Michael Elion

13th March 2013

Michael Elion is the South African artist who hung a gigantic, crystal covered heart between 2 palm trees in Camps Bay last year. It went up just in time for our wedding and featured in almost all of our guests photos at some point!

He’s also the artist who created a man-made rainbow in the middle of the city for Creative Cape Town.

This morning I saw a photo of him in a cherry picker hanging crystals from street poles. I’m guessing it was outside The Dog’s Bollocks as the photos were by yard_ct on Instagram. I’ll go and find them on the weekend and report back with pictures.

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Candy Skulls

12th March 2013

Found this guy at  Cape Town based Sobeit Studio and thought he was rather cool.

He’s apparently anatomically correct too.

Enmasse

11th March 2013

Yesterday I cashed in the enmasse voucher my sweet husband got me for our anniversary and man, was it fun!

I was suitably impressed when we arrived (I had to take him with me really, didn’t I?) and the space they occupy is beautiful. Double height ceilings, double height windows with everything painted a dark, navy blue that oozes calm.

I’ve always thought their branding was awesome, and we’ve been receiving the Matrix (their fortnightly newsletter) for a couple of years now – so although I kind of knew what to expect it was still a cool treat.

The massage is done without oil so you’re given white Thai style pajamas to wear, and once you’re upstairs you lie on a Japanese floor mattress for the massage itself. The music we listened to included Bon Iver, Ed Sheeran and Smashing Pumpkins so it was completely unique in that sense too.

Afterwards you can hang out in their tea room (which was a whole experience in itself), relax, read a magazine and choose from 49 flavours of tea.

Everything from the white Havaianas down to the double walled glass tea cups had been thought through and it was the perfect Sunday afternoon treat. I’d definitely recommend a voucher as a gift or to treat yourself because … well, just because.

Maybe we can go again next week?

1. Havaianas
2. Tea Filters
3. Glass Teapot
4. Double Walled Glasses
5. Tea Sand Timer

Goldfish

4th March 2013

We saw Goldfish play at Kirstenbosch yesterday and it was awesome.

What a BEAUTIFUL place to have a show (and I can’t believe we didn’t go to a Summer Concert before!) Yikes.

Design Indaba 2013

4th March 2013

I ended up popping into Design Indaba for a quick run around yesterday morning, and these were some of my favourite finds…

Farah Hernandez
I’m a sucker for succulents and the little guys potted in Sara Hernandez’s gorgeous ceramic hangings were absolutely divine.

Nina Du Plessis
These wooden geometric wall hooks were amazing … and very reasonable at R80 a hook.

Milame Design
Emma Atkinson’s ink drawings were cool and reminded me of one of my favourite prints by Supermundane.

Mona Pants
I completely fell in love with Simone le Roux’s creatures. She has some awesome illustrated characters on her Behance site, but the handmade dudes were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

The Tale of Balaclava Bear / Sootcookie
I’m always drawn to Tanya Laing’s work and last year I picked up a Sootcookie ceramic paper plane which I love. The Tale of Balaclava Bear is a collaboration between her and Alex Goldberg and although I’m not so into the bears themselves, I think the story behind them is awesome.

Jinn
The simple elegance of Jeanine Benjamin’s bracelets and rings were lovely. Too bad she didn’t have that triangle bracelet at the expo because I would’ve bought it for sure.

Mervyn Gers Ceramics
Although this brand felt a little commercial (and have designed ranges for some big name restaurants and vineyards around Cape Town) I couldn’t help but fall in love with these African/Chinese plates. The dragon, rhino and machine gun combinations were beautiful and bizarre.

20eight
Concrete jewellery, lighting and bowls with some lovely angles.

Simple Intrique
I spotted this folded African map on some Design Indaba signage before going into the expo and it was even more beautiful in real life.

Design Indaba 2013

28th February 2013

Yes, it’s that time of year again folks, when the best of the South Africa design world come out to play at Design Indaba.

Like always I wish I had some spare cash to actually see some of the conference (Jessica Hische is speaking on Saturday) but I’m happy enough to pop down tomorrow to get inspired, and I’ll put a post together next week of all of my favourite finds.

Stay tuned!

Paper Love

21st February 2013

Exactly 1 year ago today I was on the beach hanging out with my awesome friends and family, drinking champagne and going crazy with excitement waiting to (finally!) marry my absolute best friend in the whole world.

It still makes me breathless to think about it.

Happy paper love baby. Keep on rocking my world.

xxx

Lalesso X Pichulik

5th February 2013

On Saturday at Neighbourgoods I discovered Pichulik, a handmade jewellery brand with pieces made from climbing rope.

Not only are Katherine-Mary’s jewellery designs awesome, she’s also done a collaboration with Lalesso to produce a range of bags and purses.

This gorgeous Jaali purse has gone straight onto my birthday wishlist.

Holi One

4th February 2013

In a month’s time Cape Town will be hosting the first ever African Holi Festival of colour!

Run by Seed Experiences Agency (the same guys who put on Rocking The Daisies) they say, “The global HOLI ONE festival is not directly linked to the original Holi Festival, nor with it’s religious aspects, but is definitely inspired by it and shares the same values – a day steeped in the old Indian tradition of bringing people together in love and peace, a tradition that transcends backgrounds and cultures.” So basically loads of colour, love, partying and powder throwing with no need to get religious. Perfect!

Holi One is on March 2nd at the Grand Parade – so get your white clothes on, buy your tickets here and see you there!

The Month Of Love

1st February 2013

Hello February!

It’s the month of love and I’m very excited for 2 reasons:

1. Valentine’s Day = the perfect excuse (not that we ever really need one) to go out and have a slap up meal somewhere cool.

2. Wedding Anniversary #1 = happily married bliss for one year – another perfect excuse for bubbles and delicious food!

Can’t wait.

(Charly’s Bakery cupcakes hand-delivered from our sweet Mush)

CTEMF

23rd January 2013

I saw the posters before we left to go away at Christmas, and then forgot about it … but last night we remembered the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival was on in February.

What I didn’t expect to see was Richie Hawtin headlining on the Friday night.

Now. I. Am. Excited. Woohoo!

Piece Industries

22nd January 2013

I love these Skim boards by Cape Town based design studio, Piece Industries. I suppose you could ride one, but I think I’d prefer to hang it on my wall.

With a focus on merging extreme and freestyle sports with the creative expression of art, design, film and photography, they collaborate with local illustrators and board riders to create ridable pieces of art.

Helping to make the world more beautiful through design = the best philosophy ever.

Salon91

22nd January 2013

I haven’t been into Salon91 in a while, so we popped in when we were walking past the other day and found the latest exhibition I’d Rather Be Swimming on.

There was a tonne of work in a variety of mediums so it was great to look around.

These were a few of my favourites:

Animal Tree – Silkscreen Print, Justin Southey
Crazed Waves 2 – Keel pen and ink on paper, Bruce Mackay
We Float – Watercolour and pencil, Carla Kreuser
Walk Softly, Paul Senyol

I’d Rather Be Swimming is on until the end of this week so check it out if you can.

Cape Town Tattoo Convention

21st January 2013

This coming weekend is the Cape Town 2013 Tattoo Convention.

I’m more of a piercing girl myself but I’d love to see what’s on.

Tomorrow night Homeward Bound – an exhibition celebrating the nautical roots of tattoo art opens at the Cape Town City Hall and looks amazing. The multi-media exhibition is comprised of a series of works by celebrated local and international photographers, illustrators, graphic designers, and tattooists. It’ll also be open this weekend.

Day Passes are R100 and Weekend Passes R250. Buy them here.

Yuppiechef

15th January 2013

I’m sure you’ve all read my posts about Yuppiechef in the past and it’s because of awesome little touches like this handwritten notecard/reusable postcard (plus another cute magnet for our fridge) they included in our order, that makes me love them so much.

Oh, and also that I placed my order on Sunday night and it was delivered Monday lunchtime. How’s that for service?

Thanks guys! Keep on rocking online shopping in South Africa!

YuppieChef / Jolly Cookathon

6th December 2012

Most of you already know how much I love YuppieChef and this little box of happiness they sent me yesterday for being one of the 10 Jolly Cookathon winners, has only made me love them more.

The attention to detail (and the details themselves!) are so good. Handwritten notes, lucky coins, certificates and magnets! It’s clever, cute and über-personal. I love it all and can’t wait to find some things to buy with my voucher. Woop!

If you want to see what we cooked – take a look at our YuppieChef entry here.

WeLove

5th December 2012

WeLove is a new online community that allows users to share and review interesting places and various niches in a city.

There’s a free app that’s used to rate or love a place or niche – whether it’s coffee, street art, sushi joints, artisan beer brewers or delicious places for breakfast, and every time you love or rate a location (or someone loves or rates a location you’ve added) you collect points. The more points you collect, the more influential you become.

It’s still quite a new startup and currently only available for Cape Town and Jo’burg, but I have a feeling they’re going to be huge.

 

The Places That We Used To Be

3rd December 2012

This weekend I began a Tumblr blog with one of my sweet friends Jacky.

We wanted to somehow document the differences between the places we lived in and so The Places That We Used To Be is a weekly selection of photographs taken of a particular theme, in the place we are.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

Between Meals / The Dog’s Bollocks

20th November 2012

On Saturday afternoon we finally made it to The Dog’s Bollocks and damn it was good (and so messy I couldn’t take a photo of the aftermath!) We’ve been for breakfast when The Yard is The Bitches Tits, but never for dinner. The first come, first serve policy with only 50 burgers cooked a night was the thing that enticed us up there and yes, the burgers were totally worth it. And we had loads of fun. And we’ll definitely be going back.

Where:
The Dog’s Bollocks – 6 Roodehek Street, Cape Town

What we ate:
Burgers. Big fat burgers.
I had a Mexican Chilli with Cheese (with a slight overkill of lettuce), Si had a Jalapeño Cheese and Rachel had a Peppered Mushroom.

What we drank:
Tap water. Although they sell bottles of red and white wine for R50 which is really reasonable.

Best bit:
Well the burgers were super tasty, nice and rare and my chilli was spicy which I loved, but in general the whole vibe of The Dog’s Bollocks is cool. I love that it’s so grungy and easy going….and I absolutely love the bathroom mirror.

Wavescape Film Fest

19th November 2012

I’m just a little gutted we’re going to miss the Wavescape Surf Film Festival this year. The big screen on Clifton is always a fun evening.

We’ll still be around to check out the Artboard Exhibition though which is cool. It’s going to be on at Superette between the 28th November and the 5th December and this year’s surfboards have been designed by 10 artists including Brett Murray.

Cape Town World Music Festival

9th November 2012

The first Cape Town World Music Festival kicks off today at 5pm.

Featuring day and night stages spread across East City, from Harrington Square to the Assembly and the Mahogany Room, the Lion’s Head Stage is free all day tomorrow until 6pm, and for the rest you can purchase tickets from Webtickets.

Cape Town Summer has officially begun! Whoop!

Between Meals / San Julian

16th October 2012

On Friday we went to our favourite Mexican Restaurant in Cape Town, San Julian. It’s probably the most authentic Mexican we’ve had outside of Mexico (except for Wahaca in London), the tortillas are sooooo good and the chilli sauces hot, hot, hot! The best bit though is that we always reminisce about our Mexican travels over tequila and cerveza and get to practice our Spanish with Arturo = Perfecto.

Where:
San Julian on Rose Street – Cape Town

What we ate:
Nachos (yum!), Ceviche (yum!) and Sinaloa Chilorio Pork Tacos with lots of spicy sauce! Yum!

What we drank:
El Jimador shots washed down with Sangrita and Coronas.

Best bit:
Dreaming of Mexico while sipping on tequila.

Tent. Check.

4th October 2012

Origami: The Tent by Charlie Carretti on Society6.

Heading up to Rocking The Daisies in 6 hours. Yeehar!

We Love Real Beer

28th September 2012

I completely forgot the We Love Real Beer Festival is on today. Check out the NeighbourGoods Blog for more info.

Cape Town is rocking this weekend!