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A Night of Fun at the G-Star RAW & FHM Parties


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I went to a couple of fun functions this past week. Two of them were on the same evening; the G-Star RAW launch & the FHM 2014 Calendar launch. G-Star RAW is a Dutch designer clothing company that, founded in 1955 by Oliver Lewis, produces urban clothing. Models for the brand include Liv Tyler, Girls’ Generation &World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen. Both events were great. See FHM South Africa’s Facebook page here. See G-Star RAW’s Facebook page here & and their online shop here. FHM saw a trendy crowd of young models & photographers enjoying the sunset & view of Table Mountain from the outside deck of The Office in Buitengracht street. At the G-Star RAW party I found the exhibition by Daniel Popper entitled “Robots” alongside exclusive denim art objects from G-Star’s Atelier in Amsterdam particularly intriguing. The night was complemented with a combination of live musical performances by AKA featuring DA L.E.S, Nakhane Toure and DJs Binary & Wildbeats. The event was hosted by Vivid Luxury which did a great job in creating what has been dubbed “the party of the summer”. Thank you to both of these hosts for a great evening. See the official G-Star RAW party album here.

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My Life in Africa, South Africa

Mandela’s Legacy For Me


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Tamika Doubell South Africa

 

Anyone who knows me knows I’m proudly South African. Mandela’s passing had a huge effect on me as this country said goodbye to its most cherished soul. I was living in Cape Town at the time & all around me there were Madiba posters & South African flags waving in the streets. One day there was a huge concert to pay tribute to him at the Cape Town Stadium. Madiba has taught me so many lessons. When I think about it, he was the first one who taught me to get involved in my community where I could & work with others to strive for the better.

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5 Ideas for a Great Themed Party


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1 I went to a “Dirt Sexy Money” / Great Gatsby party last week & it was amazing! I thought that I’d gather some great ideas for you if you’re thinking about having a themed party this festive season. Whether you’re looking to get together for an evening filled with glitz & glam, or a relaxed cocktail hour in honour of a special occasion….. Here are some awesome ideas to give your party that creative boost! All you need is a stocked bar, a few fun themes and a little inspiration for a bash where the drinks are second to the scenery.

Great Gatbsy

With the film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby, the Swinging Twenties are making a comeback in everything from fashion to design to event planning. Get into the spirit by throwing an unforgettable party the way only Jay Gatsby would have, with lively music, decadent food and more champagne than your guests know what to do with! Celebrate like they did in the Swinging Twenties with these fabulous ideas.

The Inspiration

Great Gatsby Party Invite
“The Great Gatsby” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire & Carey Mulligan brought in $348.8 million at the Box Office

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The Invite

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The Table

The Treats

MINT JULEP

Greet your guests with a refreshing mint julep, a classic drink from the ‘20s.

4 fresh mint sprigs
2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 tsp powdered sugar
2 tsp water

Muddle mint leaves, powdered sugar, and water in a collins glass. Fill the glass with shaved or crushed ice and add bourbon. Top with more ice and garnish with a mint sprig. Serve with a straw.

MINT JULEP

TIERED CAKES

If you’re opting for a beautiful dessert table or just some munchies during cocktail hour, layer your table with different heights for the biggest impact. This tiered tray not only has a vintage vibe, but it’s the perfect platter to display your petit fours or finger sandwiches.CAKE STANDS GREAT GATSBY PARTY

The Decor

MASON JAR CANDLES

Using mason jars as candleholders was all the rage for garden parties in the 1920s. Line your dining table or hang them from the trees if you’re throwing a stylish outdoor party. Mason Jar Candles Great Gatsby Themed Parties

GAMES

Keep guests entertained during a cocktail hour with a games table set up. From checkers to cards to dominoes, these timeless games will create a lighthearted atmosphere that’s a staple of any Great Gatsby party. Great Gatsby Themed Party Chess Set

seven deadly sins

Take it up a notch with this sexy theme which lends itself to creative food, music, costumes & decor. “The Seven Deadly Sins” are a classification of objectionable vices that have been used since early Christian times.

    • Lust an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body
    • Gluttony the over-indulgence of anything to the point of waste
    • Sloth is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work
    • Envy the desire for others’ traits, status, abilities, or situation
    • Wrath strong vengeful anger or indignation
    • Pride excessive belief in one’s own abilities. Often interpreted as Vanity.
    • Greed an inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs, especially with respect to material wealth

The Inspiration

Seven Deadly Sins Party

Seven Deadly Sins Party

The Invite

Seven Deadly Sins Themes

The Dress

The Food

Theme your food & cocktails using colours to represent the sins.

Red – Lust

One drink I can think of is Sangria (I had a lot of it when I was in Spain!)

SERVES 8:

  • 4 oranges
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 apple, unpeeled, core removed, diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 750ml bottle red wine (see note)
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 750ml bottle soft drink (lemonade, soda water or ginger ale
  1. Thinly slice 1 orange and 1 lemon. Cut each slice into small wedges and place in a large bowl. Add apple, cinnamon and brandy. Stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Juice remaining oranges and lemon. Combine 1 1/2 cups wine, 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, 1 1/2 cups soft drink, 1/4 cup orange juice and 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice in a jug. Add half the apple mixture. Stir to combine. Repeat with remaining ingredients in another jug.
  3. Spoon crushed ice into 8 tall glasses. Pour over sangria. Serve.

SKYYSangria Seven Deadly Sins Party

Purple – Vanity

Green – Envy

Blue – Sloth

Yellow – Greed

Pink – Gluttony

Orange – Wrath

indiana jones party

Get out your adventure instincts with this Indiana Jones Party. Transform your party space into an adventure zone inspired by 4×4 trucks, khaki wear, ropes, maps, treasure & more Indi-inspired decor!

The Inspiration

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The Decor

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The Invite

The Food

mardis gras

If you can’t make it down to New Orleans, host a Mardi Gras themed party. Mardis Gras 2014  is happening on Sunday, March 2nd – Wednesday, March 5th. The official colors are purple, green and gold. Purple represents justice, green stands for faith, and gold signifies power. Give your home a wild, jaw-dropping transformation with a bold, eclectic collection of Mardi Gras decorations to recreate the mood of the South. Drape purple, gold, and green gossamer throughout your party area.

The Inspiration

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The Food

The Invite

The Decor

alice in wonderland

Who could forget the famous novel by Lewis Carroll? Take your guests down the rabbit hole with this creative & original idea for a party. Alternatively, name it the “Madhatter’s Tea Party” and create a world for your guests to explore & get carried away in!

The Inspiration

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The Decor

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The Food

“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”

― Lewis Carroll

Creative Inspiration

Online Streaming as a Means of Connecting Us Globally


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Video Production Editing Cape Town South Africa Tamika Doubell

A lot of my work revolves heavily around video editing & production. In my opinion, videos are the new photos. In 5 years from now, platforms like YouTube & Netflix will be the main broadcasting streams, transcending the boundaries of our local television networks. They’re like television as we know it, but online. YouTube has already introduced the concept of users having “Channels” which are unique to them; styled & designed totally by the user. Everyone can have their own channel, for free, and can upload whatever videos they like to it. Having a channel on YouTube is like having one on TV. For South African readers, imagine all the different channels we get on DSTV. BBC Entertainment, The Discovery Channel, Universal Channel, History Channel, National Geographic Channel Supersport are some of my personal favourites. Now imagine you had your own channel, what would you broadcast? The autonomy is with you. A YouTube channel is your own channel online. The videos you upload are like the episodes which are part of a show or series. In fact, YouTube has enabled you to categorize your videos into the various playlists or ‘shows’ that you offer. This allows users to navigate your channel easily. If you don’t fancy that route, you can of course keep your channel very simple & just have tons of videos uploaded in no real order or category. That’s OK, too. YouTube gives you complete freedom to do whatever you like. Just so you get the idea, here are some really awesome channels I subscribe to on YouTube.

Vice

VICE specializes in exploring uncomfortable truths and going to places we don’t belong. Now, thanks to YouTube, we have compressed two decades of our unique immersive approach to these subjects into delicious bite-size morsels. Herein you will find people talking frankly about their hatred and love for various things, general heresy, the only travel and news documentaries you’ll want to watch, tons of exclusive new stuff, and probably a lot of cats. You’re welcome.

IamOther

Brought to you by Pharrell Williams, i am OTHER is a new channel and cultural movement dedicated to Thinkers, Innovators and Outcasts—in short, OTHERS. Our programs explore the pursuit of individuality, the defiance of expectations, and the arrival of a new class of visionaries. Be OTHER.

ENews

Giuliana Rancic, Terrence J and the rest of the E! News team provide the latest in entertainment, fashion and pop culture news. Whether it’s the hottest celeb scandal, biggest movie premiere, break-up, make-up or just that must-see moment everyone is talking about, E! News is on the case.

NextStop

Next Stop is Your Travel Guide to the Best Destinations Around the World. Please Subscribe, Email & Leave Comments!

Tamika Doubell "Selfie"
“Selfie” was named Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year for 2013

In the USA, “Netflix” is an enormously popular way of watching movies. For a small subscription fee a month, you have access via the internet to almost every movie / series / documentary ever made. For those of you like me, who simply love the art of video & film, you can understand how one could get addicted to this new phenomenon which is rivaling huge TV broadcasting networks like HBO. People want more these days; they want video & film. And they don’t just want them from their local surrounds (that’s great of course), but they want access to the world’s projects. They want to transcend the borders & limits of local channels & networks. They want to skip the whole “video store” middle-man. They want quick access to the hottest videos & films worldwide, and they want it now. With the rise of social media & its huge popularity which extends beyond borders & has become a universal trend over the past few years, it’s made it so much easier to watch videos & movies. With Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Reddit, Tumblr, Google+ and many other apps gaining power as advertising /marketing avenues for every business in every city worldwide, it’s hard to ignore the gradual evolution of social media & the demands from the people these days for more. Things like Instagram have recently introduced video to their app so not only can you add filters to photos & upload them, but you can add filters to videos & upload them as well. A new video sharing app called Keek is also exploding with popularity in the US. It started in Canada & is now spreading rapidly across the world, with 58 million users worldwide. Obviously we can thank stars like the Kardashians for spreading awareness of it and boosting its popularity! The benefits of these platforms are simple; to reach hundreds, thousands, even millions of people at the click of a button from your home PC or mobile phone. People don’t just want to see you. They want to know you…..hear you. And they want that instantly & on-the-go. We’re building communities, sharing opinions, exchanging experiences & connecting over shared interests. What’s more is, we’re building doing it into our 9-5 lives!

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South African In: Lisbon


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South African In: Lisbon

Lisbon was one of the most magical, enchanting places I’ve been to. It’s one of the oldest cities in the world. It’s definitely one of the oldest cities in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by hundreds of years. They love their sardines… and I was explicitly told by a local that I wouldn’t truly experience Lisbon if I didn’t experience their char-grilled sardines (with lemon and sea salt).

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Beauty tips


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Tamika Doubell

I must admit, I’m a fan of Estee Lauder. I use their products for everything. Everyone may use different products, but there are certain tips that are the same for every girl when applying make-up. Here are the things every girl should know when glamming up:

  • Always wash your face and hands before you apply make-up. If you have oily or sensitive skin, do not exfoliate else you will spread bacteria around your face. Apply toner and a light moisturizer afterwards, avoiding the eye area
  • Always use a new towel when drying your face.
  • If your moisturizer has SPF in it, be aware this is not good for flash photography. If going to an evening event, rather not use a foundation with SPF in.
  • Apply concealer to the spots on your face that are redder than others – corners of your eyes, around the nose, under your eyes.
  • Apply powder all over the face using a nice powder brush. Dust it off with a paper towel afterwards to get rid of the excess powder and lightly brush across the whole face again. Use a bronzer on your forehead, cheeks and chin for the sun-kissed look.
  • Highlight your brow bone (just below the brow) and to the highest part of your cheek with a light powder or eye shadow.
  • Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks.

  • Line the eyes with black eyeliner. I always apply liner on my upper lids. 
  • When it comes to eye shadows, remember that the light colours are for the lids and the dark colours are for the crease on the lid. The lightest colour on your palette is for just under the brow bone. Use the larger eyeshadow brush to blend all the colours.
  • When applying mascara, I always make the mistake of pumping the brush in and out of the mascara. Apparently this is terrible to do as it causes air pockets. Rather dip the brush lightly once and remember to wipe off the excess on a tissue when you done. Do two coats, starting from the inner part and working your way out.

  • When applying your lipstick, always start by applying a lip balm, primer or sealer. This will help your lipstick last longer. 
  • Make sure that your lips do not look chapped or cracked before you put on lipstick. If your lips are chapped, lightly brush off the dead skin cells with a toothbrush or towel.
  • I don’t use lip liner, but if you do be sure to choose a colour that matches your lipstick.
  • Try apply your lipstick with a brush so it can spread evenly. Blot your lips with tissue to make the lipstick last longer. Use gloss for a shiny or glittery look.
  • If applying both lip color and eye makeup, emphasize one, or the other, never both.

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  • Make sure you use makeup and mascara remover before going to sleep. It’s very bad for your skin to sleep with it on. I’m terrible at doing this, but I’m trying to be better at taking make-up off before bed! Be sure to wash your face after, apparently that gets off all the rest of the foundation and powder. I actually always just use Johnson’s face wipes – works perfectly for me.
  • Avoid applying make-up too often , it will block your pores causing blemishes and pimples.
  • Clean your makeup brushes at least once a month with a makeup brush cleaner. Also, try not to share brushes.

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Planning the Perfect Kids Party: Top Tips and Advice


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It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, you’ll always be faced with a children’s party or two. As they head towards school age, the number of parties that they’ll be invited to will increase massively and, while you won’t be able to make all of them, it’s good practice to ensure your child can attend the parties of their close schoolmates to build on their friendships further.

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Lucky Charms


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The All Important Birthday

I’ve recently been invited to a 21st birthday celebration. I always get excited for occasions because it’s a reason to spoil your loved one and show them how much you care. Of course, the quest to find the perfect gift for my friend has begun and I’ve just struck gold with a fabulous idea!

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