Thursday, October 22, 2015

#Represent698 : What Ricky Rick, Nicci St Bruce and Nonku Phiri Have In Common...

Let's just start this post off by stating explicitly that I am NOT a sneaker-head and am in no way attempting to misrepresent myself as such, HOWEVER, I AM a girl who likes nice design, comfortable shoes and catchy marketing campaigns (I really do like catchy marketing campaigns).  When I spotted this poster a week or 2 ago at one of the major sports stores I was immediately filled with a mix of genuine curiousity and heartfelt pride, you know kind of how we all felt when we heard Trevor was going to be hosting The Daily Show... there were some who didn't even know what TDS was but were still super excited for him that he had "made it".  I am not trying to name drop (I know, I'm still doing it in the process) but I've known 'Ricky Rick' for a while now and it's exciting to see how his career has catapulted over the years to this point where I now find myself walking past a giant poster of an international sneaker brand campaign and "whoop, there he is!".  On a broader scale, it also just generally excites me when international brands demonstrate support for local artists/ creatives or influencers and give them the credit (and hopefully the paycheck) they deserve.
So long story short, after seeing the poster I contacted PUMA's PR team to find out more about the campaign and what it was about and found out that Represent698 is not just about Ricky and is actually a dynamic mix of interviews, video, imagery and social media activity, capturing moments in a couple of local creatives' lives (like: Jack Parow, Nonku Phiri, Das Kapital, Rolo Rozay) as they explore what it means to "represent"... while wearing PUMA’s iconic Trinomic R698 of course (which is pretty nice too!)
Anyway, I've since been invited to the launch (kinda) of this campaign which takes place on the 13 November at Bassline in the form of an exclusive concert featuring some of these artists on the line-up.  I'm very excited and fully intend to be front and centre! I'm also going to be giving away 5 double tickets to the event on my Twitter and Instagram Page over the next couple of days! All you have to do is @ me & use the hashtag #Represent698 to win
Oh, one more thing... there's a series of short videos out too featuring all of these artists - here's one

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I like GIRLS... and they like me...

Almost 3 years ago I started a company with some good lady friends of mine called The Other Girls . The vision behind this all-female creative collaborative was to support unity and growth amongst fellow young women by demonstrating, through our company, that when girls join together they can do some pretty cool sh*t (to put it crudely). Our first project was The WKND Sociala monthly brunch and day party movement that we have spent the last 3 years growing into a well-known feature on the JHB social scene and now, 3 years later, we are putting on our first The Other Girls event (think of it as a soft launch of sorts). This event comes right at the end of Women's Month and is a celebration of all the dynamic, beautiful, intelligent and stylish women we've had the pleasure of meeting through our involvement in The WKND Social (and is therefore ladies-only).  We've collaborated with 32 Clothing and each of us (my partners and I) will be curating a rail of clothing that is representative of our personal style for sale at the pop up store at the event.  There will also be a nail bar / pamper station from Candi & Co. and my absolute favourite; an inner city brunch bike ride which the lads from Fixin Diaries have kindly organised for us.   Anyhoo... 32 Clothing also gifted us some threads so we can also look nice on Sunday.  This is what I'll be wearing (below)... as you can see, I'm pretty amped about my look! If you're in JHB on Sunday 30th August and you are a gurrrrllll get yourself tickets here and pop in! See you there:-) 


Tracee Ellis Ross Inspires Greatness Whilst Dancing in a Cozzie!

Wow! What a week! Currently, I'm working on 2 events that are happening a week apart, building a consulting company from scratch and dealing with a giant loser complex after having my beloved (and uninsured) iPhone 6 removed from my possession this weekend (all donations towards The Phone Fund are welcome).  A couple days ago, at the precise moment when I concluded that there was no joy left in this world I stumbled upon this little sparkle of brilliance and was pleasantly reminded that I am often wrong, and in fact, the world is overflowing with joy, I just need to look a little closer.  It is also full of amazing, dynamic, smart and unconventional women like Tracee Ellis Ross, who I adore for so many reasons that I cannot even begin to list in this post (I'll plan one especially for her).  Anyway, this video is a re-make of and tribute to her mother Diana Ross' iconic 1981 "Work That Body" video.   I love what she says about what inspired her to re-make the video -

"I was watching and thinking: why does watching this woman dancing around in barely any clothes with her tush to the camera make me feel joyful and empowered when the same kind of image in most music videos today doesn’t give me that feeling? .... And then it hit me: My mom felt whole and connected …and in her body in this video. I have spoken before about encouraging women to shift our gaze from how we are seen to how we are seeing and, more important, feeling. And I saw a woman feeling joyful in herself as a whole being; she didn’t seem to be presenting her ass or saying look at all the ways I can make myself look appealing to YOU. She seems to be saying, “this is ME feeling good and I am strong and sexy and joyful in ME”!

This really resonates with me as a girl who has always felt just a little bit uncomfortable in my body (doubt I'm alone here). For the first time in my life as the big 3-0 waves encouragingly from the wings, I feel a very strange connection to my body; an acceptance, understanding and appreciation for the skin I was born in as well the limitations and capabilities of my physique.  It's still nowhere near my definition of "perfect", and I've pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I will probably never acquire the Instagram bikini-fame I so desperately covet (lol) but, it is what it is and I love it and although I'm not quite ready to dance around on tape in a high leg one-piece, I salute Diana and Tracee Ellis Ross for moments like this!

And now for the video:) [p.s. make sure you watch it til the end... ]

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