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



Peaches Geldof’s real cause of death finally revealed

Malema forcefully removed from Gauteng Legislature

Causing drama wherever he goes, EFF leader Julius Malema has now (perhaps) gone too far.  Malema and his devoted red beret-wearing squad members showed up at the Gauteng legislature yesterday to protest against the removal of their MPLs during a sitting on July 1, for donning red overalls. They were, once again, ejected from the house for wearing the same overalls. Malema and some of the other members tried to overpower the police in an attempt to force their way in. See more here:


Image via Rex Features

Zoe Saldana is pregnant!

The Star Trek Into Darkness star and her Italian husband Marco Perego are having a baby! Saldana’s publicist confirmed the news yesterday after a lot of recent media speculation. This is going to be one gorgeous child we predict.

Peaches Geldof’s real cause of death finally revealed

Senior investigating officer, Paul Fotheringham has found that Peaches Geldof, who died suddenly earlier this year, passed away due to a heroin overdose.

‘It has been established that Peaches Geldof-Cohen had been previously addicted to heroin for a number of years but that more recently had ceased taking the drug. Peaches had been supported by drug-treatment workers for two-and-a-half years, being prescribed methadone,’ read Fotheringham’s report. ‘Peaches had indicated her desire to come off methadone completely, and was following a plan to reduce the level of methadone she was taking. A drugs test in November indicated that she was not taking any illicit drug.”

“Witnesses report that around February of this year there was a suspicion that Peaches had started using illicit drugs again, including being found with a substance believed to be heroin at her home address. Following her death, drugs paraphernalia was found in the house and a quantity of high-grade heroin was found to be secreted in a cupboard in the bedroom that Peaches regularly used. When considering all of the above information, I, as the senior investigating officer, conclude that Peaches Geldof-Cohen died of a heroin overdose,’ it concluded.

Heart-breakingly sad.


Suicide bomb kills more than 25 in Nigeria

About 25 people were killed when a suicide bomb was detonated in the North Nigerian city of Kaduna yesterday. The blast was allegedly an assassination attempt which targeted the convoy of Sheikh Dahiru – a cleric who criticised terrorist organisation Boko Haram.

Dahiru luckily managed to escape unharmed.

Britney Spears is now designing lingerie

Yes, you heard us the first time. The former queen of pop now has her very own intimates range called ‘The Intimate Britney Spears’. The collection will be sold in over 180 stores worldwide. Sure to be a hit? What do you think?

Mauritanian women and pharmaceutical gavage

The West African country of Mauritania is known for its so-called fat farms. Women, especially young girls, are taken into the Sahara Desert and are given (or sometimes force-fed) camel’s milk to fatten them up, in a practice known as ‘gavage’. Being a well-rounded or even morbidly obese woman is a sign of opulence and beauty. Mothers often start fattening up their daughters at a very young age to ensure they are big enough by the time they are ready for marriage – often around 14.

This practice has now taken an even darker turn. Modern-day Mauritanian women-on-the-go find it to be too time-consuming. The wonderful answer? Appetite-inducing pills. VICE has made an interesting documentary exploring the risks women are willing to take in order to be considered beautiful and desirable by men.

This pharmaceutical gavage often leads to infertility and unequal distribution of fat as it enlarges certain parts of the body, leaving arms and legs skinny. Scary? Yes.

This is very much an act of patriarchy as women continue to measure their sense of desirability and value against what a man finds appealing – disguised as tradition. 

Model releases video of her gender-identity struggle

Australian model Ruby Rose recently wrote and produced a video entitled ‘Break Free’, which has since gone viral.

The video’s description reads: ‘A short film about gender roles, Trans, and what it is like to have an identity that deviates from the status quo.’

For the most part, people are responding positively to her video (the video has over 125,000 shares and 95,000 likes on Facebook, with over 250,000 views on YouTube), while others say that it doesn’t represent everyone’s journey. Well, obviously not. This video is about her journey – the operative word being ‘her’.

Watch it here and let us know what you think:

The Equinox African Signature Ritual

The Equinox Spa, set inside Cape Town’s premium Cape Royale Luxury Hotel, is one of those memorably luxe spots. From the friendly welcome to the tasteful décor, it’s a world away from your everyday existence.

Highly skilled therapists draw from both international and cultural African traditions, combining the two to give clients a superb pampering experience. Our recommended must-try this month is the Equinox African Signature Ritual, a 75- minute journey that takes you from a deep back massage – using internationally renowned products such as Theravine™ – with tiny dumbbells to massage the neck and shoulder area to a luxurious Appetiser Facial, ending with a hand and foot treatment.

For more details, go here.