Live Music...{Flint, Meet Spark} {Shout Hey} {Dave van Vuuren}

A few Friday evenings ago (while still on South African soil) Farmboy and I (joined by a few other family members) set off to support my cousin who is one of the lead singers in local SA band Shout Hey!. What an awesome night filled with such incredible local talent, it was wonderful to be a part of it and see first hand that South Africa has it going on when it comes to musical talent.

First up was Pretoria based Flint, meet Spark whose laid back tunes and soulful voices really gave me goosebumps. Adele, you have one incredible voice!

Then Shout Hey! took to the stage and rocked! I'm so looking forward to seeing more of these guys and I know that the future looks bright for these kids.

Lastly, Dave van Vuuren took up his guitar, looked deep into our hearts and souls (at least it sure felt like it at the time) and began his set. Wow. Raw talent. The audience was hushed, and we all sat entranced as we were led on an emotional and yet hauntingly beautiful journey.

All in all, an awesome evening. Good luck to all of you.

Here are a few iPhone snaps of the evening...

Dave van Vuuren:

Me with the ultimate groupie fan below...we even had on matching stripes:

Good Luck Cafe {Illovo}

Farmboy and I had lunch yesterday in Illovo at The Good Luck Club. This funky noodle bar is right next door to Wolves Cafe (click here for my post on that lovely coffee/tea/cake/red-velvet cupcake chill spot). It's usually pretty packed in this cozy cafe styled restaurant, but luckily being there for lunch we missed the crowds. Definitely worth a stop to fill up on their dim sum, and then end off with a red velvet cupcake from Wolves next door.
Owner, and half of the team behind the Good Luck Club/Wolves/Father Coffee, Angie, also has an awesome blog you should pop over and see
Click here to find The Good Luck Club on Facebook. 

Exploring Braamfontein

A few snaps from our trip to Braamfontein, Johannesburg in search of the Neighbour Goods Market.

Exploring downtown Jozi was an exciting adventure, filled with colour, intresting people, and endless photo opportunities!

NeighbourGoods Market {Braamfontein}

{Following the success of the Cape Town market, the Johannesburg edition was launched in 2011 in the vibrant neighbourhood of Braamfontein, Johannesburg. In keeping with our commitment to urban regeneration, we chose a venue in the heart of the inner city. The market takes place over two floors of 73 Juta Street, a Johannesburg landmark building featuring a large scale concrete facade by Edoardo Villa. The second floor features an extensive rooftop area with views over the city}

A little exploring around the city centre and you might find yourself at the funky Neighbourgoods Market. Filled to the brim with delicious treats and, go hungry!



This lovely little gift and decor shop is situated in the very trendy area of Parkhurts, with coffee shops and antique stores on every corner. You'll find everything from jewellery to furniture, clothing to collectibles...I could have spent all afternoon browsing :) 

Click here to find out more of what's in store!

011 447 8297
Shop 9, The Cobble Centre
4th Avenue (Corner 12th Avenue)

Click here for their facebook page

Eyebrow **Threading**

According to the Brow Bar in Clear Water Mall (Joburg) threading is an "ideal brow shaping technique from heat, no chemicals, no redness, no pain". I'm not sure about the 'no redness, no pain' part as I my eyebrows were pretty red straight after, and it was a little sore (this could have been due to the thick bush of eye brows I had hiding under my fringe). The 'procedure' was not unbearable though,  and I definitely think waxing hurts more. But the results really do speak for themselves. 

*now that I look at these pic's a bit closer, my brows don't seem to look so overgrown, but trust me when I say that it was nearly time to for some heavy duty hair removal*

For R70 a very friendly lady preens your brows to your face a lovely even finish :) I was in and out of there in 7 minutes flat!

The Brow Bar is situated at Clear Water Mall, Entrance 3.

Canderal Cook Off fun!

Wednesday evening saw myself and 5 other super cool Joburg bloggers (Alida, Jess, Jeanette, Tanya & Angie) battling it out for the honour of top Salon de Culinaire Chef!

Ok I get a little carried away, we *were at Salon de Culinaire in Fourways, and we *were cooking, but there *was no competition..thank goodness...I had a hard enough time figuring out which knife to use to slice the plums.

 The lovely Natasha (as well as the rest of the super awesome LiveWired team) had organized a night of cooking, eating, drinking & being merry in honour of Canderal's launch of their Yellow range. We were put into teams in charge of making the starter (Angie & Jeanette), main (Alida & me) and dessert (Jess & Tanya). Thanks ladies, It was a lovely evening!

Exploring: 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark *Part 1*

Here are a few pic's I took while wandering around this delightful little nook in MillPark. Click here for 44 Stanley's official website to stay up to date

Anatomy Design

"Anatomy Design is a unique shopping destination - with a focus on beautifully detailed contemporary furniture and homeware"


"Vendange is a retail concept themed around food, wine and olive oil accessories. We also supply an extensive range or ceramics, glassware and some furniture"

Lucky Fish

"Lulu Baily is an artist who had a dream of owning a shop that would allow for a broader expression of creativity. Lucky Fish opened five years ago as a fusion of trading store and bazaar with classic luxurious comfort. The shop's antique cabinets and a shifting array of beautiful furniture house all sorts of interesting odds and ends. Lulu stocks a wide range gleaned from antique markets and high street shops in India. An eccentric mix of furniture, lamps, cushions, clothing, toys and china come from as far afield as Sri Lanka, Spain, France and Argentina"

**I have just received my badge for the South African Blog Awards! If you like my blog, and feel extra nice today, pretty please wont you click here and vote for me :) All you have to do is enter your email address and you will be sent a confirmation email, just click the link in that email and bombs away!**

*Kings* of *Leon*...Joburg

I could write a whole long boring post, or I could just leave you with these picture...think I'll do the latter...

Farmboy bought tickets for him & his sister for her 21st Birthday earlier this year, and I obviously had to tag along. After getting lost in Soweto central, a very kind police officer escorted us whitey's to the stadium:

Kings of Leon *Joburg* How to Get to the FNB Stadium

For all those KOL fans out there, thought the following info would be helpful :)

One way to get to the FNB stadium is by the Park & Ride buses. Book your tickets at Computicket (click here).

Buses leave from the following departure points: 

Coca-Cola Dome, Northgate
Wits University (West Campus)
Gold Reef City 
Constitution Hill

Tickets cost R90, and I would suggest booking before hand to make sure you've got a seat.

Alternatively, there is the Park & Rail.
The train runs directly from the East Rand, West Rand, Pretoria and Johannesburg to Nasrec Station.
Tickets cost R80 return. Click here for the train schedule

The line up for saturday:

17h00 Doors Open
18h30 – 19h00 The Black Hotels
19.15 – 19h45 Shadowclub
 20h00 – 20h30 Die Heuwels Fantasties
21.00 Kings of Leon

Click here for the BigConcerts Facebook page to stay up to date before the big day

Jhb: Photo & Film Expo...

Tomorrow and sunday are the last 2 days of the Photo & Film Expo at The Dome,  Northgate. 

"THE PHOTO & FILM EXPO in association with PiX Magazine is the largest PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPO on the continent, nowhere in Africa can you see all your favourite photographic brands under one roof..."

I was there today and picked up this little goodie:
So get your bum down there if you enjoy cool gadgets and are looking for tips and workshops on anything and everything photo-related... 

Tickets are R80 at the door. 
Time: 09:00 - 17:00
For more info, click here for the official website

Clover...*Way Better*

Last wednesday I was invited to Clover's relaunch at the Alexander Theatre in Braamfontein, Joburg. After getting a little too excited at the fact that I had a press badge, farmboy and myself headed into the crowds to meet some new friends and find out what Clover had up their sleeves...

Meet Clover's CEO, Johann Vorster:

This smiley pic came from the awesome little usb each member of the press *i love the sound of that hehe* received after the event 

“We believe that our new Way Better philosophy, culture and approach will position Clover to interact even more meaningfully with all our stakeholders, all of whom have played a vital role in getting us to where we are today as an industry-leading company listed on the JSE,” Vorster.

And meet Clovers new logo:

So Clover is trying to be better, Way Better in fact. In doing so they are re-launching themselves with new packaging, a new TV advert, a slightly modified logo, all this while still keeping c"love"r at it's centre.

During the evening, we were treated to a three-act theatre enactment of the Way Better philosophy. The play  provided the platform for the new logo and television commercial soon to be launched.

The Milky Way was the theme for the evening, and no expense was spared when it came down to the finer yummy canapés with the names Supernova, Twinkle Tarts and Black Hole. 

And to top it off, balloons were released at the end of the evening, with a note to say that Clover had donated R100 to the Reach for a Dream Foundation on behalf of everyone who had attended the function...nice hey :)

I now leave you with the awesomeness that is Clover's new TV ad...drum roll please...

Shopping for glass...

Being Glass Week, I thought it high time I paid a visit to Consols very own shop here in Joburg. Filled to the brim with glass jars and bottles of all shapes and sizes, it's the perfect place to find just the right makeup brush holder/cookie jar/letter in a bottle thingy/anything your mind could possibly think of to do with glass :)

I grabbed my wonderful friend and fellow blogger Raf, and armed with a camera, went to take on the shimmering confines of an untamed room of glass. Here is what awaited us....

Shop opening times:
                                Monday to Friday from 9am – 4pm
  Saturdays from 9am – 1pm
     +27 (0) 11 603 2080

*Spring has Sprung*

I wandered around the garden this afternoon, camera in one hand, a cup of tea in the other, and thought I'd share what made me smile...

Yes, this post was pretty random, but these flowers did make me smile today, I hope they do the same for you. If not, click here to enter  my giveaway to win some lovely things that will certainly make you :) xx

Market on Main...round 2!

I have done a post on the wonder that is the Market on Main in Joburg's town centre, but after a recent visit and lots more photo's I thought I'd do another...why not hey :)

So as not to confuse anyone, ArtsOnMain is the building which houses MarketOnMain :)

Check out her blog (click here) for more stock of her lovely pieces

View of outside, what a pretty Spring Day in Jozi!

omnomnom...ChocolaJ :) 

The most delicious *homemade* marshmallows I have ever encountered!

Get yourself there every Sunday to stuff yourface with good food, mingle with cool looking people and get decked out in awesome  accessories!

Open from 10 am - 3 pm every Sunday. Check out their facebook group for more info.

Corner of Fox Street and Main, Joburg.

From the M1 North click here
From OR Thambo International Airport click here
From Jan Smuts Avenue click here
From Houghton Drive click here

Spring into a Night Market!

Come celebrate the first day of Spring at Jozi's very own Market on Main, Night Market! more food...what's not to like?

Thrift/Antique Store wanderings...

If you're on the lookout for something, dare I say it, *vintage*...head out to Queen Street in Kensington for some bargaining and treasure hunting. I am on the hunt for a working type writer...I don't suppose any of you know where I can pick one up for a reasonable price??

Ye Olde Collector 
Furniture - Art - Collectibles
154 Queen Street, Kensington
011 615 4987

Ye Olde Collector (yes, the same name as above!)
Collectibles - Porcelain - Jewelry - Art
156 Queen Street, Kensington
011 616 3578

**Pata Pata** Joburg's answer to AfroChic

Located in the heart of Joburg's business district is this gem. Pop in for a late afternoon drink with friends, or stay for a bite to eat while you take in the sounds of local jazz bands. Next door is the Bioscope Independent Cinema if you fancy something a little more artsy, and on Sundays don't forget to check out the ultra cool Market On Main.

Monday to Sunday 08:00 - 11:00pm


Main Street Life, 286 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg

Woman's Day 10k run!

This Woman's Day, TotalSports and Shape magazine teamed up to bring us a 5 & 10 k race in Jo'burg, Durban and Stellenbosch. For the past 5 weeks I have been following (well at least as best as I can) Shape's training schedule to get fit and ready to run 10k's. Now, I had a vague idea that the race was at the beginning of August, but this didn't quite register until a week before when I realised I would have to cut my 12 week program down to 5 weeks...eek! Just so you know, before I started with the program, the furthest I could run was to the kitchen to answer the phone and even then I felt like my heart was going to explode. I hated running and always felt so useless whenever I tried. But with the goal of having already registered for a race, the rest just happened :)

I didn't run the whole thing, I walked, a lot, but the point is I finished it and I was not the last person to cross the finish line either. What an exhilarating experience! And, not a bad way to get fighting fit and bikini ready for summer.

 If you are thinking about getting your run on but need a bit of motivation, click here to join hundreds of other women just like you, who, with a little help from Shape, could be the next Comrades winner! :)  Just sign up for their weekly newsletter which is sent to you every friday with the next weeks training schedule. The program is broken down into 3 days of training, with lots of idea's and tips on getting the most out of it. Plus, join their facebook and twitter profiles to connect with other women out there going through exactly the same thing :)

PS the SPAR Women's Challenge is happening on the 27th August at the SuperSport Park in Centurion, Jo'burg with entries open for both a 5k and a 10k race. Go on, your body will <3 you for it. Plus all finishers will receive a medal and a goodie bag...yay! Click here to enter.