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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Blonde: Not so dumb after all

Blonde: Not so dumb after all

Lifestyle, My Journey
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. (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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Come on, play your part this Earth Hour

Come on, play your part this Earth Hour

Durban, Lifestyle
Come on, play your part this Earth Hour Here is a call to action worth considering. Earth Hour is a global call to protect the planet and to stand up against climate change. Having started in Australia in 2007, the event has since grown in leaps and bounds. South Africans began observing the hour from 2009, ahead of climate change talks in Copenhagen. (more…)
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An exercise in introspection

An exercise in introspection

Lifestyle, My Journey
An exercise in introspection Hello everyone. I’ve been caught in the hamster wheel of life – school runs, extra mural activities with the kids and coursework recently – with very little time for myself. Today, I’m stepping back and breathing. Today, I’m indulging in a bit of introspection. (more…)
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Holidaying in Zanzibar on a whim and fancy – Part 3

Holidaying in Zanzibar on a whim and fancy – Part 3

Lifestyle, My Journey
Holidaying in Zanzibar on a whim and fancy – Part 3 If you’ve been following my posts, you’ll know that I decided to live outside of my comfort zone this holiday and travel without doing much planning. Our only requirements when we booked was that our hotel be on the beach and relatively quiet. We wanted a space away from the tourist hustle and bustle, a space that was tranquil, healing and comfortable. A space that we would enjoy spending most of our holiday at. (more…)
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Holidaying in Zanzibar on a whim and fancy – Part 2

Holidaying in Zanzibar on a whim and fancy – Part 2

Lifestyle, My Journey
Holidaying in Zanzibar on a whim and fancy – Part 2 If you read my last post (Holidaying in Zanzibar on a whim and fancy – Part 1), you will know I recently visited this island off the mainland of Tanzania. Armed with very little info on what to expect on my holiday, I was completely out of my comfort zone as I negotiated a foreign country, people and customs. (more…)
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Circle of life

Circle of life

Lifestyle, My Journey
Circle of life Living on the east coast, I've grown accustomed to the beauty of a sunrise over the sea. That time of day - when the sun, sky and sea engage in a game of tag, showing off as they throw out a myriad dazzling colours for our eyes to feast on - is when I feel a deep sense of peace and spirituality. This year I got to experience a number of sunsets over the sea. After long, hot, hazy days, the soothing sight of calm seas and a setting sun is a calming experience. It's a circle-of-life kind of moment - bringing me back to the beginning, encouraging me to start again, assuring me that to move forward is not about forgetting but rather about accepting.
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