Happy AF

After three LONGGG months I was finally reunited with my boyfriend Pierre, and in no other place than the French Riviera. It was my first time in this gorgeous part of the world and I might as well have stepped into a postcard. I have to be honest, I wasn’t a good tourist. I didn’t go to any monuments or museums, I didn’t go on any tours or learned any words other than “Bonjour” or “Croissant”. All I did was wander around the old parts of the towns of Antibes, Juan-Les-Pins, Nice and Monaco with my bf’s hand in mine, drank coffee at all the cafe’s that had anything under 2 Euro and lazed in the sun on Nice’s infamous pebble beaches.

But, this was all I wanted. Sometimes traveling calls for different styles, like in New York I don’t want to stop moving and exploring, but in the French Riviera I wanted to do the opposite. I guess I quite literally take on the pace of the place I am at that moment. It probably didn’t help that I was like a teenage girl, catching myself staring into the bright blue eyes of the boy next to me 95% of the time, completely forgetting where I am and concentrating on not drooling.

Monday.

Denim on denim. Apart from actually seeing Pierre himself, I was most excited about wearing his vintage Levi’s jacket that he bought in Israel. I wore my mom jeans from Zara, a black velvet top and Pierre’s jacket. After walking though Nice for most of the day, we got a couple of beers and some fresh strawberries and sat on the rocks on the edge of the ocean until the sun set.

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Tuesday.

The most incredible weather. Pierre and I headed to Antibes and Juan-Les-Pins for a solid beach day. We strolled through Antibes’ old town (which was my absolute favourite town btw) and headed to the beach of Juan-Les-Pins. There we found a place with a sundeck, yellow deckchairs and umbrellas and decided this would be our camping spot for the day. We spent the day napping in the sun, cooling down in the clearest water (who have not yet received the message that it’s already summer), chatting and catchup up on days spent apart.

Summer days call for bright colours and open shoulders. On Monday I wore my old trusted high waisted jean short that I had to patch with a flower after tearing it in a very competitive family volleyball game December. I paired this with my (now brown) platform Supergas, an It’s all lies, Darling crop top from The Lot and my floral scarf from Zara.

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Wednesday.

We headed to Monaco for the day. It was two weeks before the Monaco Grand Prix and the whole city was littered with huge bleachers waiting for the thousands of spectators who will be watching this spectacle in a couple of days and the roads were already painted in the iconic red and white blocks. Even without the crowds, the whole setup was very impressive.

It wasn’t the first time that I wore this white outfit, but every time I wore it previously I got sidetracked from my blogging and never got some good shots! But with my handsome photographer boyfriend, I finally have some good quality shots showcasing this awesome white pinstriped wide-legged pants from Forever New. I wore it with a crisp frilly shirt from H&M. There’s just something about wearing something that you’re really comfortable in. This outfit gave me so much confidence and I loved wearing it so much!

Pierre looked sexy.

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Thursday.

Quite a gloomy day. The wind picked up, so we found shelter in the narrow streets of Nice’s old town (I just realised, while  typing this that we never went back for these amazing flavoured salt that I wanted to buy for my mum. damn). Nice’s old town is cheese and cured meat heaven. I am such a sucker for a good Camembert or Brie and some salami or parma ham. I was in a state of constant temptation. Especially with all those fresh croissants staring at me from all the viennoiserie counters.

I was in such a cheery mood and ended up looking like I was 6 years old and my mom dressed me for pre-school. I never wear pink, but that day I wore this in-your-face pink sweater from Pull&Bear with a flower scrunchy in my hair. To reduce the “my mom dressed me” look I wore Pierre’s badass Ray-Ban’s.

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Friday.

We went all the way to ITALY for some fresh produce! We got a little sidetracked in the pop-up clothes market selling faux Louis Vuittons and some pretty cool sneakers, but managed to make it home with a hand full of asparagus, green beans and 2 peaches.

I wore some of my old trustworthies. My black jeans, Pierre’s jacket… but my super cute leopard print sandals from Country Road made their debut! Although I don’t think I actually got one photo of them. I guess it will have to remain a surprise until I blog about them next time!

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Saturday. Today.

I left Pierre in the beautiful Cote D’Azur while I am making my way to Thailand. It was one of the hardest goodbyes of my life.

But how lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard?

Very.

Till next week babes.

Love A B x

paris, the city of street musicians

 

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You know that it’s usually the best weather on day you have to leave? Well, for the first time in my life, that was not the case. Today, I am leaving a cloudy Paris behind. Apparently, the weather that I have had is Paris the past couple of days was something way out of the ordinary. With this time of year being associated with rain and cold, it was completely weird to have people tanning on the banks of the Seine River this week. It felt like summer and I wasn’t complaining.

After another one of my Eiffel-Louvre-Champs-Arc de Triomph runs, I was determined to actually make it to the neighbourhoods of Paris that I wanted to visit on the first day. So, eliminating all possible distractions in the form of café’s and boutique stores where I can’t afford anything anyway, I got on the Metro underground train and only emerged to a gorgeous day at Hotel de Ville Station, the one closest to the Notre Dame. From there the plan was to explore the Latin Quarter and Le Marais, which are some of the oldest and most authentic neighbourhoods in the city.

I don’t know if it was the incredible weather or because of the fact that it was Thursday (who knows, maybe there is something secret about a Thursday in Paris), but something invited all the street musicians to this part of Paris.

The first musician I came across was on the bridge at the back part of the Notre Dame. He caught my attention with a beautiful rendition of Don’t Think Twice it’s Allright”, written and originally sung by Bob Dylan but then later covered by Peter Paul and Mary (which is coincidentally one of my favourite songs at the moment). The music echoed over the water and made every person, tourist or local, stop in their tracks and pause a moment to take it in.

Walking though the streets of the Latin Quarter gave me a peek of what it would be like to live here. Well, I have decided that I could easily sip coffee (or wine), eat stacks of bread and have deep discussions with friends while enjoying the sunny day (To be fair, it was lunch time so all the café’s were packed, I’m sure everyone actually does have jobs and things to worry about).

The second musician I came across was a picture right from a cliché Paris postcard. An old man with a leather jacket that any millennial would kill to have, a lit cigarette hanging from his lips, playing classical guitar.

The third was on the bridge taking me from the Latin Quarter to Le Marais. This must have been my favourite half-hour of my whole time in Paris. The bridge can’t be accessed by any cars, making it the perfect make-shift stage for these musicians. This guy, armed only with his guitar, a microphone, amplifier and his voice, managed to gather quite an audience. Every-one taking a quick break from being on their feet, but staying a couple of minutes longer to enjoy the music.

The rest of the day I saw at least another 5 musicians/groups singing on the streets, in the underground terminal and even in the train itself.

I absolutely love my outfit from yesterday (although my 12-year-old-self would die if she saw me in these clothes!). My last day in Paris I wore a pair of khaki, high-waist, flare pants from H&M, a plain white top and finished my look with a colourful floral scraf that you can find at Zara.

I am typing this on Heathrow Airport in London with my flight to New York leaving in less than two hours! I am beyond excited, so stay tuned for some cool posts coming your way in the next week!

G2G

BRB

Andybee xx

 

always pack your running shoes

 

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I went for the coolest run this morning. I guess my runs get longer the more comfortable and at home I feel in a new city. On this particular run, I ran down the street to the Eiffel Tower, ran along the Seine River, over the Love Lock Bridge (where, sadly, there were 5 guys in neon bibs busy removing all the locks), passed the Louvre, through the Luileries Garden, passed the Roue de Paris ferris wheel, up the whole Champs Elysees, underneath the Arc De Triomph and sprinted the last 1km to the hotel.

I know that it seems daunting to take on the streets of some place new when you an barely find your way with a map and while walking. But, do yourself a favour the next time you pack for a trip – throw in those runners. A run is the best way to start your day, getting rid of the jetlag and to see your destination from another perspective.

Yesterday I walked through the whole Paris, not in my runners, but in some super cute ankle boots from Trenery and now I have blisters on my pinky toes. I am very impressed with these boots though, they were brand spanking new (which is a usually big mistake when walking for 8 hours), but they only started hurting the last hour and that was because I was speed walking like a little greek lady in her walk for life club. So, I thoroughly recommend THESE BOOTS.

I know I said that I would be exploring the Latin Quarter and Le Marais yesterday, but got so distracted on the way with cute cafe’s, shoes shops and street stalls that we never actually made it to these neighbourhoods! I can’t even say that we did anything “tourist” worthy at all. I just ate an incredible cheese and meat platter in a cafe on some street corner…

The other reason for getting so distracted on the way was the flares that I sewed onto my old jersey’s sleaves, making me feel super fancy.

I want to tell you more about today, but first – some shots:

(Wearing mom jeans and a suede coat from Zara and another one of my dad’s shirts that I fitted and cropped, but this time with added flowers that took me hours to embroider by hand)

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It’s a quick ride on the Metro to the Palace of Versailles and it was the best 7 Euro’s I could have spent.

The Palace of Versailles is obviously gorgeous, I mean it is a Castle with gold statues, but the palace itself is not the most beautiful part of the royal estate. It’s the garden. It’s breathtaking, with avenues of trees offering cool shade to many tired Japanese tourists, dams that reflect the sky as if it were a huge mirror and beautifully manicures lawns on which no-one has set a foot in like 400 years. An incredible place to spend one of the days in Paris.

Arriving back in the heart of Paris at sundown, I got to see the best part of the city. The Seine River becomes the meeting place of friends. families, lovers and dogs. By 7pm, the students and people that probably got off early from work start gathering on the river banks. By 8pm there are people sitting with their legs dangled from the edge as far as the eye can see. I didn’t see one person without six-pack beer or a bottle of wine…and cheese and bread. I am certain that having a picnic is a skill that Parisians have perfected over hundreds of years to the point that it is now imbedded in their genes.

And what a sight it is to see.

I wish I could also look as elegant eating a buttery baguette and drinking wine from the bottle, but I guess that is just one talent that I have yet to master.

Good night from the girl who wore a mom pants and a dad shirt with granny embroidery.

A B x

 

 

paris blooms

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Hey there guys,

It’s day two of my trip and I had already walked more than a marathon (this is probably a good thing since I am running a half one in New York in less than a week). I always end up being over excited on my first day in a new city and try and cram as much of the sights in to this one day. So that’s what I did and now I feel super accomplished. Now I can relax and start looking for those Parisian gems, the one’s off the beaten track.

Paris is beautiful and calm. Spring has sprung and the city’s trees are covered in flowers, the air is crisp and warm and it seems like everyone has an extra hour in their day, sitting in the sun and sipping on coffee or wine in a cafe on every street corner (or maybe this is just how everyone lives their lives in this city). Anyway, I love it. I, however, didn’t expect it to be this warm (since it’s technically still winter in the Northern hemisphere) and since I hate getting even a little bit cold, I took my camel coat with me when I left this morning. With all the walking and the sun shining bright, my coat ended up folded over my arms all day.

Other than this coat of mine I was wearing one of my dad’s old work shirts that I altered a little. I took it in on the sides, slimmed down the arms so it would fit me and not the hulk, cut it into a midi-crop and embroided a yellow crown just above the pocket.

Tomorrow I will be heading to Le Marais and the Latin Quarter. Apparently this is where I will find the best small shops and cafe’s in the city. Pop onto the blog tomorrow night to see what I have discovered! All I hope for is to find some good croissants… I am dying for a croissant.

Night.

AndyBee x

 

London

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I am sitting in my bed in the hotel in Paris. Finally. I am here. This is where it all begins.

I left Johannesburg last night and had a 10 hour flight to Heathrow. The lay over to Paris was 10 hours. There is no way that I would survive sitting on the airport waiting for 16:00 to arrive. So we took the Heathrow Express and 15 minutes later I found myself on Paddington Station. It is quite a couple of blocks to Portobello Road, so, with the weather being absolutely beautiful and my legs being restless from 10 hours on an airplane, the walk was such a treat. But first, Breakfast. I stumbled across the most beautiful, vibey and ON TREND cafe (Farm Girl). For all you gluten free-ers and vegans, this is the place for you. And for al you carnivores and coffee-lovers, this place is for you too.

Portobello Road is a gem. I saw too many things that I wanted/needed (trench coats, faux fur coats, real turquoise stone jewellery, leather boots, vintage Levi’s…) that I actually had to force myself to leave before spending all my money for the trip on the first day.

With the sun shining in London, it seemed like every single person needed to be outside. Kensington Gardens was full of runners, families on picnics, kids on scooters and an surprising amount of Pugs. I think I counted around 40 of the short legged, curly tailed pups. All very happy to feel the sun shine on their faces.

I think it might have been the first time that I saw a swan in real life. And that called for a celebratory glass of Prosecco on the edge of the water.

I didn’t even come close to seeing Big Ben or the Palace today, time caught up with me and before I knew it I had to head back to Paddington to grab the train to Heathrow to catch the plane to Paris. I will be back though.

Today I wore some of my old trustworthy items that I am sure I have already blogged about at some point and will probably blog about them again. But, I needed to be sure that I would be comfortable on my 24 hours of travelling and my quick pitstop in the Streets of London. These items include: my navy Country Road Jacket, scarf from H&M and pink beanie that Pierre gave to me as a gift. The only new item is a pair of pale pink sneakers from Country Road that has these awesome velcro straps like those shoes we wore when we were in pre-school….but super cool. I love them.

 I will be in Paris and New York over the next two weeks, blogging and eating and running and finding cool new spots. So, stay posted- there will be a lot more of these posts. 

It will be a major change of scenery from the rest of the year that I’ve had.. 

I just spent the last 3 months on our farm. My job was to restore the house that my great-grandfather built with his own hands. It’s the house that has been on our family farm since 1919, the house in which my grandfather was born and in which my dad has most of his childhood memories. It was a big task. Not only because the house required a lot of physical attention, but also because I had to do this simple, beautiful old farmhouse justice.

I did everything by hand. I installed, lights, doors and shelves. I painted floors, tables and cupboards. I drilled holes in the walls to hang paintings and mirrors. I put my heart and soul into this project.. and now it’s just about finished.

The reason for this restoration is because we will be opening it as a guesthouse very soon! People can come and spend a simple, relaxing weekend on our farm, hiking, biking, horse riding, swimming and mostly resting.

I am also just finalising the last details on the website and will be publishing it very soon for all of you to see. Just to give you an idea of what it will be, have a look:

A B x

wearing a summer outfit on a cold day

 

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Last week was what Pierre and I call “Hell Week”. This week starts with our anniversary (3 years this year), peaks with Pierre’s birthday and then closes with Valentine’s Day… Hell? Not for us, but for our bank accounts.

I flew down from Johannesburg to George on Tuesday, anticipating (and packing for) the sunny weather the Southern Cape has had the couple of weeks before my arrival. Well, I must have deserved some bad karma somehow because it started raining the minute I set foot in the Southern Cape. We didn’t let that stop us though. I still put on the outfit that I had planned for that day, ignoring the cold as much as I could.

We celebrated the day by visiting Pierre’s beautiful cabin in the woods on their farm, appropriately named Whiskey Creek, situated a short drive from Plettenberg Bay. We made a quick breakfast and enjoyed the unmatched views while catching up on everything that happend in the month that we didn’t see each other.

We then set out to have Kurland Hotel and Polo Farm’s famous tea and scones on their veranda. The hotel has giant fireplaces in the hotel as well as on the verandas, which was all lit, keeping me and my damn summer outfit warm. The view, the coffee and the freshly baked scones was just incredible. I indulged. Walking out of there with a slight food baby, knowing that we are still on our way to lunch.

After we wandered into the stables of the Polo farm and watched as these athletes trained, we went for lunch. For lunch we had freshly baked bread with some tapas and wine at Bramon Wine Estate. We had such a great time! We had a table in the vineyard with vines surrounding the whole table, making you feel like you are the only people enjoying this restaurant.

I guess we basically just ate all day…

but who’s complaining? not me.

Even though I was completely inappropriately dressed for the weather, I really  loved my strapless top and black shorts from River Island. I bought these items an hour before my flight to George, I barely had space for it in my suitcase, but it was beautiful…and on sale… so I had to have it. Oh, and my sandals are from Country Road.

I am back on the farm planning my travels for the next 3 months. I will be visiting London, Paris, New York, Madrid, Beijing and will be doing a boat trip off the coast of Thailand. I will also be doing another road trip through Namibia and Botswana as well as visiting my friend in Mozambique. I am too damn excited!! I plan finding all the best hidden spots in these interesting places and I will be reporting back to you. ❤

xoxo

Gossip Girl. jk. just Andy Bee

cheers on a new chapter

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The end of an era.

For the past four years, the Western Cape was my home. Originally a Transvaal girl, I had to see what the whole ‘rave’ about the Cape was about. So I headed to the beautiful town of Stellenbosch for my undergrad and I wasn’t disappointed.

This is where I met my best friends and also my incredible boyfriend. These were days of trading Economics lectures for a box of wine at Bohemia, days of blurry res formals and pub nights, of Saturday morning runs in the mountain and Sunday mornings at the Root 44 market…doing the absolute minimum required from me to still pass my degree.

The three years I spent at Stellenbosch will always be a highlight in my life. It was such a carefree life, where the worst thing that could happen to you is to have an 8am lecture on a Monday morning, which I slept through anyway. But, I am some-one who has to move around quite a bit. After these three wonderful years, I was ready for something different.

I started my postgrad in Cape Town at the beginning of 2016. This was a very challenging but yet rewarding year. With Cape Town being quite a bit pricier than Stellenbosch, I got myself a part-time waitressing job. With juggling school, work, training and a personal life, I worked harder than ever. But, I learned a lot. In this year I finally figured out what I love and wanted to do with the rest of my life…just in time.

So, after four memorable years, I’m sad to say that I am leaving the beautiful Cape.

I am trading the city life in Cape Town for one on our secluded farm near a small town called Vaalwater – crazy right? Not really. I am living on the farm for a couple of months (although I will be doing a couple of trips in this time as well), making and saving all the money I need to start traveling a bit later in the year.

I will be able to create and post some extremely interesting and beautiful content over the next few months.

Today, I am leaving you with a post of my second last day in Cape Town. On this day, Pierre and I stumbled across the biggest gem in the city. It’s a little thrift store called Lindsay and Lenny in the heart of Sea Point. Everywhere you look you see vintage denim jackets, felt hats, chunky jewelry, black ankle boot…. AND IT WAS ALL HALF PRICE.

Call me cheap, but at that point I was unemployed and barely had money in my bank account (although I did have just enough money for a pair of shorts, a beautiful gold necklace, a ring, a tan felt hat and a turquoise stone bracelet).

The photo’s you will see is of me in the Lindsay and Lenny store, taken by Pierre.

I am wearing a Cotton On jumpsuit with my Freedom of Movement Bobby Backpack, and to be honest, everything else I bought in the store and put on immediately.

So stay posted, I promise I won’t disappoint.

A B (and Pierre)

ABOUT LINDSAY AND LENNY

Find them at 361 Main Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town

Call them on 062 997 1882

Follow them on Instagram here

desert days

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I just arrived back home after a month of traveling from the western coast of Africa to the East and back to the West. I spent most of my holiday in the desert in Namibia, but did an epic cross-continental trip to the lush and warm shores of Mozambique, but more about that in my next post.

For now I am just going to give you a quick glimpse of the beauty and solitude of the Namib desert.

I spent two weeks in a fishing town on the coast of Namibia called Henties Bay. On of these days, Pierre and I  decided to drive a couple of kilometers inland to find one of the driest, flattest and simplest pieces of Earth i have ever seen. This seemed like the perfect spot for a couple of photos.

I decided to complement the simple landscape with a black vintage dress and the raffia Country Road hat that you will see in every one of my holiday photos.

Hope you have a great week, you will be seeing a lot more of me from now on. I have major plans for this year.

(Photos by Pierre Cronje, go check him out on Instagram here)

A B x

outfit of the day – 8 october

This past week has been one of the most exciting and important weeks of my life. I presented a whole marketing campaign to a major international company as part of my final assessment of the year. It went extremely well and I finally had a weekend that was more than one day long.

Although it has been spring for more than a month, today was a picture perfect Stellenbosch winter’s day.

I started my day with a 10km run in the Stellenbosch Mountain. I set out while it was beautifully sunny and ended my run with a 3km sprint in the rain! It was, however, amazing to be outside since I have spent most of the past month indoors, working on my project and working at Coco Safar (the luxury coffee shop where I waitress).

My boyfriend and I treated ourselves to lunch in town – something we haven’t done in ages. He took the opportunity to snap some shots of my outfit in the streets of Stellenbosch, with neon green oak tree leaves announcing spring time.

My outfit today consisted the midi skirt that my mom sent me all the way from Pretoria. I wanted to wear it with a simple crop, but because of the weather, I paired it with a grey Zara jersey, which I think worked really well. My white platform Supergas made another appearance (I know, I am one of those people who gets something new and then wears it constantly for the next month).

I loved wearing a long skirt for a change, you will definitely see me wearing this skirt more often.

I hope you have an amazing week! Again, thanks for your support on my blog.

love love love

A B x

outfit of the day – 24 september

My first OOTD post in weeks! I have been so busy with college and work that I didn’t even have time to photograph what I have been wearing! I realised this week that I need to cut down on some of my shifts. I took this job so I can buy some more clothes, material to make my clothes and improve my blogs with more quality posts. Now, I have been working so much that I don’t have time to blog!

My goal for the coming week is to start managing my time better so that I can provide you with more and better content than before.

This is a start:

Although it has been spring for over 3 weeks, yesterday was the first day that I could actually wear anything else but jeans. I could finally showcase the denim skirt that I had made about a week ago (and the platform Superga’s that I absolutely fell in love with this season).

I paired my own “Blue Jean Baby” denim skirt with a light coat from, Hilton Weiner and with platform Superga’s. I tied up an old grey tank for a crop as I couldn’t find my go-to one..

A B x