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70’s fever at Handmade By Me

I was so taken with this 70’s inspired shoot of some of Handmade By Me‘s latest products, styled and shot by Kristy Snell of Delisous.

Prawn cocktail and flamingos, grapefruit and proteas, peas and prickly pears, and green jelly and alphabet soup, with a quirky combination of 70’s style dining – I’ve always loved the retro look and feel and I couldn’t be more into these pics! Plus, the locally-made products are fabulous too.






Handmade By Me make fabric cushions, tea towels, napkins, wallpaper and bedding, as well as loads of other products. Check them out at www.handmadebyme.co.za.

— Emily


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Pichulik launch s/s 2017

… and it’s better than ever.

Their spring/summer 2017 collection has been launched in conjunction with the second #PichulikByNadya resort wear collection, and their second collaboration with Cape Town brand Espadril.

Gone are the vibrant blues, reds and yellows, replaced by smooth metal and a restricted palette of natural colours – dusty pinks, soft sand colours, black and white offset by gold wrapping and polished metals.

Because many of the materials are organic –coral, shell, horn – no two pieces are the same.

The jewellery is complemented by the second PICHULIK by Nadya von Stein clothing collection. “The garments are inspired by the travelling garments of the ’30s and are made from hand-dyed hemp in natural hues. The lines are clean and the focus is on function as much as fashion,” says Von Stein.

Feminine and ideal for a South African sumer. The spring/summer 2017 collection will be available online at pichulik.com on 14 October 2016 and at the PICHULIK stores in the V&A Watershed as well as AKJP Collective in Cape Town.








Photography | Xandre Kriel

— Emily


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the shirt-under-your-dress trend

This classic 90s trend has crept back into street style. It’s a way of wearing your party dresses during the day. It’s also perfect if you have spaghetti straps or uncomfortably low cut dresses… how will you wear yours?

I’ve got inspiration for a whole new way of wearing my wardrobe. Hooray for practical trends!

slip over1

Salon 58 low res-130

slip over2

— Emily


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did you survive the holidays?

And just like that the winter school holidays are done and dusted. What did you get up to? Although it was a bit of a whirlwind – I’m such a stickler for routine and holidays are not about routine – it was all great fun. Bailey had to have grommets put in, and she was so brave. She said afterwards that her ears felt very ‘sensible’. I took the littles to spend a week with my sister and her great, big crazy family in Durban. We had no agenda and just decided each day what we felt like doing. Highlights included hiking in Krantzkloof, spending the morning on the beach skipping through rock pools when it was pouring with rain back home, visiting Mini Town (especially for Robert), riding the cableway over the promenade (terrifying!), playing racket ball and running with my nephews and brother-in-law (thanks sis for babysitting!), visiting my niece at her waitressing job and having her serve us (how to make me feel old) and just hanging out with my special family.





Here’s a video that my clever niece made of our one morning in Durban. It captures the fun perfectly!

And last week, back home, we spent a lovely rainy Friday afternoon at Cafe Paradiso. The mamas drank wine and managed to actually have a conversation, while all the kids were whisked off to the kitchen to make their own pizzas. Such a great idea and the kids loved it. And if they’re not in the mood for pizza they can also do biscuits or gingerbread men.


— Liza


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missibaba’s new backpacks are just so rad

As a mama, it’s sometimes not practical to lug a big handbag around, especially when travelling with your littles or when you’re out for the day and need to pack a million supplies. It’s also not practical to use an ugly bag, because well, just because you’re a mama doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice on style.

That’s why we like the idea of Missibaba’s new Palermo Backseat Bitch Backpack collection. Not only are they practical but they’re good looking too. The backpacks feature five sets of magnets, making it easy to whip them open and closed in an instant. And they’re locally made – each bag requires six people’s crafty hands to create the final beautiful product.

We love this new collection! Buy them in the Missibaba store today 🙂

Backpack Scarlet Turq Snake. High

Backpack Green croc Ghecko Gold 1

Backpack Yellow croc scarlet Inside High

Back Pack Yellow Scarlet High

— Liza


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fun family things to do in cape town for the winter holidays

We’re in the last week of Term 2 and we’re heading towards a long, cold, winter school break! It’s always a bit daunting imagining how we will keep our little people from going crazy with cabin fever. We don’t really want them glued to the TV or the iPad all day, so if you’re not heading off to warmer climes or taking a mini break somewhere nearby, here are a few ideas around Cape Town that will help keep you all happy…


Table Mountain Cableway
Luckily, Cape Town offers gorgeous, crisp clear winter days too, so it’s a brilliant time for a family outing up Table Mountain on the cable car. Especially when you can take advantage of their Kidz Season special offer which runs until 30 September – one adult ticket gives two kids under 18 a free ride. Bonus!

Watercolour Workshop
A stalwart in Cape Town, Hi Ho Cherry O in Tokai is an institution when it comes to all things educational and fun for children. For the holidays they’re offering 30-minute watercolour workshops for little ones between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, at their store from 27 June – 1 July and 4-8 July. The workshop will teach your kids how to mix palette paints properly and how to produce certain effects in free-style painting. It will cost R50 per session, there will be morning and afternoon slots with two children per session allowed, and your child will receive a set of Italian Giotto watercolour paints too. To book, call Hi Ho Cherry O on 021 715 9033 or pop into the store.

Mini Masterchefs
The Table Bay Hotel‘s Executive Chef, Jocelyn Myers-Adams, has been running cooking classes for kids since April, and for the winter holidays she will be teaching mini chefs-in-training how to make Tomato Beef Bredie (on 2 July) – the perfect dish for a cold, rainy day! The two-hour session costs R300. To book, call 021 406 5988 or email tablebaydining@suninternational.com

Theatre Time
We’ve been to many of the children’s theatre shows at The Artscape and they are always so brilliant. This time you can look forward to an adventure with Noddy and his friends (27 June – 9 July). It’s a lovely morning outing. The Playhouse in Somerset West will also be showing The Wizard of Oz and Little Red Riding Hood.

Sweet Treats
For a milkshake treat like no other, head to the new MyShake Milkshake Bar at Canal Walk. Little ones get the opportunity to build their own milkshake creations from a creamy vanilla base. With over 100 toppings and treats to choose from, they’re bound to enjoy it! Or head to Crumbs & Cream in Sea Point for the ultimate ice cream sandwich – a scoop of their choice of ice cream flavour sandwiched between two giant cookies of their choice. Yum!

There are many more fun things to do in and around Cape Town, but we can’t list them all here. Let us know what you have planned!

— Liza


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a great date night idea

It was hubby’s birthday on Friday and I booked for us to go to The Crypt for dinner and jazz. We haven’t been since we were dating (about 15 years!), but I’d recently heard that it was still a really good night out. If you’ve never been to The Crypt, it’s located in Wale Street in the basement of St George’s Cathedral, and it is just the most wonderful place. The Cape Dutch Connection were the band for the evening, and they blew us away – brilliant music played so incredibly well. We ate steak and chips, drank some good red wine and had a perfect night out. Go for your next date, you’ll love it!



— Liza


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