Added Luxury on Google+ Added Luxury: December 2011

Thursday, 29 December 2011

The Queen’s Plate



The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate is the oldest and most prestigious horseracing event in South Africa. Its racing elite will gather at Kenilworth on Saturday, 7 January, in a celebration of art, passion and equestrian excellence.

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First run in 1861 in honour of Queen Victoria it has distinguished itself as the most prestigious weight-for-age race.  In January it will again bring together the most noble thoroughbreds in the country against an august backdrop of blue and white on a day of fine dining and world-class entertainment.

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The white and blue elegance that will underpin the Best Dressed and Best Hat competition will be judged by some of South Africa’s leaders in the fashion industry, namely Sam Walker (PopYaCollar), Emily Bell (Marie Claire), Jacqui Kolbe (Milliner) and Tammy Tinker (British Vogue). The day will be captured by professional photographers in what has become known as The L’Ormarins Moment.


The popular Style Lounge will include culinary delights from sushi to gourmet burgers and sandwiches, as well as a selection of the finest Anthonij Rupert Wines. There will also be a selection of vintage cars on display from one of the largest collections in the world, courtesy of the Franschhoek Motor Museum.

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The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate has captured the imagination of personalities and sporting icons alike, including the legendary Gary Player, Ernie Els, Bryan Habana, Schalk Burger, Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith, as well as celebrities Francesca Cumani, Kitty Spencer, Joanne Strauss, and Jen Su. In January, it will once again provide a fitting stage upon which South Africa’s greatest thoroughbreds can build their legacies. For more information visit The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Kirsten Goss Launches In Jozi

“I am thrilled to finally bring my work to Egoli, the Zulu name for Johannesburg which means, the place of gold. A natural home for the brand,” says Kirsten Goss. “The Jozi opening has been timed to coincide with the launch of both a new precious collection and a new branding pattern inspired by the atomic structure of gold.”

The internationally adored brand has officially found a permanent home in Jozi – with a brand new store in the Birdhaven Centre – shop 2a, 66 St Andrews Street in Birdhaven. Globally celebrated the fact that it belongs to a local protégé of precious jewellery makes the Jozi launch all the more exciting for her large local following.


Kirsten launched her business in London in 2002 and celebrities and celebrators alike frequent the flagship store in Kensington, which was opened in 2005.  From humble beginnings in a modest studio, Kirsten grew her collection into an internationally sought after brand with a fiercely loyal and diverse fan base – including the royal circle and celebs such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Rosamund Pike. Have a look at the Christmas Wishlist and you'll see why.

Although the brand’s aesthetic is distinctive and instantly recognisable, it is somewhat hard to define.  Each collection’s clean, organic lines reflect Kirsten’s Scandinavian bloodline, while her exuberant use of colour reveals her unique African upbringing. The young designer’s knack for experimenting with form and texture is also visible in every piece.

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For Jozi’s vast community of jewellery aficionados and lovers of all things shiny and new, the arrival of Kirsten Goss is an irresistible invitation to celebrate…in style, of course.  For more information, contact the Jozi shop on 011 447 2234 or visit Kirsten Goss Online
or visit her Facebook page.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Carrol Boyes - Sunglasses Summer Collection


In a further surprising move to give her customers what they want, Carrol Boyes has added an exciting range of stylish sunglasses to her product mix. These up to the minute designer sunglasses carry the distinguishing flavour of Carrol’s art with signature motifs from some her more classic pieces adorning the temples of the glasses.

The frames are handmade using Italian Mazuchelli acetate for the fronts. Mazuchelli is the finest acetate the world produces and is used by most major brands.The temples are stainless steel and the logo model is made from Monel, a trademark name for nickel alloy. The lenses are cr 39, offering superior glare protection, and UV 400 protection, cutting out all the sun’s harmful rays.

This new sunglass range is superior in both style and quality and is therefore a perfect fit with the whole Carrol Boyes brand. Join on facebook for CaRRoL BoYeS Functional Art.

Monday, 12 December 2011

PANDORA Collection - Nostalgic Rock Vintage With Attitude!

PANDORA’s latest collection celebrates feminine beauty with a little edge and a lot of cool.

The theme this season is Nostalgic Rock, a genre of excitement and raw elegance. The new PANDORA collection evokes that spirit in a range of superbly hand-finished gold and silver jewellery with more options for creative adventures than ever before.

 A brand new necklace concept allows for mixing and matching the elegant and stylish with the fresh and daring. Intricate patterns and new finishes combine the feel of a bygone era with the passion of today. Each new piece of jewellery ties in beautifully with the colours and themes of previous collections and can be combined with all-time favourites to create stunning new looks.
PANDORA proudly unveils a new concept: a new range of exquisite sterling silver necklaces – there are 20 new pieces in all – to combine into a multitude of luxurious layered looks that can be changed to fit any mood or style.

This exquisite selection includes long or short, multi-textured or simple, fine or chunky sterling silver chains that come with or without gemstones. Finishes include lustrous and shiny, edgy and oxidised or black rhodium silver. All necklaces can be linked together with PANDORA’s new S-lock. Simply slip the ends onto the necklace and secure with one of this season’s 14k gold clips or with one of the sterling silver clips, whose raw edgy shapes and finishes evoke a Nostalgic Rock attitude. The small S-lock can hold up to four necklaces, and the large S-lock as many as eight.

One new necklace design stands out and adds to the styling options: the necklace features anchor points along the chain to attach different clips. Make a real statement, and clip on this season’s new sterling silver clips in raw, sculptural shapes such as perfect spheres and angular hexagons, and finishes that epitomise the Nostalgic Rock theme. Alternatively, pick a favourite decorative clip from a PANDORA charm bracelet or from the traditional designs available in the ever-popular bracelet range.

PANDORA’s charm bracelets exemplify the brand: Women can design personal bracelets by selecting pieces that signify the treasured, unforgettable moments of their lives. That tradition continues with some exciting twists.  

Style PANDORA bracelets with this season’s new charms and decorative clips that come in distinctive shapes. The latest release includes oxidised sterling silver pieces, some flashing with zirconia and new oversized charms.

There are decorative clips inspired by Nostalgic Rock, including one in sterling silver that playfully mimics studs on a leather jacket. There are special double clips to anchor two or more bracelets together. In addition two new leather bracelets with either silver or 14k gold clasps add the colours pink and purple to the range of leather and textile bracelets.

Also new this season: two new sterling silver bracelets with a clean, modern look. One bracelet holds just one decorative clip, the other as many as five. This bracelet takes any clip – choose from the traditional collection or add some rock edge with the new geometric clips.

As with all PANDORA jewellery, earrings are hand-finished, made with solid 14k gold and sterling silver and interchangeable to mix and match for a personal style. PANDORA earrings come to life through the creativity of those who wear them.

Create an earring set with studs, hooks or hoops in sterling silver or 14k gold and go from there. Assemble unique pieces by mixing and matching exquisite gemstones, pearls or black oxidised stars to get this season’s Nostalgic Rock look.

PANDORA also introduces earrings, pendants and dangle charms with intricate patterns inspired by delicate lace. These pieces are created in 14k solid gold and feature cultured freshwater pearls or brilliant-cut diamonds. Wear them on their own for a classic look or layer them for a more edgy style.

PANDORA rings form a cascade of gold, sterling silver and gemstones. This is hand-finished jewellery that is superbly designed and truly versatile. Wear the rings together in ever-changing combinations to create looks that are both lively and glamorous.

The latest collection brings new designs in solid 14k gold, sterling silver and black oxidised sterling silver with colourful gemstones. Florally inspired designs with a raw edgy twist bring statement rings that add depth to the collection. Large cocktail rings with a floral setting come with amethyst or grey moonstone and are perfect for stacking with this season’s finer rings – an oxidised silver band of flowers, or a fluted silver ring decorated with five delicate cultured freshwater pearls. Two large coloured-pearl rings, in 14k gold, round out the luxurious end of the new collection.

PANDORA’s rings work beautifully with other pieces of PANDORA jewellery, such as rings in the exceptional LovePods collection. Wear LovePods rings individually or stack them in an interlocking row. For the first time, the rings are available in three types of gold to create a stunning set. Combine new 18k rose gold rings with pieces in 18k white and yellow gold. Match the rings with LovePods designs such as earrings, bracelets, necklaces and pendants, decorated with colourful gemstones or brilliant-cut diamonds.

Unforgettable moments shine through with the PANDORA Black Crown Diamond watches. Each watch is decorated with a black diamond - an exclusive signature feature that ties in perfectly with this season’s Nostalgic Rock theme.

PANDORA introduces two new watch designs: ICON and Liquid Silver. ICON watches feature a variety of stylish bezels and straps that can be put together and switched to create a unique, personal watch for any occasion. Liquid Silver watches are inspired by PANDORA’s line of bangles, rings and earrings with sculptural silhouettes and pure shapes. 

The watches are available with black, white or purple straps and dials in black, white or glossy silver. All PANDORA watches bring together Swiss-made durability, quality and precision with this season’s edgy rock aesthetic. It’s time to put an exquisite finishing touch on your PANDORA style.
For more information visit PANDORA or call 011 706 2377.


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Friday, 9 December 2011

Volvo Golf Champions - The Links At Fancourt


The Garden Route will set the scene for one of the world’s biggest golfing events ever to take place on South African soil. The Links at Fancourt plays host to the Volvo Golf Champions between 19 and 22 January 2012. Recognised as one of the world’s finest golfing events, locals, tourists, fans and celebrities alike will gather in George to watch the world’s top golfing talent in action.

Players already confirmed for the event include local superstars, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen and Retief Goosen. The international contingent includes Colin Montgomerie, Matteo Manassero, Tom Lewis, Thomas Bjorn, Paul Casey and the current open champion Darren Clarke, while Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer, Rory Mcllroy and Miguel Angel Jimenez are eligible to play, and are still to confirm their attendance.

Featuring only those players who won on the 2011 European Tour and who have 10 or more European Tour career wins, the event will chase a first prize of approximately R3.8 million. With a total prize fund in the region of R22 million, the Volvo Golf Champions at Fancourt will be the first solely-sanctioned European Tour event of 2012
The event will offer spectators a four day feast of golf in the spectacular surrounds of The Links, recently voted the number one course in South Africa by Golf Digest. Since opening in 2000, The Links has consistently featured amongst the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World, and has hosted many prestigious golf tournaments, including the Presidents Cup, Ladies World Cup, SA Open and Berenberg Bank Senior Masters.  

The Volvo Golf Champions can now proudly be added to this list, and ranks right up there with The Presidents Cup in terms of the quality of field that will grace the fairways of The Links, with no less than 40 European Tour Champions participating.

South African charity Star for Life will benefit from the event, receiving 25% of the event ticket and programme sales revenue. Star for Life is a HIV prevention programme with the desire to ‘build attitudes and change behaviours in the youth, and empowering them to realize their dreams of a better future’.

Tickets for the Volvo Golf Champions are available from Computicket, as well as at the gates (main Fancourt entrance) daily. Gates will open at 07:30 on the Friday, and at 09:00 on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
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