Handcrafted interior décor and lifestyle products

Handcrafted interior décor and lifestyle products

Mia Mélange designs and makes handcrafted interior décor and lifestyle products such as baskets, planters, bowls, placemats, bags and more. All their products are handcrafted in their Stellenbosch studio by local artisans.

Mia Mélange’s designs are inspired by a love for nature, texture, natural materials and ancient crafting techniques. They combine all of these to create modern and functional designs. Their products are made from 100% cotton rope.

The cotton is grown locally in South Africa by farmers who are members of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). The yarns are spun in South African mills. The rope is braided locally in Cape Town. Mia Mélange believes in empowering women and creating opportunities for people in their community.

Aperol Spritz – A drink to enjoy with your friends this summer

Aperol Spritz – A drink to enjoy with your friends this summer

Aperol was launched in 1919 in Padua, Italy, by the Barbieri brothers, behind the revolutionary idea of creating an aperitif with a low alcohol content.

Aperol is the perfect aperitif, bright orange in colour, light in alcohol, with a unique bittersweet taste. Its signature serve, Aperol Spritz, is the ultimate contagious social drink.

Aperol is all about the sharing of moments, easy-going fun and togetherness.

TASTE PROFILE

Light and refreshing with a unique taste. Combines the fresh and lively sweetness of the oranges with the unmistakable bitter tang of rhubarb.

KEY SELLING POINTS

Refreshing and unique bittersweet taste – global appeal;

Low in alcohol (only 11%);

Vivid orange colour;

Strong growth potential;

Popular signature serve: Aperol Spritz;

Aperol Spritz is a quick and easy serve – ideal for busy times behind the bar.

SIGNATURE SERVE: APEROL SPRITZ

Fill a large wine glass with ice;

Combine well-chilled Cinzano Pro-Spritz followed by Aperol in equal parts;

Add a splash of soda and garnish with an orange slice.

Decorate your home with D3 Decor & Blinds furniture

Decorate your home with D3 Decor & Blinds furniture

D3 Décor & Blinds is a custom furniture manufacturing company based in Kempton Park – East Rand. They have 18 years’ experience in the furniture industry and are fully owner-managed.

They design and manufacture stunning furniture for homes all over Africa and supply lodges, boutique hotels and many more establishments. They offer full decorating services, manufacture curtains and blinds to suit every client’s needs.

D3 Décor & Blinds are the proud suppliers of Hertex and UG rugs. They create custom paintings, wallpaper from all fabric houses and custom wallpaper. Clients can either choose a photo or provide a photo to be printed as wallpaper. They travel to clients’ homes and help them choose fabrics and styles there, or clients can come to their showroom.

D3 Décor & Blinds will be opening a store at the beginning of November 2019.

One bite of pure indulgence and you’ll be hooked!

One bite of pure indulgence and you’ll be hooked!

A chocolate brownie is described as a square, baked, chocolate crack. Brownies come in a variety of forms and may be either fudgy or cakey, depending on their density. They may include nuts, frosting, cream cheese, chocolate chips, or other ingredients.

They are rich, sweet, gooey and chewy and if you have cravings for a dessert that consists of melted chocolate bars, then Browneez is your go-to place.  It’s a Boksburg based company owned by Aqeelah, which specialises in chocolate brownies.

Most brownie recipes require a lot of melted chocolate in them, but theirs are a bit different. Their brownies use pure butter with chocolate as part of the main ingredients, which gives it an amazing gooey texture.

Majority of Browneez assorted brownies are dipped in Cadbury Milk Chocolate, giving it a smooth, chocolatey taste that isn’t too rich and overpowering.

When it comes to flavouring, a brownie is such a universal delicacy and can marry smoothly with multiple other flavours.

Browneez flavours include:

·         Rolo- top of the brownie dipped in Cadbury, topped with a Rolo piece, drizzled with homemade salted caramel;

·         Roasted pecan & salted caramel- top of the brownie dipped in Cadbury, coated with crushed roasted pecans, drizzled with homemade salted caramel;

·         Cadbury dipped & roasted pecan- top of brownie dipped in Cadbury, coated with crushed roasted pecans;

·         Full Cadbury dipped- entire brownie coated in Cadbury Milk Chocolate;

·         Oreo & Cadbury- top of brownie dipped in Cadbury, topped with crushed Oreo biscuits, drizzled with chocolate;

·         S’more- a spread of Marshmallow Fluff on the top, topped with two salted pretzels, drizzled with chocolate;

·         Peanut butter & Cadbury- top of the brownie dipped in Cadbury, topped with a swirl of homemade peanut butter frosting.

All of these flavours have been tried and tested and are Browneez’ current best sellers. Their brownies do not contain any gelatine, making it suitable for all customers.

As much as brownies are universal when it comes to flavouring, they are also highly versatile when it comes to the serving. They can be served with ice-cream or on their own, and they can be served hot, cold or room temperature.

Browneez always try new and creative ways to present their brownies, and they’ve recently explored using the brownies as bricks to build up different types of cakes and this seems to be a hit with many of their clients.

This September – ‘Step it Up with Luyanda’ and Spring Clean your life

This September – ‘Step it Up with Luyanda’ and Spring Clean your life

Spring is known as a season of change, a season to get rid of the old to welcome the new. This season, Luyanda Sibisi, commonly known as ‘Fitmom Lu’ is challenging you to clean out old habits that are preventing you from living your best life.

Luyanda is the founder of Step it Up fitness, a mother of two and a passionate advocate for mental and physical health particularly in women and children. She is well known for running 30-day challenges and this month, she is challenging all Township Girl readers to embark on a September Spring Clean.

“As a wellness and transformation coach, it is my job to help my clients to live a life of purpose and meaning. I help people to adopt better habits, particularly when it comes to health and fitness,” she says.

“I’m challenging you to spring clean your life this season. There could be a list of things you’d like to work on to change your life for the better. You may have some weight to lose, you may want to give away some old clothes or you may even wish to sort out your finances.”

Whatever the task, Luyanda has a 3-step approach to help you get started on your September Spring Clean.

  1. What is your why?

Stating a clear intention can help to give greater importance to what you’re trying to achieve. You may want to lose some weight to be able to play with your kids without running out of breath or you may want to eat healthier due to a health scare.

2. Practice the art of self acceptance

Do not make the mistake of thinking the challenge is a means of changing who you are or moving away from what makes you unique. Being happy with who you are and accepting yourself unconditionally makes it easier to lovingly make improvements to create the best version of yourself.

3. Prepare for setbacks

Be aware of the challenges that come with any journey for self-betterment but know that these shouldn’t deter you from your end goal and what you’ve set out to achieve.

With two kids of her own, Luyanda understands how easy it is to get lost in the multiple roles women often find themselves in but believes in taking it one day at a time, to fully feel comfortable enough to create habits and daily rituals that support a life you’ve chosen for yourself.

“My 30-day challenges are designed to help people form consistency around their newly adopted lifestyle. It becomes difficult to start a new diet or workout plan without adequate support and my challenges ensure that level of support and encouragement,” she says.

Get started on your fitness goals with Luyanda’s 30-day Ab Challenge to kick start your fitness journey. Follow @luyandaaziza to jump on board one of her other health and fitness challenges.

30-Day Ab Challenge

We’re about to hit the summer season and a flat tummy is not only a major confidence booster on the beach but also a great way to help reduce your weight and illnesses related to obesity and unwanted visceral fat.

Day 1  
10 sec plank,
10 sit ups,
11 flutter
kicks
Day 2  
15 sec plank,
15 sit ups,
12 flutter kicks  
Day 3  
20 sec plank,
20 sit ups,
13 flutter kicks
Day 4  
25 sec plank,
25 sit ups,
14 flutter kicks 
Day 5  
30 sec plank,
30 sit ups,
15 flutter kicks  
Day 6  
35 sec plank,
35 sit ups,
16 flutter kicks  
Day 7  
REST
Day 8  
40 sec plank,
40 sit ups,
17 flutter kicks  
Day 9  
45 sec plank,
45 sit ups,
18 flutter
kicks  
Day 10  
50 sec plank,
50 sit ups,
19 flutter kicks
Day 11  
55 sec plank,
55 sit ups,
20 flutter kicks  
Day 12  
60 sec plank,
60 sit ups,
21 flutter kicks  
Day 13  
1min 5 sec plank,
65 sit ups,
22 flutter
kicks  
Day 14  
REST
Day 15  
1min 10 sec plank,
70 sit ups,
23 flutter kicks  
Day 16  
1min15 sec
plank,
75 sit ups,
24 flutter kicks  
Day 17  
1min 20 sec
plank,
80 sit ups,
25 flutter
kicks  
Day 18  
1min 25 sec
plank,
85 sit ups,
26 flutter kicks  
Day 19  
1min 30 sec
plank,
90 sit ups,
27 flutter kicks  
Day 20  
1min 35 sec
plank,
95 sit ups,
28 flutter kicks  
Day 21  
REST
Day 22  
1min 40 sec
plank,
70 sit ups,
29 flutter kicks
Day 23  
1min 45 sec plank,
75 sit ups,
30 flutter kicks 
Day 24  
1min 50 sec planks,
80 sit ups,
31 flutter
kicks
Day 25  
REST
Day 26  
1min 50 sec
planks,
80 sit ups,
32 flutter
kicks
Day 27  
1min 55 sec planks, 90 sit
ups, 33
Day 28  
2min planks,
95 sit ups,
34 flutter
kicks
Day 29  
2min
planks,
100 sit ups,
35 flutter
kicks
Day 30  
2min planks,
100 sit ups,
35 leg raises
CONGRATULATIONS!
Visit
@luyandaaziza to
join another
fitness challenge

Coach Lu’s 5 fitness tips to live by

  1. Drink 2 – 3 litres of water;
  2. Try to fit in at least 3, 30-minute cardio workouts per weeks;
  3. Snack frequently on a healthy snack to avoid cravings and hunger;
  4. Keep a journal of what you eat in a day to determine where you may be going wrong; and
  5. Find an accountability partner to help you remain motivated.
A collection of teapots and accessories for tea junkies

A collection of teapots and accessories for tea junkies

Tea culture is defined by the way tea is made and consumed, by the way, the people interact with tea, and by the aesthetics surrounding tea drinking. For tea connoisseur, a beautiful teapot or tea set is an essential part of how tea is served. So, purchasing a classic teapot, tea set and accessories become part of the lifestyle for tea lovers.

Pot Head is a teapot and accessories brand that was developed through the love of teapots. Pot Head owner, Nikki says that while hunting for different teapots for their leisure, it was hard for them to find a one-stop affordable place to get teapots. This started the hunt for affordable fun and quirky teapots that speaks to fellow tea junkies.

“I personally love all the teapots but our cast iron teapots are our biggest sellers, I think the experience of having tea in one of these in a restaurant and then actually having the opportunity to own these beautiful teapots and use them for breakfasts, lunches and those moments in solitude at home is just magical. Big, small, solid or plastered with patterns we love teapots through our love of tea,” says Nikki.

“We stock cast iron teapots, tea sets, and teapots for one. These are a perfect gift for your mummy, aunt, granny, wife, and husband! Men love tea too! We ship nationwide and know that each person can find a perfect teapot or two that speaks to their heart. We believe that our brand is something different and unique and we pride ourselves in sourcing the most unique teapots and accessories that our customers love and appreciate,” she says.

“Teapots are not just another mug that you throw in the back of the cupboard, it’s there for you on your good bad days, it becomes a part of you. We are crazy about teapots and we are genuine Pot Heads,” she says.

Po Head is based in Johannesburg and they aspire to dominate the tea world with their amazing range of teapots and accessories one day.

Pot Head teapots and accessories are available to purchase via our Instagram, Facebook and via email (pothead.sa@gmail.com)