Braveness and Cake

You guys, let’s all do what the lovely typography says.

I am so grateful for the work that I have been doing over the past few weeks.

And a sense of capability that is coming with that.  Be gone voices of self doubt, shoo!

 Summer dresses.  Knees and shoulders.  Oh la la.

Doing what scares you until it doesn’t scare you anymore.  It’s a real thing.

I have a cooking lesson booked. Rainbows of high fives to me.

Yesterday, in a professional environment I used the word ‘Swag’. Oh the laughing – them. And the blushing – me.

Friends with cats.

Friends.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S

Joburg, we’re all a little bit in love with you right now.

This lovely lady, for endless inspiration and prettiness.

Fridays.

And this cake:

Boom.

['Be Brave' and Cake]

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Road Trip for One

A few weekends ago now, I decided to go on a little road trip.  Living in Joburg, I don’t do much alone.  Dinner with friends, walks with friends, adventures with friends.  It suddenly seemed like a really good idea to remember what it felt like to go somewhere alone.  Somewhere unfamiliar and new.  To places where people who made take-away cappuccinos didn’t know my name and the chances of running into those whose stories you share are ghostly.

I packed an over night bag and hit the road.  [Read more...]

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Let’s Start at the Very Beginning…

Hey there Fancy Pantses.  It suddenly occurred to me that perhaps some readers, new and old (and all awesome) may not have seen Ameezing’s ‘About’ page.  The story of this story.  How Ameezing came about.  So, without further ado, here it is: [Read more...]

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Merci Beaucoup

At the moment, all of us round here are woozy on the promise of Spring.  Shoulder blades are remembering what warm air feels like.  Toes are shaking out of their wintery slumber.  And a later dusk means we already have a whole new day as the sun goes down.

I’ve been thinking alot about simplicity.  Simplicity of living, relationships, eating, style, writing.  Simplicity in honesty and bravery.

A paring down of things.  An exchange of stuff for stories.

A decluttering of cupboards and thoughts.

It seems to me that simplicity and gratefulness are soul mates.  That one can exist without the other, but never quite as well as if they just made out a lot and lived happily ever after. [Read more...]

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Team Effort

Can we for one moment all pretend that this ‘Wardrobe Post’ is in fact not set in a Woolworths dressing room but rather in the streets of New York?  That the background is just the right amount out of focus and that my hair, instead of doing the slightly fuzzy bun nest it is doing, is actually moving with Kate Middleton-like style and grace as I stride confidently towards the camera.  With a smile that holds a secret.  That secret being the meaning of life.

Wait, scrap that.  This is an outfit post.  An on purpose, wouldn’t have it any other way, Outfit Post.  Set in a Woolworths dressing room.  And here are my legs.  Boom.

PS.  Wanna see more un-New York Outfit Posts? You can! Right here and here.

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11 More Sleeps

There are 11 more sleeps until Spring Day.  I learnt this yesterday from a girl, dressed in gym clothes, in a shop queue, right after she asked me to smell her arm.  It went like this:
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Lost in a Perfect Dream

My incredibly talented little brother, Joel, recently collaborated with the ameezing Elsa Bleda and photographer Ilse Moore to create a series of intoxicatingly, beautiful images called ‘The Spirit of Galatea’.  It suddenly seems as if Joel’s designs were created to dance, simply and ethereally, under water.

Take a look at the whole shoot here.  Congratulations to the entire team behind this extraordinary project.  You guys are ameezing.

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Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

I once opened a Lunch Bar and a moth flew out from inside the wrapper.

Want to knock the socks off people?  Don’t take things personally.  Not taking things personally is like sensitive person’s crack.  Hard to get, but once you have it, woaw.  Things will never be the same.

The unbelievably beautiful photo above is taken by my Mom during snow-gate last week.  My Mom and Dad live in the mountains, this is the view from their verandah.  Lucky Mountain fishes.

The Newsroom.

Wanna read about this one time I almost moved to the mountains? You can right here, lucky city fishes.

I remember before I joined facebook (at least a year after everyone else had) my older brother painstakingly explained how it worked and what all the fuss was about.  My exact words were, ‘But why would I want everyone to see my photos?! And why would I want to see theirs?!’  Shame Ms Ameezing, shamesies. [Read more...]

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A Hot Tip on Watching 3D Movies

These two overly happy, little nincompoops are The Ever-Lovely Lindsay and I in Thailand a few years ago, about to watch Avatar in 3D.  (Did you know that in Thailand just before the movie starts everyone stands and sings the National Anthem?)

These were the 3D glasses (goggles) that we were given.  And holy panda’s toenails, they were amazing.  No slipping down your nose, or pinching your skin or letting light in from the sides.  Sadly, our 3D glasses here look nothing like these, and I mostly seem to skip 3D movies all together because well, they are weird and also because the glasses are so uncomfortable.

Not anymore dear ones, thanks to this ameezing 3D glasses advice I heard the other day:  [Read more...]

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You Betcha This is a Post on Snow

It snowed yesterday in Joburg.  If you were here, you would have seen it and if you were anywhere else in the world and even remotely linked to a Joburger, I’m sure you would have heard about it too.

It’s kind of a big deal for us because we are used to blue skies.  Blue skies.  And more blue skies.  The occasional afternoon Summer storm and then more blue skies.  It hasn’t rained for months and then suddenly yesterday, the sky went a strange shade of invisible lilac, and little snow flakes started to silently fall. [Read more...]

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