Cool Spots

Imperial Volvo Bloemfontein

November 5, 2018
Cool Spots • Imperial Volvo Bloemfontein

Imperial Volvo Bloemfontein Zastron St, Bloemfontein Central, Bloemfontein www.imperialbloemfontein.co.za   Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower – Steve Jobs Situated in the heart of mid-town Bloemfontein is the beautiful bespoke showroom of Imperial Volvo Bloemfontein. A modern retail space of contemporary design, chic Scandinavian furnishings and outstandingly stylish Volvo vehicles. The Volvo retail experience concept is one of many important parts of the innovative Volvo way forward and goes far beyond what you see on the surface. Volvo is a brand that believes everything starts with people. What makes them different from other car companies is the principle of…

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Brainy Business

What we learned about Instagram from local Social Media guru Christine Meintjes

October 15, 2018
What we learned about Instagram from local Social Media guru Christine Meintjes

Whatever you are, be a GOOD one • Abraham Lincoln The first thing you should know about Christine Meintjes is she REALLY knows her stuff. In 2007 she founded Christine Meintjes Photography. Fast forward a few years and she has shot over 350 weddings, travelled to more than 10 different countries for shoots and is considered to be one of THE best photographers on the continent being one of only five Premium Ambassadors for Nikon Southern Africa. Amongst being a photographer, Christine Meintjes is also a top style influencer, specialist content creator and Social Media expert. Christine successfully built South Africa’s first…

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Smartlife

Music by Magpie • My Feel Good Spring Playlist for 2018

October 2, 2018
Music by Magpie • My Feel Good Spring Playlist for 2018 • Jeremy Loops

After a couple of false starts, Spring has finally got under way in Sunny SA This new season brings with it countless other promises, amongst others that of longer days, sunshine and balmy evenings. The air feels different, the overall mood is lighter, birds are chirping, and people all over are smiling. The dark days are over and everyone seems to have a spring in their step. I always think of Spring as the prequel to Summer The tester round for the festive season, friends come out of hibernation, all ready for a braai, sun downers and late night parties.…

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Bright Sparks

Busi Maile • Smart Repair Group

September 25, 2018
Busi Maile • Smart Repair Group OFS Smart Repair C3 Auto Body Repair Academy

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower • Steve Jobs Meet Busi Maile. Intelligent, innovative and determined. Busi is as much a lady as she is a leader. Impeccably stylish and graciously smart, she is the dynamic CEO of C3 Auto Body Repair Academy, one of only three Merseta accredited auto body repair training centres county wide, as well as the Director of Stakeholder Relations & Procurement of OFS Smart Repair and the Smart Repair Group. A truly gifted and talented young professional, Busi started her first business in her 20s, a unique training program enabling disadvantaged youth to train and qualify as auto body repair…

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Smartlife

Smart Food • The Thai inspired blushing pink salmon burger

September 12, 2018
Smart Food • The Thai inspired blushing pink salmon burger

Spring is in the air The change of season brings about a switch in my mood for food that lifts my spirits and my energy levels.  Soft pink blossoms on trees evoke feelings of happiness and encourage me to get out of my winter slump with fresh healthy food. This Thai inspired blushing pink salmon burger is complimented by Graham Beck’s Gorgeous Sparkling wine, just what’s needed to keep me in the pink. Ideally the pink salmon burger should be served with a chilled glass of Gorgeous Sparkling wine and shared with friends for an afternoon of laughter. Shopping lists…

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Brainy Business

Introducing The New Nippy Volvo XC40

September 7, 2018
Introducing The New (not-so-little) Volvo XC40

Meet the NEW Volvo XC40 The small SUV that’s big on innovation. Expressive design, ingenious storage and smart technology. Volvo’s latest offering is built for city life. With OFS Smart Repair being a PROUD Volvo partner and the ONLY Approved Volvo Auto Body Repair centre in the Free State and Northern Cape, we could not wait to test drive the latest addition to the Volvo Family. AND NOW The Volvo XC40 is available in South Africa in a T3 guise, priced at less than R500,000. And the new powertrain is the first three-cylinder engine in the company’s 91-year history. The…

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Smartlife

Just n Motion • Smartgirl Endurance and Ultra distance running

August 30, 2018
Just n Motion • Smartgirl Endurance and Ultra distance running

Endurance and Ultra distance running has become a popular sport worldwide especially in the trail and mountain running scene. Even though endurance and Ultra distance running is SUPER tough mentally and physically, it hasn’t been a deterant to the kick butt female athletes who have braved the dirt and mud, muscled up the climbs and endured the challenges of muscle fatigue and mental toughness to make it over the finish line! Girl power??? Or shall we say Smartgirl power? Well yes, I’d definately say so! To all the female athletes out there who want to attemp running these long distances, here are…

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Style

Smartgirl Street style • Chunky Sneakers

August 23, 2018
Smartgirl Street style • Chunky Sneakers

In case you haven’t noticed, chunky sneakers are cool. In fact, they have been for a while. Shattering paving slabs at fashion weeks across the globe – GQ, Vogue, Elle and The Cut have all written extensively about the resurgence of the chunky-soled sneaker. As Vogue Italia described them, chunky sneakers (sometimes referred to as “dad sneakers”) are usually hefty and feature double or triple soles. Instagram influencers and celebrities alike simply can not get enough of their chunky-soled kicks. Just a few minutes spent scrolling through social media feeds reveal photo after photo of  Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Hailey Baldwin rocking clunky sneaks that look like they…

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Cool Spots

Creative Edge

August 7, 2018
Cool Spots • Creative Edge Bloemfontein

Creative Edge Reizis Square, 1 Torbet street, Bloemfontein Creative Edge on Facebook Creativity is intelligence having fun – Albert Einstein Situated in the hipster cool Reizis Square in a loft on the corner of Andries Pretorius and Waverley road Bloemfontein is the bespoke furniture, lighting and furnishing accessories showroom Creative Edge. A trendy hub of contemporary design, a punch of bold colour and fabulous interior, Creative Edge is known for sourcing, supplying and manufacturing the most eclectic and exquisite designer furniture and homeware. Founded in 2008 in Bloemfontein by Norman and Hettie Bester as part of the Eclipse Group, Creative…

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Smartlife

Music By Magpie • Cover Art by design

July 30, 2018
Music By Magpie • Cover Art by design • Pink Floyd The Dark side of the moon

Although we have been told time and time again, not to judge a book by its cover, yet we still do. The meaning of the phrase “Never judge a book by its cover” is that One should not form an opinion on someone or something based purely on what is seen on the surface, because after taking a deeper look, the person or thing may be very different than what was expected. In this day and age visual representations of things are what first make us stand-up and take notice. Say what you will, but we are all more likely…

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