Throw kindness around like confetti!

Today’s blog has nothing to do with fashion, celebs, new & exciting venues or incredible events…Today’s blog serves as a reminder to me, to my readers & to everyone around us all, that we should always be kind, as we never truly know the battles people around us are fighting!

You may find this post a bit morbid or not in line with my usual happy posts, however I think this is probably more relevant than what I wore, where I went, which celeb I met etc. however keeps in line with my theme of Lifestyle & the aspiration to have a balanced life & to help those around me.

A while back I read an article in Cosmo talking about a generation of youngsters being anxious, nervous, depressed, facing pressures that’s are unimaginable, trying to fit in, trying to survive, peer pressure, bullying, societal pressure, to name but a few & this morning when I got the news of a friend having ended his life at 24 years of age it made me realize that we are all fighting battles of our own every single day & it could take a smile or an insult to push one either way…

In 2014 it was reported that SA had the 8th highest suicide rate in the world – shocking & incredibly sad that almost 8 000 people are taking their lives yearly. 2015 saw an article in the Mail & Guardian stating stress & suicides in SA are on the increase & the 8 000 number from the previous year could increase! Whilst we are living in a society where health, wellbeing & fitness is promoted daily all around us, the same promotion has also led to a pressure being created in terms of poor self esteem & bad body image, having an adverse effect on us. Many argue the positive vs negative impact platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & SnapChat have on us with some saying we have a platform to shine & to help others, whilst others throw words around such as narcissism & pressure…What are you views on this?

Watch for tell tale signs in your network & offer to listen & not judge. If you suspect depression or life threatening behavior get help by calling organizations such as Life Line or the SA Depression & Anxiety Group where trained professionals can assist. If you are being bullied or know of someone who is, talk to someone you trust – there are organisations such as Morne Marais’ FABA or the JAG Foundation who are doing remarkable work by highlighting the issue & can assist! If you yourself are feeling this way remember, you are special, you are the rainbow in someone’s cloudy day, you are loved & valued as a person & you have a great life ahead of you to LIVE!

So until next time throw kindness around like confetti … The impact it may have could literally be lifechanging…Take care of yourself & those around you!

Nadia xo xo

Preppy at the Patisserie

Unsponsored post, a craving from the past!

I’ve yet to taste a better Rainbow Cake anywhere in the world than at the deliciously decadent Belles Patisserie! It’s a sunny but chilly day in Cape Town today & the craving for a slice jolted my memory…
Looking back at my invitation to attend the launch of the Clearwater branch had left my mouth watering & I RSVPd quicker than you could say Oreo Cupcake!

The award winning Belles looked incredible – trademark chandeliers & classy decor, viennoiseries, cakes & sweet treats to satisfy everyone & even a skinny menu for the health conscious.
Now if you had to ask me what time is champagne time…we couldn’t be friends 😉 so I decided Id do a champagne breakfast whilst waiting for my fellow bloggers & I was thrilled to have been served a glass of one of my favorites – Krone.

Decadently Divine

Decadently Divine

A bubbly & warm welcome was received by all the guests to celebrate the opening of the Clearwater branch. The waiters were full of smiles & even stopped to pose for pics whilst carrying trays of creamy cappuccinos & following these by delicious winter soups to keep the chill away.
We were treated to trays of snacks from artisan breads to prawn skewers & of course no meal is complete without dessert!
Chocolate & raspberries treats had me in my element!!!

The sweet got even sweeter when Mr South Africa, Armand du Plessis graced us with his presence! Such a incredibly friendly & humble human, making a difference with his support for Deskbags – have a look at his website & see if you can help too!

Armand & I

Armand & I

OOTD

OOTD

Until next time…they say summer bodies are made in winter, so I suggest a balanced diet – have a cupcake in each hand 😉

Nadia xo xo

OOTD : Pinafore dress – Edgars Fashion

Shirt – Mango

Booties – Lucky Brand

Bag – Nine West

Wooden Lace

So fresh, beautiful and innovative, I didn’t need a title other than the name of this beautiful store called Wooden Lace!

Spring has sprung & whilst looking for some inspiration on Instagram, I came across the beautiful Shashi Naidoo using a pair of sunnies that would make the cloudiest day more than just a few shades brighter! These were Wooden Lace originals.

How gorg are these?!

Wooden Lace is the brainchild of the talented flower child Ulricke Laubscher.
Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wooden Lace offers the most contemporary & cute jewellery & sunglasses that are crafted from wood.
Upon browsing the website you will find everything from bunny brooches to wooden cuff links & hedgehog earrings to shades with the prettiest embellished flowers on them!

Wooden Lace Rings for every occasion

Wooden Lace Rings for every occasion

Ulricke has introduced exciting new products to the Wooden Lace Collection such as gorgeous velvet sunglasses & a Wood & Metal range of jewelry that will compliment every item of clothing in your closet.

Velvet Collection

You’ve got your wedding party gifts or BFFs birthday gift covered with one visit to Wooden Lace!

Take a look at their website today, or have a look at Instagram & Pinterest for these timeless pieces!
You can also find some of these at Rozanne & Pushkin in Rosebank, OhOneOne online or contact the team and arrange for a viewing at the showroom at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton.

Until next time, as Ulricke says “accessories should be a statement – easy to wear, comfortable, affordable and instantly recognisable…only wear what you love”

Nadia xo xo

Pics courtesy of Wooden Lace & blog not sponsored

#YouChoose

This morning I felt a bit bleh! Homesick, missing family, friends & familiarity…

I then thought about a story that had been told to me when I was in school – A Native American Cherokee Story : Two Wolves 

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.

“One is Evil – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

“The other is Good – It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Can one simply choose to be happy? 

I believe whether consciously or on a subconscious level, we have that power…I’d love to hear your thoughts?

  
Nadia xo xo 

Easy like Sunday morning…

The first of my restaurant reviews all for a great cause!!!

For every written review Stop Hunger Now SA and Eat Out donate a meal to someone less fortunate than you or I.

When I initially began my blog, Craft in Parkhurst was at the top of my list of restaurants to visit, before heading to the Mother City!
I finally tried it out & it was worth the wait 🙂 Very dear friends were out here for two weeks from the Gold Coast (Australia) & on the eve of their departure, we met for a breakfast at Craft.

Craft Restaurant, Parkhurst

Craft Restaurant, Parkhurst

Parkhurst is an incredibly trendy, alive & colourful suburb in Johannesburg – the perfect spot for a restaurant such a Craft.
No bookings are allowed so when I got there I was impressed at how quickly we were accommodated by the manager.
Our table of 7 consisted of 6 adults & 5 year young Zoe. Zoe despite her age, is quite a discerning eater – much like her parents – ordered quickly & was very satisfied with her kids breakfast. There were times when I had to stop myself from taking a sip of that delicious marshmallow milkshake she ordered! Milkshakes have no age limit 🙂

Before ordering we tried out the light medium roast coffees & they are certainly recommended if you enjoy coffee.

Coffee!

Coffee!

The comprehensive menu left us all spoilt for choice. There were various orders of omelettes, the Craft Breakfast, Breakfast Lasagne & healthy alternatives which my mates certainly enjoyed. I tried the Salmon Rosti & thoroughly enjoyed it! The portion was sufficient & it tasted as good as it looked!
My friend Katia tried the coconut flapjacks & raved on about how good they were.
I sampled my partner Sean’s choice which was the Scotch eggs & yum – definitely my next try!
Banting breakfasts, Eggs Florentine, French toast, Shakshouka, to name but a few, are all on this colourful menu list!

Breakfast!

Breakfast!!!

Without the sour, one can’t appreciate the sweet which brings me to negatives…parking in Parkhurst requires a great degree of patience!
The prices are a bit on the steep side.
Unfortunately due to the popularity of this hot spot, service was very slow & we waiting close to an hour for our breakfasts.
And lastly…I didn’t try the CandyFloss Milkshake or a slice of Oreo Cheesecake 😦

Candyfloss milkshake

Yummy Candyfloss milkshake

Decadent looking Oreo Cheesecake

Decadent looking Oreo Cheesecake

Until my next post, I agree with Robert Heinlein when he says, “one should not even attend the end of the world, without a good breakfast”!

Nadia xo xo

Picture credits – Craft