Vichy ProEVEN after just 2 weeks!

2 full weeks into a dedicated regime of #VichySA #ProEVEN products and I thought I’d share my views thus far. 

Vichy ProEven Brightening Cleanser & ProEven Dark Spot Corrector

If you love using a cleanser that’s soft, creamy and foams then the ProEven Brightening Cleansing Foam is for you! 

What’s more is that you don’t need a healthy dollop of this but rather a small squeeze, some warm water and it’s enough to cleanse your face and neck without you feeling like you’ve skimped. 

I’m using this twice daily and feel like it’s great value (retailing at R230 for 100ml) due to the small amount I using. This cleanser has left my face feeling gently refreshed & smooth with no tingle or feeling of harsh cleansing. 

I follow the cleanser with the Advanced Daily Dark Spot Corrector and am instantly drawn to how fluid and non greasy it is. It’s also impossible not to notice the lovely fragrance it has!

For the first 2 to 3 days – having spent a bit of time flying and then succumbing to the elements in a freezing Gauteng – whilst my skin felt moisturized I noticed a bit of dryness on the chin and sides of my nose. I used the corrector a bit more liberally over the drier areas and it passed. I am using a fair bit of the corrector twice daily so am keen to see how long it lasts. The Dark Spot Corrector retails at R409 for 30ml. 

After just 2 weeks of use my skin feels more supple and moisturized and there is a definite radiance that is visible. 

I am thoroughly enjoying this range and am excited to share with you what regular use over the next two weeks brings to my skin 🙂 

Please follow my personal journey in an effort to banish pigmentation and feel free to comment if you have tried this range or need more information on it. Look out for my next post in 2 weeks. 

Until then, like the lovelies at Vichy like to say, don’t get mad at dark marks, get even –  ProEVEN! 

Nadia xo xo

Unapologetically cool…by Steve Madden 

Steve Madden gives us serious #shoeenvy this summer! Fortunately for us the SS16 is available at your favorite online store! 

Steve Madden footwear achieves the ‘twenty-something, let’s revel in the sunshine’ appeal year on year – season upon season. Defined by their cool, confident and always in-the-know nature, a Steve Madden girl is the ONLY girl.

Wouldn’t you want to be unapologetically chic?

 

Inner-city Edge

“Inspired by urban edge fused with a jolt of ambient appeal – Steve Madden is more than just a shoe brand to Zando.co.za. We support this premium brand in their innovative fashion while still maintaining an independent spunk.” – Michele Keytel, Head of Purchasing at Zando.co.za

This summer Steve Madden and Zando.co.za celebrate a denim friendly season of high shine, sensual suede, sky high platforms and blocked heels. From the boardwalk to the beach, this collection, formally known as Summer Daze, reveals a plethora of strap heavy trinkets and biseasonal detail that will make you feel at home in the city’s perfect balance of gritty glow and natural aura.
 



Summer Daze

Heavily inspired by the universal trend of leg tie-ups, espadrille finishes and suede detailing, Summer Daze incorporates just the right amount of pastel glow needed for some summer spice. Think light blue, dusty pink, soft tan and white for that sizzling summers day – with the needed glitz and glitter for a sassy summer night out on the town.

Loving a little rhinestone detail or nubuck suave? Summer Daze on Zando.co.za is your one-stop-shop to fashion forward enthusiasm. 

How to get it? 

As the number one online retailer in South Africa, Zando.co.za now proudly houses Steve Madden South Africa, with product pricing between R699 – R2299.

 Shop Steve Madden on Zando.co.za

On that note remember, a little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about ☺️

Nadia xo xo

Fall For Winter

Its Fashion Friday so what better way to end off the work day than with a Fashion Blog!

FALL FOR WINTER – Where style meets architectural design: Winter 2016 

This winter 2016 Zando.co.za enthuses design with a militant inspired edge, specifically curated to bring out the bold and celebrate the cold.  Winter 16’s absolute fashion focus will leave you feeling polished and ready for runway battle.

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An Apocalyptic Gaze

 In complete contrast to Free Fall’in, Fall for Winter ’16 relies heavily on the natural architectural balance provided by the shoot landscape. Strong lines create a geometric distinction between illustrious rolling hills and linear form.

 “Structural minimalism with a naturally lush setting established the perfect foundation for our W’16 shoot. The texturally rich backdrop lent itself to each trend without disruption, enabling each look to form an identity of its own.”  Zeane Singer- Zando Fashion Editor

Nothing says iconic insignia like a cosy sweater and a classic fedora with a muted yet monochromatic palette. Fall for Winter ’16 perfectly pairs with a seductive knee high heel, tasselled ankle boot or athletic sneak, depending on the style best suited for your style needs.

 Furget Me Not

 This season’s offerings are an amalgamation of evolutionary pieces. Playful in nature and bundled with layered colourways – expect rolled necks, detailed ankle boots or eye catching prints and statement sleeves. Bold maximalist apparel and voluminous elegance are the flavours for this winters spell.

“It’s a faux party this season! From fur, to leather or suede – this trend is making its round internationally as well as locally. Find your fit in a figure flattering dress, jacket or skirt.” Amanda Lepar – Senior Buyer, Zando Women’s Apparel

Key must have’s for Winter ’16 include a statement roll neck knit in nude, a polo neck bodysuit and an off-the-shoulder long sleeve dress.

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Styled to Perfection

Zando Fashion Editor, Zeane Singer breaks down Winter ’16 into 3 prominent categories.

  •  Luxe Movement

Juxtaposed classic elements combine with luxury for this Athletic-Leisure-wear look. Accentuate your favourite knits with an over-sized bomber or biker jacket and slouched denims for the ultimate relaxed feel.

  • Kaliedofolk

Ethereal romance inspired by the seventies. This winter’s bohemian flair oozes femininity in its deep tones, rich textures, amid intricate detailing’s of tassels, ruffles and floral flirty prints.

  • Shadow Chic

Lustful offerings layered with decadent applique, fine knits, boastful booties, and quilted jackets that are sure to keep your cosy classy. Keep your stockings high and your skirts faux.

Until next time remember the forecast, cold weather, hot fashion!

Nadia xo xo

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Utopia at the Mall of Africa

If heaven had a shopping center, I’d imagine it would look similar to the most talked about Mall in South Africa – The Mall of Africa

 

Today saw the fabulous opening of this anticipated mall with everything from sand art to celebrities, from Master Chef winning meals to renowned DJs and alluring fashion to queues of shoppers for kilometers. 

This impressive shopping center boasts 130 000m2 of retail space, 2.4kms of shopping for every brand your heart desires, with a design, inspired from Africa’s geological features & iconic landscapes, leaves you in total awe! 

Whether walking through the Forest Walk  Court (think Congos amazing rain forest), slowing down at the Desert Court (picture desert regions in North Africa), looking to relax at the Court of Great Lakes (imagine the Great Lakes of Africa), grabbing a glass of bubbly at the Champagne Bar at the Crystal Court (picture diamonds, crystals & precious minerals), or pampering at the Oleum Court (taking inspiration from trade & oil wealth in Africa), this prestigious Mall has something to suit each & every taste. 

With 6500 parking bays & 24 entrances, finding the most loved & lusted after local & international brands makes this the ultimate shopping experience. Free wifi is sure to put smiles on every shoppers face (as it did to all bloggers & media today)  & the convenience of dedicated über pick up zones is certainly a win if like me, finding the prefect parking spot is always a challenge. 

You will find this R5bn mall at Lone Creek & Magwa Crescent, Waterfall City in Midrand. Stores open from Monday to Saturday 9am to 8pm, Sundays & Public holidays 10am to 8pm. On that note, enjoy the long weekend shopping up a storm at the Mall of Africa & please share your thoughts on the experience & your latest purchases too with me here.

Whilst I drool over the latest at Zara Home, The Kooples and Armani Exchange, only 3 of the 300 stores at Mall of Africa, I’m thinking I like my money where I can see it..In my closet 😉 

Nadia xo xo 

  

Whiskey in a teacup 

Dignified vs Youthful, Soft vs Firm, Dry vs Sweet, Big vs Subtle, Austere vs Rich..

Perhaps Creamy, Nutty, Spicey, Woody or Balanced, Phenolic, Hot…
These were a few of the descriptions used by our dashing Whisky connoisseur on the evening Protea Fire & Ice Cape Town & Johnnie Walker hosted us for one of the first Women’s Whiskey Tasting. 

When I thought whiskey it used to be beautiful glasses, expensive cigars, leather furniture & dark wood in rooms hosting the most distinguished of gentleman..however this evening saw beautiful, confident women, dressed to impressive & surrounded by bottles on the best that Johnnie Walker had to offer! 

We were treated to a brief history of fermentation & whiskey & thereafter guided on howto savor this bold drink. We started with a welcome drink of Johhnie Walker Black double with ginger ale & apple juice – yum! 

The next drink was      

Raven, A Story About Her

The beauties at 4Elements Media made my day with an invitation to the exclusive Black Gold jewellery event that showcased the much anticipated Raven Collection!

Excited was an understatement as not only was this my first event since my big move to CT but this collection is truly exquisite & I could barely wait to see the pieces in the flesh!

Exquisite, Stunning, Fierce, Beautiful, Modern, Unique, Desirable, Confident are just some of the words that followed the #BlackGoldRaven hashtag on the night.

The force behind the brand, designer Kristin Weixelbaumer celebrated the launch of her Raven Collection under her premium new brand, Black Gold at the incredible & industrial Anvl Kraft in Woodstock, Cape Town on the 17th of March 2016.

VIPs and guests mostly dressed in black & gold armed with delicious cocktails & drinks by sponsors Black Bottle Whiskey & Rose’s RDT, were drawn to the stunning Raven Collection, which was found in unique jewelry cabinets, beautifully laden over skulls, ceramic, wooden & metal objects. Eye catching prints hung from hangers off an industrial line and the Raven Collection film, a finalist at the Bokeh Film Festival, played in a cinema style area with cordless headphones and popcorn.

When we were not lusting over these designer pieces, we treated ourselves to a delectable spread of cheeses & breads, whilst eyeing the array of vintage bikes throughout this interesting venue & being entertained by DJ Tommy Gun.

When Kristin says “you can’t help notice a Raven when you find one”, she was speaking of none other than the inspiration behind the movie & shoot, actress & model Zigi Strydom. Zigi embodies the Raven Collection with her exquisite & confident look & you were instantly drawn to her presence!

Other guests that caught our eyes were singer & song writer Chad Saaiman, TV presenter & Stylist Tracy Lee-Roslind, MCSA winner Kamini Pather, Radio Presenter Tammy B, Nandi Ndlovu, features writer Glamour Magazine, blogger Samantha Taylor & many more.


An event thoroughly enjoyed by all & jewellery that’s a must!!!

Visit Black Betty Showroom, Top Floor, 53 Wale Street, Cape Town for your designer piece & contact 4 Elements Media for more info

So until next time remember Jewellery is like a biography. A story that tells the many chapters of our lives. Right now I’m on the chapter of Black Gold Raven!

Nadia xo xo   
Fringing with threads & heels from Edgars Free2BU

MU by Stila from Stuttafords

Clutch & jewellery by Colette

Wanderlust Wednesday – Sun City, South Africa

To those that know it, it is surreal – an escape into Africa filled with luxury & splendor, a memorable family holiday, the ideal girlfriends getaway, home of iconic concerts & sporting events – none other than Africa’s jewel,  Sun City

Sun City are proud to announce 2016 as the year of rejuvenation.

Sun International’s legendary Sun City in the North West Province is undergoing an R800-million refurbishment to revitalise its iconic appeal and ensure that it retains its rightful place as South Africa’s Premier Lifestyle Resort and one of the most exciting leisure destinations in the world.

“Sun City is the flagship property of Africa’s largest tourism, leisure and gaming group. It has a special place in the hearts of the millions of people who visit the resort each year. Its rejuvenation is to ensure that it stays at the cusp of experiential entertainment and leisure offerings. With this substantial investment we strive to continue being unrivalled when it comes to providing our guests with superb hospitality options, great adventure activities and the best local and international entertainment. At Sun City we want to create unforgettable and lasting memories for the entire family,” says Mike van Vuuren, the Managing Executive at Sun City.

The resort’s four hotels, the entertainment zones as well as the food and beverage outlets are being revamped. The 382 luxury self-catering apartments at the Sun Vacation Club have already been upgraded, and trusted family restaurant brands, Spur and Ocean Basket, are onboard to enhance the family appeal.

Holidaymakers now have the convenience of a new, upmarket shop, The Pantry and boutique liquor store, Quench, located at Sun Vacation Club. The Pantry offers guests fresh holiday essentials during their stay, without having to venture outside the resort. The shop has prepacked meats, a bakery, fruit, vegetables and other home cooking essentials. The Pantry also stocks a limited selection of wines and beers, and a wide assortment of non-alcoholic beverages.

    

Enhanced hospitality
Sun City’s Cabanas hotel has just completed a holistic refurbishment which includes a refresh of the guest rooms, reception area and restaurant. This is the first major upgrade of the hotel since 2007 when the rooms were restyled to mark the hotel’s 25th anniversary.

Along with the rejuvenation of the hotel’s aesthetics, the Cabanas now boasts a complete renewed look.

“Cabanas offers guests great value while simultaneously providing them with trend-setting, world class facilities and contemporary rooms, surrounded by beautiful, lush gardens. Aimed at go-getters, trend-setters and young families, guests can use the Cabanas as a relaxing retreat or as a base when experiencing all the adventures on offer around the resort. As the sun sets over the open spaces and rolling lawns, the night lights up at the Cabanas Pool Deck, with cocktails and a vibrant island atmosphere,” says van Vuuren.

The Sun City Hotel, at the heart of the resort, will soon provide an ‘always on’ party zone, complete with a night club, a burlesque club and restaurants. In the meantime guests can enjoy the wildly anticipated Legends restaurant, a trendy grill house that pays tribute to the icons that have graced Sun City since 1979. Take a trip down memory lane while savouring some of the best meals the resort has to offer. This is complemented by the newly opened Mugg & Bean, offering the reassurance of familiarity and the generosity and warm service for which the brand is renowned. Mugg & Bean at the Sun City Hotel offers visitors a place to meet, eat and connect at any time of the day, right at the centre of it all.

At the five star Cascades hotel, Santorini has been reimagined as an exciting upscale restaurant, Bocado. This restaurant offers guests one of the most beautiful settings to enjoy vibrant Mediterranean dishes, offering foodies a chance to explore classic and new flavours from the famous region.

The Palace now offers visitors two new and very exclusive – by invitation only – high-end casinos; The Palace Villa and The Palace Salon. Guests are also spoilt with choice with the new-look signature steak house, The Grill Room. There are further plans for a variety of upgrades to Plume as well as the Tusk Bar and Lounge in the coming months.

Throughout the refurbishment period, guests can enjoy a total of 26 restaurants, guaranteed to tickle all taste buds, across the resort.

More thrilling entertainment

Already offering an unprecedented choice of thrilling outdoor and entertainment activities in one place, Sun City has bolstered its offering for teenagers and adventurers with the recent launch of an adventure hub, Adrenalin Extreme. Adrenalin Extreme offers heart-pounding, adrenalin-pumping outdoor activities including Drift Trikes, Hovercrafts, the Accelerator and the Grizzly 4×4 Quad challenge.

Now underway is the expansion of the Valley of Waves water park to offer new exciting rides and food offerings. Changes at the Valley of Waves include the recent opening of a microbrewery-themed gastro pub, The Brew Monkey, which offers spectacular views over the tidal pool, with a choice of sitting indoors or outdoors on the deck. The menu boasts a selection of hunger-busting bar tins, monkey dogs, gourmet burgers, snack boards and craft beers. The Valley of Waves also boasts a new, expansive and fresh fast food eatery, Food Factory, with a range of affordable choices to suit every taste.

The revitalisation of the Valley of Waves includes two brand new slides. This is the first time since the opening of the waterpark in 1992, that new slides have been introduced. The new tube slide has already opened over the December holidays, with the additional slide scheduled to open towards the end of 2016.

Conferencing with a difference comes in the form of the Sun Park, a multipurpose facility for hosting lifestyle events, music festivals, product launches and other experiences. Ample and versatile, Sun Park will offer the support services of an indoor events venue with the flexibility of an outdoor space, the possibilities are endless.

On 11 January this year, the ambitious reinvention of the Entertainment Centre commenced, with the aim of creating an experiential journey. It will be home to arcade games, lazer tag, ten pin bowling and other fun-filled activities for visitors of all ages. The Entertainment Centre will also house a South African Hall of Fame honouring the country’s iconic sporting heroes and performing artists, as well as an optimised Convention Centre on the upper level.

During the closure and upgrade of the Entertainment Centre, conferences will be accommodated at the Sun Sky Village, a temporary but fully-equipped facility near Sun City’s front entrance.

The redevelopment of Sun City will reach fruition by the end of 2016.

  

Come make memories with us! 

Between now and June 2016, holidaymakers booking a stay at Sun City can enjoy a host of value-adds as part of the Sun City Super Stay Promotion. The longer the stay, the more value guests receive. Sun City Super Stay packages include great rates on accommodation at Sun City hotels (including breakfast); free entry to Sun City; a food and beverage voucher (the value of which is determined by the length of stay at the resort); an activities voucher with Mankwe Gametrackers and free entry to the Valley of Waves.

To check hotel rates and make a booking, go to http://www.suninternational.com/sun-city/specials/sun-city-super-stay and use the promotional code SUNFIESTA.

There is always something to do at Sun City. The Valley of Waves is renowned for its wave pool and thrilling water slides which include the Temple of Courage, three super-fast tube slides and two body slides.

There are also a variety of water sports, including jet skiing, parasailing and water skiing, available at Waterworld. In addition, the resort offers a choice of sparkling pools, two aviaries, jogging trails; quad biking; archery; floodlit tennis courts, guided tours of the resort on zippy Segways, and one of the world’s longest Zip Slide – to mention just a few of the fun things to do at Sun City.

Children can enjoy the adventure playground, an animal farm and a kiddies’ mini car race track at Waterworld. Fun-filled, supervised workshops are hosted at Kamp Kwena twice a day. The programme varies to include loads of exciting activities for children. These include visits to the crocodile farm, musical games, arts and crafts, story-telling, adventures at The Maze of the Lost City, Bumper Boats, and lots more.

Arcade lovers can access the temporary Magic Company Games Arcade inside the Valley of Waves next to Food Factor. This arcade hosts a select number of the most popular games. Access to Magic Company, Food Factory and The Brew Monkey is free for all guests. Guests can enter through the left side access of the Valley of Waves which has been blocked off from the waterpark.

Sun City borders the game-rich and malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park where people can spot the Big Five on magnificent game drives and experience spectacular views of the reserve in hot air balloons.

Getting to Sun City has become easier with direct flights to Pilanesberg International Airport from Cape Town or Johannesburg. Bookings for flights to and from Sun City are available through SA Express at http://www.flyexpress.aero/

 

For more information about Sun City visit sunintrnational.com/sun-city, like us on Facebook SunCitySA or follow us Twitter SunCityResortSA #NewSunCity

ISSUED BY THE MAIL ROOM PR.

If you haven’t visited yet, what are you waiting for?! The Kingdom Awaits 🙂

 Until next time I have been everywhere…but it’s on my list!

Nadia xo xo 


About Sun International


The Sun International Group is southern Africa’s premier hotels, gaming and entertainment group, with a diverse portfolio of properties including 28 hotels, ranging from three star to world class five star hotels; 12 modern and well located casinos, and premium resorts in superb locations.


Sun International’s iconic hotels include The Royal Livingstone Hotel at Victoria Falls, Zambia; The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City in South Africa’s North West Province, and The Table Bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Its exciting portfolio of city and resort casinos includes GrandWest Casino in the Western Cape; Sun City in the North West Province; Sibaya in Kwa-Zulu Natal; Boardwalk in the Eastern Cape, and Carnival City in Gauteng.


Over more than three decades, Sun International has built on the success of its first world-renowned property, Sun City, to consistently deliver experiential luxury, enduring quality, incredible adventure, and a high standard of personalized service. Sun International has been listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange since 1984.  


The iconic Sun International brand now has a strong presence in southern Africa, with properties in five neighbouring countries, a property in Nigeria, and a growing footprint in the Latin America region.

“A slice of cheesecake”, I said to the Mr South Africa finalist

What’s the first thought that comes to mind when you hear the words celebs, jam jars, lettuce rolls & cheesecake, in one sentence?

An epic night out?

If you guessed so, or anything similar, you’d be right on the money…except think better & more beautiful! Think of an epic night out, at an awesome restaurant, ordering the most decadent drinks & meals, & being served by the most gorgeous celebrities, all for one incredible cause, Cotlands

Chilli Jam Jars FTW!

“Serve for a cause” was an initiative that took place on the 29th of April at Primi Extreme Design Quarter in Fourways. As the name suggests, patrons like myself were served by various celebrities with a percentage of all proceeds for the night being donated to Cotlands Cotlands, first established in 1936 started as one act of kindness & now is a beacon of hope to thousands of vulnerable children in our beautiful country. Cotlands ethos is to help children grow & thrive in their formative years.  Have a look at their website & the amazing work they do, and if you can, please support them. 

Courtesy of Cotlands

The new dynamic owners of Primi Extreme Design Quarter see any form of assistance & investment in our future generation as a cause close to their hearts & certainly pulled out all the stops by partnering with Cotlands. Celebrities such as Shashi Naidoo, John Owens, Sol Phenduka, Zavion Kotze & Shajar Khan served patrons for one day only. Breakfast, lunch & dinner saw a host of different celebs testing out their waitering skills at this lovely venue, serving for a cause. 

Donned up, we decided to have dinner at Primi & we were in for a treat.

What I Wore

What I Wore

Our waiters for the night were, Kamini Pather (Masterchef SA winner & radio personality), Shashi Naidoo (Model, TV presenter & businesswoman), Jaco Gerrits (Mr SA 2014 finalist, Entrepreneur & Innovator), Neetasha Singh (Model & TV presenter) & Amorie Pearson (Model & Fitness Athlete).  Even in aprons, they all looked incredible!

The gorgeous & friendly Kamini spent a bit of time chatting to us & even suggested a few options on the menu…they all looked delicious – we were spoilt for choice! I think Primi definitely needs to put that “chilli margarita” that she mentioned on their already  impressive menu  What a pleasure finally meeting you Kamini!

Shashi looked like she was having fun & was quoted on Instagram to say “back to my student job” She looked flawless, as always (even in those “designer” shoes Shashi 😉 ) & it was treat to see her friend, the very dapper Ryan Hignett there too.  We didn’t get the opportunity to chat to either one of them sadly, so here’s me hoping there will be a next time!

The lovely & funny Neetasha aimed to please ensuring we had our cutlery & that our orders were placed & we were comfortable. Thanks for the great service!

We didn’t get the opportunity to meet Amorie, however it’s fantastic to know that these celebs gave off their time for this worthy cause. 

So a few jam jars later, a delicious pasta & some wine (I’m such a sucker for La Motte) too, we decided to have some desert. After all whats a decadent meal in lovely company at the perfect venue, without a little desert 😉 The dashing Jaco came over for our orders & all three decided on cheesecake, us to savor at Primi & Jaco to take home after his “shift” ended. We almost had him convinced to try his hand at baking a creme brûlée however he convinced us cheesecake was the way to go, and was he right! The cheesecake tasted as delicious as it looked!   

Berry Cheesecake…Blissful!

It was quite a feeling taking in all this beauty around us & at the same time knowing we were all making a difference just by having a fabulous time!

Like Primi Extreme Design Quarter on Face Book as they plan to host yet another exciting social responsibility event & I know you won’t want to miss out! Better yet, Pop by and try their menu & cheesecake for yourself – you won’t be disappointed.

Thanks again to owners Vikash & his partners for hosting us!

Until next time remember, “As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands: one for helping yourself & the other for helping others”

Nadia xo xo