Thursday, 29 January 2015

Review: Meraki Jewellery, Cape Town



 In life you meet rare gems & often without knowing they encourage you to be a better person...

...to dare

...to be more adventurous

Meet Megan Keyser...


The brave creative spirit behind {Meraki} Jewellery Design.

 After establishing her own business and pursuing a life long dream of creating unique designs, she now also exhibits at Design Indaba.


 It is no small feat that she followed in the footsteps of her creative parents, but when it comes to designing amazing wearable art, she is definitely the one to keep your eye on in future. 

To match that she is also running her business on her own with huge success!


I love how she captures the clean geometric lines in her jewellery, yet she also dabbles in soft pastel ceramic bead work.

Her keen eye for detail & strong sense of design is what makes her work stand out from the usual daywear pieces.


Below you will find a few of my favourite pieces from her collection.




She is also currently working on the *New {Anya} range, which consist of the bracelet set (below) and two necklaces.


For more info on her jewellery, please visit: www.merakijewellerydesign.com 
or alternatively make an appointment to meet her at her studio in Kloof Street, Cape Town.


Megan's Tips on caring for your Meraki Jewellery:

- Please care for your Meraki jewellery by removing it after wear and storing your gem in a safe, dry place. 

- All Meraki Jewellery pieces are made from sterling silver and brass. 

- These metals will naturally tarnish and develope a patina over time with exposure to oxygen, moisture and perfumes. 

- These patinas are part of you jewellery's life and can be quite beautiful. 

- In order to slow the process down, keep your jewellery clean and dry. 

- Wearing your piece will keep it shiny and beautiful, as jewellery tends to polish on clothing and contact.

 - You can restore your jewellery to its original lustre by using a treated polishing cloth.


《 Competition 》

We are giving away a gift voucher to the value of R200.00, to one lucky reader!

To Enter:

1) Like us on Facebook:

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2) Also please comment below - where in Cape Town is the Meraki Jewellery Design studio situated?

*Terms & Conditions apply.

*Competition closes end of February 2015.

 

(Photo Credits: Megan Keyser, Instagram, Pintetest)

Review: Graham Beck Gorgeous


What's in a name?

Introducing...

Gorgeous by Graham Beck Wines

(Photo Credit: Graham Beck Enterprises)

The latest show pony to leave the wine making stables of Graham Beck sparkles just as bright as its glittery predecessors.

(Photo Credit: Vine Culture)

Pieter Ferreira, undoubtedly the bubbly Midas* of his era, knew exactly where he was creatively steering his team with this still sparkler...

Elegance & glamour in a glass!

(Photo Credit: Pinterest)

Although low in alcohol, this wine doesn't hold back on the taste profile at all. 

Juicy berries and white peaches comes to mind and will pair well with summer canapés, fragrant salads & seafood (crayfish & salmon).

(Photo Credit: Pinterest)

This wine predominantly consist of Pinot Noir & Chardonnay grapes, a still version in relation to its bubbly counterparts.

A definite must for any festive occasion or just a lazy late lunch with friends!



*Midas - The most famous King Midas is popularly remembered in Greek mythology for his ability to turn everything he touched with his hand into gold. This came to be called the Golden touch, or the Midas touch.  [Wikipedia]

Easy Peasy Canapés - Mediterranean | Prosciutto & Melon Skewers...


(Photo Credit: Pinterest)

One of my favourite things to do in summer is to whip out my platters & host a braai* for family & friends!

The typical South African summer is hot enough, so I don't want to spend the whole day slaving away in front of a stove.

Instead, I try to plate a range of {easy peasy} canapés, healthy salads, artisan breads, good deli products, a glass of ice cold wine & some good company!

One of my all time favourites, must be this: 

Mediterranean | Prosciutto & Melon Skewer

Ingredients:

8 slices Prosciutto
1 Melon
1 Small Punnet Rocket
6 Mozzarrella Sticks

Soefija's Olive Oil
Soefija's Balsamic Vinegar
Pure Honey

Bamboo Skewers

Method:

1. Cut the melon in half - take out pips & scoop out small melon balls.

2. Cut prosciutto slices in 4 pieces - you should have at least 32 smaller pieces of meat.

3. Cut mozzarella stick into 5 discs - you should have 30 discs in total.

4. Assemble the skewer
a) Melon
b) Prosciutto
c) Mozzarella
d) Rocket Leaf

5. To make the glaze 
Balsamic Vinegar | Honey | Olive Oil

Combine the balsamic, honey & a dash of olive oil 
(it should have the consistency of golden syrup)

《 Serves 8 - 10 people 》

*Braai - A South African Term for "Barbeque"  [Wikipedia] 

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Review: Boschendal Wine Estate...


Once in a while I get the chance to actually visit the beautiful farm & wine estate which produce the excellent wines I market and sell each & every day of my life!

I love being associated with the Boschendal brand - it's simplistic in elegance & tradition, which amplifies the luxuriousness of this brand.


The estate now boasts with more than one culinary pit stop - a vino or foodie's daydream really...

Not only do they offer superb meals in the restaurant, but you can choose from an array of delicious deli treats at {The Farm Shop}.


The designated picnic area also sports a newly revamped look - tranquillity at its best! Make sure you also sample the chocolate- & wine pairing at the tasting room near one of the manor houses on premise.

All in all a fantastic experience!

For more info, visit their website: www.boschendal.com


Saturday, 24 January 2015

Here's to a glittery 2015...



So with every new year the prospect of good intentions start out as a list, aptly named: 

New Years Resolutions


I have never been one to conform and as such, have decided to make 2015 a year of #Meraki_Inspo


 (Photo Credits: Pinterest)

Instead of having a bucket list full of goals & promises (which I never intend to keep in the 1st place), I will be sharing some of my favourite quotes & ideas with you.

So keep an eye out over the next few months as I will be sharing the #Lana_Mantra with you!

May you all be very blessed in 2015...

Have a great weekend! 

{Lana}