That Which Must Not Be Named

Because of ‘it’ (call me crazy, but I refuse to give this thing even more power by naming it, plus I was a massive Harry Potter fan back in the day!), there are lots of people who are choosing to stay indoors for the time being. Fortunately though things have advanced somewhat since the war years – in this modern space age there are countless super cool stores that sell their wares online, and I thought now might be a good time to share some of very favourites with you!

The Leopard

Not only does The Leopard tempt with your their fine fare at the fabulous 44 Stanley Avenue (and now Rand Steam as well), but they also offer the very best high-end take-outs in Joburg! They may be slightly heavier on your pocket than your average take-away, but I promise you their food is worth every last penny! Their veggie Roman Style Artichokes and Butterbeans is probably my favourite dish to eat – and that includes at any sit down restaurant pretty much anywhere in the country!

Aya Balm

I’m sure that for most Durbanites I’m preaching to the choir, but if you’re from Jozi or Cape Town, you may not yet be acquainted with the wonders of Aya Balm! The best (and I mean the very best!) lip balm you could wish for, Aya Balm can also be used for insect bites and mild eczema too! Aya also offer a range of oils and creams, my favourite of which is their SOS Serum – it might be my imagination, but I swear the deep crevices on my chest are slowly starting to fade….

Savage Jewellery

I might be biased, given that she’s one of my oldest and dearest friends, but Nicola Savage (of Savage Jewellery) is up there with some of the best in the world when it comes to jewellery design! Not only does she produce the most lust-worthy, stylish earrings, necklaces and rings, but she’s also capable of wonderfully whimsical pieces – she recently reproduced a child’s drawing in the form of a pendant for a client, and it turned out beautifully! I think it’s one of the best gift-ideas ever – it almost (almost, not quite) makes me wish I had had kids!

Skinny laMinx

Internationally renowned, Skinny laMinx really don’t need any introduction, or probably me punting them either, but how could I not mention Heather Moore and her incredible tea towels and scatter cushions that I love sooooooo much? Inspired by mid-century Scandinavian design (you can see why I’m a fan!) Skinny laMinx deliver the most outstanding and exciting products, continually delivering new prints that you can’t help but fall in love with!


A bizarrely appropriate name given the circumstances, Antidote is a Durban-based design agency that offers a range of beautifully minimalist furniture and accessories. With everything from toilet roll holders to office desks available, there’s bound to be something to tempt those of us who prefer a sleeker, neater environment.

What They Found

And finally there’s WTF, our colleagues based in Durbs. They may not officially be an online store, but Lauren, who runs the enterprise, does a great job of advertising her drool-worthy retro finds on the web, and I’m certain that her home (where she stores her treasures) is very sanitary indeed! At the very least shopping at WTF will definitely be less hazardous (and more exciting!) than shopping for your furniture at one of the mass market stores…..

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