Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Weekend Learning's

Coco, on top of the world.

Gosh! But it is cold outside! Autumn is being pretty mean. Or perhaps we skipped Autumn and jumped straight into bed with Winter? I believe this is true! So this is what cold Coco learned this weekend;

  • After a whole week of no parents at home, I welcome them back with open arms. Actually I always welcome them back even after one day, I love my family and hate us being apart for too long.
  • On that note the one okay thing about a house of no parents is I get to have little sister all to myself… and I kind of love that, like a lot.
  • A real woman can do it by herself, but a real man wont let her.
  • What is one of the nicest things about living in Johannesburg? No matter what the season you can always sit on the grass in the middle of the day in the sun and enjoy the weather, even in Autumn and Winter… unless it is hailing, then you should go inside.
  • “Givers have to set limits because takers rarely do.”Irma Kurtz
  • I really love going to events where I am a little younger than the rest of the crowd (this is quite rare I will have you know!) It is also nice when I don’t know that many people. It makes for an interesting affair.
  • “Trendy is the last stage before tacky.”Karl Lagerfeld.
  • Sitting in James and Ethel Grey park on a Sunday – it is lovely. You know how Coco loooooves dogs? (If you don’t then this must be your first post, hello, welcome!) well the park is full to the brim with funny wet nosey four legged , sniffing, curious, cute and ridiculous pups! It is bliss! You should come… sit in the sun.
  • “Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.”Epicurus. This I can believe. As I grow I find a lot more joy in moments and humans than I do in things.
  • I took a little visit to my dear old Gran on Sunday too. My Granny is one of the rare and glowing people in my life. I hate that nature is taking her body. But her mind, she is a million times smarter than me, I only hope one day I will grow up to be as wise as her.
  • All relationships have one law, never make the one you love feel alone, especially when you’re there.
  • I did not sleep at all on Sunday night. No matter how much design work I put out into the universe, each beautiful piece, to me, is like a child. Letting them out into the world is not only frightening, but with the additional brutal front of Social Media one has to face… it is mortifying. Having to monitor peoples responses, not only makes you and your design child feel naked, raw and awkward, but truly at the end of Monday I was so overwhelmed I was in tears, sick to my stomach and felt like I’d been mentally stoned all day. Even though there was a lot more positive than negative, the one-year build up and tension threw me. Don’t ever say being a Designer is easy! Anyway, so my logo is up on the walls for all to see, and I think I am pretty proud of me and the JSE.
  • Humble enough to know I’m not better than anybody and wise enough to know that I’m different from the rest.
  • So my lovely readers… I am considering making a smoothie section on my blog, I’d like to know your views, would you be interested in this or not? Let me know {here}.

Keep warm my tiny stalagmites!


PS. You grabbed me in your sleep one morning and whispered ‘mine’ in my ear. And I kept that memory on my windowsill, and feed it music, water and light.

I love her when she drinks her morning coffee,
and drinks me. 
And I love her more when she assures me
that she’ll 
take over the world, and take over me. - Nizar-qabbani

Monday, April 7, 2014

Weekend Learning's

"I know nothing with any certainty but the
sight of stars makes me dream."
- Vincent van Gogh

Hello you. I could not make it to my blog last week with all the mountains I was trying to travel though. When I got to the other side the only thing I regretted was that I didn't record some of the thoughts I had while I was plotting those many hills. I do like a tough work week though. Why? You ask. Because it makes rewards that much sweeter. Even something as simple as a moment looking to the skies and noticing how luminescent the stars looked on Friday night. They were so much sparklier than any other night, through that crevice in the clouds. For at that moment I stopped, for the first time all week, I paused with my two pups to notice the beauty in the sky and it was blissful. This is what I learned;

  • It is already April, this scares me, was it not Christmas yesterday? 
  • Life is full of give and take. Give thanks and take nothing for granted.
  • Le Soufflé is a rather interesting little French Brasserie in Pineslopes. They concentrate on the delicious French bistro food and great service. So do not be alarmed when you feel like you jumped into a casual restaurant in the seventies in France! In my opinion if the food and the service is good I will return. Yum, soufflés! 
  • The only people I owe my loyalty are those who never made me question theirs. 
  • "A writer is someone who spends years patiently trying to discover the second being inside him..." Orhan Pamuk
  • Do you even know how expensive petrol is? Well it is very expensive to fill my vroom-vroom. So on Saturday I decided to walk if I needed to go somewhere. I had a package to collect from the post office and I also needed milk. As one does when one drinks copious amounts of tea and coffee like I do living on my lonesome. So I walked. I walked to the post office. Then I started walking home and realized I should get milk and turned and went back. Free exercise and fresh air and a hello from the funny toothless local hobo versus the latter; moth wallet and bad car radio experience and wasting gold petrol… Coco likes it. 
  • "When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears." - Anthony Robbins
  • It doesn't matter how old I get, when my parents go away and I am home alone and there is a creep at the gate… I get scared. It's my past of break-ins and attacks and horror stories on loved ones. This country has scarred me to the point that I can't feel safe in my own home and I hate that. 
  • "Perhaps strength doesn't reside in never having been broken but in the courage to grow strong in the broken places"
  • Do not get me wrong I love Autumn. I am a designer and I am obsessed with nature and plants and colour changing leaves… it is like Mother Nature is giving me a kaleidoscope show. But my love affair with Summer this year was too short. I have been smitten with the few lengthy sunny days that I received that I want to be selfish and demand more! I Feel robbed for some reason… Am I the only one who would like to exchange just one Autumn weekend for just one more Summers night? Sob.
  • “The true mark of maturity is when somebody hurts you and you try to understand their situation instead of trying to hurt them back.” - Anon

Happy week my sparrows. Fly high and brave!


PS. "Attract what you expect, reflect what you desire, become what you respect, mirror what you admire."

I am just loving spending time with my pups.
"Until one has loved an animal a part of one's
soul remains
 unawakened." - Anatole France

Monday, March 24, 2014

Weekend Learning's

I feel like I finally am...

Last week was a four day week and with a three day weekend we crammed a little more in than usual. I really wish I could have a three day weekend every weekend. Bliss! This is what I learned;

  • “Forever is composed of nows.”Emily Dickinson. Don't waste today thinking about tomorrow darling!
  • Those wooden ironing boards are so scary to me. If I met one of those in a dark alley, there is more chance I would run screaming from that than any ghoul or ghost. Every time I iron something, which is often, I freak out. It is so heavy and I almost always get my fingers caught in it while opening or closing this heavy ancient thing and I also scrape my knee on the wood trying to fold it while trying to protect my tiny foot which I always drop it on because it weighs as much as my car. Bastard!
  • Do you know it was Human Rights Day on Friday? I hope you took a second or two to remember and think about all the people who fought for those rights you so often take advantage of. If you'd like to remind yourself, give {this} a read. I often wonder if these holidays are in vein considering most of them are spent dunk or hungover… 
  • “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.”Mark Twain. 
  • When a restaurant gets my order wrong I stamp my foot and shout; "Is there any accountability anymore!?" In my head of course. In South Africa, there is little to no pride in the hospitality industry (as you'll have read in my last post about The Griffin *cringe). So when I received my breakfast at Fournos on Saturday morning and found my spinach and feta crepes were empty (I know… what? Bizarre). I was disappointed and sent them back feeling pretty drained of the foot stamping. When the manager who took my order came to apologize and gave us two free croissants as a pardon gift I felt a lot better. Thank you Fournos dunkeld for restoring my faith in, well you, the rest are still on trial. 
  • “The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight.”MFK Fisher
  • I can't begging to explain how proud I am. My boyfriend has started a blog. You can read his ramblings {here} and Help Him Lose His Keys. You be nice now, or you'll have cross Coco to confront you!
  • "Success is fickle, but creativity is a gift." - Tommy Shaw.
  • I am becoming mildly obsessed with my Sunday's. From waking up in the arms of my love (this has to be done, it is a critical part!) to our Nespresso and baked goods breakfast, to a little pillow talk. In the middle there is a lunch, a run or / and a smoothie. There is always some kind of pamper with me getting myself ready for work, painting my nails, giving myself a facial or prepping my work meals. And often an outing with someone, my pup, the boyfriend, a friend or my sister. The accumulation of all of theses things this year have created the perfect Sunday's. Lucky me!
  • Motherland Coffee is one of the places I go on these Sunday's. The coffee is delicious. The shop design is inspiring, and the wifi is free! I have found, more than once that the quality of people at Motherland are rather amusing. This Sunday we sat amongst pipe smokers who looked less intellectual than they articulated and they were discussing the confrontation of the classification of the average wobble-wobble I was distracted by something fun. Still it is nice to eavesdrop here with a cappuccino mustache. 
  • "My love for you spans the lines of my past, present, and future. You are what I love remembering, what I love experiencing, and what I love looking forward to." - Steve Maraboli. 18 Months this week with my beau, coo-cooo-ca-choo.

Make it through the five day week my pumpkin heads and fate will bless you with a tasteful weekend, trust me! 


PS. I like big butts and I cannot lie! No wait I am lying, I only like your butt… babe.

My love, Thank you for loving me at my best,
most importantly thank you for loving me at my darkest. x

Monday, March 17, 2014

Weekend Learning's

Yes, I'm talking to you!

The weekends (*touch wood) are starting to become really amazing. It is not just about cramming as many parties as I can into the short window of freedom… how blasé. They're about quality, about enjoying the time I have with the people I love and about unwinding my coils. This is what I learned; 

  • “I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things in life that are the real ones after all.”Laura Ingalls Wilder 
  • The Griffin in Illovo. So I thought I'd give this spot a second chance. I shouldn't have. The hostess 'lost' our booking and accused us of lying about making the booking, to be frank she was outright rude. I won't dwell on her issues but to end the night- when there is an unfinished meal and a clean plate and the waitress puts the empty one on the full one… (I wanted a takeaway and before I had a chance to ask she plonked the crockery on my half eaten meal) I swore I would never return. What the F, seriously. 
  • Speaking of returning to places; if you haven't already visited the Kerri Evens exhibition at Everard Read I highly recommend it. I had to visit it again on Saturday morning after seeing the opening on Thursday and being blown away. Her art is honestly moving and seductive. I am in awe of her talent. Go now!
  • “Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear.” - Charlotte Brontë 
  • I really love to walk on the weekends. It is becoming something that if I do not do, I feel like I forgot to visit an old friend on the weekend. And with a double set this last weekend and seriously pushing myself on Sunday, I am feeling quite sore today, especially in the buttocks region. *wink.
  • "Every blessing ignored becomes a curse" - Paulo Coelho
  • Have you tried Happy.Me tea? Well you should! I managed to sample some this weekend and as I thought… amazing! It kept me quite for ages trying to get every last berry flavoured jelly. I think my boyfriend loved the silence just as much as I loved the tea! Its all vegetarian and all natural. You should try it, we can be addicts together… mmm!
  • A spur of the moment lunch on a deck with tapas, Mediterranean style. Water served in pretty glass bottles, the sun warming my cheeks and my handsome man opposite me, really made me longing to be on holiday in some random vacation spot, all loved up and eating hummus. *Sigh… I am REALLY looking forward to this long weekend, can you tell?
  • “He held her as though she was a gift. Given to him in love. Something still and small. Unbearably precious.” - Arundhati Roy

Have an amazing short week my jellybabies! 


PS. “There’s nothing more intimate in life than simply being understood… And understanding someone else.” - Brad Meltzer, The Inner Circle.

Seriously... life is too short. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Happy (belated) Birthday Coco!

Five goldfish in a balloon, Happy Birthday.

I am a terrible Blogger-Mom. I forgot my own blogs Birthday! And it is my favourite number too... 

Cocobutton turned five on the 18th of February. I cannot believe it. I have been at this for five whole years. 337 posts later I still love to share all my deepest, darkest, most ridiculous nooks and crannies with you. Thank you to all of you who encourage me, who push me, who nag me when I forget to blog. You are the reason I keep doing this. 

Here's to five more... and five more after that! 


PS. Logastellus (n.) a person whose love of words is greater than their knowledge of words.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Weekend Learning's

Rumi, just love.

So, I'm really sorry I had to skip last weeks weekend learning's. But this girls got to earn her crust before she can blog. So I'll make this one a little longer than usual, okay? This is what I learned; 

  • “If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I bet they’d live a lot differently. When you look into infinity, you realize there are more important things than what people do all day.” - via Tallerthanlions
  • With all the dress-up parties I went to when I was younger, I can whip up almost anything and look on theme. Little things like this make me glad to be creative, every time, without fail. 
  • “Stay soft. it looks beautiful on you.”n. waheed  
  • I like sharing sandwiches with people who have similar tastes in sandwiches as I do. It makes the sharing a lot more more enjoyable when you want the other half just as much as you want to eat the other half. Thanks Kira. X
  • Linden, although a little… maybe a lot… rough around the edges… has many little cutie spots for you to go and take a peek at. There are gorgeous little coffee shops, gift shops, even cheese shops and bike shops. You'll be surprised how this tumbleweed town is sprouting tiny blossoms. 
  • “What happens when people open their hearts?… They get better.” Haruki Murakami
  • I am happy! Full heart, over worked and over spent, I look forward to every morning. Nothing really gets me down these days. Even though I am tired, I think my eyes sparkle, always just a little. 
  • I'm in love with the brain in his pretty head and all the magical places it takes me. 
  • “The earth laughs in flowers.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • I have not visited sweet Soweto in many moons. On Sunday I popped in for a coconut a kebab and some couscous. Some had cupcakes and while it was raining I felt SO blessed to be in the company of such inspirational souls. My feet might have been cold but my heart was warm. 
  • “Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.” Hunter S. Thompson
  • I am in the process of perfecting the coconut flour muffin. "A what?" You ask? Co-co-nut-flour. The benefits are extraordinary and they are super healthy. The moment they are ready for consumer consumption I will share. Munch.

Have a gorgeous week my glowworms! “Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” - J.K. Rowling.


PS. “Don’t waste sunsets with people who will be gone by sunrise.”

This is true, as I found in Soweto with my friends. Happy.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Weekend Learning's

Two brush strokes. Totally different? Yes!
They have the exact same paints, the exact same brush was used,
they are totally complimentary, but still totally unique and different.
Together on one canvas they are a composition of unity.
Art, yes. Perfection, definitely. 

Last weekend of February. Oh no. Cannot really say I will miss February. It was not such a fantastic month. It's been tough, I feel tired. But I am positive, I am bright, and I am looking forward to the week, the weekend, the month, to March and my life. This is what I learned;

  • This year, it is going FAST. Woooooosh!
  • If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together. 
  • I have to say I was quite overworked last week and it showed. You know you are tired when you fall asleep on your couch before dinner and a girl screaming in Pretty Little Liar on your laptop wakes you. Awkward. 
  • “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion.”Simon Sinek
  • Friday Shabbas was delicious. It is quite lovely how I really look forward to it, I just love family time to be honest! I especially love Shabbas when it is at my boyfriends Mum's house because I love the food. Om nom nommm… 
  • “I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.” Audrey Hepburn.
  • The first person you should trust is yourself. I really should start listening to my body, to what I am feeling, and to my inner voice, she speaks a lot of nonsense sometimes, but she also speaks a lot of truth. 
  • I love the roulade at Nice in Parkhurst it is so morish. Oh my goodness, mascarpone cheese and strawberry filling with a touch of rosewater? Yes! It is so tasty it almost distracted me with every mouthful from the delicious gossip I was discussing with my dear friend Debbie. And I think she felt the same about her Nice cheesecake. Tasty much?
  • I can shamefully say I love the Bachelorette. I look SO forward to watching it on the weekend. Ya, ya, ya its a bunch of hollywood romantic hogwash. But there are small moments of romance and escapism that are just too funny and too cute. It might be hollywood but they time those fireworks perfectly! And y'all know this Coco is a cheesy romantic lover-lover!
  • “I will kiss your scars as you heal, I will sit by your side and hold your hand. I will write invisible secrets and paragraphs and maybe a book into your skin at night, while you sleep warm next to me.” - Unknown.
  • I highly recommend the "Find my iPhone" App. Goodness people!!! So I left my phone in my friends car on Saturday night. Using my iCloud and that App I found it, in her car, the next day. Was the scariest thing. What a great app! BEST! And grateful!
  • “Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.”Miyamoto Musashi

Have a productive week my darlings I have a long weekend with Design Indaba, cannot wait! Getting inspired already!


PS. “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” - Winston Churchill.

Appreciate, always.
I'm lucky In that I have this with my special one ^_^
But I think sometimes we and others forget how lucky they are. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Weekend Learning's

Ernest HemingwayThe Garden of Eden.

I've had one or two good Valentines Day's. But most of them have been merdé, you can look that up, its romantic and French for 'poo'. Having Valentines at the office is always weird. We have to do strange work posts about stuff we like and we get roses or cupcakes and I have to do some social media stuff which takes away from my real work but forces me to watch all the crappy love flowing on Facebook etc… it puts a weird mood on my Friday, and weekend. I'm not saying its bad, just odd. I think it is more evident when you are out and about on V-day. You're surrounded by couples. Some new, some old. But each one has a mystery I would love to know. Each ones face tells a story that sometimes, the other person at the table can't read, but I can. Sometimes you see two people smiling at each other and when one looks away, the others smile is wiped clean, there isn't even a stain of happiness left there, not even a lingering light in their eyes. Valentines, can't we all just be honest? It's an interesting day. This is what I learned;

  • Valentines Day couples are the scariest couples. Brrr! Shivvers! 
  • However… The best foreplay starts with "Good morning beautiful." giggle!
  • “Our Generation has had no Great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives.” Chuck Palahniuk 
  • I like tempura sushi so much that I actually search for it on the menu first before I look for anything else. If its vegetarian tempura Californian rolls (a rare delicious morsel) I will pay for your dinner. 
  • “Continue to love. Continue to forgive. Continue to grow.” - Chelsea Ayers 
  • I truly believe I am about to grow the best tomatoes simply because they are so cute and pretty those little tiny sprouts! But because I love them. Yes, I love those plants. 
  • "People are prettiest when they talk about something they really love with passion in their eyes." - K.v.h. I am quite enchanted by people with drive, passion and a lust for their career. Yes I guess you could say it turns me on. Prrrr, ambition… wink!
  • "A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions." Show me your elastic band you beautiful thing! 

This was a little bit of an odd learning's I know, a little fluffy, a lot of inspiration but there is just so much to do on the horizon, who can't help but feel inspired and lucky to be alive? One of my heroine's Stevie Nicks knows what I am blabbing on about; 

“If you can find a passion at a young age, somewhere between fifteen and thirty, if you can find that passion, I can pretty much guarantee you that you can be sixty-five and still love that passion and still have a reason to dance out of bed and down the hall every morning.” Stevie Nicks. Hope you dance all week long my little disco queens and kings! 

All my love...


PS. You don't have to give her the whole entire world to make her happy, just make her happy by sincerely giving her "You".


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Weekend Learning's

Honeycomb heart. 

Wow. Is all I can say. Talk about making up for lost time! I crammed my weekend full of party. Too fun. This is what I learned;

  • "Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will." - Karim Seddiki. You really should stop doubting, and start believing!
  • Healthy is the new black. I like it.
  • Love what you love without hesitation , you never know when it might be taken from you.
  • Bumping into some people I went to Zim with was really funny. When you're standing in a pathway and neither of you can remember each others names and you're going "HELLO!", "OH MY GOSH!" and "ITS YOU!". The excitement is the best part and you walk away smiling and joyful. It is those little moments that warm my heart. Great memories!
  • "Save yourself little girl, stop waiting for someone to come and rescue you, you are on your own." - Josephin August. I forgot, I reminded myself.
  • Pamper Saturday mornings are the best, mani, pedi, hair and a massage. Nothing like spoiling myself after a ridiculous work week. Purr I say.
  • There is something to be said for the electricity in the air in town at these Jozi outdoor events we go to. It can't be explained, only felt. This is Africa, Africa is the future after all. 
  • Boyfriend jeans… I wasn't convinced of this look till I tried on a pair. Obsessed and in love! Sexy slouch is my new favourite jean *wink.
  • “But to come home each night. Have a drink, go to bed, and be so deeply understood by you. Would be the greatest gift of my life.”Clementine von Radics, A Prayer.
  • I really love the coffee at 4th Avenue Coffee Roastery in Parkhurst. It is just divine! And they always put a heart in my cappuccino foam and the tiny shortbread biscuits they serve with their cappuccino's have cinnamon in them… the little things…
  • Sometimes, talking to your best friend is all the therapy you really need. Yip. 
  • "The older you get, the more you realize that it isn't about the material thing, or the pride or ego. It's about our hearts and who they beat for." - R.A.

Have a beautiful week fluffy hearts, I hope you all get spoilt on Valentines. “Someone asked me what home was and all I could think of were the stars on the tip of your tongue, the flowers sprouting from your mouth, the roots entwined in the gaps between your fingers, the ocean echoing inside of your ribcage.”E.E. Cummings


PS. “hell is loving you in my sleep and waking up alone.”

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Weekend Learning's

Even in French, February looks and sounds romantic.

Hello February. The month of love, or so they say. I had a productive weekend. And I am going to admit I have quite the girl crush on Mother Nature and her moody storms. They are so seductive and euphoric, I just can't get enough. This is what I learned; 

  • A Friday night in with the boyfriend all to myself is as rare as a unicorn and equally as special and beautiful. 
  • “Scare the world: Be exactly who you say you are and tell the truth.”The Shock of Honesty 
  • I am loving the Nike+ run app. It is well designed and user friendly but it also challenges and encourages you to get out there and make footprints and to share your experiences. Try it out, you'll see what I mean. 
  • “And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.”Iain S Thomas. I've come to the realization that it is okay to miss some things in life for creating more unique things is way more interesting. Saturday was filled with unique experiences which I will cherish.
  • “I’m not asking you to love me perfectly but to love me graciously.”Ramses Prashad 
  • I can't begin to explain how exciting it is to have all (well about half to be precise) my family in one place at one time. Sunday was my lovely Aunt Heathers Birthday. She flew out from New York with new Hubby, Uncle Jon, to celebrate in SA with the Jozi crowd. My heart was filled to the brim with gushy love… and my tum was filled with yummy food! Family, it is the best part of every part. 
  • “Never push a loyal person to the point where they no longer care.” - Unknown
  • I am growing my own tomatoes from scratch. Yes I am! I bought a kit the other day, I played in the mud, got really dirty and so begins my new little garden. The best part was milling about the house after my planting then walking past the mirror just to catch a glimpse of myself and discovering I had mud on my cheek and forehead! No wonder the caterer left in a hurry… 
  • Did you know the chilling shiver you experience with a strong emotion has a name? It is called "frisson".

Have a lovely first week of February my squishy hearts! Hope you are planning your Valentines cards.


PS. Do not read the next sentence. You little rebel. I like you!

This, this is too true. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Weekend Learning's

"Don't forget to stop and smell the flowers, or shove them in your nose!"
A picture from my #100HappyDays, hope you're happy too!

A three day weekend for me. Yes I am a lucky one. Why you ask? When you work at a fantastic company like Interbrand Sampson de Villiers on the day that you started you get the day off as a sort off anniversary to say; "Thank you for joining our team." What a great blessing this job is. Thank you everyone at Interbrand. I am grateful. And even more so as I was also promoted to Senior Designer and can finally talk about it! Yay me! This is what else I have learned;

  • “Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being excellent.” - I am loving this site! 
  • I think I might be mildly obsessed with tea. With a few 8 flavours at minimum in my kitchen I have one for every opportunity. Lovely tea, solves everything. 
  • After visiting the bookstore twice in one week this quote came to life for me; “Books are no more threatened by Kindle, than stairs by elevators.” Stephen Fry.
  • Doing a quick 5.5km's in the am with 5kg weights, piece of cake. Just know you're going to walk like a moose stepping on sticky marshmallows… ouch.
  • Red Chamber in Hyde Park is still one of my favourite restaurants in Jozi. The food, the service, the seaweed. It's to die for! I always leave full, happy, and with takeaway. 
  • If someone wants you in their lives they'll put you there. You shouldn't have to fight for a spot. 
  • I cannot stop listening to the new Kings of Leon. Ill admit I was a little dismissive but as usual they won me over with their smooth redneck hollers and vibrant feel good melodies. Again I am hooked. The new album is called Mechanical Bull just FYI. 
  • “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”

Have a pretty week my heart shaped cupcakes and remember, if you love someone tell them… because hearts are often broken by words left unspoken. 


PS. "Forgive me if I make you everything for I know not how to love in halves." - Tyler Knott Gregson

Mmm how about them apples...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Weekend Learning's


Weekends when the summer is vicious but the chilling is high are becoming my favourite. Weekends are also becoming the downtime to the tightly wound up weeks. Slow paced lazy weekends, and speed racing weeks… this is going to be my 2014 me thinks. And do you know what that means? More Learnings! This is what I learned;
  • I am totally and utterly obsessed with the words above! "Seja positivo. A vida retribui." This translates to; "Stay positive. Life reciprocates." True ne? I love being happy smiley Coco.
  • On that note, I am really enjoying my 100 Happy Days. I hope you have at least one thing to be happy about every single day! See on the right of my blog you can see my Instagram feed.
  • "Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be." - Elizabeth Gilbert. Amen Lizzie! 
  • I have to admit I am consumed with Master Chef All Stars. On Friday they had a "Burn The Mystery Box / Barbecue" Challenge. I was so excited. I was in a state of utter fascination! I don't think I closed my shocked trap for the whole of the first section until the interval. So silly, so fun! Watch it! 
  • I finally made it to La Vie en Rose. A picturesque little spot in Illovo where there is iced tea, meals are inspired by roses and the serviettes are tied with tiny pink ribbons. A must!
  • Trying to understand the behavior of some people is like trying to smell the colour nine.
  • Have you ever had a white mielie? When I used to visit my family in Zimbabwe we celebrated these delicious juicy veggies. They're pretty rare in South Africa but if you find some, try them, trust me. I got my hands on some this weekend, yum! 
  • Orphic. (adj.) Mysterious and entrancing; beyond ordinary understanding. 
  • Stop watering the weeds in your life and start watering the flowers. 

Have a cherished week my little starfish, and remember; compliment people. Magnify their strengths, not their weaknesses. 


PS. "We were together… I forget the rest." - Walt Whitman. Meep.

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