Local spotlight - Zana Products

This year Cape Town is the World Design Capital. (A distinction that is awarded to cities which recognise design as a tool for social, cultural and economic development. Read more about it here.)

So with this in mind I have decided to highlight some of the awesome designers and makers based in South Africa. I get so caught up with the loveliness of Etsy and other international sites that I tend to forget we have loads of amazing local designers right on my doorstep.

First up is Zana Products. I've only recently discovered this brand and wow, they have some amazing products! I am particularly in love with their new range. Those bags *drool*

I am such a sucker for simple, graphic and bold designs so their products tick a lot of boxes for me. What do you think? By the way, while you're checking out their shops (local here, international here) head on over to the Zana blog - it's filled with loads of prettiness and diy projects. Definitely one to bookmark.

I'll be featuring more local loveliness over the next few weeks, so stay tuned for more. Have a great weekend!

Image credits: Zana Products


Dreaming about Scotland

For ages now I've been looking for an illustration or print with a Scottish theme. Nothing fancy (or kitsch), just a small memento of our time in Edinburgh. I can't believe that it's been nearly four years since we left. Every year when the seasons change I start reminiscing about our time there. We were so settled in Edinburgh: friends and family, jobs and even property. And then, in the space of just a couple of months, we left it all behind and headed back to South Africa. We must have been mad! No jobs, no permanent place to live and we had a baby in tow. Most of the time I think we made the right move but if I'm honest I do have moments where I long to go back... I think I will always be torn between the two places but Cape Town is definitely home now. 

I've always loved the prints above but Mr Hello Olive isn't as keen on them (quite strange as we usually have very similar tastes). Then I stumbled onto Adrian Wesley Martin's paintings and there is was. The One. 

I've got so many photos of similar scenes which is why I love this print so much. I totally can picture myself in this very spot, and I love this style of painting. Can't wait for it to arrive! Hopefully one day we'll be able to buy one of his originals...   

Image credits: top Edinburgh Towers   |   middle Voyages Over Edinburgh   |   bottom The Black Cuillins


Farewell summer

The days are still sunny and hot but not for long - Autumn is definitely around the corner! The mornings and evenings have become cooler, we've hauled the duvet out of the cupboard and I've swapped my glass of white for a juicy red instead ;-) It's been a fun summer and our first as a family of four. We've had lots of trips to the beach, dips in the paddling pool, evening strolls* around the neighbourhood, Christmas lunch in a 'shack' nestled next to a lagoon and a birthday party in the winelands. I'm going to miss it.

* Well, Baby O and I strolled. The Big Boy and Mr Hello Olive pushed about on a skateboard.

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