Monday, May 15, 2017

The Unparalled Camps at Londolozi

Is an African Photo Safari on your bucket list? If you could travel from compound to compound in Kruger National Park and stay in only the most beautifully appointed camps, Londolozi is for you.

Londolozi’s history is entwined with the history of the Varty and Taylor families,” the conservation dynasties that have dedicated their lives to saving a small part of Africa’s Eden”. These great-grandfathers of the Varty and Taylor families established camps on the banks of the river in the twenties.
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For two generations, the family hosted presidents and princesses who came for the hunt. This era ended in 1969 when John, Dave and Shan Varty “assumed the stewardship of the property”. “Sharing the dream of a different kind of relationship with the land, they created a blueprint for a new vision of conservation and restoration in Southern Africa”.and made it a place where people would come to look at, not to hunt, wildlife. The property was renamed Londolozi,, which in Zulu means “protector of all living things”
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Each of the five incredible Londolozi camps offers” luxury accommodations, stunning views, and exceptional cuisine. All camps offer the same access to 34,000 acres of the best Big Five game viewing in Africa, led by some of the continent’s finest rangers and trackers”. The camps vary in price according to the quality of the accommodation, though all belong to the elite Relais & Châteaux hotel group.
First stop Pioneer Camp

After a long day of sight seeing how about dining alfresco here?  Can you imagine anything more romantic

Tree Camp, “Nestled in the leadwood tree canopy, this lodge is a sanctuary of elegance and simplicity”

Can you imagine breakfast or dinner with this view?

Could the rooms be any more luxurious?

The family friendly Founders Camp honors those who were responsible for the camps beginnings

Varty Camp (named after the owners and founders)

If you win the lottery and would like to travel with five of your nearest and dearest friends the ultra exclusive Granite Suites are for you. ‘'The lodge is flanked by an extrusion of granite rocks, an effect echoed by the décor’s bold materials and silver, charcoal and elephant grey palette. The suites convey Africa’s raw essence with a contemporary and elegant flavor”

I tried to find out who was responsible for the decorating of the camps but was unsuccessful.  I would love to hear if any of you know.  Have any of you been to one of the Londolozi Camps?  If so, please share!
All photos courtesy of  If you would like to find out more about these wonderful camps go here

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A Fabulous Linen Shirt–and gifts for Mom

My mother passed away last year and my mother in law passed several years ago so Mothers Day can be bittersweet.  I am  no longer am on the hunt for an appropriate mothers day gift.  Since I am a mother I will choose some things that I would love for Mother’s Day and hopefully you will too!
I LOVE this Stinson Shirt by Lisa Bayne for Artful Home.

 I live in linen in the summer.  I know some of you do not like the fact that linen wrinkles so easily but I think that’s the beauty of it. I love the high low styling of this shirt and I love that Lisa’s line is just the slightest bit more fitted so it flatters.

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I would probably wear this shirt with a pair of white jeans.  My daughter bought me a pair of these jeans for Christmas and I love them.  I don’t usually cave in and buy expensive jeans but these from DL live up to their claim. They really do flatter the tush.
DL 1961 Angel Mid-Rise Skinny Ankle, Lenox, 25:
I have worn a pale gray nail polish all winter.  I think it is time to switch to a pretty white.  This is Essie’s number one color on Amazon right now called marshmallow.  It even sounds yummie!
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I think the casual nature of this shirt calls out for simple accessories.  I love water buffalo horn jewelry.  It is sustainable, inexpensive and light looking with summer attire.  These earrings and bracelet would be just enough with this casual outfit.
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These soludos espadrilles mirror the same light and airy quality of the Stinson Shirt and I love anything crochet.  I don’t think one should pay big bucks for espadrilles as they rarely last (at best) two seasons.
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My beach bag is beginning to look a little “tired”.  I think this one from hat attack is a fun alternative.  Love that the raffia ties in with the soles of the espadrilles.  You know how I love a little texture in my interiors and my attire.
To-The-Beach Crocheted Raffia Summer Tote Bag Hat Attack

These Wallaroo hats are a new fav.  They have an SPF of 50, they don’t break the bank, and they are packable! I love the wooden bead detail on this one.
Wallaroo Women's Breton Sun Hat - UPF 50+ - Packable, Black

So here is my mom’s day roundup. What do you have on your mom’s day wish list?
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lisa bayne for artful home stinson shirt, DL1961 Amanda Skinny Jeans, water buffalo horn bracelet, hat attack raffia beach bag, soludos crochet espadrilles, Wallaroo Breton SPF 50 Hat, water buffalo horn earrings, essie marshmallow nail polish
Have a great week.  Thanks to so many of you for the well wishes regarding my hip replacement.
I can’t begin to give my surgeon (Dr. Hershey of Precision Orthopedics) enough credit.  He did my last one two years ago and it went fabulous but this one even better.  I am 3 weeks out , no pain, never had to take anything other than Tylenol, and am back to all normal activities.  As in everything (I believe) it is great to have a team approach.  Rob Snyder was my PT and he pushed me to do more but kept it simple so I would do the exercises.  I am forever grateful to the two of them. They are rock stars in my opinion!!