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  • Bargain Betty went a-wandering yesterday and happened to spot these pretties for pimping up your bathroom

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  • Among my many many obsessions and iwantthat’s are bright and beautiful fabrics and we’re so lucky that in South Africa (and especially in Cape Town) we have so many fantastic textile designers’ work to choose from.

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  • One lucky reader will get to transform a wall (or any other surface in their space) with a wall tattoo worth R350 from www.mywalltattoos.com

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  • You know how the magazines always say that recovering a chair can add new life to it? Well I absolutely agree so here is the name of my secret upholsterer, who’s quick, professional and so well priced!

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  • Been meaning to get your hands dirty and get growing? Book a place at a Jero’s Garden experience in Stanford and you’ll learn how to turn your outdoor patch into an abundant veggie garden.

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  • More delicious stamp ideas – this time from the fashion and accessories world and the lovely www.adorn-london.com

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  • As a teenager, for me the ultimate man was Jacques Mayol…the Frenchman who said so little but did so much. Swimming with dolphins. Swimming. Diving. Um, swimming. Diving. Here is some Eighties classic movie eye candy.

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  • I had a request for some more boy candy from a reader last week so I did a little thinking and remembered why so many guys I know swear by Hemporium for cool gear that gets the green thumbs up too.

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  • So January is done (yikes!). 1 Feb is round about when I start focusing on my goals for the year and making lists of lists of lists. These colourful notepads are a happy accessory for tackling this project.

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  • Get down to the Grand Daddy Hotel in Long Street this afternoon and cast your vote for the Top 5 customised trailers for the Old Mac Daddy camp due to open in May in the picturesque Elgin valley

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  • Last night South Africa’s newest fashion online store celebrated its launch.

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  • Stationery sluts are a relentless bunch so you can expect to see many, many pen and writing related products on this blog. Today is no exception. Except this is stationery-fashion – hah!

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  • So…yesterday I visited ceramist Christo Giles’ studio in Glencairn as I have had a crush on his ginger jars for a little while and couldn’t quite contain the urge to own one any longer.

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  • Recycled envelopes get the Bargain Betty stamp of approval

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  • 2010 has started with a bang and though there’s work to be done, the other day I sneaked out of my office (I still find it really strange as a freelancer that I really am allowed to do this), made myself a giant bowl of popcorn (OK, I lie, I opened a packet of Ghost Pops and prepared myself for that particular teeth goo that only they can bring) and settled into The Graduate (which had arrived in my post box courtesy of Pushplay.

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  • There’s a growing demand for grown up and glamorous interior touches and this range from a local interiors specialist the trick.

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  • Loverboy has been known to look at me with a completely blank expression when I’ve bounced into the house with my latest find – be it shiny heart-shaped stickers for his girls, new ribbon in a pattern I hadn’t seen before or patterned melamine bowls to add to my alarmingly large bowl collection. His response, after a long sigh: a resigned Eeyore-like ‘…more clutter’.

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  • You know that feeling when you think you’re the cleverest because you have the fortune to be friends with such clever people? Well Charley Pollard is a person who makes me feel like I’m the cleverest…

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  • I’m not a raging chocoholic but like so many of us I find it difficult to resist what’s under my nose. This weekend (while supposedly shopping for post holiday detox goodies) I was shocked to see that some supermarkets already have Easter eggs on display – this when I’m still recovering from a Christmas crammed with Quality Streets! Oh well, if you can’t beat them…

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  • The eight-course Nobu Omakase Sake tasting and food pairing may sound like a mouthful – that’s because it is. It’s a deliciously decadent journey through the cuisine that has put this star brand on the culinary map.

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  • Bargain Betty says …Hello Summer!
    After a few false starts, it can be said that summer is alive and well in the Mama City. And how do I know this besides the fact that I am more paranoid about sun block than usual? Because my friends…the dahlia’s are here

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  • It can be safely said that i am an out-and-out stationery *ahem* slut. A will-do-many-many-things to get my greasy paws on a pen, pencil, notebook, paperclip, ink stamp (you get the picture) that makes my gotta-have-it grade. And I know i am not alone. Here is some stationery eye candy for you …

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