Tuesday, 30 April 2019

WHAT I WORE IN DUBAI AND ABU DHABI

If you follow me on Instagram (@lifebyashasingh - do the things!) you'll probably already know what I wore on my UAE trip. With Dubai being such a popular holiday destination, I know this is something most people aren't really sure about.  So I'll break it down for you and show you what I wore.



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LOCALLY MADE JEWELLERY PIECES TO ADD TO YOUR COLLECTION

Every girl deserves to treat herself every now and then and what better way then some gorgeous jewellery. I'm not one for a whole cupboard of jewelley and I definitely prefer to have one or 2 amazing pieces that I can mix and match and play around with.

Of course, Local is Lekker and I'm all about supporting local South African brands, but I know it's not always easy to find local businesses especially online - sometimes I'm tempted to just buy something off Wish (Which isn't ideal - I'd prefer a local small business getting my support). So just in time for mothers Day, here are some local small businesses you can buy a gift from (Or just treat yourself girl!).

High-end Jewellery


These aren't even just for more of a splurge - every girl deserves some high-end quality pieces. Especially now that I'm growing up, I find that I'd rather spend a bit more money and get something timeless that I can wear often and feel proud of.


Legacy Collection by Charmaine Taylor



I was introduced to Charmaine Taylor's Legacy Collection last month (with their collaboration with Pongrácz) and the story behind it absolutely captivated me, especially with it being Freedom Day on the 27th of April - each Legacy Collection piece is named in honour of South Africa’s struggle to democracy.  Also, you can make your purchase knowing that 10% of profits are donated to sustainable employment projects in South Africa. My favorite is the Africa Rising pendant - it has the outline of Africa with a unique, raw piece of fence running through the Africa shape.

In recognition for statement pieces, Pongrácz has collaborated with Charmaine Taylor. Her jewellery pieces are designed to be worn with intent, to raise awareness of the environment and human rights and have been celebrated for their striking designs. Best known for her jewellery formed from the repurposed historical prison fence from Robben Island, this latest collection custom-made for Pongrácz tells the story of being bold, fearless and individual. Each set of earrings is hand weaved and no two will be exactly alike, making them truly individual.

You can purchase Legacy Collection pieces on the Legacy Collection website.





Mid-range Jewellery

Because we're not balling just yet.

Della Online

Designed locally is Della Jewellery. Brainchild of by Pippa de Charmoy, classic lines, quality semi-precious stones and fine craftsmanship ensure that all Della creations are distinctive and utterly unique.

Della makes the perfect mid-range gift that won't break the bank but is still amazing quality. The packaging is beautiful and makes it feel like you're getting something totally exclusive. It comes in an elegant black box packaging in a little bag with the Della logo. I still kept the packaging because I love it as much as the actual jewellery! The earring collection is the most extensive with unique, colorful pieces that have stunning precious stones. You can purchase pieces on the Della website.


Affordable Jewellery


There's no kinda broke like college student broke. But we still deserve nice things. Here's a option for when you gotta make the most of those randelas.

My Image Exclusive

South African farm girl at heart, Annamie created My Image Exclusive at just 15 years old! She has beautiful handmade pieces at prices that don't break the bank and yet still feel so one of a kind and precious. Annamie goes all out with the beautiful presentation and there's just something about that personal touch that makes it feel even more special! You can purchase her pieces online on the My Image Exclusivewebsite.










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Friday, 5 April 2019

SOUTH AFRICAN MOVIES AND TV SHOWS TO WATCH

You gotta admit, when it comes to local TV and movies we aren't exactly spoilt for choice. You get the classics like 7de Laan and Carte Blanche but apart from that? Recently there have been some gems that were produced in the motherland and that actually give Hollywood a run for their money. While the South African film industry seems to still be finding its feet, I have high hopes for the content that will be produced locally in the next few years.

I'll include selections from DSTV, Netflix, Showmax, BoxOffice and even the cinema to give you some options for your next binge watch session.



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