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So delicious!
The annual DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival is back! As usual, there’s an amazing summer vibe, music (this year’s headliner Erykah Badu will be supported by Jazzanova, and British acid jazz band D’Influence) and so much good food! Wander down the Delicious Mile for a sampling of some of the best street food, or pop in to a pop-up restaurant for one of their signature dishes. There’s also a kid’s play area, and family tickets are available. It’s all happening on 22 and 23 September at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit.  

Take the leap
Want to feel like you’re on top of the world? Who doesn’t? Want to jump off a crane that’s 50 metres high? Um… Play at Height is that crane at Pineslopes, but you don’t have to bungee off it if that isn’t your thing. You can very sensibly stay at the top and have a drink while you enjoy the gorgeous views from the Sky Bar. There’s also abseiling and wall climbing. We’ll see you at the top!

Tickle your funny bone
When it comes to laughter, what’s better than the best? Jimmy Carr’s Best of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits – that’s what. Experience the dark humour of this British comedian at The Teatro on 21 and 22 September.

 

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The braai without the smoke
If you’ve got a hankering for some Braai Day flavours but don’t want to stand around the flames yourself, the Beerhouse at Pineslopes has you covered. Spend your public holiday listening to live music and enjoying 40% off Brew BQ platters. In the words of Homer Simpson, “Mmmm… beer…”  

 

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Add the sizzle to your braai with these hot recipes!

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Heritage Day is coming up, which means South Africans from all walks of life are getting their braais ready. We went looking for some recipes with a twist, and found flavours of Asia, Spain and biltong – of course!

Nice spicy rice
Jan Braai, the man behind Braai Day, isn’t only about chops and wors (nothing wrong with them, though). His recipe for chicken, seafood and chorizo paella is fragrant, spicy and totally delicious

Image courtesy of Jan Braai

Hot chick
If you think that Thailand and braais don’t go together, think again. This dish of chicken thighs with lime and ginger by Food and Home has all our favourite Thai ingredients, along with a hot kick of ginger and chili. Just add more to turn up the heat.

Image courtesy of Food and Home.

Rock it old school
Steak is a braai stalwart for a reason – juicy, delicious, tasty. Mmm… This recipe from Woolworths adds an extra punch with herby butter and spring onions. And check out their video – they actually cook the steak right on the coals.

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Super local, super lekker
Good old braai broodjies get a scrumdidlyumptious sprinkling of biltong in this cheesy, jammy recipe from Food24.

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These amazing international musicians are performing in Fourways

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Fourways, get ready to sing along and dance to incredible music by best-selling international artists! There are three amazing musicians performing at the Ticketpro Dome in the next few months, and you need to get your tickets ASAP to make sure you don’t miss out.

That Thing
We fell in love with her when we heard her take of “Killing me Softly” with The Fugees, and then she went on to a solo career that blew listeners away. Lauryn Hill’s first solo album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”, was released in 1998 (21 years ago!) and cemented her as a superstar singer, rapper and musician. She has since been nominated for 10 Grammy awards and has won five!

She’s on a worldwide tour to mark the anniversary of her debut album, and will share the stage with special guest star Nas – who was named one of the world’s 10 best rappers. A portion of all ticket sales will go to the MLH Fund which supports charities around the world. This amazing show is on 2 February 2019 and is not to be missed.

Thriller
British hit-maker Sam Smith is gracing the Ticketpro Dome stage with his show “The Thrill Of It All” to mark the launch of his album by the same name. He rose to the top of the charts and our playlists with “Latch” and has since delighted audiences around the world with songs like “Writing’s on the Wall” from the James Bond film Spectre, “Lay Me Down”, and Naughty Boy’s “La La La”. He’s performing on 13 and 14 April, but the 13th is already sold out so do not wait any longer to get your tickets!

Rock on!
If your musical tastes are a bit harder, then this one’s for you. Legendary metal band Judas Priest is performing at the Dome on 22 March. You might not think a metal band that’s been playing together for 40 years would be fashionistas, but they were the first to wear all leather with studs, setting the look that we all associate with hardcore music today. Their latest album, “Fireball”, is the highest-charting in their career.  

The easy way to get organised!

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We’ve decided that 2019 is the year we kiss chaos goodbye and get organised. Yes, we’re getting on top of our budgets, plans and ideas and we’re doing it in style, cos that’s just how we roll. You can do it too, and we’ve got the things that will help you – all for free. We trawled the internet to find free resources that you can download, print out and use to sort your stuff out.

The big picture
A monthly calendar is a super handy way to get an overview of the coming weeks, and to keep track of big events that are on the horizon. We love this colouring in one from Printables and Inspirations that you can personalise and use to destress.

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Make the kids behave
OK, this one will never be solved totally with a piece of paper stuck to the fridge, but getting a fun behaviour chart can get the kids on board. Activity Shelter has two pages of printable charts, which are great for getting children to eat their veggies, be good, do their chores… We love this one with the rockets! Remember that you get the kids’ school books wrapped, fun stickers and awesome pencils – all for free at Fourways Mall until 20 January.

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Everyone on the same page
Sticking a weekly plan somewhere everyone can see it is awesome. This one from Moritz Fine Design is a colourful way to keep track of what’s on for the week, what you need to get done, and even what’s for supper.

Money matters
We all know that budgeting is important, but it can be scary too, which is why we don’t always do it. We found two templates for money management. Redefining Mom has pages for all sorts of things, but print only the ones you need. If you’re inspired by pretty, check out this one. It has a guide on how to use it and sensible advice. As always, do what works for you.  

Do it in style
Keep yourself motivated by making your planners look hot. Get free sticker sets to decorate, highlight important things, add motivational quotes and have some fun. If you are looking for colourful pens and markers at great prices, remember to go to Miniso.

 

Don’t skip the shops just because it’s Januworry

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Got a Januworry situation happening in your bank account? You might be avoiding the shops and restaurants, counting how many sleeps you have left till payday, but (as always) we have some good news for you! We hit up Fourways Mall (expecting only window shopping) and were super happy to discover some great promos and specials that we wiggled into the budget. Ready? Let’s go!

Naturally beautiful
The Body Shop is having a massive sale – 20% off EVERYTHING and 30% off select products and ranges. Skop the Januworry blues to the pavement with the fresh and vibrant Luscious Strawberry, zingy Pink Grapefruit or soothing Olive body butters, scrubs and shower gels. You can also score 20% off their magic matt powder and show summer shine who really is the boss.

Give your home some love
Mr Price Home always has really reasonably priced kitchen, homeware and decor items, and they are super on trend. Right now they have an extra special on top of their usual low prices: buy any 2 fitted or flat sheets from the same range and get a pillowcase pack for FREE! Sweet dreams are made of this.

Free toes!
While you might never have thought that you want free toes (it’s not like there’s anything wrong with the ones we already have) then you aren’t in a gellish frame of mind. At Deluxe Laser and Spa ladies get their toes done for free when they have a Polygel set. Guys, don’t feel left out. You get a free hand massage with your manicure.

Happy tummies
For tasty savings, get thee (and the fam) to Panarottis. Call and collect and you score any 2 large pizzas for just R195. If that’s not enough for you, sit down on Thursdays for all you can eat pizza for just R95, or go on Tuesdays for any classic pizza or pasta for R60.

 

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Make your new year awesome

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It’s the beginning of the year, and we going to have an awesome one! But this isn’t one of those “new year, new you” stories or a list of resolutions that you know you will never keep. Go to gym three times a week. Stop eating sugar completely. Write in your gratitude journal every day. Learn to meditate. Do a course and get a promotion. Phew, it’s exhausting just looking at that – and you’re going to ditch it all by the middle of February anyway. This is what we suggest instead.

Be kind
Just like charity, kindness starts at home. Be kind to yourself. Unless you are a psychopath or steal other people’s lunch from the work fridge, you’re probably a fairly decent person. (Also, all our Get the 411 peeps are awesome!) So remember what makes you cool and recognise your own fabulousness. When you’re in the kindness mindest, it will naturally spill over to the people around you.

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Keep dreaming
Just because we’re not keen on new year’s resolutions doesn’t mean we don’t want to achieve anything. Quite the opposite really. We are all about big goals and making them happen. The trick is to break it down into small achievable tasks that build up to it. Want to run a marathon but the only place you walk to is the fridge, start with a trip around the block, not 5km. Give yourself a realistic timeframe and reward your small victories. That way you’re setting yourself up for success and keep feeling good about yourself.

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Reach out
If you see someone who could use a little help, step up. It doesn’t need to be a massive gesture. A smile, some encouragement, offering to reply to a client email for a colleague who is swamped… Small acts can make a big difference to other people. You never know what they are going through.

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Don’t do it all
Reaching out goes the other way, too. When you need help, ask for it. You are not expected to be a superhuman who can do everything all at once and get it all perfect. Also think about what you really need to do before you automatically do it. You can say no and you can outsource.

If you have kids and a pile of school books to wrap, the good people at Fourways Mall have got you covered (pun totally intended). Buy your school supplies there and they will wrap the books for free and give you stickers to make them look super cool. While you wait, the kids can colour in, munch on popcorn and have a picture taken in outer space.

Relax, the weekend is here to save us all!

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We’ve only been back at work for a few days and already we need a weekend to relax! (Work is hard, y’all!) Luckily for us, Fourways, AKA the best place in the world, has some exciting events happening.

Smash it out
When Saturday rolls around, get out of bed, take a deep breath and relax. Oh wait, we forgot an all-important step. Take a deep breath and smash something! We’re not suggesting violence or vandalism, we’re talking about the Rage Room. This internationally popular concept is now in SA, at the Jozi X Adventure Park. Basically what you do is put on protective gear and spend 15 minutes in a room full of old TVs, microwaves, plates, coffee machines, computers – anything really – and smash it with your weapon of choice. Like a baseball bat, golf club or crowbar. It’s a whole new kind of stress relief!

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Laugh it off
Laughter is one of the best remedies for the shock of going back to work. So we’re going to Parker’s Comedy Club at Monte. They have a whole host of comedic gold every Thursday, Friday and Saturday this January. This weekend you can look forward to funny men Martin Davis, Melt Sieberhagen, Elton Mduduzi, and Jason Goliath.

 

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Dance dance dance
When it comes to getting dressed up and then getting down, Chicago’s Piano Bar at Waterford is the place to be. This weekend is no exception. On Friday night it’s the Prohibition Party featuring Lonehill Estate – the band, not all the residents. Say the secret code at the bar (“giggle juice”) and get these great drinks specials:

  • R17 gin & tonic
  • R17 vodka & Sprite
  • R17 Richelieu & Coke
  • R20 Glenlivet
  • R15 tequila

Wear your 20s gear and you’ll get free shooters. Woo!

Chillax
Kick back and soak up the laid back vibes at Beerhouse at Pineslopes on Sunday afternoon. With a live band and a 500g T-bone with a 330ml beer for just R120, you’ll be ready to face next week with a smile.

 

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Stay healthy at these Fourways restaurants

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It’s that time of year when we all intend to be healthy, but then you end up at a restaurant with friends and your wellness resolutions fly out the window (usually on buffalo wings and blue cheese sauce). So we set out to find restaurants in Fourways where there are plenty of healthy options on the menu so you don’t have to sob quietly into your house salad while your friends satisfy their cravings.

Opa!
Greek food is delicious and has plenty of healthy (and vegetarian) options without you having to look for a special section on the menu. Nikos at Pineslopes prides themselves on serving fresh, authentic Greek food. If you’re watching carbs, opt for the skinny lamb chops with a fresh Greek salad or Aegean coleslaw (mayo free). Order a roasted cauliflower head for the table to share, or pass around the dolmades, souvlaki, and fakes, fasolia and brinjals (a delicious white bean and lentil dish in a tomato sauce).

 

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Ariba!
Another naturally healthy cuisine is Mexican. You might be thinking of loaded nachos swimming in sour cream, but there are plenty of healthy choices if you expand your mind (and taste buds). Mexican Fresh at Pineslopes takes the freshest ingredients and gives them a spicy kick to create their signature dishes. You can build your own bowl, choosing your base, proteins and veggies – go for lettuce cups if you are extra good! There’s also grilled seafood and delicious salads that do not have soggy lettuce anywhere near them.

Health bomb
For a relaxed catch up with friends or a healthy bite while you get some work done, head to Carmella’s at Cedar Square. You have to try one of their drinks. They make fresh smoothies and juices, as well as health bombs for an instant wellness burst. With names like red juice, SA sunshine, green zero and a tumeric bomb, you know it’s going to do you good! If you’re there for breakfast, order the fresh paw paw, topped with Greek yogurt and honey.

 

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Good for you, good for Earth
Kauai has always been a favourite for its fresh smoothies and juices, and over the years the menu has grown too. With loads of plant based (and even vegan) options, there is something for everyone. Cape Malay wrap? Or how about an egg hot pot or a classic avo and kale salad? Kauai is also looking after the planet’s health – they no longer use plastic straws or lids and all their packaging is recyclable.

 

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The glamest red carpet looks from the Golden Globes

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Oh celebs, how we love them – their crazy cars and manis, fab holidays and glam red carpet looks! The 2019 Golden Globes gave us endless entertainment as movie stars and musicians strutted their stuff. We couldn’t resist sharing some of the wow-est outfits, as well as the ones that made us go “hmm…”

The winners…

Everyone loves Lupita
Lupita Nyongo’s blue gown has a classic shape, but she upped the ante with all those sparkles. Also, every outfit looks amazing when Michael B Jordan of Black Panther fame is giving you his million dollar smile.

Like a mermaid
Emma Stone, who was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, dazzled us in this Louis Vuitton gown. Apparently it took over 800 hours to make – which sounds about right when you consider that all the embellishments were done by hand.

Total winner
When she arrived in this striking yet simple gown, Regina King won our hearts. But what really made her the winner of the night was her acceptance speech for Best Actress, which she got for If Beale Street Could Talk. In it, she fiercely committed to having at least 50% women on all her future projects.

The hostess with the mostest
Sandra Oh, the evening’s host, wore three gowns, but the one we swooned over the most was the white number she arrived in. The gathered bodice and elegant train reminded us of old-style Hollywood glamour. She’s also the first person of Asian descent to ever host the ceremony, and the first in 39 years to win for best lead actress. Yes!

They certainly made a statement…

A bit of everything
Multi-talented singer, actor and performer Billy Porter made sure that everyone remembered his entrance in an embroidered suit with matching grey cape and a hot pink lining! It was custom made by Randi Rahm, and he finished it off with heels by Gucci.

True blue
Never one to do things in half measures, Lady Gaga went all out in a massive blue dress and dyed her hair to match. She also took home the Globe for best song.

Mad hatter?
Musician Janelle Monae opted for a black tunic dress over a white one, embellished with gold. And a gold hat. We’re filing this one under “interesting”.

Mixing it up
Hollywood sweetheart Julia Roberts went for the best of both worlds with a nude skirt and top over black tuxedo trousers. Because sometimes you just can’t decide.

The best beauty spots in Fourways

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We’ve had a beautiful time checking out some of Fourways’ best beauty spots. Here’s our roundup of our favourite spa experiences for 2018.

Here comes the (fake) sun

In the spirit of “fake it till you make it”, our journalist Aimee lost her spray tan virginity at Gold Coast Tan at Cedar Square. When a story about a salon starts with vampires, you know it’s gonna be great:
I’ve always had very fair skin, and too much time spent in the sun inevitably results in me going bright red, then back to pale. When the Twilight series came out in the early noughties, I no longer felt the pressure to be beautifully bronzed. But it’s been ten years since Twilight hit the shelves, and the sparkle has worn off, so to speak.

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Where stress melts away
In another spa first, Susie went to Matis at Fourways for a massage, something she generally hates. We didn’t just make her go to torture her, we genuinely knew it would do it her good (and make her stop being so grumpy). Thanks to the skilled massage therapist and tranquil atmosphere at Matis, she learnt to relax and start loving massage.

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New kid on the block
A few months ago, Deluxe Laser and Spa opened at Fourways Mall, offering a whole range of treatments. Get radiant with a facial, give signs of ageing the boot, add some colour to your nails, blast away hair, bliss out with a massage, fake your tan… Basically, when you want to treat yourself or have a special event coming up, you need to get an appointment. This is why you won’t be disappointed.

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Nailed it
Manis and pedis are an essential beauty and self-pampering spoil for us. Sitting back in the hot pink and white striped chairs at Dream Nails at Fourways Mall makes us instantly calmer, as well as excited about the wonders that are about to be worked on our nails.

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Gift shopping is a wrap at Fourways Mall

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While we love the holidays, the rush to the end of the year gets frantic and shopping for gifts for everyone can be a bit overwhelming. (Who would have thought we’d ever say that about shopping!?) Luckily for all of us, the smartypants people at Fourways Mall have made shopping for gifts super easy this festive season.

Decisions, decisions
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. Having a plan makes shopping so much more enjoyable. But what do you do when you know you want to spoil your bestie with something gorgeous, but aren’t sure exactly what? You simply pick up a free copy of Life @4WM at the mall and settle down with a cup of coffee while you browse the pages.
It has gift ideas for guys, gals, kids, tecchies, and home bodies as well as stocking filler treats that fit into the budget. (Our doggo is very keen on the rainbow stilettos, and who can blame him?)

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The one-stop-everything-you-need-pop-up
So maybe you have just been super busy. We get it. Or maybe you are not a fan of shopping. We don’t really get that, but we don’t judge it either. Enter Fourways Mall’s pop up gift store. It has a range of gifts for all kinds of people. Pick up a box of Lego, a bottle of perfume or a quirky pair of socks – all in one place! No more trawling around the shops for you anymore. The pop up shop is in front of Brown’s, close to entrance 2.

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Now open
After patiently waiting through the renovations, we starting to be rewarded with new shops opening at the mall. Hooray! Miniso has a super range of fun items at very reasonable prices. You could also pick up some fab presents at Dion Wired, Sheet Street and Mr Price Sport. Remember our old favourites like Gemini Octopus, Cardies and Big Blue.

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Santa’s little helpers
The mall is bursting with festive cheer with sparkly lights, Santa, reindeers and even elves. They are a bit taller than expected, but they are there to help all of us get ready for the holidays. Ask them for directions, to snap a pic for Instagram or to wrap your gifts in gorgeous paper with ribbons.

Recipes the whole family can bake

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It’s holidays, so we’ve got the time to round up the children and have a family baking session. We found the recipes that kids of all ages can accomplish – some harder than others – to get into the festive spirit.

Try out these treats and watch their eyes widen with delight as they see their cookies rising or their masterpiece coming together. We’re not going to lie – the cleaning up can be a bit of a mission, but if you let the kids lick out the bowls, you’re halfway there!

Unicorn madness 
Look, we have never really been able to hide it, but we love unicorns, so when we found this recipe for unicorn white chocolate bark, we were super excited. Basically all you have to do is melt white chocolate, mix in food colouring, pour it out onto a sheet and decorate it with your choice of marshmallows, sweeties and sprinkles. (And if you can’t get enough unicorns in your kitchen, give these unicorn poo meringues a go!)

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Candy cane delight
Jamie Oliver has five kids, so if he says a recipe is kiddy friendly, you know he’s talking from experience. (Although… he might be a bit of a better teacher in the kitchen than we are.) His candy cane chocolate cookies have a little burst of mint and are decorated with crushed candy canes. He hangs his on the tree, but somehow we don’t think ours will hang around long enough to make it to the tree, let alone stay there!

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Higher grade
If you are a talented, confident baker and you want to try a project, check out this gingerbread house recipe by Yuppiechef. It takes 2 days as the dough needs to rest (and we’ll need a break halfway through making this TBH), but once it’s baked, putting it all together and decorating it is super fun.

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Chewy and crunchy
If you need a less intimidating option, then Nigella Lawson’s marshmallow crispy squares are for you. Basically all you have to do is melt marshmallows and butter and then mix in Rice Krispies. The hardest part is waiting for them to set before you start eating.

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Image courtesy of Nigella Lawson