Hidden Valley Overture Restaurant Review

Happy Monday my loves! Where did the first two months of this year go?? I cannot believe how quickly this year is going and now we’re in March already! It’s my birthday month and since my birthday is at the end of the month, I generally do something throughout the month to celebrate my birthday and spoil myself a little (live every birthday like it’s your last) 🙂 I keep changing my mind about what I want to do on my actual birthday, initially E and I were going to go overseas for my birthday but now work (duty) calls so we might not be able to go so early for our trip! I’m not too sad though because I’ve been away for almost a month and I felt so home sick and I missed my bed so much!

While we were in Cape Town last month, we paid a little day visit to Hidden Valley Wine Estate and to my (favourite) restaurant Overture. E and I discovered this restaurant almost 4 years ago when he took me there for our 1 year anniversary and I absolutely loved it. Since then, we try to go every time we are in Cape Town. The menu is different every time we go and the wine pairing is just stunning. It honestly feels like a private dining experience even though when you are there, the restaurant is likely to be full or busy. The staff are very attentive, the food is always gorgeous and colourful and the view is just breathtaking. We took some photos of the food and the restaurant itself, and took photos for a lookbook post but I’ll leave that to another post later this week. 🙂

(I was so excited to start eating my food, I forgot to take pictures of my starter)

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Hope you enjoyed the photos and if you’re in Cape Town or the Western Cape, I definitely recommend this restaurant!

With love…xxx

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) 2015

Hi my loves! If you’re a fashion lover, you probably know that NYFW just came and gone, which left retailers scrambling to put in their next stock orders. It has THAT big of an impact in the fashion industry, with dozens of designers, new and old showcasing their predictions and trends for the coming season. Of course if you’re not into fashion but more into beauty and makeup, the catwalk is no longer a place which showcases items of clothing but also makeup trends for the up and coming months of the year. That’s why it’s always good to keep your eyes peeled during the Fashion Weeks in the world, it’s really an eye-opener.

I’ve put together a few runway looks that really stood out for me from various designers…

DKNY 15 February 2015

There was an obvious back-to-school trend from the DKNY collection consisting of greys, royal blues and bright reds. The collection consisted of blazers, high collars and defined shoulders, the contours of the pieces are nothing sort of masculine and slightly… intimidating.

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Tory Burch 17 February 2015

There’s nothing short of chic and feminine in the Tory Burch collection, inspired by a Moroccan theme, it’s loud but not unrealistic. You will find neutral colours with a lot of print, printed coats, embellished skirts and beautiful lines flowing as the models make their way down the runway. Makeup is natural, modern with groomed brows.

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Anna Sui 18 February 2015

Anna Sui’s collections over the years have always instantly appealed to me. Partly because I am brave enough to wear the items she ensembles for the runway but it’s always so effortless and fits perfectly together. This collection was inspired by the programme “Vikings”, can you sense it? The tribal patterns and Mongolian lambskin, these models are the modern Viking Princesses, fit for the streets of New York.

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What are your favourite runway looks form NYFW? Let me know! Hope you enjoyed this post!

With love…xxx

Lifestyle: High Tea at the Oyster Box Hotel

Happy Friday! As I am writing this post and going through the photos from my afternoon at the Oyster Box Hotel, I’m longing to go back and munch on all the goodies I never had the stomach to try out. Back in varsity days, high tea was quite a staple for me and my friends and one of my favourite spots back then was the One & Only Hotel in Cape Town. It made a great place to study and work, it was quiet during the weekdays, there were tons of sweets and savouries at your disposal and lots of different teas to choose from, it was pure joy.

High tea during the weekdays was impossible over the last two working years of my life, weekends were packed with admin, food shopping and blogging, not to mention having to book months in advance for high tea over the weekend. Now that I have the pleasure of pure freedom again, I organised to have high tea with my beautiful friend Nicci at the Oyster Box Hotel. The dress code is casual and it starts at 2:30 in the afternoon and ends at 5pm. Trust me, 2 and a half hours is plenty to catch up, enjoy a glass of bubbly, beautifully flagrant vanilla rooibos tea and most importantly, enough sweets and savouries to make your heart sing. I was immediately impressed the moment I was shown my seat, the chairs were large and comfy, the waiters all had exceptional manners and you feel more ladylike than ever. There was an overwhelming amount of food and not just the quantity but the variety, out of all the places I have had high tea in South Africa, I highly recommend the Oyster Box as it has the biggest variety, especially when it comes to savouries.

Unfortunately I didn’t bring my big camera as I wasn’t planning on doing a review or taking any photos for that matter. As you can see, I clearly couldn’t resist! I loved it and would recommend it to everyone, it’s definitely somewhere I would want to celebrate my birthday someday! 🙂 The Grill Room, another restaurant in the Oyster Box hotel is also a fantastic place for dinner! Did I mention the sweet sound of melody on the grand piano live in the afternoon while enjoying your high tea? It was pure heaven. I am definitely going back! Hope you enjoy the photos!

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Hope you enjoyed this post! Where is your favourite place for high tea? Are you a sweet or savoury kind of person? Let me know! Have a glorious weekend my loves!

With love…xxx