Kirsten Goss’s jewellery is hot on my summer wish list at the moment, I just love her luscious lily pad rings & her peep toe earrings!
lily pad ring, encrusted #1
Although Kirstens’ shop is in London, she is our local talent. Born and bred in SA where she studied jewellery design at Stellenbosch. When asked about her jewellery, Kirsten has the following to say:
“my jewellery is for women who like to express themselves subtly & definitively, it’s for confident, independent girls. I find extreme beauty in the simple, conceptual & almost post-modern pieces; whilst at the same time being attracted to heavily embellished, over the top styles oozing with romance”
the peep toe earrings
stitched ring with prehnite
Click here to check out Kirstens’ online store
I was lucky enough to spend the weekend in the ever-charming, quaint beach town of Hermanus. This little town somehow manages to envelop you into its daily routine on-goings, be it drifting around coffee shops, browsing through the abundance of decor shops, braaing fresh fish off the boats, watching the whales, falling asleep to the sound of the sea et cetera et cetera, need I say more? Featured some favourite spots of mine below, check them out in case you ever in the area…
My favourite Hermanus coffee spot; The Bistro at Just Pure. Great coffee and delicious food. Warm atmosphere with a small decor shop that’s been incorporated into the cafe.
For an authentic Italian experience visit the Deli, situated just off the Hermanus main road. This is a secret, local hotspot that has done well to be kept under-wraps from the passing tourists. For the best coffee in town, freshly baked croissants and genuine imported italian meats and cheeses then definitely give the Deli a visit, you might just have to wait a while, as service is not what they’re about.
Am very excited for this; it’s the annual Hermanus Whale Festival that takes place over the long weekend towards the end of September and am definitely missioning down for this. Have been twice before and its a rocking little beach festival, such fun! Lots of live street performances (which they close off the main street for), loads of whales and if the weather so promises maybe a little beach time. So if ever there was an excuse to head down there; then this may just be what you’re looking for?
LOCATIONS: Just Pure, Park Avenue, Hermanus
The Deli, 181 Main Road, Hermanus
If you love cooking, simple-style, ie: look and cook, then you will be as delighted as I was to discover They Draw and Cook! It’s a clever site that posts a new illustrated recipe everyday from artists all around the world. The recipes vary in their complexity but if you love art and enjoy to cook, this is a great read for everyday.
Love this “not-so-secret” sauce
Monday left me feeling slightly down and sorry for myself at the prospect of a full week of work ahead and the on-comings of yet another bout of flu. And so it was that I found myself at the Polish Nail Spa at the Parks Centre in Parktown North (a little indulgence never hurt anyone). This little salon is so impressive, it’s started and run by two sisters who have managed to create a professional salon environment with a homely and vibey edge that makes you feel relaxed and welcome. The wafting coffee aromas from Parks Cafe next door do help, but the atmosphere is mainly attributable to their ever-friendly staff, cool decor and constant stream of cliental who create a buzz of warmness. And needless to say the pedicure is amazing, wont bore you and elaborate!
Polish use OPI who have just introduced their new Hong Kong range, which is awweeesommme!! the colours range from deep greens, blues and plums to bright oranges – with cool names such as “A good Man-Darin in hard to find”, “Dim Sum Plum” and “Jade is the new black” – colour I have on above.
This salon is definitely worth a visit, just make sure you book way in advance. Luckily I was able to secure a booking for 8 of us bridesmaids + bride in December the day before the wedding! Can’t wait!!
LOCATION: The Parks Shopping Centre, cnr Wells & Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Joburg
Woke up with a slightly heavy head (to say the least) on Sunday morning, thanks to indulging in one too many Cosmo’s with the girls…. always a great idea at the time! Anyhow the good-old Sunday remedy was close at hand, and as per usual it never ceases to let me down.
Remedy #1: 1 x greasy fry up.
Remedy # 2: Do not stray far from the couch and maybe more food?
Remedy # 3: Maybe take a drive, relax, and dare I mention, more food???
My greasy breakfast was hosted by the fabulous Nice on Fourth Ave, Parkhurst. We were fortunate enough to get a table at the quaint bookshop, come coffee shop and as always they never fail to disappoint! I went for the scrumptious egg basket (basically two poached eggs, cradled in toasted bread baskets, topped with some good garlicky roasted cherry tomatoes and crispy bacon, mmm…). Their home made lemonade flavoured with coffee beans is also delish! And both of those; combined with some good coffee left me starting to feel semi-normal again, even quite good!!
Couch time was well received in order to let the food slowly digest – lets say two to three hours of maxing out on the couch and dare I say it; watching the Idols Extra channel, ok yes I admit; I am sort-of a closet fan… However the stomachs were once again grumbling, so yip, more food time. Lunch: Koi in Sandton for sushi, amazing and piggy!!
This is for real, demolished between two of us
Just a little coffee and something sweet was needed to top off the day of indulgence, so swung by Corner Cafe on the way home where we picked up some takeaway coffee’s and a giant choc-chip cookie. WOW; the cookie was amazing, jam-packed with pecans and real chocolate and still managing to have that silky goey texture in the middle, yum! So we found ourselves relaxing in the Craighall communal park, watching the bypassers and scoffing cookies and coffee. What a way to end a perfect day….
I found myself back at Wolves this Friday for my daily caffeine fix and to sample some of their irresistible Humingbird cake, DELICIOUS – its made with banana’s, pecan nuts and topped with cream cheese icing, kinda like carrot cake!! Just best I avoid this becoming a habit, not sure daily doses of Humingbird cake are good for the pre-bikini season regime??
Humingbird Cake, yummy…
What I really wanted to chat about was the surprise shopping spree that I went on whilst sipping tea, found some gorgeous jewelry, made by Hello Fox, they are cute little button-type earings, they’re original, reasonable and fun and for sale at Wolves, go check them out!
My new purchases, thanks Hello Fox!
I have been doing my utmost best to avoid this fatal flu that has been doing the rounds lately and so when I woke up with that seared throat hangover feeling, I decided that drastic action had to be taken – entailed the concocting of no other then the good-old-faithful chicken soup.
Once again it was Jamie who provided the recipe, see below and so it was that we set to the task at hand…doctoring me!! The end result, displayed below, does not look that aesthetically pleasing, I’ll admit! It actually looks more like something your dog would refuse, but bear with me, it was yummy and more importantly it most definitely did the trick, woke up feeling great!! SARAH 1: FLU 0
The recipe was super simple and provided enough to comfortably feed 6 of us (I added carrots and beans as had them lying around). Comes highly recommended, see below for recipe:
Feel-Good Chicken Broth
•1 x 1.5kg free-range organic chicken
• 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
• 2 sticks of celery, roughly chopped
• 1 rasher of smoked bacon, preferably free-range or organic
• 2/3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
• a handful of shitake mushrooms
optional: a splash of sherry or port
• sea salt
• extra virgin olive oil
Put your chicken, carrot, celery and bacon in a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and simmer slowly for an hour and a quarter, skimming the white residue off the top every now and again. Add your rosemary sprigs, shitake mushrooms and sherry (if you are using it) for the last 10 minutes, then remove the chicken from the pan. It should be perfectly cooked, and will be great for salads or sandwiches or for tearing into slivers to put into the soup. Season the soup with salt and ladle it through a sieve into bowls, trying not to disrupt it too much as you want to keep it reasonably clear. Add the chicken slivers and a few mushrooms to each bowl and drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil. The finished thing should be a kinda clear consommé.
My version vs Jamie’s , spot the difference… hmmm? I put it down to good photography
So; did a little bit of exploring on the weekend and stumbled upon a little gem of a shop in ‘downtown’ Joburg. The featured Love Jozi store is the brainchild of Bradley Kirshenbaum who has established a minimalist style space situated in the creative Arts on Main complex off Fox Street.
The shop features two main designers; being the Love Jozi CityBoyRange, stocking their range of authentic Joburg T-Shirts, along with their Skyline 2010 key racks – ranging in size and colour. These are great, and had to spoil myself to one – just couldn’t resist, see below for the black range; Skyline2010… The store also features some of the awesome, ever-trendy Black Coffee range. Definitely a must to check out!
LOCATION: Arts on Main, Corner Fox Street and Berea Road, Fairview.
Read the review on Wolves in Illovo in yesterday’s paper and decided that it was definitely due a visit. Started up by the guys from Desmond and the Tutus as a place for them to chill and hang out with their mates… and that’s exactly what it is, a great spot with a chilled back and relaxed vibe – the minimalistic, vintage decor and wafting aromas of coffee definitely contribute to the homely atmosphere. anything goes and it’s the type of place you can lounge around at for an entire afternoon – which is exactly what we did, aided my numerous mugs of absolutely delectable and delicious cappuccino’s and tea (served in gorgeous cups). highly recommended and cant wait to try it out on Thursday nights for their live music evenings, I will definitely be paying them another visit soon.
LOCATION: 4 Corlett Drive, Illovo