Princess of Jozi

"The most stylish thing you can own is individuality"

Monday, 16 May 2016

{FASHION NEWS} | The Kooples Opens in Mall of Africa

The Mall of Africa is an exciting new shopping space in Midrand, Johannesburg. Boasting loads of fashion stores; it’s already become a favourite for the style addict in me. It’s also the home to the very first branch of The Kooples in Africa!

In an impressive and dazzling launch on the 3rd of May, we welcomed The Kooples to South Africa. The space outside the 240m² concept store was turned into a glamorous red carpet event. Zebra Square did not disappoint (they never do!) and over delicious food, hundreds of colourful roses and rose petals and the sounds of Micasa; we welcomed The Kooples to South Africa.

In 2008; after 3 years of hard work, The Kooples was instituted by the Elicha brothers. From their head offices in Vendome, Paris; The Kooples crafts luxury clothing and accessories that is inspired by a mixture of vintage, rock ‘n roll and punk.

The Kooples embraces leathers, denim and a multitude of exquisite fabrics in its luxury collection. Using meticulous English tailoring to put together the clothes; the effect is luxurious yet edgy.
In 2012 The Kooples launched Kooples Sport which adopts the same methods as the luxury collection but has a more relaxed aesthetic. The Mall of Africa store also stocks the Kooples Sport Range.

The price points for The Kooples fall under luxury. You can pick up a pair of shoes for ZAR5000 and a coat for around ZAR8000.

Joining 330 stores worldwide; you can find The Kooples in the Crystal Court at The Mall of Africa.

Until next time

Love and sparkles

Zaakira xox

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

{FRAGRANCE REVIEW} | Sexy Amber by Michael Kors

When the colder days roll around, I habitually gravitate toward warmer scents. Sexy Amber by Michael Kors is just a few years old but it definitely makes the cut. In 2013; inspired by the runway, Michael Kors released a collection of fragrance and cosmetics. The collection follows 3 directions; Glam Jasmine, Sporty Citrus and Sexy Amber; each with their own unique distinctiveness.

At first, I must admit, the name made me think of an exotic dancer. I thought it was quite an unimaginative name for a fragrance, but I know better than to judge a fragrance by its name. Or its bottle for that matter; although I have been known to buy perfumes just for their gorgeous bottles and packaging.

Sexy Amber is housed in a chic, tall gold flacon. The bottle, for me, is reminiscent of a skyscraper and is quite modern and minimal. The bright, amber coloured liquid is visible through the clear glass and the bottle is subtly branded with gold text. The dazzling gold lid is a lovely, inspired little touch. It is engraved and looks exactly like the plates you see on the ever so popular Michael Kors handbags and purses.

The fragrance itself was crafted by Harry Fremont. It begins quite mellowed with warm, sumptuous amber at the top. Wistful white flowers are blended with the most delicate hints of citrus in the heart. The result is so unusual and pleasant. The base brings the fragrance together by blanketing the amber and white flower notes in delicious musks, patchouli and comforting sandalwood.

Despite the strong and varying notes, the scent ends up being quite clean. It is warm, alluring and truly allows the amber notes to shine through. Sexy Amber is sexy, yes, but it is also smooth, creamy and sophisticated. 

Sexy Amber is an Eau de Parfum and the wear is really good. It lasts at least 8 hours on the skin and when it does begin to fade it leaves a really pleasant powdery trace. The effect is quite comforting and elegant.

I’m going to be wearing this chic, sensual fragrance throughout Winter. I remember noticing it on Jill from Zebra Square and I had to know what it was because I had to have it!

You can find Sexy Amber by Michael Kors at selected fragrance retailers in 50mL and 100mL variants.

*Faux fur stole from Forever New

Until next time

Love and sparkles
Zaakira xox

Monday, 9 May 2016

{OOTD} | Coming AT-AT You!

Last week was Star Wars Day (May the 4th) so I thought I’d share a few snaps of what I wore. It’s not a day I’ve actually celebrated by doing anything special but I am so thankful for the Star Wars universe and everything it has given me. It is also something that I share with my younger brothers and over the years we have used it to learn bravery and more recently celebrate equality, family and diversity.

The trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dropped some time back and I am so excited for the movie later this year.

From Leia, Padmé to most recently Rey in The Force Awakens; the Galaxy Far Far Away is definitely not short of kick ass, inspiring females. The main character in Rogue One is Rebel Alliance Jyn Erso played by Felicity Jones. She is described in trailer as "aggressive" and "reckless" and we are told that she has been on her own since the age of fifteen. I haven’t quite “met” Jyn yet but I think she is already my favourite. I love that the universe is exploring and celebrating someone who perhaps isn’t likeable, maybe not so pleasant and definitely a little flawed. Whatever the outcome of the story; I’m sure that Jyn is going to be a hero and very instrumental in attaining the plans to the Death Star.

As the sister of two young boys (12 and 13 years old), it is very important to me that the stuff they like promote strong and diverse female characters. The Star Wars universe provides plenty of that as well as lots of lessons on honesty, honour and; of course, love.

T-shirt – Koton (Turkey) | Leggings – Cotton On | Boots – ZARA | Wrap – Gift

Until next time

“If you continue to fight, what will you become?” – Rogue (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)

Love and sparkles
Zaakira xox

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

{OUT & ABOUT} | Taste of Waterfall

Last week Shuaib and I attended a really chic; denim and white picnic at Waterfall Corner. The Taste of Waterfall was a stylish showcase for all the scrumptious food that you can find and devour at Waterfall Corner.

The “picnic” was a collection of white tables; ornamented with lovely blue accents. We were going to be fed by Vovo Telo, Yamada Sushi, Mio Col’cacchio, Remo’s, Wakaberry, The Raj and Life Grand Café. It was so great to see my fashion family when I arrived but I just couldn’t keep my eyes off Life Grand Café’s dreamy looking dessert installation table. More on that in a bit ;)

The tasting began with delicious, freshly baked artisanal breads from Vovo Telo. I particularly enjoyed the sourdough and coconut loaf. We were then treated to a large selection of exquisitely crafted sushi from Yamada Sushi. The California rolls were absolutely to-die-for!

This was followed by a few meat options that we, of course, had to skip. We then tucked into Remo’s scrumptious deep fried risotto balls stuffed with gorgonzola cheese and topped with basil pesto and a balsamic reduction. I could have eaten an entire bucket full of those!

Wakaberry treated us to some energizing, zesty lemon sorbet with peach popping pearls before the savoury platter from The Raj. The cheese and corn samosas were crispy and full of flavour and the onion pakoras were crunchy and had the perfect fiery punch.

Dessert was outright heaven. From Remo’s; there were platters of freshly made mini cronuts. Wakaberry gave us bowls of frozen yoghurt in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, litchi and English toffee flavours. And what is fro-yo without toppings?! They also provided loads of toppings to personalize our yoghurt including crushed Oreo cookies, candies and almonds.

The pièce de résistance was, of course, the dessert table constructed by Life Grand Café. There were mini cheesecakes, pannacottas, mini meringues stuffed with caramelized figs, peppermint and white chocolate bark, cake pops, brownies, strawberry pots and a Croquembouche. I didn’t think I’d manage to eat any more but I surprised myself by truly doing justice to the desserts!

Naturally I could barely move after that meal! I had to roll into the car where I might have napped a little while being driven home ;)

Now that I’ve had a taste of Waterfall Corner i can recommend it to you too. It’s a lovely, relaxed setting that’s perfect for a brunch date or lunch with the girls!

Waterfall Corner is at the corner of Woodmead and Maxwell Drive, Midrand.

Until next time
Love and sparkles
Zaakira xox

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

{FRAGRANCE REVIEW} | Black Musk by The Body Shop

White Musk, which was created in 1981, is an iconic part of The Body Shop. The velvety, ladylike scent is really comforting and reminds me of my childhood and my Aunt who still uses the White Musk perfume oil today. Following the success of White Musk and Red Musk in 2014, The Body Shop launched Black Musk in 2015. It is said to be the darkest and most sensual fragrance The Body Shop has created to date.

Black Musk comes in elegant black packaging with a small square of pink. The actual fragrance is held in a chic, glossy black flacon. The dark bottle and bright hint of pink are a lovely preview to the feminine and fierce elixir inside.

The fragrance opens with syrupy bambinella pear, infused with spicy pink peppercorns and a slight trace of fresh bergamot. At the heart there are almond notes, complimented with sugary marzipan. This is blended with intense ylang-ylang and luscious liquorice. Warmed black vanilla envelopes chocolate, patchouli, vetiver and of course, black musk; in the intoxicating base. The soft woods temper all the sweet notes and really bring the fragrance together.

I am desperately in love with Black Musk. Everything about it sounds absolutely delicious on paper and the actual fragrance really delivers. So many sweet, sugary notes can be overwhelming but this particular infusion is smooth, fragrant and sophisticated. The liquorice and vanilla are quite dominant; but you definitely get traces of all the different notes throughout wear.

Black Musk EDP wears for a reasonable amount of time. It also fades really pleasantly; so you’re cloaked in a delicious, aromatic cloud for many hours. I’m so excited to wear this fragrance in Winter. Black Musk embodies femininity and fierceness in a steamy puff of mystery.

The Body Shop sources all ingredients ethically and doesn’t test on animals. Black Musk is 100% vegan.

Black Musk Eau De Parfum is available in 50mL for ZAR300. There is also a 60mL Eau De Toilette and 20mL Perfume Oil.

Until next time

Love and sparkles

Zaakira xox