Cool Spots

The Royal Fischer Hotel

October 20, 2017
The Royal Fischer Hotel • Cool Spots

The Royal Fischer Hotel 65 Kameeldoring Drive, Woodland Hills Wildlife Estate, Bloemfontein royalfischer.com Where history and contemporary chic hospitality meet. Located in a quiet cul-de-sac in one of the city’s hippest areas, the 5-star Royal Fischer Hotel is Bloemfontein’s latest swanky hot spot. Named after one of South Africa’s greatest historical figures, Bram Fischer, the original homestead was built in the 1800’s by Abraham Fischer (Prime Minister of the Orange Free State and Bram Fischer’s grandfather) and was recently renovated into a luxury boutique-style hotel with 5 exclusive suites and bucketloads of modern style. The combination of a gorgeous historic…

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Music by Magpie • New Album Releases for the Fourth Quarter

October 17, 2017
Music by Magpie • goldfish-live

2017 has been a roller coaster of new music AND one Blog Post will not do justice to all that has been and all that is to come, however I have filtered out the new album releases in the last month or so that had piqued my curiosity, three albums from three rather diverse genres that left three most different impressions.   The Killers • Wonderful Wonderful Frankly, I am rather disappointed by this record which isn’t as Wonderful as the name suggests, not even remotely. Although the pre-released single ‘The Man’ perked my interests, the rest of this album is very…

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Style

Smartgirl Street Style • Sapmok Vellies

October 12, 2017
Smartgirl Street style • Sapmok Vellies

TREND ALERT: The Proudly South African Vellie When Vellies are featured in American Vogue and Global fashion retailer Zara releases their own version of the style… YOU KNOW the traditional South African leather shoe is HOT property! History of the Vellie Veldskoen or vellies, are South African walking shoes made from vegetable-tanned leather or soft rawhide uppers attached to a leather footbed and rubber sole without tacks or nails. The name, Vellies comes from Afrikaans vel (“skin”) and skoen (“shoe”). They were first made by the Dutch East India Co. in the 17th century by the first Dutch settlers in…

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Tiffany’s Tips • Let’s go GLAMPING!

October 9, 2017
Tiffany's Tips • Glamping

As I was researching and wondering how to put the words “beauty” and “camping” into one phrase without it being an absolute paradox… I happened to stumble onto the term GLAMPING. Glamping combines the experience of nature and the great out doors by adding a touch of luxury and glamour. It’s becoming a growing trend across the world and allows you to camp without having to sacrifice certain comforts. Small problems faced when going camping is well, to pack small. It’s a REAL challenge to fit all those beautifying products and gadgets! Because, let’s face it, who doesn’t want to look good…

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Brainy Business

The best and worst cars for part prices in South Africa

October 5, 2017
The best and worst cars for part prices in South Africa • Toyota Fotuner

Renowned motor journalist, Malcolm Kinsey, has released his Kinsey report for 2017 – detailing how much it costs to service and repair a car in South Africa. Kinsey stated that the local motor industry is currently facing a “crisis” with manufacturers withdrawing from the country, old established brands no longer being imported and many dealer networks are negotiating for new vehicles to replace their old products. “One of the early brands to exodus the country was Citroen. Peugeot SA decided to concentrate on the Peugeot range and stop importing the sister vehicles. Peugeot then acquired the Vauxhall and Opel brands…

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Just n Motion • The 4Peaks Mountain Challenge

October 3, 2017
Just n Motion • The 4Peaks Mountain Challenge - Justin Oelofsen

Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of – Charles Spurgeon What a better way to celebrate The Great Outdoors than with an outdoor activity that captures the physical, mental and emotional aspects of exercise…TRAIL RUNNING! Trail Running is one of the fastest growing outdoor activities in the world. The scenerary, fresh air and the pure tranquility of being able to exercise in Nature is in some cases, simply stunning. Due to the rising popularity of trail running, there are many well organised events for both novice and…

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Bright Sparks

Christoff Steyn • Roodt Architects

September 29, 2017
Bright Sparks • Christoff Steyn Roodt Architects

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you anywhere – Albert Einstein Meet Christoff Steyn. The superbly gifted Architectural Retail and Interior Designer of Roodt Architects. A bona fide man of style. He is smart, sophisticated and seriously talented. A true creative thinker who will inspire you with his imaginative designs and innovative ideas. His passion for great design is apparent in all he does. He is the mastermind and architectural designer behind exceptional buildings and their outstanding interiors such as The Pienaar House, The Central Media head office and the NEW OFS Smart Repair HQ. Here is…

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El’ Jefe Cantina

September 27, 2017
Cool Spots • El' Jefe Cantina

El’ Jefe Cantina The Walk Shopping Centre, Langenhoven Park, Bloemfontein El’ Jefe Cantina on Facebook When it comes to flavourful food, spicy Mexican-inspired feasts sit pretty high up on our list! If a dish is filled or topped with cheese, chilli or smoky meat and then fried or baked, we’re in. Don’t forget the freshly made salsa, guacamole and lashings of sour cream, or the zingy ceviche that pairs so perfectly with jugs of frozen margaritas or tots of tequila. Located at the The Walk Shopping Centre in Langenhovenpark is Mexican delight El’ Jefe Cantina, Bloemfontein’s latest hot spot. Serving great…

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Music by Magpie • Support Live Music Venues, They are Fantasties

September 27, 2017
Music by Magpie • Support LIVE Music venues - Die Heuwels Fantasties

In January of 2017, my family decided to buy a restaurant/ pub/ live music venue in the little town of Bethlehem in the Free State. Initially I had planned to be involved in an advisory capacity only, but this idea became moot in about May, and I now have the title of Events and Marketing Manager, which  may or may not be self imposed. Since taking over the business we have had the pleasure of hosting a number of Local Bands and Musicians from across the SA music spectrum, each with their own technical rider and list of backstage and…

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Tiffany’s Tips • The beauty product French women can’t live without

September 22, 2017
Tiffany’s Tips • The beauty product French women can’t live without

La Voie Française With Spring basically lasting all of 2 days and throwing us straight into Summer, my Winter legs hasn’t quite been prepped for shorts just yet. To be honest, they’re looking a bit dimply and wobbly due to the hibernation period (eek!). Can you imagine my surprise and also disbelief, when meeting a gorgeous French woman (right here in Bloem) with the most beautiful dimple-free legs this time of the year? We got to talking and I was blown away by what she had to say about the beauty buying habits of the ladies in France. French women,…

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