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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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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Here are my favs that I have bought so far:

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LIV Village

LIV Village is found in the heart of Durban, and they are the most incredible organisation.

I had never been to LIV Village and I am so glad that I did! It is such a special place, and the children are so amazing I have asked to be more involved in the future. I believe everyone should go visit and see the amazing work that they do there.

We recently collected Easter eggs at our Easter Secret Sunrise and our fabulous Secret Sunrise family came through! We were able to donate to two baby homes as well as to LIV village. We also donated pre-owned running shoes from my Shoeperstars campaign and the kiddies were so excited! LIV village creates a safe home for 181 children right now. They pair children with a mom in their own home and together with 3-5 other children, they become a new family. The facilities they have are amazing. There is a clinic with a doctor, a dentist, a psychologist and an occupational therapist. They eat really healthy nutritious food, so their illness rate is drastically reduced as well. They have a school that ranges from Grade R to Grade 11, with the Grade 11’s becoming the first Matric class next year. They have started giving jobs to those in the communities surrounding the village, and have taught these people amazing skills. There’s a factory where they sew products, a welding school, agriculture where they farm veggies and moringa, LIV labels, LIV flowers, LIV culinary school and they are part of LIV cleaning as well! Sadly, recently, other members of the surrounding communities rioted and protested outside LIV wanting jobs. They caused enormous damage which is going to set back the village in their efforts to create more jobs for the community. It costs roughly R2 million a month to run this amazing facility, and if you’re like me, you’ve probably thought twice about donating because you have the misconception that they’re so well supported because they’re always on social media with sports stars etc. Only after I visited and spoke to Caitlyn about it did she bring it up that a lot of people think that, but their costs are so high.

 

They’re currently launching a £1 campaign where they’re asking people to donate £1 a month. That’s R20, the cost of a cappuccino. Doable right? I’m committing to donate R20 a month this year and I’m challenging you as well! If we can get 1 million people around the world to donate £1 a month, that would be their target and they can take in even more vulnerable children!

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My whole feeling from being at LIV is that it is such a happy place! The kids are growing up in an incredible environment and to see how many kids are being helped is just heart warming.

If you’d like to shop online and buy their products check out their website here. I have had the coffee and it is really good! They also have amazing woven rugs in their store at LIV so pop in and support them sometime and grab a coffee at their coffee shop too!

 

If you would like to use zapper to donate anything from R20 towards helping them rebuild or support the kids then scan this code. You can also use zapper to donate monthly if you like!

If you’re more old school and prefer eft or online payments then you can donate here.

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If you would like to donate anything to LIV for the rebuilding please feel free to use this Zapper code.

 

Have you been to LIV Village before?

I hope you’ll join me when we do our special Mandela Day Secret Sunrise event. We have launched the event on Facebook and you can find all the details here

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