Valentine's Day

Date night at home

Valentine's Day Microgreens

I wouldn't call it a tradition yet, but on a few special occasions we've stayed in and Scott's made us dinner. He likes to try new recipes, and it always involves several hours in the kitchen and a lot of research, prep and planning. I'll tidy our place up nicely and put on a pretty dress and some music (I recommend Carla Bruni's Quelqu'un M'a Dit, she has a voice like velvet), and we'll have dinner at home together. Aren't we nauseatingly romantic ?

We had plans to do that this year, and then the Leopard's Leap Wine Stork paid us a visit.

This marvellous image is from Snobby Tours, of Texas.

 

So suddenly we had a magnificent recipe, the ingredients to make it, and the perfect wine to pair it with. The recipe is one of Chef Pieter de Jager's creations: Roast salmon with olive, tomato and feta. Being Valentine's Day there was a rose theme. So the salmon paired with Leopard's Leap 2016 Chardonnay Pinot Noir.

I'll be honest with you Chef P... this one was an intimidating challenge. Scott rosé (hyuk hyuk hyuk) to the occasion and did it though, what a guy. And what a superb recipe. Click here to download it - and if you make it, be sure to tag @LeopardLeapWine and @Pieterdjgr on Twitter, and @LeopardsLeap on Instagram.

My part in all this was to set up a dining area. I'll take this opportunity to own the fact that we live in a very little studio apartment. The section with the desk in we refer to as The Office. The desk is actually a dining room table so it worked out nicely. And so, The Office morphed into The Dining Room to do some justice to Scott's kitchen-art.

Thank you very much Leopard's Leap and Hatch for this amazing treat.

The Initial Necklace

With Valentine's Day just two weeks away, it might be time to start brainstorming! 

Trends come and go when it comes to fashion and jewellery, but the initial necklace could become a classic piece. A small, dainty necklace with the initial of your name or the name of someone important to you can only look great! 

I love the idea of keeping your loved ones close to you, and the initial necklace does just that. Whether it’s your partner, mother, aunt or child’s initial on the necklace, you will think of them constantly. 

This necklace could be a gift to yourself too, a reminder that you are doing great and can handle whatever the world throws at you! Maybe the necklace has no meaning to you; it does well as a simple piece of jewellery as well! 

This is one of those pieces you could wear every day and never take off; it could even do well mixed with other jewellery!

With Valentine’s Day coming up, this could be the perfect gift for that special someone in your life.thula sells a beautiful initial necklace on Hello Pretty for just R470. 

I think it's time I place my order! 

Team Hello Pretty celebrated Valentine's Day with Fairview and Yuppiechef!

Team Hello Pretty celebrated Valentine's Day with Fairview and Yuppiechef!
Team Hello Pretty celebrated Valentine's Day with Fairview and Yuppiechef!

Pretties, will you judge us when I say that Team HP partakes in the labours of our nations wine industry with great enthusiasm? I hope not, because we do.

Our online store crush has always been Yuppiechef - they inspire our own customer service, because let's be honest, those guys are just so super friendly and on the ball.

So basically, our crush sent us our favourite thing for Valentine's Day! Aw Yuppiechef stahp, you're making us blush.

Team Hello Pretty celebrated Valentine's Day with Fairview and Yuppiechef!
Team Hello Pretty celebrated Valentine's Day with Fairview and Yuppiechef!
Team Hello Pretty celebrated Valentine's Day with Fairview and Yuppiechef!
Team Hello Pretty celebrated Valentine's Day with Fairview and Yuppiechef!

After we rolled around in all of the pink shredded paper like little kids, we found the gorgeous bottle of Fairview Brut MCC, which was promptly flung into the fridge to be opened when the clock struck five pm.

The good news for all of us is that Yuppiechef's great service is bringing Fairview's delicious wines straight to our doorsteps - as serial online shoppers, we revel in the idea of door to door wine delivery. I mean, there's nothing more terrifying than a mall on a holiday. (That's a whole big pile of nope as far as I'm concerned.)

Team Hello Pretty celebrated Valentine's Day with Fairview and Yuppiechef!
Team Hello Pretty celebrated Valentine's Day with Fairview and Yuppiechef!
Team Hello Pretty celebrated Valentine's Day with Fairview and Yuppiechef!
Team Hello Pretty celebrated Valentine's Day with Fairview and Yuppiechef!

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To quote Fairview's Charles Back, here's to life, love and online shopping!

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