Anthropologie, one of my favourite brands, recently filmed their May look-book in South Africa; she duly impressed the pants off the brand’s hard-to-impress catalogue team. This short video of the collection and trip gives me goosebumps…
“It’s not always easy to impress our catalog team; finding and exploring the most beautiful nooks of the world is part of their job, after all. But after shooting our May Lookbook in South Africa, even these professional globetrotters were awestruck by the winding vineyards, the sun-swathed animal sanctuary and the sparkling, blue-bright coast.”
I’ve been a fan of Maaji swimwear and lingerie for a while and I was thrilled when I heard their activewear range, Maaji Studio, would soon be available in South Africa. Launched in 2014 and true to the Maaji style, the activewear range is bold, bright and playful, incorporating interesting designs and structures that almost seem fantastical. This 2015 range was inspired by all things equestrian. The range is phenomenal and you can view the full collection here. I kinda wish I could wear the leotards on their own, like in real life and not to an exercise class. Prices start at R999 and the line can be found at the following stores:
- The Secret Room
- A Brief Affair
- Coco-Li Boutique
- May Boutique
- Indian Summer
- Jill & Co
Here’s a look at the Jelly Canter top (love the open back, and notice the horse detail) and Fairly Fast pants I got my paws on. I have newfound respect for exercise models; it’s near impossible to make exercise look effortless. And keep your eye on the blog over the coming months as I’ll be giving away some gorgeous Maaji Studio activewear to one lucky brandslut reader.
*Thank you to my darling friend Anna-Belle for taking these snaps for me in our local outdoor fitness park in Melrose. Go check out her blog She Said here.
Writing this reminded me of the time four of us dressed up as the Natural Born Drillers for a friend’s birthday party. We had hard hats, tool-belts, chainsaws and even fake business cards. Now, whilst I can fake it in dress-up and I’m not terrible with a Hilti in real life, some jobs are better left to the professionals. Enter Fix My Life, an online portal that gives Johannesburg-based home owners and residents the ability to find reliable service providers, schedule appointments for any home service they require and to process the payment for these services.
Fix My Life offers a user-friendly facility that connects users via their phone, computer or 24/7 call centre with accredited, reliable and star-rated service providers (plumbers, electricians, builders etc.) who will solve all home and office maintenance problems at the click of a button. All service providers are vetted and endorsed by CSS Tactical which gives users the peace of mind that the people entering their homes are industry-accredited, safe and reliable.
Having just moved into my new place, I needed a few snags addressed recently and Fix My Life made the process quick, easy and pain-free. I love endorsing amazing products and services and approached them with an idea for a give-away; they gladly obliged.
Here’s how to win...
We’ve all got that chore we’ve been putting off. Whether it’s putting up a shelf, painting a wall, fixing some damp, mounting a TV or detecting a leak, there’s something we all need to get done around the house. Fix My Life have generously offered to cover that task/chore to the value of R3000. And if you’d rather put that R3000 toward a bigger job like a renovation, then that’s okay too. All you need to do is this:
1. Follow Fix My Life on Facebook by clicking here
2. Tell me which service you need rendered in your home/office by commenting on this blog post, or on my facebook post related to this giveaway. You can check out the full range of services here for a little inspiration
Entries close at midnight on April 12th. I’ll contact the winner on Monday April 13th. The winner must be Johannesburg-based or will alternately need to transfer the prize to a friend or family member who resides in Johannesburg in the event that a non Johannesburg resident wins.
1. Some people seem to believe that Johannesburg is a beautiful place.
2. They make ridiculous claims about it being the largest man-made forest in the world.
3. But this makes no sense.
4. Because in reality the place is a practically a desert.
5. Nothing exciting ever happens there.
6. There is literally nowhere to watch sport.
7. And don’t bother trying to find anywhere to play sport.
8. You’ll probably starve to death because there’s nowhere nice to eat.
9. And the hotels are really run-down.
10. The architecture is totes unoriginal.
11. I mean.
12. There is absolutely nowhere to shop.
13. And the bars are super sh*t.
14. The people of Johannesburg have absolutely no fashion sense.
15. Art and culture? LOL.
16. The weekends are soooooooo boring.
16. And there is no public transport.
17. Things are so hectic all the time.
18. You call that sculpture, Johannesburg?
19. You make my eyes hurt.
20. Seriously though. Why would anyone want to visit Johannesburg?
Disclaimer: post concept borrowed from this post on BuzzFeed.
In October I reviewed the new iPhone; you can read my 10 Reasons to Love the New iPhone 6 article here. I thought it worthwhile to write another post now that enough time has passed and I’ve had the opportunity to properly test and critique this device.
Here are the features that I still love:
- Bigger battery – I get a day and a half which is a game-changer
- Bigger screen
- Camera and its image processing capabilities
- The slick and sleek design
- Faster wireless on LTE bands
And here are some that I don’t:
- I wish I’d opted for the 64GB or 128GB capacity device. I went for 16GB and it’s just too small; I seem to be in a perpetual stage of no storage.
- Without a cover or case it can be a little on the slippery side, so take care!
I found this video by Matt Schaefer online, he provides a pretty comprehensive review of the iPhone 6 after a 3 month trial. I agree with his sentiment; if you’re a light smart-phone user like I am, in need of basic functionality, then this phone is perfect for you.
Get your iPhone 6 at iStore branches across South Africa. You can also upgrade your contract with any service provider in store.
When you’ve had a blog a relatively long time you’re on a pretty hefty mailing list. Over the years I’ve met and engaged with hundreds of brands and PR agencies; some make their press releases and opportunities personal, others just don’t bother. Sadly most of the mails I get are unsolicited and completely irrelevant to me and my audience, so I delete them and go on my merry way. But every now and then a really great e-mail lands in my inbox, like a recent one from Nine West.
I couldn’t help but laugh when I realised the angle I was being propositioned to explore for their cheeky new Autumn/Winter brand campaign aimed at the modern woman and the situations she finds herself in: Starter Husband Hunting. Thanks Nine West, I see you’ve been paying attention. At first I thought “cripes no, I couldn’t dare discuss this very real and personal thing with the world”. And then I thought the opposite. Why not share my thoughts and experiences on a subject that’s raw and relevant to so many women?
So I found myself in Johannesburg and single in 2015. Fuck. I mean, I’m 31 and I have a cat. Isn’t that supposed to be man repellant? I embraced the suck and turned to wine, okay wine/gin/tequila/vodka and maybe even Strawberry Lips one night. Please don’t judge me, I didn’t order it. Fortunately my incredible friends who supported me through the early weeks of the break-up were equally as thirsty.
After a month with my surrogate family I moved back into my wonderful old flat in Illovo. Thank-you universe for small mercies like my tenant having a short-term lease, and me actually owning property in Johannesburg! Finally I had my independence back, my sanctuary, my stuff and my normal. Well, as normal as things could be under these circumstances. I also decided to say yes to [almost] everything. New people, new experiences, new ideas, new hobbies, new technology.
I mean, the proverbial new-age husband hunting-ground, right? I’ll admit, I went to dinner with some friends and we thought it would be funny. So I created a profile and started left-swiping. And then a total stranger on twitter noticed me, tweeted about it and it scared the crap out of me. I felt exposed and caught out, embarrassed even. Profile deleted less than 24 hours later.
That’s one of the options it gives you when you match with someone. You can only chat to someone on Tinder if you’ve both right-swiped each other, which means you both ‘like’ each other and you match. Keep playing? It may as well say Play On, Playette, in the immortal words of Blackstreet. And that’s the thing; like archery, so too is Tinder a game. And a stupidly addictive one at that. Because you see, whilst you know it’s completely ridiculous and teeming with creeps, CrossFit ambassadors, guys who obviously can’t afford sleeves and don’t know how to spell, there’s this little voice that goes “But what if your future husband is just one swipe away?” when you want to stop ‘playing’.
Needless to say I’m back on Tinder, still telling myself that there have got to be some nice guys in the mix, surely?
The real world.
Equal parts fun and terrifying. Fun because there is so much to be had when you open yourself up to it, and I’m having so much of it. Terrifying because how the hell does one hunt a husband? And even more terrifying than that is the notion that I fall into a category of women affectionately known as Husband Hunters.
I feel like I need to interject here with a disclaimer: I’m using husband hunting to replace the word dating. There. Not as vicious and leopard-print clad anymore, is it? Good.
Last night I went to the Sir James Van Der Merwe Bar in Kramerville with some of my girlfriends. Now you see, 98% of the people who go to SJVDM Bar on a Wednesday go there straight from work, in their work clothes, for a few drinks, a prego roll and a dance (not always in that order). So you see when you’re really hunting, you stand out like a sore thumb, as did two women with shocks of black hair and shockingly short skirts. Ugh and they had their baps out too. Choose one, ladies, never both. In this instance I prefer to label these types as Range Rover Hunters, gentlemen beware.
I haven’t started dating yet, but I am excited about it. I’m also glad I’m in Johannesburg to do it, where the ratio works in our favour and the men [generally] are well mannered and old-fashioned, in a good way. I don’t know what my tack will be, or how I’m going to approach this exciting/terrifying new world of singledom, but what I do know is I’m going to be exploring it in heels, mostly.
The awesome folks at Casalotti’s Pizza Rapido in Johannesburg invited me and a couple of other bloggers to create our dream pizzas. Good news is mine is available for the month of March, and it’s also the most awesome. Because artichokes, salami, avocado, olives and chilli. You’re welcome. All you need to do is order the All You Knead is Love when you call to place your order. Here for their amazing menu and contact details.
If you’re a geek like me you’re pretty excited about the upcoming IAB Digital Summit and Bookmarks taking place at Turbine Hall in Johannesburg next Thursday February 19th. I’m giving away 2 separate tickets valued at R4500 each, and headline speakers for the summit include:
- David Sable, global CEO of Y&R in New York
- Matthew Bull of Bull-White House
- Dmitry Shishkin, BBC Digital development editor
- Zeinab Badawi, presenter on BBC World News
- David Doty, executive vice-president of IAB US
- Ali Jafari, vice-president of direct sales for Twitter, Europe
- Gregor Waller, global digital strategist, Germany
- Eyabo Macauley, head of EMEA advertising, Shazam
- One hour think-tank sessions hosted by IAB members
The IAB Digital Summit in association with BBC.com will bring together leading industry professionals, decision-makers and thought leaders under one roof to exchange and share their experiences about all aspects of digital marketing. It will also provide a multidisciplinary forum to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, strategies, challenges and solutions in the field of digital media and marketing.
Right. So here’s how you can get your paws on those two tickets I’m giving away:
1. Leave a comment on this blog post. Easy.
2. Re-tweet my IAB Digital Summit giveaway tweet. Even easier.
Competition closes at noon on Monday February 16th, and I will announce my two winners that afternoon. Note, the summit is an all-day event and you will need to be available from 8am. Please don’t enter if you can’t go, because then you’re being a douche-bag.
My friend Jess introduced me to Vogue’s 73 Questions and I’m hooked. 8 celebrities, 73 questions, 1 take. I love this use of video because it still feels a little bit raw and unpolished. I also love that the questions are unusual and that you get a glimpse into the homes and lives of the celebrities we think we know. Here’s 73 things you never knew about Sarah Jessica Parker:
To watch the rest of the season, click here.
A few months ago I decided to send more flowers. There really is nothing better than getting flowers; it makes a gal feel so special and cherished. Lately I’ve found myself trawling through pages of scary 80s bouquets in a sorry attempt to find something modern, something magical. I leave most web browsing sessions feeling deflated and uninspired. That, or I end up defaulting to an orchid or bunch of plain white roses because there’s really nothing more interesting available.
I think our web florists need a kick in the panties. With all that’s at our disposal in terms of visual inspiration, there’s no need to keep perpetuating naff bunches of flowers better suited for funerals than friends. Vases don’t need to be over the top and expensive; use jars. And please, please add simple green plants like delicious monsters to the mix. I’d be happy for a guy to send me a monster and tell me he thinks I’m delicious. And what about craspedia, those awesome little yellow flowers that look like balls on sticks, sometimes called Billy Balls?
I stumbled upon an Instagram account called Dear Whimsy a while back and I just adore Tammie Markham’s flower-arranging style. She does the weekly arrangements for the Rifle Paper Company in Florida, swoon! Her arrangements aren’t over-the-top or technical. They’re, as her social media alias suggests, full of whimsy and magic. I really think our online florists could take a leaf. See what I did there?
All photos courtesy of Tammie Markham via Dear Whimsy.
If you’re aware of any fabulous online flower sellers doing things a little differently, please do leave me a comment and let me know.