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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Sunday read: A Kind of Freedom

Sunday read: A Kind of Freedom

Books
Sunday read: A Kind of Freedom I was eager to begin reading this novel.  Reading is an emotional journey for me. It is about testing my emotions, my empathy, and my understanding. For me, a book is gripping because it appeals to me emotionally, it tests me and it leaves me thinking about what I’ve read for a long time to come. (more…)
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Sunday read: The Betrayal

Sunday read: The Betrayal

Books
Sunday read: The Betrayal I’ve just read the first chapter of Kate Furnivall’s The Betrayal and I can’t wait to get into this one. The first pages of this novel are tense and image-laden — filled with dripping blood, despair, collusion … and betrayal. Twin sisters, Romy and Florence, share a horrible secret about the murder of their father. (more…)
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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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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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Rethink plastic: reduce and eliminate

Rethink plastic: reduce and eliminate

Lifestyle
Rethink plastic: reduce and eliminate Have you thought about how you consume plastic? Have you considered how you could reduce your plastic footprint? In my last blog I shared a few alarming statistics and facts about plastic with you. The next step is to actively practise plastic reduction and elimination. Here are 6 suggestions to get you started: (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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