I blog and write infrequently.
I’m often asked why I don’t post more often, and why I don’t make better use of my blog as a marketing tool.
There are two main reasons for this.
Firstly my website, which was initially designed as a bespoke site, without a good CMS. It was outdated and I did not “enjoy” it anymore. I loved it when it was first installed, but over the years I have not known how to update it and as a result I have neglected a lot of important stuff which would have kept it current. Hopefully I have now ( finally) sorted it out, and moved over to a template theme, which I’m slowly customising as a learn and figure things out.
Secondly, the elephant in the room. Social Media.
I could post weekly, or even daily, detailing every prop I source, recipe I test, shoot I do, editorial I write, client I meet and campaign I style.
I could fill my Instagram feed with billboard pics, recipe book pics and tv commercials.
I could, but I don’t want to.
I’ve been struggling with this for a while now. Frustrated with social media and the constant, ” look at me!” stuff I see posted I have withdrawn more and more, trying to figure out a balance between doing things to be seen, and being seen doing things. ( I would hope mine was more of the latter)
My friend Tanya Kovarsky wrote an excellent piece on a similar dilemma she has with her own blog, which eloquently expressed how I have been feeling recently.
I love her honesty, “I could write about all that I have. I could write about some of the things I don’t have. But while I’m one for gratitude, I don’t think I need to “brag” about all which I have, nor do I need to make the things I don’t have the “hero” of my story (though I probably will never stop writing about how I don’t have – and want – thinner thighs).
I don’t think I will ever have thinner thighs, or the answer to the quagmire of my place in a world of advancing technology. Thank you friends, to those of you who have stuck around whilst I wrestle this through.
So, that all being said, I’m excited to share my new look blog and this beautiful first birthday cake smash shoot I styled recently.
I’ve become a little obsessed with loaded drip cakes and sprinkles, this shoot successfully indulged both, along with all kinds of prettiness, giant gold flamingos, a magnificent chandelier, and the beautiful photography of the Nestling ladies.
” coming, ready or not”
2017 is on it’s way!
Pop the champers, kick off your shoes, and light the sparklers – 2017 is approaching at a rapid rate
Happy New Year everyone
Styling: Taryne Jakobi
Model : Beautiful Jen Andreoni
Photography: With thanks to the wonderful Nestling girls !
It sure is !
Johannesburg is in the grip of a heat wave, and with tough water restrictions already in place due to low water supply, it’s all we can do not to jump in the car and head south to the beach.
In fact, Ms S has been asking for a month now, “is it December yet?”
What better way to imagine it is already holiday time, than to create our very own beach scene; bake some cookies, pour some lemonade and lie back on a pool lounger… its summer baby, and almost, almost beach time 🙂
Sand Dollar Cookies
Growing up in Johannesburg, our family would make the annual trip to the coast for the December holidays. My mom ( not much of a baker ) would out do herself, and make 2 massive Tupperware containers full of biscuits. Custard biscuits and another she called “Kids Beach Biscuits” which were a kind of a rock cake biscuit, with raisins and spices, were my favorites!
We would lug picnic baskets, cooler boxes and all manner of beach paraphernalia onto the beach and set up “camp” for the day. All the children would pay on the waters edge building sand castle after sand castle, complete with special moats and “drains” for the incoming water, running back every so often to the adults under the umbrellas for a quick sandwich or biscuit. It was childhood at its best.
With so much modern convenience it hardly seem necessary to do any of this any more. To be honest I don’t even know if I would have the strength to do it all, when I see ALL my 4 year old keeps insisting we should “pack to take to the holiday house”
I might just make these sand dollar cookies though. A lovely crisp biscuit with a touch of cinnamon. The mixture freezes well, and the baked biscuits will keep in a Tupperware , *wink* ( or any other suitable air tight container) for a couple of weeks.
3 cups cake flour, sifted
1 cup / 200g castor sugar
1 tspn vanilla extract
185g soft butter
2-3 tablespoons milk – if required
Almond flakes – optional
- Combine all the ingredients together, except for the milk, in a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon, or in the bowl of a food mixer and mix with the “K” attachment on low until the mixture combines together, add the milk slowly, spoonfuls at a time if necessary.
The mixture should be firm and pliable but not sloppy.
- Divide the mixture into two and shape into logs.
- Place in the fridge for 30 minutes or freeze wrapped in plastic wrap.
- Preheat oven to 180oC
- To make the biscuits, remove from the fridge, drench a baking tin with cinnamon sugar and roll the logs in the sugar until coated in a cinnamon sugar crust.
- Remove logs and place on a marble slab or cool work surface and slice into disks with a sharp knife. Arrange on a baking tray with space between for spreading. Decorate with almond flakes if using.
- Bake for 8-12 minutes for a soft biscuit and 15 – 20 minutes for a crisp biscuit.
- The biscuits should be a light golden brown colour. Remove and cool on the tray.
- Store in an air tight container ( if they last that long!)
I was thrilled to be asked by the beautiful girls at Nestling to partner with them in styling this Tropical theme for their summer Mini Sessions shoot . It was so cool to pretend we were somewhere exotic with a real beach in studio, giant swan inflatable, imported tropical palm trees ( almost putting our backs out trying to move them!) fun tropical fruit printable, and other sun, and sea goodies.
Roll on beach time…
Styling : Taryne Jakobi, with thanks to Carmen and Natasha for the best brief ever!
Photography: BIG hugs to the lovely Carmen & Natasha at Nestling
very, very much!
In fact, this shoot would probably make it into my Top 10 of all time favorite shoots. Not that I would ever have a Top 10, that would be like asking me to choose which one of my children I love the most.
Nah, not going to happen, so lets just stick with Favorite Favorite :0
Fridays are definitely a favorite, hope yours is a good one!
Black OR White
Black AND White
It’s not always clear.
I recently gave away all my black clothes; not because black is drab, boring , or even some might say evil.
No. I gave them away because I well, wait for it, I gave away all my white clothes too…
I can’t explain it in definitive black and white clarity.
Only that I’m questioning the hard line choosing one of these opposing colours.
Is this a metaphor for life ?
Today is an important day in South Africa , anytime you make your black mark on a piece of white paper is, isn’t it ?
Yet somehow is feels more confusing than ever.
It’s not an issue of black and white anymore, well it shouldn’t be, but 20 years on this hard won democratic privilege still feels so much about black OR white.
It still feels like we are fighting the same fight.
Over and over again.
Maybe it’s just about learning to live in the grey zone, working through the tension, and still making a mark.
Im off to make my mark, dressed in, yup , you guessed it, grey…
Happy Voting ( for those in South Africa)
Go make your mark, it counts, no matter the color.
Concept & Styling: Taryne Jakobi
Photography: Roelene Prinsloo
I posted a few weeks back, when Facebook reminded me: thanks for that FB we know about my poor memory , pictures of my own baby shower, and a friend made a funny comment that even Martha Stewart would have been impressed with all the details.
Seriously high praise. I love details, Im all. about. the. details.
Sometimes a little too much.
But only a little. *scribbles notes on future post about self deception
I actually can’t get enough of pretty things, small touches that tie a theme or event together, beautiful flowers, props, and pretty, pretty, pretty!
This baby shower was for a friend who was having a little boy. I partnered with In Good Company, and they supplied all the pretty party printable ( which are a free download on their website), and props, and photographer Vanessa Lewis captured every single detail so beautifully, down to the very last button! ( which, I will just add I baked , sewed ( – yes, I sewed the cushions, and sock animals just so I could add buttons to them) and crafted…All to my detail- obsessed- hearts contentment!
Happy Friday everyone
Hope yours is filled with all your favorite things
I have a framed print on my wall that says ” Love is the new black”
I love it!
It reminds me that actually there is , as the saying goes, ” nothing new under the sun” … Love is not new, it’s not a trend, a fashion or a passing fad.
Love is actually the real deal.
I love this new series of dark food shots we did on a matt black background.
I love that I get to do this, and I love that sometimes creativity is simply doing what you love, regardless of fashion, fads, and an ever chasing after the wind newness…
Big LOVE to the lovely ( she really is, inside and out, one of the love-ly-est people) Roelene Prinsloo for the amazing photography !
Styling & concept – Taryne Jakobi Styling
Can you keep a secret ?
I’m not talking about bad secrets. Stuff that should NEVER be secret, abuse, bullying, crime etc.
I’m talking about ” good secrets.” (We should probably call them confidences rather than secrets.)
A surprise birthday party, special gift, a proposal.
Clark Kents real identity.
Your colleagues crush on the guy in procurement.
In fact I’m really good at keeping mum.
Saint Taryne, patron saint of the zipped lip.
A work colleague whose unplanned pregnancy would have hampered promotion, I kept under wraps, for, well, 9 months.
And, a high power couples immigration plans which were ( they thought) NASA qualifying TOP SECRET, for fear of an industry backlash, I feigned ignorance until all was revealed …
Now, before you go all judge-y on me, that I’m priestly & pious, let me share the my secret to to keeping confidences.
The antonym for a “Memory like an elephant”
A memory like Taryne ( ag shame)
Yip, the key to keeping a confidence is not the ability to be super spiritual, in my case anyway, it’s simply a rather poor memory.
When my cousin was pregnant she was eager to know the gender of her baby, but her husband was not. He said it was ok for her to find out but he did not want to know.
Once my cousin got the little pink piece of paper in the sealed envelope from her gynecologist she just couldn’t keep it to herself, excitedly she shared the good news with me and swore me to keep quiet for the next 6 months.
When the baby was born I exclaimed delightedly ” it’s a girl !” With as much enthusiasm as the rest of the family!
My cousin looked at me amused, ” you look as surprised as everyone else who didn’t know ” she laughed,
I had completely forgotten I was privy to this secret and so my surprise at the gender reveal was genuine !
It hadn’t been difficult to keep the secret because I simply forgot that I knew.
Now there are some things that should never be secret.
So I’m going to let you in on a big one.
It’s called talent.
Actually that’s TALENT!
IN CAPITAL LETTERS, bold and underlined
And this is it,
Photographer Dylan Swart
This guy is going places, and that’s no secret, so spread the word….
No need to keep this one quiet, it deserves to be spoken about 🙂
Many thanks to the super
talented TALENTED, and humble Dylan Swart for the fun video we did with pasta.
PS, another secret, Pasta is really really easy to make, I hope you will give it a go.
Recipe for pasta dough and really good instructions, here
Recipe and ~Styling Taryne jakobi