Living In A Tipi – ROADTRIP!

By Monday, July 25, 2016 0 Permalink 5

Lancewood TiPi Lodge

Recently, my family and I decided to take a road trip to the beautiful Assegai farm in Robertson. It’s about a two-hour drive from the city, and oh heavens, is it worth it.

The Lancewood TiPi Lodge is where we stayed, and living in a TiPi is just as cool as you’d think it is. The lodge has three TiPi’s so far, and they accommodate from 2 to 12 guests. All TiPi sites come with a fireplace, beds and bedding, hot water bottles, basic cutlery and crockery, a private outdoor shower and washbasin, and a cooking area with a washbasin and gas cooker. There is also a block nearby with toilets and showers, and a swimming pool. I’d consider this as more of a “glamping” experience – so pleasant and SO peaceful.

Along with the TiPi lodge, Assegai also offers alternative accommodation in the form of the Assegai House, if the outdoors isn’t your thing. Also on offer, are activities like hiking, archery, clay pigeon shooting, and an holistic massage, amongst many other things. There are also other attractions in the area, such as a cactus farm, an olive farm, and plenty wine farms for you to choose from.

Springfield Wine Estate

Springfield Wine Estate

If you’re looking for an escape and an entirely unique experience, I would highly recommend the Assegai Rest accommodation. The owners, André and Jacky, are also lovely and very helpful! All their info links will be listed below and a vlog will be posted shortly on our experience 🙂

Lancewood TiPi Lodge at Assegai Rest

Assegai House

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Essence Products You Need

By Monday, May 16, 2016 0 Permalink 3

Essence

Essence has always been ahead of the game when it comes to affordable makeup products, and they are always releasing new launches. I recently had a little fun in my local Clicks and knew I had to share my finds with you guys 🙂

I have always been a cuticle biter (for shame) and was excited to see that Essence had a nourishing cuticle oil that contains argan oil and is perfect for travel. It has a doe-foot applicator and smells oh-so good.

I’ve wanted to try a colour correcting palette for some time because I have darkness under my eyes and a bit of redness around my nose, and was thrilled to see that Essence released one. I’ve mostly used the peach and green shades in the palette to help with these issues, the other shades I don’t really get much use out of because they are too pale for my skin tone, but for the reasons I got it for, it works well.

translucent setting powder is always good to have in your makeup bag because it sets and matinees without changing the colour of your makeup, and this is a really good one. It is a loose powder so not great for travelling or applying on-the-go, but really great otherwise.

I always love using an eyebrow gel to set my eyebrow hairs in place. I’ll either use it so set my brows after I’ve filled them in or just use this on it’s own when I just want a good shape on those natural makeup days. This one is amazing and very travel-friendly.

The eyeshadow base from Essence is definitely one of my favourites. Good eyeshadow primers are quite a rare product to find, especially reasonably priced ones, and this one is a big hit for me. It’s pigmented, so could be used to just neutralise your eyelids if you have any discolouration, or it can be used as an eyeshadow primer to prevent creasing and make eyeshadows last a lot longer.

Lastly, Essence brought out a makeup fixing spray (yussss!) You apply this once all makeup is applied (maybe leave mascara ’til after), and it just sets your whole face and makes it look more like skin. This one’s a winner.

I highly rate Essence products, especially considering the price, you definitely get your money’s worth – and more!

 

WIN With IYØS This Mother’s Day!

By Thursday, May 5, 2016 1 Permalink 7

It’s that time of year again, when we get to celebrate the most important woman in our lives – our mothers! To help you, we are teaming up with IYØS once again to give you the opportunity to win this beautiful Trollbeads bracelet AND playing cards bead, valued at R2000.

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To enter, all you need to do is share this post on twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #givemomatrollbead and that’s it!

Competition closes on Saturday at midnight and you can share as many times as you want – the more the merrier! We will contact the lucky winner on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8th) and we will have your gift sent to you within a week.

Good luck and a Happy Mother’s Day to all our beautiful moms!

Spot Check: Max Bagels

By Wednesday, April 13, 2016 1 Permalink 9

Max bagels (street shot)

I have had an unwavering love for bagels for as long as I can remember. So imagine my excitement when my friend and I came across this tiny (and I really do mean tiny) gem in the heart of Cape Town.

Max bagels (interior)

Max Bagels can be found at 120 Bree Street and is open 6 days a week from 8am to 4pm. They have a delicious selection of bagel toppings to choose from and a few beverages to go with it. On this occasion, I ordered their BAT (R45) which is a twist on the classic BLT. Bacon, avo, and tomato. So mouthwateringly good.

Max bagels (food)

There are no tables, just a few benches and chairs to sit at, which is great for people-watching, but not so great if you prefer having a place to eat in comfort. In that case, just go in, order the perfect bagel, take a drive down to the Promenade, and enjoy.

The food is delicious, the place is cute as can be, and the service is really good. If you’re an avid bagel lover like I am, definitely give this spot a go 🙂

Local Love: Zana

By Friday, April 1, 2016 0 Permalink 2

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I first noticed Zana through their social media. I saw a few of my friends posting pictures of these beautiful and unique items ranging from pillow cushions to wall hangings to handbags, and I knew I had to get in on the action. I did a little research and here is what I found:

Zana was started in 2012 by a mother-daughter duo in Cape Town, both had extensive experience in the creative field and they decided to turn their passion into a business once they saw that there was a (global) demand for their products. Now, four years later, they run a successful workshop in Woodstock where all the products are created, tested and packaged.

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They have three pop-up stores; one in Gardens Centre, one in Kloof Centre, and one in Cavendish, but their biggest and most convenient platform is their online store.

I made my purchase on their online store and decided to go for a black and white speckled sling bag (R310). I paid online and received an email to say that my product was ready for pick-up a week later. They do give you an option to have it couriered to you at an extra charge if you are unable to fetch it yourself. I however was able, and took the drive to Zana’s beautiful workshop in Woodstock where my package was patiently waiting. They also sell their fabric for those of you interested in DIY!

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Very unique, very reasonably priced, and a great option for gifts for loved ones! They have a huge range of products  and I can’t wait to make my next purchase, which will probably be something from their homeware section because wow.

Check out their site here.

WIN! With IYØS Jewellery and Trollbeads

By Saturday, March 12, 2016 0 Permalink 12

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The period of Easter is among us and in celebration of this, IYØS Jewellery and I are teaming up to give you guys an opportunity to win your very own Trollbeads Easter bead as well as a white leather bracelet for your new bead! So, if you’re looking to make this Easter extra special for you or a loved one, then keep reading!

To enter, all you need to do is follow these steps:

  1. Like this post <3
  2. Visit the IYØS website and hunt for the IYØS Easter Egg
  3. Facebook message IYØS and tell them where you found the Easter Egg

This is the Egg you are looking for:

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The winner will be announced on the 24th of March 2016. Follow IYØS on twitter and Instagram for your daily hint.

Happy hunting!

Catrice Cosmetics: All About Eyes Review

By Wednesday, March 9, 2016 0 Permalink 3

Catrice Eyes

Catrice cosmetics is one of those brands that I’ve seen for a while but never really heard much about so never thought of trying anything in particular. So a few weeks ago, I was in Discem and thought I’d buy a few items to test out and let you all know if they’re any good 🙂

Let’s start with the primer – I love the doe foot applicator and the product itself is really good too. I will say however, that it doesn’t have much pigmentation so if you’re only looking for a primer that will make your eyeshadow last and not even out your skin tone too, then this is perfect. Set it with a translucent powder before applying your other shadows and you’ll be good to go.

The eyeshadow palette was the only thing I wasn’t thrilled about. All the colours are a bit cool for my skin tone and I didn’t find the colour pay-off to be fantastic, but on a lighter skin tone this would be beautifully soft and romantic.

The liquid liner is amazing. The formula is super black, it lasts a long time on the lid, and I really enjoyed the applicator – a very firm and fine tip that makes it easy to get a fine line close to your lashes or build it up to a sharp wing.

Last but not least, the mascara. If you like long, voluminous, and spidery lashes, then this is for you. I found the formula of this to hold a curl really well, it is also very black, and there was no fallout throughout the day (a lot of mascaras leave me looking like a raccoon after a few hours). The brush is quite fat so it’s not great for getting up close and personal to your lash line, but overall a really good product.

I’ve only seen this range at Discem so if you can, give this brand a try! Super affordable and they have a lot of gems to offer 🙂

Spot Check: Giulio’s Café

By Monday, February 29, 2016 0 Permalink 4

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This week’s Spot Check is on this beautifully idyllic café which can be found at 16 Loop street in the heart of Cape Town. Although relatively new to the scene, Giulio’s boasts an impressive reputation, so naturally, we couldn’t wait to try it out.

The interior is modern but still homey with marble tops, brown leather seating, and pops of greenery scattered throughout. There is plenty of natural light and the spacious set-up feels very calming to dine in.

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Giulio’s menu consists of hearty Mediterranean and Italian-inspired dishes that are certainly a treat for the taste buds, and for those looking for something a little lighter, you can tuck in to the harvest table which hosts a range of delicious salads and sandwiches. I had a freshly squeezed orange juice served in a carafe, and the Gemelli Twins (R22) which includes two eggs done how you like it and a slice of toast of your choice. I added extra avo and bacon, and it was a winner!

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The service is pleasant and Giulio’s warm nature is felt throughout.

The new menu is kicking in in the next few weeks and if it’s anywhere near as good as the summer menu, you guys are in for a treat 🙂

I hope you guys are enjoying this segment, there are plenty more places for me to spend my money and eat copious amounts of good food at – all just for you 😉

Have a good week, everyone!