Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Beautiful Find: Mr Holmes Bakehouse (branding)

The beautiful branding of Mr Holmes Bakehouse makes me want to break out of my own house and go skipping in the streets knocking on doors with the good news of the flakiest most golden croissants I have ever seen.

So mouth watering are the images of Mr Holmes's confectionary, I don't even need to taste it to know I will spend money on a plane ticket to San Francisco to see what all the fuss is about.  :-)

Images from Mr Holmes Bakehouse.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

2016: A year for change

It's February 2016 and what a wonderful time to pause and reflect on goals for the new year!

I find that those rushed new years resolutions in the last week of December are never really properly thought through for me and that by the end of the year, in the midst of rest and relaxation, the last thing that is on my mind are concrete plans for the new year.  January is the month I give myself to figure it all out...  some deep reflection and decision making, gathering what I've learnt and how I've grown and putting together the pieces for a fresh new cycle.

2016 is going to be a year of change.  It's already come with a few surprises, a couple of curve balls and some of it has been a little tough to cope with.  The one thing I always clutch onto is my faith that the universe has a place for all these things and even the not so good things in time become wonderful revelations of destiny down the line.  I am blessed with the best luck, with variety of influences and creative opportunities in life and when I remind myself that not a week actually goes by without some good news or other of things working my way, I learn not to take this life for granted and to focus on all the good and happy things that make life perfect.

2016 is going to bring a shift in the pace of things.  For some things, I feel like I'm on a slide:  I've had to let go of the sides and just ride it out, trusting I'll be ok in the end.  And for other things, I feel like I'm finally getting it.  I'm getting wiser - there is a strand of grey hair on my head (it really bothers me to be older at times) but I realise that I would never trade the last 10 years to be 19 again and lose all the life experiences I've gained.  I am getting life as an academic.  I love the opportunity to inspire others in more ways than I have ever before and it's a challenging, intellectual place to be, which makes me very fulfilled.

In September 2016, I'm going to be 30.  I'm not sure how I feel about that yet but I know plenty of people in their 30's and 40's who are cool, and as long as I don't lose my cool, it'll all be cool.  ;-)

What are your thoughts for this new year?  Whether you look at the past with happiness or regret, know that you are the leader of your life and your responsibility to yourself is to be happy.  I learned long ago that nobody else will (or even can!) give you that, so whatever it is you want to change, little or big, embrace change and take the risk.  It's difficult to do this, it may mean big life decisions, but you know what?  I don't know a single person who put their happiness in their own hands and left themselves high and dry.  So go for it and go be great.  Happy 2016 everybody!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Union with friends

Nothing better than friends who are family.  One of my closest, Aamena and Mikaal spent the weekend with us after recently moving to Joburg.  We had such a great time showing them around Pretoria, antiquing and taking the ceremonial turn to enjoy the gardens and Madiba at the Union Buildings.  

I love looking back at that weekend with nostalgia.  I haven't seen them in a little while and I can't wait for their next visit. :-)

Friday, 20 November 2015

Pretoria is pretty

The rains have fallen and Summer is here.  Being home for the Summer is lovely and I'm looking forward to a stay-cation.

Pretoria has hidden gems, secret beauty, hideaways and places here and there that only the locals know and love.


Can you spot where these were taken?

Pretoria a great place to be and if you ever find yourself in this side of the country, give the malls a skip and go on a treasure hunt for some of the loveliest things you'll ever see. ;-)

Monday, 26 October 2015

Trust Yourself

Sometimes there is that feeling you just can't explain.  The one that screams at you from inside telling you if something feels right or wrong, good or bad.  It can be a scary feeling:  one that throws you out of your comfort zone, one that tells you to be truthful to yourself.  You may tell yourself you are being silly and talk yourself out of it.  Never close your mind to your intuition.

I have opened my mind and heart to allowing myself to jump head first for my passions and it has helped me be happy, served me, rewarded me. 

I've made mistakes, like going into business with the wrong type of people:  I should've listened to my gut, but I learned a valuable listen and when the voice screamed so hard to make my way out, I ran through the door.  I did and I'm happier. 

My intuition has led me to where I am today and it's a pretty good life.  Do you want the same?  Image from Told You So.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Interiors: Bicycle on the Wall

Nothing sounds better right now than a breezy afternoon cycle around the neighbourhood, looking at the city in near-rain light and appreciating life and its simple pleasures. 

With commercialised, instant and high speed entertainment becoming a thing of the past, people are searching for quality experiences that slow down life and give them a moment to breathe in the fresh air.  Having a bicycle is becoming trendy for this reason.  Apart from giving one the anytime chance to take a leisurely ride around the block, bicycles are also a bringer of aesthetics to the household.  

Here are some ideas of beautiful ways to hang up your bike!

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 

Bicycles are beautiful, take yours' out of the garage and hang it on a wall. That will be my summer project!