jozi family trip

Just after Easter we made our way to Joburg for a full-on family fest. John-Louis’ brother was getting married and all the aunts, uncles and cousins were together for the first time in quite a while. Because we were up there for about 9 days, we had lots on the agenda. I really like Joburg – it’s a beautiful city, the people are super friendly and the shopping is good. But Cape Town will always have my heart.

Here are the highlights (and some lowlights) of our trip…

  • Our flight up was horrendous and packed, but thankfully the woman sitting next to me and Robert offered to swop seats so he could sit at the window – always grateful for small mercies such as these
  • I got to see old friends and meet new ones. Ruth, you’re looking amazing and I can’t wait to meet your twin boys! Ingrid, that serendipitous parking lot meeting made my day! Meeting Bailey from Bury and Discover and Kimmy & Bear, for the first time, and her beautiful twin girls was such a treat, and so was meeting Cheska’s precious newborn baby girl, Francie Sugar
  • I went running on my own and felt more than safe
  • I got to meet an I Heart Vintage shopper – always nice to meet our readers and supporters (Andrea, the blazer looks so good on you!)
  • We had Sunday lunch at Casalinga with the entire family and John-Louis took some lovely family portraits – making memories
  • We used Uber for the first time (many times) and every experience was a good one – we are converts now
  • Load shedding in Joburg is much worse than Cape Town but luckily my brother in law (who we stayed with) has a generator :-)
  • Shopping at Sandton City is awesome, but shopping at Sandton City with two littles is not so awesome – they really tested our patience that day (we also sat in two hours of traffic after our shopping day)
  • Visiting Joburg Zoo was just lovely but so sad too – we don’t like seeing animals out of their natural habitat
  • We went to the Foundry for supper during load shedding and we had a great time
  • Breakfast at Nice was really nice!
  • Bailey getting sick all over the backseat of the car we were driving in was not so nice
  • Engedi is an exquisite wedding venue and we had a great day – Bailey was a brilliant flower girl and both our littles stayed up till 11pm! Also, my phone died and I got no pics of the lovely bride!
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Casalinga has huge wide open spaces for littles to expend all their energy

Ready to rock Joburg Zoo

Ready to rock Joburg Zoo

Beautiful views from our picnic spot at the zoo

Beautiful views from our picnic spot at the zoo

Camels having lunch

Camels having lunch

Hanging out at Uncle Neil's house – our home for 9 days

Hanging out at Uncle Neil’s house – our home for 9 days

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Nice in Parkhurst

Me and my littles ready for the wedding

Me and my littles ready for the wedding

Bailey and daddy tearing up the dance floor

Bailey and daddy tearing up the dance floor

 

Joburg was lots of fun, but it was so good to come home!

 

— Liza

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rollneck style

I am so pleased that the rollneck has made a comeback this autumn/winter. It’s always been a favourite. There is nothing on earth so cosy.

Here are a few inspirational looks that I’m going to be trying out as the weather gets colder.

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— Emily

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oh so pretty

Sometimes we receive an email that makes us sit up and take a bit more notice than usual. Like when the Winter 2015 Lookbook from Sitting Pretty arrived in our inbox. Every single piece is just perfection. That cape! Designer Emma Londgen says ‘the collection was inspired by the alternatingly soft and striking winter lights and a strong desire for softness and cocooning’. We like that. We also like that Sitting Pretty are passionate about ethical trading and integrity and each piece is designed and manufactured in Cape Town using natural fibres such as organic hemp and organic cotton.

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Slash neck poncho with dipped back hem

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Loose oversized three quarter sleeve blouse

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Organic knit dress

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More of the blouse

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Shirt dress

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Organic knit top

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You can shop the collection online here, or find their list of stockists here. Like Sitting Pretty on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates.

— Liza

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spree aw 2015

Spree‘s AW 2015 collections are a love affair with outerwear paired with classics (with a modern twist), and an opulent new take on knitwear…

I just love winter trends and can’t wait to make a few key purchases to get me through the chilly months.

‘It is set to be a winter filled with elegant ease and plenty of style,’ says Spree Fashion Director, Chris Viljoen.

We attended the launch a week or so ago and were so impressed by what they have on offer. Hit play and see for yourselves.

— Emily

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slip-on sneakers

I think I’m going to be investing in a few pairs of slip-on sneakers for winter… It’s a good shoe for a busy mama. In fact, I’m just really stoked that sneakers in general are acceptable to wear.

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— Liza

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andy warhol meets converse

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of stepping out to view the Converse All Star Andy Warhol collection – inspired by the pop art legend himself. Tuesday evenings for me usually involve curling up on the sofa and watching reruns of Project Runway, but this particular night I took my darling friend Adelaide off to Sportscene at Canal Walk for some visual inspiration.

We wandered through the store along a corridor of enormous blown-up and vibrantly coloured prints of the artist to where, nestled at the back, was a display of the new Chucks themselves. Four unique pairs of kicks in Warhol’s classic Campbell’s Soup print occupied everyone’s attention as the onlookers all held thumbs to be a winner of the treasure hunt so they could sneak home with a prized pair.

I’m the proud owner of two very well worn pairs of All Stars which have evolved into my standard uniform and everyday wear. With only 120 pairs in South Africa, I’m hoping I can get my hands on a pair of these limited edition beauties!

The collection is now available exclusively through selected Sportscene stores with prices ranging from R979.95 to R1049.95.

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— Holly

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kirsten goss jewellery – ‘prong’ collection

Local jewellery designer Kirsten Goss has released her latest collection, Prong. The essence of Prong is classic and clean with a linear, futuristic edge. It is in celebration of one of Kirsten’s signature (and favourite) earring forms – Pyxis.

The pieces are created using sterling silver, gold vermeil and an assortment of semi-precious stones.

In the Prong collection you will find strong, bold, masculine lines – but fine enough to remain delicate and precious. We love the shoot, with pieces modelled by the gorgeous Kamini Pather (freelance writer, winner of the last SA Masterchef and star of soon-to-be seen Girl Eats World).

Prong is available in store and online. For more information, visit Kirsten Goss.

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— Emily

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