The Show

I’m excited to be a part of ‘The Show’, a designer boutique show taking place in Woodstock, Cape Town on 12 and 13 October. For all the details check out this stunning poster or visit


I hope to see you there!

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Monique on October 2nd 2010 in Events

Here comes summer!

Hello sunshine! It’s time to chase away the grey clouds with bold, bright jewel colours. Check out the new range of summer inspired bracelets.

 Triple string twisted gemstone and crystal bracelets: Pink, Purple & GreenSummer sky

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Monique on September 25th 2010 in Style Tips & Trends

The Little Black Dress

Romantic floral dresses have bloomed, nautical stripes sailed in and sheer fabrics revealed sun kissed skin on the fashion runways for spring/summer 2010. But no matter what the trend, one item has stood the test of time… the Little Black Dress or ‘LBD’.

With the right accessories, an LBD can go from a day in the office to a night out on the town in minutes!

For a classic day look, pair your LBD with a cardigan, flat pumps, Donna Viva ‘D’ pearl earrings, necklace and bracelet.

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The inspiration is 1950’s glamour so line eyelids with dark brown or black liquid liner, curl lashes before applying mascara, create a dewy complexion with a tinted moisturiser or mineral powder and paint your lips red like 1950’s fashion icons Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Oasis and Grace Kelly did.

For a night out, update the look by replacing the cardigan with a sequenced shrug or sheer wraparound, slip into a pair of gorgeous peep-toe heels and make a sparkling statement with a black triple string crystal Donna Viva ‘D’ bracelet and teardrop earrings.

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The look is shimmery, sexy rock chick. Complete the look by blotting your lips to tone done the colour, apply a neutral or soft pink gloss, smoke up your eyes with a dark shimmering brown or grey eye shadow applied on the lid and lightly between your bottom lashes. Increase the drama by applying another coat of mascara and let your hair down for a sultry night out.

It’s good to know that whatever the season or trend, some pieces are classics! Find timeless jewellery in the online boutique and for more styles tips join Donna Viva ‘D’ on Facebook.

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Monique on September 6th 2010 in Style Tips & Trends

Welcome to Donna Viva ‘D’

Donna Viva ‘D’ is a collection of exquisite handmade jewellery made in Cape Town, South Africa. Each piece is handcrafted with the best quality crystals, beads, pearls and close attention to detail. 

Donna Viva ‘D’ jewellery can be purchased from the online boutique or selected boutiques nationwide. Click here to find out more and join the Facebook fan page for sparkling style updates.

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Monique on August 12th 2010 in Uncategorized

For a beautiful bride

There’s something magical about weddings; it’s a celebration of love and the day every girl gets to look like a modern-day princess.

I was waiting for my beautiful cousin Lana to walk down the aisle and marry the man of her dreams, when I dreamt of this five string crystal bracelet. I love weddings, but with a design on my mind, I couldn’t wait to get home and start creating it!

The ‘Lana Bracelet’ is an intricate five-string cuff bracelet made with Swarovski crystals, diamante spacers and sparkling glass crystals, designed to maintain shape wear after wear.

I spent four days perfecting the design and as a result the bracelet is as strong as it is beautiful. Each string has been knotted 12 times and secured with a crimp which is neatly pushed and glued into a small, silver, ball-shaped bead.

This unique piece can be found in the new Donna Viva ‘D’ Bridal Collection. Browse through the online boutique or contact me to discuss customising a design for your special day.

Image of the bride, Lana du Bois, courtesy of Jilda Gildenhuys.

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Monique on August 11th 2010 in Bridal Jewellery