Cape Town Shopping Spree with Me.

Last Friday was my last day in Cape Town. Now when I say DAY I actually mean a few hours.

After a manic week with work, tempting as a day sunning myself and reading by the pool sounded, I was determined to do something more productive with my time.

I have a current fixation with sofas in unusual places:

So I donned my scruffy shorts and top and armed with my camera I headed out to find me some interesting things.

1st stop

Green Market Square

This is one of Cape Towns oldest and most popular markets. Filled to the brim with African curios, crafts and storytellers it's a vibrant place to snoop around. I met vendors from Malawi, Zim and even my own home country of Kenya.

I ended up buying some jazzy fabric from a mamma with a nice smile just because. Not sure what I plan to make with it yet! LOL

It wasn't loong before I heard some Jamaican accents that seemed so out of place here. So out of curiosity I secretly followed the voices...

Follow the Bobo Dreads

And I ended up in a mask shop.

I am talking wall to wall of masks from all over Africa.

I sat for a while and listened to the shop owner explain which mask came where and what they are used for. I could have sat and listened for hours...you know me!! I am a sucker for a good tale.

Time was against me and so I rambled on to...

Church Street
Such a perfect place for a lazy wanderer.

I found a couple of stalls selling all sorts of "treasures".

The lovely ladies let me snap away to my hearts delight.

Trust the above to get my attention.
So what did I buy?
A crystal brooch, a cameo brooch and a hand painted Limoges Fragonard cabochon. Now this is truly special to me. Those who have bought my jewels in the past will know that I have used similar ones in my creations. This one is HAND PAINTED and super old rather than a decal!!!
Next stop:
Long Street

Here I chanced upon a delightful little boutique!
They sell wonderful clothes made by South African designers many of which are hand made.

Feathered pretty fings!

I found myself buying 2 dresses.
The first is made by "Selfi" and is a pretty peachy number with lovely pleat detail.

Some of you will know that I am currently lapping up nudey, blush, peachy anything so naturally, I just HAD to have this.

I plan to do a peach post soon so this will definitely feature again.
Dress 2
A blue grey floaty piece with a white under slip.
I love light floaty loose fitting clothing. I am thinking of my trip to Japan later this year, I shall be there when the humidity is rife so such garments are a must for me.

This dress is by TAKE CARE.
More pleats.

Long Street has such marvellous sights to ponder upon.
I just love the contrast of bright coloured eateries and Victorian buildings.

Long Street is one of the oldest streets in the city.
Although I much much much prefer the older part of Cape Town, a visit to the V& A Waterfront is always in order.

V&A Waterfront
You would be forgiven for thinking that you are back in UK for a few moments here and there whilst in this shopping precinct.
YUP! I HAD to go to MAC! I felt compelled!

I bought 3 lippies!
Shy Girl - peachy soft nude
Costa Chic-bright pinkish coral
Gentle Simmer - peachy pinky goldish
See what I mean about my peach obsession?
No trip to SA is complete for me without a few trips to my local Pick n' Pay!!!
TEA TEA TEA TEA!! And this is about half of what I bought! Five Roses and Khoisan are my ever favourite brands and I have tried lots.

Are you a soap or a shower gel girl?
I am quite certainly a bar of soap fan.
I stopped off at RAIN and bought:
Mint and Eucalyptus soap - super refreshing on hot days
Marula and Rooibos soap - it has tea in it!!!
Boaobab soap - I love upside down trees.
Monchichi got some time in the sun too!
It's been lovely sharing this with you


  1. gasp... this post is tremendous! such beautiful place Cape Town is.. i never really knew what to envisage it like, but it's beaaautiful as you've shown us with these pics.. amazing!! xx

  2. u got some stunning buys
    and i love tat u got fabric too

    u are truly a girl after my heart

  3. wow i love your buys esp market ones! the heads shot is frighteningly fascinating.

    i really need to visit to see its true beauty!

  4. Wow, what a fabulous post! I enjoyed browsing the streets with you!!!!

  5. thank you for the very enjoyable tour!! hehe...and i love the blur grey dress!XDand the teas and soaps looks good! have been going through a soap craze lately...

  6. Your post cheered me up no end...a lovely walk around a city I've never been to, on a miserable, rainy afternoon sitting at home in Athens. Thank you!
    Nina x

  7. Gorgeous piccies and lovely haul xoxo

  8. Cape Town looks beautiful!! THe mask store looks fascinating though I have to admit I hate feeling like things are 'staring' at me... but I am also a sucker for a good story. The 'heads, etc' bowl is a little strange even with that in mind for me!! I wonder what people buy the individual heads for?

    The cabochon and cameo are GORGEOUS and very reminiscent of older pieces from your work; I love that it's hand painted!!

    The dresses are lovely, and I can't wait to see what the lippies look like on you!! I am in a bit of a lippie phase myself (but I want a nude PINK lippie... plain nude makes me look a bit weird I think).

  9. I like everything you bought ! I love outside markets !!I like how you can find some treasures out in the market and then find a mac store=]

  10. you picked up some lovely dresses! the brooch and cabochon are so pretty - and definitely remind me of the pieces you've made in the past. thanks for sharing a little bit of cape town with us :)

    haha, was monchichi warm in his froggy jumpsuit?

  11. Great pics and wonderful finds!

    Love the display for the feathered headbands.

    So true-disney poop has nothing on classic drawings =)

  12. I used to spend days on end wandering around Long Street, there were always new things to discover and I loved the antique stores!!
    Haha Pick 'n Pay!was it the one on the ground floor of the V&A? You need to try the Freshpak rooibos sometime, I feel the taste is much smoother and more concentrated than Five Roses xD

  13. Loved your post - a vicarious trip to Greenmarket and Church St for me :)

    Although I live in Cape town I find myself locked in the suburbs much of the time, with little opportunity to wander the city centre.

    So thanks for taking me shopping! I am inspired to do a bit more of that myself, in interesting places far from the madding malls.

  14. Hello my dear!
    Yaaaaay! Seems you had a lot of fun!
    Nice tour :P

  15. Wouldn't mind being Monchichi and wandering around those streets with you.

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the jolly jazzy fabric!! How about making a funky chef's apron for your Hiro?! Or Yours and His Valentine's day cushions(pillows) with different coloured edgings??

    Or maybe a tea cosy??

    As a total tea lover, looking at your fabulous collection of tea makes me want to rhyme...

    When I am feeling blue,
    And have so much to do..
    Sit down and have a cup of tea,
    And a hug or two maybe three...
    I feel those troubles melt away,
    And start myself on a better day!!!

    It's time to put the kettle on and dance to the African beat!

  16. Oooh i love everything you bought, especially that fabric! Wonderful pics. :)

    Btw my BF and I both have Monchici's from our childhoods... his is little like yours and mine is lifesize. hahahha

  17. LOVE your dresses!! how fun :) those will be awesome for japan. when i went, i forgot about the humidity somehow.. i mean, i brought lots of tanks and whatnot but i felt so NUDE and EXPOSED compared to everyone else in suits and full outfits.. gaah!

  18. Aww Yasumi! Thanks for taking us on this trip with you! Everything you share is always full of culture and diversity! I love you for that! Sweet cameos! Can't wait to see your fabulous mind work those! :) Ohhh teas... LOL!

    Monchichi in the sun! :)

  19. sounds like a fun way to spend a few hours :) love ur purchases too!

  20. Wow, I wish I got the chance to travel more. Maybe in the future...


  21. Great post deary and I love that fabric you've picked up. Those dresses will come in handy as the humidity is high in my end as winter only lasted a few days in Dec and disappeared.

  22. Capetown is one of my favorite places in the whole world! Glad you got to experience it, too!

  23. aww monchichi looks so cute! I have two of the lippies you got actually, Shy Girl is one of my favourites but Costa Chic just never looks right on me. Perhaps you can do a FOTD with it and change my mind! :)

  24. Awesome photos! I never knew what Cape Town even looked like!

  25. Reading, sunning, & shopping...sounds like a wonderful vacation!!!! The brooch is beautiful, I can't wait to see how you wear it.

    btw--shy girl is one of my favorite mac lippies..

  26. Thank you for sharing the great photos!! I wish I could visit somewhere warm too!! It's very cold here!!! Love the last photo. I love monchichi!

    Hope you are having a great weekend!


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