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So it is nearly Christmas time, it’s nearly time for all of us (hopefully most of us) to go on holiday and forget about all work related responsibilities and just eat as much food as humanly possible. Well, this is at least what I plan on doing in the the next couple of weeks, for a couple of weeks.
But before I stock up on elasticated waist pants for the holidays, I thought I would host one final bonanza of a giveaway on my blog just to say thanks to all the awesome support that you have shown this Lucky Pony over the years AND to showcase some of my most favourite favourite LOCAL designers, whose stuff I think is beyond awesome and would all be very welcome in my present stash.
I have asked 10 of them to please add to my gift pile for you guys and they’re all onboard, which makes me very happy. So this giveaway is going to be one I’m hoping none of you will want to miss out on. All the gifts are top quality made from genuine leather, sterling silver, rolled gold, 100% cotton and all natural ingredients. I have also included all the links to the designer’s online stores so that, hopefully I have made Christmas shopping a little easier for some of you this year.
And I’m making it super easy to enter and it’s absolutely open to everyone, local and international, so enter away!
How to enter:
1. Leave me a simple comment telling me who your favourite designer is (comments section is right at the bottom of the post, after the tags).
3. Tweet / facebook / blog about this competition for EXTRA entries (I have had loads of past winners winning this way, so it’s worth the effort). If you do tweet, please tag me @miss_luckypony and use this #LuckyBonanza.
4. If you do tweet / facebook/ blog about it please let me know in your original comment, so that I can give you a few extra entries.
5. Entries close on the 20th of December 2013 at 1pm. I will choose winners later that day. Good luck.
This is how it will work:
I’m going to pick THREE winners and each person will get a #LuckyBonanza gift pack (see below), I’m going to let the 1st winner choose which one they want and then the second place winner can choose their pack and then the 3rd person gets the one that’s left, but all the packs are AMAZING, so I don’t think it’s going to matter which one you get.
And now without further a due I’d like to introduce you to all the designers and their amazing goods, which could be yours!
Link to Dark Horse – This cool little company has all sorts of awesome locally designed and produced leather goods, for men and woman. They’re also a design house, so if you’re looking for very cool original furniture and home ware, they are your guys. Happy shopping.
Link to Jane Sews – Jane Sews only makes super pretty things, nothing more and nothing less. Her clothing is dainty, considered and well crafted and her leather shoe collection is beyond amazing – happy shopping.
Link for Dear Rae – Dear Rae makes jewellery that is so fine and pretty, she has so many pieces that I would kill for. Her collection includes awesome affordable pieces and awesome luxurious ones too (diamonds and all), which I’m trying very hard to stay away from aaaaaa – happy shopping.
Link for Chapel – Chapel backpacks are still one of my most favourite things around. I can’t believe I don’t own one, I have to fix that! Their stuff is locally produced and designed and they have all sorts of canvas and leather bags to choose from – happy shopping.
Link for Lulu & Marula – This is a new kid on the block, I’ve only just been introduced to their products, but damn do I like them. Spoil your face and body a bit and get some of this local amazing skincare range – happy shopping
Link to Skermunkil - Marietjie has been one of my most favourite jewellery designers for years now. Her stuff is fun and pretty and gold and shiny and awesome, I own like 30 of her necklaces ha! – happy shopping
Link to Sergeant Pepper – Sergeant Pepper is probably one of the raddest men’s labels in South Africa at the moment. There stuff is well made and well designed and sometimes I’m a little jealous that there are no girl versions of their clothes – happy shopping
Link to Red Oker – Red Oker is a great initiative that houses a group of highly skilled craftsmen who hand make every bag that comes out of this company. Each one has a label inside it that tells you who made it and when it was completed, how special is that? They have men and woman’s leather bags – happy shopping
Link to Margo Molyneux – Margo makes simple, considered, easy to wear clothes, from dresses to skirts to blouses. Her stuff is light and feminine, produced and designed locally and oh so very very pretty – happy shopping
Link to Black Betty - Black Betty has all sorts of shiny pretty things to choose from, from rings to necklaces to earrings. Kristin’s stuff is fine and very beautiful and every time I wear one of her pieces I feel like such a lady hee. Her stuff ranges from a few hundred rand to a few thousand for her new diamond collection, you have to check it out - happy shopping
Our bathroom in all it’s blackness03. December 2013
A while back I blogged about a bunch of black and white bathrooms that I had found on various sites. Shane and I were dead keen to make our new bathroom black too, so we pulled out the existing bathroom, we pulled out the exisiting cupboards in our main bedroom, to make the bathroom a bit bigger and we set to work.
I thought I would give you all a break of what’s in our bathroom, in case anything takes your fancy and you want to know where stuff is from:
° The first thing we wanted was a original, genuine victorian cast iron bath, I looked around on the net a bit, but we weren’t really having any luck, all we were finding were imitation ones that cost a flipping fortune. Then I found Maria, this glorious lady who salvages old baths, fireplaces, sinks, you name it, she saves it from old houses being torn down. She then lovingly refurbishes them and sells them. Unfortunately she had to close her shop down, due to the neighbourhood going bad, but I’m sure if you had to contact her she would be able to help you out.
° We then wanted a sink to match the era of the bathroom, so Shane took me to this amazing salvage yard (will find out where it is). We looked around for a bit and came out with 2 sinks for both bathrooms. The one below still has a stamp on the bottom telling us that it was made in the 1940′s. We also found our bathroom door there, we picked up an old, what looks like a garden shed door and gave it a fresh coat of paint. Shane then built a sliding rail for it.
° The beautiful photo above our bath is by a very talented young photographer called Leonard Miller.
° The light fixture is something that I have had for ages, it’s an original art deco piece and we thought a pop of pink might be pretty cool in this room.
° The mirror I also bought at a strange antique shop in Howick called Bloo Monkey, you should definitely check it out if you’re ever that side of town. The mirror was attached to a vintage dresser, which I landed up giving to Stubs.
° The honeycomb tiles we used in the bathroom are awesome to look at, not so awesome to work with, they’re small and a bit finicky, but we got there in the end and we’re very happy with the end result. Can’t remember exactly which tile shop we got them from, but we saw them in a couple of places, so if you are looking for them, you should be good.
° The steel bath holder that goes across the bath I picked up at Mr Price, I’m very chuffed with that and I bought the awesome black and white bathroom rug from Country Road.
Here’s a shot of what our bathroom looked like before…
Johnny Neon and his Zombie Durrants.15. November 2013
I have a very talented friend called Johnny Neon who draws like no ones business. He is so good and so fast at drawing (I’ve had the pleasure of watching him draw) that it makes me want to punch him the neck whenever I see him because I wish I had half the amount of drawing skill in one finger.
A while ago he drew a series of zombie pictures, they were all of famous dead people that were pretty damn awesome, so a few months ago I commissioned him to create a zombie portrait of Shane and I for our 5 year anniversary. Five years is apparently represented by silverware, so he skilfully put together this drawing of us, zombified, side by side, holding a silver knife and fork. He made it up to the size of this antique frame that I have had for ages and when he was done I got it fitted and wrapped for Shane.
I think it came out amazingly and Shane loves it as much as I do, so now not only do we have a painting of us looking like the Kardashians, but like crazy-ass zombies too. Too awesome. Thanks Johnny face, I hate you, I love you.
His Behance account
These are some of his zombie drawings from his Famous Dead series.
Happy Anniversary my Shane.01. November 2013
So today is my 5 year wedding anniversary. I’m married to one of the most amazing people in the whole world. This person who I share everything with is the kindest, funniest, most supportive and genuine person I have ever met and I’m going to love him until the day I take my last damn breath.
I love you my Shanie and happy anniversary xx
Just after Shane proposed.
Our wedding day.
5 year old memories….23. October 2013
So we’re back and I’m trying to get back into my routine, Shane and I have quite a bit of freelance work and the shops, which we’re not complaining about, but we’ve definitely hit the ground running.
I really had a good time overseas and my trip made me think of the last time I was in that part of the world, I flew on Emirates with 3 of my bestest friends to Amsterdam. It was just before I got married to my Shane, my friends and I decided to go on a holiday together, because when do you ever really get to go overseas with your best friends? It doesn’t happen often (well it hasn’t happened super often to me). We packed our bags and we went to Amsterdam for a few days and then to Sweeden, where we stayed with another really good friend of mine, Sara. It was such an amazing trip, we saw so much and we did so much and we ate toooo much and last night I went back to look at few of the photos we took when we were there. We all look so young ahhaha!
Man, how times have changed. We’re all so different now, but still the same, if that makes sense. It’s amazing what a difference 5 years makes. This was one of the best holidays ever and I was so happy that we went on it and even happier when we got back, because I was coming home to take one of the most important steps of my life (marrying Mr. Shane) and it was such an exciting time.
Anyway, I thought I would take a trip down memory lane, which means that some of you are coming along with me.
Levis and Me: Angie Batis Durrant Berlin16. October 2013
Seeing as i’m in Berlin and and I bought myself a super cool vintage Levi’s recycled jacket from Urban outfitters the other day, I thought I would hijack this week’s Levi’s and Me and show it to you. I found this stone washed gem in and amongst a sea of blue ones and I snapped it up in a second. So how it works is they find cool vintage pieces and rework them by either renewing or reconstructing the designs using new pieces of fabric or pieces from end of roll fabrics – I like this idea.
What’s cool about a denim jacket is it just gets better with time, just like a leather one, so I’m amped to live with this guy for a while, maybe I’ll even pass it down to my kid one day. So now instead of me jib-jabbering on anymore, here is me, Mr. Denim and some photos of our few days in Berlin so far. Hope you enjoy them xx
Last week’s Levi’s and Me: Matthew Mole
New Levis and Me up on Andrew’s blog