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Granny Goose - a little slice of heaven

Granny Goose - a little slice of heaven on hellopretty.co.za/blog
Granny Goose - a little slice of heaven on hellopretty.co.za/blog
Granny Goose - a little slice of heaven on hellopretty.co.za/blog

Nice way to start a post hey? With all those yummy food pics?

Now that I have all of your drooly attention (and may be drooling a little bit myself), I will regale you will tales of Granny Goose.

It all started one morning when a lone slipper arrived at my doorstep - and what a slipper it was! It was the fluffiest, warmest slipper in all the land. I insisted on wearing it, even though my other foot was lonely and cold. And with that slipper came a pearly invitation to reunite it with its mate at the Claremont Sleep Lab.

So off I went - who am I to stand in the way of true love? (That is, the instant love I felt for these ah-MAZING slippers)

Granny Goose - a little slice of heaven on hellopretty.co.za/blog
Granny Goose - a little slice of heaven on hellopretty.co.za/blog
Granny Goose - a little slice of heaven on hellopretty.co.za/blog

On arrival I was welcomed like an old friend, handed a cappaccino, and introduced to various bloggers and fancy industry people, including the likes of my girl crush Marcia Margolius (who has met both Tom Dixon and Philippe Starck in person - I shook the hand of the person who shook their hands. Be still my little fangurl heart).

We were introduced to Gaynor Walkey, the founder of Granny Goose, and she told us how she started her business with one cushion and one duvet. She would invite people to lie on them in her lounge, where she would manually add or decrease the feathers until you were your own brand of Goldilocks and it was Just Right. And BAM! Now it's a nationwide powerhouse. You go Gaynor.

(FYI, y'all can relax - the fancy bedding industry is a by-product of the meat industry. No live beasties were harmed in the making of this piece of floaty heaven.)

Granny Goose - a little slice of heaven on hellopretty.co.za/blog
Granny Goose - a little slice of heaven on hellopretty.co.za/blog
Granny Goose - a little slice of heaven on hellopretty.co.za/blog

The customising of Granny Goose goodies stayed with Gaynor throughout, and birthed the concept of the sleep labs - we were soon all taking our shoes off and climbing into the dreamiest bed, (I ended up in bed wih Talya Goldberg - hay gurl haaay) testing out pillows.

To those of you that are worried, we learnt that down bedding is rarely the cause of allergies - dust mites are the nasty culprits, and they don't actually dig down very much. And if you want to wash your bedding, use half the amount of soap (to avoid loads of foam wrecking havock on the feathers), tumble dry just short of being dry, and then leave to dry naturally (not in direct sun though).

The staff were so helpful and friendly and generally lovely, phoning me a few weeks later to check in on how my new pillow was treating me - both in store and after sales service is truly impeccable.

Check out some behind the scenes videos here and here, and some FAQ's at the end of the post.

Granny Goose - a little slice of heaven on hellopretty.co.za/blog
Granny Goose - a little slice of heaven on hellopretty.co.za/blog
Granny Goose - a little slice of heaven on hellopretty.co.za/blog

Now as I type, both feet are comfortably encased in fluffy down foot duvets, and are the most toasty. Winning.

Gorgeous greys...

Today is a super gloomy, rainy day here in Cape Town, so the blog post for the day seems particularly fitting - and it serves as a great reminder that grey is gorgeous! (it's easy to forget when you have to struggle against the wind and the rain and kiss your suede shoes good bye en route to a morning meeting.)

Behold! A small selection of some of the fab grey items found on the site:

Frankie Spaces Volume 2

We were recently surprised by an awesome present in the post, all the way from Frankie magazine!

As long time fans of this gorgeous craft bible, we were soon oohing and aahing over their latest issue of Spaces in amongst the shredded packaging (think birthday girl at the gift table).

Frankie Spaces Volume 2

257 pages of beautiful spaces by super creative people - these aren't the super styled interiors you'll see in an edition of Vogue Living though. They're actual, real homes, carefully crafted with love and over time, and reflect decor as unique as the people that live there.

Each detail tells a story, which makes this all so much more special. Not only do I want to pack my bags and move in - I actually want to be besties with the owners, hang their art in my lounge, and talk about foreign cinema over hazelnut lattes on a Saturday morning. (Truly - they don't know it yet, but they're all my spirit animal and we're meant to be bff's. Every single one of them. I'm not crazy.)

Frankie Spaces Volume 2
Frankie Spaces Volume 2

They sent us some beautiful professional photographs of the issue and of some of the content that does it quite a bit of justice. Grab a cup of something and just sink into their prettiness. AND, while you're at it, there are two totally swoonworthy videos about featured homes, here and here. Watch them, really. You won't regret it.

Then once you're done mentally revamping and refurnishing your entire house, order yourself a copy - it's gigantic, beautifully printed, and basically belongs on your coffee table: http://www.frankiepress.com.au/shop/frankie/spaces-volume-two

Frankie Spaces Volume 2
Frankie Spaces Volume 2
Frankie Spaces Volume 2
Frankie Spaces Volume 2
Frankie Spaces Volume 2

*sigh* So many feelings.

All That Glitters

What better way to keep track of something than by pinning it front and centre with a fabulous glittery thumbtack? These beauties are also available in pink. You can get yours from Peg & Pencil here.

We featured these in our newsletter this week, along with a curated collection of our favourite sparkly things. There's a new theme every week, so if you'd like to be kept in the loop, sign up below!

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On a cloudy day...

Pretty Flamingo

Flamingos on Hello Pretty

We just lurve the current flamingo trend - yes, we're those people who would totally buy those plastic lawn flamingos. Why? Because they're awesome of course.

So what better way to express our love than by showing you all where to get the best flamingo themed products on the site?

We know, we're pretty great like that.

  1. Wrapping paper and gift tags by aLoveSupreme
  2. Purse by handmade by me
  3. Serving bowl by Ceramix
  4. Linen shirt by T-Rex Couture
  5. Kiddie coat hanger by ilovebokkie
  6. Thread necklace by Haute & Tidy
  7. Necklace by Honey Song
  8. Tie clip by Eon Hoon Jewellery Design

Pretty neat right? Right!

Check out some more over on our Flamingo Pinterest board.
 

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