Archive for October, 2016

October 13, 2016

introducing ‘papushka’ – ladies luxury sleepwear

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This one’s for the ladies… Whether you’re a newlywed or a super mom, a businesswoman or a lover, Papushka’s range of luxurious sleepwear and kaftans will allow you to release your inner goddess. Created by Nishad Khan, this sultry fashion brand features items including ethereal chiffon ponchos, luxurious gowns, lace kaftans, soft and light kimonos, pajamas and pajama inners.

“Papushka is a brand which empowers women to feel glamorous at home for themselves, and their partners,” explains Khan.

The label’s name is a variation of Khan’s second name, Papushka, which was given to her by her Czechoslovakian grandfather. Every Papushka garment is made from the highest quality fabrics and is designed and manufactured in South Africa in ultra-limited quantities.

For more info or to shop Papushka, head on over to www.papushka.co.

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October 11, 2016

blanko – new restaurant opens at the alphen hotel

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Last week saw the opening of Blanko, the newest restaurant addition to The Kove Collection‘s hotel and restaurant group. It was an opulent black tie event as The Kove Collection spared no expense to provide an unbelievable restaurant experience to their guests, including celebrities, socialites, designers and media. I was invited to share this special moment along with guests including TV personality Tracey Lange, Fashion Designer Warrick Gautier, Blogger Jasna Zellerhoff and Designer Jenni Button to name just a few It was a fairy-tail event on a lovely Spring evening in Constantia, Cape Town and guest were spoiled both delicious canapĂ©s and wines specially selected by the chef.

The Kove Collection creates personalised experiences, highlighting fresh food, good service and innovative design and culture, while upholding a strong, sustainable approach towards the people and environment they operate in. This contemporary new Italian eatery is located in the height of luxury at the iconic Alphen Hotel in Constantia. Blanko boasts a vibrant “all day” atmosphere, where locals can eat and drink to their hearts’ content in a series of beautifully designed spaces within a heritage location.

Blanko’s all-white gallery-style space reflects the contemporary style synonymous with the Kove Collection. With Italian marble tables, a dramatically-lit white bar and textured furnishings all highlighted in ambient lighting. A perfectly white outside terrace stimulates the senses, with a central water feature as the cherry on top. Group Head Chef, Amber-May Deetlefs delivers her culinary philosophy in her unique Italian style, “I believe the best food is prepared from the heart – it not only has to taste good, it should be something sincere and uncomplicated”.

A first for Cape Town, in collaboration with Cape Town’s Goodman Gallery, the walls of Blanko will feature work from some of South Africa’s greatest contemporary artists. Founder and MD of the Kove Collection, Paul Kovensky has a passion and appreciation of art which is evident in every aspect of Blanko. And the restaurant’s white interiors provide the perfect canvas to compliment great art. Artists who will be featured include Diane Victor, David Goldblatt, William Kentridge, Brett Murray, Michael Savitsky, Robert Hodgins and Walter Oltmann.

Kovensky is excited about the opportunity, “The current social “buzz” in Cape Town, paired with the locals need for exciting new places to eat, Blanko is the ideal concept for foodies & families. We believe Blanko’s contemporary concept provides a charming contrast and antidote to the “old world” architecture and ambience of the Alphen Hotel, bringing a breath of fresh air to the neighbourhood. We’ve always placed a high value on offering our guests the best, most memorable experience possible. And Blanko is simply a natural evolution of this”.

Blanko is an all-day affair – so come, stay and enjoy. Open daily 12noon-10h30pm for lunch and dinner, for reservations call 021 795 6300.

October 10, 2016

fitbit launches new ‘charge 2’ and ‘flex 2’

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I am fortunate to be invited to many prestigious events, launches and premieres, and I was particularly excited to have been invited to the launch of the newest additions to the Fitbit line-up, the Flex 2 and Charge 2. Guests at the event included Comedian and my good friend, Siv Ngesi as well as Olympic Medalist Swimmer Cameron van der Burgh who shared his journey with Fitbit and how it has benifited his training regime. Whether you simply enjoy the occasional run or swim or you’re a pro-athlete, Fitbit has a device that suits and is geared to help improve your lifestyle. As a fitness fanatic myself, these are certainly must-have devices to monitor and help you reach your fitness goals and I was thrilled to get my hands on these new and improved devices. I’ll be using Fitbit in my fitness regime, so be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter for updates, tips and tricks on how I use Fitbit… Enough about me, let’s talk about the new devices…

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Introducing the new Charge 2 featuring the all-new heart rate and fitness wristband. Maximize workouts with PurePulse heart rate, multi-sport modes and Connected GPS. Track all-day activity, exercise and sleep and make the most of your routine with smartphone notifications. The device even sends you gentle reminders to move when you have been stationary for perhaps a little too long and if you’re feeling a little stress, try the guided breathing sessions to calm yourself down. Available in Small or Large in Black, Plum, Blue and Teal and limited edition colours, Black/Gunmetal and Lavender/Rose Gold, this water resistant lifestyle companion is designed to fin in seamlessly to your daily routine. Available October 2016.

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Avid swimmer, or just just enjoy the occasion swim? Well, the new Flex 2 is perfect for you. An ultra-slim, swim-proof fitness wristband with a removable tracker that fits into the exchangeable bands. Wear Flex 2 in the pool, shower or ocean and never worry about making a splash. Plus, automatically track your swimming and get stats like duration and laps counted. Catering for the fashion-forward, accessories include lux bangles or pendants, available in silver and rose gold to add a bit of class to any outfit. Track all-day activity, exercise and even sleep in a style that’s all your own. Classic bands are available in Black, Navy, Magenta, Lavender, Blush Pink, Gray, Yellow in sizes Small and Large. Classic 3 Band Packs are available in Navy, Gray, Yellow, Pink Pack – Includes Magenta, Lavender and Blush Pink, also in sizes Small and Large. Available October 2016.

There’s a Fitbit for everyone… click on http://www.fitbit.co.za to find your match.