MAHABIS | THE QUEST FOR THE PERFECT SLIPPER

4 March 2015

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I’ve been on the lookout for some slippers for aaaages to replace my sexy socks and Birkenstocks look around the house. The cowboy would never say anything but I know that look with the slightly raised eyebrow and an unspoken ‘honey, wtf are you wearing!?’.

So, once again this year during a cold winter night I searched the internet for hours – without any luck. Being me of course I already had something specific in mind: just a simple, comfy and stylish grey felt slipper that I could wear in my imaginary cabin in the mountains in front of a roaring fire. Something that would keep my toes equally warm on polished concrete floor or whitewashed floorboards. [Spot the Pinterest addict]

Not too much to ask you’d think. Well, I couldn’t find anything until one day I came across Mahabis via a chain of fortuitous clicks on Instagram and they looked perfect! It was as if they’d had been with me in my imaginary cabin, listened to my wishes and created my longed for comfy, simple and stylish slipper. I had to have them!

How excited and anxious I was when they arrived and unlike so many of my past internet dates they are even better in the flesh. I had my Cinderella moment!
Lightweight, breathable and lined with 100% wool there’s no need to wear socks. I love the collapsible neoprene heel as I often slip out of shoes and unlike most slippers you can wear them outside by simply attaching a rubber sole that comes in a variety of colours. Perfect if you have to get more fire wood for your imaginary cabin or simply have run out of milk.

Designed in London with Scandinavian design principles and made in Portugal Mahabis are European through and through and look just as stylish in a rural setting as well as in the city.

My quest for the perfect slipper is over… for now at least.
 

NOTE: You can currently purchase a pair online with a 10% discount.

 

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MORE INFORMATION & PHOTOGRAPHY | Mahabis
 
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PERFECTLY STYLED SWEDISH APARTMENT

2 March 2015

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Argh! I don’t like Monday mornings so I’m swooning over this beautiful Swedish apartment which I found via real estate agency Entrance. It’s gorgeous, right!? The bad news is, it’s sold. The good news is that you can see it here on the blog.

I wish they’d put this much effort into selling houses over here in the UK. How much more enticing if you see a tidy, clutter-free and lived-in environment that’s styled to perfection. It immediately triggers the ‘yes, I want that lifestyle and yes, I’m going to outbid whoever stands in my way.’ response. No? Doesn’t have the same effect on you? Maybe it’s just me and my mild OCD.

I just want to sit down at that table and tuck into the lovely cheeses and help myself to a glass or two of red before collapsing on the white sofa and probably nodding off reading the papers.

I particularly love the black leather sofa which looks like a vintage mid-century piece and works beautifully with the surrounding soft greys and whites. Now the open-plan kitchen dining area has to be my favourite though with the dark grey cabinetry and I even like the brass door handles – not normally something I’d go for but it works with the Shaker style for the wood work. And how cool is the DIY string lighting above the sink!? Reminds me of a futuristic version of an old fashioned drying rack. Genius!

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY | Jonas Berg for Entrance
 
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MY MONTH ON INSTAGRAM | FEBRUARY 2015

28 February 2015

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Zoom… wow, how fast has February flown by!? Don’t be fooled by some of the sunny pictures, it was a pretty gloomy month – though we did at last get about 2 inches of snow which disappeared in all of five seconds. The kids loved it though they did comment how cold it was, duh!

The main event this month in Instagram world was the hashtag #20beautifulwomenchallenge to encourage self esteem and confidence in women. After being tagged by far too many to ignore I finally decided to take part and posted the dreaded selfie. How I cringed and didn’t dare to look at the likes and comments for ages… well, at least 2 hours which is ‘ages’ in IG world.

But I’m glad to report that my follower figures didn’t plummet and it was quite overwhelming and emotional to receive all the lovely supportive comments. By tagging 20 more women I realised that the vast majority have got the same fears and it is precisely for that reason that this campaign is necessary and so healthy especially on a social platform that is for the most part obsessed with beauty and documenting life in the best possible light.

We are all women and we are all beautiful, whatever age or colour, and if you haven’t taken part consider yourself tagged and I promise you it’s a liberating and empowering experience.

#20beautifulwomenchallenge

 

PHOTOGRAPHY | Yours Truly. Please don’t take my shots without my permission. Instead follow me on Instagram.

 
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A CALM AND PURE HOME IN CAPE TOWN

25 February 2015

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After a week of far too much work and too little time to play I’m finally back to blogging and want to share this amazing home in Cape Town with you which I discovered via one of my favourite online magazines EST.

It’s the home of make-up artist Algria Ferreira-Watling who by her own admission comes from a poor background and never dreamt of living in a palace. She says she has never needed things but instead has always wanted to live in a little house with the peaceful feel of a monastery.

A truly admirable and humbling approach to decorating, interior design and styling and in fact to the rest of the world’s drive to consumerism. Her place feels very Zen like and utterly calm and pure with bare walls and floors in a muted earthy colour palette.

Looking at her place made me take a step back and remind myself that less is more. *Sigh* but I do so like some new shoes…

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY | Greg Cox with thanks
 
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MOOD BOARD | GRID LOVE

23 February 2015

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In case you’re not an Instagram addict / blog lover / design nerd and Pinterest fanatic like me you may be surprised to find that GRIDs are totally a thing at the moment.

From socks to frocks, teatowels to bedlinen they even made their way into our kids rooms (see Suzanne’s fabulous post last week). Mostly monochrome and often reversible I’m in love with this trend and have gathered a few of my favourites on the mood board above. Do you remember that grid teatowel I bought from H&M home a couple of weeks ago… fits right in. But if I may please can I also have:

01 | This beautiful blanket as winter seems to have returned with freezing temperatures.
02 | The polo neck sweater for reasons see above.
03 | And this AURA reversible bedlinen.

 
NOTE | All shots used on the mood board via my Pinterest boards
Grid blanket via Studio Oink with thanks
 
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