Land Rover Africa Cup Polo Tournament at the Inanda Club

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I was pleasantly surprised when an invite for the Land Rover Africa Cup 2014 Polo Tournament popped into my inbox. The first thing I thought was “What does one wear to a polo match?” After some “research” I was relieved to see that it did not really involve fascinators and the like. But that did not stop Jen Su from wearing one. Of course, unusual hats are her trademark, and I bet that she has Philip Treacy and Albertus Swanepoel (renowned milliners) on speed dial.

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Happy that I discovered happy.me bubble tea

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Rooibos Peach Tea with yoghurt popping pearls

Recently, a new bubble tea place opened down the road from where I live. I had never tried bubble tea before, but the first thing that attracted me to it, was the yellow logo and then the name, happy.me – I just love it, so bright, positive and welcoming.

But the best was yet to come – after surveying the very extensive menu of bubble teas, coffees (both hot and cold), yoghurts, smoothies and snow ice called Snoh, I decided to try the Rooibos Peach tea with yoghurt popping pearls.  What ambrosial delight!

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Jennifer Meyer Jewellery

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I’ve always adored the gorgeous jewellery worn by Jennifer Aniston, in her movies and in person. I even created a wish list – that Gold Leaf necklace her character wore in “The Break Up” and the Wish Bone Necklace from “She’s just not that into you” – the list is endless.

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Johnny Clegg to conjure Madiba Magic in the gardens this July

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No weekend plans as yet? If you live in Gauteng, here’s something to do on Sunday, 6 July.

Iconic musician Johnny Clegg and indie rockers Shortstraw will headline the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens concert at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden on Sunday, 6 July 2014, as the country celebrates the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.

“The 18th of July would have been Tata Madiba’s 96th birthday,” says Old Mutual sponsorship manager Bandile Mngoma. “While we as a nation were grief-stricken by his passing last December, we are privileged to be able to honour his memory through this very special concert.
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Holiday fun with Ben 10 and Mister Maker at DStv Kids’ Xtravaganza

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The June/July school holidays are here and if you are looking for something fun to do with your kids, then check out the DStv Kids’ Xtravaganza. This brings your children’s favourite television characters to life at Vodacom World in Midrand from 28 June to 6 July 2014.

Young children and tweens will be treated to regular 30-minute live shows featuring Mister Maker and Ben 10, from their favourite DStv kids’ shows.

Ben 10, the popular character from Ben 10 Omniverse on Cartoon Network (DStv channel 301), will be appearing in the multimedia stage show Top Secret Plumbers’ Academy from 28 June to 1 July.

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Da Vinci The Genius – An Inspirational Exhibition

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I was recently invited to the “Da Vinci – The Genius” exhibition, currently on at the Amazing Place in Woodmead, Sandton. Having watched a few episodes of “Da Vinci’s Demons” on FOX, I was familiar with some of his ingenious inventions, so it was with great excitement that I went to see the exhibition, which has been extended to the 27th of July 2014, due to public demand.

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Something to Khoo about

I discovered the lovely Rachel Khoo on BBC Lifestyle about a year ago. I watched her show called “The Little Paris Kitchen” and the one currently on air in South Africa, “Rachel Khoo Kitchen Notebook: London.” The concept of the former show is cooking classic, yet easy, French recipes no matter what the size of your kitchen, and true to its namesake, Rachel’s kitchen was minute, but what delightful looking dishes were created in that little mini oven and two plate stove!

In the current series, Rachel is back in her hometown of London, and takes us to her favourite places in and around the British capital, in between cooking up a delicious storm in her tiny flat.

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10 Things I’ve learned after a decade in Johannesburg

ImageMy husband (Siraaj Cassiem) and I arrived in Jozi (Johannesburg) in 2003, so 2013 marked a decade in the City of Gold. I am originally from Cape Town, and whenever I heard of Johannesburg, I always had this vision of doom and gloom and inner city squalor, as this was mostly what was seen on television.

So it was with a tad of trepidation that I agreed to join my husband in Jozi when he was transferred there in 2003, when he worked for eTV. Apparently, some of the biggest forms of stress involve moving house, moving to a new city and changing jobs – and I was doing all 3 in one step with this move.

Fortunately, my brother-in-law lived in Pretoria at the time, so he was able to take us around to view possible places to rent, which we had done a month before Siraaj moved to Johannesburg. We found a lovely cottage to rent in Jan Smuts Avenue in Parktown North, which was very central.

The big day came on 2 September 2003. Siraaj had moved up a month before me, as I needed to work out my notice period at work. I put my car on the train the day before and flew up to Egoli.

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Launch of New Lays Deli Kettle Cooked Chips

ImageLast week, I attended the official launch of Lays Deli kettle cooked chips at Urban Tree in Sandton. Now, I’ve always been a fan of Lays, preferring it to other brands of chips. And when I saw this new kettle fried version, in a variety of flavours, in the grocery store a few weeks ago, I was filled with ambrosial delight.

So, when I was invited to attend the launch of the new Lays Deli kettle cooked chips, I was pleasantly surprised and excited. A pretty basket arrived, filled with an array of the new Lays flavours, together with a Soy Lites scented candle and a variety of oils.

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