Last year there was a turn-a-round in the blogosphere, caused by one of Jess’ posts entitled ‘Things I’m afraid to tell you’. It sparked a wave of prominent bloggers, to open up and admit to their readers that their lives weren’t as perfect as they seemed on their blogs. I think this was such a great idea. With social media throwing us images of perfection at every click, it’s refreshing to have people be so open and honest. Reading many of the posts that were written as a result, made me feel so much better about myself.
I’m feeling a little bit overwhelmed at the moment, and so I thought it might be a nice idea to get my own problems off of my chest… I’m a year late to the party, but who cares. This post is for no one but me, anyway.
Spent a lazy Sunday afternoon with Michane and Klaudia, nibbling on treats and sipping wine. Klaudia has the most beautiful courtyard in her block of flats, so we relaxed outside, and were visited by countless squirrels and a bunny rabbit!
The Btech project is slowly taking form. It’s becoming slightly annoying, because I’ve given up my entire life in complete devotion to achieving a fantastic mark. It’ll all be worth it in the end, I’m sure, and I have an amazing lecturer, Chantelle Arpesella, who’s guiding me through the chaos.
Anyway, I sound like I hate what I’m doing. Let me just be clear, I don’t. I live for design and creativity. And the most important part of the design process? Great references! Take a look at mine…
After creating such lovely images for the last edition of Spar Savour magazine, my friend Leigh and I were asked to do some more work for the online mag. We shot and styled two different pieces, although I can’t share them yet because the next edition of Spar Savour only goes live in 13 days time. But here are a few tit bits in the mean time.
Before I went away to Thailand, I had dinner at a fantastic restaurant called The Dog’s Bollucks with my fabulous friends Klaudia and Michane. They make the most overwhelmingly delicious burgers you’ve ever laid eyes on! I ate the dream-worthy New Yorker (which is very sneakily a lot more burny than you’d think, which I loved). Check out the photos below of their fantastic food and awesome, laid-back atmosphere.
Remember when I shared my proposal to Seventeen Magazine SA to design their homework diary? Well… I got the gig! (Always wanted to say that…) Click ‘read more’ below if you’re keen to find out how my Btech project is going.
I went on a trip to Phuket and Phi Phi Island in Thailand - it was simply dream worthy. I’ve got a couple of photos to share… an outfit post and a few snaps of the crazy ‘Bangla Road’… They’ll come in time. But click ‘read more’ below for a quick preview.
I’m such a breakfast girl. I simply love the fact that it can be sweet or savoury! What a choice…
So I treated myself on Sunday morning, to a smorgasbord of delights. Peanut butter toast, strawberries & castor sugar and my favourite green tea, with a dash of lemon juice. I laid them all out on my beautiful wooden board, that was a gift from my cousin Tracy’s wedding.
Somehow this never seems to translate into my daily life. I put fashion and outfit planning over putting clothes away and tidying up, so inevitably I have a mass clean-up every weekend. What a waste of time, but at least I always look presentable.
I’ve recently written my thesis, entitled ‘The way women are represented in South African media and how this negatively affects the way in which they perceive themselves.’ It took ages, was a huge shlep, but it’s done and I’m proud of it.
For the next 6 months, we’re spending our time coming up with design solutions for our thesis. I’ve decided to concentrate on teenage girls, and started looking for a brand that I’d be happy to associate myself with.
Round about the same time, there was a bit of a drastic event taking place in the States - Seventeen Magazine US had pledged to stop photoshopping girls’ faces and bodies - a huge jump forward in promoting a healthy body image for young girls. You currently sign their pledge here, or the SA Seventeen magazine pledge here.
I decided that I wanted to align myself with the Seventeen Mag brand for my Btech project. I had interned at Seventeen magazine for a week when I was 16, so I was already familiar with them. I was aware that they included a homework diary in their December issue every year, and thinking back to my own obsession with homework diaries in high school (here & here) I thought that I’d take a crack at re-envisioning what a homework diary is supposed to be.