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The Orange River on Film

Every year, the whole of my high school goes away and spends a week in nature, be it hiking or paddling. This year, as is a custom at my school and many other schools across the country, we spent five glorious day on the Orange River, which serves as a border between South Africa, and our neighbouring country, Namibia.

We drove up (it took almost 12 hours), and after multiple toilet breaks and burger stops, we finally got through border control and were in another country (!!!). Being out in nature with school  always make my heart so full. Without much signal or technology (I always make a point of leaving my phone at home), we have so much time to just chat to each other and engage and connect in ways that the busy everyday school life doesn’t really leave much room for.

We paddled for three of the five days, and the other two days were for traveling. The Orange River is so beautiful. We’d start in the morning, and pull up to a sand bank for the night just as the sun was setting.

I can’t quite put into words how it feels to fall asleep after a day of paddling down the river, with the moon and stars above your head, huddled in a little group, sleeping amongst some of your favourite people, whilst listening to the sound of water running gently over the rocks, and listening to the chirp of insects. It’s magical to say the least. Whilst the paddling was physically taxing at times, it was so fulfilling and it makes me a little teary if I think about it for too long because my longing to go back is that great. We have a beautiful continent, that’s for sure.

Nabeela x

Mauritius Photo Diary

I recently visited the beautiful island of Mauritius with my family and it was a welcome break from the extreme cold we’ve been experiencing here in South Africa. We spent our time at a resort on the north-west side of the island, and although it was a bit chilly and wet sometimes (it’s winter there too), it was bliss. I thoroughly enjoyed some timeout to just read on the beach, swim and relax. Anyhow, here is my photo diary of the trip. Enjoy!

 

 

Nabeela x

 

 

Curate / Light + Detail

Minutiae / the small, precise details that makes one unique; the finer points and subtleties

As a visual person, I am very much aware of the little things. I have a deep appreciation for details, and they make my heart sing. (I know that I’m definitely not alone on this).

I especially love beautiful light and intricate detail in architecture. Here is a photo essay of some of the light and detail I’ve snapped over the last little while…

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“To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail.” – Giorgio Armani 

Nabeela x

Florence / Firenze

Florence has a sort of slow, laid-back atmosphere, that contrasts the business that is Rome. Florence is simply lovely. We only spent one day there, so I don’t have too many photos, but this lovely place left its mark on my heart. The little market square selling every delightful leather product you could think of and the warming atmosphere are incredible. The streets have such a calm, quiet feel in the evenings and its the kind of place that you can’t help but fall in love with…

The Duomo in Florence blew me away. The intricacy of the marble detailing is just mind-boggling, and as a person who dapples in the arts, I felt a deep appreciation of the craftsmanship and time that was required to create something quite so exquisite. None of the detail on the facade is painted – it is all inset in marble.

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The Florence Catherdral (Duomo di Firenze)

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The remarkable Statue of David, at the Galleria dell’Accademia

Throughout my trip, I tried to not let taking photos dictate my every move. I took quick snaps of things I saw that inspired me, but I wanted to see and embed my travels into my memory, rather than my memory card…

Nabeela x

Durban Diaries / Day 4 

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After a lovely breakfast at the country estate we are staying at, we set out to explore the Midlands Meander. The weather was humid and there was a storm warning too! 

There are a few really cute crafty stalls and shops all along the meander. Some of my favourites were the Junction and Piggly Wiggly. The Pizza Place make THEE BEST pizzas ever!

The Waffle Shack at The Junction. So dreamy!

We visited a few more stalls, then went to the incredible Nelson Mandela Capture Site. It’s so beautifully designed and an incredible work of art. 

The incredible capture site!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these travel diaries! They’ve been a fun way for me to record my trip too! I’m flying back tomorrow! It’s been a wonderful holiday, but I do miss the Mother City. 
Have a good holiday, SA people. 
Nabeela x 

Durban Diaries / Day 2 

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This morning, I woke up to sunny skies and gentle breezes along the beautiful Dolphin Coast. After 6am, it was already bright! After breakfast, I took a little stroll around the hotel and took a few planty photos. 


We then went to the beach for a little bit before heading out to Durban itself. 
We went to the Station Drive area that reminded me so much of Woodstock in Cape Town. We walked around in some of the stores, my favourite being the colourful and quirky Shoppe, then made our way to the Morning Trade market in The Plant and picked up some yummy treats. We crossed the road and went into the Warehouse next door. We picked up some juice from The Cold-Pressed Juice Co. 

Cold-pressed juices from the Cold-Pressed Juice Co. So good!
Yummy macaroons we had at The Morning Trade

We ventured in Umhlanga and after some driving around, decided to go to uShaka Marine World. We dropped in there for a few hours, walked around, got a henna tattoo and had some lunch at the beautiful Moyo restaurant which is at the end of the pier. The view was gorgeous.
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The beautiful views of Durban from the pier!

Long, summery days mean happy hearts and sleep heads. 
Nabeela x 

Durban Diaries / Day 1 

Hello 

I’m spending some time in the beautiful city of Durban and I decided to write about a few snippets of my days here. The weather is lovely and warm – such a pleasure after the on and off cold days we’ve been having in Cape Town. Naturally I think Cape Town is the most beautiful city ever (am I biased?!) but Durbs sure is pretty too! 
We flew in this morning, and then drove to Ballito. We’re staying at a lovely little hotel that’s so serene and peaceful. It makes me want to grab a decor mag and just read outside all day. I think I’ll do just that! 


We finished off our day by paying a visit to Willard’s Beach just before sunset. 


Happy Heritage Day to my fellow South Africans too! 

Nabeela x

Cape Towns Faves / 02.

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I recently spent some time in the CBD exploring mainly Loop Street and Long Street. I thought I’d sum up some of my favourite places that I found on my walkabout. I love Town and the shops and cafes are so trendy and cute!

The Company Gardens

I recently visited the Company Gardens for the first time in quite a few years. Since primary school, we frequently visited the gardens and the museums in the vicinity too. The other day, I popped in, and was amazed by the upkeep and improvements that have been made. There’s a wonderful vegetable garden and a cool restaurant and cafe. Its amazing to see that after all these years, the historical place is so glorious and beautiful. And to top it all off, the view of our lovely Table Mountain is just incredible.

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Yours Truly Cafe

I’ve been drooling over photos of this cafe for a few months now, but recently when I was in the CBD, I popped into the Loop Street branch. I love little cafes that are interesting and this one is really cool! It’s so breezy and airy, with dark, reddish-brown leather seating, and wooden tables with bar-style stools. There are plants hanging outside the window of the cafe an and perched on shelves inside too. It reminded me of the whole indoor-outdoor living that is so trendy. They also make a mean frappe!

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Pretty planty scene in Yours Truly Cafe 

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Long Street and Loop Street

I know this sounds kind of broad-spectrum, but I generally love Long Street and Loop Street. They have all the shops that I really like that sell everything from coffee to artisan clothing and ceramics. I spent some time strolling down these streets, popping into stores and looking at the interesting clothing, watches, furniture and clothing. I love all things handmade and local, so for me, I could spend the whole day on these streets. My favourite  shops that I came across were Stable, Mungo and Jemima and 117 on Long. I also saw some art galleries and my favourite one in particular was Smith, that has such wonderful and colourful paintings.

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Work by Danielle Clough hanging in Stable in Loop Street 

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I hope you check some of these gems out for yourself. They really reflect the true beauty of the creativity and artisans in Cape Town.

Happy exploring!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Made in SA / Deerly Studio

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Today, I’m going to be writing about a few of the lovely products from Deerly Studio, which is owned by Monja Viljoen. Monja is the creative director and her passion is reflected into the ranges she produces. I love the mix of colours and modern typography that make up these interesting and fresh yet simple products!

 

 

Notebook

The cover is quite thick and made of a glossy cardboard. The colour combinations on this particular book are really striking and the print quality is excellent! The paper inside is lined and has a fun border made up of paint strokes. I was pleasantly surprised, because although the paper feels quite thin, it has minimal bleed-through when it comes to pen and even watercolour. (You know how important that is to me. I literally script everywhere with my watercolours!)

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Greeting Cards

The greeting cards are also printed on a lovely, glossy and thick cardboard. I love the bright colours and typography. They are simple and pretty, but still fun and modern. My favourite one is definitely the Good Luck card. That scripting is SO pretty!

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Gift Tags

These gift tags are simple and just the right size to pop in any gift bag or tie onto a ribbon. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I love art journaling and scrapbooking. These gift tags make perfect journaling cards too! The also come with a suede-y ribbon that feels almost leathery. It comes in a little roll, instead of in individual strips, so you can use it for anything! Such a good idea.

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List Pad

The list pad is really cool and thick too, and has a similar border to the one inside the notebook. It’s a bit more minimalist in comparison to the rest of the products, but I love the grey, black and white colour combination. It has lots of space for writing those long to-do lists and shopping lists, because the pages are nice and long. It can make grocery shopping or just general errands so much more fun!

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I really enjoyed writing about these products and photographing them was such fun too! What was your favourite item? You can find all of these products and more here.

Have a lovely week!

Miss Artsy-Crafty

{As usual, all opinions and photographs are my own. I wouldn’t write about products that I wouldn’t buy or use. Also, thanks Monja for sending me some of your lovely goodies! }

Babylonstoren

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I’ve been so looking forward to writing this post for a while now, and I’m so excited to be sharing it with you today!

A few days back, I visited the beautiful Babylonstoren estate with my family. It was such a lovely, hot day and it felt like summer! Babylonstoren is a Cape-Dutch style estate near Stellenbosch (again, in the Western Cape, South Africa). We spent the afternoon roaming the wonderful grounds that include gardens, restaurants, a hotel, a shop and a spa.

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We sat down at the Greenhouse Restaurant that happens to have a huge greenhouse next to it (I wonder where it got its name from?!). The greenhouse itself is full of luscious greenery and my cousin and I had a ball snapping away at all the stunning plants. The restaurant makes the most divine scones and fresh juices, as well as desserts.

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The other restaurant is called Babel, both of which are very popular and were almost full to capacity!

If you love nature, the different gardens will give you such pleasure. There are so many, such as the rock garden and the prickly pear garden (which I refer to as the cactus garden in the post) to name just a few.

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I also have some exciting content coming that I’m very excited about, so stay tuned! I am getting constantly growing support and followers and I really appreciate! Thank you for following along on all my baking, making and photo-taking.

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

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