Martha Stewart snapped by Terry Richardson


In a strange twist of events, the ‘domestic goddess of our time’ Miss Martha Stewart herself has requested that Terry Richardson shoot her for a spread in Porter magazine. This, is a rather strange choice by Martha, who allegedly wanted to work with Richardson, because she found him ‘cute’. The controversial photographer is known for his sexy, raunchy content, yet the shoot was anything but. Why Martha, why?!

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Chanel Le Lift SERUM


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Everytime I get a product from Chanel, my heart skips a beat. It just reads: luxe. From the packaging to the feel of the actual product’s texture, it’s always a delight. After trying (and absolutely loving) the Chanel Hydra skincare products, the Le Lift Serum is another breath of fresh air for your skin. Light, refreshing and with a smell of spring – this is my new favourite to apply before I go to bed.

Try it now!


Skiing, Mozartkugeln and Tiroler speck in Innsbruck, Austria

My German friend Magda lives and studies in Innsbruck, Austria. Here she tells us a bit more about what to do when visiting one of her now-favourite places:

1. Must-see?

Be sure to venture out to the mountains during winter. Take the lift up to Nordkette in the north or Patscherkofel and Serles in the south for great skiing and hiking. The views from there are just spectacular. It is also internationally renowned for its great winter sports. So be sure to bring your snow gear!

2. Which are the best area(s) to stay in? Why?

Try to stay in the city centre or at least close to the Inn river. It is one of the most beautiful rivers I have ever seen. All the best museums like Riesenrundgemälde and the Bell Museum are within walking distance from here. You’ll also find a cosy little café around every corner.

3. How expensive is the city?

Expensive. You’ll find that food is extremely expensive and renting a one bedroom in a three bedroom flat is about R4000 a month. So be sure to save up before you go!


4. Which local delicacy would you recommend?

Definitely the Mozartkugeln (above) – marzipan chocolate balls with nougat inside –  if you have a sweet tooth. Tiroler speck is also a must for the bacon lovers. Yum!

5. How many days do you need ideally?

Ideally you need about five days, but that depends on how long you plan to snowboard or ski.

6. Fun facts?
The first Winter Youth Olympics was held in Innsbruck in 2012.
Originally posted on Travelstart.

Mervyn Gers Ceramics Studio Pop Up


We are in love with the new pop-up studio set in the heart of Cape Town – 99 Loop Street, corner Loop and Church Street.

Mervyn Gers, a renowned Cape Town potter says: ‘I am constantly getting requests from people to view my work and, although my studio is only 10 minutes from town, I decided it would be more convenient for everybody to have a shop in the city centre. It couldn’t be more perfect as this area is known for its art and antique shops. The building itself is over 100 years old and very beautiful, both inside and out.’

The interior is the perfect gallery space, high ceilings and white walls – Greek-inspired and clean cut, allowing the art to sing on its own. The studio is situated right in the middle of the Mother City’s ‘Art Walk’. On the first Thursday of every month, Cape Town’s central city comes alive as dozens of art galleries and stores are open until 9pm.



Ghastly fashion moments on ‘Sex and the City’

Our beloved Sex and the City ended 10 years ago. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long since we said goodbye to Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda. Luckily, we’ve had two feature films to keep us company – and a rumoured third.

The show will forever live on in our hearts and, of course, via our box sets. The show is synonymous with fashion. Be it incredible, luxe or outrageous fashion. Here are a few of the most ghastly items ever worn on the show:

The witches of Eastwick indeed…

That time Carrie saw Big with a much younger woman, while wearing a cowboy hat.

Charlotte applying for a job clad in this menswear-inspired look. That tie and vest are what nightmares are made of.

Buying Fendi purses from a boot in a junk-yard just got worse. Sho Carrie, those lace  sleeves are the WORST!

Maid of honour? More like Snow White’s evil queen.

The ugliest shoulder-pads of all time, followed by…

…the bulky sleeves from hell.

I would take Samantha’s spiked shoulder-pads, Charlotte’s tie and Carrie’s headdress over this atrocious outfit in a second. Sorry Miranda.

And, perhaps the best and worst fashion moment ever.


Cape Town’s best eats: Nobu

World-class master chef Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa opened his first South African eatery in the One and Only hotel in the Waterfront five years ago. Since then it’s served its unique Japanese fare to great acclaim.

Tuck into the brand-new Nobu Lite menu (served between 6pm and 8pm), which allows you to try palatable platters featuring some of Nobu’s most delicious bites – or design your own. The Pescatarian Lite platter combines a wonderful fusion of flavours: from Salmon Anticucho Skewers served with a Peruvian BBQ sauce to Tuna Tataki drenched in zesty Ponzu, the feather-light Salmon & Tuna Tacos, Hot Miso Chips and finally the Tuna Tempura Roll. All bright, undeniably fresh and delicately prepared.

Dessert at Nobu is on a whole other level. A key piece of advice: don’t come here to share one with your partner. You’re going to want it all! The Chocolate Bento Box holding a perfect chocolate fondant served with Green Tea Ice Cream and the Nobu Chocolate Tart served with hot chocolate are both very wise – and all-for-me choices.

Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront +27 21 431 4511, for more details visit their website.

Hwaseong Fortress, galbi and soju in Suwon, South Korea

My friend Stephan Johan Matthee lives and teaches English in Suwon, just south of Seoul, South Korea. Here he tells us a bit more about this city:

In which area should you stay?

If you’re visiting Suwon for the first time, I’d recommend staying near Suwon Station or in Yeongtong, as both are linked to the Seoul subway line and are well situated for bus trips or longer rail journeys, too. Alternately, if you are looking for luxury, the Ramada Hotel in Uman-dong is a great option.

You simply must see…

No trip to Suwon would be complete without a trip to the Hwaseong Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In addition, there is a folk village with traditional crafts and exhibitions and Everland, Korea’s premier amusement park. In the warmer months, the adjacent Caribbean Bay water park is also a lot of fun.

You simply must eat…

Suwon features some great restaurants, but locals are most proud of their Suwon galbi, large beef ribs cooked on a grill embedded in the center of the table. Also be sure to try some samgyeopsal (thick pork rashers) dipped in ssamjang (red pepper and soybean paste) and wash it down with some soju and makkoli (a rice-based spirit and wine, respectively).

 Are the people friendly/ helpful?

Although English education is ubiquitous, you may find that not all Koreans are comfortable speaking it. Try learn a few basic phrases in Korean, but otherwise keep asking! You’ll stumble across a local who’s fluent enough to chat in English soon enough, and there are plenty of information booths and tourist assistants (in brightly coloured bibs) in popular tourist areas.

How many days do you need in the city?

Two or three days in Suwon should be enough to see all that there is, although it’s transportation links and adjacency to Seoul means you could use it as a base to explore further afield.

Any fun facts?

FUN FACT: Suwon was site of some of the 2002 FIFA World Cup games. The stadium is still in use, and you can catch the Suwon Bluewings there, who are one of Korea’s best soccer teams.

FUN FACT: Suwon is the home of Samsung, the electronics super-conglomerate.

Originally posted on Travelstart

Meet model Andreja Pejic, formerly known as Andrej Pejic the transgender model

After almost 4 years at Marie Claire, the time has come for me to say goodbye. Before writing my last and final Daily 5 *sniff*, I’d like to say thank you to you, our dedicated readers. Thanks for reading our daily news snippets so religiously. I’ll leave you in the very capable hands of the MC team. Please remember to follow me on Twitter @stealinglucy.

Love Marisa

Air Algerie flight AH5017 wreckage found

An Algerian aviation official has now confirmed that the Air Algerie flight AH5017, which went missing an hour after take-off yesterday, has crashed in Niger. The airline lost contact with the plane carrying 110 passengers and 6 crew members, while flying from Burkina Faso to Algiers across the Sahara. It has still not been confirmed what exactly brought the plane down.

‘The plane was not far from the Algerian frontier when the crew was asked to make a detour because of poor visibility and to prevent the risk of collision with another aircraft on the Algiers-Bamako route,’ an unnamed Air Algerie member said.

‘Contact was lost after the change of course.’

Day 1 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Cape Town #MBFWCT 

Day 1 of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicked off with one major bang as it dripped with glam and opulence. Marianne Fassler showcased her ever-charming and exotic aesthetic with spectacular colours. Gavin Rajah showed a charming, decadent and beautiful collection that spoke to the Geisha in everyone. The overall collections were rich and showed a lot of variety in colour, shape and textile – and spoke to the new South African woman. 

Andrej Pejic comes out as transgender woman

Meet model Andreja Pejic, formerly known as Andrej Pejic. The acclaimed androgynous model who has appeared on the covers of international fashion magazines and walked high-fashion runways the world over, has publicly come out as a transgender woman. Going forward, she will solely model women’s fashion. ‘To all trans youth out there, I would like to say respect yourself and be proud of who you are. All human beings deserve equal treatment no matter their gender identity or sexuality. To be perceived as what you say you are is a basic human right,’ she said in an interview.

She also posted a selfie on Facebook with the following message to her fans: ‘I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for the love and support throughout the years. You’ve all helped me through this journey and I have learned a lot and really come into my own and the response to today’s announcement truly overwhelmed me and reminds me of why I chose to do this publicly. I think we all evolve as we get older and that’s normal but I like to think that my recent transition hasn’t made me into a different individual. Same person, no difference at all just a different sex I hope you can all understand that. I would also like to to reach out to all young gender non-conforming youth out there: I know it’s hard, I’ve been there, but remember it’s your right to be accepted as what you identify with—you deserve the same respect as any other human being on this planet. As a transgender woman I hope to show that after transition (a life-saving process) one can be happy and successful in their new chapter without having to alienate their past. Most importantly differences should not equal divisions, let’s all stand together in union.#betruebeyou’.

The 50 Shades of Grey trailer is here

Based on E.L. James’ sexy novel, 50 Shades of Grey, the film is set to be releases on Valentine’s Day 2015. Everyone seems to be buzzing about this film, obviously because of its risqué content.

Watch it here:

Adele’s son wins massive damages

Yes, Adele’s 21-month-old baby son, Angelo Adkins, has been awarded a 5-figure cheque from a photo agency following the settlement of a privacy case brought by his parents. Adele and her partner, Simon Konecki, argued that published paparazzi photos of her son breached their child’s privacy and the court agreed.

‘It is a matter of profound sadness that many of his milestone moments, such as his first family outing and his first trip to playgroup, were photographed and published worldwide expressly against his family’s wishes,’ the couple’s solicitor, Jenny Afia, told the court. ‘Adele and Simon never encourage such photos. Quite the opposite. Adele and Simon are pleased this matter has been resolved. They continue to do all they can to protect Angelo’s rights in relation to the paparazzi, including taking legal action where necessary,’ Afia went on. ‘They will be holding the damages on trust on behalf of the claimant for this purpose. They will also continue efforts to improve the laws relating to paparazzi and children generally, building on the successful campaign Adele helped fund in California resulting in far stricter harassment laws.’

What do you think?

100 Africa Travel Experts on Twitter

The world of travel has become popular on social media. Many people now have unvarying access to travel information and tips for different destinations in the world. There are many Africa travel experts who tweet regularly, offering tips and advice on travel. They love sharing their travel experiences about best places they have visited with their followers. So whether you’re just looking for travel tips, best destinations to visit for a vacation in Africa and other continents or if you are looking for people to connect with for travel information to guide you on your next holiday, you should visit Twitter to keep you in the know.

We have put together a comprehensive list of some Africa travel experts to follow on Twitter. You can follow them or read their posts on Africa Travel Experts Twitter list we have created. You can also tweet suggestions to this list @TravelstartNigeria.

Jim HoldenMagicalKenya_Logo_-_SmallEncounter MaraExpert AfricaTravelgroundNaija TravelAfrica on the blogHersi MohammedafricapointMzansiGirlgoplacesKE@DianiBeachKeniakenya_travelsKWS_World_Class_LogoFlyNaijaNaijatreksdestination NigeriaLape SoetanRichard TrilloSusan WongPelu AwofesotravelingkenyaTourismUgandaRussellKate TurkingtonJacqMaraisPhoto@feedflowNarinaJan HuttonbysarahkhanWhaleCottage@LolaAkinmadejozifoodiefixAfrican travel writer and photographer Anton Crone from JuderangerdiariesGo2AfricaDawnJorgensenStephanie BeDalenehazeldickens@KerrydeBruynGenaTanyaHasmitarhinoafrica@AdelgreenFatima@RoxanneReidSAphilipLucy Corne@ontdeksafaris@stealinglucy@justcamphillygirl@andrevanketsluxafricatraveldiscoverafrica@PastExperiences@Travelwrite1@TravelNextDoorSarah DuffCapturing Africa@bestcapetownSAFireflyAfrica@ecoafricaJanezTGAdventurerNews24TravelGaryKoetserkathCapeTown_GirlTourismTanzaniacometonigeriaTheGautrain@concierge_ryanSATravelTradeafrotourism@MWEMAJOSPHATEgypt Travel@RelaxWithDax@BridgeeWjennaATTA AFRICA MARQUE@TravelZanzibarTravel Africasouthafricatoryansandeswilliam pricewaka aboutCape Town TourismMauritiusTclareappleyardafricageo@MariettedTHjenty@TysonJopson@The_B_BossAfrica Travel Tips

1. Jim Holden, @JimHoldenAfrica
2. Magical Kenya, @MagicalKenya
3. Encounter Mara, @EncounterMara
4. Expert Africa, @ExpertAfrica
5. Travel Ground, @TravelGround
6. 9jatravel, @9ja_travel
7. Africa on the blog, @AfricaOTBlog
8. Mohammed Hersi, @hersimohammed
9. Africapoint, @africapoint
10. Meruschka Govender, @MzansiGirl
11. Go Places Kenya, @goplacesKE
12. Diani Beach, @DianiBeachKenia
13. Kenya Travel Tips, @kenya_travels
14. Kenya Wildlife, @kwskenya
15. TRAVEL UPDATES, @Fly_Naija
16. Naijatreks, @naijatreks
17. #PromoteNigeria, @MyDNigeria
18. Lape Soetan, @lapesoetan
19. Richard Trillo, @RichardTrillo
20. Susan Wong, @SusanLUCKYWong
21. Pelu Awofeso, @PeluAwofeso
22 Traveling Kenya, @TravelingKenya
23 Travel Mate Uganda, @traveluganda80
24. Russell Jarvis, @russelljarvis
25. Kate Turkington, @Turkington
26. Jacques Marais, @JacqMaraisPhoto
27. Folarin Kolawole @feeldflow
28. Narina Exelby @NarinaExelby
29. Jan Hutton @janinehutton
30. Sarah Khan, @BySarahKhan
31. Chris Von Ulmenstein, @whalecottage
32. Lola A. Åkerström, @LolaAkinmade
33. Thando Moleketi, @JoziFoodieFix
34. Anton Crone, @antoncrone
35. Seb Hermanns @travelcomments
36. Emma Jude Jackson, @MissEmmaJude
37. Ranger Diaries, @rangerdiaries
38. Go2Africa, @Go2Africa
39. Dawn Jorgensen, @DawnJorgensen
40. Stephanie Be, @StephanieBe
41. Dalene Ingham-Brown, @AdventurousDee
42. Hazel Dickens, @hazeldickens
43. Kerry de Bruyn, @KerrydeBruyn
44. Gena Stander, @genevievedoull
45. Tanya Kovarsky, @TanyaKovarsky
46. Hasmita Nair, @Hasmita
47. Rhino Africa @rhinoafrica
48. Adel Groenewald, @Adelgreen
49. Fatima Mangera-Minty, @oh_my_golly
50. Roxanne Reid, @RoxanneReidSA
51. Philip Briggs @philipbriggs
52. Lucy Corne,‏ @LucyCorne
53. Ontdek Kenya Safaris, @ontdeksafaris
54. Marisa Crous, @stealinglucy
55. Cameron Ewart-Smith, @justcam
56. Philly Girl, @philly_girl
57. Andre Van Kets, @andrevankets
58. Luxury Africa Travel, @luxafricatravel
59. Discover Africa Group, @discoverafrica
60. Jo Buitendach, @PastExperiences
61. Caroline Hurry, @Travelwrite1
62. TravelNextDoor @TravelNextDoor
63. Sarah Duff @SarahDuff
64. Stuart Parker, @capturingafrica
65. Lisa Huang, @bestcapetownSA
66. Jonker Fourie, @FireflyAfrica
67. ecoAfrica Travel, @ecoafrica
68. Janez Vermeiren, @Janez_Vermeiren
69. The Great Adventurer, @TGadventure
70. News24 Travel, @News24Travel
71. Gary Koetser, @GaryKoetser
72. Katherine de Villiers, @KathDv
73. Alex van Tonder, @CapeTown_Girl
74. Tourism Tanzania @TourismTanzania
75. CometoNigeria, @cometonigeria
76. Gautrain, @TheGautrain
77. Ryan van Zyl, @concierge_ryan
78. SATravelTrade, @SATravelTrade
79. afrotourism, @frotourism
80. Kenya Tourism, @MWEMAJOSPHAT
81. My Egypt Travel, @my_egypttravel
82. Dax Villanueva, @RelaxWithDax
83. Bridget Williamson, @BridgeeW
84. Jenna Finch, @Jenna_Finch
85. Atta Africa, @atta_tourism
86. Anna Banana, @TravelZanzibar
87. Travel Africa, @OnAfricanSafari
88. SouthAfrica.TO, @southafricaTO
89. Ryan Sandes, @ryansandes
90. William Price, @william_price
91. Waka-about, @waka_about
92. Cape Town Tourism, @CapeTownTourism
93. Mauritius Travel, @MauritiusT
94. Clare Appleyard, @clareappleyard
95. Africa Geographic, @africageo
96. Mariette dT-Helmbold, @MariettedTH
97. Jeanette Verster, @jenty
98. Tyson Jopson, @TysonJopson
99. Brigid Prinsloo, @The_B_Boss
100. Africa Travel Tips, @africatip

Have we missed your favourite travel expert? Tell us who you’d like us to add, why you think we should add them and we will add the best recommendations to the list.

Via Travelstart

How to get the Chanel Autumn/Winter 2014 Couture beauty look

The Chanel shows, whether couture or not, always showcase the most incredible beauty looks. Always fresh and undeniably cool, recreating these high-fashion looks can be tricky. The most important thing is to only use Chanel products.

The Chanel Autumn/Winter 2014 Couture look showed a simple, sophisticated palette of colours.

The look: a fresh face with a gold, white and silver eye, completed with winged black liner, nude lips and nails.

2014-15_fw_hc_16Skin was prepared with the HYDRA BEAUTY product range.



ÉCLAT LUMIÈRE Highlighter Face Pen
POUDRE UNIVERSELLE LIBRE Natural Loose Finish Powder
LES BEIGES Healthy Glow Sheer Powder SPF 15


OMBRE ESSENTIELLE “Sensation” (N°102) – 2014 Fall Collection
ILLUSION D’OMBRE “Fantasme” (N°81)
ILLUSION D’OMBRE “Vision” (N°89)
CRAYON SOURCILS Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil


JOUES CONTRASTE “Caresse” (N°180) – 2014 Christmas Collection


ROUGE ALLURE “Volage” (N°227) – 2014 Christmas Collection




LE VERNIS “Atmosphère” (N°629) – 2014 Fall Collection