Black and White About This

My favourite stand out trend for Christmas 2016 is the simplicity and clean lines of black and white. Yes… I love other looks but it’s the monochromatic black and white that I have chosen for my family Christmas along with accents of pine, twine and cork. In the process I have learned a lot (who ever said […]

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A Marbled Christmas

Let’s face it ….there are a squillion different Christmas looks from which to choose. The issue not finding one but choosing one. I am putting together a number of different looks for friends and clients for Christmas 2016. Some are traditional, some deliberately use colours not normally associated with this time of year and still […]

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Ribbons steal the show at Costco 2016

I needed to time my 2016 visit to Costo just right. Not so early that the Christmas stuff wouldn’t have arrived but not so late that the good stuff would be gone. You snooze you lose in the wrapping game. I settled on the last week in October and that is why I came to […]

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Women’s Weekly Wrapping

There’s few of us who haven’t seen a Women’s Weekly Recipe Book. They have been around for simply ever with titles to suit every type of occasion and cuisine. Many of us made our first (and often last) children’s birthday cake with the help of the Women’s Weekly and a significant number of spearmint leaves. There’s a […]

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DJs nails Baubles, Berries and Bon Bons

Today my quest for the best Christmas decorations, wrapping paper and embellishments took me to the venerable David Jones. I once was a shareholder at DJ’s – the first shares I ever bought – but since they were bought out by the South African Woolworths, I no longer have any interest in the company, therefore  I […]

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A very Ikea Christmas

First up in my review of Christmas looks and embellishments is Ikea – the place that seems almost too overwhelming to visit and yet inexplicably….you do. Christmas has come to Ikea but you have to put in the hard yards to get to it. There are a few very stylish Christmas tableaux sprinkled throughout the […]

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Clever finds & the Christmas Countdown

We’re on the countdown to Christmas. No doubt about it. The new season wrapping paper and the decorations are appearing in the shops complete with piped carols that seem particularly out of place in early October and the social media posts featuring Will Ferrell updating us on how many shopping days or Fridays or Saturdays till […]

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