- As a kid, I had a fear of pineapples.
- My pinky toe on my left foot grows skew, kind of over the other toe, and when I was little they wanted to amputate it because a doctor said it would hurt me. I said no [OBVIOUSLY! It’s my toe, you sickos!] and so far I’m still alive. Phew!
- When I was about two and a half, and then when I was three, I had two really bad drowning experiences. The first was in the pool- I was wearing one of those Bentley belts things [is that what they’re called?]. My sister went inside and as Murphy would have it, I tipped over. The Bentley Belt prevented me from being able to right myself, so I just had to kind of drown until my sister got back [she saved me]. The second time was when this freakishly huge freak wave took me in when I was playing in the teensy little baby waves. A teenage boy tried to save me, but got taken in as well. Eventually his dad and a lifeguard saved us. Obviously this was all fairly traumatising and while I can swim, it’s not exactly anything I’ve pursued further than splashing around to cool down during poolside cocktail hour. Stupid water.
- My favourite flowers are tulips. Peonies are a close second.
- I’m a maths freak. Not in any useful way, but I can multiply big [ish] numbers in my head. I found this out when I was 11 and I am almost always doing sums in my head.
- I learnt to ride a bike on Christmas Day… of 2012.
- As a kid, I stuttered really badly. I also couldn’t really cope with people so I had to be taken out of pre-primary school for six months. If you met me now, you’d never guess. What a dud kid I was! Jokes. I was adorable and perfect.
- I speak five languages. English, Afrikaans, French, Mandarin, and German.
- I did horse riding for thirteen years. I even made the provincial team for show jumping, showing, and equitation on a tiny little thing whose owners wanted to shoot him because he threw their daughter. I miss horse riding every single day of my life, so if you’re in Cape Town and need help with your horses, call me. I will love you forever.
- My family and close friends call me Lili [pronounced Lee Lee], which I love. My English teacher in grade five once told me Lize is a fat girl’s name. Humph.
- One of the absolute highlights of my life [thus far] was seeing Goya’s black paintings when I was 16 at the Prado Museum in Madrid. I can’t explain it, I was just so moved and overcome with emotion. I will never forget that. We saw an exhibition of his sketches in Prague last year on honeymoon which was also cool, although nothing like the black paintings.
- The coolest job I ever had [so far] was being a rugby presenter on TV.
- I’m an entrepreneur! I own a CC, and so far it hasn’t made us millions but it’s early days and I’m confident it will be a success. I’ve also gotten funding for a second business idea I recently pitched and next week, on my birthday, I’m pitching this to the woman who I hope will be my partner. Hold thumbs!
- My favourite songs are Hallelujah [by Jeff Buckley], High and Dry [by Radiohead], and Milk [by Kings of Leon].
- I am utterly and completely, absolutely obsessed with Paris. I dream of living there someday with SC and Eponine, and I cannot wait to be there next month.
- I have a fear of moths, and I hate birds [except owls].
- I am always craving salt and vinegar crisps. Like, at any given moment, if you asked me, I would be in the mood to have salt and vinegar crisps. Even if I have just eaten twenty kilograms of food, or am dying of food poisoning, I will have them. Macarons and champagne are a close second, though far classier.
- I can’t do a cartwheel or whistle.
- I’m one of five kids: A sister eleven years older than I am, a brother eight years older than I am, and two baby half sisters who are four and five.
- My hair has been super long, super short, shaved off, pitch black, snow white, silver, and pink.
- I have a tattoo on my left side of Jimi Hendrix lyrics, in his handwriting.
- I’ve never broken a bone, and besides for being born I’ve never gone to hospital. Up until recently I’d never had stitches, but then I had a mole removed from my face and got two stitches. IN MY FACE. Hard core.
- Up until the age of about fifteen I was going to be a vet. I even used to shadow my horse riding instructor’s father, who was a vet, and I’ve put stitches in a sheep, vaccinated sheep and cows, done blood slides, slaughtered a sheep [after which I took it apart to study all its insides], and did an artificial insemination. Yup, I made a baby cow when I was fifteen.
- I always had this theory that I was adopted. Sometimes I still do. See, EVERYONE in my family has dark hair and dark brown eyes. Extended, too. Secondly, my mum was adopted, so she would possibly want to adopt a child too, right? Also, everyone except me got a second name. And while there are pictures of my mum and my siblings in hospital, there are none of me. Not even one! I only come onto the scene at age one or two. Suspicious? Absolutely. And till this day, no one has been able to show me my birth certificate. It’s always missing, or with the other parent. *scratches chin*
- I actually do believe that Unicorns exist. For real.
Got this fab leather envelope today from Jean Kelly. Envelope bags, whether they’re wallet-sized or oversized clutches, are hot right now. Fact. This one is local, 100% leather, the most gorgeous teal, and the perfect size for me.
My plan for this is to use it as my travel wallet during our honeymoon. Think passport, boarding pass, maybe a little bit of cash, and other important documents. For an ordinary day about town, it can fit essentials like lip balm, mini mascara [love this one from Chanel], compact [Dior] my Ipod Shuffle, and iPhone.
I just got a message from our designer that she has picked up our invitations! [She had them printed where she lives since I would have absolutely no idea how to answer questions about ink and grain and all that.] Now, I obviously haven’t seen them myself [only the electronic version of the final design], or felt the paper, or any of that. I will only see them tomorrow, when I fly to Jo’burg.
For our invitations, we were thinking of going with a kind of travel theme… Not that that is in our decor, but the wedding is something of a cross-country affair. We had 3 engagement parties in 3 different provinces, our bridal party and guests are coming from all over the world, we live in Cape Town but are getting married in KwaZulu Natal, and we are traveling abroad for our honeymoon.
Love the old school mail border.
Air mail. And the world!
Love typography, much like we did for our engagement party invites.
Fonts and travel and oh my!
Twine. Especially since we have invites, maps, and registry cards to keep together!
So many beautiful ideas! [Thank you, Pinterest].
For now, I am holding thumbs that the invitations will be absolutely beautiful. Will report back tomorrow!
So, when the wedding planning gets really busy and things seem kind of overwhelming, it helps to take a step back and look at the amazing journey of marriage itself, rather than “having a wedding”. It helps to look at exciting things like moving in together and seeing friends from afar, or counting blessings like how awesome our families have been throughout all of this.
But it also helps to take some time out to lust over your honeymoon destination.
Our first destination [of 3]: Prague.
I look forward to crossing bridges that are from fairytales…
Walking the golden glow of fairytale streets at night with my love.
Visiting fairytale buildings.
Skipping down fairytale cobbled streets while holding hands and singing.
And generally live in a fairytale land of beauty, and beer. And Czech pastries!
I love the idea of exploring a city, and taking things as they come, rather than being part of a tour group for the duration of the trip. Also the idea of finding magical little spots that aren’t tourists nests. In Cape Town, for example, I love so many places [and go to them regularly] and none of them are typical touristy spots. Which is why this video is an absolute gem- the idea of this travel [web] TV is that the crew follows a local, who shows them around the city itself, not just its tourist attractions. Secret garden, great food, and pubs with good beer and friendly locals? Yes please!
Just when you thought getting married is all about lace and roses, I am here to remind you of a very exciting component of our imminent matrimony: the honeymoon!
Yesterday was put aside for honeymoon “stuff”. I figured we’d go to a travel agent and start discussing the millions of flight options, and work out just how much of a fortune it was going to cost, and then put aside the next few weeks to decide which options would be best…
But somehow, everything worked out perfectly.
We got flights on the dates we wanted, from Durban to Prague, Prague to Marseilles [from where we will be going to Menerbes for a week in Provence], and finally from Paris [where we will be spending our last few days] back to Cape Town.
And they were a pretty decent price, too. So I actually bought the tickets there and then. Whoosh! Just like that! It was very thrilling.
And even more thrilling- the epic adventure that awaits us!
Prague. Provence. Paris.
More on this later. Meanwhile, here’s a video on Prague’s lesser-known must-see places, as told by a local.