EmpowerMe Celebrates Women at Shimmy Beach Club this Women’s Day
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Over two hundred women joined together this past Women’s Day at Shimmy Beach Club to celebrate their empowered inner queen. Inspirational talks, delicious cocktails, live music and good food; combined with the incredible spirit of feminine unity, encompassed this more-than-memorable occasion set in Cape Town’s premium water-side venue.

Arriving to uplifting beats played by DJ Rene, guests enjoyed delectable sushi and welcome canapes that circulated throughout the venue. With an abundance of cocktail options, guests had their pick of Chambord Kir Royal, Tia Maria, Disaronno Sour cocktails, Graham Beck MCC or a zero alcohol option of The Duchess drink. Furthermore, guests were able to indulge in a few luxury brand pop-up stores, namely Lolaromon, Alessia Boutique, Beach Cult, Kokodakota, Pure Romance, Olivia Lincoln Leather Handbags, Gypsy Collection Jewellery and Princess D.

This one-of-a-kind event, hosted by KFM’s charismatic Mamohau Seseane, celebrated the multi-faceted modern female with an afternoon of inspiring talks by experts in their field. Each speaker came with a message to inspire, motivate and empower. Together they aimed at touching on each aspect that makes up an empowered woman’s life.

The topics ranged from health, beauty and fitness, the power of positivity and confidence, to personal style, finance and productivity. Speakers included: Skin Renewal’s aesthetic specialist, Dr Shahra Sattar; health and fitness guru and owner of Warrior Warehouse, Emma Jooste; personal styling team, Beautifullyou; NLP practitioner Nepheritie Jade; confidence coach, Abigail K, and ending with financial advisor and also the ‘Empower Me’ founder - Janine Brink. 

Set in Cape Town’s most picturesque seaside venue, guests enjoyed a two-course lunch while overlooking the glistening ocean. The perfect sunshine weather complimented the all-white feminine outfits which sparkled with a royal touch of gold.

All the women, including special guests, media and celebrity attendees, shone like queens at the event.

Guests were spoilt with the chance to win in the luxury lucky-draws. Over and above this they all went home with goodie-bags filled with gifts and vouchers from Dr Organic, the Red Gallery, Versace, Pure Romance, BOS ice tea, Choose Me Intimates, MUD make-up, Beach Cult, Zando, Chocolate by Tomes, Jekyll & Hide, Beautifullyou, Shimmy, Fairlady, True Love and Sarie magazines.

The highlight of this grand occasion is that R10,000.00 was raised through ticket sales by ‘Empower Me’ in aid of their ‘Princess D Menstrual Cup’ outreach programme. Menstrual cups and other female necessities will be donated to underprivileged girls who are missing on average 20% of their school year due to being unable to afford basic sanitary necessities.

To join the ‘Empower Me’ network and for more information on upcoming events check out their website: www.empower-me.co.za 

JEKYLL & HIDE IS FULL OF THE JOYS OF SPRING
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Jekyll & Hide compliments the spring/summer trends with classically crafted leather bags, purses, wallets and accessories for the modern adventurer, business person and student.  This spring/summer season promises to add a contemporary flair to traditional pastel tones and floaty fabrics by combining unexpected colours with a mix of modern technology and the natural world. As a nod to the current trend of season-less, genderless fashion, light colours and textures will accompany darker shades and thicker, more rugged weights. 

These trends are embodied by the Jekyll & Hide range, which includes both timeless pieces like creamy-soft leather jackets in burnt ambers and jet blacks, as well as cheeky modern pieces like banana-yellow purses, red-hot handbags and hipster crossover bags. 

The four key themes for this season are: 

Sweet Candy

Spring enters sweetly and slowly with silky, buttery textures and pure colours. Sport this trend with a classic Jekyll & Hide leather jacket or American ladies' handbag. 

Pure Spring

With the air abuzz with blooms and bees, vibrant colours of yellow, green and blue will welcome rising temperatures with a warm smile. Wear it your way with a Jekyll & Hide Colorful Caribbean purse that’ll keep countless cards and notes safe while you strut your summer stuff.

Intense Style

Go bold with authentic, pure maritime colours of coral red and blue. We think this Ladies Amsterdam Handbag will pair perfectly with your beachy tan.

Deep Summer 

Intense, saturated hues of vanilla sweet ice cream and strong blue volcano silhouettes are as striking and abundant as the cloudless summer skies. Mix these eye-catching colours with something classic, like a Jekyll & Hide Slimline Montana Crossbody bag that will hold your essentials while you hold a cold beer.  

Whether you’re a regular trendsetter or a minimalist classic-lover, Jekyll & Hide has a timeless, elegantly-crafted leather item for you. 

Shop all the spring/summer trends and more online or instore:  

https://www.jekyllandhide.co.za/pages/stockists 

About Jekyll & Hide 

Founded in 2003, Jekyll & Hide is a bespoke leather fashion brand based in the seaside town of Cape Town, South Africa. With a dedication to timeless leather craft and design, the Jekyll & Hide team travels far and wide across South America, Asia, Africa and Europe to source the finest leather the world has to offer. The result? A bespoke range of timeless yet modern travel and business bags, handbags, belts, jackets, wallets and purses that are as functional as they are fashionable.   

Website: https://www.jekyllandhide.co.za/

Facebook: @JekyllAndHideLeather

Twitter: @JekyllandHide_

Instagram: jekyll_and_hide

Jade Allen
Receive a complimentary Nespresso Coffee with your Winter Set Menu at The 41
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Embrace this winter with The 41’s indulgent lunch or dinner menus and receive a complimentary Nespresso coffee, either an Americano, Espresso, Cappuccino and a glass of red or white wine.

Guests will be served delicious Mediterranean style dishes like Chefs creation, crispy spiced calamari with smokey, pureed hummus and the Herb-roasted free-range chicken with smashed baby potatoes and mushroom ragout. For dessert, delve into their Vanilla Panna Cotta served with fresh strawberries, balsamic and basil syrup. 

Whether you’re looking for a lunchtime pick-me-up or an after-dinner refreshment, The 41 has it covered.

The Winter Set Menus are available at The 41 every day for lunch or dinner until end of August and is subject to availability. Chef Aristotle may change items on the menu depending on the availability of fresh products and occasionally we sell out of some of the more popular dishes. If they do, they do their very best to offer you the nearest alternative.

Order two courses and receive a complimentary glass of wine and a Nespresso coffee at R180 or three Courses and receive a complimentary glass of wine and a Nespresso coffee at R220.

Red Wine Options: Cape Uncorked Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2015

White Wine Options: Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Nespresso coffee: Espresso, Cappuccino or Americano

Ayama Introduces Second Vintage Vermentino

Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto – Eat well, laugh often, love much.

AYAMA Wine founders and proud Italian owners of Slent Farm, Michela and Attilio Dalpiaz, have brought a true taste of Italy to our South African soils. Being the very first Vermentino to be grown and harvested in South Africa, the Italian couple, with a serious love for viniculture, have seen their dreams come true. The first official South African Vermentino harvest took place in 2016, accruing incredible local and international uptake.

The second batch of Vermentino has now been harvested, bottled and has been released on Mandela Day, 18th of July 2018. Green almond, pear, white peach, lime and pink grapefruit zest with subtle notes of crushed rock minerality and saltiness best describes a glass of classic Sardinia Vermentino.

“It is always a heart-warming moment when you can finally announce your wine is available for many to buy and enjoy. This is the second vintage of Ayama Vermentino and it has been aging for more than a year in barrels,” says Michela. “We wanted the wine to be perfectly balanced before sealing its flavours into the beautiful bottle.”

The 2017 vintage is limited with only 5 350 750ml bottles, 100 magnums, 24 double magnums and 12 jeroboams available, each labelled nursed with love and labelled by hand, many already sold at auction and making their way to their final destination across the globe.

After six long years of propagation in quarantine, 2014 saw the first hectare comprising 3360 vines of Vermentino di Gallura finally certified and released from the nursery for planting at AYAMA. This historical year also signified a decade of memories for the Dalpiaz family, celebrating 10 years of living in South Africa.

“We are extremely proud of this wine. Tasting richer and more exotic than last year. It is an exemplary of how the South African soul and climate can be generous to new varieties introduced by passioned viticulturist and winemakers,” says Michela.

Taking into account the growing conditions of Vermentino in Sardinia, the rocky granitic outcrop and dry drained soils, surrounded by the Tyrrhenian sea, being accompanied by salty winds, the Voor Paardeberg Region proved to be geographically suited for this vigorous grower. The Voor Paardeberg Area has long and warm summers with little rainfall. This unique climate receives prevailing winds from the coast which has a cooling effect on the vineyard.

The Dalpiaz family also have another grape delight about to infiltrate the local market. Carignan, a red grape varietal of Spanish roots, often found in French wine and widely planted throughout the western Mediterranean regions. Both the Vermentino and Carignan are produced in impressive magnum bottles for maximum impact at any celebratory occasion.  

Una cena senza vino e come un giorno senza sole – A meal without wine is a day without sunshine.

For updates on the new releases stay tuned to the Slent Farm, Ayama Wine website http://ayama.co.za/our-wines/ - www.ayamavermetino.com and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AyamaSlent/

Jade Allen
FAMILY, HISTORY AND VISION, THE TALE OF AYAMA WINES
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 “It was a beautiful sunny day, when we first saw the farm. It was love at first sight: we knew this place was special and would mean so much to us. Both passionate about agriculture and wine, proudly Italian but in love with South Africa, with its history, its people and its awesome natural environment, we were looking for a farm to buy and live.” Michela and Attilio Dalpiaz, owners of Ayama Wines.

The Italian couple, Michela and Attilio, were brought together in Italy though the mutual affinity for wine production. They met, fell in love and moved to South Africa to create their own Italian world of wine on the slopes of the Paardeberg Mountain.

Just an hour’s drive out of Cape Town, the couple and very good friends purchased Slent Farm in 2005, where a large portion of the farm was dedicated to vineyards, naming the wine produced there ‘AYAMA’, meaning ‘someone to lean on’ in its Xhosa translation. “The land, people and passion of Slent leans on friendship and love” explains Michela.  Slent comprises an amass of 55 people sharing a passion for wine, respect for each other and for the environment. In addition to the 65 hectares of vineyards, Slent farm is also allotted to 2.5ha of pears, 9ha of olives, 2ha artichokes, and 4ha dedicated to special wheat and vegetables. 

The Dalpiaz family worked diligently towards understanding the micro-climates, soils, varietals, bio-diversity and different cultures of the land. Paarl summers are long and warm with rainfall being scarce. Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Shiraz and Chenin Blanc have the greatest area-related thriving potential with high quality yield.  In 2012 Viognier, Grenache blanc, and Grenache Noir were added to the bouquet, and in 2014 Carignan and Petite Syrah were planted.

“With a familial background in wine and connections with Italian viniculture, we sourced a very specific white grape from Sardinia to add a unique varietal to our range, Vermentino!” Michela elaborates. Planted in 2014, with its first harvest in 2016, AYAMA Vermentino is the first of its kind in South Africa. “The launch of our Vermentino was incredibly successful and we just released the 2017 harvest to the market, along with the introduction of our Carignan varietal this September.”

Both bottled in impressive magnums, these Italian cultivars will coincide the grand opening of the new Ayama cellar venue (phenomenal for small weddings and special occasions), the Slent farm store: stocking a range of wheats, vegetables and olive oils produced on the estate, artisanal hand-crafted goods, together with Ayama wines and a sought-after collection of imported Italian wines and Limoncello.

Further developments into summer 2018 include the pizza oven and picnic area for live bands and family outings, additional accommodation developments on the farm and a plethora of exciting must-attend events, placing Ayama Wines and Slent Farm firmly on the garden route map!

For more information visit http://ayama.co.za/ and stay up to date with news on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AyamaSlent/.

For wine orders or to join their wine club contact: +27 (0)21 8698313 info@slentfarms.com.

Jade Allen
The 41 Celebrates Women's Day
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The 41 will be celebrating this Women’s Day with a brunch on 12 August. Close off this Women’s Day weekend with the ultimate leisurely Sunday afternoon.

For R 195, guests can enjoy a three-course tapas meal while enjoying Ibiza Beach Bar Beats by DJ Anthea Scholtz. To make sure that ladies feel extra special, The 41 has teamed up with Veuve Clicquot, offering all a glass of bubbly on arrival. The 41’s happy hour starts from 15:00 until 17:00, so extend the celebrations watch the sunset while sipping on The 41’s bespoke sundowners.

The 41 is a premium restaurant based on the Camps Bay strip, offers unsurpassed vistas across the white sandy beach and glistening ocean. With an extensive, multifaceted menu, the restaurant offers a diverse culinary experience. The chic, minimalist setting with dark hues creates an atmosphere of understated opulence.

Bookings for the Women’s Day Brunch at The 41 are essential and can be made via info@the41.co.za or by calling 021 437 0558.

Last chance to vote for your favourite establishment in the Fourth Annual Sanlam Top Destination Awards
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Voting for the fourth annual Sanlam Top Destination Awards started in March and voters have been showing great support for their favourite establishments across 10 categories including the addition of the Water Sustainability Award. The Water Sustainability Award has been created in conjunction with Water 4 Cape Town and Cape Town Tourism to reward the most water conscious establishment.

The final countdown has begun as we’ve entered the last three weeks of voting. With exciting prizes like a bespoke David Green time piece to the value of R 4 000 and a Jekyll & Hide Oxford Four-Wheeler to the value of R 9 500 up for grabs voters can head over to Discount Traveler South Africa and Top Destination Awards.com to cast their votes for their favourite establishment. Voting closes on Wednesday, 1 August.

The Sanlam Top Destination Awards is an annual hospitality awards program culminating in a grand gala evening, celebrating the finest establishments throughout South Africa. Founded by Granadilla Media, Creators of Discount Traveler South Africa and The Traveler Mag SA, the esteemed ceremony enters its fourth year, continuing to promote in- and out-bound tourism in South Africa.

This year, the prestigious gala ceremony will be taking place in the newly renovated Rotunda at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay on Thursday, 20 September where 40 winners from 9600 nominees will receive their share of R1 000 000 in advertising as well as the sought-after title of Top Destination in their respective categories and star grading.

Each winner will also receive a Sanlam Top Destination Awards winner’s trophy, certificate and phenomenal prizes. Additional sponsors include 3D Virtual Africa, Travel Africa TV, Romatex Hospitality Textiles, Jekyll & Hide, Disaronno, Carabao Energy and David Green.

For more information on the awards, visit http://www.topdestinationawards.com/.

Jade Allen
Jekyll & Hide Ladies Leather Travel Accessories
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Upgrade your travel experience with Jekyll & Hide’s Leather Travel Accessories. From the leather Woodstock passport cover with easy access and back & inner pockets, to luxurious travel bags, every piece within the Jekyll & Hide travel collection is crafted for style and durability.

Jekyll & Hide’s Four-Wheel RFID Carry on Case is the ideal fashionably functional travel companion with space for more than just the essentials. With room for files, a laptop, work attire and travel documents, their carry-on case adds effortless sophistication, ideal for work and play.

The Oxford Ladies Backpack is a small and stylish with handbag qualifications and an eye-catching modern design. Although petite and pretty, it has space for a tablet, makeup and headphones, allowing for light travel without having to leave any essentials behind.

The Ladies Purse with Detachable Strap infuses an element of luxury, elegance and practicality making it perfect combination between a purse and a modern bag with its detachable sling.

The Woodstock Zip Travel Wallet has proven to be the perfect zip around travel companion, this item also has an RFID lining, which has been specifically designed to protect Bank Cards and Passports from Identify theft.

Keep your eye out for Jekyll & Hide in over 160 retail stores across South Africa with retail outlets in Europe, Australia and Africa. To view their latest collection, head over to www.jekyllandhide.co.za or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Jade Allen
Red Carpet Creative Expands with Six New Accounts

Red Carpet Creative continues to expand its luxury-lifestyle and bespoke hospitality portfolio signing five new clients. The Cape Town based agency will represent Ayama Wines, Disaronno, No 5 on Hudson, Carabao and Wild Thing yoga as the custodian of their public relations, marketing and events activities.

Ayama translated from Xhosa means ‘someone to lean on’. Located in the Voor-Paardeberg wine valley, Ayama Wines is home to the first Vermentino varietal grown on South African soil. Since inception, Michela and Attilio Dalpiaz have introduced new wine varietals to the South African wine industry with the Vermentino and Carignan (launching in August 2018). Ayama also produces Ayama White and Red vintages (Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz), Leopard Spot, the Baboon’s Range and Methode Cap Classique.

Disaronno, forming part of the Really Great Brand Company portfolio, is a fragrant and delicate Italian liqueur dating back to 1525. With its velvety smooth taste and unmistakable aroma, Disaronno’s versatility lends itself to a multitude of cocktails and cuisine infusions for the discerning palette.

Recently opened, No. 5 On Hudson, is an elegant new art gallery based in the heart of Cape Town’s trendy De Waterkant, spearheaded by Ex Miss SA, Sandy de Bruin. Formally the owner of Country Living SA, de Bruin’s impeccable hand-picked selection of pieces by renowned local artists Fiona Rowett, Nicole Pletts and Lesley Charnock (to name a few), sets the curated style synopsis from outset. Drawing on themes like “Women And Art” and “Shades of Grey”, the captivating space transcends its gallery predecessors, establishing a new standard in visual sophistication.

Brand new to South African shores, Carabao is a premium energy drink, developed by the Bob Marley of Thailand, Aed Carabao.  Official sponsors of the Chelsea football league and the Carabao Cup, the super low sugar content energy booster beverage is available in five unique flavours: Original, Original Sugar-Free, Green Apple, Green Apple Sugar-Free and Mandarin.

Founded by young vivacious entrepreneurs, Lexi Ryman and Dominique Vieira, WILD THING MOVES is a contemporary yoga studio situated at the Point Mall in the heart of Sea Point’s bustling new epicentre. The practice specializes in strong, heated and non-heated Vinyasa Flow; focussing on alignment, intelligent sequencing and building strength from the core.

West Coast Villa Rentals was established in 2012 by parent company, Cape Villa Rentals. Their unique collection of luxury beach houses provides an idyllic alternative to hotels on the West Coast of South Africa. With a multitude of fully furnished properties, West Coast Villa Rentals holds properties in Britannia Bay, Cape St Martin, Duyker Eiland, Langebaan and Shelley Point.

For more information about Red Carpet Creative’s exciting endeavours, activations and events go to www.redcarpetcreative.co.za.

Jade Allen
Elegance and comfort for the Absolut Movie Nights launch at Shimmy Beach Club
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Shimmy Beach Club in association with Absolut Vodka and Red Carpet Creative hosted an elegant cinematic experience with the screening of the classic film, Chocolat starring Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche on Thursday evening.

Shimmy Beach Club’s Absolut Bar was transformed into an indoor cinema complete with comfortable couches, heaters, blankets and cushions to provide a warm, cosy setting for the film screening. Guests were treated to a beautiful pink Cape Town sunset over the ocean as they embarked on a nostalgic trip down memory lane while they were served fresh popcorn and watched as their giant candy floss was spun in front of them before being offered Absolut’s take on the classic chocolate milkshake as a welcome cocktail. As everyone snuggled up and got ready for the movie, wood-fired margarita pizzas were served, filling the air with the delicious smell of fresh tomatoes and melted mozzarella cheese. Chocolat, set in a chocolate shop in a little French village, understandably left our guests craving the sweet and smooth taste of chocolate, which was met with a surprise serving of handmade chocolate truffles to end off the evening,

The next instalment of Absolut Movie Nights will take place on the 30th of August with the screening of the cult classic, Pulp Fiction directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Uma Thurman, John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson. The film depicts The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits which intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.Amélie, a French romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Starring Audrey Tautou, the film, set in Montmartre, tells the tale of an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

The winter film finale wraps on 27 September 2018 with the screening og Amélie, a French romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Starring Audrey Tautou, the film, set in Montmartre, tells the tale of an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

Tickets for the August and September movie nights are available at R260 per person and are available through Nuticket from Friday 6 July. Each ticket includes an Absolut Vodka cocktail on arrival, a margarita pizza and the movie essentials – fresh popcorn and candyfloss.

Jade Allen