Business advice from Lian of Crafty Foxx art design

I first came across Crafty Foxx when someone I follow on Twitter retweeted one of their tweets, which had an image of one of their beautiful designs and I instantly had to take a look at their profile. I loved what I saw and promptly followed Lian, who is the artist behind family-run art design business Crafty Foxx. I genuinely love Lian’s designs and engaged with some of her tweets and then she asked if I’d like to review one of her prints. Of course I jumped at the chance! But I didn’t just want to do a review, I…

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Wining and dining in Franschhoek

We’ve just got back from a fabulous holiday in Cape Town. It’s the second time we’ve been this year and we just absolutely love South Africa’s Mother City. When we went in March we only stayed in Cape Town but this time we chose to stay in Franschhoek for three nights to experience the beautiful winelands once again. The first time we visited Franschhoek, a few years ago, we stayed at the luxurious The Last Word. This time we chose to stay in a cottage and booked Cottage 42 through AirBnB. The cottage was located on a quiet street and…

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A weekend in Brighton

What do you buy your husband for his birthday when he has everything and doesn’t want anything? A weekend away, that’s what. It’s sort of become a bit of a tradition now to take him for a weekend away for his birthday present. It’s great because I get to enjoy it too! This year I chose Brighton as it’s close to London (one hour by train), it’s got a lovely seafront (although we went in October) and we hadn’t been to Brighton together since 2007. We stayed at the luxurious Grand Hotel, right on the seafront. It was built in 1864…

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How to start your own business

Ever dreamt of owning your own business? Meet Kim and Lisa, the inspirational women behind fashion and jewellery business Love Gems in Durban, South Africa, who have done just that. I went to high school with Kim and was immediately drawn to her warm personality and infectious laugh. We soon become firm friends and I would often spend weekends at Kim’s house, which is how I got to know her younger sister Lisa. I have so many happy memories of spending time with them both (and some hilarious stories, I might add…) and even though I now live on the…

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Dinner at Goodman in Mayfair

Every Friday night my husband and I go out for dinner. Some may call it ‘date night’ but I prefer to call it ‘the one night I don’t have to cook night’. We were both hankering for a great steak so decided to see if Goodman had a table. We’ve been once before but it was a few years ago so we were looking forward to trying it again. Funny enough, the Friday night before we were enjoying a Thai feast at Patara which is in the same street so it was a bit like déjà vu. As you approach…

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