Seat Safety – a blog for for the parents

Hello dear readers!

As you know, my blog includes anything that is of interest to me. So being involved in South African Motorsport and having a passion for 4 wheels I was recently informed by the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists on something rather disturbing – something I had to share with you, especially if you are parents!

Wheel Well, a NPO doing amazing work in road safety shared the following with us. All parents want to protect their children as best they can. When it comes to child car safety, the correct child car seat can seem rather expensive and some parents may be tempted to choose a cheaper alternative. This had led to thousands of unsuspecting parents across the globe purchasing inexpensive “portable” car seat harnesses online.

These “cheaper” options offer parents a false sense of security and do not
help to prevent injury or death. Wheel Well are anxious to inform parents of the hazards of using this kind of device instead of a proper child car seat which conforms to EU regulations.

Authorities in the United Kingdom have conducted crash tests on cheaply made and untested “portable” car seat harnesses and the results are sobering. These cheap imported seats were shown to disintegrate at a low-speed collision of under 60kph,
propelling a crash test dummy into the front of the vehicle.

To put this in perspective, a normal child car seat is tested to survive impacts at speeds in excess of 100kph. With the huge forces involved in a car crash, parents must ensure they purchase car seats that adhere to current and tested regulations and standards.

In South Africa, we adhere to European standards and the car seat must feature an orange European Economic Commission stamp of approval sticker. Parents need to be aware that any defects and shortcomings of a car seat will become apparent during a crash … and that will be far too late!

Prevent a lifetime of regret and make sure you buy the correct and legal seat for your child. If you cannot afford a correctly certified car seat new, rather be in contact with Wheel Well on peggie@wheelwell.co.za

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2757724/Crash-test-revealshorror-moment-deadly-child-car-seat-disintegrates-impact-just-30mphthrowing-dummy-vehicle-safety-watchdogs-warn-thousands-soldonline-world.html

Please consider donating your old car seats to Wheel Well and if you have a car seat but are unsure if it meets the requirements, contact Peggie and get peace of mind. Do feel free to share this with other parents out there – spread safety!

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Until next time, in the spirit of children and road safety, drive as if every child on the street were your own…

Nadia xo xo

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

Add hope 🙏🏼

Magic Johnson once said “All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them”. From his mouth to the ears of the incredible souls at KFC
KFC’s Add Hope – now in its seventh year – has found a powerful way to unite staff and customers in the fight against hunger. Add Hope partners with over 110 beneficiary organisations to feed over 110 000 children every day across the country, helping them learn, grow and thrive.


With World Hunger Month having kicked off in October, Add Hope continues to shine a spotlight on hunger issues in South Africa and the beneficiaries it supports.

In the second leg of their World Hunger Month roadshow, Add Hope visited Home of Hope in Tableview, Cape Town with local media and KFC team members from surrounding stores. We began the day with an introduction from resident social worker, Bianca Breytenbach on the home and the kind of children they support.


Home of Hope specialises in supporting children who have been affected by Fetal Alchohol Syndrome (FAS), a condition developed by a mother consuming alcohol during pregnancy which results in various disorders.

Home of Hope houses children ranging from new-borns to 18 year olds, who are fed three nutritious meals and two snacks daily at their Table View home. Guests were then entertained by beautiful singing and dancing from the children and were then shown a tour of the grounds where they were able to see where the children live, sleep, learn and play.

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As a patron of KFC this is just one example of physically seeing where your R2 donation goes to. The Add Hope initiative provides us all with opportunity to be able to make a real difference in the lives of children across South Africa.

What a heartwarming feeling knowing you’ve given hope and so much more to someone less fortunate that yourself  – Kudos to KFC & Add Hope.

To find out more, visit Add Hope #AddHope and visit Home of Hope if you’d like to assist further.
Until next time remember that together we can save lives & Add Hope.

Nadia xo xo


Credits – Plato Communications

Tamryn Sher 

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

What time is it?

You would’ve noticed that it’s been a while since my last blog post. So many adventures to share with you, but first, a personal note from me to you!

Whilst the “experts” say content should be posted often, keep the reader interested and engaged, and all those wonderful things to grow your audience, it’s important to take some time out for yourself, to take stock, to reflect, to simply be…I’ve done just that over the month of August, and then some 😉

This ME time has been invigorating and positive. It’s given me a fresh perspective on my life and business, and helped me grow in a way I never imagined.

There’s no worse feeling in the world than feeling like you’re in limbo, stuck in a rut so to speak. So if you’re feeling that way I can highly recommend putting YOU first. Be it as simple as switching off your phone, running a bubble bath & just shutting yourself off from the world, lying in your garden looking up into the sky and making cloud animals or getting on a plane and traveling to a destination unknown, you will never realize the importance of ME time until you make it happen!

Chicken soup for the soul has been tried and tested. It’s left me feeling good and hopeful but ME time has left me feeling whole and more alive than ever before! I’d love to share my recipe with you!

Until next time remember that sometimes you just need to step outside, get some air and remind yourself of who you are and who you’d like to be!

Reflecting as the sun sets over Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Nadia xo xo


Dress by Zara

Slops by Ipanema

Nails by Gelish

Engagement bling by my fiancé *blush*

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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GrandWest takes Kensington Home for the Aged under its wing

William Wordsworth once said “The wiser mind mourns less for what age takes away than what it leaves behind.”

In a world where so much emphasis is placed on youth & material wealth, it is so refreshing & heartwarming to see a company like GrandWest investing in & caring about our aged!

I was truly sad to have (at the last minute) missed the incredible moment when Grand Parade Investment, GrandWest & Miss SA arrived at the Kensington Home for the Aged last week, with love, appreciation, time & care packs for the residents of this home. If like me, you missed the event, you can fortunately read all about what GrandWest is doing for Kensington – its truly a Motivating & Inspiring Monday post!

GrandWest takes Kensington Home for the Aged under its wing

Improving comfort and safety for the residents of the Kensington Home for the Aged were the objectives of the extensive refurbishment project that has just been completed by GrandWest’s Social Economic Development Department in collaboration with BBBEE suppliers of GrandWest.

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The project, started in January 2016, included installing dry walling in the Home’s Hassen Adams Frail Care Centre, electrical refurbishments, installing additional showers, grab rails and shower sheets, repainting the centre and the installation of blinds. The 10 rooms in the frail care centre were refreshed with new décor and also received new cupboards, side bed lamps and linen. The reception area was revamped with a new couch and reception desk, while outside, new paving will be laid, along with a carport for the ambulance and automated gates commencing July 2016. Since its inception, a total of R450 000 has been donated towards Kensington Home’s building refurbishments.

Prior to the refurbishment project, the GrandWest Social Economic Development Department made it possible for five of the home’s staff to undergo training with St John’s to ensure that they are adequately skilled for their demanding roles as caregivers.

The home provides shelter, medical support and a nurturing, supportive environment for about 110 aged and infirm people from previously disadvantaged communities. Many of the residents do not have any family and have limited means to support themselves. The home relies heavily on the donations and sponsorships it receives from the public to continue operating as the Pension and Social Welfare Subsidy it receives is not sufficient.

“The elderly are sadly often amongst the most neglected and forgotten members of our society and much can be said about a community by the way in which it treats its elderly citizens. Kensington Home for the Aged provides invaluable care and support to the elderly, many of whom have nowhere else to turn,” says Heidi Edson, Group Social Economic Development Manager for Sun International.

image2“The Home’s commitment to ensuring a safe, nurturing and healthy environment for its residents is heartening. We recognise the challenges they face in keeping the facility up and running. As such, we are pleased to be in a position to assist the home in addressing some of these challenges. This project, which involved one of our enterprise development partners, Decordent Living, demonstrated what can be achieved when caring people work together,” says Edson.

In 2015, GrandWest’s Social Economic Development Department visited the Home and identified various needs. A fire detection system was installed to the value of R255 000  and staff were given training on using fire extinguishers. During the winter of 2015, GrandWest teamed up with The Table Bay to donate warm accessories such as gloves and beanies as well as blankets to help alleviate some of the burden on the Home in keeping its residents warm and comfortable. The items were handed to the residents by Miss South Africa 2015, Liesl Laurie, much to the residents’ delight.

Later in the year, SHAWCO Health (the University of Cape Town’s Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation) visited the home. The visit, facilitated by GrandWest which is a primary sponsor of SHAWCO Health, saw 19 students from the Physiotherapy, Audiology and Speech-Language faculties engage with the home’ residents in a range of activities focused on uplifting their spirits.
SHAWCO Health plans to host further group therapy sessions at the home in 2016 as well as offer training to the nurses and caregivers to assist them in managing the residents’ diagnoses more effectively.

Until next time, we all too often forget about these pillars of our society, so lets hope this little reminder has you inspired to Be The Change too!

Nadia xo xo

Press release issued on behalf of GrandWest: Mercedes Westbrook, The Mail Room PR

Photo Credit: Nickay-Alfonso Stoffels

PopIn-to this beautiful collaboration!

THE STORY OF THE POP IN SHOP WITH VOICES CLUB AND JO CARLIN

So I was guttered to have missed this incredible collaboration between these two powerhouses, but here’s what this new creative & beautiful space in Cape Town is all about!

VOICES Female Business Club, a professional networking club, has joined in collaboration with Jo Carlin in Cape Town to launch a unique and beautiful collaboration space in the heart of De Waterkant.

This striking 200+ sqm gorgeous design space has been the home for Jo Carlin design for over 5 years and is well known as the only stop for stunning contemporary furniture which can be tailor made to particular customer requirements as well as the quirky Jo Carlin character female fashion

Shelley Humphreys, the founder of VOICES last year May was searching for a new creative space for the club members to utilize and work and which “evokes a creative energy and inspiration for new ideas and motivation which is often sorely lacking in many co-working spaces currently offered”

 

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The new collaboration working space offers a comfortable and beautiful lounge environment, with Jo Carlin’s striking furniture designs and art pieces on the walls creating a warm, comfortable environment with high ceilings exuding space to think, breathe and create.

Jo comments “The idea of collaborating with VOICES was very attractive as I view myself as a creative female and enjoy being in the company of others with a similar energy and outlook. This collaboration will bring new energy and creativity into the space and I’m very excited to see what will happen”

The PopInShop was an idea born from both Carlin and Humphreys who believed that other high end designers could benefit and add to the energy and creativity in the space.

They created the concept and are joined for the launch by another 4 international designers who will offer their products to the space, including:

Mani Bains – an award winning Denim Designer originally from the UK with over 15 yrs experience being the lead designer for Levi’s, EVISU, Wrangler and Tommy Hilfiger and now for the past 2 years created a high end male and female denim collection, namely DIVA jeans and Kings of Denim.

Marlena Groengard Danish Designer and stylist whom have lived and worked in Copenhagen, Paris, Milan and New York offers MARA – beautifully designed jewellery, some with precious stones, and ostrich leather handbags.

Italian born Andrea Cisari will be presenting his iconic sunglass brand Ross & Brown an Italian eyewear brand established in 2013 with headquarters in London. Today, Ross & Brown products are sold in the most exclusive boutiques and finest optical stores all around the world.

British born Stuart Bishop will showcase his timepieces collection TRIDENT which are functional and minimalist in form, high regard for the principles of contemporary design and all with affordable prices.

 

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Carlin and Humphreys are keen to keep the PopInShop story and shopping experience alive by including other designers into the space throughout the year, “we want to keep the customers engaged and coming back to see what’s new” comments Humphreys “we want to create an experience of inspirational purchasing with value and products not easily available at other retail outlets”.

The PopInShop is open for business Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm. Pop In and see us and join the collaboration.

So my weekend plans involve surrounding myself with beautiful pieces whilst taking a tour of this amazing space – keen to join me?

Until next time remember, Boss Chics don’t Compete…they Collaborate!

Nadia xo xo

Pic credits VOICES Club

 

More Information
VOICES CLUB
VOICES was founded around a philosophy of providing a platform for professional women working and networking their way to greatness. The network aims to provide opportunities that bring women together in a safe space to think, work, debate, discuss and socialize. It performs the function of empowering female club members with the strength of camaraderie, value exchange, skills sharing and inspiration along with awesome benefits in a sophisticated co-working space in the heart of Cape Town.
To request more information, details, images or an interview with VOICES Founder Shelley Webb, please contact shelley@voicesclub.com
Shelley Webb
Shelley@VoicesClub.com
Website:  www.voiceclub.com
Facebook:  Facebook.com/VoicesFemaleClub
Twitter: @PowerFemales
Instagram:  voicesclub

Dusty Rebels & The Bombshells 

 Dusty Rebels and The Bombshells Do Pretoria (Again)

  

 They say the dust up north is unique. So South Africa’s premier vintage lifestyle festival will return to the north this year, to add a certain flare to another of our capital cities. Dusty Rebels and The Bombshells will bring its signature fare of 40s and 50s cars, fashion and music to 012 Central in Helen Joseph Street on 14 May 2016.

 Returning to the day’s festivities are the PTown Roller Derby League doing a mini bout. DRTB icons The Blue Haired Betty and Miss Bombshell Betty 2015 – who was crowned at Dusty Rebels and The Bombshells in Cape Town on November 2015 will be attending with 4 of last year’s finalists. They will host a competition on the day for the best pinup gal, so all the bombshells are encouraged to put their best fashion foot forward.

 The Betties will also be recruiting pinups for the Miss Bombshell Betty 2016 competition to be held at The Dusty Rebels and The Bombshells festival on the 12 November 2016 in Cape Town.

 As usual, a number of live bands will also be in attendance, these will be released mid April so keep watch this space. Black Orchid Burlesque will perform a tantalising burlesque show, a fashion show to spice things up and the day’s entertainment will be rounded off by DJ Rockabilly Rythmn playing the finest classic tunes of the era.

 Your favourite vendors will offer make-up, clothing, jewellery, helmets, a barber shop, memorabilia, food and drink.

Until next time, pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick & head over to the 012. 

Nadia xo xo 


DETAILS:

Dusty Rebels & The Bombshells Do Pretoria, 012 CENTRAL, 381 Helen Joseph Street, Pretoria, 10:00-20:00

Tickets: Webtickets.co.za
https://www.facebook.com/events/239765309696264/
 www.dustyrebelsandthebombshells.co.za

Instagram: dustyrebelsandthebombshells.co.za
Twitter: @DustyandB

  
 

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