Posted in architecture, Arts

Beautiful Bo Kaap – Cape Town

Really lovely and colourful, neighbourhoods in Bo- Kaap, an area of Cape Town, South Africa formerly known as the Malay Quarter.

Things to do, you can visit the Bo-Kaap Museum, the Museum was established in 1978 as a satellite of the SA Cultural History Museum. It was furnished as a house that depicts the lifestyle of a nineteenth-century Muslim family.

image source https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/cape-town/things-to-do/bo-kaap

Contact Details

  • 71 Wale Street,
    Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
  • Open from Tuesdays- Saturdays from 10:00- 14:30
  • Closed on Sundays, Workers’ Day, Christmas Day, Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Adha and January 2
  • Tel: +27 (0)21 481 3938
  • Fax: +27 (0)21 481 3938
  • Adults: R20.00
  • 6-17 years: R10.00
  • 5 years & under: R5.00
  • School Groups: Booked- R5.00; Unbooked- R8.00
  • South African pensioners and students (valid cards): R10.00/ Free entry on Fridays
  • Free entry on Commemorative days

Visit website here www.iziko.org.za

Posted in Arts, crafts, eating & drinking

Some Really Great Christmas crackers for 2020

Posted in beauty

YVES SAINT LAURENT BEAUTE YVES SAINT LAURENT BEAUTE

I chose a couple of colours for this Christmas season from YVES SAINT LAURENT BEAUTE YVES SAINT LAURENT BEAUTE. I really love the sleek packaging of these lipsticks. I only choose 3 out of the twelve classic colours.

COLOR:  107 Bare Burgundy,108 Rouge Devetu, 102 Rose Naturel

You can find them online at Debenhams and Bergdorf Goodman

Posted in Fashion & Styling

UNIQLO x Marimekko, The holiday capsule

“The holiday capsule collection is inspired by the northern weather and winter life, featuring a selection of cozy ready-to-wear items for women and children in iconic Marimekko prints by Annika Rimala and Maija Isola. The collection celebrates a feeling of meaningful togetherness. Coziness and comfort is found in soft and rich textures and deep shades within the collection. ​”

Limited Edition Collection
2020 Autumn/Winter
Available online from November 23rd, 2020.

Shop the look Here

Posted in Glossary

Word of the day – Quartz worktops

Quartz worktops are made of pieces of natural stone bonded together with a small amount of adhesive. The stone used is quartz, one of nature’s toughest materials, and a very versatile one. Quartz worktops are 90-99% quartz. The exact ratio depends on the manufacturer and type of quartz worktop.

Surrey Marble and Granite Co

Illustration by Kitchen Vectors by Vecteezy

Posted in Decor, stores

Christmas At Crate and Barrel

“There’s no better time for baking than during the holiday season. Enhance this year’s creations by using Christmas bakeware. To give an especially celebratory vibe to your creations, consider using red bakeware to cook and serve the dishes. Is your vibe more minimalist and monochromatic? Opt instead for white bakeware, easy to stylize alongside dinnerware of many shades. Whichever route you choose, there’s holiday bakeware for sweet treats of all sorts.”

“Pie dishes and cookie sheets help you craft timeless Christmas desserts, while versatile baking pans also work well for cakes and breads. Christmas kitchen accessories such as rolling pins, spatulas and measuring cups are all smart to have on-hand when diving into the baking process. Seasonal designs featuring snowflake and Christmas tree motifs make the delicious end result feel all the more celebratory. Browse Christmas kitchen essentials to find the tools that are best for your cooking space.”

Doesn’t this make you want to bake? Visit the store here www.crateandbarrel.com

Posted in Glossary, homes, house, lifestyle, living

Word of the Day – Escrow

An Escrow is a financial agreement between two people or organizations in which money or property is kept by a third person or organization until a particular condition is met. It helps make transactions more secure by keeping the payment in a secure escrow account which is only released when all of the terms of an agreement are met as overseen by the escrow company.

image source Paper Vectors by Vecteezy

Posted in food

Hazelnut & Chard Ravioli Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. raviolis (see headnotes)
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • fine grain sea salt
  • 2 small yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups of chopped swiss chard or kale, deveined
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, and zest
  • 2/3 cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chives, minced

For instructions on how to prepare this dish, visit here 101 cookbooks.

Posted in Glossary

US Election terms

I’ve been glued to this year’s US election, particularly because I have been working from home and able to have the news on in the background constantly. It made me think of this new segment I would like to tag as ‘GLOSSARY.’ In this segment, I will be posting definitions of words that come up a lot in the media and we need quick referencing to remind us what they are talking about! Lol, well, especially if you are from a different country. So here’s to my 1st posting, and we have Swing States.

Swing states: States in which the electorate is relatively evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, making them targets for aggressive campaigning by both sides. 

Illustration by Grinch Vectors by Vecteezy

Posted in beauty

Kylie Skin advert Calendar

How nothing beats a delightful Kylie Skin’s Limited-Edition Advent Calendar. I really love the packaging and this would be a great way to try out a lot of her skin care range. It Includes 12 best-selling skincare products in full sizes and NEW mini sizes. Discover a skincare superstar surprise behind each door…

Mini Kylie Skin:

NEW Mini Eye Cream (0.13 fl oz / 4 ml)
NEW Mini Clarifying Facial Oil (0.3 0 fl oz / 10 ml)
NEW Mini Coconut Body Lotion (1 fl oz / 30 ml)
NEW Mini Coconut Body Scrub (1 fl oz / 30 ml)
Mini Face Moisturizer (0.5 fl oz / 15 ml)
Mini Foaming Face Wash (1 fl oz / 30 ml)
Mini Hydrating Face Mask (net wt. 0.5 oz / 15 g)
Mini Vanilla Milk Toner (1 fl oz / 30 ml)
Mini Vitamin C Serum (0.30 fl oz / 10 ml)
Mini Walnut Face Scrub (net wt. 0.5 oz / 15 g)
Full Size Hydrating Lip Mask (net wt. 0.28 oz / 8 g)
Full Size Sugar Lip Scrub (net wt. 0.35 oz / 10 g)

Posted in Fashion & Styling

Selfridges Christmas

Thea Bichard. Photography: Clark Franklyn. 

“It’s no secret that this Christmas may look a little different this year, but nothing (not even a lockdown) can stop us from bringing the festive cheer – and then some. Whatever the season may throw at us, we’re ready with new ways to shop and celebrate. From making this your most earth-conscious Christmas yet to exploring our unique virtual appointments and magical festive events from the comfort of home, we’re here to be your guide, keep spirits high and make this Christmas extraordinary.”