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ChanelJade_V_10July09_PR_240x360There’s a hot new colour taking charge on the catwalk. Green is the new black. But take note, it’s strictly for fingernails ─ models at the recent Chanel show were seen with green fingers. And no one argues with Mr Lagerfeld. Ever.

If you’re planning to be on trend, best you know your grass green from your lime. The colours you should be looking for come in shades of mint, icing and fondant creams… That’s according to the gurus at Style.com. And they know what they’re talking about.

Chanel Jade nail colour launches in October.

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Choco-liscious

Chocolate

I am without a doubt a chocoholic. I struggle to get through the day without the stuff – even if it’s a twist on it’s traditional form – whether it’s a brownie or hot chocolate, you can bet your bloody South African rand that by the time 2pm ticks on by, I start to get a little edgy. I twitch. Suddenly my clothes aren’t fitting the way they did this morning. This is addiction people. Therefore, because I have chocolate on the brain most days, I decided to dedicate an entire blog to the food of the gods.

Best chocolate brownies: Ecco il café
Best chocolate brownies with white chocolate chips: These, even though particularly tricky to come by, do exist. Jardine, Table Thirteen
Best mocha: Vida. If you don’t give a crap about the size of your ass then get it topped with whipped cream. I give a crap so I have mine with foam.
Best hot chocolate: Il de pain. Yes folks, you have to travel to Knysna for this gorgeous little decadent treat.
Best chocolate mouse cake: Oooo it’s a really good toss up between Limnos and Birds Boutique Café.
Best chocolate cake: Charley’s Bakery. Order the Wicked Chocolate Cake with butter icing. Un-freaking-believable.
Best chocolate cupcakes: Miss K. The meringue topping is SO yum-O!
Best instant chocolate fix: Nestle’s hot chocolate made with half milk, half boiling water.
Best melt-in-your-mouth moment: Lindt chocolate balls. All of them.

Special mentions:

  • The chocolate brownies with cheesecake topping at Porter Estate Produce market in Tokai.
  • Cranberry, almond and chocolate scones at Birds Boutique Café.
  • Milo cereal. Oh.my.gosh – this particular addiction is currently bordering on critical.

Where to find all these places:

Ecco il café:
Unit 18, Victoria Junction, Prestwich Street (Green Point, Cape Town)
021 421 1001

Miss K:
65 Main Road (Greenpoint, Cape Town)
021 439 9559

Jardine:
185 Bree Street (corner of Bloem Street, Cape Town)
021 424 5640

Table Thirteen:
78 Victoria Junction (Greenpoint, Cape Town)

Il de pain:
Thesen Harbour Town (Knysna)
044 302 5707

Limnos Bakery:
Check out http://www.limnos.co.za/contact.php to find a branch near you.

Charley’s Bakery:
38 Canterbury Street (Cape Town)
021 461 5181

Birds Boutique Café:
127 Bree Street (Cape Town)
021 426 2534

Porter Estate Produce Market:
Hit http://www.pepmarket.co.za/ for more info.

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Look out for…

The very talented Regina Spektor

The very talented Regina Spektor

When it comes to music, I’m obsessed with lyrics. It’s not that I ignore a spine-tingling guitar riff or a thunderous drum roll – I greatly appreciate those – but the lyrics, they have a special quality about them. Regina Spektor knows this. Her latest album, Far, which I’m hoping will soon be sidling up to next the Black Eyed Peas or Taylor Swift on the Billboard charts, is simply a chocolate-coated, caramel-centred treat! She’s quirky in an adorable, kooky kind way but her music is much better than Kate Nash, puts Lily Allen to shame and squashes Lady GaGa’s lame disco beats (and unmentionable lyrics) with this season’s thigh-high boots (I’m getting to this). She plays piano absolutely beautifully and her lyrics expose the deep and meaningful Regina in a way that isn’t pretentious but soulful and honest. It’s a great, great buy.

Must listen to: Laughing With

paramore
On a completely different note, America’s much loved, redhead of rock, Hayley Williams from Paramore is gearing up with the rest of her crew to launch their exciting new follow-up album, Brand New Eyes. There was a sass about their last album Riot! that was very difficult to ignore. Of course being the band with the theme song on the Twilight flick, hardly hurt either. Every teen and their NBF (new best friend for those of you who are over the age of 25…) knows about them now. Paramore are currently on tour with No Doubt (am I the only one who thought their come-back on American Idol was utterly disastrous!?).

When to buy it: The first single from the album Ignorance, is available now for digital purchase. Brand New Eyes is due out 29 September.

Style: But now ladies… Listen up. Listen up real good. It’s time to get your sex-kitten on! Now that I have everyone’s attention, it’s time to introduce you to this season’s most desirable trend: The Thigh-High boot.

Shoe-licious

Shoe-licious

At the recent couture shows in Paris, footwear took centre stage. Classic and luxe lace-up ankle boots strutted the runway at the Chanel couture show while at the Valentino catwalk next door, models swished and sashayed in points with extravagant, black satin frilled detailing and feather trimming that elegantly wrapped around feet and ankles in a way that made audiences gasp and gawk and got fashionistas and editors scribbling… Yes even though that happened, Vogue is calling the thigh-high boot the hottest, sexiest new ‘IT’ item.

And when Vogue says “Buy”, you say, “How much?”

Stars hit the high street in fashion's latest trend

Stars hit the high street in fashion's latest trend

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Rodger Federer and Andy Roddick are busy clobbering each other on the tennis court as I type this. I really hope Andy wins. There’s something about the underdog sweeping in unexpectedly to take first prize that’s just so awfully thrilling.

But now onto more exciting things shall we…

Here’s what I love, love, love at the moment!

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Eat: I’ve always loved Royale Eatery in Long Street but my long-lost craving for their sweet potato chips has kicked up into high gear again and I find myself there at least once a weekend noshing on a bowl of the yummy goodness while flicking through a mag of some sort. Other things to try on the menu are the roast veggie salad (baby spinach leaves, feta, roast veggies and sunflower seeds) and the Federale burger (R56). Milkshakes? It’s a major toss-up between the Oreo or Brownie milkshake. To die for.

I’ve recently (I know, like, where have I been!?) discovered Lazari in Vredehoek and it’s become one of my fave breakfast spots. Scrambled eggs on croissants or their early morning breakfast (R32) consisting of two eggs, four rashes of bacon, two slices of toast and half a fried tomato will sort you out in no time. They make great coffee, the people are lovely and if you’ve got a sweet tooth you have to leave with one of those scrumptious little chocolate caramel biscuit slices (R10). They’re sooo good.

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Style: When it comes to my personal style, I like to mix things up a little bit: like I’ll wear a black strapless dress but then pair it with neon pink stockings and black pumps. If it’s a little chilly, I’ll wear baby pink legwarmers on my arms. Get the drift? One of the greatest clothing boutiques in Cape Town has got to be MeMeMe. Honestly, that place is like my dream wardrobe. I was there this past Saturday ooooing and ahhhing over a blue knitted pageboy cap, a red beret, a mini, navy blue bubble skirt (Doreen Southwood – I love you) and long fingerless cable gloves. I walked out with the gloves. They’re purple and come up to my elbows. Basically, they’re R230 of pure awesomeness.

Drinks: I’m in love with Julep! This tiny hideaway is literally a hole in the wall and you need to dunk down the alleyway between Long Street Café and Café Mojito to find it. Once you’re in though, you feel like you’ve just been let in on Cape Town’s best kept secret – the atmosphere is very Grahamstown but they make super stylish apple martinis and the jukebox kicks out everything from Elvis (I’m all shook up yeaaah hey) to Kings of Leon’s Closer. They’ve got a delish little tapas menu so if you’re feeling a little peckish, olives, cashew nuts and herbed feta cheese will solve all your problems.

Music: I’ve recently discovered The Long Fingers. And they’re addictive. The lead singer has this crazy I’ve-smoked-two packs-a-day voice and their remake of the late King of Pop’s Billie Jean has this unbelievable salsa sound to it… I know it sounds odd, but believe me, it makes you want to get up and get your groove up. Once you’ve heard that, track down Pump Up the Jam. So great! I’ve also got Milow’s acoustic retake of JT’s Technology and Kim Carnes Bette Davis Eyes on repeat. I know it’s a bit of an arb choice. What can I say? I’m nostalgic.

PS. Oh my gawd. The tennis is still on!

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