Unapologetically cool…by Steve Madden 

Steve Madden gives us serious #shoeenvy this summer! Fortunately for us the SS16 is available at your favorite online store! 

Steve Madden footwear achieves the ‘twenty-something, let’s revel in the sunshine’ appeal year on year – season upon season. Defined by their cool, confident and always in-the-know nature, a Steve Madden girl is the ONLY girl.

Wouldn’t you want to be unapologetically chic?

 

Inner-city Edge

“Inspired by urban edge fused with a jolt of ambient appeal – Steve Madden is more than just a shoe brand to Zando.co.za. We support this premium brand in their innovative fashion while still maintaining an independent spunk.” – Michele Keytel, Head of Purchasing at Zando.co.za

This summer Steve Madden and Zando.co.za celebrate a denim friendly season of high shine, sensual suede, sky high platforms and blocked heels. From the boardwalk to the beach, this collection, formally known as Summer Daze, reveals a plethora of strap heavy trinkets and biseasonal detail that will make you feel at home in the city’s perfect balance of gritty glow and natural aura.
 



Summer Daze

Heavily inspired by the universal trend of leg tie-ups, espadrille finishes and suede detailing, Summer Daze incorporates just the right amount of pastel glow needed for some summer spice. Think light blue, dusty pink, soft tan and white for that sizzling summers day – with the needed glitz and glitter for a sassy summer night out on the town.

Loving a little rhinestone detail or nubuck suave? Summer Daze on Zando.co.za is your one-stop-shop to fashion forward enthusiasm. 

How to get it? 

As the number one online retailer in South Africa, Zando.co.za now proudly houses Steve Madden South Africa, with product pricing between R699 – R2299.

 Shop Steve Madden on Zando.co.za

On that note remember, a little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about ☺️

Nadia xo xo

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Fall For Winter

Its Fashion Friday so what better way to end off the work day than with a Fashion Blog!

FALL FOR WINTER – Where style meets architectural design: Winter 2016 

This winter 2016 Zando.co.za enthuses design with a militant inspired edge, specifically curated to bring out the bold and celebrate the cold.  Winter 16’s absolute fashion focus will leave you feeling polished and ready for runway battle.

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An Apocalyptic Gaze

 In complete contrast to Free Fall’in, Fall for Winter ’16 relies heavily on the natural architectural balance provided by the shoot landscape. Strong lines create a geometric distinction between illustrious rolling hills and linear form.

 “Structural minimalism with a naturally lush setting established the perfect foundation for our W’16 shoot. The texturally rich backdrop lent itself to each trend without disruption, enabling each look to form an identity of its own.”  Zeane Singer- Zando Fashion Editor

Nothing says iconic insignia like a cosy sweater and a classic fedora with a muted yet monochromatic palette. Fall for Winter ’16 perfectly pairs with a seductive knee high heel, tasselled ankle boot or athletic sneak, depending on the style best suited for your style needs.

 Furget Me Not

 This season’s offerings are an amalgamation of evolutionary pieces. Playful in nature and bundled with layered colourways – expect rolled necks, detailed ankle boots or eye catching prints and statement sleeves. Bold maximalist apparel and voluminous elegance are the flavours for this winters spell.

“It’s a faux party this season! From fur, to leather or suede – this trend is making its round internationally as well as locally. Find your fit in a figure flattering dress, jacket or skirt.” Amanda Lepar – Senior Buyer, Zando Women’s Apparel

Key must have’s for Winter ’16 include a statement roll neck knit in nude, a polo neck bodysuit and an off-the-shoulder long sleeve dress.

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Styled to Perfection

Zando Fashion Editor, Zeane Singer breaks down Winter ’16 into 3 prominent categories.

  •  Luxe Movement

Juxtaposed classic elements combine with luxury for this Athletic-Leisure-wear look. Accentuate your favourite knits with an over-sized bomber or biker jacket and slouched denims for the ultimate relaxed feel.

  • Kaliedofolk

Ethereal romance inspired by the seventies. This winter’s bohemian flair oozes femininity in its deep tones, rich textures, amid intricate detailing’s of tassels, ruffles and floral flirty prints.

  • Shadow Chic

Lustful offerings layered with decadent applique, fine knits, boastful booties, and quilted jackets that are sure to keep your cosy classy. Keep your stockings high and your skirts faux.

Until next time remember the forecast, cold weather, hot fashion!

Nadia xo xo

Credits Zando
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PopIn-to this beautiful collaboration!

THE STORY OF THE POP IN SHOP WITH VOICES CLUB AND JO CARLIN

So I was guttered to have missed this incredible collaboration between these two powerhouses, but here’s what this new creative & beautiful space in Cape Town is all about!

VOICES Female Business Club, a professional networking club, has joined in collaboration with Jo Carlin in Cape Town to launch a unique and beautiful collaboration space in the heart of De Waterkant.

This striking 200+ sqm gorgeous design space has been the home for Jo Carlin design for over 5 years and is well known as the only stop for stunning contemporary furniture which can be tailor made to particular customer requirements as well as the quirky Jo Carlin character female fashion

Shelley Humphreys, the founder of VOICES last year May was searching for a new creative space for the club members to utilize and work and which “evokes a creative energy and inspiration for new ideas and motivation which is often sorely lacking in many co-working spaces currently offered”

 

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The new collaboration working space offers a comfortable and beautiful lounge environment, with Jo Carlin’s striking furniture designs and art pieces on the walls creating a warm, comfortable environment with high ceilings exuding space to think, breathe and create.

Jo comments “The idea of collaborating with VOICES was very attractive as I view myself as a creative female and enjoy being in the company of others with a similar energy and outlook. This collaboration will bring new energy and creativity into the space and I’m very excited to see what will happen”

The PopInShop was an idea born from both Carlin and Humphreys who believed that other high end designers could benefit and add to the energy and creativity in the space.

They created the concept and are joined for the launch by another 4 international designers who will offer their products to the space, including:

Mani Bains – an award winning Denim Designer originally from the UK with over 15 yrs experience being the lead designer for Levi’s, EVISU, Wrangler and Tommy Hilfiger and now for the past 2 years created a high end male and female denim collection, namely DIVA jeans and Kings of Denim.

Marlena Groengard Danish Designer and stylist whom have lived and worked in Copenhagen, Paris, Milan and New York offers MARA – beautifully designed jewellery, some with precious stones, and ostrich leather handbags.

Italian born Andrea Cisari will be presenting his iconic sunglass brand Ross & Brown an Italian eyewear brand established in 2013 with headquarters in London. Today, Ross & Brown products are sold in the most exclusive boutiques and finest optical stores all around the world.

British born Stuart Bishop will showcase his timepieces collection TRIDENT which are functional and minimalist in form, high regard for the principles of contemporary design and all with affordable prices.

 

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Carlin and Humphreys are keen to keep the PopInShop story and shopping experience alive by including other designers into the space throughout the year, “we want to keep the customers engaged and coming back to see what’s new” comments Humphreys “we want to create an experience of inspirational purchasing with value and products not easily available at other retail outlets”.

The PopInShop is open for business Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm. Pop In and see us and join the collaboration.

So my weekend plans involve surrounding myself with beautiful pieces whilst taking a tour of this amazing space – keen to join me?

Until next time remember, Boss Chics don’t Compete…they Collaborate!

Nadia xo xo

Pic credits VOICES Club

 

More Information
VOICES CLUB
VOICES was founded around a philosophy of providing a platform for professional women working and networking their way to greatness. The network aims to provide opportunities that bring women together in a safe space to think, work, debate, discuss and socialize. It performs the function of empowering female club members with the strength of camaraderie, value exchange, skills sharing and inspiration along with awesome benefits in a sophisticated co-working space in the heart of Cape Town.
To request more information, details, images or an interview with VOICES Founder Shelley Webb, please contact shelley@voicesclub.com
Shelley Webb
Shelley@VoicesClub.com
Website:  www.voiceclub.com
Facebook:  Facebook.com/VoicesFemaleClub
Twitter: @PowerFemales
Instagram:  voicesclub

Dusty Rebels & The Bombshells 

 Dusty Rebels and The Bombshells Do Pretoria (Again)

  

 They say the dust up north is unique. So South Africa’s premier vintage lifestyle festival will return to the north this year, to add a certain flare to another of our capital cities. Dusty Rebels and The Bombshells will bring its signature fare of 40s and 50s cars, fashion and music to 012 Central in Helen Joseph Street on 14 May 2016.

 Returning to the day’s festivities are the PTown Roller Derby League doing a mini bout. DRTB icons The Blue Haired Betty and Miss Bombshell Betty 2015 – who was crowned at Dusty Rebels and The Bombshells in Cape Town on November 2015 will be attending with 4 of last year’s finalists. They will host a competition on the day for the best pinup gal, so all the bombshells are encouraged to put their best fashion foot forward.

 The Betties will also be recruiting pinups for the Miss Bombshell Betty 2016 competition to be held at The Dusty Rebels and The Bombshells festival on the 12 November 2016 in Cape Town.

 As usual, a number of live bands will also be in attendance, these will be released mid April so keep watch this space. Black Orchid Burlesque will perform a tantalising burlesque show, a fashion show to spice things up and the day’s entertainment will be rounded off by DJ Rockabilly Rythmn playing the finest classic tunes of the era.

 Your favourite vendors will offer make-up, clothing, jewellery, helmets, a barber shop, memorabilia, food and drink.

Until next time, pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick & head over to the 012. 

Nadia xo xo 


DETAILS:

Dusty Rebels & The Bombshells Do Pretoria, 012 CENTRAL, 381 Helen Joseph Street, Pretoria, 10:00-20:00

Tickets: Webtickets.co.za
https://www.facebook.com/events/239765309696264/
 www.dustyrebelsandthebombshells.co.za

Instagram: dustyrebelsandthebombshells.co.za
Twitter: @DustyandB

  
 

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 

  

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.

 

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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)

 

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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
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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 

Summer with Maaji 

It’s blue skies & a very shiny sun today…Perfect afternoon to blog from the beach & my inspiration … Summer with Maaji

The Maaji signature is built upon the unexpected mixture of prints, textures, cutting-edge silhouettes and the sweet, ubiquitous presence of details. This combination defines the Maaji philosophy. The result: a one of a kind product, a real piece of art!

Having featured in publications from Marie Claire to Elle to Womens Health, Maaji are proud to introduce the gorgeous Maaji Greenscape Dawn Summer Collection!

  

Maaji’s new secret garden-inspired collection is full of magical and surreal dreamscapes. 

The innovative silhouettes and combinations of prints and details are designed to be fashionable, yet functional.
  

Connect with Maaji SA on any of their social media platforms for further information. 

You can also purchase this bright, bold & playful brand online from Superbalist & Zando

Until next time remember, you can’t buy happiness but you can buy a bikini & that’s pretty close!

Nadia xo xo

Credits Girl About Town

Throw kindness around like confetti!

Today’s blog has nothing to do with fashion, celebs, new & exciting venues or incredible events…Today’s blog serves as a reminder to me, to my readers & to everyone around us all, that we should always be kind, as we never truly know the battles people around us are fighting!

You may find this post a bit morbid or not in line with my usual happy posts, however I think this is probably more relevant than what I wore, where I went, which celeb I met etc. however keeps in line with my theme of Lifestyle & the aspiration to have a balanced life & to help those around me.

A while back I read an article in Cosmo talking about a generation of youngsters being anxious, nervous, depressed, facing pressures that’s are unimaginable, trying to fit in, trying to survive, peer pressure, bullying, societal pressure, to name but a few & this morning when I got the news of a friend having ended his life at 24 years of age it made me realize that we are all fighting battles of our own every single day & it could take a smile or an insult to push one either way…

In 2014 it was reported that SA had the 8th highest suicide rate in the world – shocking & incredibly sad that almost 8 000 people are taking their lives yearly. 2015 saw an article in the Mail & Guardian stating stress & suicides in SA are on the increase & the 8 000 number from the previous year could increase! Whilst we are living in a society where health, wellbeing & fitness is promoted daily all around us, the same promotion has also led to a pressure being created in terms of poor self esteem & bad body image, having an adverse effect on us. Many argue the positive vs negative impact platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & SnapChat have on us with some saying we have a platform to shine & to help others, whilst others throw words around such as narcissism & pressure…What are you views on this?

Watch for tell tale signs in your network & offer to listen & not judge. If you suspect depression or life threatening behavior get help by calling organizations such as Life Line or the SA Depression & Anxiety Group where trained professionals can assist. If you are being bullied or know of someone who is, talk to someone you trust – there are organisations such as Morne Marais’ FABA or the JAG Foundation who are doing remarkable work by highlighting the issue & can assist! If you yourself are feeling this way remember, you are special, you are the rainbow in someone’s cloudy day, you are loved & valued as a person & you have a great life ahead of you to LIVE!

So until next time throw kindness around like confetti … The impact it may have could literally be lifechanging…Take care of yourself & those around you!

Nadia xo xo