My new Obsession with Turkish Towels

My new Obsession with Turkish Towels

Turkish Towels were one of those things I always wanted, but had never been entirely convinced on how effective they really are. Sure they look fabulous and effortlessly stylish in bathrooms (and on beaches), but do they actually work in terms of drying you after a shower or a swim? The answer is YES, and today and I’m going to tell you all about my obsession with Turkish Towels, what they are and why you need these gorgeous towels in your life! So, as I mentioned, I had Turkish Towels on my radar for some time. I was also in need of new bath towels, so I really wanted to give Turkish Towels a try instead of replacing mine with traditional terry cotton towels. The timing for me to get them could not have been more perfect. I follow The Cotton Company on Instagram and once they announced their Spring Sale, I rushed over and scored two Turkish Towels at half price. I figured it was the perfect opportunity for me to test out whether they were all that, without spending over R1000 on new towels  – Each Turkish towel actually only costs between R469 – R519, but I’m weird…

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Mauritius SO Sofitel

Mauritius SO Sofitel

At the end of January, I hopped on a plane and headed off to one of my favourite destinations… Mauritius! If you’re a regular here on StyleScoop, you probably already know my love affair with this Island. It’s so close to home (literally a four and a half hour flight away) and I would go back every year if I could. More than once too – haha It was my third visit to the island, and this time, I was very fortunate to have been invited by Accor to experience their magnificent SO Sofitel Mauritius on the South Coast of the island. Having been to Mauritius twice before, I thought I knew the island pretty well. Turns out, I got to experience a whole new kind of Mauritius in the South. On previous trips with my hubby, we stayed on the North Coast – and I pretty much know Grand Baie like the back of my hand. But this time the Mauritius I experienced was wilder, more idyllic, peaceful, serene and very different from the “buzzing touristy” island I’ve always know. The South Coast of Mauritius is wild. It’s even referred to as the “Wild South” and you can tell.…

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Mauritius Wild South

Mauritius Wild South

One of my favourite experiences on our Mauritius trip, and one that felt – truly Mauritian – was our little rum tasting tour and touring the Mauritius Wild South. Since we did the Catamaran excursion ten years ago when we visited, we opted for an inland tour of Mauritius instead. Mauritius is known for its beautiful beaches and amazing waters, but inland Mauritius is also something to be admired. A Tour of the Wild South is a great day trip that will let you explore Mauritius’ majestic scenery. It includes a visit to the Black River National Park, the sacred lake at Grand Bassin as well as some fantastic stops at Chamarel, including; the Rum Distillery, Chamarel Waterfall and a chance to view the Seven Coloured Earths. We went with a tour group, and the big benefit there was having a tour guide – Steeve (yes with two ee’s) who made it more interesting. The only downside, was that the tour felt a bit rushed and I would have loved to spend more time at Rhumeire De Chamarel and at Grand Bassin. You can also hire a private guide, which I think would have been fantastic. The Wild South Stop at Grand Bassin Grand Bassin, also called Ganga Taloa is Mauritius’…

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Mozambique – A foodie’s paradise

Mozambique – A foodie’s paradise

I’ll admit, I’ve never been to Mozambique before, but like a lot of African countries, it’s on my wish list! One thing I’ve heard time and time again from all those foodies who visit Moz, is that the cuisine is fantastic – and today, I’m super excited to be collaborating with Hippo.co.za to bring you an Ultimate Guide to Experiencing Mozambique as a Foodie …

If you’re planning a visit soon, these 5 dishes will delight your tastebuds.

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Experience Mauritius: A Visual Story

Experience Mauritius: A Visual Story

It’s been over a month since our magical holiday to the island of Mauritius, and judging by my Instagram feed, you can tell I’m still not over this paradise island. We had such an incredible stay and today, I wanted to share some of my Mauritius Travel tips and a visual story that may help you if you’re planning a visit to this East African gem. Mauritius truly is a slice of paradise! From the beautiful beaches to the crystal clear waters with incredible sea life. Then there’s the five-star service (throughout the island), the flowing cocktails and of course, the fantastic weather. But the one true thing that makes Mauritius so incredibly special, is it’s warm and friendly people who welcome you into their little corner of paradise – if only for a few days! In March this year, for our 10 year wedding anniversary the hubby spoilt me rotten! Firstly with an incredible designer piece that I’ve lusted after for ages, but if that wasn’t enough, he also spoilt me with an 8-day surprise trip to Mauritius. He actually sneaked our flights and accommodation booking for Mauritius inside the handbag he gave me on my birthday (BTW, my birthday…

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24 Hours in Prague; What To Do, See, Eat and My Travel Tips

24 Hours in Prague; What To Do, See, Eat and My Travel Tips

I love reading 24 hour city guides. I like to see what others would get up to if they had only 24 hours, because I think it highlights their best parts of a city. Although my recent visit to Prague was for 3 days, bear in mind that this was a business trip, so a lot of the time our schedule was packed with interviews, launches and store visits. But, I did manage to experience a full day of exploring before jetting back to SA – as well a few sights sneaked in between the agenda. If you’re planning a trip to the kingdom of Bohemia, then here’s a few of my travel tips…

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Come Walk With Me Through Old Town Prague

Come Walk With Me Through Old Town Prague

I’ve just returned from T-H-E most amazing, 3 day trip in beautiful Prague and can’t get over the beauty and charm of this magical, fairy tale like city of contrasts. I was there attending #BataFashionWeekend, as Prague is the home town of the 123 year old Bata shoe brand. In the coming weeks, I’ll have more content on the fashion show; with an insight into what you can expect to see from Bata (exciting things to come), as well more travel content,  but for today, I wanted to take you along, on a walk through Old Town Prague with me…

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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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Are We There yet? WIN an Epic Family Adventure in Orlando with Cadbury Dairy Milk

Are We There yet? WIN an Epic Family Adventure in Orlando with Cadbury Dairy Milk

Hands up if you wouldn’t mind jumping on a plane and heading to the US of A! Now, how’d you like to take the familia along and experience the adventure of the world’s most incredible theme park in Orlando?

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TUMI Travels To the the Mediterranean

TUMI Travels To the the Mediterranean

How amazing a little trip to the Med would be! I miss those blue waters so much and would give anything to go back this summer! Well, by “this summer” I mean in July, when it’s summer there and winter here. And what better way to travel around the Mediterranean, or anywhere really, than with my favourite travel companion TUMI luggage?

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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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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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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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