Bunny & Bear Bookmarks

Thursday, 30 September 2010

How to bunny!

I am a little embarrassed to say that reading is a new part of my life that I forgot and left behind for a large chapter of my life. And when I restarted reading, I discovered I have strange little habits that come with it.

For example I am big into book smelling. I am sure that many people obtain this habit throughout their years of literature learning's but for me, it is like a little first impression or introduction to a book.

Another is the price placement. Not where the price is placed but where I put it. I love finding old books that still have the price on them. Books from Exclusive Books actually have the month and year on their price sticker. So after I buy a new book, I peel off the price and stick it into the back cover. This way I also know its my book and a double addition is that I wont have a yicky sticky patch on the back of my book in a few months. *Bler!

The last peculiar thing I do is to do with the bookmark. When I start reading the book I choose any flat object around me to be a bookmark. It could be an empty, opened envelope. Or a sticker I got in a kiddies pack on the way to Durban. Or an old post-it I got that reminds me of someone special. And then when I’ve finished the book, I leave it in the book. I do not know why, it is just one of those things I do that don’t make sense. Maybe it is because that little sticker or envelope reminds me of the time and place that I first opened that book and keeps that memory in there. *weirdo!

These little bookmarks are so cute! I’d love to change a habit and have a different bear or bunny in every book in my bookshelf! I love this little quote from the website;

It always helps to have good friends hold your place when you’re in need of a little break.

You can buy bears here and bunnies here. Happy reading folk!


PS. I love a little Ninja rabbit nestled between two pages!


Comfy Us
Bespoke recycled felt cushions made from 100% recycled materials. Made to look like scrabble squares, available in all letters in either black or white, so you can make up words or initials and mix and match the colors.

I like this. I think it might be because at the moment it happens to be only 'me' and there is no 'u'. 
Yes i agree these will look better on my red couch though... hmm. Buy them here.


PS. Love recycled anything... you should too!

Géraldine Georges

Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Art doesn't have to pretty to be interesting!

A while ago I stumbled upon Géraldine Georges website. I love it. Her work begins as stylish photographs, in some a model is featured, in others collages and groups. Then, with the aid of a ‘Rotring’ marker Géraldine draws birds, wolves, trees and other elements of nature to create her surreal portraits.

I love the way she mixes photography and illustration together to creatve one single-minded piece. She uses empty spaces to enhance the the focus and the detail is structured perfection. Although incredibly pretty there is a dark, silent emotion that attaches itself to her work. I like this about her and it is magically alluring.

My favourite ones are the above white examples. I do not think art has to be pretty to be breathtaking. A lot of her other stuff includes bright vibrant colours and exciting crazy collages.

This unique Belgian artist has already had some of her work featured in L’Oreal Ads and has been seen in the New York Times.

See more on her website.


PS. It’s Art

Weekend Learnings

Monday, 27 September 2010
Weekends are few and far between. C'est la vie

Due to major workload and hectic deadlines I missed a whole week of blogging, *cringe! 
I feel as though someone stole my hobby and held it too high above my head so when I jumped to grab it I could not reach. Mean. Anyway! So here are my (one day) weekend learning's! 

Things this weekend taught me:

  • I love pretty flowers in brown paper wrapping.
  • I’m still in love with Truth Coffee, my favourtie is Dondes Chaos.
  • I also love drinking it out of thin, white, porcelain mugs with frothy milk on a Sunday morning.
  • Working overtime might be nice if you do not have a life but missing South African Heritage/ Braai Day is not cool.
  • This weekend I went to a fabulous New York themed Kitchen Tea and another friend got engaged, love is in the air.
  • My garden is growing! Seeing those little shoots with all their different personalities is the most rewarding feeling I have had in a long time.
  • You should roast a chicken at 190°C and 45 minutes for every kg... Easy! *tip, add par boiled potatoes and cut onions to the same baking tray 30 mins before you take it out... Nom...
PS. Rest that chickie for 10 mins out of the oven!


Fashion Forward Friday

Friday, 17 September 2010
Sunshine and sailing
Stripes, I love them. I popped in to Country Road and Trenery the other day to see what is new on the shelves. I found a lot of gorgeous things but the style that stood out were the horizontal stripes.

Being hard to wear (they make the illusion that you are wider) the quality of the design of the garment and the worth of the fabric really play a huge part.

Horizontal stripes are sailor inspired, they are pull from vintage roots and can be dressed up or down. Especially when they are couples with natural colours and casual lunches. The Trenery line is too good to be true… I can feel that shopping bug itching again.

Happy Friday sailors!


PS. One striped item is enough, you don’t want to look like a crossword puzzle!  
Trenery, getting it sooo right!

Bean There, want to do it again!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Logo and cute little shelves full of coffee goodies

Delicious coffee shops who take pride in their trade are rare and far between. And this kind of real coffee is a comfort that I find hard to ignore. Bean There, is a roast to be
She is deep and comforting, warm and alluring and above all should not, in my opinion, be bought off the shelf at P&P. So when discovering Bean There, I could not wait to get my taste buds around one of their exclusive optimal roasts.

Stepping into the the spacious corner store, she’s tucked away at the curious 44 Stanley, I never expected the creative area. The décor is a juxtapose of vintage couches, lampshades and modern photos against the backdrop of shiny metal coffee pots, tall wooden ceilings and shutters and tarty cupcakes under glass bells.

I like buttery, rich and luxurious coffee. I like coffee that tastes like it travelled the world just to find me and make me ‘mmmmmm’ with happy coffee sippings. Bean There does this perfectly! It is relaxed and comfortable enough that you want to stay a little longer. Not like the rush and ‘fast food’ feeling most coffee shops have these days. You can borrow a newspaper and sink into the vintage couch while you wait for your cup o’ Jo.

“With a love for coffee and a passion for the African adventure, Bean There Coffee Company acquires, through direct fair trade, the world’s finest single origin coffee, which is hand-roasted to produce an exclusive optimal roast.” - Bean There Website

Visit the Bean There Coffee Roastery at 44 Stanley for a delicious blend of African coffee and sit and soak in the unique decorations and inspiring design!


PS. Try the iced coffee, she’s blended seduction and yum!! 

Lampshades and bicycle,  i love vintage beauty
Rustic cupcakes, so cute but mad delicious
Couch of dreams
Menu, note: the new iced latte shooter and the marshmallows
A real bean roaster, you cannot imagine the smell, mmm

Weekend Learnings

Monday, 13 September 2010

Things this weekend taught me:
  • I miss my man.
  • I need... want new shoes.
  • Garden shop colours are inspiringly gorgeous!
  • I am too old to club, or maybe just too into day living.
  • Fetching a DVD after a 2 month wait gives me a hop in my step. (*Amilie)
  • Gardening is hard work. It is my new fun way to work off my winter bod.
  • Louis (my puppy) has a new girlfriend called Taz, they chase each others tails, lovely!
  • Closure with a note on a balloon is a beautiful thing. RIP SK 

PS. Have a stunning week!

Fashion Forward Friday

Friday, 10 September 2010
*I wish i was this girl
Happy Friday specials! The weekend is finally here, even though it came quicker than the Jozi spring blossoms did this year! 
I am having a white weekend, hence the pictures. A white birthday, a new garden, and a farewell. New beginnings, soft goodbye's and white blossoms.
My very wise and white blonde friend (*fabulous) Vixi said this to me...
"Some of us say we'd rather have something than nothing at all, but the truth is, to have something halfway is harder than having nothing at all". In other words, never just eat half a cupcake! Have it all. 
Eat all of me.
Have a beautiful weekend and remember, life is short, so wear stiletto's.

PS. Take me to the beach, she needs me.

Walking Tall

Now this is something i can believe in!

Keep Calm and Carry On was a poster produced by the British Government in 1939 during the beginning of World War II, to raise the morale of the British public in the case of invasion. It was little known and never used. The poster was rediscovered in 2000 and has been re-issued by a number of private sector companies, and used as the decorative theme for a range of other products.

This one is by far the best I've found, especially after a hard week. Shoes are a great way to soften the blow.  

Check out more {here


PS. Any suggestions on where to get a new pair of shoes? 

Handbag hottie

Thursday, 9 September 2010
Oh, I am soo pretty

Little bag, big storage!

Unlike what Travie Mccoy says, you do not have to be a billionaire to get a designer bag. In fact these are better! Well sort of not really but they are so awesome and unique I am almost 99% sure you will get more attention with one of these than the original. Don’t get me wrong I think if I had the chance to get an original I would shave my head but not for that price.

Cost effective? Yes.
Different? Definitely.
Eye catching? Fo sho!

Sadly, after much google searching... I don’t think you can buy them. *Cry. But thank you Yellow Bird Machine AKA. Amy Martino for making me want to buy your stuff! I love it! 

In face her illustration is so awesome, I do not think this is the last time you’ll be seeing Amy M on CocoB. Watch this space.


PS. I’d like one for Christmas please....

ART & COPY, fantastic!

*Art Direction & Copy writing for the not so smart

Being given free DVD's is a joy that just cannot be expressed. Sometimes I even receive video’s about things that I am crazy about. Please do not confuse me with the advertising folk, I am a designer. But I do love the excitement of real, world changing advertising. Not the stuff we see on TV today. Eww.

If you haven’t already seen it, even if you’re not in the industry, you must see it! Its inspiring and jaw dropping.

Here is the Synopsis (taken from the Art & Copy website)

ART & COPY is a powerful new film about advertising and inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray (SURFWISE, SCRATCH, HYPE!), it reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time -- people who've profoundly impacted our culture, yet are virtually unknown outside their industry. Exploding forth from advertising's "creative revolution" of the 1960s, these artists and writers all brought a surprisingly rebellious spirit to their work in a business more often associated with mediocrity or manipulation: George Lois, Mary Wells, Dan Wieden, Lee Clow, Hal Riney and others featured in ART & COPY were responsible for "Just Do It," "I Love NY," "Where's the Beef?," "Got Milk," "Think Different," and brilliant campaigns for everything from cars to presidents. They managed to grab the attention of millions and truly move them.  Visually interwoven with their stories, TV satellites are launched, billboards are erected, and the social and cultural impact of their ads are brought to light in this dynamic exploration of art, commerce, and human emotion.

See, told you it is interesting!

PS. Just do it, I think it changed my life too... Sneaky bastards!


Wednesday, 8 September 2010
'On the Bridge' Cape Town
'Zebra Bones' Cape Town

'Sky light' Cape Town
Some Lomo pictures I forgot to post. I took these in the winter in Cape Town during the Soccer World Cup.

It is amazing how it actually looks cold in the last two pictures. And yes it really was freezing!

Due to the crunch in the recession, I too have had to stop producing my film. Real photography is an expensive hobby, or habit in my case.

I cannot wait to start taking pictures of Spring in Joburg.


PS. I miss Cape Town cruzing

Shoes by Miu Miu

Hell, these are so gorgeous I'd rather carry them...

On second thought.... *sigh

I found these on cherry blossom girl and almost died!

I have that weird feeling where I'm missing the smell of new shoes and getting the itch for white tissue paper and a new shoe box. So naturally when I saw these I felt like I had arrived... or rather I'd like to arrive in them.

For those of you who do not know Miu Miu (*GASP!) they're a high fashion brand from the Prada fashion house, opened in 1992 and headed by Miuccia Prada. The name of the collection is taken from Miuccia Prada’s nickname.

Wow, they are just to stunning, I hope to find them on my door step when i get home *wink.


PS. If the Devil wears Prada the angels must where Miu Miu!

Weekend Learnings

Monday, 6 September 2010

Things this weekend taught me:

  • The new Essie Summer Collection is gorgeous. My new addition is almost coral Cute as a Button... Naturally.
  • I want to have my very own Vegetable Garden and I will be gardening soon!
  • Puppy Training is hard! Especially when your pup would rather be snoozin'.
  • Hugs are few and far between when you really need them.
  • I spend too much time at BluBird (but damn I love her!)
  • Miss Dior Cherie is the perfect summer scent. Mmm...
  • Balloons are awesome!


    PS. I need a new book, any recommendations?

    Top of lip, under nose

    Friday, 3 September 2010
    This is the only way a lady should wear a moustache.

    The word "moustache" derives from 16th century French moustache. This intern is derived from Italian, Medieval Latin, Greek, Hindi... And the list goes on. So globally, we’ve got the top lip covered. I know I am a girl and no I do not have a mustache but they seem to be so fashionable as an icon I thought I’d say something.

    It is actually a highly interesting topic. In fact there are even different styles. Natural, Hangarian, Dali, Handlebar, the toothbrush etc etc. All with their own unique stylings and growth.

    And boys being boys, there are even growing competitions. The longest recorded moustache belongs to Bajansinh Juwansinh Gurjar of Ahmedabad , India. It had not been cut for 22 years and was 12 feet, 6 inches long in 2004. Ewww.

    Well I found this font moustache exploration. It’s fab!


    PS. This does not mean I encourage female facial hair, if you need a good Laser contact me!

    Fashion Forward Friday

    It's the first Friday of spring! 

    Have you ever worn shoes with flowers on them? 
    Since we spend most of our lives looking at the floor as we walk, why not have something pretty to look at? 

    I hope you do not have anything in your shoe but i just love this quote... 

    Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.  -Doug Larson 

    Happy Spring weekend!


    PS. Ladies do not forget those pedi's!

    Petals & Popsicles

    Thursday, 2 September 2010
    maxi dress
    fruit salad
    PS. open your windows!
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