Its a juggling act!

So last night, on the night of the Glamour Awards there were no fancy spots to check out or a #OOTD whilst I wrote this – It was my D&G pjs (no not that D&G, my David & Goliath ones), chai, my fur babies & trusty iPad, along with some motivation, from me to you!

A year ago when I decided (with a lot of persuasion 😉 from my amazing man) I was going to follow my passion & pursue my events dream, I knew it was going to be tough, and trust me, it’s been tough…but I can assure you the experience thus far continues to teach me, enlighten me & push me in the direction of turning my every dream into a reality…

It’s a juggling act, trying to balance entrepreneurship, studying & racing against time, with the pending move from My City (loving this track by Toya Delazy & Cassper Nyovest) to the Mother City!

It can be overwhelming but the trick is to remember “How do you eat an Elephant? One bite at a time!” So one step at a time & one day at a time, when you’re feeling overwhelmed & under pressure with deadlines & exams looming & all that your glorious life has to throw at you.

According to Entrepreneur Magazine, we are working harder, sleeping less & have more stress in our lives than ever before.

I’ve found that preparation is the key – whether you make notes in a diary (see Typo for the cutest ones) or electronically on your iPad – Make notes – so you don’t forget important stuff when it all becomes manic. A to-do list is not overrated, I find it’s necessary.

Time management is just as important. Sure load-shedding or traffic jams sometimes throw a spanner into the works (ah the petrolhead that is me – I think my next blog should be on something motor related) but managing your time properly will actually help you maximize productivity in the hours of your day. It will help you find the time you need for your studies or help you with scheduling those meetings, updating your website or social media platforms.

Keep distractions to a minimum. Our world is a digital one so mobile phones & social media, the buzz words, are necessary. You can however always turn your phone onto “do not disturb” when warranted & prioritize –  if you don’t need to type an urgent post onto Face Book or Twitter or share that picture on Instagram, don’t. Finish a task & then “reward” yourself with some personal posting, updating Face Book or adding a few new pins on Pinterest.

It’s difficult for me to keep my furry distractions away from me…they always want to sleep exactly where my keyboard should be…we won’t even discuss the mouse 😉

Stay hydrated, keep a bottle of fresh water at your workspace (Consol have the coolest grip & go bottles & going green is cool so get one today!) Open a window instead of the aircon. Your skin will love you for it!

Get up & walk around the office or go outside to stretch those legs a bit. Sitting for long periods of time is not healthy & whilst outside taking a time out, you could come up with your next best idea!

It’s the little things that help keep you energized & raring to tackle your projects.

Most importantly though, relax & give 100% of your attention to each task individually as opposed to 50% on 2 tasks concurrently. I don’t believe in multitasking… It’s debatable, however my opinion.

Remember the goal, work smart, focus & believe…You can achieve it all, if you want it badly enough!

Please feel free to share your tips on juggling with me 🙂

Until next time, I leave you with these words from Harry Potter “Working hard is important, but there is something that matters even more, Believing In Yourself”

Its a juggling act being a student & entrepreneur amidst a move! Tonight I have my essentials :)

Its a juggling act being a student & entrepreneur amidst a move!
Tonight I have my essentials 🙂

 Nadia xo xo

Ps. No Elephants were harmed in the making of this blog 😉

“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

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 

 

Racing against time in stilettos…

Dont you just feel like there are times in life when you can hear the tick tock of the giant clock that is life?

The tick tock reminding you of another year passing by, the tick tock to payday or the tick tock to the launch of that AW2015 collection (Woolworths have outdone themselves so make sure to check them out & whilst you on the lookout for stunning threads, dont forget to pop into Nicci Boutique)…

My race against time, (in my Christian Louboutins naturally – try Apsley Group for a pair) started late last year when I heard the tick tock of our (My love and our 3 furbabies) pending move to the awe that is the Mother City!

This is the very reason I share my first ever blog with you. Its something Ive always wanted to do, but just never got down to doing, until today. As I hear the tick tock, I realise, if not now, then when?!

Excited, nervous, happy, sad & scared are just some of the emotions that fill me when I think of this change in lanes.

I suddenly gained a new perspective on life and its length…clocks & watches too! (Visit Skagen to view their latest range in watches)

In my race against time I made a list of the places I must visit before the move & I hope to share my experiences with you after visiting them.

For now though, check out these hot spots in Jozi :

The Steamworks Gastropub

Social On Main

Beerhouse

Anti Est

Vicky Christinas

Craft

The Goodluck Club 

This tick tock is something that every single one of us faces each day. I prefer to face it stilettos some days & other days, well just a pair of Chucks will do!

If you are racing this race too, keep moving & keep experiencing…

Until next time…”A shoe has so much more to offer than just to walk.” – Christian Louboutin.

Nadia xo xo