Monday 30 June 2014

Celebrate Summer With The Chimeric Wayfarer Collection From Maaji

Columbian lifestyle brand, Maaji, launched their latest collection: ‘The Chimeric Wayfarer’ on 12 June 2014 in Cape Town.  The collection consists of mischievously surreal pieces that are sure to tantalize and delight. Through a journey of extraordinary prints and whimsical colour the collection pushes the boundaries of creative imagination.

Kim Mitha-Coe, Jodi Cohen, Roxanne Van Zyl, Illana Margolis at the launch
Bjorn Steinbach, Alex McGreggor, Zahra Perry at the launch

 The nautical traveller inspired collection welcomes you into a world of creative discovery where limits are set only by your own desire. In this world you follow the dreams of your soul and explore wild fantasies across the seven seas of adventure. Graphic illustrations tell a story of a reality where the inconceivable is conceived and we set sail for the island paradise within you.

The Chimeric Wayfarer collection boasts a juicy colour palette with brave accents where spicy orange meets electric yellow and neutral ivory is encompassed with timeless turquoise, hot pinks and soft purples. The vibrant pieces come to life through the signature pairing of mismatched prints and bold clashing patterns. For those who desire to show a little less skin, Maaji offers soft one-pieces assured to fit every unique body type. 

Boasting an exciting range of silhouettes, the collection brings paradise to life through zipped, tasseled and layered bikinis, one-piece designs with playful cover-ups, corset-like tops and feminine bustiers. Enhance the look by pairing with a breezy maxi skirt or on-trend handkerchief top.
About Maaji

Maaji is no longer famous for swimwear alone. The brand has traveled a road of transformation into an all-encompassing brand that provides the joy of adventure for people across the borders of gender and age. Maaji is available in 57 countries worldwide from Australia to Italy and Canada to Greece.

The Maaji product portfolio currently includes swimwear for women and young girls, lingerie, beach accessories, men’s swimming trunks, whimsical beach cover-up’s and the much-anticipated Studio Collection soon to be launched in South Africa.


Maaji swimwear starts from R1750, cover-ups from R1150, shorts from R1200, sandals and sneakers from R750 and lingerie from R1200 per set.

You can shop amazing pieces from Maaji at the following stores:

  • Egality Fashion, 25 4th Ave, Parkhurst, JHB (also offers Maaji lingerie and trunks)
  • Palme, BluBird Shopping Centre, Atholl, JHB
  • The Secret Room, Riverside Shopping Centre, Bryanston, JHB

  • Jill & Co, Shop 16 Granada Square, 15 Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban (also offers Maaji lingerie)
  • Beach & Beyond, Gateway / Balito Lifestyle Centre, KZN

Western Cape:
  • Madison Boutique, Shop 17, Constantia Village Courtyard, CT
  • Periquita, Shop 206A, Main Road, Sea Point, CT (also offers Maaji lingerie)
  • Senso Sesto, Canal Walk Shopping Centre / Willowbridge Shopping Centre, CT
  •  Coco-Li Boutique, Cape Quarters / The Paddocks, CT
  • Rainbow, Victoria Rd, 2 The Promenade, Camps Bay, CT
  • May Boutique, Shop 1, De Wet Centre, Stellenbosch
  • Indian Summer, 50 Huguenot Street Franschhoek
  • French Kisses, Knysna & Plettenburg Bay
  • G.R.E.Y, Lingerie & Swimwear Shop G61, Williowbridge Shopping Centre, CT

  • A Brief Affair, Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, White River (also offers Maaji lingerie)

Friday 13 June 2014

Give Away: Celebrating Father’s Day with Chivas Regal 18

A few more days to go until Father’s Day! Father’s Day is one of the most important days in the year as it gives us a chance to say thank you to our Father’s for everything that they have done and are still doing for us!

“Today at school I will learn to read at once; then tomorrow I will begin to write, and the day after tomorrow to cipher. Then with my acquirements I will earn a great deal of money, and with the first money I have in my pocket I will immediately buy for my papa a beautiful new cloth coat. But what am I saying? Cloth, indeed! It shall be all made of gold and silver, and it shall have diamond buttons. That poor man really deserves it; for to buy me books and to have me taught he has remained in his shirt sleeves... And in this cold! It is only fathers who are capable of such sacrifices!...” Carlo Collodi

The quote above from Carlo Collodi (famous Italian author) sums up perfectly how my father sacrificed so much and worked so hard and also how I would love to also buy him something amazing to say thank you for everything he has done and is still doing for me!

My father is the perfect gentleman in my eyes and over the years he has instilled values and morals in me that have shaped me to become the modern gentleman that I am today. I am still learning and growing and he still has a MAJOR influence on the decisions I make.

Chivas sent me a bottle of Chivas Regal 18 to enjoy with my father on Father’s Day to say thank you for the lessons he has taught me over the years in becoming a modern gentleman. Today I feel like sharing some of those lessons with you:

Lessons on life
·        Respect goes a long way!
·        You earn respect by giving it and always make sure you respect your elders
·        Before you make a major decision, consult me! I have been through it all and will always give you the best advice

Lessons on style
·        People form opinions based on the way you look, always present yourself the way you want people to think of you in a certain situation
·        Always ensure your shoes shine and that your sneakers are clean – you don’t want people to think that your are untidy

Lessons on relationships
·        First impressions count – make her feel that if she doesn’t want to be with you, it’s her loss
·        Always treat and respect her like you would treat and respect your mother

There are so many more lessons that I can share, but I will save them for another day, another post or maybe even write a book!

I am looking forward to Father’s Day this year because in addition to  sharing gifts and spending time together, I will also have the opportunity to give my father some insight on how best to drink whisky and enjoy Chivas Regal 18. A few months ago I was fortunate enough to attend the Chivas Regal 18 event where Max Warner (Chivas Regal global brand ambassador) shared some of his whisky knowledge. I look forward to sharing the tips we got from Max whilst enjoying a glass of whisky with my father!  

Dan Brown once said “No love is greater than that of a father for His son.” I also feel that there is no love greater than that of a son for his father!

To all the Father’s reading the post, Happy Father’s Day!

To everyone else, Chivas gave me an extra bottle to share with one of you! All that you have to do is to tell me what makes your Father the perfect gentleman. You can tell me on Twitter, Facebook, Email or post a comment below!  

Monday 9 June 2014

Event: Missibaba and Kirsten Goss Store launch in Johannesburg

On Wednesday, 28 May 2014 the Swag Craze team attended the Missibaba and Kirsten Goss store launch in Birdhaven, Johannesburg! The launch was well attended by Jozi’s in-crowd (celebrities, media, fashion influencers, etc.). It was an amazing winter evening; thankfully there was a fire in the courtyard to keep us warm while we enjoyed yummy canap├ęs, various cheeses, macaroons, brownies and delicious cocktails where Cruz Vodka was the main ingredient. 

We really love all the Missibaba and Kirsten Goss products which they have available in store (see pics below for some of the products).  We also bought a few items, which we can’t wait to wear! The brands complement each other very well in the store. 

Be sure to go visit the store!

Store details:

Missibaba and Kirsten Goss
Shop 3 
64 St Andrew Street



Opening times:

Monday - Friday: 8.30am - 5pm
Saturday: 9.30am - 1pm
Sundays & Public Holidays: Closed

Sunday 8 June 2014

2014 MTV Base Africa Music Awards, Best Dressed Celebrities on the Red Carpet

Khloe Kardashian in Lanvin

Celebrities from all over the world touched down in Durban for the MTV Base Africa Music Awards (MAMA), which took place on Saturday, June 6 2014. The awards show was one of the biggest in Africa and celebrities brought their A-game when it came to the fashion.

Stars were dazzling in their designer creations. Khloe Kardashian wore Lanvin. MTV MAMA award winner Davido brought his swag and wore a red blazer, black shirt, gold chains and black pants. 

Trey Songz, French Montana, Bonanang Matheba, Minnie Dlamini, AKA and Miguel were also seen on the red carpet. See the pictures below of the best-dressed celebrities:

Trey Songz
French Montana
Bonang Matheba
Minnie Dlamini

Monday 2 June 2014

Craig Port x JOYA Collaboration: Crafted Collar Pieces

On Sunday 25 May 2014, Craig Port showcased a collection of PORT and Miss Port looks at the Peace Table charity event in Cape Town. Gracing the runway for the first time were two striking necklaces designed in collaboration with Victoria Fenner of local jewelry brand JOYA.
Following on from a successful collaboration on accessories for the Craig Port SS13 ‘A Better Future Collection’ at MBFW Cape Town, Fenner has teamed up with Port brand once more. “After working so successfully last year, I jumped at the opportunity to join forces with the Miss Port team again”, exclaims Fenner.
In keeping with Craig’s WDC2014 ‘Year Of Design’ manifesto, the proudly Capetonian designer was keen for Kim Govaars, Creative Director of Miss Port and JOYA to produce a jewelry piece in celebration of Cape Town’s promise to ‘Live Design, Transform Life’.
The exciting fusion of design aesthetics resulted in two bold pieces that showcased international trends with a uniquely African point of view. Port took inspiration from their customers love for pared back luxury while Fenner was attracted to the statement necklace trend currently taking the fashion world by storm. Talented craftsman produced the necklaces in JOYA’s Cape Town workshop. Chunky gold chain was used in both designs with one boasting an oversized green agate stone and the other wrapped and embellished with onyx and black suede.
Unable to choose between the two striking necklaces, the collaborative team sent both down the runway at The Peace Table fashion show. The gorgeous Cindy Nel modeled one of the necklaces - much to the joy of the fashion crazy crowd.
The limited edition Miss Port / JOYA necklaces will be available for purchase directly from Fenner for R295 (Onyx and black suede chain necklace) and R350 (Agate stone chain necklace). For more information email:
PS: JOYA trains previously unemployed South African craftsmen in the art of making intricate jewellery and works with both the Hout Bay Women’s Co-operative and women within the Khayaletsha informal settlement on much needed skills development programs and employment opportunities.