via the rose

Thoughts on unique art, design, fashion and all things glorious.

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Yswara Tea – Tea from Africa

I want to talk about a hot drink that when drunk makes all the rain clouds go away. When something bad happens who ever said “oh no! I’ll go make you a cup of coffee.” Yeah, no one said that, ever. What they say is I’ll make you a cup of tea, that wonderful sweet elixir. Maybe I’m the only one, but I didn’t know about the massive amount of tea plantations in Africa (head hung in shame!) I found out because I came across Yswara Tea in the latest issue of Wanted Magazine (who now have a new online presence, check it out here). Swaady Martin founded Yswara Tea in 2012. As an entrepreneur, Swaady Martin “has a passion for African culture and heritage.” Yswara tea is African in origin, nature and tradition. It has become a “growing homegrown African global luxury brand.”

I want to tell you their story. It’s a story of Africa and of tea.

Swaady Martin, tea plantations and Yswara tea

Swaady Martin from Yswara Tea, Yswara products, tea plantation in Africa.

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Superbalist 100 Innovators

The Superbalist 100 innovators is here again! What is the Superbalist 100 you ask? It’s a list created by the online fashion business Superbalist. It features the top 100 South African innovators creating waves in their industries. The public can ‘vote up’ their favourites and the winner will receive R100 000 in prize money.

Superbalist is an online platform that brings South Africans the best of international and local trends. It provides everything from fashion, home ware and accessories to a youthful audience looking for something on trend and unique.

The Superbalist 100 has 6 sectors: Social Initiatives, Fashion, Creatives, Media, Tech and Business. Here are my Top 9 picks.

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Lovely Blogs (Part 2)

I think it’s time to share some more lovely blogs with you again. If you missed Part 1 of lovely blogs, read it here. Otherwise let’s get right into Part 2.

Messy Nessy Chic by Vanessa Grall

Vanessa describes this lovely blog as a ‘cabinet of chic curiosities’. I can’t think of a better description. Every time I receive the newsletter from her blog I find myself thinking how on earth does she find this stuff? Her posts are fascinating, with titles like: Lost Gardens of New York City, Beautiful Tomboys of the 1930s, and World War II Love Letters. All her posts come with the most incredible imagery and a wonderful touch of nostalgia. My favourite post is her series called Things I found On The Internet Today. Here she lists unusual and insane things she finds while trundling through the World Wide Web. It’s nothing short of addictive.

Homepage of Messy Nessy Chic.

Homepage of Messy Nessy Chic.

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Seoul Street Style

I think it’s about time I did a travel post. Well this is actually a travel and fashion post because… why not. When I left for South Korea in 2012 I wasn’t thinking about fashion. My thoughts on that flight ranged from would the North Koreans attack and we’d all die? To would I survive the apocalyptic Korean winter? (I did, but only just).

Denim in Seoul

Culture Shock

Before I left people said I’d experience various forms of culture shock. I was away from home in a strange country, with a culture very different from my own. I kept waiting for this ‘shock’ to set in. It didn’t. What did happen was that I fell in love with the Korean people and their style. Oh man these people can dress! Soon my eyes were open to a world where couples match at all times, trainers went with everything, and androgyny was the order of the day.

Seoul Couple Street Style

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Big Magic

I believe creativity is a form of magic. I believe that the universe gifts us our creativity, and it is up to us to bring forth its creation. I got this idea from Elizabeth Gilbert the author of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. The book demystifies how to live a creative life without the fear and torment. This book landed on my lap at a time when I was struggling with my creativity and figuring out what I want to do with my life. (Was the universe lending me a hand in some magic way? I think yes!) I suppose it would be a cliché to say this book changed my life. So I will rather say this: it calmed me down, and let me come up for air at a time when I needed to breathe.

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The book has six sections: Courage, Enchantment, Permission, Persistence, Trust and Divinity. These six things are the fundamentals of living a creative life. The book is filled with personal anecdotes from Elizabeth Gilbert’s own creative life and her friends’ creative lives. She writes in a friendly, humorous and inviting way. It makes you feel like she’s written the book just for you. Here is a little taste:

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The BFG

Steven Spielberg’s screen adaption of Roald Dahl’s 1982 beloved story The BFG won’t go down in history for being Spielberg’s greatest work. Competing with E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan and Minority Report it has a lot to live up to. Yet, I don’t think Spielberg intended it to be this way.

The BFG Film Poster

The BFG Film Poster

I have been re-tweeting every post from Disney about the upcoming film. Its release this weekend was much anticipated. I wasn’t disappointed, but I knew I wasn’t going to be. I’m an avid Roald Dahl and Disney fan and the film was just how it should’ve been. I believe (and have read) a lot of people were expecting an action packed, edge of your seat, hold your breath type of film. I’m afraid those people will be disappointed.

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The Floating Piers

The Floating Piers popped up on my Instagram feed last week. The bright orange yellow colours made me click on it. I then realised this beautiful piece of land art was by Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

Collage 2015 11 x 8 1/2" (28 x 21.5 cm) Pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Volz, aerial photograph and fabric sample Photo: André Grossmann © 2015 Christo

Collage 2015
11 x 8 1/2″ (28 x 21.5 cm)
Pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Volz, aerial photograph and fabric sample
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2015 Christo

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Lovely Blogs (Part 1)

I’m new to the world of blogging. I’m not even in ‘blogging kindergarten’ yet. The most important and valuable thing I’ve learnt so far is to read other blogs. Look at what the pros are doing. I find it inspiring and something to work towards. I read A LOT of lovely blogs and my email feed is jam packed with newsletters. It’s been helpful on this little project of mine.

In this post I thought I would share some of my favourite and inspirational blogs. Perhaps you know some of them, perhaps you don’t. In any case, these are my favourites. Let’s start with a proudly South African one!

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Windswept Jewellery

If you are on this blog then you’ve guessed that I like unique things, things that no one else has, or things that are personal and precious. Well I have just found something that epitomises everything I love about unique design. Enter the brand Love & Robots. If you want to see jewellery design innovation at its best, this is it!

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Process work of the Windswept Collection by Love & Robots.

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The Post-Couture Collective

I have this image in my head of myself swanning into a Burberry Store. Walking around like I own the place. Then casually purchasing the famous Burberry Heritage Trench Coat (the Kensington style please). Ok, back to reality, the chances of this happening are as likely as my dog Baxter giving up Biltong. For most people that belong to my generation or younger, shopping at high-end fashion stores just isn’t and option…yet! So how do we keep up with the constantly changing trends?

mphvs ONE / OFF Dress by The Post-Couture Collective.

mphvs ONE / OFF Dress by The Post-Couture Collective.

Let’s face it; trends in the fashion industry are on fast-forward. What’s on trend today will be cringe worthy tomorrow. With social media platforms like Instagram, we can post selfies of ourselves wearing the latest H&M ensemble. But we wouldn’t be caught dead wearing the same thing in our next selfie! The horror! So we need more options, and the fashion industry has obliged. Brands like Cotton On, H&M, Topshop and Forever 21 are just some of the fast fashion retailers that produce on trend clothing at affordable prices. One can quite easily walk into Cotton On tomorrow and buy 5 T-shirts in differing colours and end up wearing only two. Ever. It doesn’t matter because they won’t last. They’re so cheap we don’t agonise over spending ridiculous amounts of money on one little T-shirt. They’re just disposable. You only need to experience the frenzied oestrogen levels in H&M aisles once to know what I’m talking about.

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