Two of my favourite people in the whole world are getting married! To each other!
My bestie Shelly has been dating the ever-awesome Andrew for 9 years, so it’s about damn time too. I have nothing but love for these crazy kids and I wish them the best of luck, love and happiness in their journey together. Their love is an inspiration to me every day!
Also, I’m super happy because this gives these Londoners even more Reasons (with a capital R) to visit Cape Town as often as possible to facilitate the wedding planning! Hells yes!!!
2012 was quite a year. And the world didn’t end! Fancy that.
High highs and low lows
2012 was quite a difficult year for many of the people in my life. I had it relatively easy, but in hindsight I think it’s just because 2011 was such an absolute stinker of a year for me personally. But 2012 was tough for my bestie (who conversely is already having the best year of her life in 2013, and we’re only 3 weeks in!) and my family. So sayonara 2012, you were a wicked b*tch to the best of them!
Since going freelance I’ve had a variety of interesting experiences. I’ve learned a mother load of stuff about myself. Nothing like working by yourself in your tiny apartment by day! I’ve come to appreciate aspects of both freelance and office work. I’m still working on my branding, and there will be some changes to the blog and my portfolio coming up. Exciting stuff!
I’ve done quite a bit of good work on our apartment, but by far my best, most exciting purchase has been our new couch! I bought it as a birthday present to myself. Coricraft was having a R500 off sale, so how could I possibly say no?
My main theme in the apartment this past year was to keep it black and white. I’m trying to pare down our furniture and accessories. Not an easy task for an tchotchke hoarder like myself. Overall I’m feeling a move towards simpler and better things in my life, and I’d like our apartment to reflect some of that.
Hobbies, or the death thereof
In between the bits of working and life organizing I’ve been doing, I managed to develop some new skills. And then promptly lost them due to inactivity. In 2013, I’m going to get back to baking and taking French lessons. Two things that make my heart very happy.
Music to my ears
I saw Eagles of Death Metal, Bloc Party and Lady Gaga! And in that order it was fun, wonderful, and face-melting levels of awesome-sauce. I also saw Little Dragon, but it was a resounding meh for me.
I’m kind of a die-hard fan of EoDM so seeing them live was pure wish fulfilment. The sound at GrandWest was terrible as usual but they seemed so stoked to be playing regardless.
Bloc Party was even better than expected, and performed so many of the songs off their new album, which I love to bits. I also have new-found soft-hearted feelings towards This Modern Love after seeing it performed live.
I’ve been a Gaga fan since well, fairly early days and it was beyond amazing seeing her live. Its the best show I’ve ever seen. I was well broken and bruised afterwards, craning my neck to the breaking point, standing on ballerina tippy toes, screaming till my lungs hurt *sigh* Memories!
This one goes out to the one I love
I got to spend another year with this guy. A year in which he proved himself to be, yet again, my favourite favourite. Here’s to another year, my lovely!
That’s my rather brief 2012 round-up. What can I say, I’m just ready and willing to move on in to 2013. It’s gonna be a good one!
I’ve made a collection of some of the bags that have caught my eye recently. When it comes to bags, I generally use one over and over until it falls apart. I am always in the process of refining my wardrobe, which leaves me somewhere between trying to buy the perfect, long-lasting pieces to add to my collection, and purging bad or useless purchases.
I narrowed the bag options down to Edgy, Classic and Cute. I’d say these descriptors capture my overall fashion ethos pretty well. All the bags are also from online shops that offer free or fairly affordable shipping to South Africa.
Clutches come in all kinds of shapes, but can in general only hold a cellphone, lipstick and perhaps a purse – which makes them perfect for an evening out. Out of this selection, I think I’d get the most use out of the spiked clutch, but that precious hedgehog one is calling my name big time.
No handbag is complete without the perfect purse. I prefer ‘em small and just about never carry change to keep it light. That Rioka has my name written all over it. A great purse is a great investment since you use it every single day.
I have a serious weakness for satchels. I think it stems from my memory of my first school bag. I was sent to school with a smart utilitarian leather bag, when all the other kids had standard backpacks. I was like that dorky Will from The Inbetweeners on his first day but whatever I was proud of my fancy bag!
I love shoppers because they are eco-conscious. They are basically re-usable shopping bags. Out of this selection I am likely to use the cute heart tote from Alphabet Bags the most, but that Baggu shopper is seriously lush.
These are the bags I use most often. I have never been a proponent of the Mary Poppins bag fad. I prefer to travel light – it’s much more forgiving on the shoulders! The classic leather push lock bag in white is a nice, everyday bag. It would make a nice alternative to the bag I currently use, which is a simple navy bag from Zara that my bestie got me for my birthday.
Love, love, loving the work of Commoner Inc., a Boston-based design studio.
“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.”
(Via Mulan – a perennial favorite!)
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