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Category: Miscellaneous

Shared Working Spaces

I’ve been thinking a lot about communities and shared working spaces lately. I recently started a new job. One which I still can’t believe I have. One thing I’ve realised is how great it is to be apart of something good. There are people doing amazing things in Cape Town and South Africa. And I get to be involved in some of these things.

Some of the people we work with have started shared working spaces in the city. These are places where, if you don’t have an office, you can go and work. They have wifi access, conference rooms and smaller meeting rooms at your disposal. If you are running your own business, it’s a great way to work in an office environment and connect with others. Because working alone sucks big time! So here are Cape Town’s shared working spaces for you to check out.

Spin Street House SHared Working Space

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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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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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