Parentalstyle have discovered another amazing and stylish family to interview, this time living a beautiful life in sunny South Africa.
PS are honoured to introduce you to Angelica Wessel and her fabulous family and lifestyle.
Hope you enjoy the exclusive interview.
- Your family consists of who?
We are a family of 5. Myself, Angelica, my husband Barry, Caesar 9, Hunter 3 and the new addition, Baby Sacha, 4 months. I’m Swedish, I moved to South Africa about 10 years ago after falling in love with Cape Town on a Christmas holiday. Barry grew up in here and lived in Dublin before we met in Cape Town.
Me and baby Sacha in matching outfits. I’m wearing a t-shirt from COS, denims from Zara and shoes from Country Road. Sacha in a babygrow and denims from Polarn & Pyret, the cute hat with little ears I found at a market in Cape Town.
Caesar, 9 showing one of his tricks on the skateboard.
Barry in vintage Dunhill sunglasses, flat cap from Shandon
Hunter, 3 wearing his favorite monkey top from Paul Frank
2. Where do you live?
We live in a lovely home on the river running through Stanford, a village just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town. We moved from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town. We prefer a slower pace and spending more time with the boys. The village is laidback with loads of outdoor stuff to keep the kids in good form.
Our garden. The house to the left is Barry’s studio.
Pool party! This picture was taken on Caesar’s Birthday party.
3. What do you both do for work?
I’m busy launching a new organic skin care range. I’ve been doing all sorts of things in the past; wardrobe for television and film and working as a freelance fashion stylist. In Cape Town I was running a photographic studio for a few years.
4. Do you use any local traditions with raising your family?
Yes, the way that African parents carry their young.
Our nanny Elizabeth showing two ways of carrying a baby African style using a sturdy but soft rectangular piece of cloth. One of Sacha’s favorite places!
Elizabeth looks after the kids at home until they start pre-school. The boys adore Elizabeth, she is from Malawi and is married to her husband George who manages a restaurant in the village. She started carrying baby Sacha on her back African style when he was about 4 weeks old.
5. Do you have local (South African) children’s fashion brands that you particular buy into?
I love a brand called Sticky Fudge, they make fantastic vintage style clothes. Earthchild is another label that got good quality basics. Blu bird makes the most adorable knitted baby garments. I also shop for the kids from a brand called Country Road (which is an Australian brand), that you find at Woolworth’s department stores.
Sacha wearing a beanie from Sticky Fudge, knitted jersey from Blu Bird, baggy denims from Levi’s and baby booties from Converse
6. When shopping for fashion/lifestyle products for you do you shop online, if so what are your favorite online stores?
I don’t really shop online. Many international online stores unfortunately don’t ship to South Africa. We bought a pram for Sacha and some baby stuff from a local online store called http://www.takealot.com recently and I buy some cosmetics from lookfantastic.com.
As we live in the countryside I usually do my shopping in Stockholm when I go back to visit family and friends. My wonderful mom posts great clothes from Sweden for the kids, often from Polarn &Pyret and H&M (I love the organic cotton stuff).
Hunter keeping warm and snug in clothes sent from grandma in Sweden. He’s wearing a classic Swedish fisherman’s jersey and a knitted beanie.
I also bully visitors from Europe to bring me clothes. My sister in law packed me a suitcase full of clothes from COS on their last trip here. I’ve got a trusty and equally fashion savvy friend of mine in Stockholm who’s keeping an eye out for finds for me. She went out of her way to source me my wedding dress in the very last minute, couriered from ACNE studios in Paris to Stockholm and brought to me on the plane by my parents, just in time for the big day. What a mission! Luckily it fit me perfectly.
Me and my dad at our wedding in Greyton. The dress is from ACNE and the shoes are Marc Jacobs.
7. What is your favorite family restaurant?
It has to be somewhere relaxed with lots of space for the kids to run around like the Tasting Room on the picturesque Stanford Hills wine estate across the valley.
Mogg’s country cookhouse in the Hemel and Aarde valley is great spot too. The valley is home to a few of the top small wine estates in the country. It is a lovely family run restaurant
We quite enjoy cooking and barbecuing at home though…
8. What is the family favorite day out at the weekends?
We like going to Cape Town, as we live in the countryside the kids love an action packed trip to the big city. There’s so much going on there and we got lots of friends to hang out with.
In Stanford we visit the Saturday village market with really nice deli kind of food, freshly artisanal bread and vegetables picked on a farm across the river.
Hunter enjoying a giant lollipop at the Stanford Village Saturday market.
In summer we are lucky enough to have some amazing beaches on our doorstep. We often go late afternoon when the sun isn’t too strong, bringing a picnic basket.
Barry and Hunter building a sandcastle at nearby Grotto Beach, one of South Africa’s Blue Flag beaches. Blue Flag is an international award given to beaches that meet excellence in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness and environmental standards.
Barry’s shirt is from Superdry, denims from Levi’s. Hunter in a UV wet suit from Rip Curl
9. What would you say is the best part of living where you do as a family?
The laid back village pace. If someone told me 10 years ago that I would live in a small place like Stanford I would have laughed, I used to be a real city girl. This is a beautiful part of the world, the village is surrounded by mountains and vineyards and it’s a very happy place to be.
The climate is fantastic, mild winters and long summers.
We prefer the climate here as there is little wind which is unusual for the Cape Region and the temperature gage seldom goes above 30 in this area.
I think you would all agree this family is living the dream…..I have HUGE house envy.
Thank you Angelica for taking the time to give PS a glimpse of ‘A wonderful family life’