Travel | Go Ahead and Explore Elim

Traveling on the winding open road towards Elim, it’s a town many seem to overlook.

Travel | Go Ahead and Explore Elim

Fashion | Feeling Pink

In the midst of winter, wearing bright colours is definitely the trend this season

Fashion | Feeling Pink

Talk | Let’s Chat with Coffee

Sharing with you an update on what is going on in the life of Stephanie

Talk | Let’s Chat with Coffee

TouristThe last time I was at Hout Bay Harbour, I was about 16. Fast forward seven years and, it looks like a completely different place but with the same name. I felt like a tourist in my own city, exploring a new place.

I always dreamt of travelling abroad and I’m sure most of us have our wish list of which places to visit. But, I realized while driving to Hout Bay that I haven’t even explored most of Cape Town let alone South Africa. So, before I make any plans to visit Copenhagen or Prague, I need to explore South Africa first.

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Spring doesn’t really make its appearance on the first but generally only after the 21st of the month or even later like it did last year. But in the meantime, because I’m so excited to get out of this cold winter weather we experienced over the last few months, I started stocking up on pretty sandals and dresses. I found this black and white pattern dress at Edgars.

Now due to this bulge I have by my stomach and my thick thighs, I can’t wear mini or tight skirts or dresses. I have to wear what makes my body comfortable like opting for elastic dresses worn above the stomach to create a flow over it which makes your waist look smaller. I will also be starting to wear dresses above the knee or over it during the summery season because nobody likes to see my cellulite, right?

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With this attire, I wore my beige and black sandals from two years back paired with my white handbag and of course, a pair of sunglasses. I loved this location which created a sense of culture, a culture I belong too. Did you know that Hout Bay Harbour is often called the Heart of the Cape? According to the Hout Bay Organised page, it is the 9th most visited tourist attraction which includes a yacht and boat marina, a working fishing fleet, a craft market and, has a couple of fish and chips outlets such as the infamous Mariners Whalf.

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Dress: Edgars / Jersey: China Town / Sandals: Mr Price / Handbag: Forever New

Until next time.

A bunch of nuts fell out

For those of you who have been following me on my social media platforms, I’ve announced my collaboration with Lifestyle Blogger, Courtney Davids from Courtney’s Culture, where every Wednesday during the month of August we’ll be combining our post with various topics and posts. Last week, we spoke about our Top 10 Spring items. So, if you haven’t had a chance to read it, here you go.

This week we are speaking about Prints. Prints are there if you a daring person who loves to make a bold statement whether it’s a pair of shoes, a handbag or pants; that item helps you build the rest of your ensemble around that item.

I’ve chosen to wear a printed colourful kimono I purchased the beginning of this year. I added accents around the various colours but still making it the focal point of the outfit.

All about PrintsI’ve gone for a more casual look with a bit of edginess hence the Chelsea boots. Seeing that it’s still relatively cold whether the sun is out or not, I wore a long black top underneath my kimono and tied it with a vintage belt and added a vintage clutch bag with a lighter shade.

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Courtney on the other hand had a different interpretation of prints. She opted for a more neutral kind of look by wearing a black and white printed blouse/top which changed her overall appearance from causal to smart casual.

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Her philosophy is that plain prints stands out more instead of looking to chaotic with a mixture of colourful prints as it can be dressed up with gorgeous accessories.

All about Prints

In her opinion, prints tend to make your look less complicated because you don’t need more than just that one item. She paired her outfit with a pair of jeans and navy blue peep-toe squared heels. Courtney adds that you need to make sure that the print you are opting to wear agrees with your personality and that it’s comfortable because, confidence is key.

Until next time.

A bunch of nuts fell out

BlackandWhite

Since I was a little girl, I loved black and white photographs. My father is a camera technician therefore, he always had his camera on hand. So, if you trace back to my baby years, you’ll find that most of my photographs were taken in black and white.

What I admire about monotonous images is that it illustrates the real detail of the image and truly makes a photograph stand out. I agree, a colourful image does make the design or outfit catchy and interesting but, it’s nothing compared to a beautiful monochrome appearance.

When it comes to telling a story, black and white imagery portrays your genuine emotion. The compositions turn out perfect and gives off a sharp contrast. That’s why I opted to wear a black and white attire this week. I came across this mid-length cotton dress and realized that I had a pair of white block heels still gathering dust in my closet.

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I love how it depicts that extraordinary perspective of the realism throughout the shots taken by my sister. I wore these versatile chunky heels mostly known as block heels to stay trendy but comfy too.

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Dress: Mr Price / Heels: Fashion Express / Hat: Cotton On / Jewellery: Truworths

Until next time.

A bunch of nuts fell out

There comes a time in ones life when you hit a speed bump or two. Peter Guber once said that, “Every journey that is successful has culs-de-sac and speed bumps. I carry a wisdom gene through my life through the good, the bad and, the ugly”.

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Where to draw the line

I started blogging about five months ago and, whilst I call myself a blogger,  I have yet to establish myself in the bloggers-sphere market which has grown enormously over the last few years in South Africa and around the world.

For the uninitiated, a blog is actually short for a web log and in its most simplest form is a collection of content that is organized repetitively. This content can take the form of basic words (copy) as well as rich media (audio, video, and embedded objects) and focuses on a particular subject matter for clarity such as fashion and books in my case.

My day-to-day profession is a PR and Marketing Coordinator for a retail store. When I was an intern and an assistant at PR consultancies, it was my responsibility to update the media list by including new bloggers who write on a particular subject such as fashion, beauty and décor. As such,  I have read many blogs and am in awe of the beautifully creative images accompanied with individually crafted copy. I yearn for their gorgeous outfits and beauty products and as such can see the value of big brands sponsoring content and reviews.

However, in my research on bloggers, something has really shocked me: Plagiarism and poor grammar.

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I recently read a blog post of a highly established blogger who I have been following for a long time. Two days later, I read another bloggers post and thought I was reading the same blog. I realized then that the writing style was identical but the words were slightly changed. And it’s not the first time I have come across something like this.

I also came across another blogger who has an astonishing large following but had the most horrendous grammatical errors I have ever seen. I shared this link with my fellow PR peers who were shocked that a blogger of this nature writes so poorly. One mentioned that it is okay to make the odd grammar mistakes like I was told I do (oops) but this particular post really gave our PR industry a bad name.

I started blogging so that I could  practice writing and to learn how to write well.  Initially I wanted to be an Engineer but chose the route of Public Relations. I will read a newspaper from cover to cover to try to understand the way a journalist writes. I also read novels to really immerse myself into writing styles so that I can learn from them. This is how I came about doing book reviews on my blog and I absolutely love this knowledge I am gaining and hopefully passing on with my reviews. I do all of this because I want to be the best in my field seeing that English in general is not my strongest quality.

Which is why I cringe every time I read a poorly written blog post with a specific brand mentioned in it.  This reflects poorly on you as a blogger and on the brand you are blogging about.
Where to draw the lineProofread: Tricia Francois

My first and foremost piece of advice is to stop plagiarising. People notice. Brands notice. It’s annoying and downright unprofessional to say the least. You are not only tarnishing your individual brand but the brands you are talking about too. And don’t underestimate the power of word of mouth.  If you become labeled as a copycat, the word will spread and at the end of the day you won’t be considered for media kits.

Secondly, if you are not a good writer, the best thing you can do is ask someone to proof read your writing. From time to time, I send my work to my mother’s ex-colleague who is brilliant at writing because I am the first to admit that I am not the best writer out there.

Thirdly, just be yourself. There is nothing worse than someone being pretentious. I am a serious person but can crack a joke once in a while. If you can’t express yourself on your blog then rather don’t blog at all.

Lastly, this is my own opinion from a PR point of view especially since I am representing a company where from time to time I have to identify bloggers for reviews or competitions. Being a blogger myself, I am now aware of what to look for. Having thousands of followers does not represent who you are. I look for bloggers who will represent my company’s reputation well and who won’t put us to shame in the long haul.

Just thought I share with you guys something that has been bothering me for a while now 🙂

Until next time.

A bunch of nuts fell out

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