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To The Moon

I am no fashionista by any means, but I do love finding clothes that make me happy & are cheerful.  I have learnt over time what suits my body & my shape, & I know what I enjoy wearing.  I also have realised that I am all about comfort right now.

And then I discovered a small business that took me right back to my childhood.  It took me back to sunny days, exploring the garden & my aunt’s farm.  The bright colours are cheerful & immediately lift your mood.  It made me feel like I want to get out & play again.  And I have been looking for a pair of dungarees for a very, VERY long time!


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Your name: Nicole Harrison

Business name: To the Moon

Social media handles:  Instagram & Facebook

Tell me a bit more about your business: My clothing brand is all about apparel for the peacemakers, soul seekers, daydreamers, storytellers and lovers of all kind.

To the Moon is a clothing brand concept that was created from a place of love and passion for fashion. To me, fashion is not the latest style off the runway, but rather a feeling of joy and happiness in the clothing you wear. My brand is a dedicated dungaree fashion label that encourages people from all walks of life to live, play and bounce around in a pair of colorful dungarees. I wanted this label to be a conscious label and therefore my dungarees are sourced and manufactured locally for humans of all sizes, styles and genders.

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Where did the name choice come from: When I sign off a birthday card, or when I tell someone that I love them, I use the phrase “I love you to the moon and back”. This label was crafted from love and with love so it just felt like the perfect name.

I also have this sense of astonishing appreciation for the moon and all the magical possibilities that lie beyond.. I wanted to carry this idea into the dungarees – almost like they are your colorful spacesuit that could one day take you to the moon. (Whatever the moon may represent for you)

Why the passion for dungarees: I wanted a pair of dungarees so badly and I was struggling for so long to find a pair of dungarees that I really liked.. something fun, colorful and most importantly comfy and loose-fitting. So I found this gap or niche in the market that I was very happy to fill. There aren’t many denim dungaree-dedicated clothing labels out there.

What makes your dungarees different to others: I think firstly that there literally isn’t another pair of dungarees quite like mine. I use real bull denim that is locally sourced. The fabric is then dyed the 4 different colors that were chosen after long hours looking over colour dye palettes. Each stitch and button has been carefully contemplated and then its finished off with the super fun and retro dungaree buckle.

Which is your personal favourite pair: Oh thats a difficult one… I have one of each colour and I will alternate colors depending on my moon on the day. But if I had to choose I would say the yellow dungaree longs.

Where can people purchase them from: I am currently taking orders online but I am also hoping to have some more time to start selling at markets such as the “I Heart Market” and other markets around KZN.

What is the price range of these:
Dungaree Shorts are R480
Dungaree Longs are R600


Quote you live by: I try to live by a rule (sometimes I’m not very good at sticking to the rule, but I try). Its the five by five rule. If its not going to matter in 5 years, don’t send more than 5 minutes worrying about it.

Anything else you want to add: I am currently working on some skirts made from the dungaree colors and fabric and should be online to purchase soon. I am also starting a linen dungaree range so watch this space 😉


Aren’t these absolutely gorgeous?  I am going to order some soon, but need your help deciding which ones to get.  Which are your favourite?


 

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Lola Lifestyle

Some time back I noticed a business on my feed called Lola Lifestyle.  I was immediately drawn to their one shirt that had gorgeous eyelashes printed across the chest & I knew it was a shirt I had to own!

And then I was helping my sister at FIBO with her Metafit, & who was a couple of stalls down from us, but the lovely ladies from Lola Lifestyle.  I saw for myself how popular they are, & got to feel the quality of their products, & then I immediately had a chat to this mother & daughter team about doing a feature on them.

Plus they gave me some inside info on a sale they will be having soon, so keep an eye on their page for more…

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Your names: Adele Olevano and Lene Johnson

Business name: Lola Lifestyle

Social media handles: Facebook, Instagram & Website

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I see you’re a mum/daughter team – tell me more about how this business idea came about & what you both do within the business:  My mother has been manufacturing for the last 35 years. She started out with evening-wear and eventually progressed to manufacturing for local designers. I was in the film industry for 8 years as a clothing stylist. We saw there was a need for versatile clothing that looks good and feels comfortable. My mom is a sucker for amazing natural fabrics and this was the reason we started exploring our options with the bamboo. We both oversee all creative aspects of the brand. The team work is critical to make the dream work because we both still work 9 to 5 jobs in between running Lola.

Where are you based: We manufacture in Bezuidenhout valley in Johannesburg.

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Where can people order/buy from: We have an online store and we have a few stockists, those change from time to time but the details are in our Instagram bio

What makes your clothing different to others: We take great pride in the quality, fabrics and fit of our garments. We want our consumers to put on that Lola item and feel like they can rule the world.

What is your personal favourite item: For Adele it will have to be the bamboo run jacket. This is her masterpiece. For Lene it’s definitely the lounge pants. Comfort is key.

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What have been your most popular items: Our oversized shirt has exceeded our expectations. It’s such an amazing piece and looks good on everyone. Out tshirts have also done very well.

Why do you encourage people to support local: Supporting Lola Lifestyle is not only about supporting our dream. The manufacturing is done by local South Africans which means every piece of clothing you buy goes to supporting their families. That is the South African dream. That is also the only way we are going to grow our economy and create a better future

Quote you live by: #itsuptoyou to create the life you love

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Isn’t this gorgeous?!  And don’t you want to own some of their stunning clothing for yourself?

If you do buy anything, please tag me in your look – I would love to see how you style it!  I have put a few things on my Christmas Wish List (yes, the lash shirt is one), so I hope Santa sees I have been a good girl this year.


 

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Roo&Bear

If you have been following me for any amount of time you will know just how much my animals mean to me – I mean, we don’t go away coz we don’t want to leave our animals with anyone, or even in a boarding facility.  They are like our children & even sleep in our bed with us – this was the reason we had to get a bigger bed too (besides the fact that my husband’s super-long legs hang right off the end & we have to get extra-length EVERYTHING!).  When we were really battling financially, we ensured our animals had vet-quality food & we were eating the cheapest food we could.  In other words, they are spoilt rotten!

Anyway, I digress…

I was blobbing at home one evening, & a shirt popped up in my Instagram feed.

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I mean…  How could I resist?!  I immediately looked into this more & placed my order with Roo&Bear Apparel for one of my very own.  It arrived & I did a little happy dance around the house before immediately putting it on.  It is probably one of the softest shirts I have ever owned, & the quality is gorgeous.  I knew I had to find out more about them & hopefully introduce you to a beautiful local business that you would love to support too.


Your name:  Candice Russell
Business name: Roo & Bear

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Social media handles:  Facebook, Instagram & Website

Tell me a bit more about your business:  Roo and Bear is a conscious apparel brand, meaning every process that goes into a design is carefully throughout always having the environment in mind.
The clothing is made from natural fibers such as Hemp,Organic cotton, linen. all of these fabrics are Eco-friendly and Biodegradable.
Our trims are also Eco- friendly , the swing tags are made from recycled paper with seeds pressed into them, the buttons are made from wood, so our garments are basically 99.9%
biodegradable. All stock is made locally in Durban, the trims are all sourced locally. Unfortunately the hemp fabric is imported as hemp is not yet regulated in South Africa.

How long have you been running for:  Roo and Bear has been running for just over a year – we were founded in January 2018.

Have you always had such a deep love for animals:  Yes Yes a 10000X Yes! Animals are life! 🐕ever since I was a little girl i have always loved animals, I often think i get on with them better than i do with humans haha.
I cannot picture a world without them.

Where can people buy your products from:  Our products can be found on our online store. We are at the Shongweni Farmers Market about twice a month and on the occasion at the I Heart Market.

What are some of your favourite items:  Some of my favorite items are, our round collar shirt. We designed this item as i think its really cute and can be worn so many ways and i feel people just don’t make round collars anymore? I have never actually seen one in store. Our A-symmetrical button up is definitely another favorite. its looks so good on any figure, and honestly fits like a glove. I actually love them all haha.

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What makes your clothing different to others:  Hmm this is something i definitely made sure to consider when starting up Roo&Bear. I didn’t want to design ordinary clothing, something you would find on repeat in every store because every major retailer is ripping off an international brand. I wanted to create clothing that was sustainable but also of a minimalist nature,an item you will have in your closet for years and can be worn season after season, year after year. I personally prefer to have less but of better quality, I believe less is more!

Why do you think having a well-loved pet is so important:  My babies are my world ( my dogs) they are so well loved and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I think its so important to have a well loved pet because if you don’t show them the love and affection they deserve they definitely wont return the favor. Having an animal is such a gift and the only way to create that special bond is to spend time with them and give them the love and attention they crave.

Why do you encourage people to support local: Supporting local is so important I believe. Firstly you are helping create jobs , by supporting small businesses you are helping them grow, with your support they are then financially able to hire employees. Secondly I feel that when you buy something local, its often of better quality and there is so much love that has gone in to that product. I personally always try to support local, as i know how hard it is as a small business . It’s really true what they say ‘ when you buy from a small business an actual person does a little happy dance’. Whenever i get an email notifying me that i have another online order, I promise you I do a little happy dance inside, I truly appreciate every bit of support and i know all my fellow entrepreneurs do too.

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Quote you live by:  The Quote that I live by is ‘Purpose fuels Passion‘. this quote is incredibly powerful to me. I honestly believe that life is way to short to be doing something you are not passionate about. I have just recently left my corporate job in the retail industry as i was not living by what i believed. The role had no purpose and honestly was not feeding my soul, if you cant see the purpose in something how can you be passionate about it? Roo&Bear is my passion and it has purpose, the more i can grow the business the more I can contribute to the animal shelters in need.


This ladies apparel is all handmade in Hillcrest, KZN & a percentage goes to animals in need.  Isn’t that amazing?  I have so much respect for people who want to give back & getting to know Candice through this feature has been so uplifting.  Her heart is so big (for people & animals) & she really deserves all the love & support possible!

Please pop over to Roo&Bear’s social media account & place an order for some of their gorgeous clothing for yourself.  I know I will be having a squiz over at all their gorgeous clothing again now that I have finished writing this blog – seeing the pics definitely reminded me of why I was drawn to them.


 

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Bi Parel

A while ago I won a competition that was running on Instagram. The algorithm definitely pushes competitions my way as I LOVE entering & finding new, exciting things.  When Bi Parel’s competition appeared on my timeline, I immediately clicked through to see more & loved the style of their clothing.  They are so unique & really make a statement.  Plus I feel they can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion!

When the clothing arrived I immediately went to try it on & I honestly can’t say which I loved the most!  They are so artistic & fashionable – in fact they are probably amongst the fanciest clothing I own…  I knew I had to share this with all of you, & I am sure you will love it as much as I do.


Your Name:  Shaylene Morris
Business Name:  Bi Parel

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Social Media Handles:  InstagramFacebook

What I do: I am the founder and creative director of Bi Parel, I over look all creative aspects relating to Bi Parel especially in designing and manufacturing our product. Bi Parel is a unisex street couture brand that aims to be different from the norm and deliver quality on all form such as fabrication, production and customer service. We are relatively new to the scene but plan to take over the streets of Johannesburg and neighboring provinces very soon. We gain our inspiration not only from the Asian cultures though time but from our South African customers that inspire us every day.

How did the business idea come about: I’ve always been interested in fashion. From a young age I learnt how to sew from my grandmother and mother. It was only in my gap year after high school when I couldn’t afford to buy clothes and was forced to make my own did I realize this could be a business venture as more and more people took interest in my ideas. Thereafter I went to university to further my education.

When is your big launch date: We plan to launch our brand second week of June 2019. Not sure on specific dates as of yet

What makes your clothing so different to others: Each collection is inspired by something different but our feel is always the same. I think our customers look forward to the new inspiration that we drew from each season, as appose to each season being the same as before, with our Asian inspired streetwear designs that already set us apart, our keen eye for inspiration each year excites our customers. They are always looking forward to the next theme of the season.

What are your favourite items from your range: My current favorite items, are our reversible hoodie that we will be releasing in June as well as the reversible bomber jacket. From our research no one has every done a reversal hoodie before so we keen to see how people take to it and our reversible Bomber had a surprising twist to it this season.

How can people order from you? for now we encourage customers to go into our Instagram page and click the link to register for our website launch. They will then be able to purchase our products online by second week of June.

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Quote you live by: In the movie Coach Carter, the character Timo Cruz says: Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Which I think is a quote everyone should live by.

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Aren’t these flipping cool?  I really am so spoilt with the bag full of goodies I received from them & I absolutely love wearing them!  They are super comfortable & edgy…  I can’t wait for their official launch & know that this is a business that we need to keep an eye on.

Sign up now for their newsletter so you are made aware for their launch.  Don’t miss out!


 

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Sillybilly

I came across this great clothing line a while ago, & when I started reading more about them it truly pulled on my heart & I knew that more people needed to know about this.  A girl I went to college with always dresses her daughter in the most gorgeous outfits, & when I saw this brand tagged in one of her posts I immediately set to finding out more!

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The top definition of a “sillybilly” is as follows: A person, who acts in a special way and is not afraid to do so. Usually a small, cute, person who is very happy and can make you laugh whenever they want to. Also some one who is very fun to be around and acts in the silliest way possible.
“Why are you so cute, you sillybilly.”
#silly #cute #funny #entertaining #fun


Your Name:  Joy
Your Business Name:  Sillybilly / Sillybillie.  Sillybilly is spelt two ways : SILLYBILLY and SILLYBILLIE . For boys products I use the Y and girls products I use the IE.  Just a fun way to distinguish gender fabrics.
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Social Media Handles:  Facebook & Instagram – Sillybilly / Beanys Biters
What do I do?  I create beautiful handmade, affordable quality boys and girls baby harems, bloomers, rompers and suspender skirts…. and this is only the beginning!  Michaela, my Down Syndrome daughter, handmakes teething rings and teething bracelets called Beany Biters. These are made from quality silicone beads and wooden rings. Only child safe quality will do!
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How did I start?  My daughter Megan fell pregnant with my gorgeous grandson, Scott. I relished in this idea of being a grandmother so decided to make him something special and sewed some beautiful harems for her nappy party. When my gift was opened my children suggested I sew to sell and open a business.  I had been retrenched a few months earlier so I took the bull by the horns (I will admit I was nervous). I took what little savings I had at the time and bought fabric. I created a few pieces and we created my Instagram and Facebook page and I have never looked back.  Sillybilly was born. Having Michaela at home with me most of the time (she loves to thread things) we decided to incorporate baby teethers, made from scratch by her. Beany Biters then started.
What makes my products special?  Every stitch, every button and every item is made by me and me alone, from start to finish. I don’t use an assistant or a CMT. In doing this I am able to keep my prices affordable, hence you don’t need to pay a lot of money to dress your baby beautifully. Quality control is of utmost importance. I will even redo the label if it does not look straight. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to Sillybilly.
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Most popular item?  This has to be my highwaisted girls bloomers. I can’t tell you how many I have made. I think it’s the soft, cool feel and the beautiful colors. Pop them over a nappy on a hot day and “walla” you have a gorgeous baby!
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My personal favourite? Every piece I see on a baby is my favourite.  There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a piece come to life from a flat piece of fabric on a roll.
How do people order?  I have an online store. Its proved to be so easy and for me it’s been amazing. Getting orders via email, I get stuck in and courier them off as soon as I can. Please pop in and have a look
My daughter Michaela.   Michaela was born with Down Syndrome.  She is 23 years old and attends a special needs college called Careways in Kloof, Durban. She loves dancing and dances with Flatfoot Dance company in Durban. Her nickname is Beany (comes from calling her Michaela Bean!) so when we were thinking of a name for her business my daughter in law said “Beany Biters”. She takes great pride in her work and gets super excited when an order for them comes through.
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What quote do I live by?  Mmmmm a hard one as there are so many.  But one that comes to mind is “NEVER DOUBT ONESELF!!!” If I had just doubted myself for second at that nappy party I would not have this precious business.
Anything else to add?  My fabrics are mostly chosen by my daughter Megan.  She has graphic design flare behind her, young and knows her stuff! She is my amazing marketing lady who runs her own digital marketing business so I’m fortunate to have her run my pages.
My third bedroom is turned into my studio where I have three trusty Bernina machines. Frankly it’s my “happy place!”
I have been married to Ronny for 10 years. He supports me 100% in what I do and love. My whole family is behind me and tell me every day how proud they are. So for this I THANK YOU SILLYBILLY  🙂
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With all my friends that are currently pregnant, or just recently given birth to their own gorgeous miracle, I know that they are certainly going to be getting gifts from this company!  A mum & daughter duo with a passion for what they do makes my heart so very happy.  And does this not remind you that you can set out to achieve whatever you wish; regardless of what society says “no” to?

Please support Sillybilly & Beany Biters.  Because we all deserve that little bit of good in our lives!


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My Little Loves

Kirsty is a truly beautiful soul who embraces life & everything it throws at her, whilst truly wanting to make the world a better place.  She is a friend; wife; mum yoga instructor; & has recently added business owner to her CV!

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I went to school with Kirsty & did dancing with her during this time, so we have a little bit of history & I know how beautiful her heart is & that she truly just wants the best for everyone.  I may not have children of my own, but I know that if I did then I would want to support My Little Loves.  The clothing looks absolutely amazing & is proper little kids clothing, whilst still looking extremely comfortable & fashionable.34539378_941846655997905_4753535061498789888_o


When I was thinking about who I wanted to chat to next for my blog, Kirsty immediately popped to mind.  Her Facebook page is here, & Instagram here.  You can read on to find out a little more about this amazing woman:

Your name: Kirsty Von Fintel
Name of your business: My Little Loves
When did you start: I started up my business in about February this year , and we have just launched our first items this month!
Why did you start: I have had a passion for hemp for some time ,  it is the oldest domesticated crops known to man and has been used for textiles cordage and paper for thousands of years . I’m passionate about our environment and the state it is in , and what we can do to help!
Hemp can be grown as a renewable source for raw materials that can be used for thousands of products . For clothing the fibers and stalks of the Hemp plant is used . Along with my passion for Hemp I have a passion for clothing and since recently having my son my interests turned to baby and kids wear . I found it so hard to find natural Fibre items for him in fun comfortable styles . A lot of clothing you find now is impractical and covered in cartoon characters . There are obviously exceptions but this sparked an idea for me and I rolled with it . It has been a really fun learning experience as this is not my expertise at all!

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What did you do before this: I am a yoga teacher and was teaching daily classes , along with studying to be a nutritionist.
Products you have: We have clothing for babes and older kids up to age 6 . Our focus right now is clothing but are we are looking at some other ideas, and possibly some items for mamas in the near future!
Mottos you live by: “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” “Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.” “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. – Brene Brown
Any other info you want to add: Do what makes your heart flutter , even if you don’t know what your doing , do it anyway . That is how we learn , how we grow . Take chances , take risks and put your heart out there . You don’t want to look back and wish you had tried that one thing you were to scared to do . Trust the process❤️

Kirst, I am so so proud of you for following your dreams & for encouraging us all to live a better life.  Your kids clothing looks absolutely adorable & I know that all of “Aunty Meg’s” children will be getting these going forward.

Please contact her directly via any of her social media channels to place your orders.  She delivers throughout South Africa & I can guarantee that your kids will be super comfy & cute in these designs.


 

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