Pony upย 

Good morning my horse racing aficionados,

This past weekend I spent an awesome day at the races for ladies day which was so much fun. For those of you who know me personally, you would know that I love any excuse to get dressed up so when the invite came through to go, I jumped at the chance ๐Ÿ˜€

In the past I’ve been to ladies day at Ascot in the U.K where fashion is extravagant and edgy but all with an air of sophistication. From the moment I got to Doomben racecourse I was in full scout mode for anyone who I thought looked chic and venue appropriate. Below are some of my favourite looks from the day. 

Ladies day isn’t just for the women to steal the show…




It’s amazing what a pop of colour in a suit jacket or trouser can do to stop you in your tracks. The variations in prints too from the classic navy stripe pyjama style shirt to the tartan check really made these dashing gentleman stand out to me. Also, kudos definitely go out to the tasseled loafers and some of the interesting eyewear seen here – who said glasses cannot be an outfit enhancer ๐Ÿ˜€

All on the head…


What would the races be without headwear and wow there were some awe inspiring creations to behold on the green. I just loved the confidence of the black and grey jauntily placed fascinator with those divine cat eye sunglasses and also how the blue and purple head piece above really steals the show against the white dress and classic Chanel 2.55 – pure and regal. 

More than one can be done…


I really love how even though we are all unique and plan our outfits individually, some groups of friends or couples have an incredible ability to complement each other without even trying. The light and dark contrasts compared to the shocking yellow and floral print really worked wonderfully together and also I’m a huge believer in the couple who dresses well together, stay together ๐Ÿ˜€

Friends to be revered…

Now it’s time to give my friends their times to shine, I mean look how amazing these girlies look – from the glowing mumma to be to the Canadian lovelies rocking their lame and flirty floral headbands, the azure lace to the winter whites and also the asymmetrical wonderment, I felt proud to be spending my day with this awesome bunch. 

Women rule the world…



Ladies day wouldn’t be ladies day without the stars of the show and wow did these women not disappoint. I just loved the subtle accessorising of the fur stole to bring the outfit together or the lace headpieces which either offer a exciting contrast or match another element of their outfit completely. The use of colour in the pastel pink or the cobalt blue or even just the black is best all worked perfectly. It was great to see some of these beautiful women heeded the theme of floral and feminine also and I’m sure you agree their effort really should be applauded, they all looked spectacular ๐Ÿ˜€

Well my wonderful followers, if you are planning to head to Stradbroke day this weekend or other racing events later in the year, hopefully the outfits I have captured here can give you some inspiration on what dressing for the races either here or in the UK is all about. Be brave, be bold and most of all be BEAUTIFUL โค๏ธ


Until next time, take care

Keya x

Yearn for Yard familyย 

Good morning my wonderful, fashion loving, incredible followers,

Wow, do I have a treat for you all today. As I mentioned to you late last year one of my resolutions for my blog for 2017 was to endeavour to bring you interesting, thought provoking content with each entry which is why as you may have noticed I’ve scaled back my posts to once a month now. This gives me time to research and gather my input so I can be excited and proud of every post I deliver to you. 

For May’s edition, I have managed to gain an all access interview with the sister duo who make up the awesome new company you ALL have to get on board with, Yard Family. 

K – Hello Emily and Alice of Yard Family, thank you so much for agreeing to this interview. First off, could you perhaps explain to myself and my readers, how did you come up with the name “Yard Family”?

YF – We wanted the name of our business to reflect our philosophy, which is to get together with loved ones i.e. family, friends, etc and enjoy the great outdoors – whether it’s your backyard, beach, park, or off the beaten track!

K – What is the concept behind the business and how did it originate?

YF – These days, where technology like iPhones, computers, and computer games are an easy and available source of constant entertainment, it is easy to forget that there are so many beautiful places right on our doorstep that are there for us to enjoy. We believe that time away from the barrage of social media and digital entertainment is of paramount importance to the enjoyment of life, health and vitality.
We are both mothers with several children each (Alice has 4 and Emily has 3), and we can see that there is a huge temptation to allow kids to use technology as a convenient source of distraction.

Our own families’ philosophy is to get outside with the family, kids, and friends as often as possible (and the weather allows!) and soak up the sunshine and fresh air. We wanted to create a product and brand that promoted that quality outdoor time, in a way that is stylish and fashionable. And so Yard Family (and the Yard Blanket and other products) was born!
K – For those of my readers who do not know both Emily and Alice are mothers to a total of seven children, how do you find the time to invest in Yard Family around your already busy lives?

YF – It definitely requires juggling and balance! We usually make the most of the time the kids are at school, during nap times, or in the evenings after the kids are in bed. Every now and then if we have a particularly busy period where we are working on a collaboration or a sale, our amazing husbands step in and take over the childcare duties to allow us the time we need. But we have definitely found that the more you have to do as a mother, the better your time management becomes! Otherwise it would all end up in disaster!

K – Has being family yourselves (Emily and Alice are sisters) helped or hindered the day to day running of Yard Family? Do you have the same creative and commercial ideas about new collections for the brand?
YF – Thankfully we are a pretty amazing match – Emily is the business end of things and Ally is the creative. We bounce ideas for collaborations around and are usually in agreement with most of each others’ ideas. We are both willing to give in to the other if one of us feels strongly about doing something the other isn’t so keen on. But that happens very rarely!
K – What would you say is each of your strengths that has helped make Yard Family the success it has been to date?
YF – Ally, being the creative genius, does all the photos, product styling, and graphics. Emily does the writing, emails, manages the website, and other technical things. We try to keep those boundaries pretty clear as our strengths definitely lie in what we do best!

K- Where do you see Yard Family in five years time?
YF – We hope to continue to have a successful business that we can manage from home, expanding as our children grow and don’t need us as much! We would love for families all over the world to own and enjoy a Yard Blanket, for our products to feature with some well-known lifestyle brands, and generally have a name that is synonymous with quality time and the good things in life.

K – Can we expect any new designs or further forays into the luxurious, family outdoor living in the near future?

YF – Absolutely. We are always brainstorming new ideas and have some great plans for expanding our range up our sleeves. As we grow we will be branching out into other lines and products, all in keeping with the philosophy of Yard Family!

K- For those who wish to purchase any of your beautiful creations, what is the best way to do this?

YF – We have an online store at http://www.yardfamily.com where you can see our range and the details of each product. We ship worldwide for a flat fee of AUD$50, and offer free shipping within Australia. We accept credit card, PayPal and Afterpay, which allows you to buy now and pay later!

And with that, Emily and Alice are back to their families and day to day lives. What an inspiring and creative duo they truly are, thank you so much for the interview ๐Ÿ˜€

Until next time, take care 

Keya x

Have your cake and eat it too.ย 

Good morning my busy, bustling beauties,


After being between jobs for a few weeks, I managed to secure my second job since being in Australia and this week is my second in the role. This months post is dedicated to the trials and tribulations of being a woman in 2017. 


 Although it truly has been a blessing for me to get back into the corporate world after a brief hiatus, I openly admit I have personally struggled with my time management since starting and I’ve had an epiphany which I am sure many of you share. 

During my time off, I was that person who was up at 6am bright and bushy tailed, hitting the gym for a class then coming home to either clean my apartment, organise my wardrobe, do the washing, prepare the dinner and maybe even squeeze in an episode of Suits all before my partner got home from work. 

Since going back to work however I haven’t been to a class this week yet (yes, I know its already Saturday ๐Ÿ™ˆ), we’ve had meals that I can prepare in the shortest time known to mankind, and in my eyes the apartment has not been as immaculate as I would like.

(Images courtesy of google images)

It sounds silly, but it’s really been getting me down as even though I am getting home only around an hour later than I used to at my last company, I am struggling to do everything I used to do before. My question to myself and you all though, is why do we put so much pressure on ourselves to do it all? 

I cannot even begin to comprehend those amazing women who also have children in the mix. It truly amazes me when I see all the inspirational women around me who manage their household and a full time job whilst also having sometimes more than one young child at home. I have more admiration for you than I can even describe as, as you can see just work and home life can become overwhelming even for myself ๐Ÿ™ˆ

I have realised though that it is not worth the sake of our health and wellbeing to get so hung up on feeling as though we need to have the successful career, successful family, choc full social life and beautiful show home all at the same time. If we didn’t get around to vacuuming or doing body combat today, there is always tomorrow. There are 7 days in a week for a reason ๐Ÿ˜€

As long as we continue to treat ourselves and those around us with respect and love and we look after our minds and our bodies then I think we are all navigating the role of being a 21st century woman just fine. 


Until next time, take care

Keya x

Spectacular Sydneyย 

Good evening my Southern Hemisphere socialites, 

Just over a week ago my brother touched down in Brisbane to visit me from London and after what has felt like a whirlwind few days I thought I would dedicate this post to our recent road trip to Sydney. 


We decided rather spur of the moment that this week we were going to go to Sydney so after organising a rental car on Tuesday we set off first thing the next morning on our mammoth journey. The roads were so quiet and the scenery en route was truly breathtaking. 

When we were about 200km outside of Sydney city we organised our accommodation for when we arrived which was to say the least interesting but in a great location to just put our head down for the night and freshen up. We awoke the next morning and set out early fueling up at a nearby cafe called the Grumpy Baker which made awesome coffee and even better homemade muesli with fresh fruit.
We fully immersed ourselves in the culture of the city taking in the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge before hopping onto one of the sight seeing buses to take in some more of the city and also visit Bondi beach which truly was breathtaking. 
We walked until our feet could not take us anymore and then retired to our room to shower and change before heading to a local Italian place in our area for some food and a cheeky night cap. 

The next morning we were up bright and early again to head to the Blue mountains. They truly did not disappoint and we made the most of the many strenuous hiking trails and adventuring before heading slightly further inland to visit the awe inspiring Jenolan Caves. We had a super tour guide show us around one of the many caves here  which was both intresting and mind boogling. A certain must do if you are in the area ๐Ÿ˜€


That evening we again freshened up before heading to a quirky pub in the town centre for dinner and a few drinks before bed. 

The following morning we were up bright and early again to hit the road for our nearly 12 hour drive home. I can definitely say although we had the best time, wow was it amazing to be back in my own bed and reunited with my love when we got home. 

I have already been reminiscing today about how much Sydney reminded me of New York with small dashes of London thrown into the mix. What an awesome city and trip, I would totally recommend a visit if you are ever in this part of the world. 

Wherever you plan to venture this year on your annual summer holiday, just remember if you leave the destination with knowledge of the particular culture and bundles of arty shots on your iPhones then you know you have truly experienced another city in this wonderful thing we call the world ๐ŸŒŽ 

Until next time take care, Keya x

Incredible Iris

Good day to you my fashion loving friends,

I recently watched a documentary about the woman who I am dedicating this months blog to and she truly was so inspirational to me that I just had to introduce her to you if you may not have heard of her in the past. I give you the awe inspiring woman who is Iris Apfel. 


(Images of Iris courtesy of google images)

In her earlier career she was a successful interior designer and business woman but now she is best known for her incredible dress sense and style acumen.

She is the queen of accessorising and bigger is definitely better in her opinion. I really admire how she mixes a vintage Chanel necklace with a costume trinket that she picked up in a flea market in India or some other far flung destination. 

She is regularly spotted on the front row of most highly sought after designers shows at New York fashion week and her opinion of their collections is invaluable. 


Her style has clearly rubbed off on her husband who she been happily married to for over 50 years and also the unique finds from their explorations of the world when they were a young couple can be found scattered around their cluttered but shabby chic apartment in the city. 


She has lent her vast collection of jewellery to exhibitions which were widely populated by the public and she also takes part in styling segments on many day time chat shows or interviews. 

One of the things that really resonated with me about her however was how in her words she says she has never been beautiful so she needed to find another way to make herself stand out in society. Looks fade but style is truly timeless. Her approach to dressing  is it doesn’t matter if those Gold hoop earrings cost $5 or $500, if it complements your outfit and makes you feel beautiful for that one night then that is the objective achieved. 

I have always been a huge accessories person in my own life; I rotate my earrings and rings on a daily basis to suit my outfit of the day and I also have my opulent, one of a kind pieces which come out on special occasions. Those closest to me though know the familiar sound that precludes me when I walk into a room. The jingle jangle of my stacked bangles and bracelets on my right wrist are my trademark (you can imagine the tan line I permanently have during the summer haha) but that is my own take on being individual and making my own style shine through every day. 


 Now what are you waiting for, those awesome marcasite chandelier earrings are not going to purchase themselves ๐Ÿ˜€ 


Until next time take care

Keya x

Bad boys bad boys

Good day to you my sports loving socialites,
If like me, you grew up loving all things sport and a complete Tom boy then you will surely appreciate where I was this past weekend. A few weeks ago, when a friend of mine proffered a spare ticket to the rugby tens event at the infamous Suncorp stadium in Brisbane I jumped at the chance to go along.


This event saw teams from Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and my motherland South Africa battling it out to be crowned the winners of the tournament. As the weekend was approaching, my friend who had invited me, said did I know it was fancy dress and did I have anything to wear? My heart dropped into my stomach as with only a few days to go I had not had time to visit a fancy dress shop or store to purchase said outfit. I then told my friend that it was ok, I would just refrain from dressing up.  When Saturday arrived and I headed to my friends hotel for a few drinks before we left to go to the stadium as she lead me to her room she said oh I picked you up a hat and an accessory. She is so thoughtful and I was so happy to be able to get into the theme of our outfits. Can you guess what we went as? Who would have said police as that is what we were ๐Ÿ˜€


When we got to Caxton street where the famous stadium is situated, the streets were awash with every style of costume from bumble bees to nerds to Hawaiian shirts and leprechauns. It was so amazing to see see everyone getting into the spirit. 


(Image courtesy of google images) 

It just so happened that the weekend of the rugby, Brisbane was experiencing a heatwave with temperatures reaching the late 30’s on Sunday so I really felt for the players having to run, tackle and score tries in that heat. Where we were seated, luckily we were in the shade but it was still cooler standing at the top of the stadium where the industrial sized fans were blowing and the drinks refrigerators were located.

When my friend and I (she really going to town with her police uniform complete with cuff links, hat and lace up boots) and I were walking around the stadium, it was so nice to be approached by people saying how cool we looked and if they could their photographs taken with us. Although I was just dressed in cut off denim shorts, a vest top and converse, my police hat and baton along with my Ray Ban aviators really brought it all together and the off duty cop attitude was a winner. 

After the game, we headed back onto Caxton street and ended our night at the Caxton which played old school music and with the drinks flowing finished the night off perfectly. It felt so surreal dancing amongst all of the different characters and it really was so much fun mixing with so many different nationalities and backgrounds of people. It made me feel like less of a foreigner for a day for sure. 


Isn’t it amazing how sport really can bring every walk of life together in one place and the fact that I got to show a touch of my fashion influence for the day too made it even more special. Where do I sign up for next year already?? ๐Ÿ˜€

Until next time, take care

Keya x

Shipment successย 

Good day to you my jet setting jewels, 

The next step of my Aussie adventure unfolded just before Christmas when my long awaited shipment of personal effects arrived in Brisbane port. After 5 long, agonising months seeing those boxes stacked up in the room was enough to bring tears to my eyes. As I’m sure any of you have moved overseas will relate, you never quite feel settled until you are surrounded  with “your things” right? 


The next challenge was where on earth was I going to put all of these items, bearing in mind we recently had moved into a one bedroom apartment where storage is not known as a new build’s fortay. 

So after much huffing and standing with my hands on my hips procrastinating, I grudgingly opened the first box armed with my “keep” and “charity shop” piles. I was surprised to find the decision was made oh so easy as I found that some of my possessions which were perfect for the cool winter days and average temperature summers of London were completely inappropriate here. In the same breath, all of my beautiful summer dresses and easy, breezy shorts and vest combos were well needed after 5 months of rotating the same weeks worth of clothes! Also it is awesome to know that none of them can be found in shops close by – its always fun to be unique and quirky don’t you think ๐Ÿ˜€


Once my clothes piles were organised, I felt a huge sense of relief come over me that the mammoth task was actually a lot easier than I had expected. My new wardrobe in my apartment is still filled with my favourite items from home but are now just worn with a subtle twist. Those pencil shift dresses I usually paired with opaque tights and a cardie are now worn with bright coloured flats and coordinating sunglasses and those beautiful summer dresses are jazzed up with relaxed beachy waves in my hair and my rainbow selection of havaianas. 


One thing that definitely has not changed since my move is my love of pampering. Although I greatly miss my fave nail salon Gossip nails in my home town, I have managed to find a great nail place close to my home in the city who has a huge selection of shellac and OPI colours but the key difference is when I always used to go for deep burgundys or reds as it suited the London climate, now I can experiment more with cute pastels or bright shades I never dreamed I would be brave enough to try. 


One key learning factor for me being away from my things for so long I discovered, when they did eventually arrive I soon realised that you have to adapt to the environment you live in. Of course, I relish the days when I can unpack my big thick cable knit jumpers and over the knee boots when I spend frosty winters back home, but for now my new slimmed down wardrobe is easy, cool in the summer heat and also deep down I feel deeply grateful that the items I did take to the charity shop will be lovingly worn and admired by someone who perhaps needs them more than me right now. 

Although it’s great to have lots of beautiful, material things around us to make us feel as though we have achieved wealth and success in life, ultimately we live in a disposable world which constantly evolves and changes so we must go hence forth with it. Anyway, at the end of the day, material things are not coming with us when we leave this earth, but experiences and love of our families and friends will always be within us. 

Until next time, take care

Keya x