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Birthday Brunch at Isabella’s Willowbridge

Birthday Brunch at Isabella’s Willowbridge

If there’s one thing that instantly attracts me to a shop, restaurant or anywhere for that matter; it’s the decor. I’m a sucker for a place with beautiful decor. So when I saw some photos of Isabella’s Willowbridge I was pretty much sold, without having so much as peeped at their menu. I knew I had found the perfect spot for my dear sister’s birthday brunch. What more could a girl ask for than delicious food and dreamy decor! As the name suggests, this particular branch is situated in the airy Willowbridge. Isabella’s Willowbridge has indoor as well as outdoor seating but if you want to get lost in their boho chic decor you’d be wise to choose the indoor seating. Baskets filled with flowers adorn the stair railings, floral wallpaper evokes a tea garden feeling and a mirror lined wall adds a touch of glamour – perfect for small functions. We made a reservation a few days before so we had a cosy little table in the corner which was also the best spot to admire the chandeliers from. Having arrived a little too late for breakfast and a little too early for lunch we chose to have something light to eat. So after browsing the menu for quite some time (our waiter had to return three times before we decided!), we settled on a chicken and gorgonzola and smoked salmon wrap. Of course no brunch or winter meal is complete without a giant cappuccino! The staff are super friendly and welcoming which I have  to say, is obviously a big deciding factor when it comes to returning to... read more
An Impromptu Road Trip Through Durbanville Wine Valley to Wellington

An Impromptu Road Trip Through Durbanville Wine Valley to Wellington

I’m not usually stumped when it comes to deciding what to do on an absolutely gorgeous day. I’m a serial planner you see, so everything is meticulously thought out and planned in advance. Now I know that the Durbanville Wine Valley and Wellington are quite far apart and not usually used in the same road trip sentence but let me tell you exactly how this decision came about. The day before our spur of the moment road trip it had rained tremendously so we were not expecting beautiful weather the following morning. Low and behold (in true Cape Town style) the sun showed its glowing face and right there hubby and I decided we could not let this ‘spring’ window period go to waste. But where to go? I couldn’t come up with a single suggestion. An absolute shock even for myself. Then I remembered we’d always driven pass a sign on the N7 highway that said ‘Rondeberg Nursery’ with an inviting gravel road behind it. And that was it, we were off! Of course with our love for road trips we simply had to take the scenic route and that’s how we ended up driving through the Durbanville Wine Valley. I had never driven the full extent of Contermanskloof road as we usually only visit the wine estates on the Tygerbergvalley and Vissershok roads. So needless to say, I was excited! The grass is indeed greener on the other side of the wine valley and skies are a tad bluer too. And who says we don’t have castles in Cape Town? As you can see by my featured... read more
A Winter Getaway to Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

A Winter Getaway to Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

Whenever it’s getaway time, I like to hit the road as early as possible so that we can get to our destination to let the fun begin! That preference was no different when it was time to head to Botlierskop Private Game Reserve in Mossel Bay two weeks ago. I was up at the icy Cape Town crack of dawn to hit the road! I always consider the drive as part of the getaway as the scenery already does wonders to calm and relax the mind. We arrived at Botlierskop just before sunset and the view from the restaurant was absolutely breathtaking. We stood for about half an hour just taking in the the rolling mountains and chirping of birds while enjoying our complimentary sparkling wine and snacks. We then hopped on the little golf cart and headed to our luxury tented suite which would be our home in the bushveld for the next two nights. Botlierskop is a four star rated game reserve and it shows in everything from their welcoming (your luggage is transported to your suite and valet parking is offered) to the fully equipped suite’s amenities which includes an outdoor shower, private deck, electric blanket and air conditioner (essential for winter!). After having fully unwinded and watched the sunset over the mountains from our private deck albeit being given a fright by the resident Vervet Monkeys, we headed to the cosy restaurant for dinner. We had pre-drinks by one of the three warm fireplaces before sitting down for our delicious three course meal. We had to endure the cold for a brief five minutes after... read more
Throwback to Feeding Elephants and Choosing Experiences Over Things

Throwback to Feeding Elephants and Choosing Experiences Over Things

I recently realised that feeding elephants has been one of my most memorable experiences and I’ve never shared it on the blog. Having just returned from yet another beautiful game reserve in the Western Cape last week has made me think of all the travel experiences I’ve been fortunate enough to have and how elated it’s made me feel. I’ve just downloaded the photos from my camera today so last week’s trip to Botlierskop Game Reserve will hopefully be on the blog by next week! I’ve always wanted to have an interaction with elephants because the gentle giants are my favourite animals. They possess all the strength in the world and tower over other animals in their environment and yet they only use their power when absolutely necessary. Us humans could learn a thing or two from that. About two years ago hubby and I decided to book an elephant experience at the Buffelsdrift Game Lodge in Oudtshoorn which includes feeding elephants, touching them and sitting on their backs if you’re brave enough! I was excited and anxious at the same time – if you think they look big on your TV screen, wait until you see them up close! We were given a few do’s and don’ts, including how to approach the elephants and after that it was time to fulfill a lifelong dream of mine so naturally I was the first to go! The elephants were very gentle but every now and then they’d give us a firm grip with their trunks to show us exactly who the bosses were. Their skins are leathery and their eyes... read more
Why Getting Adult Braces Was My Best Decision

Why Getting Adult Braces Was My Best Decision

Pinning the best decision of your adult life on one specific thing is big and a decision in itself. But deciding to get adult braces truly was the best decision I could EVER make for myself. I’m sure many of you don’t even know about my braces or shall I say, didn’t know I had braces. Yes, I’ve had it for almost nine months and it was removed 2 months ago. When you’re a child, you don’t have much choice and have to be happy with what you’re given by your parents. They do the best they can but so much income can only go so far. So even though my parents knew we needed certain things, they weren’t always able to provide these things for us and I don’t blame them. Medical aid was a fancy term for families with high and middle incomes and our family was way at the bottom of the income scale. But now that I’m all grown up with a good job, I’m able to change anything (well most things anyway) I’m not physically happy with. I always wanted braces because I always knew I needed braces. But braces were something I thought I’d have in my teenage years because it’s normal to have it when you’re younger – no one looks at you weirdly or with question mark expressions. So it took a lot for me to pluck up the courage and go to the dentist but quite frankly, I was tired of being self conscious about my teeth. I had a overbite and gaps between my upper teeth and because of... read more
Hey There Cape Town Winter

Hey There Cape Town Winter

If there’s one thing I love about winter (besides everything else I mentioned in my previous post about my undying love for winter) it’s getting to whip out my beautiful vintage coats, blazers and jackets. I’ve built up quite a collection over the years. And by ‘built up’ I mean I just snatched them out of various family members’ closets. These beauties come in handy for the harsh Cape Town winter for both keeping me warm and looking stylish too! Yesterday marked the start of June and the official start of winter too. But like I also said in my previous post, Cape Town has been having borderline sub zero temperatures practically right through autumn so in my book, winter started a long time ago. So much so that it became necessary for me to take this luxurious vintage coat for a OOTD spin. I was so lucky to have scored this coat from my Gran. It’s in mint condition and fits me just right! A good quality coat and pair of boots are the backbone of a winter closet. If you’ve got enough of those two items, you’re good to go for a few winters. It’s basically just about adding or changing a few seasonal trends to keep your look updated and to avoid repetition. Don’t know about you, but I’m sooo ready for winter! Coat – Vintage | Jersey – Truworths | Jeans – Topshop | Ankle Boots – Edgars xxx Gaynor xxx... read more

Hi, I'm Gaynor!

I’m crazy about the beautiful Western Cape and local South African travel. I believe in enriching yourself with experiences rather than material things. Life’s a journey – now hand me my hat and camera!

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