Hannah of HøFSisters still on a rock at Llandudno Beach, Cape Town

December was a busy month: a collaborative shoot with a number of South African brands early on, followed by a week long trip back to London and a quick succession of friends and family flying out to visit. It was also a month in which the relentless wind eased, the sun came out on a more permanent basis and Cape Town really came into its own.

Tropical plunge swimsuit by BeachCult and longline silk shirt by Artem

Shooting with BeachCult, Artem and Soul Design on Clifton 4th Beach

The month began with my first Cape Town shoot. It was a collaboration between a number of South African designers – you can read more in my blog post, Taking The Plunge. Working with these fantastic brands has been a real highlight of my trip so far and it was so exciting to bring them all together in one shoot – BeachCult, Soul Design, Artem, Mami Wata and Desray. We will post a few more images from this shoot in the coming weeks.

Hannah & Zoe in festive party gear

A fleeting visit back to London reunited Zoe and I after 3 months! We managed to squeeze in a couple of Christmas parties as well as a shoot for SS18. Trust me, trying to look poised and warm while shooting a sheer blouse and pencil skirt in 2ºC isn’t much fun even if you are doing it with your best friend and sister! A trip back home to visit Mum meant meeting Coco, our new Labrador puppy. Love at first sight ❤️

Coco the Labrador puppy

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The rest of December was visits from family and friends and a chance to show off this beautiful city I’ve come to call home. It flew by with trips to the wine regions – Constantia, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek – even managing the occasional hike, Switch and yoga class to offset all of the exquisite food. The quality of the gastronomic experience in Cape Town merits a dedicated blog – coming soon!

Sharman cousins wine tasting at Delaire Graff

Visiting Delaire Graff in Stellenbosch with the cousins

Woody Buttress: one of the more intrepid hikes up Table Mountain

Woody Buttress: Algy doing some B/C grade scrambling on one of the more intrepid Table Mountain hikes.

Christmas itself was spent in Franschhoek, at the stunning Moroccan-inspired home of a great friend who’s Swedish mother also likes to celebrate Scandinavian Christmas Eve. So it almost felt like being home, except, of course, for the endless clear blue skies and sunshine; a constant reminder of the 8000 or so miles between us.

Hannah of HøFSisters by the pool in Franschhoek

Christmas in Franschhoek

The view of Franschhoek from our Christmas eve view point.

A Christmas Eve tipple with a view

We celebrated New Year’s Eve at The Gin Dock, a fantastic pop up gin bar in the Waterfront and I had the honour of DJ’ing (in truth, playlisting – not that anyone was sober enough to notice!). You can find the Spotify playlist on the top right hand side of this page – I hope it brightens your January 😎!

Skinny dipping on Clifton 1st Beach

Skinny dipping on Clifton 1st Beach on New Year’s Day 2018

The first sunrise in 2018 was marked by plunging ourselves naked into the icy water on Clifton 1st. Just a few hours later us Sharmans hosted a New Year’s Day party in Camps Bay, eventually getting to bed at 5am on the 2nd. Who says we’re too old for back-to-back all-nighters?! As ever, I can’t quite believe how much I have to be grateful for. And 2018 is my year of gratitude. Happy New Year All, let’s start as we mean to go on.

The view of Lion's Head from Bakoven

New Year’s Day 2018 from our pool party in Bakoven

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