Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Review: Jaguar F-PACE

I was invited to a 2 day launch in Port Elizabeth to experience the all new Jaguar F-PACE & boy oh boy was I in for a treat. The All-New Jaguar F-PACE is a performance SUV & is now available in South Africa. Designed and engineered to offer the agility, responsiveness and refinement that all Jaguars are renowned for, it combines unrivaled dynamics with everyday versatility.
I must say, a good couple of months prior I got to experience the Jaguar XE and I thought to myself that there could possibly not be anything else that Jaguar could add to the Jaguar F-PACE to make it any better than what I've already got to see in the XE, but I was completely mistaken as this F-PACE SUV is definitely in a class of its own.
Design and Practicality
Jaguar’s first ever SUV has no compromises. The All-New F-PACE offers a first-class interior, dynamic styling and exciting proportions, while remaining spacious enough to accommodate five passengers and their luggage. The look of this SUV is distinctively Jaguar. 

The ‘Sports Command’ driving position provides an authoritative, confidence-giving view out but retains a sports car feel. Jaguar’s cosseting sports seats are shaped to provide exceptional comfort and support and are available with 14-way adjustment, heating and cooling, and refinements such as soft-grain leather, contrasting twin-needle stitching and embossed head rests. Up front, the bold, upright front grille is not only assertive but also contributes to the All-New F-PACE’s aerodynamic efficiency. The power bulge extends the full length of the aluminium bonnet to emphasise the vehicle’s performance credentials. Its sleek headlights, available with adaptive full-LED technology, feature daytime running lights with Jaguar’s signature ‘J’ Blade graphic.

With sports car-inspired design and performance, as well as class-leading levels of interior space, the F-PACE truly lives up to its title as a performance SUV.
Technology and InControl Touch
This is by far one of my absolute favourite features of the F-PACE it will be the first Jaguar to offer the company’s all-new, premium infotainment system: InControl Touch Pro. This touchscreen system will usher in a new era of connected functionality for Jaguar vehicles, which includes live traffic updates for the satellite navigation and the ability to remotely control certain functions of the F-PACE on a supported smartphone. The F-PACE will also be available with Jaguar’s Activity Key – a robust, waterproof key. All F-PACE models will be fitted with InControl Touch as standard – the same system that is currently fitted to the Jaguar XE, XF and F-TYPE. With its eight-inch touchscreen and
intuitive interface, InControl Touch offers drivers easy access to the vehicle’s infotainment functions. InControl Touch is also available with a 380 watt Meridian audio system. 
InControl Protect and InControl Remote will also be fitted to all F-PACE derivatives. Drivers can rely on the ultimate in customer care with InControl Protect, which offers both an SOS button for emergencies and accidents, as well as a roadside assistance button. InControl Protect lets drivers connect to Jaguar Assist without the use of their own phone. When a call is connected these services can also transmit vehicle position and diagnostic data to better assist response services. InControl Remote offers drivers the ability to use their smartphones to monitor their vehicle. This includes monitoring its current location, security status, fuel level and recent trips. Both of these features complement both variants of the InControl Touch infotainment system.
“The All-New F-PACE will offer the latest technologies and features available in the Jaguar Land Rover stable,” says Lisa Mallett, Marketing Director of Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and sub-Sahara Africa. “Drivers will be able to benefit from the best infotainment and connectivity on offer, to emergency and roadside assistance services that make travelling more convenient.”
Driver Dynamics and Driver Assist
The All-New Jaguar F-PACE has been engineered from the outset to deliver the driving experience that sets all Jaguars apart from the competition. Jaguar took everything that gives its sedans and sports cars class-leading dynamics and applied them to the All-New F-PACE, its first ever SUV. Built on Jaguar’s lightweight aluminium architecture, the F-PACE combines a sports car driving experience, All-Wheel Drive and a spacious interior in a lightweight package.

The All-New F-PACE also features a host of driver assistance technologies to make everyday driving less stressful and more pleasurable. Adaptive Cruise Control allows the FPACE to automatically match its cruise speed to the vehicle ahead and maintain a safe following distance. Park Assist complements the built-in camera systems to by using sensors to find empty parking spots and autonomously manoeuvre the F-PACE in even the trickiest situations. Meanwhile, Reverse Traffic Detection warns drivers of approaching traffic when exiting parking spots – issuing visual and audible signals to warn drivers of hazards.
The full F-PACE range in South Africa will comprise four models: F-PACE Pure,
F-PACE R-Sport, F-PACE S, and F-PACE First Edition

My favourite features on the Jaguar F-PACE
 ·     Wi-fi Hotspot: SIM card slot and drivers can choose to make use of data services offered by the network provider of their choice
·       ·      InControl Protect: which offers both an SOS button for emergencies and accidents, as well as a roadside assistance button
·   Jaguar Activity Key: waterproof, shockproof wristband

The All-New Jaguar F-PACE goes on sale in July 2016. Prices start at R776 800.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Review: RUBY’S ETHNIC FLAIR hair and beauty salon

On Sunday past I was invited by Ruby from RUBY’S ETHNIC FLAIR hair and beauty salon for an afternoon of absolute spoils and treats. As I arrived I was greeted by the owner Ruby which is such a delightful and professional business woman.
I was told that we would start off with a full body massage and as I entered the room I was asked to undress and get under the sheets and to my excitement the room was already warmed up and everything smelled so good. Before starting Ruby specifically asked me if there were any part of my body that I would like her to pay special attention to and what amount of pressure was okay for me. I loved the fact that she asked as I have had a massage previously with a masseuse that did not ask at all and I ended not being able to move a day later as the pressure was just way too much. 
The 50min full body massage was absolutely heaven and I literally fell asleep and might have even drooled just a little bit...Ruby then proceeded with a 30min mini facial. I was really impressed when Ruby advised me that she will be using Nimue skin technology products on my skin. I have used these products before and know they are really good quality products. 
Specializing in eyebrow and lash tinting, waxing and nails and everything from facials to massages, Ruby's swathes clients in tranquility before seating them at one of the three manicure or pedicure stations or secluding them in private massage rooms. Making use of top-shelf products and ensuring full body relaxation, there’s something for every occasion at Ruby's Ethnic Flair. 
We finished off with a nice white paint, really it was an absolutely lovely overall experience!
I must say that I received the most amazing treatments and really felt like a new person afterwards. This is really such a treat and I will definitely be going back.
If you in the Cape Town area and want a great experience really do check out: www.rubysethnic.co.za/
 258 Blaauwberg , Table view

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

#CancerVive with Revlon

I attended the Revlon launch a couple of weeks ago and I was challenged by Revlon to create a look in support of the #CancerVive initiative. This campaign is something I truly believe in as I too was affected with this horrible disease. A couple of years ago my grandmother past away of cancer and that's why I believe that early detection and proper education is so important. I truly believe that this disease has taken way to many people before there actual time and that we can make an impact by sharing information and making people understand that cancer is not a death sentence. If detected early many has gone on to living long fruitful lives.
Cancer.vive is a special project of People Living with Cancer. The Cancer.vive campaign members celebrate life by sharing the stories of cancer survivors, because a cancer diagnosis doesn’t have to be a death sentence. The team of survivors know that early detection can save lives. So much of what they do is focused around education and awareness. They also honour those who have lost their battle and raise funds to help fight the disease through education.
So upon existing the event Revlon gave each media personal a tube filled with Revlon products as well as a band to wear when creating this #CancerVive inspired look.
Before starting my look, I wanted to start off by first of decide on the colours I wanted to use. Pink and Purple was definitely what I wanted...
Products used for this look:
*Revlon colorstay foundation in shade- True Beige
*Revlon colorstay liquid liner- Black
*Revlon Photoready eye palette- 520 Watercolors Aquarelle
*Revlon Ultravolume mascara
*Revlon Matte ultra HD lippie
I am obsessed with this diamond Top coat from Revlon colorstay gel envy collection.
The colour is such a nice bright pop and the size of the brush creates beautiful even strokes. The picture below of my nails was taken after a week and a half of wearing this polish... not bad at all.
If you want to join in on this initiative, create your #cancervive look in support of this campaign & read up about it here: www.cancervive.co.za/

Preview: SDM Eyewear

So a couple weeks back I was invited to an exclusive preview of  SDM Eyewear, it was absolutely a scene out of eye-wear heaven. The room was filled with the most amazing pieces of sunglasses & eye-wear from a wide variety of reputable brands by likes of Tom Ford, Balenciaga, Emilio Pucca, Just Cavalli, Vera Wang, Guess & Saint Laurent
 just to mention a few.

I was in absolute awe of all these stunning piece! Ill give you a rundown of a few of my favourites. The Tom Ford Eyewear Collection was really something different it features bold and provocative designs alongside a range of refined and classic looks. An introduction of new colors, including newly developed acetates for women such as iridescent chalk stripe blue/violet and chalk stripe ivory/ rose, while polarized lenses are offered in men's sunglass designs. I know you would like these too x
One of my absolute favourites has to be Balenciaga which is a French fashion house founded by Cristóbal Balenciaga. The bubble skirts and odd, feminine, yet ultra-modern shapes were trademarks of the house. Balenciaga opened his Paris couture house on Avenue George V in August 1937, and his first runway show featured designs heavily influenced by the Spanish Renaissance. Balenciaga’s success in Paris was nearly immediate. Within two years, the French press lauded him as a revolutionary, and his designs were highly sought-after. These eye-wear pieces are really unlike anything you have ever seen.
The Ted Baker was also really amazing! The quality and attention to detail & the quirkiness really made the collection stand out and have an edge of difference. The eyewear collection is unique, inspired by the spirit of TED which is original and real, never to be taken too seriously. The modern eyewear collection best demonstrates the brand’s unusual possibility in expression of fashion accents and extreme comfort and versatility. It's definitely aimed at the quirky men and women between the ages of 22-55yrs.
So when we came to the end of the preview, I was told that I could actually choose a pair for myself. Which made me ask them the question 3 times "Are you guys really sure I can?"
It was quite a difficult task of choosing a pair among-ts all of these amazing brands. But I then finally had my heart set on this pair. It's an original Saint Laurent...Ah yes I just died.
Yves Saint Laurent was the first couture house to introduce the concept of luxury prêt-à-porter in a 1966 collection called ‘Rive Gauche’, synonymous with youth and freedom. This shift represented a first critical step in the modernization of fashion and revolutionized the socio-cultural landscape.
Yves Saint Laurent, under the creative direction of Hedi Slimane since March 2012, continues to position itself at the summit of the luxury universe. 
Today, SAINT LAURENT collections include women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, small leather goods, jewellery, scarves, ties and eyewear. 
You will see me sporting these amazing sunnies some more on my social media pages!
If you interested in the latest on eye-wear definitely check out: www.sdmeyewear.co.za/

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Review: The ins & outs of Microblading

 So last night I was invited to see a Live Microblading demonstration at the stunning Urban Lounge venue at Wembley Square. I have never heard of Microblading before, hence I was so interested to see it being done live. 
So for those of you that has never heard of this concept it's a relatively new technique of enhancing the appearance of your eyebrows. Back in the day thin, over-plucked eyebrows was all the craze but the fuller, natural looking brows are making a huge comeback... 
& rightfully so. 
The process of Microblading is done by a hand tool & blade. The ultra thin blade is a grouping of extremely fine needles affixed to a handle to manually create clean and crisp lines that resemble eyebrow hairs. Natural pigment is deposited into the upper dermal layer of the skin, making it semi-permanent for 1-2 years, depending on the skin type and lifestyle.
Advantages of the 6D technique:
♥ Less painful and faster than the machine – less repetition over 
the same area causing less trauma
♥ Far more natural result
♥ Hairs are drawn in a natural direction, it doesn’t look like a solid tattoo
♥ Thin disposable needles, thinner than the thinnest tattoo needle, results in strokes that are identical to real brow hairs.

9 Reasons to get semi- permanent eyebrows:
1. Hair loss and lack of definition/shape
2. Thin brows caused by years of over tweezing.
3. Chemotherapy or Alopecia
4. Scars, gaps in the brow
5. Lengthening the tails of existing eyebrows
6. Thickening thin brows
7. Correcting asymmetry
8. Active lifestyles
9. Trouble applying conventional makeup.
What to expect prior to and during the procedure:
♥ The procedure will take between 1 ½ - 2 hours
♥ You will be required to fill in a consent form
♥ Your expectations and requirements will be thoroughly discussed
   during the consultation
♥ A brow shape / outline will be measured and drawn on your existing brow area for you      to assess before commencing the procedure
♥ Pigments are matched to each individuals colouring or a specific brow pencil colour,          ranging from light blonde to black
♥ There will be very slight discomfort but rest assured that the therapist
   will manage it with the use of topical anaesthetics

♥ A touch up procedure is essential
Price Range:
Between R1500 – R2500

I must say before seeing the live demonstration, I don't know if I would have the nerve to get it done myself, but I must say when I saw the results, it really blew my mind! The model's eyebrows looks so natural and well groomed. My eyebrows personally are so light hence I always find myself having to either tint them or apply colour to make it slightly darker. So I am really considering the treatment!

If you would like to get your eyebrows Micro-bladed you can check out the Urban Lounge website or see shop details below: 
The Urban Beauty Lounge
Shop 3
Wembley Square 1
Solan Str, Gardens
City Bowl
076 386 4793

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

The Bay Harbour Market

So I have always heard great things about The Bayharbour market in Houtbat, but as murphy's law would have it, I've lived in Cape Town my entire life and have never been. 
So not knowing what to expect, I headed out and boi oh boi, did I have fun!
My first thoughts as I entered the market was the lingering smell at the entrance of delicious food. The market has a array of unique and very original traders selling handmade produce and a stylish wonderland of exquisite art, crafts and fashion.
The huge roaring fireplace was such a treat and I happened to plonk myself next to it for the most part. The market is also undercover, so visitors are comfortably be shielded from the rain and wind. Which is major + for me. Also PS: if you wanting to stock up on some winter warmth you have to check out these hoodies from Chill Winstan and comfy leather boots from In-Step Surf Boots.
The hustle and bustle and the excitement of the market literally hangs in the air as you hear children's laughter, fun chatter and stunning music playing in the background. There is really something for everyone and I'm sure you would find time running away during a morning or afternoon of roaming. You can click here: to see the variety of Traders that can be found at the Bay Harbour.
Hubby and I started the morning early, browsing some awesome stalls. It's really amazing to think what little gems you can actually find. The 1st place I stopped was at the stall called Blokke and Blomme which has beautiful text carvings, in various fonts and sizes and  can even custom make these beautiful designs to the customers requirements.
The food market was really a sight to see, there was such a variety of food types, from chicken, too seafood even steak if you wish! My favourite was definitely a food stall called Bon-Amie, they had a delicious offering of omelettes, breakfasts, salads and sandwiches, and served everything from veggie burgers and halloumi cheese dishes to traditional South African favourites such as Sringbok and Gemsbok. Yummy...right!
See the below, to find schedule for awesome live entertainment at Bayharbour market!
So if you looking for some great entertainment for the entire family, look no further!
Trading Times
Fridays: 5pm to 9pm, Saturdays: 9:30am to 4pm
and Sundays: 9:30am to 4pm