Liddy & Co

I’ve met the nicest people through social media over the years and Ingrid is one of them. She lives in Cape Town with her gorgeous family and always posts the most magical summery images of coastal life there and on her holidays to sunny places – jealous yes!

Not content to just live a summery life (her surname is Summers!!!), she’s decided to make a business out of it too and has started Liddy & Co – an online store selling items that make you feel like you just want to live your life as if it were an all year beach holiday!

Beautiful clothing and accessories are all handmade and designed for a casual lifestyle and no more than 18 – 20 units of each design and colour are produced, so you can be assured of a high level of exclusivity. Ingrid also stocks some decor items like this beautiful fish catcher basket which has been transformed into an amazing light fitting!


There are 2 clothing ranges – the Essentials range of casual basics, as well as the new Indigo Island range shown above and then a few gorgeous home decor accessories as well – I’ve got my eye on the indigo placemats!

You can view all the Liddy & Co ranges on the website and shop online for them too.

Movember 2014 – get involved

With the upper lips of the male population around the world beginning to twitch in anticipation of Movember 2014, I wanted to remind you that you can make a huge contribution to this worthy cause – yes YOU!

I know my blog is mainly read by females which is why I’m so determined to get you involved too and ask you to encourage those guys in your lives to embrace Movember and ‘grow the mo’ – but to do it for the right reasons.

Movember 2013 was an incredible year in terms of the funds and awareness raised and the impact on men’s health. They enabled the Movember team to fund more than 800 world-class programmes  that are improving and saving the lives of men literally every day.

“We’re proud of all that we’ve achieved, but we only have one definition of success: finding breakthrough solutions that produce tangible improvements in the lives of those dealing with prostate cancer and testicular cancer.” Adam Garone, CEO & Co-founder.

For more information, visit the website and see how you can become a ‘Mo-Sista‘ and get the guys in your life involved and raising money for this cause.

And look out for details on my blog at a later date of the inter-office challenge that can be set up to create a bit of healthy competition amongst our bearded boys :)


Review: How I use Gumtree to upcycle & revamp

Upcycling and revamping are all the rage these days and taking a previously loved item and either restoring it to its former glory or giving it a new lease on life as something other than what it was previously used for, is bang on trend.

I’ve long been a Gumtree devotee and have spent many an hour searching through the directories of what’s for sale. I always visit the home decor/interiors & antiques/collectibles sections as you never know what you may find – I found my current coffee table this way was for a mere R400 and hauled it off to be sprayed white (as has happened to most of the things in my home!)

I’ve been on the hunt for a printer’s tray for the longest time and found this beauty for sale in Durban North over the weekend and now it is mine :)
A quick trawl of pinterest yielded these awesome ideas for printer’s trays and so I have my work cut out for me to breathe some new life into this beauty:

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It got me thinking – what else could I find on Gumtree that could be upcycled?
So here are the results, with some pics from pinterest of what could be done to each item:

These wooden side tables are for sale for just R80 in Durban North – I immediately knew that a lick of paint could transform them – this paint ‘dipping’ technique is being used quite frequently these days to give a cool contrasting colour detail and accentuate the legs. Whilst their leg shape isn’t exactly the same as the pics I found on pinterest, the same effect could definitely be achieved.

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Next I found an old school desk for sale in New Germany for R480.
The ideas for school desks on pinterest were endless – I particularly liked the chalkboard painted top desk and the world map one – so easy to do with a bit of time and creativity!

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And lastly I found these ‘snake charmer’ baskets for sale for R300 in Umhlanga.
Again, the paint dipping technique is being used on baskets quite regularly these days and a quick google search brought up a whole heap of tutorials to achieve this effect.
What a difference a lick of paint can make!

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So, this little foray onto Gumtree has me full of ideas – I hope they have inspired you too.
Have you done any upcycling or revamp projects lately?
What have you bought on Gumtree in the past?

Make sure to keep following for more ideas in the future.

Good Food & Wine Show earlybird ticket offer

October sees the return of the Ultimate Foodie Celebration – The Good Food & Wine Show from 24 – 26 October 2014 at the Durban Exhibition Centre.

And for R140 you can see your favourite chef in action and get a FREE general admission ticket. There are only a limited number of tickets available on this special offer though, so get yours through Computicket now.

Here’s how:
Go to the Good Food & Wine Show event on the Computicket website
1. Click on the Chef of your choice
3. Select the number of tickets you wish to buy
4. Proceed to pay

Who are the Celebrity Chefs?
Choose one or chose them all – it’s up to you:
· Host of ‘Hayden Quinn South Africa’ on SABC3
· India’s Most Celebrated Chef, Sanjeev Kapoor
· Cake Boss’s Right Hand Man, Mauro Castano
· Food Network’s Spice Prince, Reza Mahammad
· Food Network Chef, Siba Mtongana

If you have any technical issues on Computicket please call: 011 340 8000