40cm for Cansa

40cm for Cansa

Just a quick trip down memory lain… Over a year ago, I had been dabbling with the idea of cutting my hair short. I sat for hours pinteresting the cutest short hair cuts and probing my boyfriend (at the time) for some input. Not suprsingly, he egged me on and told me to go all pixie because it will be so hot and referenced all the beautiful celebrities that rock the frock. Especially the Gorge Keira Knightly.

None the less I approached a new salon, at which the stylist was horrified and refused to cut my lengthy locks. Still contemplating, I returned home with a mere trim yet still some lovely head of hair!

Two months later and to my absolute surprise my hubby popped the question! Eeeek  amazing news, and the celebrations began. If  you know a thing about Indian culture, it is that long hair is worshiped, especially on your wedding day. However there are many a way to get around this with extensions and plaits.

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I knit picked my hubby for egging me on to cut a pixie style, mean while he was planning the proposal!

A few months ago I had injured my ankle (that which is still attempting to heal) and had been taken in for surgery for a short hospital stay. I was reminded of all those suffering and decided that was it, I am going to chop off my locks for a Good Cause and did my research!

“Cancer patients often undergo chemotherapy. Hair loss can occur when chemotherapy drugs travel throughout the body to kill cancer cells and some of these drugs damage hair follicles, causing the hair to fall out. Hair loss is a common side-effect of chemotherapy treatment.”

I have lengthy hair, want to cut it and help those in need. So cutting my hair for Cansa seemed like a great cause!

So off I went, cast, crutches and all!

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It was an absolutely amazing day spent at GaryRom Brooklyn. I had met my hair stylist soul mate Anja and it was pure bliss!

Here’s how it ALL happened:

THE BEFORE:

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THE MEASUREMENTS

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THE CHOP CHOP

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THE AFTER PICTURE

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AND ONE OF MY BESTIES JOINED FOR SOME AMAZING MORAL SUPPORT

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Want to get involved and do the same?

Here is what you need to know for Human hair Donations:

  • “Ponytail donation that is 25 cm or longer.
  • Hair should be clean and dry.
  • All hair whether dyed or treated is acceptable. We are not able to use dreadlocks.
  • When cutting the hair, please bind both ends with an elastic band and place in a zip-lock bag (this preserves it in the best condition while being transported to the wig manufacturer).
  • Send your hair donation in a plastic bag with your name and contact details on it.”

I delivered my hair to the following address on Mandela day, and they were absolutely thrilled! They said that there are very few people that donate human hair to make wigs.

CANSA Tipuana Care Home:

32 Lys Street, Rietfontein, 0084

P.O. Box 275, Pretoria, 0001

Tel: 012-329 3036

 

I found my own way to give back in an uncommon manner and have loved it!

– M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer Time Requirements: Perfect Mani, Swimsuit and Loved Ones

Summer is here and there is nothing better than a fresh and long lasting mani to make it through the season. Here are my top tips of keeping it clean, making it last and what colours are doing it for me this season!

Keeping it Clean

Habitual nail attacks and poorly chipped nail polish could come off as a sign of carelessness for your appearance, especially in your professional space. (and yes there are those days when you left the house in a decent but 6 day old mani and 70% of it chips off before your return *cringe much!)

If your polish starts chipping and peeling rather take the two minutes to remove the nasty old polish. When I am really strapped for time I find throwing in my utensils and removing my polish when I’m stuck in bumper to bumper traffic on the daily! I can promise you that clean and naked nails are far better than an untidy mani.

But how do I make my mani last?

The dreaded nightmare of painting an amazing mani at home, bumping it a few times while it dries (but convince yourself it’s not so noticeable #everytime), and two days later you have to remove it due to what happened

So here is a quick reminder of what TO DO TO MAKE YOUR MANY LAST

  • Tip top note: do all your hand hefty chores before attempting your perfect mani. So yes that includes scrubbing your stove, gardening and washing all your silver and brass wear BEFORE HAND. *save yourself now!
  • Clean your bare nails and file all the edges.
  • Push back your cuticles and attend to their never ending neediness.
  • Use a matte or milky type base coat. I use Essence base coat.
  • Paint one coat of your chosen colour. *shockers NOW LET IT DRY !
  • Paint your second coat and ensure it is to your satisfaction.
  • LET IT DRY
  • Now paint a glossy long lasting top coat. I use Revlon’s Nail Care, Colourstay Gold, Standard Top Coat.
  • Tip top note: the top coat will take much longer to dry if the bottom coat is still wet. Drying one coat at a time is actually faster!
  • I often paint my nails in stages so I can get things done in between. For the life of me I can’t sit still all in one go. Otherwise paint your nails and let it dry with a good movie on or your entire PVR’ed series recording.
  • PS use a quick drying spray or drops, its an oil based product that ASSISTS with the drying process and takes away the sticky feeling sooner than later that = less fragile wet nails, ad bumps and bruises can be avoided. I use Essence express dry:

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Summer is Finally Here!

Now that you are well equipped let’s talk colours! With the temperamental weather of late, I thought it would be fun to remind us all that it is summer after all and December Holidays are around the corner!

Granted many of us will still be hard at work for most of the festive season, but when it’s time to put your party face on for the braais, lunches, sun downers and club parties being primped is key.

Eeek I have to admit, I am definitely the girl with over ten different shades of pink nail polishes in my collection, my go-to colours, of course (pastel pink and pastel purple), but I do like to switch up my polish routine for the festive season. Here are some of my favourite nail polish hues of the season:

Itsy Bitsy Blue

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Not quite grey nor blue, I love this vintage pastel hue. It kind of reminds me of the calmness a beach holiday can bring. Try Essie’s Lilacism which is what I’m wearing in the photo above.

 Pastel Purple

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Absolutely no surprise here *shockers. This delicate and girly shade is so cutsie patootsie this time of year, and reminds me of a great accompaniment to the bold and gorgeous Jacarandas that roam our streets.  Try Essie’s Go Ginza.

Vogue Red

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This colour is definitely one of my most bold and show stopper colours. It can be worn to take on so many different looks, from vintage, modern, chic and even cute and quirky matched with some nail art. Try Essie’s Russian Roulette 

Pale Pink

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Pastel pink is my absolute go to all year-round colour. But for spring and summer in particular, I love a pale pink that so soft and fluffy and it looks great on all skin types!  Categorically, my favourite pale pink is Essie’s Minimalistic.

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Bright White

There’s nothing quite as simple, elegant and clean as a neat pure white manicure. It just screams sophistication! It’s a touch on the edgy side but pure perfection! I used Revlons white matt coat added some glitter to warm it up.

What nail colors are you wearing this season?

Have an amazing festive Season with your loved ones!

– M

 

DIY Succulent Table gifts

This year has been an extremely eventful one, from getting married, moving to a new place, gaining a whole new family and learning to become a good partner and wife in life.

That is quite a handful, a side from all my usual side line activities. As we all know, getting married comes along with many a party. Engagement. Bridal shower. Bachelorette. Pre Wedding functions; I am Hindu, thus a wedding takes an army and about a week, so about three pre functions, the actual wedding and then another three post wedding functions oh yes and of course some recovery time.

If I get to stray from the topic for a second and indulge, it truly is the best time in ones life. It is immensely hectic, yes I agree, a lot of planning, a lot of saving and spending! Yet you get to enjoy the beautiful functions with your absolute nearest and dearest!

So after about ten months of planning, we immersed ourselves in the festivities. Once it is over, it went from absolute madness to downtime.

The following month, my dad was turning the big 6-0, hence I was excited to get it another party project (naturally with the calm after the storm). My dad described in keywords is: hardworking, ever lasting, persistent, cars and plants plants plants. Truth be told, my parents house is surrounded by countless greens (there is house among it all, I am sure of it!)

As a family we decided to do an understated dinner with some family to celebrate his birthday, close to the beach. I thought, what could I do to make this just a little bit more special for my dad. A man of few words, but has worked so hard for his family. And Succulents was the answer!!

I got together with my helpful friend, who has suppliers all over the country and within three days, various forms of tiny delicate succulents were delivered to my door step. I paired the succulents with tiny tin barrels, decorated with stones and bark, and adorned it with a simple note on a stick reading “He turned his Can’t into Cans and his Dreams into plans” to commemorate dads success and celebrate his birthday.

Ofcourse the gifts to match were outdone by the fam bam and all celebrated with food, our usual companion.

Heres how I did it.

DIY Succulents Gifts

Shopping list:

– Succulents plants from your nursery or online supplier.

– Potting soil, specifically for succulents.

– Rough sand and stone mix.

– Tiny white pebbles and bark to decorate.

– Tiny tin barrels/ pots whatever your choice to plant them in.

– I added a printed note stuck on a skewer stick to make it more personal (optional).

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  1. First I added part potting soil and part sand and stone mix to fill the barrel, leaving some room for decorating.
  2. Then a made a hole in the centre of the sand, to plant my delicate succulent. Ensure the roots are well planted in the soil.
  3. Then add some water to keep it moist.
  4. I did 30 pots in about an hour. I tried to leave the soil loose because succulents can drown if they’re packed in tightly with no room to drain, which is also why more rocky/sandy soil is best.
  5. There are so many beautiful ways you can decorate with these. I used tiny white pebbles and some pieces of bark for an organic feel.
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My handy assistant (the hubby) assisted as we spread out putting the succulents together on a beautiful hotel floor, the morning before the party.

 

Succulents are the felines of the plant world. They require very little maintenance, are exceptionally resilient, and they are just SO DARN PRETTY. I read up on succulent care, and the main points seemed to be: Water less, Good sunlight and Well draining soil that’s it!

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One of the most amazing things about succulents is how easily they propagate. It is so easy to increase your succulent garden by merely taking off leaves from your plants and putting them out on a damp soil to grow. It is easy and so much fun to see the tiny new plants growing.

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Happy Planting!

– M

Think Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Cookies Recipe

WHITE CHOCOLATE “CRACK” COOKIES

As I am currently fasting for religious reasons (another topic for another day) – I needed to get creative with some eggless baking. And since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I decided it would be a great opportunity to combine the two for such a great cause. I have already shared this newly tried recipe. If my husband and siblings are bias, my colleagues loved them too! Its super easy and quick to make!

Ingredients

Here’s what you will need:

2 ½ cups flour

½ cup sugar

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter, cubed

½ cup white chocolate, finely chopped

½  teaspoon almond extract

2 drops red (or purple) food colouring

1 ½ slabs of white chocolate for dipping

Method

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt.
  3. Then slowly combine in the butter
  4. Continue until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in the chopped white chocolate, and almond extract. Add food colouring, if desired. Knead the mixture until it forms a ball. If the mixture is too dry and crumbly, use some milk to help bring it together.

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  1. Shape the dough into 2cm balls. Place balls two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Using the bottom of a drinking glass dipped in sugar, flatten the balls to rounds.

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  1. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the centre’s are set. Allow to cool for about a minute on the cookie sheet, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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  1. In a double boiler, white one and a half slabs of white chocolate. Heat until the chocolate has melted.
  2. Dip half of each cookie into the chocolate. Ensure that you drip the excess chocolate off, otherwise it will clump and not dry neatly.
  3. Then dip the edge or sprinkle with edible decorations.
  4. Allow the cookies to cool on waxed paper until the chocolate is set.

I used some pink baking chocolate, in spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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 Happy Baking!

– M

Easy Peasy Cake Pops Recipe

Cake Pops

This is one of the most party friendly eats I have ever made. It looks absolutely beautiful, tastes amazing and everyone will be swooning you to make more. Here’s one of the easiest recipes I have used.

Recipe

Ingredients:

1 x standard cake recipe (which ever flavour you prefer) you could even use a box mix if you prefer

250g buttercream icing

500g baking chocolate – either chop finely or use pre-made discs for quick melting

Cake pop sticks

Polystyrene block/ cake pop stand

Decorative sprinkles

 Method:

  1. Cook the cake as per the recipe.
  2. Crumble the cake in a large mixing bowl (use a fork or your fingers) – you should not see any large pieces of cake.
  3. Now add 250g of your buttercream icing and mix thoroughly.
  4. The mixture needs to be moist enough for you to roll into balls – aim for a size a fair bit smaller than a golf ball. The balls should hold their shape.
  5. Place the balls on wax paper and place into the freezer for 10-15 minutes – we want them to be firm but not frozen to make it easier for dipping.
  6. Now melt the chocolate in a double boiler .
  7. Take a few cake balls out the freezer at a time so we keep the remaining ones firm until we work with them.
  8. Dip the tip of the lollipop stick into the chocolate, now insert it about halfway through the cake ball.
  9. Support the cake ball with a teaspoon spoon, dip the ball in the chocolate until completely covered and then remove it. Make sure the chocolate meets the base of the lollipop as this will help the cake ball stay in place once the chocolate coating has set. If there is excess coating, just gently rotate the cake pop and tap off any extra coating.
  10. Stick the cake pops into a polystyrene block or cake pop stand and decorate quickly before the chocolate dries.

Serve and enjoy!!

PS I served mine in a basket, and poked the cake pop sticks into a polystyrene ball and decorated.

Since I first tried this recipe a few years ago, many handy kits have been created to assist this process as well as help you present them beautifully. Such as cake pop tins, mixes, stands and much more. This can be found at many baking stores and large wholesalers.

Happy baking!

– M

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Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow : We are never in the NOW

There are countless people in the world that share the same characteristics. To plan. Whether its planning your social calendar for the month, or planning each step in your career.  

I can honestly say, I am absolutely guilty of planning. Mapping out each step in my mind and what the possible outcomes are. If there are undesirable outcomes, or if it cannot be done properly I reserve myself from making that decision or doing something improperly.

And truth be told – this is sometimes no fun! This could be keeping me away from amazing experiences and lifes lessons. As my sister in law taught me, each moment is about MAKING MEMORIES. So even though life does require a level of planning and some what of logical decisions, I have this saying on repeat in mind. “MAKING MEMORIES” Of course my precious nephew and niece are my constant reminders that we are always making memories and should cherish each moment. They also teach me how beautiful it is to be absolutely transparent (kids do say the darnest things)

Here’s a highlight of a great topic a friend and fellow blogger and I recently discussed check her and her remarkable proudly South African art work out http://iammesaw.com/

Anxious much?

Our continuous mind rambling, that sucks away at our time, happiness and productivity of the now and the constant: Worries of past and anxiety of the future. Why do we do this to ourselves?

You are here now, but you constantly thinking of the future… What’s happening tonight, what to do for dinner, organising the weekends plans… trying to fit in a gym session as you feel guilty for missing the last two weeks. But how much time do we actually focus on the present? Probably about 40% *SHOCKING*

Our own minds don’t let us focus. We feel a power that we are needed at work, we think that we feel in control. So we maximise how ‘busy’ we are, for self-worth and value. *A tad sad I say, yet we still do it.

So do we feel proud of always saying, I’m so busy and I don’t have time? Often to find ourselves merely looking forward to weekend and a holiday? The phrase “oh I can’t wait for Friday”, yet it is  repeated all week?!* what is that purpose? #WTF

Kids are an amazing reminder of boundless energy, energy we once had, energy we wish we had. They have this immense energy from having  no worries about the past and anxiety of the future.

New focuses on MAKING MEMORIES and trying to be present. Sometimes there are more important things in the now to focus on, our future will always be approaching. We don’t have to over analyse it now. Will it benefit me right now? Probably not, I’m gona schedule to provide a solution tomorrow at 08:00. Mind shift. Done.

M

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Be a Super Intern

So you have reached the end of your torturous 3-7 year journey completing your degree, you have grown into your big boy pants (and outgrown non elastic pants). Most graduates struggle with finding a job straight out of studies, and the key is to set yourself apart from the crowd. Find you niche skill and exploit it.  Landing your first internship can be a huge relief, finally your time has arrived to begin the next phase in your life.

I myself completed 4 years of study and in my final honours year I concurrently completed my Internship (well I was lucky enough to complete my studies at night- boy did that save me a year). It was challenging trying to be a completely impressive employee at day and ace my finals at night. But once it was done, it was a liberating feeling, and I was prepared to take on the next challenge…

Heres some tips that kept me in check during the transition period

  1. Be Profession-ale

Internships can either come with a pay check or without one. Nonetheless it is still a stepping stone, and if you find yourself in one you will have to earn your experience from the ground up. *started from the bottom no we here – align your goals to sing this song proudly one day* don’t be late, don’t take extended breaks and most definitely don’t complain if you are asked to complete a coffee run – there is no one below the intern. Get used to it. Once you have proven yourself, there will quickly be a newbie to replace you.

  1. What threads to dread

Most likely internships are filled with severe multitasking, relentless supervision and copious amounts of running around to impress every being, to the point where you say “offcourse I can do it for you” – when your colleague wants to take the afternoon off. And duh ofcourse you do! So dress in a professional manner, alter it to the companies culture. Don’t wear 6 inch heels on the daily, as you will either a) face plant into the pot plant when you are carrying five boxes of photocoping material b) walk with a limp because you had to run to through 7 different buildings in one hour and for heavens sake no you can’t take your shoes off for a break! Or c) your manager will think you are impractical at the fact that you thought you could sit all day in your Steve Madden. Also stay clear of clown makeup- leave it to the circus acts- its more their field.

Keep it simple and classy, blazers can always dress up a plain tee and some skinny formal pants, paired with some wedges or smaller heels and you good to go.

  1. Be happy to be here

Co-workers feed off the enthusiasm and energy a young intern brings to the team. Your attitude towards learning will become infectious to those all around you and that will contribute to an improved workforce. There is nothing like a fresh mind, asking questions to keep a team on their feet. Don’t disappoint, suck it up and BE HAPPY TO BE HERE.

  1. Spatial boundaries

Eew Don’t hover. Learn the etiquette of the company. Nobody wants to be stuck with baby sitting the intern all year. Don’t forget that they still have their own jobs to do.

  1. Where, when and how?

Adapt to your surroundings, discover when it’s the right times for lunch, how does a shared fridge work and whats acceptable behaviour during your breaks. I’m pretty sure opening up a lunch box of sardines for a late breakfast is going to digest well.

-M