• General

    Goals for 2021 – changes afoot!

    Although 2020 was a surprising year for the world, sometimes filled with grief and sorrow, but also governed by a fundamental appreciation of what used to be ‘normal’, for me, it was a year of growth. In one of my posts I discussed the value in investing in among other things, your skin and your education – and 2020 was a year I took new steps in both of these aspects. For my skin, and thanks to becoming an R+F consultant, I upgraded my skincare routine and reduced the plethora of products I was using to a simple few, high quality ones. I reduced and simplified my routines and make…

  • General

    Merry Christmas – Happy 2021!

    It’s time to let go and embrace this Christmas season. The year has been long and full of surprises – not all of them well received, but it is time to reflect and move on to brighter opportunities in 2021. This is the time for connecting with friends and family, a time to get a bit silly, and a time to spring clean our lives ready for those new year resolutions that we just might keep this time around. I’ll be switching off on the blogging front for the next few weeks to put more time and effort into other pursuits. This does not mean there will be nothing, it…

  • Interior Styling

    Pantone’s Colours of the Year 2021

    December brings the most important colour declarations in fashion and design – enter the Pantone Colour of the Year. For 2021, there are two colours – a rich yellow called Illuminating and mellow grey called Ultimate Grey – together they will inspire and uplift fabrics, paints and tiles for the coming year. In an unexpected twist – they are also similar to the branding colours one of may favourite make-up companies – Trinny London – where inspiration and the promise to uplift women is a company focus. Given that the founder, Trinny, from books and shows about fashion and understanding what best suits your body, has inspired women for generations…

  • Outdoor Living

    Iris Envy

    Bearded irises rank up there among my favourite plants. They are beautiful, easy to propogate and easy to care for. They love a harsh sun and are resilient to changing conditions. Every year, they get bigger and better, and their vibrant flowers come in an enviable range of colours, colour combinations and sizes. Personally, I am a fan of the tall beared iris that stand about a metre high. Before flowering, the blue-grey leaves put on a lovely show, but when those buds start to burst open in spring – a glorious display will ensue. Irises do well in the ground or in pots. They have above ground rhizomes which…

  • Fashion and Personal Style

    Fabulous Flats

    Flats are some people’s best friend, but other people’s nemesis – I generally fall into the second category, but here are some fabulous flats worth considering. In order to reduce the chances that flats look frumpy and add too much weight at the base of your leg making you look stocky and bottom-heavy, there are a few important points to consider. Shape – a point or almond toe will bring elongation and help reduce the frumpiness. A narrow shape will also help keep feet looking more elongate. Colour – A nude or metallic will be more invisible and elongating. Colours that have high contrast to your natural skin tone will…

  • Fashion and Personal Style

    Embracing Summer White

    Although I’m sitting here typing in a jumper dress, summer is, technically, here and we are looking forward to embracing the summer heat and the lightweight clothing that goes with it. White is a classic in summer. It stems from the science of it all – white is the reflection of all light energies, it also reflects heat energies – and therefore, is the obvious choice for hot climates. White, however, is also classic, elegant and chic. It brings a sense of professionalism and class to an outfit. Not all skin tones look good in classic white, so it is important to know your white – is it cream, ecru,…

  • Interior Styling

    A Wintery Xmas Tablescape

    As previously stated, I’m not doing the big tree – or in my case – forest of trees this Christmas. Instead I am focussing my Christmas cheer and need to decorate into table-tops. They look great and festive, but only take minutes to pack away. Beside my island bench, I have a space where two hallway tables enable me to create a bit of visual interest. This year this narrow space is decked out in a wintery Xmas tablescape. The colour palette is simple and cool: white, silver, grey and deep greens. This tablescape incorporates some old favourites – like the candlesticks which were a gift from my Aunt Sue…

  • Interior Styling

    Finding Calm at Home

    December is a month full of decisions and revisions. There are changes to our usual routine that bring joy and challenges. There is more traffic, more people, more energy and with that, more stress. December is a wonderful month to invest in your calm. Find your sense of self and maintain balance despite the business that surrounds us. Taking the time to let go of the burdens of your day with a bit of exercise, some garden therapy or finding your happy place – all seems good and easy when it is a simple voice in the maelstrom of the day, but it is much more challenging in practice. Having…

  • Interior Styling

    A Golden Christmas Bench

    Although I have decided a Christmas tree is not on the agenda this year, I am turning my focus to bench and table tops. I do want the magic of Christmas to be present, I’m just limiting the work associated with it. So far I have decorated two bench/table tops – this is the golden island bench in my kitchen/dining space. It is decadent. It is sparkly and fun and required a couple of hours (mostly spent with a hot glue gun and the pile of baubles in the urns). Beyond that, it took minutes to set up – and the best bit, it will take minutes to pack away.…