Gateway’s Vodacom Durban July Preview Fashion Show & Concert

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It’s back, for the 7th year running. You can once again look forward to a preview evening of fashion and entertainment leading up to the VDJ on July 4th. The fashion show this year will show some of Gateway’s best boutiques and and international brands such as Forever New, Jenni Button, ZARA, Hugo Boss and Cotton On.

Gateway's Vodacom Durban July preview fashion show & concert 3rd July 2015

This years Vodacom Durban July theme is the Captains Table, which is all about exclusivity and luxury. The theme draws from my favourite era, the 20’s. Traditionally the Captain’s Table was a dinner held on cruise liners where only 12 of the most elegant and best dressed guests were invited to dine.

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Beautiful model at the press conference

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Alongside Gateway’s in house fashion segment there is also the Designer Segment with 8 high profile National designers. Confirmed this year are Craig Jacobs, Haroun Hansrot, Colleen Eitzen, Terence Bray, Brenda Quin, Sibu Msimang, Dale McCarthy & Jane Wolff and Hangwani Nengovhela. Each designer will showcase their interpretation of this year’s theme for the first time at Gateway’s Vodacom Durban July Preview Fashion Show & Concert on 3rd July and then again on Race Day.

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East Coast Radio will also be broadcasting live on the day from 3 – 6pm. A concert will follow the fashion show and features performers like Goodluck, Shortstraw, Durban born Ryan the DJ and Protoculture.

You can purchase your tickets to the event from Computicket for R50 per person.
I also have 5 sets of double tickets to giveaway! Simply follow me on twitter @fayinthemaze and RT the competition tweet.

Durban Beach Rescue airing on DSTV Travel Channel

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Our local everyday heroes, casually saving lives on the daily at Durban’s busy beaches. They too often go uncelebrated and unnoticed. A new ten part documentary/reality series shows Durban beachfront lifeguards in their element.

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We previewed the first episode which will air on 4th July at 8pm on DSTV Travel Channel 179. It is a lovely mix of real life thrills, humour and a peek into what really goes on behind the scenes for lifeguards. Not to mention the challenges they face, which we rarely give thought to.

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The series delves into Durban beaches busiest time of year, the holiday period approaching NYE. It is a time when the beach is filled with partying matriculants and holiday makers, which means the lifeguards are working over time to keep everyone safe. Especially on the dangerous Wedge beach with its unstable sand banks.

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Just from the short time spent with the team I am in awe on them. They know our beaches in and out, every dip and sink hole. We take for granted the pivotal role they play and I am glad that this series will bring to the fore the hard work they put in and struggles they have. Interestingly the series took approximately a month to film and nothing you will see is scripted or rehearsed.

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Catch Durban Beach Rescue on
DSTV Travel Channel 179
Saturdays 8pm
With the first episode airing on July 4th

#BlogChat week 1 & 2 roundup: PR Edition

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If you’ve missed out so far, GI Jane and I hosted #BlogChat on twitter the past two Wednesday evenings. It started because we had questions of our own and wanted to create some kind of conversation between bloggers on social media.

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We hosted the first #blogChat on 10th June, discussing the Blogger/PR dynamic from the Bloggers perspective. Here are some of the highlights and points that were raised and I found interesting:

  • as bloggers we often find PR agencies or representives intimidating purely because we don’t have a good and clear understanding of what it is they want from us.
  • blog stats should not be everything, social media influence should also be factored in
  • at the same time, PR agencies should realise that a large social media following does not necessarily translate to big influence. Follower engagement is key.
  • Do not let anyone dictate the way you run your blog and do not base your decisions for your blog on pleasing others or gaining favour with a specific brand.
  • press releases are a problem, they are sent in bulk with little thought for the recipient. A more personal approach is appreciated as well as making sure what you are sending is relevant to the blogger in question
  • Please read our blogs before emailing us or trying to work with us.
  • Don’t ignore the little people. Blogs grow and influence changes, someone you ignore today may be someone you need tomorrow.
  • Do not send us pictures and information about an event in our hood that you did not invite us to. You cannot possibly expect us to publish or talk about this.
  • Details matter, like getting names right for starters.

Then on 17th June we hosted the second edition of #BlogChat and tried to get PR companies to chip in and give us their side of it. We had a lot of great conversation going with Jade Reinertsen of Jawbone Crew and Michelle of Corner 57 who gave great insight

  • PR peeps generally choose bloggers for campaigns based on their reliability, being an expert in the required category and of course the person behind the blog as well as the blog itself being a good fit and relevant to the brand.
  • be professional in your approach when dealing with PR. Especially if you are working on sponsored posts or paid campaigns.
  • If you don’t take projects and work seriously, you likely will not be used in future campaigns.
  • If you aren’t happy about something, let the PR person know. A polite email explaining your issues or concerns is generally well received and appreciated.
  • Foster good relationships both with readers and brands that you enjoy working with, it’s good for everyone.
  • Having a Media Kit is important and makes everyone’s life a little easier.

Those are just some of the things that were brought up or discussed over the past two weeks with #BlogChat. We are changing things up and Twitter #BlogChat will now happen on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at 8pm. Catch us next week Wednesday the 1st of July, we will be discussing What Readers Want.

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It’s a great way for us all to connect with each other and learn from one another. Let’s cultivate a blogging community of open and free discussion and assistance when needed. Follow @gijane_zn and myself @fayinthemaze and don’t forget to use the hashtag #BlogChat if you are joining the conversation.

East Coast Radio House & Garden Show 2015 details and what I am looking forward to and loving #LoveMyHome

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This year East Coast Radio House & Garden Show, supported by Tourism KZN has gone all out. The show this year will focus on everything to do with loving and living in our homes. The heart of the home for any foodie is the kitchen, which is why I’m so happy to see that aside from helping you put together the perfect kitchen with all the accessories, the show this year also has an impressive foodie line up.

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I am not a homeowner, my dream kitchen will have to wait but I will still be heading out to give some delicious treats a warm home, in my belly that is. Aside from the Sushi Bar with my name on it, there is also The Kitchen Studio Celebrity Chef Kitchen supported by Defy to look forward to.

The Celebrity Chef Kitchen lineup includes Chris Black of Lupa restaurant fame, Adam Robinson of Glenwood Bakery, 9th Avenue Bistro and Chef Shaun Dampies from Granny Mouse. All very impressive and masters of their crafts. I’ve also spotted Kirti Kamal of Boutique Boulangerie on the lineup who specialises in French patisserie, her coconut macaroons and strawberry tarts are sublime.

The Artisan Food zone at the show has just about everything your palate could desire, from salami and biltong to decadent desserts and sweet treats from Durban’s Daniela’s Deliciously Decadent and Tasha’s Fudge, who have a secret new flavour that will be revealed at the show. For the health conscious there is also a Health Shack on the cards that I’m looking forward to seeing, with a pastry in hand no doubt because life is all about balance.

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Something interesting and visually food related that I spotted this year is Cupboom. A local business headed up by Vaughn Foucher. Vaughn together with his mother Annalien create luxurious bath and body cupcakes, cake slices and now even red velvet macarons. They all look a little too realistic and delicious but I love the idea of bathing with milk tart, strawberry cupcakes and granadilla tart obviously.

If you are salivating, welcome to my life. I can’t wait to explore the show this year, there is something for every taste and whim. The show will also run till 10pm on Friday and Saturday making it possible to pop in for some late night shopping after breaking fast and praying.

Where: Durban Exhibition Centre
When: 26 June – 5 July

Mon – Thurs: 10am – 8pm
Fri – Sat: 10am – 10pm
Sunday: 10am – 8pm

Cost:
R85 Adults
R100 per Adult Multiple Entry
(unlimited Access for 10 Days)
R60 Seniors (over 60)
Under 16 Free (with adult)

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21 Questions Blogger Tag

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Sandy Nene nominated me for this tag, I am so glad for it because after reading his post I feel like this is exactly what I needed to drag me out of the downer I’ve been in. I have an exciting week ahead and I’m ready to jump back in.

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  1. What is your current fashion obsession? Rings, all the rings. Not exactly current since I have always been obsessed with rings, they are my favourite accessory. But at the moment I am crazy about the really thin dainty rings, with negative space and fine bands. Also Long cardis, in all kinds of fabrics and colours.
  2. What are you wearing today? jogger denims and a long sleeve grey t, plus slipper booties haha. I’m working from home and don’t need to go out today so it is casual comfort.
  3. Hair? Urgh I need a trim so bad. I’m also aching to colour my hair. It is time, I can’t believe I’ve never done it.
  4. Do you nap a lot? Not at all.
  5. Why is today special?  Today I feel more like myself than I have in possibly weeks. Anyone just slip into a phunk/slump sometimes for no particular reason?
  6. What would you like to learn to do? I’d love to learn a new language and learn how to develop websites.
  7. What’s for dinner today? standard Iftar staples here are dates, Haleem and some kind of savoury, not sure on the rest yet.
  8. What are you listening to right now? The sound of the ocean in the background
  9. What is your favorite weather? Winter all the way
  10. What’s the last thing you bought? I bought Dad a shirt for Eid
  11. What are your essentials when traveling? All the snacks and water. A hydrating face spray of some kind, lip products (plural, let’s not pretend), wet wipes, sanitiser, hand cream and deo. Let’s just stop there because I am never going to be able to pack light and I can find a reason to carry just about anything.
  12. What’s your style? I don’t know. I don’t even know if I fit into a style category. I wear whatever feels good to me, it is weather and mood dependent. I go through phases with colour and will get attached to certain items. At the moment it’s knee or ankle length cardis and ankle boots. I just want them all.
  13. What is your most challenging goal right now? working on improving myself is the most challenging and never ending goal.
  14. If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be? French countryside
  15. Favorite vacation spot? Cape Town
  16. Name the things you cannot live without? Family, my best friend and my phone
  17. How was your childhood? carefree then also challenging, we moved a lot. This is also the reason I adapt so easily and can speak to anyone. Grateful for that.
  18. What would you like to have in your hands right now? a slice of cake bigger than my head
  19. What are you most excited for? Eid! My cousin and her little ray of sunshine are coming, I miss him terribly.
  20. If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go? Paris.
  21. Which countries have you visited? None. My soul aches for travel.

I nominate anyone else who wants to do the tag! I would love to see the following bloggers do it:

Megan Deane

Jane Tennet

Kerry Sharper

Viveshni Joseph

Naeemah Ajam

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