penny loafers for the new season

I recently ordered these Jane Sews penny loafers and I cannot wait for them to arrive. In the meantime, I’ve been thinking and dreaming of some outfits that will work with these beautiful shoes…

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— Liza

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Meet Cole…

We have a new addition to the family. Cole Coetzee is our sweet, new staffie, who has doubled in size in the month since we collected him. He is a wriggly ball of crazy teeth, claws and soft puppy tummy.

He wakes me up at least five times a night and is harder to toilet train than my three-year-old son… He and Zula (our nine-year-old staffie) get on well thank goodness, although it did take a while. Zula is very gracious, bless her. They rough and tumble all day, and much of the night it sounds like.

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The lovely people at Hills Pet Nutrition sent Cole a new bed. He is thrilled with it and Zula is quite pleased to have him out of hers… thank you Hills!

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And I could hardly do a post on Cole without including Granny Zula. She’s a gem. So good to know that both of their health and nutrition, at these hugely different stages of life, are covered by an all-in-one diet as reliable as Hills.

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— Emily

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blissed out at the four seasons westcliff spa

We wish we could have whisked ourselves away to experience the utter bliss of the newly revamped spa at the Four Seasons Westcliff Hotel, but alas, our trusty Joburg correspondent Ruth Tanser, had to step in for us ūüôā Ruth says we have the ocean and she has The Westcliff, so all is fair.

Here’s what Ruth had to say about her experience…

I’m a mom to three boys (two of which are 10-month-old twins!), so I was really looking forward to some pampering at The Westcliff. As I pulled up to the gates of the hotel, the staff greeted me enthusiastically. I was shown where to park and even offered a lift to the spa in a golf cart ‚Äď incase I was wearing heels. As soon as I stepped into the spa I started to feel relaxed ‚Äď even more so once I had my fluffy gown and soft rubber slippers on. I didn’t even have to worry about a locker key as the new lockers use a nifty code system. While I waited for my lovely therapist Noni, I took some time out in the relaxation lounge which overlooks the beautiful infinity pool and a canopy of trees. It was a perfect autumn day and as I sipped on some freshly brewed Honeybush, Coconot and Mango tea and read some magazines, I felt like I was in heaven and I hadn’t even had my treatment yet!¬†

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I opted for the back, neck, shoulder and scalp massage to relieve the tension in my upper body. Noni seated me and began with a welcoming foot washing ceremony. She offered me a warm peppermint-scented towel, which acts as an invigorant, and she then immersed my feet in cucumber and salt-infused water before scrubbing them gently. My massage was brilliant and Noni was careful to check whether she was applying the correct pressure and if I was comfortable. It ended with an incredible scalp massage which is always my favourite part.

As it had been recommended to me to try out the ice scrub and steam room after my massage I was quite happy to acquiesce. The spa has separate sauna and steam room facilities for men and women. What a way to¬†end off my treatment ‚Äď I felt refreshed and invigorated! Unfortunately time was running out and even though I was sorely tempted by the Jacuzzi and infinity pool, I had to head back to my boys.¬†

Throughout the entire two hour experience I felt incredibly pampered and left feeling utterly relaxed and rejuvenated. Thank you Four Seasons Westcliff Spa, what a treat! 

— Liza

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new stuff, ikea style

You are all probably way ahead of me on this, but having moved into our new home at the beginning of February I was excited to discover Nevada Furniture and their Ikea range.

I’ve wanted the Ikea spice racks for an absolute age, to use as kiddies bookshelves and storage. When Nevada had a huge, clearance sale last month there they were, just waiting for me. Their service is excellent, they are reliable and reasonably priced. And of course, because it’s Ikea putting it all together is literally easy as 1,2,3…even with a 3yo “helping”.

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— Emily

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lunch in the winelands // stables at vergelegen

Last month we visited Stables Restaurant at Vergelegen on a cold, rainy day. When we arrived, the restaurant had the cosy fires going and it was deliciously warm inside. Stables is beautifully designed ‚Äď the¬†decor is simple, modern and unfussy.

Although it was chilly, the rain¬†held out so the littles could enjoy¬†the amazing play area and we could sip our wine in peace. The service was great, the food amazing (we all had steak, hubby had a burger) and the wine delicious. After lunch we went for a long walk around the estate, through the octagonal garden,¬†to the historical camphor trees (planted in 1700!), around the rose garden and into the picnic area then back up to the reflection pool and ending it in the herb garden. The gardens are immaculate and just gorgeous.¬†I’d¬†highly recommend a visit to Stables and the Vergelegen estate!

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— Liza

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Win with I Heart and l’occitane // closed

Yes, it’s yet another L’Occitane fragrance that we absolutely love. Fresh, sparkling, and fruity, the Citrus Verbena Eau de Toilette is full of radiant energy. As we head into winter, this fragrance is the perfect reminder that somewhere, in the near future, we will be warm again. It perfumes the skin with the scent of organic verbena from Provence and of sunny citrus fruits. Simply magic!

We are giving away a bottle of Citrus Verbena Eau de Toilette and hand creme. Perfect for last minute Mother’s Day gifting!

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To enter all you need to do is tell us in a comment below where in France L’Occitane originated. Competition closes on Wednesday 4 May…

— Emily

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obsessed with sababa

I love Sababa on Bree. Have you been?¬†Everything that lands on that buffet table looks delicious, and it’s tough to decide¬†what to eat, because you just want it all.

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When I bought their cookbook last year, I was immediately obsessed. I’m a meal planner (it keeps¬†our busy life in order!) and often I’ll just grab my Sababa book, and we’ll eat a meal from it every night of the week. Thankfully, the recipes are pretty straightforward and the¬†end result is always amazing.

Here’s an extract from the cookbook as to what they’re all about:

“Sababa is a Cape Town kitchen and deli run by sisters Tal Smith and Nirit Saban. The Sea Point store is the original Sababa deli and catering HQ and in the City Bowl there is a deli with an eat-in option. The food has a distinctly Middle-Eastern slant, evidenced by the coconut-dusted date ball that comes with a latte, the sesame-flecked schnitzels and the smoothest, creamiest hummus (easily consumed by the tub) and by the bourekitas ‚Äď dainty, domed pies containing cheese, spinach or silky, meltingly soft leeks.”

Here are some of the dishes I’ve made over and over again!

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Cheese and Leek Pies

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Bailey loved them, Robbie had a few bites before losing interest. But he does that every night…

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Aubergine, Tahina & Tomato Salad, Cabbage Salad, Tomato Salad

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Chicken Pasta Bake

You can get the book in one of the Sababa stores, or buy it from Takealot here.

— Liza

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