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A nightclub singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin surrounded by the razzle dazzle of the world’s sexiest musical soon returns to the stage in Cape Town and Johannesburg! You’ve got it comin’ as the story of the award-winning Broadway and West End musical CHICAGO unfolds to show-stopping songs including ‘All that Jazz’, ‘Cell Block Tango’ and ‘Mister Cellophane’.
The multi-talented all-South African touring cast, band and crew began rehearsals in Johannesburg in August 2018 ahead of an international year-long tour that began in New Zealand. First stop was Auckland, followed by Wellington where audiences were dazzled and critics raved. “Corruption, greed and murder comes to the capital courtesy of world class CHICAGO” says StuffNZ while Diversions summed up the show: “A killer chorus, exceptional choreography, razzle, dazzle and all that jazz” are just two of many glowing reviews. In October the show moved to China, opening at the Grand Theatre in Chongqing. Three more engagements followed in October before opening in Beijing in November; Guangzhou in December and Shanghai in December 2018 and January 2019.
Everyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE Marc Lottering’s brand of comedy. You can read about his previous shows that I have written about here and here. From the time he was an up-and-coming young comedian, when I lived in Cape Town back in the day, we have supported his shows, and he never fails to deliver in tickling one’s funny bones! If you are also a loyal fan, you will know that Marc started out doing shows with various characters, and Aunty Merle from Belgravia Road in Athlone (which is just up the road from where I actually grew up, on the Cape Flats) was one such delightuful and colourful character.
Let me start off this post by saying that this is NOT a sponsored post at all. I saved, hustled, waited, done my research and eventually we travelled to Thailand earlier this year. I have divided this post into 3 parts as we had the privilege of visiting 3 locations in Thailand. I researched quite a bit and eventually got a terrific deal via Holiday Factory. It was about R12 000 (ZAR) each for the Etihad return flights to Thailand, including all private car transfers and water transfers, accommodation for 10 nights including breakfast, and we stayed in Patong, Phi Phi Islands and Krabi. I paid for the booking in March 2018 and we flew in September 2018.
I am mentioning the costs because:
a) It was a really good deal
b) People always ask me how much it all cost
c) Sharing is caring 🙂
d) Once you do some research online, one can still find good travel packages, in this case it was via Holidayfactory.co.za
The 2018 SA Style Awards was held last week at the Diamond Walk in Sandton City. The annual event has become a sought after invitation on the SA social scene, after 22 years in existence and was founded by Jillian Grogor, owner of Zebra Square Publicity & Events.
Local celebrities were dressed to the nines and walked the red carpet with aplomb!
The COSMOPOLITAN Beauty Masterclass 2018, brought to you by Clicks,is finally coming to Johannesburg!
#COSMOBeautyMasterclass is the ultimate day of beauty, glamour and fun, and takes place on the 24th and 25th of November at the Mall of Africa in Johannesburg from 9:00am to 3:30pm.
Join the COSMO team for a fabulous day of beauty masterclasses. COSMO’s deputy editor, Noxolo Mafu will host guests as they glam it up with a team of industry experts, including natural hair guru Urban Mimz and makeup-artist-to-the-stars Ntatho Mashishi. Guests will participate in demos and panels and will even get to take home the Clicks-supplied makeup kits at the end of the day. From brows to braids, learn all the tips and tricks in line with the hottest beauty trends.
I recently attended the media launch of the Nestlé KITKAT Chocolatory – a unique Pop Up store that will offer chocolate lovers an opportunity to experience personalised and handcrafted chocolate creations. The four-week pop-up store will be located at Mall of Africa, Midrand, Johannesburg, from 24 November 2018.
Members of the media and a handful of personalities were treated to a sneak preview of what South Africans can expect at the KITKAT Chocolatory Pop Up. Hosted by radio DJ and TV Personality, Tumi Vorster and held in Johannesburg at the Chocolate Academy in Fourways, we were afforded a unique opportunity to be the first in South Africa to experience the journey in the making of creating the perfect break. Amongst the celebrities attending were the effervescent Taryn Louch, also known as LittleMissLouch, LikeHome page curator and former Miss South Africa, Vanessa Carreira-Coutroulis, “My Kitchen Rules SA” contestants Donald Chipumha and Luyanda Mafanya, as well as Food blogger Steve Steinfeld and celebrity chef, Chef Nti.
It was recently announced that Kentse Masilo is the first winner of the inaugural Project Runway South Africa.
She was presented with her wonderful prizes, which included a new hybrid Lexus car, and I was there to share in her special moment! Here is some footage and photos of her special day.
Mzansi Magic & Ndalo Pictures, in association with 4th STREET Wines and their production partners, Rapid Blue, proudly announced the winner of Project Runway SA, Kentse Masilo, the futuristic designer who wowed the judges from the very first challenge with her design aesthetics and origami-inspired garments.
Kentse made it no secret that she was here to claim her fame, saying things on the show like, “This is my game, I’m gonna take this home”. She’s not just taking it home, she’s also taking it to Paris, where she’ll feature as a pop up store at the 2019 Paris Fashion Week.
I used to be a TV Producer and I would accompany celebrity guests whom I had booked for our show, to hair and make-up. The irony is that I never got a “face beat” myself, until today. I usually wear minimal everyday make-up, but one can create “red carpet” looks with one’s own make-up and brushes. My niece, @nurul’ayncassiem@_foxybeauty is the Make-Up Artist (MUA) who done my “soft glam evening” look in this post. She used items from my own make-up drawers such as @essence_cosmetics@maccosmetics@maybelline and @woolworths_sa.
A lot of talent and skill is needed to become a Make-Up Artist, as you are literally transforming someone’s appearance from drab to fab! Should you wish to book Nurul-Ayn Cassiem, please contact her via Hello.firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Instagram @_Foxybeauty.
Take a look at my transformation in this vertical video or check it out on my IG TV channel here.
Edgars recently re-launched its Homeware range, now called Edgars Home, at a very exclusive and innovative experience at a beautiful show house in the upmarket suburb of River Club, in Johannesburg.
Invited guests, including media and Edgars Home suppliers, were able to walk through the house, which was entirely decorated with Edgars products and in particular, their new and luxurious Hotel Collection as well as the fashionable Private Collection. I was very impressed!
Seeing all their homeware products on display made me feel like I was walking through one of the very popular home décor or home improvement television show locations. This left me feeling very inspired, with many new ideas of how I can implement the looks back at my own home, and quite a few more for my vision board!