2015 - Done and Dusted

I never anticipated that 2015 will be such an amazing year. From late nights working on academic tasks, catching up with friends knowing that I would have to say goodbye to most of them the end of the year (and luckily making some new friends as well) to making plans for 2016 – I am so grateful for everything that happened. With this last post I would like to share some special tips with all of you and end it off with my Christmas Wish List.
So the designers from Theron & Theron Design sent me a breath-taking handbag a few weeks ago, and then decided to name the bag “The Carolina Tote”. As a handbag lover and enthusiast I was so extremely honoured when this happened! It made me think about my blog and how it helped shaped me as a person. There are so many things I learned about myself since re-branding my blog and I am so grateful for each and every lesson that I have learned. A few months ago the amazing Louw Breytenbach from Die Reviewer shared an article, 11 things every 20-something should know. This was a really such inspiring piece for me and it got me thinking about everything that I learned as a university student and blogger in 2015, still early in my 20’s, and I came up with 5 tips that I would like to share with everybody.
    1.  Be yourself

    There are so many quotes out there telling you how you should remember to be who you are, but as a young lady in the 21st century I know how difficult this can be. The media constantly forces ideas on the youth on how the “idealistic” young lady should be and act like. I would like to remind you that nobody can be like you, but you. Your uniqueness is the reason why people like you so why change that? I often struggle with the idea that I might be too opinionated or scare guys off with my strong personality – but that is who I am. I know what I want in life (most of the time) and will work extremely hard to ensure success. And when it comes to physical appearances I would love every young lady out there to realise how unique and beautiful they are. Never be afraid of whom you are and what you look like – you are made like that for a reason. Although this might sound like such a cliché, just be yourself.  

2.  Fake it till you make it

    Without this statement I probably would not have made it through my B.Sc honours year. There were so many times when I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, but that did not stop me at all. If you believe you can, anything is possible. No matter how stressed out you are about a task you do not fully understand how to complete, just make sure it looks like you know what you are doing. Every expert was once a beginner and the fact that you are trying and working hard on your own only ensures that someday you will be successful in what you do. Never lose focus on what is important to you.
    3.  No matter what - you got this!

    It doesn’t matter what other people do or say. You will be okay. Remember to own what you are doing and those who had their doubts will quickly change their minds. Each and every task you do should be done with passion and love and nobody can ever take experiences away from you, so you got this honey!
    4. Hard work will be rewarded
    I never thought that my honours year would be this busy, especially with my blog as well, but in the end all the late nights and cups of coffee will be worth it. You might not notice it right away, but hard work never goes without someone noticing it. Be sure to properly plan all your tasks – that way you won’t be overwhelmed with work and still be able to keep a healthy balance between work and your social limits. People might not always understand why you are so determined and hardworking, but believe me, in the end it will pay off.
    5.  Know your limits

    This is something I have struggled with all my life (and probably still do). Knowing my limits and when to say no. It is humanly impossible to always do everything for everybody. This might sound a bit dramatic to those of you who don’t know me as good, but take it from me when I say you should know your limits when it comes to people as well. It is so incredibly important to invest your time in people that appreciate it. I see myself as someone who easily gets emotionally invested with people and it can be such a horrible feeling when you start to realize that people will never do the same for you as you did for them. I’m not saying you should become a cold ice queen when it comes to the people you care about, but make sure that the feeling is mutual, otherwise it will only drain you emotionally and affect your everyday life.

I would like to share some quotes from women in South Africa who inspires me every single day and I would also like to thank them for supporting me with what I do and making me feel that anything is possible. Without all of you ladies, I would not be the person that I am today.

I was so incredibly blessed to have received blogger gifts from amazing brands I would like to thank Stiki, Wooden Lace, Theron and Theron Designs and Crane Apparel. I love each of these brands incredibly much and cannot wait to work with them in 2016 as well. But before I share my Christmas Wish List with you I would also like to thank every single reader, participant and friend out there who have supported me and stood by my side in 2015. It truly helped me in more ways than any of you could ever imagine.

With Christmas around the corner I wanted to share my favorite brands and my own personal Christmas wish list with all of you.

I am also enjoying my vacation and working on my master’s degree for next year so this will be my last blog post for 2015. May each and every one of you enjoy this Festive season with your friends and families. I know that 2016 will be a big year for all of you.

All my love.



2015 Platnium Fashion Festival

This past weekend fashion lovers from all over gathered in Klerksdorp for the  2nd Platinum Fashion Festival. 
This fashion extravaganza, presented by North West School of Design succeeded in raising the bar for student graduation shows in South Africa.  The Platinum Fashion Festival gave way to not only 3 top notch fashion shows, but also a hair show and various  live performances. 
The Brutal Fruit Vip Lounge gave the platform for North West School of Design students to rub shoulders with a host of celebrities, fashion leaders and media. 
Gert Johan Coetzee announced his 2016 bursary winner and during the Brutal Fruit Fashion Talk, Gert Johan advised the current NWSD students on fashion and business where after, Power Couple SA contestants Emile and Razia Samson facilitated a question and answer session with the students. 
The highlight of the festival was unmistakably the creativity and high quality garments presented by North West School of Design fashion students.

Thank you so much for North West School of Design for having me at this year's Platinum Fashion Festival. It is truly an honor to be part of such a spectacular event.

VIP Lounge

My Colette by Colette Hayman black and white purse with my tickets to all the shows for the Platinum Fashion Festival.
The famous Gert-Johan Coetzee giving some valuable tips at the Brutal Fruit Fashion Talk.
Day 1 of the Platinum Fashion Festival and I decided to wear my infinity dress as a cross over in the front and in the back.
Kobus Rautenbach, one of my favorite South African Designers and I.
Monique Elzania de Ponte, a student at North West School of Design and I.
Here I am with Simone le Roux, a 3rd year Consumer Sciences student who helped out backstage.
The oh so stunning and amazing Lebogang Nobuhle Kepadisa and I. What a wonderful young woman - she is most definitively going places
One of Gert Johan Coetzee's stunning creations.
From the left is the model with a stunning red dress from Gert Johan Coetzee, with me in the middle and the stunning designer on the right.
Day 2 of the Platinum Fashion Festival where I decided to wear a one shoulder black dress with my all time favorite Wooden Lace wood and metal ring.
Some Wooden Lace while watching the runway show.
I simply fell in love with this amazing Theron and Theron leather clutch.
The stunning ladies from Theron and Theron Designs. What an honor it is to know them and to be able to work with them as well. 
The amazing Razia Samson and I.
From the left, Berne Theron, Gert-Johan Coetzee, Simone Theron and I.
The stunning Marika Steyn with me, Simone and Berne Theron.

It was really such an amazing experience to meet and chat with Gert-Johan Coetzee. He is an amazing example of a designer who made it big still with both feet on the ground.
The Platinum Fashion Festival will only get bigger and bigger each year and I want to congratulate each and every person who was involved with organizing this stunning event. A special thank you to Marlene and Charles Oosthuizen, because without them none of this would have been possible.


LDJ Collection Official Launch

Photo credit: Donavin Lovell Photography 
Photo credit: Donavin Lovell Photography 
Photo credit: Donavin Lovell Photography 
Photo credit: Donavin Lovell Photography 
Photo credit: Donavin Lovell Photography 
Photo credit: Donavin Lovell Photography 
Lynne de Jager, designer and owner of the LDJ Collection. An inspiring and wonderful woman.
Photo credit: Donavin Lovell Photography 
So last week Thursday the official LDJ Collection Launch took place at Contemporary Events in Centurion and what a night it was indeed. The interior was simply breath-taking and handbags that were on display were eye catching. When I had some time to chat with Lynné de Jager herself, she said that she wanted to do something new with a handbag collection and that is how she decided to start working with cork and leather.

I was amazed not only with the handbags itself, but with the entire event and the attention to detail that was given to every aspect. From the food, to the wine and music and then of course the location itself. Perfect and world class quality. 

Xanthus Viljoen and I.
The amazing Juanita de Villiers Velts and I.
Chef Brett Ladds from Essence catering and I.
Louw Breytenbach from Die Reviewer and I.
Stephan Akeci, managing director at A-Triad and I.
The singer, Willem Botha and I.
Having a chat with Lynné de Jager herself.
Lynné de Jager and I.
Janine Snyders, Editor-in-Chief at Pols magazine and publicist for Lynné de Jager and I.
Carine Bezuidenhout, graphic designer and Stiki and I. 
Roelien Prinsloo and I.
Here I am with one of the stunning handbags from the LDJ Collection.
Albert Kruger, New Projects Director at Contemporary Events and I.
The singer, Lee Scott and I.

Congratulations to Lynné for hosting a spectacular evening. I think the LDJ Collection is a brand that will quickly take over the South African consumer market and become a must have item for each and every one of the consumers.

Be sure to check out Contemporary Event’s and the LDJ Collection’s Facebook Page’s by clicking on their logo’s.


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