Friday, 6 December 2013
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
1. Life is way too short to let yourself get stuck replaying a moment you cannot change.... let it go and look forward to having better moments that you would never want to change ;)
2. No one is as critical about the way you look as you are - So, let's all stop that now.
3. About Time is definitely the best film I have seen this year (it's too sweet).
4. It is so important to take a moment out of every day to reflect on how much you have to be thankful for - Give gratitude and seek the good in every situation whenever possible.
5. THESE are Oprah's favourite things for 2013 (I always love these lists for some reason)
6. Here are 15 websites that can make your time on the internet more productive
7. THIS article, about the lessons a writer learnt while travelling, is a really great read.
8. Part of being a grown up means having to deal with getting big spiders out of the house on your own (hopefully without tears or screams for help - hehe)
9. People in love are blind (well, kind of..) - check out THIS article on Scientific American.
10. This is very true: "If you're bored with life, if you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things - you don't have enough goals." -Lou Holtz
What have you learnt recently?
*photo taken by me
Thursday, 28 November 2013
Recently I received some awesome goodies from Aromatic Apothecary and, being a scent junkie & aromatherapy fan, I loved them all.
I especially loved the Scentstation, which I am finding amazing for making my whole place smell wonderful, without the worry of burning my house down (I'm kidding...well, sort of ). The oils are also great and include scents like - Bed of Roses, Wake Up & Focus and Fresh Beginnings.
Anyway... I am super happy to announce that Aromatic Apothecary has offered me another Scentstation and 5 oils to give away to one lucky reader (yay!). The prize, which is valued at R750, will look something like this (oils may vary)......
A bit about the the Aromatherapy Scentstation: designed and developed by Cape Town based Aromatic Apothecary, the thermostatically controlled oil "burner" is energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing. It can be placed in any room and is a functional, effective alternative to conventional burners. Simply place a few drops of essence or essential oil in the well of your Scentstation, plug in and switch on. No need for water or salts. Oh, and it's thermostatically controlled to avoid over heating (available in black, white, pink or baby blue ceramic).
HOW TO ENTER:
Just pop over to www.aromatic.co.za and leave a comment on THIS post or on my Facebook page telling me which product you would like to try the most OR send a tweet, including @beingbrazen and @aromaticApoth - super easy!
* A winner will be selected sometime on Monday, 9th December and announced on Twitter & Facebook. Good luck x
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
I am very excited to let you know that for the first time, MasterCard’s holiday promotion will be open to South African online shoppers this festive season.
What does this actually mean? Starting right now and going through to 31 December 2013, local MasterCard cardholders will enjoy exclusive offers such as free and discounted shipping and special weekly discounts from popular U.S. brands including Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, True Religion, AG Jeans, and many more.
How it works? Browse any of the participating retailers online stores and choose some pretty things, THEN when you’re ready to checkout, just enter the MCSHOP code and your shipping costs will be removed (not bad, huh?)
I was obviously super excited to hear that some of my favourite brands can now be shipped to South Africa. So I trotted onto NeimanMarcus.com to make a wishlist of all the things I would love to buy (as one does). Here are just a few of the things that have caught my fancy.....
Dress: Halston Heritage slippers: Charlotte Olympia sunglasses: Ray Ban watch: Michael Kors swimsuit: La Blanca Bag: Michael Kors earrings: Oscar del la Renta
PLEASE NOTE: I was informed today, by the PR company working with MasterCard, that J Crew is no longer part of this promotion and does not ship to South Africa (despite showing it does online for a while). Apologies for the incorrect info in the first post.
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Constantia Village Courtyard will be hosting it's second annual Style & Beauty event on the 15 & 16 November and it's bound to be a fabulous.
This two day luxury event, hosted by Liezel Van Der Westhuizen, will be filled with fashion shows, live entertainment by Manouche, gourmet treats, bubbly (from Moreson) and other pretty things.
To celebrate the upcoming event, CVC and Moreson have kindly given me 3 x bottles of Miss Molly bubbly to give away to one lucky reader (who doesn't need more bubbles in their life?).....
How to enter: Just pop over to my facebook page and leave a comment on the post about this event OR send a tweet, including @beingbrazen and @CVClifestyle - super easy! A winner will be selected sometime on Thursday, 14th November and announced on Twitter & Facebook.
Good luck, darlings :)
Friday, 8 November 2013
I recently chose & received a new phone cover from Custom Cases, a locally based brand, and I am loving it.
I decided to go for a mint and pink cover with my initial and a heart on it. I didn't send an image or anything, just described what I wanted, and Anna (she is the owner and case designer) came up with a lovely design (yup, that's it in the picture above ). When my case arrived, I was happy to see that the quality was good, it was made from a flexible plastic and it fitted my phone snuggly.
Custom Cases makes phone covers for iPhone 4 & 5, Samsung Galaxy 3 & 4, Blackberry Z10, bold 9900, curve 8520 and 9300. All phone covers are R275. They also make various tablet covers for Apple (iPad and mini) and Samsung (mini and note) , all priced from R450.
You can choose anything you like to go on your phone cover (from fun patterns to your favourite photographs). To see lots of designs other people have chosen, visit the Custom Cases Facebook page HERE. To order your custom case, e-mail Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, 4 November 2013
The weekend before last I went to stay over at Abalone House for a second time and it was even better than it was 2 years ago....
This 5-star guesthouse is located on the West Coast in the peaceful, seaside village of Paternoster (which is only 160km north of Cape Town).
On arrival at the guesthouse we were met by the friendly manager, offered either champagne or orange juice, and then shown to our pretty room (we stayed in the 'standard superior' suite shown above).
The room was beautifully decorated, had everything you could need and even had a private patio area.
While our room was situated on the ground floor, there are a few luxury suites that are upstairs and have sea views. There is also a very large deck area and a jacuzzi upstairs that can be used by all guests (the jacuzzi must be booked though).
One of my favourite areas of the guesthouse is the courtyard. Its filled with trees, potted plants, wicker furniture and has a very inviting, little pool. It's a great place to have an after dinner coffee or escape to with a good book when the sun is too hot.
The whole guesthouse is fabulously decorated with eclectic, rather bohemian, decor. While the feel of Abalone House it very luxurious (with its crystal chandeliers, Persian rugs and antique pieces), it still manages to be very comfortable and cosy too.
One of the best things about Abalone House is it's location. It's located just a short 2-minutes stroll to a small beach, that feels like it's almost exclusive to the surrounding houses.
I enjoyed taking an evening walk along the sand before heading back to the guesthouse for dinner.
Well known South African chef, Reuben Riffel now has one of his restaurants inside this guesthouse and it's definitely worth a visit. I enjoyed breakfast, high tea and a 3 course meal at the restaurant and it was all fabulous.
Besides getting a swanky new restaurant, Abalone House now has a 'Healing Earth' spa (it never had a spa before) and its a great addition to the luxury experience.
I was lucky enough to get treated to a massage before I headed back to Cape Town and it was truly amazing.
All in all I absolutely loved my time at Abalone House - The staff were helpful, the food was good, the atmosphere was relaxed and Paternoster was quaint & idyllic. I can't recommend this guesthouse enough and cannot wait to go back :)
Abalone House, Paternoster. Tel no: 086 722 7973 / 022 752 2044
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Woolworths recently sent me a necklace and a pair of wedges to incorporate into my spring/summer wardrobe and join their #fashionconvo.
Though I am far from being a model (and I will be the first to admit that I am not very good in front of the camera), I decided to show you what I wore the two items with today....
Leather bag: Bloss & Co
What do you think? Would you wear any of these items?
* Photos were taken at Fish Hoek beach by my little sister
Monday, 7 October 2013
Even though Stacey Kent has been around for a while, I only recently discovered her and her amazing voice.
The Grammy-nominated, Jazz singer released her first album way back in 1997 and since then has brought out many other albums. Last month, Stacey Kent released her latest album The Changing Lights and it's wonderful (If you are a fan of female jazz greats, like Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, you will adore her).
Here is one of my favourite songs at the moment, called 'Happy Madness':
For more info, you can trot over to her website HERE
Thursday, 26 September 2013
This past weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited to go and stay over at Majeka House, a 5-star guesthouse in Stellenbosch.
From the moment I arrived I was really impressed with the service, friendly staff and attention to detail.
While at Majeka House, I got to try the Makaron Restaurant twice (it's located inside the guesthouse) and it was truly amazing. The food is absolutely delicious and the service exceeded my expectations.
My favourite eating experience at the restaurant was breakfast. Though the 4 course dinner was fabulous (seriously, you must go and try it if you can), I loved just how many options were set out for me for breakfast.
The main table was literally covered in a range of "fancy" foods, from homemade yogurts to cold meats, and you could also order a hot breakfast of your choice (I went for the eggs Benedict with bacon - it was delish).
One of the coolest spaces at Majeka House has to be the M Bar. The eccentric decor and big, welcoming fireplace make it the perfect spot to chill for pre-dinner drinks or after dinner coffee.
Before I left Majeka House, I went to try out their crystal Himalayan salt bed at the Majeka Spa.
For this 'treatment', the bed is filled with Himalayan salt crystals (considered by many to be the most mineral rich salts on the planet ) and then a sheet is put over the salt before you lie on it. The salt is also heated up and changing colour lights line the bed. The combination of salt therapy, which is said to be detoxifying, and and light therapy had a very calming effect on me I really enjoyed the whole experience.
I really enjoyed my time at this lovely guesthouse and would definitely go back again. Its a great place to go for a mini break or a romantic weekend away :)
For more information on this guesthouse or to make a booking, visit their website
Majeka House, Houtkapper Street, Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
email@example.com / Tel: +27 21 8801549/8801512
* All photos taken by me*