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Mother’s Day Inspiration

I don’t particularly enjoy being forced to celebrate these types of ‘holidays’ on a specific day of the year. However, if I get to spend quality time with my mum…then why not.

So every year, I try to be as creative as possible with my Mother’s Day gifts. I absolutely loathe having to run around on the last minute to grab a voucher or pre-packed beauty product hamper from a department store. It’s not about what you give, or the monetary value thereof. For me, it’s more about what the gift would mean to both you and your mum. It has to show that you’ve taken the time and effort to put it together. And of course, reflect the unconditional love you have for her.

Okay, enough soppiness! I’ve put together a list of things that may inspire you.

1. Luxurious Pamper Session

If you can afford to splash out, then one of Mangwanani’s Day or Night Spa packages will definately be a winner! I adore them. The spa treatments are so amazing, and they truly treat you like royalty. I’ve recently reviewed the Zevenwacht branch – read all about it here. Or visit their website for more details on how to book:


2. Mum & Daughter High Tea

Again, Mangwanani literally takes the cake with their special tea parties for two. Orange roses delivered by Netflorist, a fluffy gown, a beautiful product hamper, African treatments, cakes and pastries…what more could a girl ask for? They have a new boutique spa based at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Contact them early to secure a reservation: 021 425 5979.

3. Tear Jerker

This project requires a little work and creativity. I call it the ‘Memory Box’. Visit a stationery heaven like Typo (they have stores in Canal Walk – Tel 021 552 2635, Cavendish and Tygervalley), and purchase a pretty box and some crafty items like fancy paper, board and pens. The idea is to include a few items that relate to special moments shared between you and your mom. Such as a photo of the two of you on your wedding day, first day at school, writing a few of her best traits on a piece of paper etc. Anything that comes to mind.

4. Chocolate Shop

Take mum on a tour of the Lindt Chocolate Studio in Cape Town. Here she’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of the best Lindt choccies, recipes books, chocolate apparatus like fondue sets, and you can also spoil her with some of their limited edition Mothers Day cupcakes!  They are open this Sunday from 11am to 3pm. Contact tel: 021 831 0360


5. Movie Day

If it’s chilly this Sunday, then perhaps it won’t be a bad idea to stay in and create your own little indulgent movie theatre. Hire two or more chick flicks (good choices are Sense & Sensibility, The Devil Wears Prada, The Notebook, Fried Green Tomatoes), light a fire if you have one, make some ‘Not Quite Nigella’ nutty caramel covered popcorn (trust me…the recipe looks divine!), good wine, and perhaps something savoury like a sushi or cheese platter. Precious cosy girl time on a budget!

Have fun!


Marian Keyes – The other side of the story

I’ve had this book on my shelf for months now. Being on holiday I decided to get stuck in. It is my very first encounter with the award winning Marian Keyes, and I have to say – it’s been an absolute pleasure.

One of the reviews on the cover states, ‘you can’t stop reading’. True story. I literally spent the entire day, in bed, completely engrossed. The only time I emerged from my bedroom was to have a bath, and make a cup of tea and a cheese toastie. My dogs eventually thought I was ill, and checked in on me periodically. So I finished the rest of it on the couch, with a can of Coke Light and bag of Jumpin’ Jack lightly salted popcorn.

Keyes has the ability to paint each scenario as though you were watching it on a DVD. You’re able to formulate a mental picture of each character down to the very last detail. Although light-hearted, I found it deeply romantic and hilarious. I’m sure that every woman who picks up a copy of The Other Side of the Story, will be able to identify with either Jojo, Lily or Gemma. (FYI, Jojo was my favourite. Voluptuous, single, career mad, red hair, red lips, dangerous love life…but let me not give too much away!)

It is a tale about falling in and out of love, forgiveness, revenge, family loyalties and friendship. Even if you’re not an avid reader, I promise that this book will have you addicted. I’ve already purchased my second Marian Keyes…watch this space for further notes.


Prettify your home

Summer calls for brightening up your living spaces. I’ve decided on the romantic vintage look. Think dusty pinks and greens.

Mr Price Home has a beautiful selection of inexpensive decor items available this season. While passing one of their stores this weekend, I spotted the most divine cushions – in exactly the style and colours I’m after. For only R99 each. They were out of stock, so of course I had to have the last two right from the display window…thank you very much!

Also picked up a creamy coloured fleur de lis throw for R199. 

I’m not a fan of fake flowers. I despise them actually. However, an exception can be made for this gorgeous pink potted orchid from @Home (R330). Simply because I would never even attempt to buy a real one – the poor thing wouldn’t last a week. Lets hope none of my guests try to smell it though!

Happy shopping! xx