WSWB: Kalathea Clothing

Hello World. It’s been a minute and I’m happy to share another Women Supporting Women in Business post on this beautiful Friyay. Women supporting Women in Business is a networking event I started a few years ago & now I’ve extended that to a WSWB section on the blog. This initiative is close to my heart because I love nothing more than when women empower each other and at the same time it allows me to support local.

Today I’m excited to introduce you to Kalathea Clothing. Kalathea Clothing is an upcoming local brand owned by sisters-in-law Khadeeja and Koebraa. The purpose of the brand is to provide breastfeeding friendly modest wear that is trendy & versatile but at the same time chic & elegant. More importantly, the brand caters for plus sizes up to 3xl with plans to expand the plus size range in the future.

 

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Khadeeja and Koebraa the powerhouse(s) behind Kalathea Clothing are sisters-in-law but refer to themselves as sisters. The sisters have a distinctive flare for fashion.

Kalathea Clothing came about when Khadeeja saw the lack of representation in the plus size market. She felt that plus size clothes needed to be more prominent and that fuller figured ladies should be celebrated.

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Pictured Left: Khadeeja Abbas  & Pictured Right: Koebraa Peters

For Koebraa, being a new mother of a now 4 month old, a 2 am breastfeeding session acted as a form of inspiration. She realized just how challenging it was for her to find appropriate breastfeeding friendly clothing that was modest yet stylish. There was a clear niche in the market and she wanted their business to address that niche.

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A sneak peek of whats to come.

The name Kalathea comes from the plant genus Calathea. “Since both of our names start with a K we replaced the C with a K so now the name was connected to us somehow but there was something more important about the meaning. Calathea plants are often gifted as a symbol of new beginnings or happiness and has connotations with ‘turning over a new leaf’. This was the perfect symbolism for our new endeavor and Kalathea was born.”

Kalathea Clothing launches August 26th 2017 and will be available at a local market hosted by Frilly Lilly at Ambiance. After which you will find them at most local markets in and around Cape Town.

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Styling tips by Kalathea inspired by their upcoming range.

As a parting thought I asked Koebraa & Khadeeja to share their number one tip when it comes to being a stylish momma.

Koebraa: Wow it’s so difficult to choose just one [laughs]. I think that I would say to just be yourself. Wear what you think feels good and what makes you feel good about yourself. Even if it means not following whatever trend is out there. Create your own trends if you must. That’s certainly something I live by.

Khadeeja: I think one should wear the garment and not let the garment wear you. This way you will always feel that you look good.

Remember when you support & love local not only do you improve the economy but you also promote a strong sense of “community”! Women are the foundation of any community! Build them up!Celebrate their successes! In my book its a “win-win”for everyone involved. As always thank you for reading!

 

 

Monday Must haves: Slays for days Palette

Hello World! Today I’m Breaking Out a “Monday Must have” eye shadow palette post.  I’ve had this palette since it launched but only recently had a chance to sit down & play around with some new looks. I say new looks because it is new for me as I tend to wear the ‘same old same old’ look on my eyes.

The Slays for Days palette from the infamous Swiitch Beauty has 35 matte & shimmer shades. Said to be a dupe for the Morphe 350s eyeshadow palette it’s easy to see why this is a cult favourite.

What I love about this palette besides the colour pay off, is the versatility. I use my palette to contour, highlight & to fill my brows,besides the obvious use.

Using my cost per wear ratio one pan works out to R 10.00  that’s less than 1 USD or 0.75 cents to be exact. Compare that to the nett weight of 56.2g/1.98oz and it screams affordability.

As always thank you for reading beauties.Will you be getting this palette? Also,share your looks with me ,i’m always looking for inspo!xxx

Monday Must Haves: Big Lashes

Hello World. Its Monday and I’m back with another must have item. Who doesn’t love big lashes or a great drugstore brand. Well this product ticks both of those boxes. I have purchased most of the mascara’s from the Essence brand but nothing impressed me as much as the “Big Lashes” range. I’m not a fan of falsies (only because I struggle applying it) but do love a good extension, with this  mascara I feel I don’t need either .

 

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One eye is coated with Essence “Get Big Lashes” & one is not. Can you spot the difference.

 

Description taken from Essence Website: “The fibers of the football-like mega brush even reach the tiniest lashes and cover each individual lash without causing them to stick or feel heavy. the easy application ensures a breathtaking look in an instant! opthalmologically tested.”

I recently just ran out of eyeliner & found this together with an angled brush,  to be a good substitute to create my winged liner. A two in one product, I couldn’t ask for more.

As always thank you for reading. Let me know what you think about this mascara beauties xx

Monday Must Have’s: Ooh That’s nice

Hello World. Its time to Break out Girl. Today I’m breaking out another Monday Must have review. As someone who suffers from Eczema I have to be really careful about the products I use for my skin. If I use anything with too much fragrance or with harsh ingredients my skin breaks out in the ugliest rash. Recently my colleague introduced me to ‘Ooh That’s nice’ and their natural products. She couldn’t stop raving about the hair soap she used and I knew I had to give it a try. Started by Georgia another eczema sufferer , she produces a range of soap & bath products after she found that regular soap just aggravates her family’s skin (her husband & son are also eczema sufferers).
Excited to find products that actually cater to my skin condition, I tried out the face oil, body scrub and charcoal mask.

The two products I loved the most was the face oil and charcoal mask. The face oil contains :

*Coconut oil

*Sweet almond oil

*Jojoba oil

*Rosehip oil

*Lavender essential oil

*Mandarin essential oil

*Rose essential oil

*Neroli essential oil

*Frankincense essential oil

Ooh That’s Nice Charcoal Mask

Because of the eczema my face goes through spells of dryness but with the face oil my skin felt moisturised without being too oily. I used this under my makeup & love how nourished my skin felt. I am really impressed with this face oil.

The charcoal mask contains:

*Activated charcoal

*Mandarin essential oil

*Spearmint essential oil

*Frankincense essential oil

The face mask left my skin tingly because of the spearmint I would assume & tight which masks usually do. After a good  ol scrub my face felt like it had a deep clean just like the time I visited a Hamam.

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Please let me know if you have tried these products and what you thought. As always thank you for reading xxx

WSWB: Evolution Incorporated Coaching & Consulting.

Hello World!  As you may or may not know I’m big on supporting women owned & run businesses, which is why I started Women Supporting Women in Business networking events a few years ago & now the WSWB section on the blog. If you have a product or service I can get behind, you best believe I am going to hype the s@#t out of your business because what we need more in this world is women who stand behind other women, who support their dreams & cover them in love. I can’t think of a better act of love than by sharing the gems I have found on the blog in hopes that you support these women warriors &  their amazing initiatives.

Today I am excited to share with you Evolution Incorporated Coaching & Consulting.   A few weeks ago I was invited to my first Colour Therapy session , you can read my full review here. Lynne Kock the powerhouse behind Evolution Inc is a Life Coach, Colour therapist, Wife, Mother & believer. Born & bred in sunny Cape Town, her love for people, creativity & enlightenment has led her down a very colourful path. Qualified as a Fashion Designer & Fashion buyer, she ventured out of corporate in 2016 to fulfill her dream of building her own legacy. Evolution Incorporated was borne of the realisation that she had more to offer the world & that she wanted to spend the rest of her life helping people discover their true potential while spreading love & light.

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Lynne Kock – Colour Therapist & Life Coach

Speaking to Lynne during my session felt like “home” she spoke my language, she made me feel comfortable & she made sense of what I was feeling but could never put into words. A long time ago I read something which has ever since stayed with me ” The more you speak about your burden , the more you give it away until eventually all you feel is light”. I felt light after my session but most importantly I felt love. Self love. Somewhere along the line I lost my love of self.  I left the session feeling content & connected with myself for the first time in three years. And that to me is something worth celebrating.

As always thank you for reading! And remember as Buddha said “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection”.

Colour Therapy: Yay or Nay?

Hello World. Break out Girl. This Monday Must have Review is a bit different. A month ago I was invited by Evolution Incorporated Coaching & Consulting  for a colour therapy session.

When the day arrived I had no idea what to expect. I had visions of colour being reflected through a glass spectrum and onto my body , healing the parts that were broken. I dismissed that thought and headed for trusty old Google.

Lynne, who is a Life coach & Colour Therapist met with me in her cosy office and it felt like chatting with an old friend I hadn’t seen for years. That immediately put me at ease.

In her office a display of bottles filled with essential oils take center stage, after we had chatted for a few minutes & I asked some questions, our session started by her asking me to choose a minimum of five bottles. I really didn’t need any direction as I chose the bottles housing colours I was most attracted too.

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Essential Oils I use on the soles of my feet & in the shower 

Lynne explained what the colours represented and what that particular colour could heal in my life.  At the end of the session some really tough questions  had come up, mostly relating to grief and transition periods.Her observations were spot on.

I then pinpointed two colours I felt would help me bridge the gap.Lynne asked me to close my eyes & with out stretched hands I picked… Magenta. Magenta? Purple!  Ha. Coincidence?! The universe always comes through strong when you lose your way doesn’t she. I have always surrounded myself with this colour until recently.

As Lynne explained “Purple heals grief, spiritual arrogance, depression, judgment, control and need for perfection.”  All the things I need to get rid of. So as I journey on, my mission is to turn my world purple once again.

I will recomend Colour Therapy to anyone who needs a little bit of direction,feels like something is amiss or is dealing with trauma. I enjoyed this session so much and feel more connected & in tune with myself.  I’m excited to see where this leads me and will be booking another session soon.

What are your thoughts on colour therapy? How has it helped you? Let me know. As always Thank you for reading xx

Bloggerversary Giveaway!!! (Closed)

Hello World. Break out Girl! It’s my one year Bloggerversary. And what are birthdays without gifts.  To celebrate I have collected a few of my favorites to share with one reader.

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This giveaway is valued at R1100.00. The prize includes:

  1. QVS Eyeliner brush
  2. QVS Eyelash Applicator kit
  3. QVS Gel Toe Seperators
  4. QVS Eye Treatment Mini Gels
  5. Essence Lipstick ” All you need is Red”
  6. Essence Matt Matt Matt long last lip gloss ” La vie est belle”
  7. Essence Get big lashes volume curl
  8. Essence Corner lashes
  9. Woolworths Rose hand cream
  10. Woolworths Make-Up finishing spray
  11. Nyx Ultra Pearl Mania in Space Pearl
  12. Nyx Ultra Pearl Mania in Lime Pearl
  13. Nyx Ultra Pearl Mania in Purple Pearl
  14. She zen Re-hydrating bath for body
  15. JT One Pretty Paint in Prom
  16. JT One Pretty Paint in Serenity
  17. JT One Pretty Paint in Marshmallow
  18. Eyelash Curler
  19. Make-Up Bag

To enter, you have to:

  1. Follow my blog.
  2. Tag & share this giveaway post/picture with two of your friends either on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Remember to tag me.
  3. Keep your fingers crossed. Good luck!

T&C’s: Winners will be announced on May 28, 2017. This giveaway is only open to South African residents.

Congratulations  . Thank you everyone for entering.