Sunday read: The Girl Who Saw Lions

Sunday read: The Girl Who Saw Lions

Books
Sunday read: The Girl Who Saw Lions There’s no better press drop than a book drop in our home. And when it’s a young adult novel, there’s inevitably an argument about who gets to read the book first. The Girl Who Saw Lions by Berlie Doherty landed on my desk last week. Abela is from a village in Tanzania and has lost everything. She’s forced to flee her home to Britain, where she is an illegal migrant.⠀ (more…)
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A website launch checklist for beginners

A website launch checklist for beginners

Worklife
 A website launch checklist for beginners A good website is designed well, offers good user experience and has strong SEO. If you’re starting out on designing a website or if you have employed a web designer but need to know what you need to look out for, here is a website launch checklist. (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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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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Author, Ali Land, to launch her debut novel in SA

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

Books
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…
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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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