All posts by Candice Ying Sun

Influential men’s fashion retailer John Craig, launches their Spring / Summer 2018 range

I was recently invited to attend the launch of the new John Craig Summer’18 collection launch

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After walking the red carpet, indulging in canapés and signature cocktails, while feasting eyes on models dressed in both casual and smart-wear.

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The new Summer ’18 range was in full effect as  models strutted down the walk-way in our retro-nautical looks.  Think vibrant colors, coming from our v-necks, crew-necks, smart shirts and formal jackets.

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John Craig positioned itself at the center of the Summer fashion conversation.

In an effort to gain market share and reposition the company for future growth, men’s fashion retailer John Craig has completely overhauled its product range at a fashion show, launching its #JohnCraigSummer18 range to critical acclaim at the Goliath Comedy Club in Melrose Arch on Wednesday 19 September. This new range has ignited a dialogue about what heritage truly means through relaunching its brand of more than 70 years – resulting in a positive outcome of capturing new customers and an increase in overall sales.

As testament in its longevity, John Craig has been effortlessly adapting and growing with the trends as well as the generations that it serves. The new range includes classic pieces with fierce detailing, clean yet bold colours and statement accessories to match. The #JohnCraigSummer18 man has various personalities, from being a business man, but through this collection his personal brand still associates with youthful modernity.

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Even with difficult times in the current retail landscape, the brand’s bold and brave strategy, has led to outperforming against the odds, making itself standout in an extremely competitive environment by once again taking over men’s clothes interest for the upcoming season, showcasing their indisputable ability of being industry leaders.

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“I cannot believe the success we’ve had in the past six months – it’s amazing. The credibility of the name and our heritage has been the backbone of our success,” says Managing Director, Lily Moreira. “Average spend has come down. We’ve had a decrease in prices so in essence, because of the product assortment, customers have been decreasing their basket size, but we’ve gained more new transactions
so we have grown our sales by around 20%.”

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Make sure to pop into your nearest John Craig store and shop the best in modern summer menswear.

The new range is now available in all stores:

JHB Central
Mark Park Shopping Centre,Vereeniging
Van Der Walt Street, Pretoria
Golden Walk Centre, Germiston
Boulders Shopping Centre, Midrand
Church Street, Pretoria
Vaal Mall, Vanderbilpark
West Gate Mall
Village Square, Rand Fontein
Carlton City
Evaton Plaza, Sebokeng
Forest Hill Mall, Centurion
Cradlestone Mall
Limpopo Mall, Polokwane
Joshua Door Centre, Polokwane
Tzaneng Mall, Tzaneen
Mvusuludzo Shopping Centre, Thohoyandou
Masingita Mall, Giyani
The Crossing Shopping Centre, Mokopane
Phalaborwa Mall
Mall of the North
Jane Furse Crossing
Makhado, Lois Trichard
Paledi Mall, Mankweng
Masingite, Malumulele
Lephalele Mall
Great North Road Plaza, Musina
Thavani Mall
Rustenburg Plaza
Central City Shopping Centre, Mabopane
Garankua City
Jubilee Mall
Northam Plaza
Brits Shopping Centre
Moruleng Shopping Centre
Wonderpark Shopping Centre
Soshanguwe Crossing
Bafokeng Mall
Thaba Mall, Thabazimbi
Brits Mall
Kolonnade Shopping Centre, Pretoria
Wernhil Park Shopping Centre, Windhoek
The Grove, Windhoek
Rundu Shopping Mall
Oshikango Times Square
Dunes Mall
Field Street, Durban
Boardwalk Centre, Richards Bay
Circus Triangle, Umtata
The Galleria
Hemmingways, Western Ave
Edendale Mall
Fingoland Mall, Butterworth
Metlife Mall, King Williams Town
Nonesi Mall, Queenstown
Jozini Mall
Mthatha Mall
Promenade Mall
Gugulethu Mall
Greenacres Shopping Centre
Gilwell, East London
Bloemfontein Plaza
Goldfields Mall
Phakamabile Street, Kimberley
North West Mall, Mafikeng
Oval Centre, Ladysmith
Mooi River Mall, Potchefstroom
Setsing Centre
City Mall, Klerksdorp
Vryburg Game Centre
Kathu Villiage Walk, Northern Cape
Matlosana Mall, Klerksdorp
Kuruman Mall
OK Centre, Emalahleni
Nelspruit Plaza
Groblersdal Mall
Blue Haze Centre, Hazeyview
King Senzangakhona Centre, Ulundi
Inkwazi Centre
Tubatse Mall
Kwa-Guqa Mall
Lebowakgomo Mall
Siyabuswa Mall JC
Middelburg Mall JC
Emoyeni Mall JC
Springs Mall
Alberton City
Southgate Mall
Jabulani Mall
Greenstone Shopping Centre
Maponya Mall
Pan Africa, Alexandra Junction
Tsakane Plaza
Festival Mall, Kempton Park
Northgate Shopping Centre

Randburg Square
Mall at Carnival

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Review: Yamitsuki Restaurant

I was recently invited to Yamitsuki to experience the restaurant, I had actually been eyeing this place for sometime as the promo video I watched really distinguished this place from other Japanese restaurants. Founded in 2000. Firstly the layout of the restaurant itself you get the choice to sit in the tepanyaki part or the sushi bar part, I sat in the tepanyaki bar as I was fascinated with watching food prepared in front my eyes. The sushi bar part has a massive conveyor belt where you can sit and watch sushi be prepared as well as grab whichever sushi your heart desires. The food options are so impressive ranging from the sushi, sushi burrito, dumplings, burgers and seafood all at very reasonable prices.  The restaurant was very clean and neat and the staff were very friendly and helpful.

One you enter you get served complimentary dim sum and delicious lemon sorbet.

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I ordered all the house specialties as they cannot be found else where: the fire sushi: blazed oshi, rock shrimp rose, omg roll, inferno roll, dessert sushi and the smoking pink grapefruit & rosemary G&T.

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This restaurant offers not just amazing food but also a fun and exciting experience. I highly recommend this place as it is a real gem.

All the details to make a booking and visit this gem are below as well as they have many great specials where you can benefit without breaking the bank.

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Dawn #YouGotThis women’s month event 2018

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It takes confidence to make it in today’s world and to overcome life’s daily challenges. But sometimes you need that extra boost of confidence to keep hustling towards your dreams. Dawn knows that so every year they host an event, when you look and feel good, your inner strength and assurance will shine through. The initiative of the event was to facilitate mentorship of young women of in South Africa by celebrating their unique beauty and recognising their potential. The theme slogan for the event was #You Got This

We learnt from Mzansi’s successful Girl Bosses and find out how they got to the top. Guest speakers included entrepreneur and author, DJ Zinhle, PR Guru Allegro Dinkwanyane, Image consultant Doris Msibi, Life Coach Dr Tshepiso Matentjie and host Metro FM DJ Pearl Modiadie.

The Dawn range

The Dawn range of hand and body lotions and creams have been crafted by a team of skincare experts to deliver deep moisturisation, leaving skin silky soft for up to 24 hours. With a unique blend of special oils, Vitamin E and Glycerine, Dawn’s essential ingredients are easily absorbed into the skin to give your skin the natural moisture it needs and a beautiful fragrance that lasts all day.

The #YouGotThis inspirational campaign

Dawn believes it takes physical and emotional confidence to progress in life. That’s why Dawn launched #YouGotThis, an initiative to empower the young women of Mzansi with confidence, inspiration and mentorship.

On 25 August 2018, Dawn will hosted their annual Women’s Day Event where women had the chance to listen to some of the country’s most inspirational women share their stories and advice on how to get ahead in the modern world.

This year’s experience was even more life-changing, with added practical knowledge from highly relevant speakers – not to mention the chance to connect with like-minded young women! Discussion that were held were about body language, business plans, capsule wardrobe, confidence mantras and goal setting and listening to all the wonderful women’s stories and journeys. Thanks to Dawn and the PR team for hosting such a wonderful event for us women.

 

Review: Roxanne’s rum eatery has just launched a vegan menu

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This unique Rum bar is following hot on the heels of the uber-popular gin bar trend. Situated in Pineslopes shopping centre in Fourways is where you will find this gem.
I was invited to try out their new vegan menu.
When I first walked in I fell in love with the interior filled with art and quirky words in neon lights makes it the perfect backdrop for selfies. And it even houses it’s own tattoo bar.
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Roxanne’s plans to save the world one Meat-Free Monday at a timeThey call it Flexitarianismthe act of shifting from a meat-heavy diet to adopting a plant-based lifestyle and occasionally having meat as and when the desire arrives. And if anyone knows about desire, it’s Roxanne! They make eating vegan a tasty and easy option.
Roxanne’s believes that, perhaps, vegans were right all along. There is more than enough evidence to prove how reducing meat, dairy, and egg consumption can have a positive impact on your health and the Earth’s. So with that in mind … they are proud to introduce NEW vegan dishes, drinks and a full #RoxMeatFreeMonday menu to our offering.Pioneering Johannesburg’s flexi-eating culture, Roxanne’s Rum Eatery now offers creative, and delicious, vegan menu items for any occasion. You can eat meat-free versions of all your favourite dishes. Pizza, burgers, tacos, salads, sandwiches, desserts. Limitless really. The new menu promises not to disappoint, in fact, it may even surprise those meat-loving individuals!

Long gone are the days when vegan diets were considered weird, ‘hippie’ choices.

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Review: Dove intensive repair shampoo and conditioner

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This new Dove Intense Repair range promises to:
– make hair 10x stronger against damage by strengthening hair fibre from the core
– prevent split ends

The Keratin Repair Actives which is mentioned a lot, is it’s patented breakthrough formula that repairs hair at a deeper level by stabilising the protein deep inside the hair fibre.By performing at cellular level, the core of the hair is repaired and strengthened up to 10 times.

As for Dove Intense Repair Conditioner, it contains new Microsheets Technology that evenly coats hair so you can comb it easily when wet to prevent breakage.

Dove Intensive Repair shampoo:

The shampoo lathers well. The appearance is pearlized which contributes to the shine of your hair. After the first wash you actually feel like you can  get away without the conditioner since the hair feels so soft and smells heavenly.

Dove Intensive Repair conditioner: 

I use a R5 coin size of this focusing on the ends of my hair. After the rinse, my hair feels a soft and smooth and manageable but this is probably from the silicone it contains.

REVIEW: IFROGZ CHARISMA WIRELESS EARBUDS

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My history with earbud has been either uncomfortable, them falling out or cables so long that everything just gets tangled. Ifrogz has identified this issue and has invented headphones designed with women in mind that are fashionable as well as functional. They are compact and lightweight, with simple functionality and good quality sound performance.
The Charisma (R599) affordable Bluetooth earbuds with good design and sound. No what does “with women in mind” mean you may be asking? They have a smaller ear bud design,and are magnetized to snap together when not in use. The color choices range from a lovely rose gold and white, red and black, or grey.
I particularly enjoy the bluetooth “wireless hub” with a magnetic clasp that allows you to clip the headphone to your top. You can also wrap the cord around the remote, which houses the battery, microphone, and all the electronics, and keep everything in place with the clasp which also gives control for the user for calls and music.

Battery life is rated at 10 hours at moderate volume levels and the headphone is sweat resistant but not waterproof.

The sound quality is amazing and there is great base coming from the ear buds. I also detect noise cancelling features.
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