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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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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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Bright Sparks

Schalk Bezuidenhout

July 25, 2018
Schalk Bezuidenhout • Funnyman by design

I never know when I am being funny, and the other way too. I don’t think you can think about that. I don’t think you can try to be funny. Some people are just funny • Christopher Walken Meet Schalk Bezuidenhout. Razor sharp, exceptionally sassy and smart as a whip. The brilliant funnyman brought the house down at his stand-up show SNORSEUN at the Vrystaat Kunstefees this year. Known for his eclectic woolly style and Adidas kicks, Schalk rocks a moustache and furry ‘fro like no other Afrikaans boytjie we’ve ever seen. Make no mistake – the knits might be…

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Just n Motion • Trail run by design

July 17, 2018
Just n Motion • Trail run by design

It’s not where you take the trail… It’s where the trail takes you. Behind every Event there is a story, a motivation and a drive to get people involve in what became your passion. My Trail Story It all started about 18 months ago. Trail running was never part of my training thoughts or plans, but how things have changed! A big shout out to my Wife, Lolla, for introducing me to the sport. Running trail has been a life changing experience and taken us both places in South Africa and the Free State that are scenic, beautiful and breathtaking.…

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Brainy Business

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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Style

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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