Sunday, 17 September 2017

2 DAYS WITH MINISO LAUNCH IN SOUTH AFRICA

 Hello dear readers! I know its been a while I haven't post anything here, but since my daughter was born I have been incredibly busy with her and my son and slowly I am doing my come back to the reality.  But I have exciting news! Last week, I was invited by Japanese brand Miniso, to spend 2 days with them for the launch of their stores in South Africa. I assisted to the event along with other bloggers, buyers, clients, journalists and influencers The name of the event was Change The World Miniso Promotion Conference. 

WHAT IS MINISO?
Miniso is the biggest Japanese retailer chain, founded by japanese designer Miyake Junya and chinese entrepreneur Ye Goufu. Their brand philosophy is ¨simplicity, design and good quality¨ 

DAY 1
I stayed for 3 days and 2 nights at Radisson Blue Hotel in Sandton. The first day was leisure time for all the guests so I chilled in the swimming pool with my friend Paula, who I could invite to stay with me. At night we had a dinner at the restaurant and got to know other guests who were invited to the event. 

DAY 2
After having breakfast at the hotel and receiving a lovely goodie bag from Miniso, we were taken to Miniso Store at Norwood Shopping Center. We had a very nice welcoming including Vip Vouchers to spend at the store. 
 Here some of my favorite products 
 
 Are these baby dresses? No. Kitchen towels, how original
 I call myself ¨Didi Bags and Containers¨. If there are organizers or storage kind of products, I am the number 1 buyer!
How cute is this headband with bunny ears? Love, love, love this 
 Electric face brush cleanser and tooth brush, 2 in 1. 
My favorite item from all of them: this face shade with cooling effect. So this one not only covers your eyes from the light but also relax them while you sleep, so cool! 
And they have so many cute designs to choose from
Being at Miniso is a real shopping experience. Here with some of my new friends that I met at the event ;) 

This is what I bought with my Vip Boucher 
After being in the shop we were taken to Moyo to have a real African lunch and then we went to Miniso Conference to get to know the brand philosophy and its future plans in Africa and the rest of the world. 
Here are some high lights of the conference: 
  • Established in Japan in 2013, Miniso has opened over 1000 stores in less that 3 years with business turnover standing at USD 750 million in 2015 and nearly 1.5 billion in 2016. 
  • In 2018 Miniso plans to open 7000 stores worldwide with a sales target of 7.6 billion USD. 
  • In Africa their plan is to open 50 stores in South Africa creating more than 12.000 jobs opportunities. 
  • The secret of Miniso success is based on 3 principles: Premium Product Design, Outstanding Cost Performance and Supreme Shopping Experience. 
I had so much fun during these 3 days getting to understand Miniso and why they named their conference ¨Change the World¨: because their brand concept, consumer experience and how they are doing it all over the world is really amazing. Thanks Miniso for having me with you! :) 

To get to know more about Miniso visit: 


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

WIN A TRIP TO MAURITIUS WORTH R80.000 FOR 2 PEOPLE WITH A GIRL IN AFRICA

The Republic of Mauritius is an Island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometres off the southeast coast of the african continent. The island is multiethnic, multi religious, multicultural, and multilingual. I went there with my husband 
and we had a blast! 
From paddling on board, snorkeling, visiting and swimming in the waterfalls, enjoying the sunsets from the beach, eating at the local restaurants, doing picnic in other beaches to going to the locals festivities, we discovered that Mauritius is more than just an island full of resorts. 
COMPETITION 
I have teamed up with Tourism Mauritius for this amazing competition. A Girl in Africa along with other South African bloggers are offering you the opportunity to fly to Mauritius with your partner and stay there for 5 nights with everything included! 

To enter you have to tag and follow Mauritius South Africa either on Instagram or Facebook
All you have to do is to show me how you are surviving the South African Winter by taking a picture with the hashtag #RatherbeinMauritius and you and your guest could be flown to Mauritius, the land of endless Summer :) 
Be creative! We want your sad, fun and ridiculously cold winter survival photos. 

This is how I am surviving the Winter blues with my son. 
The prize will be include:

     -  Flights 
5 nights’ accommodation for 2 adults sharing at Lux* Belle Mare 5 star deluxe. A luxury hotel in Mauritius, shining with the vibrant energy and hospitality of authentic island life.
     - Breakfast and dinner daily
- Free W-Fi
- Free Unlimited water-skiing
- LUX* Reasons to Go


Here is the video of the competition.




 Good luck!!! 
Competition closes the 24th of July. 

Friday, 30 June 2017

DRESS FROM MY AFRICAN STYLE STORY

 Hello! Technology and Social Media are amazing tools to meet people and discover local talent. Thanks to Instagram, I met Portuguese designer Carla Pinto and her beautiful label called My African Style Story. Carla is originally from Portugal but few years ago, she moved to Johannesburg. When I saw her pictures on Instagram, I was so fascinated by her designs but also felt curious about her life as I saw we had lots of things in common. 
I contacted her and we had a coffee together. I was right, we have lots of things in common (both of us are foreigners living in SA, we both have an adventurous spirit, we both have one son and one daughter, we both lived in 2011 in USA and we both love fashion and style) and we connected so well. 
 Today I am wearing one of her designs. I love this wrap maxi dress with a back panel from her collection called Tradition.
Isn't this dress so beautiful? 
You can get this dress at Spree and other garments from My African Style Story at Big Blue Stores Countrywide. 

You can also get to know better Carla and her African Style Story by checking her Instagram Account here or her Facebook Account here.

I am wearing:

Dress: My African Style Story 
Hat: Cotton On
Sandals: Bronx Woman 


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Sunday, 7 May 2017

LIFE WITH MY BABY GIRL


My baby girl arrived 2 months ago and I am so melted. Being mom for second time is so much fun and I am enjoying every second of it. Having my daughter is giving me the opportunity of living motherhood again in a more natural way and also feeling another type of connection. 
My friend Jaime took these pictures when Maité was 6 weeks old. 
This is our first photoshoot together of mom and daughter :) 

SHE IS MAITE
 Maité in my husband´s language (Basque) means love or loved. I like names with a powerful meaning. In the past, people were naming their children with the mission they wanted to have in the earth. Maité certainly is already giving as so much love and we are in so much in love with her. 

We took these pictures before we shaved her hair for first time. 
 Thanks little Maité for being in our lives, you came and our family feel so complete. I am the proudest and happiest mom having you and your brother Luka in my tribe. 

Thanks for reading and being in this journey with me. 

Pictures by Jaime Suarez at  www.behance.net/jaimesuarez