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!
I feel like I have been slacking so much with blogging for the last two years and I just want to apologise but I feel like I just needed a mental health break for my own sanity. Do you ever get those moments where you’re so emotionally drained that you lose passion in the things that you used to ADORE? But I am back and I’m back with an OG series “What I would buy if I won the Lottery.”
Not many people know this, but I originally started this series because I genuinely thought that my dad was going to win the lottery one day, so 15 year old me was like If I write about it surely it will come true then I can actually become a real-life luxury lifestyle blogger? Can you believe that this was a whole 2 and a half years before I even discovered the secret along with with the law of attraction? Do you guys believe in the power of speaking things into existence? As well as this I am such a firm believer in the idea that everything happens for a reason and the reason my dad probably never won the lottery was that the universe knew that I would eventually win the lottery and that it would be the lottery of life because I am going to do amazing things in this life and I will one day own everything I speak about in this series! I am claiming it 😘
Ever since my European summer, I have wanted a freaking boat!!! Whilst my cousin and I were in Lake Como we were searching we even searched tinder for rich men with yachts, that is how much we wanted a boat loool but obviously it never happened otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this blog post, instead I would have lied on my Instagram claiming the boat is mine like all these insta models x But as I said before, everything happens for a reason 🤷🏾♀️, Either way, I am going to own a boat which will be resident in Lake Como where one of my many summer homes will be situated!
I feel as though for a person who has won the lottery a boat really isn’t enough, whereas a yacht will be the ultimate thing for everyone to know that you are “that bitch” and that you are not a person to be messed with! I know that they both float on water but there is a difference despite many boating enthusiasts using the words boat and yacht interchangeably when in reality, they are very different terms. A yacht is a larger, recreational boat or ship. The word “Yacht” comes from Dutch origin and was originally defined as a light, and fast sailing vessel used by the Dutch navy to find and capture pirates. A boat, on the other hand, is smaller in size and can be anything from a fisherman’s boat to a sailboat.
When determining the difference between a yacht and a boat, there are a few main deciding factors including:
As I previously mentioned, size matters when it comes to differentiating between a boat and a yacht. Yachts can range from about 35 feet in length all the way up to 160+ feet in length, however, most will be somewhere in the middle. Anything over 160 feet would be considered a “Superyacht”. Boats are generally anywhere from 15-30 feet in length.
Where they can operate
Smaller boats are usually capable of operating in calm waters like lakes, rivers, and shallow harbours. Some larger boats, usually 20 – 30 feet in length, can also navigate more rough ocean waters. A yacht, on the other hand, is able to sail in deeper, ocean waters and deal with more turbulent seas. Due to a larger size, high tech yacht electronics and guidance instruments, protection from the elements, and a number of other features yachts are far more suitable for long ocean trips.
While a boat can be operated by just one captain, a yacht typically requires a full crew to help with navigation, maintenance, electronics and engineering, repairs and stewards to cater to the passengers. In reality, it’s a lot more like a small, private cruise service than an afternoon on the boat with your friends.
Depending on the boat, it may operate solely using a sail and the wind, or one or more inboard or outboard motors. While some larger boats can mount very large engines to create some real speed on the water, these engines do not match the power of most yacht engines. Yacht engines are much larger in size, can produce considerably more power – in some cases up to 800hp, and are capable of running much longer distances.
Navigation and technology
While some boats may have advanced marine electronics and navigation systems, it’s more of a requirement when it comes to yachts. When making trans oceanic trips it is not only important that you are able to navigate with precision, but also that you can detect other boats or objects that you may not be able to see and understand the performance of your vessel.
So in case, you haven’t realised I am obsessed with everything Luxury and I have always wanted to own a luxury watch, they are the most timeless of pieces. This has never been more evident in a world of smartphones and smartwatches where people are still opting for the simple classical watch. It is the one staple every man and woman need in their lives.
Mark my words when I say that almost every luxury item is an Investment piece, therefore these decisions cannot be too rash, especially when it comes to watches. Too many sites sell fake watches so you need to be careful where you put your money because these are not cheap, that is not the only thing you have to consider. There are so many aspects to luxury watch buying including; Am I going to purchase a new one or look for a pre-owned one? How much am I willing to spend? What material am I going for? What year is going to be from? How thick do I want it to be? and so much more!
My number one go-to site is Chronoexpert.co.uk for me it’s like the Vestaire collective but for watches. This is the true definition of a niche brand that is catering to the specific needs and wants of consumers. Just like Vestaire Chronoexpert.co.uk has a strict policy against counterfeits and copies and only sells AUTHENTIC watches. Each watch is put through a complex verification process, where a team of experts follows a multi-layered verification process to ensure that each piece is genuine. So you don’t have to worry about buying any fakes! My favourites on the site are the three holy grails; Cartier, Rolex and Omega! These are like the Chanel boy bag, Lady Dior and Hermes Birkin of the watch industry.
The company’s CEO, Pablo Martín said in a statement: “Our goal is to shift from the more traditional buying experience to the online world while maintaining the customer’s trust throughout the entire process. Therefore, along with other benefits, the platform offers a 14-day return policy and 12 months of additional warranty.”
This is definitely the companies USP as I have never heard of a luxury marketplace that offers returns. I think that this is something they should all have as I’m sure I’m not the only one who has ever ordered something online and changed my mind once it got here or it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. Considering how expensive the watch you buy may be, this is essential!
It’s been a long time, a very long time since I did a “what I would buy if I won the lottery”, it has been an entire year in fact and more if I’m being completely honest. WOW. I have missed this series, it was the one time I could look at ridiculously expensive s*** and feed peoples spending habits with ridiculously crazy ideas that they probably don’t need, but guess what, I’m back and I’m better than ever. Get ready to wish you were super rich because I wish I was 🙁
I’m not a car person nor have I ever been but I feel like if I was stupid rich I’d want a collection of cars; one for every day of the week, every occasion and one for every mood and of course one to match my outfits in a various number of colours (fashion doesn’t just stop at clothing, it’s a lifestyle) – I think It’s pretty evident that my shopping habit doesn’t stop with clothes lol.
Is it even possible to adore people that you have never met before? There are so many people out there that inspire me every single day and today I am giving you my top 3. These individuals are a true representation of how if you can dream it you can do it. They are the reason that I work so hard when it comes to my blog because they are the product of how hard work can pay off.
Recently I have been trying to be more positive and optimistic about life and complain and worry less. I am a firm believer in the idea that a positive outreach on life results in a happier life and that’s all we want, right? If anyone knows me they know that I used to be the queen of complaining, which is such a bad thing, I learned through the secret (one of the best self-help books out there) that this was the worst thing as through complaining you’re only drawing in negative energy. So this year we’re being more grateful for everything in life and only attracting positive energy. Although sometimes we are faced with extremely difficult challenges, things do happen for a reason and how we deal with them define who we are as people. There is no point in stressing over the things that we cannot control, there’s a saying that if it won’t affect you in 5 years time, don’t waste more than 5 minutes stressing over it. We need to eliminate everything negative in our lives and the things that are stopping us from pursuing our dreams, including the people that don’t support us, even quitting your job to focus on living your dream life, it’s better to say you tried rather than always wondering what if? What’s life without a little risk? We need things and people that motivate us to do our absolute best and make sure that we lead the happiest and fullest lives possible. In 2019 we’re being more selfish!
In a new age like today, There is so much hatred and negativity especially on social media and I honestly don’t understand how people have the time and energy. I can’t even hold a grudge for more than a week so I don’t understand how can someone take time out of their day to purposely judge and hate on someone for living their life? Do they not have a life of their own? I am so incredibly grateful for all the opportunities that my blog has given me so far and I know that I say this every other month but I . promise that this is the year I get serious with my blog and the ear that I start posting regularly here and on my youtube channel. Starting a blog was literally the best thing that I ever did and something that I will never regret! It has helped me so much to grow as a person and it has given me a new perspective on life and I can only hope that one day I can become an inspiration for people out there as these influencers have been to me.
My most influential in 2018;
Virgil Alboh is most definitely a force to be reckoned with; he’s an undefinable creative force in the industry from being a fashion designer, DJ, and music producer you’d never guess that he has a degree in civil engineering. Last year, Abloh became the first black designer to hold such a high profile position in luxury fashion as Louis Vuitton new Creative director. Virgil is a pioneer in streetwear fashion and one of the most influential people in fashion right now!!!!!!!! He doesn’t follow trends but he creates them through the stories he tells through his designs and for me he is hands down my favourite designer at this moment in time!
We’ve all heard of House of CB, right? Well, this is the incredible woman behind the brand. Can you believe that at just 26 Miss Conna Walker has managed to build a household name – a globally recognised brand worn by the likes of Beyonce, JLO and the Kardashians. She is one incredible woman and the fact that she started her business at just 17 is amazing like WTAF!
Patricia Bright is the most honest woman on youtube who releases some of the best content on the platform. I have been watching her channel religiously for the last 3 years now and she has only gone from strenght to strength – last year she not only released her own lipstick but this year she is releasing a book!
So this over the last week Twitter has been going mad over White Instagram models pretending to be black. @WannasWorld started a thread on Twitter calling out white influencers who are apparently cosplaying as black women, she posted various screenshot examples and called for other people to send anymore that they found too. As you can see she received a ton of responses of what looks to be young white women altering their skin tone and hair to appear racially ambiguous. Later on in the thread, Kim Kardashian and Rachel Dolezal were brought up as more mainstream offenders. So my question for you guys is, is this appropriation? In my opinion, it is, 100%, without a doubt. I have discussed appropriation a few times on my blog this year but this is on another level. I have had enough, I am so sick and tired of people posing as though they belong to a culture or race that is not their own, people need to understand that it is not okay. You can appreciate but don’t appropriate!
Can we start a thread and post all of the white girls cosplaying as black women on Instagram? Let’s air them out because this is ALARMING.
The thing is, everyone loves black culture yet they don’t know the struggle that comes with being black especially in America. Black people in that country are constantly being racially abused (the problem of police brutality among African Americans has come to light in recent years). Young blacks are living in fear every single day of their lives just because of their skin tone, so when people do something like this, it’s just like WTAF. Are you even educated? In addition to this, Black women are always being called out for ‘self-hating’ just because they wear wigs, weaves and braid they hair etc but yet when white people are getting lip fillers, Brazillian butt lifts, texturising their hair and are extreme tanning just to look like us, they, themselves are not self-hating? I am tired, I am so done with this society and it’s double standards when it comes to issues regarding race. People are so extremely ignorant and I am tired of it. At this point people should be more knowledgeable about these situations, they just shouldn’t be happening. It’s 2018 and people are still using blackface? Are you fucking kidding me?
Travelling has been a passion of mine since I could remember, most three-year-olds would be afraid of getting on a plane but not me. My family constantly remind me of how excited I was to get on my first ever plane at the age of 3 and surprisingly 14 years later nothing has changed. I still love that feeling of getting on a plane and knowing that there’s a whole other world out there that’s just waiting for me to discover, a new culture for me to experience and new memories for me to create.
Throughout my life, I have been lucky enough to travel to amazing places around the world such as Amsterdam, Spain, the south of France, Qatar and South Africa but there’s still so much that I have left to see and experience. In my opinion, travelling not only educates you as a human being but it also challenges you by teaching you new skills you never thought you could do and it helps you to get in touch with yourself, grow as a person and helps you to figure out what it is that you exactly want from life. It gives you a whole new perspective. But most importantly travelling makes history come alive. You get the chance to see and experience everything that you have ever read and heard about.
People always say that in life you only ever regret the things that you didn’t do and I completely agree with this, in my eyes, everything happens for a reason and our actions reflect how we felt at that moment in time, therefore, we can never regret the things we did, instead we should see them as life lessons. 10 years from now I don’t ever want to regret the decisions that I made. Sometimes I feel that as people we over think everything and although taking responsibility for our lives is important our happiness should come first, above everything and anything else, sometimes you just need to be spontaneous and do whatever it is to make sure that you’re living the best life possible. Men are so much better at putting themselves first than we are as women, this is something that we need to learn from them because life is meant to be a joyous thing.
As soon as I turn 18 I am grabbing my passport and I plan on going EVERYWHERE, however, I will not be backpacking, staying in hostels or hitting the interrail. As much as I want the full experience I am way too high maintenance for that – I have extremely high standards. If I’m travelling I plan on spending my time in the most luxurious hotels and resorts. I Can’t have it any other way, after all, I want to document it all for you guys!
I’d love to know your Top 10 places to visit in the comments! Mine are
Love them or hate them, we cannot deny the fact that the Kardashian/ Jenner family are incredible businesswomen. Whether or not you believe that they’re talented I have so much respect for them as a businesswoman myself. In my humble opinion, It takes a lot of intelligence and ambition to accomplish everything they have accomplished thus far in their careers – they have come beyond reality tv and managed to build a billion dollar empire! They have utilised their resources and have managed to become the most successful reality stars ever!
The fact that at just 21 years of age Kylie Jenner is set to be the youngest ever self- made billionaire is mind-blowing. I may not know her personally but I am so proud of her and this achievement, from watching her on my Tv screen since KUWTK started to seeing her grow up into this powerful businesswoman has been so inspiring. I am so proud of the woman she has become! Also, can we all just appreciate the fact that A WOMAN now graces the title of being US’ youngest ever self-made billionaire, I don’t know about you but the feminist inside me is screaming right now! I feel like as women we’re always in competition with each other because of the male-dominated world we live in when we really should be helping each other to grow, I hate people who hate on others – it’s a waste of energy and time – just be happy for people and know that through hard work success will come to you. Put that energy into your own projects and focus on yourself and only you!
Kylie launched her first ever lip kits in November 2015 which sold out in less than a minute, crashing the website. I remember when the products first launched everyone everywhere wanted a lip kit – they wanted to achieve the ultimate Kylie Jenner “pout”. 3 years on from the launch I still don’t know how I haven’t managed to get my hands on one! After the launch Ms Jenner relabelled her business Kylie Cosmetics and sales continue to make records, making a reported $19m in one day in late 2016. How incredible is that? How many teenagers could ever say that they have made $19m in a day? Three years later Kylie has reportedly made a total of $630m (£470m) in sales, evolving her brand from only selling lip kits to other products such as glosses, highlighters and eye-shadows. The brand has gone from strength to strength keeping people on their toes by maintaining the initial FOMO exclusivity – using countdowns to reveal products and selling them on limited edition releases, often in collaboration with her famous siblings and her mom.
“It’s naïve, and lazy, to think a white woman born into fame and the upper classes — a woman with a famous last name, brand cache, a seemingly infinite amount of investment capital to play with, safety nets, and access to a tapestry of resources — is a model for the “self-made” success story that, to many, represents the American Dream,” wrote Emerald Pellot in Cosmopolitan.
Forbes’s estimated that her cosmetic company, reality television show, various sponsorships and endorsements has a $900 million empire that will soon reach $1 billion. Her impending billionaire status isn’t in question it’s inevitable. However, people are mad at how Forbes labelled that status — saying that Kylie was self-made and including her in a group of “#SelfMadeWomen”. The definition of Self- made is having succeeded in life unaided. So I completely get why people are mad about Forbes saying Jenner is self- made. And this has kicked off a discussion about our perceptions of how people make money, how we value the Kardashians, and whether any of that is fair. If Kylie weren’t a Jenner and didn’t have Kim Kardashian as a half-sister would she still have had the same level of success? Would she still be set to be a billionaire at 21? I highly doubt it, her success would have been much harder to come by and that’s a fact. Critics’ main argument about the Forbes story was that it was irresponsible for that magazine not to address how Jenner’s family’s fame helped her amass her fortune.
However, we have to be open-minded and acknowledge that we live in a new generation run by celebrities of the likes of Kylie Jenner and influencers – they influence our buying habits, especially when it comes to beauty. So if you want to hate on Kylie for her success you’re also going to have to hate on the millions of followers and haters that got her to this point in her life.
Stephanie Saltzman, beauty editor at Fashionista, says it cannot be overstated how significant influencers and online marketing have been.
She describes the recent change as a “democratisation” within an industry that she believed had gone stale in its approach.
“Maybe historically consumers would use what their Mom used, or would go explore a beauty counter in a department store. Now it’s in the palm of their hands through social media,” she says.
“It feels more authentic coming from a person and Kylie Jenner is a person as opposed to a blanket, faceless corporation.”
“Social media and the success of influencers has proved that personality sells, and partnering with real people, rather than traditional media, offers brand the opportunity to show more personality.”
These days it seems like no matter where you’re from or where you live there is a high chance that if you’re African you know what gqom is. Evolved from Kwaito, tribal house and skeletal hip-hop influences, gqom – a word meaning “hit” or “drum” in Zulu is taking the world by storm and one of the pioneers behind it’s growing popularity is DISTRUCTION BOYZ. Every song produced the duo makes you want to get up on your feet and dance regardless of whether or not you can! Their album ‘Gqom is the Future” is one of the biggest and hottest albums released last year in South Africa, – the biggest hit from the album was Omunye which reached beyond South Africa and become globally known as it featured in this years blockbuster movie of the year – Black Panther. The song was replayed more times than I can count and I’d stretch as far as to say it was the party anthem of the year!
Who are your musical influences?
We are mostly influenced by the mordern day culture artists like okmaloomkoolkat,Dj Tira amd diplo
How did you come up with the name Distruction Boyz?
We used to make mixtapes for the end of school term parties and people ended up naming us distruction boyz ‘coz our mixtapes where fire
How would you describe life growing up in Kwa-mashu?
It was amazing we used to play a lot its an amazing township
How did you guys meet and why did you decide to produce music together as a group rather than as individuals?
We grew up together and our parents were friends before we were even born it wasnt a difficult decision to make since we have been together all our lives.
How would you describe your sound in 5 words?
Bold,Hyponotic,Fresh,electric and powerful
Why do you believe that Gqom is the future?
The way the sound has grown in the past couple of years and its current standing shows that it has a great future in the industry
Who has been your favourite artist to work with and who do you hope to work with in the future?
Dladla mshunqisi he is an amazing artist and performer.We would love to work with anyone that believes in the movement
What was the vision when you started Distruction Boyz records?
Pushing the gqom movement in different avenues giving as many gqom artists out there as possible
When you first released Omunye did you ever expect it to be this big of a hit not only in South Africa but around the world?
We believed in it but we were also surprised when it won song of the year here in south africa.
What is your all time favourite song that you have ever produced and why?
It has to be Uzophuza Manzi its the one song that was able to get us recognition
What are your plans/ goals for the rest of 2018?
More music and getting the sound to all the corners of the world
I would like to thank Distruction Boyz for this interview, I cannot wait to see what is to come ahead for them in the future!