Monday, 28 May 2012


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Frikkie Cool Creative: Elzanne LOuw

This weeks chosen Frikkie Cool Creative is one of our good friends, Elzanne Louw. A Pretoria local who now applies her trade in Cape Town. Elzanne runs her own clothing and accessory label from her studio in the mother city, called LO.
Elzanne started out in the big world by studying photography at T.U.T and completed her diploma in 2006. It was while studying that she fell in love with fashion photography. "To be honest I always spent more time on putting together outfits and making crazy props for shoots than I ever spent on taking and editing pictures."   When the opportunity presented itself  for her to study a second time, she grabbed it with both hands and begun studying fashion at U.J. Her intention was to get into the fashion magazine world. During her time at U.J, she became fascinated by pattern making and tailoring. It was somewhere between her compelling urge to make things by hand, her pattern classes and her part time job at Superella that the bug had bitten and the realization was made - "Hey, I can be a Fashion Designer! Why the Frik not?"
It all turned out to be a lot of hard work, but that is exactly what she did. Elzanne moved down to Cape Town at the end of 2010.   "By Jan 2011, with a lot of love and support from some amazing friends and family Lo was born."   The name LO is derived from Elzannes surname, LOuw.   "I like this little connection, it makes me feel close to my work and like it connects to my heritage."
LO primarily produces ladies clothing and accessories, everything is produced locally and designed by Elzanne personally. All the materials are locally sourced while she personally does all the patterns. All of LO's ranges are always limited which makes LO a very exclusive and must have brand! For example, the winter coats and jackets are both based on very classic shapes, they are beautifully hand made from fine quality materials in the rich colors of the season, which is a Navy and a deep Rust colour.
LO is targeted towards women of all ages who have an appreciation for classic lines and shapes combined with quality in textile and quirky details. Comfort and fit are also top priority!  

 "I am often inspired by craft, vintage trims and buttons ,textile, print, colour, Art and Photography. These days my photographic expressions are limited to my Instagram addiction which is actually a great source of inspiration."
For winter this year, LO features a limited range of hand knitted gloves and neck-warmers as well as a selection of fabulous layered skirts and dresses, long sleeve blouses and for those in between season days, LO has some easy to layer Sailor dresses and short sleeve shirts.
If you are in the Gauteng region, be sure to check out LO at the Neighbourgoods market in Braamfontein every Saturday morning. If you are in the Cape Town area you can catch LO this Saturday, 2 June, at The Treasury Market in Stellenbosch or you can now buy LO clothing online at Hello Pretty. You can also check out her website and Facebook page for more info!! We here at Frikke Awesome find everything LO does to be LOvely and beFRIK, and a must have fashion item in any ones wardrobe!!
Keep an eye out on the blog and the Facebook page for an awesome COMPETITION where you can win yourself a LO Clothing voucher. Details to follow.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Honey Badger - Bistro

So there's this new spot in town that we think is preeeety kewl!! It's called Honey Badger Bistro, and is situated on the corner of Hilda and Pretorius street. It's got that street cafe vibe with the classic Snor Baai feel to it, which makes it ideal for one to sit there all day and relax...
Honey Badger was started by Cecilia Theron du Preez and Felicity Steenkamp, and from what we have experienced visiting Honey Badger is that they did a Frikkie Awesome job!! The bistro is very basic but it works so well with the vibe that they have created. A mixture of vintage and modern furnishings gives it that contemporary European street cafe feel... Which we LOVE!! There is an inside non-smoking area and an outside smoking area, so they have catered for both types of customer that one would find in the Capital city.
Then there's the menu.... There is not much one can say about what they have to offer... Except it's AMAAAZING!! They have everything from breakfasts through to lunch and even finger snacks for the not so ravenous customer. From what we have tasted throughout the week, we have yet to find a single thing that does not satisfy our taste buds! For instance, today if you order a cheese platter, you get yourself a free glass of wine!! What a DEAL!! Also, be sure to check in daily for the "Sandwich of the Day"..And what's more is the coffee!! You HAVE to try the coffee... It will blow your FRIKKIN mind!!
The bistro is open from 7:30 till 16:00 Monday to Friday, and from 9:00 till 15:00 on a Saturday. We have found, obviously from traveling experience, that the best way one should drive to get there, would be to go down Duncan Street, now 'fondly' known as Jan Shoba (don't ask),  and turn into Church street, or as the government calls it " Stanza Mobapa", and then take the second street on your left which should be Hilda. There's enough parking and the odd tree for some sweet shade!
Honey Badger Bistro is just what P-Town needed, a place for good food that can be shared in good company with a pretty sweet vibe! Be sure to join their Facebook page to stay up to date with all things new at the bistro!