White Rabbit Days…

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Continuing on from the magic of Muizenberg market, I walked around and came across a stall that was more like a treasure chest. White Rabbit Days. It’s a collection of beautiful laser cut leather accessories, as well as lace accessories and beautiful plaited ribbon neckpieces. From art deco inspired shapes to beautiful intricate floral patterns and chandeliers, there’s something for everyone. I was drawn to the beautiful punchy yet controlled colour palate from beautiful neon coral to shiny bronze and crisp white.

Helen Andrews, Capetonian designer and creator of White Rabbit Days, has been designing jewellery for the last 10 years. Here’s what she has to say…  “The concept began as a way to explore new cities, you chase the signs, follow the white rabbit and see where it takes you, what treasures you find, who you meet and where you end up. The same goes for creating jewellery – take bits and pieces, mix them together, take them apart, add and subtract until you have something beautiful and BOOM, White Rabbit Days was born.”

Her ranges consist of lace, leather and ribbon. “The limited edition lace earrings and necklaces are all hand crafted using crocheted lace, silver trimmings, beads and fresh water pearls. They’ve got the large style glamour of big drop earrings and are super light so will be kind to the old earlobes. The leather accessories add pops of colour for Spring – from sophisticated gold owls to bri-i-ight coral statement earrings – all leather jewellery is on sterling silver chain and hooks. The ribbon range consists of chunky statement necklaces – hand woven from ribbons – these babies will add some WOW to any outfit.”

So if your outfit needs an instant pick me up, a touch of crafted beauty or some bespoke glamour, just follow the white rabbit to a place where accessories shine.

Follow White Rabbit Days on Facebook at this link or browse the designs in person at one of the following stockists: The Fringe Arts Haas,  Coco Li,  Utique, Tintswalo Atlantic and The Wild Orchid Boutique.

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Not just a pretty wine…

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Muizenberg market is great. I’ve been there twice and both times I’ve felt like I was transported into a different dimension. The people are so friendly and it’s a chilled out break from the city with a free spirited feel that makes Cape Town one of the most versatile places. From trendy town you pop over to the other side of the mountain and you are still surrounded by mountain and sea, but with a more bohemian fishing village feel stretching from Muizenberg into Kalkbay and Simonstown. It’s rustic and every day feels like the weekend there.

At the market Donny walked up to me with a glass of wine that tasted magical. We ended up finishing 2 bottles. It was a sauvignon blanc called The Fishwives Club and is from The Fishwives Boutique Winery and Buitenverwachting Estate.  The sauvignon blanc was beautiful, crisp and slightly fruity for a standard sauvignon blanc but in all the right ways. The talking point though was the unusual gorgeous packaging.  The bottles feature different artworks of goddesses riding colourful fish. The artworks on the bottles were displayed on two different canvasses, the one being a sauvignon blanc and the other being a blanc de noir called Eros, cleverly an anagram for rose and the name of the Greek God of love. The fish artworks on the bottles were done by Mieke Wertschnig and the ladies were painted by Sam Brown.

The Fishwives Club wines are the perfect wines to accompany seafood and a long relaxing afternoon at the coast. This is what magical market afternoons are made of.

You can follow The Fishwives Club on Facebook at this link.

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