French flair – bistro chairs

October 8, 2015

Bistro style chairs
I’m mad about these handcrafted French bistro style chairs. These classic chairs instantly conjure up images of Parisian cafés and yet they are incredibly versatile. They come in a variety of different colours and styles and really do work with so many different interior styles. Serena & Lily have an awesome selection and locally you can find them at Pezula Interiors.

Bistro style chairs
Bistro style chairs
Gorgeous kitchen with Bistro style chairs
Gorgeous kitchen with Bistro style chairs

Image credits: 1 & 2. Photo by  Nicole Kliest via Who What Wear | 3 & 4. Serena & Lily | 5. Photo by Tessa Neustadt via Style Me Pretty Living & chairs from Pezula Interiors | 6. Photo by Patrick Cline for Traditional Home | 7. Studio McGee | Featured image from Serena & Lily


Mirage Collection

October 7, 2015

Matter Of Fakt jewellery
Cape Town designer, Mary-Anne Grobler, has just launched her second jewellery collection which is full of stunning statement pieces. The Mirage collection is inspired by the tempestuous beaches and desert landscapes of the West Coast of Southern Africa and features beautiful raw stones, crystals and cowrie shells. Hop over to Matter Of Fakt’s online store to treat yourself.

Matter Of Fakt jewellery
Matter Of Fakt jewellery

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Healthy living, Let's eat

Feel good ‘Faux Gras’

October 6, 2015

Faux Gras
One of my foodie friends is hosting an awesome pop up dinner in Berlin later this week. Flavamingo’s Forest Feast is not to be missed and so for those of us who sadly can’t attend… I’ve asked Karoline to share one of her mouth watering recipes with us today.

With the exception of Spring, I don’t think there’s a more stunning time than early Autumn to celebrate the seasons. Everything is cast in a golden light, the air is crisp, and it’s the perfect time to be outdoors discovering the season’s bounty of treasures.
During a recent holiday on Denmark’s sunshine island Bornholm, a long walk in the coastal forest very quickly turned into a mushroom hunting session. My hands, stained purple from picking berries moments earlier, were all of a sudden plucking mushroom after mushroom from the ground. The thrill I get from finding these treasures is as huge today as when I was perched on my dad’s shoulders in Newlands Forest, shouting ‘I can smell a mushroom!’, and in a moment of inspiration I knew that these tasty morsels would be the star ingredient of my next pop-up dinner.
The first of three mushroom dishes on the menu, this recipe turns French tradition on its head by taking out the duck or goose liver and replacing it with mushrooms and toasted walnuts, so that instead of the somewhat controversial foie gras, what you have instead is a very tasty ‘faux gras’ and some happy birds!

Faux Gras
  1. • 125 g button mushrooms and wild mushrooms
  2. • 4 tbsp olive oil
  3. • 1 large onion, chopped
  4. • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  5. • 400 g cooked green lentils (about 200 g dried lentils)
  6. • 200 g toasted walnuts
  7. • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  8. • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  9. • 10 tsp herbs (thyme, rosemary and sage), finely chopped
  10. • 5 tbsp brandy
  11. • salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. Fry the onions and garlic on medium heat for about 5 minutes, and then add the mushrooms and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Add the cooked lentils, walnuts, lemon juice, soy sauce, herbs and brandy to the food processor.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  1. Serve with toasted seed loaf and onion marmalade and you have the perfect snack!
Adapted from Très Green, Très Clean, Très Chic by Rebecca Leffler
Lanalou Style

Wild Mushrooms
Image credits: Flavamingo

fashion, Summer

Summer essentials – All white

October 5, 2015

Tuula - Summer dress inspiration
A beautiful fresh white dress for summer is a must. Keep it contemporary and go with plain white in a simple and structured style. Or choose a dress with broderie anglaise for a more feminine, ethereal feel. White is certainly not the most practical colour to wear but who can resist its allure?

Tuula - Summer dress inspiration
Gary Pepper Girl
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Late Afternoon
Image Credits: 1 & 2. Photography by Melissa Findley for Tuula | 3. Photography by Luke Shadbolt for Gary Pepper Girl | 4. Late Afternoon