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Archive for May, 2009

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Keeping your ear to the ground is the only way to live in Cape Town. Otherwise before you know it, you’ve been robbed of a killer sashimi special right from under your nose. You don’t want that to happen do you, huh huh huh? No, didn’t think so. Here’s your guide to being in the know.

Love burgers? Head to Caprice in Camps Bay for their amazing burger special! Any two burgers on the menu and you only pay for the most expensive one. Choose from a selection of beef, chicken or veggies burgers. But beware, these aren’t just your regular cheese burger guys. We’re talking gourmet here people! Last night I chopped down a beef burger topped with cranberry jelly and melted brie and swapped the chips for salad (yes, that’s allowed). To-die-for!

I’m Italian, so naturally I’ll know where the pasta specials are. Andiamo in De Waterkant (Cape Quarters) makes the most delish pasta. Choose any two pastas plus quaff back a glass of wine each for R100. Perfect night out for two. My recommendation? The mushroom and parma ham pasta.

Buzz in Gardens have introduced a dinner menu! Whooohoooo! I’m in love with their perfectly scrambled eggs on toast so I’m dying to try out their dinner deals. Plus for the month of May, if you head in after 7pm, you’ll get 25% off your bill. Nice.

Moving swiftly and ever so briefly along to fashion….

I’ve been invited to attend the Woolworths Trenery launch at the end of June. Designed by the much loved team behind the label Country Road, our fave one-stop-shop Woolies will be stocking the new-to-SA Trenery brand in selected stores from August. If everyday luxury is what you’re after, Trenery is going to steal your heart.

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Last year I attended Durban Fashion Week (which by the by, kicked CT Fashion Week right off the runway) and two young designers and their collections remained memorable: Bekky Beaukes and Joline Graham.

Bekky has gone on to feature in Obrigado and Joline showcased at Design Indaba. They’re both doing fabulous things with cotton and thread.

Here are my reviews from last year that appeared on www.seventeen.co.za

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Bekky Beaukes: This was my favourite collection out of all the young designers. Dedicating her collection to her brother who is a US Marine, Bekky’s models stepped out looking absolutely gorgeous and so feminine but with an added twist: They all wore army helmets and carried huge, mean-looking guns… Totally unexpected, but an original touch! Bekky’s clothing combines the structured with the slouchy. Paneled, fitted dresses gave way to long, flowing skirts and T’s were combined with mini-tutus… Awesome! Her slouchy, long urban shorts, were beyond cool. All these beautiful outfits had two things in common: models wore wooden crucifixes around their necks and army boots on their feet – but yet, they still managed to look girly and quite sexy at the same time.

Oh and a little bit of goss, Bekky’s dating the drummer of Perez.

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Joline Graham: The music starts to blare… It’s Meredith Brookes and her angry, loud woman- guitar music. Joline Graham is only 22-years-old and I was stunned to see her collection – AMAZING! Inspired by World War II and romantic war movies like Pearl Harbour, the models were dressed in gorgeous, urban wear with killer heels… Ready to tackle the catwalk! Joline isn’t afraid to mix and match fabrics. Denim jackets are given a little bit of an edge with woolen jersey knits that will battle against the elements this winter. Metallic fabric was also added to candy, stripped stretchy tops… So cool! Some of my favourite outfits were a white dress cinched in at the waist with a red belt, super high-waisted dungarees paired with a satin top and the last two dresses that hit the runway – one in red and one in white – they had huge ruffles, high slits and were just breathtaking!

Joline’s personal style message? Always be glamorous! And don’t be scared to show off your more confident assertive side by mixing the very feminine with something a little unexpected.

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The quickest and easiest way to make friends…Milo biscuits

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185g butter
¾ cup brown sugar
1 egg (lightly beaten)
1 cup Milo
¼ cup water
¼ cup self raising flour
1 ½ cup plain flour

Icing:
2 tsp butter
1 cup icing sugar
3 tsp milk
½ tsp vanilla essence
2 TBS Milo

1.    Beat butter and sugar until light, fluffy, add egg. Beat until combined.
2.    Stir in Milo, water and sifted self raising and plain flours. Mix well.
3.    Roll mixture into balls and flatten slightly.
4.    Bake at 180 for about 20 minutes or until biscuits are lightly browned and firm to touch. Stand biscuits on trays for 5 minutes, place on wire racks to cool.

For the icing:

Combine butter, sugar, milk and the vanilla essence in a small bowl. Mix well. Spread icing over cold biscuits, sprinkle Milo on top.

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marc and I new

One of my most prized possessions is a Marc Jacobs heart-shaped compact mirror. I love it so much, I take it everywhere with me.

Adding to his already incredibly vast fashion line, Marc has decided to be too cool for the pool with these electric neon swim caps.

So if you want to own a little piece of Marc, without breaking the bank entirely, now you can. Swim caps retail for $10. Check out www.marcjacobs.com for more deets and where to shop.

Marc Jacobs swim caps

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NGLK_LOGO_YELLOWNational Geographic Little Kids launches in South Africa National Geographic Kids, South Africa’s leading edutainment magazine for kids between the ages of 6 and 14 years, is proud to announce the launch of NG Little Kids, the National Geographic Society’s first magazine for 3-to-6 year old preschoolers and their parents.

This picture-driven title, synonymous with the National Geographic brand, is packed with teaching tools to help parents inspire a love of learning in their children by bringing animals, nature, science and fun to the littlest learners. The magazine includes captivating animal stories to help pre-reading and reading skills in young children. The first issue, available in English and Afrikaans, will be published in September and every six weeks thereafter.

In a National Geographic first, NG Little Kids will be available via subscription only. A special launch subscription offer of R153 for the year (9 issues) plus two free National Geographic Really Wild Animals DVDs is available until the 14th August.

The subscription offer will be promoted through family-orientated Media24 titles and via other platforms. Says Andrew Sneddon, MD, “As publisher of National Geographic magazines in South Africa, bringing NG Little Kids to our shores was a natural move for 8 Ink Media. It’s also an opportunity for the company to grow awareness of this brand, trusted by millions of people the world over. We’ve also undertaken to follow the NG Little Kids business model in the US, which is subscription-based, as we have a natural marketing base in National Geographic, National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Traveller. The subscription model is a highly efficient one from a publishing perspective as it avoids the wastage that is inevitable in a newsstand publishing model.”

For more information on this title, contact Kelly Cloete, Marketing Manager on 021 412 2902. Visit www.ngkids.co.za to subscribe, or call 0860 103 578.

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final-to-use

The Brazilian shoe brand, Pour La Victoire has created these gorgeous leather sandals that I’m positively drooling over! Sigh. You can have them for $225. A bit out of my price range I’m afraid. But yes, a girl can atleast dream… And drool.

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jo-borkett

I love Jo Borkett. Known for their gorgeous tailoring and being on the cutting edge of fashion trends, Jo Borkett and her design team really know women… And what they love to wear! If you’re looking for a wardrobe upgrade this winter, best to burn a little plastic in May at one of their stores.

Store locator:

Sandton City: (011) 883-7240
Rosebank: (011) 880-3892
V&A Waterfront: (021) 418-0096
Cavendish Square: (021) 671 5319

Happy shopping! xox

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