Nail art

One of the things I love about summer is being able to paint my nails a different colour each week. My nails range from bright to dark to neutral. It all depends on how I feel in the moment. I love nail polish so much that I even have a Pinterest board for different ways to paint your nails. These are just some of the nail colours/styles that have caught my eye.


Emmy fashion

So as most of us know last night was the 64th Prime Time Emmy Awards. I love Hollywood award ceremonies, not for who actually wins the awards but so that I can see all the actresses beautiful dresses. Below is my selection of best dressed actresses for this year’s Emmy Awards.

Kate Dennings in J. Mendel

Emily VanCamp also in J. Mendel

Julie Bowen in Monique Lhuillier

Ginnifer Goodwin also in Minique Lhuillier


A personal fashion magazine

The last couple of weeks I have become fascinated with looking up new apps to download onto my iPad. Some have been helpful, quite amazing and then others have just been plain weird.

One of the most recent apps that I have downloaded is called Pose. It’s like having your own personal fashion magazine right at your fingertips. You can browse through thousands of outfits and styles uploaded by others (you can even upload your own) and add them to your created categories.

With this amazing app you can follow, trend setters, celebrities and even fashion magazines,  using their uploaded photos for inspiration. For me it’s a great place to get new fresh ideas and sometimes you can even use other’s ideas to inspire a unique creation of your own. So why not go have a look, it’s available for down load (free of charge) from the app store. 


Chocolatey goodness

So after many weeks of asking from the boyfriend, that I make these delicious Choc chip cookies for him, I finally got around to it on the weekend. He enjoys these so much and keeps saying how scrumptious they are, that I have decided to share the recipe with you. It is another one of Nigella's amazing recipes.

125g dark chocolate
150g plain flour
30g cocoa powder sieved
1 teaspoon(s) bicarbonate of soda
125g butter soft
75g light brown sugar
50g white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 medium egg
350g chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Melt the dark chocolate either in a heatproof dish over a pan of simmering water.
Mix the flour, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a bowl.
Cream the butter and sugars in another bowl and then add the melted chocolate and mix together.
Beat in the vanilla extract and the egg, mixing in the dry ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Scoop out half a hand full size portions of dough and place them on a baking tray. It is not necessary to squash them down as they do this on their own when baking.
Cook for 18 minutes, testing with a cake tester to make sure it comes out semi-clean and not wet with cake batter. If you pierce a chocolate chip, try again.
Leave to cool slightly on the baking tray for 4-5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack because they will harden as they cool.


Starlight Classics

Yesterday we went to RMB’s Starlight Classics, which is an annual showcase that RMB hosts every year at the Joburg Country and every year it just keeps getting better and better.

This year’s line-up included:
Soul-jazz singer Lira 
Rising soprano star Friedel Mitas
Idols 2010 winner Elvis Blue 
Siyabonga Maqunga
Mzansi Youth Choir 
Hip-hop Ubuntu B-boys
Il Quinto

All of the performers were backed by the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra. The show was once again directed by the amazing Ian von Memerty and conducted by Richard Cock.

What makes the Starlight Classics even better is that the gates open at 15:00, even though the show only starts at 18:30. So you can bring along your blanket, chairs, and some delicious eats and have a picnic on the grass while you wait for the show to start. Each person is given a candle and then at a certain point in the show you are instructed to light your candle, this is by far the most beautiful part of the whole show.

I have been lucky enough to attend the Starlight Classics three years in a row now and each time we have such a wonderful time. 


Date night

Last night the boyfriend and I had a long over due 'date night' and because we haven't done it in so long we did it properly.

He sent me a message a week ago “Would you be so kind as to go on a date with me,” to which I replied “I feel so honoured and it would be my pleasure.” I then got a message back “Would it be ok if I pick you up at your place of residence at 18:30?” my reply was “I would be much obliged.” Now I do have to note at this point that we don't always talk like this but on the odd occasion we have entire conversations in either Afrikaans (I am Afrikaans and he is English) or with a funny accent or mannerism. It's what makes us unique and funny, well to me it does.

When the boyfriend arrived at my house, I was greeted by a bouquet of beautiful roses and a smartly dressed handsome man complete with a button up collared shirt. I was wearing a beautiful top I had recently purchased with my blue skinny jeans and beige wedges.

Once I had put my flowers in some water we were off to our favourite all you can eat sushi restaurant (I mean it's not a date unless it's all you can eat sushi). We ate some handrolls, spring rolls, salmon salads and drank Green Ice Tea (my new favorite drink). We even held hands (corny I know) for most of the night.

It was a lovely summer's evening date and the boyfriend spoilt me rotten, I do have to say, that I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. I will leave you with a photo of my beautiful flowers.


Tilted garden pots

Lately I have been bursting with ideas when it comes to DIY and crafts. I have been planning my weekends and Sundays around when and how to carry out my ideas. The best part is the loved one has been all too helpful when comes to cutting, building and putting together my ideas. My most recent idea (found on Pinterest) has been tilted garden pots. 

What you’ll need:
1 large sized garden pot
1 fence dropper, approximately 1.8m long
2 medium sized garden pots
6 small garden pots (with a hole in the bottom)
6 different colour pansy flowers (or other seedlings on your choice)
3 different coloured Mesembryanthemums (vygies in Afrikaans) plants.  
Potting soil
A bag of small sized pebbles
Half a bag of river sand

Place a small amount of the pebbles in each of the pots. Use the pebbles to secure the fence dropper in the bottom of the large pot.

Feed the fence dropper through the holes in the bottom of the small pots and place them one on top of the other along the fence dropper. Mix the compost and potting soil together and pour it into each of the pots

Plant two of the pansy seedlings (or seedlings of your choice) in each of the small pots. Plant the three different Mesembryanthemums in the large and two medium sized pots. 


Rainy days...

Spring is in full swing here in Johannesburg, we have had a week of nothing but warm and sunny days. There were even a few occasions of it being so hot that you could have swum if you really wanted to, but somehow I think the swimming pool water might have been a tad too cold. 

Yesterday and today though have been your typical 'beginning of summer' days, as it has been overcast and raining, the perfect weather for curling up in bed and staying there. How I wish this is something I could do, but alas there is that thing called a job, which don't get me wrong I love and I am grateful for. There are a few things I absolutely love about rainy days such as today.  

Rain drops falling on my window

Having some coffee while lying in bed and listening to the rain

Acting like a kid, dancing and playing in the rain

Oh and kissing in the rain, now this is not as glamorous and romantic as they 
make it out to be in the movies. Its just one big wet mess...lol.


DIY letters

I love all the wooden letters you see in the various home stores these days and I always think too myself, “I could make that and design them however I want.” Well this past Sunday I set aside to make my own letters from scratch. It was a couple's DIY  project, as I have to admit that I did have a helping hand (when it came to cutting the wood) from my own personal handyman…aka the boyfriend.

What you need:
A piece of wood (thinkness and size depends on how big you want your letters to be)
Some one to do the cutting and sanding (or you could do it yourself)
Spray paint or paint
Paper (in your choosen colours)

Cut your wood into the letters/word 

Paint or spray paint the letter/word with your chosen colour(s)

Grab some paper or cardboard, glue and scissors to make your decorations

Cut and stick together your chosen decorations made out of the paper or cardboard

Place the decorations how and where you want them on your letters

Another variety of this is to make your letters all one bold colour and then decorating them (or not), you could even choose to make them different shades of a certain colour. The nice thing about this is because you are making it yourself, you can choose exactly how you want the letters/word to look.