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Jewellery: St-Erasmus Opulent Jewellery Creations

St-Erasmus [South Africa] [Image credit: St-Erasmus] Prior to becoming the jewellery designer name on everyone’s lips when the ever-stylish Michelle Obama was pictured wearing one of his statement necklaces the Begum 2, Pieter Erasmus was well-known within the industry, designing and creating jewellery for leading couture fashion houses such as Givenchy and Alexander McQueen. Pieter Erasmus defines his jewellery as “experimental but ultimately wearable”, creating modern classics that have a very distinctive look. St-Erasmus pieces reflect opulence and majesty and are heirlooms of the future. This is exquisite jewellery not afraid to make a statement; created to make you look and feel fabulous.

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Design: ‘Basket Case’ A showcase of Contemporary Zimbabwean Basketry

The Basket Case Exhibition [Zimbabwe] [Image credit: BBC] I came across a photo-editorial on BBC about an exhibition called ‘The Basket Case’, currently being held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare. The National Gallery is a beautiful space and a place I know well having spent many a time there perusing the latest exhibits and completing assignments. I am glad to see that it is still putting on inspiring exhibits. ‘The Basket Case’ exhibition is all about connecting the past and the present, traditional with contemporary and is based on a project by interior accessories designer, Heath Nash and the traditional basket […]

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Fashion: Christie Brown’s Pretty Feminine Style

Christie Brown [Ghana] [Image credits: myasho] Aisha Obuobi’s dresses are so pretty and feminine, combining traditional prints with silks in a ray of gorgeous colours. The dresses below caught my eye whilst browsing myasho an online e-tailer of African designer clothing. For me these gorgeous frocks capture that feeling of impatience and excitement of when I was a child waiting to get dressed up in my party dress and having everyone tell me how pretty I looked. In a flattering style they are perfect for occasions that demand effortless chic and easily take you from day to night with heels or flats, […]

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Travel: Cultural Fusion in Cape Verde

Mindelo [Cape Verde] [Image credits: www.capeverdeexperience] A small chain of islands of the coast of West Africa make up Cape Verde, considered to be one of Africa’s best-kept secrets and are still relatively untouched, combining a rich mix of African, Portuguese and Brazilian cultures. The diversity of the islands offer some stunning scenery from powdery white beaches and clear waters to lush mountainous vistas. Although it would be tempting to chill out and relax by the beach it is to Mindelo, the capital of the island of São Vicente we focus our attention.

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Beauty: Moya Luxurious African Spa Products

Moya [South Africa] [Image credit: Moya] Meaning soul or wind, Moya is a luxurious range of professional African spa products that advocates the natural approach to healthy living. Moya utilises essential oils and botanicals indigenous to South Africa, particularly harnessing the properties of Fynbos, a plant found mostly in the Western Cape region. The products also include the aromatic and therapeutic essences of Buchu, Zinziba, Cape May, Cape Snowbush, Cape Chamomile, Lanyana and Cape Geranium. [Image credit: Moya] Packaged in distinctive amber, silver and cream; Moya’s therapeutic products include haircare, bath oils, body lotions and washes that the company states contain no mineral oils, […]

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Accessories: Mai Lamore’s Exquisite Footwear

Maï Lamore [Central African Republic] [Image credit: Maï Lamore] Seductive showstoppers that wouldn’t look out of place on a red carpet; these are the creations of Paris-based shoe designer Maï Lamore. Being the shoe lover that I am, I was mesmerised the moment I laid eyes on these exquisite beauties. Not just shoes, but gorgeous works of art that take my breath away and definitely not made for walking as I would be perfectly happy to slip on my feet and stare at them all day long. However as a designer, Maï Lamore works to combine luxury and elegance in a wearable way […]

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Accessories: Bags and Clutches in a Rainbow of Colours

Mar Y Sol [Madagascar] [Image credits: Mar y Sol] Formerly Mad Imports, Mar Y Sol’s stylish bags and clutches bring a smile to my face ticking all the right boxes from mouth-watering colour combinations such as apple, mango, berry and punch to cute unashamedly girly styles that invoke images of summer; making them perfect for leisurely days strolling around town, lunch with the girls… actually any occasion that demands a burst of colour to brighten things up. I was hard-pressed to choose which ones to display, so cast your eyes on these and visit Mar Y Sol’s website for the full collection. A socially […]

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Textiles: Anthropologie African Bedding Inspiration

Anthropologie Bedding [Africa Inspired] [Image credits: Yoruba Quilt, Anthropologie] I am a fan of US-based store Anthropologie, loving its quirky bohemian style with a dusting of romance and was thrilled when they finally opened two stores in London, the first one in October 2009 and then the second earlier this year. Browsing their online store I came across a range of African inspired bedding and interior accessories that they state is drawn from Yoruba and Northern Sotho cultures, although I may be wrong in saying, I feel the fabric inspiration relates more to the Dutch Wax cloth popular in West Africa.

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Travel: Luxury Riad Les Bains de Marrakech

Les Bains de Marrakech [Morocco] [Image credits: Les Bains de Marrakech] Inviting you for an hour, a day or a week, Les Bains de Marrakech is the perfect getaway destination for frazzled city folk in much need of rejuvenating their souls. Rated as one of the best riads in Marrakech, just looking at the images on their website is lulling me into a state of soothing relaxation; perfect conditions for daydreaming… so imagine how much more relaxed you would be emerging from the experience.

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Fashion: Fluid Sensual Silhouettes from Liberian American Designer Korto Momolu

Korto Momolu [Liberia] [Image credits/source: fashionologie] Debut collectionWinning a legion of fans during her stint on Season 5 of Bravo TV’s Project Runway, African fashion designer Korto Momolu certainly is not one to shy away from jewel-toned brights, prints and feminine silhouettes, along with her cultural accents all contributing to a look of effortless elegance. What I especially love about Korto Momolu’s designs are the fluid, sensual dreamy structures of her maxi dresses and her use of vibrant colour palettes inspired by her Liberian heritage.

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Accessories: Made Unique Ethical Jewellery Made in Africa

MU (Made Unique) [Kenya] [Image credits: Stone earrings, Jellyfish Pendant and Statement Choker – MADE] The launch of Kenyan-based ethical jewellery label MADE’s new MU collection introduces a vibrant range of limited edition jewellery pieces made in Africa at their Kenyan workshop. Still following MADE’s ethos of recycling locally found materials such as glass and brass this collection now includes 9ct gold to stunning effect. A significant step up from their much sought after existing collections, MU raises the bar on ethical luxury and is simply gorgeous. For those unfamiliar with the company, MADE is a jewellery label with an ethical message at its […]

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Food &Drink: Divine Chocolate Made with Ghanaian Cocoa

Divine Chocolate [Ghana] [Image credits: Divine Chocolate] Fairtrade packaging has often meant a palette of natural earthy colours and utilising materials like hemp, sisal and handmade paper as a way of giving added credibility to the principles of the product, and whilst there is nothing wrong with this products can end up looking samey-samey when vying for our attention on the store shelf. Eliciting comments like ‘It is refreshing to see a fair trade product packaged as beautifully as this’ (Lovely Package, 2009) and ‘…elegant packaging makes them the perfect gift’ (the Guardian Eco Store), Divine Chocolate made with Ghanaian cocoa is a brand […]

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Travel: Indigo Bay Island Resort And Spa Mozambique

Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa[Mozambique] Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa has been a daydream for a while, albeit an intermittent one – but we are talking over a good number of years, so it’s only right it should be honoured as the first posting. I first came to know Indigo Bay when the design studio I was working with at the time acquired them as a client.

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