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Hello, May!


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May is one of my favourite months. Last year this time I was getting home from London where I had just done Top Model UK. Here in South Africa, May is the last month of the Autumn season and things are headed for Winter so it’s getting chilly. Good thing I’ll be in New York when it’s the height of Winter here! For May I decided some of my goals this month would revolve around spring cleaning.. this is going to be a month of organizing and cleaning out! Here are some of the things I’m going to do:

1. Clean out all my old stuff and give to charity. This includes my old books, textbooks, sport stuff, ornaments and clothes.  I just realized I am keeping a lot of my old things and it’s piling up. I am doing a huge clean out this month and I have three charities in mind who I would like to drop my boxes off with. I will keep you posted!

2. Read a book. I have started an incredibly-written novel by Julian Fellowes called ‘Past Imperfect’. I love reading but the trouble is sometimes life runs away with me and I never finish things I start reading. This one I’m determined to complete!

3. Finish another blog I’m creating. I’m working on a new project and I’m going to work extra hard to get it done before the end of the month. Very exciting stuff, watch this space!

Any fun things happening for you this month?

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Simon’s In Constantia


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I like eating food at nice places with good service, a great wine list and a cosy atmosphere. I recently went to a restaurant here in Cape Town called “Simon’s”. It’s situated at a beautiful wine farm called “Groot Constantiaand during the day, the views of the vineyards are heavenly. My mom and I ordered a steak with cooked veggies and our friend ordered the duck. Together we shared a bottle of Merlot and it was the perfect evening. The food there is very good and I can highly recommend it! For dessert we had a cheeseboard. I must say, it’s my new all-time favourite. It got me thinking about some of the best places I’ve been for dinner here in Cape Town, South Africa. If you live here, here’s a list of places I would recommend (I also include some coffee places that offer light lunches because we all love a good coffee and it’s nice to try somewhere new): 

For Dinner

1. The Brass Bell along the Main Road in Kalk Bay

2. Top of The Ritz Revolving Restaurant  at The Ritz Hotel along the Main Road in Seapoint

3. Aubergine at 39 Barnet Street in Gardens

4. Duchess of Wisbeach at 3 Wisbeach Road in Seapoint

5. Carne at 70 Keerom Street in the City Centre

For light lunch and coffee

1. Jason Bakery at 185 Bree Street in the City Centre

2. Birds Cafe at 127 Church Street in the City Centre

3. Clarke’s at 133 Bree Street in the City Centre

4. Cafe Nood at The Quadrant Square, Wilderness Road in Claremont

5. O’ways Tea Cafe at 20 Dreyer Street  in Claremont

How about you? What’s your favourite thing to order when you eat out? Leave a comment below or tweet me at @TamikaScripps. 

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Switch On Your Spiritual Self


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Meet Siphokazi Mata. She’s an entrepreneur in Grahamstown and runs a beauty salon called Ubuhle.

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Hi Everyone, I’m Siphokazi! Originally I come from Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, but since 2007 I have created a home in Grahamstown where I do business, study and spend most of my week. My interests include the field of study I have chosen – politics, philosophy and economics- all centred around the idea of humanity and women empowerment! I also have what Xhosa people would call ‘inyawo lemfene’ (a monkey’s foot), the strong urge to be on the road. I travel as often and as far as I can! Well, in fact, I enjoy spending time out of the house interacting with people and all things beautiful. In my spare time I design garments for fuller figured beauts and am intending on soon launching my own label. I am the daughter of a single parent mom and she is the inspiration behind all I do because she has groomed me into the strong willed woman that I am,  fulfilling my purpose and knowing which direction and path are mine to follow.
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I’m touched by the idea that when we do things that are useful and helpful- collecting these shards of spirituality-that we may be helping to bring about a healing.

– Leonard Nimoy

To speak of spirituality is not to express a complex concept described by a foreign language and words that are beyond anyone’s grasp and understanding. It is not to formulate a philosophical argument and create a debate! It is, rather, to tap into the well of one’s own experience and to look into a place which is deep within oneself to make sense of life. To live as a spiritual being, understanding spirituality’s essence to one’s self, we ought to understand the creator of one. We should constantly remember that the life we live was bestowed upon us by a greater being that had an intention for us. Nothing that happens to us is by chance and luck. Therefore nothing we do should be based on the two, either. God has a purpose for each individual whom he created according to his image and no two have the same destiny. It is for that reason that we carry an attached value to who we are. Switching on our spiritual self affords us the opportunity to experience and appreciate that value fully. Living life with the remembrance of the greatness passed down to us by grace and love means we, too, push towards living a full and ‘greatness-filled’ life where there is a deep rooting rather than a shallow ‘go with the flow’ attitude through life. As Newton would suggest, every action has a reaction. This means that there is a lot to be encountered and dealt with along the way, including that force which causes destruction and distraction to the purpose. There can sometimes be a derailing of the path and a change of direction. Switching on’ therefore arms, guides, protects and heals the wounds as we collect the shards of life experiences and walk to our destiny. Everything happens for a reason. And everyone’s destiny is as unique to them as their own fingerprint.  Let arming yourself with the knowledge that there is a higher power guiding your life, protecting you and moving you towards what is ultimately for your greater good, give you peace. Don’t be scared to go into battle with the world this year! Be an adventurer, be daring and live outside your comfort zone! Take bold steps and don’t be afraid to take risks. You may get ‘de-railed’ at times along the way, but you can take on anything with a bigger greatness within you than anything man-made outside of you. Take moments to spend on your own to meditate and to pray. When you do this you will find a clearer direction of what your creator wants of you; needs of you. Let that guidance then give you the positive motivation and inspiration to move forward and be fearless! To ultimately make a difference.

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The Hugo Boss Party 2012


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The HUGO BOSS party went down in a gorgeous venue called “The Lookout” at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront last week. I attended it with my brother and was super impressed with what greeted me.

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HUGO BOSS

Here is more about the event, taken from the Little Black Book PR & Events Facebook Page:

On the evening of December 13, HUGO BOSS presented the BOSS Mens- and Womenswear Collections for Spring 2013 at “The Lookout” in Cape Town.
Around 600 guests – including local VIPs, media representatives, customers and business partners – had been invited to spend an unforgettable evening discovering the world of BOSS in this exclusive and relaxed atmosphere. With its clean, distilled design, the location – which simultaneously afforded a beautiful view of the Table Mountain and the ocean with the HUGO BOSS Hospitality Boat – was the perfect fit for the sophisticated BOSS looks.
The event also featured a special live performance by the acclaimed South African band “Mi Casa”. The skipper Alex Thomson, sponsored by HUGO BOSS, who is currently taking part in the Vendée Globe round-the-world race in the HUGO BOSS racing yacht, welcomed the guests via a video message. Light summer fare, champagne and a choice of cocktails were served after the performance.
The BOSS core brand features perfect, elegant looks with a strong focus on fine fabrics and refined details. It offers a rich array of sophisticated modern classics for business-, leisure- and eveningwear in perfect quality and precision fits.
Special thank you to our sponsors Pernod Ricard who provided Mumm champagne and Jameson Reserve amongst other brands, Ceres Fruit Juice, Cruz Vodka, Peroni, Ryk Neethling Wine. Another thanks to Jan Malan and his incredible fashion team, Marios Company for Hair, Annalize Buchanan for her delicious catering, Wayne Krull from Phoenix 5 Lighting, Bombshell for the stunning waitresses dresses and the V&A Waterfront and Chattels for all their incredible support in making this event a success

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HUGO BOSS

I wore a dress by designer Benita Allen who has a stunning label Chica Loca .. stylish ladies boutiques are scattered around the country including in Sandton, Cape Town and Durban. It was such a unique dress, totally original! A Gold longsleeve cocktail dress which was so easy to wear and truly made me feel one of a kind. I remember I spent some time during the day flying around the city to find the perfect accessories to match with it.

I actually ended up finding a stunning little clutch from Accessorize in Cavendish with ring & earrings from Sass Diva and shoes from Nine West. Now before you have a heart attack don’t worry I didn’t buy all that just for this event, I’m not that extravagant! The shoes were bought in London a while ago 😉

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Dane Doubell & Leigh Van Den Berg

I really enjoyed meeting up with all my friends – bloggers, actors, presenters, celebrities, sports stars, you name it they were all there! Even Kevin Spacey himself made an appearance!

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I just wish I had been a bit more diligent with my camera… but hey, when you’re being fed free oysters and champagne who’s thinking about that? 🙂

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We sipped, we nibbled, we socialized & soon we watched the fashion show… Here is a clip my good friend and fellow blogger, Monde Mtsi, took of the show: