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Tropical Paradise in The Heart of Austin


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Lake Austin Spa is an oasis on Lake Austin in gorgeous Austin, Texas! Catch it on a warm Spring or Summer day and you’ll have an almost tropical experience you won’t soon forget.

With crystal blue waters, the lake looks positively enticing as you sit and relax by the pool or on the patio in what can be the blistering heat of the Spring and Summer months.

I personally think this is a fabulous photo shoot location for aspiring models and actresses who are needing new headshots in an uplifting environment. I love the interior design, and the background of the water is just fabulous!

Lake Austin Spa Resort is tucked away in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. It has been ranked the #1 Resort in Texas & the Southwest by Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards.

Tucked away in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, our all-inclusive luxury spa resort offers a truly unique experience, where we cater to your well-being and provide a sanctuary for rest and renewal. – website

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Highlights

+ It’s accommodation includes beautifully designed guest rooms, with all-inclusive packages for guests who wish to enjoy gourmet meals, fitness activities and luxury spa treatments along with that.

+ They have 2,3,4,5,6 or 7-night packages available with various room options.

+ They often host expert guest speakers who come to discuss a variety of topics. Conference scheduling can be viewed here.

+ They offer various health & fitness classes, including yoga and cooking demonstrations. View their calendar here.

+ They have delicious resort dining which offers guests various healthy options to enjoy in between treatments. I had the grilled atlantic salmon with fingerling potatoes, fava beans, lemon salsa and the satureja herb cream. See the entire menu here.

Lake Austin Spa
The view at reception
Lake Austin Spa
Snacks are laid out daily
Crystal infused water
Vita Juwel is a new company I discovered while staying here!

Lake Austin Spa

The Conservatory Garden House is stunning

Orange honeysuckle decorates the pergola
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Essence Spring Giveaway


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Happy November first! I’m giving away this gorgeous Essence hamper to the value of R250 (perfume + nail polish + nail art express dry drops). All you have to do to win is share this post on FB + tag my page so I know it’s you. I’ll draw out a lucky winner + announce it here in a week! Happy Spring!

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The Fringe Trend


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Fringe Trend SS14

The fringe trend for Spring/Summer 2014 from designers such as Altuzarra, Miu Miu and Dior was a hit. It popped up at major fashion weeks all over the world last year, beginning with New York Fashion Week for SS14. Now that we’re in Spring here, this trend is popping up in South Africa. Here’s what I love from some shops nationwide.

Country Road Fringed Raffia Clutch, Woolworths R399
Country Road Fringed Raffia Clutch, Woolworths R399
Country Road Fringe Shell Top, Woolworths R1 199
Country Road Fringe Shell Top, Woolworths R1 199
Trenery Jacquard Double Tassle Scarf, Woolworths R499
Trenery Jacquard Double Tassle Scarf, Woolworths R499
Lace Fringe Kimono, Next R326
Lace Fringe Kimono, Next R326
A bit about ‘Fashion Week’

Fashion week happens twice a year in the major fashion capitals of the world: New York, London, Milan, Paris and Berlin.

They each host a womenswear fashion week twice a year with New York beginning each season and the other cities following in the aforementioned order.

Fashion weeks are held several months in advance of the season to allow the press and buyers a chance to preview fashion designs for the following season. It’s also to allow time for retailers to arrange purchasing or incorporate the designers into their retail marketing.

There are two major seasons per year – Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer. From January through April designers showcase their Autumn/Winter collections. From September through November, designers showcase their Spring/Summer collections.

For womenswear, the Autumn/Winter shows always start in New York in February and end in Paris in March. Spring/Summer shows start in New York in September and end in Paris in October.

The latest innovations in dress designs are showcased by renowned fashion designers during these fashion weeks, and all these latest collections are covered in magazines such as Vogue

Fringe Trend SS14

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The White Fashion Trend + How To Wear It


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pure white fashion trend ss14White fashion looks for hot weather

Here’s what the celebrities wore this Summer. I love white. It’s classic and timeless. The “Racey Lacey” fashion trend for SS14 caught my attention!

Racey Lacey Fashion Trend SS14: Oscar de la Renta, Isabel Marant, Nina Ricci
Racey Lacey Fashion Trend SS14:
Oscar de la Renta, Isabel Marant, Nina Ricci

For those of us who can’t afford designer outfits, here are some fashion ideas for wearing white and tips on how to rock a white outfit:

1. Less is more

Less accessories, less necklaces, less rings… less! Part of the reason these looks are winners is because they are minimal. If you want to accessorize, think of one or things in a colour that compliments white.

+Gold

+Black

+Nude

2. Toned legs look great in shorts
Crochet-Cotton-Shorts-6009184291673- woolies R450
Country Road Crochet Cotton Shorts, Woolworths R450
3. Lace dresses are pretty + classy
Lace-Shift-Dress-6009182927390-R399
Country Road Lace Dress, Woolworths R399
4. Big jerseys are stylish + relaxed
Horizontal-Rib-Knit-9325244693117-R699
Country Road Knitted Jersey, Woolworths R699
5. Pants are smart + sexy
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Studio.W Sheen Rayon Pants, Woolworths R799
6. White, black or nude heels go well
Studio.W Stilettos, R799
Studio.W Stilettos, R799
Studio.W Stilettos, R899
Studio.W Stilettos, R899
Aldo Black Krushonu Heels, R1 399
Nine West Black Krushonu Heels, R1 199
7. Have fun with it

More Topshop white trends here + here

Top Shop,
Topshop, R479
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Pointers for the Entrepreneur


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I attended a fantastic evening recently with Xtraordinary Women held at The Bromwell in Woodstock. On arrival everyone received a welcome cocktail and soup with crostini. The aim of the night was to share, collaborate, inspire and network. The Bromwell is a 1927 hotel restored to its former glory… they have renovated it to an art gallery wherein 16 rooms showcase and sell luxury items including art and sculpture, bags and accessories, jewellery and fashion. There’s also a charming European style café inside. As an entrepreneur, it’s very encouraging listening to the stories of others who are too. It’s invaluable hearing their advice on how they started their businesses, built their brands, managed their time, sourced their own clients and reaped the maximum rewards. Here are some of the awesome tips I soaked up from speakers.

  • Everyone starts somewhere
  • Don’t get discouraged if it isn’t happening in the time frame you think it should
  • Keep work within normal business hours (hard when you are self-employed)
  • Strange is good!
  • Figure out your personal ‘flow’
  • You can’t innovate if you’re exhausted
  • Everyone needs constant inspiration. Discover what this is for you!
  • Collaboration is key
  • Know the difference between production + creative work
  • Look to those you admire and use their influences
  • Make your workspace your own
  • Be intentional on social media
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Get business cards printed regularly
  • Don’t be shy to market and promote your business and services
  • Network and wear heels doing it!
  • Remember to refresh your online platforms regularly
  • Interaction with readers goes a long way

Speakers included 

Nicky Abdinor

Nicky was born without arms and with shortened legs. Her talk was especially inspiring as she spoke about her journey through life – despite her disability she went to a normal school, studied at university and has infact obtained her Master’s degree in clinical psychology! Her talk was about how to show people to see past the disabilities and see the ABilities of women like her!

Adelaide Potgieter

She is a woman who, at just 21 with no money and a car that could not reverse, had a dream to start an Ad Agency with full services including events, radio and TV. Her family thought she was mad, but her eccentric personality saw her winning over some of South Africa’s richest businessmen who bought her pitch and helped her land a huge account. Today her company is one of the biggest in the country and specialize in Marketing Strategies and PR Campaigns

Karina Anderson

After landing in South Africa from Denmark at a very young age, a failed relationship and a car accident killing the father of her children led her to a deep depression and almost no hope. One day she turned that all around when she became inspired to start a foundation for people like her to attend workshops and go on a journey to discover who they really are and how they can change their lives. She published a book called ‘The Responsible Individual’ wherein she addresses some key questions everyone shoul investigate about themselves and their lives. She goes around with a team of 35 to prisons in South Africa to hold these motivational talks and workshops for innmates

Donna McCallum

The self-professed ‘Fairy Godmother’ has given motivational talks to some of the country’s biggest firms (including Estee Lauder, Nedbank and Sun International) encouraging one to set clear goals and not be afraid to go after them. She helps you through her talks, workshops and 12-week online programmes. She shows you how to take the right steps to define what it is you truly want, set those goals and figure out what you need to do to get them. Often people don’t really know what they want and when they don’t get it they complain – her aim is to encourage you to ASK the universe and learn to live a life ON PURPOSE. She has given talks in Europe and the U.S. and has recently published a book in South Africa called ‘The Fairy Godmother’s Guide to Getting What You Want’!

Cover Photo: Death To The Stock Photo

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Women Empowerment


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This week I’m going to a superb event called “Success in Heels”. It’s all about women empowerment and how to be a dynamic, successful woman in today’s world. The line-up includes female guest speakers who will talk about living your life on PURPOSE and dreaming BIG! I look forward to hearing from these women, each of whom are powerhouses in this country. From business moguls to publishers to entrepreneurs to qualified psychologists….The evening will not disappoint! I’m all about women doing it for themselves, and this event falls on the first of spring here in South Africa. What better way to welcome in renewal, growth, warmth and colour to our lives? Owning your own business is fun. I get to work in my pajamas if I want, I can take a vacation whenever I can afford it and I can take on the clients that fit well with my personality. Those are often things that don’t happen at an office job. But with an office job comes more stability. A lot of that disappears the minute you decide to be your own boss. It’s your job to bring in the money, clients and meetings. Here’s different ways on how to get the work you need if you are an entrepreneur:

  • Organic/Search: People find you searching for what they need whether that’s on Google or another site like Dribbble or another portfolio site. It’s a great way to get a client since you’re not really doing much work but it can also lead to projects that don’t really connect with you since you were passive in the formation of that relationship.
  • Referral: Someone that you know professionally or personally has referred someone to you. I’ve just recently begun discounting services when a potential client might have a great list of contacts. If you’re my client and provide me with 5 individuals or small businesses that might want to work with me, it’s very worth it to provide a discount.
  • Social Media/Blogging: A potential client might get to know you on Twitter or on your website/ blog before they decide to work with you.
  • Relationships: We know the client (and in-person) first. This includes past colleagues, people we went to school with or friends/family. While these projects come about from a very reliable source, they also tend to be less lucrative. You end up giving people you know discounts or you get a little lazy when it comes to signing contracts. As time as gone on, you should end up doing less and less projects for friends and family.
  • Pursuing the Client: This is a situation where you reach out, connect and then offer ways in which you believe you can work together.

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