Happy 2015

I started work this week and after a long and lovely holiday it feels good to be back, also translated as- I am exhausted and this has been the longest week ever, I miss my afternoon naps…

I am not a new year resolution kinda gal, of course I have hopes and wishes for the year to come but I am realistic and like to enter the year peacefully and with no extra added pressure…

happy 2015

So here it is, 10 things to do more of in 2015…

1 || Enjoy the little things

2 || Go for a walk/run/swim

3 || Eat healthy

4 || Go to bed earlier

5 || Listen to happy music

6 || Read a book or 3

7 || Go on adventures

8 || Draw

9 || Let loved ones know that they are loved

10 || Drink more wine


Fabricate POP- UP Store is back and just in time for Christmas

For those of you who do not know, Fabricate is a pop up store based in Gardens centre, Cape Town. They support creative, small businesses and stock amazing hand made, South African goods. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect place to get ALL your Christmas shopping done? 

It’s open Monday to Friday 9 am – 5 pm, Saturday 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday 9 am – 2 pm.

I, along with Robyn from Zana, attended their opening on the 19th of November. Here are a few photos of their beautiful space –

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The night was not complete with out a mirror selfie. hehe.Left- Me, Right- Robyn. 

Some of my fave brands to look our for over at Fabricate are: Zana, Famke , The Artisan and Bow Peep just to name a few.

Happy shopping errybody!


All photographs by Melissa Louise.

KAMERS Stellenbosch 2014 GIVEAWAY ||Winners announced

So here is a little something to brighten up your Monday… I’m doing a KAMERS ticket giveaway to 5 lucky readers!!! YAY,right?

For those of you who don’t know what Kamers vol geskenke is, let me explain…

Kamers is SA’s pop up trove of hand crafted creativity… It is a fun day out with family or friends celebrating local talent in the forms of food, design and music. The Stellenbosch event is held at the beautiful Webersburg Wine Estate, and should not be missed. See my right up of last years event at Webersburg here and here.

Kamers giveaway

Us #zanagirls did a quick round up of our fave brands that will be at Kamers this year, see it here. This event is also the perfect opportunity to get all your Christmas shopping done, with 220 of SA best fashion, accessories, crafts, home-decor and kids stuff all under “one” roof!

Kamers giveaway

Kamers giveaway


Okay, giveaway time…. Kamers and I are giving away 5 entrance tickets valued at R75.00 each, all you have to do is:

Follow Kamers on instagram  ( @kamersvol ) &  Follow Melissa Louise on instagram ( @melissalouisen )


Re-tweet this: ” WIN with @kamersvol & @melissalouisen – http://ow.ly/DnGN7 We are giving away tickets to Kamers Stellenbosch, 4-9 Nov! ”

* Leave a message on this post to let me know you have done this.

*Open locally only.

Winners will be announced on Friday morning at 10am. 

See Kamers event details below, I will be over at the Zana stand in tent B, hope to see you there-

4-9 November 2014
Webersburg Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
From 9-5pm Tu/Wed/Thurs/Sat. Friday till 7pm. Sunday till 3pm.


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* Please check your mail.


Photographs by Charl du Preez , Zana & Claudia De Nobrega.

Stylingty by Anneke Roux.

Last weeks discovered links #14

This past week has been incredibly awesome, my bestie got married and I am just so excited, in love with life and exhausted!

For those of you new readers that want to know more about what this series is about- Last weeks discovered links is inspired by the wonderful things I discover all over the internet. I wanted to share my wants, needs and good reads with my readers and hope you like where this is going….

See previous round ups here-

#1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6 | #7 | #8 | #9 | #10 | #11 | #12 | #13

Here is a few of my fave things on the internet this past week-

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1. So obsessed with this DIY I’m going to make Sullivan a kitty castle…

2. I think I’m in denial

3. This would be my dream come true… Renovating a 100 year old church into a home! How incredible is this space?

4. Seriously yummy recipes!

5. Us #zanagirls went to the new Creamery Cafe in Salt River


Images listed by various links. 

Pinotage on tap 2014

Much like last year, Pinotage on Tap was SO much fun….What an amazing Saturday in the sun! The festival is centred around celebrating the new vintage of the ever-popular Dimersfontein pinotage, and what a thing to celebrate!

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We arranged a shuttle to fetch us from home in Cape Town and made our +- one hour journey to the Dimersfontein Wine and Country Estate  in Wellington. I really really recommend organising a driver should you want to attend the festival. Minimal fuss, and the peace of mind that you will arrive to and from the festival safely. If you fill up your van its really inexpensive.

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What you can expect from the Pintoage on Tap festival-  The entry gates opened at 12h30, we were greeted with goodie bags which included a program for the day, a wine tasting glass, a bottle of water, a sandwich (how responsible of the organisers, lining our stomachs as we entered).

The day is filled with lots of wine, live entertainment and food stations which are all littered amongst the people. The food was delicious and is redeemable with food vouchers.

Pinotage on tap 2014

A big thank you to the friendly staff for all your hard work. 

Pinotage on tap 2014

This year I noticed there was also a Dimersfontein chenin blanc barrel, it was so hot this year the chenin was very in demand, and the ques where long! But my favourite and by far the main attraction is the Pinotage and there was plenty of that to go around!

It’s so smooth, with distinct flavours of coffee and dark chocolate with a hint of mint and baked plums on the nose. Ripe subtle tannins create a wine to be enjoyed young hence the celebration of the new vintage which harvested in August. I recommend you try it.

Pinotage on tap 2014

We had such a lovely time with friends in such a picturesque setting.

You are welcome to join the Dimersfontein fan club on their website.

We will definitely be going next year.


All Photographs taken by Melissa Louise