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It’s now or never!

Con-fuschia Says… Pun Intended

Hi Peaches! Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to be drab, therefore I did a mini-shoot over the weekend – just to get out of the house – or let me be honest and say… Out of my PJ’s. It’s cold and I don’t have much news to share so I thought it might be fun to share some wisdom straight from Confucius!

One of his teachings was a variant of the Golden Rule, sometimes called the “Silver Rule“:

“What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others.”

“Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

 

Deatails

Knit – ZARA
Jeans – Topshop
Ankle Boots – The Fix (ZA)

Always strive to be a better version of yourself than yesterday!

P.S. I’ll be striving to tackle this goal in the gym! Hahahahaha

xxx

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Taking time to smell the Roses… Real Talk

dusty pink silk lace kimono from forever new south africa worn by girl smelling roses

In life I’m a firm believer in metaphorically pruning the rose bush that is your life, similar to an expert botanist, tending to it with love, care and charging it with positive energy, whilst taking time out to rest, reflect and reassess your goals to gauge if you’re closer or further to attaining the ideal life you’d love to live. Because leading a blissful, gratifying life that you envision for yourself is the collective goal, isn’t it!?

However, occasionally we become caught up with needless desirables to such an extent that we neglect to appreciate what we have, spending excessive amounts of time obsessing over (insert whatever bs here) which result in exhaustion, lethargy, halfhearted efforts, procrastination, etc. We create our own mountains and wonder why we never reach the top.

Theoretically, the biggest problem stems from our lack of appreciation for the basics, fundamentals such as breathing, living, and waking up knowing that your loved ones are safe. Say what you wish to say, it may be unnerving, yet tomorrow might be too late. Devote time each day, away from whatever device you’re glued to 24/7 to ask your family and friends (Hannah Baker?) if they genuinely are coping. Don’t stop perusing your goals or disregard your dreams, however, dedicate time to appreciate the prosperity you receive freely.

With recent events and all the hate and violence staring us in the face, suffocating us with its boisterous persistence, close enough to feel its breath on our necks. What actions can we implement to upturn this destructiveness? The power to decide is uniquely yours, will you share or shatter it, stop the provocation of negativity, or let it overgrow, allow it to bring you down and crush your soul OR acknowledge, accept and dispel it. Renounce these feelings, mourn if necessary, for as long as you need, thereafter move on.

In life there exist countless elements that are out of our control, if you’re brutally honest with yourself, you’ll reach the conclusion that the only control you have, is the control over your attitude, your outlook towards life, and your subsequent actions towards these situations is your sole salvation… One example of the few consistencies in life is change… Whether you approve or not, accept it or not, it’s happening every day, will you allow it to defy you, or will you allow it to define you, shape you, or scrape you, will you allow it to inspire you to be compassionate, or resentful?

This is your choice… Fundamentally, this is the only choice you have. The choice of how to react to people, situations, and life! Banish the drama, relinquish people and objects that hold you back.

The universal law dictates that everything consists of energy, preserve the positive and eschew the negative. After all,… What could you lose by having a positive attitude? Nothing. What could you gain by having a positive attitude? Nothing. However, you’ll feel noticeably stronger, healthier and upgraded from choosing the latter. And that, my darling, you can take to the bank.

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Healthy, Quick & Easy Pancakes Recipe!

What an extremely mediocre week! You know what I’m talking about – craving sleep all day, longing to veg out in front of the TV and undertake as little as humanly possible!

I’m not an advocate of eating your feelings, however occasionally the best part of my day is stuffing my face! lol Therefore, I’ve decided to share this wonderful super easy, scrumptious recipe with you.

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My top 5 favourite Instagram Accounts!

Happy Sunday everyone! I have a confession… I’m completely obsessed with Instagram – Aren’t we all!? So today I’m sharing a brief post on my absolute favorite Intagram accounts.

Anna Nyström – The Fitness Model

Anna Nostrum Fitness Model Selfie

Followers to Date: 4 Million

Posts about: Health/Fitness/Travel

Why I love this account: O, where to begin! This Swedish bombshell provokes an inundated urge in me to wake up at 5am, haul my heinie to the gym and adopt a healthy lifestyle – indefinitely! She’s unequivocally striking and the embodiment of Healthy Living.

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Exclusive Interview with Photographer Peter Chan

During a recent holiday I was privileged enough to have the opportunity to collaborate with Professional Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Photographer, Peter Chan. As a Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist I’m mostly more comfortable behind the scenes, although I fancy myself as being a bit of a selfie enthusiast. However, since this is my first post for 2017, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and explore another facet of this diverse industry, by playing dress up and trying to strike a pose for the camera. I’m tremendously grateful for Peter’s easy going personality as I was quite nervous about this shoot, however he directed me effortlessly and made me feel at home in front of the camera. Of course I also leaped at the opportunity to interview Peter to learn more about Photography.

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Watermelons captioned with 12 Weeks to a Rocking Bikini Body

O, my, word, girls! If you live in the Southern Hemisphere it’s almost that time again – BIKINI SEASON! Eek! I have been particularly lazy in terms of sticking to a fitness routine this… uhm… year! That’s right! I haven’t done any exercise since February 2015! Cue mini hyperventilation attack! I must also add that I’m a bit of a procrastinator; hence I often subject myself to major cram time! Consequently, from this point on it’s exactly what I will be doing! I’m lucky in a sense that I don’t pick weight up easily, hence there’s not much to drop, and my biggest goal is toning.

Ahh…. Don’t you just love that word – toning? (I hope you can detect a bit of sarcasm there…) The reason for my cynicism is due to the nebulous usage of the word. Just refer to nearly every single magazine isle whilst doing your daily grocery run during summer time and you’re sure to spot what I’m referring to. Cover upon cover promising these tight, toned abs and pert backside in 4 just weeks! I call BS on these lies! Been there, tried that – didn’t bother to buy the T-shirt! No, this year I’m particularly excited to try the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide. (more…)

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Interview with Cape Town Veteran Makeup Artist, David Sharp

I recently sat down with my friend, and veteran professional makeup artist David Sharp. He is celebrating his 15th year in the beauty industry and is currently the top Artist for Lancôme South Africa. Throughout his career, he has learned and experienced so much and I’m delighted to share his words of wisdom with you.

Veteran Makeup Artist, David Sharp holding brush - Photographed by Michael MacLachlan
David Sharp – Photographed by Michael MacLachlan
Wow! 15 years of makeup and beauty experience under your belt! How does it feel?

It feels good! I’ve accomplished A LOT in 15 years! I’ve learned so many things, and I still have loads more to learn! I think that now I have a lot to give back! The industry has changed quite a bit, in terms of how people perceive beauty. I somehow feel that the media can be misogynistic from time to time. Women are constantly bombarded by edited, flawless versions of celebrities, models, etc. Therefore, I’m here to reassure women that it’s perfectly normal to have these (perceived) flaws, and that I’m not here to change the way they look – I’m here to enhance their best features.

When did you know a career in beauty was your passion?

I never imagined I would become a make-up artist as I actually started my career as a hairstylist! Consequently, I opted for a change into retail where I worked for Lancôme – 13 years ago. It’s actually after being chosen to work on the Miss SA pageant in 2004/2005 that the artist bug bit and I’ve never looked back.

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