Hi all you lovely people,
Growing up I had a highschool sweetheart who had an incredible gem of a beach holiday house in the secluded Simon’s Town, just a short 40 minute drive from the bustling suburbs. In actual fact, the beautiful Boulders Beach was where we met one fateful sunny day in December ‘o7, and due to the fact that he was my first real boyfriend and there was lots of innocent fun had here in the 3 years that followed, the area around and in Simon’s Town has a very special place in my heart. There are all these little corners and crevices of history filled with bygone stories of Just Nuisance, the salty sea dog (literally) who was a great dane and a fully fledged member of the Royal Navy in the 1940’s, as well as romantic little spots where you can retreat to escape the city.
I like venturing back to this side of the world on occassion when I’m feeling nostalgic and because it always gives me a deep seated sense of security and seclution with my own thoughts whenever I revisit it. I grew up a lot in the years I spent here, and it was towards the end of the young romance when I stumbled on a particularly special secret place that only the locals know of – Waters Edge. Hidden away from the tourists down a path between two houses, it was on this beach where I sat alone at 18 and contemplated the journey that the next couple of years would take me on, and where I cast out my dreams and ambitions into the wide open ocean in front of me. It was a sacred moment for me, and a beach that I have gone back to time and time again when faced with a new fork in the road. There have been disappointments and triumphs in the years that followed, but at 25 (and a half) I can safely say that spending time on that shore again after all this time, I had a sense I had come full circle and found the path I am meant to be on. Sure, I am in a way only just starting something, but on the otherhand, when you revisit where you were, all of a sudden you can see the distance and space you have overcome.
On this particular occasion, I was wearing the most gorgeous dove gray jumpsuit from NAKD, which is both functional and fashionable for a beach day like this. The colour of this is a wonderful subdued shade of blue, which I personally am preferring for the spring months instead of brights, and the fact that you can just pull it over your swimsuit, mimimises the effort of getting dressed. I have been loving straw hats for the last while, and picked up this one from YDE of all places at the start of the year. Another favourite of the moment is also the nude slide on Steve Madden sandles I picked up last week. Although they are pricey (R899.00) for a shoe, they are by no means simple as they have perfectly placed pearl embellishments on them and are made of pure leather, so are not only extremely comfortable, but also incredibly durable.
So after a bit of a walk down my memory lane, do you have any spots that you revisit from your youth, or are you the type to just keep discovering instead of revisiting?
Lots of love, always,
PS – A special shoutout has to go to my mom, Sue, this week because she is just the best human alive and woke up at the crack of dawn and followed me around the entire weekend just to capture these pictures (I know, my ma has mad phography skills/patience for me.<3 )