Every year the ‘black girl magic’ just keeps getting better and undoubtedly noticeably. There have been so many ‘wow, it feels good to be a black woman’ moments, although there are still many hurdles to overcome, it is just wonderful seeing black girls and women occupying more spaces than before.
Some of my favourite black girl moments included the release of visuals for ‘Lemonade’ and ‘A seat at the table’ which extruded of some many black pride moments, glorifying the beauty that is black people. While in fashion Lupita Nyong’o and Michelle Obama looked ever so graceful and mesmerising on their individual Vogue covers. And most recently I was ecstatic to hear about Issa Rae receiving a Golden Globe for the relatable and quirky television series, ‘Insecure.’ My goodness there were just so many more black women success moments in 2016, but these are just the few that stood out for me.
The Knowles sisters have officially killed the music scene this year. I know you’re probably thinking, why am I writing a post about music. But I just could not pretend that Solange’s latest album did not change my life and make feel so good about being an unapologetically black woman.
Fans like myself have had to wait for four years for Solange to finally bless us with the masterpiece that is, ‘A Seat At The Table.’ If you haven’t listened to it yet, can I just ask you what are you waiting for? This album will permanently be on repeat for me that people will probably get sick and tired of hanging around me. It is an album for black women made by a black woman, how much more magical can it get?
Being a woman can be tough sometimes, we are always having to prove ourselves to the world. People constantly try rain on our parade and bring us down, but they forget that we are indestructible and hard as a rock, so we cannot be easily taken down. God made us people with super-natural powers to conquer the world in skyscraper heels and still manage to survive labour pains.
For some of my readers who may not know today is National Women’s Day in South Africa a public holiday that is celebrated annually on 09 August. It is a day that commemorates when over 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings to protest against ‘pass laws’ in 1956. Women of all races came together in unity to protest this law and stood together as a sisterhood fighting for the rights and freedom of black South Africans. A phrase from one of the protest songs sang by the women “wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo” (you strike the women, you strike the rock) has become an iconic statement for South African women representing their strength and courage, however, this statement is iconic for every woman who is the boss of her own life.
Having a productive workspace is important for anyone who prefers working from home or works at home. I try to at least to update and re-design my workspace three times a year by rearranging my desk, the decor and the colour scheme.
This year for my post-graduate year I moved into a small, one-man place and my first impression of this place was pretty disappointing, it had a very cold and unwelcoming atmosphere. I knew right then and there that MY personal touch was much needed since I would be living in this place for a whole year. It needed to be a place I love, because I would be coming home to it everyday. Finding inspiration to redesign my new home was so difficult at first and my budget also didn’t allow me to create my home the way I had envisioned it.
I know this a very different and unusual post in comparison to what I originally write about, however, I thought the message behind this shoot was important to share. I recently did a shoot for a friend of mine who is a professional photographer, she had asked me to model for her in a very intimate shoot. At first I was nervous about the whole thing mainly because I’m not the sexy kind of girl at all! And I’m okay with, but now how am I suppose to pose in front of a camera and make people believe I’m sexy. But to my surprise the whole shoot was a great success and it helped me love myself more. We all have insecurities but we can work on those insecurities and turn them into our strengths.
The Internet has become a space filled with negativity and positivity depending on where you’re looking. When I was growing up there weren’t social media platforms which encouraged self-love or helped a person to learn to be comfortable in their skin, instead it showed me what was accepted by society and what wasn’t. However, as the future generation we can change that and remind young people behind us that they can be whoever they want to be and no matter what they look like, they will be loved, because beauty comes in “endless amount of forms and we need to recognise that.” – Alessia Cara.
First of all I would like to apologise for my sudden absence from blogging. I was in Cape Town for a short while working and learning under the amazing team of Marie Claire South Africa, and it was definitely one of the best experiences of my life, so far. Even though I was in the beautiful city for work related reasons I did manage to sneak in some fun and luxury time which I will share with you later this week.
The App Store is a place filled of amazing tools that can change your life for the absolute greatest. I can’t really imagine what life would be like without the App Store, oh how technology has spoiled us. I have always loved playing around the App Store, but recently one of my friends showed me exactly just how amazing the App Store can be and shared with me some worthwhile Apps that I just can’t get enough of. Some of these Apps have become my top favourites and now I am going to share them with you. If you’re looking for the perfect procrastinating excuse, this is it.
Deciding what to carry around with you in your daily bag can be one of the most difficult decisions you have to make. To be honest you’ve probably convinced yourself that everything is important from the two pairs of sunglasses to the extra pair of earphones when you only need one pair of everything, because in reality you don’t need all that extra weight in your handbag.
I am guilty of this behave as well, but I seem to be getting better, the more I learn about what I need and don’t need. I thought I would share with you some items I think you should carry so that you have a lighter and more convenient handbag. You should focus on carrying daily essentials which you’ll probably use on an everyday basis.
I recently have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the lovely Jennifer from JJHeartBlog. The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are inspiring and bringing sunshine into the lives of their readers and fellow bloggers through their blogs. A person is nominated or chosen by fellow bloggers for this award. I would like to thank the lovely Jennifer for actually considering my blog for such a meaningful award. Do check out Jennifer’s versatile blog which has a variety of content ranging from beauty, fashion and DIYs.
Being new to this whole blogging space, it really warms my heart to know that there are people who appreciate reading my posts and are inspired by the content I produce. I only hope to continue being a blogger that inspires through my blog.
The Sunshine Blogger Award:
As a nominee I have to answers questions that have been written up by JJHeartBlog who nominated me and then I have nominate my top favourite and inspiring blogs, I would recommend you check out some of these blogs with each blog having its own uniqueness.
So my birthday week has officially come to an end and now it is time to prepare for the stressful time of the year known as exams. From the day of birthday I have had a wonderful time and felt so loved and appreciated by so many people. You never know who you really matter to until you it’s your birthday. The messages and showering of love one receives is so surreal. I am so grateful for the loving efforts that people have shown to me this past week, it really means so much.
I know this isn’t a lifestyle tip post, but I just wanted to share some of my favourite moments with you all, starting with my birthday luncheon. I had so much fun and enjoyed the whole afternoon, everything just came together so perfectly from the decor, to the weather and the company I was surrounded by.
Details of my look
Bralette – Shopaholic SA | White Pants – Studio.W by Woolworths | Bodychain – Lovisa
Midi Rings – Mr Price | Diamanté Ring – The Find | Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs