Giveaway: win 9 Faceblocks from PrintWild

I recently had some of my pics printed and framed by PrintWild and was so happy with the results – obviously I chose white frames and they were beautifully framed with white mounting board around each picture.
The best part is the whole process is online – upload your pics, choose your finish – canvas, mounted, acrylic or framed prints, specify your delivery details and pay – voila! All done and dusted, just wait for your parcel to arrive and smile :)

So it’s safe to say I love PrintWild and am always happy when they want to give my readers presents :)
This time, one lucky reader will win 9 Faceblocks worth R60 each – you choose your pics, they will print and deliver them to you!

Leave a comment on this post letting me know why you love Faceblocks.
To increase your entries, you can tweet ‘I want to win Faceblocks from @PrintWild on @AskAshe’ or share the competition post on Facebook from the Ask Ashe or PrintWild pages.
Competition opens on Friday 22nd August and ends on 31st August – one winner will be announced on Monday 1st September 2014.
Entrants must be from South Africa.

The Block Shop – beautiful bamboo blocks

My clever friend Ali has outdone herself once again.
Not happy to rest on the laurels of her super-impressive dippy egg boards, she and her husband Rich have launched The Block Shop – bamboo blocks for every foodie occasion with the option of adding your own personalised accent.

They’ve combined their obsession with beautiful detail with a passion for functional design and a shared love of good food – and the result is a beautiful range of bamboo blocks to make your kitchen function more efficiently.

Each block is handcrafted in Ballito, Durban and the wide range can also be custom-engraved with a personalised logo, so they make amazing gifts which recipients will treasure. They can also custom-engrave corporate logos, making them the perfect gift for clients and events.

Carving, chopping, snacking? There’s a board for each of these occasions.
Pizza? Slice it up in a cinch with the cleverly routed grooves.
Knife block – check!
Dippy eggs boards in a myriad cool designs – kids AND big kids will love them!
There are so many cool designs to choose from, your biggest problem will be choosing one ;)

I’ve got my eye on the chopping block below – love how the bowls fit on either side to make getting rid of the waste and collecting the best bits a simple task!
Visit their beautiful website to see more of their range and keep them in mind if you are looking for the perfect foodie gift.


Mr Price Sport launches their online store!

Finally – Mr Price Sport has joined the online store brigade and you can shop for all their sport, fitness and outdoor gear from the comfort of wherever you’re sitting! My kind of shopping!

Easy to navigate, simple to view all the product available and nicely divided up into ladies, men’s, girls, boys, sports & outdoor sections – you’re able to fill your cart with a 2 man tent, fishing tackle, gym tights and cricket balls all in one place – Find. Shop. Share!

Click here to visit the site and check it out for yourself.


A recent makeover using Bosch DIY tools

The cool team at Bosch asked me to review some of their DIY tools recently and I jumped at the opportunity!

I do quite a bit of crafting and have always stuck to glue dots and double sided tape for my endeavours, so when they asked me to test out their nifty glue pen, IXO cordless screwdriver and cordless tacker (aka staple gun), I was stoked!
The crafts and DIY I could suddenly take on were endless and I set myself the task of reviving this old-school telephone table which I bought for the bargain price of R200 at a secondhand store in Pinetown {the stuff you find in the strangest shops!}.

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First I used the cordless screwdriver to remove the cushion from the stool – pretty straightforward with not much elbow grease needed – my kind of DIY ;)
The screwdriver is battery operated and comes with a recharge cradle and a various sized and shaped heads that fit into the driver to let you tackle a variety of tasks – but the crème de la crème of this little gadget is that it comes with a wine bottle cork opener attachment! SERIOUSLY! Open your wine with aplomb and ease with one ‘screw‘- love it!!!

Next I recovered the cushion in a SA inspired Design Team fabric off-cut which I used the cordless tacker for – this baby got the job done in no time and I was in my element – I actually looked for a few other things to staple down ;)

The cordless screwdriver was used again to reattach the cushion to the stool and voila, all done!
I decided to give the table a bit of personality too and painted the feet bright yellow with an acrylic paint I bought at Typo.

And this is the final result!
I love it!

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I will be reviewing the glue pen in a separate post and also have a hamper of Bosch goodies to give away – so stay tuned!


The Morning Trade market update

Popped into The Morning Trade market again last Sunday and just had to share my spoils with you.
Could not believe how cheap the fresh veggies were – I got a bunch of carrots, about 7 beetroots, a large bunch of spinach and a dozen quail eggs for R37 – YES thirty-seven rond!!! I mean seriously!?
All this from the Kuhlekudla stall which you can follow on FB and twitter.
I have since juiced up the beetroot, spinach and carriots with some apples and have been on a juice mission this week.

I also got some delicious kale crisps (loved!!!) and a bag of sweet potato & spinach wraps which I’ve had for lunch this week filled with lettuce, salmon, avo and seeds – delish! These were from Debbie’s ‘Out to Lunch‘ plant based vegan stall  – it’s a marvel of yummy options for vegans/vegetarians and non-veges can incorporate into their diets like I have done too.

I had to cheat after all this healthiness and got 2 cupcakes from Smith’s Bakeshop – insanely delicious granadilla and lemon curd filled ones – as well as some of Daniela’s macarons – mayday!!!

So awesome that we have this market to pop down to in the city now, with fresh produce and treats galore – it’s my new weekly spot for veggies & treats for sure! I spied some of the amazing cakes from Margaret Wasserfall and a slice of one of these babies is coming home with me next week…

You’ll find The Morning Trade Market at 8 Morrison Street, open every Sunday between 8am and 2pm.
Follow them on FB here.


Rubybox Build-a-Box – pick & mix 5 pamper products for R199

800x600_1Did you know that Rubybox now sells individual beauty products online?
I never knew that and thought it was just the monthly subscription box that was available.
I was stoked to find brands like Laura Mercier, Decleor, Crabtree & Evelyn, Balm Balm, NARS & Stila available in their online store as well as a very cool feature called Build-a-Box where you can choose 5 pamper products and have them boxed up for R199 – once off!

Love this concept and have ordered mine already – I popped this Body Choice Sponge into my box – one of the best sponges I have ever used and been on the hunt for another one for ages.
body_choice_1Go check it out for yourself here

Meet the 2014 ELLE Rising Star Design Award finalists


The finalists have been chosen and the heat is on for the 2014 ELLE Rising Star Design Award! Here’s a bit of background from this year’s judges as well as a round up of each entrant:

Emilie Gambade, ELLE Editor:
“Judging the applications is an incredibly inspiring process, paging through the storyboards, the selection of fabric swatches and the technical sketches, but it’s also a serious and a difficult one as we were looking for the crème de la crème of fashion design on the continent. For the first time, we received entries from outside of South Africa and while none of them made it to the final selection, it’s our fervent desire to embrace more African entries in 2015. The 7 finalists stood out because of their uniqueness and the care, passion and relevance that were evident in their storyboards; we are now looking forward to see how this translates into garments and flourishing careers.”

Jackie Burger, Style curator and fashion consultant:
“The 2014 finalists represent the new generation of designers with a unified modernist vision, a focused confidence and definitive design signature.”

Joanne Frederic, Mr Price Trend Director:
“The brief for 2014 allowed the entrants the freedom to create their own ranges that are a reflection of their design aesthetic and what they want to stand for as a brand in the fashion industry. There were several strong standouts displaying creativity and a strong technical knowledge. These storyboards left us at a loss for words and counting down the days to seeing their vision on paper become a reality on the ramp – truly exciting.”

And here are the 7 finalists:

1. Kelli Botha, Cape Town
Collection: The androgynousinside
Rationale: “My collection is inspired by the androgynous aesthetic. My work is a combination of masculine and feminine. I have played with different textures and big versus small silhouettes. My personal taste that is for less rather than more, negative space and a less feminine approach all came together as a strong concept.”

2. Frances Pauls, Cape Town
Collection: Modern Eclectic
Rationale: “I spent a great deal of my childhood exploring the South African and African coastline. I am inspired by the soft faded sun-kissed colours that we find above the water’s surface; the soft tones of the sand, sun-bleached sarongs and faded wood paint and how these tones are contrasted by the bright luminescent underwater life with their naturally graphic colours.”

3. Jeandri Britz, Paarl
Collection: Solid Exterior
Rationale: “Solid Exterior represents a strong personality. The way someone will put up their guard and let others only see the idea of that person, but still give you the idea of vulnerability that can only be overcome by the suppression of their own emotions. The silhouette resembles characteristics of a shell, whether it an eggshell or the fragile skin of a creature. It is what protects our bodies as a hiding place for your own emotions.”

4. Charis Dawson, Cape Town
Collection: Digital Opacity
Rationale: “I’m fascinated by the obsession with social media and thought it would be interesting to interpret this obsession in a collection. The range is inspired by streetstyle and the layering of websites. I’ve been inspired by pixels, tiny elements that in their millions allow our fixation of digital media, and for this reason the collection draws on very square and linear shapes – boxy silhouettes, square panel lines – and pairs it with transparent layering.”

5. Tamara Cherie Dyson, Cape Town
Collection: Geometrics
Rationale: “My womenswear collection showcases discreet indulgence, carefully considered design, an underlying minimalistic approach, and a flawless aesthetic – a balanced sense of beauty emerges through simple perfection. Influenced by the line, shape and form of Bahaus architectural design, stark linear shapes contrasted with fluid, curved lines flow throughout the range in striking and subtle ways.”

6. Michelle van der Westhuizen, Cape Town
Collection: Coast-to-Coast
Rationale: “Coast-to-Coast is based on my love for the ocean and my hometown coastline. My inspiration is drawn from fishermen. I was inspired by their workwear comprising staple elements like aprons and parkas where I replicated the aprons used for cleaning fish in their pinafore styling. The grey Melton reflects the decayed worn quality of their clothes. The collection comprises several staple articles of clothing made of natural fibers and natural textures.”

7. Nadia Viljoen, Pretoria
Collection: Unfortunate Art by Natsie
Rationale: “My inspiration for this collection and my future label comes from illegal art, which I refer to as unfortunate art for it doesn’t get the full appreciation, attention, exposure and understanding it deserves. I see this as an opportunity to give some recognition to art such as graffiti that is usually only been seen by a handful of people before it is covered with paint.”

If you want to stay in the loop with this year’s awards, follow hashtag: #RisingStarAfrica2014 as well as @mrpfashion, @ellemagazinesa, and @afi_sa on Twitter and visit the ELLE website to watch the ELLE Rising Star Design Award 2014 journey unfold.