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Summer is in the Air – Freshly Squeezed Orange & Pink

When I found this summer-inspired post on Southern Weddings, I just had to repost some of these gorgeous images. Photographed by KT Merry and inspired by Lilly Pulizer and the original Palm Beach juice stand, this shoot has captured the true essence of a summer wedding: the colours are bright yet pastel, the decor and food just screams ‘fresh’ and the flowers are among some of the most beautiful bouquets I have seen.

This is summer people! Be inspired with this post – imagine how great your first summer event could be with some of these great decor, food & floral ideas included? I’m thinking pool party, coloured lanterns, fairy lights, strawberries & orange slices in lemonade and everyone dressed in brights 🙂

Freshly Squeezed - Table Setting

Freshly Squeezed - dessert

Freshly Squeezed - refreshments

Freshly Squeezed - In Love

Freshly Squeezed - Bouquet

Freshly Squeezed - Table

Freshly Squeezed - Couple

Women’s Colours for Spring 2014

So according to the Pantone Colour Institute, here are the Top 10 colours for women for Spring 2014, as evidenced by designers in the latest catwalk shows. What do you think? A variety of brights, pastel brights and neutrals to play around with. Here is what Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director had to say about the colour selection:

“What’s interesting is we’re seeing exciting and fashionable colors as well as more neutral ones. It’s not as though everyone is willing to wear the bright colors from recent seasons head-to-toe. There needs to be equilibrium, and that is a more serious word than balance. The world still needs the stability of soft neutrals but we’re not just talking about gray, beige and taupe,”  (read more here)

I’m loving the Hemlock green, the Sand shade and Paloma grey. Thoughts Good Girls community?!

Commonsense & Perseverance | Monday Wisdom

What a significant amount of wisdom in the below quote. It’s amazing to think we often work exceedingly hard to the point of striving, whereas often the result could be achieved with far less stress and ladders in our stockings. A good dose of commonsense (using your noggin at the right moment and thinking clearly and objectively) combined with perseverance (often the end goal takes a bit of sticky-getting-there but you know if you put your head down and work at it, you’ll get there) is sure to get you places in life.

I would add that a reliance on something other than yourself is likely to help you here. I have faith that God is always with me, and that confidence ensures I’m never alone when things are hard, when life gets tough and when deadlines loom scarily in the near future. So this is my Monday wisdom 🙂

Commonsense & Perseverance

Friday Happy Bubbles

Just a little bit of cute inspiration for your Friday! A few little things that make my day – add to these a good long soak with bubble bath, wine in the bath (!), finding something you love that you packed away, jeans that fit right first time, watching your favourite reality TV when no one else is around, a sneaky chocolate or marshmallow flavoured Steri Stumpi…

…rain on an old tin roof, waking up to coffee in an aluminium cup and views of a remote little corner of South Africa, reading a novel that takes your breath away it’s so good, laughing madly with your friends at an inside joke, running through the forest with the smell of pine needles and rain in the air… what are the little things that make your day?

Make My Day Friday Dreaming

Happy Girls, Happy Monday

So. What I learnt this weekend (otherwise known as happy Monday musings):

1. a lit fireplace draws people in, creates actual and perceived warmth, makes red wine taste nicer and your dog lift her chin so she can get a little warmth on her chest. cute.

2. when the rugby is on, there’s not much else occupying your husband’s mind. Honestly. Just leave what you have to say/suggest/ask till the game is over (that includes post-match commentary)

Happy Girls Shine Brighter

3. when keen beans suggest an early morning run, don’t jump on the bandwagon because you know that it’s actually going to pour with rain in the morning and so it’s no point even setting an alarm and ruin your sleep. (guys you know who you are and I love you)

4. everyone needs to try skilpaadjies on the braai.

5. sometimes you just can’t connect. So stop trying and just let God…

6. it’s worth checking out your neighbourhoods and extended neighbourhoods a little. it’s also amazing the difference in culture, sounds, noise level, types of cars and sidewalk appeal. no kidding.

7. sleeping in is really worth it. best is getting out of your PJs and gown after 12pm.

8. reading a new book all the way through on a weekend means you have little to worry about, you have time to chill out and you are able to enjoy the preoccupation of a fictional world for 48 hours. bliss.

9. when you have a sudden urge for cheesecake, don’t go look at it over the edge of the counter at the shop. Rather get the ingredients and make one. if you have the time and the will, then go for baked.

10. give a little love. to everyone you know and life will be a better place. it really always is!

Happy Friday Folks! Forries Here I Come…

Hi all, just wishing you a happy Friday – I’m off to Forries for a well-deserved after-work glass of vino. Weekend plans:

  • first ever yoga class
  • coffee with the BFF
  • some shoe shopping
  • dinner/movie?
  • run or mountain bike
  • Mother’s Day coffee & croissants
  • church x

Have a super weekend, have fun, be safe!

Happy Friday

Cute Valentine DIY Ideas | Week of Love <3

This week is one of the biggest commercial weeks worldwide, as millions of people buy flowers, cards, chocolates, cuddly toys and more for the loves in their lives. But it’s possible to get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day without overspending; instead check out these really cool DIY Valentine’s Day ideas that you can surprise your partner with on the 14th 🙂

Here’s a little bit of where Valentine’s Day began (wikipedia):

St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire; during his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius.

Legend states that before his execution he wrote “from your Valentine” as a farewell to her.Today, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church.

The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

I love DIY & craft ideas – check out my post from 2012 for even more Valentine inspired DIY ideas

I Love Lamp

I Love Lamp | source Camille Styles

Pretty Bluebird & Robin in Love

Pretty Bluebird & Robin in Love | source Milton B Sauer

Valentine in the Sand

Valentine in the Sand | source Swell Designer

All You Need is Love

All You Need is Love | source Creature Comforts Blog

Valentine's Treats

Valentine’s Treats | source Picklee

Cosy Up in Pink

Cosy Up in Pink | source Setting for Four

Cute Arrow Printable

Cute Arrow Printable | source Camille Styles