19 September 2013

7 Things | Nim's Island

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Movie Still via a website called Just Jared. Cool.

I remember wanting to watch this film when it came out. It was during my YoTV-watching days and I wanted to see most of the films they promoted. Maybe it's fair that I add that I also have had a bit of a Jodie Foster thing. I, like, really like her and hope to see a lot her better films one day. One day. Anyway, thanks to the less than spectacular scheduling (among other things) that plagues the SABC I've gotten to see this film twice this year. The first time I got bored and changed the channel but wanted to write something about it, which would probably have just been "just because you find an island it doesn't mean it's yours" or whatever. The second time it played, which was a week or so ago I paid a bit more attention and these are the 7 'lessons" and things that annoyed me about Nim's Island.

1. Finders keepers isn't something I like very much.

The first time I watched the film I really gasped in disbelief when Nim was talking about "her island" in the opening montage. How exactly is that island hers? Moreover, I found myself trying to see how what Nim's dad did was different from what happened when Van Riebeeck docked in the Cape of Good Hope.

2. Fear will paralyse you.
Alex Rover, the writer, could be out in the world living and trying all the situations into which she writes Alex Rover -- the adventurer. She could be crossing the dessert on camel back or climbing a wall at the recreation club. I related to this aspect the most with my fear of the unknown and failing. I make plans but stay indoors. I have anxiety attacks about money and people. It made me think of the things I could be doing and writing --  if I wasn't too busy worrying about rent and that no one will ever love me for me.

3. Necessity as invention...
Alex Rover, the writer, is afraid of heights, open spaces, flying, germs and hasn't been outside her home in over a year when she receives Nim's one-word plea for help: "come." She packs up some canned soup and hand sanitiser, flies, gets onto a small plane, gets on a tiny boat and paddles out to 
20 degrees south, 162 degrees west. Meanwhile back on the island Nim tries to keep the cruise ship people away from the island she even re-activates the volcano on the island.

4 Heroes Fall.
A big part of growing up comes with realising that your heroes are just human. One day you come home and you see that your dragon-slaying, superwoman of a mother is just a woman with strong determination trying to put food on the table and keep a steady roof over your head. That's all.  You learn that her scars are part of being in the trenches, that her only reward will be the day you succeed. Others learn that their favourite "misunderstood musical genius" is just a drunk with words and pain. For Nim it was the realisation that her hero, the adventurous Alex Rover with an accent is just the imagining of a woman who's afraid to step outside her front door, let alone pursue adventure.

5. I want a treadmill.
There a scene where Alex Rover, the writer, is getting in some cardiovascular exercise while emailing Nim. This served to reinforce that having a treadmill would make getting and staying fit easy. I can see myself walking briskly while watching Survivor... You see it too, right?

6. Myth and belief make life richer.

I think if I came across a person or animal I thought to be mythical and they needed my help I would give it. The boy from the cruise ship momentarily believes Nim to be a mermaid and he's captivated by her beauty -- I suppose. He doesn't tell any of the cruise ship people about the girl he saw but later confirms to Alex Rover, the writer, that she isn't mad -- that there indeed is a girl alone on an island. Also, I've imagined what it would be like to one day meet a witch or wizard who needs my help. Wouldn't you have loved for your childhood to have been that park moment with young Severus and Lily Evans? I would have.

7. Tomboys are cool.

The amount of trees Nim climbs just made me so happy. It's beautiful.

17 September 2013

Let's talk a bit about real beauty


I haven't been consistently on this blog these past few months or at least I haven't been writing as often as I've wanted to. The last "ad world" post I did was in the second quarter of year and it was an international Dove campaign. Dove has had campaigns that appeal to me for as long as I can remember being fascinated by ads. In fact, I remember in my early high school days watching an Oprah episode  and seeing women of different ages, sizes and hues on billboards in their delicates. It was, as mam' Oprah would say, an "aha" moment. That there is a space to celebrate all sorts of beauty.

If I hadn't been on my blogging "hiatus" I would have written about/ shared Dove South Africa's new #RealBeauty campaign on here before today, my sister and I have discussed it enough times. It's something I relate to and I see myself in the women featured. The woman I relate to most depends on the day.

What is real beauty? For some it's natural and not very made up, for others it's the opposite. For me that's not the case as I don't think letting my hair sit on my head and do its thing (like I tend to do) and not wearing any make up makes me more beautiful than a woman who works on her hair and keeps her face beat and vice versa.

For the most part I've found that women's beauty is something that happens/is determined outside of us. Usually it's the Miranda Pristleys (or more true to life, Jackie Burgers) of life saying fuller eyebrows are in, privilege saying which skin tone or jeans size are more beautiful. But so what if your height or curves aren't in vogue? That doesn't make you less beautiful. And being all the things society and mainstream media celebrate as the standard of beauty doesn't automatically invalidate your beauty, your story and your realness. 
I find quirky features, gorgeous eyes and brilliant smiles to be most aesthetically pleasing. That's what I like or notice most on other people's faces and bodies.

What I enjoy about Dove's campaigns is that without fail they showcase the beauty of regular women, everyday women and encourage us women (it can sometimes get heavy-handed) to appreciate ourselves.

Real beauty is sincerity, real beauty is being authentic and giving yourself the freedom to change your mind and your "look". Liking yourself even if you still have that extra 10 kilos. I also think it's self-determination, choosing for yourself what is beautiful because at the end of the day it's not what I or anyone else says it is. It's how you feel after that overdue, long soak in the tub, it's how you look in your favourite shorts and how you feel when you've had your hair or nails done. It's how you treat yourself and other women.

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Do you boo.

What's real beauty to you? Join the conversation on twitter with the #RealBeauty hashtag (I'm @NomsZA there feel free to tag me and we can chat some more)


16 September 2013

Music Monday| Because mama is the best.

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I still (technically) blog here! This is probably one of my favourite songs ever. I hope you like it.

Happy Music Monday,

1 September 2013

Spring Fling Queen

"Black women can’t conform. Everything about the black woman is defiant. Look at their hair. Growing upward. Defying gravity.
— Unknown "

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Just some selfies to celebrate my huur and say happy spring. Be awesome and, in the words of the ineffable Suheir Hummad, spin your own records, queen. roll your own jays, star.

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Shirts available on the Stratafords page.

Happy Spring.

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