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Mount Nelson High Tea

I’m always for trying new things, and my absolute best is exploring things I haven’t yet tried in the Mother City.

I have been wanting to go to the very much raved about and famous high tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel, and what better time than a sunny Sunday with my beautiful friend Sara by my side.

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The Mount Nelson is located in Gardens Cape Town and is famous for its pink buildings, heritage, prestige service and of course their incredible high tea! The 5 star hotel offers the tea everyday at different time slots. The first one being the morning tea, which is a lighter version of the afternoon tea and is R225 per person. They then have the afternoon tea, which we attended and they charge R295 per person for this. Lastly, they offer an evening tea which is also R295 per person.

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We were greeted by friendly staff and the ambience was set with a beautiful piano player in the background. We were first brought tea menus, and I chose the strawberry and vanilla infused rooibos tea which was incredible. Next, they brought us our first course savories. Among these were delicate finger sandwiches including rare roast beef and rocket, smoked salmon and egg mayonnaise and my favourite the dusted biltong bits with cream cheese. The second tear had delicious homemade chicken pies, spinach and feta quiches, veggie wraps and mushroom pastries. They then offered us freshly baked scones, which of course we didn’t say no too! They were served with and jam and were absolutely delicious. We then made our way over to the sweets table. The variety and choice was endless! After much debate with myself, I chose a chocolate brownie, fudge, custard filled éclair and millionaire shortbread. Believe it or not I then followed on with a chocolate cake pop, mini lemon meringue, crumpets and the South African favourite milk tart.

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Very full and very satisfied, I left wanting to make another booking to go back again! The service was impeccable, the food was delicious and the overall vibe was sophisticated yet relaxed. It is definitely something I recommend everyone does as is either a family outing, a birthday celebration or just as a Sunday funday activity!

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Outfit details:

Jeans: Zara

Boots: Stuart Weitzman

Jersey: Metalicus

Sunglasses: Rayban

Bag: Hermēs

From Food to Fashion

I haven’t done a blog post in a while just because I have been so crazy busy on my new exciting venture with White Runway South Africa which I will tell you all about in my next post.

I needed some serious unwind time, so the girls and I decided to try out the new Dalliance restaurant at the V&A Waterfront. The location from the outside seems a bit odd as the restaurants that have been there previously have never really worked and it always seems like a bit of a ghost town at first glance. However, on walking into Dalliance you are greeted by friendly staff, a modern and trendy ambiance as well as an aroma of delicious food. The view from the restaurant is unexpectedly spectacular, looking right onto the water and is the perfect place to have sunset drinks. Our waiter explained to us that it was a tapas style restaurant and he suggested we ordered a couple of things to share. The girls and I took the word couple to another level and went full steam ahead.IMG_5396

First came the salmon tataki with ponzu, garlic and cucumber. We were a little underwhelmed at the size of it as one fork full and its finished. With that came the dukka spiced tuna with harissa paste. This was absolutely delicious and by far one of my favourites. The kingklip tempura then arrived with pea and mint puree, which was also very tasty.

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Then came the fillet with béarnaise and skinny fries. It was cooked to perfection and left us wanting more. We then had the beef short rib with mushroom duxelles and bone marrow gratin. It looked a bit strange and has very little flavor, wouldn’t be on the top of my list next time I go there. The last of our main course was the butter chicken with naan bread, this was amazing and definitely a must have.

Then came dessert! We literally ordered the whole menu… Starting with the chocolate fondant, which is always my number one go to dessert. This one was one of the best I’ve had although in my opinion it should be served with ice cream instead of cream. Then came the raspberry rice crispy treats, this took me straight back to my childhood and was a nice fruity flavor to break the richness from the fondant. Next, was the chocolate beignets with crème chantilly and raspberries. These were basically mini posh donuts with a surprising burst of melted chocolate inside. So delicious! Then came the showstopper… the chocolate marshmallows. This was the most innovative dessert I had ever seen and I have never had anything like it. It consisted of a layer of toasted marshmallows, then peanut butter, melted chocolate and pieces of fresh mango at the bottom and yes, it is exactly as mouth watering as it sounds.

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All in all it was great night, with amazing food and I have to say the presentation of each dish was on point! A restaurant that will definitely be added to my favourites list.

It really was a little love affair with food….

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From food to fashion…the holidays may have come to an abrupt end but my holiday style is still in full swing! I love fashion that looks effortlessly chic and timeless style for me is the most important thing. Here I was in the mood to be comfortable but still stylish at the same time. I opted for one of my favourite go to dresses from local designer Tasha and paired them with my new wrap around espadrilles from Superbalist.

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Outfit details:

Dress: Tasha’s

Shoes: Espadril at Superbalist

Bag: Louis Vuitton

Sunglasses: Rayban at Sunglass Hut

Necklace: Vintage

 

 

H&M Launch

I recently attended the much-awaited VIP launch of H&M South Africa.

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The new H&M is located at the V&A Waterfront and takes up two levels. It hit the South African market with a bang, as H&M made sure their presence was known with banners and red carpets all through out the shopping center.

On arrival we headed to the red carpet for a few pictures and then made our way inside where we were greeted with champagne, cocktails and canapés. I grabbed my giant shopping basket and hit the floor (heels and all) to see what the famous international brand had to offer. My shopping experience was made that much more fun with amazing djs on the decks such as Pascal & Pearce.

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I was completely overwhelmed by the amazing clothes and even better the super affordable prices! The store itself is incredible, not only is it massive but I love the layout and the interior and it has a great feel to it.

Here are my top in store picks:

1. Draped top R199

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2. V-neck dress R599

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  1. Shaping skinny regular jeans R449

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  1. Imitation suede skirt R749

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  1. Sleeveless body R399

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I was also exceptionally impressed with their homeware section, there are some really great finds with prices matching and some even cheaper than Mr Price home.

Welcome to South Africa H&M!

Happy shopping my friends xxx

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Jacket: Review Australia

Top: Topshop

Skirt: 100 Squared Australia

Shoes: Steve Madden

Necklace: Forever 21

 

Rocking the Daisies

This past Saturday I traded in my heels for my All Stars and made my way to Darling for my first ever Rocking the Daisies experience.

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The infamous “Daisies” has always been something that dominates my social media newsfeed every October but it has never really been on top of my to do list. RTD is South Africa’s biggest music festival, with an attendance of 22 000 people this year! It also celebrated the decade of daisies being it’s 10th year running and I recently found out that the festival is also eco-friendly.

This year has been one full of new experiences, personal challenges and most importantly being forced out of my comfort zone. I took this as an opportunity to try something I never had and to experience something that all my friends said I would hate, and boy did I prove them wrong!

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I wasn’t ready to pitch a tent and become a part of the glamping clan just yet, so instead we organized a party bus there on the Saturday morning and back later that Saturday night. We were greeted by smiling faces, a lot of “woohoos” and best of all an overload of positive energy. We looked oddly fresh to most of the other festival goers as a lot of people go from the Thursday to the Sunday. After getting used to the dust and porta loos, which later I realized is something you don’t really ever get used to but I was insistent on having an open mind and remaining positive.

Most of the day involved, drinking Carribean Twists, letting loose at the beach bar, socializing with friends I hadn’t seen in a while and watching some top international acts, my favourite being Milky Chance. Believe it or not I even ended up getting a fist pump or two going in the electro dome.

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When was the last time you did something for the first time? I challenge all of you to do one thing that scares you or forces you to be put out of your comfort zone. Not only do you learn new things about yourself but you get to experience and live so much more than you usually would.

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

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It was an incredible day, mostly because I had never been to a place where everyone is just so overwhelmed with joy! I love how everyone is put on the same level, no one judges and everyone is just there to have a good time with their friends, and that’s exactly what I did!

Until next year Daisies… x

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Sunglasses: Rayban at Sunglass Hut

Top: River Island

Jeans: Zara

Shoes: Converse All Stars

Choker: Forever 21

Bag: Prada