This one if for Ilzemeri.
“It’s dark because you are trying too hard.
Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly.
Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply.
Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.
I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humorless little prig.
Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me.
When it comes to dying even. Nothing ponderous, or portentous, or emphatic.
No rhetoric, no tremolos, no self conscious persona putting on its celebrated imitation of Christ or Little Nell.
And of course, no theology, no metaphysics.
Just the fact of dying and the fact of the clear light.
So throw away your baggage and go forward.
There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet,
trying to suck you down… [ Read more ]
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 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 ]
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 would have been rude of me to use another song for this Thursday’s themesong with that in mind:
“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:
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 ]
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!
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 ]
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*
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 ]