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As many of you might know, my profession entails communications, marketing, social media and PR and with that, I need to be tech savvy with all the latest trends and apps.

So when Snapchat came onto the market, I saw many bloggers and celebrities jump onto this bandwagon while I sat in a corner thinking to myself, “Damn! Another app I need to take into account. I can’t keep up!”. It’s trendy and has a multitude of flattering filters. So, there is no denying the power this app has.

So what is Snapchat? According to CEO, Evan Spiegel, Snapchat really has to do with the way photographs have changed. Historically photos have always been used to save really important memories: major life moments.

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To me, Snapchat is like any other social media platform. I’m already on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest (I hardly use), Linkedin and google plus and already that takes up so much of my time having to mange all these platforms simultaneously.

I honestly don’t have the time to balance my iPhone; having to make sure it’s steady in the air and shoot videos of me eating food, being at an event or simply just strolling to the mall. That is what taking an image is there for. A picture says a thousand words, remember?

To be honest, I’ve already seen myself becoming more and more anti-social. And to add another platform to my list will not do me any justice. I asked my partner when I got Instagram if he is okay with me snapping images of our food or simply asking him to take a picture of me when we go out because his one of those guys whose not social media mad like I am. He typically doesn’t mind but he also made me realize that it has taken up a lot of our time together which is virtually true.

I’m happy to not be part of the snapchat movement. If you want to capture a moment in time, a mood or merely just a look, shoot it the right way, where the only thing to be stretched will be your imagination.

Until next time.

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I read many blog posts throughout the week especially international ones’ and, I found this assertion being said all the time; “It’s an investment piece” or the word “statement”. Those words have generally been overused in the fashion industry and when did this “statement” become a thing?

The word is generally used amongst street style bloggers who attribute to seeking inspiration from the street and not fresh off the runway. So if a photographer captures you wearing an item that’s unique and bold and it lands onto the Internet, it starts becoming a trend which everybody wants to grab a pie of.

I came across this comment the other day which made me think of writing this post and it’s like she took the words straight from my mouth:

Statement piece….? What is the statement? Is it something like a secret that only the wearer knows? But then you’d be making a statement to yourself. That word is used so much in fashion and I really want to understand. Like the necklaces above…is the statement something like “Oh, hey I AM BIG!” or “Look here!” Or is it more like “I am a deep person with a unique interest in complex/simple design… a reflection of my inner self…? Or is it like, “I am the bomb! “Maybe I am thinking too much…. impossible…aaaargh…. I do get the “Key” pieces in the wardrobe thing…. but again, what is the statement that the wearer is trying to make…?

Statement pieces are considered to define your personal style which helps build your personal brand. They that piece of item that is interesting, attractive and eye-catching. It’s usually items that are bold and bright that will catch your eye immediately.

Are statement pieces a personal inner thought, or an overt statement to the rest of the world? In a way, it combines both elements but it’s becoming an overt statement that makes you believe you should go out and purchase those Chloe sunglasses or Chanel handbag because your favourite fashionista emphasised on the word ‘statement’.

My ‘statement’ piece is actually my grandmothers clutch. It doesn’t stand out but it’s so versatile, I can pair it with anything. I suppose we all have our ‘statement’ or ‘investment’ item of clothing or accessory. But like my father always tell me when I purchase something, “You can’t take it with to your grave. It’s just material things”.

Until next time.

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An open letter to the younger Stephanie

Dear younger Stephanie

I’m writing an open letter to tell you that you don’t know everything in life irrespective of what you might have thought all those years before. I’m so sorry that you were oblivious to know your own ambition in life and that your bad attitude brought you nowhere but misery.

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“Stop buying shoes! When last have you bought yourself pants?”  That was the exact words my boyfriend said to me on last week Wednesday when I arrived at his workplace with yet another carrier bag filled with a beautiful pair of heels.

For the last two/three years since I’ve entered the job market and started earning an income, I adopted this insane obsession with shoes. Whether they were simple flats and sandals to high heels and boots, I would find a way to purchase them. To date, I have just over a 100 pairs with absolutely no place for yet another pair to fit into my closet. Unfortunately, they now have to be placed under my bed – I’m sorry shoes!

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Ever feel like you in a job for just surviving? You use to wake up feeling energized, eager to go to work and now, no longer have that leap to even get out of bed because as soon as your salary goes in, the sooner it goes out? That’s how I’ve been feeling for the last few weeks and I decided three weeks ago to tell my wonderful boss I’m now looking for a new job.

You might be wondering, “How could you tell your boss that?” Let me back track first before going into detail as to why I told him.

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