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December 2013 archive

Crabtree & Evelyn Secret Garden

I attended the Crabtree & Evelyn Secret Garden event last month – showcasing their 2013 Christmas Gift Collection.

Now as a lover of pretty, nice smelling beauty goodies…I’ve always been a Crabtree fan. But could honestly only afford one or two of their products at a time because it’s quite pricey. Always money well spent though. I was rather bowled over when I received an invitation to their V&A Waterfront store!

I am a Christmas freak. So the first thing that hit me as I entered the store, was the smell of homely clove and nutmeg yumminess. I was in the zone then. Wanting to touch and smell everything…with a glass of bubbly and a mince pie in hand of course ;-) . The beautiful packaging and quality of products were yelling at me from every shelf. It’s safe to say that if you receive a Crabtree gift from someone…you’re pretty darn special.

The staff were so so knowledgeable and helpful. I’m sure I asked them a million questions! Here is some fascinating background which I never knew:

“A pioneer in botanical formulations for over 40 years, Crabtree & Evelyn blends the very best of nature and science, tradition and innovation, and luxury and comfort to create benefit-rich bath, body and home care. This heritage is reflected in its name: Crabtree, from the crabapple tree, the original species from which all cultivated apple trees have derived, and Evelyn…from John Evelyn, the seventeenth century renaissance Englishman who wrote one of the most important works on conversation and whose motto, ‘explore everything, keep the best’, inspires the brand to this day.”

My favourite products are the following:

Gilded Chestnut Porcelain Diffuser (R 1000). Yes I know…very pricey. But the smell – I can’t even tell you how amazing it is. Christmas in a bottle.

All Butter Almond & Vanilla Biscuits (R 160). Just sounds as if it MUST taste good!

12 piece set of various Hand Therapies. Not too sure of the price – please enquire in store.

Everything is so gorgeous, you’re bound to find something you like.

I honest to goodness love this brand and am proud to feature them on the LS blog!


The Gilded Chestnut Porcelain Diffuser (R 1000). Can last for up to 12 months.


Masquerade Ball

I attended our long awaited end of year masquerade ball on the 27th of November. It was held in an old building in Queen Victoria Street, Gardens.

Rose Molteno from Molteno Creations designed and made my gorgeous ball gown for the evening. It was even more beautiful than I had imagined and I truly felt like a princess on the night. A distinguished looking gentleman (and colleague), told me that I was clearly the most elegantly dressed woman there. I considered this a huge compliment to Rose and her workmanship!

My friend Soraya’s bedroom looked like a tornado had hit it. We were three girls getting dressed and doing hair all at the same time, so you can well imagine. Champers was flowing though…lots of fun.

I don’t have many opportunities to dress up, so really enjoyed every minute! The cab arrived to scoop us up and off we went :-) .

The venue was decorated so beautifully, and there were even fire-blowing dancers at the entrance. It felt like a scene straight out of Gossip Girl. Below are some photos (please excuse the poor quality of some…my phone was acting up!).



Décor was soft, beautiful and mysterious.

Well done Rose Molteno…loved my charcoal and red lace gown.

 My close friends: Soraya, Bronwyn and Tamsyn. Love these girls! xx

Platters of chocolate covered cherries…over-indulge much?

The Black Ties – our entertainment for the evening. They were completely amazing.

Win a LS Beauty Box and KMS hamper worth R570!

I have been promising you that there will be an extra treat added to the Lily Storm beauty box competition…and here it is!

So, in addition to the boxes up for grabs (worth R 150), two lucky ladies will also receive a KMS Silksheen Shampoo and Conditioner worth R210 each. Therefore the total prize value is currently R 570 per winner! These gorgeous hair products are courtesy of Massimo at Hair Headquarters (

Hair Headquarters is an authorized dealer of an array of hair products and styling equipment. They stock quality brands like Paul Mitchell, KMS, Babyliss and GHD.

They also pride themselves on magnificent service and great prices. As you know, I’m a huge fan of online shopping. It’s convenient, and you’re able to purchase items you wouldn’t normally find in a brick and mortar store. Massimo assures his customers of the following:

- A secure shopping experience. When purchasing from their website, financial details are passed through a secure server using the latest encryption technology.

- A 7 day money back guarantee on their purchases

- Electrical styling equipment come with a factory guarantee

- Free delivery for all orders over R 800


To stand a chance of winning these awesome prizes, all you have to do is the following:

1. LIKE the Hair Headquarters Facebook page by clicking here 

2. LIKE the Lily Storm Facebook page by clicking here 

3. Follow Lily Storm on Twitter:  @LilyStormBlog

4. Post a comment below to confirm you’ve followed the above steps.

The competition closes on the 17th of December. Good luck everyone!