• Hiking & outdoors,  Proudly South African

    Support Local: South African Activewear

    This month heralds a full year of living that lockdown life here in South Africa. And for me, a year of spending an inordinate (yet blissfully comfy) amount of time in my stretchy pants. So much so that since my outdoor yoga classes started up again, I hardly have a decent pair of leggings to wear that wouldn’t give my students an unprofessional peek at my underwear! So, I guess it’s high time for a little activewear wardrobe update. In an effort to stick to my resolution to shop local as far as possible, my search has been focused on proudly South African options… of which, the good news is,…

  • Featured,  Hiking & outdoors,  Photography,  Travel

    Snaps: Honeymoon Road Trip

    Following our wedding at the end of October last year, Guillaume and I hit the road for an epic 10-day honeymoon. He had done all the booking and planning. Keeping his cards close to his chest, I had NO IDEA where we would be heading. Even during the road trip, every next destination remained a surprise to me – either until I figured it out or we arrived. One thing is for sure, though, he did a stellar job of planning the most amazing getaway <3

  • Featured,  Personal,  Photography

    OUR WEDDING: THE PHOTOS

    Five months and 20 days later than planned, on 24 October 2020, Guillaume and I finally got all dressed up to exchange vows and say ‘I do’ under an indigenous tree canopy in front of a (relatively) intimate gathering of loved ones. We were gifted a perfect spring-on-the-cusp-of-summer-day at the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden in Betty’s Bay, with a light breeze ruffling hems and hairdos as the sun kissed our cheeks, hands, necks and brows.

  • Featured,  Lifestyle,  Proudly South African

    Support local: 12 South African jewellery designers to watch

    Since the coronavirus pandemic hit our shores, leading to the announcement of stringent lockdown measures and an almost total shutdown of the economy, many South African small businesses have been struggling to stay afloat. Now, more than ever, it’s crucial to support and buy local. In the light of this, I’ll be doing a series of posts over the next few weeks, featuring my favourite South African makers and brands – from jewellery designers and artists to skincare products and shoes. Two weeks ago, I featured a few artists and illustrators whose work I dream of collecting. This week, I’ll be featuring 12 South African jewellery designers (presented in alphabetical…

  • Culture,  Featured,  Lifestyle,  Proudly South African

    Support local: Proudly South African artists & illustrators

    As you might have gathered from some of my previous posts, I’m a huge fan of supporting local brands and makers. Also, whenever I need to buy an item of clothing, homeware or even consumables, I always try to check that it has been made in South Africa and preferably somehow supports small business. Of course, this isn’t ALWAYS possible, but I try… Anyway, since the coronavirus pandemic hit our shores, leading to the announcement of stringent lockdown measures and an almost total shutdown of the economy, many South African small businesses have been struggling to stay afloat. Now, more than ever, it’s crucial to support and buy local. In…

  • Featured,  Personal

    Learning to amble

    If there’s one thing I’d like to take out of lockdown with me, it’s the ability to go about life unhurried. While not being able to gather around each other’s tables, share hugs and cuddle the tiniest members of our clans sure has sucked, the gift that has come with ‘shelter-in-place’ is a slowing of pace. The realisation that the constant rush leading up to March, 27 had been eating away at my soul.

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    Snaps: Lockdown morning walks

    It’s safe to say that, right now, none of us is probably where we thought we’d be at the beginning of the year. Maybe you were meant to be heading off on a long-awaited overseas holiday. Or perhaps you were gearing up to cheer your matric class on for their June and September exams. Chances are, you were planning some sort of special family gathering – whether around Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or a birthday. Me? Well, you know where I was meant to be. Married and living in our new home. Alas, lockdown entered and none of that happened.

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    In retrospect, freedom

    In this time of a novel coronavirus wreaking global havoc and the equally novel responses to this crisis, I have one of the least novel thoughts in the history of thoughts to share with you today. A cliché even. But as Terry Pratchett once said: “The reason that clichés become clichés is that they are the hammers and screwdrivers in the toolbox of communication.” They’re basic and rudimentary, but essential instruments in the construction of our reality. Especially in such strange and uncertain times. So, the thought I want to share with you today is this:

  • Featured,  Personal

    Resting in the question mark

    For the past few weeks, I’ve been plagued by a recurring nightmare. While each dream plays out slightly differently, they all follow roughly the same pattern: I suddenly remember/discover that, in order to pass a course/graduate, I need to hand in complex assignment/sit for a lengthy exam/attend an important class. The deadline/test day is upon me, but I’m both empty-handed and empty-headed. In a last-ditch effort to cram all the information I possibly can into my brain before it’s too late, I set out for the library to find the prescribed book/document containing all the answers.