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Salon 58 – Awaken Grace

We cannot get enough of these gorgeous photos from Jackie Burger’s latest soiree at Salon 58. As usual it was elegant and utterly charming, exploring grace in all its manifestations to uncover a way of thinking that is unfettered by time, seasons and age.

Enjoy the beautiful pictures and inspirational learnings from this unique morning at a special place in Stellenbosch…

STYLE: THE WHITE SHIRT

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Since making its first public appearance in 1779, compliments of Marie Antoinette, the white shirt has never gone out of fashion. The clean cuts we know today have evolved, like the trench coat, from menswear and this piece has become a symbol of status. Nothing signals the wearer’s character, attitude and intent quite like a white shirt. This is why Jackie, together with HABITS, presented a selection of classic white shirts. ‘A white shirt allows the women to speak louder than the clothes.’

– Jackie Burger

MAKE-UP: THE ICONIC RED LIP

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The perfect crimson pout is a powerful symbol of female beauty and has, like women, evolved into more than a one-size-fits-all shade. Proof that age does not define a woman’s look nor her outlook is the 94-year-old Iris Apfel who collaborated with M.A.C Cosmetics on a range of sell-out red lipsticks. The M.A.C Cosmetics team was on hand on the day with their Lip Service bar and helped each guest find the red for her.

TASTE: AWAKEN THE SENSES

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A five-course interactive food experience created by Slippery Spoon, courtesy of Woolworths Food, brought home the magic of awakening all five of the senses – hearing, taste, smell, touch and sight – and ultimately led to discovering the most powerful sense of all, intuition.

HAIR: THE RETURN OF THE CURL

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Award-winning Redken Stylist Dawid Kriel unpacked the return of the curl and demonstrated the possibilities of greys, silver and platinum, hair colours that are increasingly seen on fashion spreads and the runways today. He showed how to wear natural grey with confidence and, for the more daring, how to go all-out platinum.

CONVERSATIONS: AN ACT OF KINDNESS

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Jackie, together with her collaborators and guests, examined the process of conscious eve-olution with Dr. Yvette de Villiers in a conversation that centered around grace as a way of being and behaving. ‘To practise acting in a graceful way toward all beings at all times requires an incredible level of awareness and mindfulness to others and to our environment.’

– Dr Yvette De Villiers

— Emily

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Salon 53 – Lovely

Jackie Burger held Salon 58‘s fourth soirée for 2015 entitled Lovely, on Saturday 15 August 2015 at the P.J. Olivier Art Centre in Stellenbosch.

Lovely marked the beginning of Salon 58’s spring/summer soirées and centred around four aspects of a modern woman’s life – business, spirituality, beauty and fashion.

“Lovely, to me, is about upliftment, lightness, and enlightenment. The talks, the fashion and the entire experience were therefore a celebration of womanhood in all its lightness, something many of us forget in the course of our hurried lives,” said Jackie.

We were sad to miss this one. Even more so when we browsed through the beautiful images forwarded on by Salon 58’s PR maestro Jenna McArthur.

Pour a glass of wine, or brew a pot of tea tea, and feast your eyes on these pics. Such a treat for the soul…

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Photography: Niquita Bento

— Emily

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lunch in the winelands // the table at de meye

For my birthday lunch earlier this month, I booked at The Table at De Meye. I’ve been wanting to visit for months! So on a sunny Saturday, hubby and I dropped the littles off with aunty for the night and made our way out to Stellenbosch. A whole day and night of alone time stretched out before us… such bliss.

When we arrived at De Meye, we made our way to the wine tasting room before we sat down at our table for two nestled under an enormous oak tree. We sipped on a crisp rosé/shiraz blend, chatted without having to worry about one little running off for miles and the other little constantly interrupting, and we ate like kings. I cannot even begin to describe how incredibly delicious the food was. Here’s a link to the chef Jessica’s post which can give you more detail! After lunch, we grabbed a blanket from one of the nearby benches, laid it out on the grass under our oak tree, and just soaked up some dappled afternoon sunlight. When we arrived home much later we both fell asleep for a few hours – late afternoon naps just don’t happen with children around and it was utterly bizarre to wake up at 6pm with not a worry in the world.

I cannot wait to visit The Table again, the menu changes every week as it’s depicted by the fresh produce that’s available at the time, so you’re guaranteed something unique. It’s an absolute must-visit!

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— Liza

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lunch in the winelands // middelvlei

I’m always loathe to say we’re starting a new ‘series’ of posts on the blog, as it’s quite a commitment to keep it up but Lunch in the Winelands is beneficial on so many levels so here we go…

We’ve got a list of wine farms we’re keen to visit but never any time to actually go out there and enjoy them! A couple of weeks ago we finally got to tick Middelvlei off the list. We booked for the Boere Braai lunch – doesn’t that sound yum? Middelvlei is situated very close to the Route 44 market, so it’s easy to find. They’ve got a lovely big sandpit for kids as well as plenty of lawn for running around, goats and chickens to feed, scooters to ride, marshmallows to toast on the fire and even a tractor ride (by prior arrangement).

The food was phenomenal. We started off with homemade potbrood cooked on the fire and served with pates and jams. We then moved onto the main course of braaibroodjies (also cooked on the fire), chicken kebabs, lamb chops, green salad, potato salad and pumpkin fritters. And we finished off with coffee and creme brulee. A serious feast!

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— Liza

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a day at the vineyard

On Father’s Day we went as a family to Dornier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. Such a find. This place has a take-your-breath-away kind of view, thrown in with great wine, food and a very cool kiddies play area off to one side. It was such a great day. Once we’d finished eating, we lay on the grass in front of the restaurant for the rest of the afternoon. The kids ran riot and we lazed off the wine by lying in the sun. There are so many great wine farms around us, but this place is perfection…

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Who took a bite of Charles’s steak? Family help themselves!

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— Emily

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