August #InspirationForTheNation

With so much ugly, cruel and negative news in the world, it is important for us to embrace anything positive (to not only retain hope in humanity but to be inspired too), like this amazing and proudly South African story.

Mndebele Mnotho is a five-year-old little boy from Newcastle in KZN who suffers from dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). He is my August #InspirationForTheNation. Read his story here

 

 

South African wedding guest outfit ideas when the degrees drop

So an email about the weather arrived in my email inbox this week stating that there may be cold, wet weather on the weekend. I sigh, as it is a close friend’s wedding and I would have loved for the weather to be gorgeous and sunny –  which we have experienced for the most part of the week.

So with a potential bout of colder, wet weather fast approaching and the wedding on Saturday, I decided to get some advice from friends, family and pinterest (of course) on the best kind of outfit to wear to a winter wedding, so that I am both comfortable, warm and stylish.

I have to be realistic as I am always on a budget, so when I prepare an outfit I first look at what I have in my wardrobe. If I don’t find something in there to wear, I take to the shops. Here, I look at the price, quality, and versatility of the outfit. (Can I wear it again?)

Here are some ideas I was advised to try.

Jumpsuit

Now, I don’t have a jumpsuit at home, so if I had to shop on a budget, my first option would be to visit Mr Price, Jet or Legit (yes, these are some of my favourite shops when a bit cash strapped). 

Here is an option from Mr Price:

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Black Embroidered Jumpsuit from Mr Price

Little black dress

So, I do have a long sleeved black dress in the wardrobe, which I have only worn a few times and no one I know has really seen me in it, thank goodness. I have had it for a while, but it still looks amazing, and of great quality. I purchased it from Legit. Pair it with tights/pantyhose and a pair of ankle boots or closed heels and I am sure I will be set!

Here is the kind of look I would go for (courtesy of Pinterest)

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Black long sleeved dress with tights and ankle boots

Long sleeved shirt dress

If I were to purchase a dress that is versatile – one that I could use for a wedding and for work, this would be the one. I just have to try it on to see what it looks like on me. This one retails for R149,99 at Jet.

Graphic Shirt Dress from Jet

Formal maxi dress

My sister has this beautiful navy maxi dress which I have worn before. It looks really great, but it is a bit long, so I have to wear really high shoes to ensure there is no drag.

It is quite comfortable, but if I want to spend the night dancing, I wouldn’t say it is extremely ideal. Plus, it boasts shorter sleeves so it may not be as warm as I would like, BUT it is an option. If I pair it with a blazer or coat, I am sure it would work.

It looks similar to this one from Lulus

Navy Formal Maxi Dress

 

With only a couple of days to decide, I shall be trying out a few of these ideas to see what suits me best. I have only added in a few ideas and obviously, the list of ideas is endless and suited to one’s taste.

If you are attending a wedding soon and need outfit ideas, why not try some of these out for yourself.

Happy days

xoxo

 

2 sleeps till the Buco Umhlanga Food and Music Festival!

Matthew Mole -Ukelele LRIt’s National Women’s Day this Wednesday, August 9th and time for the ladies to sit back, relax and enjoy the day off in the best way possible…  with local sounds, fabulous food and good company at The Buco Umhlanga Food and Music Festival.

Hosted at Chris Saunders Park in Umhlanga, ladies are encouraged to bring along their family and friends to celebrate! Doors open from 12 noon till 8pm.

For the food lovers there will be Artisan food stalls boasting fresh, creative, gourmet and mostly South African inspired cuisine, with tasty chow ranging from burgers, chicken strips, Indian street food, chicken prego rolls, peri-peri livers, espetada, flatbreads with gourmet toppings and potato twisters, that will complement the local craft beer offering at the craft beer tent.

Added to the mix will be a G&T Garden, and a selection of fine wines sure to get you moving to the sounds of local South African artists including headline act, Matthew Mole.

Well-known South African artist Matthew Mole will entertain you with his amazing vocal talent. His signature sound of folk with electronics will have you singing-a-long to fan favourites such as Take Yours, I’ll Take Mine, Run, Holding on and more. He was recently nominated in the categories for Best Pop and Best Produced album at the 23rd edition of the South African Music Awards and is sure to make your Women’s Day extra special.

Whether you are a local or not, keep it ‘lekker’ at the Buco Umhlanga Food and Music Festival.

Tickets cost R100 per person through Webtickets and R120 at the door. Children under 8 years are free.

Don’t forget, with so much on offer, own food, drink and umbrellas will not be permitted at the venue.  Alcohol will not sold to persons under the age of 18.

To keep updated follow the Facebook events page Umhlanga food and music festival

For more information contact Big Nite Out on 031 563 4298.

 

Treat yourself on Tuesdays this Women’s Month at Granada!

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In celebration of Women’s Month, Granada Square presents Treat me Tuesday for all the ladies who enjoy a little spoil!

Every Tuesday in August, revive yourself from the Monday blues by indulging in special offers from Sorbet, Simply Panache Hair & Beauty, Angelos, Little Havana and Pintxada.

Pop into Sorbet and receive half price on all full body massages – hot stone, aromatherapy and Swedish (full prices range from R430-R475), or visit Simply Panache hair salon to tame your mane at only R95 for a wash and blow dry.

For those wanting to make the most of their afternoons, dine in style at Angelo’s, Little Havana or Pintxada with lunch specials sure to suit all palates.

Lovers of the Mediterranean will enjoy all that Little Havana has to offer, with an option of a two course meal for R120 or a three course meal at R140, which includes a glass of complimentary Wolftrap wine, Tanqueray gin & tonic or Stella Artois.

Starters include a choice of Soup Du Jour, Vietnamese Pork Cakes, Chicken Livers, Chilli Sweet Potato Salad or Cuban Beef Strips, with an option of main courses such as 200g Grilled Steak, Coriander Chicken Pasta, Grilled Baby Sole, Slow Roast Pork Belly or Butternut Squash Curry.

Desserts include a choice between Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce or Dessert of the day.

If you prefer a more tapas style lunch, Pintxada has the option of a two course meal for R120 or a three course meals at R130, which includes a glass of complimentary 330ml Amstel or Heineken, Wolftrap wine or Strongbow cider.

Tapas include a choice of Gazpacho, Ensalada del dia (V), Traditional Bravas, Gnocci (V), Spicy Wings, Chicken Livers on toast, Croquetas and Albondigas.

Plato Principal has a range of different dishes including Pasta del dia, Risotto (V), ½ Rotisserie Chicken and chips, Deboned Pork Ribs, 200g Steak with chips and sauce or Thai Vegetable Curry (V), alternatively there is the option of Panini with Frites, with a choice of either Chicken, Pulled Pork or Smoked Salmon.

Dessert or “Postre” include a choice of Ices & Sorbets or Dessert of the day.

And finally, if Italian is what you are after, Angelo’s is also offering their lunch special featuring a two course meal at R130 or a three course meal for R140 which includes a complimentary glass of wine, Amstel or Amstel lite or a Strongbow cider.

Depending on your selection, you can enjoy a starter, with the options of La Caprese, Michel Angelo, Minestrone Soup, Grilled Calamari or Peri Peri Chicken Livers.

Continue reading “Treat yourself on Tuesdays this Women’s Month at Granada!”

A celebration for the French!

From 13-15 July, the Bastille Day Wine Festival was hosted at Granada Square in Umhlanga.

The event celebrated all things French with superb wine on offer from over 35 wine estates including Boekenhoutskloof winery, HermanusPietersfontein, Domaine des Dieux, Miles Mossop, Diemersdal, Ken Forrester Wines, Leopard’s Leap, Pierre Jourdan, Protea, Steenberg, Graham Beck Wines, Franschhoek Cellar Wines, Boschendal 1685, Distillery 031, Hartenberg Wine Estate, Dieu Donne Winery, Baleia Wines , Oak Valley Wine Estate, La Vierge Wines, Kloovenburg Wine, Holden Manz Wine Estate, Strandveld, Jordan Wine Estate, Paul Wallace Wines, Groote Post, Stella Artois
Rekordilig, Huis De Chevallerie, Vermut Premon accompanied by delectable European inspired gourmet food made available from Europa, Angelo’s, Pintxada, Little Havana and Ferruci.

Wondering what Bastille day is?

Bastille Day is the common name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In France. The French National Day commemorates the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790.

The event was enjoyed by all those who attended and Granada Square look forward to next year’s celebrations of the blue, white and red!

 

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Fun French props supplied by Alliance Francaise Durban for photo opportunities

 


July #InspirationForTheNation

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Image source: quotesing.com

It’s July and on the 18th of this month marks an important day for South Africans, that of Mandela Day.

Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. It was launched on his birthday, 18 July, in 2009 via a unanimous decision by the UN General Assembly.

Mandela Day calls on us all, every day, to make the world a better place. Each year on 18 July we look back on what has been done and forward to what will be done.

My July #InspirationForTheNation is every person who gets involved in Mandela Day this year.

Change starts with each and every one of us and this year, the theme is #ActionAgainstPoverty.

In my mind, this theme could not be more important, as South Africa struggles with a high percentage of unemployment, with a large portion of society living in debilitating environments and with beggars at traffic lights. For me, poverty is one of the leading causes of crime and if we can help fight poverty, we may be able to fight the negatives that are associated with this as well.

Let’s make South Africa a country that takes action and inspires change not just on Mandela Day, but every day.

If you are getting involved in Mandela Day, tag me in your photos on Twitter @DivinelyMoulded or alternatively send me an email with your pics. Visit the contact page for more.

#ACTIONAGAINSTPOVERTY

 

June #InspirationForTheNation

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Image courtesy of  http://staceyfru.co.za/index.php/about-us/

Be inspired this June by a 10-year-old South African girl. She has done so much with her life in only a few short years and is truly a human being we all can learn from.

Stacey Fru,  is a self-acclaimed published South African Author who has won multiple awards.

Hailing from Jozi, Fru wrote her first book Smelly Cats’ when she was 7 and this was without the knowledge of her parents. When she turned 8, her book was published.

By the time her second book Bob and the Snake was published, 9-year-old Fru was three times (multiple) award winner.

The synopsis of her book, Smelly Cats is as follows: It is about two cats who are cousins. It portrays the common challenges of different socio-religious and academic backgrounds as well as challenges posed by geographical locations to the two on a daily basis. Stacey’s book also depicts that even though the cats come from the same family, they are bound to have differences due to who they are. The constant fights are real reflections of daily lives. However, just like in real life, fights are a vital spice of life that do not last forever.

Awards include:

‘Smelly Cats’ is the 2016 NDA ‘Best ECD Publication 2015: Special Mention Category, prize donated by UNICEF.

She won 2 awards at ‘Young Leader 2016’ for her leading motivational and inspirational roles, and Academic Achievements and Initiatives 2016’ for her writings at the East Wave Radio Nelson Mandela International Community Day Leadership Award.

This young girl is passionate about writing and writes stories, essays, poems, speeches and attempts songs. She is also a guitarist and a ballerina. Apart from this, she still finds time to be a motivational and inspirational speaker

In August 2016, Fru became the Youngest Founding Member of Wits University Centre for Multilingual Education and Literacy.

Want to know more? Check out her website to preorder copies of her book or call directly on +27 82 548 6385 for copies or www.staceyfru.co.za or https://www.facebook.com/staceyfru

I hope you are feeling inspired to go out and reach your dreams!