My baby sister met Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber has filled the youth/teen pop culture segment of my city’s airwaves, televisions, heck all forms of media for the last month in the grand build up to his shows in South Africa.

He played Cape Town this week and my baby sister, Natasha, entered every competition she found in the hopes of winning an opportunity to meet him.

She tweeted.

She did that vodacom thing.

She entered competitions in magazines.

She made a video for KFM.

The video didn’t win.

A consistently big bag of luck won Natasha tickets through one of the other competitions

She tells me she was nestled up against Justin until that blonde lady pushed between them, but Justin reached out to play with her hair and touch her shoulder for the… [ Read more ]

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Do You Realise?

This song has been in my head since the drive back from Afrika Burn – it wasn’t played for or to me – it just came on at the perfect moment to harmonize with my thoughts in a way that gave me goosebumps.

It’s been in my head on and off since then and it is the soundtrack to the work I am doing now.

It would have been rude of me to use another song for this Thursday’s themesong with that in mind:

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Young and Beautiful

“Will you still love me when I am no longer young and beautiful? Will you still love me when I have nothing more than my aching soul?”

If you follow me on twitter you already know that I’m mad about Lana.

Yesterday she released a new song – “Young and Beautiful” – from The Great Gatsby soundtrack. A huge fan of the book, the musical and the original film I cannot wait for Baz Luhrmann’s version to be released.

Enjoy the song here:

and the trailer for the movie here:

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#WearASmile and WIN!

Earlier this month I was treated to a day filled with smiles in celebration of the launch of this AWESOME competition that Cosmopolitan SA and Colgate Optic White are holding between the 22 April (today) and the 22 May (next month).

Bloggers and journos were invited to meet at the 15 on Orange Hotel where we were introduced to the Colgate Optic White range and Cosmopolitan’s involvement in the Competition.

But what exactly is Optic White?…I asked.

Colgate Optic White is a whitening range of oral care products that doubles as both an oral hygiene product AND a beauty product.

Whilst cleaning your teeth and freshening your breath, Colgate Optic White polishes your teeth with microscopic spherical silica particles that lift and attract dirt and stains without weakening the enamel the way that bleaches and traditional whitening products ordinarily would.

How long should you wait before you see an… [ Read more ]

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The Kooks have landed

The Kooks have arrived in SA!

I am very excited to be watching them in Cape Town on Saturday, so I thought I would make them the theme of this Thursday’s Themesong….Enjoy

Thank you to 5gum for bringing them out!

xx

Samcat

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A story as yet untold

It is a rare thing these days, to receive a poem rather than a text (SMS/PM/DM/BBM/Whatsapp – I could go on) – but I was fortunate enough to receive one over the weekend.

It really moved me – and got me thinking about the power of prose and words and the lost care and love for their arrangement in recent times.

I know a lot of people are still writing – but the place of poetry and the spoken word in society has been sorely neglected – and I am hoping to take part in a number of projects over the winter to celebrate the spoken word and perhaps even inspire a spot of prose in others.

This is the poem I received:

A Story as Yet Untold

We fit together wonderfully, you & I

- at a rough estimate, a guess.

And your kisses – who can tell?[ Read more ]

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Surfer Blood

Surfer Blood are a new band I have recently been introduced to.

I think they’re awesome and they have a new LP out on Saturday

Follow them on twitter here: *click*

Follow them on Facebook here: *click*

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Beauty and Spa

Yuri Arcurs is arguably the leading stock photographer in the world.

I have been given the enormous privilege of working with his team on multiple occasions this season, though this is the first time any of the images have appeared online!

As they are “stock” images and are there to be bought I cannot post them unwatermarked online – but I am excited to print one or two for my book (without the watermark.)

I do so many shoots where I am “sexy” or the “vixen” or the “pin-up” (don’t get me wrong – there is nothing I love more than pin-up) – so doing a shoot with minimal makeup and a “fresh” look was really exciting and these images couldn’t be more necessary for my portfolio right now.

If you want to see the full set of images, or buy my face for your spa… [ Read more ]

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Black Sails

One of the most challenging aspects of my career has been keeping quiet about exciting things that I am a part of in some (sometimes very small) way, but unable to talk about until said exciting thing premieres or goes to print months later.

Black Sails is one of those very exciting things that I have had the privilege of being involved in, in the tiniest (but most exciting to me) of ways.

It’ll be aired early 2014 – but STARZ have released this little amuse-bouche to introduce you to the pirate world:

Most of the articles and opinion pieces I have read have been written by writers reacting to expectations placed as a result of Michael Bay (The Rock, Transformers, Pearl Harbour etc)’s involvement. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

If you’ve read Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island” –… [ Read more ]

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Lazy

The wintery weather this weekend left me with little desire to stray too far from my bed.

Every time an invitation to a social engagement came my way; this song, sung and performed by Dita Von Teese at the Crazy Horse Paris, would dance around my head.

Still in my head…I’m putting it in yours and starting your week with Dita’s ivory skin.

The things I would do for outfits like that…

Happy Monday Kittens.

xx

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