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Lifestyle: Shumba Inc Hand Felted Products Made In Zimbabwe

Shumba Inc [Zimbabwe] [Image credit: Kissing Couple Card – Shumba Inc] No words are necessary with this sentimental card that captures the spirit of love. Using felt, the card is handcrafted by Harare based company Shumba Inc, whose cute and quirky products I have featured before here. Additional details:For further information about Shumba Inc and to order visit: www.shumbainc.com

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Lifestyle: Miller Harris Collaboration With Le Touessrok Resort

Miller Harris/Le Touessrok [Mauritius] [Image source: Miller Harris Cardamon Sucre Candle – Red Online] In search of some sun and relaxation and a break is out of reach at the minute then let a limited edition Miller Harris’ candle bring that holiday feeling to you. Inspired by the landscape and local spices of Mauritius, perfumer Lyn Harris of luxury British company Miller Harris has teamed up with Le Touessrok, one of Mauritius’ most elegant resorts, to create a fragrance and scented candle, entitled ‘Cardamon Sucre’.

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Lifestyle: Luxury Handcrafted Paper Notebooks

Lovely Notebooks [Africa Inspired] [Image credits: top and bottom left, Africa Range; bottom right, Signature Range – Lovely Notebooks] Looking to record thoughts and goals for the year ahead, for me the fresh pages of a brand new notebook always have the effect of optimism and promise, I can hardly wait to get stuck in, and this is the time of year when I inevitably end up accumulating an assortment of journals, diaries and notebooks from usually from gifts and giveaways. Stationery tends to be so visually stimulating that with so many designs to choose from it becomes tempting to […]

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Lifestyle: Photographer Mario Gerth African Portraits Collection

Mario Gerth – African Portraits [Africa Inspired]      It goes without saying that artists and photographers alike have always been fascinated by the human form, and I often wonder about the nameless faces captured by the camera and displayed for the world to see. I must admit it sometimes unsettles me slightly, wondering do they know they will be on some form of display, their likeness forever preserved in the pages of a book or as a mounted image hung on the wall. My mind is full of questions… who are they, what are their day to day lives […]

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Lifestyle: Freshly Found Vintage Paper Inspired Christmas Decor

Freshly Found [South Africa] For a quirkier, vintage-inspired look and feel to your Christmas décor then Freshly Found has some inspired decorations. Inspired by a love of vintage and the Japanese traditional craft of origami, the vintage paper is sourced through the recycling of books made by local crafters and folded to make items like Christmas trees, baubles and hearts. I adore the heart made with vintage jigsaw puzzle pieces, very playful, taking me back to my childhood. The Christmas tree is made from folded book pages mounted onto wire to give it a three-tiered structure and comes with two pom-pom garlands […]

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Lifestyle: Novica Artisans Christmas Tree Decorations Made in Ghana

Novica Artisans – Victor Yao Delanyo / Francis Agbete [Ghana] [Image credits: top, Celebration Masks; bottom, Festive Masks – Victor Yao Delanyo/NOVICA] December’s here and outcome the trees and decorations. My sister and her kids put their’s up yesterday; a luxurious black tree draped with tinsel and baubles in various gold, brandy, and bronze tones that pick up and reflect her muted sidelights; bringing a warm glow to her living room. If you are looking for some inspiration for your tree this season, I found these miniature hand-carved West African masks and figurines on the artisan marketplace, NOVICA. Made in Ghana, […]

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Lifestyle: Lanvin Dolls In Collaboration with Dessine L’Espoir 

Lanvin / Dessine L’Espoir [Eswatini / Swaziland] Lanvin, acknowledged as the longest-running couture fashion house, recently launched its first-ever girls wear collection, called ‘Lanvin Petite’ and to mark the occasion has commissioned a set of four very chic soft dolls. Designed by Elber Albaz, Lanvin’s celebrated Creative Director, the beautifully hand-embroidered and hand-stitched limited edition dolls were produced by a community of women in Swaziland and will be on sale from November. Lanvin, a fashion house with a rich heritage teamed up with charity Dessine L’Espoir (also known as Designing Hope) to create the pretty little dolls which are dressed in miniature versions of […]

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Lifestyle: Baobab Collection Luxury Candles Inspired by Africa

Baobab Collection [Africa Inspired] What an unexpectedly busy week it’s turned out to be; and as it draws to a close the soft glow of a candle filling the air with a soothing scent can be the perfect way to lull yourself into a blissful state of relaxation… such an indulgence, for setting the mood and the thought that came to mind when I came across the Baobab Collection, a luxury collection of colourful candles and home fragrances inspired by Africa. Created in 2002, The Baobab Collection found its inspiration amidst the magnificent landscapes of Tanzania where founder, Valérie Bietlot was inspired […]

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Beauty: Frazer Parfum Engaging the Senses

Frazer Parfum [South Africa] [Image credit: Frazer Parfume] Shrouded in mystery and intrigue; the art of perfumery has to be an incredibly personal process as the perfume maker chooses and blends the scents that essentially please their nose, but at the same time requiring an element of commercial appeal. Frazer Parfum is a niche perfume house based in Cape Town, South Africa; the scents produced are in essence a fragrant ode to the owner and parfumer Tammy Frazer’s travels to the source of the materials used, meeting all those involved in the production and gathering inspiration along the way. Grouped into chapters; […]

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Lifestyle: Threads of Change Mud and Wax Cloth Mobile and Tablet Sleeves

Threads of Change [Africa Inspired] Once upon a time you could just put your mobile into your pocket or bag and just go (…well I still do!); but now ever-rapidly evolving interactive, on-the-go paraphernalia such as handheld computer games, iPhones, Blackberrys, iPads and more are so ingrained in our day-to-day lives we now seek to dress them up as expressions of ourselves whilst keeping them safe – think of the teenage girl with her rhinestone covered mobile phone or the interchangeable ‘skins’ that come in a plethora of colour and pattern. So how about some colourful, distinctive Mud and wax […]

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Books: La Maison – Fashion Photographer Koto Bolofo Documenting Hermes’ Rich Heritage

Koto Bolofo [Lesotho] [Image credit: Koto Bolofo – La Maison] Koto Bolofo is one of the most prolific fashion photographers of his generation. Born in Lesotho and raised in the UK; Koto’s portfolio includes iconic photography for fashion and lifestyle’s elite from magazines like Vogue, GQ and Vanity Fair to editorials and advertising campaigns for the likes of Louis Vuitton and Dom Pérignon. Now residing in Vendée, France Koto has several books to his name capturing in print his often evocative photography. Releasing this year is a collection of images exploring and documenting the rich heritage of Hermès, significant in making Koto […]

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Decor: Shumba Inc Felt Wall-Hangings

Shumba Inc [Zimbabwe] [Image credit: Wall-hanging – Shumba Inc] Brighten up the walls of a nursery or young child’s room with adorable, quirky and colourful felt wall-hangings from Harare-based, Shumba Inc. The diverse wildlife found across the African continent is a constant source of inspiration for many and Shumba Inc’s interpretations sees buffalo, lion, giraffe and man’s best friend captured in the delightful childlike innocence that can be found in children’s drawings and give each animal a personality. ‘Shumba’ means lion in Shona, one of Zimbabwe’s languages and Shumba and his friends come in a colourful array of hand puppets, magnets and […]

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Lifestyle: An African Inspired Christmas

Tintsaba [Swaziland] [Image credits: Tintsaba] Getting ready to trim the tree? Christmas is a time for giving, receiving and sharing so why not let your tree embody that sentiment with meaningful ornaments. Bypass the convenience of picking up mass-produced baubles from your high street store, instead find out what local artists, designers or community organisations have to offer, and it goes without saying your local church, school and community fairs are sources for uncovering some unique gems. With so much to chose from I have zoomed the spotlight on Tintsaba whose wonderfully simple yet stylish ornaments brought a smile to my face.

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Lifestyle: Heartfelt Products by Heartworks

Heartworks [Zimbabwe/Congo/South Africa] [Image credit: Heartworks] Today is the first of December, and World AIDS Day. Marking this day, today’s offerings introduce you some gorgeous, cute and cuddly teddy bears courtesy of the talented ladies at Heartworks; an embroidery group based in Khayelitsha, South Africa started in 2004. Founded by Margaret Woermann, Heartworks has brought together approximately 38 ladies and their children from Zimbabwe, the Congo and the Eastern Cape. Heartworks is an explosion of bright colour, texture, imagery and patchwork appliqué lovingly hand-embroidered onto items such as cushions, slippers, bags and teddy bears. Heartworks mission was to help these talented craftswomen […]

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Lifestyle: The Perfect Invitation by Ijorere

Ijorere, The Invitation [Nigeria] Ijorere’s creator, American born Ola-Tokunbo turned to her Nigerian heritage for a name that would neatly sum up her offerings and clients expectations. Meaning a ‘Day that is grand’ Ijorere is the perfect name for a company helping you announce your special day to the world with style and elegance. Invitations should set the style and tone of your event, heightening your guests anticipation and here Ijorere’s creations do not disappoint. Ola-Tokunbo’s beautifully handcrafted invitations designed to celebrate diversity are adorned with exquisite embellishments, intricate patterns and textures, luxurious fabrics and lashings of ribbon. Ola-Tokunbo’s inspiration comes […]

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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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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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