How lucky can one girl be?

My bulging closets are testimony to my vast travels. From exploring the bazaars and factories in Turkey and Morocco to the boutique-lined streets of Milan’s Quadrilatero della Moda – my second home – I’ve accumulated an incredible wardrobe of luxurious genuine and faux leathers, as well as gorgeous cocktail dresses and evening gowns. It’s wonderful (and mind-boggling) to rummage through, but hoarding all these rarely-worn garments is also pretty sinful…

Don’t get me wrong. I still love trawling through malls, fashion websites and style magazines, and my heart still races at the sight of striking dresses, tailored blazers, must-have leather jackets and perfectly contoured Italian stilettos begging to be bought at a killer exchange rate on Via Montenapoleone, and then stuffed into my suitcase homeward bound to South Africa. In an effort to maintain the flow of abundance and share the glamour, I’ve made gently-worn apparel available for sale online, and encourage other women who are trapped in the culture of consumerism to add their previously-loved apparel to our ‘Evening Starlet’ by Mayyarani collection.


My Italian dream…

My love for Italy and my appreciation for beautiful things are default traits that inspired me to type the posts on my first blog (initially called Love Italian Fashion) in February 2011, and at the time I had no idea that such a humble experiment of creative expression would result in the life-changing experiences kindly served to me by the fashion capital, Milano.


By September 2011, I was invited by the Where Milan team to collaborate on their seasonal ‘Luxury‘ shopping guide aimed at English-speaking tourists, and this miraculous opportunity fed my spirit, opened my mind and challenged my heart for four extraordinary years. My dream to live and work abroad in Italy – my favourite country – had come true, but the real miracle became apparent a while later.

In Milan, I met myself. Literally overnight, all my insecurities and weaknesses bubbled to the surface. I felt exposed and vulnerable but at the same time, my strengths and creative talent soared without boundaries. I began my journey as a naive girl with her head in the clouds but I ended my stint in pieces; insecure, intentionally unemployed and unstable. I had resigned from corporate slavery and was desperately searching for more… And that’s when my transformation happened. To put myself back together again, I was forced to assess my beliefs, conduct and character; build my self-confidence, and get comfy in my own skin; work on my weaknesses, figure out how to use my strengths for a higher purpose, and finally, learn to recognise unselfish love. I was me again, just better and more evolved physically, mentally and spiritually.

From 2015 until the beginning of 2018, bIogging about fashion held little appeal – not enough to inspire any real research and word wizardry. Instead, I began to explore other countries and interests; nutritional therapy, a communications company in partnership with my best friend, and a new business venture under my trademarked brand Mayyarani™ – a pet name coined by my husband during our honeymoon in India.

Over the past three years, I’ve grown into the woman who I always wanted to be. I’ve discovered so many priceless pieces of wisdom through inner reflection, and most importantly, I’ve finally got an answer to the elusive question “What’s the purpose of life?” which truly resonates with my own subjective view on why we are who we are, how the universe works, and our place in it. For now, I’m certain that I am exactly where I’m meant to be, and with the Law of Attraction in mind, I’m continually giving off good vibes to manifest the kind of success that will empower me to show more kindness to those less fortunate, in the same way that the Almighty has shown to me.

With love, Umayya Theba

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Visit my online store to shop the ‘Evening Starlet’ by Mayyarani collection of gently-worn apparel. It also may feature some of my most special fashion discoveries and previously-loved items picked up during a lifetime of adventure and global exploration.

Please note: The advertised products can only be purchased and delivered to customers residing within South Africa.