Dove Purely Pampering

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I recently received a press pack from Dove, announcing the launch of their new Purely Pampering Shea Butter with Warm Vanilla range. I opened the lotion and body wash immediately, and fell in love with the sweet vanilla scent.

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The body wash is creamy and rich, and you can feel it moisturizing your skin while cleansing it nicely too. I love that the creamy feeling doesn’t just wash away once you start rinsing off. Some body washes make your skin feel soft and moisturized, but only until you rinse it off, know what I mean? I stood under the water in the shower for quite a while after using this body wash, but it didn’t feel like my skin had dried out.

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The lotion is light, and absorbed quickly into my skin. The delicious scent lingers long after you apply it. I may not use it often when winter really sets in, as I prefer a thicker lotion then, but it’s perfect the rest of the time.

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The beauty bar is gentle on the skin, and also smells lovely. Personally I’m not a huge fan of using a beauty bar/soap on my face, so after giving it a try once, I’ve been using it as a body soap.

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With it’s comforting, yummy fragrance, and rich nourishment for your skin, Dove’s new range is purely pampering perfection.

The lotion is already available in stores, so you can get your own and try it too. The body wash and beauty bar will be available from 30 April.

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My First Giveaway | Rain Africa

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I hope you’re all having a fabulous Friday. I thought I’d make it even better by announcing High Heels And Fairytales’ first ever giveaway! Yay!! :D

I’m super excited that the prize for my first giveaway is from the awesome Rain Africa. Their products are lovingly handmade from the finest natural ingredients. I was introduced to Rain last year, and I adore all that I’ve tried so far. The Aloe & Avocado foam bath and lotion are 2 of my bath time faves.

And now I get to treat a lucky reader to 2 gorgeous Rain Africa products – the Aloe & Avocado Foam Bath, and the Avo soap (seriously, how cute is this soap?)

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To enter, follow these simple steps:

• Follow/Subscribe to the blog (if you haven’t already)
• Follow me on Instagram and Twitter
• Like my Facebook page
• Leave a comment here, letting me know you’ve done all this

All the best! :)

This giveaway is open to South African residents only. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, 9 April 2014.

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Vintage, with Love

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It’s almost that time of year again, time for the fabulous Vintage, with Love sale!

Vintage, with Love is a dream come true for a group of fashion-loving Joburg ladies (Jacquie Myburgh Chemaly, Leigh Ord and Glynis Hyslop), whose idea it was to raise money for literacy in our country by selling once loved stylish clothes. Last year’s event was such a great success and more than R750 000 was raised for literacy charities in South Africa.

“This year we’re planning an even bigger and better event with two sales happening concurrently in Jozi and Cape Town”, says Jacquie Myburgh Chemaly.

Held in association with the forum company, the go-to company for upmarket and stylish events, weddings and conferencing, Vintage, with Love will be a two-day sale of the finest quality vintage garments, including designer and high street fashion, at unbelievable prices.

“We’re excited to be hosting Vintage, with Love once again this year with the inclusion of our new Cape Town venue”, says Managing Director of the forum company, Glynis Hyslop. “Last year was such a success and we look forward getting more people involved in this great cause.”

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Vintage, with Love Johannesburg will once again take place in the elegant Triple Volume space at the forum company I the Campus on Main Road, Bryanston. With its timeless modern design, the impressive Triple Volume Foyer serves as the perfect blank canvas for an excellent day of shopping.

Vintage, with Love Cape Town will be held in the city’s newest exclusive venue, the forum company | embassy hill, on Southern Cross Drive, Constantia. Once the official residence of the Netherlands ambassador, the forum company | embassy hill has been lovingly refurbished, offering a combination of colonial charm, lush gardens and breath-taking views.

But before all of the fabulous vintage shopping can begin, Vintage, with Love needs your help! Ladies, designers and boutiques are invited to donate their once loved pieces of gently worn fashion or pieces that they have never even worn at all. Whether it’s Country Road or Christian Dior, a dress or a pair of sunnies, pop them in a Vintage, with Love bag for a great cause.

So often we wish to do our part for charity but aren’t sure where to begin. Vintage, with Love is a platform for women everywhere to be a part of a project to raise money for reputed literacy programmes – by simply clearing out their wardrobes.

“This is the perfect opportunity for the ladies of Jozi and Cape Town to do a bit of wardrobe spring cleaning and donate any beautiful items they no longer wear,” says Leigh Ord. “The idea is for them to donate and then visit the sale to buy the little black dress or gorgeous handbag they have been dreaming of, at a fraction of the price. What could be better than bargain shopping while giving to charity at the same time?”

Join Vintage, with Love for a shopping extravaganza this winter and be part of something greater. After all, literacy is freedom.

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Drop off points

Hyde Park Corner have come on board as a partner and have given Vinatge, With Love office space for all our sorting and marking as well as two pop up shops outside Woolworths as drop off points. Pop by with your donations and you might get a sneak peak of the gems that will be on sale at Vintage, With Love.

Johannesburg:

· Callaghan Collezione, Hyde Park Corner

· Studio 8, Hyde Park Corner

· Lalalux, 6th St, Parkhurst

Cape Town:

· Callaghan Collezione, Cavendish

· Studio 8, Claremont

· Hoity Toity, Oranjezicht

· Desrays, Willowbridge Centre

· Mullers Optometrists (Cavendish, Claremont and Constantia)

· Topaz Constantia Centre

Diarise the date:

Date: Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June 2014

Times: Saturday 10 – 4 pm, Sunday 10 to 1pm

Venues:

· Johannesburg: the forum company I the campus, Main Road, Bryanston

· Cape Town: the forum company| embassy hill, Southern Cross Drive, Constantia

Tickets will be available from http://www.webtickets.co.za and at the door

If you would like to help or need to contact the Vintage with Love team, call them on
079-521-9090, email them on info@vintagewithlove.co.za or send them a message on facebook.

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What their fans have to say:

Dion Chang, trends analyst from Flux Trends: “The vintage clothing movement has evolved from fashion’s fringe into a mainstream trend: an unexpected convergence of a deep recession and a more mindful approach to disposable fast fashion. The fact that the first Vintage with Love sale was such a resounding success, points to a very different consumer mind set in South Africa, which proves that we don’t operate behind the trend curve.”

Sharon Preston, Editor of Prestige magazine: “I am so looking forward to Vintage with Love 2014. Last year, at the sale at The Forum in Bryanston I picked up so many beautiful gently worn items that are now an integral part of my wardrobe. To me, it was the highlight of my shopping finds for the year – and at incredible bargain prices. I can’t wait to find some more exquisite pieces to add to my collection. Of course, the most important part of Vintage with Love is the fact that while people like myself can pick up some beautiful items of clothing, every cent that we spend goes to a good cause. Bring on Vintage with Love 2014!”

Ashley Hayden, media personality: “I was blown away by the fact that the Vintage with Love team managed to raise R750 000 over a weekend of frock shopping! And the best of all is that the money all goes to a good cause. Roll on Vintage 2014 – the best news of all is that you’re doing it again.”

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Soapbox Kids Launch

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I absolutely had to do this post, because I know Zee (little fashionista) wouldn’t forgive me if I didn’t. :)

Soapbox is a high end range of flamboyant hand crafted occasion dresses for babies, toddlers and little girls available exclusively for online purchase. The intricate beading and whimsical detail on each dress is enough to make any little girl feel like an absolute princess whether it’s for an event, or simply for dress up.

Talented designer of Soapbox, Kristin Masters’ absolute passion for beautiful fabrics, unique textures and creating something with her very own hands was the inspiration behind this unique brand and her ideas for the range are endless.

Soapbox dresses are bespoke, exclusive, hand crafted, original and flamboyant, just like the little people they design them for.

This collection of dresses and skirts have been designed for little girls ranging between 3 months and 7 years of age and range between R 280.00 to R 1500.00 in price.

The Soapbox range will be updated twice a year with a new seasonal range (Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter) and customers can also look forward to special day additions.

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The Soapbox Journey

At the tender age of eight, Kristin Masters set her sights on becoming a clothing designer, never dreaming that one day she would create dresses that her eight-year-old self would fall head over heels in love with.

Designing dresses wasn’t always part of the plan, it all started with a contemporary ready-to-wear range but soon loyal clients began pleading with Kristin to design their wedding dresses. This is how Garnish Couture, home of bespoke handcrafted wedding gowns, came to be.

After becoming a mom herself, it was a natural progression for Kristin to begin designing this unique range of occasion dresses for young girls.

Kristin created the Soapbox range as a way for little girls with fashion conscious moms to allow their imaginations and personalities to come alive through the clothes they wear.

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Why the name Soapbox?

Someone who addresses their views with any amount of passion is said to be standing on their soapbox. Soapbox is a brand that gives your child a platform on which to express her unique personality and identity.

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Find Soapbox here ~ http://www.soapboxkids.co.za https://www.facebook.com/mysoapboxkids

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2 Little Blackcherry Bags

I love big bags, which is why you’ll find me carrying one around most days. They look great, and also have enough room for EVERYTHING I own! :D

When we went on holiday in December though, I needed a bag that was small and light. We were traveling with a 4 year old, who I’d sometimes be carrying. Also, in SA, I hardly ever walk anywhere, but in Europe, we’d be walking all the time. And with a week in Disneyland, we’d be hopping on and off rides. A big bag would just get in the way, so I settled on these 2 little ones from Blackcherry ~

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Both bags worked perfectly. It was super convenient for me to carry them everywhere, and everything I needed fit nicely. Both have straps long enough to wear them cross body, which is great when you’re walking so much. Oh, and they’re totally cute too. :)

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The neon trim one was my first Blackcherry purchase. I got it from http://www.spree.co.za and I was really impressed when it arrived, and was bigger than I’d thought.

I bought the blue laser-cut clutch later from http://www.style36.co.za at an absolute steal! I saw an email about their Cyber Monday sale, and of course I had to check out which Blackcherry bags were marked down! You can imagine my excitement when I managed to grab the laser-cut and an oversized clutch, before they sold out, for under R300!

The gorgeous oversized clutch from style36

The gorgeous oversized clutch from style36

I’m so happy I was introduced to the Blackcherry brand last year. They have fabulous styles, and the prices aren’t bad either. And what’s really awesome is that it’s local, founded in Cape Town in 2006.

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This big cream bag is still my favourite, but I’ve seen a few new lovelies on Style36 which I wouldn’t mind adding to my little collection.

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Grammys 2014 – The Good, The Fab & The Downright Confusing

Katy Perry

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I wasn’t crazy about her hair, but she looked like a princess in that Valentino dress. I love how it’s so soft and sheer, and the music notes were cool for the Grammys.

Ciara

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Ciara’s baby bump is still small enough for her to pull off this dress beautifully. I love the colour on her!

Taylor Swift

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Unfortunately, Taylor’s amazing dress didn’t photograph as great as it looked on TV. She looked so good, you could almost forget the hectic head banging that took place during her performance.

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Almost.

Rita Ora

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Another dress that may not have photographed all that well, but looked really pretty on TV. Also she’s so cute, and she had really fun nails and wore lots of bling!

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John Legend & Chrissy Teigan

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Best dressed couple at the Grammys!

It wasn’t all good though…

Madonna

A grill? Really?

A grill? Really?

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The only thing cute about Madonna was her date, her son David. Fun note: He’s only a few years younger than the guys she dates.

Sarah Bareilles

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Ugly dress. Ugly shoes. How does one’s stylist allow one to leave the house like this?

Kaya Jones (formerly from the Pussycat Dolls)

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No! Just, NO!!!

Pharrell

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Pharrell is seriously cool, and brilliant too, but that hat… Oh my, that hat.

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Even Beyoncé, who was running late and had to go on stage in her underwear and just washed hair, couldn’t hide her shock/confusion at the sight of that hat!

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Suite 259, Amsterdam

Our holiday began in the most delightful way, with a stay at Suite 259 in Amsterdam. Hubby usually leaves accommodation to me, but he booked this one. I confess, I wasn’t too thrilled at the thought of a bed and breakfast, as I’m more of a hotel person. All that changed when we arrived though. Well, maybe four or five minutes after.

Outside our home for the week.

Outside our home for the week.

We were greeted at the door by Aziz, the owner of Suite 259. He’s an elderly gentleman, but that didn’t stop him from helping hubby lug our heavy bags up the stairs to our room.

Oh those stairs. When we walked in, and I saw that long, narrow staircase in front of me, I was horrified.

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The thing is, I’m a faller. Faller {noun}: A person who even when walking on perfectly flat ground, is totally capable of tripping and falling, bruising one’s knees or bum, and ego.

Nervously I made my way up the stairs to the Safari Suite. It was spacious and clean, and there were vases with roses outside our door, inside the room, and next to the bathtub. I felt better immediately. Aziz showed us around, and pointed out a gift for Zee – a cute little teddy bear, waiting on her bed (by the time we left, she received three more).

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Oh you know, just posing by the window.

Oh you know, just posing by the window.

Apart from the many drinks in the fridge, there were also chocolates, fresh fruit, a bottle of red wine, a box of Dutch bread, and even a special welcome cake for us. I love cake. :)

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The king bed was comfortable, and the pillows were perfect. Slippers were provided, and instead of the usual bathrobes, there were cool kimono type robes. I liked that there were tubs of cotton pads and earbuds in the bathroom, as people often forget these little things.

Everyday at breakfast, we had freshly squeezed orange juice, fruit salad, and the yummiest little pancakes dusted with castor sugar and drizzled with syrup. Zee wasn’t crazy about the orange juice, as it was too sour for her, but she loved the fruits, cheese, and pancakes.

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Our two favourite breakfasts were the Dutch pea soup, and dhallcha with paratha. The pea soup has spicy sausage in it, and is one of the best soups I’ve tasted (it’s a tie with the goulash we tried in Germany and there in Amsterdam).

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The dhallcha was perfection. The flavours reminded me of home and my parents’ cooking. Aziz bought the paratha – I’m no culinary goddess, so I’m not complaining. I was just happy to be treated to such scrumptiousness so far from home.

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Oh, did I mention that breakfast is prepared by Aziz? Originally from Singapore, he gives you a choice between the usual breakfast (eggs etc) and tropical breakfasts from Singapore and Malaysia, such as the dhallcha.

Aziz was truly the most incredible host! He’s so friendly and helpful, and it was actually sad to say goodbye.

Suite 259 is situated on Overtoom, the longest road in Amsterdam. It’s a ten minute walk into the city centre. There’s also a tram stop across the road. This perfect location, combined with the brilliant service you receive during your stay make it a must visit if ever you’re in Amsterdam. I know that if we’re there again, there’s nowhere else we’d rather stay.