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BENA: Lux South African loungewear for woman

May 9, 2019
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I have been obsessed with finding proudly South African loungewear for woman… Pyjama sets, robes and night slips that aren’t just comfy to wear but that’s also beautiful and stylish. As a work-from-home-mom I spend a lot of time going nowhere… Working in between nap times, meal prep, cleaning and play. It’s easy to forget about myself.

I especially remember the early, newborn days of motherhood. Days when getting dressed was an achievement in itself. I cried a lot, laughed a lot and never slept (or that’s what it felt like at least). Days that could really get me under until I one day realised I needed to take care of myself too. Becoming a mom didn’t have to take anything away from me. It was a gift!

I couldn’t afford fancy spa-days. Getting a babysitter to have my hair or nails done, still only happens once in a blue moon… BUT, doing little things for myself, making small changes one at a time soon proved more valuable.

I embraced my season of being a home-body!

Fancy dinners, cocktails during happy hour and dancing the night away didn’t fill my weekends. So, I had no need for sexy, chic outfits. Pyjama drill LUX was the “new black” and I could still dress and feel stylish thanks to BENA Loungewear.

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BENA is the best South African loungewear for woman!

Sure, you can find other South African loungewear brands but BENA lasts! The quality keeps, wash after wash, wear after wear. Colours never dull, whites stay bright. The fabrics stay soft and doesn’t wear thin. Every piece I own has also kept it’s fit perfectly – and these days I almost only sleep in BENA.

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Another reason to love BENA…

Xan, the momboss behind the brand.

Unable to find classic, stylish PJs for kids. Xan and her sister Charlie, co-found BENA in 2016 with the idea to make kids and maternity sleep and loungewear. A woman’s collection was later added and that’s when things really took off.

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Being Mother’s Day soon, I interviewed Xan for some mama self-care insight.

What’s our favourite piece from the new collection? 

The Track Set – I have it in all three colour ways. It’s a genius piece of clothing -if I may say so myself. One can wear it around the house, in bed and best of all out and about. Slip on a pair of kicks, and off you go. No one will know you didn’t get dressed that morning.

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What has been your biggest struggle as a “momboss” and how have you overcome this? 

Finding enough time to “fit it all in” and of course  mom-guilt. I also find it difficult to “switch-off” when it comes to BENA. My mind is always going, running in the background, trying to find new ways for BENA to grow and become more successful. I need to learn to switch off during family-time and be present in the moment, as these young years with my kids are so precious, and flying by.

Moms never find time to relax and take care of themselves. How do you “take care of yourself”?

My family was dealt a really tough curve ball last year and we needed to make some real life changing decisions. This culminated in a very sudden move from Johannesburg to Cape Town, which I wasn’t ecstatic about. In one month I needed to pack up, move my family, sell our home, move my business, find schools and a new home in Cape Town.  I was close to a nervous breakdown.

I had my bloods checked and found my cortisol levels was far above what was considered healthy. Something serious had to be done.

I made the decision to take time out for my self, no matter what. A drastic change had to be made for the sake of my health as well as my family’s wellbeing and our marriage. I met a wonderful friend in my new hometown who I now walk with every week. Down the greenbelt, with our dogs – come rain or shine, heavy work-load or not!

I remind myself not to feel guilty about it, I deserve it. Regular exercise is another priority.

I also took up a course which runs in the evening, once a week. It’s amazing what that one break from bath and bed time can do for a mama’s soul.

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What would be the perfect Mother’s day gift for yourself this year?

I love anything thoughtful. Gifts that make my heart melt. Anything  made by my crafty kids, to a weekend away with some girlfriends – those would hit the spot!

BENA is breastfeeding friendly too!

Think gorgeous button down blouses – pretty enough to wear out. You won’t feel self conscious or like a grandma while breastfeeding with ease.

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CLOSED: Congratulations Lauren Bateman (Facebook winner)

Now let’s get YOU into some BENA Loungewear!

Embrace the pyjama party season with me. Feel good and look great while staying in your pj’s all day long. WIN a R1000 voucher to spend online at www.bena.co.za

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How to enter:

  1. Leave us a comment below telling us what you’d love to buy with your R1000 voucher.
  2. Make sure you follow BENA Loungewear on Facebook or Instagram (both would be fab too).
  3. Follow me on either (or both) if you like, but it’s not compulsory. (@justamammablog or @justamamma)
  4. For extra entries be sure to enter on either this Facebook post or this Instagram post as well.

The giveaway ends on Wednesday, the 29th of May 2019.

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COMPETITION RULES: 

  1. Comments left below and on the applicable social media posts count as valid entries.
  2. Instagram and Facebook is in no way responsible or associated with this giveaway.
  3. Competition only open to South African residents residing in South Africa.
  4. Winner must be 18+ years old.
  5. Competition closes on the 29th of May 2019.
  6.  The winner is picked at random and announced via social media and this blogpost. 
  7. This prize is not exchangeable for cash or refundable.
  8. Please enter a valid email and contact info. If we can not get hold of you within 48 hours a new winner will be picked.
  9. The greatest care will be taken when sending your prize but Just a Mamma and BENA Loungewear, do not accept any responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged goods.

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77 Comments

  • Reply Mahnaaz May 10, 2019 at 6:43 am

    Such an awesome competition. I am currently breastfeeding and would love to buy a button down set

  • Reply Leanne May 10, 2019 at 6:43 am

    The track set in Black ? So stylish!

    • Reply Allerise Waldeck May 10, 2019 at 1:42 pm

      I would love to use the voucher to purchase the Urban Track Set (in black). Holding thumbs.

    • Reply Bianca Bolink May 23, 2019 at 1:57 pm

      I’d definitely buy the Black track set – with baby #2 due in July mamma is going to need something warm and comfy to cozy up to baby in ?

  • Reply Lia May 10, 2019 at 6:44 am

    I would definitely invest in the prefect pajama set or melange grey track set
    ??

  • Reply Samantha Coetzer May 10, 2019 at 6:44 am

    Definitely the Black urban track set! ? love it! ?

  • Reply Danelle Hess May 10, 2019 at 6:51 am

    I love Bena lounge wear… Have been following the brand for a while now and have yet to purchase something… I would spend my R1000 voucher on the track set as I recently had my 3rd baby and it would be perfect to do a quick school run with baby 🙂

    • Reply Mariza Benrkia May 11, 2019 at 2:00 am

      The tMay 10, 2019 at 6:44 am
      I would buy the Bena LouneWear pls

  • Reply Michelle May 10, 2019 at 6:53 am

    I would definitely use the voucher on one of the stunning button down blouses because I will be having my second baby in October.. breast feeding can look stylish too!

  • Reply Dawn May 10, 2019 at 6:54 am

    I absolutely adore the track set as it can be used as pyjamas on cold Winter nights plus it can be worn to the gym

  • Reply Tami May 10, 2019 at 6:57 am

    I’m so in love with all of them but I would definitely buy the grey track set ?

  • Reply Christelle Schrenk May 10, 2019 at 6:58 am

    A gorgeous night gown and definitely one of the track sets for taking walks on the farm with my baby boy. Love love love! ??

  • Reply Marne Slabbert May 10, 2019 at 7:02 am

    Urban Track Set all the way!! Its a total must-have. ❤️

  • Reply Anushka Maharajh Moonilal May 10, 2019 at 7:03 am

    I would love the trackset! And the pjs are so appealing as I am a breastfeeding mommy!

  • Reply Soraya May 10, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Everything is so gorgeous! But I will choose the black pyjama set ❤?❤?

  • Reply Marcel May 10, 2019 at 7:07 am

    Definitely the black pyjama set! looks soo comfy ?

  • Reply Chesna Horne May 10, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Oh my word, I love love the The Track Set -Black. It looks comfortable and sexy at the same time 🙂 Fingers crossed!

  • Reply Sharne May 10, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Love love lovit!! Absolutely stunning!

  • Reply Tiyana Van Der Rheede May 10, 2019 at 7:09 am

    wow this so stunning woud love it.

    • Reply Danica van Zyl May 10, 2019 at 8:11 pm

      The Urban Track Set in Ebony. adore it! makes my loungewear and sleepwear look like a teenage selection so I need an upgrade for sure…

  • Reply Angel May 10, 2019 at 7:10 am

    I love the black urban track set !!! It looks at least like put effort into my outfit before I do the school dash etc ❤️❤️

  • Reply Salome Safodien May 10, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Fingers xx would be a blessing for mothers day.

  • Reply Megan letsoalo May 10, 2019 at 7:11 am

    I would love the black pajama set. So pretty

  • Reply Chantelle Naude May 10, 2019 at 7:16 am

    Omg!! The track set and button down pj’s!! Stunning! Currently on maternity leave and need new stylish beautiful just get up and go pj’s!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply Ruweida Muhammad May 10, 2019 at 7:19 am

    The black track set is absolutely gorgeous!

  • Reply Kristin Hofmeyr May 10, 2019 at 7:19 am

    This is just what I’ve been looking for! Some gorgeous silky pyjamas, the aubergine colour is my favourite.

  • Reply Ashleigh McClure May 10, 2019 at 7:20 am

    I would love the track set , it looks so comfortable

  • Reply Belinda May 10, 2019 at 7:22 am

    I would love to buy the Black PJ set

  • Reply Adeline May 10, 2019 at 7:24 am

    I would love to buy the pink PJ set

  • Reply Nashieta May 10, 2019 at 7:24 am

    I would like the black 2 piece track set ??It gorgeous I would wear it to the mall all the time ?And even when doing the school run the quality looks amazing as well!!! I don’t drive yet ?So in the morning I walk my kids to school and oooh my I dread finding something to wear each day and it’s very time consuming and now especially now that the mornings are colder THIS WOULD BE THE BEST MOTEHRS DAY EVER ❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply Abeda Albertyn May 10, 2019 at 7:25 am

    Would love this as I am always kept ovenight in hospital when I go for my 3month cardiac appointments
    I would appreciate any set or colour
    Thank you for the opportunity
    Love and much admiration

  • Reply Kerry May 10, 2019 at 7:27 am

    Absolutely swooning over the track set!!

  • Reply Corrine Morris May 10, 2019 at 7:28 am

    I would love the black track suit. It’s so comfy and sporty

  • Reply Charmaine Balraj May 10, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Pink PJ set. Stunning

    • Reply Janel Sunderlall May 10, 2019 at 9:05 am

      I would loooove the Urban Track Set in Black ro unwind and relax

  • Reply Nolene May 10, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Tracksuit set!!!

  • Reply Donne May 10, 2019 at 7:36 am

    I would absolutely love either the pink or grey pj set ??

  • Reply Janet Perry May 10, 2019 at 7:44 am

    Oooh I’d spoil myself with these gorgeous Twill Classic Long Pajama Set | Ebony??????❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply Gerna May 10, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Any pritty pajamas will be a bonus as my pajamas is soooooo old!!

  • Reply Darlene Perumal May 10, 2019 at 7:51 am

    The track set definitely perfect now in winter.

  • Reply Tamara May 10, 2019 at 8:25 am

    These are so gorgeous ?. I would love a button down set as I am still a breastfeeding mamma ?❤️

  • Reply Bhavani May 10, 2019 at 8:30 am

    They’re all so beautiful ?? that tracksuit is calling my name first though. Looks perfect for the inbetween weather in KZN ?

  • Reply Clea May 10, 2019 at 8:34 am

    The Track set in grey ?

  • Reply Sophie May 10, 2019 at 8:36 am

    This whole collection is gorgeous especially the pjs for breastfeeding mama here! But I would love the grey track set looks so comfy yet super stylish.

  • Reply Khadija Suliman May 10, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Definitely the urban track set! Love it ?

  • Reply Debbie R May 10, 2019 at 9:17 am

    The Track Set in black…

  • Reply Nicolette cardona May 10, 2019 at 9:29 am

    I love ?❤️??? all the above lounge wear I would battle to choose and would be grateful for any

  • Reply Cecilie E de Beer May 10, 2019 at 9:56 am

    So love this brand. Got introduced to them first time at Kamers in CT at the castle and instantly fell in love. I was looking at the crisp white pj set for kids back then and just see they now have the track set for ladies which looks similar and so comfortable. Would love that.

  • Reply Farzana May 10, 2019 at 10:56 am

    These pajamas are gorgeous! Especially the kimonos? love love ❤️

  • Reply Alexa Pohl May 10, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Ooh definitely a track set in grey! Looks so comfy but stylish too!

  • Reply Tania May 10, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Absolutely the blush track set??

  • Reply Jenna May 10, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Looking for amazing breastfeeding pjs to live in for my next baby in 2months time. I would LOVE the two classic long pj set ?. Sexy breastfeeding mom in pjs all day ??

  • Reply Samornay May 10, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    The Track Set.. Would love the black one ?

  • Reply Kim von Brandis May 10, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Oh wow these are gorgeous! I’d live in the grey track set and we’re about to embark on a month long camping trip from cape Town through botswana and Namibia camping wild!!! This would be an amazing comfy companion!

  • Reply Andrea bester May 10, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Oh my gosh I LOVE the track set it looks so comfortable but not sloppy or need to change if you need to go out quick. Stunning!

  • Reply Sandy Meyer May 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I simply ADORE the BLUSH Urban Track Set!
    It’s STUNNING! ???

  • Reply Bernice May 10, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Love the track set! So versatile

  • Reply Zakiya May 10, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Absolutely love BENA ! Expecting with my first baby and would love to spoil myself with this voucher.

  • Reply Alta May 10, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Wow this is right up my alley.. Would super love any colour track set.. Looks Amazing

  • Reply Mercia Maree May 11, 2019 at 5:50 am

    I am loving the Twill Classic Long Pajama set. The white piping detail makes it so classic ?

  • Reply Samantha May 11, 2019 at 6:40 am

    Definitely the urban track set in blush/black

  • Reply Brenda Fernandes May 11, 2019 at 7:27 am

    The track set and nice comfy pj’s

  • Reply Michelle Oosthuizen May 11, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Gosh I’ve always admired Bena. I would love it all but would probably buy track set first.

  • Reply Ncuthwa May 11, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    The Track set please??‍♀️??‍♀️??‍♀️
    Would love to win❤❤❤

  • Reply Nicole Tulip May 11, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    I would LOVE the track set in classic black

  • Reply Goldie Raitport May 12, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Def the urban track set in either blush ,black or both ,I’m a Mama to 9 so I deserve this prize ,PS I love Benaloungewear?

  • Reply Sara Essop May 13, 2019 at 6:00 am

    I would love to get the track set in black. It looks so comfy!

  • Reply Helen May 15, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Those orange stripes!

  • Reply Camillah Adams May 23, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    The Track Set! I wish all my clothes looked this comfy! <3

  • Reply Petre Bestbier May 23, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Pajamas??

  • Reply Daleen May 23, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    How stunning is the white!!! ?

  • Reply Nicole Venter May 24, 2019 at 5:37 am

    Ooooo I would definitely choose the Twill Classic Long Pajama Set in Ebony- such a GORGEOUS set!

  • Reply Zita May 24, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    I would LOVE the tracksuit in black! It looks super comfortable and exactly what I need at 6 months preggies.

  • Reply Samantha May 24, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    I’ve mentioned to my husband I need trackset… With my current mode always on the go! And the black trackset has my heart and complete the look?

  • Reply Samantha May 24, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Pajamas at its most comfy?

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