MY PER­FECT SUN­DAY

Elli-Ni­cole Sazei­des, wed­ding dress and shoe de­signer

Sunday Times - - Contents - Abi Den­gler

A wed­ding dress and shoe de­signer takes her’s off

Sun­days are sa­cred to me.

Own­ing my own bri­dal shop is in­cred­i­bly de­mand­ing and time con­sum­ing. I adore what I do, but also cher­ish time off to un­wind. And Sun­days are those kinds of days for me.

I clas­sify Sun­days

as no-guilt nap days, when I can catch a lit­tle shut­eye in the af­ter­noon with­out feel­ing shame­faced about it. Nat­u­rally a girl’s got to get her weekly beauty rest.

On Sun­day morn­ings

I sleep in un­til about 9am, then I go off to break­fast with my hus­band. I love to drive around and try new break­fast spots all over the city. Any new spots that pop up in pop­u­lar ar­eas like Melville and Bed­ford­view are a must-try for me and my hubby.

Af­ter break­fast

we’ll make our way to a cool foodie mar­ket some­where in Joburg. I adore food mar­kets, so if there are any new ones to sam­ple, I’m there. But the tried-and-tested spots are great too — Arts On Main and The Sheds are two of my favourite mar­ket­places. They also serve au­then­tic world foods, in­clud­ing Ethiopian and Greek cui­sine. I love to de­vi­ate from my usual healthy eat­ing rou­tine on Sun­day.

Speak­ing of which,

it wouldn’t be my per­fect Sun­day with­out my mom’s sig­na­ture roast. Be­ing Greek, we’re very fam­ily and food ori­en­tated. I love to see my loved ones and catch up over a nice big lazy lunch.

My ab­so­lute favourite dish

is my mom’s home-cooked leg of lamb and roasted pota­toes. As far as en­ter­tain­ment goes, we are never left want­ing in that depart­ment ei­ther. My hus­band is a clas­si­cally trained pi­anist, so on some Sun­day af­ter­noons he’ll treat us to a recital over lunch. Oth­er­wise smooth jazz is a great al­ter­na­tive.

To re­cover from my self-in­duced food coma,

I’ll catch up on my read­ing over the course of the af­ter­noon. I’m cur­rently read­ing Shoe Dog by Phil Knight. He is the founder of Nike, so it’s a re­ally fan­tas­tic guide for me as far as my re­tail busi­ness goes. It’s my “do­gooder” book to keep me in­formed about what’s go­ing on with in­flu­encers in my in­dus­try.

Since I work six days a week,

Sun­days are pre­cious — my “metime” to re­lax and un­wind and catch up on the nor­mal guilty plea­sures of life, like go­ing to an art ex­hi­bi­tion, or re­lax­ing at a braai with friends. I make sure I have an event to look for­ward to on a Sun­day so that I can kick off the next week in the right way.

I love vis­it­ing The Good­man Gallery and Keyes Art Mile.

The Mary Sibande ex­hi­bi­tion was held ear­lier this month and I ab­so­lutely adored the show — she com­bines fash­ion and art in one glo­ri­ous pair­ing.

To wrap up my ideal day,

my hus­band and I in­dulge in our weekly sushi binge. We have a hid­den gem of a sushi spot in Kens­ing­ton called Kakami that we love to fre­quent. It looks like a hole in the wall. You’ll think you’ll get food poi­son­ing from this place for sure, but it’s ab­so­lutely amaz­ing and they al­ways do half­price sushi on a Sun­day.

We’ll end the day by or­der­ing in

and chilling on the couch with our dogs, shoot­ing the breeze and en­joy­ing each other’s com­pany be­fore the de­mands of the work­ing week steal us away from one another again. LS

Pic­ture: Carike Ridout

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