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.
To celebrate my one year ‘blog-versary’ and also because it is the season of giving, I have decided to do a giveaway to say thank you to all you amazing people who have supported my blog thus far. One lucky person will get the chance to walk away with two gorgeous matte lip liquid colours from The Body Shop.
I started blogging with the intention of improving my fashion and beauty writing skills. I did not expect to have a following of people who would actually enjoy what I was writing. The words of encouragement and support has kept me going throughout the whole year. The emails, DMs and messages that I have received during the year have warmed my heart dearly and pushed me to keep doing what I’m doing. I have met some amazing bloggers, worked with talented photographers and had some great writing and guest blogging opportunities.
I really love and admire each and every one of you who take the time out of your day to read and follow my blog, it really means a lot to me. The giveaway includes two brand new gorgeous matte lipsticks in the colours Windsor Rose 032 (the nude) and Sicily Iris 09 (the deep purple). I chose these colours, because I think the colours will suit almost any skin tone and are lovely festive colours to rock this holiday season.
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.
Image by Aphiwe Khambule
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.
Via – Pinterest.
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.
Cape Town is no doubt one of the most beautiful cities in South Africa. The beautiful view of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head is one I will never get tired of looking at when driving into the city. While in Cape Town I had the time to explore some of the hot spots of the city and dine out at some of the cutest restaurants and cafes. A cafe that I really enjoyed was ‘The Big Box’ a place where you can play any board game imaginable while you wait for your food, you’ll even forget you ordered food with the board games keeping you so entertained.
However the best thing I did manage to do while I was in Cape Town was go wine tasting. Being an enthusiastic fan of wine it wouldn’t have been right for me to have left the Western Cape without quenching my thirst.