Wibiya Widget

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Holiday Time!

Pictures: The famous Britney Spears impersonator, Derrick Barry and I at Babylon nightclub during his SA tour

Geez! It has been insanely cold in Johannesburg and the mornings are proving to be the hardest. Having to get up, get into a hot shower and then step into the cold again is not the best way to start ones day, however it does give you a kick and wake you up properly!

I wrote my last exam on Friday and had the weekend to chill out and relax and am now anxiously awaiting results, which we will only get back next term, which is fine with me. I do not think I did badly though, my only concern is economics. It is just one subject I battle to grasp and although I studied it like a parrot, I really do need to understand something if I am going to be writing exams on it, so with that said it was not the best sitting I had.

My plans for all the spare time I will have on my hands for the next couple of weeks is to do some writing and hopefully work on a couple of marketing projects myself, which I am having a meeting about on Wednesday. Let us see if I can put into practice what I have learnt over the last few months!

I am also hoping to get some horse riding done, it is something I enjoyed doing when I first lived in Johannesburg before moving down to Durban and a really good friend of mine Dayle manages stables and hopefully she can squeeze me in sometime over the holidays, it is also the perfect way to chill out and relax.

We also have the Kylie Minogue concert coming up on the 8th of July and from what I can tell everyone is super excited about seeing her. If I am not mistaken it will be her first time here. We will be staying over in Sun City for the concert as the drive back is a bit of a long one to do after going to a concert! AND I am super excited too! Just saying…

I also took my 15-year-old cousin to go and watch The Script concert this past weekend; although they are not my most favorite band, it was still pretty cool! Most importantly my cousin enjoyed the concert, and I ran into a couple of mates I had not seen in a while and did some catching up with them. It was The Script’s biggest audience ever, which I think is quite an achievement for them as well as for Johannesburg and hopefully that just proves to other artists that it can be done in South Africa.

I was also tracked down by a ‘long lost’ friend over the weekend, we had been best mates in primary school and when I moved from St. Lucia to Phalaborwa somewhere along the line we lost contact, then we picked up contact again when I moved to Johannesburg and then lost contact again and now finally she has joined the world of social media and was able to find me! It was a pleasure hearing from her again and I most definitely think a trip down to St. Lucia is in order.

I hope everyone else enjoys the rest of their June month, nearly entering July! I cannot believe how fast this year is flying by! And where ever you are in the world keep warm or stay cool!

Monday, June 27, 2011

You Are What You Eat

Your skin tends to reflect what you eat.  What you put into your body is just as important to skin health as what you put on your skin. You cannot separate the two.

Healthy skin is smooth, soft, evenly toned-in short, beautiful! Unhealthy skin can be defined by its rough texture, abnormal coloration, dryness and oiliness, and skin that is inappropriate for your age.

Try to eat a balanced diet, rich in vitamins and antioxidants.  Emphasize fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and lean proteins and most importantly drink plenty of pure water every day.

Top 10 Wrinkle Fighting Foods

Leafy green veggies like spinach – A great source of the antioxidant, lutein.  Lutein helps keep the skin healthy, hydrated and elastic.  The recommended daily intake for leafy green vegetables is about 10mb or 4oz.

Beans – Are an antioxidant as well, and red beans are the best choice.  They help fight free radicals and boost your collagen.

Tomatoes – Red, juicy tomatoes are a good antioxidant as well.  When cooked, lycopene is formed.  Lycopene lowers the risk for cancer and it helps keep your skin healthy and younger –looking.

Turkey – A great source of vitamin B.  Like any other meat, it has protein. Naturally,  
Protein is the body’s building block.  In fact, collagen is the skin’s structural protein
Directly boosts up collagen for repair and growth.

Berries – Goji berries have the strongest concentration of vitamin C than any other citrus fruits.  Aside from that, it also has vitamins B1, B2, B6, and E, and linoleic acid.

Flaxseed – Rich in Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids.  These acids help in maintaining healthy skin, nails and hair.  Flaxseed can be incorporate with your daily meals for maximum benefits. Crush them first and sprinkle a little in your cottage cheese, whip it up in a smoothie or add it to your cereal.

Beetroot – This vegetable is fibre-enrich and low in calories.  Beetroot is an antioxidant containing anthocyanins which supports collagen growth.

Chocolates – Rich in polyphenol which helps the body get rid of toxins that cause aging.  It also protects the body from harmful UV damage.  Dark rich chocolate has less sugar and other additives, and in moderation is a delicious way to improve your health and skin.
Salmon– Contains Omega 3 and protein.  Both are very beneficial for your skin. 

Apples – Eat them with skin on apply them over your face.  Either way, you reap many health benefits.  Apples are rich in alpha-hydroxy acid and fibre


Vitamin A – Contains incredible antioxidants that combat the signs of aging in the skin. The properties contained will protect from outside factors such as environments that can age the skin, as well as combat dryness internally (Anti-Age cream, Day and Night moisturiser, Eye Rescue Cream, Eczema & Psoriasis Cream by Karl de L’Eau Natural Skincare).

Vitamin B – All the B Vitamins are just as essential to the skin as it is to hair. Taking Vitamin B supplements will target both areas in prevention for damage and loss (Anti Age Cream, Day & Night Moisturiser, Eye Rescue Cream, Eczema & Psoriasis Cream, Chilblain Cream, Foot Cream, Hand & body Lotion by Karl de L’Eau Natural Skincare).

Vitamin C – Boosts your immune system and it is incredible in combating signs of aging. Vitamin C also targets damage created from the sunk as well as lightens any dark spots. (Anti Age Cream, Day & Night Moisturiser, Eye Rescue Cream, Eczema & Psoriasis Cream, Chilblain Cream by Karl de L’Eau Natural Skincare).

Vitamin D – Healthy skin cells will create firm elasticity to the skin that will prevent sagging.

Vitamin E – Helps to prevent damage from free radicals such as UV rays and helps to promote moisture to the skin. This is an essential vitamin to combat dryness (all the products by Karl de L’Eau Natural Skincare).

Vitamin K – An essential vitamin to use on the skin around your eyes.  It also helps to reduce the colour of dark circles and is also helpful with making bruises go away faster. (Eye Rescue Cream by Karl de L’Eau Natural Skincare).

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Skin Care For Men

I find myself reading articles on a regulare basis based on skin care, however most of these articles are targeted towards woman.

Karel  Vermeulen who is an expert at what he does has put together some fantastic articles on skin care tips for men! I have read thru them and I must admit that they are definitely worth reading. I will be publishing a few over the next few weeks and I believe that you guys will enjoy them.

I have also joined forces with Karel and KARL DE L’EAU skincare products and we will be giving away a  skincare hamper towards the end of these articles being published.

Karel can be contacted at sales@skincarekdl.com or you can view his website at www.skincarekdl.com for more information on his products.

The first article he sent me is one on skin care basics and knowing your skin type, and in the article it describes a handy way of determining the type of skin you have! Which is vital to know when it comes to determining what kind of sin care regime you need to follow.

First impressions are lasting impressions. Your face is the very first thing that people see and most often remember.  We all want to look good. When you look good, you feel good, you have more boldness, you feel empowered and your self-worth grows.

Although a man’s facial skin is thicker than a woman’s-remarkably it is more delicate. You wouldn’t think that this is the case. However, there are some reasons for that:
·         Men historically have taken less care of their skin
·         Men’s skin tends to be exposed more often to damaging environmental elements
·         Daily shaving destroys the hydrolipidic film, leading to loss of natural lubrication and protection
·         Daily shaving also causes scraping and nicks

The skin is the body’s largest organ, with a total surface of about 1.8 square meters and weighing about 11 kilograms. It is a complex system made of multiple layers of tissues that protect our muscles and other organs. It is made up of about 70% water, 25% protein and 2% lipids (fats).

Knowing your skin type is absolutely necessary in order to make a right decision about a proper skin care or treatment for your particular needs. Generally, we can single out five basic skin types: normal, dry, oily, combination, and sensitive with each having particular characteristics and requiring specific care and/ or treatment.
To determine your type, use a simple test with a clean facial tissue to wipe your face in the morning, when you have just woken up.

Normal Skin
The tissue will not reveal any traces of oil. Your skin should feel vibrant, elastic, and supple. It looks clean and smooth and has a good circulation and healthy complexion.

Dry Skin
The paper will be clean, too, but your face skin will feel flaky, dry, and tight after you have wiped it. Dry Skin can easily develop a sallow tone, wrinkles, and fine pores, and prone to aging and irritation.

Oily Skin
The paper will have spots of facial oil on it, corresponding to the areas of your cheeks, nose, and forehead.  Your face usually looks greasy, thick, coarse, and shiny has enlarged pores, and tend to break into acne.

Combination Skin
Most common among adults and increasingly so after the middle period of life. Characterised by a central band of skin which is oilier and more coarsely textured than the rest of the face.

Sensitive Skin
Often have similar qualities to dry skin with the addition of areas that tend to react against both internal and external influences. Sites of reaction might be caused by  allergies, pollution, chemical irritants, illness, extremes of temperature and other unsuitable environmental conditions. The visible signs of reaction include redness dermatitis, chafing, broken veins, capillaries and mild bruising.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

R.I.P. Dad, you will forever live on in my mind and soul...

On this day 23 years ago my father passed away. I was only 6 months old and although I do not really have any memory of him he will always live on in my family's and my heart.

From what I could tell, the family loved him a lot and he was an amazing man. My Mom would not often speak of him unless I asked, which I did not mind. The older I became the more questions I posed and they were answered and the more I learned about this incredible man who once lived.

My family would describe my father as being the splitting image of me.

My Nanna was once bought to tears seeing me for the first time after many years, as a young adult and stated that she saw her son standing in front of her.

Although it was 23 years ago and I do not know any better, the thought that I could have been raised with a father figure does bring tears to my eyes, I think it is only human to think these thoughts.

I must give my mother big thumbs up and recognition for raising me on her ACE! She is an incredible woman and is now raising two more kids, my sister, Jessame who is 12 years younger than me and my baby brother, Waldo who is 21 years younger than me, that just shows you how strong she is and what an amazing mother she is!

Who knows what the reason was for my father to be taken away from his family and the people who loved and adored him? But nonetheless I believe firmly in the saying that everything happens for a reason.

Love you Dad x

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Farking around on a chilled weekend...

Not that it was any highlight of my weekend but Ryan dropped me off at uni on Saturday morning and I sat thru 3 hours of revision classes, which was needed, as Economics is not my strongest subject. I got picked up again and headed home for a chilled Saturday afternoon with an impromptu shoot thrown in the mix of things with Ryan and I, the pics came out great, these being the first pics we have done professionally together.

Raine attends varsity with me and she celebrated her birthday on Saturday evening, which was meant to be a ‘chilled dinner’, quoted by Raine, turned out to be a large gathering at her house with family and friends. I proceeded to get a little tipsy, all in the name of fun though. Zach managed to braai up some steak and sausage in the cold, even though he was sporting some very fashionable crutches, Ryan did lend a helping hand though. 

So with my hubbly in hand and a cool mix of peeps, a great night was had. The rest all left for Latinova and the annual Balkanology party, Ryan and I decided to head home! I think it was the best idea ever especially given the fact that I thought Melrose Arch was on fire on the way home!

This morning I was very surprised to wake up without a hangover, which was great! Made an awesome breakfast for the household, did some design work and then headed to Dayle’s place for a chilled Sunday afternoon braai and a bit of a horse ride. Dayle taught me how to ride horses a good few years ago, it is something I really enjoy and I would say is a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

This Sunday evening will be spent chilling at home and keeping warm and probably watching a few episodes of Absolutely Fabulous! 


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Win "Jocks for a year" Competition...

Post your comments and vote for your favourite pair in the corrupt "win jocks for a year" album on facebook... One lucky winner will receive Corrupt underwear for a year! (3 pairs every 3 months for a year). 
To see the full range and to order, go to www.corrupt.co.za
Head to Facebook now!