11 September 2017

My First SPREE.co.za Experience

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MY FIRST EXPERIENCE SHOPPING ON SPREE

8 September 2017

The Plus Conversations

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A CONVERSATION WITH THE DESIGNER OF SOUTH AFRICAN PLUS SIZE BRAND, MOBU BY MELO

30 August 2017

My Best

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OR, ALONE TOGETHER

24 August 2017

Bmoji by Bonang Review

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A FIRST LOOK REVIEW OF BONANG MATHEBA'S BMOJI APP

22 August 2017

Dancing Lady Emoji

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                                         RED IS THE COLOUR OF DANGER

17 August 2017

I DON'T KNOW WHAT CAN I DO WITH MYSELF

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SOMETHING HOLIER THAN BLACK DEATH

31 July 2017

Skin care Lately

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AN UPDATE ON MY SKIN CARE "ROUTINE"

10 July 2017

About My Christmas Dress


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OR COST PER WEAR

27 June 2017

Shoes Repeater

This post is so late. I took these very early in June but never really got a chance to post because life. Part of me feels like I've been scarce around these parts but maybe it's just me, maybe I just miss posting more? Who knows. Anyway, I've been wearing these Reebok shoes a lot. 
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11 June 2017

Dawn Want You to Know #YouGotThis

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DAWN ARE OFFERING MENTORSHIP AND A REBRANDED SLOGAN AND ETHOS

8 June 2017

About my New Skirt


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DETAILS OF THE SKIRT THAT HAS ME FEELING LIKE A BAD BITCH.

3 June 2017

March, April and May Have Been the Longest Year

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LIFE.

23 May 2017

Winter Warmers at SPREE


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A SPREE WINTER WISHLIST AND INSPIRATION BOARD

19 May 2017

Sounds Volume 1


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SOUNDS TO SOOTHE AND COMFORT

7 May 2017

Waiting for Them to Swipe Back


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ON TINDER AND DIGITAL PROCRASTINATION

30 April 2017

Plisse Wine

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THE BEST TROUSERS

27 April 2017

Sneakers as Daily Uniform

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Post is in collaboration with Superbalist
For her matric dance, my sister and I ran around looking for new sneakers for the after party vibe. We had such a hard time finding the exact pair -- they were sold out in her size, even in places like Superbalist. Weeks after the dance, I saw a cute black Puma pair in store and decided it would be my usual, daily pair for this year. I'm yet to actually buy it. You know how I am with money. I'm glad to have waited because Superbalist have just dropped new sneakers. It's classics and delicious colourways galore.

20 April 2017

What Numbers Mean

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Some time in March, I tweeted that I wanted to be nominated for the Mail and Guardian young 200 thing. Yes, in 2017, bandla. And if you've even ever glanced at my twitter, you've likely seen me joking about wanting to be an influenza. Mostly, it's jokes. But perceived reach means much more than my thoughtful culture, fat acceptance, plus size fashion pieces.

12 April 2017

Where I Want to Do my Online Plus Size Shopping

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Without fail, when the markets report comes in on the news, I check where the Rand is trading. In recent years, I've gotten more obsessed with the exchange rate because whenever the Rand reaches lower R13s to the dollar, I convince myself that I could indulge in some online plus size shopping. And by "online," I've mostly meant Asos dot com. With the pound having been relatively low, I darde to go to the British Asos website and put two items on my "saved" list -- convinced that once I finished paying for my sofa that I have on lay-buy, I could get something nice that's in my size and makes me feel cute. But now the Rand is (Chanel #1 voice) super weak -- it's gross! And the pound is climbing so my online plus size shopping dreams are on hold once more.

8 April 2017

Awkward Sunflower

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 I don't wear this dress enuf. I always think that each time I take it out to wear. Then the reason comes: One button fell out in the bust -- it's safe in a buttons holder and another inevitably follows -- but I'm yet to put them all back on. I thrifted it early last year when my ngoja had many summer dresses come in. 

5 April 2017

Olay Complete Beauty Fluid

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THE NON-GREASY MOISTURISER OF MY DREAMS 

1 April 2017

Lol So I Went To Sa Fashion Week

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MY SA FASHION WEEK EXPERIENCE IN COLLABORATION WITH BATA SHOES 

Bata South Africa got in touch with ya ghel and they were all: we want you to experience our shoes and fashion week. After doing a thorough (nothing less than two minutes) google, I emailed back and squealed YES.

22 March 2017

Corium Naturals First Impressions


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A FIRST LOOK AT CORIUM NAURALS

16 March 2017

The Meaning of GC from Uzalo

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A few weeks ago, I came back from work early-ish to catch Hulisani (fka Cece) Ravele on TV in the early evening. When last! It wasn't Yotv -- it's not 2007 anymore or that year we all knew she (and Carly, and Sade, and Sipho etc) was definitely too old to be doing that. Instead, I was just on time to see the last half of Afternoon Express, the cringe-worthy Woolworths-Revlon-Rooibos etc infomercial hosted by Jeannie D., Bonnie Mbuli (whom I love), Danilo Acquisto and, occasionally, Bonang Matheba.

They were interviewing youth presenters and people who "grew up" on television. Acquisto introduced Ayanda Makuzeni (his former Hectic Nine-9 colleague), a black god. I watched as they went through the interview questions and I wanted to bottle the moment up. I sent inadequate voice clips to my friend Sabelosami through WhatsApp. I DM Sabelosami most of Makuzeni's posts on Instagram, so I knew he was my target market for this content too. What stood out for me was how clear Makuzeni's vision was to him: He's been unapologetically himself (black, gay, femme) on his television show aimed at youth (13 - 20, maybe) because he knows there are boys who are just like him but not nearly enuf Ayanda Makuzeni's represented in media. 

The existence of Ayanda Makuzeni in his capacity as a presenter, to me, someone who consumes and critiques culture, closely related to the existence of the character of GC on Uzalo

13 March 2017

Little


I remember saying, out loud, that the cold water he put in the bathtub was too much. The cold water, compared to the big pot of hot water -- maybe even boiling water -- would create a lukewarm bath in my mind. So, I told him so.

Chiron, young and neglected by his mother who is a drug addict, has to do a lot for himself and by himself. In one scene she even brags that he's usually very good at taking care of himself. This iteration of Chiron was my favourite. I don't know, maybe I got too attached to that little scowling face. The vaseline glow.

I keep thinking about him. As a career-lonely teen (is this even a thing a 25-year-old woman should say? Shit, I'm 25) I related to him as a teen, the loneliness was familiar. I was happy for the older Chiron because he made a life for himself, seemed in control, seemed happy-ish. (or not scared anymore.) But I think about Little the most. I wonder how he didn't stop, what did he find in himself that kept him more just going but himself. I'm thankful for Juan. I think about Little and I want to stop him having lukewarm baths.

I've seen Moonlight and I absolutely loved it. I want to see it again but I doubt I'll be able to. It was expensive. It might no longer be in cinemas by the time I can go again etc. Go see it if you can.



28 February 2017

Leopard Print Boots

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THESE BOOTS ARE GONNA WALK ALL OVER YOU, OR SOMETHING

15 February 2017

Ackermans Bigger Bra Sizes

PLUS SIZE BRA SHOPPING IN SOUTH AFRICA JUST GOT A LITTLE EASIER

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The history of me writing about Ackermans new, bigger bra sizes, like most things, started with me making cultural commentary inspired by an advert to my sister. She's so patient. After seeing the ad for Aackermans bigger bra sizes I wondered out loud how much bigger the sizes could possibly because all the models in the commercial had average sized breasts. Don't get me started on plus size modelling.

What I learnt in store (several because I had dreams) is that Ackermans have expanded their bra sizing in the right direction. And it's a great start.

13 February 2017

Business Casual

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When I first saw these trousers on the Donna (no Claire) Facebook page I already had a stripey track top I'd gotten but wasn't wearing much because it had ended up tighter that I would have liked. In my mind, I was already planning an outfit where I'd wear the two together. As a power suit. As you do. But when I saw these pinstripe trousers in store -- almost R500? -- I could not. No, ma'am! Luckily for me, they eventually landed in the sale where I got them for R200. 

The first time I wore them out, I added to my Instagram story that I was just a 90s bae (come thruu all the women of Living Single I don't know by name because I'm yet to watch it!) just trying to handle her business. I felt a little powerful that morning as I made that joke. Like a fat Diddy I mean Puffy, I felt like I was serving mogul realness and you girls better queue right up.

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9 February 2017

Black Joy

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On the first day of America's Black History month, Beyoncé Giselle Knowless-Carter gave to the world, some joy. Through an Instagram post, Beyoncé let the world know that she's pregnant again.  Not just pregnant, but pregnant with twins. Two more Beyoncé babies. As is to be expected, black women (and other people adjacent to the Hive aka people who aren't cis heterosexual men) were overjoyed.


If Beyoncé is pregnant, then I'm pregnant!

3 February 2017

Orange is the New Bae

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Me: I want to post more outfits this year 

Also me: geeez you posted an outfit just the other week the fuck, relax.

[10 years later]


There are currently two things I feel are true for me when it comes to clothes  ATM: I keep saying the same thing and all my A/W dreams are coming true. Last year, I did a vibes post for how I wanted to dress and the clothes that would get me there. There were burgundys, burnt oranges and loads of ribbed. I didn't think I would be able to find many of the items on the list. And I didn't. Until, suddenly, things just started finding me.

30 January 2017

I Bought Red Trousers

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January was not bad. We ate, I started thinking about Port Elizabeth, I sent pitches. But I don't know. This -- the way I live -- doesn't seem, to me, the way that life should be. Was I really born to stress about the things I stress about, cry for what I cry for and be tired through it all? It all seems so trivial.

So I bought red trousers.

24 January 2017

Freeman Beauty Masks Available in South Africa

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In December, I walked into a store where I had no intentions of spending my money (other than maybe buying a thing of jojoba oil for my hair)  and came across Freeman, a skincare brand that came highly by one of the best skincare people/beauty writers on these webs. Ghel knows what she's talking about. She's so good I wish we were able to send our skin away and get it beautified by people who know and get it back nice and smooth. This is so graphic. Wow. But yay! Freeman beauty masks are available in South Africa.

19 January 2017

You do what you want when you are popping

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Shopping, when you are fat and plus size lines are uninteresting, as has been true of my experiences, is a long game of disappointment and compromise. Lucky for me, I learnt very early on to not let labels or shame get in the way of wearing things I want to wear. The South African plus size offering has trained we well to get what I want where I can. So the plus size section is terrible but the maternity aisle has good options? Sign me up! 

This lovely top I'm wearing? It's a dress from Jet's Network label in a size 40. 

13 January 2017

On Surviving 2016

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Sawubona. It's 2017 and I'm still alive. You are too. We are still here. Today, I am 25. The older I get, the more I realise how I seemingly didn't imagine being much older than 21. Okay, when I was 14, I wanted to have a TV show by the time I was 22. But that was about it.

2016 was not a good year. Tbh, at this point, I don't know what good years look like, or how they feel. But the years I've been having are absolutely not how I want good years to feel. 2016 was not my worst year: I kept a job, I paid my rent, we ate at an almost-normal frequency, we moved. Mphiwe and I even started our (very) infrequent movie outings. There were instances of restorative (moments that kept me rolling out of bed in the morning) comfort.

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