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Us cat ladies can’t just shuffle around the house in our PJs all day you know. Sometimes we’re required to leave the house. These lovelies are on my wishlist for such occasions…

Cat1Leotard off Pinterest (no link, tsk)

Cat2Cat manicure off Fashionista

Cat4Sweater from SheInside

Cat5Socks from Feat.

Cat6Ring from Asos

Cat7Just in case everyone hasn’t caught on yet. Off Etsy.

Cat8Tote from Society6

Cat9The number 1 shoe on my wishlist! The Charlotte Olympia cat wedges. The closest I’ve gotten so far is these from Mr Price

cat_shoesLove them. Fellow cat ladies, how do you blend in with the outside world? 😉

Becoming an Adult Part 1

The other day I witnessed this exchange between 2 of my favourite people…

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They do make me laugh! It got me thinking tho, when will I actually grow up? I’m forever telling people I’m 18 by mistake so methinks it’s still a while. (I’m 23 btw) Anyhoo I thought I’d start a list to add to over time…

When I am an adult, I will…

  1. No longer have a Powerpuff Girls bank card
  2. Own at least one item from those ‘Capsule Wardrobe’ magazine articles. I seriously have never seen the appeal of a ‘crisp white shirt’.
  3. Buy decor ‘pieces’ instead of nail polish and jelly tots
  4. Identify less with Girls (but I’ll love you forever Lena)
  5. Dye my roots
  6. Have a job where I am professional and awesome and never skype about how shit my boss is to other employees
  7. Never play Angry Birds at work
  8. Read books instead of Buzzfeed
  9. Say ‘vagina’ less
  10. Floss
  11. Stop eating cupcakes instead of meals (Possibly replace ‘instead of’ with ‘alongside’)
  12. Know how to braise something (Seriously, what the eff is braising?? I make cake, that’s about it)
  13. Watch The Good Wife instead of True Blood
  14. Know how to apply blusher
  15. Go to the bank
  16. Say things like ‘Pottered around the house’ and ‘I’ll just pop in for an hour’
  17. Make sensible financial decisions that don’t include cosmetics and sweets

That’s all I can think of for now, but watch this space…

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(Johnny Cash’s notes to self)

Reading list

Here are a few of the books stacked up next to my bed…

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Some Amazon descriptions:

On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac’s years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, “a sideburned hero of the snowy West.” As “Sal Paradise” and “Dean Moriarty,” the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac’s love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Roadan inspirational work of lasting importance.
Kerouac’s classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be “Beat” and has inspired every generation since its initial publication more than fifty years ago. (I already quote this book like I’ve read it so I better put some substance behind it!)

Zoo CityZinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty online 419 scam habit – and a talent for finding lost things. But when her latest client, a little old lady, turns up dead and the cops confiscate her lastpaycheck, she’s forced to take on her least favourite kind of job: missing persons. (This is written by South African Lauren Beukes and set in Joburg!)

Cloud Atlas: A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagans California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified dinery server on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation the narrators hear each others echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.

A Dance with Dragons: In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance once again–beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has three times three thousand enemies, and many have set out to find her. Yet, as they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind. To the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone–a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, will face his greatest challenge yet. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice. And from all corners, bitter conflicts soon reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all. . .  (I’m completely obsessed with Game of Thrones so I know this will be a winner)

Have any of you read any of these? Love? Hate?

Special delivery!

On Friday I received an awesome delivery from Yuppiechef! I won a voucher from them a few weeks ago and finally decided what to spend it on. Since baking is one of my favourite things to do to relax, I chose decorations and tools that would make my creations extra-special.

Here’s the package I received…

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Awesome postcard illustration by Tatjana Buisson

54I chose the Nicoletta Confetti Hearts, Edible Shimmer Dust, Writing Icing and Food Colouring Markers, Sweetly Does it Vintage Rose and Polka Dot Cupcake Wrappers, Wilton Gold Food Mist (I am going to use this on EVERYTHING) and…drumroll…the Yuppiechef Letterpress Cookie Set!!! I’m so excited to try this out, will post a tutorial when I do 🙂

Thank you SO much Yuppiechef for my awesome prize 🙂 x

Bunting and prints

Thought I’d share my favourite feature in my room. My room used to look like this, and a few years ago I decided it needed a makeover. I painted it mint green, added a massive desk and changed all the black accessories to white. It feels so much more peaceful now!

This is my feature wall above my bed…

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And here’s where each picture came from…

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1. Japanese postcard from a street market in Singapore.

2.Keep Calm and Carry On print from the Britain at War Experience in London. These prints are so overdone, but I think getting it from a War museum (the saying was originally used as motivation during the Second World War) makes it infinitely cooler. I could be wrong.

3, 13, 21 and 24. Laser-cut cards by Rob Ryan. Love his work!

4 and 6. Limited edition prints from the V&A Museum in London (wish I could remember the designer’s name!)

5 and 23. Bird and fox postcards from Paperchase. When I saw my first Paperchase I nearly fainted. My mom had to walk back to the hotel by herself while I gazed in wonder for about 3 hours.

7. Page from The Incredible Book-Eating Boy. This is my all-time favourite children’s book. Oliver Jeffers is my ultimate inspiration, I even wrote my thesis about him.

8. Page from Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Another inspiring illustrator. The quote I chose was ‘But the wild things cried, “Oh please don’t go – we’ll eat you up – we love you so!” And Max cried, “No!”‘ Love it.

9. The fox photo is one of the very few things I own that belonged to my grandma. She also loved foxes, which I only found out after my obsession started! This picture is incredibly special to me.

10. Print from The Tiger who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr. I bought this at the Museum of Childhood in London. Such a cool museum!

11. Illustration from an old magazine I found in a second-hand shop. Love the old-school style.

12. You can’t see from the photo, but it’s a photo my friend Lisa gave to me of a fox prowling in London. Someone brought it in to print at the print shop Lisa used to work at, and she printed an extra copy for me! So whoever took the photo, thanks 🙂

14 and 20. Stills from old movies. I found these at The Whatnot in Kalk Bay, my favourite place to find old junk and antiques!

15. Swan Lake painting, also from The Whatnot. Love this, so kitsch!

16. Amor postcard by Sara Fanelli. This lady is so talented I can’t deal.

17. Print by depeapa. I do like a good beard.

18. Post-it drawing by Marc Johns. This man is HILARIOUS, check out his stuff.

19. Card from Typo that Emma brought back from Australia for me. It says ‘Hey Foxy’ 🙂

22. Fortune-telling Fox card from Lisa in England. It was a scratch-off, and underneath it says I’m yearning for change and adventure. Clever fox.

25. Bunting from Bow Peep. Leila made it for me to match my room, I LOVE it! Check out her site for other beautiful accessories.

Hope you all have a great weekend xxx

The most OCD DIY ever

I pinned this DIY ages ago off The Beauty Department and finally got round to it. I have far too many nail polishes for such a small box, and needed to store them properly before they all fell out. And so began the most OCD DIY I’ve ever done! (Advice: do it while watching series)

Before: A sparkly box I’ve had since Grade 5 crammed with far too much stuff

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Step 1: Unpack dusty box of crap. Then paint stickers with each nail polish colour.                       Keep them in line so you don’t mix them all up.

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Step 2: Contemplate how much all this nail polish must’ve cost and shudder to yourself.

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Step 3: Punch a hole in each of the stickers and apply dot to top of matching nail polish lid.

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Step 4: Find a new box. I covered a shoe box in wrapping paper I bought from Typo. I like it because it looks like those 90’s ads in teen magazines.

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Step 5: Put all your nail polishes in new improved box, and marvel at it’s OCD beauty.

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Much better! xx