Pamper Your Pooch With Hello Pretty

If you’re a dog lover like me, you’ll love these amazing products Hello Pretty has to offer for your furry friends. Spoiling yourself is great, but spoiling your dog is even better.

Next time you’re out walking your dog, they will be looking very stylish in their Posh Pet’s Gear collar and matching leash. When you get home and you snuggle up for that movie, your pet will smell fresh thanks to Rondavel’s natural shampoo bar.  After the movie, when you and your furry friend are tired, they can take a nap in their dog box from Simpli Décor.

Simpli Décor also makes beautiful pet bowls, looking more like décor rather than an empty food bowl lying around. Last but not least, get yourself a little something; I love this dachshund adjustable bracelet from the Long Dog.

Nameless Paints Created To Teach Kids About Colours

Two Japanese designers have come up with a new and exciting way to teach children about colours. Yusuke Imai and Ayami Moteki created “Nameless Paints”, with their aim being to develop the definition of a colour beyond just a name.

There are so many shades of colours; for example a leaf is not just green or the sky is not just plain blue. Therefore this set of paint tubes is a great way to start expanding colour awareness.

The paint tubes are completely white and have an “equation” on them showing which primary colours, and how much of each, were used to make that specific colour in the tube. So, instead of a child just learning the name of a colour, they learn about the theory and how colours work.

I love this idea as it teaches kids to be more creative and once they understand the theory behind colours; they can experiment by mixing and creating new colours themselves.  

The look of the paints and the packaging is really great; I’m sure many adults would love a set of “Nameless Paints” too!

Décor Ideas: Succulents

Every now and again it’s time to update your décor at home; after all they do say that change is a good thing! But, this can get very expensive if you decide to do a complete overhaul. I think that changing or introducing one or two small things will do the trick.

Go green this year by bringing in small succulent plants in beautiful ceramic pots, I think these would look great on your kitchen windowsill. They will definitely brighten up you space, and what’s great is you can go for any size you like. Not only do they make great décor, but you are getting in touch with nature by bringing plants into your home.

There are so many different kinds of succulents you can choose from, some even have cute little flowers. Luckily, nurseries in South Africa usually have a wide range and they will be able to give you some good advice! Succulents don’t need much water and are hardy plants; therefore not much TLC is needed.

If you are looking for something a little different, Hobby sells these great hanging planters on Hello Pretty. Have a look at their shop here. Swagger Collective sells these amazing pots and planters over here

 

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Celebrating Coffee

Roasting beans, strong aromas and your favourite mug, what comes to mind?

Coffee is one of those things in life that we can’t live without! There’s nothing better than waking up in the morning to a good cup of coffee, or when you hit that afternoon dip, for a quick pick-me-up. To be honest, walking into a house or a coffee shop and smelling brewing coffee has to be one of the best experiences in life!

Today we celebrate coffee by looking at some vintage coffee ads; some of them are hilarious and I can’t believe how ridiculously cheap it was compared to today. It’s actually great to see how it has evolved; from instant coffee being the in-thing to the amazing Nespresso machine! I can’t wait to see what comes next.

One thing is clear though, through the ages we have all loved coffee and definitely will for years to come!

Ryo Coffee sells amazing raw coffee beans, plungers and coffee grinders right here on Hello Pretty, have a look! 
 

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The PPC Imaginarium Awards 2016

When I think of concrete, I think of building sites and dirt. The PPC Imaginarium competition has however brought new light to the beautiful possibilies concrete offers, through their design awards programme. By showcasing different pieces made from concrete from many designers, it's clear just how much can be done with this material.

This programme is focused on encouraging talented designers in South Africa, and a better challenge cannot be thought of. There are six creative categories which the judges look at; Industrial Design, Jewellery, Film, Sculpture, Architecture and Fashion.

The winners of the awards were announced at the PPC Imaginarium finalist exhibition at Youngblood Africa, Cape Town, last week Thursday (4 February). The winner of each category received R50 000 and the runner-up received R15 000. Have a look at their website or their Facebook page.

The pieces are simply amazing; who knew you could make such cool things with concrete?

The artworks featured are by: 

First photo: Mieke Vermeulen 
Second photo: Hester Erasmus 
Third photo: Janna Kruger 
Fourth photo: Nkhensani Rihlampfu
Fifth photo: Gordon Froud 

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