An elegant afternoon tea.

“When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?”
― Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Photos by Rensche-Mari Photography.
Shot at location Bordeaux Game Farm.
July 08, 2016 by Isobel Sippel

A Beautiful Compliment.

Beauty lingers in the back of our minds.
February 17, 2016 by Isobel Sippel

Finding inspiration.

February 09, 2016 by Isobel Sippel

'n Mooi aand in Apricale.

Dit was 'n lieflike herfsaand in die heuweldorpie Apricale, in Italië.  
Die laaste sonstrale het vir oulaas saggies die wange van die berge om ons gestreel, en die vallei was bekorend mooi.  
Jan Hendrik en Lynn het die tafel binne die Locanda feestelik gedek met my goed, linne wat ek spesiaal vir almal voor die toer laat druk het met Jan se mooi foto op.  Dit was so 'n gelukkige, spesiale oomblik toe ek daar instap en sien hoe dit lyk.
En toe het ons aangesit vir die feesmaal wat Jan vir ons berei het, met die wonderlike bestandele wat ons die oggend op die mark in Ventimiglia uitgesoek het.
Voorgereg was 'n wilde sampioen en roasted chestnut sop met gekarameliseerde sonneblomsade.  Daarna 'n salt and pepper crusted Seabass.  Die slaai was radicchio met gemarineerde druiwe en gerookte burata.  Vir nagereg panna cotta en vars bessies. 
Ek het by myself gesit en dink; hierdie aand voel soos 'n klomp opgehoopte drome wat gelyk waar word.
November 10, 2015 by Isobel Sippel

The Adderley street flower market experience.

This range was inspired by a typical Saturday morning in Adderley street, Cape Town, where the flower market ladies' hollering overpower the buzz and sounds of the Grootte Kerk church bells and the euphoric Cape minstral band playing. This street, a symbol of Cape hybridity, is the landmark of the city's complex, yet diverse and unique culture. The beauty is in the chaos and this exact notion is captured by the photographs taken by Isobel and her daughter Gabrielle after a visit to the central CBD of Cape Town, where the abundance seen in the flower market's wealth of textures and colours seeped into their work.
October 24, 2015 by Isobel Sippel

The flower shops of Paris.

"You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.”
― Roman Payne
 

 

August 21, 2015 by Isobel Sippel

A special touch.

 

One of my daughter's special friends is moving to the Netherlands, so Gabrielle thought it only appropriate to give her one of my Dutch Ladies tea towels, from the Old Dutch Master's range, with her own added elegant touch.

She embroidered her name in cursive as a kind of monogram to celebrate her new chapter of adult life.

I think it is very special.

July 26, 2015 by Isobel Sippel

A beautiful winter's day at Babylonstoren.

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."

July 09, 2015 by Isobel Sippel