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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.

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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.

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— Liza

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style crush: jane sews

There’s nothing more exciting when you come across a designer that makes every piece like it was meant for you. This is how I feel about Jane Sews. Locally designed and crafted, all her dresses, tops, shoes and bags are timeless, simple and sophisticated. Perfect, really. Amy Venter, the designer behind Jane Sews, has this to say about her brand…

“I have always been inspired by nature’s authenticity. My design and making hope to reflect this same spirit; every design element is carefully considered and close attention is paid to fine construction and finish. With Jane Sews I sought out to create uplifted staples and timeless pieces that are suitable for all seasons. The small run collections are crafted from high quality natural fabrics and are both functional and easy to wear. Linking arms with other local makers has enabled Jane Sews to be part of building into community. It has also allowed me the privilege of sharing this creative journey with other tradesmen while ensuring the integrity of the finished product. This is a story sewn by honest hands speaking to a simpler way of living. My greatest wish would be that your Jane Sews piece finds a treasured place in your wardrobe.”

My greatest wish is that I could have every single piece 🙂

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— Liza

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