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Music by Magpie • So why Spotify?

March 28, 2018
Music by Magpie • So why Spotify?

Is being late to the Party a bad thing? On 13 March 2018 Spotify finally launched in South Africa, just in time for OFS Birthday Month, coincidence? The question on many lips though is whether the 10 year wait will be worth it? Or is Spotify just late to a Party jam-packed with other guests who are just as worthy? I was first introduced to Spotify a number of years ago by a friend in the tech industry who’s colleagues in New York and swore by this APP. Tragically it wasn’t officially available in South Africa at the time, and…

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Smart Food • Posh Party Cake decorating made easy

March 27, 2018
Smart Food • Post Party Cake decorating made easy

I have said it before and I will say it again, I love making life easier for myself.  I see no reason to over complicate it and if there is an easier solution then why not make use of it?  Baking and decorating a posh party cake doesn’t mean that you need to pull your hair out! There are many SMART short cuts and simple steps you can follow. So, here is my short tutorial on decorating a posh party cake with readily available products from your local grocery store, one or two inspirational images from Pinterest and some stretch…

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Style

Street Style • The SMART Graphic Tee

March 22, 2018
Street Style • The SMART Graphic Tee

Introducing the custom SMART Graphic Tee 2018 collection Consider Graphic Tees the longtime wardrobe staple of the cheeky. Loudly stamped with a bold phrase or visual, the Graphic Tee is the perfect way to show a bit of personality while adding an edgy touch to an otherwise standard outfit. Among the fashion crowd, the graphic T-shirt trend, in particular, has reigned supreme in 2018. Every brand, from fast fashion to designer, is on board and consumers are snapping them up! Just add a blazer, a stylish skirt or chic trouser for a trendy work-appropriate look. SMART Inspiration: Of course, when…

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Happy 34th Birthday OFS Smart Repair

March 15, 2018
Happy 34th Birthday OFS Smart Repair

It’s our 34th Birthday and we’re celebrating! At OFS Smart Repair we LOVE birthdays and for our 34th birthday we decided to celebrate the special occasion in proper SMART style. We started the merriment by transforming our reception area into a carnival of fun – filled with red, white and blue balloons and a marvelous 3 tiered birthday cake, baked by our very own fondant cake fundi Johanna. Sweet treats for the day were Jack & Jill Food co. gourmet Mille-feuille (mini custard slices), red white and blue cotton candy tubs and delightfully delicious mini doughnuts. To end off our festivities,…

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Tiffany’s Tips • Is it a Happy Birthday for you..?

March 13, 2018
Tiffany's Tips • Anti-aging

It’s March and we are celebrating Birthday Month at OFS Smart Repair! Yay! Who doesn’t love a good party and blowing out those Birthday candles? (Even though those candles seem to be increasing rapidly) But as we age – or should I rather say “mature”- we start noticing visible signs of aging. With a new era of skincare dawning in the industry we are going “defcon 4” on lines and wrinkles and restoring and rejuvenating skin like never before. But before we get started we need to clarify a few of the new terms we are hearing in the industry……

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Brainy Business

The 5 most popular car brands in South Africa right now

March 6, 2018
The 5 most popular car brands in South Africa right now • Toyota Corolla 2018

Naamsa (National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA) has released its latest vehicle sales and exports report, with over 92,124 vehicles sold in the first two months of 2018. In an analysis of the data, Absa said that this amounts to a 6.6% decrease when compared to the 98,587 vehicles sold in the first two months of 2017. Of these cars sold, Absa said that: 84% were sold by dealers to the public 9.7% went to the rental industry 2.6% were sold to government and 3.7% were sold to corporates. TOP 5 most popular car brands sold in South Africa Of the…

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Cool Spots

Bella Casa Trattoria

March 1, 2018
Bella Casa Trattoria

Bella Casa Trattoria 31 President Steyn Avenue, Westdene, Bloemfontein Bella Casa on Facebook Fancy something delicious, hearty and all-a-round delectable? Well, we know just the place! Situated in the leafy suburb Westdene in Bloem is the delightful Bella Casa Trattoria. A trendy hub of friendly, efficient service and fabulous flavoursome food. The saucy handmade pastas are marvelous and the wood-fired thin-based pizzas an absolute must. Rated by Eat Out: SA’s best guide to SA’s best food, as one of the 500 hottest restaurants in SA for an impressive 4 years running, it’s no wonder Bella Casa is such a firm favourite…

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Music by Magpie • Music, the Month of Love and the chills

February 28, 2018
Music by Magpie • Music the month of love and the chills • Margaret Whitfield

It being the month of love and all, I found it fitting to incorporate this ‘love’ business  into my blog post, but since I’m not currently ‘in Love’ and I’m not really an expert at this sort of thing, I thought I’d compare it to something I do know a bit about, and that’s Music. Science tells us that it’s completely normal to feel out of your mind when falling for someone, and even to feel butterflies in your stomach, and goose bumps on your arms. A recent study by the Kinsey Institute found that when studying the brain of…

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Bright Sparks

Margaret Whitfield • DJ Magpie

February 27, 2018
Margaret Whitfield • DJ Magpie • Bright Sparks

Ninjastic – the display of certain skills or abilities which are esentially ‘ninja’ in every way imaginable. Meet Margaret Whitfield. Razor sharp and superbly sassy. DJ Magpie is known for her impeccable taste in music and her stealth-like grammatical abilities. Not to mention her killer sense of humour. Attorney of law by day and Music Maven by night. Ninja and fantastic put into one – Ninjastic. She’s one of Bloemfontein’s paramount creative forces. An exceptional collaborator here at Hello Smart Blog and a true friend of the OFS Smart Repair Team. We are delighted to introduce to you, the tremendously talented and…

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Smart Food • We love a feast

February 21, 2018
Smart Food • We love a feast

Planning a special occasion?  Here is some food for thought… We love hosting parties at Jack and Jill Food Co. but nothing makes us happier to plan the menu, make it and then serve you! I really don’t believe in over complicating things and my most nerve wracking catering gigs have been when I have tried something new and didn’t know if it’s going to work out!!  Make sure you have fun with your food, it sets your party mood and reflects in your presentation and flavour of your feast. Presentation of the food is 90% of your battle won…

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