The agony and ecstacy of my One Juice smoothies challenge

October 4, 2016

One Juice Smoothies Review 01A blow-by-blow account of my One Juice smoothies challenge.

Let’s start by saying I did not engage in the full One Juice detox juice plan. I equate diets with deprivation so not eating would be tantamount to ditching my mobile or shoes; a fate worse than death. The One Juice smoothies challenge intrigued me, though. I was promised a glowing skin, more energy and possible weight loss so I gave it a bash.

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Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil launch

September 29, 2016

Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil

Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil promises a J-Lo glow. I’m going to hold ’em to that.

The Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil launch has been rolling out in Cape Town over a four day period. That’s a biggie for a product which isn’t even on the shelves yet so it has to be goodie. Right?

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Day Birger et Mikkelsen Cape Town launch

September 27, 2016

Day Birger et Mikkelsen Cape Town 01“Day Birger et Mikkelsen is couture for everyday.” – Keld Mikkelsen, founder and creative director.

The Day Birger et Mikkelsen Cape Town store launched at the V&A Waterfront on the first day of Spring. Hailed as couture for everyday, this Danish brand was created by Keld Mikkelsen and Marlene Birger on a rainy day in 1997 on a flight to Hong Kong. Almost 20 years later, the brand boasts stores in Denmark, Sweden, The UK, Norway and now South Africa.

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Red Carpet Fashion Show 2016

September 23, 2016
Ilse Fourie, Jade Allen of Red Carpet Concepts, me and IOL journo Jamal Dean Grootboom.

Jade Allen hosted her annual Red Carpet Fashion Show at The Bay Hotel this weekend. Summer 2016/17 is sizzling.

A golden sunset and 2500 red and white roses formed a magnificent backdrop to the 6th annual Red Carpet Fashion Show at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay this past weekend. The soiree, hosted by Jade Allen of Red Carpets Concepts PR in partnership with Prestige Magazine and DStv’s Fashion One, set out to showcase local and international summer collections while supporting wildlife organisations.

Jacques Lagrange Couture undoubtedly owned the runway as one resplendent gold creation followed another in an ode to modern-day glamour.

In a post-event chat with Jacque-y, he spoke about the magnificent collection inspired by Klimt’s ‘Woman in Gold’ painting. Creations of metallic organza, silk chiffon and metallic French lace adorned with glass pearls and Swarovski crystals proven that he is Cape Town couture at it’s finest.“Everyone’s obsessed with negativity and bad news these days,” Jacques said. “I choose to celebrate a great life. Life’s too short, we need to go wild and have fun.”

“Look under your chair. There’s a Maserati for everyone.” *wishes*
Jade Allen looking resplendent in a dazzling M Couture gown.
The delightful and gorgeous Jen Su, who MC’ed the evening, and I are both wearing Jacques Lagrange Couture.
“Couture is a fantasy but a girl can dream.” – Jacques Lagrange
When inspired by Klimt’s ‘Woman in Gold’, life can imitate art.
Ooh la la in gold.

A further line up of impressive local and international brands also showcased their spring-summer collections. Fashion powerhouse Joanna Hedley from Beach Cult is known for her run at Africa Fashion Week London and MBFW Joburg. theHive was recently featured at the Cannes Film Festival and On Trend is a conglomerate of fun, fresh and funky designers. M Couture is renowned for modest wear and dressed host Jade Allen. Footwear was supplied by Trend + Miller.

Brands from abroad included Devernois (France), Hackett London, Juicy Couture (USA) and Vilebrequin (St Tropez) together with Etnia Barcelona eyewear.

In support of a good cause R30 off each ticket went towards Relate Bracelets supporting the Endangered Wildlife Trust for the Dugong Project, the Rhino Project and Cheetah Project and the Save the Elephants Project.

With fabulous fashion, bubbles en masse and killer tunes at the after party at Sandy B Private Beach Club, the evening was an all-round stunner.








Thank you to Jade Allen and her team for a great night out, and to my peeps Jamal Dean G and Michelle Heslop for taking care of me. And a special shout out to Eventiv. creative agency for those exquisite rose walls.

Here’s to a great summer in style.
love & light

Photo credit: Julia Janse Van Vuuren and Mitch Diany.

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Cuvee Restaurant at Simonsig Wine Estate

March 28, 2016

Cuvee Restaurant Simonsig Wine Estate 09 Clouds Drummond

Cuvée Restaurant at Simonsig Wine Estate has successfully married fine dining and a relaxed country ambience.

Cuvée Restaurant at Simonsig Wine Estate in Stellenbosch is a winelands gem which needs to be experienced.

Chef Carolize Coetzee has created a garden-to-table menu bursting with fresh flavour and colour. The ladies who lunched, Katia Beeden, estate digital manager Adele Steyn and I, are all testament to her culinary prowess in this regard.

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