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      

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 

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 

“A slice of cheesecake”, I said to the Mr South Africa finalist

What’s the first thought that comes to mind when you hear the words celebs, jam jars, lettuce rolls & cheesecake, in one sentence?

An epic night out?

If you guessed so, or anything similar, you’d be right on the money…except think better & more beautiful! Think of an epic night out, at an awesome restaurant, ordering the most decadent drinks & meals, & being served by the most gorgeous celebrities, all for one incredible cause, Cotlands

Chilli Jam Jars FTW!

“Serve for a cause” was an initiative that took place on the 29th of April at Primi Extreme Design Quarter in Fourways. As the name suggests, patrons like myself were served by various celebrities with a percentage of all proceeds for the night being donated to Cotlands Cotlands, first established in 1936 started as one act of kindness & now is a beacon of hope to thousands of vulnerable children in our beautiful country. Cotlands ethos is to help children grow & thrive in their formative years.  Have a look at their website & the amazing work they do, and if you can, please support them. 

Courtesy of Cotlands

The new dynamic owners of Primi Extreme Design Quarter see any form of assistance & investment in our future generation as a cause close to their hearts & certainly pulled out all the stops by partnering with Cotlands. Celebrities such as Shashi Naidoo, John Owens, Sol Phenduka, Zavion Kotze & Shajar Khan served patrons for one day only. Breakfast, lunch & dinner saw a host of different celebs testing out their waitering skills at this lovely venue, serving for a cause. 

Donned up, we decided to have dinner at Primi & we were in for a treat.

What I Wore

What I Wore

Our waiters for the night were, Kamini Pather (Masterchef SA winner & radio personality), Shashi Naidoo (Model, TV presenter & businesswoman), Jaco Gerrits (Mr SA 2014 finalist, Entrepreneur & Innovator), Neetasha Singh (Model & TV presenter) & Amorie Pearson (Model & Fitness Athlete).  Even in aprons, they all looked incredible!

The gorgeous & friendly Kamini spent a bit of time chatting to us & even suggested a few options on the menu…they all looked delicious – we were spoilt for choice! I think Primi definitely needs to put that “chilli margarita” that she mentioned on their already  impressive menu  What a pleasure finally meeting you Kamini!

Shashi looked like she was having fun & was quoted on Instagram to say “back to my student job” She looked flawless, as always (even in those “designer” shoes Shashi 😉 ) & it was treat to see her friend, the very dapper Ryan Hignett there too.  We didn’t get the opportunity to chat to either one of them sadly, so here’s me hoping there will be a next time!

The lovely & funny Neetasha aimed to please ensuring we had our cutlery & that our orders were placed & we were comfortable. Thanks for the great service!

We didn’t get the opportunity to meet Amorie, however it’s fantastic to know that these celebs gave off their time for this worthy cause. 

So a few jam jars later, a delicious pasta & some wine (I’m such a sucker for La Motte) too, we decided to have some desert. After all whats a decadent meal in lovely company at the perfect venue, without a little desert 😉 The dashing Jaco came over for our orders & all three decided on cheesecake, us to savor at Primi & Jaco to take home after his “shift” ended. We almost had him convinced to try his hand at baking a creme brûlée however he convinced us cheesecake was the way to go, and was he right! The cheesecake tasted as delicious as it looked!   

Berry Cheesecake…Blissful!

It was quite a feeling taking in all this beauty around us & at the same time knowing we were all making a difference just by having a fabulous time!

Like Primi Extreme Design Quarter on Face Book as they plan to host yet another exciting social responsibility event & I know you won’t want to miss out! Better yet, Pop by and try their menu & cheesecake for yourself – you won’t be disappointed.

Thanks again to owners Vikash & his partners for hosting us!

Until next time remember, “As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands: one for helping yourself & the other for helping others”

Nadia xo xo