Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A different view of South Africa

Grant's Whisky have recently annouced their collaboration with a trio of Photographers from Soweto. Twin brothers Innocent and Justice Mhkheli along with Vuyo Mpanthsa are budding photogrpahers who all share the same creative flair when it comes to capturing the perfect imagine. They formed the photo blog I See A Different You, which started off to showcase their combined their love for fashion, art and photography but from there they slowly drifted to showcase township life in a way outsiders have never seen before. 

There is always this stigma of violence and danger when it comes to peoples perception of townships and with this venture they changed many peoples view of it by capturing and creating visuals of ordinary people in ordinary settings. Grant's Whisky stepped in to form a partnership with the three that has taken them on a nationwide journey, to photograph everyday South Africans who have stood by one another to achieve shared success.

Following the tour, the ISADY team are hosting a number of exhibitions around the country, where exclusive images will be displayed for viewing, this in collaboration with Grant's Whisky. Speaking on behalf of William Grant's & Son, Marketing Manager Lauren Kuhlmey had this to say, “With the recently launched Stand Together campaign, Grant’s Whisky acknowledges the people who have inspired and helped others on their journey to success, just as the William Grant family has done over 5 generations. No more so than in South Africa do we understand that ‘shared success’ is only 
achieved by standing together. By collaborating with I See A Different You, we want to depict these 
incredible moments of courage, support and solidarity, a demonstration of the rewards reaped 
through collective achievement as opposed to the singular”. 

Details for the event in Durban:
Venue: 39 Station Drive
Time: 19:00
Date: 23 October
Facebook: GrantsWhisky

To view more from the I SEE A DIFFERENT YOU collective, visit their blog

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Monday Choon: Speed Limits - A380

Now I know what you're thinking, but this song has nothing to do with the plane thats manufactured by Airbus. Infact, the artist responsible for this track aren't even from France. Speed Limits consists of a Norwegian/ Italian, trance/ progressive duo Espen & Matteo. Their music is relatively unkown but garners support from some of the big boys in the industry, one of them being Armin van Buuren. I heard this song on a Gareth Emery podcast and was blown away, the sample they used was very familiar to me and I must admit took me a while to figure out where they got it from. After 2 hours of head scratching I realised it's from Tiesto's single with Kyler England "Take Me".  I love that song so automactially love this one as well!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bucket Babe: Crystal Potgieter

It's been one hell of a week for us South Africans, with the various court cases on and not to mention the freak weather, but its good to know that summer is on its way and just like the scorching temperatures we can expect in summer, today's featured girl is equally... actually having met her quite a few times I can confirm that she is hotter than that! I've know her for a good few years and we mostly partied together in Cape Town, I know what her kryptonite is but I won't let that one slip as she's been working hard on getting the physique she's wanted. I've begged asked her many times if I could feature her but she insisted I wait. As the saying goes, "patience is a virtue" and all that waiting has paid off!
Crystal Potgieter

I am a feisty, 1.6m, 26 year old living in Port Elizabeth. I love keeping in shape, eating healthily and do some modelling on the side for fun. I am studying to one day achieve my goal of becoming a chartered accountant. Not necessarily to work as one, but it does open many doors. I love the thought of being ambitious, strong and independent woman.  

I am also a hopeless romantic, as are most woman. I am very chilled and relaxed girl...but I see read as soon as I feel I am being mistreated. I find intelligence and ambition very attractive in a man. Tall, strong men with a brain are definitely my weakness.

I have recently become the ladies brand ambassador for Nutritech "for her" range. I am so grateful for this opportunity and see many exciting things happening from here.  

Twitter: @Crystalita_x
Instagram: Crystalita_x


1. Hot girls and hot cars go hand in hand, what ride would you like to see yourself in?
  • A white Audi S7, I love sexy, classy cars.
2. What sandwich are you most likely to make for me? and will it be toasted or plain?
  • A toasted rye sandwich, with chicken, avo and cottage cheese -- healthy but sooo good! 
3. Everyone loves popcorn (well I think they do) what is your topping/ sprinkle of choice?
  • I sprinkle a combination of cheese & chives, and butter salt - & by sprinkle, I mean pouring rain kinda sprinkle!
4. On average, how many selfies do you take a week?
  • Haha! If I counted I might scare myself, It takes at least 47 to get one good selfie ;)
5. What type of music gets your booty shaking?
  • Ooh, this booty can shake to pretty much anything....but put on a little bump & grind, and it's game over.
6. Which city is your dream party destination?
  • Everyone knows Cape Town is the love of my life, but I'm not sure I have a dream party destination. It's about the vibe, not the destination.
7. Anyone holding that hand yet? or is it available?
  • My hand is available....fussy fingers.
8. What is your secret to looking smoking hot?
  • Got to keep the body in shape, and as long as your make up is on point, you can look hot in pretty much anything - even if the hair is shocking.
9. Dream cover shoot?
  • Hmm, Maxim is looking pretty enticing.
10. Growing up you must have had someone you aspired to be, so who is your role model?
  • To be honest, I've always just tried to build myself into the person I want to be... I love the business woman appeal my mom has, and that makes me strive for success but at the same time, I have different personality and different desires. I can't point out a single role model, I can only say that my experiences have shaped me.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mr Price Sport Blog Olympics 2014

It's almost time for the 2nd Mr Price Sport Blog Olympics, like last year, this year will see 24 of the countries top sports and lifestyle bloggers compete for the pride of their city to claim the winners medal. Last year saw Team Cape Town come out with top honors, Team Joburg coming in a close second and Team Durban came in at a respectable 3rd. But thats last year, this year things are different and Team Durbs is raring to go and kick some butt! We've made a few minor tweaks to our team and shipped in some muscle and extra beauties, you know for visual moral support...and for distracting the other teams.

Once again the event will take place at Durban's iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium and see the bloggers take part in challenges featuring Mr Price Sports Promaster recreational games. Last year proved to be loads of fun even though we were competing with each other, which makes me excited and grateful to recieve a call up for this years event. It really is a one of a kind event that gets us bloggers to interact and get to know each other face to face rather that over digital means.

Mr Price Sport even gave each participant a voucher worth R500 to spend on getting our kit from their awesome online store. Now that I look the part, I better go train for next week!

Team Durban consists of:

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Monday Choon: Michael Woods feat. Lauren Dyson - In Your Arms (Ilan Bluestone Remix)

The music industry has had their fair share of successful siblings, in EDM we have the likes of the NERVO twins and most recently Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike but they're duo's whom work together. When you get siblings competing you often find one living off the others glory but thats not the case with English DJ/ Producer Michael Woods, while he and his sister Marcella Woods both are in EDM their success are partial to their own hard work. Today's track is by Michael and features the vocals of Lauren Dyson, the original which was released on Spinnin' Records has been doing well but the remix by Ilan Bluestone takes it up a notch or two.

Friday, October 10, 2014

G-Star Raw Durban

Last night I attended the official store launch of G-Star RAW in Durban, the popular American clothing brand has teamed up with singer and producer Pharrell Williams to bring out their exclusive "raw for the oceans" range. These include garments made from bionic yarn, which basically is recycled plastic that has been dumped into the oceans. How is this possible though? Well the process is quite complex where they take the fibres that make the plastic and transform them into durable textile for clothing. 

The items in the range are quite cool and the comfort and feel of them is just as good as any of G-Star's other products. The Gateway store, although small has a wide range of products from their denim which includes an awesome floating display warehouse on the mezzanine level which can be seen on the trade floor of the double volume shop. 

The launch it self was brilliant, with many of the who's who in Durban present and I also spotted most of the local fashion bloggers and trend setters of Durban. I for one don't consider myself one but it was nice to get their perspective of the brand and clothing range, plus the sushi and cocktails were an added bonus. The shop is pretty great and as said has a wide variety of G-Star RAW products, so next time you're in Gateway pop by to see for yourself.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Bucket Tech: Blackberry Passport

Surprisingly, the Canadian manufacturer is still around and hasn't filed for bankruptcy, whats even more surprising is that they're still allowed to make phones but the biggest surprise of them all is that their latest offering is actually quite good, in fact its more than good as it matches and beats most of the top smart phones in the market right now. The only problem with it is that it looks like a freaken tile!

It's called the Passport, because its the same size and shape as a passport in Canada/ USA. It adopts touch screen functionality and Blackbery's trust worthy QWERTY keyboard that made the brand so famous in the early 2000's. This phone is being marked as a turning point for the company as it is aimed at up class business people who need something versatile and smart enough to do things that you can only do on a PC, such as multi page spreadsheets, etc. But we've heard that before from the company, their Z10 (which I have) supposed to be the device that turned things around for them but with it having to use data and not their RIM server which incorporated BIS, people were not too keen and opted for other brands

Now I know what you're thinking, its a Blackbery and it's bound to give you endless shit after 1 year and that damn clock of death will show up sometime in its life span but here's the thing. After the success with the ranges of chat phones, they didn't really do much to improve on it but after the knock they took, they did have to reinvent the wheel. Although the Z10 didn't prove to be the market changer they had hoped it to be, it became the platform to develop from. The Z10 gave birth to BB10 OS which I must admit had it's flaws at first but after the last few updates, the OS is practically faultless. The Passport comes with the latest OS 10.3 which is custom made for the Passport. 

I said the phone matches and in some cases is better than some of the phones offered on the market today, how? Well to start of with, its running a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip set which is the best on the market with a Quad-core 2.26GHz Krait 400 CPU with 3 gigs of ram! Basically you're sitting with the V12 of processing plants when it comes to hand held devices. With this much ram and processing speeds, there shouldn't be a reason for the phone to run slow at all, even with bloatware. 
Memory wise, it has on board 32gig with MicroSD up to 128gig. The Passport comes with a 13 mega pixel primary camera with auto focus and optical image stabilizer. If the camera is anything like the Z10, its bound to be great. Secondary front facing camera is 2 mega pixel, again not bad. 

Cosmetic wise, the phone looks weird, the 4.5 inch square screen with the keyboard below is a first.. It will take a while to get used to a square phone but functionality wise, what is has on paper makes it a game changing phone for the company. Whether people will take to it is another story, the company already has so much bad reputation but like Apple there are some BB loyalist and some of the old users might get drawn back because of the keyboard but for me they're still playing catch up. In terms of quality of product, I think its great but in terms of things like apps for the phone, they going to need to do a lot of convincing to developers to make them create their app for Blackberry devices. It will be interesting to see how this one does as it really is a great phone but how the market will react to it remains to be seen.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Monday Choon: Seven Lions feat. Kerli - Worlds Apart (Bit Funk Remix)

Jeff Montalvo, better known as Seven Lions is an American record producer, merixer and instrumentalist DJ. From Santa Barbara, you wouldn't think that an electro house DJ would riegn from that part of the US but his music is very lounge type mellow house music. Something that would be accusomted to Sunday chilled sessions. His latest offering, "Worlds Apart" which features the vocals of Kerli is our pick today, it gets the Bit Funk remix treatment which adds that little extra the song was missing.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Amstel Lite - Make Your Play

The all new Amstel Lite is relatively new to the market but yet it's becoming a firm favourite with many as it retains the great taste we have come to love from Amstel but with less calories. Perfect for the many on their diets and training programs heading into summer. If you've been watching TV of late you may have spotted some of the new Amstel Lite adverts, it follows the life of a bottle of Amstel Lite from the factory but in each case one manages to fly off the truck to one of three different charactars. The adverts make use of the tag lne of the new Lite beverage "make your play" where by each charactor makes the most out of the situation he find himself in with the bottle of Amstel Lite. It's all put together very cleverly in a a 30 second piece, add to that a good and catchy background track.



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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Relive Ultra Music Festival Miami 2014

Probably the most antiscipated event from Ultra other than the music festival is the official release of their aftermovies. With Final Kid in charge of the mammoth task in creating the ultimate experience for fans around the world to relive the event, they have their work cutout with them having to make this years even better than the years before which was mind blowing! They're calling this video "a short movie" with the tag line "United We Dance" and is different from previous after movies with only one track featured in the entire 15 minute duration. Also they feature interviews with the various DJ's and some of the frequent fans that visit the festival. All in all it still is a damn good production, the added insights from the DJ's really give you a sense of what they're going through while performing for the masses and it just makes you want to be there, to experience it all! If theres one thing an Ultra After Movie does, it makes you want to attend the next one and this definitely does that, enjoy!