Homegrown Design Fair 2015

The annual East Coast Radio House and Garden Show took place last week and I popped into the Homegrown Design Fair section to visit a few friends and clients. I also managed to do some shopping (irresistable). Many of the creatives who took part paid close attention to not only their products, but their stands too. The result was a small, curated selection of lovely things to look at and buy. I stocked up on some pretty stationery from La Cartoleria and tape from Paper Trees / Washi Bug - which included a few roles of MT too (my fav). Here's a selection of some of the beautiful, colourful and awesome brands, products and stands that caught my eye.

The Rollin Vintage stand hosted a range of local jewelry and accessories, along with their signature products.

It was inspiring to see how the various business owners displayed their products and did their online marketing. I loved chatting to them to hear more about their latest plans and creative challenges too. I have linked all of the brands above (that I visited) so be sure to visit their sites or Facebook pages to view more. Happy Monday!

Skinny laMinx Diggi Dot Collection

The lovely Heather of Skinny laMinx recently popped to Durban for a quick visit and to share her new Diggi Dot Collection. The story and concept behind the collection is particularly enchanting. I suggest watching the short-film which captures the spirit and inspiration perfectly (click here to see).

Each pattern and print fits in beautifully with the signature Skinny laMinx aesthetic and when paired together they create a vibrant, layered look. The team have put together an array of ways to style the fabrics and products which makes for a visual feast. For example, the Signal & Steel colour board (above) shows how effortlessly it all works. My personal favourite is most certainly Gridly... it's simply very pleasing to look at and the minty shade is particularly perfect.

I chatted to Heather about the collection to understand the thinking behind it and of course it's always inspiring to get a personal insight into Skinny laMinx. I really enjoyed hearing about the Cape Town launch which was much like Heather's Making Fridays. Attendees were able to visit the upstairs studio space (snoop a bit as Heather said) and get creative.

I also marvel at how the brand is so wonderful at creating fresh products with an element of consistency which doesn't feel churned out. Part of the inspiration is travel which leads to new designs, balanced with what works with the current items. Heather is off on an adventure at the moment, so be sure to watch her Instagram account for snippets of her trip to LA. She'll be stopping in at Heath Ceramics and touching base with stockists on the east coast. 

Skinny laMinx wants to share the #DiggiDot fun with you and one lucky reader can stand the chance of winning two cushion covers from the new collection. 

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I've been enjoying my very own #DiggiDot spoils for storing - stationery (obviously). Happy entering and if you get decide to add a hint of Diggi fun to your home - be sure to share it on Instagram using the hash tag.

In Good Company Giveaway - Kate Spade

In Good Company have long been purveyors of delightful and beautiful things. If you have shopped online via their store or visited one of their beautiful brick and mortar shops then I'm sure you'll agree. My heart skipped a beat (or four) when they started stocking Kate Spade and ban.do... two brands that I have HUGE admiration and appreciation for. Lovely items paired with business savvy = the perfect recipe. It's a match made in heaven. 

I'm rather excited to announce this amazing giveaway courtesy of the incredible In Good Co team! How lucky are you! Enter to own your own piece of Kate Spade, a set of the loveliest travel companions. Whether you use them to jet set or to store your prettiest things in - they will come in handy. The giveaway includes:
Bits & Baubles Drawstring Accessory Bag
The Perfect Pair Drawstring Shoe Bag
To Wear & To Wash Drawstring Bags

To see what beautiful items In Good Co have in stock visit their online store or click here for Kate Spade or ban.do items.

To enter - just follow the easy instructions via Rafflecopter below:
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Business Questions via Snapchat

Have you joined Snapchat or are you wondering what it's all about or if it's even relevant to you? It's most certainly different to other social media in various ways. First off your posts or snaps don't stick around for longer than 24 hours. This might seem wasteful or silly, but it does in fact remove the pressure of having to create absolutely perfect content, especially when it comes to videos and editing.

I have started a series via Snapchat where you can send me your business question and I will answer it for you. This week I kicked off with 'how to set boundaries within your creative business'. This is something that many creatives struggle with. They battle to lay down the law with clients and it often means that they are taken advantage of or work for free. It's human nature to challenge and push boundaries and therefore it's important to communicate where they begin and end. This doesn't mean you have to be pushy, but it does mean you can manage expectations and in the end not feel as if you are being pushed way beyond your comfort zone. It's particularly relevant in terms of what you can offer in relation to what you charge for that product or service.

I would love to hear and answer your question, so join me on Snapchat, send it to me and then watch my video answer. Chat soon.

If you would like me to do a detailed post on using Snapchat and a few lovely people to follow then just leave a comment / or tweet me (@nadiavdmescht).

Does that sound too scary or do you want guided one on one help? No problem...
Here are a few more facts regarding my one on one consulting sessions:
My one on one consulting sessions are my most popular service and I personally really enjoy them. It's a dedicated time for business owners to share their thoughts, ask questions and receive my professional input on different areas of their business. It's also ideal for creatives who are still working on deciding what business to begin or how to take it to the next level. They run for between an hour to two hours and usually work either via Q&A or brainstorming, but can also take the form of a lesson if need be. These sessions are R400 each for up to two hours. I also offer them via Skype / FaceTime too for those not based in Durban. As an added extra I  set an accountability check-in via email to ensure you get the most out of your session. To book just email me (click here).

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