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personalised rings by Janine Binneman

I have so much love for my new personalised stacking rings by local jewellery designer Janine Binneman. They are quite simply the cutest things ever.

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Janine and her team create exquisite one-of-a-kind pieces, from engagement rings to occasion jewellery and classic must-haves for men and women.

I have a very minimalist approach to jewellery. I’m not a very good ‘accessorisor’, but I do like each piece I wear to mean something to me, almost like a tattoo. I have my wedding ring, I have my Huguenot cross necklace that my dad bought me, which represents my ancestry – and now I have these rings, and they bear my very heart and soul.

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I look at them about a thousand times a day and each time I smile. They have that effect on you.

Made from sterling silver, they are also available in rose gold and yellow gold plating (maximum of 9 letters per name). The price ranges from R330 to R380.

— Emily

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#passonthemagic

Do you remember your Matric farewell? Mine was 20 years ago this year and I still remember the scratchy, uncomfortable velvet / lace navy dress that I wore. Back in high school, I wasn’t really a girly girl who loved dresses and make-up and all that. It was more of a chore for me to dress up for this fancy night out than anything else. But alas, I survived. Today, I love an opportunity to glam it up, especially seeing as my everyday attire consists mostly of jeans and tees (read: mom life).

When Skip sent us the email about their #PassOnTheMagic campaign, we couldn’t help but get excited. They want to make Matric farewell dreams come true for those young girls who perhaps can’t afford a beautiful dress for their special night. So they are once again partnering with local NGO The Princess Project to make this happen. Portia Gumede, brand building manager for Skip says: “Our priority is to care for your clothes and keep them looking beautiful. We understand the emotional attachment most women have to their clothes, and the memories evoked with certain garments. The Princess Project effectively takes a cocktail, Matric farewell or any other formal dress that was extremely sentimental to someone, and passes it on to a new person to create an equally special occasion – passing on the magic.”

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This is where we come in… that’s you. And me. And any other woman who has some special dresses hanging in her wardrobe that could do with a few more twirls on the dance floor. If you’d like to get involved in this amazing campaign and donate your dresses, visit The Princess Project website here to find the nearest donation point for you. You can also drop off at collection points at the SABC offices in Auckland Park, Durban and Cape Town. Otherwise you can use Sendr to arrange collection by emailing info@sendr.co.za. The deadline is end of May. We’re definitely digging in our wardrobes for this worthy cause.

Stay up to date on the #PassOnTheMagic campaign by following Skip’s Facebook page and @SkipSouthAfrica on Twitter and Instagram.

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— Liza

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we’re loving autumn/winter at poetry

We’re back from our holiday – from sunshine and beach weather to cold, blustery rainy days. At least we have the Poetry autumn/winter collection to look forward to, in stores from Friday 🙂

This season, expect a few pieces in cashmere and silk, plus details such as pleats, lace, quilting and embroidery. We love the pared down neutrals with the pops of colour too.

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— Liza

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fat pants have never looked this good

This long weekend I have every intention of doing very little. There will be a bit of exercise, a bit of socialising, but other than that I hope to become better acquainted with my couch, and Netflix. How utterly decadent.

Perfectly timed, Cotton On Body‘s Easter range was delivered into my inbox. Just because you’re ‘lounging’ doesn’t mean you want to look like a slob. I totally in love with all of this, just the right time for winter PJ’s too. Makes the prospect of those long, dark chilly months seem slightly less daunting… head down to Cotton On Body for some lovely Easter spoils. You (and your couch) will love them.

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— Emily

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are you a sneakerhead?

Autumn is here, winter is coming… And that means a wardrobe update! This year it’s all about the sneaker for us. We still love our boots, but to be practical, as mamas who still want to look stylish, it’s sneakers all the way.

Last year Liza switched between a very old pair of pink Adidas trainers and an apple green pair of Reeboks, but this winter it’s time for an update. Emily’s just bought a pair of Supergas (see below) and she can’t believe it took her so long. They have barely left her feet since. She wears them with everything from jeans to office-style LBDs – basically her wardrobe has been revolutionised, in fact her entire ‘look’ on a day-to-day basis. Liza is still on the hunt!

What’s your favourite pair and how do you wear them?

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— Liza

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emerging creatives – using ppc cement

We love the idea of using cement as an art form. At the latest PPC Imaginarium Awards, young talented artists and designers were awarded for their expressive use of cement as a primary base or material in their creations. We especially liked the winners in the jewellery and fashion sectors…

In jewellery, winner Mignon Daubermann was inspired by the anatomy of the body where she designed two rings replicating the shapes and forms of human bones.

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And in fashion, winner Hester Erasmus used exaggerated A-line silhouettes, mixing PVC plastic with cement pieces for her collection.

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All rather interesting, don’t you think?

Look out for our cement-inspired interiors post later this week…

— Liza

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