Monday, 13 November 2017

Thomas Sabo Dreamcatcher GIVEAWAY!


Hello beauties!!

About two weeks ago I alluded to a THOMAS SABO giveaway, and I'm sure my readers have been waiting with bated breath!! Well here it is! 😃

When they released their new collections, I was particularly taken with the Thomas Sabo amulets, specifically the dreamcatcher pendant, which is often worn as symbol of protection and, according to Native Americans,  also believed to have healing powers. Turquoise was sacred in its adornment and for power, luck, and protection and was mined and used extensively in ancient Egypt and Iran. These pieces are crafted in blackened sterling silver, with  cubic zirconia, turquoise and jasper beads.

This hand crafted necklace and elegant studs are easy to wear and the beads are on totally on trend!

"Artistic necklace design meets ethnic spirit: The magical cut-out pendant captivates on the handcrafted Beads necklace by virtue of its sophisticated design and workmanship, as well as classic sparkling stone embellishment."


"Filigree look: The ear studs with vintage charm impress by virtue of delicate details and can be combined in both sporty and elegant ways."











I am giving away a Dreamcatcher necklace and a pair of ethno turquoise sterling silver earrings, to the value of R5,000!


To enter:

  1. Like my Facebook page : here
  2. Comment below and tell me about your favourite item of jewellery that you cannot leave home without.
  3. Please share this competition on Facebook and tag RuBe's Closet on your post.
  4. This competition is open to South African residents only.
  5. This giveaway will end at 12pm on 24th November.
Good luck darlings!

Ciao for now,
RuBe  xoxo
















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Arrival in Madinah

Hi beautiful readers!

Just reflecting back on the beginning of my #HajjJourney makes me extremely nostalgic, followed by a burst of emotion and an immediate welling up of tears😢 Each moment so starkly ingrained in my memory, I can feel the heaviness of the heat and the pounding of my feet on the pavement as I walked towards the mosque....

When we departed from Cape Town, we opted to spend a night in Johannesburg to rest up before the flight to Madinah. This was the best idea, we were absolutely knackered from the preceding days and nights, during which we barely slept, whilst receiving hundreds of guests and well wishers. It was the absolute best feeling, to be honoured so greatly by all the wonderful friends and family, some whom we hadn't seen in years, come and wish us well on our journey. This practice is unique to Cape Town, and yet it is such a special part of the sendoff for pilgrims; as one leaves home with a full heart, flying on wings of blessings.

Our evening in Johannesburg was literally spent in resting up, sleep, eat and pray... 
We met up with the rest of our travelling group the next morning as we checked in for our flight to Madinah. I was so grateful to have a direct flight to Madinah, I am not a keen flyer, so 6 hours direct to our destination was just perfect. We landed around 7pm, and as we disembarked and stepped onto the tarmac, the intense heat hit me like an oppressive wall! I felt a bit disoriented, as if my brain was trying to comprehend how to deal with the heat, and the reality that I had actually set foot on Saudi soil!❤️

After a couple of hours, as the bus neared our hotel, we glimpsed the minarets (turrets) of the mosque, lit up so beautifully. And every momentary glance of those minarets filled me with wonder, and as we recited salutations in unison, I could tangibly feel the emotion take residence in my heart. I was filled with awe as our bus entered the vicinity of the mosque and pulled up at our hotel, just a few meters from the entrance of the mosque. I could barely contain my impatience as we dropped the luggage in our room, and made arrangements to meet in the foyer at 12am to experience our first visit to the second holiest Holy mosque and (for the men) to visit the burial place of our beloved Prophet (PBUH).  

As I stepped out of the hotel, once again accosted by the unexpected brutality of the heat, I was inexplicably stirred, as our spiritual leader briefed us on the history of our surroundings. I was overcome by the magnitude of walking in the city that our esteemed Prophet (PBUH) lived, fought and prayed; and making our way to the mosque, his final resting place. After a few meters, we turned a corner and laid eyes on the main entrance of the mosque; here we paused to absorb the beauty of Masjiudul Nabawi, and to just gather ourselves. Some of us were openly crying, the tears of joy flowing down our cheeks; I was still really overwhelmed, just by virtue of the realisation that I was indeed HERE ⭐️ 
As I approached the gates and stepped onto the mataf, I could feel the tranquility and was immediately engulfed by the magnificence of  Madinah. I entered the mosque, and like a typical tourist, stood for a few moments taking in the beauty of the architecture, the captivating smells and the enormous significance of this particular mosque.  
My first night in the mosque was spent in thanksgiving; for being granted the invitation and to be amongst the few honoured guests to visit for Hajj this year. I had also received special notes from my kids and others close to me; these letters and notes I had promised to only read during my first few moments in the mosque. And so I took this quiet time, when the mosque was practically empty, to absorb myself in their words. I can so clearly remember the early hours of that morning, reading those letters, tears flowing freely and feeling like I had walked into another dimension, where everything felt so surreal, like a fantasy...

There is so much more to share so keep an eye out for the next instalment...



A restful moment in the airport lounge before flying to Jhbg

Off to check in for our Madinah flight




Arrival on Madinah airport



Prayer times on display in the hotel lobby

First few moments walking the streets of Madinah

Briefing on the history of our surroundings



First Tahajjud (pre sunrise) prayer


The mosque was relatively empty the first few days


Exploring on the first day, we only realised after walikg about for a while just how the heat affects one
during the day

The minarets, lights and air of tranquility all combine to present this picture of magnificence

Ciao for now, 
RuBe xoxo



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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Nomination Composable Collection

Hi lovelies!

The Festive Season is racing towards us and it's a time when stores are bedecked with glittery decorations, and the choice for gifts are endless. In fact, there is so much variety one can easily become overwhelmed. A nomination bracelet is a thoughtful and beautiful gift idea, and one which you can build upon to celebrate many treasured moments.

I love my own Nomination bracelet, as it is an ode to memories I'd like to keep dear and close, and just a glance at the bracelet, or a specific link will bring back those special moments. They have specific themes to honour milestones or occasions; these range from love, travel, Mother's Day, new baby arrivals etc. The Composable Collection links and symbols are crafted in 18ct gold, sterling silver and 9ct rose gold and is constantly evolving with new links being added each season.


  To celebrate the new Nomination collection, I will be giving away one bracelet with some charms to the value of R5,000! Keep a close eye on my pages for this. Just in time for the holidays ♥️

"Nomination celebrates life with its new composable collection.

Nomination's new collection of Composable links is called Life, because each link reflects an important moment in your life. Birthdays, weddings, graduations, christenings, a new baby or an important anniversary, there are so many milestones to celebrate and what better way to remember and relive those special moments than with a precious jewel you can wear every day."

"Choose from thousands of precious links decorated with handcrafted letters and symbols in 18ct gold, sterling silver, 9ct rose gold with cubic zirconia, coloured enamel and precious and semi-precious stones. The result is jewellery which tells a personal story, and a bracelet that is precious and unique.

Made in Italy at the Nomination atelier studios near the Renaissance city of Florence, Composable links are made from the highest quality stainless steel to ensure your bracelet is hypoallergenic, will not tarnish and is strong enough to be worn everyday."

For more information, visit www.nomination.co.za

Ciao for now, 
RuBe xoxo


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Friday, 3 November 2017

Life goes on #PostHajj

Weclome dear readers!

Occasionally I find my mind drifting to Saudi shores, and very quickly I'm abruptly brought down to earth by some or other task needing my immediate attention. I suppose the reason Hujjaj's thoughts keep wandering back to Saudi is to relive that intense spiritual connection, where nothing but prayer mattered. Where one felt as if you had a direct line of communication to the Divine, where miracles happened all around you.
 Someone once told me that they felt depressed upon returning from Hajj, sad and despondent with the constant yearning to return. I certainly yearn to return, but I have to consciously remind myself that my Hajj continues here and now.

My life back home is actually the continuation of the journey I undertook, the pilgrimage merely being more of an initiation into a certain way of life, and of a new perspective on life and one's purpose. I have started doing a #HajjSeries on the blog and these posts will be shared as I am able to articulate the aspects I'd like to share. As I process these, life as I now know it evolves every day. I still have long conversations about the journey, with people, with my hubby... And every time another penny drops, and another message reveals itself. I can see why people who have journeyed for Hajj more than 30 years ago, can still relate as if it was yesterday. The experience will forever remain in the consciousness, alive with endless new perspectives.

I have returned with so much to share with my kids, and in turn they have so much to share with me (lessons learnt during my absence). I chat to them about how I had to master acceptance, of trials and difficulties, and having to embrace the fact that we would never be burdened with situations which we would not be able to deal with. We talk about how deeply this journey has altered me, and how I intend to live with the newfound realisations. It is important, and difficult, but my intention is to live in a way that honours my pilgrimage. I aim to honour it by being mindful of the potent energy of spirituality which always surrounded me in Saudi, so potent that one is immediately caught up in it. 

Living in remembrance of my Hajj is a daily struggle... learned behaviours creep in very quickly and once one is back in the familiar environment, old habits can easily return. Patience (Sabr) is something I had to learn and practice on this journey, and I am consciously trying to incorporate it into everything I do. This includes how I deal with plans going awry, teenage issues and managing the expectations and judgement of others. When one returns from pilgrimage, the expectations and judgement becomes a tangible thing, and I have to remind myself that I have changed fundamentally, and I therefore need to approach these matters with an revised mindset... i.e.
To be the best I am able to be, for my CREATOR & MYSELF.

Today's lookpost was taken some time ago, when I had a burning need to be at the beach (my ultimate happy place), to smell the sea air and absorb the beautiful energy of the coast. Even though the sun was out, the air was cool, hence the need for a light silk bomber.


 

















Outfit details:

Asos Maxi dress (old)
Human Image silk bomber
Lacoste Rose Gold sneakers (purchased on Asos)
LV Bag (LV Paris)
Jo Borkett Scarf
Ralph Lauren sunglasses (Sunglass Hut Bali)
Necklace gifted
Swarovski bracelet
Various gold arm jewellery

Ciao for now,
RuBe xoxo




































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Thursday, 2 November 2017

Thomas Sabo, Fine jewellery with substance

Hi lovelies! 

Whenever I travel, I usually get myself an item of jewellery as a souvenier of my trip. One of my go-to brands is the THOMAS SABO line of fine jewellery.  With stores located all over the globe, boasting a range of jewellery and watches,  I am always guaranteed to find a stand alone store or distributor at any travel destination. Their beautiful collections usually feature delicately crafted pieces, which is ideal as meaningful mementos. 

So when I happened to see the newly launched collections, I was immediately captivated by the designs. They feature earthy beads, crystals and good luck amulets such as the Hamsa (Hand Of Fatima) and the Tree of Life. These are reminiscent of the Middle East and North Africa; sporting symbols of good luck, or ones used for protection. I love that the new ranges feature these symbolic pieces which connect with long standing ancient customs. 



"THOMAS SABO is launching a varied collection that connects two central themes of contemporary lifestyle: yearning for the faraway and love of the familiar."

"Meditative energy sources are the Power Necklaces and Power Bracelets: Inspired by Buddhist Mala prayer beads, the new designs with stone beads are said to give inner strength and support the flow of life energy."

"In the jewellery collection you will find expressive avant-garde looks, filigree diamond jewellery, elegant Sterling silver essentials, strong new Rebel at heart designs and items of jewellery that can be personalised with engraving. 

Each design is made of 925 Sterling silver, exquisitely gold-plated or hand-embellished with decorative stones. "

With their wide range of themes, the newly launched THOMAS SABO collections will appeal to those wanting to purchase significant pieces as a celebration for a momentus occasion, or just to spoil someone special.



Keep an eye on my page, as I will be giving away THOMAS SABO jewellery to the value of R5,000 over the next few weeks!

The new collections are available in THOMAS SABO stores - Sandton and Menlyn Park as well as at select partner stores.

For more information or to find your nearest stockist, email info@tregergroup.com

Ciao, 
RuBe xoxo


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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

The start of my #Hajj journey

Welcome readers, 

I started 2017 on another continent, on vacation with my family in frosty London. And I remember at one mealtime, we discussed the fact that the next international trip would most likely be mine and hubby's Hajj journey. I had also been telling all my family and friends for the past year that my 40th birthday celebrations would be happening in Makkah, whilst on Hajj...

Where we ended 2016 & started 2017- Frosty London
All words, said in earnest with the highest hopes, and yet our names didn't appear on any accreditation list, not the first, second or third. My dream of a Hajj 1438 were dashed by May; and yet I continued to hold fast to the belief that on my 40th birthday, I would be standing in front of the Holy Ka'baa. I did not know how this would happen, and yet I intuitively believed it would✨

31 December 2016
Upon our return home from holidaying abroad, the year kicked off with a bang! As a family we experienced so many trials and traumas and for a while it seemed that the weeks from February to June, just kept kicking us down. There were many times where I had to work at picking myself up and remaining open to the positive blessings which were also being lined up for us. And while we felt like we were in a whirlwind of change in our home, shifts in longstanding relationships and trying to maintain the balance, life continued its hectic pace.

So much has happened for these young men this year, and they have stepped up to
the challenges with immense strength and grace ♥️
Their additional two 'siblings' aka cousins who moved in for the 7 weeks.
If you've been following my blog you would know that this was the year I put my control freak to rest, so to speak. I consciously decided to let things unfold as they were meant to, I untied the proverbial apron strings with my first born and left this year up to him. Apart from the occasional advisory role, he dictated how his first year at University went. He planned his days, his transport, classes, bought his books, arranged his gym time, worked to earn some cash; all on his own. It wasn't easy to just let go, but it was absolutely amazing to see how he stepped up and took charge! I took this as a sure indicator that things will not fall apart if I step back and allow things just develop naturally, things will happen as they are meant to anyway.⚡️

Our last family Sunday lunch before we departed, this young man dreaded the 7 week separation!
Days before our departure, collecting our documents
Upon looking back, I realise that everything that has transpired over the past two years has actually been a preparation for our Hajj journey. In fact, this year alone has felt so monumental with all its challenges, that I cannot imagine having gone on pilgrimage any other time. I accept that whatever emerged this year was a series of steps to prepare me spiritually, emotionally and universally for this life changing journey. It was as if these occurrences were slowly, unobtrusively, aligning me to be open to embrace this life changing experience with arms wide open. Because without a doubt, by the time we left, I was on another horizon, ready to accept whatever came my way, without expectation or 'cast in stone' plans. Growing up I always heard the 'elders' say that we will be tried and tested before Hajj, and whilst it seemed an abstract concept- I can wholly attest to this! There have been many moments over the past couple of months where I've said that life as I know it no longer exists. Well, after this journey... Life as I know it REALLY no longer exists.
Eid-ul-Fitr morning, days after we received the news of our accreditation
And even though this post does not even touch on Madinah or Makkah... these will eventually follow. I felt it was appropriate to start my #HajjSeries (because it's hard to just do one or two posts) with where it all started, right here at home. I've heard so many people say "I'm not ready for Hajj"; let me just say that nothing will ever prepare one for Hajj, not even the four year wait! Finances and family arrangements miraculously fall into place (and I use the word miraculous as I know of some experiences shared with me firsthand which can not be explained in any other way). Nobody will ever be able to give you lessons to prepare you, as this journey is more than just the final pillar of our religion. It is a spiritual transformation like no other, one that is impossible to convey, as every single moment will differ from person to person. Apart from the physical rituals we perform, there is an intense focus on the self, reflection of life and the importance and significance of serving a higher power, our Creator. I cannot say that I have come back changed and that this is the end of it. After Hajj I suspect there will never be an end to the personal transformation, it actually feels like the beginning. And lessons and insights will continue to unfold for as long as I remain open to serving my Creator. Each day brings another epiphany for me, and with it the opportunity to improve.

The morning we departed...

 3 months ago today, 25th July 2017,  I left my home as an individual, with absolutely no knowledge of what lay ahead. As I share my story, you may catch a glimmer of what this journey is about, but the only way to really know is to experience it firsthand.

Watch this space for next instalment 😊

Ciao for now,
RuBe xoxo



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