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Travel | Go ahead and explore Elim

Traveling on the winding open road towards Elim, it’s a town worth visiting.

Travel | Go ahead and explore Elim

Accommodation | Stay at Ke Nako Lodges

Nothing beats a log cabin nestled between lush forestry and diverse bird life species like the one we stayed at in Wilderness.

Accommodation | Stay at Ke Nako Lodges

Lifestyle | Meet the Penguins at Boulders

Spend the day with these little tuxedoed chaps at Boulders Beach in Simons Town

Lifestyle | Meet the Penguins at Boulders

Let's chat with coffee

I read many blog posts throughout the week especially international ones’ and, I found this assertion being said all the time; “It’s an investment piece” or the word “statement”. Those words have generally been overused in the fashion industry and when did this “statement” become a thing?

The word is generally used amongst street style bloggers who attribute to seeking inspiration from the street and not fresh off the runway. So if a photographer captures you wearing an item that’s unique and bold and it lands onto the Internet, it starts becoming a trend which everybody wants to grab a pie of.

I came across this comment the other day which made me think of writing this post and it’s like she took the words straight from my mouth:

Statement piece….? What is the statement? Is it something like a secret that only the wearer knows? But then you’d be making a statement to yourself. That word is used so much in fashion and I really want to understand. Like the necklaces above…is the statement something like “Oh, hey I AM BIG!” or “Look here!” Or is it more like “I am a deep person with a unique interest in complex/simple design… a reflection of my inner self…? Or is it like, “I am the bomb! “Maybe I am thinking too much…. impossible…aaaargh…. I do get the “Key” pieces in the wardrobe thing…. but again, what is the statement that the wearer is trying to make…?

Statement pieces are considered to define your personal style which helps build your personal brand. They that piece of item that is interesting, attractive and eye-catching. It’s usually items that are bold and bright that will catch your eye immediately.

Are statement pieces a personal inner thought, or an overt statement to the rest of the world? In a way, it combines both elements but it’s becoming an overt statement that makes you believe you should go out and purchase those Chloe sunglasses or Chanel handbag because your favourite fashionista emphasised on the word ‘statement’.

My ‘statement’ piece is actually my grandmothers clutch. It doesn’t stand out but it’s so versatile, I can pair it with anything. I suppose we all have our ‘statement’ or ‘investment’ item of clothing or accessory. But like my father always tell me when I purchase something, “You can’t take it with to your grave. It’s just material things”.

Until next time.

A bunch of nuts fell out

 

PHOTO_Castle Lager Tank Beer_in your glass

I’m sure for all those beer lovers, this image above would certainly quince your thirst right about now. It definitely satisfied my plus one when I was invited to Castle Lager’s Tank Beer Launch of their 5th outlet opening at Toad on the Road in Westlake three weeks ago.

Castle Lager has a long heritage with South African consumers providing them with the crisp taste of excellent brewery. This time around, they’ve introduced their all new tank beer in the heart of the Mother city. But what the heck is tank beer.

According to the makers themselves, tank beer is the freshest beer in Africa, delivered from the fresh copper tank (image below), brewed with no exposure to heat and poured straight into your glass.

PHOTO_Castle Lager Tank Beer_Outlet TankPHOTO_Castle Lager Tank Beer_Pour

You might be wondering, “So what is the difference between the store bought beer and tank beer?”. Because I don’t drink beer, I asked my partner in crime, Courtney Hans who was in his element that night to explain what the difference is between the two.

"Generally after consuming the store bought beer, you feel bloated from all the gas. When I tried out the beer that came directly from the tank itself, you could immediately taste the difference. It was fresh and, had far less gas then the bottle. But my one question is, where can I get one for myself?"

Oh Courtney! I’m sure you would truly enjoy having a tank for yourself but it’s not available for the public to sell. You can definitely visit their other outlets at Ferryman’s Tavern, Long Street Café, Quay 4 and Forrester’s Arms but is now also available at The Toad on the Road in Lakeside.

The next tank beer instalments (in the pipelines) will be at Bossa Social, Somerset West; Vasco da Gama, Greenpoint; Speak Easy, Durbanville; and Firemans Arms, Cape Town which will be available to consumers before the end of the year.

Tank beer launchImages provided by: Corporate Image

Until next time.

A bunch of nuts fell out

 

 

 

It’s been a week since starting my new job and, it’s daunting to say the least. It’s an all new industry and having to learn the terminology and jargon is like learning the dictionary from over. I’ve also been neglecting my studies even when I know I have two huge assignments due before I’ve successfully completed my PR degree. Time management really sucks!

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An open letter to the younger Stephanie

Dear younger Stephanie

I’m writing an open letter to tell you that you don’t know everything in life irrespective of what you might have thought all those years before. I’m so sorry that you were oblivious to know your own ambition in life and that your bad attitude brought you nowhere but misery.

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“Stop buying shoes! When last have you bought yourself pants?”  That was the exact words my boyfriend said to me on last week Wednesday when I arrived at his workplace with yet another carrier bag filled with a beautiful pair of heels.

For the last two/three years since I’ve entered the job market and started earning an income, I adopted this insane obsession with shoes. Whether they were simple flats and sandals to high heels and boots, I would find a way to purchase them. To date, I have just over a 100 pairs with absolutely no place for yet another pair to fit into my closet. Unfortunately, they now have to be placed under my bed – I’m sorry shoes!

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