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South African Decor Mud Studio Earthy Chandeliers

[Image credit: Mud Studio via Bellissimo] I was intrigued by the elements and construction of these rather unique South African decor chandeliers from Mud Studio, based in the Orange Free State. Literally born out of the earth, these majestic chandeliers exuding rustic charm are made up of over 6000 handmade clay beads, drawn from the surrounding South African soil and handcrafted in partnership with artisans from the local communities. Drawing inspiration from the landscape and nature the ceramic beads are wire-wrapped, strung and styled around handmade wire frames.

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Africa Travel Getaway To Kalamu Lagoon Camp in Zambia

[Image credit: CN Traveler on Concierge.com] Now me and camping don’t usually see eye to eye… I like my creature comforts way too much. But I had to revisit that sentiment when I came across an editorial feature entitled ‘Sleeping under the Heavens’ courtesy of Wedding Nouveau (If you haven’t already come across Wedding Nouveau especially if you are planning a wedding I thoroughly recommend it. WN is an addictive source of cultural inspiration). The editorial features some of the most amazing places in the world to sleep under the stars -including if you are thinking of a luxury Africa travel getaway for your […]

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African shoe designers Ella Brown Couture Fabulous Footwear

[Image credits: Ella Brown Couture] Ella Brown Couture was aunched in 2004 by Adefunke Adegbola. The African shoe designers fabulous footwear brand is about showcasing glamour and ultra luxury – think beautifully crafted shoes lavishly sprinkled with sparkling Swarovski crystals, and gleaming cabochon gems or surrounded with luxuriously pleated fabrics, flamboyant flowers, delicate petals and beautiful bows. Designed with the women who appreciates style and luxury in mind Adefunke’s attention to detail delivers through the exquisite touches. Ella Brown Couture is based in Los Angeles quite apt given the glitz and glamour of Hollywood starlets.

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Amsale Aberra Dreamy Modern Wedding Dress Designs

[Image credit: Amsale] “Twenty years after the wedding, I want a bride to be able to look at her pictures and be as happy with the way she looked as she was on her wedding day”, the philosophy behind renowned African wedding dress designer Amsale Aberra eponymous label of dreamy wedding dresses.

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The Perfect Luxury African Wedding Invitations by Ijorere

The creator of Ijorere’s luxury African wedding invitations, American born Ola-Tokunbo turned to her Nigerian heritage for a name that would neatly sum up her offerings and clients expectations. Meaning a ‘Day that is grand’ Ijorere is the perfect name for a company helping you announce your special day to the world with style and elegance.

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L’Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu Scents Inspired by Africa

[Image credit: L’Artisan Parfumeur] In a collection inspired by travels and capturing the sweetest, familiar scents found across the globe; Timbuktu is the second fragrance of master parfumeur, Betrand Duchaufour’s L’Artisan Parfumeur travel collection. With a passion for capturing elusive scents that invoke a sense of place, Betrand has spent time travelling the world. For scents inspired by Africa in West Africa, Betrand was inspired by the rich scents found and the traditional art of Wusulan, the Malian art of making perfume, which captured his imagination.

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Luxury African Jewellery African Romance Diamond Collection

[Image credits: Red Carpet Collection – African Romance] Irresistible, elegant, charming – say luxury African jewellery brand African Romance of their diamonds. From bespoke customised pieces for private clients to limited edition collections targeted at the luxury retail sector, African Romance offers its discerning clientele the very best in diamond jewellery.

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Duro Olowu Designer And Master Of Beautiful Prints

[Image credits: AW 2010 Duro Olowu] Simple silhouettes brought to life through a vibrant mix of silk prints, sharp tailoring and intricate draping techniques is the hallmark of a designer described on CoutureLab as one ‘who has fun with creatively mixing colors and prints’. Duro Olowu designer and master of prints launched his eponymous line in 2004, the highlight of which being his now signature empire-waist and billowing sleeve ‘Duro’ dress in bright prints and luxurious fabrics. The ‘Duro’ dress drew the attention of Vogue whose American and British version’s named it ‘Dress of the Year’ in 2005.

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Aline Matsika African Inspired Interior Design Elegance

[Image credit: Aline Matsika] With a portfolio that includes beautiful African inspired interior design, Interior designer Aline Matsika is known for her impeccable sense of style and discerning eye for detail that draws on her African heritage, seamlessly blending contemporary and antique French chic with traditional African elegance. The results are gorgeous inviting spaces where diverse cultural accents co-exist in unison.

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Louis Mariette Hats A Flair for the Dramatic

[Image credits: Louis Mariette – Marcus Pummer, left; Benjamin Kaufmann, right] …Oh to be inside the mind of Louis Mariette, creator of fabulous bespoke hat couture, fascinators and headpieces. Dazzling, bejewelled creations take you on a journey of discovery into the wild and wonderful world of a designer who works to push the boundaries, imagining the unimaginable.

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Irresistible Delectable Cupcakes In A Jar From G desserts

[Image credit: G Desserts] My sister is an avid baker often conjuring up the most delectable treats, so one day a few weeks ago whilst watching her whip up a batch of cupcakes I mused the rise and rise of the cupcake, and where they could possibly go next… so imagine my delight when I came across a Daily Candy London posting on a simple yet ingenious idea of encasing exquisite looking cupcakes in a jar brought to you by Gillian Boateng of G Desserts.. [Image credits: G Desserts] The idea was one born out of practicality – as a busy mum, keeping the […]

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Luxury Africa Travel To The Tribe Boutique Hotel Kenya

[Image source: kiwi collection] Wow… what a stunning luxury boutique hotel that celebrates hip, chic African style. A hotel for luxury Africa travel, the Tribe in Nairobi epitomises contemporary cool, bringing modern elegance and glamour to the city. The hotel is a Condé Nast Traveller 2010 Hot List entrant in both the UK and US editions.

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Avantgarde Creations By African Jewellery Design Brand Ngone

[Image credits: Fabio Leone/Ngone]  African jewellery design brand Ngone was founded by the self-taught designer of the same name. Born on the Dakar peninsula Ngone started her craft by learning beading before exploring other techniques of jewellery making. Moving to Paris in 1990 Ngone became an apprentice studying under Parisian artisans to hone her skills and in a bid to further enhance her gems and jewellery design skills enrolled in the Nicolas Flamel School of Jewellery Design in 2001.

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Form and Functional Product Design From Kayiwa

[Image credit: Kayiwa] Based in Helsinki, Finland innovative product designer Lincoln Kayiwa was born into an architectural family in Kampala, Uganda. Constantly seeking out solutions to everyday problems and the betterment of existing products Lincoln launched his company, Kayiwa in 2007, displaying a clean and simple aesthetic approach to his designs, whilst keeping in mind the need for functionality.

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Roubi L’Roubi’s Sharp Tailoring With A Modern Sensibility

[Image credit: Roubi L’Roubi] Drawn to the precision of haute couture and tailoring via a background in mechanical engineering, Sudanese fashion designer Roubi L’Roubi came to the UK from Sudan in the early 1980’s and after a stint with Joseph and a partnership with designer Tomasz Starzewski, launched his own label Roubi L’Roubi in 2004.

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Gahaya Links African Baskets Celebrating Peace In Rwanda

[Image credits: top, Fairwinds Trading; bottom, Gahaya Links] Following on from my previous posting about the Zimbabwean Basket Weavers, I have become increasingly fascinated by the defining characteristics and regional differences in the patterns, forms and traditional uses of African baskets and thought it would be nice to dedicate a separate posting for each of the various country styles I come across.

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Tamu Luxury Organic African Skin Care Beauty With Responsibility

[Image kincareource: MissEcoGlam]  ‘Beauty with responsibility’ is the ethos of Tamu, a luxury organic African skin care brand inspired by traditional African remedies. Using unrefined Shea and Cocoa butter Afriyie Boateng, Tamu’s creator, works in partnership with women from her mother’s village in Goaso, Ghana to produce her handmade products and has a desire to see the traditional skills involved preserved.

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Stone Cherrie Contemporary African Fashion Channelling Afro-Urban Glamour

  [Image credits: Spring/Summer 2010/2011 Simon Deiner] I always get a sense of nostalgia when viewing contemporary African fashion brand Stoned Cherrie’s creations. Drawing on the past to fashion the future; retro styling with inspiration taken from 1950s Covergirls to fiery Shebeen queens taps into the creativity and energy of modern South Africa giving the brand a funky urban edge – a style the company defines as ‘Afro-urban’.

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Africa Travel To The Obudu Mountain Resort Nigeria

[Image sources:Localyte and Skyscrapercity] Deep in the tropical rain forest of Cross River State you will find an Africa travel destination to the Obudu Mountain Resort, an ultimate ‘get away from it all’ destination nestled high among the clouds in the scenic mountains on the Oshie Ridge of the Sankwala Mountains and close to the border with Cameroon. For the energetic adventurer looking to rejuvenate mind, body and soul the Obudu Mountain Resort is the place to take the time and breathe in the fresh mountain air whilst hiking amid the lush green vegetation, all thanks to the high altitude and temperate climate which makes […]

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