Moois & Meer {feature + giveaway}

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Simply (although not shortly) translated, Moois & Meer Coterie means “All That Is Pretty & More, made by persons with a common purpose”. One look at their online anthology and you will clearly see that the two brains behind Moois & Meer Coterie - Marnhe and Anelda - who are also cousins, have an eye for the alluring and that they share a passion for the fanciful and unique. Something just had to be done, and thus started thier venture on 21 February, 2012.

"Our desire is to create unique, whimsical and nostalgic keepsakes for all those romantic at heart," says Anelda, who combines her previous Gauteng retail experience with an unusual flair for coaxing silver into magnificent pieces of keepsakes.

As fulltime graphic designer and experienced business owner, Marnhe manages and drives the business from the Cape Town studio. "Moois & Meer Coterie wants to keep alive the things that remind us of a time gone by, those that help us dream of a future full of beauty and promise, those that trigger the senses to relive memories almost forgotten and to build a happy future" the ladies say.

Moois & Meer Coterie stocks Simply Sterling silver jewellery, including Simplicity – their basic range with no additional materials – only sterling silver – simplicity is the ultimate sophistication; the Pebble range; the Desert Rose range, which includes semi-precious stones and Kant & Klaar – the vintage range made with sterling silver, resin & lace and available upon request.

But the company also dabbles in making beautiful clothing for little girls and ready-to-wear outfits for ladies. The Sun House just had to know more about this captivating brand.

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1. How did you start and how long have you been doing this?
Anelda: We started half out of necessity, half out of a lust for adventure and exploring the unknown. Two and a half years and never looked back.

Marnhe: This combination (of necessity & adventure) gives us a unique drive to carry on and enjoy the moment.

2. What sort of products do you make? Do you also provide services?

Anelda: For the most part we offer products. Some of our jewellery can be personalised, like for instance the Pebble range on which one can have a name or short phrase stamped.

Marnhe: What adds dimension to our offering is the special occasion flower girl dresses and womens clothing range designed and made by my mom, Magda Grové. She is actually a wedding gown couturier, so her exquisite expertise really shows in these products.

Aslo in the pipeline (from the beginning, really) is a stationary and gifts category. This branch has not yet been fully developed or launched, but we’re hoping it will come to life in the near future. 

3. Where do you find inspiration for your creations?

Anelda: I suppose like most artists I am inspired by what I see and what speaks to my spirit, what I am able to understand and relate to. Boy, that sounds fuzzy... Nature inspires me immensely. I've had most (actually probably all) of my ideas when I was in a quietplace and surrounded by nature and life. Simplicity inspires me a great deal also. I love how the most genius ideas and designs and inventions are usually the most simplistic in nature.

Marnhe: By looking, perceiving, taking in everything, everywhere. Drawing a quick sketch of an idea. Isolating shapes in waves or leaves or patterns and fabrics. Our creations aren’t normally very flamboyant or way-out. It is an honest reflection of both our personal journeys and of what speaks to us at our respective stages in life.

Keeping track of trends is not very high on our priority list in terms of inspiration – we do take note of trends (it is impossible not to, what with the oh-so-addictive-pinterest), but we try not to let it dictate our style or designs. We have discovered that we need (as in it is imperitive for the existence of Moois & Meer) to stay true to ourselves even if that means not being ‘on trend’. Luckily, design and beauty is subjective, so the sky is the limit.

4. What are some of the challenges of being your own boss?

Anelda: Self-discipline and shutting down. It is a paradox, really. In the end I think they balance each other out, as long as you keep a firm grip on both (and yourself)

Marnhe: What she said.

5. How do you perceive the South African creatives/design landscape?

Anelda: Sjoe, that's a difficult one. In general, from what I've seen, we South Africans mostly seem to stick to what inspires and motivates us. We love what is beautiful and colourful and loud. We express ourselves with passion, no matter what the medium. And in that there seems to be an inexhaustible amount of genius and variety. I think it has a lot to with our general sense of innovation. Also, I think it works to our advantage that we are geographically so far removed from the "center of the world"(Europe & US). We stand out just because we are who we are and we do what we love.

6. What is your favourite colour/ material to work with, and why?

Anelda: I enjoy working with silver. Its colour draws me, no matter the finish. It's fun working with gold just to mix things up from time to time, but in all my years I have never gotten tired of or bored with being a silversmith. I think it's because of the simplistic elegance of silver.

Marnhe: Being a graphic designer, I mainly work on the computer. Soooo... I guess I can say that my favourite programme to work with is InDesign & Photoshop. But when it comes to doing things with my hands, it’s the mix that has the magic. Collage style, mixed media – there’s no limit. From scraps of paper, to string, lace. Give me a glue gun and I’m sold.

7. What would you do if you won the lotto?

Anelda: All the boring stuff, I suppose. Buy a Jaguar, buy a house on the West Coast or around Clarens or somewhere breathtakingly beautiful. And travel for 3 months straight.

Marnhe: Travel non-stop and set up a mobile studio to work from my boat/plane/bus/train.

8. Where to from here?

Anelda: I honestly don't know. I'm a terrible long-term planner. I mostly live in the moment of the day, the week, or the month at most. I do know we are aiming to set up at least one showroom cum studio within the next year or two, and whatever happens in and around that will be part of the adventure

Marnhe: I’m strung a little differently – I inadvertently think about these things. About where to, why, how, what. It helps me to see purpose and stay driven. Concrete plans are not yet visible, but we have a vision and a few ideas up our sleeves...

9. What has been your proudest moment since you started?

Anelda: This is where living in the moment makes things difficult for me; I tend to forget the past... a definite milestone was being accepted into Kamers Vol Geskenke in 2012, our birth year. For us it was a fantastic launchpad, and validated all the months of hard work leading up to the event, as well as inspiring us to new heights. To me this journey and business has been a succession of little milestones and triumphs and lessons and highlights, all inextricably part of me personally as well as professionally. I am just proud to call Moois & Meer Coterie my baby, however small she may be.

Marnhe: Today. And tomorrow it will be that day. And yesterday it was yesterday. Everyday moment for me. I think we have come a long way, but we’ve still got so much to learn.

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Cute last minute halloween costume ideas

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hellooo lovelies! So, I have a dillema - I've been invited to a halloween party, but halloween isn't really a thing in South Africa - we don't really celebrate it, me the least as I have my own views on it, but now that it's a dress up party and it falls on the traditional date of the US halloween, well ja, I have no idea what to do or what to wear.

So, I snooped around and found some pretty freaking cute halloween costumes to try out. While I would love to do a couple's look, ie the girl and boy from Moonrise Kingdom, my individualist husband wants to do his own thing. But I haven't planned anything yet. So here are some last minute ideas I think I might try - it remains to be seen :)

If you are looking for something cutesy and fun, these bokkie tutorials are quick and easy ways to dress up your face. I really love the Bambi look and I think it is too cute. // Left // Right

If you are into cartoons and have a beloved character - my husband likes to call me Gretchen from Recess, especially if I wear big glasses - then you should dress up as your favourite one. I think Minnie Mouse is pretty cute, while Darryl nailed the Velma look from Scooby Doo.

 But, if you are a little more skilled with the make-up brush and would try a more intense, 'difficult' look, these sugar skulls are the look to try. I love the story behind sugar skulls, even though they creep me out a little bit. // Left // Right

Lastly, if you follow the Mean Girls rule of "In the real world, Halloween is when kids dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Girl World, Halloween is the one day a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut and no other girls can say anything else about it" then a little more daring outfit is a definite must. Find your shortest dress and pop on some bunny ears and voila, your all halloweene'd up.

Kantine Deluxe {Berlin}

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Choosing a restaurant for lunch in Berlin is tricky; no, near impossible. With ample cafés, five-star restaurants and food stalls on every corner of the old {or as my bike tour guide said: young in terms of European standards} city, I walked around the city centre for almost an hour before deciding on a perfect little lunch spot, Kantine Deluxe.

I chose this particular restaurant on a Sunday afternoon, as the restaurant looked reasonable in price, and I chose it because its look and feel reminded me of home; like a trendy restaurant from Parkhurst has been transplanted in the centre of Berlin. 

And while its menu was far removed from the typical South African Sunday lunch of rys, vleis and aartappels, I still enjoyed having my first official currywurst here, accompanied by a delicious peppermint tea and the BEST panna cotta I have ever tasted. I was not disappointed, as it was quite filling. I would not need to eat for the next few hours after this lunch, and when you are hopping from tour to tour, there is little time for meals.

The restaurant, which is located on Spandauer Strasse, about 450 m from the famous Alexander Platz - the transport hub in the Mitte district, as well as the home of the TV tower and a couple of famous churches and fountains - was opened in April this year. It already features in the top 50 of almost 6 000 restaurants in Berlin on TripAdvisor.

Restaurant manager Alexandros Psifidis - from Greece, but fluent in German - told me that the decor of the restaurant truly reflects its name and idea of a cantine. "We are deluxe in our look and feel, but we are a cantine in the sense that our order system is electronic and you collect the food yourself. The exposed ceiling, with the pipes showing, also lends to this industrial feel of a cantine. But, the tables, the bar, our moss wall and our lighting gives that deluxe feel."

Married for an ENTIRE year

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I think congratulations are in order. Congratulations to my husband for not killing me in the last year and congratulations to me not going entirely crazy in the first year - which is supposed to be the HARDEST year. All jokes aside, we celebrated our first year wedding anniversary this weekend and I could not have asked for a better life partner.


Dear Flip,

I'm finding it difficult to write how this year has changed me. Changed you. Changed us both. For the better, for the stronger, for life. Marriage has taught me so much about acceptance, letting be, letting go and forgiveness. Marriage has taught me about unconditional love, even if it means staying up till 2 am and arguing - because, you know, you're not allowed to go to bed angry. 

The only way I could think of writing about our marriage was to quote from my wedding speech, but I can't even find that. I am at a loss for words to say how much I love you.

Yes, I will probably always moan about the Grand Prix, but then I know I can at least watch an hour or two of Keeping up with the Kardashians without a single whinge from you. You're good at compromise, better than I am. I will learn to compromise like you. 

Yes, we are both home bodies and there are the odd days where one of us wants to go out, but the other doesn't. I promise, one day, we will both feel like going out at the same time. 

Yes, I will always try and push you off the couch and off the bed, steal the blankets, hog the dogs, eat all the chips, chocolate and popcorn, but when I am doing those things, I am in a zombified state. Yet, you still love me, even when you are shivering cold and have to use your arms as coverage.

Yes, you will always drive me nuts with your crazy made-up songs, your silly jokes, your whistling and your inclination to tickle me, pick me up and carry me around when I'm trying to cook, or get dressed, be all up in my face when I'm trying to get ready for work - but the minute you are not around, I miss all of those things. 

Even though we don't get each others' love language, I can say that we are each others' love language. It's the little things that outsiders don't understand, that they find weird and perhaps demeaning, that make us work. Even though there are many uncertainties in our future, we are each others' certainty. You are where I can confide, and where I can find confidence. You are where I can let go of all my negativity, and in return only find positivity.

Thank you for being the beautiful face I get to wake up to every day, and thank you for loving my face, even though you wake up to me every morning - matted hair, raccoon eyes, crazy left-over breath. You are my all. You are my best.

Forever yours,


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