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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Joe Bliksem

Joe Bliksem

Joe Bliksem

Joe Bliksem

Joe Bliksem

 

Here are my favs that I have bought so far:

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Forever Fierce with Puma

I recently did a shoot with Mister Smith while I was in Dubai, and the theme was FOREVER FIERCE with Puma.

I was lucky enough to be dressed by PUMA in their incredible new Swan Pack range.

I love the whole message that PUMA is portraying of #DoYou.

It is so important to be you and follow through with whatever that means to you. I think these days we often find ourselves worrying what other people think of us, instead of following our hearts and what makes us happy.

Stop worrying about the person next to you on the treadmill, focus on your own workout.
Stop worrying about how you measure up to them physically.
Stop worrying about how much more money your friend has.
Stop worrying about the Instagram model you follow.

Worry about you.

Do You.

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If I was worried about what people thought, I wouldn’t have done a shoot. I wouldn’t have dyed my hair purple. I wouldn’t do a lot of things. But, we need to stay true to ourselves in everything that we do. We need to remember that hashtag and take it with us every day!

To follow Mister Smith and his incredible work you should follow him on Instagram and stalk him on Facebook.

Check out his new website as well and be sure to contact him for any work you need done!

 

The PUMA Swan Pack is available in store now! You need to be quick as it is selling out as fast as you can imagine. To find your closest store visit their website.

Follow PUMA on Instagram and visit their Facebook page as well.

 

What do you think of my FIERCE look?

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Love Local – So Whipped

We Love Local, and we support local so we thought we would share some of our favourite local Durban people and products!

 

Today we are sharing a local gem, So Whipped. We chatted to owner Candice Courtney about her delicious business.

 

Tell us a bit about your background in Durban
Durban born and bred babeeee!!! I love my city, love the people! Grew up in Durban North but Durban is so ‘small’ or people are very friendly so you get to know a lot of people from all over Durban. Its the best place in the world!

 

When did you start your business/craft/brand?
I started So whipped in 2009 in my home baking for friends, it soon grew and we were asked to open at Gateway.

 

Tell us about your business/craft/brand
We are a local, small business, artisan bakery & cafe. We specialize in baked goods, desserts, fantastic coffee, wedding cakes & The home of the WOAHNUT! We try our best to be responsible with regards to the environment & be socially responsible as well. Our Cafe design is 95% made up of recycled, reclaimed, reused, or green. The only things we couldn’t reclaim was our signage and our water tap.

We do our best to train up previously disadvantaged staff by growing them through the business. i.e. we will hire an unskilled person who has a std 7 pass, they first become cleaners, then they work their was through the ranks and are trained to bake, make coffee, do stocktake etc etc.

 

What is your favourite thing about your business/craft/brand?
I LOVE people!!! Also being able to be creative with flavors and design.

 

What would you like people to know about your business/craft/brand?
We make flipping awesome coffee & cake.

 

What do you love about living and working in Durban?
The beach, the people, my family & the culture.

 

How can people support you? 
They can share this post, follow us on social media and come visit us at our Gateway Store.

 

Where can they stalk you on social media?
They can have a stalk here:
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
www.SoWhipped.co.za

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 Have you been to So Whipped yet? What is your favourite item? (Their cronut is AMAZING)
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Mermaids in Dubai

I am currently in Dubai and I’m living my best active life, as usual. What is making it even more active, is this set of the new Mermaids and Unicorns active range!

The lovely Mermicorns gifted me this amazing crop top and legging set and it is SO comfy. I was going to say that it is so cute, but I thought that was shallow and I should lead with something with more substance 😉

But really how well does it match my hair?

This crop top is so comfortable, so cute and it gives you the support you need. It isn’t too low cut (which I have found with so many brands) and it nice having a matching set!

Also this view, can we talk about this view? I am so lucky to be staying at such a beautiful hotel. This is the Sofitel Downtown, and it is exquisite. I plan to lay by the pool for a few hours this week, that is for sure!

Mermaids and Unicorns in Dubai

Mermaids and Unicorns in Dubai

Mermaids and Unicorns in Dubai

Mermaids and Unicorns in Dubai

Mermaids and Unicorns in Dubai

Mermaids and Unicorns in Dubai

Mermaids and Unicorns in Dubai

These haven’t launched yet (lucky me I know), but keep your eyes on their Facebook Page to see when they drop!

If you haven’t visited their website yet, you really should! These will be under MU Active, and the other fun leggings I wear daily are under Leggings.

 

What do you think of the colours I chose?

 

With love from Dubai

xoxo

 

Follow me on Instagram to watch my instagram stories every day in Dubai!

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New Year New Studio

New Year is all about new beginnings and a fresh start. Everyone is so worried about new year, new me and I’m over here having a new studio rather!

I knew last year I wanted a change to the white wall on the one side of my studio, but I didn’t know what. I was following Shaun Oakley on instagram, aka Damn Vandal, and always loved his work! After seeing some of his latest projects I decided to email him and get a quote! I knew I wanted a floral design and set off finding the perfect one.

The rest is history! I am so so so happy with how it came out and it just makes the space so much happier. Even my clients now train facing the wall! They all love it 🙂

Check out the before and after below!

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Plain white and boring!

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Definitely needed a boost!

 

 

Graffiti

That door though!

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Check out the time-lapse of him starting the mural:

What do you think? Do you love it as much as I do?

xxx

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