Christmas at Sandton City

If you are like me, and you don’t have plans to leave Johannesburg or South Africa for the festive season, then best you check out what you can do in Jozi while everyone else is soaking up the sun on some island somewhere.

If you’re stuck here, then you may as well enjoy it – less traffic, more parking spots and better service at restaurants, not to mention all the festive fun that Sandton  City is offering.

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How Do I Look? South Africa on E! Entertainment Television

Hosts of How Do I Look? SA – Kat Sinivasan and Roxy Burger

I’ve always loved a good make-over show, so I was delighted to hear that E! Entertainment’s local version of “How Do I Look?” will be starting this week on DSTV channel 124.

I attended the launch event last week at the Diamond Walk in Sandton City. The trend these days, it seems, it so have launches along side expensive boutiques in the walkway of malls, with the chairs and screens erected, plus a lounge vibe created with luxurious couches and bubbly.

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Ponds Institute pop-up experience at Sandton City

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Pond’s Perfect Colour Complex Brand Ambassador Ayanda Thabethe

I grew up knowing Pond’s because my grandmother used Pond’s Vanishing Cream everyday, so I was keen to learn more about the brand’s history when I was invited to the opening of the Pond’s Institute pop-up experience at Sandton City as well as the launch of their revolutionary New Pond’s Pimple Clear.

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H & M Opens in Sandton City

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I attended the media launch of the Johannesburg branch of H&M last week, which officially opened in Sandton City on Saturday, 7 November. The Balmain X collaboration with H&M has been a worldwide success, if the international media is anything to go by, with the Paris, New York and yes, the local branches, having sold out in a matter of minutes.

I witnessed this first hand, at the launch evening last week. The doors opened at 19h00 and by 19h27 the Balmain racks were empty!

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Empty Balmain racks

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Forever 21 Opens in Johannesburg

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Forever 21 opened its doors in Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg this past Saturday, 17 October 2015. I was invited to the media launch last week, and found other “fashionistas” who were as eager as I, to get a first glance at the merchandise on offer.

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I would say Forever 21, as the name suggests, is aimed at the teenage to late 20’s market, with some items geared towards the older age groups. The prices are very attractive and affordable for most items. There are some statements pieces that retail for around R450, such as this little number that I have my eye on.

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Woolworths Stationery is Tops (and Knock Knock Comes a Close Second)

Now that the festive season has come to an end, the BACK TO SCHOOL buying madness has started. I’ve noticed that Woolworths now has a wonderful range of stationery. I first saw this in the V & A Waterfront (Cape Town) branch a while back, and the range is now available at the Sandton City (Johannesburg) branch.

Below are some photos of their stationery. I particularly like the velvet wrapped pencils.

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