Home Bru Graft Café: my go-to coworking space in Durban

Home Bru Graft Café: my go-to coworking space in Durban

Durban, Freelance, Lifestyle
Home Bru Graft Café: my go-to coworking space in Durban There are days when I crave human contact. I love the solitude of my home during the weekdays. Me, the cats, the dogs and the silence. But it’s also quite an isolating existence. After working in an open-plan newsroom for close on 20 years, some things cannot be replaced. Popping my head over the partition for some advice on a headline with my colleague, mundane conversations at the coffee machine, morning diary meetings … human interaction feeds the brain and the soul. (more…)
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Are you ready for a coworking environment?

Are you ready for a coworking environment?

Durban, Lifestyle
Are you ready for a coworking environment? [caption id="attachment_2188" align="aligncenter" width="640"] It's time coworking gained more traction in Durban. Picture: WOCinTech[/caption] For me, one of the pitfalls of working from home is the sometimes intense isolation. And it’s at times like these that I long for the hustle and bustle of a newsroom. Don’t get me wrong, I love that I can roll out of bed, brush my teeth (maybe 😁) and head to my office to get stuck in a day’s work. Sometimes, if the need arises I can even work from my bed. A sick day means I can still be productive without infecting an entire office of people. (more…)
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Transparency is trending: take a bow Fashion Revolution

Transparency is trending: take a bow Fashion Revolution

Durban, Lifestyle
Transparency is trending: take a bow Fashion Revolution Often out of devastation blooms hope and new purpose. Sometimes devastation is the impetus for global action. And global action is sometimes the only way to honour the thousands of victims of a tragedy. 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. All five clothing factories in the plaza were producing garments for the western market. What’s more, most of the victims of the building collapse were women. (more…)
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Fashion Revolution Week: a month to go!

Fashion Revolution Week: a month to go!

Durban, Lifestyle
Fashion Revolution Week: a month to go! It’s less than a month to go to Fashion Revolution Week, which takes place on April 23-29. This year marks the 5th year since the Rana Plaza factory collapse. This single event shook the fashion world and set off a chain of events that eventually lead to the world’s biggest  fashion activism movement - Fashion Revolution. People the world over are calling on brands to change. And in the past five years brands are listening and even acting. (more…)
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#Haulternative: a guide for fashion lovers with a conscience

#Haulternative: a guide for fashion lovers with a conscience

Durban, Lifestyle
#Haulternative: a guide for fashion lovers with a conscience You don’t need to buy new clothes to enjoy a good haul. Why not try a haulternative? This, essentially, is a way of refreshing your wardrobe without actually hitting the shops and buying new clothes. If you’re a YouTube fan, you may have heard of popular vloggers Noodlerella, Grav3yardgirl, and CutiePieMarzia - they’re already doing it. They’re sharing ways to “haul” that are fun and exciting. From upcycling to swapping to trawling charity shops, fashion-conscious people are finding haulternatives to buying brand new clothes. Pick the one that inspires you most and create a video of your own for Fashion Revolution Week. (more…)
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Durban gears up for a focus on ethical fashion

Durban gears up for a focus on ethical fashion

Durban, Lifestyle
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. (more…)
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Support Local: Why I think this movement is important

Support Local: Why I think this movement is important

Durban, Lifestyle
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”. (more…)
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Buy local, support Fair Trade: buy a Rain Christmas gift this year

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

Durban, Lifestyle
Buy local, support Fair Trade: buy a Rain Christmas gift this year 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”. (more…)
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Review: My facial at Skin Renewal Aesthetic Clinic

Review: My facial at Skin Renewal Aesthetic Clinic

Durban, Lifestyle
Review: My facial at Skin Renewal Aesthetic Clinic 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. (more…)
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Why I’m glad I was forced to watch ‘Wonder Woman’

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

Durban, Lifestyle
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. (more…)
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