R osetta Roastery encapsulates what Cape Town is fast becoming known for: a city of many tucked away cafes and eateries that both encapsulates its local surroundings, while unveiling an otherworldly magic when one steps inside. Not unlike many of the coffee destinations one might encounter abroad – many of which are cities already synonymous with it’s coffee culture – Cape Town has sprung forth plenty of beautiful cafes in the last half-a-decade, many of which serving impeccably crafted brews. … ROSETTA ROASTERY | HOTSPOT
When the opportunity presents itself, trust yours truly to grab it without hesitation. As the family headed out on errands, I grabbed my things and headed off on a solo brunch expedition, camera in tow, forcing a magazine into my already stuffed tote. Having had one of those “what to wear” mornings, I grabbed a ruffled-sleeve jumper off my feature rail and paired it with some well-loved trousers and chunky ankle boots. Not sure where I’d land up, I let the smell of coffee and eggs guide me to my destination. … SOLO BRUNCHING, GLOSSY COVERS AND ROMANTIC SLEEVES
In attempts to redirect my post-fashion-week excitement, uttering words like visionary and innovative, while relevant to the narrative, seem inadequate as I string together my thoughts on some of the collections previewed at the Mercedes Benz Cape Town Fashion week last night. … RE-IMAGINING AFRICA THROUGH CAPE TOWN FASHION WEEK
SPOTLIGHT: NATIVE ESPRESSO BAR
V&A WATERFRONT, CAPE TOWN
The Native Espresso Bar, both indulgent yet unassuming, has reaffirmed Cape Town’s appreciation for the coffee culture expanding in every food district across the Western Cape. With a select menu of finely crafted coffees and deli-style bites, it’s at-ease nature easily accommodates the city-explorer seeking refuge from the city bustle, while simultaneously offering the opportunity for basking in some of the locale’s culture and scenery. If inspiration is what you seek, perhaps a quiet corner can help unlock the inner wordsmith – plug ports at various points all but welcome the freelance writer to lock-down for an hour or two. … READY, SET, ESPRESSO
In an industry so often misconstrued by harsh criticism for its lack of inclusiveness, I was recently inspired by the sui generis and hardworking (Los Angeles based) Amy of Vagabond Youth notoriety, who partnered with Tresemme to attend NYFW.
Like Amy, I too shared a dream of one day attending fashion week and doing so because the work and content I was creating was of value to someone. Having grown up confused about where and how I could fit in, worrying that I didn’t have the right look … NAVIGATING CAPE TOWN FASHION WEEK 2017
The lovely team behind locally produced craft art, LAZY DAISY, sent over a few of their selected items imploring me to style my space and outfit around each piece. What’s more, with each piece attentively hand crafted, no two artworks are alike. Simply put these pieces are much like the inimitable objet d’art we so often seek out on field trips to museums showcasing rare art from lifetimes before. … THE MINIMALIST’S PIÈCE DE RÉSISTANCE
Intriguing as it may be, the bustling-city functions at a fast pace; existing in a world of its own; synonymous with people besieged in languor and anxiety. Escaping the city, though just for a short while, has become the accepted cosmopolitan’s approach to dealing with the often tiresome effects of city-living. Booking a staycation at a luxe hotel, or road-tripping to a guesthouse in the winelands, it’s this short time away where one can truly unwind and before returning to the city.
Fuego, a taqueria situated among one of Cape Town’s most frequented food hub districts, provides more than just decadent, dreamy interiors – which is what probably first grabs your attention. After a few rounds of overwhelming mouthfuls of amazing foods, it’s this delicious taste of Latin cuisine that will have us shortly returning again … FEATURING FUEGO EATERY
With the promise of opportunities to start a new, we occasionally tend to avoid the dreaded modus operandi to a clean slate, clinging to the notion that it need be a daunting task of purging our yesterdays in favor of blank-slate tomorrows. The simpler route, I feel, is to focus on the present day. Perhaps that entails a scribbled but nevertheless legible (and realistic) to-do-list, or waking up earlier for those extra hours to get “it” done. … MAKING MONDAYS THE PRELUDE TO A BURGEONING WEEK
They say the best things in life are worth fighting for, but perhaps fighting for those extra 2 minutes of commiserate shut-eye could be better used elsewhere. For your perusal, I’ve shared a sneak peek in to my morning routine for anyone who’s been trying to acclimatize their own daily savoir-faire, and simply to indulge those wishing to leaf-through another’s. … INDULGING IN UNDERSTATED MORNINGS AT HOME