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The most popular car colours in South Africa

July 13, 2018
The most popular car colours in South Africa • Yellow 2018 VW Polo

Autotrader has released a new report on which car colours South African motorists most search for. The report follows an analysis of millions of searches on AutoTrader that used the colour filter (from March 2017 to March 2018), and considers both used and new cars. So, which car colours rule the popularity roost in South Africa? White The report found that South African drivers favour white for their cars, with 55% of searches being for a white vehicle. Silver and Black Silver and black were named as the second and third most popular car colours in South Africa, with fourth…

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The Bloem influencers to follow on Instagram • Smartguy edition

June 28, 2018
Bloem influencers to follow on Instagram • Tony Peng

Why the Influencers trend is catching on in SA marketing and the names you should get to know. Instagram is where we go to find all that’s fresh, trendy and creative. Growing rapidly year on year, now more than ever, Instagram is one of South Africa’s MAJOR relevant social media platforms. A rise in social media users in South Africa Research firm World Wide Worx reported that Instagram users in South Africa increased 32% between 2016 and 2017 with another 8.5% growth during 2017 and 2018. This is a trend that is in line with smartphone penetration in the country.…

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These are the best family cars in South Africa

June 21, 2018
These are the best family cars in South Africa • Land Rover Discovery 2018

From compact yet spacious hatches, to high-end luxury 4x4s, South Africans have a range of top family cars to choose from, says AutoTrader. The online automotive classifieds advertising website noted that selecting the right car for you will obviously depend on your family requirements. Therefore AutoTrader suggested considering the following points when shopping for family cars, starting with the number of occupants, both two and four-legged. Body style – you may have a passion for SUVs, for instance. Storage areas – from cup holders to the luggage capacity. Safety features – always important when transporting your loved ones. Economy – if…

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Smartlife

Music by Magpie • Is Musical Talent Hereditary?

June 19, 2018
Music by Magpie • Is Musical Talent Hereditary?

I like to think that musical talent sort of runs in my family. My grandfather, my dads Dad who turned 90 this month always had a rather good voice and used to take the lead singing in church. He sees himself as a bit of a Sinatra and often turns a sentence into a little tune. Closer to home, my Mom frequently tells tales of her pink record player and her Bob Dylan LP’s and my Brother plays lead guitar in a band called “The Grumpy Old Men”. They’re quite famous in Clarens. And then there’s me, the girl with…

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Bright Sparks

Annette Griesel • Little

June 6, 2018
Annette Griesel • Little

It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make BIG things happen • John Wooden Meet Annette Griesel. The absolutely lovely Momtrepreneur behind the delightful baby apparel and accessories brand, Little. Chic and refined yet with a casual charm, Annette is beautiful, bright and tremendously talented. She’s a passionate entrepreneur who’s serious about quality and sincerely believes in the heart of supporting local. Only using 100% natural & organic fabrics and water-based digital & screen printing techniques, all of Little’s collections are hand woven with love and care by South African weavers, the prints are hand drawn by local South…

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Cool Spots

Little

May 31, 2018
Cool Spots • Little Baby Boutique

Little Shop 13, Preller Square Shopping Centre, Bloemfontein Little on Facebook Sometimes the smallest things take the most room in your heart • Winnie the Pooh Located in one of Bloemfontein’s much-loved shopping centres, Preller Square, the beautiful bespoke baby boutique Little is the latest chic spot of the local Mommies-in-the-know. With a touch of whimsy, the lovely baby apparel and accessories are proudly inspired by and proudly made of the very best locally sourced 100% natural fabrics South Africa has on offer. The collections are both charming and refined and with the stylish retro-inspired looks and beautifully-crafted 100% cotton,…

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Style

Smartgirl Street Style • Twinning

May 28, 2018
Smartgirl Street Style • Twinning in Adidas

Introducing Twinning – The Street Style Trend For Two Every season it’s something new. Some hot-ticket item no style blogger or editor worth her Gucci Princetown slippers will be seen at fashion week without. A few years ago it was a Kenzo sweatshirt; shortly after, a Chanel Lego purse. Then came the fluffy Fendi bag charms. Don’t let the ‘it’ item’s ubiquity in street style galleries fool you – such pieces typically carry a hefty price tag only the Chiara Ferragnis and Anna Dello Russos of the world can afford. Until now. This year, the ultimate street style bait is…

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Smartlife

Smart Food • A girl and her party cakes… Family and food

May 22, 2018
Smart Food • A girl and her love of party cakes, family and food • Jill Nowers

Food tastes better when you eat it with your family. I kinda wondered, and procrastinated for those of you who know me, how, celebrating family ties in with food and it dawned on me that my love of food is intricately woven through memories of my two Grannies, Mom, family get together’s and a myriad of other life events… My two Grans were so different in personality from one another and yet both of them loved their families so.  Eating around a dinner table together was what meal times were all about. Walking into my grandparent’s house in Port Elizabeth…

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Just n Motion • Trail running at White Hills Guest Farm

May 17, 2018
Just n Motion • Trail running at White Hills Guest Farm

May is family month here at Hello Smart Blog, AND what a better way to celebrate this than to share one of my favourite family getaways with you.. White Hills Guest Farm Just 1hr10 mins from Bloemfontein lies a farm cottage painted by the scenic Korannaberg mountain range. Unspoilt farm lands and fantastic hiking and trail running routes. White Hills Guest Farm is situated between Modderpoort and Ladybrand and is a perfect weekend-away destination for you and the family to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. And if, like me, your favourite way to stay active on the weekend is trail running……

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8 Nippy Family Cars you can buy for less than R200,000 in South Africa

May 10, 2018
8 Nippy Family Cars you can buy for less than R200,000 in South Africa

In the market for a new family ride? Not too big. Light on fuel. 4 doors with a boot. Something nippy? Data published by financial services company Wesbank shows that the average spent on financing a NEW vehicle in South Africa is around R300,000. Its data also showed that the average amount financed for a USED car with the lender over the past 12 months was R203,284. Wesbank finances more than double the number of used cars when compared to new cars, and while the allure of a bargain in the second hand market for a more high spec model is logical,…

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