If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, Christmas for you is all about snowflakes and pine trees, right? But down here in Cape Town, it’s hot and sunny – much more in tune with palm trees than pine trees!


We’ve planned for this North/South thing this year, designing our flip-over Christmas greeting card to be flexible enough to send appropriate festive greetings, whether it’s deep Midwinter, or a blazing Summer’s day. Sending greetings to Aussie friends? Send your card sunny side up. Off to icy Berlin? Well then, lead with the snowy side.


Available at our shop at 201 Bree Street in Cape Town, and online too:

South African shoppers: http://bit.ly/PaperGoods_ZAR
International shoppers: http://bit.ly/Papergoods_international



I am feeling SO inspired and SO excited, after seeing these gorgeously styled pics sent through by Originol - one of our fabulous German stockists. I am in love with how they’ve styled my prints! Thanks for the inspiration, Julie! Visit the Originol shop for lots, lots more.


Getting all Martha Stewart over here

I returned from Jaipur at the end of October, in the middle of a renovation of our study, so our home was in an absolute muddle, and the explosion of my three India-souvenir-stuffed bags all over the apartment didn’t help a bit! Slowly but surely we’ve been finding a place for everything (and ditching whatever doesn’t fit), and despite the chore list, I’ve really enjoyed our recent run of super-domesticated weekends. In fact, I’m even going to blog about them! I spent the whole of last Sunday hand-rolling and stitching the hems on three 3m-long curtains from beautifully soft dhoti fabric which I found at Khadi Ghar… Continue reading



Did you make an online order with Skinny laMinx earlier this month? Well, not to ruin it for you, but you might like to know that you’ll find a little extra in your parcel, as we decided to pop a lasercut Youmakemesmile card into all online orders for the month of November. Thanks for making us smile by shopping online at Skinny laMinx! xx


Brand new prints

I posted about our new gift cards and tags earlier this week, but there’s more to our stationery collection than that! We’ve added a whole new bunch of high quality giclee prints on Hahnemuhle paper into the mix. These two A3 prints are a great way to bring a bit of Paradise into your space, even if it’s the middle of winter. Teacups Collection is also at A3 size, and makes a cute kitchen highlight. (Hot tip: these A3 prints fit beautifully into the ready-made frames from Country Road) Gridly (above), and the Prickly Pear and Succulents Collection prints below are a… Continue reading


Paper Goods 2014/15

I’ve been going on so much and so long about my trip to Jaipur that I almost forgot to tell you about our cool new stationery collection! Oops. There are loads of cute gift tags, and four fab new square format blank cards, too. ** South African shoppers, go here to shop online ** ** International shoppers, find our paper goods here ** Want more? Click the image below to see the full stationery catalogue online too.


Ooh! Zippy!

The winds of change have blown around these parts, at least in our snazzy zip bags department, where Change Purses and Stash Bags now sport the funkiest, chunkiest XXL ring-pull YKK zips you ever did see. You’ll find Change Purses and Stash Bags in our shop in a startling array of patterns and colours, and you can shop online for them too. South African shoppers, find them  hereInternational shoppers, here. All that’s left to say, really, is #perfectstockingstuffer.


Jaipur shopping – Blocks, Locks & Bling

Jaipur is a city built for shopping. Really, that is what it was designed for, when Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II built the city in 1727, expressly for artisans and merchants to practice and sell their work. So all the shopping I did was actually a cultural experience, not just a mere indulgence. But indulge, I did, and while I bought some textiles for our home and some clothes and jewellery for myself, I mostly shopped for interesting little things that I could share with people back home – more specifically, the people who visit my shop! This week is First Thursdays Cape Town,… Continue reading