Friday, 27 November 2015

Shop Till You Drop

We all know how crazy the malls are going to be this Christmas and who enjoys fighting through crowds to find the perfect gift??!!

Instead of experiencing the stress of the mall, why don’t you try a few different places to shop at.

Muse Shop is a home decor and gift store situated at the Fields Shopping Centre in Kloof. They have only recently moved there and the shop has had a beautiful makeover. You are sure to find lots of treasures and don’t be surprised if the gift you buy stays permanently with you.

Also at Fields Shopping Centre is the Anthology pop-up shop, the little sister to the main Anthology shop in Windermere Centre in Durban. With vintage and new items and beautiful art it is another shop where you could find yourself buying something for yourself instead. The shop is open until the end of January 2016.

Behind Delcairn Centre in Kloof you will find the Bellevue Campus which houses the delightful Fat Tuesday. Owned by Carol Clark, the shop is filled with beautiful and quirky items as well as her fabulous clothes. Recently Salt selling home essentials, accessories and bed linen opened inside Fat Tuesday. Once you have sufficiently bruised your credit card I recommend that you have a seat at the Bellevue Cafe and enjoy a cappuccino and something sweet.

You cannot leave Kloof yet. Next up is the Kloof & Highway SPCA which has fascinating shops filled with books, toys, men’s and ladies clothing, records and bric a brac. All the shops are open on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8am – 12pm. They also have a delightful tea garden and live music. If you need new Christmas decorations then I recommend that you stop by the SPCA first.

For beautiful African crafts you need to make your way to Woza Moya in Hillcrest. There are now two shops – the first is at the Hillcrest Aids Centre in central Hillcrest and the second is in Botha’s Hill at Embo next to Kearsney College. Jewellery, shoes, African pots, clothes, plants, carvings and even the best soap;  Rondavel.

Looking for beautiful leather bags, wallets or belts then Layed Back in Hillcrest is definitely the place to go. They also have clothes, jewellery and shoes. In the back of the shop is Hope’s Closet for fabulous second hand clothing and the money made supports homeless women and children in Durban. They are always grateful for donations of good clothing and shoes. Upstairs in the stone tower is Mookins who stock handmade bath salts, soaps and bath bombs.

If you need to makeover your furniture or to buy a new piece – take a drive to Second Treasures Eco-Chic Furniture & Decor. What Christi does to furniture can only be described as art. Lots of other small decor items can also be found amongst the furniture and her signs are wonderful. Recently Heidi Handmade has made her home at Second Treasures with her beautifully sewn items.

Last, but certainly not least is the marvellous Mrs Pinkerton. Situated at the Mushroom Farm the shop is filled with furniture, clothes and other interesting items.

There you go – no reason to stress yourself at the malls as you are sure to find lots of special items for yourself your loved ones.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Let Durban Entertain You

In addition to our beautiful ocean, Durban has lots to offer in entertainment.  So put on your glad rags and head out on the town!

If you are shy then you might not want to attend Karou Charou Hot & Spicy as the audience gets to play a role and become part of the show. 27 and 28 November at 8pm and 29 November at 6pm. Show is at Sibaya Casino and the tickets are R120 – R140 available through Computicket.

Have you ever wondered what happens after the gates of the Durban Botanic Gardens are locked? It is then that these magnificent gardens awake. Discover through Wickedly Odd – The Night Garden. 20 November – 6 December at 6pm. Option 1 : Corporate booking R 130 000; Option 2 : Corporate booking for smaller groups R695pp/tables of 10; Option 3 : Public booking 20 – 28 November and 5 December R695. Call 031 3133330 to book tickets or you can buy through Computicket.

Uncle Jumbo's Christmas Show is an annual production held in Kloof. Tickets can be bought from Kloof Village Mall Superspar. Take along a wrapped gift for your child to receive from Father Christmas and another wrapped gift with suitable age and gender marked on the gift for an underprivileged child.

See Aaron McIlroy in Funny Father Christmas at Grace Family Church in Umhlanga. Get your tickets through Webtickets. The show runs from 10 - 12 December.

Do you love Jeremy Loops? Now is your chance to see him live on 12 December at the Umhlanga Food & Music Festival. The tickets are available from Computicket.

Love comedy entertainment and songs from the 80’s? Make a booking immediately for The Glitter Girls at The Playhouse Loft Theatre. The show runs from 9 – 20 December and performances are at 7pm (Tuesdays to Saturdays) with 3pm matinees on 13, 19 and 20 December. Tickets are R155 for adults and R120 for students and pensioners. Book online through Computicket or call The Playhouse box office during office hours on 031 3699540.

Liesl Coppin, Lisa Bobbert and Marion Loudon

This year the annual family pantomime is Puss in Boots which comes to the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 5 December till 11 January. This version is set on an enchanted tropical island. Puss in Boots is written and directed by Steven Stead and designed by Greg King. The performances are at 2:30pm (Tuesday to Sunday) and 7pm on Fridays and some Saturdays. Tickets are R120 – R220 and can be bought through Computicket. Contact Ailsa Windsor of Going Places for block bookings and information on group discounts : or 083 250 2690.

Don’t have kids but still like a good pantomime? Then Aladdin Grey St. is for you. Performances are until 30 December at Greyville Racecourse Centenary Room. Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Saturdays also have a performance at 2pm. Tickets are R130 – R170 phone 083 250 2690 to book.

The ever popular annual Dolphins by Starlight at uShaka Marine World is happening on 10 – 14 December this year. Starring Clive Gumede and songstress Samantha Landers who will be accompanied by the voices of the 20 piece Durban Gospel Choir, child star Lasandra Majola and a live band headed by musical director Evan Roberts. Tickets are R160 for adults and R130 for children and are available from Computicket. Be there 6:30pm for 7pm.

Scrooge’s Christmas happening at the Durban Christian Centre Jesus Dome is a heart warming stage production for the whole family. Performances are at 7pm on the 18 – 20 December and tickets are R35 and can be bought at Computicket.

For Your Ears Only at The Playhouse Company Drama Theatre from 12 - 23 December. Shows are at 7pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are R130 - R150. Call 031 3699540 to book.

A Christmas Celebration at The Playhouse Company Opera Theatre. 19 - 24 December at 7:30pm. Tickets are R120 - R150. To put you in the mood for the holiday season.

Viva Las Vegas! Showcases divas such as Celine Dion, sex symbols such as Tom Jones and Rod Stewart, rockers such as ZZ Top and icons such as Elvis Presley. The show runs until 10 January at The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway Shopping Centre. Wednesday – Saturday R155; Tuesday night R120 and R110 for the Sunday matinee. Call 031 5663045 to book.

If you love singing to ‘We Are the Champions’ and ‘We Will Rock You’ then you CANNOT miss out on The Queen Show happening at the iZulu Theatre Sibaya Casino this December and January. The show recreates Queen’s 1986 World Tour Concert, Queen – It’s a Kinda Magic. 11 December – 10 January and tickets are R250. Book through Computicket.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Durban Christmas Markets

Lots of wonderful markets happening in and around Durban this November and December.

Here are a few that I am aware of :

Angel Rose Trading from 26 - 28 November in Waterfall 10am to 4pm

The ever popular Bellevue Market is happening on the 27 November. Find the market at 5 Bellevue Road in Kloof. The market starts at 4pm and ends at 8pm.

Woza Moya World Aids Day Christmas Market in Hillcrest 28 November from 8am - 2pm

Coralee's Christmas Fair in Hillcrest on 28 November from 2pm - 6pm. Christmas trees, wreaths, decor, jewellery, fresh flowers, baby gifts, crafts and more. Food on sale, live music and a children's play area.

Wonder Market at Chris Saunders Park on 29 November, 6 and 13 December from 9am - 2pm.

I Love My Coffee Christmas Market is happening on 4 December from 10:30am to 2pm. Great food and great gift ideas.

SPCA Christmas Fair at the Kloof & Highway SPCA on 5 December from 8am - 2pm. All SPCA shops open, kids entertainment, live singing and food. Father Christmas at 12pm and gifts can be purchased on the day.

Christmas Play Market is held at Giba Gorge MTB Park on the 6 December from 9am to 2pm. There will be live music, yummy food and a puppet show for the kids. You do need to book a place for your child at the puppet show and tickets cost R20.

The last Music at the Lake for the year is going to end with Carols by Candlelight and a Christmas Night Market on 11 December. Buy tickets from Webtickets for this special event.

Christmas Night Market at The Mushroom Farm is happening on 11 December from 4pm to 8pm. 

Hillcrest Country Market on 13 December in the Hillcrest Primary School hall from 8am - 1pm.

The Shongweni Farmers & Craft Christmas Market will be held at their new premises on the 16 December from 9am to 5pm. This is always a big market with over 200 stalls encompassing crafts, jewellery, shoes, clothes, toys and don’t forget the food and drink.

If you missed the previous Christmas Fair at Coralee's you have another chance as there is a market on 16 December.

The KZN Christmas Market Festival will be held this year at City Hill Church off Inanda Road in Hillcrest. Mark your calendar for the 15 – 19 December daily from 9am to 1pm.

Don’t worry if you can’t get to the I Heart Market on the 5 December as there are two more markets after that on the 12 and 19 December. The I Heart Market is on the lawns outside the Moses Mabhida Stadium from 9am till 2pm.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Anthology Flagship Store

Last night I attended the official opening of the new Anthology flagship store inside the Windermere Shopping Centre in Durban with Inge Loker.

Anthology is owned by creative and artist Terry Angelos. The shop started out as a pop-up shop that was only supposed to stay until the end of January 2014 but ended up with the offer of a permanent home. Terry has now moved the shop and created a beautiful gallery like space to showcase her art and the other items she sells - vintage, jewellery, clothes.

Wondering why the name Terry Angelos seems familiar? Take a look at these examples of her work.

Here are some photos I took of the shop :

Love this old typewriter used as a
necklace display

Such a comfortable chair

Anthology team - Terry 2nd from left

Beautiful elegant cake 

Amazing, delicious food!

It was also lovely to see Faeema Sader, Nadia van der Mescht and Nicola Ashe at the official opening.

Shop 5 Windermere Centre
163 Lillian Ngoyi Road
Morningside, Durban


The amazing and delicious food of various hummus (bean, chickpea, olive, sundried tomato etc) and homemade breads was created by the talented Khutso of My Gourmet 0617580362. No one could get enough of his divine food and I wasn't the only one to return more than once. Everyone was discussing as to which hummus was their favourite and mine was definitely the sundried tomato. Just thinking about it now makes me want more.