Utopia at the Mall of Africa

If heaven had a shopping center, I’d imagine it would look similar to the most talked about Mall in South Africa – The Mall of Africa

 

Today saw the fabulous opening of this anticipated mall with everything from sand art to celebrities, from Master Chef winning meals to renowned DJs and alluring fashion to queues of shoppers for kilometers. 

This impressive shopping center boasts 130 000m2 of retail space, 2.4kms of shopping for every brand your heart desires, with a design, inspired from Africa’s geological features & iconic landscapes, leaves you in total awe! 

Whether walking through the Forest Walk  Court (think Congos amazing rain forest), slowing down at the Desert Court (picture desert regions in North Africa), looking to relax at the Court of Great Lakes (imagine the Great Lakes of Africa), grabbing a glass of bubbly at the Champagne Bar at the Crystal Court (picture diamonds, crystals & precious minerals), or pampering at the Oleum Court (taking inspiration from trade & oil wealth in Africa), this prestigious Mall has something to suit each & every taste. 

With 6500 parking bays & 24 entrances, finding the most loved & lusted after local & international brands makes this the ultimate shopping experience. Free wifi is sure to put smiles on every shoppers face (as it did to all bloggers & media today)  & the convenience of dedicated über pick up zones is certainly a win if like me, finding the prefect parking spot is always a challenge. 

You will find this R5bn mall at Lone Creek & Magwa Crescent, Waterfall City in Midrand. Stores open from Monday to Saturday 9am to 8pm, Sundays & Public holidays 10am to 8pm. On that note, enjoy the long weekend shopping up a storm at the Mall of Africa & please share your thoughts on the experience & your latest purchases too with me here.

Whilst I drool over the latest at Zara Home, The Kooples and Armani Exchange, only 3 of the 300 stores at Mall of Africa, I’m thinking I like my money where I can see it..In my closet 😉 

Nadia xo xo 

  

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Whiskey in a teacup 

Dignified vs Youthful, Soft vs Firm, Dry vs Sweet, Big vs Subtle, Austere vs Rich..

Perhaps Creamy, Nutty, Spicey, Woody or Balanced, Phenolic, Hot…
These were a few of the descriptions used by our dashing Whisky connoisseur on the evening Protea Fire & Ice Cape Town & Johnnie Walker hosted us for one of the first Women’s Whiskey Tasting. 

When I thought whiskey it used to be beautiful glasses, expensive cigars, leather furniture & dark wood in rooms hosting the most distinguished of gentleman..however this evening saw beautiful, confident women, dressed to impressive & surrounded by bottles on the best that Johnnie Walker had to offer! 

We were treated to a brief history of fermentation & whiskey & thereafter guided on howto savor this bold drink. We started with a welcome drink of Johhnie Walker Black double with ginger ale & apple juice – yum! 

The next drink was      

We Are Original

ENDLESS STORIES. ONE ORIGINAL.

Iconic. Original. Timeless. Since 1873 Levi’s® has been worn by generations of fans, from pioneers to rebels, rockstars to presidents.

Now it’s your turn to share your story and show us how you live in Levi’s®.

To launch the We Are Original campaign, Levi’s® collaborated with Twiggy from Sleepless In Soweto, Siya from The Threaded Man and Maitele who were shot by photography trio, I SEE A DIFFERENT YOU.  These images and a video were shot to form part of a consumer call to action for the Levi’s® We Are Original Casting happening on Saturday 23 April.

 

Levis

 

The casting encourages Levi’s® fans to get styled up in their favourite Levi’s® and spend a day at Shine Studios in Braamfontein where they will be shot by I SEE A DIFFERENT YOU. They’ll also stand the chance of being featured in the We Are Original campaign as well as winning a year’s supply of Levi’s®. (T&C’S APPLY)

 

levis in studio

Find more info on the We Are Original campaign – http://weareoriginal.co.za

We Are Original Casting Information:

Date: Saturday 23rd April 2016

Time: 11am – 6pm

Venue: Shine Studios, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

www.levi.co.za

#WeAreOriginal

#LiveInLevis

Until next time, embrace your originality! Do it in Levis!

Nadia xo xo

Fashion Friday – Diesel Concept Store V&A Waterfront

The first of many #FashionFriday posts to come!

A few weeks ago the eagerly anticipated Diesel brand chose the V&A Waterfront to debut its new retail design concept in South Africa. This new concept was designed in collaboration with Japanese architect firm Wonderwall and Diesel Artistic Director Nicola Formichetti.

Store design features include a wooden engineered floor, customized chandeliers and Foscarini lamps. Luxurious brown, black and white leather combined with industrial black metal fixtures in various finishes, perfectly highlight the contrast between antique and technologically advanced features of the store. It is the perfect expression of the brand’s alternative to luxury positioning.

The store boasts a lavish seated area for customers to admire beautifully crafted footwear and accessories. State of the art fitting rooms create a tranquil yet premium ambience where customers are free to transform themselves.

Denim, Diesel’s core product, has various dedicated sections within the store, emphasizing the quality and mastery of the brand in this category. Striking denim walls display key styles and washes of the 5 pocket range, while the newly introduced Doctor Denim table showcase a selection of denim items and allow stylists to engage with customers on the features and benefits of the product. Movement and durability come together at the Jogg Jeans section, where you will find a cutting edge crossbreed between jeans and active wear. It’s evident that there are many touchpoints where one can experience the heritage and craftsmanship of Diesel denim, it is after all the ultimate in collectable fashion.

Says Renzo Rosso, Diesel’s founder: “I’m enthusiastic about the future-forward change the brand is spear-heading in retail.”

The creative team at 4 Elements Media added a local star-studded flair to the international brand! Guests included tattoo model Shane Burnell, artist Ana Kuni and stylist Sian Bianca Moss all wearing Diesel’s latest collection as well as actress Tanya van Graan, Afternoon Express Presenters Danilo Acquisto, Jeannie D singer Jimmy Nevis, TV Presenters Katlego Maboe & Tracy-Lee Rosslind.


Italian styled canapé food was served while Fleur du Cap provided the wines, and additional beverages were provided by Grant’s Whiskey & Hunters Extreme BOLD, as an added element to the event Diesel offered live tattooing by Gareth Doye Tattoos and a barber shop by Edge for Men as part of the experience.

ABOUT DIESEL:

Diesel is a fashion industry legend. A pioneer in the world of denim and casual wear, it has always remained both outside and ahead of trends. Never forsaking its original DNA, it has evolved into an iconic global lifestyle brand. Despite Diesel’s extraordinary growth, its philosophy is the same as when Renzo Rosso created it in 1978. He envisaged a brand that would stand for passion, individuality and self-expression. Today, Diesel continues to blaze its own trail. It is on a continuing mission to challenge the status quo, experiment with new ideas, innovate and provoke. http://www.diesel.com

 

Until next time remember Denim is a way of life!

Nadia xo xo


Credits 4 Elements Media

Photography  DieselTegan Smith Photography 

FREE FALL’IN AW16

Zando’s exclusive brand offering gets you autumn ready!
This season Zando invites you to celebrate your fashion individuality – with a pinch of off-the-runway panache! Autumn Winter 16’s sheer fashion variation has a little something for everyone, leaving nothing to be desired.

Clean Cut Perfection…
“Transparency was the hard-hitting inspiration for Free Fall’in this AW16. I wanted the aesthetic to be clean and simple but not ‘clinical’, allowing the autumnal colours to pop against the white background. We used supporting props that screamed urban chic with a modern flare.” Zeane Singer – Zando Fashion Editor

Warm berry tones pop against a playful mix of white frames, block platforms and futuristic loungers. The clean cut lines depict a baron portrait, themed to allow apparel to take focal point. The collection perfectly pairs with a pixie boot, pointed heel or brogue flatforms.

Fall Enthused…

Taking inspiration from global street style and the compelling runways of Paris, London and New York, the Zando AW16 Utopia Collection explores a fierce yet classic approach to seasonal transition. With a strong emphasis on spiced hues and faux fur with a seasonal velvet touch – textures run dense and layered.

“There is strong international influence for AW16 with a number of trends which one can easily relate to. From graphic black and white, sizzling punk, folksy tribe, military and an eighties comeback, Free Fall’in on Zando holds the key to style variety and perfect personality match.” Amanda Lepar – Senior Buyer, Zando Women’s Apparel

With a strong emphasis on brand offering expansion, AW16 was built to not only highlight a stark colourway, but looked to incorporate a rich mosaic of florals and geometric pattern in order to amplify styling capability.

From the tasselled ankle or pixie boot to a basic and most delicate court heel, lace up brogue, or pistol boot, Free Fall’in ensures something for every kind of gal out on the town or hitting the office glam from head to toe.

And Who Are You?

Zando Fashion Editor, Zeane Singer breaks down the Fall Collection into 3 prominent categories:

Borrowed from the Boys

This look is strongly inspired by international street culture. We like to think of it as hipster meets fashionista with a tomboy finish. Create the look with ripped boyfriend jeans, cleated side buckle boots, a soft white blouse topped with a smokey eye and soft nude lip.

  


Dark Romance

This luxurious look speaks for itself, a chic silhouette with a sultry twist. Ideal for career chasers with a full social calendar. Think lace detailed dress finished with a black leather jacket, velvet tie up heels and a burgundy wrap blouse. Add a vibrant masala lip for that added pop.

  


Folksy

Folksy has a fierce 1970’s influence with a slightly softer tone for that ultimate transitional changeover. This girl has a youthful spirit and playful bohemian charm. Pair your curvy fit basic skinny with a suede waterfall jacket and fringe bag. Warning! Don’t leave the house without your neckerchief or round sunnies.

  

Credits to Zando

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Zando
As winners of the Best Customer Service Award 2014, the Best Shopping Process Award 2014 and as runners up for the Best eCommerce Store Award in 2015, we at Zando strive for business excellence.

Zando is the ultimate online shopping portal that offers fashion, home and beauty all under one virtual roof.

Zando takes the latest high fashion runway trends and sources
the best ready-to-wear interpretations, ensuring that you have the latest fashion at your fingertips. Shop the best local and international brands and pay with your credit card, or via EFT, cash on delivery, in-store, or using eBucks. If you buy something and it doesn’t fit, no worries because Zando offers free returns within 14 days.

Shop Zando Here: http://www.zando.co.za/?r=0
Twitter: https://twitter.com/zando_co_za
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zando.co.za/?hl=en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zando.co.za/?fref=ts

A special mention to the fab #ZandoAW16 sponsors:

YUMMI @yummichef
http://ericlabuschagne.wix.com/yummichef

Rimmel London SA @rimmellondonsa

Pongracz @pongracz
http://www.pongracz.co.za/

Until next time it’s cold weather, chilly mornings, warm coffee, rainy nights, colorful leaves & sweaters weather  … love Fall!!

Nadia xo xo 

Stop Hunger Now, SA

Most of us have a love-hate relationship with social media, however there are many times I look at a social media platform & go, “I would’ve never known about this!” had it not been posted/tweeted/snapped or instagrammed! 

The Information Age we live in can be daunting at the best of times, overwhelming to a point of fear & snycism and more relevant & vital in everyday life than we could’ve ever imagined possible! 

So today’s post would’ve not been possible without (sounding like an acceptance speech much) a tweet about an organization called Stop Hunger Now SA !

The name alone got my attention. Then upon further investigation I did a double take when I saw Graca Machel, Chief Patron for SHNSA donning an apron & hair net, packing meals at Mandela Day. I was curious but most importantly I have a burning desire to “Be The Change”, I’m so keen to help in any way that will make a difference & this initiative is too powerful & important not to share!

Stop Hunger Now was established in USA in 1998 by Dr Ray Buchanan & is an international organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life saving aid worldwide. SHNSA started in 2009 & is a volunteer based meal packing & results oriented nutrition programme with two full time operations in Cape Town & Gauteng

The focus is on reaching the hungry and children is particular. With statistics such as 3.165 million children suffering from household hunger in SA, this initiative restores hope for hungry children in our country. 

One could donate, volunteer or host an event. I volunteered at the first ever SHNSA meal packing event in Bloubergstrand leading up to my birthday. My social media tag was “No better way to spend a Saturday than with SHNSA” and it was truly fulfilling. We met & introduced ourselves to the organizer. Thereafter watched a SHNSA movie clip done by the hilarious Suzelle DIY & before we knew it we were in the production line & ready to go!

Upon hearing the bell we were measuring, packing, sealing & eagerly awaiting the sound of the bell signaling how many meals were being packed as the clock ticked. The meals could moly to UNICEF standards and are highly nutritious. It was such fun & we got to meet so many like us, literally making a difference! Upon the final bell we looked up and had packed 60 boxes in an hour & a half which meant that 12 744 children would receive meals! It was a feeling like no other whe. I looked up at that screen…pride, humility, content, sadness & happiness, gratitude…

It’s something you should experience as words do not do it justice so I suggest you check out Stop Hunger Now SA & volunteer a few hours of your time, make it a family experience or get a group of friends together in celebration of your birthday, suggest it to HR & do it as team building with colleagues. However you decide, I urge you to just do it & know that you literally saved a life…

Until next time and as I proudly sport my ‘I fed the hungry today’ badge I’d like to thank Twitter for this life changing opportunity!
 

Nadia xo xo 

Sale away with me 🛍🛍🛍🛍🛍🛍

When you open your inbox and that emotive four lettered red word we all love flashes before your very eyes, it can only mean one thing SALE!!!!!!!!

Now who doesn’t love a good sale?!!! Apart from the H&M X Balmain sale, sales in South Africa are nothing like a scene out of “Confessions of a Shopaholic“, so with the weekend just over the horizon I thought I’d share a few of the April deals with you!

Nine West is giving you 30% off all Handbags & Wallets until the 10th of April. I don’t need to tell you how gorgeous & well crafted their products are & it would make the perfect spoil or gift!

The Body Shop is a big favorite of mine & with the lack of cruelty free skincare in SA, I’ve recently started using their range & am loving it. They have a 30% off for 3 days only sale so head along for the perfect pamper for you, great bachelorette ideas, or baby shower pamper for the mom to be.
If you’re working on your wanderlist like I am then look no further than Qatar Airways for their 20% off 58 of your favorite destinations. No excuse not to get another stamp on your passport!

Truworths is a trusted name in SA for many years. I’ve always liked their Inwear Range & own a few of the colorful Ginger Mary pieces. It’s the perfect time to add to my cupboard with their REAL Sale now on!

Spree is your must for all occasions! You can snatch up SA designer pieces at sale prices. Their 3rd birthday sale offers up to 50% off!!! I’m smiling from ear to ear knowing I will have my little paws on a Gert-Johan Coetzee gown very soon!

Steve Madden is offering the shoe lovers a buy one & get 50% off your second purchase until Sunday. Their brand is a firm favorite here in SA & in my closet too so spoil yourself, life’s short, get a pair in every color!

Identity stocks some greatly priced items that are perfect for weekends & varsity days. With their sale now on, you can stock up without buyers remorse or breaking the bank.

On that note, happy shopping lovelies!

Nadia xo xo 

Our world is flat…

…a post inspired by tired feet!

(and especially before winter hits us with a vengeance!)

Over the past few weeks, the sunshiny weather is Cape Town has seen quite a few events & activations that I’ve worked on & attended, outdoors.

With each of these, outdoors being key and on-my-feet being top of mind, I’ve asked myself the question most of us ask, hours before heading out the front door – “What am I going to wear?!!!!!”

So after leaving a pile of clothing on the bed, which somewhat resembled a snow capped mountain, I found ensembles best suited to the occasions. Yay! Success!  No…not quite…what about shoes?!!!

Heels in every color & style stared at me – I could hear a little voice “say pick me, pick me” & another voice saying, “oh we will never survive the day in those!”. Hearing those voices is a topic for another day 😄 So glorious heels were not an option with the surfaces & the amount of walking to be done. Sorry Loubie baby!

Then I spotted my sneakers – it was a sigh of relief! Nike Airmax or Adidas ZX Flux are always an option. Dress up or down, they make a statement – they are trendy, comfy & look awesome! These would definitely do for a few of the more casual events but there were two that I’d need to rethink.


Just when I was ready to give up, I noticed a box peeking out from the bottom of the pile. Flats – no I couldn’t, or maybe I could?! They were percent! Fashion & comfort – now that’s a win! It was that voice again, “we love her” said my feet…if it wasn’t them then we may have a little problem 😆

*Shuts the door behind me in my Karl Lagerfeld Choupette flats*


Have a look at some of the trendiest flats of the season!



Until next time, consider those flats for your next big event & you may gain the love of those tired feet forever! If that doesn’t help, remember Coco Chanel’s words “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.”

Nadia xo xo 

Pics courtesy of Instagram, Mr Price, Aldo, Steve Madden, Sophia Webster, Aquazzura

Raven, A Story About Her

The beauties at 4Elements Media made my day with an invitation to the exclusive Black Gold jewellery event that showcased the much anticipated Raven Collection!

Excited was an understatement as not only was this my first event since my big move to CT but this collection is truly exquisite & I could barely wait to see the pieces in the flesh!

Exquisite, Stunning, Fierce, Beautiful, Modern, Unique, Desirable, Confident are just some of the words that followed the #BlackGoldRaven hashtag on the night.

The force behind the brand, designer Kristin Weixelbaumer celebrated the launch of her Raven Collection under her premium new brand, Black Gold at the incredible & industrial Anvl Kraft in Woodstock, Cape Town on the 17th of March 2016.

VIPs and guests mostly dressed in black & gold armed with delicious cocktails & drinks by sponsors Black Bottle Whiskey & Rose’s RDT, were drawn to the stunning Raven Collection, which was found in unique jewelry cabinets, beautifully laden over skulls, ceramic, wooden & metal objects. Eye catching prints hung from hangers off an industrial line and the Raven Collection film, a finalist at the Bokeh Film Festival, played in a cinema style area with cordless headphones and popcorn.

When we were not lusting over these designer pieces, we treated ourselves to a delectable spread of cheeses & breads, whilst eyeing the array of vintage bikes throughout this interesting venue & being entertained by DJ Tommy Gun.

When Kristin says “you can’t help notice a Raven when you find one”, she was speaking of none other than the inspiration behind the movie & shoot, actress & model Zigi Strydom. Zigi embodies the Raven Collection with her exquisite & confident look & you were instantly drawn to her presence!

Other guests that caught our eyes were singer & song writer Chad Saaiman, TV presenter & Stylist Tracy Lee-Roslind, MCSA winner Kamini Pather, Radio Presenter Tammy B, Nandi Ndlovu, features writer Glamour Magazine, blogger Samantha Taylor & many more.


An event thoroughly enjoyed by all & jewellery that’s a must!!!

Visit Black Betty Showroom, Top Floor, 53 Wale Street, Cape Town for your designer piece & contact 4 Elements Media for more info

So until next time remember Jewellery is like a biography. A story that tells the many chapters of our lives. Right now I’m on the chapter of Black Gold Raven!

Nadia xo xo   
Fringing with threads & heels from Edgars Free2BU

MU by Stila from Stuttafords

Clutch & jewellery by Colette