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: My top five make up hacks

Hello World. Its Monday and time for another Monday Must have post. As the ultimate lazy girl trying to live my best life, today I want to share some of my daily make up hacks which gives me a few extra minutes to spend under the covers.

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Photo credit: @capetourismconnect

1. Concealer
I love a two in one product. I use my Dolce & Gabbana concealer as an eyeshadow & lip primer, I use it to neaten my brow area and recently I discovered I can use it over my dark eyeshadow base, while trying to perfect a cut crease. It makes the colors stand out so much more & it’s changed my eye makeup game.

2. Vaseline
Another versatile product we all love is Vaseline. Besides moisturising, taming fly-aways & making your perfume last longer, my favourite Vaseline hack is dabbing a dot of product over my eyeshadow, for a beautiful glossy lid. The glossy lid is quite on trend now &  you can get this look at home in less than a minute.

3. Colour Correcter
I suffer from dark circles which no amount of sleep will ever fix. Not being one to buy a million products I use my trusty Nyx “Pure Red” matte lipstick under my foundation to colour correct. It’s a win for me everytime.

4.Eyelash Curler
I line my eyelash curler with black liner , so when I curl my lashes I line my eyes at the same time. This handy tip comes from Google & I was pleasantly surprised when it actually worked.

5. Eyeliner

For the past few months I have been without liquid eyeliner. My hack until  I hit the shops, is using an angled brush, spritzing it with setting spray and dipping into my Essence “All about Greys” eyeshadow palette. It gives me perfect, intense winged eyeliner & no one can tell the difference.

Please share your make up hacks with me. As always thank you for reading my beauty Queens & Kings.

Monday Misses & Must Haves: Signature Cosmetics

Hello World. It’s been a minute. Today I’m breaking out a “Monday Miss” and “Monday Must Have”.

A few weeks ago I passed a Signature Cosmetics store and thought I’d have a look around.I have never purchased from them before but I’m always on the lookout for a new quality makeup. Their Miss Signature Just Matte and Miss Signature Matte Stick  lipsticks caught my eye.

When I got home I tried the Miss Signature Just Matte lipstick first, oh boy. I now know why Kylie’s Lip kits & Mac’s Retro Matte’s are so pricey. The Miss Signature Just Matte Lipstick had a sticky feel to it, thinking it would go away after a few minutes, I waited a bit longer but to my disappointment it just got worse. My lips stuck together and because of this it eventually took the product off my lips. This is not the best formula & today this is my “Monday Miss”.

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Miss Signature Just Matte Lipsticks 

I then tried the Miss Signature Matte Stick. Now this did not disappoint. The colour pay off is great & leaves lips feeling moisturized. I paired my Miss Signature in the colour “Black” #14 with my Kylie “Dead of Knight” Lip liner as I hate it when my lipstick bleeds & liner just gives me a well-rounded look. I will try to find a more affordable lip liner and update this article.

My next colour was “Dark Purple” #7 which I paired with an Essence lip liner in the colour “Honey Berry”. I am in love with this colour.

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My favorite find “Miss Signature Just Matte Stick’s” in Black #14 & Dark Purple #7

What makes this even more of a gem is the price. It retails for R34-00 each. What!!!!  I picked up two lipsticks on a special they had running for R54-00 What a score!!! I am so excited about this Monday Must Have because as much as I love spending my hard-earned cash on all my cult favorites I can’t resist a good deal. Make-up  that doesn’t cost an arm or a leg , now that makes my heart smile.

Thank you for reading beauties xx

Monday Must Haves: Essence ‘All about Grey’s Eyeshadow’

Hello World. Another Monday means I’m Breaking Out another Monday Must have post Girl! Today I am sharing the Essence “All about Greys” eye-shadow palette with you. I’ve had this palette for over a year now and its the only palette I reach for when I need to do a sultry smoky eye. As always this is another great product from Essence Cosmetics for less. It retails for R89.95 (ZAR) in South Africa. This palette has two matte shades (your transition shades) & six metallic shades.

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Essence ‘All about Greys” eye-shadow swatches

I have used this palette to create a traditional smoky eye, reverse smoky eye, I’ve added pressed glitter to jazz it up a bit more and I have used Vaseline over a simple black lid for a glossy chic look. It is versatile and I love that you can build up the colours depending on the intensity you want.

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I used the Essence “All about the greys” eye-shadow to create these ‘Day to Night time looks’

HotTip: Start with your eye make up first before going in with foundation as there is a bit of fall out which might ruin your foundation if it’s already set.

Thank you for reading beauties! Please share your looks with me, I am always looking for a new innovative way to wear darker eye shadow’s.

Look Good..Feel Great!

‘I became a juicy woman.I soon realised that my inner succulence needed external manifestation. I knew what I wanted :i wanted to wear a party outfit every day. I wanted to feel special every day. I needed my body to feel honoured as much as my mind and spirit. I began to create a lifestyle that would reflect this. I choose to join circles where I felt honoured, enriched, happy and special and could honestly make others feel the same. Over the years I have created a wardrobe filled with clothes, accessories and underwear that excites me. I shop sensually. I touch and smell fabrics, Imagining the adventures I can have in each item before I buy it. I wonder whether it will make my skin feel alive and what kind of moods the colour will bring out in me. I bejewel myself because I want to shimmer as I move through the world, reflecting my inner sparkle.’One of my favourite passages from one of my all time favourite books. Marlene Wasserman, author of Pillow book: Creating a sensual lifestyle by Dr Eve.

I have always been fascinated about how when I feel good I project that energy into the universe and I’m greeted with all kinds of positive interactions.

Studies now show that there are links between what you wear and your emotional state and rightly so. The way we dress increases our confidence, and has the potential to lift our mood. On the other hand when our mood plummets and we feel sad we don’t focus on how we look.

A few years ago, through work I was introduced to an organisation called ‘Look Good…Feel Better‘. A programme that helps women facing trauma or the stress of cancer overcome their appearance due to treatment ,in a 12 step skin care and make up regime. These sessions give women the opportunity to be pampered and to interact with other’s who are going through a similar experience. When they leave these sessions, beauty products in hand not only do they look good they feel even better.

So what are you waiting for?! Wear the dress, put on your favourite shade of lipstick, have your nails done. Buy the shoes. Wear your party dress every day!

 

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Body Positive

The body positive movement has captured my heart so much so that my days are spent reading every blog post , looking at every Instagram picture and absorbing every story . They have brought to life my words, conversations , and my struggles .Battles  I conquered day by day in the smallest way without realising it until now.

Thank you Gabi Fresh , Nicolette Mason, Allison Teng, Callie Thorpe, Tanesha Awasthi,  Mind the curves, Lauren from all about that bass,Trendy Curvy and the countless others for paving the way.

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These  feel good stories are my daily motivators. Looking back I wish I had these affirmations and positivity whilst growing up in a world that dictated how your body needed to look. And if you did not fit in the mould cast by society you were left to feel flawed.

Being fat can not be the worst thing to be in life, can it? Welcome a new age, of body loving. Acceptance for, all regardless of our size!!!