This time last year, Beau and I spent five weeks in England. It was glorious; a trip peppered with a thousand beautiful memories… (apart from catching man flu on the plane)! Fast forward one year…and we are now on the cusp of moving there indefinitely. The feelings are a mixed bag but mainly lots of excitement to start a new chapter in our lives, one filled with adventure (and frequent trips to Space NK).
Make no mistake, we are going to miss South Africa and the beautiful Natal Midlands A LOT not to mention our wonderful family and friends. We will always look back on our time here fondly but will look forward to plenty visits and a wedding in the future. Sunday lunches on a cold winter’s day at Rawdon’s, the views and scrumptious bunny chow’s at Blueberry Cafe and egg’s Benedict on a rosti at the Farmer’s Daughter are most definitely on my ‘what I’m going to miss list’ (Mmmm, all food related, funny that)!
Yummy lunch spots aside, I have a few favourites I wanted to share, and stuff I would buy again and stock up on, on my next visit:
My 5 SA Favourites
1| Peter’s Gate
I think I may need a whole other post to talk about what I am going to miss about Peter’s Gate! But seriously, their lotions and potions use quality ingredients and few of them which means I can read the label and understand what it says. One of my favourite products is their nurturing cream which is beautifully scented and very nurturing indeed. They stock stunning and the most reasonably priced essential oils and tinctures and are always creating new and interesting products. Wonderful, wonderful stuff… I really don’t know what I am going to do without my regular stash!
2| Mandara Bag
Hands down my favourite and most used bag! That’s a bold statement I know and after writing this post, I will go and immediately apologise to all my other bags because I love them too but Durban designer Madeleine Zietsman just seems to knock it out the park with her gorgeous and unique leather bags. The quality is exceptional too, not to mention the beautiful “shweshwe ” linings that make them oh so proudly South African. Mine is small sling bag but the strap can be adjusted and it can be used as a clutch – beautiful and functional. Suffice to say I have my sights on a few others…
3| You Buiscut
If you are visiting SA or going overseas and need a gift you need a You Biscuit poster. The images are all South African landmarks and favourite things plus it comes with an eye spy sheet so you can hunt for the pack of wors and the Proteas. I bought a great set of watercolour pencils which I love and would highly recommend for this kind of project – perfect for lazy Sundays with friends – getting arty and drinking wine – now that’s therapy right there!
Esse skin care, pronounced like the letter ‘S’ are such a beautiful range and my skin always thanks me when I use their products. My favourite things are their travel sets which have an assortment of products in mini – perfect for travelling and a great way to sample before you buy! Their range is in the mid price range but totally worth every penny.
5| Kingsley Heath
Beau and I call this shop Kingsley “Heat” and for good reason… their clothing is hot! Stunning dresses aside, I bought Beau a golf shirt from there, it has been washed countless times and still looks new and in perfect shape. I know the price tags are a little weighty but the quality is great and their styles gorgeous… Imagine a modern day “Out of Africa’. I know I will be carving out time on the calendar to stop by when I am next in the country…
South Africa is home to some wonderful products and insane creative talent… What are your South African must-haves?