Here’s why the #CTmeetup rocked!

Yesterday was an awesome day. I slept in late, took a train to Cape Town with Daniel and then had a lovely walk through the town I love the most. We did that in order for me to attend the #CTmeetup.

Fellow bloggers, tweeters and Instagramers all gathered together for a chat, a laugh, some dim sum and just a great time. You can take a look at Cindy Alfino’s blog post about who attended. Thanks so much to Cindy Alfino and Nikki Lincoln for organising the whole shindig and also to I Love My Laundry for accommodating the loud mass of ladies who attended.


Quirky decor and fun at #iLoveMyLaundry
Quirky decor and fun at #iLoveMyLaundry

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Keen to do a bit of #FatShaming?

Image by starsandpolkadots {deviantart}
Image by starsandpolkadots {deviantart}

Well are you? Here’s a hint: rather shut your mouth.

I had a little rant on Facebook so decided to share it here too.

I made the terrible mistake of clicking on the #fatshaming tag on Instagram this evening and once again I am disgusted by the human race.

There is a movement out in the world that shames, bullies and yes even hates fat people. And here’s the reality: Making someone think/believe that they are less than human based purely on the size of their body makes YOU the broken person. NOT them.

I’m a big girl. I know this. I’m okay with this. I love my curves and hips and my round face. I LOVE my body. Not because it’s bigger than most or smaller than some, but because it’s MY body. It’s what I live in. It’s what gets me around, allows me to hold the ones I love and sing and be a human being. My body doesn’t make me a good person or a bad person, it just makes me human.

Making someone feel bad about being fat (or skinny) makes you nasty, spineless and not worth a minute of my time. Why? Because IT’S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS. Want to use the excuse of making sure that person is “healthy”? Don’t. It’s none of your business. Want to justify your opinion because you “want to help”? Don’t. It’s still none of your business.

Want to be helpful? Ask that person you’re about to judge how their day is going. Ask them how work is treating them. Be a decent human being and curb your desire to jump on any shaming bandwagon. The world doesn’t need your negativity.

Essence Colour & Go Nail Polish

Essence: #147 Miss Universe

I’m a huge fan of painting my nails and after eyeing out the Essence range for a while, I decided to give it a try. I use Essence tinted moisturiser and some of their other make up so I’m already in love with their products. (No, this is not sponsored.)

I’m impressed! The brush on this nail polish is perfect. It’s thick and broad which makes applying the varnish super easy. Plus it’s quick drying so slapping on a second coat happens a mere minute after applying the first.

That second coat really makes the colour pop and it’s smooth! It’s easy to clean off and even without a top coat doesn’t seem too prone to chipping. Which is perfect for someone like me.

Best of all is the price. At only R19.99 I’m seriously considering getting ride of my old nail polishes and buying a whole new batch of Essence. I picked mine up at Clicks and as far as I know, they’re the only stockists but if you know of any others, pop them in the comments below.

Essence Quick Drying Nail Polish gets 5 thumbs up from me so go and spoil yourselves with some new colours!

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Do you hate your own face?

On the 14th of April, Dove posted this video to their United States YouTube channel. It’s got me all emotional and really thinking about how I see myself.

Just like most women, I’m quick to point out my flaws (my round face, my annoying hair, my big calves etc.) and then I tend to focus on those things. I know I’m not unique. This is a common design flaw in humans. Watching this video  has changed that I think. It’s inspiring to say the least.

Take a look

From the video: Women are their own worst beauty critics. Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful. At Dove, we are committed to creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety. So, we decided to conduct a compelling social experiment that explores how women view their own beauty in contrast to what others see.

What do you think? Do you focus on the negative too?