What I… Lizette Watts from Urban Boer

I am so pleased that my “What I…” blogger interview series is so widely read. It really is such an honor to feature my fellow bloggers every week! This week is the turn of Lizette who writes a blog called Urban Boer. This is her online space where her aspirations of a responsible urban lifestyle meet her love of local design, travel, writing & living in Joburg. Read on to find out more about Lizette…

What I …

– That there is power in knowing who you are, what you want, what you are good at and believing in yourself.
– The key to lasting love is being able to laugh at and get at each other’s jokes when no one else does.
– That I am happy even though my life is not perfect and that still have many things I want to achieve ( for me I have the cake the rest is just now the icing on top)
– That I spend way to much time on the internet (Pinterest and Blogs)
– Above all I am a writer

– Life in general that is why this list is so long.
– Great literature, Coffee, Good quality chocolates (Belgian), Nutella, Wine and Beer (Craft & Belgian) and Dim Sum.
– Quirky and beautiful bookshops and coffee shops
– South African Artist and Design (obsessed would be a better description) We have amazing talent in this country. Love to showcase this on my blog
– Re-experiencing life through my daughters eyes
– Living in Parkhurst,
– Joburg, Paris and Hong Kong (Was lucky to live in Hong Kong in 2009) What makes all 3 of these cities special is that they are worth discovering over and over and over again
– Swimming, I love the sensation of submerging myself in water.
– (Shamelessly) Series binge watching and Hollywood Award season
– That my passport is almost full
– That I married my best friend, high school sweetheart and favourite travel partner


– Very serious contemporary literature. Haruki Murakami, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan are some of my favourites. But I also love a good story that make your toes curl with pleasure like Shadow of the Wind, The book thief and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. Bernard Schlink’S The Reader literally changed my life. Read it while backpacking through Mozambique with friends 9 years ago and knew afterwards that I wanted to become a writer. Made me quit my job in accounting 2 years after getting my BCOM degree, change my career to venture into books, publishing and now writing and to start doing my BA Language and Literature degree part time (hopefully graduating this year). I am currently reading the Architecture of Happiness by Alan De Botton
– Elle Deco, House and Leisure and VISI which has become my staple design intake, I hoard them for years and reread them over and over again. I also make sure when someone is traveling abroad that they bring my an international design magazine as a souvenir from that country. Now if only everyone I knew could travel to Sweden (Apart from South African design I also love Scandinavian influences)

– To see snow
– To desperately start renovating our fixer upper home. The beige and ox blood coloured walls is driving me insane.
– Become a published author
– To become a better cook and grow my own veggie patch
– To one day to own my own business ( dim sum bar, bookshop, co-working space, editor of my own online magazine) I am an entrepreneur at heart stemming from a family of a self owned business.
– To inspire my daughter and for her to love herself for who she is.
– People to lead more responsible and sustainable lifestyles and to make informed choices in terms of products and the environment. Support local entrepreneurs, products and designers where you can! This has become somewhat of a mission of mine.
– Visit Design Indaba
– (The material stuff) Own a Missibaba handbag, a pair of brown leather Converse, a Vintage Eames Chair to read in and a Beni Ourain carpet for our house.
– To use this one chance we have at life and do extraordinary things with it and have no regrets, create lasting friendships and take my mom to Paris

– Converse. Almost exclusively 😉
– My favourite pieces too much. My floral and my leather Jacket and scarves I have collected from our travels
– sentimental jewellery pieces from our travels and my favourite pair of wooden and copper bracelets I got from my best friend when I was 26. They go with everything and I love that they remind me of her every time I put them on
– Narciso Rodriques for her. It’s my signature fragrance and me in a bottle.
– South African designed and made clothes when possible. I Love GOOD clothing and I love Leroy

– To travel, it’s like oxygen (Trans Siberian Rail next on the list)
– To write …more oxygen
– To have music and books in my home
– My eight hours of sleep
– To become more organised, disciplined and procrastinate less
– To work in a creative environment
– A room of one’s own (Virginia Woolf)
– A good adventure every now and then

Images: Lizette Watts

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

1 Comment
  1. Hi Liz

    Moet asb nie hierdie publiseer nie, ek is net opsoek na jou e-mail adres. My foon is op die koffie, en wil sommer jou mail om te gesels oor daai naweek-reelings (of gebrek daaraan 🙂

    Gesels later

    Baai-terloops, mooi website..ek is beindruk..


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