When Leigh van den Berg of Lipgloss is my Life emails you, you answer because she's probably going to make your week a lot more exciting. I had been laying low for a while and taken a break from blogging when Leigh asked if I'd like to join her for a "spoilicious blogger sleepover" at Southern Sun The Cullinan. Um, hell yes! I was a longtime fan of Tsogo Sun spas but I hadn't yet had the opportunity to stay over at one of their hotels so I was in.
The Cullinan is situated in Cape Town's CBD, super close to the V&A Waterfront (as you can see above from the pic of the view from my room) which makes it a prime location for tourists and domestic vacationers alike. I arrived to be greeted by supremely helpful and friendly staff. The Guest Relations Manager, Hannes walked me to my beautiful, lush suite which is larger than most of my friends' apartments. My eyes may have done a cartoony bounce thing for a second. I do love hotels, I'm a city person so robes, Wi-Fi, room service and mini bars are my vibe. While the suites are mind-blowing and include butler service, every room features luxury amenities like day-to-day complimentary Wi-Fi, ensuite bathrooms with a separate bath and shower, digital safes, minibars and tea and coffee facilities.
Back to my day at Southern Sun The Cullinan. After Hannes set my bags down, I took a treat from the table in my lounge which had been set up with fruits, wine and chocolates and then headed to another room that had been arranged as a spa for myself and my fellow blogger babes Leigh, Brigitte and Karisa. The fun begun with champagne, macarons and mani-pedis provided by the ladies from Mangwanani Boutique Spa. We enjoyed a lovely pampering session which left us reluctant to part with our comfy gowns. We then went down to the Star Bar and Terrace which is located next to the hotel's beautiful pool. We toasted our yummy cocktails, had a few laughs and enjoyed fresh seafood platters. Well, the girls enjoyed the seafood and I enjoyed the alcohol XD
We took a rest in our rooms before dinner at the Peach Tree buffet where the dinner staff brûlée your crème brûlée in front of you. That dessert was delicious. The evening didn't end there, we went back to the Star Bar and partied into the early hours of the morning before eventually ending up in Karisa's suite dancing like maniacs. I could easily live in one of the suites, in fact, my bed was such a dream that the girls had trouble getting me out of it the next morning. I could have easily slept the day away.
Thank you to the girls and to the team at Southern Sun The Cullinan for a stay to remember. I highly recommend this hotel, do check it out if you're looking for a great place to stay in Cape Town.
Posted by Sheri Lee at 10:43 PM
Summer is enjoying its swan song right now so I thought I'd talk about how to keep a little bit of it with you. I'm super pale and I really like my default skin. I also, however, like trying new things and I have never tried fake tan. I know, what? I was curious so I thought I'd give it a whirl and change up my look.
As I've said, I enjoy being pale so I wasn't looking to go full Oopma Loompa, I doubt anyone is but regardless, I wanted something subtle - a little radiant pick-me-up. I tried out the TanOrganic Tan Trilogy Try-Me kit which includes an exfoliating glove to ready your skin or erase your previous tan, a mitt to apply your new one, self tan spray and moisturising oil to lock in the tan when you're done.
You can gradually build up your tan and re-apply it as you see fit but being a novice I stuck to the "less is more" notion and I think it served me well. I think it's also better to apply a new layer every evening if you're looking to get a more sunkissed look. Using the kit was super easy and quick, though I did mess up a patch on the back of my leg which I rectified the next day XD
It takes eight hours to really develop and while I was quite dark at first, after my shower in the morning I was content. I loved the natural fade and the fact that I couldn't really smell much. I'm quite familiar with that fake tan smell from my years at fashion school, I remember one particular moment when someone yelled, "Oh my god, who is wearing fake tan? I can smell it!".
TanOrganic is also cruelty-free and lacks all that icky paraben business with 99.6% natural ingredients. I mashed up some pics I took before and after application to give you a good idea of how it came out. If you're interested you can shop the products online at http://www.tanorganic.co.za/ Xx.
Posted by Sheri Lee at 3:41 AM
Charming young South African jewellery designer, Henriette Botha, unveiled her new fall collection this week. Instead of opting for the darker colours so associated with fall, her collection SOUTH brings us just the right amount of bright that we crave when the days are grey. Inspired by Brazilian prints, Mexican attitude and Sicilian vibrance, this mix of cultural influences was evident in her use of textures and juxtaposition. Henriette's knotting, beadwork, chains and tassels combine to create bold statement accessories but she didn't forget about the gals who love their delicate bracelets and earrings. With a CV including a stint at Balmain, this girl is pretty impressive. I'm glad we didn't lose her to Paris! Shop the line at www.henriettebotha.com.
Posted by Sheri Lee at 3:27 PM
I love taking photographs and like most people these days, I think it's important to document everything; a snapshot of what our life is like right now, what our latest fervent obsessions are and what our environment looks like. Things change so quickly and feelings fade much too fast. A photo transports us the same way a song or a fragrance does and all of sudden we're in touch with something so familiar that was once forgotten. We wonder how and when things got hazy. Given enough time, even the frivolous becomes symbolic. That cheap necklace we wore during the two years we were caught between laughter and heartache or our fascination with changing our hair as much as we changed our minds.
This is what my world looks like at the moment. Soft kimonos over everything, beautiful treasures from India, pretty packaging and hair experiments. I'm heavy into the 90s and it's funny how much cleaner and streamlined trends are the second time around. The kinks are all worked out and there's no clumsy evolution to navigate through. I'll do things like take a look at freshtrends.com and dream of sporting a nose ring just as I did as a 90s kid but this time around, I'll settle for an ear cuff. I'm craving a weekend of online shopping and relaxing in baths with incense smoking nearby. Cheers to everything that's happening in my, and your world right now. Xx
Posted by Sheri Lee at 8:00 AM
Over the summer I finally got to attend a SAXAS party! SAXAS is a fabulous South African swimwear brand offering stunning beachwear, key items and accessories. This vibrant, fun and cruelty-free label is designed by Charlotte Clark. Not only is this girlboss ambitious and gorgeous but she's had a lot of experience in the fashion industry and is super savvy to boot. The hip details on the SAXAS bikinis are fantastic; I don't know about you but even at my lowest weight, I found boring bottoms frustratingly unflattering. Delicate sides, ties and O-rings are where it's at! I personally can't wait to get my hands on the purple Sesimbra bikini.
SAXAS threw its Sexy Summer Launch together with Dura Lavora at The Glen Boutique Hotel. Dura Lavora is a distributor of overseas beauty brands and they had their Fake Bake sunless tanning products, pretty accessories and well-priced flash tattoos (finally!) on display. I drooled over their glitter Sleep-In Rollers. Gaga fierceness. The Glen Boutique Spa also joined in on the fun with its Rain products and I got to enjoy a foot massage by the pool. Ok...shopping, champagne and spa treatments, can you say summer heaven?
You too can have some swimwear fun by hosting your very own SAXAS party where you can earn commissions and free swimwear. Alternatively, keep your eyes peeled on their Facebook page if you want to attend the next one. Time to hit the beach, babes! Xx
Posted by Sheri Lee at 12:13 AM