There is a fine line between love and hate when it comes to packing. That's why we had to share these Luggage Spots, to help you get a load off your shoulders.

We often forget all about the heavy duty of packing when we are heading to an amazing get-away that we have been planning for months, or even when we have a spontaneous trip. And, it all comes back to haunt us when it's time to pack away the clothes.

However, never fear when we are near - we found the right places to get your luggage bags (maybe even a handbag or man bag).

Let's check out these spots...

It's All In The Bag.

Luggage spots

Cellini

Most of us are familiar with this brand. It has been around for a while and is known for variety at its best. Offering suitcases, handbags, wallets and many more options, this brand is all about luxury, quality and style.

Cellini has years of experience in innovative luggage pieces that are long-lasting and stylish enough to fit your tastes. So whether you are an average Joe, lawyer or slay queen, you can definitely find what you want.

Frasers

Frasers Luggage stores have been around for well over 100 years with the reputation of good quality material and leather goods. This business has become a hub of diversity in bags, suitcases and more.

Having started in Cape Town, the humbling beginnings of Frasers became viral, finding themselves at shopping centres around the country. They have become a go-to luggage spot for good quality, affordable and stylish luggage to suit your needs.

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Samsonite

Samsonite is a luggage spot known for their trendsetting travel gear. They make sure that you get any kind of luggage you need.

They are known as the leading luggage provider and we can see why. Whether you are looking for a fashion handbag or suitcase big enough to carry all your dreams, they have got you covered. They also have an online store where you can get all you need and have it delivered.

Let's Get Packing!

So now you know where to go, check out some of these places and you're sure to find something that suits your style so let's get packing, you jet setter, you!

There is a fine line with the love and hate relationship that we have with packing. That's why we had to share these Luggage Spots with you so we can at least get the little load off of your shoulders.

I mean, let's be real - we forget all about the heavy duty of packing when we are heading to an amazing get away that we have been planning for months (even spontaneous ones made in a day), but it all comes back to haunt us when it's time to pack away clothes for the leaving season for the one awaiting.

However, don't fear when we are near - we are going to take off the load even if it's just the tiny part of directing you to the right place to get your luggage bags (maybe even a handbag or man bag).

Let's check out these spots...

It's All In The Bag...

Luggage spots

Cellini

I think we have all become familiar with this brand. It has been around for a while and is known for variety at its best. Offering suitcases, handbags, wallets and many more - this brand is all about luxury, quality and style.

Cellini has years of experience in creating and improving their luggage ideas into innovative pieces that make you feel good about not only long lasting, but stylish bags to fit your taste. So whether you are an average Joe, lawyer or slay queen, you can definitely find what you want.

Frasers

Frasers Luggage stores have been around for well over 100 years, and with the reputation of being known for their good quality material and leather goods. This business has grown into a hub of diversity in bags, suitcases and more.

Having started in Cape Town, the humbling beginnings of Frasers grew viral into shopping centres around the country. They have become one of the go to luggage spots for good quality, fair affordability and stylish luggage to suit your needs.

Luggage spots

Samsonite

Samsonite is one of the luggage spots known for their trendsetting travel gear, and making sure that you get any kind of luggage you need.

Known as the leading luggage provider, their products make you understand why; whether you are looking for a fashion handbag or suitcase big enough to carry all your dreams. They have an online store where you can get all you need and have it delivered.

Let's Get Packing!

So now you know where to go, so check out some of their stuff, I'm sure you will find something that suits your style so let's get packing, you jet setter you!

We have a weakness for all things Lou Harvey. If you’re not familiar with this lovely brand, Lou Harvey makes everything from cosmetic bags, purses and nappy bags to cooler boxes, iPad covers, totes and beach bags in wild, bright, super-fun and funky prints.

All so beautiful, it makes choosing really difficult as we discovered when we popped into the Lou Harvey store at the Parks Shopping Centre to see what was on offer.

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While the store is small, it still manages to be overwhelming (in a good way) because it’s literally jam-packed – every corner is filled with something fabulous! If you’re not into bold patterns, there are fabrics with black and white geometric shapes and animal prints that are stylish without being overstated.

For moms of baby boys, Lou (yes, she is a real person), who has her own little man, realised that there was a need for more ‘boyish’ designs, so you can find items in blues, greens and yellows.

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There really is something for everyone and we’ll let you in on a little secret – the next time you’re stuck for a gift idea (it can be totally for yourself), pop into Lou Harvey and go wild. Look out for the unique clutch cosmetic bags, which can double up as clutch bags. No wonder Lou Harvey has gone global – everyone finds her designs to-die-for!

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We have a weakness for all things Lou Harvey. If you’re not familiar with this lovely brand, Lou Harvey makes everything from cosmetic bags, purses and nappy bags to cooler boxes, iPad covers, totes and beach bags in wild, bright, super-fun and funky prints.

All so beautiful, it makes choosing really difficult as we discovered when we popped into the Lou Harvey store at the Parks Shopping Centre to see what was on offer.

Lou1

While the store is small, it still manages to be overwhelming (in a good way) because it’s literally jam-packed – every corner is filled with something fabulous! If you’re not into bold patterns, there are fabrics with black and white geometric shapes and animal prints that are stylish without being overstated.

For moms of baby boys, Lou (yes, she is a real person), who has her own little man, realised that there was a need for more ‘boyish’ designs, so you can find items in blues, greens and yellows.

Lou2

There really is something for everyone and we’ll let you in on a little secret – the next time you’re stuck for a gift idea (it can be totally for yourself), pop into Lou Harvey and go wild. Look out for the unique clutch cosmetic bags, which can double up as clutch bags. No wonder Lou Harvey has gone global – everyone finds her designs to-die-for!

Click here for more information.

Who are Honey Fashion Accessories?

Honey is so much more than a fashion brand. Since their humble beginnings in 1995, over 15 000 men and women have become sales representatives for their bespoke product range. Honey offers hopeful entrepreneurs the opportunity to grow their own business networks. Brand representatives are able to become financially independent through training and hands-on mentorship.

Honey's high quality products have been key to the brand's enduring success. Their trendy selection of men's and women's watches, accessories and bags are manufactured to last. Their jewellery is safe to wear for those with allergies or sensitive skin as it is nickel-free.

Summer Catalogue 2019

The latest Honey catalogue features an extensive range of hangbags, sunglasses and fashion watches. Their summer collection caters to tastes and budgets of all kinds. They have even included great back to school specials for moms and dads.

Bags

Honey are known for their stylish, yet versatile handbags, backpacks and satchels. The 2019 summer catalogue offers everything from quirky beach bags to office-ready drawstring backpacks.

The art deco inspired drawstring handbag is our top pick from the Honey 2019 handbag range. Valued at over R600, this unique tote is on promotion at *R429! It also comes in four colour options. Another favourite of ours is the emoji beach bag in minty green. Complete with glitter nerd glasses, this rope bag is the perfect summer carry along.

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Watches

Most of us use our cellphones to tell the time these days. However, there is still something comforting about wearing a watch on your wrist. Especially one as delicate as the rhodium and gold cable band from Honey. With adjustable cable bands and pretty gold detail, this watch is a must-have for any woman.

cable watchIf you are more of the sporty type, Honey's LED watch bands in assorted neons should be right up your alley. These funky watches not only display digital time, but show the date as well. Priced at only *R169 in the summer catalogue, these are a steal.

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Sunnies

The Joburg summer season means driving in blinding sunsets, with eyes squinted just enough to see the road ahead. Honey's line of retro-chic sunglasses are a great solution to this. Our favourite pair from the line are the red and black wide square frames. There is just something about these that is reminiscent of the bright city sun as it bleeds away at dusk.

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Further Details

Honey operates differently to other fashion brands. All their sales are conducted through the consultant and style station system. To contact a sales representative, reach out on Facebook and Instagram. Honey regularly posts their monthly catalogues and sales discounts on their social media pages. Alternatively, you can visit the Honey website to view catalogues, to find out about becoming a sales consultant, as well as care tips for all your Honey products.

Contact Details: Tel: 010 2073 600 | Email: [email protected] 

Don't Miss The Sale Of The Season!

Andjust like that, the Sandton City Summer Sale is officially here! We have been waiting for this event all month long, and what better way to kick off Pay Day Weekend! In case you missed it, Sandton City will be offering shoppers a whole bunch of unmissable sales and discounts over the next few days throughout the mall. No matter what you're looking for - be it clothing, shoes, body and bath products, handbags and more - you're sure to find it here at this amazing sale. Make sure to pop in to shop up a storm.

When Is It?

The Sandton City Summer Sale will be on from Thursday, 24 January 2019 - Sunday, 03 February 2019. Hurry!

Where Is It? 

Various stores throughout Sandton City Shopping Centre, corner Rivonia Road and 5th Street, Sandhurst, Sandton, Johannesburg.

For More Information

For more information on this epic sale and to keep in loop with the special offers that await, visit Sandton City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They are constantly updating their social media platforms!

Here's A Few Offers! 

Impress Dad This Father's Day

You've always known Via La Moda for its exotic leather creations. Think stunning handbags and accessories crafted from genuine ostrich, Nile Crocodile and genuine python. Their imported Italian leather designs are equally as exquisite!

The Johannesburg-based Showroom is the single largest treasure trove location for these highly sought-after designs. Ladies EVERYWHERE seek out unique pieces for themselves from the various ranges on display, getting lost in a kaleidoscope of colour and texture.

And... for the men? 

Well, you can spoil dad too! Men's satchels are a hot trend right now and you will find an iconic, masculine and fitting design for the old man at Via La Moda. Shop before Father's Day and you will stand a chance to win the Via La Moda POSTMAN - a multi-functional designer piece that'll totally impress dad!

Some Terms & Conditions do apply (see below) but how cool is this prize?

Via La Moda
Get to Via La Moda right away!

Terms & Conditions Apply

Via La Moda

For More Information

For more information about Via La Moda, visit www.vialamoda.com, call 011 477 8008 or email [email protected]

Don't forget to check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Via La Moda

Where To Eat

Clarens Brewery

Hanging out with great company, sipping on ice-cold draughts and tucking into some delicious grub – what more do you need to make a great outing with your loved ones? And if this is just the thing you’re looking for after a long day hiking and being adventurous in and around Clarens, then Clarens Brewery is just the place to refuel, refresh and simply have a good time. This is one of the country’s first brew-pubs, cideries and distilleries, so you can expect to sample and enjoy great beers, ciders and distillate (request for the tasting board to sample a few options before placing your drink order), all while being part of the fantastic craft revolution that is sweeping our country. It is an absolute must-visit when you’re in the area.

Clementine’s

We all love a fabulous meal, which is why you need to visit one of the best dining options Clarens has to offer. Clementine’s is one of the most exclusive restaurants in Clarens, where you can expect excellent food, a great atmosphere and friendly service. The pork belly, oxtail and steaks are all highly recommended. With such great food, you can expect this place to be busy and packed over the weekends and holiday season. To avoid disappointment on your next visit to Clarens (and Clementine’s), make sure you book your table at this popular gem well in advance.

Sugar & Cinnamon

Whether you’re after a delightful breakfast or something to satisfy your sweet tooth, Sugar & Cinnamon offers all things delicious from pancakes and glorious chocolate cake to home-style meals and good coffee, all with a stunning view of the mountains in the distance. Just a short distance away from Clarens, this is a hidden gem that gives travellers and even locals a great place to relax and enjoy the fresh air out on the countryside. Talk about a great way to start the day.

Where To Shop

The Purple Onion Deli

The Purple Onion Deli is hard to miss – it’s situated around the town square (in the Clarens Windmill Centre) with a little windmill spinning away right next to it and the majestic mountains in the background. This quaint shop gives guests an exceptional country deli experience, unlike anything you’d find in the city. They source unique, handmade and special products that are made with yesteryear’s recipe, including jams, fudge, coffee, marmalades, cherry items (seasonal), chocolates, pasta, preserves, biltong and much more. And best of all, it’s all absolutely delicious.

The Cherry Company

Love everything that smells, tastes and even looks like cherries? Then The Cherry Company will be your cherry heaven! From the moment you walk into the shop, you smell cherries, as the shelves are stocked with all things cherry. And to delight your taste buds (one of my absolute favourites): the cherry liquor. Trust me, if you’re nuts about cherries, this is one spot you cannot miss while visiting Clarens.

The Ugly Duckling

Who doesn’t love quirky and interesting gifts? If you’re looking to shop for something unique for family and friends or want to take something home with you to remind you of your visit to Clarens, then make sure you check out The Ugly Duckling. As their slogan says, it’s “the shop that’s worth a stop”. This store will have everything from unusual gifts and furniture to carpets, mirrors, one-off items, toys, indigenous instruments and souvenirs.

Tobias Art

If you have a flair for all things artistic and creative, then Tobias Art is a must-visit. This spot is a landmark destination for discerning shoppers who are looking for that something ‘out of the box’. They have everything from paintings, pottery and pillows to T-shirts, handbags, handmade soap, incense and jewellery. They even have interesting vintage toys in store.

Where To Play

Ficksburg Cherry Festival

If you are frequent visitors to Clarens, then you know all about the Ficksburg Cherry Festival. But if not, then you’re in for a treat. Ficksburg is the cherry capital of the world and every year in November, they host the Ficksburg Cherry Festival that attracts many travellers and cherry lovers from across the country. A must during this festival is the Constantia Cherry Farm tour with a picnic and the McKinley Chocolate Tour. This year the festival will take place from 16 to 18 November 2017.

Plenty of hiking trails

Love the outdoors and spending time trekking along trails and exploring? Then Clarens is just the place for you, as it has plenty of hiking trails no matter your level of experience. If you want something quick and easy, then take the Spruit Walking Trail, but if you’re looking to up the tempo and the time, then why not take the Kloof Hike that’s about 2.5 to 3 hours long!

Outdoor Adventures

If it’s adventure you want, Claren Destinations has it. There are plenty of extreme adventures you can experience in Clarens, all you have to do is book and enjoy. They offer a variety of experiences to get your adrenaline pumping, including river rafting, abseiling, paintball, hiking, rock climbing, enduro trails, zip- lining, quad biking, archery, fly fishing, a variety of day tours and even skiing and snowboarding in the colder months.

Where To Sleep

Kiara Lodge

There’s a little bit of everything at Kiara Lodge. It makes for the perfect family getaway home as it has plenty of facilities to keep the little ones busy. These chalets are all complete with balconies that offer stunning views and are within walking distance to the dam, playground, swimming pool and restaurant. Also, you won’t be too far away from the main street in town, as it’s just down the road.

Protea Hotel by Marriott Clarens

This luxurious four-star retreat is nestled close to the Golden Gate National Park and the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. Protea Hotel by Marriott Clarens exudes sheer style, luxury and design that blends in with the natural beauty of the stunning little town of Clarens. It boasts 70 luxurious rooms perfect for any occasion, whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, team-building endeavor, a business conference or an adventurous weekend escape with the family.

Lake Clarens Guest House 

Apparently, this guest house has even hosted Brad Pitt… If you want 4-star luxury at its finest along, stunning country views and quick and easy access to town, then book a stay at Lake Clarens Guest House. Their luxurious rooms are furnished to make your stay as comfy as possible with queen-sized beds, TVs, fridges, snack basket and a safe, and are all tastefully decorated. And best of all, all bedrooms have an exquisite view of the lake and mountains.

A Little Bit About Bagmee

BagMee is a young and fresh local online store that specialises in selling premium quality handbags from a selection of brands, offering something accessible and stylish to the fashion-forward women of South Africa. The company is committed to following handbag fashion trends while remaining classic.

Bagmee

Why You Should Shop At Bagmee

BagMee's goal is to give superior service to their customers with their speed of delivery and personalisation of orders, making shopping with them a pleasure. They’re also dedicated to delivering the best online experience from start to finish for every customer.

BagMee only sources, stocks and sells handbags from recognised brand names and smaller, more affordable, unbranded handbags from local designers. Their stock is personally sourced, guaranteeing that all handbags are authentic and of high quality.

Bagmee

For More Information

If you’re interested in getting your hands on a trendy handbag, visit BagMee. You can also call them on 082 457 5570.

Like them on Facebook, Instagram (@bagmee.co.za), Twitter (@BagmeeSA), and Pinterest.

Bagmee is a young and fresh South African online store, specialising in the sale of premium quality handbags from a range of brands, offering something accessible and appealing to the fashion forward women of South Africa. The company is committed to following handbag fashion trends, while remaining contemporary with a classic edge.

Bagmee

Bagmee's goal is to provide superior service in its speed of delivery and personalisation of orders, making shopping with them a pleasurable experience. They are also dedicated to delivering the best online experience from start to finish for every customer. Bagmee only sources, stocks, and sells handbags, from recognisable brand names and smaller, more affordable, unbranded handbags, to something unique from local designers. Stock is personally sourced, guaranteeing that all handbags supplied are authentic and of high quality.

Why You Need To Bag It Up?

First and foremost, Bagmee has a stylish range of bags to choose from so you will certainly find the bag that you are looking for - whatever the occasion, you will find something.

Their bags range from crochet, geometric, to some real good quality leather (those into backpacks like me, would really love their backpacks). They boast with designer bags by Sisley, Balthazaar, LYDC, Currie and many more. They have amazing bags for gifting ideas so do check out their stuff. Did I mention that they also have gift vouchers?

Bagmee

I think I have heard this from many women in my life - "Every lady needs at least one good handbag & Purse". I didn't believe this for a while but the truth in this is so accurate. Imagine having to go to a gala or black tie event and all you have is a backpack to match your lovely ball gown. Epic miss 🙈 so why not just spoil yourself to one of these beautiful bags.

See more about Bagmee here!

By Kim Brown and Mary-Ann Nyandeni