GrandWest takes Kensington Home for the Aged under its wing

William Wordsworth once said “The wiser mind mourns less for what age takes away than what it leaves behind.”

In a world where so much emphasis is placed on youth & material wealth, it is so refreshing & heartwarming to see a company like GrandWest investing in & caring about our aged!

I was truly sad to have (at the last minute) missed the incredible moment when Grand Parade Investment, GrandWest & Miss SA arrived at the Kensington Home for the Aged last week, with love, appreciation, time & care packs for the residents of this home. If like me, you missed the event, you can fortunately read all about what GrandWest is doing for Kensington – its truly a Motivating & Inspiring Monday post!

GrandWest takes Kensington Home for the Aged under its wing

Improving comfort and safety for the residents of the Kensington Home for the Aged were the objectives of the extensive refurbishment project that has just been completed by GrandWest’s Social Economic Development Department in collaboration with BBBEE suppliers of GrandWest.

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The project, started in January 2016, included installing dry walling in the Home’s Hassen Adams Frail Care Centre, electrical refurbishments, installing additional showers, grab rails and shower sheets, repainting the centre and the installation of blinds. The 10 rooms in the frail care centre were refreshed with new décor and also received new cupboards, side bed lamps and linen. The reception area was revamped with a new couch and reception desk, while outside, new paving will be laid, along with a carport for the ambulance and automated gates commencing July 2016. Since its inception, a total of R450 000 has been donated towards Kensington Home’s building refurbishments.

Prior to the refurbishment project, the GrandWest Social Economic Development Department made it possible for five of the home’s staff to undergo training with St John’s to ensure that they are adequately skilled for their demanding roles as caregivers.

The home provides shelter, medical support and a nurturing, supportive environment for about 110 aged and infirm people from previously disadvantaged communities. Many of the residents do not have any family and have limited means to support themselves. The home relies heavily on the donations and sponsorships it receives from the public to continue operating as the Pension and Social Welfare Subsidy it receives is not sufficient.

“The elderly are sadly often amongst the most neglected and forgotten members of our society and much can be said about a community by the way in which it treats its elderly citizens. Kensington Home for the Aged provides invaluable care and support to the elderly, many of whom have nowhere else to turn,” says Heidi Edson, Group Social Economic Development Manager for Sun International.

image2“The Home’s commitment to ensuring a safe, nurturing and healthy environment for its residents is heartening. We recognise the challenges they face in keeping the facility up and running. As such, we are pleased to be in a position to assist the home in addressing some of these challenges. This project, which involved one of our enterprise development partners, Decordent Living, demonstrated what can be achieved when caring people work together,” says Edson.

In 2015, GrandWest’s Social Economic Development Department visited the Home and identified various needs. A fire detection system was installed to the value of R255 000  and staff were given training on using fire extinguishers. During the winter of 2015, GrandWest teamed up with The Table Bay to donate warm accessories such as gloves and beanies as well as blankets to help alleviate some of the burden on the Home in keeping its residents warm and comfortable. The items were handed to the residents by Miss South Africa 2015, Liesl Laurie, much to the residents’ delight.

Later in the year, SHAWCO Health (the University of Cape Town’s Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation) visited the home. The visit, facilitated by GrandWest which is a primary sponsor of SHAWCO Health, saw 19 students from the Physiotherapy, Audiology and Speech-Language faculties engage with the home’ residents in a range of activities focused on uplifting their spirits.
SHAWCO Health plans to host further group therapy sessions at the home in 2016 as well as offer training to the nurses and caregivers to assist them in managing the residents’ diagnoses more effectively.

Until next time, we all too often forget about these pillars of our society, so lets hope this little reminder has you inspired to Be The Change too!

Nadia xo xo

Press release issued on behalf of GrandWest: Mercedes Westbrook, The Mail Room PR

Photo Credit: Nickay-Alfonso Stoffels

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
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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

Call It Spring X Good Morning Angels

Good Morning Angels is a project that is run on Jacaranda FM’s Complimentary Breakfast show weekly and with Good Morning Angels, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Friends and family of those in need can get in touch with  to request help on their behalf, whatever the need may be.

The request is received and the journey to help begins.

For this occasion, Good Morning Angels came on board to help those in need with finding the perfect outfit for their matric ball and Call It Spring became the sponsor for shoes and accessories, giving each student a R2000 vouchers to spend. An angel to deliver blessings to those in need.

On Sunday 20 September, 12 boys and girls, selected by Good Morning Angels were invited to go shopping with Miss South Africa, Liesl Laurie  and to share in her good fortune. Call It Spring Sandton City provided snacks and refreshments for the students and their families to enjoy while Liesl assisted them in finding the perfect accessories for their magical night.

Countless people have been helped through Good Morning Angels in various ways and Call It Spring is honoured to have been a part of changing these young people’s lives.
If you know someone in need contact Good Morning Angels:

http://www.jacarandafm.com/contact-us/good-morning-angels/

About CALL IT SPRING

The ultimate destination for shoes, handbags and accessories, CALL IT SPRING is your go-to for coveted trends with accessible price-tags. It’s about discovery, freedom and making your fashion a show-and-tell for who you are. Playful, unique and never predictable, the brand is home to those who want to stand out while still fitting in. You call it love, we CALL IT SPRING

Until next time lets wish Miss SA Liesl all the very best as she leaves for China today to compete in the Miss World pageant and in her words lets remember, what we do for us dies with us, but what we do for others, lives forever!

Nadia xo xo

Credits​ The House Of Busby

 

 

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

Celebrating … with bubbly! 

If there’s only one thing you need to know about me (apart from my love of cats) it’s that I never ever need a reason to celebrate & I celebrate every occasion too 😉

Glamour Magazine had me jumping for joy when they set aside two double tickets for me, to the eagerly anticipated Celebration of Bubbles Festival at the newly renovated Inanda Country Club last month. 

Siwze Ntsaluba Gobodo, second year hosts to this fabulous event did not disappoint. A weekend of tasting some of the countries best Champagnes & Mêthode Cap Classiques, summed up, A world of bubbly, 2 days, 25 wineries & 75 bubblies …. You had me at Bubbly! 

This year saw the likes of:

Anthonij Rupert Wyne – L’Omarins

Armand Dr Brignac – Ace of Spades

Avondale

Bon Courage Wine Estate

De Wetshof

Dieu Donne 

Domaine Des Dieux

Genevieve MCC, had the cutest quote cards to go with your bubbly. I chose “Passion changes everything” How true, how apt! 

Graham Beck Wines, we thoroughly enjoyed the Bliss – incredibly yummy! 

The House of GM & Ahrens

House of Krone

J.C. Le Roux, always refreshing & delish

Morgenhof & Gosset

Nicholas Feuillatte Champagne

Piper-Heidsieck, one of the oldest Champagne Houses in France!

Plaisir De Merle

Simonsig Wine Estate

Steenberg Vineyards

Veuve Clicquot, everyone’s favorite favorite 

Villiera Wines 

I’ve only just recently heard of the Billionaires Row brand & was hoping they would be at the festival. Unfortunately they were not, so it’s time to pick up a bottle to sample 🙂 One never needs a reason to pop open a bottle of bubbly! 

This year saw celebs such as the dashing Maps Maponyane, Danny K & wife Lisa Koppel, and the stunning couple, Jay Anstey & Jonathan Boynton-Lee to name a few.

The color of the day seemed to be white, everyone adorned in beautiful white dresses, slacks, shades (check out Sunglass Hut for the latest range) & Panama hats, however there were others like myself in my colorful Mango maxi dress & gold sandals from Mr P Fashion that added some color to the event 😉 

Awesome afternoon with the girls – cheers!


An afternoon spent with my fabulous girls, drinking bubbly, listening to live music & enjoying the stylish ambiance of the Celebration of Bubbles Festival is most highly recommended, so make sure you get your tickets to the 2016 festival! 

Cheers to seeing you there next year 😉

Thanks again for the treat Glamour Magazine xxx

 

Until next time…Good food, good champagne, good friends…make for the best times!

Nadia