An Epic Day of Sand & Dunes With The New Ranger Auto

An Epic Day of Sand & Dunes With The New Ranger Auto

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited on an epic adventure with Ford South Africa. Myself, together with a whole bunch of super cool travel and lifestyle bloggers were flown out to George, and spent the day putting the new Ford Ranger Auto through its paces. The goal; to see how much fun you can have in this beast! And so much fun was had!

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Exploring The Bright Streets of Bo-Kaap

Exploring The Bright Streets of Bo-Kaap

Good morning gals! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Summer is on the way, which means I’m in high spirits. Bring on the heat! For today’s post, I’m doing something a little different… Showing you a quick sneak peek at the pretty, colourful streets of Bo-Kaap in Cape Town.

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Perfecting the Journey with the TUMI Fall Winter 2016 Collection

Perfecting the Journey with the TUMI Fall Winter 2016 Collection

Whenever I travel, the journey is half the fun! Whether it’s an overseas getaway to Europe, a quick flight to Durbs or a weekend roadtrip closer to home, I just love the whole experience of travel. The other thing I love is luggage! Smart, stylish luggage that not only gets your trip off to a good start, but makes the whole process of travel more seamless.

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Do It In Winter: Take a Trip Up Sani Pass

Do It In Winter: Take a Trip Up Sani Pass

I’m Throwing back this Thursday to our 2013 trip up Sani Pass in Lesotho. I’ve been thinking about this trip so much lately, and I really want to do it again! This time in winter! When we went, we went around March and it was lovely, but I remember thinking that it would be even more amazing in winter! All snuggled up in the cold with nothing but a blazing fire to keep you warm and beautiful surroundings. Oh, and not forgetting the decadently wicked Hot Chocolate with a shot of Kahlua to keep warm from the inside – at The Highest Pub In Africa!

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Romantic Weekend Getaway

Romantic Weekend Getaway

Last weekend was one of the best we’ve had in ages. In March, we celebrated our 8-year wedding anniversary and I really wanted to do something special, so we headed out to “the country” for a romantic weekend getaway at the beautiful Kievits Kroon Country Estate in Pretoria. This 16-hectare estate is a true gem! It’s like being in the beautiful Cape Winelands, without venturing too far from home. Well, if your home is in jozi that is! Lush and tranquil, Kievits Kroon is a country escape that has everything you need to relax, unwind and enjoy life’s little pleasures. From the moment you enter the estate, Manor Lane greets you a with a breathtaking pathway lined with the most beautiful setting of trees. As you drive through the estate, you cant help but appreciate all the picture perfect scenery that awaits. We took advantage of the surroundings and snapped some pics of my new trench coat which I love, but for today, I want to tell you all about our stay, and I’ll share the style post with you tomorrow. We checked into our VIP Suite on Friday afternoon and spent some time exploring and admiring the grounds before our dinner reservation at the Granita Restaurant. What I absolutely love about Kievits Kroon’s accommodation,…

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On The Go Beauty…. What’s Inside My Travel Beauty Bag

On The Go Beauty…. What’s Inside My Travel Beauty Bag

Even though I’m back to being a Jozi girl, one thing I’ve learnt from being a former Durban blogger, is how to travel smarter. I used to travel all the time (to Jozi and CT) for overnight launches and I eventually created a little on the go beauty bag. A bag that’s always packed and ready to go, with some essential travel beauty products. Since we’re heading into holiday season, I thought I’d share the contents of my travel beauty bag to give you gals some tips and advice on what I can’t travel without. This little Lou Harvey toiletry bag is the perfect travel size toiletry bag and holds a ton of products. In the past I had different toiletry bags, from ones with built in hangers (so you can hang it on a bathroom rail in your hotel room) to many, many others. I love this one because, when it’s unzipped, you can see and grab anything… no having to empty the contents of your entire bag every time you want to find something. And I mean it’s cute too so who can argue with that?! Now let me show you what’s inside… These are products that live permanently in my travel beauty…

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What I’m Packing… SAFARI

What I’m Packing… SAFARI

By the time you read this post, I’m already at one of my favourite places on earth… the wild, African bush! The hubs and I, together with ten of our friends are spending a few days connecting with nature! I’m a total bush baby, and one of the big benefits of living in beautiful South Africa, is that “the wild” is only a few hours drive. I’ve been on a lot of safari trips and game drives, but nothing compares to the experience we’re heading for… A private bush camp in the Timbevati that’s totally disconnected from distractions. There is no TV, no internet, and best of all, no cellphone reception at all, so you really get to disconnect from the outside world and enjoy your trip. This will be my fourth time at this game reserve, which is always the best bush experience. On past trips we’ve seen leopards mating, white lions and a cheetah trying to climb up a tree to enjoy its prey, only to have it snatched by the sneaky hyena’s.  On almost every trip, we’ve seen all of the big five and it’s been amazing! What to Wear on a Game Drive Ok, first up a safari, or as we…

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Madinat Jumeirah Al Qasr Dubai

Madinat Jumeirah Al Qasr Dubai

I can’t believe that it has been over a month since my amazing Dubai adventure. Right now, I’m having serious Dubai withdrawals! So today, I’m taking you back to show you one of the magical places that I stayed in – the beautiful Madinat Jumeirah Al Qasr – a hotel that will truly take your breath away! Madinat Jumeirah Al Qasr is a luxurious, 5 star Arabian resort, that is so beautiful, you almost don’t want to leave the premises. And why would you? This Palace (Al Qasr translates to Palace in english) is so beautiful and has amazing facilities all around it. If it wasn’t for a tightly packed schedule, I could have easily just stayed right here 🙂 So much to do, so much to see and beauty all round. The Al Qasr hotel forms part of theMadinat Jumeirah, or “City” of Jumeirah, which is a cluster of resorts, world-class restaurants, bars and cafes, the Talise Spa and a traditional souk, filled with Arabian gems, all interlinked via meandering waterways. You explore the complex by jumping on an Abra, which is a traditional Arabic boat made of wood! It’s such a fun experience, and a fun, authentic way to take in the beauty of the Madinat Jumeirah. Inside the hotel you instantly feel the majestic elegance. From the Royal architecture that showcases Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah like…

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Packing and Travelling Like A Pro

Packing and Travelling Like A Pro

I’m constantly looking for ways to pack smarter when I travel, and since I do a lot of travelling (locally and internationally), I thought I’d put together a little guide to packing like a pro, because it’s easier than you think! Your Suitcase Matters On my recent trip to Dubai, I travelled with the amazing TUMI TEGRA-LITE® MAX Large Trip Expandable Packing Case, and it is awesome with a capital A! You guys know I love my TUMI Tegra Lite Carry on, and it was amazing to take the “big boy” with me this time! The Large Trip Packing case fitted everything for my seven-day trip, including; outfits, accessories and shoes (don’t forget the shoes) for about 15+ outfits. The case itself is super light weight, weighing under 7 kilograms (6.44kg to be exact) and since it’s made from a protective material, it kept everything perfectly in place and safe. The thing I love the most about this case is how seamless and effortless it was to wheel around. It moves in every direction, with double turning wheels, and since I was responsible for lugging my own bags around – I found it very easy to manage on my own. I even…

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Wanderlust Tag

Wanderlust Tag

I’ve been blogging for seven years, and can you believe I’ve never done a “tag” post? Although I love reading them! So, when I saw the Wanderlust Tag on Superficial Girl’s blog (read her tag here), I thought it would be fun to do one too! Also, I recently started a new Instagram account (dimidoodles), where I’m posting all my travel pics, so really feeling the Wanderlust effect these days, reminiscing at old travel pics! 1. Your most treasured passport stamp? My recent trip to Dubai. It was an absolutely epic adventure and one that I never dreamed of experiencing – like a rock star! It was truly living the high life from start to finish. 2. Can you recite your passport # from memory if asked? Erm, no! But if I memorize it maybe it will make more travel manifest…. Here’s to the power of positive thinking… 3. Preferred method of travel: planes, trains or automobiles? I love flying! I know flying freaks a lot of people out, but honestly, I love it! Of course halfway into the flight I’m over it and just can’t wait to get out and on the ground – unless I fly Business, in which case I never really want…

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View From The Top! Burj Khalifa & Armani Hotel Dubai

View From The Top! Burj Khalifa & Armani Hotel Dubai

Not too long ago, I was (literally) on top of the world! One of the highlights of my Dubai trip was a visit to the Burj Khalifa! At 829.8 metres, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world! Myself, Tyashnee from DTMC SA, Kelly from Marie Claire and my ninja partner in crime – Irina (you’ll see what I mean by ninja soon –  just keep reading…) At 124 floors, the Burj Khalifa is so tall that you can watch the sunset from the base of the building, get into the elevator right to the top, and watch the sunset all over again! How insane is that!? It’s a view that cannot be understood until you experience it, and if you are ever in Dubai, I highly recommend checking it out! Everything looks so extremely small, that your mind will have a hard time trying to put things into perspective! Cars look like matchboxes, people are not noticeable at all, and roads look like strings of spaghetti! Within the Burj Khalifa is the exquisite, chic and elegantly minimalistic ARMANI Dubai Hotel, which occupies the concourse level through to level 8, as well as levels 38 and 39. This hotel is pure elegance, and every design detail was overseen…

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Cruising Around the Dubai Marina

Cruising Around the Dubai Marina

Take me back to Friday the 10th! It was a perfect day to spend a blissful afternoon, cruising around on a private Yacht, taking in the breathtakingly beautiful Dubai Marina! The Dubai Marina is an artificial canal city that has been built along a 3 km stretch of shoreline. Picture deep blue Persian waters, surrounded by residential sky scrapers all round. Good company and good food is all you need… Irina, Me, Kelly from Marie Claire. Mpumi from Destiny and Mbali from True Love The Crew: From top left: Mpumi Sinxoto from Destiny Magazine, Kelly Fung from Marie Claire, Mbali Soga from True Love Magazine, Irina Doman from I’ll Take It All , Tumi Voster from 5fm, Shashi Naidoo, Lorinda Voges with singing sensation LeAnne Dlamini and the two girls that made it all possible; Lucy Mussett and Tyashnee Gounden from DTCM SA. It’s the perfect way to view a definitive Dubai landmark, The Burj Al Arab setting sail “out at sea”. Or brave jet skiers that put on a little show… Or, the ideal place to take a mandatory Yacht photo… having your  “titanic” moment! All round, a fabulous day! If only I had worn my swimsuit, as the water looked amazing to take a dip!

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