Friday, August 26, 2016

As I sit here I have a super shiny face after being a volunteer for a new skin peel just yesterday. I can just hear it ... some will say 'sucker!' others 'ooooh so lucky!' It depends on your personal perspective, and often whether you have had a peel or not ... just being honest!

Skin a-peel

Constant misconceptions led me to share some vital information on skin peels, and maybe even debunk a few myths related to skin peels.

Skin peel truths

Hold onto your seat ladies, understanding skin peels is actually rudimentary! So first up let's cover the myth of  'a skin peel, is a skin peel, is a skin peel!'
WRONG!!!

There are three grades of  chemical skin peels:
- Those done by a skin care therapist - these are milder and more superficial skin peels
- Those skin peels that you can buy and do yourself at home (not recommended for novices)
- Those done by a medical doctor - these are more severe and often require extended periods of downtime ... in other words extreme peels.

Secondly,  the myth that skin peels thin your skin!

So I asked some of my friends over at Skin Renewal how they would best describe the action of a peel on the skin, and this is what they came up with:
'A chemical peel removes the outer layer of dead skin cells. This process signals the dermis (or living skin) to start producing more collagen and elastin, which will, in turn, increase its density. All of which results in the outer skin layer looking more youthful, with fewer fine lines, wrinkles and skin discolouration. By restoring the balance of a thinner outer layer and a thicker middle layer, skin glows and looks younger!

It can, therefore, be said that chemical peels thin and thicken your skin, but in all the right places. In other words, it will thin the skin where it is supposed to be thin, and compact (outer layer of skin ) and thicken the skin (middle layer) where it is supposed to be thick and plump.'

So, in a nutshell, the answer would be yes and no! Confusing I know!

Ultimately what you need to understand is that anything in moderation is beneficial. If you choose to have skin peels done ensure that it is under the guidance of a qualified professional, and not some gung-ho wannabe that is using your skin as a testing ground.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to look good well into maturity, but wisdom and your natural instincts about your skin will soon tell you when you are pushing boundaries. I personally love peels and find they help to refine my pores, eliminate fine lines and give a beautiful glow for a few weeks ... did I mention my makeup applies so much better too?

Obviously, I am biased but I would always recommend a professional skin care clinic such as Skin Renewal.

For more info : www.skinrenewal.co.za

** This is not a sponsored post

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

As you know by now I love quaint restaurants often tucked away from the maddening crowd, so it was a great adventure when I had to find this little gem in Durbanville.

Eating out at YOCO


This little eatery although located in the heart of Durbanville is tucked away in a quaint garden oasis known as the Rust-En-Vrede Gardens. I have actually been here once before for a lovely little market that happens every so often but completly forgot the name of the gardens.
Due to my memory lapse when looking for the restaurant I managed to drive straight past it  not once but twice, the garden obscures the venue and honestly ... if you don't know about it ... you may never find it!
The restaurant itself is nestled in an old Cape Dutch building which houses an Art Gallery, so you can happily browse before and after your meal, It also features the most unusual sculptures perched in the trees and foliage all around the courtyard ... truly intriguing.
On this particular day, we were saying a farewell to my sister as she set off overseas, we were actually having lunch en route to the airport hence the urgency to find the restaurant.

We decided to indulge in burgers on this particular day with a cappuccino to start .. strange but true!

Mumsy and I decided on the Don't Go Bacon My Heart burgers (because well ... bacon ... enough said right!). My sister and my nephwe opted for the chicken burgers.
The servings were generous, the food was delicious and fresh. It was one of the nicest burgers and shoestring fries I have had in a very long time.
The service although a little slow was spot on and again I have to say all in all I had a really pleasant dining experience at YOCO Eatery and I would definitely recommend it. I would, however, recommend you book in advance in summer as the venue was busy.

For more info, you can find them here: YOCO EATERY

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

I find it super interesting that in a recent survey done by Dove that only 10% of women were happy to reveal their age? Really?

You are beautiful at any age!

Hells no ladies, how can you honestly not want to share! How old am I? I will be 42 in just over a month and I am proud of it ... in fact, I feel like I have earned 'my stripes' ... wrinkles ... bulges ... and so much more!


Women are shying away from their ages

Women are truly trying to hide their ages and I just cannot understand this. I am very much in the beauty industry and in fact, I work for a group of medical aesthetic doctors. I am the first to advocate looking after your skin, body and ageing gracefully (with a little help), but I am not for trying to deny the very valuable years of wisdom you have behind your back.

Is it age that makes you beautiful ... NO! Beauty truly is about self-acceptance, that inner light, and radiance that shines from within, it is about treasuring what you have, looking after it and counting your blessings every day.

What kind of a legacy will we leave behind if we teach our kids that beauty lies in staying young? Is there not enough intimidation and bullying from the media? In essence, it means we are now saying that there is no worth in a mature woman, how can that be?

Your age represents your life journey and every age has a story of obstacles you have conquered, challenges you may have overcome and life experiences you have gained.

I encourage you today to embrace your age. Look at your mom, your granny and other mature women in your family ... do you not admire them? Why then do you deny yourself the same worth and value?

I am all for Dove's campaign to celebrate women and #BeautyAtEveryAge, because I am trusting that the young women in my life today will be the leaders and examples of the future of women tomorrow.

I got sent the most beautiful memory wire with little cards, these need to be replaced with my own personal memories, reminders of my journey and celebrations as a woman. Here take a look, it honestly brought tears to my eyes ... my life has been quite a journey you see!
Thank you, Dove, for supporting women no matter what their age, we need to be reminded of this and often!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

It's the Winelands Chocolate Festival this coming weekend in Cape Town. Yes, this is the show that fantasies are made of ... chocolate ... wine and plenty of it!

The second Winelands Chocolate Festival takes place at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of August 2016. This year the festival offers a bigger and better line-up  for the whole family. Don't stress if chocolate in not your thang! 

There will also be an endless selection of the finest wines and gourmet treats, so do drag your significant other to come along!

Chocolate fantasies come alive


As is the words chocolate on tap weren't enough to convince you, there will be the most amazing chocolate displays and demonstrations happening all weekend.
Including some of the chocolate industry’s leading culinary artists, who will teach and entertain guests with different food preparation techniques ... here just see for yourself!
Demos cost an additional R50 per adult and can be purchased fromWebtickets.

A truffle affair?
Dimo Simatos, one of the finest pastry chefs in South Africa and the head chocolatier at Lindt SA, will be doing live demos at the festival. With impressive work experience, including being Head Chef at Cape Town’s One & Only Hotel, Dimo will be demonstrating the process of tempering chocolate and making truffles.
(Dimo’s demo will take place from 10:00am on both the Saturday and Sunday of the festival @R50)

Everday chocolates delight's
Award winning editor of Eat Out magazine and food editor for Woolworths Taste magazine, Abigail Donnelly will be doing a lunchtime ‘chef’s table’ demo at the festival. Having given up her full time job to become a food artist, Abigail will be sharing ideas on how to blend various flavours with chocolate, and how to use it in savoury dishes.
(Catch her live at 12:30pm on both the Saturday and Sunday of the festival @R150)

Dessert is a food group all of it's own
Alice Toich is an accomplished artist and a baker of contemporary cakes in Cape Town. In 2015 she released her very own recipe book titled “Baek”, which beautifully showcases Alice’s love for baking and her passion for art. Alice will be exploring the deliciousness of dark chocolate desserts. (Her demo will take place from 2:00pm on both the Sunday and Sunday of the festival @R50)

The Winelands Chocolate Festival at Blaauklippen is not to be missed. Watch this space for my post event article with all my favourite highlights.

Get your tickets now via Webtickets.

CHECK IT OUT: The Winelands Chocolate Festival
DIRECTIONS: Blaauwklippen Wine Estate 


Ticket Prices:
Adults: (R120 – includes a wine glass)
Scholars: (R60)
6yrs and under - Free
(Buy tickets online at Webtickets or at the door.)


Other decadent events:
Chocolate Afternoon Tea: (R250 – includes entry to the rest of the festival)
Chocolate Demos 50 mins - (R50)
Tutored Tastings 50 mins – (R35)

Jumping Castle and jungle Gym and more - Free

So whatcha waiting for?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

It's no secret that we all want to be young forever. What you may not realise however ladies is how quickly age creeps up on you and before you know it you're in your 40's. Suddenly grey becomes a very disconcerting colour, especially when it's on your head, except for those trending of course ... then it is optional. Grey hair OMG!

Grey Hair Is Not Optional

It shouldn't have come as a surprise, after all, I am turning 42 this year and mumsy has been a silver fox from around her 50's. But in our minds, we never really progress past a certain age (whatever you have chosen) even when our bodies refuse to co-operate.

So why then did I get such a huge shock when I looked in the mirror? Well, it's simple really, a number of grey hairs had trebled in just 6 weeks or one hair colour application ... eeeep!

Whilst I have always loved women who embrace their natural grey. However choosing to go the natural route, I now find myself thinking ... 'what will I do one day?'. Will I try and cover the grey for as long as possible (which is not super successful I might add) or will I embrace my natural colour change ... yep, the jury is still out on that one.

Age is but a number however when age and nature collide it leaves a ripple effect of OMG is that really me, am I really getting that old, how did this happen?

I would change where I am in life given the chance, I happy with my faith, my home and even my small little space on earth ... I would maybe wish to meet a significant other by now but hey God's got my back and I am all good!

So here's a few interesting facts:
1. WHEN DO MOST WOMEN GO GREY?
It's usually women who are in their 30s that may see a few grey hairs, but by the time they get into their 50 most women would expect to have more than 50% of their scalp hairs turn grey ...shocking!!

2. WHY DO WE GET GREY HAIR?

Grey hair is a combination of normally pigmented hairs interspersed with white ones.  As we age, hormones kick in and the bodies processes slow down. Hair turns white when the pigmentation cells responsible for colour (melanin) stop being produced and ta-dah! Before you know it you are a silver fox! #FoxyLady

3. CAN YOU SLOW THE RATE OF GREYING HAIR?

Nope, not really. Nutritional and hormonal factors can affect hair colour as well as stress but generally going grey earlier in life is genetic ... blame it on the genes!

Home care:
- For great hair maintenance grey or otherwise, consider a Biotin supplement from Health Renewal
- Tone down your greys and take care of the locks with NAK Hair Colour Masque's , if it's gonna happen why not join the trend right?


What are your thoughts on going grey and whether you would keep it natural or not? Tell me below I would love to hear from you.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Gosh, today I have to just share a little frustration with regards to honouring people, respecting others and planning even at the last minute.

God's GPS & Recalculating Your Path

You see no matter who you are Christian, non-Christian , single , married , old, young ... no matter who you are ... you want to be treated in a manner which leaves you feeling loved, appreciated and respected.

I find that sometimes my nice-ness and willingness to serve the Lord is not only taken for granted but overlooked ... would it be better if I were a tantrum thrower? A complainer? Married? .... heck who knows? One thing I do know is that I will not change and I also will not constantly be pushed aside, so today I give up a long term desire, standing rather here in Faith trusting that God will fill its space with a dream larger than life ... one I could never have imagined myself and I leave it at his feet!

I have tried to follow God's prompting not once, not twice but three times and it is enough ... I now feel like I am striving ... and I am beyond striving ... I know who I am , I know I am loved and I know above all else that God has a plan for me!

It's Not About You!

So often these outcomes are others issues, lack of planning or disregard ... it's not about you!

I don't do the blame game or hold anyone accountable for how things have turned out and yes, the Church is made of people ... we all fall short ... so no, I do not have to be bitter
... but I do have a new dream diary to start ... so there!

Today I want to encourage you to follow your heart, do not let people determine your place and space both at home or with God, but rather trust solely in HIS purpose and plan for you. When the temptation is there to feel worthless, invalidated and unwanted ... rise above it and DO NOT LET SATAN ROB YOU OF YOUR JOY! (Romans 8v31)

I love my friends, family, and my church but God will always have first place in my home, heart, and happiness!
I am an absolute creative at heart and nothing brings me more joy than making time to express my love of all things practical through new DIY Projects. Now for heavenly scents ...

How grateful was I then when this delightful book arrived on my doorstep from Penguin Books SA
Having just recently purchased my own home, I found my hands itching to go and just rearing to get started on new objects to adorn my home.

MAKE YOUR HOME - by Germarie Bruwer & Margaux Tait


So first up I want to share a little about this book, it is jam packed with the most amazing DIY projects for anyone from the novice to an expert. Better yet though it is accompanied by handy home decor tips such as 'The Rule of Three' how to stage certain rooms and spaces in your home to create that visual 'WOW FACTOR'.

There are ideas that you can adapt for seasonal occasions such as Christmas and even furniture projects to zhoosh up old and outdated pieces in your home.

I absolutely love this book, I browse it often to give me ideas, inspiration and I have even completed a simple DIY project which I'll share with you!


HEAVENLY SCENTS FOR YOUR HOME

So here is a little step by step pictorial of my DIY project ...
As directed I got all my goodies together, except I used fragrance oil from the USA instead of the essential oils. I also didn't want the little flags as my plan was to put my bottle on a rather ornate silver vintage tray in my lounge ... you'll see!
Next up was to decant the baby oil into my chosen bottle (I collected these bottles from flea markets).
Now remember I used a fragrance oil, so my next step may look a little different as it turned the baby oil cloudy when I mixed it.
And then it was time to add my skewers and the pretty ribbon I bought!
As you can see this project was hardly rocket science ... anyone and I do mean anyone can do it. My house smells like heaven and my little project stands proudly on the spot pre-destined for it!

Do you want to see?
Oh alrighty then you twisted my arm ...
So what are you waiting for, I'm dying to see what you have created! This book is available from all major bookstores and retails for R220.00

For more info on the authors and availability visit Penguin Books SA

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Monday, August 08, 2016

Nothing makes me swoon quite like new products, honestly who doesn't love trying something new just because it's new ... fess up, it's true. I know you are all closet makeup junkies!

Makeup Magic with Insta Fix

Introducing mistake proof contouring by Revlon ladies, but be warned they are a Limited Edition of PhotoReady Insta-Fix™ Contouring & Highlighting Duos. Thes stick shaped duos are compact and convenient to use with a handy two in one option of firstly a Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix™ Makeup stick for contouring, and secondly a Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix™ Highlighting Stick for highlighting ... all this to enhance those cheek bones and get your glow on!

They are available in 6 pre-matched shades, designed to match your skin tone making it easy to use, easy to choose and easy to contour on the run!

Retails for R350.00 at leading retailers and pharmacies.

Iconic beauty and makeup through the age old red lipstick - COMING SOON!


For seven decades, women everywhere have indulged in the luxury of Revlon’s most iconic lipstick, Super Lustrous®. Known for their mastery of colour, Revlon has rivalled many and created some of the world’s most unforgettable reds, such as Fire and Ice, Love That Red, Cherries in the Snow

With new love comes new creations and Revlon's Love Is On campaign has created the perfect skin , fragrance and now lips for even the fiercest of relationships. Revlon adds another future legend to its portfolio with its bold new signature Super Lustrous® Love Is On Lipstick, a passionate red shade designed to attract love into your life.


Revlon now offers women a stimulating red-hot shade that is universally flattering so it suits all women with a heady fragrance. The scent is an enchanting blend of roses and luscious fruits and flowers inspired by the queen of Egypt, Cleopatra.

Retails for R149. 00 AVAILABLE MID SEPTEMBER

So there you have it my makeup mavens two new lovelies one for this month's shopping list and one for the next ... perfect!

*images Revlon & Pexel