October 2014 archive

Street Art – Nifty Weekly Project Recap

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Ahmazing street art as spotted by @rowaneva, in our hood, Woodstock!

Last week’s #NiftyWeeklyProject theme was street art and your submissions made it one of our favourite weeks ever! Street art has the power to transform a city, or space – it definitely has in Woodstock, the hood that we work in. It takes a mundane, often run down wall and turns it into a beautiful piece of art, and sometimes even more than that, a talking point. We got submissions of places and spaces from Woodstock, all the way to street art in Berlin, Paris and Melbourne – so thank you so much for your participation, it really does make our week going through all of your photographs.

This week’s theme is: it smells like summer. We want you to share your favourite summer moments with us, from lying on Clifton 2nd, seeing the waves crash, hearing ‘ice-cream, cold driiiiinks, granadilla lollieeees’ – show us the best summer has to offer. Rules are the same as always, no tagging of old photos, only new uploads please. If we love your photo and regram it on our Instagram you’ll win a voucher for x16 Nifty Strips, delivery not included. Okay now get snapping! Also if you have cool ideas for different weekly themes, leave us a comment below :)


Saszali Chocolates & The Business of Instagram

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We first became aware of Saszali Chocolates when they were one of the Nifty Colour Project red week winners, once we found their Instagram account (@SaszaliChocolates) it was full on chocolate stalkin’ in stealth mode, with a little drooling going on.. Last week, Jane Jager, the chocolate makin’ half of the Saszali sisters dropped by our studio to say hello, in the nicest way possible – with a jar of their salted caramel truffles. Now Talya likes to think of herself as a chocolate aficionado, cos in her past life (ie last year) she had a chocolate blog, and her Lindt Salt happens to be her very favourite chocolate, on tasting the first bite of a Saszali salted caramel truffle the first words out her mouth were ‘oh my f**k, that is the best thing I have ever tasted in my life!’ Okay no jokes, whilst Saszali’s Twitter bio states that their truffles are ‘best not shared’ (life truth) we had to share them out just to see the reactions on people’s faces as they popped one into their mouth. Mouthgasm it was for 100% of the people sampled in our very statistically sound experiment.

As a young South African brand, our favourite thing to do is share some of our favourite young South African brands with you – we think it’s so important to support entrepreneurs, especially when what they’re producing is x100 better than most off the stuff you can get anywhere else.. It’ll mean more jobs, higher GDP, oh and overall much better service and products available = totes a winning situation. We’re now totally obsessed with Saszali and are going to be using their boxes of truffles as holiday season presents – they even have free delivery in Cape Town on orders over R150 for the following areas: Claremont, Kenilworth, Constantia, Bishopscourt, Rondebosch, Newlands, Wynberg & Mowbray, otherwise it’s R50. So go check out their flavours, think authentic rooibos, citrus blossom, coffee roast, dark scotch & gingerbread on their website here or order one when you’re next at one of their stockists like I Love My Laundry!

We caught up with Jane to talk about how she has used Instagram to grow her business, creating new flavours & her superwoman willpower that allows her to hardly ever lick the bowl..


Maurice The Hedgehog – Pets of Instagram

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A few days ago we got a rather concerned Tweet from Wendy, who told us that she had heard her little Maurice cryin’ the night before because he hadn’t been featured as one of our Pets of Instagram.. Clearly Ms Tayler is a rather good momager (aka the Kris Jenner of hedgehogs) cos just look here, a whole post dedicated to Maurice the Hedgehog, as well as his own slickly run Instagram account that follows his adventures, from typing up emails on a MacBook to hiding in birds houses, it’s all in a days work for this lil creature. Whilst in the past we’ve only featured dogs & cats, which now seem far too tame, please let us know if you find any cray Pets of Instagram accounts, or if you have a cute bunny that needs some good PR!

We caught up with Maurice to talk all thing Instagram, his favourite editing apps & his best angle..


Indulgences – Nifty Weekly Project Recap

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Okay @thecreamerysa x @saszalichocolates #niftyweeklyproject indulgence entry.. All we wanna know, why weren’t we invited?! Seriously though go out & support as many small, young South African businesses – they’re creating ahmazing things

Last week’s Nifty Weekly Project theme was ‘indulgences’ although we kinda left that interpretation up to you, 98% of entries were of food, or should we say desserts & very yummy lookin’ treats. We loved when people shared non-foodie shots like Misha’s photo of Falafels the Cat & a book whilst fighting the flu, Tori’s Miu Miu splurge and Sam’s bunch of roses & Zana goodies. However of course we love/hate an Instagram that leaves us feelin’ hangry, those who did it best last week: The Creamery with their Saszali chocolate collabration (blog post about Saszali coming soon), the girls behind what we think will become our favourite new SA food blog, Friends and Foda stopped by Power & The Glory for a classic hotdog, and Monique’s shot of Marshmallow fluff got 40 comments, seems people either love it or haven’t tried it and need it in their lives immediately – apparently it’s available at Spar, so go forth and spoon!

This week’s theme is ‘Street Art’ – when you share your photo on Instagram please also include where you spotted the art work/name of the street. The rules are the same as always, no tagging of old photos, only new uploads count. If we love and regram your photo on the Nifty Instagram you’ll get a voucher for x16 strips, delivery not included. It’s that simple.


Lauren of Glossary – Nifty Weekend Takeover

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A few weekends ago we had the lovely Lauren behind the beautiful Glossary blog, take over our Instagram account and show us Durban. The first person in the 031 area to do so, she took us to the Morning Trade market at a rad new downtown development, made us hangry with sprinkle covered food – think cupcakes & doughnuts, & rifled through vintage vinyls. We caught up with Lauren to talk about how she got into blogging – she was one of the first SA bloggers I followed, her love of scrapbooking, taking photographs & where she gets her flower crowns!


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