I don’t know who Skrillex is / are but this video made it onto my radar and I may have watched it 100 times already – adding to the already 5 million views in the 10 days it has been out.

Shot in Joburg it is fantastical and grimy and too damn awesome

I was trying to describe it to a friend and I ended being tongue tied and confused and blabbering incoherently and finally screamed – I WANT IT INSIDE ME. Don’t know what that means, but it makes sense okay


Let us begin by me saying I am not a mother. I don’t have a maternal bone in my body. I do like to care, and nurture, but in small doses. I love little babies, their ‘seeing everything for the first time’ eyes and the joy in their laughter and the innocence, and how compact they are. But I love even more the fact that I can hand them back to their creators once the cute wears off, which it often does

Something else that I found I enjoy is asking the moms “personal” questions. I want to know all about pregnancy, the pretty and not so pretty stuff. I like to know what child birth feels like, not just about the screaming aching parts we see in the movies. I like to know these things; what does breast feeding feel like, what does it mean when you spend hours just staring. Do you like the way your baby smells, and those moments I’ve seen with my own sister, mother to my nephew, when moms just break down while trying to calm their crying baby. Strange, I know, considering I don’t want to be a mother.

Here comes a blog that asks moms about the journey into motherhood. The things our moms never told us and that Hollywood glazes over. The intimate and beautiful. The frightening and affirming. Those moments that moms talk about amongst themselves, but not really outside of that circle.

JohoMoms. Started by mother Nandi Dlepu recently, interviews mother in Joburg about their story. I imagine it is a place for moms to share and a bit of community. For me, it’s a peep hole into all the things I love to know. After every article, I’m left smiling, not wishing, just pleased. Happy.

It’s a aesthetically pleasing and simply laid out blog and the content is well thought through. Honest and beautiful accounts.

Check it out. It might make you broody, it may offer you insight, it may deter you, it may affirm and confirm things. Either way, it is a lovely space of sharing.

I particularly loved the interviews with my cousins Matahle and Yonda on their experiences. Of course I am biased so do go read for yourself.

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Great initiative Nandi!


Once in a while and less often that I would like, I do something kind for myself. This varies from telling myself sweet nothings in the mirror, writing myself love letters, getting myself flowers to wrapping each book I buy so that when I am ready to read it, I get to unwrap a gift. (Usually this also means I do not know what I’m about to start reading from my pile of self-gift books. Fun)

Recently, I purchased myself a ‘happy new year, you are awesome’ gift and I love her! She depleted the ‘you are awesome’ fund quite a bit, but good heavens she is beautiful.

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Something must be said about opening up an Apple product. I’m pretty sure angel’s sing every single time.

I’ve named her Vanilla (my favourite scent and taste). So anyway, as with every coveted item, Vanilla needs friends and I saw two friends who would be perfect for her. I Need, I Want, I Lust.

Old School Satchel

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These gorgeous old schools satchels come in various sizes to fit your life into beauty – 11, 13 and 15 inch. Hand crafted leather bags in delicious colours such as fire engine red, chocolate brown, everglade green, petal pink, electric rose and more.

mellow_yellow_small_oldschoolsatchel_1Vanilla would be so snug in the 11inch mellow yellow satchel.

www.oldschoolsatchel.co.za for your dose of ctrl+alt+love

 

Vanilla’s other future friend is this really awesome, collapsible, sustainable material (whatever that means) laptop stand from the clever people at Raw Studio’s.

The Standup

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How slick and sexy is this? And only R170

Raw Studios (based in Pretoria) also have some other pretty ‘raw material’ goodies like stools, cabinets, tables and more on their website to like, like, love

www.rawstudios.co.za


My longest and most pressing dream is to travel Africa. I don’t go a day without imagining what I would see, what I’d eat, who I would speak to, dance with and every wonder I could experience on my continent of richness.

The other day, lusting at  festival calendars in Southern Africa and thinking about the music and cultural festivals I want to attend this year – like Afrika Burn, Oppikoppi festival, The Cape Town Jazz Festival, Bushfire festival, Lake of the Stars – I started to cast my mind to the festivals that happen across the continent.

So, as one does, I got lost on the interwebs and lived vicariously through google, blogs, flickr, and everyone else’s experience of these festival.

Hours of clicking, mouth agape, eyes widening, hope fluttering I was inconsolably enveloped by wanderlust. I may not be able to afford to go to all these places right now, but why not experience them anyway? Then the idea of sharing some of these festivals here, as a way of putting it out into the world, was birthed.

So every month, I will post some interesting festival guides and we can live vicariously through the internet together, until one day it is possible for me to attend all the wonders and give you first hand accounts. Or maybe you’ll go, and tell me all about them Welcome to Wanderlust Afrique, February 2014 edition.

1. Sauti Za Busara – Tanzania – 13 – 16 February

Source: www.2camels.com

Image source: www.2camels.com

Music festival that takes place annually in February on the streets of one the world’s oldest cities; Stone Town, Zanzibar. In Swahili, “sauti za busara” means “sounds of wisdom”. Outside of the live African music element from various artists, there are street parades, fashion shows, artists exhibitions, open air cinema and of course all the other amazing tourist things you can do in Zanzibar, including swimming with dolphins. The festival celebrates its eleventh year in existence and it enjoys the prestige of having been listed as part of Top 25 best festivals. They say it is the “friendliest festival on the planet” – which is believable from my of experience of East African people being kind, soft spoken, welcoming and so full of life. I imagine you’d experience an explosion of cultural celebration through music and other activities, also, Zanzibar is just beautiful, magical and rich in history

2. Up the Creek – Western Cape, South Africa – 30 Jan – 2 Feb 2014

Image source: http://www.tailsofamermaid.com/

Image source: http://www.tailsofamermaid.com/

I’ve never even imagined a water festival. From what I can tell, festival goers float about on a river and watch live bands on different stages, under the sky. I wonder if it as crazy as that sounds. Anyway, there’s comedy and music, over four days, three stages and probably a lot of sunburn. The uniqueness of this festival is that it is about the river. One of the stages is basically a floating device, the bar and some food stalls (amazing) and with that, there would obviously be a competition for the most creative floating device you can put together – if you so wish. This year’s line-up has about 30 artists from rock, to trance, to hip hop and more. When you’re done being a water baby, camp sites available to dry out and rest. So, float on to Breede River, Swellendam and splash away the weekend with laughs and music in a laid-back, no frills, no VIP setting.

 3. Festival on the Niger – Segou, Mali – 5 – 9 Feb 2014

image source: Travellingman

image source: Travellingman

Festival on the Niger is a traditional and contemporary live music event that takes place in Mali city of Segou, with a stage set up just on the shore of the Niger River. It’s a three day festival that is not only nightly music concerts, but also day time activities including showcases of traditional arts and crafts, there are also theatre performances and film screenings. Each year there is a festival theme that will be focus of the conferences, exhibitions and performances and this year’s is “Cultural Diversity and National Unity”. The festival was started as a way to celebrate the richness of cultural and creative expression in Mali and the region.

4. Eyo Festival – Lagos, Nigeria

Image source: http://www.yorubaunion.se/

Image source: http://www.yorubaunion.se/

This is one of the most confusing festivals I’ve come across. A few years ago, I visited Lagos and the streets of Victoria Island had remnants of some sort of street bash, and the driver who had picked me up from the airport tried to explain it to me and I just couldn’t comprehend how it worked and what was happening, but interested nonetheless to find out. And so I read, that this is a Yoruba traditional festival where masqueraded dancers come out to the streets in a somewhat Carnival manner and a manifestation of traditional spirits. I’d seen a statue that had been wrapped in white sheets and all sorts of stick embellishments, and this is how the dancers also dress. It is said that what Samba is to Brazil the Eyo is to Lagos. The fanfare and processions are open to tourists on one of the days. I think this one has to be seen to be fully understood.

There is no set date for the festival, but found somewhere it would take place in the first week of February this year. Do correct me if I’m wrong

“A full week before the festival (always a Sunday), the ‘senior’ eyo group, the Adimu (identified by a black broad-rimmed hat), goes public with a staff (“when this happens nothing on earth can stop the festival from taking place the coming Saturday”). Each of the four other ‘important’ ones—Laba (Red), Oniko (yellow), Ologede (Green), Agere (Purple)— in this very order takes their turns from Monday to Thursday without fail. This strictness with cadre and other old established rules before, during and after the celebration is what perhaps appeals the most about the eyo heritage. “

That’s it for now.

SOME OTHER EVENTS IN FEBRUARY, closer to home:


#PayWithVisa

I really enjoyed playing the Visa trolley dash as it was great practice for my last minute Christmas shopping! Try it out for yourself by clicking the image below – let me know what total you get! (And also let me know if you win that R30 000 so we can share it 😉 )

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You’ll know that earlier this week I got involved with Visa with a view to providing some goodies to a charity of OUR choice. I shortlisted my top three charities and asked for your help in choosing the most appropriate one. Most of you agreed that the winning cause was in fact Sizanani – a charity very close to my heart.

The winning charity from the campaign will receive  R3000 to spend on whatever groceries they need for the festive season paid for with visa card.

While playing the game, I managed to fill my virtual trolley up to the value of R417.00. There are some serious shoppers out there – look at the current leader board

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You can still play, and possibly win.

While you’re out and about this Dezemba, don’t forget to #paywithvisa.

Shopping under pressure, that’s hard. Paying with your Visa card. That’s easy.

 

 

 

 

 


#PayWithVisa – with your help, I get to do good and you get to WIN

This post comes with two parts. 1) I need you to help me pick a charity that could get R3000 worth of much needed goods from Visa and 2) play the online shopping game and you could win prizes for yourself. So read on, recommend, play and share 🙂

Visa has created a really fun way to shop this festive season. Their virtual trolley dash allows you to play a game in which you can easily and very quickly select goodies from Visa’s simulated electronic store up to the value of R500 (and you get to up your score with an extra R20 for sharing to Facebook and Twitter). A daily prize of R500 will be awarded to one person per day who selects the most goodies in the limited time, and the top four speedy shoppers will go through to a 90 second finale in which the ultimate winner will win a R30 000 prize!

I’ll be shopping for charity but you could be shopping for R30 000! Click the image below if you want to play too (T’s and C’s apply to the game).

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It’s that time of year again when we all indulge a little more over the festive season. But there are many people who aren’t so lucky. With the #paywithVisa online trolley dash, I have the chance to give back by filling up my virtual trolley for charity. If I win the game, I’ll be able to donate up to R3000 worth of essentials to those in need.

Here’s where I need your help. I’ve chosen my top three charities, but I’d like for you to help me decide which charity I should donate the goods and money to. Here is my shortlist:

1. The Jess Foord Foundation – Organisation that works with Rape victims  http://www.jff.org.za

2. Sizanani Children’s Home – a home for disabled children. http://www.sizanani.org/

3. FEW – Foundation that works with LGBTI community   http://www.few.org.za/

Don’t forget to Tweet me @akona1 using the #PayWithVisa hashtag and tell me which of the three charities I should go shopping for. The blogger with the most recommendations will also get their money doubled so click that tweet button and let’s put smiles on the faces of those in need this festive season!

Shopping under pressure, that’s hard. Paying with your Visa card. That’s easy.


As usual, I’m being deliciously dramatic

I found this beautiful peplum top on Style36 and have not stopped thinking about it in days. It feels like life may depend on having it. My qualm is the peplum cut.

I try and mostly excel at avoiding trends, and peplum is currently (or was) an on trend item. Trends don’t make sense to me.

I usually buy classic items that i keep and wear for years. Yet, here is lust calling my name as though it is love.

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