• I am not always sure what to think about celebrity fragrances, but I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised when Rihanna's new fragrance, Rouge landed on my beauty desk. The fragrance is announced as a flirtatious and sensual oriental. While the opening is very fruity and sweet, this stage does not last too long...

  • Lately, the health industry has place a lot of focus on the idea that sugar is highly addictive. We chatted to Sally-Ann Creed, nutritional therapist and co-author of the best-selling book The Real Meal Revolution about whether this is fact or fiction. To read this very interesting Q&A, click here. Image sourced on Pinterest.  

  • Tommy Hilfiger has launched two new fragrances, Tommy Brights (for him) and Tommy Girl Brights (for her). Inspired by a youthful spirit, both fragrances are modern and fun. Tommy Girl Brights is a classic scent with a modern edge. Bergamot highlights the opening fruity notes of lemon, lavender, geranium and black currant. A fresh bouquet...

  • This delicious flourless chocolate cake is one of our favourite gluten-free desserts. Not only is it a healthier option than normal cakes baked with flour, it's so simple to make – you only need three ingredients! For the full recipe and step-by-step instructions, click here.

  • These Egg, Bacon and Cheese Muffins are the perfect low-carb breakfast. Not only are they super-healthy, but you can make them in advance and store them in the fridge for a couple of days. Simply heat up one or two egg muffins in the morning and serve with double-thick cream Greek yoghurt – delicious! For the full...

  • The new 2014 limited edition Jimmy Choo Exotic scent is part of the Exotic saga that started in 2013. It is a sexy twist of the classic Jimmy Choo fragrance in a highly coloured and fruity fragrance for a moment of pure escape. I adore the colourful and fun bottle design that is inspired by...

Is sugar addictive?

April 16th, 2014 (0 Comments)

Lately, the health industry has place a lot of focus on the idea that sugar is highly addictive. We chatted to Sally-Ann Creed, nutritional therapist and co-author of the best-selling book The Real Meal Revolution about whether this is fact or fiction. To read this very interesting Q&A, click here.

Is sugar addictive?Image sourced on Pinterest.

 

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I am not always sure what to think about celebrity fragrances, but I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised when Rihanna’s new fragrance, Rouge landed on my beauty desk.

Rouge by Rihanna

The fragrance is announced as a flirtatious and sensual oriental. While the opening is very fruity and sweet, this stage does not last too long and soon a lovely fragrance is revealed. This is a great winter scent, but having said this I do not find it too heavy or difficult to wear.

Rouge by Rihanna

The scent opens with sweet and fruity notes of lemon blossom and cyclamen, with a touch of bergamot and pink peppercorn. At the heart jasmine, rose and muget fused together with plum and suede. The base notes of sandalwood, patchouli, amber, vanilla and musk are warm and decadent.

Price: R445 for 30ml EDP and R595 for 75ml EDP

Available at selected Edgars, Foschini, Truworths, Stuttafords and Miladys retail outlets.

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Tommy Hilfiger has launched two new fragrances, Tommy Brights (for him) and Tommy Girl Brights (for her). Inspired by a youthful spirit, both fragrances are modern and fun.

Tommy Hilfiger Brights

Tommy Girl Brights is a classic scent with a modern edge. Bergamot highlights the opening fruity notes of lemon, lavender, geranium and black currant. A fresh bouquet of jasmine, mimosa, rose de mai and creamy iris develop at the heart and dry down with leathery saffron, fir balsam and oakmoss, while honey-tea inflections and white musk provide a lingering presence.

Tommy Brights radiates with charisma and easy confidence, while providing a modern twist to quality and tradition. This scent opens with juniper berry, grapefruit and galbanum. At the heart you discover fresh cedarwood, rock rose and fir balsam. At the base white amber and musk offers a warm dry down.

Prices: Tommy and Tommy Girls Bright EDT (30ml R295, 50ml R420 and 100ml R565)

Tommy and Tommy Girls Bright are available exclusively at Stuttafords and Truworths selected stores.

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These Egg, Bacon and Cheese Muffins are the perfect low-carb breakfast. Not only are they super-healthy, but you can make them in advance and store them in the fridge for a couple of days. Simply heat up one or two egg muffins in the morning and serve with double-thick cream Greek yoghurt – delicious! For the full recipe and step-by-step instructions on how to make this pizza, click here.

Egg, bacon and cheese muffins

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This delicious flourless chocolate cake is one of our favourite gluten-free desserts. Not only is it a healthier option than normal cakes baked with flour, it’s so simple to make – you only need three ingredients! For the full recipe and step-by-step instructions, click here.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

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Jimmy Choo Exotic

March 19th, 2014 (0 Comments)

The new 2014 limited edition Jimmy Choo Exotic scent is part of the Exotic saga that started in 2013. It is a sexy twist of the classic Jimmy Choo fragrance in a highly coloured and fruity fragrance for a moment of pure escape.

Jimmy Choo Exotic

I adore the colourful and fun bottle design that is inspired by the python shoes and accessories created by Jimmy Choo Fashion! Just to explain – the pink bottle is the limited edition for 2013 (retailers still have stock) and the orange bottle is the latest 2014 limited edition fragrance. The bottles differ, but the juice remains the same.

This scent opens with a splash of refreshing and sparkling notes of blackcurrant sorbet and pink grapefruit. Sheer floral accents of sensual orchid and the exotic aura of passion flower develop at the heart and dry down with the signature patchouli and fruity, velvety notes of raspberry.

Prices: R695 for 60ml and R895 for 100ml

Available now from all leading retailers – Edgars, Truworths, Woolworths, Miladys and Foschini.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK!

March 12th, 2014 (2 Comments)

David Gillson, master stylist and partner at Carlton Hair Hyde Park and Melrose Arch salons is one of the most stylish and unique people I know, not too mention a trendsetter. When I heard he is planning a family vacation to New York, I had to chat to him:

David and his family at The Modern at MOMA

David and his family at The Modern at MOMA

David's daughter, Georgina enjoying shopping at Sephora

David’s daughter, Georgina enjoying shopping at Sephora

1. Why did you plan a family holiday in New York?
I am always inspired by the incredible energy of New York and having had extremely successful city holidays in London and Paris my wife and I decided it was time for my 11 year old daughter, Georgina to experience New York.

2. Which tourist spots did you visit?
The New York Pass is your fast track answer to all of New York’s hot tourist spots. You simply pay for as many days as you need and you can use the pass to visit over 80 of New York’s top tourist attractions. So with the pass in hand we made good use of this handy tool. Luckily, my daughter is mad about Art Galleries so MOMA was top of the list. So was the Contemporary Museum of Modern Art in Soho as well as the Metropolitan. The Circleline Cruise around Manhattan island is a fabulous way to get an overall view of New York and this tour was informative and enjoyable taking in all the major sites. The 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero is not to be missed and the Natural History Museum was a real education. Ice skating at Rockefeller Center under the huge Christmas tree is just breathtaking. My daughter enjoyed visiting Toy Heaven at Schwartz and Sweet Heaven at Dylan’s Candy. The whole family also enjoyed the Broadway experience.

Jeff Koons at MOMA (left) & Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center (right)

Jeff Koons at MOMA (left) & Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center (right)

MOMA

MOMA

3. In which hotel did you stay? And what was the experience like?
We split our time between the fabulous Ace Hotel and an apartment in the meatpacking district. The Ace is a super trendy hipster hotspot and the rooms are big. The place is a buzz with the trendiest looking people in New York and it’s casual and extremely friendly. The in-house restaurant, The Breslin is one of the hottest spots in New York right now, since British chef April Blomfield is the talk of the town with her new style rustic menu. Hip New York brand, Opening Ceremony has a great store in the hotel. The apartment was great and is a fabulous option with kids. It was amazing to be in this trendy new area and my daughter loved having Netflix and Apple TV on demand. There was a supermarket in the building and a laundromat on each floor which was very convenient.

Ace Hotel

Ace Hotel

Ace Hotel

Ace Hotel

4. What was your favourite meal (and where)?
We never had a bad meal in New York and had many and varied experiences. Shake Shack was great for casual organic and delicious burgers and their frozen custard with daily varied flavours are a real treat. The Modern at MOMA was an incredible experience sitting in a glass cube overlooking the sculpture garden eating food that looked like high art.

The food at The Modern at MOMA

The food at The Modern at MOMA

5. What were the highlights of your trip?
One of the highlights of this trip was seeing Cindy Lauper’s new Broadway hit Kinky Boots, the sets, the costumes and sheer talent of the performers was mesmerizing. The feel good energy of the show had me smiling for days after.

kinky-boots-on-broadway

Kinky Boots on Broadway

6. What was your most surprising encounter during your visit?
Places like Eataly, the enormous Italian emporium selling everything possibly imaginable was so surprising. Moving from zone to zone being tempted by the largest array of Italian delicacies is a must to see. Wines, cheeses , pastas , antipasti and Italian pastries and coffees displayed in a wider variety than I have ever seen in Italy.

Eataly

Eataly

7. What is your secret travelling with kids?
Travelling with children is all about compromise and I think that each day has to have some aspect of it that keeps everyone happy. Most the museums and art galleries in larger cities have programs to make the experience more exciting for children. Getting your kids to journal their experiences keeps them more engaged. Eating burgers one day and fine dining the next. Try book as much as you can online so that your children don’t get grumpy waiting in queues or disappointed because you couldn’t get tickets.

8. What are your top tips to a trendy and stylish international holiday?
Travelling with children does not have to cramp your style if you introduce them to art, museums and a variety of dinning experiences from a young age. You nurture an appreciation that helps you continue to enjoy what you enjoy.

David and Allison in Central Park (left) & David and Georgina at Balthazar Restaurant

David and Allison in Central Park (left) & David and Georgina at Balthazar Restaurant

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Cheerfully Pink Tommy Hilfiger

Cheerfully Pink by Tommy Hilfiger is a new fruity floral scent that is designed for the modern woman. This whimsical and refreshing fragrance is perfect for the sophisticated and confident woman that enjoys a feminine, yet unconventional scent.

This fragrance opens with fresh and sweet notes of mandarin orange, blackberry, litchi and cloves. At the heart you find floral notes of magnolia, ylang-ylang, rose and jasmine. It dries down with warm notes of patchouli, sandalwood, cedar, vanilla and musk.

I adore this fruity floral scent, since it instantly refreshes my senses and makes me feel happy. I also love the square classic bottle design with a preppy navy, pink and white striped bow tied to the silver cap.

Cheerfully Pink is available in a 30ml EDP (R390) and 50ml EDP (R585) at selected Edgars and Red Square stores nationwide.

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Big News: Denmark & Babies

February 28th, 2014 (10 Comments)

You might have been wondering why I have been so quiet on my blog lately. Well, the truth be told – we have received huge news earlier this year that I would like to share with you.

  • Firstly, my husband landed his dream job, but the catch is, it is in Denmark! So, after much contemplation, we decided to go for it and will be moving to Denmark the end of April. This is a huge move for us, since we are relocating our entire family (including our dog).
  • Secondly, we got more amazing news! I am 12 weeks pregnant and we are expecting our second child. We received this news after we decided to move to Denmark, so the timing was a bit of a shock initially. We are however ecstatic and my daughter, Emily (she is already 7) is so happy to become a big sister.

I have compiled a photo gallery to show you where we are off to. I would also like to thank you for your tremendous support over the last couple of months. I am planning to continue with my blog, but as you can imagine we have so much to organise. So please bear with me when I get a bit quiet at times.

Denmark

Denmark

Denmark

Denmark

Denmark

Denmark

Denmark

Pictures sources on Pinterest.

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When I got an invite to visit the Arabella Country Estate, 5-star Hotel and Spa, I simply couldn’t wait. This luxurious estate is situated only 110km from Cape Town on the shores of the Bot River Lagoon and overlooks the Palmiet mountain range – and it is breathtaking!

Arabella Country Estate, Hotel & Spa

The Country Estate is set within the magnificent surroundings of a World Heritage nature reserve. It offers 236 spacious freehold properties, plenty of open spaces set on 113 hectares of pristine land and 1.6km of lagoon frontage. With high standards and an emphasis on environmentally sensitive design and energy efficiency, this estate is very appealing to families seeking to escape the stresses of busy city life. It also boasts a world-class golf course that measures 6381 metres and can be enjoyed equally by high handicappers and professionals.

Arabella Country Estate, Hotel & Spa

Arabella Country Estate, Hotel & Spa

Arabella Country Estate, Hotel & Spa

The 5-star Arabella Hotel is the perfect spot to relax in luxury and style! It offers a modern design, yet it remains elegant, classic and stylish. The attention to detail is great and the service is discreet yet attentive. What I liked most of all is that it is a very family-friendly hotel that still offers the luxury of a 5-star – perfect for the kids and adults. The outside pool area is also stunning and a great place to relax and spend time with your family.

The hotel also offers a variety of dining options. The Jamani Restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere and the Laguna Lounge is perfect to enjoy cakes, coffee and hand-made chocolates. You can also opt for cocktails at Barnabas Bar or enjoy the finest malts, cognacs and cigars at the Cristobel’s Cigar Bar.

Arabella Country Estate, Hotel & Spa

Arabella Country Estate, Hotel & Spa

Arabella Country Estate, Hotel & Spa

Arabella Country Estate, Hotel & Spa

Arabella Country Estate, Hotel & Spa

The award-winning spa combines the best of modern and traditional rejuvenation and beauty therapies. You can also enjoy the leisure facilities at the spa which includes a heated indoor hydro pool and sauna. A must try is the world-first African Rainforest Experience that offers two hours of pure indulgence, inspired by African rains.

Arabella Country Estate, Hotel & Spa

Arabella Country Estate, Hotel & Spa

Arabella Country Estate, Hotel & Spa

Final verdict: Our visit at Arabella was truly memorable and we enjoyed every moment of it. I will highly recommend it to a family that wants to escape for the weekend from the hustle and bustle of city life.

For more information or to book your next holiday, contact +27 28 284 0000, email reservations@arabellahotelandspa.com or visit their website.

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