Bonjour from “Paris”

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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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The Fairmont Dubai

The Fairmont Dubai

During my incredible Dubai visit last week, one of the hotels we stayed at was the five star Fairmont Dubai! Owned by Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Fairmont is classy, chic and very close to everything you need. The decor is very glam and elegant, with just touch of Moroccan inspiration. Around the corner of the building is the stylish Cavalli Club, and on the road outside, a strip lined with coffee shops and food places. Not forgetting that the hotel is within walking distance to the Dubai Metro. Irina and I buzzed with excitement (and fuelled with Costa Coffee). We couldn’t resist exploring the streets of Dubai at 11pm at night after we checked in. The Fairmont Dubai is the first property for the Fairmont brand in the Middle East. It has 394 rooms, 200 of which are standard rooms. On the 34th floor there are six penthouses and a 500 sqm suite – that’s bigger than my first house – including the garden! The hotel itself houses the new Catch Dubai Restaurant (which I’ll tell you guys more about in my Places to eat in Dubai Post coming up next week), the Noire Restaurant, which is the one and only dining in the dark concept in the Middle East, as well as a number…

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My On Board Beauty Essentials

My On Board Beauty Essentials

I’ve just returned from the most amazing adventure in Dubai, that you will no doubt be hearing a lot more about, but since I’m in the midst of unpacking, I thought I’d quickly show you guys what I keep in my on-board beauty bag. I’m a bit of a hoarder and NEED everything with me, but these are my essentials that I took with me on the plane and they all came in handy! I keep everything in this nifty little clear, zip bag. I can’t remember where it’s from, but it’s the perfect little bag since a lot of airports expect you to keep your liquids etc (under 100ml’s), sealed in a clear plastic bag. In Dubai they didn’t ask to see my liquids, but on my London trip at Heathrow they asked me to take out my liquids and place them separately, so now I just like to be prepared. So here’s what’s inside, and why I like to use these products… Dettol Instant Hand Sanitizer: Is just one of those handy things you need in your travel beauty bag! Dettol Wipes: Again, because you always need wet wipes handy. Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Body Lotion: Becuase flying really dehydrates your skin, and since this body…

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Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights

You can’t come to the Middle East and not go on a little Arabian Adventure in the desert. It starts with getting picked up in a Landcruiser, en route to the Desert Camp, but not before some serious Dune bashing along the way. It’s a fun experience, however, I recommend you don’t sit in the back of the Landcruiser as it’s a really bumpy ride. Speaking of bumpy rides, you also get to ride a camel, however our group was having too much fun that we totally missed the opportunity. Our first treat was a Falcon show with a South African Falcon trainer and his friend Bomber. Then onto some sunset photo opportunities. We had T-H-E most amazing tour guide, Bukhari who is not only a talented driver with a world of knowledge on Dubai, he’s also an amazing photographer! We got dressed up in our Abaya’s and posed for some epic pics on the dunes! Irina from I’ll Take it All and I creating a mini sandstorm in the desert Crazy kids… Irina, Me, Mpumi from Destiny Magazine and Kelly from Marie Claire We ate (and ate) traditional Arabic food, enjoyed a mesmerising belly dancer and before the night…

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Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab

Dubai is absolutely amazing guys! It’s midnight here right now and I’ve had such an exciting day, that I just can’t seem to calm my mind and get some much needed rest for tomorrow’s adventures. One of the highlights of the day was no doubt visiting the gorgeous Burj Al Arab – the only seven star hotel in the world I believe. It’s beyond gorgeous and a truly a must see to fully appreciate it’s beauty! Rich with bursts of colour, dripping in gold with no detail left unnoticed. We were treated to a full hotel site tour; which involved a lot of ohhing and ahhing along the way… Every room in the Burj Al Arab is a two floor suite, that has it all! Even a gold coffee machine… I mean!!! The Royal suite is out of this world. It has a separate King and Princess quarters that are both equally impressive. The Kings will love the bed that turns and being able to change their view without getting out of bed, while the Princess’ can enjoy pajama parties with girlfriends sipping champers whilst lounging around on cozy leopard print couches or getting ready for a glam night in…

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Dubai Bound

Dubai Bound

Good morning fabulous people! I hope you all had a lovely Easter break! I’ve been up since of the crack of dawn, giddy with excitement…. can you guess why? I’m on my way to an epic Dubai adventure with the fab folk at Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing South Africa (DTCM SA). Our itinerary is jam packed with seven days exploring and experiencing the very best of what this magical land has to offer. Amongst high tea at the Burj Al Arab, a dessert safari, private yacht charter, skiing, shopping at the gold, textile and spice souks, we’ll be attending Season 5 of Fashion Forward – one of Dubai’s hottest fashion showcases. Enjoy a sneak peek from my Dubai adventure by following me on Instagram (@stylescoop) where I will be sharing this amazing adventure through my iPhone lens. #stylescoopgoestodubai #stylescooptravles I’m all packed up with a ton of clothing options. Normally, I like to travel as light as possible (so that I can shop up a storm ya know), but since this is a media trip, every single outfit has to be planned – which means a hell of a lot of clothes, shoes, accessories, curling irons, straightener’s – the…

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London Photo Diary

London Photo Diary

I always wanted to go to London. So when I found out I’d be traveling to London with River Island, a hot British fashion brand new to SA, I was over the moon! There was a lot I wanted to see, but there just wasn’t enough time to see it all. However, I did manage to squeeze in a few sights, a traditionally Brit Fish & Chips din-din and some shopping! The highlight of my trip no doubt, was visiting the River Island headquarters (check out my post and video here) and also attending their “RIxmas14” – Christmas in July press preview – which I’ll show you guys more of next week. For today’s post, I wanted to share a small photo diary of my trip. Going through these pics makes me want to go back all over again! London is such a buzzing, beautiful place. Even walking the streets is an amazing sight seeing experience! I love the old buildings, the fact that people walk – I’ve never walked so much in my life! And just the atmosphere in general. One of the things I really wanted to see was the “Coco Chanel Lampposts”. I read about the legend of these, I think in Camilla Morton’s, “How to Walk…

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Time To Travel

Time To Travel

You guys! I recently got the most amazing news ever! Next week, little old me, will be jet setting to the UK (first time ever) to check out the latest offering from River Island. The brand launches in South Africa this month (thanks Edgars) and later on, in September, the doors to the first South African River Island Concept store will open! I am so excited that I’ll be getting a first look at what will be on offer, and of course, I’ll share with you guys! I’m also really excited about going to London! Woo Hoo! What to wear?! What to take?! What to See?! Where to Shop?! Questions, questions, so many questions… But the ultimate thing on my mind right now is travelling and getting packed! Of course, I’ll be travelling with my TUMI, but here are some other exciting items from the latest TUMI Fall 2014 collection that I would just D-I-E to get my hands on to take with… As you probably know, I am obsessed with organising and packing is no exception! I’ve been overseas a couple of times (and locally about a bazillion), and every time I get a little better at packing. And these goodies from the TUMI Journey collection are right…

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Snapshots from Greece – Part 2

Snapshots from Greece – Part 2

Heya Peeps I’m working on a new post about the Fine Fragrance launch I went to yesterday (thanks to Satiskin), but in the meantime, I thought I’d post a few more pics from my Greek Summer holiday…. Enjoy

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My Snapshots from Crete – Greece’s Island Paradise

My Snapshots from Crete – Greece’s Island Paradise

It’s been two weeks since the hubs and I have been back from holiday. Things things have been so manic trying to catch-up, I’ve only now had a chance to even look through my holiday pics. Since I was organizing my snapped memories, I thought I’d share some of my fave pics with you guys. There are a lot, so I’ve split them into two posts, the second one I’ll post on Friday. I didn’t take my “big boy” camera along with all the time, which I regret now – but thankfully we both had our phones with us, so we could at least snap some memories. Today I’ll share some pics from our island holiday in Crete,

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ON BOARD! Beauty Products To Keep In Your Carry-On

ON BOARD! Beauty Products To Keep In Your Carry-On

I have a confession to make! I’m an over-packer, and I tend to haul hundreds of things with me on holiday. You know, for those “just in case” moments! But I’m getting smarter! This time when I fly (holiday time again, yay!), I’ve carefully thought out what beauty products to bring with me on the plane. I’ve narrowed it down to eight travel beauty essentials that don’t take up too much space, and will help me look fresh and wide awake when I step off the plane. Giovanni D:tox I received this awesome pack of travel-sized skin-care products from Giovanni. The D:Tox kit includes a Purifying Facial Cleanser, Facial Scrub, Replenishing Facial Moisturizer and a Purifying Facial Mask, all nicely packaged in a TSA compliant clear bag. That way I can just hop on a plane and not worry about airport officials emptying out my luggage (embarrassing). I probably wont use the mask and scrub on the plane (that could be kinda scary!), but I will probably end up using the cleanser and moisturizer. Either way, the pack is small enough to haul and I can feel better, you know “just in case”! Like Just in Case we end up being stranded in Dubai…

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I got my Ray-Ban’s on…

I got my Ray-Ban’s on…

and as Rihanna would say… “I’m feeling hella cool”! I’ve always loved Ray-Ban sunglasses, because lets face it, Ray-Ban’s are hella cool! Ray-Ban aviators on the other hand are even cooler… Think Top Gun, Jennifer Aniston, just about every rock star and even our very own Locknville, who are all Ray-Ban aviator fans. Never mind the coolness, these are the perfect sunnies to take on holiday thanks to the super slim case. I took mine with me on holiday to Greece and Dubai and I could fit them -plus more- in my sling bag, which is another holiday must! Here are some holiday pics from my trip… Here I am in Athens at Syntagma Square. Syntagma is in front of the Greek Parliament, which also used to be the King’s Palace back in the day. It’s a great tourist attraction and if you’re in Athens you should go by and check out the changing of the Evzones’s. Evzones are super tall (as you can see from my pic) guards that stand by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You can stand next to the Evzone and have your picture taken, but are warned by the Army solider on guard, that you’re not allowed to touch or speak to them. As you can see,…

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Packing and The Last Day of Winter

Packing and The Last Day of Winter

Well, for me anyway :-). I’m off with the Hubz to enjoy some fun in the Sun in Europe today and I can’t hardly wait. We’re off to Greece via Dubai for a whole month, and on the way back we’re spending a few days in Dubai, sightseeing and definitely some shopping! I always tend to overpack and end up not wearing 80% of what I cart along, so this time around I’ve tried to pack a little smarter. Besides, the more space you have, the more you can shop! My biggest problem is shoes! I want all of them “just in case”, which I’m sure many of you can relate to! For this trip I’ve packed one pair of heels, one pair of wedges that double up as “smart shoes”, three pairs of sandals (in black, nude and bright yellow) and my Havianas. Today I’m traveling with my fave, nude ballet flats, so covered there too! I think I’m pretty stored. My Hubz was actually shocked and impressed that I didn’t pack my whole shoe collection. Little does he know I plan on growing the collection while I’m in Europe and Dubai! The other thing I would love to…

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