Wednesday, 19 October 2016

NEWS: 4th Birthday

This morning I realised that this month my little blog turned 4! I cannot believe that 4 years has passed so quickly. As a way to celebrate - I've updated the look around here ever so slightly...

Old Design
New Design
What do you guys think? I personally love the fresh new feel! Here's to many more posts and inspiration.

Thank you for 4 years of visits!

XS

Sunday, 16 October 2016

INSPIRE: Dark Bathroom

Another part of my home to receive a revamp is my bathroom. I've always found dark walls and accessories in a bathroom so beautiful. This gorgeous pic is serving as my decor inspiration...

the sea
 Here's how you can get the look...


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That bobble vase would look down right amazing with a delicious monster in it, because frankly every bathroom needs a pop of greenery.

Hope you lovelies have had an awesome weekend!

XS

Saturday, 15 October 2016

COOK: Berry Almond Smoothie Baggies

One of my favourite things in the morning to start my day is a smoothie. But if you're anything like me you don't always have time to make something delicious. Introducing my super easy Berry Almond Smoothie Baggies...


Berry Almond Smoothie Baggies

Makes 1 smoothie

- ⅔ cup blueberries
- 4 strawberries
- ½ banana
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- drizzle of honey
- 1 tsp almond butter (optional)
- 1 ziplock freezer bag



























1) Chop the strawberries and banana


2) Place blueberries, banana and strawberries in the freezer bag. Zip the seal and store in your freezer until you are ready to make your smoothie.


3) When you're ready to make your breakfast empty the contents of the bag into your blender, pour over the cup of almond milk, add almond butter (if using) and drizzle over the honey. Blend until smooth.


And there you have it - an easy breakfast smoothie. I prep about 10 - 12 baggies over the weekend and store in my freezer so I'm set up for the week. They have been such a time saver and I feel so good knowing I'm having something delicious and homemade for brekkies. Plus they are low carb and dairy free!

Enjoy!

XS

Monday, 10 October 2016

INSPIRE: Fresh Kitchens

Hello lovelies and goodbye Monday! So I've been updating a few elements here at home - one of which is my kitchen. I really love this idea of a neutral palette with pops of greenery here and there. Check out these beautiful kitchens for some stunning inspiration...


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I'm a huge fan of that half round table breakfast bar - just gorgeous.

Anyone else feel like cooking a feast now?

XS

Sunday, 9 October 2016

NEWS: This Past Year

Hi my lovelies - it truly has been a long time. This past year has been a hectic one and a few things have changed around here. I don't often talk about my private life in detail but in the interest of being real with all you fab readers that have stuck around for so long, here goes...

This past year Mr. F and I got divorced. Yip the big D word. Truthfully it was a long and difficult process to go through and I never thought we would end up there but we did. I feel that both of us will be better for it in the long run and I wish him and his family all the best.

In addition to this major change I have a new furbaby in my life! World meet Gin...


This little Siamese girl is just too frikken adorable! She is by far the most talkative, affectionate and just plain cuckoo cat I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. Plus her resting-bitch-face is just priceless!

So friends now that I've broken the silence as such, you can look forward to more posts over here at CW! And I'm not going to lie - I'm looking forward to being back!

Have an amazing week!

XS

P.S: Can't get enough of Gin Cat?! Head over to my Instagram to see more pics of her cuteness!

Monday, 31 August 2015

INSPIRE: Pastel Painterly Dabs

Down in the cape the weather is refusing to admit that it is almost spring. So although I wanna whip out my summer gear, I still need to layer up. When I saw this painting by José Lerma, with it's spring pastels and its built on layers, it inspired me to put together a not-quiet-summer-yet outfit. Here's how you can get the look...

José Lerma


1) Denim Tunic from Modcloth
2) Infinity Scarf from Nordstrom
3) Watch from Swatch
4) Tote from Heritage Leather
5) Skinnies from Dorothy Perkins
6) Polish from Essie
7) Shoes from Neiman Marcus

My fav piece has got to be those Stella McCartney shoes but at almost R16 000 a girl can dream right!

XS

Saturday, 29 August 2015

READ: The Miniaturist & Appetite

My all time favorite thing to do in winter is curl up on the couch and read. I've read more books than I can count on my hands but there are only a select few that I have truly loved. Lately I'm on a quest to make more time to read and I'd love to share my favourites with you. Here are two great ones to get you started...



Set in 17th Century Amsterdam, this book tells the story of 18 year old Nella, who moves to the city to marry the merchant, Johannes Brandt. It takes you through the ups and downs as Nella tries to fit into her new home and adjust to her new family. Everything changes when her husband buys her a dolls house and she employs a miniaturist to furnish it. The artists creations mirror Nella's real life in a eerie way. And so Nella begins to uncover the secrets of the Brandt family...

The Miniaturist pulls you in from the word go and just when you feel you know the story a twist appears. The kind of twist that makes you shout out loud...literally. I loved how it spoke to my heritage and how you learn to love each of the characters as you follow their journey.
Appetite by Philip Kazan

Florence, 1466, everyone has a passion and with 60 thousand people crammed into it's city walls, you've got to have passion to survive. A young man by the name of Nino has the incredible gift of taste. He can taste flavours others cannot. The flavours come alive to him as vividly as a painting. This gift takes him on a culinary journey in the age of gluttony and conspicuous consumption, that leads him to love, self-discovery and danger.

Appetite paints a picture of food like I have never experienced in a book before. Luscious, sumptuous and difficult to put down. I've lent this book to a few friends and each one has loved it.









I hope you give these books a read and would love to hear your reviews. Also, do you have a great book to recommend? Pop it down in the comments...I love recommendations!

Happy reading!

XS
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