Puma Velvet Rope Collection hits stores

PUMA has launched their new Velvet Rope Collection

It’s no secret that I’m a big PUMA fan, and each new collection that comes out impresses me even more! When I saw the Velvet Rope Collection, and the fact that one of our own fierce women Nomzamo Mbatha was part of it, well let’s just say I was blown away! Kylie Jenner is part of this collection again, as well as the New York City Ballet dancers. So as you can imagine, the images online are incredible.

The idea behind the Velvet Rope is that dividing line between the queue and the party. You can choose to wait. Or you can choose to stand out and own the moment with a confidence that radiates and commands. (I vote this option).

I love that the full collection is a mixture of sporty and sleek. You can use it to train in or pair it with some of your existing separates and you’re all good for a night out. (The bodysuit is HOT). I’m loving the olive and copper colours, but there’s also navy and silver if you fancy.

This collection continues on with the awesome “DO YOU” campaign, which encourages women to be confidant in themselves and their ability, and to focus on what you’re doing instead of those around you. I love this so much. It’s high time we all supported each other in our quest to love ourselves more and to back ourselves.

I shot some pictures with Clayton Barker of Barker Design, and we totally rocked the #DoYou theme!

What do you think?

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The Autumn-Winter 2017 Velvet Rope Collection is available now at PUMA stores, sportscene, Totalsports, Edgars, Edgars Active, Sportsmans Warehouse, Takealot, The Crosstrainer, Superbalist, Spree, Zando and selected retailers nationwide.

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So do you have what it takes to #DoYou?

 

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Andy Carrie On

Dear Andy,

 

I just learnt something this week, “The only thing blocking the path, is the path.” I find that so true. The only thing that has stopped me writing this, has been writing this. I know by writing this, it was admitting that it really is real. This really did happen. You really are gone. You aren’t just going to pop your head around the corner. It’s final. This post has been saved in draft since two days after you left us. Sitting, waiting, wanting to be written. I just could not bring myself to do it.

I happened to bump into Meg very randomly today, and I took that as my sign that it’s time now. She squeezed me so tight, it almost felt like an Andy hug. Those hugs must run deep in the genes hey!

It’s been 8 months since the world was brighter. How has it been 8 months already? It feels like the other day when we were praying through the night that you were going to make it. Praying for a miracle to happen, because how could you not have hope? You’re Andy! You break bones skateboarding, you fall off things, you take chances, and you always get back up. I went to bed hoping that would be the same case. Even knowing your condition going to bed that night, I was still in complete shock when we got the final message the next day. How? It’s Andy.

There was almost a dark cloud of sadness over Durban from that day. It felt like sadness everywhere, as if everyone felt the same way. You couldn’t go anywhere without people talking about you. People that didn’t even know you were talking about you, asking about you and remarking how you sounded like the most incredible person. They were right. Of course you were. You gave so much of yourself to everyone. The loss within us is all so vast. I feel like everyone is less bright, less sparkly and less of themselves without you. You brought so much of everyone out of themselves. You had that ability.

 

The community has lost one of the best. One of the best people, best friend, best photographer and videographer. You had just started vlogging and we were all in awe of how good you were. Whatever you would try you just nailed it. Seeing the world through your eyes was almost better than you going and experiencing it yourself, because how could you ever capture it as well or do it as much justice? Your creative eye was incomparable. I find myself constantly going back to your Instagram and even trying to look for your snapchats. It was such a big part of daily life. Wake up, make tea, load your snapchat with a handful of local favourites and watch the adventures of Andy Carrie. Obviously I never told you that before because you would’ve enjoyed knowing that WAY too much. I still remember the day I met you. There was this ADD 18 year old at my parent’s house. So full of life, vibrant and would not stop talking. Oh ADD Andy. You were always hanging around Bruce and the boys, aka at our house after a surf where you could refuel. You guys could EAT! You were always parking my car in or in my spot when I came home. I secretly think you did it on purpose… Little brother tendencies. Those boys all loved you and really really miss you.

 

I can tell you that it’s not the same being at an event without you there. I miss that light in your eyes that was a mix of passion and mischief. We loved the mischief! Remember that last event in November that we went to together? Part of me wonders if you knew something was up. It wasn’t often that we made plans to meet and go together, but that Gateway event we did. Looking back, having that time together beforehand just sitting and chatting and laughing, really set the tone for the night. I still have our snapchat videos from the event. Oh my word we made the worst face swap in history! How is that even possible? Poor Homaira, having to scold us like a teacher. We really did have the best mischievous night. I loved it. I still have the whatsapps from that night, and I haven’t been able to clear them yet. Thank you, for spending that night with me and really being with me that night. We were inseparable and that was so different to most events where we are all always moving around and catching up with everyone. I really needed that and maybe you knew that, because that was your way. You somehow knew when someone needed something without them even knowing. Again, one of your many many talents.

 

I’ve never seen someone so loved on social media as I have with all of these tributes that came in. It eases the pain a little knowing just how many lives you touched. But dude, I couldn’t go on Facebook, at any time of the day, without there being a post about you. Seriously, I have never seen anything like that in my life, even when celebrities have passed on. It was insane and incredible and so well deserved. You were an enigma. A shooting star. You were really a planet all on its own. You loved with your whole heart. You laughed with your whole gut. You gave everything with your passion. You were basically like the squirrel in ice age getting the nut. You just won’t stop. Ever.

 

Thank you for the memories. Thank you for the friendship. Thank you for the love. Thank you for singing at my wedding! That is a memory that I have in my heart. We all miss seeing your crazy socks, which New Balance you’re wearing today, watching your epic snapchat and Instagram stories, and all of your stories in person. “You’ll never believe what happened!” But we always would. Sadly this time too. I hope you’re happy, I hope you’re at peace, and I hope you’re smiling down at us all as we try to live more like you. I’m so glad knowing that the last thing I told you, was how talented you were. I needed you to know that. Ps. Thanks for “making” me do the Big Rush swing. I bet you were laughing it up! Glad I got to #LiveLikeAndy for an hour. I know you would be proud.

 

Goodbye my creeper, you are missed more than ever.

 

Andy Carrie

 

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National Alpaca Day

National Alpaca Day is a thing, in case you didn’t know.

I didn’t know, even though I am obsessed with them. But as soon as I found out, I decided that this was the perfect opportunity to see one in real life! I spotted a Facebook event by Serena Alpaca to come to their farm in the Midlands. Road trip to the Midlands for a day? If I have to…

Well! it was more than I could have imagined. Just as we drove in I started getting giddy as we saw the first lot in their fenced off area. They are the cutest things I have ever seen! It was already the best day ever, I had decided. Realising that there was definitely more to this farm than just the welcoming committee we thought we should go explore more.

We drove up to the main farm, reluctantly, but oh my gosh this was even better! We got to go in the actual pen and feed them, what an experience! We stayed for over an hour, maybe more, because I just couldn’t get enough of them.

 

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You know I had to get out to do a #JaneJump!

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IS THIS REAL LIFE?!!

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Alpaca selfie!! I actually couldn’t stop or be held back at this stage.

 

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IT’S A FIELD OF ALPACA!!

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We obviously needed to calm down after that. But we I mean me, I needed to calm down. We headed to Rawdon’s for their Sunday roast! It was soon good!

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I was giddy all the way home. Actually for a few days I was beyond obsessed and recruiting everyone to the I LOVE ALPACAS club. They are just the cutest and I want one!

 

Have you seen one in real life? Are you obsessed like me? They are just magical don’t you think?

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Granny Mouse

Granny Mouse, what an amazing country house

Granny Mouse Country House is a name that most people in Durban know. For me, hearing that name created images of fire places, hot chocolate, fluffy blankets and cute thatched cottages. Basically what I had seen in photos online, is what you get in person.

It was way better than I could have imagined.

This trip came at the perfect time, I was going through the biggest loss of my life to date, my precious Queen Joan (my granny) had passed away a few days before. I contemplated not going, but then I thought if you’re going to be sad somewhere, it might as well be at gorgeous Granny Mouse. It also helped having Cath with me to keep me laughing and my mind busy. She helped, A LOT!

From the moment we arrived we were treated as family. For me, that’s such a new feeling when staying somewhere, because usually you’re just a number. At Granny Mouse, you’re part of their family, as they welcome you home.

I was a bit worried going in Winter, to the Midlands, because I know how cold it gets. So I really packed all of the warm clothes I have, but, I didn’t need them when we were in our beautiful suite! There was the most perfect fireplace, as well as electric blankets on the bed. To say we were warm would be an understatement! It was so nice and toasty.

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The view from our room was amazing. I claimed a reading corner very quickly! This can also double up as kiddie beds, or as we like to say, it’s Delia sized. (She is our tiny friend who we tried to convince to drive up spontaneously).

Everything in the room has the most amazing attention to details. I am somewhat of a bath hog, so to see the amount of bath oil, bath salts and bubble bath made my visions of a giant Sunset bath that much more real.

 

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After settling into our room we headed to our spa appointment! Present Jane was loving past Jane for once again being brilliant in guessing what future Jane would want. It really is a gift.

On our way to the spa, we decided we HAD to take some selfies at their epic selfie frame! I mean, they’ve gone to so much trouble, it would be rude not to. I would like to tell you about the photos Cath took without her glasses on, but I can’t because she would kill me.

But look how fun these ones are! I had to do a #JaneJump of course.

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Everything about these grounds just screams magical. Walking around you feel like you’re somewhere else completely, but at the same time you have that warmth that only home can bring. We had an amazing time at the spa, and we had a little look inside the chapel. I can see why this is such a sought after wedding venue! I even caught Cath in the act of getting the perfect shot 😉

We were treated to the most incredible dinner experience. Wow. A private 3 course dinner in the wine cellar! When they said the cellar, I thought it was the name of the restaurant. Nope, the literal wine cellar. Just the two of us! It was such an amazing experience, honestly. The food was incredible! I have not eaten like that ever. The dessert! I would go back just for the dessert it was ridiculous.

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After dinner we moved to the lounge area to sit by the fire and just be. With everything that I was going through this time was just so perfect. We chatted, we instagram storied, we laughed. Perfection.

We went back to our room, made a fire, got into our onesies and had some tea! What an epic girls night.

Waking up to that view was like a dream. We made some tea and headed outside for morning tea on the deck.

It was a bit cold that day so we bundled up and headed to breakfast. After breakfast we decided to do the short river trail walk. It was short enough to enjoy but long enough to feel like you’ve done something. You can do the longer version, but we weren’t feeling too adventurous that day.

We just loved our time at Granny Mouse and this room is definitely on our list of favourite spaces! I know I will definitely be back.

Granny Mouse isn’t just a good looking gal, she has accomplished some pretty big things in her life.

The Eaves restaurant was chosen in the Eat Out Top 500 restaurants in South Africa for the third time as well as being voted the winner of Service Excellence- KwaZulu-Natal- South Africa in The Luxury Travel Guide Awards (Africa & Middle East Awards 2017).

Among other awards, they have won Best Luxury Accommodation & Spa Resort in KZN as well as the Hospitality Manager of the Year 2017 for KZN in the Sub-Saharan Enterprise Awards 2017.

Who wouldn’t want to stay somewhere that has won those accolades? I can tell you they’re all well deserved.

Thank you to Granny Mouse for being so accommodating and having such a family vibe towards everyone who visits. It is so refreshing to feel like one of the family!

You can find Granny Mouse on Instagram, twitter and Facebook.

To book your visit go to the Granny Mouse Website.

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Love Local – Joe Blikzem

I came across the awesome brand Joe Blikzem, because one of my friends Jodie was wearing it a lot in her photos, and I was pretty curious. I vaguely remember the name from a few years back, but wasn’t sure. So it turns out that my old Crossfit coach has now taken over the brand and I am so stoked for him! I was so impressed with the product that I hopped on immediately and bought some vests! I’m a vest girl, not a fan of sleeves, so I got some of the men’s vests as well and they are SO comfy! I was super impressed with the service, I ordered late afternoon and they were at my door the following afternoon! The quality is awesome, the pricing is brilliant and the service is efficient! I am also obsessed with their tagline: Vat nie kak nie! Let’s have a chat with Jason Donnison about this epic brand!

 

Tell us a bit about your background in Durban?
I’ve lived in Durban for most of my life and I love it. For the past few years I’ve been involved in the fitness industry and it’s still something I’m really passionate about but I needed to try my hand at something different.

 

When did you start your brand?
I didn’t actually start the brand. It started in about 2010 and was really popular. For the last 12-18 months it’s been off the scene but we’re bringing it BACK!

 

Tell us about your brand
Joe Blikzem is a clothing brand with a bit of attitude. Every item has a story and the brand has a ‘personality’. We’re a brand that likes to stand out and as the tag line suggests, “Vat Nie Kak Nie!” (VNKN). There’s a bit of Joe Blikzem in every South African.

 

What is your favourite thing about your brand?
It is so South African! Everything is locally made, so its for South Africans, by South Africans. Most of our items have a very local theme because we love this country and try to celebrate it as much as possible, in our own Joe Blikzem way 😉

 

What would you like people to know about your brand?
Firstly that it’s BACK!

Secondly, how versatile our garments are. Everything is great as ‘everyday wear’ but something that people have commented on is how comfortable it is to exercise in. It’s an idea that we’re thinking about as we plan new ranges going forward so watch this space.

 

What do you love about living and working in Durban?
Durban is such an exciting city and so much opportunity has emerged over the last few years. There used to be this idea that there wasn’t much opportunity here and you had to go to other parts of the country for a real chance. I think that’s changed recently and there’s so much going on here nowadays.

 

How can people support you?
We have an online shop at www.joeblikzem.co.za and people can buy straight from there. They can also check out our Facebook and instagram pages. We’re always out and about in Durban so you can check what we’re up to from there and come and say howzit.

 

Where can they stalk you on social media?
Facebook – Joe Blikzem Clothing Co.

Instagram – @joeblikzem

Shop online: www.joeblikzem.co.za

Email: jason@joeblikzem.co.za

 

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