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 

  

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

Preppy at the Patisserie

Unsponsored post, a craving from the past!

I’ve yet to taste a better Rainbow Cake anywhere in the world than at the deliciously decadent Belles Patisserie! It’s a sunny but chilly day in Cape Town today & the craving for a slice jolted my memory…
Looking back at my invitation to attend the launch of the Clearwater branch had left my mouth watering & I RSVPd quicker than you could say Oreo Cupcake!

The award winning Belles looked incredible – trademark chandeliers & classy decor, viennoiseries, cakes & sweet treats to satisfy everyone & even a skinny menu for the health conscious.
Now if you had to ask me what time is champagne time…we couldn’t be friends 😉 so I decided Id do a champagne breakfast whilst waiting for my fellow bloggers & I was thrilled to have been served a glass of one of my favorites – Krone.

Decadently Divine

Decadently Divine

A bubbly & warm welcome was received by all the guests to celebrate the opening of the Clearwater branch. The waiters were full of smiles & even stopped to pose for pics whilst carrying trays of creamy cappuccinos & following these by delicious winter soups to keep the chill away.
We were treated to trays of snacks from artisan breads to prawn skewers & of course no meal is complete without dessert!
Chocolate & raspberries treats had me in my element!!!

The sweet got even sweeter when Mr South Africa, Armand du Plessis graced us with his presence! Such a incredibly friendly & humble human, making a difference with his support for Deskbags – have a look at his website & see if you can help too!

Armand & I

Armand & I

OOTD

OOTD

Until next time…they say summer bodies are made in winter, so I suggest a balanced diet – have a cupcake in each hand 😉

Nadia xo xo

OOTD : Pinafore dress – Edgars Fashion

Shirt – Mango

Booties – Lucky Brand

Bag – Nine West