lunch in the winelands

For my birthday lunch earlier this month, I booked at The Table at De Meye. I’ve been wanting to visit for months! So on a sunny Saturday, hubby and I dropped the littles off with aunty for the night and made our way out to Stellenbosch. A whole day and night of alone time stretched out before us… such bliss.

When we arrived at De Meye, we made our way to the wine tasting room before we sat down at our table for two nestled under an enormous oak tree. We sipped on a crisp rosé/shiraz blend, chatted without having to worry about one little running off for miles and the other little constantly interrupting, and we ate like kings. I cannot even begin to describe how incredibly delicious the food was. Here’s a link to the chef Jessica’s post which can give you more detail! After lunch, we grabbed a blanket from one of the nearby benches, laid it out on the grass under our oak tree, and just soaked up some dappled afternoon sunlight. When we arrived home much later we both fell asleep for a few hours – late afternoon naps just don’t happen with children around and it was utterly bizarre to wake up at 6pm with not a worry in the world.

I cannot wait to visit The Table again, the menu changes every week as it’s depicted by the fresh produce that’s available at the time, so you’re guaranteed something unique. It’s an absolute must-visit!

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— Liza

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autumn is my favourite

Don’t you just love this time of year? The insistent South Easter suddenly dissipates. Leaves turn into beautiful shades of red and orange. Evenings are still and calm, perfect for lightweight coats and pumps. Daytime is just the right temperature and not too hot for your favourite denims. Sunsets and sunrises seem to be more spectacular. Oats with cinnamon and honey is the ideal breakfast. And toasted hot cross buns with butter, of course. Autumn is definitely my favourite season, what’s yours?

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Sunset from our back garden

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Vineyard walks in Groot Constantia

 

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Beautiful Groot Constantia

 

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Sunset at Llandudno

 

— Liza

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beautiful chaos

I have a collection of stationery on my desk at home. Clips and pens and a few cool things from Typo that I received as a gift when I left a contract position a few months ago.

Included in this pile of things is a DOPE SHIT stamp – I’d been saving it for a particularly brilliant piece of writing that I can print out and duly brand with this highest form of praise. However, that moment has not arrived and at the point of this story the stamp was fresh and moist and a clear temptation for prying hands.

I was working on a particularly taxing article that was already late when my 3yo daughter appeared in the doorway naked and covered from head-to-toe in bold, black DOPE SHIT stamps.

It was branded all over her body and face and, I realised as I marched her to the sink, it was also all over the walls at toddler eye-level. She’d been particularly stamp-happy in the kitchen and dining area and I also found a few on the back of the new, white couch which was enough to wipe the slightly amused grin off my face.

I was in the midst of uncovering the degree of havoc wreaked in such a few short minutes, when my phone rang. It was our landlord’s elderly father. He hasn’t been around in a year and was in the area and wondered if he could pop by for the mail… how soon, I enquired, no he’s about a minute away, was that a problem?

Panic. I kept him outside chatting as long as possible while Christina, who helps with the kids when I’m working, scrubbed frantically at child and wall. I still can’t get over the non-serendipitous (is that even a thing) alignment of things in that moment. Particularly as I’ve been waiting months for Landlord Snr to pop in so I could show him a few things that need fixing around the house.

These will now have to wait until the next annual post collection – I think even then I will be discovering upside-down DOPE SHIT’s on the garden walls and hidden behind curtains.

Note to self: never (ever) think smugly to yourself ‘my child must be quietly playing’ but rather know they are up to something.

— Emily

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where do you shop?

The other night we were at a launch chatting with one of our ‘industry’ friends. We admired her skirt, she said it was by a local designer and then we moved onto the subject of how many amazing, local designers we have in this country and why, why, why?! are we not all shopping and buying these brands. It make sense to support them, don’t you agree?

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If you’re wondering where and how you can shop local… here are some tips:

Shop Online

  • Spree is one of SA’s largest online shops featuring a whole bunch of local (and some international) designers.
  • Mungo & Jemima offer a curated range of beautiful local designs.
  • Zando have a special Made in SA section.
  • We just love Jane Sews for its simplicity.
  • Akedo stocks some of our best!

Shop Stores 

Mungo & Jemima have two stores – one in Long Street and the other at the Watershed at V&A Waterfront. In Jozi, Maboneng Precinct is a great one-stop-shopping destination. For those with a taste for the finer threads in life, visit Klûk CGDT in Joburg and Cape Town. For those on a budget, Mr Price support local designers with regular capsule collections and the Edgars x SAFW capsule collections at the Sandton City store are just amazing. We cannot tell you where all the local designers are stocked and who has stores and who doesn’t, but see our list below of some of our favourite designers.

Also, visit the weekend markets like Neighbourgoods in Cape Town and Joburg, and Durban’s I Heart Market.

Shop Direct 

Sometimes the best thing to do is contact them directly!

For more information on shopping and supporting local, visit WearSA

Now go forth and be proudly South African!

— Liza

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this place

This is a recycled window house that was built by photographer Nick Olson and clothing designer Lilah Horwitz. In 2012 they quit their day jobs so they could build this wooden cabin, which faces the mountains of West Virginia and drinks in the entire, magnificent sunset.

It’s built out of salvaged materials and repurposed windows that the couple collected from garage sales and antique dealers.

The glass cabin, which they created for a total of about $500, is on a property owned by Olson’s family. It doesn’t have electricity or running water, but it has everything they need to watch the sunset, which is sometimes all you really need in life.

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This lovely video shows how they did it and puts the whole thing in context. Inspired.

Credit | www.yellowtrace.com.au

— Emily

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Lindt gold bunny hunt competition

Oh joy, it’s Friday! And to kick off the weekend, Lindt is helping us get you in the mood for Easter with a fun Gold Bunny hunt on the blog.

So, if you’d like to win this hamper worth R800…

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Here’s what you need to do…

  • Find the Lindt Gold Bunny hidden somewhere on our site
  • Screen grab it, then share it on:
    • Twitter with the following: “I just spotted the LINDT Gold Bunny on @the_iheartgirls blog #LindtGoldBunnySA” OR
    • Instagram with the following: “I just spotted the LINDT Gold Bunny on @iheartyouroutfit #LindtGoldBunnySA”
  • You also need to follow @LindtSA on Twitter and/or on Instagram
  • Don’t forget the hashtag in your entries, or it will not be considered valid

Good luck!

PS: You have the WHOLE weekend to enter, entries will close at midnight on Sunday 15 March! 

— Liza

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