Editorial – Feral Goddess: The Elemental Divine

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I, honestly, have the luck of the devil when I go on shopping expeditions.

Earlier on in the year I was at my usual haunt MilQ & Honey scouting out new items to drool over and spend my grocery money on. In the same clothing vault was fashion and commercial photographer Jürgen Knoth, and his girlfriend, scientist and make-up aficionado Dr. Heike Harzer. They had been scouting out locations and apparel for a shoot they had planned to have for some Editorials. The Dunes_Juergen Knoth_Cape Town_fashion_swimwear-13_JKTessHeike

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Obviously I’m helpful to a fault, but they had even more of an advantage of being so respectful of clothing, and utterly fun exploring conceptualizations for their shoot. I helped them link up with designer Luiz de Laja who styled the shoot, and find key dramatic pieces to better imagine the editorial layout. We got to exploring and talking at the paradise that is Victoria&Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa.

This is the finished editorial, which I’m credited for as “Art Director”

...and yes, that makes me feel all kinds of awesome!

The shoot  was at The Atlantic Dunes – which is world-renowned for it’s almost pearl-white sands mounded together into picturesque dunes and maintaining the Table Mountain as a brilliant distant backdrop. Heike took some awesome behind-the-scenes shots of the goings-on.

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The editorial manifests as a play on the unrestrained fierce poses of the models; the way there are no tread-marks in the sands, as if they rise from the sand element or landed there like gods. The Dunes_Juergen Knoth_Cape Town_fashion_swimwear-1 The Dunes_Juergen Knoth_Cape Town_fashion_swimwear-2 There is also a regal style to the fashion that I think fits with the title “Feral Goddess: The Elemental divine”

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 Jurgen managed to use his talents, not to overpower the clothing or ambiance, but rather make it more vivid.

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Check out http://www.heidimalt.blogspot.co.at or http://www.juergenknoth.com for more.

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CREDITS

Photographer – Jürgen Knoth

Production – Heike Harzer

Art Director: Olwethu-Thando Klaas

Photo assistance – Elsofie Pitout and Regardt Ross

Styling – Luiz deLaja Hair & Make up – Nicole Grant @ Infidels Models – Tess and Janaina @ Base Models

STYLING

Sujet 1: Tess: brown body suit – stylist’s own, creme fur vest – Metropolis

Sujet 2+3: Tess: turban – stylist’s own Janaina: creme bodysuit and black feather jacket – stylist’s own

Sujet 4+5: Janaina: White futuristic panties – Francis, neckpiece – stylist’s own Tess: red panties – Gabrielle swimwear, green fabric – stylist’s own

Sujet 6+7: Tess: striped high waisted panties – Gabrielle swimwear, jacket – Milq & Honey Janaina: blue panties – Gabrielle swimwear, coloured zip vest – Milq & Honey, necklace – Metropolis

Sujet 1+8: Tess: brown body suit – stylist’s own, creme fur vest – Metropolis Janaina: gold vest, turquoise leggings – Milq & Honey, necklace – Metropolis

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town (Review)

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Let me begin in relaying my thoughts on fashion in the steady lilt of beautifully enunciated narration, such as the ones currently made popular in North American cinematic offerings:

“Fashion is the chaos in one’s soul, which allows the birth of subjective perfection. It is finding the imperfect breath-taking. It is where things fall apart, and realizing there is no need for a centre to keep things whole.”

I am disappointed in Cape Town Fashion Week 2014.

For an event that builds itself on the premise made iconic by an immaculate global brand, it should rethink boasting on its supposed excellence. It is a mediocre offering for people whose expectations are based on colorful advertising and such immense investors.

CelebSA is a PR & Communications company who handled all the media accreditation, and it was a nightmare for some this year. While applications were given in time, many Cape Town media professionals were side-lined in the place of prioritizing out-of-province and country media. Following all the plans I had made based on the belief that accreditation would be given to me based on my prior experiences with the Africa Fashion International body; I was given bad news and sent on my way. It took angry tweets, frustrated rambles to anyone who would lend an ear, tears shed behind closed doors, ticket negotiations with present personnel before each show; and finally, a calculated and generous decision by CelebSA’s Director Davin, before I finally felt comfortable enough to do my job effectively at the event on Day 2 with all the trappings of being a media personality in place.

My annual journey on Fashion Weeks always begins with finding the perfect place to stay. I had the privilege of staying at The Grand Daddy Hotel in Long Street, Cape Town. It is a boutique hotel harboring a corner of indulgence, simple sophistication and convenient comfort. I found the staff more than courteous; their efficiency matched by their most sincere helpfulness. I stayed in a Luxury room with the warmest ambiance protecting me against the notorious bipolar-like weather of Cape Town. Crisp sheets, fluffy pillows, Tuscan beige villa-like tiles for the bathroom, funky patriotic decor, and worldly class fit into the design aesthetic of the room. It made getting ready each day, an absolute treat.

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The Cape Town International Convention Centre hosted the event in time-honored tradition, the set-up and schedule much more elegant and organized than previous years, though still lacking.

I was grateful to be dressed by Spilt Milk for most of the duration of Fashion Week. While they showcased their collection, opening the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014 with Lara Klawikowsk, I donned a flowing black evening gown with stringy leather shoulder embellishments to make me seem even more regal than usual. I had styled myself for the 1st two days with a plait on my head and black on my person.

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Pictures taken by Spree and the AFI Banner Wall photographer

The next day saw me attending the Africa Fashion International Fasttrack Talks in a convenient day cotton Peplum dress in maroon.

The last day had me very relaxed, while my feet were in excruciatingly beautiful pain in nude Steve Madden stilettos; I wore an old skirt from MilQ&Honey, teamed with a leather jacket, vest,make-up by M.A.C and wild curls made by a GHD team-members talent.

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Lara Klawikowsk began her show with music in the genre sounds of The Kooks and Vampire Weekend.  Her show had flora-trapped-in-ice motif. It was a mix of Grecian maiden and mermaid, with texture elements of dehydrating foliage. One would wear most of Lara’s ensembles on a coastline, though the sheer green reflective madness that is one of her designer pencil skirts was so formal chic. The models shoes seem very much like they were carved from bark.

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Spilt Milk was the show that followed.  The designer Alma, who also dressed me for Fashion Week, said the inspiration for this collection was being utterly submerged. I hoped it translated well – sort of like being drenched in style. Her collection had Boudoir appeal; every piece seems crafted to flow, with materials in linens, raw silk and cottons. Full swimsuits are in this season, though white isn’t for dipping in the water, Alma’s swimsuit is made for wallowing poolside.

The Day 1 shows were all-in-all, a solid 7/10 for S/S 14 because of such a cavalier disregard for conventional fabric snipping.

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Me, with the Spilt Milk mastermind Alma at the AFI Banner Wall

Gavin Rajah’s show saw me sitting 3rd row with Luxo Blog fashion wonder Ritza, watching contemporary Oriental Geisha themes. The tweed numbers screamed inspiration from the ‘Clueless’ costume design. We were not keen on these legging/boot cover thingies donning the models legs and feet. I have no affinity for brand names and logos on my clothing so Rajah lost respect from me in that sense. Everything seemed awfully commercial. I’ve seen some of those items in Forever New. I loved the embellishments done on each ensemble though. Who needs floral printed fabric when you can hand-detail and embellish each masterpiece? Those iron-hard belts were bitchin’! It was like Gladiator met bodybuilder with style. The ceres pink collection was absolutely lovely though; form-fitting but some pieces made loose enough to be statuesque. The Baroque designs were what stood out as haute couture for me, with some being conservative enough to appeal to Muslin ladies too.

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Me and Ritza at the AFI Banner Wall

Stephani Morland’s Japanese Adverts starting the show totally freaked me out in a funny way. I expected a Harajuki theme, and therefore though of Gwen Stefani and her entourage…well that didn’t pan out. The clothing and the models were trying too hard to be interesting, and therefore missed the mark of style.

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I was bored by the Shana collection, and the W35T show and collection too – though the designer walk-away was entertaining.

On Day 2 I went to the annual Africa Fashion International Fast-track Talks . While waiting for entry I noticed quite a few striking attires donned by attendees.

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I got the privilege of watching the official 2nd world premiere of the film/documentary “Advanced Style” by Ari Seth Cohen. We got to go on an incredible journey with amazing woman over the ages of 60, with personal hardships, and impeccably unique individual style. Ari sat down to talk to Jackie Burger about film, travel, childhood, and the subtle nuances between local and international style and perception.

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Following a quick wardrobe change from my Peplum, I headed back to the CTICC for the Day 2 shows.

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Michelle Ludek gave us jungle fever, model nipple flash, Jacquard print in turquoises, green and shades of yellow and blue, making the collection earthy elegance. It was the colours that stood out in an otherwise singularly normal collection, and her finale dress was so Hamptons in the 4th of July!

Tart started their show with Jay Z as their soundtrack and the crowd was pumped. The designer allowed two versions of one dress on the ramp at the same time, the crowd was keen for a beach bum summer, and the models had such awe-inspiring Amazonian attitude!

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Day 2’s outfit just ruffles your feathers right?

With the next show I had the most unexpected feeling: Kobus Dippenaar and Imani made me feel like, for the first time, I was at a Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Irrespective of location, I felt a sense of globalized style and decorum.

This collection encompassed everything required from a show built on the foundations of a reputable global reputation: it maintained impeccable design decadence and innovative enchantment. The clothing was for courting, dating, engagement, wedding and honeymoons; Sheer black lace and chiffon with nudes peeking through, African mosaics and jacquard geometric prints, exquisite crystal gems teamed with floral mosaic patters on tulle and empire skirts and dresses.

Kobus Dippenaar and Imani made me believe in the frailty of genius, and the way in which it needs an audience.

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Me, Anelisa Mangcu and the IMANI designer at the AFI Banner Wall

2nd Row at Ruald Rheeder made me favorable towards the collection. The pastel/washed out pale tones were nice teamed with the in-trend brown brogues and such. Paisley pant print in turquoise green and whites did not overpower the male form.

Men were being taught to embrace the funk with couch florals in tailored suits. The style layering reminded me of a Middle Eastern vagabond travel writer, and I saw homage to classic suits from the Dolce&Gabanna campaigns with David Gandy.

Non-European began their show with drums and t-shirts asking:

“Who am I?”

“Who are you?”

 “Who are we?”

Guess the answer is ‘Non-European’

I gave a nod.

…I see what they did there.

I feel like only surfers and Burning Man attendees would rock this designer’s collection. There was this older female model though, who stole the show. She had the most haunting and memorable face you will ever encounter.

Known public fashion faces and obscure critics were accounted for at the event, representing the masculine side of world style.

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Day 3 was the final day and I accidentally missed the 1st shows due to attempts to make myself more glamorous. I ended up meeting the GlamourSA magazine editor dressed in an almost vintage wealth style, in between masses of alternative style tastes.

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I got to watch Danielle Margaux show with the most desolate and utterly romantic feel, made more poignant by the use of the ‘Gladiator’ soundtrack’s song “Now we are free” by Lisa Gerrard & Hans Zimmer . It reminded me a little of Jackie O’. Nothing new came from the design aesthetic, but I have no criticism because I was captivated. Oscar De La Renta would give a nod to Danielle Margaux’s evening gowns in pale pearl and baby pinks.

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Selfi was wearable, simple, very unassuming.

Leigh Schubert had a collection inspired by goldfish. There was a lovely cut jumpsuit with black piping folded over the waist to provide hip allowance, bowler dress in pink and models with Camel toe.

Loincloth and Ashes undercut the baby doll cuteness of their collection with an almost Iggy Azalea/Gaga edge. Their Earcuffs were MAGNIFICENT! Their collection was African without trying to be, which is something most fail at.

I freaked out something fierce when Lalesso had their show and played an obscure awesome Indie/Rock band’s tune – The Dandy Warhols’s “Bohemia like you”, very applicable considering the BoHo maxi-dresses. The jewelry stood out more than the designs, but I was too busy singing to criticize too much.

At some point I returned to the Media Lounge to absolute madness. They recruited me to try and fit 14 people into a new Mercedes-Benz parked in the vicinity…we only managed 9 but it was fun. There was good food and wines constantly coming around amidst our networking.

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I took the time to curiously peer and consume some of my goodie bag items. I LOVE FREE STUFF!

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The Craig Port show was attended by Cape Town media personalities Naledi Radebe and Anelisa Mangcu, and everyone trying to nab a seat to one of the most anticipated shows of the entire Fashion Week. Pastel khaki and pale pink, beige’s and champagne colored apparel were the order of the day. The lesson of the day was that there is no need for rough fabric on the male form, and to not fear for light (not bright) color tones. Craig chose The Beatles to usher in a new section of the collection and I felt that Here Comes the Summer. Port used 60s Hippie fashion and meshes contemporary minimalist chic.

The fashion week closer was Fabiani, with an audience standing, sitting, hovering etc. just to catch a glimpse of anything. Lana Turner said that “A gentleman is simply a patient wolf.”

…And the bearded models brought the two extremes together so cleanly.

Fabiani brought nothing innovative to the style game, but they sure did jump on the S/S 14 world trend of short summer suits for men.

Celebrities wrangled together for these last shows included: Marc Lottering, Jennifer Su, AKA, Da LES etc.

Street style had such variations and models kept things chill.

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So you’re probably wondering what the verdict is on the entire event…well here it is:

If you’ve never gone to a Fashion Week before, it’s okay to go in 2015 for a first time. No one ever wants their first time to be bad, so you hype things up in your head and pray for the best. The event is really slick when you are first exposed to it. After this, never go again – for fear of having jaded perceptions of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weeks across the world. I give no props to anyone. A great event requires everything to work and look seamless, even in the most perilous of times.

This will be my last Cape Town Fashion week for a while. Perhaps my next foray in a couple of decades will yield great weather, efficient and considerate organization, more exaggerated and ‘Fashion Weeky’ stylish apparel worn by attendees, and designer clothing that inspires, makes me obsessed, captivates, and brings absolute awe from my soul.

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Hot Television: “The Man Cave”

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Something awesome this way comes!

If you have internet or a television, then you have hot men at your fingertips.

SABC 3 has a new show premiering 06th August in the 20:00 pm slot.

If you are familiar with the 6-pack laden TV personalities Lunga Shabalala and Janez Vermeiren, then you are in for a treat.

Man Cave ‘s trailer explains that these 2 guys will be bringing you on-screen rivalry and bromance in different settings, with different challenges, all of it geared towards retaining their Man Cards!

Are you keen?

Still wary?

Imagine Top Gear spliced with GQ with well-dressed and hot presenters!

Bet you’re intrigued now…

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction

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I don’t know what you guys were saying on twitter…busy heckling for no reason.

I just watched ‘Transformers 4′ and IT. WAS. AWESOME!

Okay, so first thing first: We all love the precocious anxious levity of Shia LaBeouf’s acting delivery as it proved instrumental in initially establishing the Transformers movies as beyond childish indulgences of visual engagement. His time, as well as the initial 3-movie cast with the likes of Megan Fox, Tyrese and Josh Duhamel, has concluded.

We enter the next great Transformer adventure with the Autobots being vilified by the American human defense organization, because of money,security and world domination…you know: the usual!

The world might perish, there’s evolutionary history of Earth and Tranformers, there are knights, metal hellhounds, and cars worthy of Top Gear episodes.

There’s a swag’d out evil/assassin Transformer that tricks out into a Lamborghini I would kill for.

There is an all-star cast including names like:
Mark Wahlberg(Four Brothers, The Departed) as Cade Yeager, a hot single dad and struggling driven inventor; Stanley Tucci(The Hunger Games)as Joshua Joyce, the narcissistic and arrogant head of KSI who wants to build his own Transformers(The Dinobots);Kelsey Grammer as Harold Attinger, a post-self-serving veteran CIA agent who founded the ‘Cemetery Wind’ initiative to eliminate all Transformers from Earth;Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing,and Titus Welliver.

There are exotic locations, and Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg bring the all that makes films a worthwhile experience.

Bumblebee was giggle-worthy with him having to face a Dinobot advertised as “an upgraded Bumblebee”…you’d think humans would have learned never to mess with the original.
There were moments of cute one-liners and situational comedy, but I missed a lot of the lightness the prior 3 movies had. No one liked seeing an un-epic Optimus Prime so the whole movie centered on Autobots that weren’t adored and awesome brought sadness.

However predictable the story, this 4th Transformers movie will appeal to the older consumers. It is dark in a way that leaves you contemplating the extent of humans inhumanity.
Optimus Prime, who wants championed for a safe earth free of evil galactic intervention, is hurt,shamed and hunted in a way that strips him of his very belief in us, simply for the composition of his being.

On it’s own legs, Transformers 4 ranks a 7/10 at best, and there’s a 10/10 ranking for awesomeness because Optimus Prime tamed and rode a FRIKKEN TRANSFORMER DINOSAUR!

I applaud Mark Wahlberg’s performance, as he, once again, uses his innate coolness to shock eager satisfaction from audiences when we catch glimpses of softness and goodness in his character.

To the person who orchestrated the sets: KUDOS!
Practically each frame had a different texture to it when watching the film, and while many might miss the extraordinary details that go into set construction, we can appreciate the grand narrative even more because of the total colorful and visual experience.

I’m one of those hypocrites that jump from purist to franchise-‘whore’, and while I would have been okay with the Transformers franchise concluding as a trilogy, Transformers 4 brings it’s own swag to the game.

Most will criticize the movie for it’s archetypal Hollywood blockbusterness, but I think the franchise is to be commended. This is not meant to be a troubling biopic or drama. These are movies that metamorphazise from comic books to action figures,and finally landing in cinema. They are meant to be bubblegum eyesore bouts of pleasure that is both exhilaratingly adrenalin-pumping, and make one reminiscent of the idealized potential everything and everyone has to be heroes in a world that’s currently changing too rapidly to reign control over.

PS: Am I. The only one that picked up on Mark Wahlberg’s character name “Cade Yeager” as a nod to a pending franchise collision between Transformers, “Pacific Rim” and the techapocalypse of “Battleship: Los Angeles”?

I grew up. I realized

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Dear Diary:
My handwriting changes in every stroke I dance onto the page in interpretive technique.

Strange this!

Is this part of growing up?
Is this an epiphany? Enlightenment seems too poignant a word to use in this realization of sorts.

See as I write I…I grew up. I realized:

Dumbledore left Harry in an abusive household,
Dobby proved defiance from authority is sometimes warranted,
And hanging onto good memories,however brief, are a part of producing the prerequisite Patronus adulthood requires.

I grew up. I realized:

The Bible was not meant to be a stagnant step-by-step manual to living,
And Priests aren’t bereft of misdeeds so who then, do they confess to?
I contemplated that God’s words spoken through Jesus’s actions were meant to guide around perilous journeys in human lives blessed with unpredictability from the almighty’s conceptualization.

I grew up. I realized:

The church and temples religions speak of are actually embodied in my existence as I am the epitome and conduit of a higher power’s magnitude.

I grew up. I realized:

TV and films could teach me so much if I took the time to listen to what I perceive as worthy.

I grew Up. I realized:

University was just another realm to learn better understanding for what others are already living,
I realized hope and despair, while I grew up to decadence and heart-wrenching fear.

I grew up. I realized:

Growing old is mandatory while growing up is optional.

I grew up. I realized:

Poetry transcended words and became taste,scent,sound,touch and simply freedom.

I grew Up. I realized:

You reading this is a type of legacy.

I grew up, and grew down, and remained somehow in-between, grappling with the fact that 21 means nothing, and that I am insignificant in the grand scheme of the big bang!

I grew up.

I realized that one day you are going to die and that I should get used to it…and that is when life screamed at me in its intensity.

                                                                                   ….And I lived.

Bokeh South African International Fashion Film Festival (Fashion Day 2)

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Day 2 of the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South African International Fashion Film Festival was riddled with tempestuous style.

Fashion shows always begin with the designers and the models working in accord, and this event held no small supply of them. Before working the runways, the striking models from renowned agencies like Full Circle were seen chilling around the Crossley & Webb studio in cavalier style.

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Not to be outdone, attendees showed off their winter style in varying degrees of layering. I love the “boots work with everything” vibe.

Trench coats,fur,jerseys and leather are the order of the day.female streetwear

Tweed, Brogues and formal leather brown shoes are not for men alone.
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The men of Cape Town are not to be outdone by the woman. A Fashion Festival brings out all matter of niche style where beards and hair color are accessories to be used as meticulously as jewelry in apparel adornment.

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Vintage apparel, traditional African prints and contemporary gold-bar accessory trends etc. Bloggers and media personnel have their fingers on the vain of plush fashion vibes in the Southern African sphere. We love these geometric prints.

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I had lunch with my friends at a lovely bistro-style restaurant called “Knead”.??????????

Who knew a Hot Dog could be so amazing!

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NORWEGIAN RAIN!

Alexander and T-Micheal.

I frikken love these guys.

Every day they were dressed impeccably.

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OW GOSH! I blame Pharrell Williams!

The Vivienne Westwood hat made an appearance at the Fashion Film Festival.

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Viktorija Pashuta and Miguel Gaulthier bring the style for another day

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These guys slay my fashion bone!??????????

While writing, taking pictures and networking I encountered David Tlale’s latest collection.

In a motif best described as midnight, I recognized the regality of these formal pieces worked by some striking models.

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Thankfully, Alma, the head of one of the premiere Proudly South African fashion brands “Spilt Milk” saved me. She outfitted me in some incredible dramatic gettup that would have Maleficent jealous: Leather shoulder pieces attached to a velvet shoulder throw, and a high-waist white skirt with a long trail.

I had the blessing of GHD and M.A.C to do my make-up and the experience was so decadent and relaxing I’m tempted to hire a personal team at my disposal.hair

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The red carpet had a myriad of classy sophistication,voluptuous curves, rich textured fabric, tailored menswear suits, and wicked pointy stilettos.

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Another night of being Awesome.

Fashion Photographer Viktorija Pashuta snapped in a gorgeous Ceres pink and gold gown worthy of international Red Carpet award shows.

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 Quite the event this Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South African International Fashion Film Festival right?

I had alot of fun, predominantly in networking,eating,fashion and the filmmaking.

I do hope you’ll take the time to come through next year…wherever you are in the world deary’s!

Bokeh South African International Fashion Film Festival (Fashion Day1)

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Such events as the Bokeh South African International Fashion Film Festival  usually warrant the prerequisite of it’s attendees being the very epitome of style in their apparel. Cape Town has cultivated an environment of global fashion trends re-imagined through individual style teamed with our bipolar weather and hipster ambiance.

At the 1st annual Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South African International Fashion Film Festival, the daytime  attendees who attended the panels and speakings of numerous business entities around fashion and film-making, were overshadowed by the precision of stylish tailoring the Red Carpet demanded in the evenings.

Folks like Bjorn Steinbach,Alex McGregor , and Singer and winner of the Ryan Seacrest competition Filipa, showed everyone else flames!

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MilQ & Honey’s winter jumpsuits had the cold attendees at the Red Carpet all a envy.

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David Tlale’s dress is made of some gorgeous material.

The meticulous construction of the design could have been better sewn.

See the errors around the buttons?

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 Some collections were just horrible.

I shudder to think who would don these pieces by Antonio Contreras Aviance from Mexico.

He’s dressed really nicely though, with those jewelry pieces by Rosalina.

That green,red,black and white dress is teamed with Mardi Gras beads

*cue sigh*

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This collection by Craig Port reminded me of Marc Jacobs A/W 14 and Victoria Beckham’s S/S 13 collection with the down-to-earth element of Mango and Zara’s clothing.

Lace and Form-fitting apparel are in, as long as the material works just right.

The white mens  biker jacket is wicked and cool for winter swag.

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 I like menswear that is concerned with disregarding certain gender stereotypes.

Rose print on Twisted Ross, and Javaid (Jagadi Couture) in a velvet blazers? YES!

The Simonsig champagne helps ease the sophistication.

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NORWEGIAN RAIN!

They are officially my favorite designers.

I have no criticisms and all the praise for the 2 gentleman who just showed me that perfect tailoring is worthy of praise and investing in.

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 Viktorjia and Miguel were the best dressed attendees at the event.

These Los Angeles-based film,music and fashion pros bought the style on both days.

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If you can find one wrong thing in this picture, I’ll give you a high-5!

The event organizer Adrian Lazarus(in the jeans) and his entourage were the epitome of Red Carpet slick.

Those sparkles are life.

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 After much deliberation, I decided to wear the MilQ & Honey Coachella Polodress, Forever New clutch bag, with a pair of Errol Arentz stiletto boots I had coveted from ages before buying.

Proudly South African Apparel.

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Goodie Bags!

Thank you Mercedes-Benz for this goodie bag. Vouchers galore man!

Bokeh South African International Fashion Film Festival(Overview)

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Film exists as an intrinsic part of the arts, and as a facet of media. It is a boundless domain of creative expression, can convey a multitude of multifaceted messages etc.

Films are made to inspire, to pay homage, and through the basest sentimentality- to be symbolic of the incomparable human spirit.

Fashion is not bereft of a connection to film. While fashion manifests itself as a tangible result of inspiration, design creation and energy, film and fashion working in accord becomes the authority of contemporary pop culture’s power.

The genre of Fashion Film was first articulated by David Simms, Bruce Webber, and the much revered Karl Lagerfeld. Since it’s inception, it has been embraced by some internationally acclaimed fashion houses and their stars, including John Galliano, Burberry, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli, Versage, Alexander McQueen etc. They have used the genre as a way of showcasing their brands from the SHOW Studio in London, to screens across the globe; Beyond merely the clothes, they wish to have a film reel of visual expression for the purpose of expressing the creative processing behind the image of the brands and their supposed clientele. For these fashion houses the fashion film allows the individual interpretation of  meanings garnered from films, to be doubly more emphasized through the personal relevance the brands film might evoke through emotional responses inducing reflectivity. This past week I had the opportunity to attend the 1st Bokeh South African International Fashion Film Festival in Crossley & Webb’s Vintage Automobile studio in Cape Town – the 1st Fashion Film Festival in Africa, and to become an annual event bringing together the global network of filmmakers, fashion foragers and their affiliates.

The event’s official site stated that: “As the creative hub of sub Saharan Africa, Cape Town is the perfect city to host Africa’s first Fashion Film Festival. Launching in the same year the city is World design Capital adds gravitas to this auspicious event. The city is already a top destination for fashion shoots and a prime location for international film crews and has a wealth of local talent in both the fashion and film industries. This even provides the opportunity to marry these two thriving industries in the city.” IMG_5748

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I understood, from the event, that the organizers wished to bring filmmakers,writers, fashion and poignant cultural figures together in order to create visionary content by :exploring every facet of fashion through moving image, through illustrations, photography,music,costume/apparel and the written word.

The event was MC’d by Radio personality Bailey Schneider, with Natalie Backer contributing to the evening program.

I was in awe of seeing Fred Sweet, the producer of the La Jolla Fashion Film Festival and the International Fashion Film Festival, in attendance, as well as  Mikkel Aerkevik from Norway, talking about the Oslo Fashion Film Festival. Both gave a certain level of substance to the event.

I watched most of the films and some really stood out to me for their foolhardy pursuits of narrative without captivating imagery, while some did not even need a message as audiences reconciled with the incredible figures in the films and the fashion that emphasized the reason we celebrate clothing.

“Immortal game” is a 6-time nominated film by Amber Moelter and Louis Baretto Carillo ,set in Croatia, and the narrative was based on a dangerous chess game. The central protagonist looked strangely like Olga Kurylenko and Ashley Olsen, and the ambiance of the film felt like Audrey Hepburn was in James Bond:Casino Royale.

The  film “Dream nation” by Studio DT, reminded me of a Mr Price-meets-Adidas advert  because of the way in which a multitude of  race color, clothing fabric and energetic interactions were filmed.

“Elven Sky” maintained the motif of female empowerment with a Native American theme of Warrior chic-meets-hippie. One could liken it to the movie “300”, had the cast been in haute couture. It was a debauched epic of a fashion film by Warrick McLeod.

I was dazzled by the film”Mia”, by Aviv Kosloff. It is a German production and would make an excellent car and diamond advert.

Solveig Selj’s “No wallflower” was the exact replica of Woolworths advertisement before Candice Swanepoel steamrolled in.

Raul Rosillo’s film “Quimera” was one of my favorites.  The clothing was in Matador designs set up in a Spanish relic isle. The narrative was fierce woman who dine on death- the Last supper of style essentially.

Alexander Hankoff’s “Dark Narcissus”lookbook had an androgynous model who gorgeously has the look combo of Cara Delevigne  and Ke$ha. The narrative was entrenched in the supernatural mythos of Bloody Mary with her mirror mimicry leading to ones peril.

“Boulevard” had amazing music, Paris noir street-style with Dior-like monochrome.

Not that I am bias with heavy patriotism but Andrea Gwynn’s film was a South Africa production commissioned by mining company Anglo Gold was one of the best contributions to the Fashion Film Festival. It was an underground jewel aesthetic: All aspects of mineral mining to their end product brought to visual delight. Models were drenched in golden liquid which then became jewelry. There were Bodysuit chain jewelry too for the trendy. The jewelry was juxtaposed design meeting with the dimensions of grime.

“I’ll get there” was  filmed in true cinema style with an epic score. Menswear with Geometric patterns on Knitwear.

“Isonomia” was probably the most socially conscious and pop culture adjacent film there. There was the nucleus of same sex love, with Snakes, Dusty suits and a Lady gaga-like  justice of the peace at several weddings. The lyrics to Lady Gaga’s “Born this way” inspired this piece as Love is the theme, as is embracing ones true self, and dusting away self-doubt.

“You are it” was a Kenyan fashion film set in large plains and green landscapes. the narrative was of Curses being passed on, evident through he apparel transformation of the central antagonist and protagonist. The title refers to the tag game “you’re it!” and means the only way to survive is though passing the curse on.

There were many films worthy of wins, but only a few got the grand prizes.

The winning Fashion Film of the Mercedes-Benz South Africa Category with a $ 5 000 prize is Ernst Heusser for “Wanderlust”.

 BEST ACTRESS goes to: Kim Lysette in “Alive”

BEST ACTOR goes to Oliver Baggerman from “The Long Road”

BEST HAIR goes to “Quimera”

BEST MAKE UP goes to “Immortal Game”

BEST FASHION goes to “Lovers Game”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS goes to “Black Era – Court of the Ants”

BEST ART DIRECTION goes to “Arcade” by Kirsten Goss

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY goes to Pablo Clemente for Pasos de Sirena

BEST DIRECTOR goes to Samual A Martin for “Alive”

BEST PICTURE goes to Damien Krisi for “Urban Hippie”

Big Congratulations go out to Adrian Lazarus. I got to work with him at Fashion Week last year, and this year he orchestrated the 1st ever Fashion Film Festival in Africa, in collaboration with: Mercedes-Benz, Cape Town Fashion Council, M.A.C., GHD, Truth Coffee Roasting, David Tlale, Gavin Rajah, Milk and Honey, Craig Port, Jo Carlin, Selfie, Spilt Milk Designs, Lara Klawikowski, Expresso Show, Pana Television, Amazing Spaces,Luxury Brands etc.

One hopes this event will eventually receive the attention owed to it by audiences globally, and that continuously full attendance will be one facet of validation that the Bokeh South African International Fashion Film Festival will be here for a while – After all: the aim is not to be the next Cannes Film Festival but slowly mold a self-sustaining and unique contribution to the many festivals that exist globally.

Spot me in this insert of the event. Xx

Resurrecting the Lifestyle

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One word pretty much sums up why I’ve had an inconsistency in blogging for the past few weeks: Examinations.

Despite being in Postgraduate studies, I am still subject to the quintessential varsity experience of being marked according to what I retain in memory (which isn’t much) and what I understand (which usually fluctuates dramatically).

Anyway, I spent a couple of weeks prepping and spent 83 continuous hours on one, and a collective total of 35hrs on the others. I am beyond tired! So, after finishing the last paper on Friday at 04:30 am, sleeping for 4 hours, waking to hand in my examination for Methodology and Contemporary Sociological Theory, I decided to treat myself on my own well-earned dime.

My friends and I went to a little Bistro-style restaurant in Rondebosch, Cape Town; It’s called ‘The Hussar Grill’.

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It serves some incredible food – one able to have a full 2 course meal for under R100.00 c.

I had a Cream of Butternut Soup Starter with a sliver of toasted bread. My 2nd course was a 200g 21 day aged Sirloin, topped with mushroom-optional dressing served alongside a bed of potato fries, with side dishes of spinach, and cinnamon butternut.

The entirely scrumptious tastebud delight was washed down with a cold glass of Appletizer.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the decor of the restaurant. In deviation for the neon bright colors and cheap neo-plastic decor favored by many fast-food chains and niche coffee joints, The Hussar Grill combines the classic bistro vibe with the intimacies of in-home Scottish decor using a combination of antiquities, quality aged wines, crisp white tables and waitress-staff apparel.

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Even the bathrooms are decorated with diner warmth-portraits are on every wall in the bathrooms and restaurant walls, signed by icons of different industries.

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A solid 8/10 for the entire experience.

After the hearty luncheon, we departed toward the CBD, deciding to walk a little of lunch away. We went from the Cape Town Station, via City Hall, to the heart of Cape Town’s tourist hotspots: Long Street. ‘ I rocked my grey Woolworths viscose jumpsuit with some bling that borders on haute Street couture.

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Neighborhood’ is a restaurant/bar with a optimal Long Street placement, a media presence following rave reviews and the occasional international celebrity visitors, as well as being one of the only few places in South Africa that serves Curly fries (my favorites) and Nachos. Their Mojitos are that tasty goodness where the drunkness creeps up on you. I had me a Classic Mojito, a Spice Mojito and a Orange & Cinnamon Mojito.

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The strawberry Daiquiri’s taste like Slush puppies/icies/slurpies…had my eyes poppin out with their refreshing, albeit non-alcoholic tastingness.[yes, that's a word!]

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While at the restaurant I spotted some folks with really well-crafted Menswear.

Since South Africa is currently in it’s Autumn/Winter 14 phase, trenchcoats, boots, Letterman Jackets,Chinos and leather satchels are in.

This bag owned by one of the restaurant patrons was lovely, set in the design of old-school lecturer bags.

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What followed the chillfest at Neighborhood’, was a 12 hour pub crawl through Long Street-from Bobs Bar (whose Dj sucked majorly), Capellos, to Club 169.

I’ve never had an experience where every piece of music I could want played is delivered at the same time, in one night and by one Dj’s set. I thoroughly enjoyed the Dj at Club 196 and hardly left the dancefloor.

This was the entire party gang from the night!

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….how did you spend your weekend good people?

21st Birthday Wish List 2014

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So it’s happening…

I can see the wrinkles forming, the garrison calling, my fate no longer stalling.

I recently had my students do an essay on what a birthday means, and some of the things they pointed out made me realize the extent of the coming responsibilities I’ll have.

On the 09th of June 2014 I turn 21.

BLERGH!

Anyway, it’s not that I don’t want to age but I had clear goals set for my 21st and none of them will be panning out. I wanted to be at one of my dream universities, New York University, and celebrating my coming of age singing cliché tunes tone-deaf through some street in Manhattan or Williamsburg. At some point I thought maybe turning 21 would mean I’d be ascending…maybe waking up at 12:05, the exact time of my birth and finding I have superpowers because my life is a DC Comic satire. I wanted to be on a train in Europe maybe, ushering my 21st with an epic trip from London to Amsterdam for a night of questionable wonder. Sometimes I think agents will usher me into the back room of a restaurant to tell me who I really am – you know, something Epic!

As like many of my dreams, this is unlikely to pan out.

While significance can be found in 21st birthday celebrations, such as the symbolism of getting a 21st key handed to you by a parent, I find myself thinking it will be like any other day. I’ve never really celebrated my birthday they way others have…not since I was really young. Low-key or nothing at all has become the norm. I think it’s because my birthday always fell during exams in this part of the world so most people forgot.

Anyway, I was meditating on my awesomeness and decided to blog a short list of  dream Birthday gifts this year.

Am I weird that I’ve never wanted a car?

Here goes:

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Tomorrowland Tickets- Steve Aoki’s baby is an incredible music festival experience. I’m a fan of amazeballs visual stimulation so a week-long partyfest with music, fellow music lovers, hipster locales , and a combo of gorgeous Eurofolk etc. is the coup de gras of awesome.

San Diego Comic convention COME ON! It’s COMIC FRIKKEN CON! This needs no explanation. I’d sell your soul and your grandmother for VIP All-Access passes. It’d probably settle the debate the voices in my head argue about: Marvel Vs. DC

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Canon Camera: I’ve been drooling for a blogger camera for more reasons than simple want. I found out that quality pictures pay, and since I have a knack for photography apparently, It’d be awesome to get one of these Canons.

They’d also be awesome for Fashion Weeks. I can never get good photos, despite front row seats or whatever.

Samsung Camcorder: I kind of have a predisposition to adore Cinema, and I really wanna go to Tisch, which is a branch of New York University. I’d really like to apply there but you need to turn in video footage of a short film you made . Since I started working at HitRECordJOE as a freelance contributor, it’d also be awesome to add to my artistic repertoire.

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30 Seconds to Mars: My favorite  band in the history of whatever. I would sell my soul LITERALLY to get the VIP Adventure in Wonderland package for their concert in Cape Town come June. I wanna meet Jared, Tomo and Shannon. This is not a beautiful lie, nor a perfect denial. YES! Lyrical reference folks.

New York City plane ticket: My blog is like an homage to all things New York. Most people have dreams that are careers

…but my dream is a city.

Getting to go to New York would be the highest point of my life. It’s the end game though so it’s okay if I only get to go when I’m like 28. I have plans to buy a building in Brooklyn.

….So yeah! That’s my birthday wish list. XX

Judgements lived by an Only child

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It is not like we grow up asking to be the singular most important individual our guardians choose to revolve around.

It’s not by random happenstance, or impeccable planning, that we are reared the way we are.

We are not these anomalies to be studied meticulously from high pedestals of judgment, and mocked with vehemence, with a hurtful consistency.

Since I was young I’ve been told by people who don’t know me, that I am spoiled. I’e been spoken to about being coddled by people who deign to think they know my life. Even those gifted with the blessing of being in the know, using deflecting humor, sound jealous in their intent to ridicule every aspect of my life and rearing as symptomatic of an indulgent parent.

The assumptions people usually have is that we exit the womb riding on a unicorns back with a cool and calm bad-assery. Apparently we are wiped down with the baby Jesus’s manger blankets before being sent through to our parents on a sun-beam….even if you’re born at night, the darkness takes the time for a coffee break.

Anyway, the world generally believes that we proceed to grow up pooping rainbows into gold-flecked diapers, and then move from puree to solid food with the seductive cooking techniques of a gourmet chef. Upon graduating to grand prepubescence, we begin actually walking on the floor, having spent the beginning stages of adolescence crawling on clouds.

Hormones are a non-issue as we usher pubescence with a sophisticated calm, our parents having taken the time to call up Mother nature to save everyone the perils that surely come with such plebeian realities. Having spent a childhood playing, not with expensive porcelain dolls, but rather human recreations of toys bought to move at our every whim, we enter primary and high school with designer apparel and haughty stature.

When tallying up, up to this point: one has either had a life of envy from their perceived peers and underlings, or utter bullying and ridicule,such as I’ve experienced. People actually believe the way your parent buys you clothing, feeds, and cares for you is all an elaborate ploy to irritate them. So people spend hours turning their heads and whispering to those beside them: “Does she think she’s better than us?”. From crowded school hallways, to sports field the mass consciousness grows until words and phrases like ‘baby’, ‘only-child syndrome’, ‘spoiled brat’, ‘label whore’, ‘coconut’ etc. saturate themselves into your mentality and you spend the next 5 years attempting to run away from them, make attempts to embrace them, desperately try to cling to indifference in the face of them, settle for justifying others cruelty as necessary for others grip on reality, and then land up here: a place where you write a blog post meditating on human logic, and if others have such power over the identity you were meant to mold yourself etc.

Incredible how we spend our lives listening to the television shows, teachers, parents, lovers, friends who tell you to “be who you want to be” , and yet, when tracing your childhood, you find that every encounter has guided this identity into what it is. Its as if every judgement lead to 2 paths: one where you could not listen and go about your life, or another where you pay the words mind, and your reaction, even if it rebels, is a causality of the statements.

URGH! I’m confused, and tired, and utterly pissed.

I’ve been told I don’t share well because I’ve never had siblings. I’ve been told I’m spoiled because my mother chose to not have any children and could therefore take the time to shower me with love and attention. I’ve been told my life and my attentions have been bought and defined by material items that I have had, and just because some with siblings lack them, that it makes me doubly spoiled and unique. I’ve been told because of how I speak to my mother, because I have such a close relationship with her and that we possess our own mannerisms of communication, that it somehow means I am a baby in context.

I have been told all this.

…And what I know is what I have lived, and what I have lived is a life charmed uniquely for me.

I don’t want to have to explain myself, why I do what I do, and why I have what another does not.

I should not have to be made to feel guilty for the blessings I may have. People shouldn’t go about deducing what they have no business in attempting to understand.

Only-children are different from everyone else-it’s the  nature of humanity to be individualized so. However,so are those with siblings different.

Are you not spoiled for having 2-7 siblings by comparison?

Are you not spoiled for having messy breakfasts every week, and crowded houses where there is always someone to run to?

Are you not spoiled as a not-only-child?

I beg you to think of yourself as much more blessed, before judging us as the only child.

“Miners shot down” : Spoiler Film Review

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Earlier this week I was fortunate enough to watch a screening of “Miners Shot Down” 2 months before its official cinematic release.

The film is directed by Rehad Desai and is considered a documentary in association with Ford Foundation and Uhuru Productions. It helped in regulating the noise of media coherently. The documentary documents the events causing, leading up to, and the ramifications after what the media have dubbed the “Marikana massacre”. For 7 days, the Marikana mine in South Africa was the home of extreme bloodshed and the violation of gross human rights. Mine workers were protesting for an increase  in wages, from platinum mining business Lonmin,in the face of escalating problems in work conditions and the general circumstances of basic survival in South Africa. This has been dubbed a “Political thriller” and reveals the almost dystopic reality we exist in where the extent of the “mechanism of power in South Africa” could be likened to a jagganuat fixated purely on expansion, indifferent to the exploitation of the poorest.

Essentially, the film conveyed the way in which international money protects itself by any, and all means, necessary. Cyril Ramaphosa said that: “There is no such thing as a Liberal Bourgeoisie”. Today Cyril, a prior pioneer of trade union justice, sits on the board of the Lonmin mine company-the company central to the Marikana debacle. He stated his understanding of the South African way of voicing their concerns through strikes, as well as acknowledging strikes as an integral part of the process for the pursuit of change since perceived democracy was attained in 1994. He, however, does not believe in condoning violent action in the face of getting your interests met.

The film and more specifically, the redundant verbiage of that key figure to the Marikana case that was interviewed, returns us to the perceived independence of South Africa from the Apartheid system, and makes one question what exactly has changed. Some argue that simply administration has changed, interests become skewered in the face of global conglomerate politics, the interests of the state no longer lie with the people, and that the socioeconomic situations of the ordinary man remain the same.

The film unveils the way in which the police force killed in protection of the Capitalist ideal. Statements made by the police chief assure the police force that actions taken on the day of the massacre were for “self-defence” and in service of the people of South Africa.

Marikana, and the subsequent strike actions following its occurrence are considered the longest in Post-Apartheid South African history. The massacre is equated with the violent brutality seen in the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960.

Early in the film a lists of victims rolled through the screen in homage of lives lost, and in solidarity of the grief-stricken families. Continues chronological trajectories are disregarded in the film with changes occurring in various stages. This is due to key critiques made by stately figures whose opinions are considered important in providing perspective. Their clear reflections make audiences finely assess the situation enough to have informed reactions.

The film used a combination of data retrieved during investigations by the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, sanctioned security video footage from the police, and raw footage from photojournalists and video journalists, “expert” commentary, interviews and critiques, as well as eye-witness/victim accounts of events. Tholakele and Mzoxolo were part of the strike, and are two central narrators of the film who are facing murder charges due to the perceived wrongdoings they did in the massacre.

The Press release of the company disregarded the prior approach workers used, and turned a blind eye to the negotiations the trade workers wished to instigate when they marched to the Managers offices. Issues of politics, race, education, socioeconomics, class etc. were brought to the fore by the Trade Union leaders, strike heads, as well as used in justifications of intentions, actions and general labour relation norms by the ranking officials.

I recognized a metaphor in the strikers sitting on a mountain top during the strike. Perhaps something to do with steadfastness and overcoming hurdles.

Advocate Nduma was identified as representative of the deceased’s families, and Ames Nicol was the lawyer for the deceased’s families at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry. The film proceeded to show the Marikana Commission of Inquiry proceedings. Such as the set-up was, it was reminiscent of the Truth & Reconciliation structure. Families could be seen in the audience seats crying at exposed truths on the vicious nature of the victims’ wounds and subsequent deaths, as well as the state officials’ unashamed indifference of accepting blame of the situation.

In the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, when the question cropped up of who issued orders to instigate violence on the crowd, scapegoating and vague responses relating to chain of command and mass communications agreed upon prior, lead to confusion.

Weapons like the Phanga’s were utilized as much as songs, as a tool to portray the strikers need to protect themselves due to the circumstances, and intimidate where necessary. Several days before the massacre, General Mbembe was seen as amicable before he took a phone call from his supervisor halfway through discussions with the walking group of strikers. After a terse phone call, he was radical in his endeavour to squash the strike and get the weapons with force. The Police footage shows the striking workers stated that they have no issue with the police; they simply want to fix their financial predicament when the “white mans” way had led to stagnation in their need to pursue their goal. They articulated that the police are not meant to be a shield between people and their rights.

Watching the untampered-with footage, one can see that following that initial verbal altercation, the strikers had a march towards the mountain , with a walk considered solid and deliberate, devoid of any violence, but enthused with the spirit of purpose. The problem began with teargas being thrown in the crowd, only then did people begin running. The chaos that ensued led to 3 deaths – one by stabbing. Given the location so far from the initial scene, the death looked like an execution. 2 Policeman were killed, and therefore, the deaths of 2 of the 3 workers seemed like retaliation for cop deaths.

The Necklacing that occurred during the time of Apartheid was mirrored in the following days; fierce images of a targeted person laid on the streets with a cow head on their chest – the markings of a traitor. Media – from Radio, television, photojournalism etc. – was deeply entrenched in following the process of negotiations of mine workers interests and creating awareness of the issues encountered from past to present.

The former Minister of Intelligence questioned that incident, as well as the primary day of massacre as to: why police would react that violent way when the protesters were not in possession of arms equivalently dangerous to the immense firearms the police used, were not blocking highways, were not holding court at any strategic land points, nor did they have any form of menacing tactical affiliates in dubious and restricted locations. Police brought a hostage negotiator to a passive/aggressive strike event. The Police wanted a surrendering of leaders and/or the instigators of this strike action.

An incredible transcript that was attempted to be buried revealed that the police commissioner and a Lonmin representative orchestrated a plan of violent action to take place if cooperation was not reached with the strikers. They stated that “we should kill it”. Thus this evidence proves that the actions taken on the day of the massacre were not self-defence but barefaced and ruthless carnage to maintain power and protect economic interests.

Private security, Policeman, and soldiers in full tactical military gear were at a cordoned off area. They were geared for violent attacks, while, on the mountain sat the workers who had blankets covering them, a few phanga’s, strong speeches etc. marking their presence.

Cyril declined to answer a question regarding whether he, given his stance and current job, thought to approach the mine workers. In a recovered email during the Inquisition, he advised that the strike was a criminal acts and not a labour dispute. He said he’d been in contact with a police official who would brief the president. He stated that “pointed action” should take place – this said 24hrs before the massacre.

A day before the massacre, the police refused for Joseph, the head of the trade union, to talk to the people on the mountain, except through an armoured vehicle. The Trade Union head then proceeded to say “but these are just people…Let us just walk through”. On the day of the massacre it was clear from Joseph’s speech that he was briefed on what the ramifications would be should the strikers not dissipate and return home, as words like “bloodshed” were used repetitively in his last speech.

16 August 2012 was the day of the Marikana massacre. Soldiers, 648 police deployed, and 4000 rounds of ammo were deployed. In a statement of anticipation I find so despicably clear of the police’s intentions, 4 vans from the mortuary were ordered. The policeman prayed before embarking on their shootfest. Despite ¾ of the people listening and moving after Joseph and Mambush spoke, saying that they should leave, the police continued to stand at a defensive stance to attack the homebound crowd. The Commander issued the order to initiate stage 3, which includes disarming. The police proceeded to box the outgoing crowd in, despite receiving no threat to initiate such defensive tactics. In the found footage, one can clearly see the people with their hands up in surrender, and they were crouched forward in a submissive pose. People were repeatedly shot while in those position. Victims were animalized by the police on scene. There was also an inhuman handling of the dead bodies. People were faking death to survive the post-massacre search the police did for survivors. For 20 minutes they carried on hunting people down and killing them after the initial massacre, with the high authorities briefed on the current situation at ground zero. Police footage shows the utter inhumanity of the police man. They mocked the victims, kicked dead bodies aside, shot them in their sexual organs and through their necks, and did not help those still clinging to the dredges of life.17 people were shot at scene 1, and 17 shot at scene 2. Ambulances were banned from the scenes till 1 hour after massacre.

To date, no officers have been reported or arrested.

The police commissioner stated in their speech: “The best of policing…you did what you had to do”.

If those that are in power don’t answer for this, who gave the order?

If no order was given, why aren’t the policemen who were present at the massacre not accounting for their actions?

Who is to blame?

It cannot wholly be the dead workers.

It is easy, however, to pass blame on those who cannot answer for imagined slights.

This film was a truly powerful visual journey, encompassing the realities of documentary filmmaking, quality production, creating global awareness regarding specific issues, and unleashing activist principles and activating audiences humanity ,moral thresholds and sparking critical thinking in a lucrative entertainment  platform sure to reach millions globally.

A solid 8/10

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Cannes International Film Festival 2014

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This is one event I absolutely adore since I first encountered it in 2006, and I wish I could go this year in any capacity.

I am officially boycotting the validity of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (a.k.a Oscars) because I cannot fathom why you could afford someone a golden statue for one good role, and disregard/snub the necessity of showering accolades on someone with a lifetime of incredible roles. The Academy disregard the very principles that make the very foundation of their brand.This year was the last year I’ll ever pay heed to the award show because that Leonardo DiCaprio snub made me lose my sh*t, which I’m still fuming about. 

The 67th annual Cannes International Film Festival is the epitome of hoity toity cinematic revelry, taking place from the 14th-24th May 2014. The location is the decadent wonder of France – Cannes, which is sort of like Monaco with an indie cool element.

The Film Festival’s premise is to acknowledge good filmmaking – from the casting,locations,to the scripts and productions in their entirety. They also believe in celebrating talent, promoting awareness of world issues, promoting branding and broadening the extent of global conglomerates reach on a platform readily recognized and afforded respect. The Cannes International Film Festival is affiliated with Cannes Lions. The Cannes Lions brand is focused on the cultivation of potential folks interests in facets of world cinema. I’ve been working on building a repertoire with one of its organizers, and it’s been fun. South Africa has had numerous movies submitted and premiered at the festival, under Cannes Lions, and while they may not be large quantities annually submitted, we have been bookmarked as a cesspool of raw material waiting to be utilized.

Anyway, the 2014 program for the festival is out. More than 1800 movies were submitted for review, 50 films were selected, and 18 of which will be in the main competition.

Opening night film:

“Grace of Monaco” – Director: Olivier Dahan

Nicole Kidman (Grace Kelly) and Tim Roth (Prince Rainier)

“Adieu au Langage” (Goodbye to Language) - Director: Jean-Luc Godard

“The Captive” – Director: Atom Egoyan

“Clouds of Sils Maria” – Director: Olivier Assayas

“Duex Jours, One Night” (Two Days, One Night) - Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne

“Foxcatcher” - Director: Bennett Miller

“Futatsume no Mado” – Director: Naomi Kawase

“The Homesman” - Director: Tommy Lee Jones

“Jimmy’s Hall” – Director: Ken Loach

“Kış Uykusu” (Winter Sleep) - Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

“Le Meraviglie” (The Wonders) - Director: Alice Rohrwacher

“Leviafan” – Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev

“Mommy” - Director: Xavier Dolan

“Mr Turner” - Director: Mike Leigh

“Relatos Salvajes” (Wild Stories) - Director: Damian Szifron

“Saint Laurent” - Director: Bertrand Bonello

“The Search” -Director: Michel Hazanavicius

“Timbuktu” - Director: Abderrahmane Sissako

The president of the 2014 Palme d’Or jury is New Zealand-born formidable cinematic authority Jane Campion who gave me, and the world but you guys just aren’t as important as me, “The Piano”.

The Master of Ceremonies for this years Cannes Film Fest will be the 55 year old French guy from the 2nd and 3rd Matrix movie whose character programmed an orgasm into a cake because how awesome was that?! Anyway, he goes by the name Lambert Wilson and he’ll be lording over the opening and closing ceremonies.

This year the jury president for the short film and Cinefondation is Abbas Klarostami(Iran).

Accompanying jury members and directors include:  Joachim Trier(Norway), Daniela Thomas(Brazil), Mahamat-Saleh Haroun(Chad),Noemie Lvovsky(France).

For the Un Certain Regard, the Argentinean producer/director/scrptwriter Pablo Trapero will be this years president of the Jury. In 1978, the Un Certain Regard unit was established as a non-competition category, whose primary focus is on the works of new filmmakers globally.

For those in the region who cant afford the tickets, or those with no press passes, there are options. The Plage Mace is a free and open-air cinema that will be showing classic films. 

The Cannes Cinephiles is a free tent mounted on the Pantiero showing films from 09:00am-05:30pm. One can pop into the venue or the Cannes Tourist office for free tickets. Tickets to be paid for are those that are for the Directors Fortnight, whose headquarters are outside Malmaison. They are available from Croisette Theatre(JW Marriott Hotel) or through Cinephiles with prices from  €7 for one show –  €30 for 6 showings.

…. Are you guys as amped as me for this fest? Stay tuned for more info.

Woman’s Lifestyle Expo 2014: Day 2

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Another day, and another opportunity to be awesome.

Gorgeous dresses were to be had- This one by Jo Carlin.

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Leather Jackets were drawing folks nearer – even though the designs were utterly stagnant.

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Day 2 meant the fashion brand Cigar set up their mannequins so well and the crisp and refreshingly clean ensembles appealed to me.

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Novelty purchases for home decor were there in the f*ckloads-Miyu made these earth-tone items.

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There was a company(Dura Lavora) that was promoting their company which is the epitome of the capitalist endeavor- they import, advertise and sell most items that celebrities make famous and all. The Fake Bake tan thing was cool though because it didn’t make me a different shade, it made me glow…I was all kinds of Midas gorgeous.

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…and given my sweet tooth, seeing those stands with baked goods and loaded colorful icing just activated my munchies.

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I got a facial done, and it included eyelash tinting which means that I don’t need fake lashes because my lashes pop more now.

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Present at Day 2 was celebs like Danine from Expresso and Tammy from Good Hope FM.

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Sunglasses were thee most important accessory given the gorgeous weather at the event deck, and folks had some real cute ones.

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I managed to get my nails done. It was a lovely experience given by Eyecandy whose personnel were warm and who articulated the origins and development of their business and goods. I got a hot pink  nail polish put on with a Matte finish, and velvet coating on my 2 ring fingers.

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The best part of the entire expo, for me, was the VIP Wine tasting. The table set-up was utterly pretty and decadent. Rhebokskloof  is the name of a wine-making brand. They allowed us to sample some of their wines paired with different organic chocolates from Cocoa Fair and Tribe Coffee.

Sauvignon Blanc teamed with white vanilla chocolate (My favorite)

Chardonnay with Dairy Milk Chocolate

Cabernet Merlot and Dark Chocolate

Pinotage and Chilli Dark Chocolate

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In it’s entirety the event was a solid 6.5/10

I understand the exclusivity of promoting an event that wishes to relay advice and products geared to woman’s lifestyles. However, appealing to the men of the world as needing to invest their time in understanding the wants and needs of woman would have been good. I love that the event was not overtly crowded, but rather filled with folks who would take the time to listen to the speakers and business heads, and purchase the products and services. The organizers and their teams were so helpful and I look forward to next year and the Woman’s Lifestyle Expo evolution.

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 That’s me in MilQ&Honey leggings and Ray-Ban sunnies.

Woman’s Lifestyle Expo: Day 1

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I recently got invited to the 2014 Woman's Lifestyle Expo from the 18-20th April.
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The event took place at one of the premier locations in the Cape Town metropolis – The Lookout, which is between Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and my favorite party location “The Grand.
 
The premise of this event is to identify the necessary things that make woman bask in their femininity, acknowledge and promote the investment in woman’s well-being…and just a little indulgence in some decadent quality goods and services.
 
For the media breakfast we had some kitsch finger food, despite the organizers promising a hearty breakfast. I found the large variety of dishes appealing, the quantities disappointing, and the taste was bland-lacking in an activation of taste-buds and a good experience of organic foods.
The Champagne was awesome though!
 
There have been alot of beauty and fashion brands showcasing their goods and services – both local and international.
 
Uber is a global business founded on the demand in the market for convenient and affordable transportation. I practically did not spend a dime this whole weekend, Uber: Cape Town was my ultimate mid-town transport. It was on-time, professional and provided many attendees with vouchers for up to R150 for the duration of the event.
 
Sloane&Madison – a jewelry company with luxury shopping online (4/10 for their jewelry. They are too simple a design for my taste)
 
Lazuli- A fashion house I saw showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Cape Town last year. Their items are those that are designed as durable staple products that outfits are built around. (7/10 because the quality of fabrics remind me of Woolworths products I like lining my wardrobe with)
 
Perfect- A fashion brand producing those trendy items from Streetstyle Lookbooks (5/10 because of the cuteness)
 
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Label- another fashion label with 28-45 year old looking market designs (2/10 because there was this cute wool jersey with leather elbow patches and edges I saw)
 
Boheme- “conscious and chic designer footwear, interior design and installation” (2/10 because a company that does shoes and furniture leaves me wierded out and the shoes could be found at any other chain store in town)
 
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Spilt Milk- a fashion brand whose owner is really chill and whose designs are perfect for rich folk living by the beach. Last time I viewed their collection at Fashion Week, the simple designs were covered by a wicked and distracting Carnival theme. ( 3/10)
 
Miche- Okay they have an incredible concept for their bags. You have multiple shells with thee cutest designs you can buy with magnets inside, and the inside bag is of cloth make. All you do is change according to your mood. ( 6/10 for innovation and affordability as none of their bags or shells go above R1 000)
 
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Jagadi Couture- I know everyone else hated the dress, but if I was heading to Cannes International Film Festival this year I would rock this dress because it is out there, form-fitting and just a little unrefined- the perfect reflection of my style on occasion. (6/10)
 
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Other fashion brands include Cigar, as well as companies for coffee, jewelry etc. 
 
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Rubbery necklaces imported from Paris
 
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This lady reminds me of Vivienne Westwood and her eccentricities.
 
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The Pole Project- My friend, and owner of one of the fashion houses presenting at the expo(Milq & Honey), Kelly, decided to take a chance on the pole and had such funzies. The pole presentation of the company’s head dancers was awesome, and I’d totally be keen to take classes
…soon as I lose my cellulite and build-up some solid core strength.
 
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There were fellow bloggers and photographers on the premises, including: Denzil Jacobs, Clouds Drummond, Elrico Bellingam, Ritza Janse Van Rensburg, Angel Campey etc.
 
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 I rocked a Kelso turquoise top with my custom-made Linen pants and Zoom stilettos.
 
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Street style was intense at the event. The girl in blue is rocking a MilQ & Honey ensemble.
The threesome is reminiscent of the Kardashians right?
 
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Cloud Drummond soaking the sun on deck.
 
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The incredibly stylish duo of the Luxo Blog – Ritza and Elrico.
 
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…..Day 2 summary to follow.

 

Health care for the LGBT Community

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I had a postgraduate seminar earlier this week and Doctor Alexandra Muller spoke to us about her current work in the realm of health care, specifically delving into the LGBT community. I found her talk most interesting. Having friends and acquaintances whom readily identify with the LGBT tags, as well as being an critical student in a particular context of the world where there are issues of violence towards this group of people, I felt it pertinent to blog about the informative nature of Dr. Muller’s presentation.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender are terms most often used in the discourse of Western health sciences. As the terms are grouped and truncated into the acronym LGBT, they present as being exclusionary, and having their own historical and geographical connotations. High levels of violence against gender non-conforming people has occurred across the world, many making it known that a contradiction occurs in their perception of their religious beliefs and the notions of homosexuality that exist. There is often an umbrella term called “sexual and gender minorities” whose purpose is to avoid the narrowing identity-based distinctions that ordinarily become prevalent.

According to research, LGBT people suffer health disparities, with risks from factors due to social exclusion and stigma. In 2011 the Institute of Medicine said: “Although LGBT people share with the rest of society the full range of health risks, they also face a profound and poorly understood set of additional health risks due largely to social stigma.”

Adequate health care for sexual and gender minorities should involve sensitivity to historical and contemporary stigmatization.

According to the DSM Manual of the APA, until 1973 Homosexuality was considered a psychiatric condition.

It was not until 1990 that Homosexuality was removed from the World Health Organization’s ICD code list.

In the world today, high levels of societal homophobia and transphobia exist, often substantiated by antiquated systems of belief and knowledge, especially in medicine and state policy.

People should be informed about differential prevalence’s of specific risk factors and health conditions, as well as the continued barriers to care. Health care providers, who are ordinary members of society, need to be knowledgeable about “culturally competent” care for sexual and gender minorities. Apparently health care providers have levels of homophobia correlating with general society.

The UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966) stated that everybody has the right to the highest attainable standard of health. However, there are no guidelines for LGBT-specific health care, and there is a general lack of public health care facilities. In some facilities there is a refusal to provide care to LGBT patients, a violation of confidentiality, unethical and unprofessional behaviour. It’s sad that the health care providers have no knowledge about LGBT sexual health, and therefore provide inadequate care.

And how then, do LGBT patients navigate heteronormative and homophobic health care spaces?

They conform to a heteronormative identity by hiding their LGBT identity, are accepting the exoticised identity ascribed to them by health care workers, and/or they do not seek care anymore.

Creating specialized care should not be something we readily accept as the end-game of health care for the LGBT community. It is necessary to shake the very foundations of medicine from the initial stages of learning that is necessary. The medicine courses present their own prejudices that eventually get taught, and ingrain themselves, in the methodological way Medical practitioners practice medicine. That binary of thinking needs to be altered in such a way that “health care” is the umbrella term that affords EVERY single individual of the world the health care they deserve.

Sources

  • Müller & Crawford-Browne. 2013. Challenging medical knowledge at the source – attempting critical teaching in the health sciences. Agenda
  • Müller. 2013. Teaching Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health in a South African medical school: Addressing the Gap. BMC Medical Education 2013; 13: 174
Details of blogpost directly sourced from Alexandra Muller's presentation

MilQ & Honey: A/W 14

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Autumn and Winter favors the few that choose to bask in the seasons possibilities.

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Autumn and Winter are times when most know what to wear because of the cold temperatures, while others struggle with the seasons need for thicker items. Those not blessed with a good eye choose layering with no regard for style and silhouette. Atleast shops now exist with shopping assistance, and the clothing are laid out to match and style folks without effort. 

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Others, such as myself, plan accordingly when winter is coming(see what I did there ‘Game of Thrones’ fans?). 

I went to the home of Milq & Honey today.

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I went to get a dress I ordered, and had coveted since I first tried it on and it fit like a glove.

I went in with a single-minded purpose, and after some consistently amazing sales tactics on behalf of the co-owner Kelly Davids, I left having ordered an entire winter wardrobe!

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Ow yes! She’s that good, and the clothes are that awesome.

Let me explain to you why I reanimated my love of the trenchcoat- suede.
MilQ & Honey’s latest collection boasts a boutique-style convention of select few designs tailored to their clientele, and exquisitely designed.

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Their items for this season are available right now, in time for the cold climates Capetonians are suffering under.

Prices range between R300-R3000 and the clothing, from the multi-paneled leggings to the dresses and coats,  are worth every cent.

News just in:

MilQ & Honey will be opening up a shop in Johannesburg sometime soon, and look out for pop-up stores in Cape Town.

For international clientele, their site is soon to be properly set up for online shopping.

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Cape Town hideouts: The Terrace

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There are thousands of websites, and equally as many publications, that sport reviews and recommendations of places to stay when you’re in specific cities.

This post will adhere to that convention and proceed to rave fanatically about a B&B nestled in the city of Cape Town, South Africa, with the backdrop of one of the World wonders – Table Mountain.

Earlier this year I got ready for an event in Kenilworth.

It is known as ‘The Terrace’ and owned by a lovely lady named Jane.

The location to the B&B is easily accessible, quite near the main road and the train station. It’s 5 minutes’ drive from Cavendish Shopping Mall in Claremont, 10 minutes from University of Cape Town, and Newlands Rugby/Cricket, as well as being 15 minutes from the City Bowl.

I arrived to a lovely room fit with all hotel amenities, and none of the coldness.

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The view from my room was to a crystal-clear pool that made me want to just dive in.

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I had a hearty full breakfast on a terrace with crisp air, sunshine and green refreshing foliage.

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The decor of the B&B was a cross between the warm home vibe of Martha Steward Circu 2007, and the House & Home editions with editorial spreads championing warm skylights,pastel-toned floral furniture teamed with a white backdrop and random solid colored pieces to compliment the open-flow of a large floor-plan.

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I loved this place and highly recommend it.

Their prices are between R600.00 – R1600.00

Contact Jane: +27 (0)728488891
Mail: info@terracebnb.co.za

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Academic Excellence

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Sorry for being MIA, but I’ve been doing big things.

Mainly, I had my graduation ceremony on Monday and spent the better part of the last weekend with my family. My mom surprised me with my cousins and aunt showing up.

Fun times!

I rocked a pair of gorgeous Steve Madden stilettos because I do everything with style, and I was literally the tallest person in the hall. It was all kinds of empowering.

So I’m a 20 year old graduate in South Africa, with a world of prospects.

I’m bored, I want to cover Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Johannesburg but I haven’t been hired by any media platforms yet (suckitude) AND I totally got media accreditation for Cannes International Film Festival but I still have no financial backing. Anyone wanna sponsor me?

Aaaaaaanyway, how are yall doing?

PS: Feel free to drop comments regarding how cute my shoes are.

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Partying in Cape Town: March 2014

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The party season has commenced in Cape Town.

We are bombarded with advertisements left-right-and-center  on university campuses,radio shows,television shows and social networks like twitter,tumblr,instagram and facebook.

One of the leading event and street wear brands – ‘Head Honcho’ founded by one of Forbes “30 most promising young entrepreneurs in Africa’ Nick Kaoma- has been having back-to-back events between Shimmy Beach Club and Hillcrest Quarry.

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Their events are usually geared towards the youthful exuberance of the resident “cool kids”. Cape Town is a cosmopolitan media city and the attendees to these events are usually photographers, bloggers,magazine designers,fashion designers,Communications and Journalism students, brand ambassadors, and trust fund babies with prepubescent small businesses who are all willing to ball so hard.

So I attended the Head Honcho Summer Picnic, and it was the first one from the La Familia franchise.I rocked a summer dress and a lovely jacket by the international fashion brand Milq & Honey.

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So much fun with good weather, great music including a repertoire of South African musicians etc.

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2014 Academy Award Oscar Winners so far

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Best Supporting Actor- Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

“I’m going to be celebrating to the break of dawn. Look me in the eyes and trust me that I will revel.”

Best Costume Design- Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby)

“In a Baz Luhrmann world, there’s never too much. He always strives to have the most perfect image.”

Best Make-Up-Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Animated Short Film- Mr. Hublot

Best Animated Film- Frozen

Best Visual Effects- Gravity

Best Live Action Short Film - Helium

“This story celebrates fantasy and how kids create imaginary worlds. It’s a beautiful thing to do to ease pain.”

 Best Documentary Short Subject - The “Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life”

Best Documentary Feature- “20 Feet from Stardom”

Best Foreign Film – The Great Beauty

Best Sound Mixing- Gravity

Best Actress in a Supporting Role- Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

“No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid”

[Lupita has made history as the 7th Black woman to ever win an Oscar]

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 Best Cinematography-Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)

 Best Editing- Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger (Gravity)

Best Production Design-Catherine Martin & Beverley Dunn (The Great Gatsby)

Best Score- Steven Price (Gravity)

Best Original Song-Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez :“Let It Go”(Frozen)

Best Adapted Screenplay – John Ridley (12 Years a slave)

Best Original Screenplay- Spike Jonze (Her)

Best Director-Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)

Best Actress- Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

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I AM SOOOOOOOOOO ANGRY AT THIS LAST ONE (-_-) Leonardo DiCaprio should have won

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Picture- 12 Years a Slave

The 86th annual Academy Awards style diary

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I am half way across the globe, in the dead of night and with crappy Wifi but I am staying awake for thee Oscars.

I have a single-minded purpose to the cause of having Leonardo DiCaprio, Lupita Nyon’o, Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey get their hard-worked for accolades at this years Academy Awards.

Right now it’s the Red Carpet moments of #Selfies , gloss interviews and artificial smiles and backhanded compliments.

In about 2 hours the actual event will commence and the snubbing with shit down Twitter.

Let anarchy reign!

Pictures courtesy of Daily Mail Celebrity and The Academy

Kelly Osbourne getting ready

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Margot Robbie prepping

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Pharrell Williams and Wife looking all Penguin cool, but shorts are unacceptable to an event of this caliber.

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Robin Roberts in a lavender dress, whose shoulder-to-chest cut I d not like for her form, getting last minute picture-perfect.

Jared and Shannon Leto, of rock/alternative band 30 Seconds to Mars, heading out to the Oscars.

Apparently #Selfies are part of the Bro Code.

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 Johnny Weir-Voronov’s shoes are all sparkles.

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Chrissy Teigen in a floral number that accentuates her statuesque nature.

 

The most anticipated Red Carpet walker- “12 years a slave”s Lupita Nyong’o in a periwinkle blue Prada dress and Alice Band oozing simplicity and ethereal grace that’s been long missed at The Academy Awards.

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South African-born Hollywood heavyweight Charlize Theron in basic black with a piece of neck bling that brings focus to the deep cut of her dress.

 

Jennifer Lawerence looking good, but normal by Hollywood standards, with a backward necklace.

…and I just got the news that she tripped again #Failawerence

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Matthew McConaughey looking debonair in a white tux with black lapes, his baby mama and mother.

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Olga Kurylenko and Kellan Lutz (whose shirt seems ill-tailored to his suit)

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The only person who I have the utmost focus on, the Wolf of the Red Carpet: Leonardo DiCaprio has arrived looking like the epitome of suave in a black tux and gelled back Gatsby hair.

 

 Benedict Cumberbatch bringing Brit authority to the yank red carpet

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Though they make a striking couple, the top part of Angelina’s dress is sitting weirdly for me.

Kate Hudson in Dior was PERFECTION!

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week: Johannesburg 2014

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New York, London,Milan,Berlin,Paris Fashion Weeks define a period of time in which people from across the globe venture to best each other in the dance of style.

It is where the latest visionary’s of fashion display new wonders.

It is the culmination of print publication, celebrity lifestyle, social media saturation and the incomparable human spirit of independence.

South Africa is not averse to the occasion as 2 of the cosmopolitan cities of this land celebrate their own too.

Coming this March is the annual Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Johannesburg, and all the details are below.

Tickets are available for purchase at webtickets.

Looks to live by 2014

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On Valentines day I had a photoshoot with Live Magazine (SA)

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I basically had a 4 day “Style Diary”.

My handler, and the writer of my bio-of-sorts is Terry Sithole.

My pictures were by Ashleigh Swartz.

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The beauty of Cape Town is that it is an ideal location for shoots. This is why a large amount of advertisements/commercials and movies are filmed here.

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I was in the vicinity of Greenpoint and ran into South African-born international stand-up comedian Trevor Noah.

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How jealous are you?

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The ramblings of a Commercial Baby

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My name is Olwethu-Thando Klaas.

I am ordinary, superb only in the depths of my self-deprecating nature.

I live in South Africa, a country often classified as having moved from African countries archetypal “Third World” classification to simply “a developing nation”.

Until social stratification is eradicated, is the whole world not in a “Third World” state?

I wish to write this only through my eyes, refusing to make blatant assumptions on the situations or perceptions for others.

These are the ramblings of a post-pubescent youth, at the brink of 21.

I sometimes humorously refer to myself as a “Commercial baby”, purely to bypass the argument that I have prophesied are always nigh. If I simply refer to myself as having been an “Apartheid baby”, I am usually de-identified as nothing of the sort having been born in 1993- at the pinnacle of revolutionary changes towards 1994 democracy. They say because I could not recognise the poignancy of the sharp urgency and danger in the South African air, I do not bear the right to class myself as anything so meaningful- “An Apartheid baby”? The cheek.

So I wonder the line and find myself, through my education, a product of a new autonomous entity in the new South Africa. I am a woman who received private education in grade 1-a solid foundation my mother felt imperative in the post-Apartheid South Africa. What followed was a jump between numerous good public schools, some with rigorous disciplinary actions and others which cared to only willingly endow the bare minimal. I found myself aching for the escape of books. I found solace in the magic of JK Rowling’s “Harry Potter” book series, and an idyllic family structure in those “7th Heaven” books, as well as the show that followed. A longing for a typified family I was often told was important for a child. I eventually graduated to the emotionally dense Jodi Picoult books, the incredibly woven fantastical stories by JRR Tolkien, Nora Roberts and Anne Rice, who remain my favorite authors, and the incomparable Stephen King who made terror a captivating distraction.

 Beyond literature came television and the subsequent visual representation of adolescent fun in lands unknown, recognized as being where the zenith of human existence prospers, and the subtle indoctrination of Capitalist ideals and western ideology- undeniably addictive to this day.

2 Cartoons have always stuck with me because of what they said, as well as what they didn’t say- “Courage the Cowardly dog” and “Pinky and the Brain”.

“Courage the Cowardly dog” was a cartoon that began its episodes with a TV Anchorman’s announcement about an anthropomorphic slight agoraphobic dog living with an elderly couple in the “Middle of Nowhere” Kansas. It used the genre of supernatural/paranormal/surrealist imagery as the nucleus of the plots, articulating the representation of the problems that arise when USA government keeps secrets regarding anomalies concerning the people they are sworn to protect. One of the views that people have regarding the show, one which I ascribe to at times, is that all the “monsters” Courage encountered were merely humans that Courage saw through warped eyes because he lives in such utter isolation from civilization. The idea of humans as monstrous, and few actually being genuine and humane, is an idea people in today’s society may choose to ascribe to.

“Pinky and the brain” were two genetically modified (spliced) mice, one smart megalomaniac and one of below-average intellect representing the masses, which live in a lab. Brain constantly makes plans to take over the world, with little success due to the feasibility of them. The timeline fluctuates and we encounter historical figures that have helped in the founding and rationalizing theories of the world, human knowledge, and behavior like Sigmund Freud, H.G. Wells, Merlin and Ivan Pavlov. The show was an incredible critique on the Capitalist agenda such as looking at expanding global conglomerates like Microsoft, the uncontrollable rebellion of scientific development like Gene therapy and splicing, and the satirical rationale of celebrity’s like Christopher Walken and Bill Clinton.

It had so much Pop Culture I was in perpetual heaven!

Following the clarity I encountered learning of the propaganda evident in every facet of contemporary existence, I found my way to the realm of fashion, media and lifestyle, and I have never looked back. My abilities to write have gotten me places, my taste and ability to not be sucked into labels has made evaluating fashion easy, and understanding the extensiveness of different cultural practices has made me astute to defining different lifestyles.

My potential as a scholar and the gradual progression towards the title of “respected academic” has made me realize that while I am a student and a tutor, the world will always force me to learn new things. Understanding that I have lived a blessed life, filled with materialism and western-centric rationale, has made me constantly conscious of the socioeconomic situations around me. The political sphere seems too much a complex entity to be entirely understood, but it can be argued from many perspectives, and being a commercial baby has endeared me to the threshold of Western thinking and that thought process which I hold as my own, as I refuse to call it “indigenous”, “primitive”, “African” or the like. It is not as if the two are homogenous, these are thinkings that flex their potential reach and can be hybrid.

I am a commercial baby because I am born to a world offering me stupendous wonders I have been willed to crave as necessity.

I know my culture as my own.

I know the traditional practices I know, or participate in, are that of the Xhosa clans I was born and hardwired to respect through famial ties.

I know of the Apartheid age where the dogs of war battered bodies which wept red tears marring the streets, inconceivable losses were lived through, strength of conviction became paramount, and the basest sentimentality of humanity was everything, and I still hear the pain that cannot be forgotten echoed in this period.

South Africans are restless in their freedom.

I know the post-Apartheid era where gross human violations still occur justified under the guise of bureaucratic jargon and skewered united consciousness. I know commercialism because I buy and sell it, speak it and write it, I walk it and I know it as me. It is twisted into the fabric of who I am; I am choked by it so tightly I gasp for the remnants of air of an idyllic life dreamt of, but unattainable, till I embrace the blackness of this dystopic reality.

This is the inescapable reality- that I cannot be separated from the Juggernaut others consider despicable; that to attempt to separate me from it would strip me of a part of my identity.

The sad truth that it takes embracing a factor of this commercial body in order to birth the consciousness that finds its existence vile.

Happy Birthday Trevor Noah

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A handsome depiction of modern South African masculinity.

He is a shining example of the potential, and subsequent success, Africans have to promote the hybrid South African identity through the cultivation of a healthy state of ambition, to use individual agency and not let social commentary become something boring.

Happy Birthday Trevor Noah

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Me and Trevor Noah on Valentines Day 2014.

“I was born a crime”

A funny line but Trevor really was born during the regime of Apartheid, to a Xhosa woman and a white Swiss man.

This man began with an acting career,radio work,brand promotion, and a successful show in South Africa, called “That’s Racist”.

He has now performed from the shores of New Zealand, to the worlds Capitalist capital USA, colonizer homebase UK, and the tempestuous Zambia.

He was the first stand-up comedian from SA to be on The Tonight Show, and Late Show with David Letterman. In 2013 he was a guest on BBC 2 comedy panel show “QI”, and then on his own show on BBC Radio 4 under the title ” Trevor Noah: The Racist.

On his tours abroad, he is unable to distance himself from the motif of South Africa, and we are thankful as we boast a plethora of satirical content that makes us endeared to him forever-unforgettably awesome.

He has some shows coming from the 06th-09th March 2014

Show starts on:
Thursday – Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 6pm

R120 – R280 per person

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Paul Smith S/S 14 now in SA

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 My favorite fashion houses I would kill several people to be brand ambassador of are:

Christian Siriano

Victoria Beckham

Burberry

Paul Smith

They best exemplify what modern style should entail.

Style is not a fashion fad. It is a timeless embodiment of sophistication and taste.

Anyway, Paul Smith just delivered the email that their new S/S 14 collection is available in South Africa.

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Cape Town Events: Head Honcho 2014

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You know that Cape Town is a city of decadence and new age wonder. It’s social events are just the same.

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From the people that bring you the annual Stay Fresh Saturday feel-good events, with a penchant for hosting music video-style parties, Head Honcho is one of South Africa’s leading Street wear brands-the every epitome of contemporary trending style. They are ushering the Cape Town summer with a fresh new event.

This is the 1st Annual Head Honcho Summer Picnic.

It will take place at Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanvile.

Date: 08 March 2014

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Unlike the archetypal Honcho event, this one aims to be different. I’m talking fun with cool games – a chance, perhaps, to bask in a youthful ambiance much missed in such a fast-paced 21st Century.

For this event you are permitted to bring your own alcohol.

You are also permitted to bring picnic gear, comfortable apparel and prepubescent attitudes.

Early Bird tickets are available on Computicket.

R100 normal tickets are available for a limited time.

R250  are available for VIP.

My fellow University of Western Cape & the distant University of Cape Town students will have transport provided for to and back from the event by Head Honcho.

Head Honcho- La Familia

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Head Honcho SA just released the line-up for their “HHSummerPicnic” on the 08th March 2014.

They have enlisted the services of 3 major acts to perform + 10 of our favorite DJs in the party circuit game right now!

Some acts include:

Kwaito Professor Kalawa
Mr. Gushehe @CassperNyovest.
Durban boys @DreamTeamDBN
5FM’s @DJMilkshake
@KaundaMuzical
@VeeFBaby
@Chad_DJCudi
@Sugar_cpt

It’s official: Leonardo DiCaprio is getting his Oscar

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The nameplate reads:

“Academy Award to Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, The Wolf of Wall Street, 2013.”

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You do not even understand guys, I have had petitions on twitter and websites made. I have scoured the net looking for reasons as to why Leo has been denied his accolades these many years.

This man may have the flaws of man, but as an actor he has had what many other actors do not – consistency in his excellence. He has a refined and impeccable talent that manifests on-screen. Leonardo DiCaprio is an amazing actor/director and philanthropic environmentalist and conservationist.

Leonardo DiCaprio, now 39 years old, is nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards (Oscars) alongside Bruce Dern for Nebraska, Christian Bale for American Hustle, Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave and Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club.

While each of these actors were great in their roles, particularly Chiwetel, I have analysed every category and competition Leo has gone up in and against,  and found the logic wanting. Somebody has been tampering with the natural order of things. Given that the president if the Academy has recently passed, and then a day ago on CNN came the plaque revealing Leo’s pending win, well….you add that up!

I am just so chuffed I might get a T-Shirt done!

Now, Im proper looking forward to this years Award ceremony.

Think like a man Too (2014 Trailer)

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Steve Harvey gave us a book titled “Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man” that was both entertaining and realistic – a veritable commercial hit once the movie adaptation happened.

Men around the globe were outraged at the betrayal of Brotherhood as most of their dating/sex acquisition plays, skills and mentalities were outlined for all woman to see. Woman were elated to get insights into the mental workings of the masculine identity, and together the battle of the sexes allowed the world to reflect on their own shortcomings in the real world. The movie was a visual representation of certain predictable and detrimental cultural practices people have, deeply rooted in traditional constructs of identity and antiquated gender roles.

Anyway, the sequel to the initial hit is coming, brought to you by producers Tim Story and Will Packer, and scripted byKeith Merryman and David A. Newman.

In light of a coming wedding, the premise of the movie follows the previous movies couples to America’s most notorious adult playground – Las Vegas, where a battle of genders takes place in a competition to truly bask in Bachelor/Bachelorette nights that promise series of misadventures,revelations and complications.

Actors and actresses to the sequel include: Taraji P. Henson, Michael Ealy, Kevin Hart, Terrence Jenkins, Jerry Ferrara, Romany Malco, Gary Owen, Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Jenifer Lewis, Wendy Williams, Dennis Haysbert, Adam Brody, Wendi McLendon-Covey and David Walton.

Think Like A Man Too is scheduled for release on June 20, 2014.

Afternoon Delight

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While waiting for my photoshoot to start, I took a detour.

Right now I’m at Cafe Manhattan on Dixon Street, Greenpoint.

The weather in Cape Town is ridiculous. It would probably only be appeased by the tears of Aphrodite on this special day known as Valentines Day.

Anyway, I decided to spoil myself.

I’m having a Choc Caramel Brownie and it is gooooood!

When all is said and done: The J&B Met 2014

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 “Always dress like you’re going to see your worst enemy.” — Kimora Lee

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Me, at The Terrace B&B where I prepared for the day’s proceedings.

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I sometimes get philosophical about clothing. I wax poetic lyrics about the beauty and duality of it all. I sometimes wallow in self-misery at the things I cannot afford, or stew in a vat of pity at the fates decision to not will me a walk-in wardrobe to fill the ache.

However, when all is said and done, and the reality hits, I realize how fortunate I am to learn to build a personal style unique to me, and molded from an unshakable foundation of frugality and keen insight. Through my mothers rearing, watching her use what she had to wear sophisticated and crisp attires, I learned that you can never fail with simplicity. Through watching movies, calculating my spending, keeping tabs on sales and predicting trends through cross-correlating motifs, I imagined a style that is the very epitome of me. Born from the pages of antiquated magazines, portraits of esteemed Western woman, the intricate detailing of cinema wardrobe designers etc. I have learned a state of fashion I am content to follow and teach to others.

Mine is not a style of convention, as is evidence by the attires I don to events I go to.

On the 01st of February I went to a premiere outdoor horse-racing event called the J&B Met, an annual occurrence in South Africa’s most prominent metropolis Cape Town.

I could readily describe this year’s Met as the most horrid I’ve been to of the 3 I have attended.

As a media rep, I get to see what others don’t. Kenilworth media liaison Jenna Adams was the saving grace in a sea of uncertainty and snooty brand representatives from Sunglass Hut and J&B. The media center provided by Kenilworth was a refreshing stop from the hustle and bustle of the main event. In its entirety, the even was redundant. Attendees lacked their usual vibrancy, deciding on street wear and complacent attitudes to get them through the day.

Regardless of names, when it comes to fashion at the Met, one expects a certain caliber of apparel to be worn. Little effort was put into most outfits, some choosing laymen comfort over translating the theme “Made to Conquer”, into something wonderful. I witnessed scary jumpsuits straight from the feathered friends on Sesame Street, and tacky shiny Satin donned in a way that does nothing for a large persons silhouette.

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From left: Minnie Dlamini, Uyanda Mbuli and Lalla Hiryama

At some point somebody decided that large headpieces were a go and so I, along with the likes of Uyanda Mbuli, wore some eye-catching pieces. Mine was an outfit designed by Luiz de Laja of Ministry. Last year I took the theme “Made to Fly” and a wore feathered skirt with a huge raven on my shoulder.

This year I asked Luiz for me to tap the line between costume and the regalia of old. I wanted Cersei Lannister of “Game of Thrones” to inspire my clothing because that HBO show is one of the worlds greatest period television shows and it boasts a cast that best exemplifies what it means to conquer and to be victors.

My headpiece was inspired my fencing – the idea of a sport not many dabble in, also considered a “rich mans sport” by some as its roots lie in aristocracy. The color palette being royal blue was a happy coincidence.

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[Picture taken by Ludwe Kobo for Hy-Se-Sy-Se Magazine]

Due to the nature of drama in my ensemble, and the close translation of the theme, I made it onto many publications. Some of which include BBC , Grazia Magazine and the Sunday Times.

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2014s J&B Met was clearly an attempt at highlighting the transformative properties of antiquated fashion fads into something acceptably quintessential, but somehow also a contemporary juxtaposition within this context. There was no innovation this year, unfortunate considering that that should be a prerequisite of every collection designers dole out. Minnie Dlamini’s outfit could best be described as the way in which hipster aliens would interpret Hollywood red carpet trends.

However Lerato Kganyago stood out in David Tlale’s pink creation- a china-patterned design fit to form-fitting floor-length pink chiffon (something eerily reminiscent of Gert-Johan Coetzee’s “Pink” Collection).

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Bonang Matheba cut-and-pasted the Dolce & Gabanna S/S 13 runway looks with her jeweled-up Baroque and simultaneously Byzantine gold crown,dress,shoes and scepter.

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Menswear both redeemed and stagnated the flow of  energy at the event. Clashing prints, ghastly jewelry, unseemly shaped costumes were the order of the day. Some celebrities like Maps and Stoan excelled far beyond the rest, harnessing their inner Bond’s in crisp tailored suits the likes of Tom Ford with Paul Smith pastel tones.

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Maps,Stoan,Janez, Somizi,Johnathan and Siv Ngesi.

The annual equestrian event was a bust this year, falling from it’s previous might.

I do hope next year brings it’s attendees more vibrancy.

Till then: await the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week: Johannesburg coming soon.

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“Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well.” —Vivienne Westwood

I’m on BBC following the J&B Met 2014

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Thanks to the designer Luiz De Laja of Ministry dressing me for the annual equestrian event – the J&B Met 2014, I made it onto BBC Africa.

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The best advert of 2014 already

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Maybe it’s the air of aristocracy.

Perhaps it is the style.

However, timeless villains of Hollywood blockbusters seem to all be British.

Jaguar introduces you to the villain-centric new advert with the F-Type Coupe, made to herald the Super Bowl’s coming.

This is an epic 1 minute I thoroughly enjoyed.

Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes” 2009 movie villain) ,Tom Hiddleston (Norse God Loki,misunderstood ‘villain’ in Marvel’s Avengers franchise) and Ben Kingsley(“Iron Man 3″ main villain) bring you the embodiment of tasteful coolness.

#GoodToBeBad

J&B Met 2014: To Enter, plunder & Conquer

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As in time honored tradition, everything is being readied

(Including my accreditation)

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The J&B Met is South Africa’s main equestrian outdoor social event.

On Saturday the 1st February 2014 at the Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town, the annual J&B Met will take place.

In accordance with the City of Cape Town, the city will be altered to promote this huge, enjoyable, star-studded and fashion centred event.

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This year’s theme is “Made to Conquer”.

This is one of the most notorious Conquerers in history:

 The theme is hard to wear, but is a brilliant notion to live up to and easy to translate to an attitude.

Think of HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones , because Jack Gleeson as Geoffrey Baratheon, and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, represent the epitome of indifferent royal stature and power harnessed to conquer everything,everyone and everywhere.

“The theme celebrates those with the courage and determination to never give up in the face of any obstacle, an attitude that is found in the spirit of J&B™, a spirit that inspires us to go and show the world what we’re made of because we are all, ‘Made to Conquer.’”- J&B Met official press release

The official schedule is:

10h00    Kenilworth Racecourse opens

11h30    Racing begins

13h40    J&B Most Elegant Couple competition in association with Expresso semi-finals held on the main stage

14h55    Finals of the J&B Most Elegant Couple competition in association with Expresso held on the main stage

16h25    the J&B Met

18h00    5fm J&B Met official After Party starts

19h00    Final race of the day

00h00   Kenilworth Racecourse shuts down

I will be doing my work alongside fellow bloggers, editorial teams from the likes of GQ and Heat Magazine, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, and CNN with their horse-racing show “Winning Post” broadcasting the event.

I look forward to this year and I have a few tips to dish out from past experience:

Bring money for convenience sakes and for emergencies

Keep hydrated

Sunglasses to better see

Wedges and flats over stilettos

Bring a camera

Bring a friend

Tweet us at @hysesyse @Lady_Crunk or hashtag #HSSS #JBMet #MadeToConquer

Literature Review: “A South African Dictionary”

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“Light, entertaining read. Well executed in its own context.”

Siyabonga Nyezi’s contribution to literature begins with a booklet that presides over South Africa’s biggest figures, most controversial stories, and  the behavioral mannerisms South African’s have endearing termed. Using the careful innate judgement of a fledgling navigating the crevices of politically correct phrasing and hindsight learned through real-time social media, he harnesses the negativity often evident in media in order to better explain to the layman what perceptions are, and where the facts lead.

As a booklet it does its job of entertaining , while for those who do not keep up with South African news may find themselves not understand the blatant double entendre’s used, nor the long-standing joke of South African black people’s pronunciation.

It reads like thoughts marinated in a vat of self-conscious reflexivity, and a stew of indifferent recollections of stories shared over beers and late night twitter rants.

For many South Africans it’s an overview of the ultimate fail that is our public figures, while for people like me, it is a meditation on the human condition, as well as just being a great piece to compare your life to, and laugh at the utter ludicrousness of a 21st century South Africa.

I give it a 7/10 in the hopes that a publishing firm will requisition Siyabonga Nyezi, yes that guy, for a fully fledged book so he can expand on his content enough to encompass many more quickly appearing terms,people and behaviors, and catalog them in a novelesque-type situation, with the same tempo and voice that made this booklet a good read.

Purchase the book online at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/198411237/A-South-African-Dictionary

V&A Waterfront and all it’s wonders

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PicMonkey Collage2Nestled in the booming underbelly of the home of decadent tastes Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, is a place called Mr Cobbs. It is a humbly sized treasure trove of antiquity and fine quintessential male grooming. Owned by said Mr Cobb, it boasts a large amount of grooming tools such as old-school blades and shaving cream brushes with Ivory or pure silver handles each crafted meticulously. The man himself is a debonair man with an age one could probably estimate in Sean Connery years.

I sat down and spoke to Mr Cobb. He and I had a long conversation about all things philosophical,history and the nature of human behavior. He told me his life story in a concise package, and I found generosity and insightful in his handling of his workers and customers. The fine establishment he has has Oakwoods and Cherrywoods originally from England, accompanied well with the Leather Barber chairs, gold-plated appliances and  the monogrammed everything in the shop.

I found the place an utter delight.

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Isabelina is a shop specializing in the miscellaneous interior decorating.

They sell aesthetically pleasing household necessities: Lamps and light fixtures made with tassels or wooden pieces, mirrors with silver plated edges, fresh flowers ready to be placed on richly decorated formal table set-ups, jewelry,etc.

They have a wonderful area utilized to show every piece in the best light,complemented by neighboring items suited to the ambiance. It’s something worthy of even Top Billing’s praise.

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Menswear is something I am obsessed with. Because they currently lack variety in their apparel, men use quality as their marker of difference, and it is exquisite. Fabiani is a fashion brand specializing in dressing the modern man:no longer singularly Metrosexuals, but redressing the balance of what constitutes masculinity and changing mentalities associated with classifying according to style.

Their ranges are usually stagnant in the cut of apparel,however,the vibrant colors teamed with textured fabrics make their clothing wardrobe must-haves. Bespoke has been all the rage and Fabiani,along with brands like Polo, Topman,Paul Smith and Zara use that to garner interest and steady revenue. The V&A location is ideally suited to appealing to people because one dresses for the image they want and Waterfront is the epitome of wealthy classy indifference.

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Unlike the rest of the world suffering under cold weather, South Africa is lucky for the sunshine and the Spring/Summer collections by many fashion houses speak to woman searching for that lovely fresh,but functional look. Burnt orange is in, as is the trend of recycling 80s looks since Dungarees make their triumphant return and Construction workers wearing jumpsuits are stylish.

V&A had a ridonculous amount of Sales going on from 30% right up to 70% off. Mango, Topshop, and Zara have been in Cape Town from 1-3yrs and they’ve been driving South Africans and tourists crazy. Affordable clothing with a name attached synonymous with style and quality is enough to render any true shopaholic euphoric. I love the Zara accessories – they are replicated beautiful wonders of great pieces worn by royalty and the likes.

PS: Burberry’s latest purse in red leather is a thing of beauty.

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Some snapshots of street style in the vicinity of V&A Waterfront.

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This is Cape Town, South Africa, and me, saying “Till next time!” xx

In and About Long Street,Cape Town

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Long Street is recognized as the international hub of Cape Town.

It boasts a large number of backpacker lodges, niche boutique stores,variations of food and alcohol, as well as restaurant themes, it has nooks and crannies of side streets leading to tourist attractions and vintage markets.

I affectionately refer to it as the world in one street, as it regularly plays host to people from places like Portugal, Germany,America and Australia. The accents flying about give one whiplash, given that South Africa alone has 11 official languages, each with its own unique accents and pronunciations. Walking down here is never boring.

Today I spent the day with one of my friends Kris, one of the many artsy-type hard workers of Cape Town’s buzzing metropolis. She introduced me to a health haven known as “Food Lovers Market”, for those willing to splurge on quality food made delectably well. I attempted to try everything but ended up with a delicious mix of pasta, Greek, and chicken salad with cheeky dressings of Lemon and Herb, as well as Sweet Chilli on top.

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While strolling about in my usual fashion I encountered the usual beautiful architecture of the Cape Town CBD area, and contemporary artworks splattered about.

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Many roamed the streets dressed fashionably and top global brands Topman ( of Topshop) and J&B were boasting impressive advertising ahead of the J&B Met 2014 #MadeToConquer , scheduled for the 01st February. I visited one of my favorite stores called “Second Time Around” which has been renovated and elevated to awesome levels of cute with the vintage apparel it sells.

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I even managed to walk onto a commercial set, as is customary when I walk these streets, because there is always some manner of filming going on that I never know about till I’m ushered beyond the barriers. Apparently this was for a German commercial starring model Anastasia Bondarenko dressed in a red Zalando dress. The marketing director I spoke to said that many,including them,choose Cape Town because of it’s consistency in weather. So all those winning German ads owe a debt of gratitude to the Mother god of the Mother City for her abundant blessings of sun.

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What did you get up to today?

Travel by Bus?

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The semesters in South Africa are January to December, and as the new year is here,studies call. My university is scheduled for actual academic work to begin in February and I’m just rushing to sort out the nitty gritties of university living.

I spent the morning,and parts of the afternoon in bed getting my chill on. Considering I was scheduled to board a bus later on in the evening, you’d think packing was a prime objective, but noooooo, Ollie was chilled as a rich man’s Chardonnay. I was staring at my room, and once again,being in wonder of how cute and totally me it is. To better know me understand that books and bling are part of my package.

So anyway, I had to rush to the salon around 4pm because lo-and-behold I arrive in Cape Town looking like something a dog chunders out. I got my curls on and headed home to wallow in self misery and do some serious rush packing. I ended up with 3 suitcases loaded with my kick-ass apparel(c’mon, when is it not?), shoes galore and other necessities like 4 cases full of jewelry.

So anyway, while I found it sad to leave my home, made home only through the presence of my beautiful mother, I’m excited to head back to the place I found the truth of me in. Despite the 12 hour trip with a comfy bus called Greyhound,filled to the brim with pie-eating,baby-having,noise producing,gas excreting people,the trip is worth it. Even though I don’t have my own space, the inky black sky is my company and I’m lavishly prepared to sleep through its creepy regard of me. Buses are cool for those who can stand long hours and being uncomfortable in every possible way. I suggest air travel, and despite peoples fears, both have chances of you becoming a statistic anyway so just roll the dice and don’t forget your seatbelt.

As I travel to the mother city I note: Cape Town helped mold who you now know. I’m a figment imagined through a perfectly abstract idea and willed into being by the sheer force of belief, perseverance and through hustle.

So as I start a new year as a Postgraduate, I realize I’m so much more than that and pledge to prove it to myself alone because there is wonder in acknowledging your own magnificence.

PS: How neat are my current new loves? I decided to read 1 new and 1 old book from my vast collection of books: (new)”The Playboy Book of Horror and the Supernatural” & “Salems Lot” by Stephen King (old).

Happy Birthday Gabriel Macht

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To the man who gave us the embodiment of cool: Happy Birthday Gabriel Macht.

We are better off for having had you play Harvey Specter…and all the other roles, but we like this one best.

I’m a graphic novel fan so I admire your portrayal of Will Eisner’s masked vigilante hero ‘The Spirit’ alongside Eva Mandes, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johannsen.

One hopes you continue to age gracefully and keep the USA Network show ‘Suits’ quality alive, alongside fellow actors like Patrick J. Adams, Gina Torres etc.

CHΔSΞ Apparel SS ’14 Range

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The name to remember this year: Chase Apparel

They have something not a lot of brands focus on - quality product, not to mention Chase has a large quantity of loyal customers.
The convenience of their delivery is a huge point in their favor. They have overnight delivery.
As an avid online shopper, this is GOLD!

They’ve cornered their market through the use of Social networks and the support of local celebrities in order to garner notoriety.

Still pre-pubescent, the business was founded in 2011 by a group of men, based on the objective of providing worthy apparel for the young adults whose style has evolved beyond the norm – the uniformity of chain stores apparel, such as Mr Price.

So anyway, its a new year- 2014.
Chase Apparel has a new Spring/Summer collection out.
First preview was out tonight.

What do you guys think?

Leather,lycra vests,cotton baseball shirts, snapbacks etc. – all must have’s for the veritable fashion lover.

Jimmy Kimmel shames South Africa

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*Facepalm*

We knew this would happen guys. We tweeted about it when it did, and we were vigilant about the media ramifications of a fake interpreter.

Now, we’re blasted on Kimmel’s show.

Here’s the details: When the late Nelson Mandela’s memorial was to take place, as is customary with major events involving dignitaries and general citizens, the organizing committee, overseen under the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, a Sign Language Interpreter was commissioned for those needing assistance to understand the content should they be hearing impaired.

The interpreter that was commissioned is one Thamsanqa Jantjies.

Rumors circulating state that he had no security clearance yet he stood alongside the worlds most powerful leaders interpreting bullsh*t to the global population watching the proceedings. Jantjie’s claims that he suffers from schizophrenic episodes. He states that his episodes have hindered his clarity during interpreting, and thrust a varying number of antagonistic offenses into existence, such as his multiple felonies and murder charges. I’d feel sorry for him but it was lax for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation,The Department of Defense and the Secret Service of individual leader to not screen every close-contact personnel. Protocols were bypassed and this man made away with a 1 Million+ cheque for his “work”.

…and now, instead of remembering the Nelson Mandela memorial as the pinnacle of respect paid to a man who dedicated most of his life to being one of the Architects of South African Democracy, we remember the event as another failure notch in the proverbial sh*tfest that is post-Apartheid South Africa with a faltering governing system.

….And we made it on to Jimmy Kimmel’s show – YAY! NOT!

P.S: The result of Jantjie’s interpreting is insanely funny memes such as this one I uploaded to twitter on Christmas

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More acclaim for South African music acts abroad?

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The basest sentimentality of a deadbeat South African music industry is that there will never be substantial enough money to sustain musicians in the global spotlight consistently as Hollywood does.

The music industry here is founded on the premise of glory and authenticity coming from a quintessential ethnic sound. Whether this is in Rock, R&B, Kwaito or Hip Hop, hearing the elements of traditional sound are what producers looks for and what the consumers are conditioned to adore.

Apartheid is a heady influence of the way the industry functions today. Imagine a time when the state suppresses every aspect of your identity. It is often said that “music liberates the soul”; “music speaks where words fail” and “music is liberation”. It is understood, as it was during apartheid, that music would be the one to send the world the message of how the South African non-whites were being oppressed. To authenticate the mournful sounds was traditional sounds. The drums spoke of a past that echoed generations born to the cradle of mankind, colonised and never given the time and opportunity to truly bask in their innate desire to exist a certain way. Singers like Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Miriam Makeba and Brenda Fassie are recognised as the voices of black people’s soul, defying political mandates to sing songs that called out the state on their governing policies. They were world renowned, possessing unshakable emphatic souls and had incredible voices-uniquely African. They made money, but never enough to, today, being recognized as formidable and powerful figures, though they were. Today, money talks.

Goodluck, AKA, Freshlyground, HHP ,Locnville, Prokid, Lira, Micasa, Parlotones, Tumi & the Volume, Toya Delazy, Seether etc. are some acts that have achieved incredible success both in South Africa and abroad. However, they have immense followings in Europe and USA specifically.

Seether is considered one of the leaders in rock music in USA, being one of South Africa’s earliest exports with an intense heavy metal-meets-Daughtry sound.

The Parlotones are Germany’s favorite repeat offenders; often touring the nation regularly as their ‘Panic at the Disco’-meets-Arno Carstens sound is beloved.

Acts like Goldfish and Goodluck are two different bands that have taken South Africa’s house genre and infused pop music using rave-adjacent mixing methods, and now tour the globe with their songs now recognized as party anthems.

Nonhle Beryl is a powerful South African-born performer who resides in Germany and after her success with the touring world production “The Lion King”; she is now a contestant on the German version of “The Voice”.

Freshlyground uses orchestra instruments with traditional rural rhythms and lead vocals that have garnered a Grammy nomination. They are truly wonderful and songs like “Potbelly” and “I’d like” are considered SA gems. When South Africa hosted the 2010 World Cup and needed an anthem, Freshlyground worked alongside Shakira to make “Waka Waka” which was a melding of the world, as seen in the video.

Hip Hop acts like HHP and Prokid are rappers who utilize their “mother tongues” to better lead Hip Hop in South Africa into a path of non-conformity.

AKA is an arrogant controversial rapper who opened for world acts like Snoop Dogg and Kanye West, and despite twitter rants and obnoxious public statements, he is talented.

Locnville is descendant from the great Charlie Chaplin and are considered American starlight’s despite being South African. They opened for Justin Bieber and are regularly featured on Billboard Top 100 and MTV Music Awards.

Thandiswa Mazwai is one of South Africa’s most recognized musicians. She physically manifests as the epitome of contemporary African indifference and a person who revels in her traditional culture. Her music is all over the globe and she has performed alongside Stevie Wonder and other greats too , like Hugh Masekela.

Toya DeLazy and Tumi & the Volume are two effervescent hip hop acts with the enunciated American gloss. I love their music though I know their true success will only be recognized through their eventual international acclaim. Last, but certainly not least is MiCasa and Lira, two acts who performed at United States of America President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. How gnarly is that?! The simplest way to describe them: Wonderful.

Okay, after all that my point was that these are just the known acts in South Africa recognized through a disparity between the “successful” and “up-and-comers”. The money doesn’t come predominantly from CD sales because South Africans seem like they have a weird aversion to legitimate buying, and piracy is a huge issue here. (God Bless iTunes right?) Street brands and event companies hire musicians for brand-building party events (think “Stay Fresh Saturday” by Head Honcho) that emphasize maintaining the South African motif. Money comes from those ticket sales. It would seem like one needs to imitate or ride the fumes of international acts to get to the top of the ladder, tour abroad to spread your name and sound, or have substantial endorsements to promote your brand. I guess one can say the saving grace of our music industry is our radio shows: specifically 5FM and Metro FM.

One of the successes of music industries abroad is their MANY music festivals. My dream in life is to attend these festivals because of the many new acts that pop up, specifically in the Indie/Folk. Rock/Alternative genre:

Donauinselfest

Glastonbury Music Festival

Coachella

Rock in Rio

Tomorrowland

Ultra Music Festival

Lollapalooza

Mawazine

Made in America

V Festival

Summerfest

We have the:

Up the Creek

Macufe

Color Me Crazy

AfrikaBurn

Synergy

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Rocking the Daisies

Pink Loerie Mardi Gras

Grahamstown National Arts Festival

Despite all this, remember only this: South African music is unique and it sounds really good if you take the time to listen to it. Think of this as your time to adopt a Hipster mentality-Defy the norm and listen to SA music!

Education in South Africa: Schools open for Day 1

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15TH January 2014 is the start of a new era for many 5-6 year olds as today is their first day of primary school. Sense the chuffed feeling of donning new clothes, excitement at making new friends, absolute fear at leaving your guardians side, and the trepidation of the unknown.

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South Africa’s president has recently made numerous speeches talking about education reforms, such as adding an additional 2 years of education to the system in order for graduates of high school to become ‘adequate’ tertiary students. SABC 2 Morning Live presenter Leanne Manas was astute in stating that the problem is not the quantity of the education, but rather the quality of it. In no ways am I putting down education acquired through experience as inferior, but going through the system makes you perceptive to the problems faced by individuals and graduates of a post-apartheid education system. President Jacob Zuma, rather than being advised by his council on the issues students face, would be intuitive to quality being the primary issue, as opposed to considering quantity as the solution. Ironically, it takes the quantity of 12 years worth of quality learning to recognize this.

Caption:Children from the Ponelopele Secondary school waiting for Deputy President to address them.
 

I am a high school graduate of 2010, from a public school in Eastern Cape, a province with the lowest quantity of graduates with the lowest mark average. I was an average student at best – acing the subjects I felt comfortable with. The ones I struggled with I felt too disheartened by harsh teaching methods, to pass acceptably. I loved my grade 8-10 mathematics and technology teacher Ms Robinson. She was extremely intelligent, energetic and tolerated no distractions during her classes. I enjoyed learning with her because if you didn’t understand she repeated and emphasized and gave real-world examples. I passed her classes and English with really good marks. English has always been my milieu. My mother provided me with what she deems “a fundamental education base”. I went to a private school in Port Elizabeth in grade 1. I excelled in my studies, learned to swim properly, learned to golf, and in time honored ‘me’ tradition I also made the newspapers. From then on, I was in public schools but I passed well because I knew the English language and could understand the content through deductions. Without that grade 1, despite knowing my strengths, I would have faltered.

There are many schools in South Africa, and unfortunately the standards of education correlate with how much money parents are willing to invest. It is sad right? It is sad that over 70% of the people in South Africa will never get a solid education because of corruption in the government that launder the designated funds, depriving many children of quality.

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So on this day in 2014, when many little feet pitter-patter about in nerves, meditate on what you can do for the future of South Africa. Education is the foundation of our economy. What one learns in school goes towards the teacher who has a hand in ones engagement of knowledge and molds a will to succeed, the engineers that build this great nation, the doctors who aim to protect the health of many, the charity organizer who works to negotiate with individuals to feed, clothe, house those that cannot do it themselves etc. Invest I the future of South Africa. Even by setting up study groups, or workshops, teaching a child to use a computer and navigate a library, paying for a semester of basic education for a young child or even teaching ABC’s in your backyard.

Caption:Twitter is abuzz under the hashtag #BackToSchool.
EWN Reporter tweeted these young girls who start Grade 1 at Nkazimlo primary school in Khayelitsha today

 

 

It’s in our hands and I am doing my civil duty to inform you on the state of South Africa and it’s education system.

Blogging in South Africa

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First you need to understand that online writing is not a predisposition of many in South Africa. It is merely a means to an end and in no ways an escape for the grater majority, which is the usual justification bloggers utilize. The idea of a journal that is online is a far-fetched idea. One who understands the reasoning of the pseudo reality of the ‘information age’ recognizes cyberspace as an infinite locale which can be manipulated to ones needs.

Is secrecy the innate imperative of journaling?

Or is it a means to relay the data floating in your mind most troublesome?

I see the reasoning behind blogging as the chance to be an autonomous omniscient entity to a personal context.

I now readily identify Instagram as an image journal. It speaks in mutiny to words as the primary means of expression. Pictures relay the same premise, and for some, it is way more entertaining because it is concise and the varying interpretations keep things interesting.

In South Africa, the blogging phenomenon is a substantial presence. Our celebrities do not have the luxury indulged by Hollywood where publicity, and subsequently profitability, is easily obtained and sustained by television and print media. Blogging is used less as ‘fans gushing over stars’ and more as business folk expanding their brand. Careers as socialites through blogging are few-and-far between, though Mika Stefano has been one of the lucky to nab such an opportunity.

One of the blessings of South African bloggers is the acclaim you get through cultivating your blog enough to stand-out or fit in. It’s not about the colorfulness and cramped nature of bombarding people with pictures and information.

The cornerstone of blogging as it is today is the effectiveness you have in captivating audiences. A blogger with enough traffic going through their blog can score invites to exclusive events like Fashion Week, J&B Met, Red Carpet Fashion Show, Cosmopolitan Magazines many events etc. I learned this in 2013 when I used my blog as a means of garnering the opportunities to interview and write about some amazing events in Cape Town.

  • Neatness in the structuring of your blog is actually important. I do not like visiting blogs I cannot navigate. It’s utterly confusing and frustrating.
  • It’s about the quality. I would kill for one of those Canon or Nixon blogger camera’s as their picture quality is exquisite, but alas. Anyway, there is substantial importance in the taking of one’s own photos and having them be quality pretty. I was rejected from several professional blogging platforms because the quality of my pictures was deemed “inferior”.

A sense of elitism or simply logic? I digress.

  • People love blogs that are quick with information like: breaking news, fashion trends correlating with latest fashion shows and celebrity Red Carpet looks etc. Fashion fads are quick to arrive and leave. Some choose to take on the glossy look of fashion house websites that cater to talking at people about classic styles. Some choose to go with the flow of their minds, people like me.
  • The easiest way to captivate people: pretty people. Even if it’s a personal blog, I’ve done the research and pretty people always get more blog traffic. Look at blogs such as Man of the Cloth, I.Am.Galla, Tuula Vintage, Skattie What Are You Wearing, Denzil Jacobs, The Sartorialist etc. Either the blogger is pretty or the people they snap are.

Here’s the deepest secret about South Africans not many know or refuse to acknowledge:

South Africans, regardless of whether you are a blogger or not, live their lives marketing themselves as a personal brand. A 5-minute introduction or a fully-fledged chat will always have facts that remind the person you are speaking to that you are always hustling because: We. Don’t. Stop! There is no time for stopping to be normal, or even mediocre.

The rainbow nation chooses to soar above its history of oppression and spend the rest of its life ceasing opportunities to be infinite-even if it’s just with blogging.

We evolve to show the world how awesome we are.

Global Citizen: India’s 2014 health success

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I just got the email today.

I am a member and supporter of Global Citizen, and I recognize the achievement this is in the health sector.

Global Citizen have just confirmed that India has just gone 3 years without a case of Polio.

Their certification will be given in March 2014.

Polio in India affected children predominantly. The statistics stated that in 2009 India had approximately half of the worlds cases of Polio .The joint operation between private organizations and powerful world leaders, towards eradicating Polio occurrence, in a Third World country laden with such immense socioeconomic issues, is an achievement worthy of being celebrated.

Uneven progress has been made with regards to the Millennium Development Goals. India, due to blatant internal and external factors of population and economic development, has also managed to decrease their poverty-stricken population.  Millennium Development Goal 1A (halving the quantity of people living on less than $1 a day) was achieved in 2008 mainly due to the results from China and India and East Asia. China is unprecedented in many areas, and the United Nations system in China sees 2015 as a year that will mark China’s achievement of all 8 Millennium Development Goals.

“Ending polio is a critical step toward improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.”

Click on the link below to support the continued success of eradicating Polio’s occurrence in the world:

http://www.globalcitizen.org/Content/Content.aspx?id=53f95f4b-3735-45fd-9a84-ab30d9350cf9

Game of Thrones: Season 4 Trailer

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9 million views in 2 days

“It’s tempting to see your enemy as evil, but there’s good and evil on every side in every war ever fought.” 

Spoilers and facts:

>Joffrey Baratheon (nee Lannister) getting poisoned ushers in a fan wish to end that tyranny!

> Littlefinger smuggling Sansa Stark out of King’s Landing

>Stannis fighting the Wildlings

>A rival of the “Red Wedding” is the “Purple Wedding”

>Daenarys Targaryan is not purely goodness and bad-assery.

Game of Thrones Season 4 premieres April 6 at 9PM, only on HBO.

The soul of my dream is not my design

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Behavior

The performed thought , whether subconscious or not

How do you figure you’ll get through life unscathed?

Die with the stories of your life etched into the fabric of your existence, its life-lines drawn into your flesh with the penmanship of higher powers and the Fates.

Slice through to the bone

They say to “find what you love and let it kill you.Let it drain you of your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness.”

Dare your logic fall into a chasm of ontological indifference – this is your design

The soul of my dreams was born in the body of a serpent. Traitor to the cause it slithered away and I washed myself with the ashes of my own transgressions

Loving had been water in a storm; too much in it’s entirety. I had drowned in it, entirely willing , dying in love, with love, knowing love was drowning with another soul – neither willing to relinquish the ties that bind.

Criminal dance?
Animal in inhumanity?

I think not

You are a child of meditated rationale
Medicated through the psychosis of social convention

you are stabled by the endeavor to see the truth
Ostracized as different you burrow below to skin… of the subject
Bone deep, marrow shallow with a superficial peck of truth

…Evolutionary

If I call the phenomenon an occurrence of finding the love of my life – best be prepared to live for eternity. I will not have myself forgotten in death. Let our love give this idea eternal life.

 I got my immortality feeding on the steady metallic taste of loves rusty gushing heart.

“All is illusion – the words written, the mind at which they are aimed,the truth they are intended to express, the hands that will hold the paper, the eye that will glance at the lines. Every image floats vaguely in a sea of doubt- and the doubt itself is lost in an unexplored universe f uncertitude.” – Joseph Conrad

Bound to earth

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Inevitably, we are bound and come the end, to the ground.
Held fast by the chains bolted by breathe, straight into the earth.
 
We’ll forever go on our toes and attempt to grasp the stars – supernova dreams.
 
Conrad says that every image floats vaguely in a sea of doubt.
 
We are restless in our freedom.
 
In this universe of existence, our tight reign on the breadth of rationality leads us astray from divine clarity, and into the servitude of uncertain calamity.