Durban gears up for a focus on ethical fashion

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed. This incident is the fourth largest industrial disaster in history after the death toll stood at 1 138 people, with an additional 2 500 injured.

There were five clothing factories in the plaza.  And all were producing garments for the western market. Furthermore, most of the victims were women. 

But sometimes, out of tragedy comes something good. How often have we heard that? In this case, out of the Rana Plaza tragedy, came Fashion Revolution.Continue reading →

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The Slow Movement: What it means and why it’s relevant

Slow fashion

Slow has never been so fashionable as it is now. And for that I am glad.

The Slow concept originated with the Slow Food campaign in 1986 when Carlo Petrini protested the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant in Rome. The Slow Food movement arose out of a desire to protect local food cultures and place more emphasis on the pleasure of food rather than the instant gratification of the fast food culture.

Today, this movement is seeing the growth of a global culture that respects quality food, locally sourced ingredients and care for the earth, coupled with a strong emphasis on pleasure.Continue reading →

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Support Local: Why I think this movement is important

“Think globally, act locally” is a motto that is slowly, but steadily, emerging as a world trend. It’s all about consumers moving towards locally-sourced products and is directly related to the movement of reconnecting with local traditions, foods and life in general.

In a fast-paced world where globalisation is seen as sucking the authenticity out of living, many are embracing the culture of supporting and buying local. And now this label – “local” – is gaining such a massive following it is becoming a stronger prerequisite for buying than even “organic”.Continue reading →

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Buy local, support Fair Trade: buy a Rain Christmas gift this year

Rain products are responsibly handmade with love and care. Picture: Meneesha Govender

I am passionate about buying local and pride myself on supporting slow, ethical brands wherever I can. It’s for this reason that I buy many of my bath and body essentials from Rain Africa, one of my favourite stores – EVER!

Rain was started “to provide jobs, skills and hope to people living in desperate poverty, particularly women and the disabled”.

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Review: My facial at Skin Renewal Aesthetic Clinic

Skin Renewal Aesthetic Clinic in Morningside. Picture: Meneesha Govender

A while ago I was invited to enjoy a complimentary facial at the newly-opened Skin Renewal Aesthetic Clinic in Morningside.

After a severe bout of flu, I felt my skin needed a bit of pampering and rehydration, so gladly accepted.

Skin Renewal is part of the Renewal Institute, which claims to take an integrated approach to health and aesthetics. It consists of Skin, Body, Health, Brain and Sleep Renewal – each offering specialist treatments in those areas. The institute is one of the largest medical anti-aging companies in South Africa and boasts 16 branches nationwide.

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Author, Ali Land, to launch her debut novel in SA

Ali Land, author of one of the most extraordinary, controversial and explosive literary debuts of 2017, with be launching her book Good Me Bad Me to Cape Town audiences in September. She will be participating in a number of events at the Open Book Festival between September 6 and 10

She will also be at the following venues:

  • Elsie’s River Library on September 7 at 11am
  • Kalk Bay book store at 5.30pm
  • Fishhoek Library on September 8 at 10am
  • Exclusive Books Cavendish on Stepember 14 at 6.30pm.

Take a look at my review of Good Me Bad Me earlier this year.

You can also read an extract from the book and  a Q&A with Ali Land here.

  • Good Me Bad Me is published by Penguin Random House


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Blonde: Not so dumb after all

The gene pool can often be a murky morass from which we may inherit some pretty horrid traits. Well, that’s how I saw my white hair for most of my life.

The first strand appeared on my head when I was a mere 10 years old! Every time I saw it I’d pluck the offending hair, inspect it carefully and bin it quickly. Not a hint of colour there.
Many factors cause hair to go grey prematurely – stress, anaemia, a lack of vitamin B12, genetics. In my case it is the latter.Continue reading →

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Dan Brown’s Origin will be in stores soon

Origin by Dan Brown

Origin is said to be Dan Brown’s “most brilliant and entertaining novel to date” and will be available at bookstores in October.

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Review: Read Sophie Hannah if the unexpected doesn’t scare you

A Game for All the Family by Sophie Hannah

For a while now, I have been unable to read a serious, thought-provoking novel.

Hence my last review was a of a Sophie Kinsella novel that I, surprisingly, thoroughly enjoyed. The happy ending was just what I needed to soothe my soul that weekend.

I strongly believe that to truly embrace reading, one must accept that there is a time and place to enjoy different genres – even ones you generally wouldn’t go near.

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Why I’m glad I was forced to watch ‘Wonder Woman’

Kiki is “my person”. It’s a term that originated from one of my favourite television series, Grey’s Anatomy. “My person” is the one I go to for just about everything. She’s the one I can’t stay mad at and the one who supports me even when I refuse to say sorry. Being someone’s “person” is a commitment.

I’ve started my blog with this explanation to contextualise why I capitulated – despite my every nerve railing against it – to watch Wonder Woman with Kiki as part of her birthday celebration.

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