South African Design

Studio & neighbourhood tour with A Ring To It

Hello Pretty was lucky enough to be invited to a studio experience tour by Stacy Beukes, the insanely talented jewelry designer behind A Ring To It. 

A Ring to It jewelry design is renowned for interactive pieces that tell a story. This studio tour was no different and we began our morning with a chat by Stacy explaining the rich socio-cultural history that informs her studio space as well as each design and final product.

Much like Stacy's unique laugh, the studio experience tour proved to be inspiringly special. The talk provided a rich contextual background with stories from Stacy's childhood and her parents childhoods - these form the foundation upon which Stacy creates her pieces.

We got a lovely peek inside the studio where Stacy and her apprentice Cynthia demonstrated the process of making a hand crafted silver necklace. It was awe inspiring to see how much how much work is involved in each step of the process.

Stacy provided explanations for every aspect of the design and manufacture process. Each tool has a rich history behind it. Every decor item in her studio has a story.

Over bagels and bubbles we discussed the inspiration that informs Stacy's new range called 'Kinners'. We all nostalgically reminisced about 90's iconic symbols.

We each received a beautifully individualized name necklace which is Stacy's take on the cheap plastic white block name necklaces we all got as children.

​​It was such a great end to the studio experience. Sitting in the sun at a gorgeously decorated table layered with pinks and tropical leaves we got to bond over things that make us uniquely South African.
Stacy's jewelry pieces managed to spark those sweet memories we all have from childhood and I haven't been able to stop thinking about them since.

No more excuse for being late. Cottage & Cheese is sponsoring a clock giveaway

The end of the " I lost track of time" excuse for making an entrance like the one above to work. No more running in like a MANiac.

It's Wednesday, which means we have a new Hello Man launch giveaway starting - 5th in our series of 8. This week, our super duper sponsor is Cottage+Cheese.

This week's score is pretty MANtastic. One of you will get this here cuckoo clock:

You'll get to pick from a white oak option, a walnut option and a white perspex option.

Rad.


To enter, we'll need you on our Facebook page:
1) Like the Facebook post below. For an extra entry, comment and tag that guy who is always late.
2) Like Hello Man on Facebook.
3) Follow @hellomansa on Instagram
4) Give Cottage+Cheese's Facebook page a like.

If you want to check out a few more of their things, you can view them in their Hello Pretty store.

Some stuff to know:
1) This giveaway is open to South Africans.
2) Entries close at 11pm on Tuesday 15th of May.
3) Standard competition Ts and Cs apply.
4) Winner will be notified by Facebook.

Sheepskin Slippers SA Giveaway from Hello Man, worth up to R730!

I think we can all agree that it's gotten cold now. Not arctic, but pretty damned cold. PJs, couch, series-and-blanket time never looked so enticing.

Today's giveaway, the 4th in the Hello Man launch giveaway series, has come at a great time. This is part 4 of 8.

In keeping with the fine quality you've come to expect from Hello Man, we're giving away these fine unisex things from Sheepskin Slippers SA:

 

Best you get your freezing butt over to Facebook and enter:
1) Like the Facebook post below. For an extra entry, comment and tag the cold person who needs a pair.
2) Like Hello Man on Facebook.
3) Follow @hellomansa on Instagram
4) Like Sheepskin Slippers SA's Facebook page

 

Some stuff to know:
1) This giveaway is open to South Africans.
2) Entries close at 11pm on Tuesday 8th of May.
3) It will take approximately 2 weeks to get your prize to you.
3) Standard competition Ts and Cs apply.
4) Winner will be notified by Facebook.

Hello Man Giveaway from Wild Minds [CLOSED]

Time for the 3rd installment in the launch of our boyfriend site, Hello Man. ICYMI, we're well into our two month celebration of weekly giveaways.

And you're going to have your MANds full with this one from Wild Minds. A hint:

Yes... your MANticipation is practically audible.

 

So this week, your giftfather is Wild Minds. We've got a bull head for one of you, and it is awesome and looks something like this:

Just look em. You're practically screaming, "World, I will take cr@p from no-one. No-one." with this wall-hanging.

As we're sure you'll agree, this is an important statement to be making.

So now, to enter:
1) Like the Facebook post below. For an extra entry, comment and tag the man who needs this in his home, because he takes cr@p from no-one.
2) Like Hello Man on Facebook.
3) Follow @hellomansa on Instagram

Also take a look at Wild Minds' social media, linked from the sidebar in their store.

Some stuff to know:
1) This giveaway is open to South Africans.
2) Entries close at 4pm on Tuesday 24th of April.
3) It will take 3 to 4 weeks to get your prize to you, because it'll be made up for you by hand.
3) Standard competition Ts and Cs apply.
4) Only one entry per person per day will be counted

Hello Man Giveaway from Cotton Domino

Remember how last week we told you that we've kicked off the launch of our boyfriend site, Hello Man, with two months of weekly giveaways?

In case you missed it, Hello Man is where you go to buy cool stuff for guys. No more wading through babygrows, bracelets and bunting to find your man a gift. We can barely MANage our excitement.



We've got cool stuff coming outta the yin-yang - you'd better get in on that. This week, our fairy godfather is Cotton Domino. They've got stuff for the dudes and the ladies, but this giveaway is for the dudes.

Get their vibe:

“Adventurous, enthusiastic living coupled with a healthy dose of vibrant awesome - is how we like to roll.”

 

On to the prize: Cotton Domino are giving away a mountain bike t-shirt. One of these guys:

To enter:
1) Comment on the Facebook post below and tag the cyclist (or aspiring cyclist) who you think should have this t-shirt.
2) Like Hello Man on Facebook.
3) Follow @hellomansa on Instagram

Some stuff to know:
1) This giveaway is open to South Africans.
2) Entries close at 4pm on Tuesday 17th of April.
3) Standard competition Ts and Cs apply.
4) Only one entry per person per day will be counted.

Hello Man Giveaway from Native Decor

Hello Man, Hello Pretty's boyfriend, has finally arrived. Hello Man is where you go to buy cool stuff for guys.

So we're way excited and we're celebrating with 2 months of weekly giveaways. Oh, DANG, son.

First up: Native Decor. You've probaby seen them on our social media before, because their stuff is awesome and everybody loves it. Their style is clean, minimalist and has a distinct and unique personality. Here are a couple of our faves:

For today's giveaway, the Native Decor team are giving away a beechwood animal USB stick woth R300, which are from their newest range. Totally cool.

So someone gets to pick one of these guys:

To enter:
1) Comment on the Facebook post below and let us know which USB design you want. Click here to browse the options.
2) Tag a friend in your comment.
3) Like Hello Man on Facebook: http://facebook.com/hellomansa
4) Follow Hello Man on Instagram: @hellomansa

On the Native Decor store you'll also find links to their social media accounts. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Some stuff to know:
1) This giveaway is open to South Africans.
2) Entries close at 4pm on Tuesday 10th of April.
3) Hello Pretty's standard competition Ts and Cs apply.
4) Only one entry per person per day will be counted.

25 ways to avoid the mall this Christmas

We all hate it. And we all do it. Last-minute Christmas shopping! It is the worst, and people are the worst. We are the worst.

But, I'm going to share some sage words from my sister a few weeks ago:

It's  a no-brainer, people. Look no further for your Christmas shopping. There are beautiful things for every taste and budget, right on this website. But don't believe me - go see for yourself.

So yes. Today is Tuesday, which means it's newsletter day! As we mentioned before, subscribing to our newsletter is a good way to stay ontop of sales, giveaways, freebies and special discount codes! Here's a little 40%-er from this week's newsletter:

Today we mostly featured things with a general Christmassey and gifting vibe, and some holiday goodness. I've put up a taster below.

Listed up at the top is my personal favourite from Lovilee :-)

There were literally dozens and dozens more things I wanted to include (but didn't, because gmail chops off content that is too long).

Be sure to sign up, if you haven't already.



Win two items of your choice from Hallo Jane - CLOSED

It's been a while, but finally it's GIVEAWAY TIME! We love these giveaways just as much as you do.

This week, enter to win any two items of your choice - one for you, one for your best friend - from Hallo Jane. Say what!

Her stuff is super cute, made-in-South-Africa bamboo jewellery and homeware, and you should know that it's one of Hello Pretty's top sellers.

To enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post telling us which two items you'd like to win from the Hallo Jane store. NB: Tag the person who you'd share your prize with.
  2. Like Hallo Jane on Facebook
  3. Get an extra entry by tweeting @HelloPrettySA with the hashtag #ilovehallojane telling us what your two favourite products from her store are, and leaving an extra comment below.

Here are a couple of customer favourites to whet your appetite:

This giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere. Entries close at 10am on Friday 13th of November (this Friday). Hello Pretty's standard competition Ts and Cs apply. Only one entry per channel will be counted.

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