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.
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.
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 ❤️
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!
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.
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 😎!
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.