Updated: Dec 4, 2019
I was on holiday in St. Lucia, KZN last week, so skipped a #WishListWednesday….tears, I know. If you would like to see what my friend Shiv’s and I got up to, go check out my IGTV channel for a dose of laughs and nature.
Without any further ado, here is this week’s must-haves and/or gift ideas.
As we all know, our planet is in a bit of a state so I’m a big fan of any products and brands that are environmentally conscious and www.mybaguse.com is one of those brands.
Now, to be honest, reusable bags are not a new concept, HOWEVER, the creativity and innovation behind this brand’s products are really refreshing. My dear friend Karen Gove works for this wonderful company and that’s how I came across its existence and so happy I did.
First up on the menu are their ‘Standard Baguse’ line. Here are why they are so great:
Made from 40% recycled nylon that is sourced from pre-consumer waste
Hold 2 to 3 plastic bags worth of goods
Versatile and great for many activities and outings
Here is a look at the designs so you can see how gorgeous these bags are. Also, love how the prints have a South African feel to them.
But then there is MORE! Their current marketing campaign is about using these bags to wrap gifts – genius. See below how you can use these beautiful accessories to ‘wrap a gift with a gift’. You also may have noticed the holly design above, which gives an extra festive feel.
Second up on the menu, kiddies reusable bags. These bags can be folded into an animal with a drawcord, so very easy to fold and store. Most of them include a clip, so can clip onto a school bag etc. Here's an idea of the range available.
What I love even more about this is that it’s an opportunity for parents to start educating their kids about sustainability and being environmentally conscious using a super fun and exceptionally functional product.
And then finally if you’re a business and want to jump on this awesome bandwagon, you can get your own bags custom designed to your needs.
You know what's also great, you could use these wonderful bags to carry all the things you've bought from my Wish Lists ;)
Where to buy >>
The prices are very affordable and they also sell in bundles for further savings. Please refer to their online shop for the various prices.
Please also remember to continue to support small local businesses, especially one as great as this.
02 BLANKETS FROM AFRICA
Blankets from Africa was born out of a road-trip that founder and owner, Roslyn Bechet, took through the Karoo, part of the heartland of South Africa. Roslyn is one of the most beautiful people I know both inside and out and she realized the level of unemployment, especially among the women, had reached alarming levels and with little apparent prospect of improvement. So, Roslyn, a force to be reckoned with, came up with this incredible company in order to help empower the women in this community. And that is exactly what she has accomplished and continues to do so.
‘Blankets from Africa’ provides these women with the means to create a product out of natural wool sheared from the very sheep which surround them. The provision of a simple pattern, needles and pure wool is the catalyst for them to generate an income, enjoy a community spirit of working in a group and experience feelings of achievement and of being valued.’
As I mentioned in my social media posts, this company obviously has a lot of heart and it shows through their blankets….literally. See some images below of some of their incredible blankets.
All these blankets are handmade with 100% pure Merino Wool from the heart of the Karoo. The baby blankets come in pram, car seat and cot sizes. The larger throws are 1.5m x 1.2m.
Also now available are the following additional blankets:
Some of the new range are pure hand-knitted eco-cotton blankets. The yarns are all produced by South African farmers, locally spun and dyed in small dye lots.
And then, of course, some adorable knitwear for the babies.
Where to buy >>
You can buy any of these incredible products via their website
Please check out the price of the various items on www.blanketsfromafrica.co.za
All of these amazing blankets would make a great gift this festive season and you'd also be supporting an amazing local cause. There's no wonder Blankets from Africa won the Kamers Makers 2018, Winners of Community Service Award. Ros, wish you and this incredible initiative the continued success you deserve. Big hug x
03 LA ROCHE-POSAY ANTHELIOS SUNSCREEN
A Wish List Wednesday of mine would not be complete without a beauty product recommendation. Sunscreen, a beauty product you may ask? Yes, it bloody well is! Over-exposure to the sun accelerates the natural pace of ageing and no-one wants that.
Also, on a heavier note, skin cancer. Another thing none of us wants. Some facts just to think about:
Skin cancer stats are soaring
Skin cancer (notably malignant melanoma) can be fatal
A tan does NOT protect against skin cancer
To expand on the last point, having naturally darker skin or being able to tan well does not make you less susceptible to skin cancer. In fact, a tan is actually the body's defence mechanism against the threat posed by the sun. Sunlight stimulates the skin to step up production of melanin. Darker-skinned people have more natural melanin in the skin than fairer skinned humans. As the melanin supply is activated, it moves up to the surface of the skin, where it helps prevent burning and reduces penetration by damaging rays - thus tanned skin.
To most dermatologists, no tan is a good tan. But let's be realistic here having a bit of a tan and basking in the sun makes a lot of us feel good. Saying that EVERYONE who goes in the sun needs sunscreen. End of story, soz.
So, when you are going shopping for your next facial sunscreen, this one is great!
Obviously the higher the SPF the more protection you have, but a lot of high SPF sunscreens can be quite thick, heavy and noticeable on the skin. This is not at all, it's light, invisible once rubbed onto the skin and is super resistant.
I am prone to a burn (hence why I normally avoid the beach or sea), however this holiday I felt the need for some sea time. I was wearing this in the sea for an hour and a half one day and not a burn in sight on my face.
Where to buy >>
Price >> R260
Happy shopping! And remember if you don't have time yourself, check out my WLW Personal Shopping offer on my website.
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