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November / December Favorites

Ive decided to post November and December together for this favorites post as November is long gone and December is just about over too.

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Vitamin E face mist from The Body Shop. Im sure Ive mentioned this pastel pink beauty before, but she needs another mention. Its summer and it’s hot and this is all I want on my face at the moment. Its moisturising, it keeps my skin looking fresh and bright so Im a happy camper.

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Cute christmas cards, this one was from a set I got from In Good Company. They come with tiny temporary tattoos as well. So festive.

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Pretty jewelry “Catherine” bracelet from Cardies. This is a gift I picked out for my mom on my little brother’s behalf. He’s 3 and only wants to buy diggers and trucks for everyone so I had to intervene here…

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Glitter filled baubles from H&M, these seem to be really popular this year, and the more I look, the more I seem to find them. I love glitter and I wish everything was filled with glitter. I’m considering hanging the gold one in my car when I take my tree down this year actually.

The white one has two beautiful feathers inside of it, and makes for a delicate and elegant baubale.

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Wrapped gifts, this year I wrapped all my gifts early and I’ve been thanking myself ever since.

Well done Courtney for getting it together this year, you have no need to go to any crowded shopping centres or inflict any form of stress or anxiety upon yourself. You have all this time to yourself now, good on you.”

I chose all kinds of pretty wrapping papers and then finished my gifts off with cute tags and twine bows.

There you have all my favorites for these past two months. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post

Love Courtney xx

Cactus & Succulent Garden – How-To

Im usually not very good with plants, however I do seem to be getting it right so far with one fern and some cacti. I saw the most beautiful succulent garden ideas on Pinterest and wanted to create one for myself. I started by collecting nice cacti or succulents as I saw them, I planned to use a variety and I didn’t want too many of the same kind.

I then went on a hunt for a glass container, I was looking for something large-ish but also shallow, as I didn’t want a deep dish that would become really heavy when it was filled with stones and soil. I eventually found a salad bowl that worked. IMG_7773  I started out by placing larger stones in the bottom for drainage, and covering them with a layer of smaller, white stones. I then covered that with a layer of river sand, and then finally the cactus soil mix. I wanted to cover the top with the white stones, so I didn’t make the container too full. IMG_7802  I then started to plant all the succulents and cacti, I wore 3 pairs of disposable latex gloves, to protect my hands from the spikes and prickles. You need to keep as much of the soil from their original pots as possible, they can die from the root disturbance or the shock of transplanting them. IMG_7807

This was my progress from day 1, I realised I needed some more plants to fill up the gaps.

IMG_7811  and this is my finished garden, I am very happy with how it turned out, and I do plan to make some more soon. IMG_7814 IMG_7815 They only need to be watered sparingly once a week, Ive given each one a drop or two of water now, to settle them into their new home. IMG_7809

Please let me know if you have made something similar, or if you do decide to try this, I would love to see some new ideas!!

Love Quartz

The Design Indaba |Cape Town

Hello there, here’s my VERY delayed post on the design Indaba. Honestly it’s the event of the year for me, I wait all year for it and this year it certainly didn’t disappoint.

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Ive been looking at these bulbs for quite some time now.. I got the star shaped one, and ordered a brass fitting and pink cable for it. Im waiting very patiently for it to arrive. I also bought a bulb for my dad, as he designs lighting systems so I thought he might enjoy a unique gift like this… hopefully he doesn’t read this blog, if he does then, hey dad!

IMG_7343Liezel Trautman had a stand this year for her beautiful ceramics, I am slowly building a gorgeous little collection of her work.

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here’s a cut-out paper card, I’m a fan of handwritten things, letters and cards so this would be my ultimate card.

IMG_7362and finally here’s my outfit for the day, blurry because my mom took it…

Nude jelly shoes, RVCA cream dress, bag from Atmosphere (UK) and a cherry obsidian crystal from my good friend Ashleigh.

enjoy the week ahead, Love Quartz

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

A few days ago I spent the day with my cousin in Kirstenbosch, the garden is described as “the most beautiful garden in Cape Town” and it really is, the entrance fee is relatively inexpensive, you can pack your own picnic and it’s incredibly beautiful there. We had planned to go for the morning, but ended up spending the entire day there. IMG_6888  The view from the new aerial walk-way. IMG_6891 IMG_6895 IMG_6897 IMG_6905  The indoor greenhouse gardenIMG_6913 IMG_6922  My cousin decided to ignore this warning sign and drag me up the mountain, its a difficult hike, and I really wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who doesn’t know what they’re doing (like us)

Despite being tired and very sore, the views were beautiful and I did get some lovely photo’s.IMG_6924 IMG_6929 IMG_6941 IMG_6949

There is more info on their website here: http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch

I would highly suggest that you spend a day here if you are in Cape Town or passing through here sometime. Love Quartz

River Adventure

This past week I was visiting my grandparents up in Sabie, Mpumulanga. (Google will help you locate this)

The rivers and scenery around there are just so beautiful, everything seemed greener and more lush than back home. Here are some of the photo’s I took over the week.IMG_6379

This first photo was taken on a rainy, grey day. It was still really hot outside despite the rain.IMG_6380  This photo was taken of a mountain bike trail, my dad was doing a 4 day mountain bike race and this was one of the points we went to to see him ride past. IMG_6383  These last few photo’s are of the Sabie river, my grandpa lives really close to it and he is an avid fisherman too so we got to see the river quite often. IMG_6387 IMG_6396

I hope you have enjoyed these pictures, Love Quartz xx