Local is Lekker: Alexandra K Jewels

When I started the ‘Local is Lekker’ series on my blog, I never knew that there were so many local brands out there. Recently, I came across Alexandra K Jewels, an amazing brand that doesn’t exist solely for the purpose of making a profit, but is also geared towards pro-empowerment and the uplifting of women.20140522-092030.jpgKate Alexandra Fitz-Gibbon officially launched her local brand, Alexandra K jewels, at the beginning of this year. She creates beautiful, handmade pieces that are simply stunning and very easy to wear. Her current range includes earrings, headpieces and necklaces that incorporate a lot of feathers, crystals, pearls and pretty stones – very dreamy and boho chic, I love it!
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From all of her designs, the headpieces are definitely my favorite! They are extremely handy when you are attending a special occasion or if just want to add little something extra to your look. An added plus is that they work exceptionally well over your hijab, which is possibly the greatest thing ever.
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Kate donning the gorgeous Hot Natured Headpiece

Kate donning the gorgeous Hot Natured Headpiece

The Silver River Headpiece

The Silver River Headpiece

Kate was kind enough to gift me two of her ultimately gorgeous headpieces, the Silver River headpiece and the Hot Natured headpiece, which I absolutely cannot wait to feature in my upcoming look posts! Thanks Kate! The photographs I snapped up did not do the headpieces justice, therefore I decided that I will show you guys the headpieces when I’m actually wearing them. But what I want you guys to see is the manner in which the headpieces were gifted to me – so fab!

I know! It's too adorable for words :D

I know! It’s too adorable for words ūüėÄ

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Whenever I chat to local designers/entrepreneurs I always ask them if they’ve had any formal training or if they hold any qualifications in the industry in which they work – be it fashion, jewellery, or baking- and almost always, the answer is ‘No’. Kate is no different. She explained to me that she taught herself how to make all of the Alexandra K Jewels pieces that you see above. She wanted to prove to herself that she can create beautiful items without the help of others or teaching resources – a means of building her self-confidence and self-esteem. After succeeding at this, Kate decided that she wanted to instill the same confidence in others, so the next step was making her brand pro-empowerment.
Kate is currently training her first lady to make the jewels, she is also training her in what it means to have confidence, to know her identity and her talents. She is teaching her values and principles, and how to embrace her destiny, which is all in aid of helping her to be successful in the workplace and to lead a successful life.
By building her brand, Kate is building the confidence of another and hopefully many more women in the future, as the brand grows.may 159

If you are interested in supporting a great brand with an amazing purpose, you can email your order to info@alexandrakjewels.com or you can send a message to the Alexandra K Jewel’s Facebook page and Kate will happily send through a product catalogue!
From the end of May, you can make your purchase from http://www.alexandrakjewels.com, all orders can be shipped to anywhere in SA and soon an international delivery option will also be available. Items are priced from R220 to R650 and there is limited availability on each product to ensure that you can keep your individuality alive – take that all you annoying copycats out there!
And oh yes, if you want to have a quick lookie at more of the pieces available from Alexandra K Jewels, you can find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Happy Shopping!
Raeesa

Why you shouldn’t be using Faiza Beauty Cream

The problem with women is that we are never happy in our own skin. We are always wanting to change our physical appearance to conform to what society thinks is beautiful. We¬†don’t¬†appreciate what God has blessed us with, and probably never will. We¬†can¬†not agree or accept¬†that beauty includes every shape, size and colour. And I think this is the main reason for the unfortunate success of Faiza Beauty Cream in South Africa.

What I call : The Killer Cream

What I call : The Killer Cream

In Durban, girls have gone crazy for this cream. And not so that it can remove their pimples or dark marks, but because it makes their skin fairer with continued use.

This cream works, it provides results within days of using it with no side effects in the short term, but what about the long term?
How can this cream work so fast? Other products which cost hundreds and maybe even thousands of rands need at least a month to show its results, but how does Faiza Beauty Cream work so fast?

The product has been on the market for only 13 years,¬†no one knows what is contained in this product and it isn’t even dermatologically tested. Some people have even said that it contains Mercury – which is highly¬†possible, as this could be the explanation for the fast and effective results from Faiza Beauty Cream.¬†But yet,¬†no one seems to be bothered by this.

If you are paying R50 for a product, which is produced in Pakistan¬†from ingredients unknown to you, isn’t dermatologically tested but somehow¬†provides such quick and amazing results, how do you not have questions? How are you okay with using it day after day? What if it does contain Mercury? What if as time goes by, it blackens and burns your skin? What if it starts to affect your health and your organs? It is obviously stripping your skin layer by layer, that is how it whitens your skin, and have you ever thought that this may make you more susceptible to skin cancer? How do you continue using it without these concerns?

Ladies, I know that living in today’s world is tough, but why would use such a product on your skin? There are so many unknowns and so many things that could go wrong, so why would you want to chance it?

Is your beauty in the short term more important than your health in the long run? Ask yourself that question the next time that you decide to put that possible killer cream on your face. And remember we all are beautiful, and if we truly believe that then we can change what society considers beautiful.

Raeesa

First Post! Eeek!

I am so glad that I finally got my blog up and running. I’ve been wanting to start it for ages, but I have been super busy with my undergrad studies and just¬†never got the chance.

My blog is going to be filled with beauty and online¬†shopping site¬†reviews, interviews with¬†successful entrepreneurs, DIY’s, recipes and so much more. Whatever interests me, makes me sad or gets me going will definitely be blogged about!

Wish me luck!

Until the next post,

Rae