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RELOCATING!

Ok, so I finally decided to stop procrastinating, take the plunge and go after the dream! Yep, I’ve packing up what I can and migrated from Through Shaded Eyes to AFRENAI. This may come as a surprise to some of you and not so much to others, but my dream has always been to connect with and promote others with this space. I know what you are thinking, how could you have done that, through a personal style blog? Isn’t the whole concept of that type of platform to focus on ones self? Yes, yes… I hear you, but the thinking was to use what was at my disposal to try do something different. For example, I did my ‘A day in the life of..’ series on people in fashion to try do that, which received great responses, but spin offs of that were difficult to bring to life with getting people on board being quite a process and my full-time work being quite a distraction. Though that didn’t materialize to anything more on this …

WIN with Glen Carlou

I recently visited the Glen Carlou wine estate to celebrate their 30th Chardonnay harvest. Having only been established in 1985, their picturesque estate is relatively young among its more time-honoured neighbours, but has managed to make quite a name for itself as one of South Africa’s leading wine producers – currently the proud producers of no less than three vintages – their latest Glen Carlou Unwooded Chardonnay 2017, their classic Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2015 and, finally, their flagship Glen Carlou Quartz Stone 2014 –and after all that I tasted on my visit, I am excited to see what the new harvest will bring and the magic that will come from it. I must add how I was pleasantly surprised to discover how this spot is filled with awesome things to do, besides trying some of its award –winning wines & learning about the art of wine making. I love food, so indulging in a delicious food & wine paired menu at the Restaurant @ Glen Carlou, was quite a treat – read more on that HERE. The art …

Restaurant @ Glen Carlou

This restaurant allows you to enjoy the excellent selection of wines perfectly paired with a carefully curated seasonal menu. “Consistency, expertise and a commitment to always deliver beyond expectation is what we strive for with every bottle of Glen Carlou wine – we also aim to do this with every plate of food.” Innovative dishes by Chef Johan, inspired by the seasons can be enjoyed whilst taking in the breathtaking landscape from inside the architecturally designed building or from the shaded terrace deck. He uses the rhythm of the seasons, their panoramic views and selection of award-winning wines to inspire a classic menu with a contemporary twist. Visit https://glencarlou.co.za/restaurant/ to make reservations.

Blackheath Lodge | #comehome

Blackheath Lodge is conveniently situated on Cape Town’s world-famous Atlantic Seaboard just off High Level Road in Sea Point and right under well-known Signal Hill. They recently renovated a couple of their rooms and invited me to a night in their Superior room to really get a feel for the new space. So I packed my overnight bag for a midweek break and cause it coincided with existing plans, I decided to mash them up and my midweek break turned out to be a girls catch up sleepover. I would recommend this place for any of my friends and readers visiting Cape Town for a short or long stay – purely because ending my day in this lovely little place felt like coming home. Not that I have friendly staff waiting on me at home lol, boy do I wish… but the decor details  and vibe were comfy and homey. I got there late afternoon, found a cute, cushioned corner for me to respond to some emails with some tea while I waited for an engagement – to …

Field of Sunshine | #traveltuesday

Spring in Cape Town usually has me down, with all my friends and family up North (I’m originally from Gauteng) enjoying the wonderful spring weather and me still being stuck in temperamental transitional period that seems to last forever down here. Come the weekend, my social media timelines are often flooded with ‘fun in the sun’ posts sharing people living their best lives, while I’m still drowning in knitwear and rain – though I’m grateful for that last one with the water shortages we’ve been experiencing lately. This passed Sunday was pretty warm out, so some friends and I decided to take a drive out to the Canola fields for some of our own fun in the sun, enjoying a taste of whats to come… whenever those warmer days decide to be more consistent lol. Cape Town’s spectacular flower season sends blankets of blooms across the nature reserves of the Western Cape from August to late September, not just sunshine yellow Canola fields in Botrivier, but all sorts of floral species all across the Western Cape. …