I bet you didn’t know it was possible to create your own city, did you? Well neither did I, well not until 2016. My brother travelled to SA during summer 16 and after he came back he could not stop talking about his time in Steyn city – one of the places his friend lived. He literally spoke about this place none stop for a good month, and I don’t blame him because if it was me that had gone, I would’ve been speaking about it up until now.
So the Steyn City development is built on the concept of building a city within a city. Johannesburg is an urban place full of life which although it is exciting, it is actually very dangerous at the same time. Douw Steyn started the project with his director of Steyn City Properties, Giuseppe Plumari in 2015, saying,
“Giuseppe and I share the same vision – to create a lifestyle estate unlike any other in South Africa built on the foundation of quality of life. A country estate offering country living, but with all amenities conveniently within reach. Too much time is wasted in cities sitting in traffic and commuting between home, work, schools and the shops. We want to bring all these elements of daily life into one estate and give residents back the precious commodity of time, in a secure, upmarket environment.”
But who exactly is Douw Steyn?
born December 1952, he is a South African billionaire businessman, the founder of BGL Group, a UK-based insurance and financial services company, and the parent of Comparethemarket.com. He is the creator/ owner of this city which is said to be four times the size of Monaco!
His city was first launched in 2015 and drew R6.5 billion in investment for infrastructure, which also went to supporting infrastructure for the greater region, including roads, water and sewerage. The 900-hectare estate is located between Fourways and Lanseria in Johannesburg and is the largest estate in the country in terms of land size. Steyn City security motto for its citizens is elegantly worded as “peace of mind remains one of the biggest priorities”. While it promises job creation, the development has been criticised for being yet another exclusive, gated community that protects those, who have enough money, from crime.
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.
Whenever we think of ‘investment pieces’, we think of them as the things that will evidently see us through a lifetime of wardrobe crises and last us an entire life time. I believe that there is no better investment piece than a handbag! A well-chosen bag can honestly last you for the rest of your life – ultimately forever, and even become a valuable heirloom when you’re gone. When it comes to investing in a luxury handbag, it is essential to not only find a style you truly love, but also to educate yourself on which handbags will still hold their value in the next 50 years and will never go out of style. For example, the Birkin, is predicted to double in value in the next 10 years. But that’s not the only bag worth getting. Have you ever heard of the holy grail? Chanel, Dior, and Hermès! Although the value of luxury handbags can alter due to trends, these three iconic brands in certain styles have the most resale value ever. Hermès Birkin bags have said to offer better returns than gold or stocks, with their value increasing by 500% over the past 35 years. And while spending thousands of pounds on a designer handbag may sound like a great way to treat yourself make sure you truly think about it before taking the plunge because at the end of the day you don’t want to waste your money on something that will be worth nothing in the next few years. But take my advice, you can never go wrong with a classic! So if you’re looking for an investment, you have come to the right place!
Chanel Classic Flap
Buying the Classic Flap is one of the most reliable investments you could make. Since 2010 the value of the bag has increased by an unbelievable 70%. The bag was created in the 1920s when Coco Chanel became tired of having to carry her handbags in her arms and decided to design a handbag that freed up her hands. Inspired by the straps found on soldiers’ bags, she added thin straps and introduced the bag to the market in 1929. After her successful comeback to the fashion industry in 1954, Chanel decided to update her handbag, the design was called 2.55 after the date it was created, February 1955. When Karl Lagerfeld took over as creative director in 1983 he reissued the bag in its original design but added the turning ‘CC’ clasp. On average, Chanel increases its prices from 8 to 12 % each year, so a bag bought now could potentially increase in value by more than 30 per cent in a short time frame. In the past five years, the prices have increased by more than 50%.
Christian Dior Lady Dior
Another classic because of its link with Princess Diana. The Lady Dior was created in 1994 with the sole purpose of becoming a classic – and it succeeded, helped along by Princess Diana. In 1995, the French first lady Bernadette Chirac, wife of former president Jacques Chirac, wanted to give the visiting princess a unique handbag as a gift. She contacted Dior who provided the bag, then unofficially called the Chouchou (French for favourite), to give as a gift. Diana was seen with the bag many times and it was renamed ‘Princesse’ but later called Lady Dior. It was given its current name as a tribute to the princess, who was known as Lady Diana Spencer before her marriage, she faithfully carried the bag for years. The stitched square pattern on the bag was reportedly inspired by the Napoleon III chairs used in Dior’s first ever fashion show in 1947.
The French fashion house’s Kelly style is in fact the true investment bag. It’s understated look and cleaner lines seem as fresh today as they did in the 1930s, when it was first created. Known initially as the Sac à dépêches, it was renamed the Kelly as a tribute to Grace Kelly, a life-long fan of the style who famously used it to hide her first pregnancy from the media. Each bag takes artisans up to 25 hours to make and a Kelly is a proven investment, it will only increase in value thanks to its exclusivity and rareness.
We obviously can’t forget about the Birkin! Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas created the bag for the singer Jane Birkin after he was sat next to her on a 1984 flight and she complained she could not find a leather carrier she liked. It takes a full two days to create each Birkin. This is probably the most famous and most desirable bag in the world so If you’re thinking of a future investment, you’ll need to make a decision fast as there’s a six-year waiting list.