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Hello, My Name is Lize Hartley

18 Oct

We’re married!

And after almost a month away there is so much to catch up on. For now, a few wedding pictures. You can see the rest here.

The St Anne’s chapel.


The men getting ready.

St Anne’s admin building and front lawn.

My amazing maid of honour, Nina, who I love even a million times more [if that were more] post-wedding!

Reading my vows.

Praying at the ceremony.

My Loubis [of course].

Super love this picture.

One of my favourite pictures ever.

In the chapel.

It was pretty cold. Love this picture, too.

Dancing with my dad.

Just love this picture of my new brother in law.


The night was just perfect from start to finish. Best wedding ever.

I have to mention Clip-In Hair. Yes, Natalie is a magician with hair and make-up but she would not have been able to create such a fab up-style with the measly bit of shoulder-length hair I have! They helped me out with some gorgeous, super duper long extensions. It took all of ten minutes to walk in, find a colour, attach them, and leave! They’re not permanent so you can re-use them as and when you please, without the pain and hassle of those glue-in ones. Can’t wait to use them again and be a Unicorn Mermaid Princess!


Bridalshower Fabulosity

19 Sep

My bridesmaids are amazing. Specifically, in this case, Kazi, who put together the most incredible bridal shower EVER!

We started with a fabulous high tea at the Cape Grace. There were speeches, and everyone shed a tear during my mum’s speech. I opened presents and we sipped champagne and ate a bajillion carbs. Later we went to Asoka for cocktails and snacks, and then worked our way down Long Street, ending up with eating fries and drinking alcoholic milkshakes at Mr Pickwick’s at 2am, after a million R12 shooters at Bob’s Bar. Fun!

Oh, and the theme was Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I was Audrey Hepburn for the day! Id est, I was the most beautiful woman who EVER lived for the day. She is. It’s a fact.

With Mama Unicorn.

Bridesmaids and bride!

Group shot.


The Digitalistas!

High school friends!

Fab bridesmaids.


With my fashion fairy godmother and bridesmaids. Love.


Hello, City Living!

7 Sep

On Saturday, I officially moved into our new place, and yesterday the registration went through officially and it now belongs to us. Hoorah! [Also got slapped with R800 bill for fridge fixing. Am officially a big person.]

The move was an easy two trips and although packing is also kind of tiring we’re about 97% unpacked and so far everything has been quite hassle-free. Obviously we will start to do handyman stuff and decorating and such after the honeymoon when SC moves in, but for now I am loving our new place beyond words!

It’s right in the city centre and super vibey without being annoyingly noisy. Our window looks onto beautiful old building and down onto St George’s Mall, a wide pedestrian-only street with shops, galleries, and restaurants. On Thursdays there’s the St George’s market, and we plan to meet there for lunch every week and buy fruit, vegetables, flowers, and whatever else is delicious or beautiful.

The best part is I get to WALK to work. I have wanted this for all my life and it makes me so so happy. I walk through Company’s Gardens so it’s all trees, runners, other walkers, and squirrels. And then I round the corner to walk by the national gallery and I get hit with beautiful Table Mountain in my face.

Here are some pics of the place, taken minutes after arriving. It came fully furnished so this is what it looks like before we get going on really making it our own.

Le kitchen. Also le frigo which was le broken.

View from the windows [to the right]. By estate agent standards this counts as “mountain views”.

Main bathroom. It has a light for the room, and then a special light just for the shower, which thrills me.

View from bedroom window [straight ahead].

St George’s Cathedral is right across the road and we can hear the church bells! Also v convenient for early morning prayer which I attend often during periods like Lent.

Le lounge.

State of fridge on Saturday. Later added sushi and beer.

Am officially so blessed and fortunate that I am just about jealous of myself.

30 Aug

A while ago we cooked what I dubbed to be the South African version of spaghetti and meatballs. It was delicious, and got me thinking that it would be great to do a range of international dishes with a South African twist. Milk tart crème brûlée, anyone?

This weekend, without specifically meaning to, we added another dish to the list.

We still need a proper name for it, but basically it was coq au vin, a l’Afrique du Sud. We followed Julia Child’s coq au vin recipe.

Instead of chicken we used guinea fowl from Frankie Fenner, which has a great taste [and does not just ‘taste like chicken’]. I’d never had it before, and I have to say I like the texture and taste. The skin is very fatty, though, and doesn’t crisp up like chicken. But I thought the guinea fowl was a delicious alternative for this dish!

Instead of bacon we used buffalo sausage, also from Frankie Fenner. Firm, and absolutely packed with flavour, I think this is a new favourite of mine. Absolute must-have for any meat and cheese platter!

And instead of cognac we used good ol’ brandy. We also used Wolftrap, since it is the red wine we will be serving at our wedding.

And just in case we weren’t feeling ‘local is lekker’ enough, we added some NoMU fond, since NoMU makes all food better.


The  result: an interesting, tasty dish which we devoured in one go, and slept off with a good two-hour Sunday afternoon nap. Nothing better.

Wedding Hair

17 Aug

For my wedding hair, there were several things I did NOT want. These included [but were not limited to]:

To look like I come from Pretoria North…

To look like a poodle…

Twirly things that make my head look like a pastry…


Frizzies and flyaways…


Something VERY styled, not a single hair out of place, that obviously need 5 cans of hair spray to stay so, soooo perfect.

Something very tight/austere…

An up do with no volume…

Something that looks like it was entered into a graphic design for hair expo…


Look, there’s nothing wrong with any of these. Well, actually, there’s a lot wrong with many of them, but to each his own! These are simply my personal preferences.

So I went to @NatalieRoos’ house for a hair and make-up trial. Also to see BABYCAT, her kitten. But mostly for hair and make-up.

This is what we came up with:

I really do like it a lot. It’s soft and youthful. It’s natural but not like I DIYed it ten minutes before. It’s perfect for a spring wedding, and I think it does a lot for my hair, which is this annoying barely-shoulder length right now. Instead of ribbon I’ll have lace, and the cameo is my “something old”.







Our Wedding Invitations

5 Aug

Now that 90% of our guests have their invitations, I feel I can post them online. I am just so happy with how they turned out!

It wasn’t easy to decide what to do. There are SO many options out there! From the very minimalistic, to the interactive, crazy expensive, intricate, unique. Eventually we decided we didn’t some crazy bells-and-whistles pop-up laser-cut machine that signs a song written especially for us when you about it. We wanted great design, something very personal, and great paper. I think we ticked all those boxes!

The front. Our stationery was mostly navy blue, red, and cream/white.

We stuck with the travel theme: Post card; plane; stamps; maps. 

We had some stamps designed for stamping the envelopes.

A great personal touch, I think.

We printed our invitations on gorgeous paper that had tiny dots pressed into it. Very fancy, but understated.

We tied everything, including our registry card, together with red and white twine.

I love them!

Once again, by the talented Ashleigh Rodda, who I simply cannot recommend enough.


Bridesmaids’ Accessories

2 Aug

I’ve given my bridesmaids free-ish rein with their accessories. There are basic guidelines but there’s no sense in making a Michelle Williams wear Kardashian-eqsue bling. It wouldn’t look right. So they can pick earrings, bracelets, rings, and hair accessories that speak to their personal style [but are not hideous].

Nina just got her clutch for the wedding. Not that it will be a feature in pictures or anything, but I just LOVE this!

How gorgeous? The Secret Garden. I so want a book clutch now! My birthday IS next week, you know…

Plus this is so Nina [and me]- we have a traveling book club! Sure. there are only two members [me, Nina], but it is a great book club!  Global, nogal!

Alice in Wonderland. Divine!

Love love love.

What a stylish bridal party we will have!

See more here.