My friend’s daughter celebrated her first birthday last week. It was a gorgeous and love filled day with lots of beautiful babies, toddlers, sun and laughter.

The week leading up to it had me wrought with anxiety because I could not find the perfect birthday gift. Do I get something for the baby? For her bedroom? For the parents to celebrate having kept a beautiful human alive and happy for year? If I got baby clothes, would I get the right size, right personality, right expression that wouldn’t offend the parents and something that won’t embarrass little girl when pictures surface at year wedding or 21st birthday? Would I get something that they already have or that someone would have also brought? See how nerve-wrecking gift buying is?!

Then I remembered that the best gifts are the ones you would also want for yourself.

I called Gareth of Babatunde to tell him that I needed something super cute in African print for a baby girl, he told me a designer from Benin had just dropped of some of her creations. I knew I’d made the right decision.

Bib and booties

Bib and booties

If they came in my size – they’d totally be mine.

For now, I’ll lust over these

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I imagine having a huge house one day. Big garden, great views, huge kitchen and all the other things that make me happy in a home

In this imagining, I’ve always known that the most important part of my home will be my escape room.  A large space, on the top floor, walls made of glass, filled with couches and books, and maybe a piano. The place I’d go to be at peace and see the world not only through the glass but through words and stories.

So when I found these “insanely cool bookshelves” on www.sobadsogood.com I was almost brought to tears. How beautiful are these bookshelves. I want them all.

This is really clever. I see it in like a loft style apartment / farm house style cottage.

This is really clever. I see it in like a loft style apartment / farm house style cottage.

aaah, but doesn't South Africa look so much cooler

aaah, but doesn’t South Africa look so much cooler

This is really awesome. especially for smaller spaces

This is really awesome. especially for smaller spaces

READ - Only problem is that the book height might need to be managed to fit

READ – Only problem is that the book height might need to be managed to fit

Then, my absolute FAVOURITE! I love repurposed things and I love the piano!

Then, my absolute FAVOURITE! I love repurposed things and I love the piano!

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I have this friend right
Her name is Refilwe Moloto
She’s smart, she’s hot, she’s hilarious, she’s witty, she’s friendly, she’s honest, she super awesome. When you put all this together, you have theeeee best facebook status updates in the WORLD. No, really.

Every day, I make sure I log in to facebook just to see her version of the world and every single one is a gem that needs its own religion. Even the comments are always on point and explode with brilliance

So today, another masterpiece happened. and here it is… (hope you don’t mind R.)

You can thank me later…
Refilwe


Is a woman’s hair really her crowning glory?

Have been looking at theses images by Delphine Diallo for a few days now. At first I was magnetically drawn to them because I couldn’t quite make sense of what I seeing and how I felt about them. These images are moving. The words ‘regal’ and ‘striking’ came to mind. Followed by the humming of that dumb song by India Arie claiming she is not her hair. To that, I call bullshit.

Hair, as with make-up, accessories and even clothing are all part of personal adornment. How we add and remove to accentuate, hide and celebrate our bodies. One cannot and should not remove themselves from the way they choose to adorn themselves any day.

Hair is so personal (it’s so difficult finding a hairdresser you can trust), it is an expression and extension (hehehe) of self, it speaks volumes (he he he) and helps to either get straight to the point (tl tl tl) and sometimes help us beat around the bush (okay, I’ve stopped). It is a part of who we are and want portray ourselves as.

In any case, I’ve been growing my own hair for a bit over a year. I have a cute afro that i’ve been trying to maintain for the past few weeks now and I am fascinated by my mane. The colour, the texture, how manageable it is depending on how much care I put in the night before, the glows and flows, it’s wonderful and stressful and all mine. I also experimented with braids, which I thoroughly enjoyed, in the attempt to grow and save it of my hair clippers. It’s been a beautiful journey and I have grown to respect women who get creative with any kind of hairstyle in an attempt to express themselves.

I just wish there were more online resources for braid and natural hair styles and care.

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