Monthly Archives: February 2019

Mbali Nxumalo,Founder of FashionDashCouture.

Unpacking the Love Me Better seminar

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March is looking like quite the socially busy month, with a number of local events set up to keep us all very entertained. One interesting event of note is the Love me better seminar that will be taking place here at the Mountain inn this weekend. Not sure what it’s all about? We got Mbali Nxumalo, founder of FashionDashCouture and co-host of the seminar to unpack the event and give us the low-down of how they plan on merging fashion and self-love on March 2nd. Who Is Mbali? Mbali Nxumalo is a Fashion Entrepreneur who holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Accounting Major, but has a passion for fashion hence starting the clothing brand called FashionDashCouture. I was born and bred in the Kingdom of Eswatini and spent my adulthood in the capital, Mbabane. FashionDashCouture is a clothing brand which provides beautiful Ready-To-Wear pieces for the modern sophisticated woman. Fashiondashcouture the Brand The brand is a passion business, inspired by my love for beautiful and unique pieces. The idea behind it was to be able to express my personal sense of style while incorporating the modern everyday woman. As cliché as it sounds, but when a person looks good, then they feel good, and at FDC we aim to be a part of those special moments every other day. The brand has an online store www.fashiondashcouture.com  from which people from all over the world can shop. FDC Style Inspiration Our garments are mainly inspired by what we feel women want…

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A guide to being a local in Mbabane

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Famed for its forever-on-the-go CBD, vibrant social markets, all assorted restaurants and laidback nightlife, Mbabane is an adventure just waiting to be had. Unlike Eswatini’s hub, Manzini, this quaint city is much smaller in population and less chaotic; making it one of the most ideal parts of Eswatini to enjoy the local lifestyle scene without the hustle and bustle of a typical metropolitan. The best way to enjoy a visit to this beautiful Mbabane is to explore it inside out like a local would. Don’t know how to do that? Here’s a guide to experiencing Mbabane like a local. Use public transport I know what you’re thinking; loud noise, hive of activity, non-personalised travel but truth being told, you won’t feel like a local until you’ve hopped on a Kombie  and mastered using the word Stesh for your drop-off points. Additionally, public travel will offer you a cheap inner city mode of travel, without breaking your bank with taxis, car rentals or guided tours. Our currency is equivalent to South Africa’s rand and their bank notes are acceptable means of payment. Luckily for you and your wallet, the standard fare for inner city is a mere six emalangeni. Move about like a local, I recommend it! Learn the language No, I don’t mean full on speak fluent SiSwati. That will take a lifetime and will require you relocating but learn the simple phrases that will aid in making your transition into Eswatini much easier. Although English is an official language…

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An Eswatini inspired Valentine’s Day

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After the festive season, the second most commercialised time of the year has got to be February; Valentine’s month. Think moonlight strolls in parks, candlelit dinners in the city and all sorts of romantic gestures and activities. Valentine’s Day is a big deal; not just for those who coin big off of it, but for the ones who believe in the holiday and religiously celebrate it every year. However, every now and then you need to switch things up. You know, try something a little different. If you’re looking for new ideas of what to do on Valentine’s Day then you’ve come to the right cyber place. I have put together three of my most recommended must-do activities around Eswatini that will definitely put the spark, fun and thrill into your February 14th. Adventure caving So maybe you’re an adrenaline junkie and not too hung up on the cheesy element of Valentine’s Day; that’s alright. Neither am I, which is why adventure caving is first on my list. This ultimate experience offered by Swazi trails is an adventure worth having from start to finish. It gives you a unique opportunity to explore all sorts of caverns and their hidden wonders in Ghobolo which happens to be a largely unexplored cave network close to the capital city. The adventure caving experience lasts roughly two hours and involves climbing crawling and scrambling through hundreds of caverns beautifully hidden below ground and if you’re reading this and feeling a wee bit concerned about…

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Marula fruit; Image courtesy of blog.xuite.net

The season of Maganu and a celebration of sweet traditions

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Imagine this: The sun is sitting warm and orange across the sky. A stringy swirl of clouds hovers above the trees and a skein of birds shoots through them and flutters out of sight. The air hangs heavy with the sweet smell of ripe fruit. Below, little balls of Marula lie colouring the ground. Waiting for the women and children to collect them in song. Waiting to be found. It is after all only a matter of time before they are loaded into buckets and whisked away into brewing huts. A matter of time before they are stored until their green hue shifts to a mellow yellow and their sour flavour meets the sweetness of sugar. Only a matter of time before the drink is ready. Till the potent mixture bubbles like a creamy float and the whole country unites once again to celebrate a tradition that is as old as the rivers that flow from one town into the next. Now that, is Marula season in a nutshell. It may be the month of love across the world, but to us Eswatini people, February’s arrival signifies much more. It marks the start of a three month long season of merriment, culture and a whole lot of marula drinking. Starting mid-February and lasting up to the end of May, this season signifies the celebration of a fruit that has done more for our people than just provide a beer variant. Marula is highly revered in our society due to its…

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