Go Up Table Mountain This Christmas!

Father_Christmas_and_the_Christmas_Fairy_on_Table_MountainTable Mountain is a happening place this summer! My favourite natural style icon is getting into the Christmas spirit with a few extra activities, as if we need any more persuasion to be whisked up in the cable-car for sundowners at the end of a long hot summer’s day.

Kids will be excited to know that Father Christmas and a Christmas fairy helper will be visiting the top of the mountain before setting out on their delivery round on Christmas Eve! They’ll be taking a break there on Christmas morning too, before heading back home to the North Pole. Continue reading

Shop Online for Stunning South African Design

Africandy design emporiumA fabulous new South African design shopping site has just launched – Africandy sources all the coolest products from established and emerging South African designers, so that you can find funky furniture, gorgeous cushions, cutting edge ceramic art and even luscious artisan body products all at the same place.

Browsing through the site it’s hard to resist adding item after item to your wish list, as fabulous bronze bowls and delicate jewellery all inspire “I want that!”s.

The store is carefully curated, every product chosen for its integrity and all made in South Africa by local artists, artisans and designers: so if you are looking for proudly South African pieces for your home, or for Christmas gifts, this is a great place to start shopping. Continue reading

Mail and Guardian Book of South African Women 2012

Mail and Guardian Book of South African Women 2012

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The Mail and Guardian Book of South African Women has evolved beyond being a little black book of South Africa’s leaders, movers and shakers. For 2012 it has shifted to grass roots level, celebrating women who are really making a difference in their own communities and spheres.

Browsing through the list of 50 women, you’ll find inspirational stories of women from all over South Africa who are working for a better future: Thelma Nkosi, a community co-ordinator working to empower communities in protecting their water systems and local environment; Isabella Holden a project co-ordinator for the Lifeline victim empowerment programme who is partially blind but full of energy and drive; Mitta Lebaka, herself burned severely as a child who works to help children all over Africa who suffer severe burns. There are musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, women from all walks of life,all cultures and races, all provinces, rural and urban backgrounds. Each profile is accompanied by a stunning portrait by celebrated portrait photographer Sally Shorkend bringing all these vibrant women to life on the page.

There are also essays: a moving account of a mother, a spirited letter from her 80 year old self to the author, an account of being the first woman constitutional court judge and more.

The book was launched in time for Women’s Day and the gorgeous website developed by Deep can now be browsed any time you need a dash of inspiration from the energy and innate style of these 50 extraordinary women, who are bringing a positive energy to South Africa.

Up and Coming South African Style Icons

Website for Mail and Guardian 200 Young South Africans projectUp and coming style icons are to be found a plenty in the 2012 Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans project. Every year they pick 200 people under 35, doing extraordinary work in their field, from music to business, to health to environment, politics and fashion.

So if you want to know who to be looking out for as the future movers and shakers in the world of style check out the website.

With stylish web design and web development by Deep Design, it pulls together 200 stories of these inspirational young people in a way that is easy to browse and easy on the eye.

So check out the latest South African fashion designers, dance divas, entrepreneurs, environmental warriors and groundbreaking medics and feel more hopeful for the future of our country with so much talent out there.

Table Mountain – Icon of Natural Style

Table MountainAs anyone who lives in Cape Town will tell you, Table Mountain is the ultimate style icon, presiding protectively over the city, its unforgettable silhouette visible from many miles away up the West Coast. So we are all thrilled that Table Mountain has made it into the final list of the New 7 Wonders of the Natural World.

While the New 7 Wonders is a private initiative, criticised by many as unscientific in its voting processes, it has certainly caught the popular imagination here in South Africa, where a chance to get recognition for our most recognisable landmark was seized with enthusiasm.

It’s not that Cape Town needs any publicity. Already a popular destination for travellers on all budgets, from luxury to backpacking, it has also been a top favourite location for film productions for many years. It has also been named design capital for 2014, so there is no shortage of headlines or visitors.

But we have yet to see Table Mountain featuring as itself in a blockbuster movie. Too often our beaches stand-in for other countries, our versatile landscape locations of mountain, rolling wheatfields, wine estates, even desert, double for other places, other times.

We’re hoping to see Table Mountain feature prominently in a movie some time soon – who knows maybe the next James Bond will do the trick – Carte Blanche is rumoured to be considering Cape Town as a possible location, seeing as the book is set here. Just imagine 007 on a mission dangling from the cable car ascending the side of the Mountain in a shoot out with the latest villain…!

And if you have seen a movie that features Table Mountain as a location, please do let me know in the comments – I’d be thrilled to be wrong!

Mercedes Benz Photography Shoot

photography-productionIf you think of iconic style in connection with cars, what springs to mind? The E-type Jag? Lamborghini? Or the cute factor of the Mini?

You probably wouldn’t be thinking back as far as this Mercedes Benz original model. And yet, it is the ultimate in style icons: the very first Benz Patent Motorwagen from 1886, restored and photographed on location in Cape Town for the Mercedes Benz 125th anniversary of the first ever motor car.

Prinz Productions facilitated the shoot in Cape Town and you can read more about this stills photography shoot and their photography production at their site, and enjoy more of photographer Torsten Klinkow’s stylish images.

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