Friday, August 24, 2012

Zara opened in Cape Town

I don't really post about fashion ever as my style is pretty set but I do love browsing around shops checking out the new trends, especially overseas where the trends begin. One of the most popular stores in Europe is Zara and it has finally come to South Africa, well Cape Town in particular on the 17th August.

The reason Zara does so well is because when a new trend launches on the catwalk, Zara is able to produce and launch the trend in record time and come in at an affordable price therefore selling out on the trend before any other shops get it, staying one step ahead.

I was very interested to see if the store will still fall into the affordable price range here or follow in Diesel's overpriced footsteps, happily it does with the few items I checked being a shirt for R300, shoes for R400 and scarves for R150 which is all fair and I would say similar to Country road. Another criteria to check was weather the items stocked here are as current as overseas and this too was spot on. I have recently been in a few Zara stores in Turkey and they stocked the same items as well as the same prices for the stock once converted into rands. The trends I noticed overseas were colour, corals, brights and lace all of which are seen beautifully draping from the racks.

I will definitely visit the store again, their clothing always makes you feel so lady like, feminine and their clothes are comfortable too. The shop is glitzy and shining and found on the lower level where CNA used to be. It was humming with happy women rushing around almost as if everything is on sale.
Happy shopping.

Pictures and article copyright by Tamsyn Wells

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Recently I was invited to a farewell dinner at a great restaurant in Sea Point, Cape Town called Goloso which my partner in crime for the evening told me it means "greedy" in Italian. Having visited Italy a few times on holiday, their food is really close to my heart and I myself have adopted their "basic" style of cooking only highlighting one or two main ingredients in each dish, unfussy but delicious.

We were a table of twelve for the evening and our table filled the entire restaurant, it's tiny but so wonderful to have the whole place to ourselves, the chef prepared us a 10 course meal for the evening but as usual I was so absorbed in the sampling process that I forgot to take pictures but as my friend suggested I will just have to go again to get more pictures for my blog followers.

So the evening begun on a great note right from the time you walk into Goloso and you are hit with the aroma of garlic, wine and herbs making your mouth water in minutes. The menu started with bread, great company and plenty flowing red wine. The first course consisted of Authentic Italian bruschetta's with three different toppings, pesto, smoked salmon and the most popular one diced tomato. Second course was an antipasti plate of pickled vegetables, sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, bocconcini cheese and artichokes, third course a caprese salad of tomato and buffalo mozzarella, fourth course a fresh tuna salad with Cannellini beans, fifth course was a norwegian salmon tartare with fresh red onion, lemon and herbs, sixth course a chickpea salad, seventh course a delectable mushroom and truffle oil penne pasta, eighth course a perfect tagliatelle putannesca, just spicy, salty enough to want more and more, ninth course was chicken marsala and the grande finale a light tiramisu and coffee. Italian food heaven, I want more just thinking about it.

So I forgot to mention that most people in the party were pescatarians so the chef / owner made only 1 meat dish this evening we were there but i'm sure the menu varies to what is in season on the day you book, the restaurant is not always only 1 big table but generally a few smaller tables where you order off the menu, they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The meal came to R250 per person with wine and a tip, well worth it.
You can find them on:
tel: 076 906 8588
90 Regent road, Sea point Cape Town

Pictures and article copyright by Tamsyn Wells