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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 jane@gijane.co.za or visit those lovely pages and they’ll be more than happy to chat.

 

Happy shopping

xxx

 

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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.

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

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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!)

 

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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 www.mermaids-unicorns.com

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

Facebook: @MUmermaidsandunicorns

Online: www.mermaids-unicorns.com

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Love Local – Monsoon Wellness

Monsoon Wellness opens in Westville and the Upper Highway rejoices!

I met Charlize through Secret Sunrise as one of our amazing instructors! She is a ball of energy and I love that she is so real. She is a joy to be around and I couldn’t be happier that she has opened her own studio, Monsoon Wellness, in Westville for the Upper Highway folks!

 

Tell us a bit about your background in Durban? 
I grew up in Durban and left just after school. I lived in a couple of South African cities and spent a few years in Thailand and Singapore before returning to Durban. I have to admit I found the return difficult and took me awhile to get into the culture here, but once I found my groove I remembered all the lovely things Durban has to offer.

 

When did you start your business?
I started practising yoga in Thailand in 2009 and got my YTT the same year. I added Pilates to the mix in 2011 while living in Jozi. Massage was a natural progression and I completed my Sports Massage training in Durban in 2015.

 

Tell us about your business
I offer several styles of yoga, Pilates and massage from my bespoke studio Monsoon Wellness in Westville. I have both group and private classes.

I offer the following classes:
Vinyasa Yoga
Candlelight Yin Yoga
Mom and Baby Yoga
Preggy Yoga
Kids Yoga
New York Pilates
Retreats
Workshops

 

What is your favourite thing about your business?
My favourite part of Monsoon Wellness has to be the 4 times a year retreats, and monthly workshops. Retreats and workshops are a lovely way to immerse yourself in your practise and really allow one the opportunity to focus. I can really research a particular subject and grow my own knowledge while teaching clients something new too.

 

What would you like people to know about your business?
I offer personal service. I know every one of my clients names, histories and goals. I can tell when you have had a rough day and try to adjust my classes to suit your individual needs. I take my teaching seriously, I constantly study and attend workshops to ensure that I am at the top of my game.

 

What do you love about living and working in Durban?
I love how easy life is in Durban. People are very quick to smile and are always looking for happiness in life. The constant sunshine makes outdoor living possible and I try to take my classes outside as much as possible. Fresh air, sunshine and happy faces are my experience of Durban.

 

How can people support you? 
Join one of my regular studio classes in Westville (schedule is here).

Join a retreat (next one is in  November in the Berg).

Come to a Workshop (Moms and Babes and Backbends coming up in November).

Book a massage (Holistic, Sports, experience).

Everything I offer can be found at www.monsoonwellness.co.za

 

Where can they stalk you on social media?
Facebook
Instagram

 

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My Workspace Wishlist with Superbalist

It’s Spring so I decided to look to Superbalist for some workspace inspiration.

My desk was looking a little sad, so when Superbalist asked me to put together my workspace wishlist I chose items that would inspire me to be creative again. Spring brings with it a need to declutter and I’m in that mode right now!

I popped over to Superbalist and put together my Workspace Wishlist. If you have been following my journey, you know my office is still a work in progress and I add to it weekly. I spent most of my time ogling the Desks & Tables category, as well as the Gifting & Stationery goodies because they are so darn cute!

 

So here are some delicious new decor items I’m springing (LOL) for:

 

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I am loving the shades of this Ringo Ringbinder set of 3, because we all know I am being more efficient with my tax now, so I definitely need these to house my many slips. (If they’re cute I’ll be more inclined to use them, right?)

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Ok we all know that we can’t let our phone battery die, so why not have this beautiful charger on my desk to keep me online?

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I LOVE these Tropical Push Pins. I have three pin boards in my office and I think they told me they need some Summer fun!

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I just LOVE how chic this chair is! I have been using cubes to sit on, so I think it’s time to have some back support while being uber cute too.

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I live for notebooks, and I think this will actually force me to cross those items off my long To Do list!

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FUN FACT: I collect erasers. These fit that bill! I love quirky ones and when my dad used to travel when I was young, that is what I asked for. So these are coming to live on my desk.

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These tables are so cute! I love the style, and the colour. I also love that there are two! I can either put both in my office, or I can put one in the house as well.

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This is where I’m torn. I love the previous tables AND these! I don’t know how I’m going to choose, but I’m thinking I will measure which will suit my office better and go with that one, because how else will I choose? They are both BEAUTIFUL!

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I have a thing for florals, and photos. This is the perfect desk topper because I can combine both of those in one! I am so happy right now, the accessories nerd in me is giddy.

 

 

Are you in need of a little desk refresh? I think it is definitely the time to do it, because we are all getting to the stage of needing a little pep up before the end of year, and this is the perfect way to do it!

Superbalist has a promo for first-time buyers where you get R250 off your first order! If you’re on apple then download the Superbalist app here!

If you’re on android then download the Superbalist app here!

 

 

They’re also having a sale at the moment, so if you’re in the mood for making your own Workspace Wishlist, then your timing is perfect!

 

 

Watch my social media for my desk makeover coming soon ❤️

Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

 

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