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Archive for January, 2012

Monday Morning Inspiration – Before You Quit

Monday’s are often dark boring days, where you push through them just so that you can say they are behind you and you are closer to Friday again. After an awesome weekend of being busy with life, I’m just so appreciatiative that I have Monday to bring me back down to earth and as a reminder that while life has its ups and downs, it also has its long straight roads…

So before you throw your toys, have a whine, complain or cry.. here’s some awesome inspiration from Ernest Hemingway to keep us remembering how blessed we really are, and how to keep life shining, good and glowing (even on a Monday) 🙂

Before You Quit

Before You Quit | source here.

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My Pretty Vintage – Gorgeous Vintage Styled Events

Happy Friday Good Girls! Found this gorgeous website company called My Pretty Vintage; they specialise in decor for vintage styled events like weddings, kitchen teas and birthdays – and all their decor is their OWN! fabulous stuff.

My very own wedding was vintage inspired with old suitcases, books tied with ribbons, glass jars and candles and fynbos, proteas and wildflowers all over the place. But imagine creating an event with silver cakestands overflowing with goodies, beautiful china teasets adorning the tables, lace tableclothes and an old fashioned post box? That’s My Pretty Vintage, conveniently South African, affordable and beautiful 🙂

So this post is dedicated to all things Vintage 🙂 Enjoy the lovely photos below, taken by the talented Monica Dart of Monica Dart Photography.

Pretty Vintage - Tea Cup

Bird Cage

Suitcase & Vintage Books

It's Vintage Baby

Tea Light Tea Cup

Beautiful China

Romance Captured

All photos from My Pretty Vintage by Monica Dart


Protea Pretty – South African Wall Art

Oh my word! I just discovered this stunning site called Pink & Posh – they do vinyl wall art, with a great range of Proudly South African designs. *loving it!* And of course, my obsession with all things proteas had to share the following designs – check them out!

And if you’re keen, check out their instructions guide, where they’re stocked or oogle over their Facebook Page with plenty of great options. yay! onward with the post!

Protea Wall Art

Faded Protea Set

Kudu and Protea

Pink and Posh!

Zebra Stripes

Windmill Wall

Sign Post

In the Kitchen This Year – Some 2012 @Home Design Ideas

Hey all 🙂 Having a chilled weekend as my hubby is off in East London and racing the 70.3 Ironman event tomorrow, but have gotten down to some good clearing, cleaning and tidying, and just made me appreciate a clean and tidy kitchen! Oh boy, sparkling, pretty and new is all I need in a kitchen.

Maybe this year’s decor/design ideas need to go domestic, ie: stop recovering your lounge suite or painting your bedroom walls – maybe it’s adding a few awesome touches to your kitchen to make it become a place you actually LIKE to be, because whether we like it or not, we all spend a fair amount of time there!

And so without further ado, here are my Kitchen Design ideas and DIY tips for 2012:

Update Your Window Space

Update Your Window Space | source here.

Add A Pop of Colour

Add A Pop of Colour | source here.

Turn Your Kitchen into a Cafe

Turn Your Kitchen into a Cafe | source here.

Go Glamourous with a Lighting Fixture

Go Glamourous with a Lighting Fixture | source here.

Add a Quirky Touch to a Modern Space

Add a Quirky Touch to a Modern Space | source here.

Add a New Door to Your Pantry

Add a New Door to Your Pantry | source here.

Bring Out the Wrapping Paper!

Bring Out the Wrapping Paper! | source here.

Save Space & Add Removable Shelves

Save Space & Add Removable Shelves | source here.

It’s Been Too Long! Apology in the Shape of Chocolate Mousse?!

Eek! It’s been too long all you lovely Good Girls! Having returned from an awesome holiday in Africa and in Plettenberg Bay for a bit of a beach break, I took waaaay too long to get back into work, get my training program back on track (am doing The Argus Cycle Tour, 2 Oceans Half Marathon and 10km Valentines Day Trail Run all in the next few months) …which meant that my dear blog has suffered for attention.

Apologies! To make up for it, I’m sharing the yummiest recipe I’ve come across in a long time. Thanks to my darling friend Rebecca, wedding photographer extraordinaire from Love Made Visible who sent this link this fine morning – I’m now inspired to have a Chocolate Mousse and strawberries fest. Anyone for pink bubbles?

Enjoy Girlies, some more good posts coming SOON!

INSTANT CHOCOLATE MOUSSE (CHOCOLATE CHANTILLY)
Recipe by Herve This & Heston Blumenthal

Chocolate Mousse Delight

Ingredients

4 servings

  • 9.35 ounces (265 grams) bittersweet (%70 cocoa solids) chocolate, chopped (preferably Valrhona Guanaja)
  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 4 tbsp sugar, optional

Method

  1. Place a large mixing bowl on top of another slightly smaller one, filled with ice and cold water (the bottom of the large bowl should touch the ice). Set aside.
  2. Put chocolate and water (also sugar and/or liquor if you’re using) in a medium-sized pan and melt the chocolate over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate into the mixing bowl sitting on top of ice and water, and start whisking with a wire whisk (or an electrical hand-held mixer) until thick. Watch the texture as you whip and make sure not to over-whip as it will make the mousse grainy. If the mousse becomes grainy (which is possible at your first try), transfer it back into the pan, reheat until half of it is melted, pour it back to the mixing bowl and whisk again briefly.
  4. Divide into four serving cups and serve immediately.