Event: Durban Blogger Meet

I was lucky enough to be afforded the fab opportunity of attending Durban’s first ever blogger meet, this past Saturday – and boy, was it uhmaaaazing!

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So here’s all thee deets:

The Venue:
The meet was held at the fairly new Hashtag Social Restaurant, located at 18 Windermere Road. Hashtag has an uber cool setup and awesome atmosphere. They have these bright yellow chairs and tables that have totally adorable teal stands – it’s so quirky and cute, my kind of style! And they have these oh-so-huge windows that allow all the sunlight to shine through which brightens up the whole room. It’s basically an amazing place to chill out, soak up the sun and have some fun!

Unfortunately, they aren’t Halaal so I couldn’t taste their food, but I did have a cup of coffee, which was surprisingly delish – I’m a tea lover and I almost never drink coffee, so for me to say it was good, then it totally must have been!

So what did you lucky ladies get up to at the meet?
We mingled at first and got to meet and greet our fellow Durban bloggers, munched on some cupcakes, macarons and cake pops and we had some amazing people from great brands address us.

We had Mandy from Kitten Action telling us all about the amazing and truly inspiring work that she does for all the darling, little homeless kitties.

Brett (I think his name was Brett? Someone correct me if I’m wrong!) from Fry’s Food also took time out to chat to us about the importance of eating more veggies and less meat and we received some vouchers from them too! It’s so awesome because all of their items are certified by SANHA. YAY!

There were also 2 lovely ladies from Lenovo, who chatted to us about Lenovo’s new tablet, The Yoga 8. It’s flippen’ amazing, it’s  super skinny, lightweight and uber simple to use. And guess what?? They were also giving away TWO, yes TWO, Yoga 8 tablets! I know, totes cray, but unfortunately I wasn’t one of thee lucky winners! Perhaps next time 😦

The lovely and super sweet Karen from Philosophia Botanica was there too. She chatted to us about all of their amazing products and even brought some for us to try out.  Their products smell so invigorating but what I love the most is that none of their products contain parabens, artificial colors, mineral oil, silicone or any animal raw materials. Superb!

 

Awesome! And what about the goodie bag? How was it??

The goodie bag was fan-frikken-tastically, unbelievably awesome! Thanks to Michelle, Verushka and Nicola we had tons of amazing sponsors that provided such amazing goodies for us! We are so lucky and so blessed to have been spoilt that much.

Here’s a list of all our sponsors:

  • Anna Louise
  • Blend Box
  • Chocolate Memories
  • Clarins
  • Consol
  • Cooee
  • Debonairs
  • Elephantshoe
  • Essentials Magazine
  • Filo Yoghurt
  • Fry’s
  • Golden Cloud
  • Grazia
  • Greenleaf Olive co
  • Hashtag
  • Huawei
  • Ice Box Colors
  • John Frieda
  • Le Creuset
  • Lenovo
  • Lou Harvey
  • Madame Macaron
  • MyScoop
  • Oh So Heavenly
  • Optiphi
  • Penguin Books
  • Philosophia Botanica
  • Ponds
  • Rebelink
  • REN
  • Romantic Events
  • Rondavel
  • Royal Dansk
  • Rubybox
  • SecondTreasures
  • Smith’s Bake Shop
  • Stila
  • Swee & Moo
  • Synergy
  • Tasha’s Fudge
  • Thierry Mugler
  • Thrift Collection
  • Uber
  • Wakaberry
  • Washi Bug
  • Zomato
  • YW Couture

Phew!! I cant believe there were so many amazing sponsors! Thank you to each  and every one of them! I absolutely adore every single item that made it into my goodie bag, truly awesome! And a special thanks goes to Rain, I was lucky enough to walk away with a few of their products as part of the giveaway on Saturday. So ecstatic!

I’ve got so many new goodies to try out and review so you guys can expect A LOT of blog posts, in the upcoming weeks. The goodies are just too good not to blog about!

 

And oh yes, a huge, heartfelt thanks goes out to Michelle, Verushka and Nicola for organizing such a stupendous event and making it such a success. You guys are truly amazing, our 3 beautiful Oprahs! Now I cant wait for the next one, teehee!

 

Yummy cupcakes from Smith's bake shop

Yummy cupcakes from Smith’s bake shop

So cute, I know!

So cute, I know!

Sweet table treats from Blink mints

Sweet table treats from Blink mints

How cute are these cake pops?

How cute are these cake pops?

The super sweet Karen from Philosophia Botanica

The super sweet Karen from Philosophia Botanica

Michelle realizing that I am taking a photo of her and her gorgeous pink hair

Michelle realizing that I am taking a photo of her and her gorgeous pink hair

Verushka welcoming us to the event

Verushka welcoming us to the event

Nicola and Michelle singing along to "If you happy and you know it"..kidding!

Nicola and Michelle singing along to “If you happy and you know it”..kidding!

The lovely Mandy, from Kitten Action

The lovely Mandy, from Kitten Action

All about Kitten Action

All about Kitten Action

Yes. yes the coveted Yoga 8 tablet! How sweet is it??

Yes. yes the coveted Yoga 8 tablet! How sweet is it??

Karen's gorgeous cupcakes

Karen’s gorgeous cupcakes

Smile, for the close up :)

Smile, for the close up 🙂

A glimpse into our fab goodie bag

A glimpse into our fab goodie bag

Eeek! I got the long, white PJ pants from Anna Louise!

Eeek! I got the long, white PJ pants from Anna Louise!

Darling party goodies from Lou Harvey

Darling party goodies from Lou Harvey

The weekly planner from Elephantshoe so beautifully wrapped

The weekly planner from Elephantshoe so beautifully wrapped

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Year-End Charity Initiative for 2013

This year, my mom’s company decided to host their year-end function at the Edith Benson’s Babies Home in Sherwood. All of the money that would have usually been spend on extravagant décor and a fancy venue was instead used to throw a great party for these well deserving kids. Jumping Castles, ride-ons, balloons, santa hats, tasty snacks, great gifts, tinsel wigs, we had everything there for the kids!

 

The kids had a great time and so did we! We learnt so much about them, and we learnt just how lucky we all are that we have our parents and that we are loved and cared for by our families. The kids embraced us and they all fought for our attention. One of the kids came up to me and grabbed on to my leg and refused to let go, and when I picked him up and held him in my arms, he held on to me so tightly. And at that moment, the rest of the kids saw and they all surrounded me, so that they too can get some of the love. It was heart breaking.

 

I make it a duty of mines to visit a children’s home as often as I can, it really does bring you back down to Earth and makes you appreciate everything and everyone in your life.

 

Here are some of the images that I snapped whilst there last Friday:

 

All the kids seated and munching on all the yummy snacks we provided!

All the kids seated and eating all the delish snacks we provided!

 

 

Care takers helping r=the kids prepare to sing the national anthem

Caregivers helping the kids prepare to sing the national anthem

 

All of the little sweethearts waiting to receive their goody bags and gifts!

All of the little sweethearts waiting to receive their goody bags and gifts!

 

Whether you can offer money, food or most importantly your time, whatever it may be, do your part and help bring a smile to a kid’s face – they will truly appreciate it!

Raeesa

 

4 of South Africa’s best online shopping sites!

I discovered the joys of online shopping in March of this year, and I have been obsessed ever since. The fact that you can do an insane amount of shopping whilst sitting on your couch, with the added bonus of not having to deal with long queues, really appealed to me.
I have tried out many online shopping sites, since March, but there are 4 sites, in particular, that have stood out as a result of the great customer service and product quality they each offer. And here they are, in no particular order:

 

1)Runway Sale:

Runway Sale offers designer brands at a discounted price but for a limited time only. Sales are only open to members and usually only a limited quantity of items are available, so you got to be quick. Some of their previous sales/events include Guess Jewellery and Watches, Triumph, Bronx Women, Playtex, Banana Moon and many others. In order to know when a sale is going down, become a member and receive email notifications or like them on twitter and Facebook and lookout for updates.

Delivery Fee: R45

 

2)Faithful to Nature:

Faithful to nature sells natural and organic products ranging from great skin care to healthy food and even some great home ware items. Each product is checked to verify that it is indeed green, earth-friendly and safe for us to use. They also have this cool policy that ensures that a free sample is included with every order that you make – with my last purchase I scored a 50ml bottle of naturalmente shampoo- totes amaze!

Delivery Fee: R35 and free delivery for orders over R250.

 

3)Style36:

Style 36 is a retailer of both men’s and women’sfashion, as well as beauty. They have a great mix of both local and international brands and designers, as well as items in different price ranges catering to those of us on a budget (such as sad, sad university students like myself). I recently purchased from Style36 – Cyber Monday feeeeeveeeeer- and was pleased to note that they request a copy of your ID and the front of your credit card to verify that it is really you making the purchase!

Delivery Fee: Free! Free! Free! Every day, all day!

 

4)RubyBox:

RubyBox has both a beauty boutique and what they call a “try-before-you-buy” beauty subscription of R119 a month. Their beauty boutique is stocked with great products from great brands, such as Stila, Smashbox, Yves Rocher, Soap & Glory and even Urban Decay, oh yeeah. They are even offering free delivery until 31 December 2013, now that is something to cheer about!

Delivery fee: R50 and free on all orders over R300.

 

If you haven’t checked out these sites yet, I suggest you do! Customer satisfaction is their aim and it is highly evident from the high level of customer service and astounding product quality that they are all achieving it.

 

Happy online shopping!

 

Rae