Thursday, 11 December 2014

10 things to do in Cape Town

I'm going on holiday today, so while I'll be freezing cold and rapidly losing my tan (I'll be in Paris so I think I'll cope), I've made a list of 10 things to try in Cape Town this month to keep you busy.

See you in 10 days!


1) See a movie under the stars

This is by far one of my favourite things to enjoy on days when Cape Town's notorious wind isn't blowing. I always book a ticket with a chair (trust me on this one) and then take my own blankets and picnic basket. You've got great company, a gorgeous view, wine, snacks and your favourite movie - all while under the stars on a perfect summer's eve. Does life get any better?
Galileo outdoor cinemas have three venues now. You can enjoy a date night under the stars at Kirstenbosch, V&A Waterfront  and Hillcrest Wine Estate. They've also branched out into the winelands. To find out more about each venue as well as the movie lineup, click here.

2) Get some froyo

Wakaberry is still my favourite froyo spot in Cape Town. I am a sucker for their massive range of toppings and the ever changing flavours. And normally I am not a fan of branded merchandise but their iPhone covers are just the sweetest things ever.

3) Party with 4th street wine

Tonight and next Thursday are the last two events in the KFM Summer Sessions series. Local live acts and plenty of drinks flowing from 4th Street Wines. Tickets won't be easy to come by so check out how to get your hands on some here

4) Perfect your downward dog

Hot Dog yoga in Sea Point is relaxed, and not yet overrun like the other studios. It is also over the road from Nu and a hop, skip and a jump away from the promenade so after yoga class you can pick up a green juice and take a walk by the sea. How very Cape Town of you. Namaste.

5) Reward your efforts with a vegan cupcake

Cupcake Richard (seriously, who wouldn't trust that name?) has managed to take most of the sin out of dessert, while still keeping all the decadence. Vegan cupcakes, with fresh, organic ingredients. Try the lemon cupcakes, those are my favorite.

6) Support local at Fabricate

Locally designed and made clothing, decor, jewellery and more all under one roof. It is dangerous for your wallet, but your home and wardrobe will thank you for it. To find out about opening times, click here.

7) Get festive in your bathtub

Lush has a Christmas range out that is second to none. I've done most of my festive gift shopping here because they make it so easy, and its all so cheerful. Think glittery bath bombs, penguin shaped bubble bath bars, gooey snowman jelly soap, and the usual pretty stuff too. If you're converting a friend to the Lush cult this Christmas, I would suggest the Rose Jam shower gel, the Buffy bar exfoliating bar, The Comforter bubble bath bar, the Popcorn lip scrub and the Ocean Salt face and body scrub. Oh and also Big Hair shampoo. Oh hell, buy the whole store. I always do.
Even better, shop online here.

8) Sip on alcoholic ginger beer

Dragons Fiery Ginger = Summer. We discovered them by chance at a market a while back and they've been a staple at braais, picnics and parties ever since. Ginger beer, with a little of the good stuff in it - tell me you aren't already sold? You can find out more about where to find them here.

9) Get your nails done

Sorbet are just about everywhere, and they're expanding even more with their DryBars. So if you're getting those toes painted or your hair blown out - they've got your back. For your closet salon, click here.

10) Give back

The whole festive season is spent buying gifts or receiving gifts, and we seldom think about those less fortunate. So seeing as you've probably updated your summer wardrobe and you'll probably get a few items on your wish list this Christmas, perhaps consider clearing out the older things in your closet and donate to The StreetStore, a free clothing store for the homeless. The concept has done so well that it is now operating right across the globe. To find out how you can help, click here.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

New lingerie online store is a Triumph

Very punny heading I know, but I couldn't help myself.

I've been unacceptably quiet, so to beg you for forgiveness and to buy your love, I have a great giveaway from a new online store. If you aren't shopping online in 2014 you need your head read. SA's e-commerce industry is taking off in a big way with most fashion retailers and boutiques now offering their product online.
Triumph has just joined cyber space and I could not be happier. I am not a fan of shopping for lingerie in-store. Most of the assistants don't know what they're talking about and I have even had one offer me 3 other bra sizes upon seeing that my size was sold out. Um, thanks, but thats not how it works. Thats not how it works at all lady.
Triumph have hundreds of sensual, seductive and even sensible bras push-ups, corsets, panties and more to choose from. You can also check your fit with the Fit Finder section, which tells you how, where and what to measure and provides the corresponding size - easy no?

So we all know our size and can shop luxury lingerie and sports underwear in peace now, thanks to Triumph. I went with a pretty yet practical grey lacy set and it fits like a dream.

So to celebrate their new store, they've given me a R350 voucher to give away.

All you need to do to win is:

Tell me your worst in-store experience while buying lingerie in the comments section or on Twitter

Competition closes on Friday and the winner will be announced on the 22nd.