Making Space

by Monique on July 13, 2016 · 6 comments

While my body makes space for a growing baby, and my Mr and I make space for his arrival, I’ve realised I need space to allow this blog to grow too…

For the past few months, I’ve spent less time actively working on Oh Darling Days. Instead, I’ve been listening to inspiring podcasts, while folding baby clothes and cleaning out cupboards (I’m all about freeing up space at the moment), and making mental notes about what I want in life and if Oh Darling Days could evolve into part of that.   READ MORE


When I was a kid, Mother’s Day meant making mom breakfast and giving her home-made gifts. It was simple, sweet and sometimes a little messy, but it was always a gesture of love.

Should we even celebrate Mother's Day

So much has changed…



I love to dance but oh boy, I suck at Zumba. During my first class, I almost ran out crying.

Why I’ll Never Step Foot in a Zumba Class Again + Free Fitness Channels

Zumba shame and free fitness

I struggle to tell my left from my right on a good day so, during my first Zumba class, I had to concentrate so hard to follow the moves. I must have looked like as crazy serious as Christian Bale in American Psycho because the instructor kept looking directly at me and telling me to smile. To make matters worse, everyone in the small class started to stare at me like I was anti-Zumba or something. I’m pretty sure I turned the colour of beetroot. Eish!

Mortified, I couldn’t wait for the class to end and vowed never to do that to myself again. But, just when I thought I’d sworn off Zumba for good, I discovered online Zumba and a few other great free fitness channels for women.  READ MORE


It’s amazing that old fairy tales still have the ability to inspire and enthral us today – whether it’s in art, styled photo sessions or movies.

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What is it about fairy tales that captivate us so? Today’s couple session is inspired by dreamy stories and the timing is spot on…



Stop what you’re doing and let’s just take a moment – a Notebook moment…

Kiara & Brian's Notebook Inspired Engagement Session

After seeing this Notebook inspired engagement session, I think I’m going to have to hire the movie, stock up on tissues and chocolate (Easter eggs should be discounted around now, right?) and have a good sob.

Okay, but seriously now, how gorgeous is the photo shoot by Amy of As Sweet As Images? I don’t know about you darling but, if I could convince my Mr to do a wedding anniversary shoot, I’d love to find a lovely lake, a little rowing boat and do this…  READ MORE


Nadine & Wihann’s Duncan Yard Engagement

by Monique on March 14, 2016 · 0 comments

According to famous advice columnist Ann Landers, “Love is friendship that has caught fire.” And that’s just how today’s featured couple met – in a group of friends.

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Photographer Leandrie du Plessis helped Nadine and Wihann celebrate their engagement with a beautiful photo session at the Duncan Yard in Hatfield, Pretoria. Here’s their love story and gorgeous engagement session…  READ MORE


DIY: How to make a simple flower crown

by Monique on February 25, 2016 · 0 comments

From big, bold and beautiful to serenely simple, there’s a flower crown for every kind of girl. I decided to give it a go and make one.

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Ever since I saw this handmade bridal flower crown, I’ve been a bit obsessed. There’s no denying how popular flower crowns have become. For the last two, maybe three years, we’ve seen this wedding and fashion continue to trend gain momentum.

If you’re thinking of making a flower crown, whether it’s for an engagement photo session, wedding or for simply to wear around the house, here’s what you need…