My hair and I have been through a rollercoaster of a relationship. I have dyed it, cut it, relaxed it – resulting it to become brittle and weak in some cases. This has helped me learn and understand what’s good and bad for my hair. First of all I have stopped using any processed hair products and stuck to purely natural products.
I can be anything that I want to be, I don’t live my life according to your values. I live it for me and only me.
So my amazing sister, Esethu asked me to be her muse for one of her many photography projects. The concept of the shoot was inspired by the ‘Art Ho’ movement. Check out the photos below and share your thoughts with me.
The idea of the shoot was to capture the evolved African girl in the modern society. She is someone who adores and respects her African culture and values (represented by the head scarf) but at the same time she also recognises that she has a deep love for the rock n’ roll/indie scene and culture that she has been exposed to while growing up (represented by the denim jacket and pink neon lights). Making a self-discovery of her identity birthing her newly founded being as an “African punk-rock beauty.”
Location: Esethu Khambule’s studio (her bedroom)
Make-up and styling: Aphiwe Khambule
Head scarf: Woolworths
Denim Jacket: Thrift Shop (Asseblief)
Crop Top: Custom made by Shopaholic
Shorts: Boxers from Woolworths
Photo taken by: Aphiwe Khambule
It is so hard to believe that we are already in the third month of the year. With that being said I have decided to share with you some of my favourite beauty buys not only for this month, but the year so far. As you already know The Body Shop is my favourite beauty store, and is also slowly becoming one of my favourite make-up stores. I have fallen in love with two amazing make-up products from The Body Shop. The first product being the ‘All-in-one BB Cream’ and the second being the ‘Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil’ and I have decided to share some of my thoughts about the two products.
Image via Tumblr
First of all, I would like to apologise for my slacking in the past few weeks. I have just been so busy with university and stuff – Post-grad/Honours is no joke! – But I am slowly getting my life back on track academically.
Also sorry this not a hair post (but that’s coming soon so get keen). Instead I have been inspired to blog to you beautiful people about self-confidence and self-love. These are two easy words to understand, but implementing them into your self-being is a whole different story. In the society we live in it has become easier for one to criticise themselves rather than compliment themselves. You can never please society whether you’re the skinniest girl in town, or the most fittest of them all.
Victoria De Costa is a beautiful, young lady who has been through a journey of her own. She has decided to share her story in hopes that it will help others in her position. I also hope her story will remind you that self-love comes with patience and time. Thank you once again Victoria for sharing your story with us.
It has recently come to my attention the sad reality of how people poorly love themselves and this shouldn’t be the case, because we all deserve and need to love ourselves. It’s the only true love that will never fade away.
When it comes to loving the entirety of yourself–not just your body–the concept breaks down even further. How easy is for a child of neglectful parents to love themselves? How easy is it for someone subjected to a lifetime of bullying for being LGBT to love themselves?