Sunday, December 18, 2011

WHERE TIME STOOD STILL

One of my favourite places we visited in Ho Chi Minh City was the Reunification Palace, which was designed  as the home of former President of Vietnam. It was built in the sixties and not much has been changed since communist tanks crashed through the gates in 1975. It feels like time has stood still here - with everything seemingly left just as it was. I loved how even the fans that were running in the museum were from the seventies. 









ICE CREAM COLOUR


Middle:  Style.com,  MystifyVogue

Monday, December 12, 2011

OF A KIND

Of a Kind sells limited-edition pieces by new designers. The designs are always so gorgeous and, of course, very limited which makes them extra appealing! I love how the pieces are photographed - it's nice to see things shot in a street-style way which helps you imagine how they could be worn.







All images: Of a Kind

Sunday, December 11, 2011

SO MUCH COLOUR

While travelling in South East Asia we spent five days in Luang Prabang which is probably the most magical city I have ever been to. As it's a World Heritage site all the buildings are beautiful preserved and it has a sense of timelessness that I didn't experience anywhere else  in Asia. Every night the main street closes down and there is a market filled with stalls selling everything from paintings to scarves to lamps to slippers. Mostly things are handmade and it's nice not to find the cheap t-shirts and fake watches you see everywhere else. While we travelling I didn't do much shopping, mostly because moving around wasn't easy and the two of us shared one backpack where space was seriously limited! There was one stall in the market selling handmade bags, and I knew I just had to have one! There was so much colour it almost made your eyes sore - which I loved. This was the one I settled on in the end.





Wednesday, December 7, 2011

HANDSPUN, VIETNAM

While we were in Vietnam we spent three days trekking around the old French hill station, Sapa. The Hmong minority, who live in the area, hand-make the most beautiful and unique clothes, jewelry and accessories. When I met the two Hmong women pictured here, I almost immediately noticed their hands which were stained with dye and entwined in hemp, which they seemed to thread and spin subconsciously.

What's so amazing, is that you can so clearly see the influence of the Hmong  in the current hand-spun trend.




Tuesday, December 6, 2011

FRUIT, HANOI



In Hanoi, Vietnam, there are food stalls and fruit sellers on every street corner. During our trip, it continued to amaze me how fruit and food vendors move around so easily (carrying so much) and at the same time produce the most delicious food. The fruit was amazing in Vietnam and I loved how it is always cut and presented so beautifully.

Friday, December 2, 2011

NEW FAVOURITE POTATO WEDGES

Inspired after watching Donna Hay on our flight back to SA, I made these delicious potato wedges last night.

In a medium sized bowl combine a tablespoon of paprika, half a tablespoon of mixed herbs, half a teaspoon of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Add two tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil to the herbs and spice mix to make a paste.
Slice two large potatoes (to serve two people), leaving the skins on. Toss the potatoes with the paprika and olive oil paste.

After the potatoes are well coated, place on a large baking tray and bake at 180 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes (or until brown and crispy).


Serve them with grilled fish, rocket, fresh lemon and a dollop of Hellmans Mayo.