What I… Sam Taylor from Pomegranate Days

I met Sam a few months back when she attended the first Blog Boot Camp workshop which I ran along with Lana from Lanaloustyle. (“Like” our Blog Boot Camp Facebook page for news on when the next one is taking place!! <-- shameless punt)Since then Sam has revamped and relaunched her food blog called Pomegranate Days and it is looking so lovely that I wanted to share it with you all today!

Sam is a mom of 2 and lives in the Cape Winelands (lucky girl!). Her first love is food, and she was a chef for 18 years! On her blog she loves to share everyday happenings alongside recipes from her kitchen. I adore her food philosophy: “life is complicated, but food is simple”. Read on to find out more about Sam.

What I….

Know

I know that life comes at you in seasons; some are quiet and still but they can be hard to read. They ignite things like impatience and discomfort, dissatisfaction and yearning. Fortunately these seasons pass by swiftly, sometimes leaving no reminder that they were there at all, a bit like autumn.

Some seasons are hard and incomprehensibly difficult. They wear you down and demand every effort from you physically, spiritually and emotionally. They ignite things like character and perseverance and wisdom. Like winter these seasons often feel the longest.

Then there are those seasons that are the promise of beautiful, they burst with potential like spring. The ignite things like hope and faith. They excite.

Others seasons are loud and fast and ridiculously fun. They feel like perfect beach weather and taste like vanilla ice cream. They are the very best of times; they are like summer.

I have learnt to find beauty in all of them; I am still learning to be gracious in whichever season I am in.

Love

I love the smell of freshly baked bread, milky frothy cappuccinos and chocolate on a Sunday evening.
I love to browse through a market, and receiving prettily wrapped gifts. I love clean sheets and vanilla scented body butter. I love the beach. I am rather in love with Paris.

I quite love not being in my twenties.

Mostly, I love to laugh.

Most, I love the man I married and the children I am blessed to call my own.

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Read

Usually I have a couple of things on the go at once, most are food related which should come as no surprise. I follow many food blogs, I love the glossy print food magazines and cookbooks lie everywhere in the house.

But I am also a romantic at heart so little is the persuasion needed for me to buy into a character’s life in a book. I am a sucker for epic novels which span across generations and which usually end with unrequited love in the depth of winter and which make me ugly cry.

I adore a book that makes me laugh out loud or books that make me wish I could read faster so I can see how it ends.

Recent standouts – Me before you by Jo Jo Moynes, The Hunger Games (the whole trilogy) by Suzanne Collins, Labour Day by Joyce Maynard and The Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Currently reading; Divergent by Veronica Roth

Want

I want my Pinterest house to be real. Yes it has fourteen differently styled kitchens, fifteen main bedrooms and is almost completely decorated in shades of white which obviously means the kids cannot live in it, but they have the coolest tree house in the garden, so I figure it’s a win win.

Nothing can limit a dreamer.

Wear

I think the answer to this has changed as I have grown older and more comfortable in my skin. My younger self used to yearn for things to wear that were in fashion and that made me look as though I had a vague inclining towards trend and style.

Nowadays though I try to choose clothes that suit my body and which fit well regardless of size on the label and which will endure many a fleeting trend. There is nothing in my cupboard that I do not like or do not wear, even if just occasionally, and because I think more about what I buy than I used to, my clothes work better together and last longer.

I like to wear clothes that make me feel pretty, and like any girl I love to dress up a little. Although I do make a point of at the very least looking put together I would describe my every day as comfy and casual.

Need

Absolutely nothing. I have everything I need. If ever I begin to feel otherwise I remind myself that “Gratitude turns all that we have into enough”

Thanks for taking part Sam! So lovely getting to know you a bit better…

Images: Sam Taylor

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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!

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