Weekend Learning's

Monday, 16 September 2013



Hot. It was hot this weekend! And I loved it. Johannesburg often skips spring and burst into flames with summer. It was 30 degrees on Sunday. And I know it is summer when I sit in the shade in the park with my guy and get a little pink on my shoulders. I don't burn, this is my skin blushing me into knowing she's been kissed for the first time this summer, devilish! This is what else I learned;

  • I hate knowing this is the last weekend of my September learning's which will have the memory of my boyfriend in them… especially since it's our anni month. Hurry home darling, October, come quickly please.
  • "Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful." - Hazrat Inayat Khan. 
  • Yom Kippur also known as Day of Atonement, it is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Although I don't yet fully understand this day, I highly respect my strong boyfriend and his family for doing this fast! 25 hours of no sustenance, impressive and humbling. Maybe next year when I know more, I can try do it too.
  • "No one has ever made himself great by showing how small someone else is." - Irvin Himmel
  • The Fishermans Deli in Dunkeld is still the best place in Jozi to get both fresh and frozen vissies. The crowds prove this.
  • On that note, my boyfriend, yes- MY boyfriend, is an amazing Salmon chef. Next time, I am going to insist on double! Delicious… the chef... and the salmon… *wink!
  • "You don't have to be born beautiful to be wildly attractive." - Diana Vreeland
  • I am a memory keeper. I often know, to the day, what happened a year ago. This is a personal human trait I cherish. This particular weekend a year ago was the beginning of the rest of my life, the happiest weekend. Fate has a funny way of working out for the best.  
  • "There will be dozens of people who will take your breath away but the one who reminds you to breathe is the one your should keep." - Unknown 
  • Fika (v.) drinking coffee along with eating something sweet. I do this a lot… I fika?
  • “We’re not the same person we were a year ago, a month ago, or a week ago. We’re constantly changing. Experiences don’t stop. That’s life” - Unknown 


Keep busy and pretty out there my little moon drops! Thanks for reading!

Xoxo


PS. People with good intentions make promises, but people with good character keep them. 



A few of my favourite things

Friday, 13 September 2013
From left; Cocolife, Burts Bees, Kiehl's, Agadir and RapidLash, favourites!


I go through phases in my life where I fall in love with products and fall out of love with products. Lately it has been very hard to fall out of love with any of my new lusts. This is a good sign! So I thought I would share a few with you. Tried and tested and more importantly, repurchased, these are a few of my favourite things;

  • Cocolife - Coconut water. Yes I know you do not put this on your face, but I am a strong believe that beauty starts within so I would be one hell of a hypocrite if I only recommended things for external use. This water rehydrates you naturally, is cholesterol and fat free, has five essential electrolytes in it (naturally!) and there is no added sugar! It is also high in potassium which is great for your skin and it is naturally high in energy. It is also DELICIOUS! 
  • Kiehl's - Midnight Recovery Concentrate. Not only does it smell great but this little elixir of oils makes magic! Apply before bed and wake up looking rejuvenated and youthful. Someone like me who on Monday worked a sixteen hour day, woke on Tuesday looking, as usual, fantastic. These people know what they are doing, trust them, I mean they've been around since 1851!
  • Burts Bees - Beeswax lip-balm. My smackers are slightly obsessed with lathering Labello and the likes. But after I went back to London and saw this glowing beacon on the counter I forgot it was by far my favourite… lets just say I bought as many as the bag can carry. Beeswax, moisturizes and retains this for hours. Unlike that weird candle waxy feeling you get from that rubbish they sell here in SA. Packed with vitamin E for nourishment and peppermint which is cooling and smells divine. The cool peppermint also makes your lips tingle and go a little pink... what more do you want? 
  • Agadir - Argan Oil. Now I know Moroccan Hair Oil is all the rage but to be honest with you I think the shampoo and the conditioners are great (they don't smell that lekker though) but the Moroccan Hair Oil Treatment has nothing on the Agadir Argan Oil. It smells out of this world! It is a leave in daily hair treatment, its 100% Argan oil, it repairs, softens and strengthens all hair types without adding buildup. It nourishes and eliminates dry, itchy scalp. It encourages healthier hair growth and it encourages great hair control. Did I say it smells out of this world? Mmmm. 
  • Rapidlash. My ultimate! I am a short lash girl. I know, shame. Well I was thanks to Rapidlash! The proof is in the product. Ask anyone who knows me, I have long, lush lashes and constantly get asked where I get them done. No dears they're not fake, they're mine! Flutter!

I hope these all make your life a little more luxurious! 

Xoxo


PS. At the end of the day, you are lovely just the way you are!


Never believe you need anything to make you better,
these are things to enhance and Coco loves products!

Weekend Learning's

Thursday, 12 September 2013
Spring, the anniversary of my tattoos, sun tans and a lingering touch, my love.



Spring has (finally) sprung. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blossoming, the bees are buzzing, there is darkness. Being a victim of the power 'sabotage', they are calling it now, had a bad affect on me. I realized many things about myself during this black time. It also affected my mood, my ability to work, and of course my tear ducts. Apart from not being able to shower twice a day, I couldn't drink smoothies, and I couldn't do simple daily tasks we take for granted like trying to set the morning alarm on my dead cellphone and doing my makeup in a darkroom… hello panda. This is what else I learned; 

  • I shower twice a day, if I can't I get upset. Beware. 
  • “Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.” - Marvin J. Ashton
  • I am grateful that I have someone in my life, who when I need somewhere to live, offers me a house. This is rare and I love it! My second home.
  • “Your heart can take you places your mind can’t fit” - Todd White
  • I like the prospect of knowing that even when everything goes wrong, and I mean everything, the day still ends with a smile and you.
  • “People do not seem to realise that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Those little fragrant prawn pots from Woolworths are love by me and my tum. Just delicious! 
  • It's a great thing when everyone is dressed the same, in this case Sensation White, and you just don't really bump into anyone you don't want to see, blissfully unaware and masked by the blanked of uniforms.
  • “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” - Oscar Wilde
  • I am obsessed with the love of two tiny peke's. Pekingese, for those who are confused. There is nothing sweeter than the love of a furry angel. Happy first birthday to my little Basil too, you fill my life with happiness and heart-shaped doggie biscuits and I wouldn't want it any other way! 
  • "When you have loved as she has loved, you grow old beautifully." - W. Somerset Maugham
  • It is not always about the nights out and the days in the public eye. It is actually simply about how my heart swells and wells up with love, just lying or sitting looking oh so sleepy - doing nothing - watching series, you're eating a grapefruit, me? Who cares. Being happy, falling in love for the 50th Sunday in a row. Again please? Again.
  • “Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”Maya Angelou. I strongly believe in this, for if you are not present, those around you can feel it and the moment is lost. 


Sorry this is such a late learning's my daring's, two working days in pretty Franshhoek delayed this. Happy plodding puddings!

Xoxo


PS. What will you leave behind? Life is short, make sure the people you leave feel love. 


Weekend Learning's

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

It was a cold front weekend, a Mad Hatter's weekend, my besties birthday weekend. It was fun. This is what I learned;
  • No matter how good it feels, if you work over eleven hours on a Friday, it totally screws with your weekend plans. Dammit. 
  • There comes a point in your life when you realize who matters, who never did, who won't anymore, and you always will. And in the end you learn who is fake, who is true and who would risk it all for you. 
  • Midori in Sandton is a lovely Spa where you can get your hair and nails done. They're so Hi-Tec they have iPads at every corner showing products and offerings and so chic they serve their Nespresso cappuccinos in Le Creuset mugs, divine.
  • I may have been the Queen of Hearts at the Mad Hatters Tea Party on Saturday but the truth is in my heart of hearts I only want to be one girl in one specific heart forevermore.
  • "Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it." - Buddah.
  • Something that puts a smile on my face? After receiving a rose bush for my birthday and going away on holiday it almost died because I did not look after this poor living thing! Since being home I have been pruning, caring, cleaning and of course watering the little bundle. As thanks in the last few days she gave me two little cerise flowers. Lush with petals and a deep yellow blooming center, it was almost like a confirmation that with the care and effort one puts into life, small gifts, but oh so lush and deep with meaning, will be returned. Metaphor or not, I feel blessed! 
  • "Some people are old at 18 and some are young at 90… time is a concept that humans created." - Yoko Ono
  • Celebrating spring day with my colleges was stunning. Yes I work hard but I am so lucky to love my job and adore the people I work with. Not many people I know can call their business their second family, I do.
  • “I always find myself caught between saying too much and not saying enough” - unknown
It is officially spring! Go blossom! 

Xoxo

PS. "You are the moon of my life. Guide me home." - Tyler Knott Gregson




Weekend Learning's

Monday, 26 August 2013

The first week back at work after a little vay-cay is always a difficult one. Strangely I was excited to be back. Yes we all know I love my job but I also love my life and even if I do occasionally need to get away for a little escapism I have come to the realization that it has only made me more aware of how blissfully happy I am in my own shoes. How sweet and how pleasant things have changed from what they once were when I literally wanted to flee from my life on a daily basis. Shame. I am so glad I am no longer that sad waif of a lonely bird. Now that my friends is life altering education! But do not fret I have some more for you, this is what I learned; 

  • “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” - Seth Godin. YES!
  • Every flower must grow through dirt… I did this and now I am a flower amongst many other flowers instead of a flower amongst weeds which is where I would have been if I did not have the courage to change and let go of my life so drastically, scary to think.
  • Signatures in Morningside shopping center is by far, fast becoming, one of my favourite restaurants in Johannesburg. Well worth the prices, every meal I have had (and sampled) is divine, the ambiance is one of splendor and the live music is something I cannot get enough of. 
  • Sobremesa (n.) the time spent around the table after lunch or dinner, talking to the people you shared the meal with; time to digest and savor both food and friendship. This is my favourite part.
  • The fact that you take and hold my hand no matter what when walking from A to B with such purpose still gives me butterflies. It is little things like this which keeps love alive.
  • Randloards is still an amazing venue with the best views of Jozi and with the right group, the best fun! 
  • "Be with someone that requires you to grow, makes you forget your problems, holds your hand, likes to kiss, appreciates art, and adores you." - Mama Zara
  • There is nothing that a smoothie can't fix. Trust me… if you know your stuff, and I do, the right recipe can cure anything. Mild headaches, cramps, bad skin, bad moods, sore muscles… they have become my saving grace, I love them, swear by them, won't go a day without one. 
  • I cook on sundays now. I make lunches for the week. It saves money too. I find bustling around the kitchen in my pajama's ridiculously therapeutic and the smell of sweet potato and pumpkin soup is mouth watering. It is nice. And food is my little hobby on the side which keeps me sane and reminds me that having a five day intensive desk job is okay as long as I'm back in the kitchen Friday nights and over the stove sundays. Good times.

Have smooth sailing weeks strawberry puffs! And remember, spring is just there, see it, over the hill! Yay!

xoxo


PS. May my heart be kind, my mind fierce and my spirit brave. 

This is true, my love. 

Weekend Learning's

Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Sun, skin, love.


You do not realize you need a holiday till you are on holiday. And my goodness was it needed! As you know the boyfriend and I planned a little getaway for us and the pup. It was fantastic and I hope the first one of millions and millions! This is a double whammy so, make a cuppa and get comfortable, it should be a goodie. 
  • I've never been so excited or happy to just be bored and do nothing with someone. Sitting in silence with someone and enjoying every second of it? Your company brings me joy. 
  • If you live in the Durban area (or are visiting like we were) Olive and Oil is a fantastic restaurant with great lunchtime specials. They were also very accommodating of our four legged friend and the service was great. 
  • “Trust whatever He has for you. It will be better than anything you can plan for yourself.” Francis Chan (Crazy Love)
  • When one has a dog in ones party, one needs to always be on the lookout for dog friendly venues. BringFido is a website which tells you all the dog friendly places in your city. It is a little slow in South Africa but has a few recommendations. It was able to give me a list of all the beaches we could take Billy Button the Boxer, bow wow!
  • “Stars got tangled in her hair whenever she played in the sky.”Laini Taylor
  • Brevisbrook is a lovely little BnB in Pietermaritzburg. We felt very relaxed in the peaceful country style accommodation set in lush surroundings and came to call it 'home' by the end of our trip. Thank you Dave and Normaine, it was blissful!
  • Lying on the beach, watching my guy and his dog play, could be on my list of new favourite things. Sunshine, sea, sand and silliness!  
  • I am not lucky, I am blessed. 
  • "She lives with hurricane eyes and he fell in love with the way the waves collapsed onto her cheeks." - Christopher Poindexter
  • There is nothing more fun than eating oats out of a jar. It is just a trivial thing that brings joy… Consol jars do the trick… go on, you can do it. 
  • "You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop." - Rumi
  • One forgets how much you need the sea. I for one am a child of the sun. I need it. It feeds me, that vitamin D feeling, well I can lie in the sun for hours like a sponge sucking in the heat, recharging my cold withered bones from this pithy winter we've had. My how I feel the glow just from that one day. 
  • The Wolfpack in Joburg, is the new hotspot on the Parkhurst strip. A bustling, trendy burger venue with gourmet pub food and craft beers on tap, you're more than likely going to attend someones Birthday there in the next few weeks. The Moroccan burger, do it!


Have a great week pretty plums… smell that? Spring is in the air! 

xoxo

PS. Watching those brown cows on the side of the road checking for holes in the fence… 


It's the little things that make the biggest impact,
they also show you care. 

Tata for now

Sunday, 11 August 2013
Yes we are, us Leo babies.


Two lion cubs are going on an adventure with a boxer. Well sort of. The boyfriend and I are going on a little road trip so there will probably not be any Weekend Learnings news week. I know, do not be glum my chum! For the week after that you will get a double shot of weekend wonder. 

Besides, this Coco Lion needs one hell of a break and so does her boyfriend and his sweet pup. So tata for now and keep smiling my little fairy friends!

Xoxo


PS. Those who wonder are not always lost. 

...or you might just get stuck...

Zucchini Pancakes

Wednesday, 7 August 2013
Yum, zucchini, get in my tum!

So if you are a regular on Cocobutton you'll know that I (more often than not) shy away from meat. I am obsessed with vegetables. And zucchini has, and will always be one of my favorite. You can dice them, slice them, ribbon them, even make them into strings for 'pasta' with salads and sauces. 

These little (marrow)  babies are high in vitamin C, they prevent colon cancer, they also contain powerful antioxidant properties and they promote anti-inflammatory properties that prevent heart disease. Amazing! Here is a recipe for you to use up some of that left over Zucchini;


INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups grated zucchini not peeled and squeezed dry with a kitchen towel (this might go green, sorry)
  • 1/4 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup flour (I use gluten-free whole wheat… health freak over here!)
  • Olive oil for frying.


INSTRUCTIONS

In a large bowl stir grated zucchini, lemon juice, garlic, onion, salt, pepper and egg with a wooden spoon. 
Add in Parmesan Cheese and flour and stir to combine. You do not want to beat this mixture. It can be over beaten and effect the outcome of the batter. Now the mixture might seep a little while you are cooking, rather move the mixture up the side of the bowl and let the liquid remain. This is due to the lemon and the zucchini, not to worry! 
Place some batter, about a tablespoon size, into medium hot oil and lightly spread out from the center with a spoon. Cook slowly for about 3 minutes or until lightly browned and sealed enough that you can flip it over with a spatular and cook remaining side until it is lightly browned and cooked through. Remember, cook with love!! 

Serve warm plain as a starter or with avocado and tomatoes, they are so moreish make sure you make enough! 

Xoxo


PS. Mmm you are a tasty little morsel.

And I do... all of the above, *wink!

Weekend Learning's

Monday, 5 August 2013
A scene from our Filthy Animal themed Birthday party.
Or an artwork by Anne Wilson... you decide. 

Today is my Birthday. Yay. Or not to yay. Birthdays are always weird. I do not know how I really feel. I have been crying on my birthday since I can remember, high school days to be exact. No no, it isn't like all day sobbing, I'm not a basket case! It is just like a quick burst of early morning showers and then it is over. Although I do sometimes look forward to it, I do not really feel like it is a necessity and I wouldn't be horrified if I skipped it all together. At least I could possibly skip being a year older? Well this is what I learned;
  • "Crying does not indicate you are weak. From birth, it has been a sign that you are alive.' This seems fitting for today. I think it is okay to cry a little, I'm just a girl saying goodbye to another year of my life with a few little tears. 
  • I love Anne Wilson. Her illustrations are just to die for. Too cute! Fox meets bear in a forest… love! 
  • I enjoyed this weekend mainly for two reasons. Friday night was spent celebrating the birth of my boyfriend eating and laughing (and boy am I glad he was born!). And Saturday was spent being ridiculous as a Filthy Animal at our (my bf and my) joint party-party. It was good fun!
  • “I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.”Audrey Hepburn 
  • Eating anything and everything gluten free is my new favourite thing to do. Gluten free pasta is a million times nicer and the variety of flavors is immense. Also, I generally feel better, you will too. 
  • “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”Marcus Aurelius 
  • You know you're on the right track when you become uninterested in looking back. 
  • But if there is anything I learn from each Birthday, it the quality of the friendships and the people I have versus the quantity… the quality was poor. Happiest birthday ever, shared with my favourite souls… I hope they are always like this from now on.

Have a pretty week, and happy woman's day to the ladies!

Xoxo


PS. We laugh till we cry, read each others minds, live with a smile, make it all worthwhile. 

Tyler, I missed you.

Weekend Learning's

Thursday, 1 August 2013
Take flight, August, it is time to fly!

The weekend before birthday weekend is always a dull one. Not this one. Walked 4kms, went to town, went to a club, made another pizza, it was busy. And today, today is the first day of the best month of the year. Gosh how I love august. Everything just goes right! It is my birthday, yes but it is just the month where winter winds down to Spring and I truly do get a spring in my step. It is also my brothers birthday and now, my boyfriends birthday. It is a special month, a gold feeling month, a month with a Lions rawr! And I am so glad she's finally here. Anyway, this is what I learned in the last weekend of July;
  • Strength lies in the nights of peaceful slumber.
  • “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”Buddha
  • I am still surprised when the people I put before my own needs never even consider me before theirs. When will Coco learn?
  • "God, how I ricochet between certainties and doubt." - Sylvia Plath.
  • Great Dane on a Saturday afternoon is Chaos! Since the last Saturday I went there, it has become rather busy. Try get a table, if you dare.
  • Orphic. (adj.) mysterious and entrancing, beyond ordinary understanding.
  • Every summer has a story. Don't get me wrong winter has stories too, but I feel I live more in one summer weekend than I have the capacity to live in three winter months. I need a holiday from this winter, ASAP! 
  • There are many things I enjoy doing. Sitting in the sun lying on you, talking about nothing is definitely one of them. 
  • You can now follow Woolworths Taste Mag on Pinterest. I KNOW! So exciting / excited meep! Boards of foodie joy and wisdom, hello!
  • "Ive never been a millionaire but I just know I'd be darling at it." - Dorothy Parker.


Have a lovely first week of August my little fly-aways, keep whistling.

Xoxo


PS. “You either like me or you don’t. It took me twenty-something years to learn how to love myself, I don’t have that kinda time to convince somebody else.”Daniel Franzese.


Always.

Weekend Learning's

Tuesday, 23 July 2013
From death comes birth and beauty and blossoming tomorrow.


Life is so much easier when you just chill out. I'd rather do this than muddle my weekends with buzzing about. The weeks are so frantic and hectic, what is the point in the rush? Monday is so much more painful! This is what I learned;
  • People don't notice the things we do for them until we stop doing them. 
  • Friday nights in, oh my golly! This has got to be my favourite thing. I know I speak of this a lot, but truly I love it. After a hard day, racing home to get into my pj's only to faff around with the dogs and in the kitchen, it is delightful to not have a care in the world only to take responsibility for myself. 
  • “Rise and rise again until lambs become lions.”Robin Hood the Movie, 2010 
  • The World of Cats and Dogs. Note; for us, it should be called "World of Dogs and Some Snakes and a Cowboy on a Horse, Skip Cats". What a treat! Silly but so fun. I don't think I stopped smiling. There was a ratio of huge smiles to normal smiles but an all over happy face slapped on Coco. Even when I was tired and hungry and resting on the boyfriends shoulder I was grinning as out of the corner of my eye there was a little furry mutt yanking on some woman's packet, sprawling a trail of kibble for the other hounds to follow… *sigh… Must Love Dogs… So in love with dogs! 
  • "The best portion of your life will be the small nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you." - unknown. Been having a lot of these lately… 
  • Sago, is a type of starch, extracted in the spongy centre, or pith, of various tropical palm stems. And in England (where I lived for five years) Sago pudding is a common dessert amongst Brits. So of course Woolworths is stocking it and my beady eye saw, my hand grabbed, my wallet paid for and I devoured its deliciousness. Its pure comfort food in winter and it is scrumptious, go get some now (warm it, don't trust their cold suggestion). 
  • Exposing your dark side doesn't frighten me, hiding it does.
  • "I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note – torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one." - Henry Ward Beecher. I am going to print this out and keep it close to me, forgiveness is actually about letting go, forgetting in order not to hold it against the other person… something important to remember and more importantly, practice.
  • Today, two years ago my dear friend was taken from us because he loved to ride his motorbike. It wasn't even one of those horror stories you hear about a late night or a drunken idiot. Simply a Saturday afternoon, in the sunlight, someone forgot to look out for my friend on his bike and skipped the robot. Think Bike! Sign up and support this initiative to help people be more aware. I miss you everyday my Nyks, it never gets easier. 

On that note, life is short, so appreciate who you have and love them and tell them you love them! Who knows when they'll be taken from you. Have a shiny week buttons and pearls. 

xoxo


PS. "Will you still love me when I'm no longer young and beautiful?" - Lana Del Rey.

Many ghost, many memories, miss you all.

Weekend Learning's

Tuesday, 16 July 2013
Feeling fantastic with mother natures fresh fruit and veg, loving life!


I haven't been feeling myself lately. I have been working really hard, I haven't been getting much sleep, and even with my double dose of smoothie action a day, I still feel slightly unwell and hazy. So this weekend I did a detox. To be honest with you 'detox' is the wrong word. I did a cleanse

What is the difference? You ask. 'Detox' is when you try to neutralize or eliminate toxins from the body. After the Bioscan I had last week, I am definitely not toxic and with the hardly to no drinking and super healthy eating I do, I do not need to be neutralized, *wink! A cleanse is just a simple raw liquid 3 day body clean out. 

I used to do this before and during exams to help clear my mind. You cut out meat, dairy, carbs and sugar and stick to raw fruit and vegetables and some vitamins and herbal teas and light exercise. It is amazing after the three days how much energy you have and how good you feel! I did a lot of thinking, soul searching and downright relaxing! I feel on top of the world! This is what I learned; 
  • “Never trust your tongue when your heart is bitter.”Samuel J. Hurwitt
  • Sometimes, while I'm daydreaming in my head, I step back and look at my dreams and think to myself (above the daydream, thinking above the thinking I guess) Hells bells, my dreams are hu-mun-gus… and I blink repetitively wondering if they're too big and scary then I remember that quote, "If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough." and I am satisfied with the big boots I am trying to fill. 10 points Coco!
  • EateryJHB is still my favourite restaurant in JHB, by far! Even though there wasn't much I could eat I took my parents and my sister there to thank them for my little flat and it was wonderful to see how much they enjoyed the perfection of the service and the delicious and beautiful meals. Like I said, favourite!
  • “Simplicity is about doing both: subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful.” John Maeda
  • I want to make the rest of my life, the best of my life. I read this on Instagram this weekend and couldn't help but think that this is exactly how I feel.
  • “All the fireflies will keep you golden.”The Glory, by Kanene Pipkin
  • I forgot how much I love making fresh juice. 3x green apples, 1/2 a cucumber, 3x carrots, 2x beets and a thumb of ginger will not only give you a kick to send you buzzing into the afternoon but that ginger will cleanse not only your stomach but your sinuses too! Heaven! Tip; keep all of this in the fridge before juicing, or you'll have warm juice or have to add ice… my teeth no likey.
  • You may think a 3 day cleanse sounds easy, raw liquid stuff, by the third day, all you want is a plate of fries! that’s why 3 days is enough! I keep this in mind during that third day; "When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." - Franklin D Roosevelt.

Heads up chickens, have a good week!

xoxo


PS. “He carries stars in his pockets because he knows she fears the dark. Whenever sadness pays her a visit, he paints galaxies on the back of her hands.”Alaska Gold


Always and forever, my love. 

Weekend Learning's

Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Let it light your way, and the rest will follow.

What a great weekend. I am in such a pure and free place right now. I do not think anything could get me down. Good! Positive mountain is where Coco lives! This is what I learned;
  • I love how my taste changes with age. I remember two years ago in Cape Town I tried a truffle main and was almost ill. Now, I scout for truffle on the menu and Allora (bless her!) has an epic porcini (my favourite!) and truffle main, heaven! I will be frequenting Allora more often I believe. 
  • “Their lips brushed like young wild flowers in the wind.”F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • When one asks for so little, what good are you, or benefit to my quest, if you do not put in that small about extra to add value to my life?
  • I am mildly obsessed with Woolworths pumpkin and sage soup. It is just divine and makes a grand difference to my butternut obsession. It can be a little sweet so I add feta to mine. 
  • On that note, drinking soup out of a teacup is going to become a habit… its good fun and a good portion for someone who eats like a mouse. 
  • Don't just see me with your eyes, take away, this mask of flesh and bone and see me for my soul, alone. 
  • I just cannot get over how much I am lusting over going to the movies at the moment. Despicable Me 2 is a must see, although I just giggled the whole way through, seeing it in Prestige Lovers Seats is a must as well, *wink!
  • I want creamy coffee colour Converse. Don't argue, I just do. 
  • “Wasn’t that the definition of home? Not where you are from, but where you are wanted.”Abraham Verghese, Cutting of the Stone.

 Have a buttery week sweet muffins! Hope the weekend comes quick!

Xoxo


PS. I like to be alone... but I would rather be alone with you.

I put this here not because I feel it, just to remind me that
I once did... and I no longer do. And it is hell of a pretty! 

Weekend Learning's

Tuesday, 2 July 2013
Strawberry kisses, can brighten any winters grey day to red.

I have to be honest I've been struggling to start this Learning's since yesterday. It might be the camel load of work I have on my back or the slow realization that I am beginning to loath the cold… either or I need a little jump in Coco's life. Both are shackling me to the inners of my cottage and driving me to dagger these Winter days. This is what I learned;

  • Spring, make haste! For Coco cannot dwell much longer in the refinement of her own home!
  • "There is always a lovely way to look at things, you know? Like the days we spend apart are as beautiful and essential as the spaces between the stars." - Christopher Poindexter
  • So we all know my smoothie obsession. Well this weekend I did the strawberry thingy. When you freeze fresh strawberries and then thaw them, even if they're not great or they're almost at their sell by date, they thaw really sweet and soft. This is amazing for a smoothie! Do it, try it, love it, sip it, yum it… mmm yes...
  • Moyo, still one of the better tourist, African attractions. Why did we not get our hands washed, blessing prayer and face painted… I would like to know? Meh.
  • I am a little obsessed with Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I bought it oversea's and was over the (midnight) moon when I found out there is a store in Sandton City which stocks all their divine New York products! Expensive, YES, worth it, definitely. They've been in business for 160 years, they've got to know something!
  • "I've loved you so long I can't remember what it was like before and I don't want to know what it will be like without you."
  • I have noticed, being someone who eats a lot of lunches out, that champagne seems to be the drink of choice these days. "Is it a trend?" I ask. Personally a cheap glass of bubbles would do nothing more to me than ensure an afternoon migraine… but over this weekend I noticed four separate occasions of this, three women, one man. Peculiar no? 
  • Surprise parties, the best thing about them? Waiting for the birthday girl, standing in the dark, holding each other, sneaking a kiss… or fifty. ^_^
  • I can't wait for the first summer rain… 
  • “Before I die, I want to be somebody’s favorite hiding place, the place they can put everything they know they need to survive, every secret, every solitude, every nervous prayer, and be absolutely certain I will keep it safe. I will keep it safe.” - Andrea Gibson 


Have a beautiful week tiny flowers, it's almost time to blossom! 

xoxo


PS. "I have found the one in whom my soul delights." - Song of Solomon


Oh, Maya, how do you speak the words
my heart does not know how to say?

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