Happy Wednesday to you all! This morning we get to meet another fabulous Cape Town blogger… Sarah blogs about her adventures and style over at Sarah Evelyn.
Read on to find out more about her…
Very few facts, unfortunately! They seem to leave as soon as they arrive. But all the best things: I know how lucky I am to have a surrounding support network and that I’m never alone. I know that without my family and my husband I wouldn’t be the luckiest girl in the world (I vie with Kate Middleton, but after that terrible bout of morning sickness I think I’m one up). I know that democratic South Africa is a miracle, a fragile one.
Oh dear – how to answer this without sounding like either a mushy mess or terribly cliched! I love my husband Craig, very much, and don’t deserve him at all. I love my parents for the incredible force of their support, and with the somewhat shocking hindsight of how difficult I must have been to make big. I love my eldest brother for teaching me to be a poet and my youngest for teaching me to be a warrior. I love Khaya, our rescue dog, for her devotion and daily lessons. I love the little things that make even the dreariest day beautiful: steaming tea, the fresh page of a notebook, the falling petal of a flower and the fading light in the garden. I love Cape Town. And to travel anywhere and everywhere else! I love talking to all different kinds of people, and watching them (yes, it does become awkward sometimes) and forming meaningful relationships with teenagers who want to change the world.
I read almost everything – when little my mom had to hide books to get me into the bath. I loved getting the flu because she would bring home armfuls of librarian-picked treats and I had all the time in the world to read them. I love to read books about British military history, Russian emigres and repressed, impoverished English maidens. I read books that teach me more about myself and the world, books that teach me to be better at life and books about cool people who have spent their lives doing cool things. I like books about spies and warriors and blogs by their modern day equivalents. I love Vogue UK and Canadian home decor magazines, conveniently delivered to my iPad, Christie and Conan-Doyle crime classics on my Kindle and both the flimsy, musty leaves of old books inscribed with strangers’ names and the chemical, shiny sheen of brand-new ones. I like books by Alexander McCall Smith who is as charming in the flesh as he is on the pages of his beautifully written novels, and by Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde and Margaret Atwood. Most of all, I read the Bible.
Both everything, and nothing at all. To have everything one needs is a curious thing. I want macarons and pretty clothes and summer holidays at any time of the year but really, nothing that I don’t need. If I were granted one big genie wish however, I would ask for the strengthening of the SA democracy, the grass-roots upliftment of its poor, the skilful management of its education, health and correctional services departments and the protection of its people.
All the clothes! After years of mecurial change I can say that I now do wear quality, and (usually) what suits me, and most of all, what makes me happy! This includes great jeans (Levi’s demi-curve bootcut and boyfriends from Woolies), structured jackets and blazers (Zara and Cotton On), all the high heels (I wear them out so quickly so aim for mid-point on quality and price – I find Woolworths usually hits the mark), handbags, handbags and yet more handbags, talismanic jewellery that remind me of my people (especially on the days I most need it) and flowers in my hair!
You’re absolutely right. Not a thing 🙂 Thanks for the reminder!
Images: Sarah Laurence