Love Local – Matt Gardiner

Matt Gardiner is a Durban singer and musician and we thought it was time we all got to know him better!

Tell us a bit about your background in Durban

I have lived in KZN for all but one year of my life. In that year I lived in Pretoria, where I studied Civil Engineering. I only did that for my first year at varsity, because halfway through I wondered what on earth I was doing pursuing something that wasn’t even a dream of mine. That’s when I left to study and play music full time. KZN is such an amazing place to play, and the people here are amazing to play for. I always feel so welcome wherever I go, and I want to have a role in making KZN one of the big music hubs in the country.


When did you start your business/craft/brand?

I started singing when I was about 5. It started as singing along to CD’s in the car, and it progressed to being in choirs, then to karaoke, and finally to actually performing by the time I was in grade 9 in 2011. My first ever gig was actually getting the chance to open up for South African legends, Prime Circle. Walking onto that stage was the moment I realised what I was supposed to do for the rest of my life.


Tell us about your business/craft/brand

I am a one-man-band of sorts with a few different tricks up my sleeve. I use my guitar and voice, along with a looping pedal as well as a kick drum to create a really cool, vibey performance. I play a lot of my own songs and I am ridiculously excited to release my first song and see where this amazing path takes me.


What is your favourite thing about your business/craft/brand?

Yoh, there are so many things I love about being a musician. If I had to pick one, it would have to be that at almost every show I play, people tell me that they felt something while listening to my music. To me that’s the most amazing thing about this, the fact that it’s really not about me, but it’s about every single person who is there listening.


What would you like people to know about your business/craft/brand?

I want people to know that I want to leave my mark on the industry, as well as show people my love for music through what I do. I also want everybody to know that their support of me means more than the world to me, because without them, there is no way I would be where I am today. They’re the reason I get to live out my dream.


What do you love about living and working in Durban?

Definitely the people. The people who come and listen, as well as the other musicians in and around Durban and KZN. They’re just the most amazing people to work with, because we all support each other, and we’re all pretty much family.


How can people support you?

People can support me by doing exactly what they’re doing now. Just by being there and being a part of my musical journey. There’s a song of mine “Sea of faces”, that I’d love people to download and share it with everyone they know. I also have some really cool shirts for sale that my manager Spencer organised for me.


Where can they stalk you on social media?

My Facebook page is just called Matt Gardiner, and my Instagram handle is @matt.s.gardiner

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Red Bull girls day out

Red Bull treated some of us Durban girls to a fitness morning down by the beach. What a cracker of a day!

We started off with yoga on the beach with SurfSup Yoga, followed by SUP’ing on the Ushaka canals and then breakfast at Surf Rider’s. All in all it was an amazing, active morning which I obviously loved!

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So zen and in the moment!

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Taking pics of my beautiful girl Nadia!

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Squad goals!

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What fun! I feel like a natural

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Nadia and I decided to jog back!

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But we had to stop for some selfies… obvs

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Thanks Red Bull for an awesome morning out!

You can find them on Instagram and Facebook.

Pics by the talented Samora Chapman


Christmas Gifting

Christmas time is upon us, again, can you believe it? I feel like this year has raced past us! I’m sure most of you haven’t even started shopping yet, I for one shop throughout the year and can confidently say I have wrapped up all my presents and I am ready to go! I have a thing for Christmas and get a tad excited, if you couldn’t tell.

I thought I would give you some unique ideas for brands that I love using and personally know, so you can feel better knowing you are supporting a fab small business that really appreciates its customers.


Bare Naturals

This mother-daughter duo create amazing organic, handmade skincare that is not only incredibly good for you, but it is really affordable too! I love this little starter kit (R250) because it is the perfect travel size, but also your person can try it out and see if it’s the right product for them without committing to a few months of products. The cleanser is my all time fav! They also have male grooming kits with beard oil which is the perfect Christmas gift for the man in your life, as well as baby products for those baby shower gifts you need. I can also vouch for the clear roller, as I use it every day as well.

Find them on Facebook and shop their website.



Christy-Anne Jewellery

Christy has been making my jewellery for a few years now. She made my new ring from my gran’s wedding band, and right this minute she is making me another special ring with the remaining gold from my gran. I love my special pieces because she puts so much love and care into making them.

You can shop her amazing collection of ready made pieces on her website right now. I love these ear crawlers and have the exact same pair! She has rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and so many pieces that would make the perfect Christmas gift for someone special in your life.

Find her on Facebook and shop her website.



Melissa Mitchell Photography

Melissa takes the most gorgeous photos of newborns and families! I constantly find myself scrolling through her Facebook feed at the incredible moments of Joy that she has captured. She always manages to get those special candid moments every time. She also shot amazing photos of me and some goats, yes goats. (See those here)

She has an amazing special at the moment, that would make an incredible Christmas gift! Hurry because she only has one or two spots left.

Find her on Facebook and visit her website.



Mermaids and Unicorns

Well who wouldn’t want to be a Mermaid or a Unicorn? If you have seen any photos of me in leggings, it is an 80% chance they were Mermaids&Unicorns! I own the most pairs of them with 20% of my other leggings being Puma. I love their quirky designs, the smooth feel of the material and the amazing fit. They have also brought out limited amounts of kiddie leggings! Look how adorable they are? I think they are a fab gift, and they also have gift vouchers available on their website too.

Visit their Facebook and shop their website.

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Eco Gem Gem

Gemma makes the most incredible Vegan-Friendly products. She makes bags that look like leather, but are animal friendly. She also makes amazing tops, caps, veggie bags and other environmentally friendly products that we all should own. I love her mix of fabrics and the designs she creates. She hand makes these bags, and even with that fact I find her pricing is so reasonable.

Visit her Facebook page and Instagram for some amazing products.



It’s a Bling Thing

I can’t not mention my own brands in here! I make these awesome clutch bags that double as an iPad clutch! Who doesn’t want a dual purpose item? They’re going for R200-250 online and there are some Proudly South African designs, as well as some florals and other commercial designs. The Koo makes me so nostalgic!

You can find these on Facebook and shop them online.





We also have awesome phone covers! They are all on sale now so if you want to get your mom a new cover that won’t cost an arm and a leg, head over here


We also have THE cutest baby and toddler clothes that you need! Have a look online here!


There you have it! A little something for everyone, shopping and supporting local and lovely small businesses.


If you have any questions just pop me an email or visit those lovely pages and they’ll be more than happy to chat.


Happy shopping



Find me on Instagram and Facebook


You’ve GOAT to be kidding me

When Mermaids and Unicorns brought out their Goatchella leggings I knew I had to have them! Who doesn’t love a goat?

I also knew I had to have photos IN them with a GOAT! So me being me, I made it happen. I roped in my friend Melissa of Melissa Mitchell Photography and off we went to play with some goats!

It was one of the best days of my life. Obviously.


The moment when it puts its head on your chest to cuddle you


I’ll just do my own goat yoga!

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Usually I would worry about the fact that I don’t have a full face of makeup, or that my arms aren’t in Summer shape yet, or the rolls when I was sitting down, but I am having the BEST time with these little creatures and I don’t even care about that stuff! Isn’t that how it should be?

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As you can see, I am living my BEST life and honestly I was giddy the whole way through!


You can find Mermaids and Unicorns on Instagram and Facebook.

Go find these leggings on their website


Go check out Melissa’s work on Instagram and Facebook.

Go visit her website for her packages and other work (Hello Christmas gifts!)


Find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!


Love Local – Mermaids and Unicorns

I first heard about Mermaids and Unicorns from a client of mine, who designs for them and she gave me a sneak peek. Let’s just say, I was obsessed and it was love at first sight! I proceeded to buy over 24 pairs in their first year, to the point where everyone thought I was involved in the brand because I wore them so often. Cherine obviously saw my obsession love of her brand and a few months ago she made me an ambassador. I love this brand so much, and I love that it’s proudly Durban!


Tell us a bit about your background in Durban?
I am a home grown Durbanite, born and bred and never been led far from it.

When did you start your brand?
The idea popped into my head about 5yrs ago, but only launched in November 2015.

Tell us about your brand
We are mermaid lovers, unicorn treasurers and spandex dreamers. We aim to combine all three to make fellow lovers of all these amazing things, feel beautiful, look amazing and freaking comfortable too.

What is your favourite thing about your brand?
Ah my favourite thing is creating the designs for the garments. I mean who doesn’t want to live out their dreams of creating MerKittys and Llamacorns?!

What would you like people to know about your brand?
My business is completely home grown, no cheap imports here. Each piece is designed, printed and manufactured right here in Durbs!

What do you love about living and working in Durban?
The Hot Hot Sun, the Beautiful beaches and the active lifestyle.

How can people support you? 
By buying my product online at

Where can they stalk you on social media?
Instagram: @_mermaidsandunicorns_

Facebook: @MUmermaidsandunicorns