Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Proudly South African

 
Honestly we live in the best country. Wonderful weather, landscapes of every kind and just another kind of beautiful people.

Yes! There are so many unfortunate (zuma) things about our country and clearly as people many of us have lost our way, but we have an incredible modge podge of cultures and a rich heritage in our country which it is our job to preserve and protect and enhance.

Let's remember what we have in common, not the little things that make us different.

Let's not stop until we're proud.

Happy Heritage day.

xx

Monday, September 22, 2014

This Question...


For you?

I'm not a Mom yet, but over the fast few months, I have really seen myself eye ball deep in all things Mama. You know what?! I've loved it. My bestie had babies and then I also for some reason decided that my bestie having twins was not enough newness and awesomeness and all encompassin-ness. I was sitting at my computer one morning and sent her an email and said, we should do a baby fair. Now I sit, a few days before we launch this beautiful little Mamma and Babe experience and this is definitely my business baby for starters. Rock-A-Baby is my business baby, come and support us if you're in Joburg this Sunday, it promises to be beautiful.

This however, is not what this blog post is about really. Though baby related. I have 2 older sisters, lucky me. One doesn't have a kid yet and we were talking about whether we would have kids and if we did not meet the right man, would we go to a sperm bank and go that route. I said I wouldn't, it's not for me, but it really was an interesting conversation, which then lead me to this question, does every woman want to have children?It is not a birth right by virtue of having a womb and ovaries. It is a beautiful and wonderful choice you make to have your life magically changed forever and your heart light up immeasurably. That is what it means to me.

I found this article very interesting on these well known women who chose not to become mothers. I really don't enjoy the title of the article though calling them childless.

Elizabet Gilbert, of Eat, pray, love fame, has no children and this piece she shares on mother's day is also interesting.

It is a very personal choice, becoming a mother. One I don't think people often cast their minds to and the great task you take up in choosing to bring another life into the world and raise it. To forever love more deeply than there are words and to have your heart walk outside of your body on two perfect little feet.

xx

Friday, September 19, 2014

Happy Friday


I've been chuckling since this morning mostly. My sisters have both been making me laugh at different intervals in the day, but more than anything I've just been tickled from the inside for no paticular reason. Which is great!

So in honour of my day I ran my errands today in a beautiful black dress and wonderful, but comfortable and sensible high heels. Oh and lipstick. It makes everything even more awesome right?!

Also it's starting to seem like Friday is my day for cooking up a storm. Last week Friday I did it and tonight as well, I'm roasting a chicken, (those who know me, know it's one of my fave things to do, even though I don't like chicken.) Also making pork burgers with a wonderful combination of sage and rosemary and freshly grated nutmeg(love this).

Have a great weekend you buttons.

We have 10 days to go until our fair, so please buy tickets for Rock-A-Baby

 My reading list wishlist, now inlcudes How to be Parisian... Having lived there, I already feel une peu titi Parisienne, but a little refresher never hurt.


Have a glorious weekend

xx

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Be Brave

When I finally did a headstand in a moment of angst in my teeny tiny room in Paris, after many years of doing yoga and not doing headstands. I messaged my yoga teacher back in SA to tell her the incredible news that my body literally went into a headstand and she simple said to me you needed extra courage. Headstands give you courage she said. Well well..

What gives you courage?




Go out there and be bold!

xx

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Time

A line popped into my head the other night before I fell asleep, "We think we have time." I can't remember who said or where I read it, but it popped into my mind.  We do think we have time hey. 



My most precious little twin nephews turned 7 today. I remember coming back from Paris on the monring of the 16th, it was a Sunday. That flight on the Saturday before was unmissable! They were born on a Monday my precious little facelets, two beautiful little boys, little womb-mates and as it turs out life mates. Great way to start that week and frankly great start of our lives again with them in it. Now they are 7! With twins every things seems faster, because the pace doubles, but then again, so does the joy!

I've really been thinking about time lately. I think it was on Sunday when I was getting dressed to head to a meeting and as I put on my dress, I smiled and I said to myself, that you will never be as young as you are now. 

Make the most of the time you have. Spend it with those you love, you little button boos!

You are so much more amazing than you think you are. Use your time to Shine!

xxx

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sunlight on my eyelashes

I'm sitting at my desk as the lovely South African streams through my window and shines on my face. How lucky am I?!

I could be anywhere, but I'm here. Right now, right here. This is beautiful.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Weekend

Go big and bold!
It's that awesome time of a week that just flew by! Yikes!! Also just 2 more weeks until we launch our Baby fair with flair! Eeek!! It's around the little baby corner! So excited! Come through you beauties.

I'm devoting this weekend to some ME time. I asked myself a very serious question the other day, who takes care of Me? I often give time and energy to those I love and ever so happily, but I realised also that I am exhausted and depleted. Tired of keeping it together and keeping myself sorted and taken care of on my own. I have my darling bestie who sends me the most beautiful messages and even she doesn't know how much meeting her and her random texts asking checking in on me, save my life in so many ways. I am a lucky girl. As I wrote in my journal last week, Love saved my life.

Have a beautiful weekend you gorgeous bloglets.

Here is a little reading list for the weekend:

Loved this week's post on Kimmy and Bear
Being a girl with a beautiful bigger bottom, this Vogue article, really annoyed me. Bigger bums are NOT a new era!!
These affirmations are straight off the #NYFW runway!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Still in my skin


I knocked my knee yesterday. Usually we just knock ourselves, hold the throbbing areafor a momet and then move on. Well at least that's what I do. Yesterday morning, I knocked my knee, in clearly a really terrible spot. The pain was awful. I have an exceptionally high pain threshold, but this really got me, the pain made me nauseous. Well the knee swelled up and the pain multiplied! Goodness me!

So today, my sore knee meant, that I moved very little today. Well I chose to move very little. I sat in front of my computer and worked! Had a lot of tea and took it as easy as possible.

I realised that I needed to take good care of myself, something I've grossly neglected for a long long time.

It was good to be still and be in my skin for a change. Quiet and occupied.

xx

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Queen of Queens


Serena won her 18th Grand Slam title on Sunday night, winning the US Open. How amazing is that? She's back people and in better form that ever it seems.

Strong, smart, athletic, fit, fabulous and sexy as heck!


I love tennis, because it is such a mental game. When your mind gets out of sync your serve and your game goes with it! Eek!

Young Serena in Vogue! Yes she did!

This woman is AMAZING! That is all.



Go Serena! For me you're the Queen of sport gosh darn it! Go on with your great self!

She said it!



Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday

from here
It was 31 degrees at some point in Joburg today. Crazy hot. As much as I was enjoying the heat, I was a little sad, that we seemed to skip Spring all together and jumped head first into Summer. Slow down seasons, let's take our time please.

Let the process happen, let's go through it. Spring into Summer. I still want to fill that slight chill in the air in the evenings after a gloriously warm day, Spring letting you know that it's not quite summer yet, where we get to enjoy long, balmy evenings.

Everything in its time. Let's not rush.

xx

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Bienvenue

au Printemps. Aah spring you really were showing off today and we loved it. A sunny Sunday in Joburg is bliss incarnate. There are few things to describe how amazing this is.

Don't look back, you're not going that way!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Happy New Year ...

...to ME!



It's my birthday. As my bestie put it in my message this morning, another ring around the sun and another wish upon many moons. It is another year that I have been on this earth. Exciting right.

I was blessed with my beautiful nephews singing out loud and playing the cello in my ear this morning. Love is...honestly and also you are pretty sure at that point that you are awake!

Heavy hearted a little, that's how I went into this birthday. Last year this time, I was all giddy and fully loved up and giddily gliding through my birthday.

What a difference a year makes and in some instances, you feel like you haven't moved at all.

Lightness, faith, gratitude and love. That's my birthday wish for us all.

xx

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The September Issue



I love this time of year. Not just because, it's my birthday month, but it's the start of new things. Love Spring. Also it makes me think of Paris and most of Europe, where it's time of La Rentree in France, kids going back to school and all the best the French have to offer for back to school. Colette has some of the greatest back to school stuff. So amazing! Nothing better than back to school, it was one of my favourite times of the year. Wrapping of books and new stationery, my faves!! Start of a new year. Spring in the Southern Hemisphere, Autumn up North, newness in its own way. Isn't it magic.

Also Vogue's biggest issue, The September Issue, comes out now and as they say, September is the new January.

Also for this season, even if the budget is a little, one little treat is lipstick. I love lipstick and it is my indulgence for sure. Vogue agrees on the magic of lipstick being best!

Change is a wonderful thing!



Listed!


I love that, "children know the answers." They sure do, I think it's because they keep is so simple. A notion we often forget as we grow older.

Oh and of course, "You don't have to choose mediocre when fire exists." The best is only what you deserve! You know what your best is, don't be afraid to go for it.

And NOW is really the time to do it.

Spring is here



I'm often excited at this time of year. Okay I love this time of year. Spring is my favourite time of the year and it's also my birthday month, let alone birthday week this week! Woohoo!

I hope you have a wonderful spring and enjoy the freshness of a new season and may it bring you lots of joy. Oh and flowers. Stop and smell as many as you can too.

Here's to a season of surprises that thrill you and are a palliative to your soul.

xx
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