Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.— Oscar Wilde.
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Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.— Oscar Wilde.
This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.
For the following interview I have a cool, creative local talent who goes by Crxsby, an underrated artist but one who is quite known for his uniqueness. The twenty-one year old has been in the industry for three years, uploading various songs with a taste of versatility by bringing out any type of music, from hip hop and RnB to soft metal and trap music- one could never forget who he is because he’s there, to whatever genre you’re into (heck, he could probably even do country).
Crxsby is also one my newest friends and one whom has quite a vibrant personality that transcends to his music because his music is vibrant as well. So I’ve decided to contact him to ask some music-related questions, so you can hear for yourself what of an artist he really is.
Well there you have it, the artist does not only produce sound creatively, he has creative answers. Check out more of his creativity on soundcloud where you can really hear what I’m talking about. Because guess what, he just released his latest single, Episode 001 (solo version) and it is litter than a match, like it is a vibe y’all.
Your life, in this very moment, is crap. But your soul though, at it’s best.
The way you think is immensely fast, sometimes deep, but at the end of the day, it’s joyful (in a complex way) because you’re drawn to simplicity, positivity and light. Luckily you find it easy to tune your feelings, knowing that everything, even life, is temporary. So going about each emotion, especially with the right music, is a daily routine that works so well for you.
You’re young, with a peaceful aura and restless mind and mouth.
I love that you’re smart, you know that feelings fluctuate and that no person stays happy or sad forever. At times you could be similar to some people who’d diagnose themselves as depressed because of what deeply negative and pitiful thoughts you have during those dark and lonely hours and how you just lay your head on the pillow with that lump in your throat, the tears just begin to flow out with everything wrong you’ve ever done and all your regrets rushing into your head performing a concise play to show how your life is not the same as others. Your life is sad. Because you show love so much but you never receive it the same way, you’re a happy soul but it can be so overlooked, you’re here for the sweet side of life, while others are here for the reality. And now, you blame yourself for being too optimistic and hopeful. All that’s left is just you feeling stupid and delusional.
But it’s good that you know and believe that you’re not depressed, that these are just intense emotions that spiral out of control and stay with you for a long time, but so is happiness when something really good comes your way. It stays with you too.
I love that each day you wake up knowing that you have a life to live and that seasons don’t stop for you, so pushing through is the only way. I love that you get to appreciate yourself when you’re happy again, those are the sweet moments your soul lives for, to see yourself from that beautiful angle of appreciation. You know you’re growing, you know you’re trying to just live life the best way, with or without money (with would be best tho lol), and you know that this life was never promised to be easy but you take each day to thank the higher bodies for living another 24 hours, because you believe you have your own path and mission on this earth and it will be done, especially with the blessings passed down on you from your precious family.
It’s amazing to see you grow like this, knowing what dark and pessimistic issues you may have at times, (but those times are rare and only come when negative external circumstances rain on you, it’s never who you are or want to be, but it happens) yet you still have an optimistic nature in general and try to be happy each day. Your light is something really wonderful and I hope no one ever dims it down to the point where it can’t light up again, ever.
As much as this is a letter of appreciation and recognition, I’d like for you to also know that it’s important to stay humble. Yes, your light shines bright, but don’t let it shine so bright that it makes others dim down, but only just to light them up, much like a candle. So know that you are a sweet soul with a lit aura, but know that others also have their own process of lighting up and in their own magnificent way. Never let a person feel insecure because of you (even though I think we both know we’ve never done that, but in case you just randomly get ahead of yourself). Other than that though, I trust that you’ll go through this life in a good, human way. Rough rides here and there and extremely wonderful ones at times, but it never changes who you are. A free-spirited dreamer who lives for the joys of life and to just spread goodness to everyone (and I know it tickles your soul to see someone happy or laughing because of you, so best believe you’re a good soul).
Ultimately, you are growing! And this path was suited just for you because look at who you are now, and how much you’ve elevated, and how you’ll still elevate. Damn girl, dis amazing.
I pray you stay this wonderful being and that you learn to stay appreciating yourself, because those times when you’re so super insecure irk me, but I guess it’s part of human emotions so let it be, but never let it be you.
Your (recently nineteen year) young soul.
Hold up, can we just discourse on how this city has one of the most talented artists in this country. You would think they are the clout-type and don’t know what they’re doing, but honestly, I have heard their songs and they know exactly what they are doing, I could listen to them for days.
Anyways, for this next interview we have the slick and skillful Shaun Klaas, a twenty year old underrated rapper who has composed a number of songs, and all of which are such a vibe, whether they are upbeat or melancholic, and he is also a part of a movement called Swiinta. If you know little about Swiinta, you can look them up on YouTube as they have music video for their hit song Somewhere In Greece.
As for Shaun Klaas, the sanguine and tranquil rapper who’s voice has begun to fill the ears of plenty, he has showed what music is from a different view through his sentimental and moving songs, including You Shouldn’t Care, Juliano and Love Was Never Yours, that leave you to connect your memories if you relate to him, but also showing how he can still be diverse by featuring in upbeat ‘trap’ tracks, such as 2020 by Godson, which you’re bound to bounce to.
Check him out as I ask about his artistry and music-related questions.
Well, you’ve heard the humble man for yourself. Now you know who he really is, why don’t you go further to check out his songs on soundcloud, and make sure to be on the lookout for his upcoming EP, Park Avenue, which is due to be released this Friday, 27th of September because honestly, I cannot wait either.
In dedication to heritage month, I have to decided to share about my culture and what it means to be umXhosa, a language and culture I believe to be the best here in South Africa. In general, being African is much praised because of what beauty there is to it with the embedded roots, whether it be skin colour, hair, language or way of living. Now being umXhosa is digging deeper to what being African is because we have many and more specified traditions and ways of doing things; speaking, eating, dressing, etc.
So a couple of weeks ago, while I traveled to my hometown and went for a five day visit to my grandparents’ house for a traditional event, I decided to dive deep into what it really means being part of this amazing culture. What partially motivated me is the fact that while I was learning Portuguese (because you know, I like the language) I discovered more about the Portuguese culture and that they have a variety of different things they do, speaking and their food.
That’s when I tapped into my own language while translating certain words to make them easier to understand. The more aware I became of my own language and how intricate yet wonderful it is, the more I wanted to actually become more conscious of my whole entire culture, because I may see it as ordinary, living day to day, but honestly it is something I’m a part of that is fascinating. Not everyone would understand it, or be able to grasp why we do certain things the way we do them and how we pronounce certain words, but we do and it’s so lovely for us.
So I have decided to share just a bit about my culture and what it means being Xhosa.
Our Living, Traditionally
Now as much as we’ve become modernised, especially Port Elizabeth, there are still certain places, more-so in King William’s Town (where my family grew up) that show our heritage, with the rich plants on the sides of the untampered roads. These are the long roads that get walked on to fetch water and visit neighbours to fetch post-mails. Cars, post offices and linked taps are a new thing; much appreciated but not a necessity as this is the way of living for my folks here. Homes that are less than modernised but still on the road (pun unintended) normally have tanks now that fill up for natural rain water. It’s pretty cool if you think about it, organic fresh water.
Our Dressing (for traditional events)
As much as I look super crusty (and I am still yet to be more crusty in events like these *cringe*), this is the real me when I am at home with my family and there are events like this. This is how we dress for small events, just to clean up and cook, especially once you become a female adult. Then for much larger events we wear what is known as umbhaco which is basically one-colour cloths that get wrapped around the body as a skirt, dress or head-wrap, then some beads (or a ‘necklace) to finish the look, also known as iinstimbi.
This is what we call iiRostile, which is more-or-less fatcakes/vetkoeks, but instead of them being fried, they are roasted in hot coal over a griller (roasted basically). They taste pretty dry alone, but with some good saucy meat or ibhisto (tomato soup), they are super good.
We actually eat a wide variey of things, such as umphokoqo (dry dissected pap particles with sour milk, aka Maas), umngqusho (samp and beans with your choice of vegetables and meat, such as mince meat or sausage), and umfino (cabbage and spinach with mealie meal to make it some sort of dry pap) just to name a few. The list goes on, but hey, it’s part of our culture.
This place is called ebuhlanti, a sacred closing of tradition where the real, deep traditional events take place and also where the farm animals are kept (cows, goats, sheep and sometimes chicken). We have numerous traditional events here, such as imbeleko, ukoluka, umcimbi, where we speak to our ancestors to protect us through these milestones. Pretty intricate, but once you know it, it becomes easy, this is if you’re ever planning to marry into our culture.
There are many other things that make us who we are as a culture. I just named a few to show what it is like kwaXhosa.
So for this next interview we have the silver-minded Mercuryism, a twenty-three year old rapper who’s very much in love with music and has decided to pursue it to become a locally well-known rapper and one who’s loved by many for his humble yet fresh personality, and unique voice. I’ve taken the time to ask about music-related questions and how his artistry has transcended.
Mercury is a low-key popular local artist who was born in Port Elizabeth and grew up here for most of his life. He has grown to love music to which he decided to become a rapper and vocalist releasing a number songs and EPs; Mercurywaters being his first, and dropping two in just one year (2019), The Year Before 2020 and Kill Your Idea Of Me. Talk about hard work.
Side note – he also attended the same high school as I did, back when he was known as Mordecai, or Mondecai, was it? Either way, he then graduated in 2014 and has since gone to study architecture at a local university. His main passion though goes to music, and he’s here to share that with us.
As much as I’d love to also dwell into how amazing his music is, why don’t you judge for yourself, (*whispers* but trust me, you’ll love it) and he can be found on almost every musical platform. Make sure to check out his latest EP, Kill your idea of me, and comment down below any questions you have for him. Warning though; you may find yourself listening to it all day.
I’ve recently become quite a big fan of soft skin that smells good and looks healthy. Skin that is soft not only looks nourished, it also gives an advance to skin that won’t age quickly, as your skin is feeling youthful so it won’t have to feel or look old for as long as you live.
There are as little as four steps to ensure that your skin becomes and stays soft, that way you don’t have to apply so much on the days you have important events where you’d like to wear short clothes that show your sensational skin, or just want to go to bed with a feel of a breeze.
Ultimately, there are many ways to leave your skin soft. These are just the few and inexpensive ways that can have an immediate effect, and you’ll feel amazing in no time.
If you know an extra way to leave skin soft, comment down below, I’d like to know.
Yes I have noticed that I’ve been focusing too much on self-care that one wouldn’t even know that blog is actually also about fashion, the upliftment of artists from Port Elizabeth and travel. So I have decided to cook up an interview with one of my favorite Port Elizabeth rappers, a young gentleman who goes by Wzdm.
Wzdm is a young, upcoming artist born and raised in King William’s Town (about three hours from Port Elizabeth) and recently moved here to jump-start his rapping career as he felt that he could gain more recognition from this wonderful city. Wzdm, who also happens to be my cousin, is a nineteen year old soundclound rapper who’s working his way to the top and has a passion for music. This interview has been a way of acknowledging what type of an artist he is with his fresh talent.
Wise words from the wise man Wzdm. Be sure to check him out on soundcloud to keep up with his latest music, and comment down below any questions you may have for him.
My Top Ten Outfits
As this is a blog with a fashion category, it would be wise of me to feature my sense of style as I have put much of the focus on self-care and hair, so I have to decided to put together some of my favourite outfits in my closet so that you can get a closer look at what kind of style I am into and who I am fashion-wise.
For this outfit, it’s pretty simple yet elegant, a striped dress with sandals (unseen but sure to complete the look). It’s the type of outfit to just relax on your porch/veranda on a sunny day or head to your nearest fast-food joint and enjoy some lemonade with, all just about relaxing. Another thing is that it is tight-fitting to show off your best assets, so if want to feel confident and relaxed, you can pull this off (or on in this case).
2. The Sporty Feel
If you just so happen to be into sports yet can’t find the right outfit to head to Athletic’s Day or Derbys with, this is it. A simple white sports shirt paired with your favourite chic skirt, mine being a black and white patterned skirt (and it is honestly one of my faves because it goes with almost any top), and some white sneakers then you’re good to go. What I also love about this outfit is that it makes feel all professional as if I’m about to go play some golf or tennis, just the fit for business-casual.
3. The Spring Feel
As we all know, Spring has sprung, and so have the dresses waiting to be worn in your wardrobe. For this outfit, I’ve decided to take one of my favourite dresses (I swear I am always wearing this dress) along with a plain orange top and a pair of gladiators to form a spring-feel look perfect for going to the beach or to just bask in the sun with. This outfit also gives me a picnic feel, though I haven’t gone much to the park yet, but all of it gives a happy vibe just to let people know that hey it is still spring.
4. The Casual-Day Feel
Well for those who attend school or work or whatever, it won’t always be uniform or fancy outfits, so casual days call for casual outfits, and what better way than with a simple jean with your best sweater. For me, I have chosen my favourite jeans (more on the jeggings side though), with this really nice pink sweater. Funny story about this sweater is that I bought it accidentally, thinking it was another pink sweater I fit on while shopping, instead I grabbed the wrong one when it was time to pay, then when I arrived home I felt that this sweater is actually not the same one. I thought about returning it but every-time I would plan to go back, something came up and I went somewhere else instead, and so for the whole month the sweater just stayed there, with the tag on. It eventually became too late to return and now I’ve learnt to love (and I seriously love it now) but I still have the tag on as a reminder to always return clothes as soon as possible.
5. The On-The-Road Feel
For this outfit I decided to pair my favourite crop top, denim skirt with a denim jacket and black sneakers to get an on-the-road feel, for when I am on the road, whether it be on the car heading to the market or walking around running errands since I live in a commercial area, when I just wanna feel cool, chic yet busy I put this on. As much as this skirt has become almost-overrated I still wear it like it came out yesterday because it describes me perfectly, as well as this crop top with it’s rich red colour, giving a sweet, passionate feel.
6. The All-Black Feel
If we are being honest, everyone has that all-black outfit in their closet, it has become an unofficial must. As for me, I really just have simple things for this all-black feel, a plain black top, black jeans, black sneakers (Vans) and a very dark navy jacket. The navy jacket gives it more of an approachable vibe rather than a bomber jacket which would be more intimidating and ‘cool’. One could also top it off with black shades/sunglasses, but I went against it since it clashes with the navy jacket. All in all though, an outfit like this is wearable for almost any occasion.
7. The Party Feel
I’ve put this one together knowing that olive is one of my favourite colours and a bralette is the most convenient thing in my closet, you could wear it as a top or a bra, this time around I went for top because it’s complete on its own for this party-feel look. Some black sneakers, the colours matching and the denim jacket is the cherry on top, whether it be a day party or a night party, slip on some hoop-earrings for extra effect and you’re good to go.
8. The Sassy Feel
This outfit is pretty simple, a pair of jeans and a sleeveless top just to walk around anywhere feeling sassy, the gold hoop earrings and gold sandals complete it. One could also add some dark lipstick and accessories if you feel that it is too simple, but I went for bare because I want the focus to be on the outfit more than the accessories that would it illude it to be more sassy than it already is.
9. The Brunch Feel
As soon as I put this one together I already felt that this outfit was for going out to a brunch with my friends or sisters on a chilled, sunny afternoon at a nice restaurant. I barely ever but pants that are not jeans but I knew I needed these ones in my closet because they go with plenty of my t-shirts, plus they’re really cute. Pairing all of this with gold sandals and bronze sunny shades finishes the whole look.
10. The Tomboy Feel
I never knew I need a tracksuit in my wardrobe until I bought this fresh two-piece that I fell in love with the minute I saw it, it describes me pretty well because I can be sporty and some sort of tomboy at times and I love the colour black, the stripes give a cool effect as well, paired with some white sneakers it is a vibe. This time around I decided to smile though because I have been smirking and smizing. I barely ever smile in pictures, but here it is, the tomboy ending off with a smile.
So, tell me what was your favourite from these, I’d really like to know. Leave a comment.
Organic oils are basically oils that come from directly from earth to household use and are not mixed with anything chemical or mineralized (if it is mineralized it is normally known as mineral oils). As a natural-things person, I like searching ways to beautify myself naturally and that are not too heavy on the pocket, fortunately I have found that organic oils is the way to go as they have many specialized uses. Some uses are quite widely known, while others are not. I will be mentioning five of the most useful ways to use the three most common organic oils; coconut oil, castor oil and olive oil.
Do you know any other uses for organic oils? Let me know down below.
Spring has sprung, and what better way to start it than with a glow that can warm you up for Summer [pun unintended].
If you look at my previous post, I discussed the importance of knowing what skin type you have and how this can help you in determining the products you should use for your skin. Along with that I have decided to discuss my specific skin care routine that applies to the type of skin I have, which as it turns out is oily-combination, (remember my funny story in the previous post), so if you have one too it may help you out.
My skin care routine is actually pretty simple and easy for someone who has a oily-combination skin type, because you would think that I use a bunch of products to prevent my skin from being too oily or too dry or breaking out. In all honesty, there are only as much as three products that I use daily. The catch though, is that I really do have to use them everyday because one day skipped is a welcoming for breakouts, blackheads and many impurities. Luckily, another thing that has helped for me is that genetically I am blessed with good skin so if this skin care routine does not work for you then genetics could be a factor as to why your skin is still acting up, as well as medical conditions perhaps. Though I do urge that you incorporate it into your daily routine if you have similar skin type to mine and stay as patient as three weeks to see a difference. It has helped me a lot.
As I’ve mentioned, there are three products I use; a face wash, a toner and a moisturizer – all playing their own important role. Occasionally you may also use an exfoliator, which is actually pretty effective in deeply cleansing the surface of the skin, but for my routine I have not found the need to use it yet as my skin is happy and pimple-free.
The Face wash
The importance of a face wash is pretty much self-explanatory. It is designed to wash your face and cleanse all your impurities that build during the day. My specific face wash is the Garnier Skin Active Deep Clean Face Wash for Oil control (R19 at Clicks). The reason why I love this face wash is because it really is a deep cleaner – sensitively scrubbing the dirt I’ve gathered all over my face, and I feel so much more refreshed after washing with it than with ordinary soap which will only dry my skin and lightly clean my face than deeply cleansing it. It also contains Zinc and Eucalyptus extract which can tighten pores after cleansing them while also leaving you hydrated. Oh and it cools your face, leaving you feeling mint.
A toner is important because it tones your face, it puts your face in shape by tightening your skin in a feel-good way and collecting any residue impurities that stayed on your face after your face wash. (Yup, you can still have a bit of dirt even after you’ve wash your face, which is why a toner is essential to a skin care routine.)
For a toner, I specially use the Cuticura Facial Toner for Oil control (R25 at Dischem) I seriously love this toner for my routine as it thoroughly cleanses my face while still giving me a glow instead of drying me out. I also love that it contains witch hazel which at this point is like this little magic potion for clearer skin (it’s really just this astringent that is designed to relieve your skin from inflammation while shrinking your pores and reduces skin irritation), and it smells really good.
The importance of a moisturizer is that it leaves your skin hydrated after washing your face. Hydration is key to healthy skin, with any skin type for that matter. A moisturizer is still just as important for oily skin, so don’t think you can skip it. If you do decide to skip it, be prepared for even oilier skin and break outs.
The moisturizer I use is one that works so wonderfully for me. It is the Clere Oil Control Vanishing Cream (R25 at Clicks), which is in a small pink box works very well for oily skin. It leaves my skin feeling matte and lightweight. At times it may look like I put on some accidental baby powder, though honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way. I feel ‘skinically’ happy after applying this.
APPLYING THE PRODUCTS
I start by wetting my face with lukewarm water. Wetting my face as a base helps so that the face wash is easier to apply. I then squeeze a small amount of my face wash on my palms. It differs though because in the morning I apply it on my hand and gently wash my face. where at night I apply it on my face cloth and scrub my face knowing that during the day I have gathered a lot of impurities on my face.
After squeezing the face wash, I then gently scrub my face with it on a damp face cloth, making sure not to forget to wash my neck and behind my ears.
I then rinse with lukewarm water and dry with my clean face cloth. A clean face cloth is also quite important because sometimes an overuse one can carry old dirt that you didn’t wash out in a while, so it’s pretty essential to wash your face cloth with a bit of washing powder every week and renew it every three months.
After completely washing my face and drying it, I move on to the toner. Now with the toner you’ll also want to make sure that you have a cotton roll or cotton balls to apply with (a tissue or toilet paper is not actually an alternative though so don’t consider it). I simply pour a small amount onto the cotton ball then dab it all over my face. After I feel that the toner has hydrated all parts of my face I rub the cotton ball all around, making sure to really gather all the excess impurities.
Following the toner, I then moisturize. I always make sure to focus on my T-zone because that’s where my skin becomes most oily (where I have excess sebum) during the day.
That is it. I wash, I tone and I moisturize everyday to maintain this acne-free face.
THE END RESULT
What’s your skin care routine? Comment down below what products you use.