Potion / Cold-brewed Goodness

As a person who doesn’t drink any hot drinks (more about that here), I’m used to making coffee, adding milk and then throwing in a ton of ice blocks so that it isn’t warm. So, you can imagine my excitement when I came across Potion Coffee, a Cape Town- based brand that produces cold-brewed coffee. It is naturally sweeter and less acidic – a truly unique flavour suited to sophisticated taste buds. It can be drunk black, or if you’re like me, you can add a little sugar and milk.

Being a visual person, and a self-confessed packaging lover, another thing that drew my attention towards Potion is their beautiful packaging. The bottles are inspired by old-school medicine bottles, combined with the idea of alchemy, all which make for a very aesthetically pleasing product. (I’m sure you’ll agree!)

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Being passionate coffee lovers themselves stops them from producing anything that is less than excellent.

So next time you’re out and about, keep your eyes peeled for this delightful beverage and be sure to try to out!

Nabeela x

[Disclaimer: All images belong to Potion Coffee. As usual, all opinions are my own. I would never write about a product that I don’t love.]

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The Botanicals Greeting Card Range

Miss Artsy-Crafty was started on a whim of spontaneity, as a blog, in early 2015. I wanted a place to share my thoughts, creations and everything I find beautiful with the world. Due to my love of writing and photography, my blog became the perfect place to do so. Over the past two years or so, I’ve prided myself on curating a blog with original content and it has grown beyond what I ever dreamed for my little corner of the internet, thanks to the continuous support I’ve received from my family, friends and readers alike.

I’ve always been a lover of paper goods and stationery, so when I started thinking that it would be lovely to start creating some products, naturally, stationery felt right.

I’ve spent the past while creating, designing, negotiating, number-crunching and emailing my little business into existence. I’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity and support of the creative community around me.

The Botanicals Greeting Card Range is inspired by foliage, modern typography (in particular, my own brush-lettering), as well as lovely peach and pink tones. I’ve poured my heart and soul into the creation of these cards, and I’m thrilled to finally be able to share them with you.

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You Got This Card – Plain
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Happy Birthday Card
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You Got This Card – Patterned
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Heart Card
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Thanks A Bunch Card

It’s been a rollercoaster so far and the ride has just begun.

So, friends, I present you with my greeting card range. I hope you love them as much as I do.

If you’d like to order some, please me an email and I’ll be in touch.

hello@missartsycrafty.com

Nabeela x

 

 

 

Skin Loving / Lulu & Marula

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I’m one of those people who believe that loving oneself is as important as loving others. Self-care is an important aspect of self-love and it’s a topic I thoroughly enjoy discussing and spreading awareness about.

I’m a lover of natural and minimal skincare and over the past year or so, I’ve been on my own personal journey towards an all-natural skincare regime. For this post, I’ve teamed up with Lulu and Marula, a brand that epitomizes self-care and its importance through skincare.

Caring for one’s body is vital in order to live a happy and fulfilling life and feeling comfortable in your own skin is key.

Lulu and Marula is an all-natural skincare brand that is based right here in South Africa. It was founded in 2013 by Jesslynn, who has always been obsessed with skincare and so, when she couldn’t find any suitable, natural skincare products to meet her liking and needs, she made her own. And she did a pretty good job!

Over the past few years, simple and healthy living has become increasingly popular and prevalent. Natural living forms a part of this and it certainly translates in natural beauty and skincare.

Why natural, you ask? “Your skin is your largest organ; it absorbs a lot of what you put on it. The way skin care products are produced plays a role that is just as important as the way your food is grown and produced. So if you choose to eat clean and shop for locally grown food, why wouldn’t you do the same for your skin care products?” – Jesslynn

I’ve been using some Lulu and Marula products for a little while now. I’ve loved the transition to all-natural skincare products. I’ve always been blessed with healthy and clear skin, and for this I am very grateful, however I can still feel the difference after using these products.

Cleansing Balancing Balm

Prior to using this product, I was using a liquid facial cleanser that is considered one of the top skincare brands, expect it has lots of yucky chemicals and left my skin feeling tight an weird after a wash. Naturally (no pun intended), the Balancing Balm is a welcome replacement. Its soothing, gentle and it smells pretty darn good. I’ve always loved skincare rituals, but I love mine even more now.

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Purifying Treatment Oil  

I’ve always been a bit skeptical of putting oil on my face, however, over the past few months, I’ve been struggling a tad with dry skin, so I’ve embraced facial oils. I was pleasantly surprised by how lightweight this oil is, yet it still feels so nourishing. I’ve used a drop or two on my face a couple of nights a week and it makes for a wonderful addition to my skincare regime. My skin feels more hydrated, which is lovely.  It also smells deliciously dreamy.

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I’m simply loving my new skincare routine and I’d really encourage you to take a few steps to make your skincare routine a little more natural. I’m not saying you have to change all at once. Try bringing in a few natural products and see how it makes your skin feel.

Keep smiling and taking care of your skin!

PS: Here’s a fun art print with a favourite self-love quote. My gift to you x

Nabeela x

{Thanks for sending me some of your lovely goodies, Jesslynn!}

Disclaimer: As usual, all opinions are my own. I would never write about a product that I don’t truly love and believe in.

 

 

LionHeart / Beautiful Bakes

Who do you turn to for cakes covered in watercolour details, pretty pastel tones, fresh flowers and meringue drops, you ask? LionHeart, of course!

I first discovered LionHeart when Nikki posted about it on her beautiful Instagram page. Since then, I’ve been following LionHeart’s page too and am in awe of how aesthetically pleasing their creations are.

LionHeart is an online-based patisserie studio run by two fiercely talented and passionate women, Nikki and Karmen, right here in Cape Town.

The first confections were sold under the LionHeart brand in late 2015 and in early 2016, LionHeart moved into a studio space in Woodstock and started doing cakes.

LionHeart’s lovely cakes are the perfect finishing touch to any occasion.

 

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Their Instagram page doesn’t disappoint either in terms of providing followers with lots of cake-spiration and epic process videos too!

Thanks for having me in studio, Nikki and Karmen!

Nabeela x

(PS: You can order one of their beauties here.)

 

 

 

Wear Local / Amanda Laird Cherry

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As you’ll know if you’ve been reading and following my blog for a little while, I love well-made, local products that are of high quality. The abundance of these products in the last little while makes me even prouder to be a South African. Luckily for me, and every other local lover, there are multiple brands and businesses making beautiful, clever and inspiring creations all around  in South Africa.

One of my favourite local clothing brands is Durban-based Amanda Laird Cherry.

I first discovered the brand when my mom and aunts all bought the classic long maxi dresses for a family wedding. It was when I was a bit younger and before I was so conscious of local design , but the brand caught my eye nonetheless. I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to fit into a dress like that! (So you can imagine my excitement when I finally got my own dress in a beautiful plum colour for a family wedding this summer!)

Amanda is the designer behind the brand. She has received numerous awards in the South African fashion industry and holds a high name. This year, the brand turns 20!

Amanda Laird Cherry produces apparel that echo a perfect balance between elegance, simplicity and comfort. There are a variety of clothing, leather shoes and accessories under the brand.

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These leather mary-janes have become my go-to shoes. They are comfortable and elegant, yet simple and well-made. 

She also co-founded The Space, one of my favourite places to shop local clothing and design!

You can find the SS16 range at The Space.

Support local and shop small, especially this festive season!

Nabeela x

 

Durban Round-up 

Hello 

So yes, I’m back for one last post about this Durban trip. I decided to put together a round-up of some of the places I recommend you check out. 

The Morning Trade at The Plant

This small food market is really nice. The macaroons are ace and it has a foodie vibe.


Cold Press Juice Co. at The Warehouse

The juices here are SO yum! Options for us all – the veg juice lovers, the fruit juice lovers and even the leaf juice lovers! I had Strawberry Lips and I would definitely  recommend it. 


 Moyo on the Pier at uShaka Marine World 

The view is breathtaking. The drinks are divine. The food is wholesome. Moyo on the Pier is so stunning. You can sit inside or outside, and if you sit outside, you can hear the waves and see the sea stretch out beyond the horizon. Also, there’s the most beautiful view of the Durban skyline. 


Midlands 

The Junction 

The Junction is a place along the Midlands Meander that has it all. A really pretty restaurant, a mosaic shop, pretty colourful walls and even a playground for the little ones. It has many assorted shops with all kinds of treasures to be discovered! 

Piggly Wiggly 

Piggly Wiggly is similar to The Junction in the sense that it has many different shops and restaurants. The shops sell everything from scatter cushions to delicate necklaces to make-your-own candles. The Pizza Place’s pizzas are simply divine. Thin, crispy base just the way I like it! 

If you’re in the area, check these places out. Go and discover the treasures for yourself. 

Nabeela x

Durban Diaries / Day 4 

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After a lovely breakfast at the country estate we are staying at, we set out to explore the Midlands Meander. The weather was humid and there was a storm warning too! 

There are a few really cute crafty stalls and shops all along the meander. Some of my favourites were the Junction and Piggly Wiggly. The Pizza Place make THEE BEST pizzas ever!

The Waffle Shack at The Junction. So dreamy!

We visited a few more stalls, then went to the incredible Nelson Mandela Capture Site. It’s so beautifully designed and an incredible work of art. 

The incredible capture site!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these travel diaries! They’ve been a fun way for me to record my trip too! I’m flying back tomorrow! It’s been a wonderful holiday, but I do miss the Mother City. 
Have a good holiday, SA people. 
Nabeela x