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blissed out at the four seasons westcliff spa

We wish we could have whisked ourselves away to experience the utter bliss of the newly revamped spa at the Four Seasons Westcliff Hotel, but alas, our trusty Joburg correspondent Ruth Tanser, had to step in for us 🙂 Ruth says we have the ocean and she has The Westcliff, so all is fair.

Here’s what Ruth had to say about her experience…

I’m a mom to three boys (two of which are 10-month-old twins!), so I was really looking forward to some pampering at The Westcliff. As I pulled up to the gates of the hotel, the staff greeted me enthusiastically. I was shown where to park and even offered a lift to the spa in a golf cart – incase I was wearing heels. As soon as I stepped into the spa I started to feel relaxed – even more so once I had my fluffy gown and soft rubber slippers on. I didn’t even have to worry about a locker key as the new lockers use a nifty code system. While I waited for my lovely therapist Noni, I took some time out in the relaxation lounge which overlooks the beautiful infinity pool and a canopy of trees. It was a perfect autumn day and as I sipped on some freshly brewed Honeybush, Coconot and Mango tea and read some magazines, I felt like I was in heaven and I hadn’t even had my treatment yet! 






I opted for the back, neck, shoulder and scalp massage to relieve the tension in my upper body. Noni seated me and began with a welcoming foot washing ceremony. She offered me a warm peppermint-scented towel, which acts as an invigorant, and she then immersed my feet in cucumber and salt-infused water before scrubbing them gently. My massage was brilliant and Noni was careful to check whether she was applying the correct pressure and if I was comfortable. It ended with an incredible scalp massage which is always my favourite part.

As it had been recommended to me to try out the ice scrub and steam room after my massage I was quite happy to acquiesce. The spa has separate sauna and steam room facilities for men and women. What a way to end off my treatment – I felt refreshed and invigorated! Unfortunately time was running out and even though I was sorely tempted by the Jacuzzi and infinity pool, I had to head back to my boys. 

Throughout the entire two hour experience I felt incredibly pampered and left feeling utterly relaxed and rejuvenated. Thank you Four Seasons Westcliff Spa, what a treat! 

— Liza


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lunch in the winelands // stables at vergelegen

Last month we visited Stables Restaurant at Vergelegen on a cold, rainy day. When we arrived, the restaurant had the cosy fires going and it was deliciously warm inside. Stables is beautifully designed – the decor is simple, modern and unfussy.

Although it was chilly, the rain held out so the littles could enjoy the amazing play area and we could sip our wine in peace. The service was great, the food amazing (we all had steak, hubby had a burger) and the wine delicious. After lunch we went for a long walk around the estate, through the octagonal garden, to the historical camphor trees (planted in 1700!), around the rose garden and into the picnic area then back up to the reflection pool and ending it in the herb garden. The gardens are immaculate and just gorgeous. I’d highly recommend a visit to Stables and the Vergelegen estate!









— Liza


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obsessed with sababa

I love Sababa on Bree. Have you been? Everything that lands on that buffet table looks delicious, and it’s tough to decide what to eat, because you just want it all.


When I bought their cookbook last year, I was immediately obsessed. I’m a meal planner (it keeps our busy life in order!) and often I’ll just grab my Sababa book, and we’ll eat a meal from it every night of the week. Thankfully, the recipes are pretty straightforward and the end result is always amazing.

Here’s an extract from the cookbook as to what they’re all about:

“Sababa is a Cape Town kitchen and deli run by sisters Tal Smith and Nirit Saban. The Sea Point store is the original Sababa deli and catering HQ and in the City Bowl there is a deli with an eat-in option. The food has a distinctly Middle-Eastern slant, evidenced by the coconut-dusted date ball that comes with a latte, the sesame-flecked schnitzels and the smoothest, creamiest hummus (easily consumed by the tub) and by the bourekitas – dainty, domed pies containing cheese, spinach or silky, meltingly soft leeks.”

Here are some of the dishes I’ve made over and over again!


Cheese and Leek Pies


Bailey loved them, Robbie had a few bites before losing interest. But he does that every night…


Aubergine, Tahina & Tomato Salad, Cabbage Salad, Tomato Salad


Chicken Pasta Bake

You can get the book in one of the Sababa stores, or buy it from Takealot here.

— Liza


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autumn picks

‘Tis the season for curling up, keeping warm and of course, updating the wardrobe. Here are some of our top picks for autumn.


1/ Kirsten Goss Ombre Diamond collection – for the April children, and the rest of us too, KG’s new collection is quirky and playful with white, cognac and black diamonds.

2/ Billabong’s Midnight Marrakesh collection will be in stores from May, and it features exactly what you’d imagine from its name – long dresses, wide pants, boho layers, chunky knits and a touch of military. Also check out Swindle to purchase Billabong and other labels such as Element and Kustom, along with surf, skate and mountain biking accessories.

3 & 4/ Forever New – currently in all stores (and select Edgars stores) is the Dream Catcher collection. Think floral maxi dresses, suede mini skirts, camel coats, 70s-inspired jewellery and ankle boots.

5/ Revlon – we are enjoying trying out the five new mascara and brush combinations that Revlon released earlier this year. The Dramatic Definition mascara is a goodie, and this Photoready Foundation Powder works like a charm too! Buy online at Red Square.

6/ Simply Aloe – the Aloe & Honey face mask is perfect for this time of year as the cooler weather can cause dryness. Proudly South African, we love the fact that this all-natural mask soothes, repairs and gives skin a good detox. You’ll find it at leading pharmacies and health shops.

7/ Converse – three cheers for the new All Star II Neon range available in teal, green gecko, volt green and red. In stores now!

8/ Jane Sews – locally made, beautifully designed, simply perfect… we love everything Jane Sews. These boots are high up on the autumn wish list.

9/ Hertex – their luxe home collection features the softest, most beautiful throws and blankets.

— Liza


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Do you remember your Matric farewell? Mine was 20 years ago this year and I still remember the scratchy, uncomfortable velvet / lace navy dress that I wore. Back in high school, I wasn’t really a girly girl who loved dresses and make-up and all that. It was more of a chore for me to dress up for this fancy night out than anything else. But alas, I survived. Today, I love an opportunity to glam it up, especially seeing as my everyday attire consists mostly of jeans and tees (read: mom life).

When Skip sent us the email about their #PassOnTheMagic campaign, we couldn’t help but get excited. They want to make Matric farewell dreams come true for those young girls who perhaps can’t afford a beautiful dress for their special night. So they are once again partnering with local NGO The Princess Project to make this happen. Portia Gumede, brand building manager for Skip says: “Our priority is to care for your clothes and keep them looking beautiful. We understand the emotional attachment most women have to their clothes, and the memories evoked with certain garments. The Princess Project effectively takes a cocktail, Matric farewell or any other formal dress that was extremely sentimental to someone, and passes it on to a new person to create an equally special occasion – passing on the magic.”


This is where we come in… that’s you. And me. And any other woman who has some special dresses hanging in her wardrobe that could do with a few more twirls on the dance floor. If you’d like to get involved in this amazing campaign and donate your dresses, visit The Princess Project website here to find the nearest donation point for you. You can also drop off at collection points at the SABC offices in Auckland Park, Durban and Cape Town. Otherwise you can use Sendr to arrange collection by emailing The deadline is end of May. We’re definitely digging in our wardrobes for this worthy cause.

Stay up to date on the #PassOnTheMagic campaign by following Skip’s Facebook page and @SkipSouthAfrica on Twitter and Instagram.

Photo credit: Pinterest

— Liza


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lunch in the winelands // constantia glen

Aren’t we lucky to live in Cape Town, with so many beautiful wine farms to visit?! For my birthday last month, we went to Constantia Glen. It was our first time visiting, which is crazy because it’s 10 minutes from home as opposed to driving out to Stellenbosch, Paarl etc. We’ve been to Beau Constantia a few times, which is great too, but I’m so happy we finally made it to Constantia Glen.

We had a great table outside under the umbrellas, but there’s plenty of space inside for cooler days too. The terrace looks out over this beautiful view and there’s enough lawn for the littles to run around and expend energy. The service was fantastic, the littles behaved and the food and wine was, of course, rather sublime.




— Liza


morgan bay magic

Back to school today! I was chatting with a friend yesterday who said she’s dreading second term – all the driving, school lunches etc etc, and I said, I can’t wait for routine to set in again, I thrive on it. We’re all different!

How was your Easter break? Did you do anything fun, go anywhere exciting? We headed off to the wild coast to a small seaside town called Morgan Bay. We decided to do a road trip, breaking up the long drive with an overnight stay at Storms River Rest Camp. I’m notoriously not keen on camping, so of course the night we chose to camp was the night of the most torrential of rains. It was hell. Hubby loved it! Kids loved it! Me and sister-in-law… not so much! Besides the rain, Storms River Rest Camp is a spectacular campsite. Enormous, right on the sea and home to the famous suspension bridge. It really is beautiful.




Isn’t this the most beautiful beach?

When we finally arrived in Morgan Bay at hubby’s aunt and uncle’s home, it was then that I felt I could finally relax. They really spoilt us rotten, we were fed like royalty, the littles were doted over 24/7 and we got to spend quite a lot of time alone. Always a plus.

Every morning started with coffee and rusks in bed, reading my book (I finished it in a week, haven’t done that in a while). It was bliss to not have to get up and do the whole routine of dressing the littles, brushing their teeth and hair etc. Most days we went down to the beach (with a packed picnic by hubby’s aunt), caught fish in the rock pools and watched the littles run wild in the lagoon. We took them up to The Cliffs – famous for its sunsets – and didn’t stay too long because of the general height / little people / terrified parents combination. One morning we went to Double Mouth where we had the entire beach to ourselves the whole time. What utter bliss. We also went bike riding, beach walking and kayaking on the lagoon and took part in the 5km Family Fun Run – I ran it while hubby walked it with Robbie on his shoulders and Bailey by his side which required much encouragement, especially up the hills – not sure which was more exhausting for him!








We had a fabulous holiday and returned refreshed and well rested, and relieved the road trip was over!


— Liza


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