SBA in Zim: Day 1

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Sorry it's taken us so long to blog our trip to Zim! With our pop up garden party looming on Sunday, everything has been a whirlwind of meetings and minor breakdowns. In true Zimbabwe style, we've also had no electricity for the past few days but thanks to uMAXlife we're back on line blogging from Vanilla Moon cafe! With Zimbabwe's controversial PR in recent years, Zimbabwe has become less known as a tourist destination but there is so much beauty and talent here that we're so excited to showcase it! Alae arrived in my homeland last week and is already loving it. She says it has a similar feel to Addis in Ethiopia so both her and her beautiful sister Maha are feeling at home. 

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We kicked off our trip by meeting with the editor of Zim's glossy, Tsitsi Mutendi of Jewel Magazine, to get the insider info on Zim's fashion and creative industry. Like us she's a big supporter of promoting local design so we're excited that Jewel Mag have come on board as a media partner for our party on Sunday. 

Sculpture garden in Avondale, Harare 

Sculpture garden in Avondale, Harare 

Zimbabwe is famous for its sculptures, so after leaving Jewel mag's offices we stopped by the sculpture garden in Avondale. They have some really amazing pieces that you often see decorating people's gardens here, but due to baggage allowances our shopping was sadly much smaller. But how cute are these two little guys- they look exactly how we feel when we wake up in the morning! 

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Before heading out for a night of sushi, cocktails and girlie chat at Mekka in Borrowdale, we dropped by the Vault Cosmetics make up party at their store in the Emirates Building in Avondale. Usually found in Hollywood, celeb make-up artist Jackie Mgido showed us round her new cosmetics line. The packaging is really nice, very MAC-like, and there are a good range of colours and shades for all. International make up brands are really expensive here ($20 for a mascara!!!) so Vault seems like a great local choice. 

Vault Cosmetics party in Avondale 

Vault Cosmetics party in Avondale 

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