Sale away with me 🛍🛍🛍🛍🛍🛍

When you open your inbox and that emotive four lettered red word we all love flashes before your very eyes, it can only mean one thing SALE!!!!!!!!

Now who doesn’t love a good sale?!!! Apart from the H&M X Balmain sale, sales in South Africa are nothing like a scene out of “Confessions of a Shopaholic“, so with the weekend just over the horizon I thought I’d share a few of the April deals with you!

Nine West is giving you 30% off all Handbags & Wallets until the 10th of April. I don’t need to tell you how gorgeous & well crafted their products are & it would make the perfect spoil or gift!

The Body Shop is a big favorite of mine & with the lack of cruelty free skincare in SA, I’ve recently started using their range & am loving it. They have a 30% off for 3 days only sale so head along for the perfect pamper for you, great bachelorette ideas, or baby shower pamper for the mom to be.
If you’re working on your wanderlist like I am then look no further than Qatar Airways for their 20% off 58 of your favorite destinations. No excuse not to get another stamp on your passport!

Truworths is a trusted name in SA for many years. I’ve always liked their Inwear Range & own a few of the colorful Ginger Mary pieces. It’s the perfect time to add to my cupboard with their REAL Sale now on!

Spree is your must for all occasions! You can snatch up SA designer pieces at sale prices. Their 3rd birthday sale offers up to 50% off!!! I’m smiling from ear to ear knowing I will have my little paws on a Gert-Johan Coetzee gown very soon!

Steve Madden is offering the shoe lovers a buy one & get 50% off your second purchase until Sunday. Their brand is a firm favorite here in SA & in my closet too so spoil yourself, life’s short, get a pair in every color!

Identity stocks some greatly priced items that are perfect for weekends & varsity days. With their sale now on, you can stock up without buyers remorse or breaking the bank.

On that note, happy shopping lovelies!

Nadia xo xo 

A new chapter begins

In a few hours I turn the page on an old chapter & begin writing a completely new one!
The past is never far away & will be by my side as I continue writing my new pages – the bad, the sad, the good & the blessed – to help me be the best version of me!
Excited, anxious, sad, elated are only a few of the emotions I’ve been feeling for days now. Occasions are incredibly special to me – Birthdays especially!

They are a time of reflection for me. I think back to last year, my first birthday spent in CT whilst holidaying. This year though as a permanent resident of the beautiful Mother City.
It’s truly been a roller coaster year!

Studies, entrepreneurship, goodbyes, hellos, feelings of hopelessness & helplessness, love, loss of my special baby Larry, fear, failure, excitement, lessons learned & accomplishment – The life I live, the life I love!

On a personal level, I’ve always nurtured & treasured relationships but the passed year has shown me just how important it is to do so. My special day without those I love so dearly watching down on me, my family & my extended family of friends who won’t be here to party with me or wish me in person, the treasured hug from my dearest niece & mums kiss & birthday cooking (we celebrate our birthdays a day apart) all evoke bittersweet emotions – and in the same breath I’m so blessed to have my love Sean right beside me on yet another special moment in my life…What remains with me year after year, never taking people & time for granted…

On a professional level it’s been anything but easy – it’s being trying & challenging, many tears & many times I’ve wanted to turn the blank page over but I’ve vowed to take this new year I’m blessed with & put in more, take more risks & grab every opportunity presented, no matter how little or large! In my quest to be my best version of me I’m no longer afraid to ask for advice & for help. Along the way I continue to meet inspiring people & will continue to value them.

So as I get ready to write my first line of my new chapter I vow to be true to myself no matter what, to throw kindness around like confetti, to keep in mind that the opinions of others do not define me, to remind myself each day to be proud of the woman aspiring to be the best version of herself, to live, to love & to be unapologetically ME!

Nadia xo xo

Throw kindness around like confetti!

Today’s blog has nothing to do with fashion, celebs, new & exciting venues or incredible events…Today’s blog serves as a reminder to me, to my readers & to everyone around us all, that we should always be kind, as we never truly know the battles people around us are fighting!

You may find this post a bit morbid or not in line with my usual happy posts, however I think this is probably more relevant than what I wore, where I went, which celeb I met etc. however keeps in line with my theme of Lifestyle & the aspiration to have a balanced life & to help those around me.

A while back I read an article in Cosmo talking about a generation of youngsters being anxious, nervous, depressed, facing pressures that’s are unimaginable, trying to fit in, trying to survive, peer pressure, bullying, societal pressure, to name but a few & this morning when I got the news of a friend having ended his life at 24 years of age it made me realize that we are all fighting battles of our own every single day & it could take a smile or an insult to push one either way…

In 2014 it was reported that SA had the 8th highest suicide rate in the world – shocking & incredibly sad that almost 8 000 people are taking their lives yearly. 2015 saw an article in the Mail & Guardian stating stress & suicides in SA are on the increase & the 8 000 number from the previous year could increase! Whilst we are living in a society where health, wellbeing & fitness is promoted daily all around us, the same promotion has also led to a pressure being created in terms of poor self esteem & bad body image, having an adverse effect on us. Many argue the positive vs negative impact platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & SnapChat have on us with some saying we have a platform to shine & to help others, whilst others throw words around such as narcissism & pressure…What are you views on this?

Watch for tell tale signs in your network & offer to listen & not judge. If you suspect depression or life threatening behavior get help by calling organizations such as Life Line or the SA Depression & Anxiety Group where trained professionals can assist. If you are being bullied or know of someone who is, talk to someone you trust – there are organisations such as Morne Marais’ FABA or the JAG Foundation who are doing remarkable work by highlighting the issue & can assist! If you yourself are feeling this way remember, you are special, you are the rainbow in someone’s cloudy day, you are loved & valued as a person & you have a great life ahead of you to LIVE!

So until next time throw kindness around like confetti … The impact it may have could literally be lifechanging…Take care of yourself & those around you!

Nadia xo xo

#YouChoose

This morning I felt a bit bleh! Homesick, missing family, friends & familiarity…

I then thought about a story that had been told to me when I was in school – A Native American Cherokee Story : Two Wolves 

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.

“One is Evil – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

“The other is Good – It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Can one simply choose to be happy? 

I believe whether consciously or on a subconscious level, we have that power…I’d love to hear your thoughts?

  
Nadia xo xo 

Easy like Sunday morning…

The first of my restaurant reviews all for a great cause!!!

For every written review Stop Hunger Now SA and Eat Out donate a meal to someone less fortunate than you or I.

When I initially began my blog, Craft in Parkhurst was at the top of my list of restaurants to visit, before heading to the Mother City!
I finally tried it out & it was worth the wait 🙂 Very dear friends were out here for two weeks from the Gold Coast (Australia) & on the eve of their departure, we met for a breakfast at Craft.

Craft Restaurant, Parkhurst

Craft Restaurant, Parkhurst

Parkhurst is an incredibly trendy, alive & colourful suburb in Johannesburg – the perfect spot for a restaurant such a Craft.
No bookings are allowed so when I got there I was impressed at how quickly we were accommodated by the manager.
Our table of 7 consisted of 6 adults & 5 year young Zoe. Zoe despite her age, is quite a discerning eater – much like her parents – ordered quickly & was very satisfied with her kids breakfast. There were times when I had to stop myself from taking a sip of that delicious marshmallow milkshake she ordered! Milkshakes have no age limit 🙂

Before ordering we tried out the light medium roast coffees & they are certainly recommended if you enjoy coffee.

Coffee!

Coffee!

The comprehensive menu left us all spoilt for choice. There were various orders of omelettes, the Craft Breakfast, Breakfast Lasagne & healthy alternatives which my mates certainly enjoyed. I tried the Salmon Rosti & thoroughly enjoyed it! The portion was sufficient & it tasted as good as it looked!
My friend Katia tried the coconut flapjacks & raved on about how good they were.
I sampled my partner Sean’s choice which was the Scotch eggs & yum – definitely my next try!
Banting breakfasts, Eggs Florentine, French toast, Shakshouka, to name but a few, are all on this colourful menu list!

Breakfast!

Breakfast!!!

Without the sour, one can’t appreciate the sweet which brings me to negatives…parking in Parkhurst requires a great degree of patience!
The prices are a bit on the steep side.
Unfortunately due to the popularity of this hot spot, service was very slow & we waiting close to an hour for our breakfasts.
And lastly…I didn’t try the CandyFloss Milkshake or a slice of Oreo Cheesecake 😦

Candyfloss milkshake

Yummy Candyfloss milkshake

Decadent looking Oreo Cheesecake

Decadent looking Oreo Cheesecake

Until my next post, I agree with Robert Heinlein when he says, “one should not even attend the end of the world, without a good breakfast”!

Nadia xo xo

Picture credits – Craft

Celebrating … with bubbly! 

If there’s only one thing you need to know about me (apart from my love of cats) it’s that I never ever need a reason to celebrate & I celebrate every occasion too 😉

Glamour Magazine had me jumping for joy when they set aside two double tickets for me, to the eagerly anticipated Celebration of Bubbles Festival at the newly renovated Inanda Country Club last month. 

Siwze Ntsaluba Gobodo, second year hosts to this fabulous event did not disappoint. A weekend of tasting some of the countries best Champagnes & Mêthode Cap Classiques, summed up, A world of bubbly, 2 days, 25 wineries & 75 bubblies …. You had me at Bubbly! 

This year saw the likes of:

Anthonij Rupert Wyne – L’Omarins

Armand Dr Brignac – Ace of Spades

Avondale

Bon Courage Wine Estate

De Wetshof

Dieu Donne 

Domaine Des Dieux

Genevieve MCC, had the cutest quote cards to go with your bubbly. I chose “Passion changes everything” How true, how apt! 

Graham Beck Wines, we thoroughly enjoyed the Bliss – incredibly yummy! 

The House of GM & Ahrens

House of Krone

J.C. Le Roux, always refreshing & delish

Morgenhof & Gosset

Nicholas Feuillatte Champagne

Piper-Heidsieck, one of the oldest Champagne Houses in France!

Plaisir De Merle

Simonsig Wine Estate

Steenberg Vineyards

Veuve Clicquot, everyone’s favorite favorite 

Villiera Wines 

I’ve only just recently heard of the Billionaires Row brand & was hoping they would be at the festival. Unfortunately they were not, so it’s time to pick up a bottle to sample 🙂 One never needs a reason to pop open a bottle of bubbly! 

This year saw celebs such as the dashing Maps Maponyane, Danny K & wife Lisa Koppel, and the stunning couple, Jay Anstey & Jonathan Boynton-Lee to name a few.

The color of the day seemed to be white, everyone adorned in beautiful white dresses, slacks, shades (check out Sunglass Hut for the latest range) & Panama hats, however there were others like myself in my colorful Mango maxi dress & gold sandals from Mr P Fashion that added some color to the event 😉 

Awesome afternoon with the girls – cheers!


An afternoon spent with my fabulous girls, drinking bubbly, listening to live music & enjoying the stylish ambiance of the Celebration of Bubbles Festival is most highly recommended, so make sure you get your tickets to the 2016 festival! 

Cheers to seeing you there next year 😉

Thanks again for the treat Glamour Magazine xxx

 

Until next time…Good food, good champagne, good friends…make for the best times!

Nadia