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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Preparing for Prague!

As most of you, that read my blog and follow me on social media would probably know by now is that in a couple of days I will be jetting off on a magical trip to Prague, Czech Republic for the much anticipated Bata Fashion weekend. I am beyond excited, about this trip as I will now be able to quench my love for travel and get a good hit of fashion inspiration while I’m there. I thought I’d do a mini post on how I’m preparing for Prague, as you can imagine excitement is hitting the ceiling right about now!
So when I found out that I was joining the Bata team in Prague for Bata Fashion Weekend, the first thing I literally did was head to Pinterest in search of as much information as I possibly could digest about the country. Basic things like what currency is used, the language spoken, must see sights etc. Almost immediately I fell in love with the magical and majestic place that is Prague. Why was this place never on my bucket list?  

Things to do in Prague:
Prague posses a wildly eclectic mix of history, culture, ambiance & beautiful architecture but that's not the only thing this city offers as research suggests. There are however a few things I really want to see & do in Prague in no particular order:
  • Walk across the Charles Bridge
  • Explore Prague Castle
  • See the Old Town Square
  • Take a picture infront of the John Lennon Wall 
  • See the world famous Astronomical clock on Prague's Old Town Square
But besides the amazing sights to see, i'm rather excited to visit the Bata Prague flagship store. If it's anything like what I've heard, it will be nothing short of amazing, it's a 5 storey building and it's filled to the brim with shoes...heaven!!! 
"I did a bit of shopping at the Canal Walk Bata store in preparation for #BataFashionWeekend, almost instantly when I saw these nude block heels I just knew they were going to have to come with me home. With the many walks we will be taking in the streets of Prague, the "Insolia technology" which are built into Bata shoes, shifts weight off the forefoot to reduce the pressure by 30%. How could any heels wearing lady object to that? A Stylish pair of shoes, but not compromising on comfort. I will most definitely be pairing these pretty heels with my favourite faux fur coat" 
Some of the things which I am really excited to see over the course of the trip is the "Shoe Making Demonstration how amazing would that be? There will also be creative workshops whereby we will get the opportunity to customize our own pair of Tomy Takkies, as well as make our own original jewellery. There are going to be so many amazing moments on this trip however the stand out part would obviously have to be the Bata fashion show which will present the latest trends and designs. 
On another note how perfect is this Bata handbag! I posted an image of it on social media and boy oh boy have I gotten so many messages and comments about this particular bag! Not to worry you will be seeing loads more of it roaming the streets of Prague! Make sure to follow me on all my social media platforms. Ill be doing some live videos to keep you in the loop of all the festivities! Watch this space...

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Review: Drops of Light

Last week Thursday I attended an event hosted by The Body Shop, for the launch of the “Drops of Light” range. Some of the bloggers in attendance had already used some of the products and was raving about it even before the event. But I was out on a mission to try the products out for myself.
Every morning and evening for the past couple days I’ve been using the rich creamy face wash. It really feels nourishing and none drying to the skin. All I did was apply a pea size amount onto damp fingertips and massaged gently onto my wet face and neck. After removing the face wash I immediately applied 2-3 drops onto my face and neck and gently massage. I repeated this method every morning and evening before applying my cream. The product really feels great on my skin. It’s become a part of my skincare regime.
Both products contains an amazing product called Red Algae extract which comes from North Atlantic. It has grown for millions of years in the icy pure North Atlantic waters and it is known to contain a powerful blend rich in Vitamin C, nutrients and minerals. The product promises to deliver new levels of skin brightening by efficiently targeting the key dimensions of healthy skin drop by drop. Will definitly do a follow up post of the changes to my skin after a month or so.

The product has been proven by women to reveal:
  • ·         Healthy Looking Brightness
  • ·         Even Tone
  • ·         Pure Translucency
  • ·         Refined Texture
  • ·         Smooth Suppleness
While at the launch, I noticed these really pretty individual eye shadows. You can now build your own palette with your own choice of colours and shades. How amazing! You can purchase the palette case separately and fill it as you choose. Cannot wait to get some more…
All above product can be found at The Body Shop stores nationwide.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Launch of TwistedSista

So last week Thursday I was invited to an event to launch a product in South Africa called TwistaSista. The event was hosted at the stunning Westin Hotel, on19. It’s a salon inspired haircare brand from London, UK. The brand was created for those individuals who wants to embrace their curls and coils and stand out from the crowd and let their individuality show. TwistaSista is curated with healthy ingredients such as coconut, avocado and almond oil to prevent occurring frizz, maintain moisture and define curls. These products are colour safe, free from sulfates & parabens. The naturals sphere in South Africa has grown in leaps and bounds and our women are becoming more and more confident to wear their natural thread with boldness and confidence.
We received the following products to try for ourselves:
·         Luxurious Clarifying Shampoo 355ml: This sulfate-free super hydrating shampoo promotes a healthy scalp, seals in moisture and helps to prevent future drying. For all hair types and texture.

·         Intensive Leave-In Conditioner 355ml: The answer to big frizz! Super hydrating formula feeds curls and instantly detangles, leaving hair manageably soft while blocking frizz without weighing hair down.
·         30-second Curl Spray 237ml: Refresh and maximize curls in under a minute.  All curl textures and types will awaken sealing in moisture and shine to dry dull curls.

·         Curl Activator Crème 222ml:  Here’s Twisted Sista’s consumers #1 must have! Add life to freshly cleansed hair.  Developed with type 3 and type 4 in mind, this curl crème delivers moisture, curl definition, volume, and frizz control

·         Amazing Dream Curls Gel 355ml: Especially for thin and/or wavy curl types, this light-weight gel, enhances curl patterns.  An alcohol-free curl styler provides a crunch-less hold and elongates curls while infusing moisture.

The 30-second curl spray is definitely one of my favourites. I love how I can just spray on the product and it instant gives me a refreshed look, without the frizz and the fuzz that I tend to get when waking up. The intensive leave-in conditioner is another winner as it leave my hair feeling so soft and nourished. If you are a naturally curly girl do try out the TwistedSista range, products can be purchased from selected Clicks stores nationwide. 

Friday, 24 March 2017

EFC is not just a guy thing!

So I have become quite compelled to write a post about why EFC (Extreme Fighting Championship) is not just a guy thing! Yes, I’m using that exact words “a guy thing” as I’ve been told that one too many times when chatting to my friends about how much I enjoy this growing Mixed Martial Art sport in South Africa.
Okay let’s take it a bit back, my husband and brother are major fans of the sport, I’m talking about back in the day when EFC actually started and I’m sure that it's probably the only thing they actually speak about when together. I often use to hear names like Ruan Potts, Norman Wessels, Champion Dalcha, Dricus du Plessis, Irshaad Sayed, Demarte Pena & Brendon Groenewald to name only a few. But after months and months of hearing them talk about tactics, take downs, various strategies & groundwork I finally gave into watching a live match at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World

My first EFC experience was back at EFC45. I literally sat and watched the first match in the Grand arena in absolute silence. The crowds around me was roaring with excitement, but I was merely sitting there in absolute silence trying to wrap my head around the concept of why individuals would put themselves in a locked hexagon and fight until they either got knocked out or have to tap out. After the 2nd match I softly started whispering & uttering words like “take him to the ground” & “finish him”. The next match was was going to be 2 females. This was insane...I’ve never seen anything like it, it was Shana Powers vs Kirsty Davis and within the first few minutesnShana Power with absolute skill and precision knocked out her opponent. It was absolutely magical. Something that I have never seen before.
I then realized that EFC is not anything like a street fight, the sport is practiced by many amazing MMA professionals, it takes years of experience, skill and craftmanship which is then put into a professional sport which many has come to love and enjoy. At that very EFC event I realized that the bug has bitten me and that this would be a sport that I too would come to love and enjoy.

Almost immediately a healthy debating/conversation started taking place within our home, I too had a few firm fighting favourites of my own such as (Irshaad Sayed & Don Madge) & ever since my very first EFC 45 I have never missed an event yet. I have attended every Cape Town based EFC event and when it’s up country we make it a date night in our home and live stream it with an bowl of popcorn. Just recently SABC Sport announced a multi-year broadcast partnership with EFC, the leading mixed martial arts organisation on the African Continent. EFC can now be viewed on SABC3 & we cannot be more trilled about it which means that the sport can now be commercially watched. Saturday nights has become a whole lot more exciting!

So with that said lets make it clear, EFC is not just "a guy thing" & I actually take offence to just the mention of it! If you don’t believe me take a moment and watch the fight between Shana Power and Kirsty Davis on youtube & once you have done so, I’m sure that I’ll be seeing you in the seat right next to me at the next EFC58, 8 April at GrandWest Cape Town. Tickets sold on Computicket: click here!
For more EFC updates, do check out the EFC Facebook & Twitter page!



Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Launch AveneXDischem

I got invited to join in celebrating the launch of Europe's #1 dermo-cosmetic brand Eau Thermale Avene into Dis-Chem Pharmacies. The event was hosted at the beautiful setting that is Alphen Boutique Hotel in Constantia. We were taken through a lengthy presentation about the brand, the product itself, the living testimonies of individuals before and after experience about the products, as well as a talk from a renowned Dermatologist putting his stamp of approval on the Eau Thermale Avene. After leaving the event I was really & I mean really excited about this brand and the results that those that have been using it have received.  
This is not just any usual water, this is water from a special spring. The Avene Thermal Spring Water's powers on the skin was discovered in 1736 and in 1874 the Academy of Medicine officially validated the therapeutic properties of the Avene Thermal Spring Water and declared the spring to be of public interest. In 1990 the Launch of the Eau Thermale Avene Brand took place. 
What exactly is so special about this spring water you may ask? Avene has unlocked part of the mystery of it's Thermal Spring Water, by analyzing it's composition, the Pierre Fabre research team- in collaboration with public research teams discovered that the water contained ACTIVE MOLECULES. These originate from a fascination microflora that only survives in the extremely deep, pure, crystal-clear Avene water. It was names Aqua. dolomiae, and it explains some of the soothing and anti irritating properties of Avene Thermale Spring Water. 
There are various uses for the Eau Thermale Spring Water spray, such as After hair removal, facial redness, sunburn, after surgical procedure, on damaged skin, razor burns, diaper rash, or even on any itching skin.
The entire range has me in absolute awe. but one of my current favourites has to be the Eau Thermale Avene Micellar Lotion, it is by far the most gentle product I've ever used for cleansing & removal of makeup from my eyes, face and lips.It's really soft on the skin and does not have harsh fragrances which I absolutely love. This product took my dark liquid liner and mascara off with literally one swipe and no harsh rubbing required.
The Eau Thermale Avene Soothing Moisture Mask has become my special product. Whenever my skin is not feeling great, this product is such spoil to use. I liberally apply a thick layer to my skin. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and when the time has run out the product literally disappears on the skin. Which shows the great absorption power of this product on the skin. I will then finish with a quick spritz of the Thermale Spring Water and my face instantly feels refreshed and glowing. This product is great for sunburned skin, dehydrated skin and sensitive skin. It's Paraben-Free too.
Living under the harsh Africa sun, we cannot ignore the negative effects of sun on our skin. Whether the sun is shining or it's raining no-one should be bracing the outdoors without a great sun protection product. Please do not wear anything less that an +20 as it's really not suitable for our climate. We need proper coverage & hence this Avene SPF +50 is a great product for me. Even if i'm not wearing any make-up you will definitely find me wearing sun protection. There is really no compromise. 

So if you are struggling with problematic skin and looking for a natural product to help. Do try Eau Thermale Avene product ranges. Eau Thermale Avene products are now available at all Dis-Chem Pharmacy stores!

Friday, 17 March 2017

Bolton's Footwear Winter '17 Collection

On Tuesday past I attended the Bolton's Footwear Winter '17 collection event! The event was hosted at De Waal park, which was quite a different spin & setting on how we usually get to see various collections, but it was such a lovely day in Cape Town that we definitely weren't complaining at all. When we arrived, we received such a stunning Bolton's branded blanket and was told that we were going to be viewing an absolutely epic flashmob. There was the option to sit down on the blanket in the park and get a front-row preview to the collection! Score....Bolton Footwear definitely brought the entire park to a complete stand still when they started showcasing each collection with a red carpet runway and some amazing choreography done by the models. 
Photo credit: Adrian de Kock (4roomz.com)
Bolton's Footwear brand comprises of a number of brand such as Anton Fabi, Barker, Bronx Men, Bronx Woman, Crocket & Jones, Jordan, Olympic Shoes & Renegade to name only a few. 

Out of the entire collection I chose my Top 5 footwear pieces from the Winter '17 showing:
1. This boot is in fact a men's boot and falls under the Barker brand. Its called Glance Kid Mocca. The reason I chose this boot was that I know it's definitely a stylish piece that my husband would wear. It can be worn with a denim and t-shirt & even worn with a Melton coat in winter.

2. This sneaker falls under the Olympic Shoes brand and it's called Eclipse Pink. I love this popping colour and I can actually picture myself wearing it to gym. I like the look and the feel of this sneaker.

3. This stylish heel falls under the Bronx Woman brand and it is called Yeti-choc-ankle and its perfect for the office. The block heel is very fashionable and on trend at the moment. So you really cannot go wrong with it.

4. This boot falls under the Bronx Woman brand and it's called Page-Cho-Angle. This boot is a basic essential for the coming winter months and the detail on the boot simply gorgeous.

5. Last but not least this boot also fall under the Bronx Woman brand and it's called Rosalie-Black-Angle. A black basic boot is a staple piece that every girl needs in her wardrobe. This boot can be mixed and matched with different pieces within your wardrobe and the style will never date.

If you are interested in seeing the entire range, or want to purchase any of these pieces. Do check out the website: http://www.bolwear.co.za as well as follow them on there social media platform Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/BoltonFootwear/

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Review: Africamp Glamping in South Africa

I got the opportunity to experience the much anticipated concept called "Glamping". So with that being said I have actually never camped before, not because I didn't want to, but merely because I see it as such a mission. I'm talking about packing in all your necessities for the weekend, then setting up tent, then unpacking everything that you have packed into your vehicle, and then once it's all done, you then have to pack it all up again. There's also the possibility of no electricity at certain campsites or even the option of no proper bathroom facilities. With that said, its enough for me to give it a pass almost instantly. But then I heard about glamping, and my response was: I can do this!
I was then introduced to the idea of glamping! It's a similar feel to that of camping but with a certain form of luxury that you wouldn't expect with traditional camping. So armed with that bit of information my husband and I along with my sister and brother in law headed down to Swellendam in search of this luxury form of camping.
AfriCamps at Kam’Bati is situated on an Overberg farm about 20km west of Swellendam. The Sonderend River and Breede River meet on the property and 5 luxury Boutique Camping tents are located in a beautiful and quiet patch of forest close to the river. There are so many fun festivities for the entire family to enjoy such as Canoeing, mountain biking, fishing facilities, putt putt mini course as well as various swimming pool options for the whole families enjoyment. A beautiful tent structure was constructed when we got there, with a fully furnished kitchen, dining area and mini lounge. The bathroom was equipped with a shower, basin and bathroom. The evenings did however get a bit colder but that was not a problem at all, as we had an indoor fireplace. Yay!
We arrived the Friday afternoon and planned to stay the entire weekend. Literally the first thing we wanted to do was swim. The surrounding areas are gorgeous and definitely lends itself to the entire camping experience. We then returned to start up our braai for the evening, each luxury tent had its own designated braai spot and a lovely set up of wooden tables and chairs to unwind. 
Glamping is really something that you need to experience for yourself. It was an amazing time of relaxation, unwinding and re-energizing. I am already planning my next stay! If you're interested in booking your stay, with africamp, do check this link to the website: http://www.africamps.com/ they do also have 3 different locations, such as Swellendam, Robertson & Oudtshoorn. Happy Camping er Glamping!

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Embroidered Affair

This blog post will be the start of a brand new series on the blog. This post will form part of a Winter '17 look-book. The initial aim of it is to showcase product from various brands and to show my interpretation of the trends you will be seeing within various stores for this coming winter season etc. So keep an eye out for this space.  
The embroidered trend started to make an appearance during the course of late last year! But by the looks of it, it really doesn't intend on going anywhere anytime soon. The embroidery can be found on anything from denims, shirts, jackets, evens bags & accessories. I must say the flower embroidery is by far my favourite, and I firmly believe that Foschini has definitely got it right this time around! 
I paired this beautiful embroidered woven shirt with a black fringe denim and these absolutely stunning brogues from Rubi Shoes. The combination of classic edge, just made me love this look even more! Brogues has been a firm winner for quite some time, and I believe it will be a keen choice for this coming Winter '17. They are just so comfy. You can get your favourite pair of Rubi Shoes at your nearest Cotton On store. 
OUTFIT DETAILS:
Woven Embroidered Shirt: Foschini
Denim Embroidered Jeans: Foschini
Embroidered Clutch: Foschini
Brogue Shoes: Rubi Shoes

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Kinetics Professional Nail System Launch

So on Tuesday past I had the opportunity to attend the launch of the Kinetics professional nail system. Yemaya Spa & Hair invited me as they are now the first proud distributors of the brand in South Africa. The afternoon was filled with mani's & pedi's, delicious sushi & amazing refreshments as we got to experience the brand first hand. The talented nail technicians explained the brand to each individual, while using it on our nails.
The Kinetics brand originated in 2000 as the project of two enthusiastic entrepreneurs John Manzione & Andzeja Stencavs. Although it was started in the USA the company soon moved its headquarters to Europe, where it's products are manufactured today. Over 10 years of continuous improvements, Kinetics has developed a fashionable nail product line that is the most comprehensive on the market.
The Fall/Winter '16/17 pre-collection boasts stunning shades such as Pearl Hunter, Satin Cold, Power of Fire, Under a Spell, Iceland Grey, Nordic Blue, Kingdom of Ice & Goddess to name only a few. The amazing thing about Kinetics is that you can find the exact same shades in the take home nail polishes as well as in the in-salon gel polishes. 
Besides the amazing Kinetics Nail polishes, the brand has also heavily invested in there own R&D facilities and formed a team of young, ambitious chemists. Working side by side with nail professionals everyday, they have developed new formulas and constantly improving those already in existence. Thanks to the knowledge built bu the R&D team, they can now take pride in Kinetics extended successful products such as Kwik Note, White SPA line & the perfumed lotions.
I chose to do Gel nail using the Kinetics nail range and I really must say the product is amazing! You need to head over to Yemaya Spa & Nail and ask to get your nails done with Kinetics. Follow the brand on social Media: Kinetics Nail South Africa