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Black Strawberry Activewear

I attended International Yoga Day a while back with some friends.  I got to spend some time purely on myself, tried new Yoga flows, & left feeling utterly relaxed.  With the stress that every day life is throwing at me, I often feel like I am simply functioning on adrenaline & absolutely dread the day that this runs out!

While I was at this event, I got to spend a little time walking around the stalls that were there & see more of what is on offer in the fitness/wellness industry.  One such stall was Black Strawberry Activewear…

I was attracted to them from their bright colours & the friendly face of Londeka who was working there.  I knew I had to go over to take a look, & spent a good amount of time inspecting what they had on offer.  With beautiful African-inspired prints, amazing quality fabric & beautifully designed activewear; I was suitably impressed.  I went home & did some more research on them before reaching out & asking if I could do a blog on them.  This clothing is made with the South African woman in mind – it embraces our curves & individuality.

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Their customer service is out of this world, & they immediately responded.  They even sent me the stunning set I had been eyeing out at International Yoga Day, which showed me that they truly care about their customers & pay attention to their interests.  When I put it on I felt like a modern-day superwoman & loved how soft the top & tights felt against my skin.  Plus another bonus is the TWO hidden pockets in the tights – if you know anything about me, you know I love a good pocket!  These would be perfect for an iPod, some cash, or some lady necessities.  I even got a “WOW” from husband when I walked out in it which obviously boosted my self-confidence.

Without further ado, here is the interview with the creator herself!


Your name: Mandisa Khumalo

Business name: Black Strawberry Activewear (Pty) Ltd

Social media handles: Facebook, Instagram & Website

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Tell me a bit more about what you do: We are an activewear brand that focuses on providing women with unique apparel for whatever their active journey is. Precise fit. Bold colors. Eye catching designs. For women to be fearless , phenomenal and truly themselves.

How long have you been running for: Two years

What makes your clothing different to others: We want to celebrate Africa, in all its awesomeness. We try to have designs that celebrate different African cultures, the vibrant colours, art and way of life. We love highwaist leggings that accentuate a woman’s waist and pockets that makes sure that we can carry lipstick or race food or tissues and our phones wherever we workout.

Why are you so passionate about what you do: Mainly because it doesn’t feel like work; it’s fun, exciting and adventurous. My team and I get to discover that there is inspiration everywhere if we only have our eyes and hearts really open to it.

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Why would you encourage people to support local: We think it’s important to support local brands as they’re like family; wouldn’t we all like to support our family members who are creating something that they are passionate about? Local brands also motivate us ‘cos they make us believe that it’s possible for all of us to achieve something from just an idea as long as we’re prepared to do the work.

Where can people buy your clothing from: Online and at pop-ups – we normally apply at different events (running races, health and wellness expos etc) and depending on the cost, we pop-up there.

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Why are you passionate about living a healthy, happy life: WOW, where do I start; a healthy lifestyle helps me keep fit, full of energy, unstoppable, lets me explore different sports and live an adventurous life. I’m also more aware of what I eat and the effect it has on my mood, my body and my life as a whole.

Quote you live by: I don’t have one quote but have five statements I keep on my bathroom wall (so I can revisit them everytime I brush my teeth)

(1) I am capable of learning and developing

(2) I can put effort into improving myself

(3) Challenges are opportunities to grow

(4) Feedback helps me to improve

(5) Failure gives me an opportunity to try again and do better


You guys!  Are you not just completely enamored by this company & everything that they stand for?  And don’t you love that they EMBRACE our bodies for what they are, rather than trying to force us to fit into society’s mold of ‘perfection’?

I would pick a size up from your regular, as they are quite tight fitting & you don’t want to be uncomfortable in your gorgeous new outfit!  They also have some great inspiration tees available – my friend bought some & they are also a gorgeous quality, & so so stunning.  I think we all need a reminder to be fearless, & perhaps there are other ladies out there that need to hear this too!

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Thank you so much Mandisa & Londeka for this opportunity, & for your kindness.  I absolutely adore you & all that you are doing.  I can’t wait to see what else you bring to us, & I am super excited to see you at the next event!


 

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Hoko Active Wear

2019 has been my year of getting healthy.  I had a stem cell transplant in January & SURVIVED!  I really feel like I have been given a second chance at life & am taking every opportunity to live my life in the best way possible.  I want to be healthy.  I want to be strong.  I want to make good choices.  And this has all started with joining a gym & trying out different classes.

One that has been absolutely amazing is yoga.  I had never even attempted a class before, but had seen how friends rave about it & how it has changed their lives for the better.  It is more than simply an hour-long class, but rather a life-changing way of thinking & living.

Because I have not exercised properly in 15 years (shocking thought I know…) I did not own ANY gym wear & was simply wearing my regular tights & oversized tees.  I know there is nothing wrong with that, but I wanted something pretty that would encourage me to attend gym more often as well as bringing a smile to my face.  And then, I discovered Hoko Active Wear & I was immediately drawn in!

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Your name: My name is Roxy, and my partners name is Danielle (my mom-in-law)

Business name: Hoko Active Wear

Social media handles: Facebook, Instagram & Website

Tell me a bit more about what you do: We have a passion to supply the most comfy and beautiful active wear and leggings at an affordable price.

How did the business idea come about: My mother-in-law and I love to shop! So about two years ago we decided to make our passion our living and launched our little fashion business. Back then we focused on a wide variety of fashion items (our name even started off as FOMO Fashion) but we soon realised how popular our leggings were and decided to focus our energy into the active wear side!

Tell me about Lets Get Twisted: Let’s Get Twisted is our 2nd Birthday Celebration. We wanted to have a day were people could come and celebrate with us and be active and healthy at the same time. So we have created an event that is suitable for the entire family – where you can come and shop, do a yoga class, have a drink or a meal or both ;), have a massage and spend time with your loved ones! It is at the beautiful Modderfontein Bird and Sculpture Park venue and will be an awesome fit day out.

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What got you interested in yoga: I have always been interested in fitness – I competed in 2012 and 2013, but I was never fully satisfied with just weight training. Since I can remember I have always wanted to get more into my yoga – but have only recently made the effort to practice regularly, and I will never look back! I absolutely love yoga and its benefits (not only physically but mentally too). I have found it to help in all areas of my life and I cant imagine my life without it now!

Why is fitness & health so important: I honestly have always felt that every single person should take their physical health seriously. Not only to look good but to feel good – and to ensure that your body ages better and your health is your priority. You cant buy health but you can invest in it 🙂

What makes your tights different to others: Ask anyone who has bought a pair (and many more after that) and they will tell you – the fabric! It is super soft and comfy – it almost feels like you aren’t wearing any pants at all. But also the huge variety of patterns – we have something for everyone – and we make sure that we keep new styles coming in all the time so that our customers never get bored.

I see you have ambassadors – that is awesome! How did you choose who to select: At the end of every year we have an ambassador search – any one can enter but we look for ladies who are energetic, positive and who are passionate about our brand.

Which are your personal favourite styles: Ooooh that’s a hard one – I probably have about 20 – 30 pairs! But my all time favourites would have to be: The original “Aztec Round Ombre”, The Favourite “Light Circles” and then I’m a high-waisted junkie – I love all of mine especially “Pink Ombre Leaves”, “Mushrooms”, “Pink Tropics” and “Aztec Dark Purple

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Quote you live by: It’s not a quote per say but I live by the word Ahimsa – It is Sanskrit for “non-violence and compassion towards all”


Guys, let me tell you, these tights are like nothing I have ever felt before!  I placed my order & these were delivered within 2 days.  And the moment I opened the packet I was in love.  They are so, so soft & you will have a difficult choice trying to decide which ones to add to your basket.  They are super comfy to work out with, & you can wear them with confidence as they don’t go see-through when you are bending over as many different tights do!

And as for Let’s Get Twisted, you can get your tickets here – it is happening THIS WEEKEND so don’t miss out.  I am super excited about this.  I may not be the most confident or the best at Yoga, but I can’t wait to try the classes that they have lined up & just meet some of the wonderful people that are going to be there.  Please come say hi if you see me.  I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my Saturday!


 

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Pretty Peachy

As a woman, when I work out I still want to feel pretty.  I want to wear fun clothing & show off my uniqueness whilst still being able to move & exercise with ease.  I am sick of wearing plain back clothing, or oversized shirts that I have claimed from husband.  I want something fun that makes me smile & encourages me to keep going.

Pretty Peachy Activewear has been popping up on both my Facebook & Instagram, & I absolutely LOVE what they have on offer.  Their pieces are fun, eye-catching & definitely on trend – from flamingos to bright colours.

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Verity very kindly chatted to me about this company that she has started, & I am definitely going to be ordering my own gear soon!  Now just to decide which ones to choose…


My Name: Verity Hunter
Business Name: Pretty Peachy Activewear
What I do: I have an online business selling gym clothes to ladies
How I got into this: I have a passion for activewear! I try to live a healthy life and exercise as much as my busy schedule allows. I wanted to wear activewear that made me feel good and confident and still be affordable!
Most popular product: Harem Leggings with cut out details.

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My favourite product: The flamingo leggings! They are so cute and I’m obsessed with flamingos.

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How long to receive a product: 2 working days once payment has been received
What quote do I live by? “Consistency is Key” – I believe this is apt for both your personal life and business. Keep doing what you are doing and you will see results!


Ladies, we all need something happy to make us smile!  So why not spoil yourself with some of these & remember how truly remarkable you are.

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Lulupie

Scrolling through Facebook one day I cam across a page called Lulupie.  They do paperless patterns which means that they print the actual pattern on the fabric so all you have to do is cut out the design & sew it together.  Plus they can even make your own fabric with a design of your choice, so pretty much you can get exactly what you want, & it can be a one-of-a-kind clothing.

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I contacted the page & gave them an idea that I have for Rare Diseases SA, & was absolutely blown away by her love as well as her excitement for this project.  I think you can tell a lot by how a person comes across in their messages, & by their wanting to help a charity, so although I have never actually met Lurinda I feel like I have made a friend for life.  We have been chatting almost on a daily basis & I knew that she was someone that I wanted to find out more about & feature on my blog.

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Your names: Paul Prinsloo (Graphic Designer and artist); Lurinda Prinsloo (Occupational Therapist by day, admin and personal liaison for Lulupie at night)32470997_10155134215442134_2400886520895504384_n

Name of your business:  Lulupie

How did you come up with the name:  We tried to find an interesting combination of our names and the name of our daughter, Lucia.  So, Lu(rinda)Lu(cia)P(aul)ie was born!

What do you do?  We specialise in hand drawn custom designs for print on a number of different bases.  We are mainly focused on fabric printing at the moment, but we are looking at expanding to other mediums in the near future!  Watch this space…

How did you come up with this concept?  I (Lurinda) taught myself to sew while pregnant with our daughter, and I came across the world of custom printed fabric.  I was amazed!  Paul then came up with the brilliant idea of combining our individual loves of sewing and design into a business venture – and here we are!

What did you do before this?  Paul was (and still is) a work-at-home dad!  He mostly did freelance design work before we started with Lulupie.  Lurinda works full time as an Occupational Therapist at the Cerebral Palsy Association (Eastern Cape).

How can people order from you, & what are your prices (roughly)?  People can contact us via our Facebook page, or email us at info@lulupie.co.za.  Our design fees range from R120 to R400, depending on the design and if you want it for exclusive use or not.  Printing costs then depend on what you want your design printed on, and is added onto the design fee.

Anything else that you would like to add?  We recently launched a new product that we are very excited about – Paperless Patterns!  We teamed up with a digital pattern designer from SA, and we are working with her to print her patterns directly onto fabric, in the design and size that the client wants.  So you just cut and sew!  We currently have the Ladies Leggings pattern available in this format. final layout-mermaid1.indd


This concept literally makes me so happy, & I will post an update once I get my custom-designed tights!  Thank you Lulupie for all your love & creativity.  You are absolutely amazing.

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