Events | Falke AW19

Falke invited media and influencers to be the first to preview their AW ‘19 collection.

The event was held at The Stack on Tuesday morning. Guests had the opportunity to have a sneak peak of the latest mens and ladies fashion collections, followed by a quick run through of the products by the Falke team. Guests were treated to delicious canapes and drinks while interacting with the product through fun activations where they had a chance to win product. All guests were spoiled with an exclusive goodie bag containing some of the AW `19 collection.

The autumn/winter 2019 Falke range illustrates the wonderful symbiosis between the individual themes and shows their harmonious connection – divided into four trend directions:

  • Mutant Colours
  • Pride of Colours
  • Weightless Colours
  • Block Matching Colours.

52926481_2412445432112730_2967285457609555968_o52887081_2412442665446340_8182960121144410112_o52762407_2412439088780031_4343171500669403136_o52690286_2412445405446066_6128224200252456960_o52681976_2412442645446342_7294362126682947584_o52612855_2412442565446350_3970276156493529088_o52605224_2412439085446698_7111833584335323136_o52605941_2412439102113363_2361322025194094592_o

Always, Anne

xoxo

*Photos provided by PRESS ROOM

Mojo Market’s Mussel Monger & Oyster Bar

But first, what did the one oyster say to the other oyster? Nice mussels!

The Mussel Monger & Oyster Bar spiced up their store at the Mojo Market in Sea Point.

Mussel Monger-3804

One of my favourite spots in Sea Point is the local Mojo Market. From their famous pulled pork to their signature pizzas and the live music happening daily – you can never go wrong.

Recently, The Mussel Monger & Oyster Bar renovated and expanded their trendy space at the market which is open seven days a week from 10:30am to 10pm, catering to all the seafoodies in the Mother City.

Mussel Monger-3881

But let’s talk about the owner for a sec. What a cool and inspiring guy… Kyle Dods has sold over 400 000 oysters and over 20 tons of mussels to date.  Imagine when he reaches the half million mark! #MORECELEBRATIONS

Lekker West Coast vibes

Sourced from Saldanha Bay, the freshly farmed produce gets its uniqueness from the quality of water in the region and is known for some of the world’s best oysters and mussels. “We supply Capetonians with some the best produce in the world and it is time for all to know this,” says Kyle. Fact.

Mussel Monger-3800

Kyle sources directly from key ocean farm partnerships in the West Coast town of Saldanha Bay, where 90% of all oysters and 100% of all mussels in the country, are sourced.

Ummm, so what makes them extra special?

Their oysters are stored in a huge submersible tank, which pumps sea water through so that the oysters are filtering themselves right until they are shucked and served. Every morning the mussels and oysters are harvested and delivered to the outlets, daily.

DSC_0431.jpeg

Size matters

Kyle also insists on serving large oysters, which are ‘plump, meaty, sweet and a delicious mouthful’ with very little fuss.

“There’s truly nothing like cracking open an oyster, seeing the sea water burst out of it, and enjoying it, the way nature intended.”  Kyle, owner

Mussel Monger-3775

Follow The Mussel Monger & Oyster Bar on INSTAGRAM for more offers and specials.

Always, Anne

xoxo

 

 

Why Bio-Oil® Dry Skin Gel is always in my handbag

bio oil dry skin gel

“Ain’t no lie baby, bye bye dry skin!”

Bio-Oil® Dry Skin Gel is the new  (and affordable) way to treat dry skin.

Okay, so we already know that Bio-Oil® is the world’s leading scar and stretch mark product, but they just added another title to the beloved brand which I found out at the Bio Oil Dry Skin launch held in Cape Town.

What makes it different?

Normally dry skin products like your typical lotions and body butters are made primarily from water which tends to  evaporates when coming into contact with your skin… you know… that weird and uncomfortable feeling…

Because Bio-Oil® Dry Skin Gel is made from oil, it has that warm and comfy feeling on application.

bio oil dry skin gel annette de wet

AND IT’S PINK

The pinkish gel-like texture is non-sticky and provides instant dry relief. You can apply the product all over your body and I personally like to apply it on my legs for that healthy glow when I go out.

But what impressed me most  – I applied my Bio-Oil® Dry Skin Gel religiously after every tanning session over the summer holidays and did not get sunburn once. Of course I also applied a very high SPF beforehand, but I believe that the ingredients of the products after my tanning played a major role in preventing any further damage.

annette de wet bio oil dry skin gel
When your friends ask you the secret to your healthy skin…

Did you know that Bio-Oil sells a bottle every two seconds worldwide?

POTENT AND PRETTY

The product contains 50% of the original Bio-Oil formula and eliminate extra water ingredients. It’s not cold like most other lotions when applying to your body like I’ve mentioned before, because a lot of products contain an overload of water.

The oil-based gel formulation is 100% active and has been clinically proven to target and treat dry skin conditions.

After thought >> > So maybe I was a little upset abut the fact that my husband completely emptied out my 200ml bottle, but hey, it shows you this product is BOMB!

annette de wet bio oil dry skin gel alway anne blog
I have Keratosis Pilaris, but just look at the level of smoothness since I started using the Dry Skin Gel.

Bio-Oil® Dry Skin Gel is available at pharmacies and selected retail outlets nationwide in 50ml (R59.99), 100ml (R109.99) and 200ml (R184.99). I like to carry the 50ml in my handbag for a quick application when needed. It also doubles up as a lip balm – winning!

Always, Anne

xoxo

Are you the friend or the ship?

I don’t understand why friends still feel the need to compete with friends. Why do you have to be better, richer and skinnier? This is not the Olympics and you will definitely not be handed a golden medal if that’s your goal.

This year taught me more about friendship – are you the ‘friend’ or are you the ‘ship’ that sails away when things get tough? Do you check in with your girl when she’s going through a tough time even though it looks like she’s got everything together? Newsflash – she doesn’t.

So, it’s not a FBI secret that I got really sick this year and ended up in hospital in September. I got booked off for another three months and still have to take a little handful of medication to get better which I don’t like, because weight gain and stuff…

BUT I’ve realised over the last few months that it really doesn’t matter what you weigh or what you wear… health always come first and although I don’t feel 100% comfortable in my body just yet, I’ve never been healthier. Some days are still tough and I’m not embarrassed to admit that, but let’s be real… no one likes to share their struggles on Instagram so in general people think I’m living my best life right now. Debatable.

Anyways, while being at my weakest I’ve learned to open up more towards my closest friends and the response was the opposite I thought I would receive.

Support, support, support! I thought that they would see me as ‘failure’ in their eyes, but it was literally the opposite. Never have I received so many messages from friends, ex-colleagues and strangers on social media saying that they are proud of me for being just a ‘real person’ speaking about ‘very real issues’.

Why shouldn’t it be okay to not be okay? I feel that there’s a huge lack of mental health support on social media and that we NEED more influencers/ real people speaking up about it.

Unfortunately one or two people I really care(d) about didn’t really care to check in with me, but that’s okay too, because the only ship I will be sailing in 2019 is a 5-star yacht and it will be by invite only.

Always, Anne

xoxo

PS. I did a impromptu shoot with one of my best friends, Listelle, recently at one of my favourite local hangout spots in Sea Point -Strolla.  Thank you Listellie for just being you, just having a way to always make me laugh and leaving my heart a little warmer.

110_Rezaine_Desai_Photography.jpg

075_Rezaine_Desai_Photography029_Rezaine_Desai_Photography012_Rezaine_Desai_Photography

PHOTOS: Rezaine Desai Photography

LOCATION: Sea Point

 

 

 

(Thank you, next.)

 

Meraki Aesthetics – comfort in the city

meraki-spa-cape-town-annette-de-wet-always-anne-blog1

A massage can work magic for your body and your soul and at Meraki Aesthetics, you will understand why.

This new modern and city chic salon is based in the upmarket Battery Park, close to the V&A Waterfront. Once you’ve parked your car, you’re surrounded with niche shops and luxury views of the Mother City from where you make your way to Meraki Aesthetics.
I picture myself on a weekend grabbing brunch with the girls indulging in a mani and pedi afterwards at Meraki Aestethics ending up talking a mandatory spa selfie with the modern green interior design in the background.
Meraki-Salon-always-anne-blog
meraki-spa-cape-town-annette-de-wet-always-anne-blog1
GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK
Meraki is the beautiful end product of two #bossbabes with a holistic wellness approach. Leigh and Nadine maintain a high-level of hygiene and beauty standards by implementing the following eco-friendly aprroaches:
* Serving water in glass with a strictly no plastic bottle policy.
* Email/ SMS facility to avoid unnecessary printing.
* Separating all waste generated in house for recycling.

Meraki Aesthetics  is a salon with a difference, not only offering clients a modern and private space to disconnect, relax and rejuvenate but also focusing on providing a green practice.”

meraki-spa-cape-town-annette-de-wet-always-anne-blog1
HOT, HOTTER, HOT STONE MASSAGE
I opted for a 60 minute Hot Stone Therapy Massage (R690) however Meraki Aesthetics offers a wide range of treatments including massages, facials. microblading, waxing and more.
Hot Stone Massages are highly recommended for muscle pain release, reducing your stress levels and for an overall improved circulation – just check with your doctor first if you are pregnant or suffering from any illness.
My therapist made me feel at ease and started the session by applying calming oil over my body. The heat of the stones instant relaxed all my muscles. My ‘medium pressure’ massage felt a bit intense at one stage that I asked my spa therapist to please lighten the pressure. It’s super important to tell you therapist at any point if you are experience any discomfort. Luckily for me, I had an amazing therapist who took great care of giving me the best experience.
(I slept like a baby and woke up the next morning ready to run a 10km race!)
meraki spa cape town annette de wet
Besides all their massage options to choose from, Meraki Aesthetics is also extremely generous with their gelish pricing and comes highly recommended from a few influencers who attended the official launch event.
meraki spa cape town affordable nails gel
You can book your appointment online on Meraki’s website or phone them directly at 071 564 4808. Thank you Meraki for having me – see you soon for my next treatment.
meraki-spa-cape-town-annette-de-wet-always-anne-blog1

Always, Anne

xoxo

Stylish summer at Sevruga Restaurant

sevruga restaurant cape town

Sevruga Restaurant at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town has relaunched with a fresh new look just in time for the festive season.

I arrived at the official launch event just as the sun set over the azure waters between luxury yachts with a glimpse of Table Mountain in the background that I almost felt like typing #blessedlife in my first social media post – the location is really that perfect!

2V0A6062
Sevruga Restaurant at the V&A Waterfront

The mood is perfect for a romantic dinner or brunch with the girls. Green colour schemes and tropical prints are more prominent indoors and converts to more lighter and feminine touches when you step outside to the open air dining area.

My favourite piece of furniture decor was the pineapple chair! A few of the bloggers attending the event, all had a moment when they saw these beauties and I made a vow to myself that I will come back to take the perfect Instagram photo of me on that chair holding my morning cappuccino… shhh! Don’t tell anyone my idea just yet.

2V0A5507
Dreamy and romantic interior design

“A fresh approach is the only approach, you won’t find any frozen items on Sevruga’s menu” Mike Townsend, new owner.

Seafood and sushi remain popular choices on the brand new menu and new items to look out for and indulge in include a starter of seared scallops served with cauliflower puree, crème fraiche, anchovy, caper berries and salmon roe; a main meal of pan fried prawns with garlic, chilli, lemon, parsley, smoked paprika aioli and your choice of hand cut chips or rice pilaf. I have a feeling that their poke bowls are also going to be a crowd favourite!

sevruga restaurant poke bowl cape town annette de wet
Sevruga Restaurant Poke Bowl

But let’s not forget about dessert – you can never go wrong with a classic crème brûleè served with boudoir biscuit and fresh berries. Almost too gorgeous to eat, but an absolute feast for your taste buds.

Classic Crème Brûleè
Classic Creme Brulee served at Sevruga

“We have put together a team of the best staff Michael have worked with in the industry, including procurement, in-house design, graphic design, marketing, social media, kitchen operations, chefs, HR, admin, and front of house training in food and beverages. We cannot wait to share this incredible restaurant!” adds Townsend.

sevruga-restaurant-cape-town
Tropical and pineapple prints

Visit Sevruga Restaurant to make your booking online and follow them on Instagram for their latest updates and specials.

Runway Report: Be seen in Emerald Green

Emerald green is one of the most elegant colours to wear, but it doesn’t mean you can’t add an edgy twist to make your outfit POP!

What I love most about this colour is the fact that anyone can pull it off as it suits every skin tone.

Accessorise with rose gold jewelry or be fashion forward and add colour blocking pieces or prints like snakeskin to look like the next big Instagram influencer.

If you are aiming for a more classic look, wear a crisp white collar shirt paired with emerald green high-waisted pants – a popular choice to stand out in the workplace.

Hollywood A-listers like Emma Stone, Lupita N’yonga and Blake Lively have all been spotted rocking this luxury shade on the red carpet and local retailers are introducing more emerald green garments in their window displays for winter season.

A lot of African designers also played with this rich and royal colour at the recent Cape Town Fashion Week.

NICHOLAS COUTTS
NICHOLAS COUTTS
LUMIERE COUTURE
LEIGH SCHUBERT
NICHOLAS COUTTS
NICHOLAS COUTTS
AFI PRIVÈ
AFI PRIVÈ
LEIGH SCHUBERT

xoxo

Annette de Wet

PICTURES: African Fashion International (AFI)

Boss babes have off days too

Never be afraid to speak up if you are not okay.

Lately I have been working hard on chasing my goals – just a pity you don’t burn calories while at it….

Oh well, I managed to tick all of them off and I am beyond ready for the next exciting chapter on this roller coaster ride even though I won’t be able to spill all the beans just yet.

Always Anne Strolla Cape Town

BUT

For a few months I wanted to give up… give up on the career I have chosen when I was only five years old and just move to a small town with a stress-free job working from 9-5 making someone else rich. Overall I just wanted to give up on life for so many personal reasons (yes, boss babes have off days too!)

Annette de Wet Woolworths

The turning point was when I caught myself sitting on the pavement in Strand Street (Cape Town CBD) two weeks ago with no ambition left, no fight inside me and 100% not in the mood for living.

I remember phoning my mom and telling her I’m done. With fashion. With friends. With life.

I don’t know how she did it, but after an one hour or three of mommy talk she managed (from 1000 km away) to get my bum on the bus and making some important healthy appointments I won’t bore you with. It came as no surprise that I was suffering from some medical issues which resulted in me not having the usual go-getter attitude or energy to run a 10km looking like I woke up like this.

WHAT’S YOUR POINT, ANNE? (you might ask)

No matter what you are going through in life, it only takes the first step to get better. Just make the call, send that email, do that gym class, make a medical appointment, join a support group, opt for the fruit salad instead of the cheesecake – only one step to a happier and healthier you!

Since I’ve made a few changes, life’s been good – gosh, I even dropped 2 kilograms!

Annette de Wet Cape Town Stylist

Whatever you’re going through in life right now, you are not alone and please don’t ever be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Don’t suffer in silence. That’s just not okay.

If you want to talk to someone, drop me an email any hour of the day.

You got this, boo!

Annette de Wet Always Anne

Always, Anne

xoxo

OUTFIT: Woolworths, Dress R899.00

LOCATION: Strolla, Sea Point

PHOTOGRAPHY: Rezaine Desai