Divaz Spa & Salon Review and Giveaway

It’s not everyday at that a new, independent (not part of a franchise) spa and salon opens up, so I was keen to try out Divaz Spa & Salon, when I was invited to review it.

Situated in Langhams Lifestyle Estate in Fourways, Johannesburg, the spa is a “hop, skip and a jump” away from Montecasino. The fact that it is not in a mall helps, because one just has to park in the ample space parking lot and you are right at the entrance of the salon.

Entrance to Divaz Spa & Salon

I was welcomed by Fatima Omar, the Spa Owner and Belinda Aslett, the Spa Manager.

Belinda Aslett (Spa Manager) on the left and Fatima Omar (Spa Owner) on the right.

I was impressed by the size of the spa and salon. Even though there are no pools, saunas and steam rooms, the uniqueness lies in the fact that it is divided into two sections: one for kids and one for adults. The idea is that you can book your kids for a mini spa pampering and activities in the Kids Spa while you relax and rejuvenate in the Adults only section. The sections are completely separate as well. Fatima and her team can arrange kiddie birthday parties, pyjamas parties, bridal showers, baby showers etc. and can accommodate up to 40 adults or children in the large space. Have a look at the photos below to get an idea of the space available.

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Married…But Not To Each Other (New Comedy Show)

Tumi Morake and Ndumiso Lindi

Marriage is much like a road trip with its ups and downs (and potholes along the way) and Ndumiso Lindi and Tumi Morake are no strangers to the concept!  Back by popular demand, Ndumiso and Tumi are hitting the road again with their hilarious stand-up comedy show, Married…But Not To Each Other.  It’s not a show just about marriage, it’s about the world that these marriages have to survive in.

The comedy duo will be opening the 2019 season on the 24th of May at the Soweto Theatre, 1st of June at the Flamingo Casino in Kimberley and the 8th of June at PACOFS in Bloemfontein – with additional dates to follow.  The show has already seen successful runs in Pretoria, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Mafikeng, Botswana, Port Elizabeth, Krugersdorp, Durban, Secunda and Nelspruit.

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The Unveiling of the new Edgars Beauty Stores

Celebrity Make-Up Artist and The Bachelor contestant, Gina Myers, was our MC

Edgars has officially launched Edgars Beauty to the public and to the who’s who in the beauty industry.

The transition of the new Edgars Beauty store formats started last year July, creating much more exciting and welcoming environments, where beauty fanatics can transcend to “Beauty Heaven” and ignite their senses, through touch, feel and smell. Customers will get an opportunity to play with colour, learn to apply make-up and/or have a make-over. Not only is the Edgars Beauty store a haven for all things beauty, one is guaranteed to get coveted exclusive international brands like Inglot, a master colour brand that affords customers the opportunity to build their own palettes, and the crème de la crème of beauty connoisseur brands like Dior, Guerlain, Givenchy, Benefit and many-many more.

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Aunty Merle The Musical is coming to Johannesburg

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.

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Terrific Thailand – Part 1: Patong

 

Start of Bangla Road – reknown party street in Patong, Phuket

 

Sawadee Ka everyone! That’s hello in Thai.

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

 

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KitKat Chocolatory Pop Up Store

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.

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Soft Glam Evening Make-Up Look

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.foxybeauty@gmail.com 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 Home Launch

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!

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Women’s Health Live Festival

October was the start of my return to gym! The long time wasted gym membership debit orders that go off on the 1st of each month, into the gym abyss, has come to an end! Let me back track a little … towards the end of 2015, I needed an operation which, after 3 weeks out of hospital, led to a blood clot, which led to a pulmonary embolism in my lungs, which almost killed me. It took about 2 years to feel like my usual self, although my left leg and foot will never be the same again. Hence, I did not feel healthy enough to venture into a gym. Thank the powers that be, that now I can at least walk on a treadmill for 30 minutes at a brisk level 5! Slowly but surely, I am getting there, literally one step at a time.

Since I am finally on a path to fitness, I am delighted to tell you that on the 10th and 11th of November 2018, Women’s Health (WH) magazine are launching the first ever Women’s Health Live Festival – a weekend of wellness.

It will be held at The Wanderers Sports Club in Johannesburg. Think of it as a Coachella of Wellness – three stages (entitled Trends, Fitness and Inspiration) supported by amazing speakers, fascinating panel conversations and interviews led by the WH editors chatting to cover stars, celebrities, fit family, social influencers and experts who will be sharing stories, experiences, expertise and knowledge.

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2018 Bokeh South African International Lifestyle and Fashion Film Festival

The theme for the event was “Tim Burton” hence the models, with Comedian, John Vlismas, were dressed like characters from “Alice in Wonderland.”

I had the honour of being invited to the Bokeh South African International Lifestyle and Fashion Film Festival last week, at a lavish red carpet event. This is the 5th year of existence for the festival, which brings together creatives in the Film, Fashion, Artistic and related technical industries to celebrate their craft twice a year. The event is held in both Cape Town and Johannesburg, and I attended the latter, at Shepstone Gardens.

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