Sunday read: Johannesburg

Sunday read: Johannesburg

My Journey
Sunday read: Johannesburg If you’re going to write about Johannesburg on the day Nelson Mandela died, it has to be pretty special or breathtaking. That’s my take on that day. A nation’s heart broke on that day. It was a life-changing moment in South Africa, as much as the man’s release from prison was. (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, My Journey
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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The Slow Movement: What it means and why it’s relevant

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

Lifestyle, My Journey
The Slow Movement: What it means and why it's relevant 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. (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, My Journey
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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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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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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