Tag Archives: blog

My Birthday Wishlist

Standard

I was in two minds about doing this post. BUT then I got told by a friend on Twitter to go ahead. Never have I ever made a wishlist but let me throw caution to the wind.

Cherie Roe Dirkson always says tell the Universe what you want and you might be pleasantly surprised when it arrives on your doorstep.. So I thought what is it I really need/want for my birthday and then the list formed:       

1) A laptop as my current one departed rather suddenly from my world making blogging and working kind of difficult.       

296356-lenovo-thinkpad-x1-carbon

 

2)I have always had a keen eye for photography so would love to do a course to enhance my blogging and skills. So I would love to own a Canon professional camera.     

72157625858229685_model_huge_3a1ee48e6f

 

3)My pretty pink Blackberry(Crapberry as a friend calls it) is a year old but has given so many problems. I am currently lusting for the Electric Blue Galaxy S5.               

sim-free-samsung-galaxy-s5-blue-16gb-p44367-300

 

4)A huge box of Lindt Lindor – my favourite choc in the world.         

lindt-lindor-assorted-chocolate-cube

5) A new watch , a designer one would be rather fab as I don’t own one but love watches.               

519121                            

Yikes just reading what I have written my wishlist could easily be mistaken for that of a guy. Well it also shows the techno/gadget geek girl inside me.

I do love my technology and these would defo up my game in terms of my blogging and I would be able to finally use instagram and see the pics on my TL on Twitter.

So Dear Universe I am putting out there what I would like and need let’s see what April Brings. The 20th April is going to be rather exciting I can feel it already…

After writing this it has made me think that there are definately some things money can’t buy like love, respect, friendship, memories..

So here’s hoping this Birthday brings me all that my heart desires…

ciao

Burger King arrives in Durban…

Standard

300px-Burger_King_Logo.svg

Friday I attended the launch of the Burger King store in the new Pavillion Food Court. I loved the mystery of bein ushered into a store which was all blocked off.

The store offically opens on Monday (14/04/2014) to the public and boy are you in for yummy treats.                               

Most of us in Durban have been suffering from serious FOMO after seeing all the BK pics/Tweets from JHB and CT. The store has opened 18 weeks ahead of schedule which is fantastic.

I learnt some interesting facts on BK :                     

  1. All staff employed have never worked before.
  2. Most of the food items are sourced locally.
  3. Staff are promoted internally.
  4. More stores are planned for KZN.

5)BK offers a bottomless Soda Fountain which has a range of Pepsi drinks and ice.  We were allowed to sample everything on the menu. I opted for onion rings and the world famous Whopper Burger – totally divine, well flavoured, huge portions with crispy chips.

Dessert proved to be very difficult for me to choose so eventually I opted for the choc brownie with ice cream and a vanilla milkshake. Gooey chocolate oozed from the centre – such a treat and a super thick vanilla milkshake.

I left BK a happy camper totally full as I headed off to work.I will defo be returning to BK to try out more of their menu especially the chilli products.

So Durban, treat yourself to the yumminess that is Burger King which opens on Monday the 14th April in the new Pavillion Food Court and is Halaal.

IMG-20140411-01396 IMG-20140411-01398 IMG-20140411-01399 Westville-20140411-01393 Westville-20140411-01395

The #DBNbloggermeet event.

Standard

In January 2014, I was asked about arranging an event for Durban lady bloggers. Having worked on Cookie Swap last year, I do know how much of time, work and effort goes into an event. I sat on the fence until I approached Michelle and Nicola to come on board as part of the team. It was a constant arrival of emails, tweets, whatsapps on a daily basis and now that the event is over I miss it 😦

As soon as we tweeted about the possibility of an event did we get the Durban ladies saying yes and how excited they were. Our next point of business was picking a date and a venue (read about Hashtag).

The team pooled our contacts together and started working on sponsors. Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would have so many generous and amazing sponsors come on board for our event. It was only when we got to Michelle’s house to pack did we realise how much stuff we actually had. And yes it was like an Oprah moment creating 25 bags of treats/gems for our bloggers.

The status quo is that Durban and Durban bloggers are not considered for product launches BUT after this event this weekend I am sure its going to change!  The hashtag #DBNbloggermeet trended in South Africa as well as #LoveYourLenovo.

IMG_0829

 

The much anticipated day arrived and Durban pulled out all stops in terms of fab weather. Joining us for the event were 3 of our sponsors and Mandy from Kitten Action the charity we decided to support. Our venue hosts, Hashtag were so generous that we were not charged anything for our food and drinks and it was then we decided to support Kitten Action by donating kitten food and R50 per blogger to her charity.

Prior to the event Uber ran a twitter competition and gave away a luxury VIP pick up and drop off to the event. This got all the ladies tweeting and wanting to be spoilt. Little did the ladies know how much spoils they were in for. At the start of event, Mandy told us about the charity we were supporting and how our contributions would help. This was very touching and thank you to all our lovely ladies for supporting especially Shirley who was very generous.

Then Carly and Monique from Lenovo who had flown in especially from JHB to join us chatted to us. Carly explained to us about the amazing giveaway they were going to run at the event and give away their new Yoga Tablet. We were asked to tweet what would we do to win. For once it was not considered anti social as we all were glued to our phones. I will be reviewing the Yoga Tablet soon, so I won’t be sharing any info on the product now. The response and tweets were amazing that Lenovo surprised us by giving away not 1 BUT 2 Tablets.

Brett from Frys Foods joined us telling us about their products and importance of meat free Mondays.

Karen from Philospica Botanic spoke to us about their products and soon to be opening Spa in Durban.

Then it was time for food, laughs and lots more talking and tweeting. Throughout the morning, giveaways were taking place and every lady went away with a gift. And then the most anticipated moment our hidden huge LeCreuset bright orange goodie bags were brought out.

IMG-20140405-01354

 

It was heartwarming to see how excited the ladies were and their squeals of joy discovering LeCreuset goodies. The #DBNbloggermeet was a great event meeting new and old blogging friends.

A big thank you to all our generous sponsors and finally a bigger than big THANK to Michelle and Nicola my Dream Team for all your hardwork and support in making this event a success and a great day for all much love and gratitude.

IMG-20140405-01762

Ciao xxx

#HashtagDBN

Standard

Us Durban bloggers were rather spoiled when Michelle found us this rather quirky and amazing venue #Hashtag. I was invited to the launch of Hashtag but due to work commitments I couldn’t attend. BUT I knew I would be there for the #DBNbloggermeet. I kept seeing the tweets about Hashtag and couldn’t wait to visit.

Having spoken to Brendan, one of the owners on the phone prior to the event, my interest in Hashtag was even more heightened.

Brendan told me about the concept of designing your own pizzas and burgers using …wait for it – A Tablet. This instantly appealed to the gadget girl geek within me. So on Saturday morning I found myself outside this gorgeous blue building as we started unpacking and getting ready for our #DBNbloggermeet with Michelle and Nicola.

The staff were amazingly helpful and helped us lift, carry, move and hide the enormous bright orange goodie bags. Hashtag was kind enough to give us the exclusive use of their venue. I loved the quirky signs found in Hashtag especially #SelfieZone.

Check out the pics.

IMG-20140405-01353 IMG-20140405-01331 IMG-20140405-01332 IMG-20140405-01340 IMG-20140405-01342 IMG-20140405-01350

Our kind hosts Nasrin, Brendan and Trushin sponsored all our food, drinks and amazing coffees.

Ronaldo the very talented chef came out and spoke to the ladies about the menu and we all were told to order any pizza we wanted off the menu!!! WOW free choice of the pizzas on menu or design your own. Most events I attend one is just given finger food and not to pick our own choice.

A friend of mine, a vegetarian had visited Hashtag a few weeks ago and raved on about the amazing vegetable pizza he had, and trust me he is a very fussy eater. So I defo knew I was in for a yummy treat. After consulting Nasrin on the popular pizzas Michelle, Nicola and myself opted for the Lamb Mint. I got my cousin Maheshree to get the Chicken and mushroom so we could swap (greedy me). Our divine pizzas created by Ronaldo arrive on these gorgeous boards with the cutest lil blackboard pegs with which pizza it was.

The pizza was a feast for the senses it smelled divine, looked divine and yes you guessed it tasted divine. I am not a pizza fan but loved the thin crust pizza with lots of toppings of lamb , mint and cheese. My senses were in a total tizz and loved every bite of my pizza and Maheshree’s chicken one.

As the day was rather warm the staff kept us all hydrated all the time with glasses of iced cold fizzy drinks. I didn’t stay for dessert which I believe was all sorts of yumminess in the form of chocolate, chilli and bananas.

Will I be returning to Hashtag most definately for my birthday on the 20th to treat my senses to more of Ronaldo’s divine creations including desserts this time.

The atmosphere, vibe and service is great at Hashtag, and I know its going to be a place my friends are sure to enjoy for my birthday.

Michelle and I joked with Nasrin about taking Ronaldo home with us actually Nasrin, Michelle and I were serious 😉

See you guys on the 20th Hashtag and once again a big thank you for playing a huge part in making the #DBNbloggermeet a success.

For more info on Hashtag checkout their site and follow them on Twitter.

Ciao or should I say Bon Appetite xxx

#DBNbloggermeet…

Standard

Saturday was the 1st Durban blogger meet for ladies. I worked with the amazing team of Michelle and Nicola in arranging this very successful event which Trended in SA on Twitter.

The event was held at the uber trendy #Hashtag. I decided to just share a few pics. Full blog posts will follow shortly.

A great day of fun,amazing food seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

 

IMG-20140405-01351 IMG-20140405-01354 IMG-20140405-01356 IMG-20140405-01761 IMG-20140405-01762 IMG_0830 IMG-20140405-01335 IMG-20140405-01338 IMG-20140405-01341 IMG-20140405-01349

Women24…

Standard

I recently commented on a post on the Women24 site. I was then asked if I would like to contribute.

Rather surprised, I instantly said YES! I was unsure how the response would be, but from Twitter it has been overwhelming.

So I have decided to share my post with my readers. The post is called “Been a Singleton…is OK” Here is the link , do let me know your thoughts …

http://t.co/nyPPrWiSA6 

ciaoxxx

Durban Polish Party 2013

Standard

The super amazing Michelle @Ordinary_Misfit – yes the lady with the pink hair arranged this fab event.

IMG-20131130-00593

 

The venue for this event was the beautiful Blue Zoo at Mitchell Park.

Durban-20131130-00596

 

Michelle used this event to teach us some great nail art techniques and we got to play around with what seemed like a gazillion bottles of Polish.

DPP4

 

Our cover charge was sent to the Movember challenge showing our support for the men in our lives.Michelle got us this rather fab mustaches to wear.

Durban-20131130-00598

 

The goodie bags we each received were WOW ! They included products from Original Iced cocktails, Coverderm, Revlon , Essence , IceBox , Chic cosmetics and Carribean Tan.It was a great girly day out and I got to meet some of my blogging friends.

Durban-20131130-00594

Durban-20131130-00597

Durban-20131130-00599

Durban-20131130-00595

Durban-20131130-00600

Thank you to all the great sponsors and Michelle for this event 🙂

Durban-20131130-00602

I <3 Me

Standard

thumb

In August 2013 I was announced as the POUT Ambassador for Durban. In an earlier post I explained about the organisation and its aims.

I was asked to write a post on “Loving myself” here is the link to the post : http://t.co/rphqWtj8VL.                                   

Do let me know your thoughts….           

Ciao xxx

Nominated for a Liebster Award

Image

liebsteraward

Last weekend, I got this surprise notification that me/my blog was nominated for the Liebster award.I was very surprised and humbled by this as you never actually know who reads your blog and most people dont comment.

My nomination came from a blogger I have just met via Twitter http://vishal4nw.wordpress.com, Thank you Vishal for this it made my day and yes I accept this nomination with gratitude.

So heres the rules of how this works ………

However upon accepting the Liebster Award, there are a few rules that need to be followed:
– Link back the blogger that tagged you
– Nominate ten others and answer the questions of the one who tagged you
– Ask ten questions for the bloggers you nominate
– Let your nominees know of their award

Here are the questions Vishal asked me :

1. What is your favorite instant messenger ?
BBM

2. Which do you prefer facebook or twitter ?
TWITTER

3. Do you have a dream and what is its purpose ?
My dream is to pursue a career in PR and Social Media.

4. When last did you do something out of your comfort zone
On Friday at IFEELGOOD EXPO I was asked to join JOANIE MITCHELL from MCSA fame to cook with her.

5. What’s your favourite movie ?
Tooo many but SERENDIPITY

6. Your favourite actor or actress ?
I love British actors and actresses
7. What would you do with a million dollars ?
Give up my day job , pursue my dream career , travel the world and write a book.

8. What is your favourite food ?
Yet again too many to choose love Middle Eastern food, Sushi , Mexican

9. Do your prefer dogs or cats ?
DOGS , I have a pup called Zara

10. What’s your favourite song ?
currently anything by Emelie Sande

SO NOW ….. I would love to NOMINATE these 10 blogs

1) http://johced-ourjourneytoeverywhere.blogspot.com
2) http://thesparklinglabyrinth.wordpress.com
3) http://www.lipglosskisses.com
4) http://highheelsandfairytales.com
5) http://citygirlvibe.com
6) http://gaelynsheartofiron.blogspot.com
7) http://runoncoffee.blogspot.com
8) http://cupcakemummy.wordpress.com
9) http://illtakeitall.blogspot.com
10) http://head-ova-heels.blogspot.com

My questions to you bloggers are:

1) What inspired you to start blogging?
2) Your blog is about ?
3)Have you written blog posts anywhere else besides your own blog?
4)What are your currently reading?
5)Facebook VS Twitter ?
6)Where are most of your readers based ?SA? UK? USA?
7)As a blogger are you invited to Media Launches ?
8)What has been the highlight of your blogging career?
9)The best part of blogging is ………………….
10)How often do you blog each month ?

Congrats bloggers 🙂 Spread the love
ciao
xxx

Lately…….

Image

I saw this post the other day on another bloggers so decided it was a great lil way of rounding up my life recently. This year has literally flown by , hard to believe its already September and so much has happened already.2014 I am ready for you all guns blazing …..

I guess success , doesnt come easy it does mean hard work and sacrifices along the way(lack of sleep).

I AM FINALLY ON…. The last few days of preparing for the Durban leg of National Cookie Swap.It has been lots of hard work which often meant I have neglected my own blogging but its all coming together rather nicely.

I’VE DISCOVERED THAT Le Creuset is owned by a South African.

I WISH I could blog/social media for a living and not do my current job.

AT THE MOMENT I am looking forward to my CosmoCoverGirl Workshop.

I BELIEVE that Dreams have the power to become a reality if we breathe life into them and pursue them like a kite in the wind.

I KNOW THAT with great sacrifice comes great rewards.

I AM NOT COMPLETE if I am not wearing a watch , I actually feel naked lol.

MY FRIENDS are the kind souls who nuture my dreams and who walk with me during the storms and the rainbows.

I’M REALLY ENJOYING my very busy life attending events and working with so many amazing people in so many different sectors of media.

LIFE IS BETTER knowing that my dreams are on the to becoming a reality.

Have an amzing month ahead my darlings.
Ciao for now
xxx