Celebrate Your Body… Whatever Shape or Size… With Mealies Luxury!

Celebrate Your Body… Whatever Shape or Size… With Mealies Luxury!

Mealies Luxury is a luxurious relatable brand offering, luxury, and style. Founded by Thembakazi Mealies an ambitious 23-year-old young lady from Cape Town, who believes luxury comes at quality and not price.

This sophisticated brand specialises in silk garments and provides you the autonomy to choose how you want to show your body with their various designs that cater for all body types.  They also offer design customization for those who want a special touch to their look.

Thembakazi Mealies

“All our designs offer versatility within styling and a long-lasting relationship with your body and garment of choice. We offer sleepwear, loungewear, dresses, and a limited-edition lingerie line. During this month of love, we believe that love for others and self should always be shown on a daily basis, but this month makes it extra special to cater and celebrate ourselves and others. In this regard, we have created a special limited edition called the “Mystery” Lingerie Collection which is suitable for all shapes, sizes, skin tones, and all personalities. This body positivity range speaks to a magnetic goddess, endearing queen, and an angelic soul that is comfortable in exploring their skin without boundaries or body shaming constraints. We want you to look at yourself with love and confidence that no one can manipulate and take away from you. Body shaming is an issue we face each and every day as individuals and we are the only ones that can eliminate it one step at a time through the power of self-love and embracing uniqueness which is exactly what our brand stands for,” says Thembakazi. 

To Purchase these stunning Mealies Luxury pieces, make your way to their store located at 27 boxes in Melville, Johhanesburg. You can also visit @Mealiesluxury on Twitter and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mealiesluxury/

Look out for their website, coming soon!

A look at Rich Mnisi’s Hiya Kaya ’21collection

A look at Rich Mnisi’s Hiya Kaya ’21collection

Rich Mnisi has revealed his latest collection, Hiya Kaya ’21, a colourful celebration of the vaTsonga culture. The internationally acclaimed luxury high-fashion designer’s new collection comprises a traditional Tsonga xibelani skirt with a hefty price tag which got many people talking!

The most talked-about item from the collection, the xibelani skirt which retails at R59.00.00 is crafted from 5km of 100% Merino wool knotted onto nickel-plated d-rings attached to a leather waist belt.

The collection received mixed reviews where the price is concerned, as usual. People feel that his clothes are too expensive and not affordable to all his supporters, but celebrities like Somizi Mhlongo feel differently.

Here are the looks from the collection

Most Stylish Revealed at the SA Style 2020 Awards!

Most Stylish Revealed at the SA Style 2020 Awards!

The South African Style Awards commemorates its’ twenty-fourth 24th year with a celebration honouring individuals across various industries who have not only made an indelible mark on local soil but who have become powerful vehicles for change globally too. The exclusive Awards Ceremony, by invitation only; was hosted by Ayanda Thabethe in the luxurious Diamond Walk on Sunday, the 22nd November 2020, powered by Vodacom Red, and observing all COVID regulations. This year’s theme was ‘Denim Couture’ and the celebrities showed up looking glamourous!

From Most Innovative Style to Most Stylish Business Person, from Most Stylish Media Personality to Most Stylish Model; from the Most Stylish Performing Artist in Film or TV to the Most Stylish Performing Artist in Music, from the Most Stylish Designer – Interior or Fashion to the Most Stylish Couple; from The Next Big Thing to the Most Stylish SA Icon, the prestige of The South African Style Awards pays tribute to South Africans who continue to elevate their industries.

Nadia Nakai scooped the Most Stylish Performing Artist in music award, whilst Sindi Dhlathu walked away with Most Stylish Performing Artist in Film or TV. Blue Mbombo was named the Most Stylish Model and Yasmin Furmie was the winner of this year’s Most Innovative Style award. The Most Stylish Couple Award went to Siya and Rachel Kolisi.

From young South Africans forging their African footprint, to professionals pioneering iconic ideas; from brilliant creative minds using their passion to fuel their dreams, to fearless females who are changing the business landscape across major South African markets; The South African Style Awards celebrates style and business innovators, as people who want more, and who continue to elevate the benchmark for ingenuity, excellence and innovation. This year marked over two decades of bestowing the honour upon South Africans who possess the passion and flair to make their dreams possible.

Here are some of the looks:

PRAYER WARRIORS – STRONG – BRAVE – YET BROKEN! Captured in Black and White By Seopedi Ruth Motau

PRAYER WARRIORS – STRONG – BRAVE – YET BROKEN! Captured in Black and White By Seopedi Ruth Motau

As we celebrate the month of August, it is important to reflect on the achievements of women, and the imperative role that women of all races and religions have played and continue to play in South African society.

It is said that through thoughtful intention and design, God made women to be tender and nurturing. And that great women of faith have courageously pursued lives to glorify God, even through tragedy and trial.

In this feature, we shine a spotlight on Seopedi Ruth Motau, a veteran photographer and visual storyteller whose career spans over three decades. This piece is a recognition and appreciation of her work which illuminates the everyday battles women are fighting for mere survival. It pays particular attention to the narrative she immaculately illustrates through images, of women in their different places of worship.

Seemingly, Ruth has found that her work resonates with women as they commit more time to the kinds of activities portrayed in her photos. She also addresses the complicated relationships that women face in their domestic spaces. She has ventured into the remotest corners of South Africa and her photographs are nothing less than powerful expressions and depiction of women as prayer warriors. Her pictures also display the extremes of a woman’s life, the struggle to live their life on their own terms, starting from within their families, and permeating to every aspect of their existence in our society. While women play such an important role in the whole structure of our society, many still do not have equal opportunities.

Captured in black and white, for stronger textures and contrast, Ruth’s photographs bring out emotions more strongly, removing distractions from the images. Ruth creates and photographs imaginary worlds that debunk, critique, and despise claustrophobic expectations of domestic perfection. Her work is a critical look at how women continue to strive for perfection in their homes and selves, an unending, frustrating, and fruitless endeavour, in spite of modern-day life.

“I prefer black and white photographs because they bring out the richness and special tones. Even though the world is in colour, I love to interpret what I see in black and white. It is intimate! In my early years of photography, I was influenced by many photographers who worked in black and white and who captured images that will stay in my subconscious mind forever,” she says.

What is prevalent in these narratives, is the role of women in all societies. Ruth’s work speaks volumes about the reality of how home life can be overwhelming and complicated. Not only about the struggle to survive, but also of the celebration of life and culture. “I consider myself a social documentary photographer who records or documents social issues without prejudice or judgement around my surroundings,” she says.

Ruth was the first black female photographer who was employed by a South African newspaper as a photo editor and played a pivotal role as a photographer during the 90s. She worked as a  photojournalist for newspapers and that shaped and gave her an opportunity to discover what she really wanted to do as a photographer.

“The stories I covered for the newspaper pictorially did not do justice, so I will go back and do some of the stories in a picture form. I cannot remember the first time I picked up the camera, but the first time when I put the photographic paper in the developer in the darkroom and saw an image coming from the paper, something in my spirit was ignited, and I knew then that photography was what I wanted to do,” she says.

“I am a creative person. I paint with light and that simply means that without light, I cannot create or make images. In photography, light is my biggest deal. I started photography at Alex art Centre and spent most of my three years at the Market Photo Workshop. With David Goldblatt as my mentor and teacher, his teaching was taking photographs without a flash. We used available light. I was influenced by the likes of Sebastiao Salgado, Yousuf Karsh, John Loengard, Brian Lanker, Don McCullin, Roy DeCarava, Santu Mofokeng, Guy Tillim, and Ernest Cole to mention a few. Sometimes I would point a camera to myself and the results would always amaze me,” she says.

Her impressive body of work includes the ‘Hostel and Shebeen Series’ which portray the general everyday hostel and shebeen life. “As a social documentary photographer from Meadowlands in Soweto, I grew up around hostels. When my father came to Johannesburg, he lived in Jeppe hostel. So, I was curious about the everyday activities and lives of the hostel dwellers. Shebeens were popular in the hostels and the images show most activities that transpire almost every day. Shebeens are a part of life to those who make a living from the income generated from selling alcohol to feed their families and they are mostly run by women,” she says.

Over the years, Ruth has captured many images that tell different stories and some of her work has been recognised and displayed at the National Museum of African Art. She proudly mentions this as a huge milestone and highlight of her career. “The National Museum of African Art bought my work as a collection and they are the only museum dedicated to the collection, exhibition, conservation, and study of the arts of Africa in the United States.

Even good photographers take bad pictures sometimes and Ruth is quick to admit this. “I have taken a lot of horrible pictures, but my worst experience was when I went on a student assignment to photograph the late Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela for the first time and realised afterwards that I did not have a film in my camera. I never told anyone until later years,” she says.

Ways to decorate your home this Spring/Summer Season

Ways to decorate your home this Spring/Summer Season

While you always want your home to look chic, staying on top of the latest trends décor trends can be tricky. If there is one perfect moment to update your home, it’s at the start of a new season. As we are leaving the cold winter days behind us, it’s time to refresh your home and get ready for the Spring/Summer season with new décor accessories from Teiburry – home of luxury décor items.

Whether you love trends or will typically go to great lengths to avoid them, there are bound to be a few décor items on Teiburry’s range that you will adore. Your home is a constantly evolving mix of all the things you love, as it should be. But as with new season fashion trends, we see new emerging new home decor trends each season, that tempt us to update our homes – rather than change them entirely.

Teiburry offers a wide range of décor items that will help to transform your home this coming season. Founded by Maboshadi (Shadi) Nhlapo an Accountant by profession, who chose to walk away from the perks of being an Auditor/Accountant back in 2006, to pursue her love and passion for home interior décor. This move gave birth to various businesses among the Teiburry Deco Luxe company.

Maboshadi (Shadi) Nhlapo

“Decoration is my first love and I’m glad that I could finally pursue a business that resonated with my creative mind. Having been in love with decorations and beautiful spaces all my life, it was her academic sharpness that delayed her. Being married to an IT specialist who worked for an international company it was through traveling to various countries which gave me the opportunity to see beautiful and creative spaces from different countries. Monaco is one country that cemented my love for beautiful spaces. I was always intrigued by what is out there in all my travels. I do not have any formal training in décor, however, my fondness of finer things in life has helped me navigate the décor space with ease,” says Shadi.

Throughout the years, she has kept abreast of the latest trends by paging through home decoration magazines. This coupled with her passion for beautiful things has awakened a keen eye for the latest trends. While Teiburry does not do home interior consulting, Shadi believes in handpicking pieces that she believes will enhance her clients’ living spaces. Other than beautiful spaces, Shadi loves gifts which is another service offering within the Teiburry brand.

Shadi plans to grow her portfolio into hosting bigger events. Teiburry currently hosts small and intimate events with a maximum number of 20 people.

“Our core values are based on honesty and integrity. These are hallmarks of how we work. We are service-centric. As punned in our tag line, “With us service is a Habit”, she says.