me this article, which I found a very helpful tool for self-reflection. As the writer says, your purpose isn’t static and may very well change and evolve throughout the course of your life, but in the end we are all on this earth for a reason, and what that purpose is, you have to uncover (and create) yourself. It’s an epic quest from cradle to grave, and that’s what makes life worth living…

And so in response to my friend’s comment – as hard it may be sometimes, none of us should look for a life other than our own – the one you have is the one you were meant to have, but it will always have its challenging moments and it will always takes work – but it will be worth it…

So there we go, soul bared and vulnerable – I hope this gives everyone reading this at least a hint of inspiration or motivation for the year ahead – and if not then read some words on pinterest – always a winner! Here’s to a 2015 with a lotta soul x

PS: How have you prepared for 2015? What techniques do you to get more in touch with who you are and/or your purpose?  I’d love to hear from you guys too so drop me a line if you want to chat or share anything –

Oh Happy Day

January 13, 2015



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It’s been a little while since I’ve posted so happy 2015! The holidays have been festive and it’s been a really busy month for me – I’ve managed to squeeze in trips to Mozambique and Cape Town – but now I am back in beautiful Durbs, feeling refreshed, motivated and ready to take on this year.

So to rewind back to the latter part of  last year; one of my best friend’s and I wanted to celebrate our 31st birthday’s together and because their is nothing like December time to put strain on the purse strings, we decided to host a champagne brekky DIY-style. The beautiful home, crystal glasses and tea cups of course came free, but here are some ideas on how we styled the space to make it extra girly…

Dipped succulent pots

You can pick up terracotta plant pots in a variety of sizes at most larger nurseries but these adorable mini ones were from Builders Warehouse. There are so many ways of painting these pots – just check out pinterest - it’s a DIY dream! These ones were painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in white and bronze paint using masking tape to get the solid line, but you can also dip dye them by dunking half the pot in a pot of paint.

Flower letters -

Again, my go-to here was pinterest. I made these letters using large polysterene letters from Party Themes and a bag of fake flower off cuts that I also bought there. I stuck a little super glue on the stem and then poked it through the polystyrene until it was wedged in. Just make sure you get a variety of sizes and ensure you don’t hide the ends of the letters so you can still see the shape.

Polaroid bunting –

We wanted the party to also be about all the friends and family who have been part of our lives, so what better way than through photos – right? You can print your insta pics via Nifty250 for R6 a print, then hang them up with twine and mini pegs, which you can get from from Party Themes.

Paper roses –

Picked these up at Party Themes – they have a host of colours and sizes and are super easy to make – instructions on the packaging.

What we wore - My dress and shoes: Zara, Michy’s dress: Tattoo at Westfield Bondi Junction (Australia)



Meet: Tayne Draper

December 3, 2014









Images: Wokshots, Maxine Elphick, Instagram

Anyone that knows me well knows about my obsession with coffee – and please note, not freeze dry, add hot water and milk kinda thing – I’m talking freshly brewed, rich bodied, ‘gourmet’ java – and so I was elated when I heard about a cool new spot in Durban North that specialises in not only mean coffee, but also craft beer, boutique wine and gourmet burgers – dream combo right?

Republik’s mission is to cultivate a healthier, happier world by spreading goodness through nourishing foods, honest words and conduct that is considerate and forever kind to the environment. They encourage everyone around them to Eat Responsibly & Act Responsibly through means of handcrafted, great tasting, high quality natural and free-range produce, while striving to act in a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable manner  – I like that.

I recently interviewed Tayne Draper, co-owner and founder of Republik (along with her business partner Matt Richardson), to get a little more insight into this local Durban spot and generally just chat about good food, good coffee and good people.

I hope you enjoy meeting this epic lady – and make sure you stop by for a coffee and a burger, bru.

Republik can be found at Unit 8 Broadway Shopping Centre, in Durban North (the corner of Broadway and Kensington.) They are open for breakfast from 6:30am weekdays/7:30am on weekends and open til late in the evenings for dinner and drinks. Silly season is now upon us so they are giving us some Sunday session love from 5pm – 8pm (snacks and drinks only).

For bookings call 031 573 1429 or visit their website or Facebook page for more details.

Tell us about Republik; the food, the people, the vibe…

We like to define ourselves as a “meeting place” and our motto is “for the people.” We wanted to create a fun different place for the people of Durban to come and hang out – and we didn’t want to be defined as a bar or restaurant or even a coffee shop. The food is single focused, we do burgers and we like to think we do them pretty darn well. All of our meat is locally sourced, free to roam, grass fed, routine anti biotic and hormone free, our rolls are made especially for us from Madison’s bakery in Waterfall and all our fresh produce is delivered daily – if we can’t get it fresh we won’t serve it. We pour Tribe coffee which is roasted in Cape Town and is Matty’s favourite coffee brand – it’s insane, we love it and it even got me to start drinking coffee. We focus on Craft beers and awesome boutique wines at a reasonable price and we’ve just introduced a tasting boards; so EPIC! The vibe? Well the vibe is what you make it I guess.

What inspired you to start up the Republik and open up shop in Durban North?

Sjoe, now that’s a long, round about story, should we just say it was the right timing for both of us? Haha, no seriously, it’s been a dream we both unknowingly shared and the timing was right so I guess we figured if not now, then when? Durban North was an easy decision really, we were originally looking in Umhlanga but, decided against it for a number of reasons. When our little corner became available we just knew we had the right spot. Durban north is awesome, the people are great and it just seems to be getting better. I think Mackeurtan Avenue started it off and we hope with the opening of Lupa next door to us we will continue the growth of this area.

Best thing on the menu?

Dude, you can’t go wrong with a cheese and bacon burger – but then again we change our toppings as often as possible, so you never know…

I LOVE good coffee and really got into the coffee culture in Sydney. What, in your opinion makes a good coffee?

From my limited experience I’d say consistency makes a good coffee, something that consistently pours well (this is generally down to how well the coffee is roasted), is smooth and being a chocolate addict I like a mild chocolate undertone. Matt reckons that a well extracted shot that provides the best balance of flavours.

Any restaurants/cafes around the world you’d highly recommend?

Well we might be a little biased but the Tribe Coffee shop in Woodstock Cape Town is an epic spot to go if you have the chance. Zumbo in Melbourne, Australia was a life changing experience for me, best macaroons and cronuts I have ever had in my life, EVER.

Do you love living in Durban? And why?

We both frikkin LOVE it. What’s not to love? The weather is awesome, the people are laid back and friendly, you are never further than 20 minutes from the beach or 2 hours from the mountains and we have an awesome variety of food – the flavours you can find in Durban blow my mind! The sky is the limit and Durban is only getting better.

What does living with soul mean to you?

I think to me living with soul would mean living with purpose, finding happiness in a useful life, try look at what it is you can do to better other people’s lives and you will begin to see your life change for the better. Make an impact, dare to be different…

Who inspires you?

As cliché as it sounds, my parents do and I know Matt feels the same way. Every day I woke up to see my dad work long hours to achieve his dream no matter how hard things got, I saw the support my mom gave him and I saw how that support gave him the courage and energy to carry on even when things got tough. And in a huge way Matt inspires me, we are so different and I know there is a lot we can learn from each other, he’s one of the most passionate and hardworking people I’ve ever met and every day I’m grateful for our partnership.

One piece of advice you’ve never forgotten?

A lion does not lose sleep over the opinion of sheep.

Jingle Bell Rock

November 30, 2014











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Images: Nicole Leftwick

‘Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few, you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, for as the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.’

It was our annual girl’s Christmas do yesterday – no words can describe how much I love these girls. I think the pictures say it all really… xxx



Girl Heaven

November 25, 2014






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OK ladies, listen up – there is a little piece of girl heaven that you need to know about…

La Maison is your one stop girl-time shop offering everything from scrumptious cakes and quality coffee to skin and nail treatments, hairdressing and scrapbooking – all packaged up in a beautifully ambient little house-turned business, conveniently located behind the Spar in Durban North (Ennisdale Drive). You could literally spend all day there!

Here’s the low down of what you’ll find there –

Crop –

Crop is the brainchild of my good friend Stace Shea. After living and working with some top hair stylists and brands at many a fashion event in Cape Town, Stace came back to open up shop at home in Durban. It’s a beautiful little spot with a clean interior and modern fixtures that makes you feel instantly at home – interior design was done by the lovely Kirsty Lindley Interior Design.

I had my ‘hair did’ there last week as I wanted some very natural highlights for summer. Stace used Wella’s new freelights and I’m so so happy with the results! Golden perfection a la Eva Mendes/Jessica Alba.

Follow Crop on Facebook or call Stace on 031 573 1926 for bookings.

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My other besty Kelly Edwards opened up her salon earlier this year and it has been flourishing ever since. It’s a gorgeous salon styled by Lisa M Designs with two treatments rooms and two mani/pedi stations. Jana recently joined the business so now the team can offer double treatments – perfect for a girl’s/mother daughter day out.

The Skin and Nail Bar and Crop are running a special  for the last week of November – book a facial to the value of R380 and get a free blow wave at crop. They will also have plenty of Christmas time deals available.

Follow the The Skin & Nail bar on Facebook or call Kelly on 031 563 1614 for bookings.

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After you’ve had your skin or hair treatment you can pop into the cafe – if not, why not hey? The quiches and coffee are to die for! La Maison also hires out the space for parties – we recently had a baby shower there and it’s just the perfect, girly little spot for such an occasion.

La Maison is holding their Christmas shopping evening night every Wednesday from 8am – 8pm for November and December only. The Skin & Nail Bar and Crop will be open for late night bookings, La Maison will be serving up delicious food, Reminisce will be holding an Xmas Décor workshop and various stores will be selling their goods, including Tasha Closet, Roxstar Bikinis and Bella Gem Jewels.

Visit their Facebook page or call 031 563 0756 for bookings.

Reminisce Scrapbooking – 

And finally – next to the cafe is Reminisce – Durban’s exclusive Scrapbooking supplier that stocks the latest Scrapbooking supplies from top quality manufacturers and offers a variety of creative workshops and events. All my fellow Annie Sloan fans will be excited to know that they also now stock AS Chalk Paint!

Follow on Reminisce on Facebook or find out more details on workshops at


Having a moment

November 21, 2014


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So many ‘JUST YES’  fashion moments this week – I am especially taken with Solange’s all white wedding. I dig a non traditional matrimony – and as for her one piece pants suit; so my vibe.

I am also loving that all the stars are ditching their extensions for a classy modern bob/lob a la Lauren Conrad – tres chic ladies.

And finally – one month until I turn 31 and I’m considering a tattoo – maybe I’ve lost my mind, but how sweet are these dainty tats? They are like tiny pieces of jewellery – but they do last a life time. Let’s see if my sentiments remain the same next week…

Happy Friday x

DIY: A Touch of Gold

November 17, 2014

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Images: Pinterest (top 3) and Nicole Leftwick

There’s no denying that touches of gold always add an air of decadence. I’ve made a few rose gold DIY items of late for work and gifting purposes, and number of people have asked me how to make them. It’s really really easy gals – here’s how…

Gold Sequin Hangers -

What you’ll need – About a metre of gold stretch sequin with 3 or 4 rows of sequins per strip (from Craft Concepts or Waste Centre), wooden hangers with clips or without, depending on what you’re using them for (from Mr Price Home), scissors and multi purpose glue.

How to – Start at the top, back of the hanger and glue the strip of sequin on – remembering to ensure the sequins are facing the same direction as they are on the material. You can measure out the sequin on one side of the hook to work out the size of strip you need to cut for future hangers, but I am a bit lazy so I just wrap the full metre around one side of hanger until I get to the end, then cut it, glue at the back again and then do the same on the other side. Depending on the angle of the hanger you can glue each strip to the hanger to ensure there are no gaps.

Use them for – Anything really! A glitzy welcome sign for an event, a photo feature for your wedding or prom dress, boutique store functional decor etc.

Gold Glitter Dipped Mason Jars -

What you’ll need – Jam jars, glitter (I got mine both from Party Themes), gold spray paint, modge podge, masking tape, a sponge brush (Craft Concepts), a box and newspaper.

How to – 1) Place your jars face down in the box (line with newspaper if you want to use it again) and then spray them as evenly as you can – spray paint usually dries quite quickly (about 30 mins between each coat) so you can lift them up to ensure you’re covering the whole surface. 2) Once satisfied then leave them for about an hour to ensure they are fully dry and then place them on a table with newspaper laid over. 3) Depending on how much of a perfectionist you are, you can create the line across the bottom of the jar either using a very non sticky masking tape (you don’t want the spray paint coming off with the tape) or just using the sponge brush with modge podgy in small sections. If the tape is on you can paint the whole bottom with the modge podge. Then get your glitter and sprinkle directly onto the glue – you’ll need quite a lot to cover each section and give the right effect. You can experiment with different colour paints and glitters depending on your theme/mood.

Use them for – Again – whatever you please! I used my first ones as little vases for flowers for a colleagues birthday, but you could put candles in them, use them as favours at an event, fill them with sweeties and so on!

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