Entertainment, Fashion, Inspiration, Slider

Happy March 2018! #YouCanBeAnything

March 1, 2018


Besides this being both my and my son’s birthday month, I am also extremely excited for and proud of  Mattel’s continued efforts to help our children recognize a broader view of beauty with their Barbie Fashionista range which incorporates the diversity that surrounds us all the time.

So many times we look back and reminisce the old days when life was ‘easier’ and ‘kids were kids’. So many ugly and negative things today we wish our kids were never exposed to. Perhaps the old days were good days, but that certainly does not mean they were any better than they are today. Among many others, the “Me Too” movement has proven how far we’ve actually come and how much we, as a human race, have matured. If you really think about it, we have more power today to make things so much better than what they were yesterday.

My sweet daughter is turning 8 this year and even though I have been buying her Barbie dolls for a long time, Barbie only really started to appeal to her very recently. A tender time in a young girl’s life – she’s just come from toddler-hood and nearing adolescence. It’s important that our young girls are exposed to positivity about their bodies, their skin colour, their hair types and even their sense of style.

It is perhaps no coincidence that the Barbie brand celebrates its 59th anniversary the day after International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018, celebrating women from all walks of life, all shapes, all sizes, all colours, and all creeds.

The Barbie Fashionista range has its roots in 2015, which saw the launch of a brand new Barbie crew featuring 23 dolls with a range of skin tones, facial structures, and hair colours. The popularity of the new line saw the official launch of the Fashionista label in 2016, with the introduction of three new body types – tall, curvy and petite – seven skin tones, 14 facial structures, 22 eye colours and 24 hairstyles. Plus, of course, countless new on-trend fashions and accessories to suit each individual doll, from casually cool and boho bold, to elegant evening wear and pretty much everything in between!

In 2017, this remarkable range won the coveted Toy of the Year award, in the Doll category, for its bold introduction of diversity, literally changing the face of the stereotypical Barbie brand by introducing new dolls with new body shapes, new face shapes, new skin tones, and new hairstyles.

The importance of exposing our children to diversity and providing them with imaginative toys that allow them to see themselves in their imaginary play cannot be overstated. Today, the Fashionista range features over 100 dolls of diverse appearance, and it continues to grow.

The 2018 range will bring with it even more variety, introducing another four body types, nine skin tones, 13 face-sculpts, nine eye colours, 11 hair colours and 13 hairstyles.

“Barbie has always given girls choices – from her 180 careers, to inspirational roles, to her countless fashions and accessories,” says Andrea Ziella, Head of Marketing and Trade Marketing, Mattel SA. “These new dolls represent a line that is more reflective of the world girls see around them – the variety in body type, skin tones and style allows girls to find a doll that speaks to them.”

Barbie fans can now choose their Barbie to look just like them or create a group of friends to mimic their own friendship circles.

By allowing our children to choose a Barbie in their own image, or in the image of their best friend, or favourite actress, singer, movie star, or sporting hero, we are encouraging them to see the beauty that not only lies in their own shape, colour, and style but also in the various shapes, colours and styles that surround them.

We live in an increasingly diverse world, it is not only natural but crucial, that our children’s imaginary worlds represent this diversity.








Images are taken from https://barbie.mattel.com/en-us/about/role-models.html

Happy International Women’s Month, and remember, you can be anything.



Health, Health/Fitness, Slider

Why O On Kloof Is The Perfect Choice For Your Next Spa Treatment

February 12, 2018

This past weekend was probably the most relaxed and carefree I’ve felt since, well, you know.

following my recent post on The Best, Most Beautiful, And Affordable Health And Beauty Spa’s Around Cape Town, I decided to pay the lovely O on Kloof in Bantry bay a visit. Not only did the 5-star reviews attract me, but I was also really curious to meet Patrycja who seemed to charm all her guests, and of course I wanted to take you along on the journey with me.

When Patrycja invited hubby and me to come over and try out their signature 60-minute couple spa treatment, we were thrilled. It’s been a rough few weeks since school started so this was exactly what we both needed – in fact, a little time away from daily chores, work stress and homework is any parent’s dream!

On arrival, I could see why guests from all over the world love it here and keep coming back. Instead of being received in a hotel foyer, we were greeted with a glass of bubbly and told to make ourselves comfortable in the sunlit lounge with its plush couches and ocean views. It’s literally a home away from home. We learned that Patrycja was the house manager and has been part of the family-owned business for many years. She had no problem taking the time to personally show us around their gorgeous boutique hotel and even though the current drought sadly meant the jacuzzis on the bedroom balconies had to be switched off for now, the Spa and indoor pool are still fully functional and you can be sure to get your money’s worth.

At O on Kloof, one is spoilt for choice. There is nowhere around the hotel you will not find a place to unwind, whether you prefer tanning on the sundeck, working those muscles in the gym at the pool, having a drink at the bar, or my favourite place, the library with its decent selection of books. There’s something for everyone.  If, like us, you’re just breaking away for a quick spa treatment, then I advise you to also book your table for a bite to eat at the in-house restaurant with its floor to ceiling windows, once again treating you to the gorgeous view and delectable food and drinks after what I promise will be the best massage you’ll ever have.

Is it your Birthday Month? Enjoy 60min Massage for only R350 including Glass of Champagne. T&C Apply.

Vouchers are on SALE – Email ospa@oonkloof.co.za or call +27 (0)21 434 0650 to find out more.

Follow OSpa on Facebook: O SPA or on Twitter @oonkloofhotel

Enjoy the Pics!




Happy Valentines Day!



Books/Movies, Entertainment

New Movie Review – I, Tonya

January 30, 2018

Two triple axels, various ice skating records and all the technique in the world, means absolutely nothing when overshadowed by one of the most sensational scandals of all time.

I, TONYA is a comedic drama that tells the tale of a talented sports star whose success is destroyed by her troubled childhood, her mother’s abuse and her stormy relationships.  Although it initially seems like the movie is actually a comedic spoof of the heartlessness of a tabloid-driven nation, you soon realise that it is about more than meets the eye.

Ambitious and goal-driven from an early age, former figure skating champion, Tonya Harding (Robbie) was well on her way to becoming one of the world’s biggest ice skating legends.

Her first big breakthrough came in 1991 when she won (with her first triple axel) the U.S. Championships and was awarded the event’s first 6.0 ever given to a single female skater for technical merit. At the 1991 World Championships, she again completed the triple axel (becoming the first American woman to perform it at an international event) but finished second to Kristi Yamaguchi. Unfortunately, that is not what she is remembered for. Her dreams and career were shattered by her alleged association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly-executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor, Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver), by her ex-husband (Sebastian Stan) and bodyguard (Paul Walter Hauser).

This award-winning film is based on the true events behind this spectacle and will keep you glued to your seat until the very end.

The film also boasts an excellent cast and has already received a lot of praise for outstanding performances by the lead characters. Margot Robbie is commended for her soulful portrayal of Tonya Harding in this fascinating story, while Sebastian Stan can be seen in the role of her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly. This handsome actor, from New York, previously featured in several television shows, such as Law and Order and Gossip Girl, and also starred in the Captain America Franchise, Riki and the Flash, The Martian and many more.

I, TONYA promises to captivate audiences, not only because of outstanding acting and direction but also because it proves the innocence of a woman who was judged by the world and abused by those who were supposed to love her most.

With 24 awards and 77 nominations under its belt, I, Tonya will hit the South African cinema circuit on 16 February 2018.

Cape Town

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Somerset Mall Ster Kinekor

V&A Waterfront Nu Metro

V&A Cinema Nouveau

Canal Walk Nu Metro

Labia Orange St


Gateway Ster Kinekor

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Brooklyn Cinema Nouveau

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Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQpBf04inPQ





Health, Health/Fitness, Slider

New Year Recharge: The Best, Most Beautiful, and Affordable Health and Beauty Spa’s around Cape Town

January 26, 2018

After the hustle and bustle of preparing the kids for the new school year, getting back into the swing of things at work and not to mention the hordes and hordes of homework your children’s been bringing home since; it’s safe to say it has been a pretty crazy January. Sure, we’re all extremely happy this month is almost over, but what difference does that fact really make to our overall mental and physical exhaustion? It simply means we’re heading into a brand new month with the same old baggage ( not to mention, another month closer to day zero!). We have a lot on our plates, us parents, and we absolutely deserve some time away, even if it’s just for few hours, to recharge. In fact, Lesley and I have just decided a couple days ago that we’re doing just that, and when my best friend called me up yesterday and demanded it’s high time the two of us plan a spa day together again, I felt inspired to do this post, and found the best, most beautiful and affordable health and beauty spa’s Cape Town has to offer.

Hint: My list does not include the 12 Apostles, One & Only, or the Taj. 

These were selected based on reasonable affordability and locations that guarantee the best views of the Cape.


Heavenly Spa at The Westin

WHERE: Convention Square, Lower Long Street, Cape Town, 8000Cape Town CALL: +27214128200 EMAIL: 


Camelot Spa at LeFranchhoek 

WHERE: Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa, Minor Road 16, Franschhoek  CALL: +2721876-2735  EMAIL: lefranschhoek@camelotspa.co.za


Librisa Spa at the Belmond Mount Nelson

WHERE: 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town  CALL: +27 21 483 1000  EMAIL: reservations.mnh@belmond.com


Medi Spa ‘Medical Spa’ (next door to the Mount Nelson)

WHERE:  99 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town  CALL: +214225140


Mint Wellness Spa at Camps Bay Retreat

WHERE: 7 Chilworth Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town  CALL: +27214378300  EMAIL: book@campsbayretreat.com


Amani Spa Radisson Blue

WHERE: Beach Road, Granger Bay Cape Town  CALL: +27214113332/3  EMAIL: capetown@amanispas.co.za


Angsana Spa Vineyard Hotel

WHERE: Vineyard Hotel, Colinton Rd, Newlands  CALL: +216745005


Life Day Spa Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers

WHERE: Corner of Century Boulevard and Rialto Road, Century City, Cape Town CALL: +27215253888


O on Kloof

WHERE:  92 Kloof Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town  CALL:  +27214392081  EMAIL: 


Suntra Spa at African Pride 15 on Orange 

WHERE: 7th Floor, 15 on Orange Hotel, Corner Grey’s Pass & Orange Streets, Cape Town  CALL: +27214698062  EMAIL: relax@suntraspa.com


How will your Spa experience be affected by the current water crisis?

Not much, if at all. I have personally called many of these Spa’s on the list and most of them are using natural spring water. However, this is subject to change and it is, therefore, best to inquire about this again upon your booking. 



Inspiration, Lifestyle, Slider

How Are We Preparing Our Kids for Careers of the Future

January 22, 2018

It is either very scary or very exciting to know that in another 10 years from now, our children will find themselves either in, or working towards, a career that does not even exist today. How that makes you feel depends on how prepared you are. According to the World Economic Forum, approximately 65 percent of the children entering primary school now will fall into this category. So, how are we preparing our kids for something that doesn’t exist yet?

Of cause sending them to the best schools, able to meet and exceed their specific needs, is a wonderful opportunity and one many of us are aspiring to. Sadly the reality is not everyone can afford to; and even though a good education is without a doubt necessary, I believe the true leaders of tomorrow, the ones who will be more resilient, innovative, tenacious, passionate, and even just likable, are not only made in the classroom but also at home.

I had an interesting conversation with my GP the other day. After confirming my ear infection we got to chatting and both discovered the other’s love for books. She confessed her obsession was to the point where she no longer had any available space for the books she keeps bringing home, but was caught by surprise when one afternoon she found her almost two-year-old daughter, on her own, completely drawn-in by one of her many story books. Right there she vowed to never give up on her love for reading, no matter how insane her obsession was. It was clearly developing her daughter into a great leader.

It’s okay to expect the school we pay hefty school fees to, to ensure our kids get the best education to prepare them for the brightest future, but in order to survive in an ever-evolving society we have to understand it is simply not enough for kids to learn – they need to LOVE to learn. By teaching our kids the value of sharing with others, we’re creating team players, by teaching them to respect others’ differences we’re creating compassionate leaders. Vocational learning and STEM education are, therefore, most effective when balanced with a healthy dose of emotional intelligence which is sure to be among the top 10 job skills by 2020.

We do not have control over the future, or what it has in store for the next generation, but we do have influence over our kids – at breakfast, the dinner table, while driving or walking them to school or putting them to bed at night. Every opportunity we are given to interact with our kids is an opportunity to shape them, nourish their passions and encourage their dreams. 


The future is now! Here are 10 careers that are here to stay; and the soft skills required to not only excel at them but also be happy in them:



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Love people, empathy, coping skills, prioritizing, teamwork, communication, love to learn
Information Technology

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Communication, ability to listen, teamwork, mentor, creative, managing conflict, leadership
Sustainable energy technology

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Passionate about the earth’s future, curiosity, communication, love for knowledge, integrity
Content Creation

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Good communication and writing skills, highly creative, original, self-motivated and self-disciplined
Digital Marketing

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Creativity, excellent communication, enthusiastic, positive, adaptable, dependable, diplomatic, patient

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Exemplary people skills, leadership, adaptability, the ability to handle stress, humble confidence, love to learn

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Adaptability, physical fitness, mental endurance, Love to learn
Web & App Developing

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Reinventing yourself, vigilance, integrity, communication, punctuality
Robotics Engineers & Drone controllers

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Excellent communication, excellent reading comprehension, active learner, disciplined and good decision maker, persistence

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Capacity to listen, write and speak, social Intelligence, enthusiasm, likeability, integrity

It is never too late or too early to start saving for this future by choosing an investment plan to suit your budget and take care of your child’s education, while you take care of the important stuff.  




University of Kent

Fast Company


World Economic Forum