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Simon and Mary – my new winter hat

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Hello gorgeous friends. Brr it’s freezing in Cape Town at the moment. I’m wrapped up in scarves, boots and gloves. And that’s inside! The minute I step out the door I will be adding to my ensemble my new Simon and Mary winter hat in the most marvellous shade of mulberry. Don’t you agree that winter is not all that bad when you have a beautiful hat?

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I have desperate for a Simon and Mary wool felt hat ever since I was introduced to the brand at Jackie Burger’s Salon 58 premier in April. I was originally going for a neutral camel colour but then this berry beauty turned my head! In case you’re wondering, it’s the Audrey style, although there are several lust-worthy styles to choose from for both men and women.

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Simon and Mary comes from a background of over 70 years experience in headwear, with inspiration born through the generations, to tell the story of what a simple hat can bring. Simon and Mary is based on a family bond within the hat factory. Using machinery bought in the 60’s and continuing the legacy created by the original milliner, Simon Pozniak. The milliner title has been passed down from generation to generation. Hats are in our blood, it is more than a clothing item, but rather a way of life.

You might want to check out the story behind these hats with this fabulous video from Simon and Mary. It’s well worth the watch and shows just how much goes into one hat!

Simon and Mary is based in Johannesburg, but have several stockists countrywide. Find out more on their site.

Handmade By Me – feisty floral watercolour range

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Hello! Do you need some colour in your life? One of the things I love about blogging is supporting brands that I’m mad about. When those brands are local, even better. Sera Holland of Handmade By Me shared her latest design range with me and I must say…the colours are crazy gorgeous!

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As you can see, there are several options to take your pattern and colour fancy. Cushion covers, tea towels and napkins. Phone covers too. The Feisty Floral Watercolour range is available in two delicious colourways.

Are you interested in how this lush watercolour came to life? Of course you are! Let Sera tell you about it herself…

The Feisty Floral Watercolour design is particularly special to me as I had originally hand painted it and then printed it onto fabric using a silk textile screen a few years ago. I had actually forgotten about the fabric sitting in one of my storage boxes from my Dublin days, and when I did a little clear out and found it, I decided I HAD to add it to my collection. I wanted to keep the hand-painted effect, but without actually having to hand paint it onto many many metres of fabric myself, so I decided to scan in the printed fabric at a very high resolution and then print it digitally back onto a base fabric. As you can see it has kept the grainy watercoloury texture beautifully, and with the help of photoshop I was able to create and offer an alternative colourway.

A few more images from the 2015 catalogue from Handmade By Me

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