Coco Wins!

Saturday, 18 December 2010
Mouille Point by Cocobutton, on my Snow Cat Lomo.
Yay, I won! Thanks to Being Brazen and Identity I won the City Snaps competition! And just in time for Christmas holidays as well. 

It really is the strangest story. Monday was a really bad day at the office. That morning I had also been checking out the Christmas specials of camera's after my little Canon digi died. Then a lovely lady from Identity saved my day (and my mood) and told me i had won! 

The prize included a Canon Powershot A3100 Camera with accessories worth R1300 AND a Identity fashion gift card worth R500! Eeeek! 

I would just like to thank the wonderful people at Identity, I love you guys, you made my year!

Last years New Years Resolution was to enter every competition I lay my eyes on. That resolution has won me two very exciting prizes this year! I think I will make the exact same resolution this year. 


PS. Smile! Here comes Coco with her new camera!

Weekend Learning's

Monday, 13 December 2010
French inspired weekend... C'est la vie
Why do the weekends leave me so quickly! Even when I make a point to cherish every moment they go by in a flash. This is what I learned;
  • Louis (my Pekingese pup) went to La Pawtique and got ‘The Lion’ cut. He looks insanely handsome!
  • I love anything grape flavoured. Mmm!
  • Some people are just mean. And I do not deserve their abuse.
  • I still love French (English subtitle) films. I finally got my hands on La Vie en Rose. Stunning!
  • I also love Marion Cotillard and how she portrayed Edith Piaf. And how mad scary she looks in the movie and how gorgeous she in in real life, amazing.
  • I also, still love Edith and her haunting French music.
  • Staying in the entire weekend saves a lot of moola (money).
  • It is the end of the year and even when 'relaxing' on the weekend I still feel exhausted. *see next point.
  • If I work one more weekend it will kill my fragile little spirit.
  • I cannot wait for holidays so I can turn off my phone and ignore everyone. I need some space!
  • I need a straw hat... And the search begins.

PS. Thank you to La Pawtique, they really are the best (and only) salon I will ever take my little angel to.

Fashion Forward Friday

Friday, 10 December 2010

Framework by Moxy Creative {here}

Living in South Africa, having sunglasses is like wearing shoes. Obviously you don’t really have to wear them, but you’re going to be in a lot of pain if you don’t! The cruel South African sun is even hotter here in my wonderful Johannesburg. Being that much closer to the sun is really not that good of an idea if you don’t have your trusty sunnies.

I have a whole lot of different looks. Fashion shades are just divine. There is nothing better than a new shiny pair of (*unscratched) new shades to try out. Since I am an avid collector I never pay too much for eye protection and I enjoy trying out different looks. I have quite a round/square face. No it is not that bad! As most sunnies suite me and my round face I use this to my advantage and I’m not scared to try something extreme. I like the bigger the better! Jackie O to Jack Nicholson, This Jaxi can wear them all!

I found this on the net and thought id share it with you. What style are you? Personally, loving the Costello’s, must be a Leo thing.


PS. Those blinkers are only going to get smaller without a little shading! Moles are never in fashion...

Weekend Learnings

Monday, 6 December 2010
Hmm a lot of flowers on the mind!
The first weekend of December is already done and dusted. Time is moving so quickly!

What I learned this weekend:

  • Im going to see Kings of Leon live, prrr!
  • The best thing about staying in on a Friday night is watching random old movies till late and not worrying about going to work the next day.
  • I love melon bowls.
  • The Sally Hansen French Manicure pen is very easy to use.
  • The flowers in my garden look like exotic giant white water lily's and they smell amazing.
  • Steri Stumpie now comes in Marshmallow flavour and it is NOM.
  • Country Road is my weakness, she sucks me in, forces me to buy her then leaves me poor... But very happy. They have now branched into crockery... Oh dear wallet... I am sorry.
  • The Radisson Blu Gautrain pool bar is stunning but do not go if you have a thinning wallet.
  • I’m loving the man who sells roses on Sandton Drive, my favourites are the purple and antique look. Beautiful.
  • I don’t really think I should take life as seriously as I do, especially not in December.

Have a lovely week!


PS. I’d like those roses delivered ASAP please. I need them!

Fashion forward friday

Friday, 3 December 2010
Black Swans.
Black Swan is hitting the airwaves. And for good reason! The last ballet movie I can remember was Center Stage. As much as I loved that movie, romantic, ballet, dance movies are a little less than what I demand from a good story line these days. Although when Center Stage came out in 2000 I was 15.

With the ballet trend looking to make a comeback with the release of the sinister Black Swan, I thought id dedicate this weeks Fashion Forward Friday to ballet style.

I’m loving these photo’s by Jan Masny. I used to be quite a good ballet dancer at 15… wonder if I can still do a pirouette…


PS. Just because you feel like an ugly duckling today, maybe tomorrow you’ll become a swan… or even better, a black swan.  


Weekend Learning's

Monday, 29 November 2010
A weekend full of hearts!
Sometimes you have to work on the weekend. Sadly it makes the weekend go a lot faster. Although this Monday I feel relaxed and inspired by the time I spent this weekend.I learned;
  • I am officially packing away my clubbing days (for many good reasons).
  • I am changing... those who do not understand will sadly be left behind.
  • Shoe boxes make for neat and cost effective storage organisers.
  • My garden is growing so beautifully, I now have a whole lot of beans and beautiful butter lettuces! Eeeek!
  • Hyde Park’s Food, Wine, Design Show was so wonderful, I spent a lot of money with no regrets, on a lot of delicious things.
  • Dear Rae is my new favourite South African jewellery designer.
  • A much needed full bedroom clean-out is actually a lot of fun and makes you feel lighter.
  • Working weekends is not so bad if you’re productive.
  • I love it so much when I receive my cappuccino and there is a foam heart in it, win!
  • It is less than a month till Christmas, which means it is time to put up the tree.
  • Sharing little romantic words and thoughts with your far-away loved one is heart-fluttering stuff.


PS. I miss my Friday nights in…

Dear Rae

I bought one of these! Photo from Dear Rae
My weekend purchase. Packaging- Eeek!
I love jewellery. Ever since I was a little girl anything that shimmers or shines catches my eye. Now that I am just little older (*wink) I like unique pieces. When I found Dear Rae on the net I was horrified that I didn’t know her!  

She’s a Cape Town based jewellery designer established this year and already I love her! She recently had a little feature on Being Brazen and revisited her website and saw she was coming to the Food Wine Design show. I had to go!

“I look to create jewellery that celebrates the preciousness of the everyday.”
- Karin Rae Matthee *taken from her {website}.

Thank you Dear Rae for my first item… you have not see the last of me and my wallet!


PS. A little heart still loves big.

Food, Wine, Design.

It was an arty affair... mustache anyone? 
Johannesburg isn’t known for its design events. Her Mother City, Cape Town, normally gets the creative injection more frequently. But this joyous weekend Hyde Park hosted the Food, Wine, Design show.

Food… Wine… and Design… Coco was in heaven! There were so many inspiring and creative stalls. I was smiling from stall to stall. I finally got to meet the designer who is Dear Rae, and made a purchase {here}. I also met the (amazing!) women behind Reel Gardening and thanked them for my prized veggies. I discovered Malée makes the most seductive room spray I have ever smelled… I almost cried when she said they were 100% out of stock! I saw cushion’s which said “I ♥ Jozi” and laughed at the pink, moustache panties! He he! I tasted loads of olives, Chorizo, and bought yummy smoked sausage and creamy Camembert that would make the food gods sing! I had the creamiest cinnamon ice-cream and shared a chocolate and roasted nut pancake with a friend I call Lamb. Delicious.

I cannot wait for next year!


PS. I love the creative people in my country. South Africans are truly blessed!

Fashion Forward Friday

Friday, 26 November 2010

Brown works every time on every canvas.
Milk chocolate eyes. No this is Fashion Forward Friday, not a recipe post. But yes when thinking of light, lustrous… or matt, brown eye shadow I think about chocolate. Milk chocolate eye shadow is everywhere! A more organic shading for day and shimmery iridescent shades for evening. Being a brown eyed (hazel) girl myself, I like using browns and earthy tones to bring out the flickers in my eyes. Woody tones on green and blue eyes are also romantic and almost inspire the colour in your eyes to glow.

A natural organic face is youthful. And that is the beauty of this trend. Brown is organic, thus it goes with every eye colour, skin tone, hair colour and mood. Don’t get me wrong I love bright colours but it is so much easier to pull of a milky chocolate shadow than a lime green one.

Use both cream and powder. Eye shadow comes in both cream and powder form. To help your bright eye shadow colour last all day or night, try matching colours in both cream and powder formulas. Apply the cream in a thin layer (to avoid creases later in the day) over the entire lid. Follow by applying your powder shadow as usual. I like Revlon’s “Beyond Natural” Cream-To-Powder-Eye-Shadow.

Start by applying a concealer to lids to even out skin tone and create a canvas for shadow application. Apply creamy shadows with fingertips. Shadows will blend together seamlessly as you layer colours. Apply darker shades in eye crease and on lid line. Use lighter shades all over or at corners of eyes or directly under brow arch. 

Another tip is to enhance the natural colours you have. Applying dry eye shadow with a brush will help you to coat your lids with beautiful sheer, all over colour. To intensify the colour of your eye shadow, use a sponge applicator. For a slightly more dramatic effect, apply your shadow wet with a brush; this will deepen and brighten the hues as well as increase shimmer. 

Think warm, tea and coffee shades. Matt’s or shimmer anyone call pull off this trend. And since the browns are still making a comeback, they’re lower priced than the bright. With a pink cheek and a light gloss you will be ready to roll!


PS. Brown smoky eyes are gorgeous and more subtle, sexier and easier to wash off ;) 

A Proud Daughter

Thursday, 25 November 2010
And the award goes to... my Dad! *Jump for joy!
I am very proud to announce that my father, Jeremy Sampson won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the FM AdFocus awards on November 24. It was a reward for decades of leadership in South Africa’s branding and design sector, and marked the first time the award has been won by someone outside the advertising mainstream. Very proud, I cannot think of anyone else more deserving! If I do say so myself!

You can follow him on Twitter {here}. Check out the rest of the winners {here} and Interbrand Sampson was runner up in the Branding & Design Agency of the Year. Congratulations to all the winners!


PS. Branding and design for life!

Paper Imagination

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

I love paper art. This is so gorgeous! Hope this inspires you.


PS. I'd like to fly a paper plane

Weekend Learnings

Tuesday, 23 November 2010
It is amazing how Cape Town even looks gorgeous in a collage
I dream of a time when I won't have to say goodbye.
I spent the weekend in Cape Town with my love, celebrating our 4 year anniversary (congrats… thanks!). It was another perfect weekend and even though the weather wasn’t too great (I know right! After my seeking sunshine post… fail) we managed to have the best time. This is what I learned.     
  • The more I fly the more I hate it. This is due to the fact that I do not think I have had one flight on time this entire year… and I fly a lot!
  • Capetonians seem to be loving the multiple fabric bangle trend… hmmm
  • I love virtually unknown discovery and 'Hemelhuis' restaurant is the most surprisingly fantastic little revelation in Waterkant Street. I love their bread served in a wooden bowl.
  • Another hole-in-the-wall is the decedent Deluxe Coffee Works. Heavenly, R10, double-shot coffee which is mouth-watering and moreish!
  • Despicable Me’ is my animated movie of the year. I laughed through most of it, highly underrated, highly recommended.
  • IF watermelon juice is on the menu, it gets a gold star!
  • When I am in Jozi, I miss the boyfriend and when I am in Cape Town I miss the puppy… C'est la vie.  
  • Even if a place has great reviews, bad service is a big red cross in my book. Sorry.
  • I downloaded this awesome app on my BlackBerry called ‘Runtastic’. It uses GPS to track your walk. We walked the Promenade roughly 7km, awesome!
  • I still do not understand those little swimmers and dragonfly statues on the Promenade… they’re fun to imitate though.
  • Blonde is another fantastic restaurant in Cape Town, their service is great and the menu is out of this world delicious! Warm Chocolate Fondant, mmm!
  • When the weather is cold and cloudy the perfect thing to do is wine tastings in Stellenbosch and Waterford Estate is a stunning stop!
  • Gino’s (also in Stellenbosch) has the yummiest pizza’s!
  • After watching ‘The Social Network’ I now think Mark Zuckerberg is a (insert bad word). I will not tarnish my blog with blasphemy.
  • No matter how many times I have them, I still love Café Neo (Greek breakfast) and Arnold's (Brie, Pepperdew and bacon croissant) divine breakfasts!
  • 4 years seems like a long time, life flies when you’re having fun, or just in love.
  • I’m happier now than I’ve been in a long time.


PS.  Life is too short to always be wishing for what you had, rather appreciate what you have because it’s beautiful.

Goodbye for now

Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Can you read it... good!

Yes, I'm leaving again. I'm off to Cape Town for a little R&R with my man. It's our anniversary. Yay. 

And since the weather in Jozi is rainy and cold I'm super excited to get some sun. 

Have a beautiful week, see you on monday with the Cape Town Weekend Learnings!

“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.”  - Irish Blessing


PS. Maybe I will buy a hat...

I cannot wait to be lathered in your warmth!

Weekend Learnings

Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Clearly, Christmas is already inspiring me!
Another weekend lost to time. I do not mind though, this weekend to come ill be in Cape Town, hooray! What I learned this weekend?
  • I’m a little embarrassed to say I’m loving the new Katy Perry… that fireworks song could be an inspirational anthem! Love it.
  • Snails can come in tins… eew!
  • BOS teas are YUM and their website is gorgeous!  See here.
  • I generally prefer if the temperature is above 30°C. I’m definitely a South African girl, Saturday was a glorious 33°C and I was in heaven.
  • I have too many shoes… I bought one of those shoe hanger things for my pumps… 3 in each section is what I had to resort to.
  • Sometimes you have to accept that people will never change.
  • Planning my girls Christmas party is one of those things ill never get sick of.
  • Booking for New Years holiday is done and paid for… happiness is!
  • I'm still in love with Mother Natures jewelled pomegranates, yumm! Eat with vanilla yogurt HEAVEN and very cost effective.
  • Louis (my pup) looks more like a lion as he gets older… I think a little more like an Ewok but I like Ewoks so that’s okay.

PS. Hope you’ve booked and paid for you your little December getaway!

Fashion Forward Friday

Friday, 12 November 2010
I want it all!
I like fashion that is ready to wear. Runway shows which are ridiculous and unwearable (yes I invented this word) annoy me. If there is a chance you might look like a wild animals’ pet squirrel then what is the point?

Stella McCartney’s new summer 2011 is just that, from the runway to the street or the office its wearable and oh so stunning! There is a laid-back 1970's feel to Yves Saint Laurent inspired suits in creamy hues, denim blues and pastel pink, yellows and greens. She has a selection of items in the most fabulous citrus inspired fabric. These garments were my favourites as they are rich and summery with buttery lime and orange flashes. The collection is delicious and warm yet still summery cool. The items are perfect for any working woman. The trend is minimalism and grace. If you’re a chic modern woman I think you’d definitely approve.

The bags, shoes and sunnies were also remarkable, very simple nude and brown tones. Nude nails and basic make-up took the ramp. 

The best part about this collection was the fact that I discovered that Sunglasses Hut stocks the Stella McCartney 1970 inspired cat-eyes. I think Christmas might come early to Cocobutton.


PS. Buttery lime and orange flashes… yum!
Mmmm I love!

Coco is a feature Blog

Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Thank you, Coco loves you!

Thank you to Bury and Discover for featuring Cocobutton, my first feature! Yay!
Check out the post here.


PS. Bury and Discover, visit it, you'll love it! 

Weekend Learning's

Monday, 8 November 2010
Footsteps to a brighter future.

This weekend was all about personal relaxation. Making sure that I had a full and stress-free weekend. I caught up on reading and spent time with family and friends. Things I learned this weekend?
  • Black Swan is a new American psychological thriller film directed by Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) and I cannot wait to see it! Check out the trailer {here}
  • If I’m listening to Kings of Leon I am a happy girl. I love Pyro and Pony Up off the new Come Around Sundown. Fantastic.
  • If I’m not 100% sold on buying a pair of shoes (doesn’t happen very often). If the sole of the shoe is interesting or creative I'll buy them. Check out these Mr Price sandals with a bird and heart detail. SOLD. I cannot wait to treck hearts down the beach in December.
  • The new organic Pick ‘n Pay has a gorgeous little restaurant called Thyme on Nicol. When you order a wrap you make it yourself! They also serve my favourite Vida coffee and have a rotating Sushi table. A Glass of wine is a price busting R14 and the tea section on the menu is called “I’m a little Tea Pot”. If I’m missing on a Saturday… you now know where ill be.
  • Early morning Yoga on a Saturday is great. However it is packed and for some reason I am insanely stiff… I like it.
  • My new little red Moleskine is so gorgeous. I especially love the little quality control sticker in the back. The design is interesting. I plan to collect them.
  • I love drawings in the sand. Especially when my boyfriend draws hearts and sends them to me so that I know he’s thinking of me… ❥

PS. Have a short and fun week (a girl can dream…)

Fashion Forward Friday

Friday, 5 November 2010
Come rain or shine, I love Fridays!
The fact is that living in Johannesburg pre summer without an umbrella is about as good an idea as standing on the roof with a hairdryer on in an electric storm.

So I am searching for the perfect umbrella.

The question I want to ask is, what of the see-through umbrella? Kitch or classic? I am still trying to decide. I like the idea of having something neutral to go with any outfit. I do have a problematic obsession with red umbrella’s. I think its because of that episode of Heroes when they kiss in the rain under the red umbrella and the artist draws it... Mmm. But the fact is that they just do not go with everything.

Looking at pictures I decided although they are a little on the kitch side (Anything plastic and see-through is always a little cheesy) I kinda like it.

And when I saw this picture of Blair and Serena (Gossip Girl) both under the perfect plastic perfections of kitch... I made my decision... I have to have one!

So now when it rains I will look forward to pulling out my plastic umbrella in pride knowing that Gossip Girl supports my fasion faux pas!


PS. “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” - Rabindranath Tagore

Blair and Serena do it... I'll do it too!

Past October

Thursday, 4 November 2010
Times are tough, i have to draw my own bikini's.

October, normally you think falling leaves and pumpkins but in sunny spring Johannesburg its still blossoms. I had my first swim with my love and the average day peaks at 30°C degree. *sigh.

So what did Cocobutton do in October?

It was a full and fun month. I cannot believe that its already November. Hope you’re getting your early Christmas shopping done and a little holiday planning.


PS. “Life is too short not to make the best and the most of everything that comes your way everyday.” - Sasha Azevedo

A Tally of Two Cities

Tuesday, 2 November 2010
I'll take both!
Views from the top.
 I love New York. And I love Paris. Even though I've only visited New York, Paris is one of my Bucket list cities. Thus I was highly interested when I was pointed to a comparison of both.

Wonderful Mr Berncreative pointed me in the direction of this modernist design juxtapose between two of the worlds most loved cities. Being a designer who takes to simplicity, these effortless almost cut-out graphics are more than just attractive, they are inspirational!

Two cites which are so different and so complex have been summarized into basic shapes and vectors which dual against each other with charm and swarve. Their almost refined art deco gets the point right across with delicate joy and smiles. 

The artist Vahram says;
"A friendly visual match between those two cities, as seen by a Parisian-based-and-lover on New York: details, clichés and contradictions. This way, please."

Cocobutton loves it.

Check out more here.


PS. Mmmm, delicious cities!
Paris and NY, looove coffee!
Simple yet powerful design.

Weekend Learnings

Monday, 1 November 2010

It really was a beautiful weekend. 
A weekend away is precisely what I needed to get super excited for the holiday season. I cannot believe that four days actually feel shorter than the usual two but I can feel inside that this weekend filled my heart with love. So what did I learn this weekend?

  • I love little suede grey pumps from Woolies.
  • The only time I ever wonder why I live in Johannesburg is when I go to Knysna.
  • Ile de Pain is the most wonderful little haven. If I did live in Knysna I would spend my days there. Eating. In love with life. Their fruit plate is... the best! I think Ile de Pain is the only place I will always go to and always love.
  • My China has gorgeous stuff. So gorgeous that it makes the perfect wedding gifts.
  • I like little plain paper books covered in fabric. Om in Knysna has cute ones covered in fabric.
  • Eating fish and chips next to the sea in the sun with a glass of wine, my favourite company and a view of the water, must be the best thing in the world.
  • Rain during a wedding in South Africa is a blessing. Rain cannot stop a wedding full of love. It only brings lovers closer together.
  • Peonies are FINALLY making a comeback. They are my favourite flowers and the wedding I attended had thousands of them, petal bliss.
  • Another flower of the weekend – the majestic Protea. South Africa’s national blossom is so powerful all you need is a glass full of water to show one off. 
  • When naming a beach house, names should consist of sea or beach jargon. The stranger the better. It’s highly entertaining for the city folk.
    Fujifilm has stepped in with its line of Mini instant-film cameras and they are a super awesome way to take pictures of people at your wedding :)
    I want what I want more than ever before. I think the go-getter in me has finally been awakened. Trust a weekend in a sleepy city to rev your engines!

PS. The bride-to-be wore shoes by Vivienne Westwood. Magnificent! Congratulations W and D Klopper xoxo

Goodbye for now

Wednesday, 27 October 2010
I love the colours of vintage suitcases...

I'm off to the Wedding in George Weekend! (soon to become a post) so no Fashion Forward Friday this week. But I leave you with a quote:

"Promise me you'll never forget me because if I thought you would I'd never leave."  ~A.A. Milne


PS. Eeek I love a wedding away! 

Tec Fashion

Outside, a lovely turn-of-the-century locket.
Inside, a USB... wowza.

I'm a girl who likes fashion and technology.  I know I don't get me either. I just love this locket! it contains a flash drive. Fashion meets technology... that's my kind of necklace.

"Instead of carrying one photograph, you can carry all of your most important photos and files.

Her website is full of fun and quirky stuff. Go take a look. {here}


PS. Outside a locket, inside a little bit of flash.

Weekend Learnings

Monday, 25 October 2010
A busy weekend full of little bits and pieces and a thunderstorm.
This weekend was rather eventful but too still short.
  • Sister turned 21, happy birthday little sister.
  • Leaving work on a Friday just 30 minutes before 5 makes the weekend feel a little longer.
  • I have a new hair salon. Its small and fantastically petite! It is in Parkhurst... Just another reason I want to move there.
  • I love napping with the sound of Jozi thunderstorms rolling in, only to wake up to the hailing Monkey’s Wedding - simple bliss in life!
  • I have already started doing my Christmas shopping, that way I have more money for my holiday. And wrapping gifts is right up there with blowing bubbles... I love it.
  • The Patisserie in Illovo has lovely different flavoured Macaroons, I tried, Chocolate Hazelnut, Passionfruit and Turkish Delight...over priced and a little gummy but very yummy!
  • Cleaning up the day after the party is the worst thing in the world especially being a non-smoker picking up disgusting stompies (cigarette butts) from those disrespectful smokers who don’t use ashtrays, eww!


PS. Next weekend Cocobutton will be in George for a wedding. Exciting Weekend Learning’s next Monday :)

Fashion Forward Friday

Friday, 22 October 2010
"And the sister of the birthday girl wore this."

This weekend is Little Sisters 21st- bless. Her being the quintessential little fashion princess, her theme is Black Shimmer. Told you, a fabulous little sister. So the obvious cut of cloth would be a LBD.

A little black dress is an evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short. Fashion historians describe the origins of the little black dress to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel (of course!) to be long-lasting, versatile, affordable, accessible to the widest market possible and in a neutral colour. It is often simply referred to as the "LBD”.

The LBD is considered essential to a complete wardrobe by many women and fashion observers, who believe it a rule of fashion that every woman should own a simple, elegant black dress that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

So this is what I am wearing. Slinky one shoulder LBD, black chandelier earrings, killer sexy heels, a shimmery mirror bangle, smoky dramatic eyes and red lip for for an accent of colour. I haven't decided on the hair but I'm thinking old Hollywood romantic.
  1. Dress, Phenomenon at YDE, R300.
  2. Earring, Cameroon, R140.
  3. Bangle, Accessorize, R80.
  4. Shoes, Rage, R265 (how beautiful.... Oooow).

Total cost: R785... Not bad!


PS. A simple clutch will go perfectly. I do not need a bag with this outfit as the party is at my home, prr.

Eat, Pray, Love.

A book to love.
Like most women I loved... correction, love the book. Most women are told to read it when they are going through something. A breakup perhaps or a failed job or even just a rut in their lives. I know whenever I’m having a bad patch I think back to Eat, Pray, Love and try to remember how Liz got through it. Obviously you cannot jet off to India! But finding a great Italian place like Bella (see here for review) or having a local Yoga session with my local guru can substitute.

A 32 year old Elizabeth Gilbert had a home, a husband, and a successful career as a writer. However, she was trapped in her marriage and often spent the night crying on her bathroom floor begging for God to show her the way. After the divorce she decides to take the year off to travel to find her balance.

She spent four months in Italy discovering pleasure in food (Eat). She spent four months in India, finding her spirituality (Pray). She ended the year in Bali, Indonesia, looking for "balance" of the two and found love in the form of a dashing older Brazilian (Love).

After a lot of bad reviews and the “its too long” comment I finally made it to the big screen. I must admit I went in there with the ‘Lets just get this over with’ attitude. I actually thought it was lovely. Even though I’m not a huge fan of Julia Roberts fat fake top lip (no I’m not jealous I just loved her natural!), I found the movie calming and inspiring.

My favourite part of the book was also the Italy bit. I looved how she went from restaurant to restaurant displaying her view into words and laid them down in her book so I could swim in those little black Italian sentences. Every meal, every cobblestone, every shred of old roman wallpaper was clarified into luxurious plush Italian romance. Hell, I want to go to Italy! But in the film it was a little thin to say the least. (Thin and Italy... Don’t mix)

As always with books-turned-films they left out a lot of intricate details which I believe could have added a splash more charm to the film. I struggled to connect with the characters as deeply as I did with the book characters. Oh well. It was pretty. I still loved the book and the movie will be great for a little rainy day snuggle.


PS. "L'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle. The love that moves the sun and the other stars."
 —  Elizabeth Gilbert *sigh

Italy, I want more.

Maxi me

Thursday, 21 October 2010
Maxi with a hood, fantastic!
I often get upset when I hear the ‘Less is more’ cliché spluttered into any conversation. When it comes to the Maxi dress its completely opposite.  If you do not know, A maxi dress is a floor or ankle length dress. Maxi dresses are formfitting at the top and loose flowing at the bottom, cut to flow over the body. They’re incredibly flattering and  enhance the assets you love and hide the bits you don’t like as much! I prefer Maxi’s with lots of colour and patterning. I’m rather short (a tiny 5 foot 3) and the patterning dresses always look better on my little frame. They elongate and stretch me out. Nice.

Maybe less is more in the fact that it is basically a one piece and I’m sure that the plain one colour maxi’s are also fab but what is the point of wearing a simple shaped dress if there is not anything eye catching about it. The one I’m wearing as I write this is stunning. I got it at YDE (shocking I know) but the fabric is really cool and flowing. Being almost summer in Johannesburg it is imperative to keep yourself cool. Last week we had highs of 33 C and wearing my bikini to the office is not really an option.

Maxi dresses are also very easy to dress up or down. They’re great with gladiator sandals, gypsy earrings and bangles galore. I am the proud owner of four which is not a lot considering I’m dress obsessed.

Get yourself a Maxi, you’ll feel like a goddess!


PS. You are show stopping in a Maxi.

Anyone can wear a Maxi!

Weekend Learnings

Monday, 18 October 2010
A delicious weekend
Weekends go so quickly these days that it feels like one blink and its already gone. This is what I learned:   

  • I like mushrooms on toast. 
  • Friday nights in are better with chocolate cupcakes. 
  • My new favourite drink is simple lime and soda. Mmm. Its bar name is Lime Fizz. 
  • Every 69 seconds a woman dies of breast cancer. Scary! Go to to help.  
  • I can finally say: Telkom’s new mobile network is called 8•ta! Which means ‘hello’. And I love it because I helped create it. 
  • The boyfriend leaves me with lots of things to watch on my laptop to keep me busy so I do not miss him too much. Sneaky love!

PS. Puppy was 4 months on Saturday, cute!
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