My 5 Favourite Finds for February

My 5 favourite finds is one of my very favourite blog posts to write each month so after a few months of being a bit behind schedule I’ve put pen to paper (fingers to keyboard doesn’t have the same ring does it?) and made a few notes about “a few of my favourite things” from the month of love…

1. The Sound of Music

I’m a big fan of live theatre and have really enjoyed attending a few ballets of late… but I’m also a HUGE fan of musicals! I loved watching Jersey Boys last year so as soon as I heard The Sound of Music was coming to town I knew I had to go. I mean it’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC for goodness sakes, who didn’t have that movie feature as the soundtrack to their childhood?

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A former nun leaves the convent to become a governess for the seven children of a wealthy, Austrian widower who has grown into a cold disciplinarian. Soon, the she opens the children to the wonders of life and the joy of music – and eventually softens the heart of their father and gains his love.

After finding a friend who was equally keen to sing along to all the songs see the show, we booked our tickets for our moms night out! The show was such fun and the cast, sets and costumes were amazing. I loved Maria, Bethany Dickson and thought she was very well cast – in looks and voice she channels Julie Andrews amazingly, and adored the cute kids. But it was definitely the songs that stole my heart… every beautiful one including The Sound of Music, Maria, My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi,  Sixteen Going on Seventeen, The Lonely Goatherd, Edelweiss. They were all sung so beautifully and were really moving. I was especially captivated by the powerful voice of the actress/ singer that plays the part of the main nun, Mother Abbess (Janelle Visagie). Unfortunately the part of Captain Von Trapp, played by Andre Swartz, was a bit lacking when it came to the acting but he does have a wonderful voice when he finally gets a turn to sing!

It was a great evening’s entertainment and would make a great family outing for kids older than 5. I was a bit sad to see other kids in the audience and know that mine were missing out! The show is on until 30 March in Cape Town and then runs from 5 April – 8 June 2014 in Johannesburg. Performances take place from Tuesday to Friday at 8pm, and there are shows on Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm and shows on Sundays at 2pm and 6pm. The prices are from R125 to R425 p/p depending on seats. Book via Computicket or by calling Artscape’s Dial-A-Seat service at +27 (0) 21 421 7695 or the Theatre on the Bay box office at +27 (0) 21 438 3300.

2. Paris coffee table book

Towards the end of last year I spied the corner of a book that intruiged me when looking through pics of Miranda Kerr’s apartment on The Coveteur. I totally judged a book by it’s cover and KNEW it was one I needed to own. Now I had to do a bit of research and try to discover the full name of the book and it’s author as some of the info was obscured and then once I had the info I then had to track down somewhere in SA that actually stocked the book. Eventually I ordered it via Exclus1ves.co.za and then waited… it had to be ordered and took ages to arrive but when it finally did it was everything I had dreamed it would be and quickly became my most treasured coffee table book in my growing collection. (P.s. Am loving being able to finally display these again in their correct place – the coffee table after 7 long years of toddlers in our house)

Paris, A Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart by Janelle McCulloch is a perfect mix of beautiful photography featuring the stunning scenery of the city plus a wonderful collection of contact details for an array of hidden gems and treasures across the various arrondissement. The book is divided by arrondissement and is essentially a very pretty guide book. It’s making me long for a return trip to the City of Lights but for now I’m satisfying my longing with nightly “trips” from my couch. Take a stroll with me here…

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3. Lucky Brand Jeans

Jeans are a mom wardrobe staple but not all jeans are created equal! Do not be fooled into thinking that the cheapies you get at the supermarket are the same as the ones 10 x the price. They aren’t… and I can attest to that as I was recently treated to a personal fitting with the lovely folk at Lucky Brand and came away with two AMAZING pairs of jeans that fit me like a glove (and have great quality zips = a good sign!) The first pair are called Sienna Cigarette (pictured below left) and are a pair of “boyfriend” style jeans, the second pair I have been loving even more are my Cate Stacked Skinny (picture below right). My pair of dark wash denims are super flattering and feel really great to wear – thick and soft. I love the fit esp over my bum and, let’s be honest, wearing clothes that make you FEEL sexy are the ones that make you LOOK sexy, so in that I case I think I look pretty good in them and that’s all that matters! Find Lucky Brand jeans in South Africa at selected Edgars stores.

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4. Revlon Colorburst Matt & Lacquer Balms

I’m really loving these bright and beautiful balms…. so much so that I actually decided to do a whole blog post on them over here to read my full review on the Revlon Matt & Lacquer Balms. So pop on over to find out more about them!

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5 . Amarula Gold

At the end of Feb I was invited to visit the Amarula distillery in Stellenbosch. After a tour of the distillery we were given more information about the process the Marula fruit takes from the tree to the table which was really quite interesting and I especially loved seeing what the actual fruit looks like before it is pulped!

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As this is one of my favourite alcoholic drinks I didn’t want to miss the event… and it was a good thing I didn’t as it was also secretly the launch of a very exciting new drink offering from the brand – Amarula Gold!

“WHEN LAST DID YOU TRY SOMETHING FOR THE FIRST TIME?”

This was the question posed to the group of journalists present and we were then given the chance to do exactly that! We were some of the first in the country to taste the new “super-smooth, sophisticated premium spirit with a bold new taste”. We tried it neat and then with a variety of mixers (Appletizer, Soda Water, Ginger Ale) to find what worked best for our palette. My preference was definitely for the drink to be enjoyed with Ginger Ale and plenty of ice.

The refreshing, original drink has a similar flavour to Amarula Cream but without the cream. It is quite sweet with spicy notes. Just like Amarula Cream, Amarula Gold is made from hand-harvested marula fruit, double distilled and aged in oak for 24 months to enhance its aromatic, fruity flavour.

Amarula Gold is packaged in a clear bottle to show off its rich, golden colour, and sports a black version of the brand’s signature neck tassel. I definitely enjoyed tasting something new for the first time… it’s just a pity there can be only ONE first time! Now I’ll just have to keep mixing it with different options and creating new drinks so each taste can be as exciting as the first!

It is available from leading liquor stockists, and retails for between R139 and R149 for a 750ml bottle. For more follow the brand on Twitter or Facebook.

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There you have it – my 5 favourite finds for February! Hope you find something new or interesting here and that this series inspires you in some small way to try something new or do something different! Would love to hear your feedback so please do leave your comments below!

 

Images: Kathryn Rossiter (excl Sound of Music collage, Lucky Brand Jeans collage and Amarula Gold Pack Shot)

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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for almost 7 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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