Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Congratulations Chloe Van Schoor! you are our lucky winner - yay. Tonight you will receive R200 sushi voucher courtesy of Czar as well as a bottle of bubbles for you and the chicks to climb into! Warwick will be serving up this extravaganza for you viewing pleasure. Shot for the epic poem fancyface, I hope you enjoy being spoilt. please send me your details so we can shower you in gifts and champers!

Monday, September 26, 2011


As you all know from seeing the above poster that has been floating around the inter web, Tuesday nights are officially Ladies night at Czar. Being a lady, this vibe appeals pretty much all the way to me, introduce the half price champers + delicious sushi combo (DurbanCentral's favorite food + beverage combo) and you have a winner. Now I know you are probably thinking jeez Louise, how many ladies nights can a girl fit into her week because, let's be honest, every restaurant and their neighbour is cashing in on the ladies night vibe, and secondly with every ladies night comes a weird bunch of old guys standing just close enough to you at the bar to run their boep on you - sis - and that is not really the vibe that DC subscribes too. So why should you be outrageous and go out on a school night to indulge in this crazy sushi + bubbles combo? Well, it is simple really,  I have organised for Wok, a.k.a Warwick Wright a.k.a topless guy from the zigzag story (see picture below for a refresh) to be your topless waiter for the night. 2 lucky Gals will also receive a R200 sushi voucher as well as a free bottle of bubbles. I bet you that you don't get that kind of service anywhere else in the 031!

So how do you get in on the topless man + sushi + bubbles opportunity of a life time you ask? It is simple really. 
1. In the comment section below you need to write a short poem telling me why it is that you need a topless man serving you sushi and bubbles to improve your week. 
2. Follow @Czardurban , @Durbancentral and @wok84 on twitter and LIKE the Czardurban Facebook page
For extra entries:
3. re tweet or re blog the competition for an extra entry.
 *Winners will be announced at 2:30 tomorrow arvo 

Friday, September 23, 2011


After I posted about the Super Bad-ass Adidas hightops I bought the other day, 
 a lot of you folks sent bouquets of Twitter lovings followed by requests about where you could get your hands onto your own pair of Super badass hightop radness. Well, being the giving and wonderful blogger that am, I searched and scoured the interweb and compiled a little list of the raddest and most badass high tops currently circulating the Southern part of Africa. I am going to tell you now that I have not included Converse in the following list, not because I dont love them to bits but just because every one knows they are the bomb and everyone also knows where they are available, in what colour, size bla bla so I figured I would give you some other options... just in case you wanted to not look like the person standing next to you. 
1 and 2: Nike QS Blazer Hi Suede R795 (Astore)    3: Nike Air Force 1 Cream HiR1499 (Shelflife)    4: Nike Air Jordan Olympic Flight 9 R1699 (Shelflife)

1: Puma Hawthorne Mid Black R795 (Astore)   2: Puma Dassler Wellenbande R1495 (Astore; Stock Exchange, Durban)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


This is just a little boast, I thought I would show off my snazzy new sweet ass Adidas High top shoes I bought the other day, I am very excited about them, not only are they very very rad in the looks department but they give me outrageous badass confidence vibes. Seriously, when I wear them (which I have done virtually everyday this week) I am much cooler than usual, they must be magic or something. If you want in on the Magic Badass confidence vibes (that come with really cute rainbow stripes on the end of the laces) hit up your nearest Adidas store (or just go to SOHO on Stamford Hill Road) 


I know that people are all, "Muffins are just an excuse to eat cake for breakfast" at the moment but seriously, they don't have to be. Although these are are not the most glamorous muffins you ever cracked eyeballs on, they are simple and delicious and more importantly, they are packed full of nutritious bits and pieces that won't go to your ass, so give them a break or just give them a bash next time you have some left over Quinoa taking up space in your fridge. 

2 cup cooked quinoa, cooled
2 medium bananas, peeled and mooshed
2 eggs
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
1/3 cup raisins
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1.5 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Butter and flour one 12- muffin pan
2. Grab a large bowl and chuck together the mooshed bananas, eggs, yogurt, honey and vanilla essence. Mix to combine.  Add in the quinoa, raisins, pecan nuts (if you have any other seeds like sunflower seeds, linseed, whatever seeds you would like to add, go ahead, there aren't really any rules here).Combine all the ingredients and put to the side.
3. Sieve the dry ingredients over the quinoa mixture and fold together until everything is just combined.
4. Spoon the batter into the muffin pan and bake for about 25 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.

Monday, September 19, 2011


Last time I was in Cape Town my Step mum brought me a cup of tea in the most beautiful handmade cup. After some light interrogation tactics I found that it was made by Lindsay Scott, a Potter who works out of a quaint studio tucked in amongst a splash of blossoming cherry blossom trees in the heart of the Midlands (how convenient!). I decided that it was only right to dedicate my Friday afternoon to some gem hunting- I was also obsessed with having some of these little cups to myself- so I hit the hills in Search of Lindsay's studio. This is what I discovered. 

The studio is a treasure trove, it has that earthy smell reminiscent of junior school pottery class that made me smile. Each of Lindsay's pieces are completely unique, making it impossibly difficult to choose just one, or two, I tried, and ended up leaving with and entire set! For a map, information and everything else you need to know about Hillfold pottery look here.

Friday, September 16, 2011


Talk about Friday, I'm in LOVE! Le Creuset has recently launched a gorgeous new collection- The Strawberry Tea Collection- in a range of freaking gorgeous pinks and girly hues that are just begging to be positioned next to a big fat cupcake. Everybody knows that cupcakes taste so much better when shared with a troop of your nearest and dearest. Le Creuset, being the smartie pants that they are have cottoned onto this and have brought you this really lovely competition. How do you get on to this Strawberry swing you ask? Its simple really, purchase any Le Creuset product from one of their 12 boutique stores, from the 15th of September until the 15th of October and you are 'in it to win it' - if you want to get all American Idols on the situation!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Christian Siriano Spring 2012 collection.

Remember earlier on in the week, I was chatting about the love affair I will be having with the whole Tans + brights combination this summer?  Well, it would appear that Mr Christian Siriano has pretty much hit my fantasy  Summer wardrobe on the head. I am totally smitten with his combination of casual t-shirts with beautifully lean bias cut skirts, His marriage of loud, acid hues to more shy, quiet neutrals and the utterly flattering girlish vibe that his collection exudes. When I win my EuroMILLIONS, he is going to be the first guy I visit.


I am so happy to be able to introduce you folk to this wonderful, crazy (sometimes border line insane) young lady. Che, author of the most sensational cartoonstrip on the planet blog IndieBerries is a hysterical blonde living in Korea collecting rad stationery teaching our fab language to the peeps over there. While she is not busy spreading the word, she is filling the world with big fat belly laughs with the adventures of her pink and blonde blog self. Next time you find yourself at your desk on Monday, hit up her blog for an instant pick me up. 

1. describe yourself in 10 words
Designer, daydreamer, can't cook, eats cereal, funny on odd occasions. 
2. What was your first ever cartoon about?
My first ever cartoon was ages ago and the style of my drawing and cartoons has really changed a lot. The cartoon was all about waiting for the bus that NEVER came when I had a about ten thousand errands to do and things to try and get done. haha.

3. Does your illustrated self wear the same thing everyday? Does she have a closet like on

Dexters lab filled with rows and rows of perfect little pink dresses?

Yes. exactly
4. Besides pink dresses, what are your top 5 can't live without items.
My style is very eclectic and some kind of eighties boho chic :) My top five favourites are leg warmers, ALL my bling,  classic black heels, scarves and nice underwear. :)

5. Which is your favorite blog post to date?
Mmm... tough one, but I think my favourite is the one where I was learning to ski. It was an all-round fail. haha. You'll have to check it out to see the full story. (Side note: I have NOT skied again since then. keke) Other posts which readers have really enjoyed include the Date Drive of Death series - which I did for the VW Date Drive Campaign. Heinous ways to kill your ex-boyfriend was also a very popular post. Turns out people are really into killing their exes.
6. You know how us caucasions are constantly tattooing 'deep' asian bits and bobs all over our bodies even though we don't know how to read the language, any radical mis-communications in your english class?
Once I saw a Korean girl who had tattooed onto her wrist "Save mind, use the small words for sound argument". Irk. Everyday life situations are frequently lost in translation and class time is often just a whole new world of hilarious. haha

7. Care to share your favorite strawberry related recipe (Daquiri's don't count:)?
Simple: Strawberries. Melted chocolate. You can't go wrong. :) Also... strawberries with black-pepper crusted cheese. Delicious!

8. Besides getting awarded your whole pile of South African Blogger awards silverware, what is the coolest most bodacious thing that has happened to you as a result of your blog?
Honestly, the greatest most bodacious thing that I get out of my blog is the awesome comments, emails and feedback that I receive from readers about my cartoons. It's a huge motivating factor to know that people really get a kick out of my drawings and humour - which is why I love people's comments so much and it keeps me doing what I do!  
9. finish the sentence

Maybe I should... kill the internet, turn my computer off and get into bed. (said at 3:30am)

I love...beautiful stationery, red wine, cereal, the internet, my friends and family.

I don't understand... banking, taxes, finance or anything really to do with money. I just spend it really well. (Note to self: must marry accountant)

When I wake up in the morning...it's about 7 snoozes past my alarm time and I'm already plotting what I'm going to eat for breakfast.

I lost...my credit card once. For almost three weeks. I didn't really know what to do. (see above). I found it in the end.

Life is full of...sneaky little twists.

I wish...for my own huge design studio- Very organised and airy and stocked to the max with beautiful stationery, papers and craft supplies. sigh.

Dogs...bark a lot.

Cats... are smaller than dogs, but they do not bark.

Tomorrow...I'm going to collect three photography films that I handed in to be developed. YAY! I have low tolerance...for rude, impolite, bad-mannered people. It's obnoxious.

If I had a million dollars... I'd take a super long backpack trip around South America and maybe around Africa too. Then I'd get some stationery importing up and running pronto and supply to awesome stores in South Africa. Next I'd buy a wonderful house with aforementioned design studio attached and spend my non-traveling days doing design work and making crafty things that everyone wants to buy. Would a million dollars go that far? (not good with money. ha)

I'm totally terrified...that i'm not going to get around to achieving all the things that I want to in my lifetime. Also, I'm terrified of frogs. I hate those little suckers. 

10. Where can we find you online?
twitter handle: @CheKershaw
Photography Portfolio: http://cheberries.carbonmade.com/
Etsy Store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/justche
Lomography Portfoliohttp://www.lomography.com/homes/justche

Monday, September 12, 2011



Just as I was getting over my Country Road depression, Trenery dropped these piccies in my Inbox and got my finances all in knots. I must say that I am loving their whole color blocking vibe. The combination of the bright corals with the tans is one of my favorite colour combinations for the season. The interesting addition of little zips here are completely gorge and add a little bit of sass to the whole vibe.  If you feel the need to expose your eyeballs to more Trenery goodness, hit their catalogue here or just go straight to their online shop, it's Monday I'm sure the therapy will make it a little more bearable!

Monday, September 5, 2011


My dear friend Storm and I have been itching to get involved in the Thule 4 Peaks Mountain Challenge for a few years now and this year we decided to stop dreaming and make this thing happen. We paid our moneys and sent off our entries and have been training our little rings off getting more and more excited as the 1 October creeps closer and closer. Lately I have been feeling a little nervioso, those bastard voices in my head have been slowly but surely sneaking little doubts into my mind about the seriousness of the situation and the fact that maybe navigating myself over 4 monster peaks clad in leopard print tights is not the wisest idea, especially since I can barely navigate myself to Westville. Yesterday, I received an email from the race organisers and suddenly I remembered why it is that I have been obsessed with the idea of smashing this run for over 2 years. This race is not about fastest times, winning or racing. This race is about getting outside and enjoying the insane, gobsmacking beauty that is South Africa. Take a look and tell me you are not just a little jealous...

THULE 4 Peaks Mountain Challenge - 2010 highlights from D4 Productions on Vimeo.

Friday, September 2, 2011


I am totally inlurve with these snazzy wooden sunnies! People are going wood bananas at the mo, after stumbling across insanely rad wooden watches the other day I suppose it was just a matter of time before this whole wood trend hit us slap in the eyeballs, or over the eyeballs rather! If you would like to get all green in the fashion dept, hit the I Heart Durban Market this weekend and purchase a pair of these babies - they will set you back a cool R375 but really, can't put a price tag on shade.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


I will get my paws on one of these darling prints by Kim Longhurst by any means necessary.  That little Frenchie bull dog would certainly guarantee a giggle every time you glanced over at him. Too marvellous for words. These beauties are available at your nearest Ikhaya store. If you are not lucky like me, and you don't live in the same town as this glorious gem of a store, you can either visit them online here and order one, or you could just mail the artist who I am sure would love to help you out.   

* It is my birthday in 10 days... I'm just saying...


When it comes to anything Martha Stewart related, I am generally pretty much obsessed! So imagine my glorious surprise when I stumbled upon this interview with Pilar Guzman, Editor in Chief of the best magazine in the entire universe Martha Stewart Living, in the latest Lonny Magazine. This woman is currently in possession of my all time dream job, oh a girl can dream...  The mag is filled with many more treasures, just make sure your credit card is safely stowed before you flip the covers, there is a pair of Diane von Furstenberg wedge sandals in there that will melt your heart.