Coveting

The team at Zana caught my eye a while ago with their crosses fabric which I’ve got my eye on to cover a chair, but their product range has expanded to include some beaut tote bags, sling bags, pouches & purses, ceramics and flag banners, as well as their signature cushions and fabric by the metre. Their designs and colourways are spot on trend and they’re making some big waves on the decor scene.
I’m totally smitten with the purses shown in the pic below, but do visit their website to see what takes your fancy!

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Superbalist now offers free shipping

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They’ve grown in leaps and bounds since launching and to celebrate reaching the milestone of a million members, Superbalist now offer free shipping and returns!

There is no minimum order amount and shipping will come straight to your door!

What are you waiting for?
Click here to shop Superbalist online

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The Oyster Box in October

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We are celebrating our anniversary here soon – cannot wait!!!
If you have a special event to plan or just feel like popping into The Oyster Box, here’s the low down of what’s on there during the month of October 2014:

PINK HIGH TEA
Throughout the month of October, the renowned High Tea will be themed  in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
R10 per person attending High Tea in October, will be donated to CANSA.
Daily in October between 2:30pm and 5pm, cost per person is R195.00

Lunch Theatre:
SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
Meryl Kurz  & Pig ‘n Whistle Productions present ‘Spice Up Your Life’ – an afternoon of music and entertainment with a bit of everything from Dirty Dancing, Forever Young and We will Rock You.
Enjoy an afternoon of fun and entertainment & support the Pink Phoenix Foundation for childhood cancer at the same time – a percentage of the ticket price goes to the charity.
Date: 5 October in The Pearl Room, cost is R300 per person

SKABENGA’s BIRTHDAY PARTY
One of the highlights on the Oyster Box’s social calendar –  join in to celebrate the birthday of the resident celebrity cat – suitable for kids, parents & grandparents.
Date: 7 October in The Pearl Room, between 9am and 12pm, R200 per adult; R150 per child

CURRY & COMEDY with Aaron McIlroy
An evening for adults with one of SA’s most popular entertainers.
The evening includes a starter platter of Indian snacks, the Curry Buffet, Bea’s Cheesecake and the show
Date:  8 October between 7pm and 10:30pm in The Pearl Room, cost is R 350 per person

BREAKFAST with Tony Leon
Former DA leader and ambassador, Tony Leon remains one of South Africa’s most prolific political commentators.
This is your opportunity to get up close and personal with the man behind the persona.
Date:  9 October at 8:30am in The Pearl Room, cost is R290 per person (plated breakfast)

THE SPA AT THE OYSTER BOX BIRTHDAY MONTH!
The Spa at The Oyster Box is celebrating its birthday in October –  you get the presents! 

B – Harmonised package  (60 min)
A treatment designed to remove stress from the back, feet and scalp to once again align your mind and body in harmony.
This unique massage incorporates meditation breathing, targeting he main areas of the body that hold stress and works to release and relax body and mind.
Special package for the month of October – cost is R715 per person.
All treatments booked include use of the plunge pool, tranquility lounge, and spa snack buffet lounge.

Elemis Event  
Date: 29 October between 8:30am and 10:30am – contact the Spa Manager to book

Review: Fry’s Vegetarian Foods

I was recently invited to a Fry Group Foods event hosted at Harvey’s Restaurant in Umhlanga.

Let me start off by saying I am not a vegetarian. No where near it.
I probably will never be a vegetarian, but over the last few years I have become increasingly aware of where my food comes from and how it gets on to my plate. Yes the whole organic, free range, “these little chickens run around all day smiling before we kill them” bandwagon, that every major retailer has jumped on.

So I went to the event with an open mind and was surprised – actually I was very pleasantly surprised.

Chef Andrew Draper of Harvey’s and Chef Nizam Peeroo – Group Executive chef from the Five Star Indigo hotels group in Mauritius – created an array of restaurant-style vegetarian dishes that actually tasted nothing like you would imagine a ‘vegetarian’ meal to taste – there wasn’t a veg platter of butternut and spinach in sight!

Instead we were served bite sized portions of an array of canapés all cooked with Fry’s products – there was a delicious Moroccan chicken-style burger, served on butternut puree with chermoula & spiced dukkah; spicy sausages with toasted cumin seeds and coriander; crispy meat-free prawns served in a thai curry sauce with sticky coconut rice; a spicy ‘beef’ wellington and a frothy, cappuccino-style spicy split pea soup served with a skewered sausage and more…

So why make vegetarian dishes that taste like meat?
Well, the Fry Group of Foods was established by the Fry’s Family in 1991 in South Africa as a way to develop protein alternatives for a vegetarian diet – a satisfying meal full of flavour, but without any meat.

21 years later and the company is still family run and the business is driven by a passion to create delicious and cruelty-free food, that has minimal impact on the environment. They operate with the ethos of principles over profits and export their products to over 23 countries around the world.

SO, whilst I can still say that I will probably never be a full vegetarian, I can safely say that I have already started integrating some of the Fry’s products into my diet (the crispy ‘prawns’ are insanely good!).
The products I’ve tried not only taste great, but if I’m going to do my bit for the environment, for the welfare of animals and if only initially on ‘meat-free Monday’s’, then the Fry’s products are a really good, tasty source of protein that leave you feeling satisfied after your meal.

Might take me a bit longer to convince my boyfriend, but I’m going to trick him one night – let’s see if he can tell the difference! ;)

Follow Fry’s Family Food on Facebook and on Twitter: @FrysFamily

Liddy & Co

I’ve met the nicest people through social media over the years and Ingrid is one of them. She lives in Cape Town with her gorgeous family and always posts the most magical summery images of coastal life there and on her holidays to sunny places – jealous yes!

Not content to just live a summery life (her surname is Summers!!!), she’s decided to make a business out of it too and has started Liddy & Co – an online store selling items that make you feel like you just want to live your life as if it were an all year beach holiday!

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Beautiful clothing and accessories are all handmade and designed for a casual lifestyle and no more than 18 – 20 units of each design and colour are produced, so you can be assured of a high level of exclusivity. Ingrid also stocks some decor items like this beautiful fish catcher basket which has been transformed into an amazing light fitting!

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There are 2 clothing ranges – the Essentials range of casual basics, as well as the new Indigo Island range shown above and then a few gorgeous home decor accessories as well – I’ve got my eye on the indigo placemats!

You can view all the Liddy & Co ranges on the website and shop online for them too.