This is the first of many articles where I am to highlight black owned-businesses and/or businesses aimed at black empowerment. Artists and creators alike have expressed their oppression in their various mediums and the results are nothing short of genius.
Sibahle Collection is a truly unique and exceptional example of this long overdue movement. Located in Ferndale (Johannesburg) Sibahle offer a variety of dolls that promote Africans being authentic and proud of who you are and pioneering Africanism.
Sibahle was born for the need for black children to be comfortable in their own skin. The initial dolls under their primary collection are the dolls “Nobuhle” (which means the one that represents beauty in Zulu) and “Bontle” (which means beauty in Sotho). If their concept, look and carefully curated names weren’t enough to persuade you, all dolls have a beautiful vanilla scent and have 4C Afro hair with the aim of teaching young African children how to take care of their hair from a young age. What’s more? Sibahle means “We are beautiful” in Zulu.
Sibahle Collection is a product of Bounce Essentials Africa, which was founded by two bubbly business women Caroline Hlahla and Khulile Vilakazi-Ofosu in 2016.Not only do they offer dolls, but they have now branched out into merchandise, games, books, puzzles, clothing-and even party accessories! To express creativity, you are able to purchase beautiful African inspired dresses and clothing for your dolls which are full of colour, pattern and are seriously fashionable.
One of my personal favourite collections of Sibahle is called “The Rainbow Nation” which perfectly promotes and celebrates South Africa’s absolute unique diversity and objective of inclusivity and equality for all.
“The world is diverse, with people of different races. This rings true of South Africa which is affectionately known as the Rainbow Nation. We want every child to grow up aware of the rich diversity that our country and the world at large has to offer. We hope the addition of the Rainbow Nation Dolls, will teach children of all races to appreciate and embrace diversity.” – Sibahle Collection.
“The Rainbow Nation Collection” includes vanilla scented dolls with various conditions such as albinism, vitiligo and also includes beautiful dolls of mixed races. You can purchase the entire Rainbow Nation collection consisting of the dolls Bontle, Ndanaka, Zuri and Ayana or purchase them separately!These dolls are fabulous for teaching children about diversity and opening the conversation about love, acceptance and responsibilities. The collection also includes animated books that promote confidence, self acceptance and self love to children and I strongly believe these are an essential in every family home.
What makes Sibahle even more exciting is their attention to detail. Each outfit is curated for each specific doll and each doll comes with her own meaningful name and inspiring story.
Various doll clothing available
Various doll clothing available
Various doll clothing available
I understand and highlight the importance for our children to get used to playing with dolls of various colors, shapes and sizes. Before this, I did not think about the great and potential mental damage after years of only playing (and only seeing) a skinny, white, blonde haired and blue-eyed doll could have on not just a child however, the collective damage on a society as well. We are taught what beauty is and this blinds us to accepting anything that does not fit that exact mould. Luckily, reality is moving towards in the opposite – of what has always been. Beauty is in every single day and found in every single person. Beauty is imperfection and rising above. Beauty is being proud in who you are and in turn, taking that beauty and empowering someone else to believe in themselves.
I admire businesses like Sibahle who use their lives to make as much of a difference for good as they can. I commend them for standing strong, relentless and being brave in their pursuit. I challenge every household to own at-least one item from the Sibahle collection – the products symbolism and meaning speaks for itself and it will undoubtedly push us toward the better, more inclusive future that we are all dreaming of.
For some, Winter is a time to stay indoors and under blankets whilst fighting any opportunity of feeling the cold. Some see Winter as an opportunity to relax and prepare for Summer and all its glory. For others, Winter is a time of wearing whatever you can find in your wardrobe aslong as it’s warm. For me, Winter is the fashion capital of all our seasons and it deserves our utmost respect.
From my travels and research, I have been lucky enough to already experience Winter 2020 in some highly admired parts of the globe and have combined all my knowledge to give you a visual depiction of what Winter will most likely make us wear so that you can stay above the rest.
Winter 2020 will look extremely chic. Styles have presented themselves as simple and classic, with a pop of pattern and/or various textures such as faux fur as the centre of the entire look. Velvet, satin and neutral colours are highly popular but I have also seen hint’s of colours I have hardly seen before: Dark purple, Maroon and dark green, to name a few. I would say that neutral colours are extremely popular however, darker colours have also been a large flavour of the month.
Another accessory that is coming back with a bang is belts. Belts of all width are again being used to finish off a look or outline the body. Handbags are now all about convenience. Their size is just enough to fit the essentials and if it can go over your shoulder even better.
What I love most about Winter is the accessories! Peak hats, beanies, thigh high boots, gloves and scarfs are all must-have’s and have the great ability to compliment and transform any outfit. By simply adding an accessory, you will make sure that you could never wear the same look twice. I have also observed a notable increase in over-sized warm bomber jackets. With that being said, there has also been a substantial rise in blazers and dress pants. Whats-more? Jeans Are Back. The fashion guard’s have approved shiny leather pants and we are never looking back.
High-end brands have released some of the best boots in my opinion, of the 21st Century. These shoes will never go out of style.
I am sure you are aware of how the story goes, many people swop their Summer and Winter clothes as soon as each season transitions. This is a tale as old as time but what if I told you that you don’t need to have different wardrobes for two starkly contrasting seasons? Pair your skirts and shorts with stockings, leggings or even boots to give it an entire new look. I appreciate a combined look – like a skirt paired with a fluffy, oversized jersey and sneakers or a summer dress with a long sleeved warmer underneath. It is totally FF (Fashion Forward).
So, with each season comes something new, right? This one is unlike no other. This Winter is all about hair! From headbands and clips to curly styles and intricate up-do’s, this is a season to experiment. A new trend that I have completely fallen for is hair jewellery. Yes, you heard right. Hair jewellery is the world’s new thing and I am all hear for it. From outrageous, spectacular designs to the most intricate pearl designs, I really have seen it all but I just can’t seem to get enough of it.
Make-up looks are simple. Lashes are in, cat-eyes are back and lipgloss paired with a soft pink blush is all you need to perfect these Winter outfits. For a more daring look, add a bright red lip colour to pop it off. This is a public service announcement for you not to forget the power of a nude lip.
I end off with a quote by the greatest fashion icon, Marilyn Monroe:“We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.”
Lockdown has presented in itself a unique opportunity for you to binge watch your favourite films and series – and also watch something new. I have put together a list of my personal ten favourite documentaries and films that have sequels to keep you highly entertained.
Have you watched any of these? Why not make your own checklist and give them a try.
Top 10 Documentaries (These are all available on Netflix):
An exploration of big cat breeding and its bizarre underworld, populated by eccentric characters. Each installment of the seven-episode docuseries Tiger King is crazier than the last, to the point that you may find yourself saying multiple times, “Well surely things can’t possibly get any weirder than this.” You’d be 100% wrong.
The Goop Lab
The Goop Lab is a series I truly believe all women need to watch. I am still waiting for a season 2 to be announced. This docuseries promotes Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness and lifestyle business, Goop. Episodes cover pseudoscientific tips in energy healing, the use of psychedelic drugs, cold therapy, anti-aging, mediumship and sexuality. I have been forever changed since watching this series and a highly recommend you watch this.
This documentary follows the rising tide of Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm as a teen before making waves in pro surfing and her personal life. I loved the film, “Soul Surfer” which was made about Bethany’s shark attack and how she overcame it, but this documentary depicts her, her family and the entire story in her own words. It is absolutely inspiring.
After losing his son in a drug-related shooting, small-town pharmacist Dan Schneider embarks on a crusade to bring a reckoning against the powerful figures behind the nation’s devastating opioid epidemic.
5. Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
Using 100 hours of footage from the set of “Man on the Moon,” filmmaker Chris Smith documents Jim Carrey’s transformation into legendary performance artist and comedian Andy Kaufman.The doc looks at Carrey’s process, a sometimes laborious Method Acting effort to capture Kaufman’s spirit in his performance. I have always been a fan of Jim Carrey and to have him talk directly about his experiences and give us an insight into his mind is phenomenal.
6. Miss Americana
Pop singer Taylor Swift reveals intimate details of her life while showcasing backstage and onstage concert footage. Some will ding the film for being too manicured, and in truth it’s impossible to tell just how heavy a hand Swift had in the tailoring of the documentary re: her self image. But the film’s true moments of insight are hard to ignore, and it’s fascinating to watch Swift come to terms with who she is as a human being while also being one of the most famous people on the planet.
7. The Keepers
The Keepers is a seven-episode docuseries that expolores the unsolved murder of nun Sister Cathy Cesnik, who taught English and Drama at Baltimore’s Archbishop Keough High School, and her former students’ belief that there was a cover-up by authorities after Cesnik suspected that a priest at the school, A.Joseph Maskell who has guilty of sexual abuse toward students.
8. The Accountant of Auschwitz
Seventy years after World War II, Oskar Gröning, an SS officer, goes on trial for the murder of 300,000 people at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
9. The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann
Often regarded as the British counterpart to America’s Jon Benet Ramsey, the documentary limited series traces over the baffling disappearance of 3-year-old Madeleine McCann, who went missing while on vacation in Portugal with her family. Unlike Ramsey though, McCann was never found, prompting an onslaught of theories that targeted everyone in the area, all the way down to McCann’s parents.
10. Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
Ted Bundy was one of America’s most notorious serial killers. He was convicted in the deaths of more than 30 women before being caught in 1978. Thirty years after Bundy’s 1989 execution, this docuseries brings viewers into the mind of the criminal known as the “Jack Ripper of the United States.” Oscar-nominated director Joe Berlinger pieces together archival footage and audio recordings of Bundy that were made while he was on death row to provide the unique perspective of hearing the killer analyze his own life and motives. More than 100 hours of interviews were used to create this four-part series.
Top 10 Binge-worthy Movies:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009),
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (2010)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011)
2. Back to the Future
Back To The Future Part I
Back to The Future Part II
Back to The Future Part III
3. The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid (1984)
The Karate Kid
Part II (1986)
The Karate Kid
Part III (1989)
The Next Karate Kid (1994)
The Karate Kid (2010)
Rocky II (1979)
Rocky III (1982)
Rocky IV (1985)
Rocky V (1990)
Rocky Balboa (2006)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
X-Men: First Class (2011)
The Wolverine (2013)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
6. Pirates of the Caribbean
The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
At World’s End (2007),
On Stranger Tides (2011)
7. A Nightmare on Elm Street
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
A Nightmare on Elm Street Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
8. Marvel Movies
Captain America: The First Avenger (takes place during WWII)
Captain Marvel (takes place in 1995)
Iron Man (takes place in 2010)
Iron Man 2 (takes place after Iron Man)
The Incredible Hulk (time unspecified, pre-Avengers)
Thor (time unspecified, pre-Avengers)
The Avengers (takes place in 2012)
Iron Man 3 (takes place six months after The Avengers)
Captain America: Civil War (post-Ultron, pre-Infinity War)
Spider-Man: Homecoming (post-Civil War, pre-Infinity War)
Doctor Strange (takes place in 2016)
Black Panther (takes place in 2017)
Thor: Ragnarok (post-Ultron, pre-Infinity War)
Avengers: Infinity War (takes place in 2017)
Ant-Man and The Wasp (ambiguous, but fits nicely between IW and Endgame)
Avengers: Endgame (starts in 2017, finishes in 2022)
Spider-Man: Far From Home (post-Endgame)
9. DC Movies
Man of Steel
Batman V Superman: Dawn of justice
The Dark Knight
Wonder Woman 1984
Birds of Prey
10. The Conjuring
The Conjuring 1, 2 and 3
Annabelle 1, 2 and 3
Top 10 Chick Flicks:
How To: Lose A Guy in 10 Days
Benjamin is challenged by his co-workers to make a woman fall in love with him. On the other hand, Andie has to write an article on how to lose a man in 10 days.
2. The Devil Wears Prada
A young woman who has graduated in journalism comes to New York and becomes an assistant to one of the city’s biggest magazine editors, the ruthless and cynical Miranda Priestly.
3. Sex and the City
Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte are four smart and dynamic New York-based women, who despite their differences and ever-changing sex lives stick together through the ups and downs.
4. Mean Girls
Cady joins a new public school and befriends Janis and Damian. They warn her to avoid the Plastics, a group led by Regina, but things get worse when she falls in love with Aaron, Regina’s ex-lover.
5. Bridget Jone’s Diary
Bridget, a single woman, writes a diary which focuses on the things she wishes to happen in her life. However, her life changes when two men vie for her affection.
William, a British bookseller, meets and falls in love with Anna, a high-profile American actress. However, their relationship goes through many problems due to their different social statuses. This movie was filmed in my favourite area in the entire world: Nottinghill. Have a look at the beauty of this small town in the film.
7. Coyote Ugly
An aspiring songwriter in New York ends up working at a bar full of gorgeous women. While she forms a bond with them, she falls in love with a music producer and pursues her passion for music.
8. The Wedding Planner
While celebrating her newest and most lucrative account — the wedding of Internet tycoon Fran Donelly Mary (Jennifer Lopez) is rescued from a near-fatal collision with a runaway dumpster by handsome pediatrician Steve Edison After spending the most enchanting evening of their lives together, Mary thinks she’s finally found a reason to believe in love. What she doesn’t know is that cupid and her career are about to collide head-on.
9. 50 First Dates
Henry, a vet, falls in love with Lucy, who suffers from short-term memory loss. Lucy can never remember meeting him, so Henry has to romance her afresh each day and pray that she too loves him.
10. The Hustle
The Hustle stars the Aussie comedian alongside Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway as female con-artists, with completely different styles, trying to take down a big fish. It looks absolutely hilarious!
YES! You read the headline right. Kayla Hunt, a hard-working stunner has accomplished what most of us can only dream of.
Her story touched my heart because I am fascinated by ‘celebrities’. I see them as humans, mothers, fathers, friends and ordinary people and always find myself wondering how they are on a day-to-day basis. I’ve never been as close to a real icon like Kayla has and I thought it be a perfect opportunity to share her story – along with the realness that The Paris Hilton possesses- just like all of us.
Kayla has made a name for herself in the online working community. I had been watching her since she started working at first merely selling products on Facebook. Watching her business expand has been so inspiring. Not only has this business changed her life however, it is open and invites any other person to join in selling online. These products work like a bomb and if you want to check her out, her details are provided at the end.
I interviewed Kayla – who was an absolute pleasure to work with – and was blown away at this story. I just want you to believe that anything is possible and that the world is smaller than you think..
OK Kayla… let’s start at the very beginning: HOW DID YOU GET MEET PARIS?
Well this might surprise a lot of you but I’ve been in contact with her for over 10 years now. I’ve always been a fan of Paris since I was as young as 8 years old.
I used to collect every single picture I could find of her and made books filled with pictures of her. She just looked like someone extraordinary and I wanted to be as beautiful as her.
I was obsessed with the Simple Life & Paris made me laugh so much. I just felt like I connected with her on another level and I really wanted to be her friend. We first got into contact over Facebook. She stopped using her personal Facebook & gave me her contact details. OMG I couldn’t believe I was talking to her. I didn’t tell many people because seriously, who was going to believe a girl from a small place in South Africa would be talking to The Paris Hilton.
We literally spoke every day, multiple times & I was young and probably annoying but she never once got annoyed with me & we enjoyed speaking to each other so much.
Every year she would call me for my birthday & send me signed gifts just to make me feel special. In 2010 we met for the first time in South Africa.
She invited me along with her & her friends to the 2010 World Cup and I was so nervous to meet her. The most special moment was when she ran up to me out of everyone in the hangar saying “Kayla, it’s so nice to finally meet you.”
That day was amazing! I remember her giving me my first MacBook saying you can make really cool collages on here now. I always used to send her collages & videos I made of her and that was so special of her to do that. In my life at that time I never thought I’d have a MacBook.
We have always remained in contact over the years. She’s always been a close person to me, supporting me in everything I do. She said I was the first fan that she actually spoke to & actually became friends with. I created the name “Little Hiltons” for her fans and I’ve supported and will support her for my whole life.
This event was my second time meeting her. My company was going to fly me to the USA for a Success Trip. This is my first time I’ve ever been out of South Africa and honestly it was the best trip of my life.
When Paris found out I would be in the U.S she promised me that we would definitely meet up and emailed me to make the flight arrangements with her travel agent (When I started talking to her all those years back she promised me if I come to LA we would go to lunch & shopping and she kept that promise all these years later).
Behind all the glitz and Glamour, what is she like as a person?
Paris is honestly such a genuine, sweet & down-to-earth person. She has a really good sense of humour too, so we were constantly laughing with our own little jokes. She’s adored by her fiancé: Chris Zylka. Him and I had a little chat & he was such a good guy – they’re perfect). Her friends & family love her just as much. When Paris gave me all my gifts I was so overwhelmed that she would do this for me & her assistant said that’s the type of person she is, she just wants people to be happy… And that’s so true. She’s always doing special things for her fans like what she’s done for me. It’s amazing to know she does it out of her heart without even expecting anything back. I’m also the type of person who would never ask her for something because I don’t believe in using people but she’s always treated me so kindly.
You were followed almost everywhere by paparazzi, what did that feel like?
That was CRAZY. When we arrived at The Ivy there was only 1 paparazzi but by the time we left there was well over 30 of them. To be honest I didn’t like it as they’re literally in your face, but Paris has grown up with them her whole life and she knows just how to handle them. She held my hand & was telling them this is my friend from South Africa, it’s her first time in LA and they all shouted “Welcome!”.
Can you briefly describe her home?
Her house is beautiful and really big! She lives in a closed gated community with other stars like Charlie Sheen, Kendall Jenner and Robbie Williams-just to name a few. So when we were driving she would point out the homes and show me.
Her home is filled with art, she loves Marilyn Monroe! Her boyfriend is also an artist so they have made one of the rooms an art room! She also has a wall covered with all her magazine covers she’s done – I just love it! She has a huuuuge closet with clothes and shoes! She also has so many crowns that she keeps in a glass display cabinet! They are so cute!
And she has a DOGGY MANSION! A literal mansion for her adorable pups! She said it’s like a replica of her own home in some ways! It’s so cute & her puppies love it!
Will you be seeing her again anytime soon?
She is possibly coming to SA soon, I can’t mention about that yet but she will give the details in time I’m sure. And then in June she’ll be DJing in Ibiza! So she’s invited my boyfriend & I to come there if we would like to come & party with her.
Do you have any advice for young girls who want to get involved in the working life?
Always do something you’re passionate about! Find what you enjoy and do that. Do something you get excited to wake up every morning for. I’ve loved social media since I was a young girl & I’ve found the perfect job for myself with Nu Skin.
What did you do with Paris?
I was in Utah for my company’s events but Paris flew me to LA and back for the day. She Ubered me to her house & when I arrived at her home I was greeted with a huge hug & smile saying “It’s so good to see you again, what, it’s been like 8 years!”
She took me around her home, we did lives on my Facebook and her Instagram & she basically said to me we could do whatever I wanted to do because she cancelled her appointments to spend the day with me. She showered me with SO many gifts, I’ve never been so spoiled before and she bought me a huge suitcase for me & had all my gifts packed in it.
We then headed out on the town, she said she was going to be my Uber for the day. We first went to @ivyrestaurants as she wanted to show me the best restaurant, it was SO lovely to just be able to sit down with the woman I’ve looked up to my whole life. We went shopping at Chanel & Kitson. We then went to her fitting at Phillip Plein & she even delayed my flight so I could spend some more time with her showing me Rodeo Drive and all around Beverley Hills.
What inspires you?
Paris has been a big part of me growing up & believing in myself. She’s always supported me & I always knew she was there. I have always been inspired by her love of life & belief in herself & that she could do anything she put her mind to.
What are your long term goals?
My long term goal is to always be happy in all that I do. I also would love to travel the world and see as much of the world as possible.
Do you have any last words to say about Paris?
Paris is one in a million and what she’s done for my life – I’ll never be able to fully thank her for. I hate when people judge her because of her past. We ALL make mistakes. Those people judging her have never seen what a beautiful heart she has. I hope my story can change their minds about her because that’s what I want people to know about her, that she has a beautiful heart. She deserves only love, happiness & goodness in her life because that’s what she gives out to everyone. She calls me her lil sis & she is like a big sister to me. I’ll always be grateful to have her part of my life.
Amazing, right!? I love empowering and empowered women and these two ladies have both come such an immensely long way from where they began and have both empowered and inspired others.
I can’t wait to follow the rest of Kayla’s journey and see what the future has in store for her. If you’re like me and totally obsessed with her life right now, you can follow her and purchase from her from the links below:
Versace, Balmain, D&G, Valentino, Moschino and others are names that have the power of increasing my heart beat and creating pictures in my mind of Hollywood glam, or Paris fashion week accompanied by Anna Wintour with huge classic sunglasses on, or Milan, champagne glasses and fantastic views. These brands are more than fashion, they’re an experience and after stepping into Lutik Showroom’s Salon privé with a 35 year history in glam & fashion. I knew then that I had to have some part of it, in some way!
Holding designer pieces that are limited to one in the country, to the most recent and up to date brands like Babylon etc, to glitz and glam from silk and lace (part of D&G vintage). Lutik is a brand that is known to private clientele, having to book appointments to view the garments, the classicality and exclusivity is an aura of sophistication and somewhat importance. This sparked a fashionable tick in my heart, I believe everyone deserves a piece of glamour, a piece of exquisite fabric that compliments your confidence and helps you live everyday as if it were a runway, because you deserve it!
As I have been given the opportunity to have some pictures taken, we proceeded with our first step, being a photoshoot with a handful of the items. I decided to blog a bit of the way and show some photos behind the scenes, some un-edited and some failed images, to show that an almost ‘perfect’ image takes a lot of work, but the fashion will always stay the same. To show that I am no supermodel, but I love who I am and I love the camera and that nothing could ever take that away from me. I believe I am beautiful and you can, too.
I am about to reveal these images below, I will be showing more looks and how you are able to obtain them for yourselves.
For now, let me share my experience of utter self-indulgence!!
I was lucky enough to have been selected as a Rage Festival Influencer for #Rage2016! Angelo, being a DJ, was selected to play at Rage with his music partner, Travis’s alias, ‘Erebus Live’. I had never been to Durban before and thought I’d document the trip as half tourists and half festival junkies.
Rage Festival is a HUGE festival (the only festival) that facilitates the bittersweet moment of finally finishing school, forever. Although it’s meant for matriculants’, it has grown so much that you find people who have been going there for 3-6 years (Or even longer!) It’s the last time you will be around most of the people you have grown up in school with and as true South Africans, we celebrate this by traveling to the coast, staying in the coolest accommodation and enjoying each other’s company one last time. Rage is a week long festival filled with multiple genres of music that suit everybody’s needs. In the daytime, you’ll find everyone coming together on the beach, or if you’re lucky enough to grab a spot at The Sands Hotel, Rage hosts some of the best pool parties I have ever been to. At night, the Sound Factory, a mega venue comes alive and Ragers unite to celebrate!
I had more than the time of my life being a Rage Influencer; it is definitely a memory I will keep with me, forever. Rage had me busy from the beginning of the year with campaigns, private events, amazing shoots for Samsung, Talk shows, free Converse shoes, private Converse launch events, movie premieres, private album launches and not to mention, the best part – Rage Festival Passports (festival tickets) packaged in the most creative, incredible way. After months of preparation, we were finally ready to go to Rage. We packed our bags and took a road trip down to Durban and the journey began.
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We stayed in a private apartment a few km from the Pearls and The Sands and to be honest, the FOMO was real! The vibe and the energy at these hotels full of ex-scholars, appreciating life and celebrating freedom was unreal. It seems like more than a festival…. it’s a location whereby the youth comes together, all with one intention. It’s actually quite inspiring and comforting to see the way everyone reacts with one another and helps one another. You’ll seriously find yourself partying it up with people you have never even meet before however, you are now BEST friends!
The line-up is so amazing that I was wishing to be split into one million tiny pieces to be present at every stage, just to not miss an act. The sound is one of those that you feel in your chest and your worries immediately subside. I was so proud to see how my partner rocked the stage and how the audience responded. It is my favourite thing to watch the audience from backstage… the way the guys really feel the music seriously inspires me.
After a night of partying, we took the Rage shuttle back to our location at around 2am and naturally, we were starving! Everything was closed, but we heard music and followed it to a restaurant called Mr. Browns BBQ. It was open all hours for Ragers, providing food and good company and I can honestly say that it was one of my most memorable nights. We sat into the morning having burgers and creating fond memories, talking to people who were, too out of it, to speak.
We decided to be proper tourists and try our first Bunny Chow. (When in Durban, right!?) There was a gorgeous little bunny chow restaurant below our room and it was the most divine piece of damn good food ever. The bread being so soft and the meat being so soft, succulent but boy, was it burny!
We ordered a mild and got a dish that burned us like the flames of hell within; but we couldn’t stop eating. We then took a stroll on the infamous beach where we saw all our friends hanging out and loving eachothers’ company. We decided to get some coffee from this little coffee shop on the beach and we sat on the beach and simply enjoyed the atmosphere.
We decided to jet off to Durban’s great mall, Gateway because, what is a holiday without shopping!? The shops were so unique and the clothing was so funky I wish I could’ve taken everything. Unfortunately, we found a “Hooters” on our way home and Angelo insisted on trying the food, (ya right) so we grabbed a table and although, feeling terribly uncomfortable about 100% of the time, I do admit, the food was great.
I felt so cool when we went to the pool parties! There was endless slushies’, pizza and amazing music. I could compare it to one of those Miami pool parties you could only dream of. It’s not Miami, but its Rage Festival, and maybe it’s even better. During our daily strolls, we found a little ice cream parlour that makes ice cream from scratch. We chose the red velvet flavour and I’d only ever seen this technique on videos before, so it was quite incredible to finally see it in person. It was the most perfect ice cold, throat refreshing ice cream that was such an opposite to the boiling hot day we were experiencing. We seriously need one of those in Jozi!
These are just some of my experiences with the Rage Festival brand that I had and will keep forever. A special thanks to Rage Festival, G&G Productions, Samsung and Converse for continuing to make every student get through their year and giving them something to look forward to. I would encourage everyone to have the experience that I had, it is seriously once in a lifetime!
I am proudly from Port Elizabeth.. Living in Jozi, I’ve realized that every time I say my hometown, celebrating my “PE-ness”, I get horrified looks, some feel sorry for me, some question what I actually did there and the best of our population haven’t even heard of the real “Friendly’ City.. I go home quite frequently, to visit my family and #besties. I decided to take my partner with me and show him where I grew up. I documented my journey and thought I should show you all my PE Hotspots and actual Things To Do.
We stayed in a place right on the beach, with a magnificent view. PE really does have some of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. Down the road from us was a Museum, which I used to go to almost every weekend growing up, to see our beloved Dolphins. These beautiful creatures were taken away from us and taken overseas, since then, our museum kinda lost all its customers, majority of the animals and it was heartbreaking to find what once was the best attraction, now an empty area. We decided to make the most of it, anyway (as we always do) and appreciate what was left of it. We came across a seal that reminded me of my pug, Marmite (I know, you’re probably thinking “she’s crazy” but it had such a playful, interesting personality and I really felt as if it were communicating with its audience. We then came across a bunch of Penguins and I really couldn’t say much about them because they literally just sat there and we were like “Hi guys…Ok..What next!?”
Although deadly petrified of them, I am so intrigued by snakes. It’s so weird when you’re so scared of something but also so amazed and interested in it, atleast they were behind glass! Although the sign said ‘Do not touch!” I had to. I found myself playing with a snake for hours, half-terrified, knowing that if it came out it would LOVE to seriously repay my annoying behavior with endless amounts of bites. We found old skeletons of dinosaurs and played around with the fun objects the museum had to offer. We somehow always manage to find an amusing activity out of a saddening situation.
One of the best-kept secrets about PE is their food. Knowing me, having to try out every food in the world, I used to always go to the restaurant, Angelo’s (coincidence that the name is the same as my partners’?!) and order their chicken pasta, which literally tastes like Heaven. I decided to be spontaneous, now that they’ve branched out into a couple more locations and..Wait for it..PIZZA. Their food is seriously life changing and will make you contemplate why you don’t actually live in PE.
I really believe that the beach is one of the most beautiful, relaxing and interesting of places in the world. Think about it, every beach has sand and sea, but there is not one beach that actually looks the same. I think it is so humbling, seeing waves crash against each other, against rocks, this mighty force that comes out of nowhere. PE boasts some of the most beautiful, clean (yes, I am OCD) and social beaches, ever. You will never go to the beach and not see someone you know, or a couple of friends playing ball and tanning. Being in Jozi, this is something I’m extremely jealous of. I can go to the beach and sit for hours, there’s so much beauty to take in.
OK, the “fun” stuff. We don’t have “clubs” in PE, we have social gatherings. These social gatherings take place at the coolest venues, no venue I have been to can even compare to the ones where every PE person gathers every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday…. Actually, it’s EVERY DAY of the week. PE people will always find an excuse to party, to come together and just have fun with each other. Everybody knows each other and its almost as if we’re one big family. But nobody can “joll” as hard as a PE person. These locations (White Tiger, Beershack and Gondwanas) boast along the beach, providing soul enriching music and soul-destroying cocktails that we’d all take advantage of until the locations close. Luckily, there is a McDonalds’ right opposite these places, which is usually busy and filled with PE DRAMA from around midnight.
I showed my partner my life, and he loved it. We had a relaxing time, playing chess, drinking Cappuccino’s, driving along the beachfront, walking around town but also the other side, my loud friends and, as a result my inner diva came out, only like it can when I’m Home. There’s nothing I would change about my home, the people, my experiences and just the overall sense of love and care in my community. I miss Home, all the time. I miss my friends, I miss the more simple life, where being barefoot is OK, I do that here and get funny looks from angles I never knew existed.
If you ever want to go somewhere and simply “Chill”, I highly suggest my city, Port Elizabeth. You will love it!
I’ve always been super obsessed with the way I’d want my skin to look, if I see even the slightest of a mark on my face I FREAK OUT. I was disappointed when I noticed the growing freckles on my face (not that freckles aren’t beautiful, it’s just very different once you’re comfortable with the way your face looks!).I also started discovering permanent lines on my face from smiling, laughing and frowning. My family is from an Italian and Afrikaans heritage; therefore I am half bush baby and half city girl, thanks to my childhood. Unfortunately, my great grandmother had a skin condition which I believe had been passed down to me whereby she would get brown pigmentation spots, due to too much melanin, id noticed these “spots” appearing more and more, along with my freckles and decided it was time for a DRASTIC change.
Within the 21st century there has been a movement toward aesthetics within the beauty industry. After doing adequate research on aesthetics, I found how many people (including 99% of all celebrities) go through a procedure called Laser. I researched a little more and found that Laser was the most growing trend amongst the US, seeing results that would make people look MANY years younger! This is brilliant.
Being an actress and model, it is extremely important to look “flawless” at all times. One bad look and it can seriously feel like your career is over. It is vital that you take care of one’s skin and I believe that every person should treat and look after their skin because it is the only way you can keep your youth, forever. You’re never too young to start, I have always had plenty of serums and creams I put on daily and nightly, I put sun block and moisturizers on a couple of times per day. Although my daily face routine did the job, I still wasn’t happy with my faces marks and pigmentation. I decided to embark on a journey once I found the best clinic in Jozi, “Dermology Skin and Laser Clinic” that would prove to change my skin, forever.
I was first horrified when Dermology gave me a Digital Skin Analysis with their fancy technology, I watched as Dermology’s Lourette du Toit examined my face and showed me all my pigmentation and what had turned out to be sun damage and…. WRINKLES. I was seriously blown away at looking at my own skin under microscopic conditions and was given a full explanation on where my areas for treatment are needed and why. I couldn’t believe how “alive” our skin actually is and how everyday activities really do affect the way our skin looks. After this appointment I couldn’t wait to get started on my Dermology journey.
My first BBL Forever YoungTm Laser peel session was not at all what I had expected. I arrived at my appointment, we took beautiful (probably not so beautiful) before pictures and after our little photoshoot, we commenced with the real work. Lourette and Cherie put numbing cream on my face, neck and shoulders and covered it with plastic wrap (Plastic wrap apparently helps the cream set in faster.) After 30 minutes of waiting for the numbing cream to set in, i finally could not feel my face anymore and was confident enough to begin the process. Laser beams, cream, wrap, HUGE MACHINES. You might think it would’ve been a recipe for a painful disaster but I found it to be the complete opposite. I was given goggles and the process began.
I could compare the feeling to possibly getting a tattoo, but even less painful. The treatment is done before you even know it, the most painful areas for me where my upper lip however, that is normal due to the thin skin within these regions. The laser hits you with a small amount of heat in a little area per time in an almost jabbing-like manner. It is completely fine to deal with and nothing too much for me. After the procedure I did feel hot, but no pain, a soothing gel was placed over my face, neck and shoulders and immediately the heat subsided and I felt as if nothing had happened. I LOOKED TERRIBLE. I had red and brown marks and patches all over my face however, this is completely normal. The next few days I was very spotty however, the redness and marks subsided gradually and I was excited to go again. After my first treatment I did notice a difference, as if my face was more lifted, the treatment had perfectly tightened my skin and cleared any marks on my face. I also noticed how a few freckles had gone. I had two spots that I really hated on my chest and these two spots were now only scabs that would eventually fall off!
My second treatment went even smoother than the first. Now, being familiar with the procedure, I relaxed a little more and actually found to have enjoyed it. Due to having done one procedure before, the actual laser was able to penetrate deeper into my skin and actually hit harder on the areas that needed fixing. I was completely fine after my treatment, I was again spotty for the next few days but SPOTS ARE GOOD as they indicate the procedure is actually working. The post treatment effects were not as bad as my first session.
After only two sessions so far, I have been stopped in the street asking how my skin looks so “perfect.” I do not have one line on my face now, I feel like beautiful porcelain. I was always too scared to dare not wear make up but I find myself not even needing as much anymore, even going a few days without base and being unable to notice the difference! I really do feel like I have peeled off a terrible layer of skin and blossomed into a confident, spot-free woman! Its hard to pin point what exactly looks different because the overall look is outstanding.
Lourette doing my “Digital Skin Analysis”
Digital Skin Analysis
Before my Treatment
Numbing cream covered with plastic wrap
After my treatment
It is mind blowing to see the results surfacing after only two treatments so far. I am beyond proud to be apart of the most amazing brand, Dermology Sandton that also has such lovely staff members (with flawless skin) that actually become like friends. The results also take work on your side, you will experience dry skin which you need to try moisturize daily, put on sun block daily and use products containing Retynil and Vitamin C. Looking after your skin has extremely amazing long term benefits and I know I will not regret a thing
I would not recommend any other place for treatments other than Dermology, specializing in Anti-Aging, Depigmentation, Laser Hair Removal, Acne, Redness, Vein Removal, Tattoo Removal, Cellulite, Weightloss and Dermatology, Profractional XCTm, Nano Laser Peels and Laser Resurfacing, to name a few. It is a relaxing, professional and serene environment whereby the staff actually have a passion for what they do and want to make their customers look better and feel better about themselves. I did not expect to look and feel this good and I am so happy with everything so far.
Thank you for reading an update on my Dermology Skin and Laser Clinic experience, I hope to give some more feedback soon and I really recommend you try out the aesthetics realm, it really is the way of the future!
I had an almost perfect day when my loving partner and I decided to explore a little bit of our town. Both being artists, we draw a little more of an emotional connection to the world around us. We finally found the heart of Jozi, the place whereby culture is celebrated and good food magnified, the place where air feels lighter and the sound of African music changed your heartbeat to a rhythm your entire being feels new to however, it is somehow a part of you and imbedded inside of you, Maboneng.
Starving, we booked and landed a table at an Argentinean restaurant named Che. The menu was small but could fill your stomach just by a quick read through. This place is particularly satisfying for meat-lovers, like myself. We started off with tasty Empanadas, a range of different flavours. One could tell that the pastry was made from “real’’, thought-out ingredients, it was crispy and cooked to just the right timing, consumed fully with inside stuffing’s of chili, chicken and all things Che, I was more than excited to get to the main course. The restaurant is Art. The walls are covered in beautiful paintings with a centre piece of a magnificent fireplace, braaing the most eye-succulent meats my eyes have ever seen. Beautiful red curtains drown the room with olden day style furniture, adding to an overall relaxing yet inspiring atmosphere.
The dish I ordered was a ‘special’ ran by Che, your choice of Pork Belly or a cooked-to-perfection rump steak, placed on a home baked Portuguese roll with a side choice of chips or salad. All this for only R85.00! As Pork Belly Only on Christmas is an episode I know only too well in my family, I decided to be daring and choose the Pork with chips. (Cheat day!) My lover had his usual favourite, Rib Eye Steak. My dish arrived and it was HUGE, way more than I bargained for however, I felt like I couldn’t get enough! The Pork was crispy, full of flavor, the bread was fresh and the chips were out of this world. I know a lot of restaurants cannot get their chips right, It is always a letdown for me, personally when the menu says chips/crisps and I get some overcooked, thick wedges. (PS, if a customer wants a potato, they’d ask for it!). I think every restaurant should take some serious tips from Che. I was envious of my partners’ meal, having eyes way too big for my stomach, I found myself stealing a bit of his steak every now and then, convincing him he is not hungry enough to finish it, we took it home and had the rest for dinner! (Bargain!). The steak was cooked perfectly, soft, succulent, meaty-everything a good steak should be. All the waiters were happy, smiling, helpful and efficient. They added to the overall sense of welcoming and excitement to the restaurant.
Stomachs full and eyes wide open, we took a stroll down the road, filled with unique coffee shops, old school ice cream trucks, exotic restaurants, I wish I could’ve tried it all! My eyes were hungry for the colour, the sense of culture and the beautiful African products on display. Carefully woven garments made purely from beads, colourful jackets, mind blowing paintings, leather jewellery, funky sunglasses and tribal shoes were beaming at you from both sides of the road, so much beauty you don’t even know where to look, you don’t want to look at a specific point incase you miss something in the corner of your eye. I learned my ‘Favourite Fact of The Day’ when I heard the all too familiar African drums being freely played, mesmerized, my boyfriend had told me how these men bring all their own instruments and teach the public how to play them, FOR FREE. I guess they, too believe that we are all musicians, creating our own music every single day. The way we walk, talk and even breathe are our personal instruments in one big symphony we call Earth. This fact really touched me; these artists clearly understand the power of music.
We came across a food market, having had lunch we found our regular excuse to eat more…DESERT. I have such a sweet tooth and nothing excites my tastebuds and I more than a good cake, or chocolate. I found a home-made chocolate company, having almost 20 different original flavours of chocolate and, in true Jade-style, found the testers and tried every one of them. Creamy, sweet, melting-in-your-mouth chocolate can never really go out of style. It was divine. We then found an ice cream spot and tried another not so usual flavor, Coconut. It was incredible; it had little bits of coconut that made you feel as if you were actually on some private Island with white sand and blue blue seas, eating a cold, delicious coconut. From exotic Ethiopian wraps to chicken and waffles, Durban curries to flavoured smoothies, the list of food was endless. We took home moist carrot cake and little lemon meringues’ for tea and it was the worst and best decision of my life, a little exercise later and it proved to be the latter.
Stopping along our way back for espresso’s and hot chocolates in the cold Winter air, we came across a Hotel/Art gallery with the most interesting of paintings, artwork, murals, writing and photos which seemed to have satisfied my soul. In this hotel, we took a lift to the top and found a whole new world above our own, being higher than sky scrapers and excluded from society, the views were magnificent. It’s always so humbling being at the very top of a building and realizing how tiny you actually are, compared to the bigger scheme of things. We shared a momentary kiss to add to the beautiful scene and boy, was it one perfect take. I really believe in moments and the beauty of a moment and the way some moments seem to stand still when you allow yourself to be completely in the moment, when you actually live for the moment, I find it so special to be able to be present as everybody lives, but do you really live?
I find myself constantly reminiscing about this day and wanting to do it all over again. There’s just something about food and atmosphere that can bring everyone together, that can make you enjoy your world around you and this is so important to do in the everyday hustle of life. We need to remember to be able to take a break and explore; I urge you to explore a little more beyond your walls, come back and paint those walls with mesmerizing memories, tickle your tastebuds and welcome culture, embrace diversity and love the life you live.