What I Would Buy if I Won the Lottery; A NEAR-SPACE ODYSSEY

What I Would Buy if I Won the Lottery; A NEAR-SPACE ODYSSEY

So what actually is a near-space odyssey?? Well for £380,000 you get a private group space travel with the bloon company. Imagine being able to say that you have actually been to space, do you know how insane that sounds???? How many people besides astronauts can actually say that ??? Not a lot that’s for sure.

For me, this sounds like an absolute dream because I am one of those annoying people that is always questioning shit; such as did we actually land on the moon? What do astronauts do because it’s clear they don’t spend the majority of their time in space like your average job.  Are we sure the earth isn’t flat and does the government genuinely watch and listen to everything we do? So this experience would be able to disprove my so-called ‘dumb’ conspiracy theories 🤣.

 

Astronauts have always described the view of earth from space as a life-changing experience. For me, I know for a fact that this entire experience would in some sort of way change the way I see life, I don’t know why I feel like this but do you know when people say they feel as though they’re in the presence of a greater being, whether or not that may be God, that is exactly how I would feel if i went to space and then seeing just how small the world is would make me feel some sort of way, as in it would make me appreciate everything a lot more. In addition to that, I think it would also make me feel so grateful because in reality this is a once in a lifetime experience and to be able to afford it is honestly a WOW.

Seeing as we now live in an environmentally cautious era –  Bloon is a zero-emission vehicle that relies on a large ‘sail’ filled with static helium gas capable of lifting its capsule 22 miles into the earth’s atmosphere. Being devoid of any combustible fuels means that Bloon’s ascent is gentle, has zero impact on the environment, and is entirely noiseless. So if you can get on a plane, yacht or car you can definitely get on this feeling a lot less guilty.

Do take note that the Bloon pod is safe for children (those below 16 must be accompanied by an adult). A report from your physician and a simple medical checkup is needed to ensure you and your fellow Bloon travellers can enjoy the flight safely.  The pod also holds up to four people and all bookings are subject to availability and weather conditions. We advise booking at least six months in advance to guarantee the desired date and time.

To book your flight or for more info – http://www.zero2infinity.space/bloon/

All About Africa; Mbombela, South Africa

All About Africa; Mbombela, South Africa

Mbombela, formerly known as Nelspruit (Nelspruit, which means literally Nels stream) is the capital of South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province. It’s a gateway to Kruger National Park, home to elephants, zebras, rhinos and other wildlife. The city’s Lowveld National Botanical Garden even features a man-made rainforest. Northwest are the prehistoric Sudwala Caves, with unusual rock formations. South, Umhloti Nature Reserve contains the Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimp Eden sanctuary.ue to its proximity to the world-famous Kruger National Park. Other than the Kruger National Park, there are also many tourist attractions within easy driving distance, such as Sudwala Caves, Bourke’s Luck potholes, Kruger Park, Panorama Route, Kaapschehoop, Pilgrim’s Rest, Long Tom Pass, Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation CentreWhether or not you’re an adrenaline junkie the list of things to do in this city is endless!

Where to stay

Leaves Lodge and Spa 

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Belgrace Boutique Hotel

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What to do

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g312633-Activities-Nelspruit_Mpumalanga.html

https://www.sa-venues.com/things-to-do/mpumalanga/bysuburb/nelspruit/

https://www.inspirock.com/south-africa/things-to-do-in-nelspruit

10 things to do in and around Nelspruit

 

Winter concealer???

Winter concealer???

So a few weeks ago I did a post on winter foundations and I thought why not do one on winter concealers, I mean its’s only right! Concealer is honestly my favourite makeup product of all time. If I could only wear one makeup product for the rest of my life it would be concealer. No joke. Winter is literally where my skin is the driest meaning that I not only have to change my foundation but also my concealer because we cannot forget that your eyes are the most sensitive parts of your face, therefore, they need to stay hydrated at ALL TIMES meaning you need a hydrating concealer and to probably ditch the baking this winter. Dry winter skin is a real thing, people!!! So please listen to me when I say moisturising and eye cream is not enough to save your complexion from drying out, switching to more hydrating versions of all of your beauty products is ultimately your best bet! I don’t think men actually realise how hard and expensive it is being a girl 🙁

During winter we should be looking for creamier formulas that hydrate dry, flaky areas instead of accentuating them this means sticking to liquid or cream concealers.

My Personal Faves

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

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Now, this is the holy grail of concealers, the texture 10/10, colour range 10/10, consistency 10/10. There is no one in this world that has a bad thing to say about this concealer. Everything about it is amazing and the best thing about it is that its not only hydrating but you can also apply it with your fingers!

Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer

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So apparently this is the UK’s very own version of the Tarte shape tape concealer aka the one concealer that every US influencer swears by! I love this concealer but what I love more about it is the Price – for £4 you get the creamiest consistency and FULL coverage!

L.A. Girl HD Pro Conceal

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This is the OG drugstore concealer for us WOC. (If I were you I’d buy it from your local hair shop, it’s a lot cheaper at £2.99). This was the first-ever concealer I bought and I was literally obsessed, it is an exact dupe of the makeup forever foundation and has the most amazing finish/ coverage!

e.l.f. Cosmetics e.l.f. 16hr Camo Concealer

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This is an exact dupe of the Nars radiant concealer and the amazing thing is that it’s only £5 so if you can’t bring yourself to pay £22 for one concealer then this is the one for you! The only problem is that you have to be fast when blending due to the thickness of the formula.

All About Africa; Knysna, South Africa

All About Africa; Knysna, South Africa

The charming town of Knysna (pronounced ny-znah) lies in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and is part of the Garden Route. Never in this life would you ever think that this beautiful town is located in South Africa because I mean look at how clear that water is!! Not to mention, Knysna is a natural paradise of, indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches, it is South Africas very own Garden of Eden. The town nestles on the banks of a breathtakingly pretty lagoon that is now a protected marine reserve that is home to the extraordinary Knysna seahorse and over 200 species of fish. It may be small but there is an endless opportunity for leisure and outdoor adventure. Fun Fact – Knysna, Formerly the centre of the timber industry, supplying yellowwood and stinkwood for railway lines, shipping and house-building, it still has several shops specialising in woodwork and traditional furniture.

Brenton Haven Beachfront Resort

A restaurant or other place to eat at Brenton Haven Beachfront Resort

A beach at or near the resort

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A restaurant or other place to eat at Brenton Haven Beachfront Resort

Lookout Lodge

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Things to do

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g312664-Activities-Knysna_Western_Cape.html

Where to eat

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/south-africa/knysna/restaurants/a/poi-eat/1315312

 

 

What I would buy If I won the lottery; The 1001 Nights Diamond Purse by House of Mouawad

What I would buy If I won the lottery; The 1001 Nights Diamond Purse by House of Mouawad

So for my entire life, I thought that the Hermes Birkin bag by Japanese designer Ginza Tanaka was the most expensive bag in the world because I mean come on, Hermes have the most valuable bags on this earth, everyone knows it whether or not they are a fashion enthusiast! However, after a little research, it turns out I was wrong, the worlds most expensive handbag certified by Guinness Book of World Record as just that is in fact, the 1001 Nights Diamond Purse by House of Mouawad. The heart-shaped purse is encrusted with 4,517 diamonds in yellow, pink and colourless variants totalling to 381.92 carats.

Designed out of the fairy tale of Scheherazade and her king, this exquisite piece of jewellery was inspired by the 1001 nights. The bag was designed by the third-generation owner of the business, Robert Mouawad and It took 10 skilled artisans and a total of 8,800 hours to create this bag. So as you can tell it is not the worlds most expensive handbag for no reason! Mouawad also holds a number of other world records, including for creating the most expensive bra in the world. The $11m Very Sexy Fantasy Bra, which was modelled by Heidi Klum in a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2003, was covered with 2,800 diamonds, sapphires and amethysts and weighed 2,200 carats. And do you know the craziest thing about this is that I had never heard of this brand until the minute I decided to write this blog post, you’d think that with the way I love handbags (designer ones to be specific) that I would know this information? But then again what’s life if you’re not learning something new every day??

 

This one-of-a-kind handcrafted accessory was available for private auction at Christie’s London, and was initially showcased at a collector’s handbag auction in Hong Kong in 2017. With enough bling to brighten up a dark sky, the precious purse is an investment for eccentric billionaires, who are accessory collectors, hence why I included it in this series. Experts say the Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse is an extremely rare piece worth more than $3.8 million, an investment worth buying. And although it doesn’t suit every occasion, collectors believe this purse can be worn on very simple occasions. If you’re a billionaire who loves sparkling items and very luxurious accessories, this handbag is a must-have for you!

 

 

Fashion Trends that Dominated Summer 19

Fashion Trends that Dominated Summer 19

I did one of these last year and I find it so nice to reminisce on the trends of the past summer. I feel as though it’d so cute to look back at my blog, especially at posts like these to show my children what was cool back in my day (lol) and to compare trends because I always say fashion trends always come back so are this years summer trends going to come back and haunt us in 30 years time? That is why this year I won’t only be doing fashion trends but over the next 3 weeks I will also be doing bag trends and shoe trends that dominated the summer of this year.

Is anyone else super upset that summer 19 is already over? This year has honestly been the fastest year of my life so far, I feel like everything happened so fast, like how am starting university in two weeks???? Do you know how crazy that is to me!!! Anyway, back to fashion, last year we saw co-ords, bum bags, cycling shorts, cargo pants, cropped denim jackets, bandeaus, etc dominate summer 18 and not much has really changed, I think these trends hit their peak this year – especially co -ords and cycling shorts.

TARTAN DREAMS

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Clueless vibes or what??? This will forever be one of my fave trends whether or not it’s fashion. Leopard wasn’t the only popular print for the Spring/Summer ’19 show season. Tartan also appeared on the streets of New York, London, Paris and Milan and in all of our favourite high street shops. Pick up a tartan suit, jacket or pair of pants that features the classic pattern in unique and bold colours, such as red, blue, green and yellow.

MILKMAID ANYONE?

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This was more of an Instagram trend but the high street did pick up on it, it was all over PLT and Topshop as they tried to compete with the rising It brands like DôenLoveShackFancy, and Reformation, the ultra-feminine, ultra-soft look is replacing the menswear-inspired trends of seasons past. Now, it’s all about looking like you just stumbled in from an afternoon of milking cows in the fields.

CYCLING SHORTS AGAIN!

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Is this trend ever going to die down? Well, not any time soon because the trend the no one ever asked for is still here two years later, and it’s bolder than ever. Simple, shiny shorts were found at Chanel, but Stella McCartney’s reinvention for 2019 involved florals – and lots of them. This summer we saw the high street even doing denim cycling shorts, a trend that hasn’t been popular since the 80’s!

CROCHET

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I feel like this entire summer was a ’70s, California Dreamin’ craft-work. Crochet was spotted at Oscar de la Renta, Victoria Beckham and JW Anderson – all in monochrome, although it was completely mainstream this year, I feel as though crochet will most definitely dominate our Instagram feeds next year.

COLOUR BLOCKING

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Prabal Gurung was the king of colour blocking on last years ss19 runway shows! I mean look at that dress ughhhhh!!!!!!! So much colour was smacking us in the face this summer and I was LIVING for it. People were still getting used to the idea that anything goes with colour and that you can go WILD when it comes to colour blocking so I think that this is another trend that we will see thrive in 2020.

ANIMAL PRINT

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As an African woman animal print will forever be fashionable in my eyes! Just like cycling shorts, this continues to be the trend that keeps on giving meaning that if you bought a leopard print item last season/ year, you’ll still be able to wear it probably until the end of time!

BOILER SUITS

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Utilitarian designs have been haunting us for a good year now, last year we saw cargo pants literally EVERYWHERE in every colour, fit and material! Although boiler suits didn’t appear on this year’s runways they appeared in all the major fashion cities throughout fashion month. Originally designed as a one-piece protective garment for manual labour, boiler suits are now as fashionable as they are functional but for us short girls it’s hard to find a suit that fits us perfectly 🙁 .

NEON

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THIS IS THE TREND THAT DOMINATED SUMMER 2019 WITHOUT A DOUBT! This is not one for the faint-hearted that is for sure. if there was one way to describe this trend it would have to be vibrant! Neon made its way to our high street shelves and never left! But the question is, is that it for this highlighter trend? will fashion go back to its beiges and pastels? Reflective of both the 1980s comeback and a growing interest in cyberpunk I really hope it’s here to stay.

PUFFY SHOULDERS

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Last year it was dramatic sleeves this year it’s bold shoulders with a twist rather than padded, boxy numbers, this season’s take was a whole lot puffier proving once and for all that the minimal trend is over! We just have to thank god that the British weather was good enough this year that we could all make a puffy statement without the need for a jacket dimming our fashion!

TIE DIE

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Is just me or does this give you major flashbacks to your childhood when you used to watch those films/ tv series of kids going to summer camp? For me, Tie Die is the definition of hipster and it’s pretty evident that fashion atm is in a phase of nostalgia so it’s not really much of a surprise that tie-die was all over ss19 runways  but the question is when will the high street pick up on it because I only saw it once in Topshop this summer?

 

SPF in the winter?

SPF in the winter?

When I was little people always used to tell me that I didn’t need suncream because I am black but bbbooooyyyy where they completely wring, everyone needs suncream, melanin does not make you immune to sun damage and it has a lot of benefits which is why you should wear it EVERY SINGLE DAY not just in summer simply for the reason that “Ultraviolet rays that are the cause of sun damage and skin cancer are always present,” explains Dr. Shilesh Iyer, M.D., a Board Certified dermatologist with the renown New York Dermatology Group. “They are independent of cold or hot weather and are not blocked by clouds. On overcast days, only visible rays (but not UVB rays) from the sun are blocked. The best way to protect the skin is with sun protection.”

And yessss the SPF in your foundation, concealer, primer or powder is not enough. You might be thinking that your makeup containing SPF is a suitable substitute for sunscreen, it’s likely not protecting you from sun damage as well as you think.

What exactly is SPF?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor (Pretty obvious). It measures the level of protection a product will give you from UVB. The British Association of Dermatologists recommend always using a minimum of SPF 30, which blocks 97% of UVB. To put that into context, SPF 15 blocks 93% and SPF 50 blocks 98%. So, in reality, they should kinda stop selling anything below SPF15 because it is very misleading and as you can see not useless but not as effective as anything at SPF30 and above.

How much damage can UV rays really cause?

Sun damage shows itself in the form of dullness, uneven pigmentation and loss of firmness. Which is why SPF is perfect for preventing wrinkles for as long as possible, they kind of work as an anti-ageing product. “Ultraviolet rays from the sun are extremely harmful to the skin and cause more than 90 per cent of the visible signs of ageing including wrinkles, sagging, rough patches and skin discolouration,” confirms Dr Shirin Lakhani.

What’s the best way to apply your SPF?

“Your sunscreen should be applied after you moisturise and before you apply your foundation,” says Shirin. “Even if you are wearing makeup you still need to re-apply every two hours.” It also needs to be applied correctly to be effective, so make sure you’re using a decent amount. “Sunscreen should be applied before you leave home in the morning all year round,” adds Dr Qian Xu. “Even on cloudy winter days.”

Best SPF moisturisers

https://www.prevention.com/beauty/a20478568/best-sunscreens-for-face/

https://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/best-sun-protection-for-face

https://www.allure.com/gallery/editors-favorite-sunscreens

https://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/travel/spf-face

https://www.elle.com/beauty/g26527/best-face-sunscreen/

https://www.lookfantastic.com/blog/discover/10-best-sunscreens-for-face/

 

 

All About Africa; Sandton, South Africa

All About Africa; Sandton, South Africa

I am such a wimp so when it comes to South Africa, one place I can never stay in is central Johannesburg, especially in light of everything that has been happening in the press involving South Africa! Imagine my small self – a Zimbabwean girl who grew up in the U.K. staying in central Joburg AKA a disaster waiting to happen. That is why Sandton is the solution and more of my scene, it is an affluent area situated in the Johannesburg Municipality. The name comes from the combination of two of its suburbs, Sandown and Bryanston. Sandton is a popular area for visitors to stay in when exploring Johannesburg and its surrounding attractions.

Where to stay

 Intercontinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers

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Sandton Sun

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The Michelangelo Hotel

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What to do and where to go

  • The Apartheid museum – If you ask me this is a must if you are visiting Johannesburg. By going here you will receive an insight into 20th century South Africa along with the history of the country and the key individuals which helped to bring apartheid to an end. Visitors are randomly classified as “white” or “non-white,” and their ensuing experience through the exhibits reflects their assigned race.

  • Montecasino – The premiere entertainment destination in Gauteng offers the best of the best for people coming in out of town.
  • SAB World of Beer –  Voted Johannesburg’s number one tourist attraction twice. Here you will discover the rich history of beer, and uncover the important role it has played culturally, socially and economically over time.
  • Johannesburg Art Gallery – Love art and history? Why not visit JAG, it is home to an impressive historical art collection and houses one of the biggest art collections in the country.
  • Go shopping in Sandton City, the biggest shopping mall in Johannesburg and one of the biggest in Africa which holds hundreds of top high street and designer stores! 
  • On Sunday why not spend the day at the Fourways Farmers’ Market located directly opposite the large Montecasino entertainment complex. There is plenty of opportunities to buy handmade chocolates as well as ice creams and other sweet treats, and if you are looking for gifts there are a number of cute craft stalls. There is a lot of space for kids to run around and for the grown-ups, there’s a wine and craft beer bar where you can enjoy performances by local folk singers.
  • Visit The Cradle of Humankind – one of South Africa’s eight world heritage sites and the only one in Gauteng and take a hot air balloon ride across the entire site to see it in all its glory.
  • If you love good food and an intimate shopping experience then you’ll enjoy Parkhurst’s buzzing village atmosphere. Take a cab or catch the Gautrain to nearby Rosebank, within walking distance of the suburb.
  • Most people come to Africa to go on a luxury safari trip of their dreams so why not go to the Dinokeng Game Reserve, a range of wild animals in their natural habitat.
  • With so much to do an see in the Magaliesburg, it would be a shame to miss out on it
What I would buy if I won the lottery: Kanye West x Louis Vuitton trainers

What I would buy if I won the lottery: Kanye West x Louis Vuitton trainers

I don’t really know if they do women’s sizes for these, so I guess this is kind of a men’s fashion post. I feel like I neglect you guys on my blog and instagram but do not worry, I will start doing more posts for men on here! You have my word.

So you may wonder why do I have a pair of trainers on this segment? Well back in July Farfetch reported that a pair of Kanye West x Louis Vuitton trainers are the most valuable in the world going for £22,763 a pair! The trainers in question are a collaborative design with Louis Vuitton from 2009. The Jasper sneaker, originally available in three colour palettes, was on sale ten years ago for only £864 meaning that they have increased by 2,532% in value👏🏾

Mathieu Le Maux, trainer expert and author of 1000 Sneakers: A Guide To The World’s Greatest Kicks, From Sport To Street, explains what determines a rise in value: “A model in men’s size 42 to 44 (UK8 to UK10) will be way more popular, because a majority of men are wearing shoes in this range. It will probably be more expensive to find sneakers in these sizes than for bigger or smaller ones. Rarity, condition, the prestige of the designers at that time, and the quality of the material used to create it determine value too.”

if you’re lucky to have a pair at the back of your wardrobe, cling on to them – they’re only going to increase in value. So I guess we can kind of call these the Hermes birkins of the trainer Industry?

Where to buy them; https://stockx.com/louis-vuitton-jaspers-kanye-grey-pink?currencyCode=GBP&size=12&gclid=CjwKCAjwzdLrBRBiEiwAEHrAYtnDzqaU_PztC7YZSX8NF99gSfnTASe7i06n_g-tEMc6R_n1kgdAUhoCxuQQAvD_BwE