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African Inspired Home Decor SisterBatik African Print Cushions

Loving these gorgeously colourful cushions and pillows from SisterBatik, that I saw via The South is Blooming blog. Working on a philosophy to create items that will happily become part of someone’s space or home, SisterBatik’s African inpsired home decor pillows and cushions will definitely add some cheer. [Image credit: SisterBatik – Etsy]

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Nigerian Fashion Designer Kosibah Beautifully Sculpted Gowns

Award winning Nigerian fashion designer Yemi Osunkoya is a man who understands the curves of a woman’s body, creating stunningly beautiful sculpted dresses that enhance and entice; and if any of the testamonials on his website are anything to go by then Yemi’s designs capture the essence of a woman perfectly. [Image credit: Kosibah]

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Southern Africa Roots of Bridal Designer Angelo Lambrou

With three days to go till the Royal Wedding, anticipation has reached fever pitch. I can’t speak for the rest of the world but here in the UK whether you are interested in it or not there is no escaping it. Strolling up London’s Regent’s Street last Thursday everywhere you turned there was the blue, white and red of the Union Jack lining the streets, hanging from shop fronts and incorporated into window displays as the city prepares to celebrate with the Royal couple. And of course speculation is rife as to the dress and the designer, who will most […]

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Wola Nani South African Artisans And FitFlop Collaborate

Not being sporty, I do however like to walk whenever possible and the warmer weather brings with it more chances to get out and about and hopefully get fit in the process. FitFlop with its unique Microwobbleboard™ midsole technology offers busy women a way to squeeze a bit of exercise into their day whilst going about their daily lives; and have proved very popular. In conjunction with NET-A-PORTER and the South African artisans of Wola Nani cooperative, launching today is a limited edition FitFlop called the Manyano Sandal. [Image credit: FitFlop – Manyano Sandal / NET-A-PORTER]

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Woza Moya Dreams for Africa The Most Beautiful Object In South Africa

‘The Most Beautiful Object in South Africa’ (MBOISA) is a feature of the annual Design Indaba Conference and Expo held in Cape Town, South Africa. This year ten beautiful objects were selected by top magazine editors and then displayed in the Design Indaba arena where visitors to the Expo could view them and vote for their favourite. The winning entry was a rather special chair called ‘Woza Moya Dreams for Africa Chair’; a chair intended to create a legacy of hope. [Image credit: Woza Moya Dreams for Africa Chair – Design Indaba]

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Award Winning Brazilian/Togolese Industrial Designer Kossi Aguessy

You many not be familiar with the name Kossi Aguessy, but many will be familiar with his award winning work in the form of a perfume bottle for Stella McCartney, which just so happens to be one of my favourite perfumes. Born in Lomé, Togo to a mother of African Brazilian descent and a father of Togolese Yoruba descent; and having lived in New York City, London, Brazil, eventually settling in Paris and Rotterdam; Kossi describes himself as a “child of Africa, that pays no attention to the boundaries being then the son of a global education with deep multicultural roots” […]

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Rwandan Coffee Beans Land Of A Thousand Hills Brand

For many getting through the day without a cup of coffee can be a struggle, I don’t drink coffee – it works rather too well keeping me wide-awake for days – but I do like the rich aroma of roasted coffee beans. However, coffee is among one of the most exploitative industries in the world a focus of many fair trade initiatives towards making a positive and lasting change; especially where fair wages and export tariffs are concerned. Recognising this need for change ‘Drink Coffee. Do Good’ is the mantra for one coffee company in Georgia, USA. Called Land of a […]

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Laduma Ngxokolo South African Knitwear Inspired By Xhosa Culture

The ‘Colourful World of the Xhosa Tribe’ is a range of locally sourced Merino wool and mohair knitted textiles exploring the cultural heritage of the Xhosa people by design graduate and South African knitwear designer Laduma Ngxokolo. Of his choice of material Laduma Ngxokolo used mohair for its richness of colour and extra sheen, saying it is a versatile material; sustainable, lightweight, breathable and elastic. While studying at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, Laduma Ngxokolo was inspired by the Xhosa initiation ceremonies and sought to create garments that men could wear when attending these traditional ceremonies.

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Africa Travel To Wilderness Safari Abu Camp, Botswana

Between last the week’s; fashion post set in the wilderness and being currently engrossed in the charming exploits of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’s  Mma Ramotswe that take her on safari, it was inevitable that the next Africa travel daydream would lead to the serene splendour of a classic Botswana safari experience. In particular, if you are looking to surround yourself with the majesty of elephant herds, then Abu Camp situated on a vast 180 000 hectares private reserve is the one for you. I must say there is nothing to put you in place than seeing an adult elephant up close, it makes you realise […]

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Fashion Designer Farai Simoyi Madame’s Rouge Collection

There is a touch of sultry seductiveness about UK-Born/Zimbabwean raised designer, Farai Simoyi’s latest collection entitled Madame’s Rouge. Named one of Essence magazine’s ‘fashions next best designers’, the Autumn/Winter 2011 collection was defined by the drama of red and black in materials like plush luxurious velvet, slinky satin and sexy see through chiffon panels; all highlighted by shimmering gold accessories. [Image credit: Madame’s Rouge – Farai Simoyi]

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Original Beans Chocolate Blending Rare African Cacao

Spent a rather indulgent, calorie-busting afternoon with family at the London Chocolate Festival yesterday. Although smaller than I anticipated the Festival, held over three days on London’s Southbank, brought together some of the finest chocolatiers, along with the opportunity to try before you buy – a chocolate lover’s dream. We were fortunate enough to have another gloriously hot spring day which brought out the crowds; not only to the Festival but right along the stretch of the Southbank from Tower Bridge to the London Eye. Southbank is one of my favourite places in London, with so much going on you’re always bound […]

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Zebra Print Safari Chic Inspired Interior Decor Accessories

While the hot pink zebra print wouldn’t look out of place in an episode of ‘Jerseylicious’ (…and, no I didn’t just admit to watching that… it… umm… just happens to be on when I’m in the room!), I rather fancy the ice bucket.  I saw it featured in a Zebra print inspired editorial in online Australian interiors magazine Adore Home; and after yesterdays more softer nature inspired post, it definitely turns things up a notch. Brilliant green colour adds a fun, stylish twist to classic Zebra print creating contemporary Safari chic inspired interior decor accessories. [Image credit: Adore Home Magazine Australia]

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Gudrun Sjödén Fashion LookBook Inspired By Africa

While leisurely flipping through the ‘Mail on Sunday’s’ (3rd April 2011) ‘You magazine’ supplement I saw a rather dreamy photoshoot inspired by Africa, advertising the latest ‘Early Summer 2011’ collections from Swedish clothing label Gudrun Sjödén. The backdrop of the editorial drew me before I’d even taken notice of the clothes; I guess such is the power of a comfortingly familiar savannah landscape of over me. Beautifully shot on location in various parts of Botswana, ‘Early Summer’ comprises four core looks that are laidback and easy to wear. Founding the company in 1976 designer, Gudrun Sjödén’s states that nature is her power […]

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Luxury Africa Travel To Djibouti Palace Kempinski

I don’t know much about Djibouti so when I came across the Djibouti Palace Kempinski I seized to opportunity to find out more, and was pleasantly surprised to discover a place referred to a  ‘best kept secret’ in luxury Africa travel (though I must say there are many places in the running for that title). [Image source: Djibouti Palace Kempinski – Kiwi Collection]

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African Fashion Brand Christie Brown Statement Jewellery

  Make a bold statement this summer with these gorgeous button bib necklaces from emerging African fashion brand Christie Brown based in Ghana. Getting you noticed is a crop of brown, blue or fuchsia coloured feathers fanning out from a cluster of assorted Ankara fabric covered buttons. [Image credit: Afromatic Daydream Necklace – Chrisite Brown]

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Designer Karim Rashid Cutting-Edge Contemporary Design

With over 3000 designs in production, over 300 awards to his name and having worked in over 35 countries, product designer  Karim Rashid has been described as one of the most prolific designers of his generation. Half Egyptian and half English, Karim was born in Cairo and raised in England and Canada. In 1993, after studying in Canada and later Italy, Karim opened his design studio in New York City, designing products that span multi-disciplines including: interiors, product, fashion, packaging, identity, art and space. [Image credit: Matrix Sofa System, 2009 – Karim Rashid]

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Missoni Global Chic African Inspired Fashion Style

Luxurious crochet knits are the signature of family-owned Italian fashion house Missoni. Founded in 1953 the label’s distinctive prints make use of zig-zags, waves, blocks of colour and geometric shapes, and are seen across clothing like eveningwear, swimwear, and accessories.  [Image credits: Pre-collection spring 2011 – Missoni]

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