Summer Trends: NEON

If there is one thing neon reminds me of, it is a brief period in the 90’s where it was a competition to see who had the brightest nails, shoes, handbags and accessories.

It was a fun time and seems like the younger generation are in for a treat as it seems the love for Neon colors has returned in all it’s glory and taking the fashion world by storm.

Summer 2014 will be a bright and wonderful time to get your neon on!

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Booking a Professional Family Photography Session

Booking a family photo shoot is something that really comes highly recommended. Capturing your children as they are going through different stages/ages as well as family moments, will be treasured years along the line.

Booking a family shoot is an investment into your family.

How to find a professional photographer?

Normally photographers that specializes in family photo sessions comes highly recommended by other families who has had their photos taken.

Not every person that owns a camera can be a family photographer, since working with children and different scenario’s might not be what they are comfortable with.

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Top Wedding Dress Designers in Cape Town

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Your dress should be the most important feature of your wedding. You’ve decided on the venue – now it is time to get the perfect designer to design your wedding dress.

Here’s a list of the Top wedding dress designers in Cape Town of which you can choose from according to your needs.

Elizabeth Gillis Couture

Elizabeth Gillis has more than 20 years experience. Her timeless designs meet sophisticated style.

She promises to design a one-of-kind dress with luxurious materials sourced from around the world.

Her bridal collection for 2013 revolves around everything that is Spring: petals, blossoms, soft tulles, finest silk chiffons and imported French chantilly lace. Prices range from R11 000 – R20 000.

Her dresses often appear in the media world:

She is also willing to help clients that live outside Cape Town. All you have to do is send her an email and make at least one physical appointment and the studio will keep you updated throughout the process.


Tel: 021 423 2220



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Janita Toerien:

Janita Toerien is the creative enthusiast behind her bridal couture brand. She is a designer dedicated to creating a uniquely handcrafted gown which is elegant, sophisticated and bespoke. Her bridal gowns own a certain panache that enthrals the bride’s audience. She believes to stay true to her unique design style that enhances the female form and compliments a woman’s natural beauty.

Janita Toerien Wedding Gowns believe in supporting the South African industry and trade by sourcing all her fabrics and trims locally. Quality is of the utmost importance when it comes to her gowns and as a registered member of Unashamedly Ethical, Janita Toerien Wedding Gowns have made a public commitment to ensure quality and ethical standards are upheld throughout all aspects of the business.

Janita recently won the Excuisite gown competition at the Tygervalley Bridal Expo! Outshining all the other contenders with one of her masterpieces.

Email Address:
Phone Number: +27 73 663 7624

Janita Toerien

Elizabeth Stockenström:

Her gowns resemble femininity, romance and sensuality. She values superior cut and styling to compliment the natural silhouette of a woman’s body. She likes to draw her energy and inspiration from the bride.

She offers three options:

–     Hiring already made gown

–     Hiring a new designed gown (which is the most popular option)

–     Buying a new designed gown.


Photos by Tobias Joubert

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Ilse Roux Bridal Wear

Ilse Roux is the founder and head designer of her own Bridal Wear shop which she opened in 2005.

You can fit on 250 ready-made wedding dresses in her shop without an appointment or paying any fees. Or you can choose to design your own wedding dress. You can also hire accessories such as petticoats, veils, jewelry, sashes and umbrellas.


Tel: 021 919 8498



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Kobus Dippenaar

Kobus is a South-African born fashion designer. He designs his dresses so that it will show off his clients’ best features.

He designs and styles your wedding dress taking in the whole picture including make up, hair, mood, tone, fabric, dress, shoes and makes sure everything fits. He is especially skilled in creating detailed corsets.

He has a whole wedding gown range from the Anna Georgina Group. The 2012 collection was a tribute to his mother. The style includes Swarowski elements to add drama.


Tel: 021 423 7810



Kobus Dippenaar

Alana van Heerden

Alana is a fashion and bridal designer and studied for her BA Fashion Design at The Design school SA.

She adores delicate vintage lace, tulle, handcrafted flowers, trends from the runway, vintage shop and lavender.

Her studio Alana-made with love is situated in Strand, 50 km from central Cape Town.

Her focus is on specially designed made-to-order wedding gowns.


Cell: 082 749 6393



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Natalia Trisolino

Her dresses are individually handmade with a feminine, sexy and sophisticated look.


–     Exclusive custom-made service

–     Buy or hire ready-to-wear gowns. When you hire a gown, you can have small adjustments made to the dress to suit your taste.

–     She also designs dresses for your bridesmaids, mother-of-the-bride and the flower girls. She makes waistcoats and ties for the groom and groomsmen.

Prices depend solely on selected fabric and the level of detail required.

Consultations only by appointment.


Cell: 083 328 2078



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Didi Couture

“Something old, something new, something couture, something you.”

She believes that the creation of your dress should be a joyous experience and should fulfill your childhood dreams. She helps future brides by giving them an opportunity to experience their body in different dress styles.


Studio: 021 975 87 38

Workshop: 023 347 4396

To speak to Didi in person: 082 772 2033



 Didi Couture


The designer Javaid Aslam creates elegant authentic bridal couture. You can try on ready-to-wear bridal gowns at his shop.  He also constructs garters, veils, dresses for the bridal party and for the mother-in-law.

His works have been featured in top fashion magazines: Fairlady Bride, The O Magazine and the Cosmopolitan; and on lifestyle television programs such as Top Billing and Eastern Mosaic.


Tel: 021 671 4828




Paul van Zyl Couture 

This designer is known as “Hot Couture”. He has a studio in Loop Street and two fabric shops: “Elegance Fabrics” in Canal Walk and Cavendish Square. All his fabrics are imported from Japan, Korea, USA, Britain and even Australia.


He has dressed several finalists of beauty competitions and celebrities including former Miss World Michelle McClean, former Miss South Africa Cindy Nel and Joanne Strauss. His dresses have been featured on Top Billing, Kwêla, A list and Pasella.


Tel: 021 422 4796

Skype: pvz-christo



Paul van Zyl


Decor Ideas for Baby Room

Baby Room

It is an exciting time when you are expecting a baby. So  many changes are taking place and decorating the baby room is normally one of the top priorities in preparation for the new arrival.

Some people choose to not know the sex of the baby and therefor pick neutral colors when decorating the room.

However if you do know the sex of your baby, choosing decor ideas and items becomes so much easier. You can really get creative without being “unsure” about an element or design.

Key items in your nursery will be a crib, a rocking chair or comfortable chair suitable for feeding times. Make sure you can get easily in and out of the chair.

There is so many cute things you can use to decorate the room like origami, wall art & soft toys.

Using Neutral colors can be a great way to create a soft look for the baby room. Focus on Beige, White & Grey as your color scheme.

Neutral Baby Nursery Inspiration





Baby Room Decor Ideas for Boys






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Girls Nursery Ideas



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Yellow Wedding Inspiration

Name one other color that totally captures the essence of summer!

Yellow captures happiness and sets a light hearted mood! Perfect for a spring or mid summer wedding.

I have always felt Yellow gets disregarded as a Wedding Color due to lack of “romantic” connections to the color.

However, if done correctly, Yellow can be the Perfect Wedding Color!

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