Durban: Must-Visit List

I've tried out a few really great and fantastic Durban places lately and wanted to share them with you. If you live here then be sure to stop by or if you are here for the holidays then add these to your 'must-visit list'.

Daniel and I checked into The Concierge for a wedding anniversary 'staycation'. Quirky and fun... this hotel offers a good night's rest and a truly authentic local experience.

Afro's is opening their newest shop at 33 Churchill Road this week, which means their tasty chicken is easier than ever to get your hands on! If you haven't sampled this cool brand's food then make sure you dash there (right now).

The Hilton Hotel has long been a sparkly glimmer on our skyline and now you have the ideal excuse to visit. This iconic hotel serves high tea every Saturday and Sunday (2pm - 5pm at R195p/p) in their remodelled lobby. There is a hint of old world charm perfectly matched with luxury. To book call 031 336 8232.

I CRAVE Mexican food! Finally I can get my fix at El Hombre. This new addition to Florida Road is my current favourite stop. Their ordering process is fun and different. The food is a delicious array of flavours! Mmmmm...

Described as a premium bar The Dutch doesn't disappoint. Escape into a beautifully decorated space for a decadent night out. It offers the perfect excuse to don your heels and splash out on a glass of happiness.

Voucher Special: The Gift of Business Success

If you are still on the hunt for the perfect gift for a creative friend then I have the perfect option for you. I'm offering an awesome December special on my consulting sessions! Give the gift of creative business and help a friend or even yourself to build a successful business with a little help from me.
What is the voucher for?
It is for a one on one consulting session of up to two hours. I run the sessions via Skype or FaceTime for those not based in Durban so everyone can make use of the service. It is one of the most popular aspects of my business where creatives get to tackle concerns or ideas directly related to their needs. The session is ideal for those just starting out or thinking of taking the creative business leap. It is however, suitable for creative businesses at any level. I cover what you would like me to. Sometimes it's a pep talk, or a strategy... it's up to you and if you don't know where to begin then don't worry, I can help with that too! It's really easy to buy the voucher - just email me so I can get the correct details & get your voucher posted off asap. I can either send it to you or to your friend.

For R375 you will receive:
  • A session voucher valid for six months.
  • A notebook to capture your ideas and to start planning for success!
  • Free overnight postage via Speed Services to your closest post office.
  • Each package is wrapped in my signature style and includes a free 'Season's Greetings' postcard.

The total value is R500 including all the little added extras and the overnight postage, but I'm offering it for R375 up until the end of December. The voucher is valid for up to six months so the recipient can book a session to suit their schedule.

To buy your voucher - just email me (click here).

A few kind words from a client who has made use of the service...

Seven Things: December

A glimpse of life captured via Instagram

1 > Post: The postal strike is over (for now at least), which means we might stand a chance of actually getting some pretty things in the mail this Christmas! I sent off a big batch of cards this week and hope they make it safely to faraway friends.

2 > Paper Trends: Oooh... have you seen these goodies at CNA? The Paper Trends range is a fresh new collection of whimsical stationery. It's a pity the Creative Stationery brand's website doesn't showcase their work more. Anyway, the prices are really affordable (except this owl USB that I desperately want), Awesome things to send to pen pals the world over.

3 > Fashion Camp: On Tuesday I spoke at Fashion Nanny's Fashion Camp for teens. I touched on social media, blogging, YouTube and also online safety. Followed by... a DIY with the young ladies. They had such fun making tape measure brooches and personalising them with washi tape and buttons. 

4 > En-sem-ble: I visited my client Tina's pop-up shop this week at Windermere Centre. She has collaborated with several lovely local creatives to set up the shop for the festive season. It is next to the new Woolies Food in the centre. It makes me so proud to see how hard my clients work and how well they do. This puppet friend is one of her personal creations which she creates for schools to accompany books and stories. Over and above that she hosts event, sets-up play areas at markets, runs them and also manages to work on pop-up events like the House and Garden Show! Impressed!

5 > CHRISTMAS: Woohoo... this year I am really indulging in enjoying each and every day of December. Actions of love, writing cards, decorating or doing some shopping. Filling each day with a little more joy before the 25th. Snow Fairy from Lush is delightfully sweet and adds a touch of cheer to every shower. Have you tried it? It's limited edition around this time of year.

6 > Shopping: With all this Christmas cheer comes a lot of selecting and also not shopping for myself more than others - ha ha! Easier said than done - I spotted this Typo Thoughts and Reflections journal and was torn, but decided to stay focused on my gift giving instead. Nice to look at nonetheless!

7 > Season's Greetings: Part of said gift giving is spoiling my clients! One of my favourite things to do. Claire and I worked on this postcard to send out to a special few.

Are you enjoying the silly season so far? 

Tried & Tested: MFM Series #4

MILLAMAE Sweet Stationery Products

Another Monday and more colourful stationery to share! This week I'm featuring MILLAMAE and their sweet collection of hardcover diaries and journals. The end of 2014 is less than a month away (eeek) which means it's the perfect time to get your 2015 diary prepped and ready. I just can't stop staring at the diary cover as it peeks at me from my desk. The design and colours are beyond beautiful! MILLAMAE offers a brand experience as a whole - from their online store through to their actual products. The attention to detail is visible throughout. I included a few pictures of the items packaged up as everything is soooo lovely!

Overall Review:
I'm featuring the 2015 A5 Diary (Ditsy) and Blue Heart Lined Hardcover Journal. Now... it's tough to test out a diary for next year, but what I did was schedule out the meetings I do have planned, along with the details that are confirmed. The diary is designed for its purpose - it contains useful elements like a space for your details, a year at a glance planner on a double page spread and various other useful lists. Each diary page has a quote which is a nice touch, but it doesn't interfere with the planning space available. The journal paper is different to the diary's, but the quality is excellent all round. The journal pages are lined, but blank. It has a useful elastic closing which I quite like as I always slot in notes or inspirational articles into my journals. I started making my rough list of goals for 2015 and enjoyed using the pretty journal to help me feel motivated.

Best Feature:
The diary's best feature is the month at a glance page at the beginning of each new month. I love using this layout for planning meetings, so that at any given time I can glance over my appointments and not double book. Another element that is definitely worth a mention is the beautiful cover design. Having the diary and notebook on my desk really brightened it up - it's cheerful and literally makes me smile!

Useful For:
The diary is obviously useful for staying organised in 2015. There is ample space for scheduling and adding a daily to do list as there is a page per day. The journal is great to use as a notebook, but I think it's best suited to capturing your thoughts or goals.

2015 A5 Diary: R120
Lined Hardcover Journal: R90
Where to Buy:
You can visit the MILLAMAE online shop to place your order. Their products are also stocked at a few stores across South Africa - click here to view list.

In addition MILLAMAE offers a wonderful collection of tags, wrapping elements and notebooks too, so be sure to take a look! Stationery lovers you have been warned!

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