celebrate life!

Besides the surname Snyman, these ‘sisters’ share a passion for women with passion

Women of Passion is created by women for women and represents all women who are unapologetically bold, on fire and passionate about everything they do.

This initiative of sisters-in-law Clerissa Snyman and Stephanie Snyman, hopes to: “Inspire, empower and promote women with great minds and even greater ideas”.

At their recent launch event at Standard Bank Incubator, Rosebank, Johannesburg, like minded women were treated to knowledgeable speakers on skincare, beauty, wine and fitness. A host of stalls offered an opportunity to shop from female entrepreneurs for vitamins, crafty kaftans, biltong, bright accessories and treatments. After the practical talks, everyone networked whilst tasting healthy eats and sipping on unusual wine based drinks, including shiraz slushy and merlot ice cream!

With the water for #WomenofPassion tested, we can only watch and wait for these soul sisters’ next event!

Missy Make Up Demo on Bold Lips    Bright shopping items Sonette Donker from SkinId   Chairs awaiting Wone of Passion to be inspired...   Sharon from Odd Wine Out   Delicious Eats#SBIncubator   #SBIncubator


Come taste Spring in the new dishes & drinks at Belle’s Patisserie

Belle’s Patisserie recently launched their Spring menu.

Belle’s is synonymous with heavenly sweet temptations. However, besides gateaux and pastries, the new, fresh Spring menu is peppered with healthy and inviting dishes. Owner Linda Lipschitz and head chef Vixa, revisited Belle’s French roots and introduced a new season with fresh dishes. The menu is now more succinct with sexy and sassy plates, boards and bowls.

And for drinks one could enjoy iced tea, cordials, sodas and freshly squeezed juice. Or opt for the  Belle’s High Tea, perhaps with a Campona (espresso with whipped cream) or a pot of freshly brewed tea.

Salmon carpaccio

From the new menu…

I savoured some fresh sushi, spicy salmon and creamy risotto. The spicy sashimi salad impressed; the sushi was fresh and the smoked salmon carpaccio was dotted with bright dots of pickled beetroot and toasted pine nuts. The star of the lunch was the risotto with asparagus cuts, mushrooms, goats cheese and truffle oil. This dish displayed depth, flavour and skill and made me long for more!

The allure of a fresh, healthy dish followed by something sweet is tempting…

I would love to return to Belle’s for more …




Discovering Fresh, New & Handmade Contemporary Drinks

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The annual Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair (HMC) is all about design.

The opening night revealed artisanal food, a poetry performance, fashion with a foliage theme and plenty crafted drinks.

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Well celebrated MCC from both Graham Beck and Pierre Jourdan cellars were poured; Hope on Hopkins and Inverroche represented contemporary gin respectfully; several fine wines were available and Sxollie Cider added zest.

Noticeably the 2016 HMC event introduced some fresh, new talent:

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Jorgensen’s Distillery

Mr “Ginsmith” has an impressive array of crafted spirits, including a white whiskey with a hop aroma brewed from IPA; an unaged brandy; pepper gin; vodka and vermouth! Look out for the Jorgensen’s range with aptly labels e.g. Moonshine pisco and Field of Dreams absinthe.

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Valdo Prosecco

Designer labels are released yearly for each Italian special edition at the Milan fashion week. The 2016 Rosé floral edition’s bottle is dressed in bright blooms. Rosé rules!

Time Anchor Distillery

With a choice of gin, tonic and garnish, “Build a G&T” quickly became fashionable. Pure alchemy with ginger, rosemary or rosewater added to the finest Indian tonic water and artisan gin.


Kuhestan Cordial

Organic berries, elderflower and fruit from Magoesbaskloof translate into preservative free, flavoursome drinks. Persian of origin, this family crafts their produce on traditional recipes. Ideal for a refreshing drink.


Alter Schwede Herb Liqueur

German in origin, but produced in the Cape by the Blomendahl family, this liqueur is “echt lecker”, especially when served with gin.


The HMC is the perfect platform where city dwellers can congregate and experience new tastes, sounds, aromas, textures and visuals. And this includes designer dishes and drinks.


PRADA, DOLCE & GABBANA, GUCCI, JIMMY CHOO, BURBERRY, GIORGIO ARMANI, VERSACE and other luxury brands saluted guests at Sandton City and Sunday Times #THEEDIT #COMETOTHECITY event on Thursday 29 September.

Fashionista & a falcon
Fashionista & a falcon

Fashion and a falcon took centre stage at the Diamond Walk with Sandtonistas sipping champagne and nibbling sushi whilst being welcomed by Aspasia Karras. Giorgio Armani’s sales executives were introducing Armani Black with gloved hands, where the colours grey, blue and pomegranate were complementing the black designs.

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With only one garment per size and style, one is assured of a glamourous, unique look from Gucci, with a large selection of dazzling bags and shoes to add on. Versace’s magnificent marble floor mirrors a circular design in Donatella’s home, and the organic walls houses adorable designer children’s items too.

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Impressive and known for their killer heels, Jimmy Choo introduced a new, classic line with reinforced heels. The fragrances are sassy, and on my ‘top 5’ perfume list. Prada launched their 2016 Fall Winter collection amongst trays of tasty canapés, whisky and champagne – all served in style by men in designer suits.

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My absolute favourite store on the Diamond Walk is Dolce & Gabanna , and with host Alex, one is assured of a well tailored tour of the burgundy clad store. Turkish marble, damask and velvet emphasize the collections of designer fashion. A black first line dress with tulips embroidered by hand, spells the quality and tradition of their designs. One is surprised by touches of bright green palm leaf, deep purple and saffron yellow.

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It was late when I untied my satin armband that gave me access to the exclusive reader event.

As promised, it was indeed the party of my fashion dreams.

It was a good night!  Designer Eats  Designer Drinks   Sushi and bites


South Africa’s treasure trove of handcrafted creativity

The new Spring pop-up venue at The Galleria, Sandton is brimming with DESIGN, FOOD & WINE and LIVE MUSIC!

In its 14th year, this ever-growing community of handcrafted, passionately-made, proudly South African products never fails to inspire and impress. Expect beautiful treasures, gifts, home-ware, health & beauty, innovative fashion and artisanal MCC (champagne) and coffee!

It is a feast for the senses and inspirational for the soul!

MIES Body Products


Saltare MCC








Super C for your skin #PowerC #TVC30

Tri Vita C30 serum is packed with 30% vitamin C.

Launched during last week in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, this airless, stable packaged, prime product of Dermaceutic promises great skin results! Besides all the super antioxidant properties of vitamin C, it gives the skin optimal improvement tools:

  1. It shields the superficial skin against UVB rays
  2. It activates the formation of type 1 collagen deeper in the skin
  3. It protects the skin against UVA rays and limits de-pigmentation

It also contains vitamin E and Ferulic acid, to fight free radicals and to photo-protects the skin.

Why am I excited about this serum?

I participated in Tri Vita C30 trials with an aesthetic expert, Sonette Donker of Skin iD. For two months I tried and tested the product daily, in combination with chemical peels applied every second week. I used the serum morning and night, followed by a repair cream Regen Ceutic from Dermaceutic – to restore and repair the skin due to the peeling. I would finish my morning skin routine with Sun Ceutic 50 to protect against UV rays.

All things orange and filled with Vit C!
All things orange and filled with Vit C!

The results?

Since Tri Vita C30 has clinically proven to be age defensive, I have indeed noticed an improvement in my skin tone and colour, my pigmentation seems to have lessened and my fine wrinkles softened. I am still to continue the product for another month before final photographs will be taken.

I love the texture of this paraben and fragrance free product. It literally is absorbed into the skin within 30 seconds. And it certainly has a huge role to play in preventative skincare in younger persons.

Give your skin a vitamin C boost! Your face will thank you.

Are we dining out less frequently?

Can we still afford to eat out?

South African dining out is certainly much more affordable than the average restaurant in the UK or Europe. Whilst the queues at fast-food outlets are noticeably long, several smaller and lesser known restaurants in shopping malls and neighbourhoods are closing their doors. Quality chefs are visibly ‘cooking up a storm’ at food markets and in food trucks – where the monthly fixed expenses are certainly less that at restaurant premises.

Yet gourmet restaurants are opening despite the looming recession.

Marble, Luke Dale-Roberts at The Saxon and Tre Café del Sol in Johannesburg; Mulberry & Prince, Osteria Tarantino, Mink & Trout, The Stack etc opened this year. Foodie Instagram photos are soaring in popularity and social media platforms are flooded with pictures of coffee roasteries, craft beer, artisanal gin, breads and gourmet dishes.

We personally have certainly cut down on our treats and eats and we are definitely dining out less frequently. I wonder how our fellow South Africans are affected in respect to dining out.

Are you eating out less frequently?

French toast at Salt, Waterkloof
French toast at Salt, Waterkloof

Does speaking some Turkish improves one’s Experience on Turkish Airlines?

Flying abroad is usually a huge expense and one of the airlines offering an excellent experience at an economic price, is Turkish Airlines.

On board Turkish Airlines

This airline has won the best economic class catering award on many occasions. However, one’s experience with the airhosts and hostesses is significantly improved by a bit of local lingo.

Does speaking Turkish helps?


Top six Turkish Phrases

Here are the top six phrases that will rapidly aid in your in-air service:

English Phrases

Turkish Phrases


Hallo Merhaba!    Merhabaa
How are you? Nasılsın?    Nasieliesinn
Thank you Teşekkür ederim! Teshekoer Edderim
Beautiful/ Very good Çok güzel Shok jizel
Good bye! Hoşça kal Hoshkashel
Yes/ No evet/ hayır Evet/ Hahier


Enjoy the smiles your phrases will generate.

Bon Voyage!

Twice as nice at the Turbine Art Fair in 2017

Turbine Hall Art Fair


If you have missed the Turbine Art Fair (TAF) at the Turbine Hall in 2016, all the more the reason to make sure you visit in 2017. Besides the magnificent art, there are two reasons to visit the next event:

1.    The Turbine Hall

The Turbine Hall is the perfect venue to host this plethora of interesting and inspiring art – both by new and established artists. It is fascinating to wander in this concrete shell and to view the original structure and fittings. All lovers of form and design will revel in walking the metal bridges and cement ramps.

2.    Delicious Food & Drink

Urban menus rule with dishes like trendy eclairs, pork burgers, vegetable curries and gourmet soups. Expect an abundance of bubbly, beer, coffee and all things nice.

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And another thing or two:

The art ranges from contemporary to classical, including sculpture, print, photography and various other mediums. It opens one’s eyes for unusual and fascinating expressions of art.

Safe parking, a children’s drawing area and art talks are also part of the TAF’s building blocks.

This is truly an inner-city event that transports one to any world city. And it is right here in Johannesburg, South Africa!

The Turbine Art Fair

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