Crush Magazine issues 44 & 45

I missed last month’s issue so just drooled over it and the latest issue too – was quite a feast!
Crush Magazine is most definitely SA’s best online food publication by far and the quality just gets better and better – amazing food photography and great articles covering all that our great country has to offer any kind of foodie out there.

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Click to read issue 44 here
and issue 45 here

The PICHULIK spring/summer 2015 collection

” If the PICHULIK brand was a person she would have a wicked sense of humour ,  a strong yet inspired presence. Kind, wise eyes that speak of many journeys through exotic lands. She would smell the way jasmine smells in Johannesburg at the end of winter -promising spring. She would taste of pomegranates from Granada and rose syrup from Morrocco.”

When this is the descriptor of a brand on a website, how can you not just fall in love with everything it embodies!?
I smiled wickedly whilst reading this description of the beautiful PICHULIK handmade jewellery which has just launched its Baraka spring/summer 2015 collection.

Beautiful tribal-feel pieces in such brilliant colors and shapes – perfect for our african summer.
The PICHULIK spring/summer 2015 collection is available online – click here.


Santa Shoebox Project Christmas gifting campaign at Canal Walk

Very cool initiative from Good Hope FM, Canal Walk and InHouse Brand Architects to support the annual Santa Shoebox Project – ‘The Little Elves’ pop-up shop where you can shop, pack and wrap your shoebox for the 2014 project. It will stock everything required to fill a festive shoebox for girls and boys aged 3 – 7 to be delivered to children across the Western Cape in time for Christmas. You will find the pop-up shop in the Centre Court of Canal Walk Shopping Centre from Friday 3rd to Sunday 26th October, open daily from 10am to 7pm. ‘The Little Elves’ pop-up shop was designed by InHouse Brand Architects, to cater for casual shoppers and existing Santa Shoebox pledgers & offers the convenience of shopping for all the items on the predetermined shopping list, within a dedicated space.  The standard shopping list ensures that each child receives a toothbrush and toothpaste, soap and washcloth, a toy, sweets, an outfit of clothing and an educational item. The Good Hope FM pop-up shop supported by Pick n Pay will cater for anyone who has already pledged as a donor with the organisation and also encourages new shoebox pledges – on site registration and pledging allows shoppers to support the initiative easily and quickly.  Anyone who is not already registered to pledge a shoebox is encouraged to visit the pop-up shop, even if just to buy one or two items or add towards an box. Go support this great initiative!!!

Grant’s Whisky & I See A Different You

There’s an exclusive exhibition this week on 22nd & 23rd October at 39 Station Drive, Durban, hosted by Grant’s Whisky. They’ve collaborated with a creative photography trio from Soweto – I See A Different You, which was founded by Vuyo Mpanthsa, Innocent Mukheli and his twin brother Justice as a photo blog, which combined their love for fashion, art and photography and has since evolved into a platform to change the way people perceive township life by creating stylized, startling visuals of ordinary people in ordinary settings.

The partnership with Grant’s sees the young creatives embark on a nationwide journey portraying everyday South African’s who have stood by one another to achieve shared success, all seen through their camera lens. Featured in the exhibition will be a number of influential collectives from Durban, such as Surf Out, an initiative from who make a difference in the community through their surfing programs.

Venue: 39 Station Drive
Time: 19:00
Date: 23 October
Twitter: @GrantsWhiskySA

Catalisa online jewellery store

I’ve admitted before that online shopping is one of my vices – I love being able to browse for what I want online in the comfort of my home and compare prices and stores and colours – so every time I find another store or new kind of offering online, I’m intrigued.
This time it’s an online jewellery store called Catalisa.

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Cath Kegel & Liz Souchon are the team behind Catalisa which they started in 2007, with the goal creating a unique range of high quality, yet affordable jewellery.

They create bespoke diamond and gemstone jewellery, including a selection of silver complimented by various gemstones, as well as brass, leather jewellery and the more contemporary stainless steel. They are able to source top quality diamonds, then design and make exquisite rings at a fraction of the retail price.

Now they’ve branched out online and their pieces are beautifully showcased in their online store where you can browse, pay and order safely & securely and also choose to have your purchases gift wrapped and personalised with a message if you are buying as a gift for someone special.

I particularly like the On-the-Go range which includes bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings and a mixture of metals, gemstones and leather. The range can easily be mixed and matched with your existing wardrobe – these bracelet combos are my favorite, especially the black and rose gold colourways:

They offer a consultation service too, so for anyone wanting a one on one session to chat about particular needs or specific designs, get hold of them on email or give them a call:

082 491 3222

083 458 6680

Visit their website for more products and prices.

Dresdner Essenz – Wellness & Kids Natural Bath Products – Giveaway!

I am such a sucker for cool packaging, so when I got a glimpse of these products by Dresdner Essenz which are being imported from Germany by a friend of mine, I was so keen to try them out. There’s a super funky kid’s range – dirty birdie – as well as an adult’s range – Wellness – so the whole family is catered for. And the lack of cool kids bath products in SA means that this range will be such a hit – the kids in my house actually asked for it come bath time!

So what makes these products unique?

Well, they can really make the claim that they are organic and natural – they’ve been certified by the International BDIH.

The dirty birdie range for kids is 100% organic and the Wellness range is 100% natural.
They are great for skin allergies and are non-allergenic.
What is healthy can also be fun – and as you can see from the packaging – kids will love the fun and cheerful designs!
The Wellness range makes pampering a real treat.

So where can you buy these gorgeous products?
Orders can be placed through the Facebook page or phone Lissa on 072 194 0290

KZN stockists include:
Umhanga Super Spar (Buxtons)
Kids Emporium in Gateway – 082 322 9641
Soul Surrender in Ballito
Lilac Crane in Nottingham Road

and online and in Cape Town through Wellness Warehouse

I have an awesome hamper of product to the value of R1000 to give away!
It will be a mix of the kid’s dirty birdie products and the Wellness range.

Like and share the Dresdner Essenz South Africa Facebook page to win.
The more you share, the more chances you have of winning.
For extra entries you can tweet ‘I want to win a Dresdner Essenz hamper worth R1000 from @askashe
Competition starts on Wednesday 15th October and ends on Saturday 15th November 2014.
The winner will be announced in the first week of November and will be notified via facebook, so please keep a look out on your page.
This competition is in no way endorsed or sponsored by facebook.
The prize will be couriered to the winner by Dresdner Essenz.
Open to South African entrants only.