FREEinINANDA – Your chance to experience the beauty of Durban’s Inanda Valley

I’ve been invited to the launch of FREEinINANDA next week – an adventure into the Inanda Valley – I can’t wait!
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The FREEinINANDA initiative is powered by Africa!Ignite and Durban Green Corridor, in partnership with Durban Tourism, Woza eNanda and the local Community Tourism Organisation. It is the culmination of a project to develop exciting new routes through the Inanda Valley which Durban Green Corridor – a socio-economic and environmental development project of eThekwini – has been working on over the past 5 years. These include trails, canoeing, mountain biking and guided walks which will give visitors have access to fun, safe tourist attractions right on Durban’s doorstep.

You too can enjoy FREEinINANDA for FREE between 1 – 10 May 2015 – you’ll be able to get active on the water or the trails around the Inanda Dam and surrounding mountains, feel the local pulse by meeting friendly people, listening to jazz or eating and drinking locally, or you can rediscover Inanda’s heritage sites, as a reminder of why Nelson Mandela chose to vote here, in the true cradle of South Africa’s freedom. You could also win a helicopter flip over the Inanda Valley!

HOW?
To stand a chance of winning a helicopter ride over the valley, as well as a picnic on the mountain, share a unique, quirky, fun, special picture of yourself, exploring the beautiful Inanda Valley and then share it on twitter or facebook using the hashtag #FREEinINANDA.
Deadline for entries is the 12th May 2015.

FREEinINANDA launches on 1 May and runs through until 10 May 2015.

TO BOOK TOURS AND EXPERIENCES:
Call Durban Green Hub: 031 322606/7 or email

TO CONTACT THE WOWZULU MARKETPLACE:
Call Phumzile Hadebe on 73 583 7120 or email

FOR A TOUR OR EXPERIENCE:
Visit the Durban Green Hub at the mouth of the Umgeni River or the WOWZULU Marketplace at the Ohlange Institute for more information and to hear stories – you’ll be able to pick up a guide & find out where to go.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Durban Green Hub: Call 032 3226067 or email
WOWZULU head office at Africa!Ignite: call 031 3035482 or email: Joslyn or Antoinette
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TOPSHOP X ADIDAS COLLECTION

Processed with MoldivAnyone who knows me well, knows that trainers and relaxed fit clothing are my favourite, so the news that TOPSHOP have teamed up with one of my all-time-favourite shoe brands this season – Adidas – to create a 7-piece collection of essential wardrobe staples, fusing street style & sport luxe, had me pay attention big time.

Included in the collection are the classic SUPERSTAR jacket and shoes, the oversize logo tee and the side stripe pants and shorts.

Perforated leather is used on the jacket which has a slimming feminine silhouette and the classic shell-toe shoe has 2 new styles including a clear sole option (must have!!!) and a metallic cracked leather style. The range is monochromatic featuring some classic pops of red and I can definitely see myself snapping up some of these pieces when they land in SA!

The TOPSHOP x Adidas Originals Collection will be available at all TOPSHOP stores and TOPSHOP Menlyn Edgars store from 30 April 2015.

Rue Magazine & Jess Lively

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For some reason, Rue Magazine dropped off my radar! Haven’t read it in ages and so I’ve just had the biggest catch up on their last 6 issues.

It’s amazing though, how you can stumble across an article in a magazine at the right time in your life, that when you read the words, they just smack you in the face with a big I TOLD YOU SO!
This just happened with the ‘Rue Confessional’ article in the April 2015 issue, which features Jess Lively – who I had never heard of before. She’s a life coach who helps people live from values-based intentions, who ran a free online course and a hit weekly podcast, BUT she got so busy helping everyone else, that she stopped putting her own needs first… SOUNDS FAMILIAR!?

The article resonated with me big time and whilst I had recently started to question all the stuff I fill my days with, this has spurred me on to really give myself a kick in the backside and start doing something about it. I’m taking mostly baby steps, along with a few big ones and will hopefully start seeing light at the end of the tunnel soon!

You can check out Jess Lively’s site here – I’m a new follower ;)
And read the article in full in the April 2015 Rue magazine online here.

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Kamersvol 2015 Product Preview

Swooned over the product preview for Kamersvol 2015 last night – take a look here:

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SPREE turns 2! You get the presents with up to 75% off site wide!

Ladies, men’s and kids fashion & decor are on sale for up to 75% off at Spree to celebrate their 2nd birthday! That means you get the presents!

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I just had a look around the site and they now stock next decor from the UK and it’s part of the sale!!! These are some of my favourite items on sale:


Click here to shop the sale

KZN Food Heroes Dinner at The Oyster Box

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I’ve long been an advocate for #supportlocal and try to always buy my products and produce from local suppliers and markets. It means it’s fresher and that I’m supporting my community too – a win win!

I love that The Oyster Box supports local too – they have a myriad amazing producers in KZN to source from locally and their chefs believe that the closer to home the food is produced – the fresher it is, the less packaging is involved, the more sustainable it is for the producer and the better it is for their guests.

You can #supportlocal too at The Oyster Box at the KZN Food Heroes Dinner in the Pearl Room, this Friday 24th April. Every item on the menu has been sourced from a local producer, who is a master at their craft and understands intimately, the raw materials with which they work.  The event includes an entirely KZN-sourced, 5-course plated menu, accompanied by beer from the Nottingham Road Brewery, live entertainment and a gift for each diner from Peter’s Gate Herbs.

So what’s on the menu this Friday?
–  Charcuterie from Midlands Speciality Products
–  Venison from Zulu Waters Game Reserve
–  Fresh Strawberries from Cappeny Estate Strawberry Farm
–  Cheeses from The Gourmet Greek

Flowers will be supplied by LIV Childrens’ Village.

TIME: 18h30 for 19h00
PRICE: R550 per person (booking essential)
FOR BOOKINGS: email restaurants@oysterbox.co.za or call (031) 514 5000

Typo – get crafty and make your own marquee light signage

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To say I am a Typo fan would be the understatement of the century – I’m a Typo addict!
I cannot walk past their store – in any mall that they are in – and not go in and then, I always leave with something. It’s a mecca for stationery lovers like me. I love though, that in addition to their stationery & office ranges, they have started adding homeware & decor items into their ranges too.

These are some of my favourites in store at the moment right now – the mug is definitely on my shopping list:

I also saw that they are having a sale on their marquee lights, but was sent this cool DIY tutorial on how to make your own light up sign! This would be such a good weekend project and the individual letters and LED lights are available from your nearest Typo store.

Instructions:
Step 1: Pick the word you would like to spell and buy some Typo Wooden Letters. Measure the letters using a ruler and make a chalk line down the centre of each letter, then evenly mark out where each light will go with a dot. These dots will act as your guide as to where to drill the holes.
Step 2: Decide where you would like to mount your letters; an A2 blackboard is shown here. Measure out even positions for each letter, using the width and length of your mounting board as a guide. Using chalk, trace around the letters so you know exactly where to place the letters on the board.
Step 3: Drill into one of the markings on a letter with a small drill – then test by putting a LED light through the hole – this will ensure that the lights fit into the holes once you have mounted the letters.
Step 4: For extra reinforcement, glue each letter in place before you begin to drill. remember to allow the glue to dry before you drill! Once your letters are in place, use a small drill to drill the holes along where you’ve marked up each letter with a dot. Ensure that you drill through not only the letter but your mounting board too. This is where you will need to place each LED light.
Step 5: Once all of the holes have been drilled, insert your lights from the back of the board until they pop out the front of the letter holes. Any excess cabling can be duct-taped to the back of the board, so you don’t see them.
Step 6: Voila! Your own sign is complete – now hang or mount wherever you want making sure you have access to the on/off switch. Enjoy!

Head to the Typo store at Gateway, Midlands Mall or Galleria if you are in Durban for more inspiration.

BOS officially launch their limited edition can & new flavour

BOS Ice Tea has long been a loyal supporter of the creative industries so when they launched their Design-A-Can campaign in August last year, it marked a major step for the local ice tea brand’s involvement in the design community.
To celebrate the official launch of the winning limited edition BOS can, there’s an exhibition in Cape Town at the Spin Street Gallery coinciding with First Thursdays on the 7th May 2015. Along with the new can, BOS will also be showcasing the other top design entries. The can design winner, Ofentse Letebele, beat over 700 entrants to take the prize and was interviewed by founder of BOS, Grant Rushmere – check it out here.
DSC_2339F-A4Ofentse’s design stood out to BOS when judging the entries for its modern spin on what is essentially a very African design and it looks great as part of the BOS family.
The winning can design has been paired with a new flavour for a limited time only: green rooibos ice tea with Yuzu.
Yuzu is an innovation in the South African market, an emerging ‘super fruit’ with a delicious citrus flavour and green rooibos is a twist on traditional rooibos, packed with more anti-oxidants.

Follow BOS on:
Twitter, Facebook & Instagram

Brother from Another Mother tonight at Spiga Sidebar

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Fancy a drink after work today?
Head to Spiga Sidebar and catch this cool event at the same time: Brother from Another Mother

Brother From Another Mother is not a regular Thursday night after-graft kind of event – specially selected artists from all over Durban showcase why this city is great & anything from open mic jam sessions, photographic showcases, to graphic design & street art is showcased. Each event is unique & celebrates Durban’s talent from every walk of life. Some artists are famous and some are still struggling, but the focus of the project is to build up the Durban community and embrace that it’s one big, vibrant & colourful Durban family.

Go eat great food, have a few craft drafts, listen to great Durban musicians and find out a little bit more about the BFAM project. There will be BOS and Mount Gay Premium Rum cocktail specials running the whole night.

Thursday 16th April: WHO IS THIS CITY- an exhibition starts tonight at 18:00
ENTRANCE FEE: A loaf of bread which will be distributed in Durban City Centre – if you don’t have a loaf of bread, there will be a cover charge of R20.

ARTISTS: THE WZRD HARRY, WADE WEIRDSON, MURRAY COWAN, TRAVIS BAXTER

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