Moonstar Fashion Accessories Review + Giveaway

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If you are an accessory lover like me, then you are going to love Moonstar Fashion Accessories. This online accessories store is the brainchild of sisters, Fagmeeda and Shaheema, and have grown so much since it’s founding in 2009. Moonstar stocks everything from scarves and tiaras to earrings and clutches, it’s basically your one-stop-shop for stunning and yet affordable accessories.

 

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These super sweet sisters recently sent me a package filled with goodies from their store which was so exciting and thrilling to open. I received a messenger bag, 2 cocktail rings, a set of silver bangles, a bracelet and 2 chains – yup, too cool, I know!

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When I ripped open the package and unwrapped all of the goodies inside, I already knew which were my favourites. The first thing that I spotted was the brown messenger bag. I love messenger bags, I simply cannot go shopping without one. They are so easy to carry around, it fits all of your essentials in it therefore barring you from storing any junk in there and they are just so darn cute. It was hard for me not to love this particular one as it’s the perfect size and such a versatile colour – a total YAY from my side!

Next, I attacked the accessories that were hidden inside the bag. Now, before I begin you should know something – accessories that are in shades of gold, bronze and rose-gold are my weakness, so when I see ’em, I’ve got to have ’em. I think it’s because colours in the gold family look so much better on Indian and olive-toned skin than silver does, but don’t get me wrong I still wear silver jewellery when the occasion and outfit calls for it, I’m not anti-silver now even though it may sound that way!

So from the accessories, this cocktail ring (R45) is definitely my favourite. It is absolutely gorgeous, and the flower within the resin is so pretty. I’m not sure if it’s real or just a craft one, but I love it nonetheless. The ring gives off this vintage vibe which makes it appropriate for both a day out shopping or a girls’ night out.

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My next favourite is this bronzish detailed heart pendant necklace. Pendant necklaces, and statement necklaces, are a definite must have for your accessories collection. They work so well with sweaters, maxi skirts, shirts and cardigans -basically, with every type of outfit. I have something similar to this one from Woolworths, but of course I paid like over R100 and this one is just R45, a total steal at this price!
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Now, on to the silver jewellery we go (see, I told you I wasn’t anti-silver!). When I first saw this huge blue cocktail ring (R45), I honestly thought it wouldn’t look good on my rather small hands – but I learnt that you cant judge a book..uh,a ring by it’s size? Yeah, that kind of makes sense. What’s special about this ring is that the shade of the ring is determined by the lighting in the room, so sometimes it’s dark blue and sometimes light but always so outstanding.
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The 4 items that I mentioned above are my ultimate favourites from the package I received, I like the others too but it’s just that I’m totally in love with these 4! I thought I’d share a few more images with you guys, just so you can grasp how beautiful all the items really are.

Brass Leaf Bracelet (R45)

Brass Leaf Bracelet (R45)

Silver set of bangles (R35)

Silver set of bangles (R35)

Handbag Chain (R45)

Handbag Chain (R45)

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If you want to purchase any of the items seen above or if you’d like to view more items please head on over to Moonstar Fashion Accessories Facebook page!

Now that that’s done, we can focus on the giveaway 😀 Fagmeeda and Shaheema have graciously sponsored an exquisite diamante headpiece, which can be worn alone or over your hijab, and is valued at R250. If you are not a fan of headpieces, that’s perfectly okay as this breath-taking headpiece can also be worn as a choker – I love 2in1’s!
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So you want this headpiece? Well, luckily for you entering is oh-so-easy, all you’ve got to do is:

  1. Like the GITGH’S Facebook page;
  2. Like Moonstar Fashion Accessories Facebook Page and;
  3. Comment below stating your Facebook name, and that you’ve completed steps 1 and 2 above!

The winner will be chosen at random and you have to have completed all of the steps above to be eligible for the prize. The competition will end on the 15 of June, so you have until then to enter.

 

Good Luck!

Raeesa

 

All About: Madison Boutique

If you live in South Africa, you will defo agree with me that Cape Town has the best stores, in comparison to the rest of SA. The Mother City is the host to stores such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Burberry, amongst many others – so it makes total sense that CT is home to the  luxurious Madison Boutique!

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Madison Boutique, an exclusive shopping destination which stocks an array of sought after international brands, was created in 1997 and is the brainchild of mother and daughter duo, Sue and Debbie Goldstein. The inspiration to start up their own business was the result of their raw passion for fashion and style and many years of experience in the retail industry. In their aim to provide a luxury shopping experience for every customer that walks through the door, they offer personal style help for those I-want-to-buy-something-but-I-don’t-know-what or I-don’t-know-what-looks-good-on-me kind of days and they even have in-store cappuccino, so you can sip, shop and feel energized all at the same time – and by having a single, owner-managed store that is unique and like no other, it makes all of the above possible.

 

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Hello there, Debbie!

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“Madison Boutique specializes in collections that boast superior quality fabrics and up-to-the-minute styling. I have developed a keen eye for lines that are sophisticated yet easy to wear and allow women to feel both comfortable and stylish. Whether it is everyday basics from Vienna, reversible swimwear from Columbia or edgy classics from Amsterdam, I make sure to dedicate my time to sourcing unique collections in limited quantities for my discerning clients. Key elements that assist me in my decisions are trend, style and quality.”  said Debbie,  when asked on how decisions are made  regarding the items that are sold in Madison Boutique. For Winter 2014, Debbie has introduced a new collection from Dutch brand, YAYA. Here’s a look at some of my favourite items from YAYA, that you can find in store at Madison Boutique:

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As most of the items stocked by Madison Boutique are  imported, their prices range from R500 to about R2000 per item, but hey if it’s an item that is of a great quality, you wouldn’t mind paying over R500, now would you? If you like what you saw above then  you can visit Madison Boutique in Constantia Village, Cape Town or you can have look at their items on their website or Facebook page to see more of the goodies that they stock!

 

Happy shopping!

 

Raeesa

 

 

 

 

 

My first trip to the amazing city of Cape Town

Cape Town is beautiful. Absolutely, positively, so frikken’ amazingly beautiful! I had the most amazing time in CT and will definitely going back soon!

As this was my first trip to The Mother City, I had to do all the touristy activities! I visited Table Mountain, Clifton Beach, The V&A Waterfront and Signal Hill, unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to visit Camps Bay or Hout Bay – but there’s always next time!

So instead of telling you all about my trip – I should just show you.

 

Let’s start with the view of CT from the plane:

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And here’s the view from the lodge I stayed at:

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The Wheel of Excellence at The V&A Waterfront

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View from the boat at The V&A Waterfront

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View from Table Mountain

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View from Signal Hill

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Sunset at Clifton Beach

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Crazy sky after we went Ten pin bowling at Grandwest

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Okaaaaaaaay! That’s it!! The rest of my images are on the digicam which my sis has, so when I get those I’ll be sure to upload it!
Can’t wait to visit this beautiful city again ❤️

Raeesa

Surviving Campus: How to prepare for your first day of University

Your first day at Uni can be very daunting – new surroundings, unfamiliar faces and the fear of the unknown – especially, if you are at one of the bigger universities such as Rhodes, UKZN, WITS or UCT.

I remember being nervous the night before my first day of Uni, I didn’t know what to expect. But when I got to my campus, I saw many familiar faces from my high school and tuition classes, so I naturally felt more at ease.

If, however, you are attending a University/College that is foreign to you and in which you are unlikely to bump into any friendly faces, here are few tips to help you prepare for your first day:

 

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Download a map of your campus
You can usually find a map of your campus on the University’s website or if you received an orientation pack, it is probably somewhere in there. Go through the map the night before to familiarize yourself with the layout of the campus. Now, you don’t need to study it or memorize it – just snap a quick photo of the map and refer to it during your first days at campus.

 

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Don’t be afraid to ask for help with directions
Sometimes, the map of your campus is not a detailed map. It may only contain the names and directions to certain buildings on campus, but have no info pertaining to lecture room numbers etc. Once you find yourself in the correct building, just enquire from a staff member/security guard/friendly student about the room that you are looking for and they will surely help you out.

 

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Never, ever sit in the back rows of a lecture theatre/room.
The worst thing one can ever do is sit at the back of a lecture theatre. It shows that you are nervous, lacking self-confidence and in some cases, it may even be perceived as disinterest. Now, I’m not saying that you should sit in the first row but gravitate towards the centre of the room, it is the perfect spot.

 

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Its’ okay to have lunch on your own – don’t starve yourself just because you have no one to eat with.
During my first weeks at campus, I was afraid to have lunch by my lonesome. I thought that people would judge me and assume I’m weird or have no friends just because I’m having lunch on my own. But after a few weeks, I realised that I’m not going to starve myself just because I’m afraid of what people might think of me. Whenever I was forced to have lunch on my own, I would find a grassy patch, an empty table in the cafeteria or a chilled bench and setup shop. I usually plug in my earphones (sometimes, I won’t even have any music playing), have a slice of my sandwich in my right hand and be playing temple run with my left hand.

 

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Do not be overwhelmed by the magnitude of course material or the thickness of your textbooks.
When I first the size of my textbooks, I died. No, really, I did. My Accounting 101 textbook was probably about 800 pages long, and I have never had a textbook longer than 100 pages. It scared the shit out of me. But over time, I realised that there only certain chapters we need to know and not the entire textbook. So chill out, you will be fine!

 

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Don’t allow lecturers to scare you with their ‘This course is difficult, you have to study every day to pass’ banter.
Lecturers make up shit. That is the truth. They take advantage of first year students – they know that first year’s will believe anything they say because they don’t know how campus works yet. Don’t fall prey to them.
Yes, it’s true that you have to work hard in order to pass – but no, you don’t have to study for like 4 hours every day. As long as you go for lectures, take down notes and understand the sections and concepts being lectured, then you are good to go. Just make sure you focus and can study when it comes to test and exams.

 

I hope these tips were of some benefit to you! I wish you all the best with your academic year and remember you can have fun and be a brilliant student, there are no rules against that. Good luck!

Raeesa

Hello there, I’m back!

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Hi guys! I’m back! I’ve been so busy preparing for my cousin’s wedding, my trip to Cape Town and for my final year at university that I didn’t get a chance to upload any new posts. But never fear, I’m here now and I’m here to stay!

 

I’ve got some fantastic ideas for my upcoming blog posts, so remember to watch this space every week for fresh new posts.

 

Hope you enjoy them!

 

Raeesa