Friday, 26 December 2014

The best summer salad

My festive season gift to you: the best ever summer salad courtesy of the one and only Matt Preston. It's fresh, healthy, delicious and super easy - what's better than that?

I don't really work with quantities and just judge it by eye, so here's my version:


Watermelon salad

Watermelon
Cucumber
Feta
Mint leaves
Sunflower seeds
Pumpkin seeds

Cut the skinned watermelon into chunks, removing the the seeds (otherwise you mistake them for pumpkin seeds and get a nasty surprise!) and throw into a big bowl. I like cucumber skin and it adds great colour, but I guess you could peel the cucumber if you prefer. Cut into chunks and add to the watermelon. Toss in the mint, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, sprinkling diced feta cubes on top. Matty P adds a drizzle of lime juice, but I always forget that bit and don't find that I miss it. Toss until it looks pretty and you're done! You're welcome :)

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Cat Photo Sickday

I'm home sick and feeling oh-so-sorry for myself. I wish I had a kitty big enough to hug...








Friday, 5 December 2014

Cat Photo Friday


Serenity. If your day's been anything like mine, I'm sure you need a bit of it, too.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Shotguns, sundaes and segregation - a South African perspective

I've actually been sitting with this post saved in my drafts ever since last week, and I've been umming and aahing about whether or not to post it. It's funny how, as South Africans, as soon as there is anything even partly related to race, we feel that we have to second-guess ourselves with regards to whether we're being politically correct or preachy. But, politics aside, I'm a firm believer in following your gut and the fact that I'm still thinking about this topic shows that it must be important enough to blog about (even if it is a week later).

Make fun of me if you wish, but I openly admit to  checking the Daily Mail at least once a day. Now although you need to wade through the 'Can you really get Kylie Jenner's lips with just makeup?' and UK soapie muck, I actually find the majority of their content very educational. So imagine my delighted surprise on Friday morning when I clicked on the Daily Mail homepage and saw this article first and foremost on my screen: 

"Shotguns, sundaes and segregation: Stunning photos of families in 1950s Alabama offer poignant look at life during civil-rights era"

  • African-American photographer Gordon Parks captured the lives of three families living in Mobile, Alabama in 1956
  • The collection, called The Restraints: Open and Hidden, follows the lives of three families
  • A total of 40 prints will now go on display at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Parks worked for Life Magazine for 20 years, shooting the likes of Muhammad Ali and Malcom X  







These are just a few of the photographs that were published alongside the story and, as a former photography student, they caught my attention straight away, not just because of how beautifully they're taken, but also because of the sadness I felt upon looking at them. But what I wasn't expecting when I clicked on this link was the horrendous representation of humanity in the form of some of the comments that have been published in relation to the story. A lot of them have subsequently been removed ('Segregation should be brought back' was one such example), but I've taken screen grabs of the few remaining that I think deserve our scrutiny.















Now maybe I am just being an overly-sensitive South African, but is it not dumbfounding - the way in which a large amount of people responded to this post? Instead of feeling sadness, heartbreak and possibly even guilt or hatred, there they are discussing what people wore, the crime stats and the fact that there were no obese kids. And since I've been churning this around in my head for a week, I think you should, too. Agree, disagree, but please check out the full article, here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2833736/Shotguns-sundaes-segregation-Gordon-Parks-stunning-photos-families-1950s-Alabama-provide-poignant-unique-look-life-civil-rights-era.html.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Food guilt


Yes, I’m a terrible person who’s done nothing but spam all of you with (awesome) cat pictures every, ok most, Fridays and haven’t blogged about anything worthwhile in the past month and I don’t even know why you put up with me and thank goodnesss I’m cute, but here I am... finally.

Sometimes I wonder if I'm secretly Catholic. It sure would explain the excessive amount of guilt that I feel about absolutely everything. I overslept: 5 guilt points. I skipped gym: 15 guilt points. I forgot to call my grandparents: 30 guilt points. Needless to say, if it exists, I've probably felt guilty about it at one point or another. And I'm slowly coming to terms with the fact that it’s just something that I have to get used to. 

But one thing that I am truly battling against, at the moment at least, is food guilt. There used to be a time when eating badly referred to guzzling down a pizza followed by a Coke, chips and maybe an ice cream, right? But now in the days of carb-free, gluten-free, fat-free, food-free food, it feels as though I can't put anything in my mouth without feeling instantly guilty about it. Remember when fruit was a healthy snack? Now it's packed with sugar (the devil, for those of you who aren't acquainted) and must be shunned at once. You heard me: drop that banana right now. And shun it. Shun that banana and its evil sugar-containing properties. Shun.


And let's not even get started on meals with pasta and rice in them. With all  this nitpicking and finger pointing, I'm surprised we haven't all given up and turned into those human blobs on WALL-E. Bottom line: your diet is your own business. Kudos to you for following it –  I will be the first one to congratulate you on your weight loss thanks to only eating cabbage and twigs for 3 weeks – but please don't shove your food philosophies down my throat and make me feel guilty for eating my toasted cheese and tomato sandwich (which I had been looking forward to all day before you spoiled it by dropping the carb-bomb). You wouldn't tell someone how to have sex. Don't tell them how to eat.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Cat Photo Friday

It's been a tough week full of unnecessary dramas and mean people just being generally mean. But despite it all, these photographs of a kitty named Lepa succeeded in making me smile. I challenge anyone not to see the beauty, whimsy and happiness in these photos, taken by Natalia Moldovanova in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Fashion FAIL!

Zara lovers were taken aback when the popular brand launched a new children's shirt... that looks alarmingly like the uniforms worn by Jewish prisoners during the Holocaust. Zara's response? The shirt was meant to look like a sheriff's uniform, gold star badge and all. The shirt has subsequently been removed from all Zara stores. I bet the designer is kicking him/herself for this one...



Friday, 22 August 2014

Cat Photo Friday

Fancy a trip to Japan anyone?


Kitties sunning themselves on 'Cat Heaven Island' in Fukuoka, Japan. Photographer Fubirai has spent five years taking photographs of the cats on the island, who get fed by local fisherman and wander freely through the city (including through the houses!).

Monday, 18 August 2014

Flower power!


When I was in high school, I always used to get into trouble for wearing flowers in my hair. I'm not talking about huge diamanté clip creations that take up the majority of your head, but a picked flower from the garden that was nestled somewhere in my curls. Sometimes it was a frangipani from the tree outside our lounge window or else it was a daisy from an arrangement in the school foyer (although I distinctly remember getting into trouble for that as it "constitutes as stealing"), but no matter the flower I would always feel just a bit happier about life having some beautiful piece of nature with me.  But of course, because high school was full of restrictive rules and I didn't get along with most of my teachers to begin with, I was soon banned from wearing such 'accessories' as they went against the school rules. And so the wheel of conformity spins on.

So imagine my delight when I saw that the latest trend (especially when it comes to festival fashion) is wearing beautiful floral wreaths and blooms in your hair (or, in some cases, in your beard). Yes, it's not very practical, and yes, it isn't a look that most people can pull off (I have yet to summon up the courage to don a floral crown myself), but I love the fact that nature is being incorporated into fashion in such a whimsical way. It reminds me of five-year-old me sitting in the middle of the garden trying to make daisy chains out of the very few flowers that my mother had succeeded in growing in our garden (green thumbs don't run in the family) ... and then giving up and throwing the flowers in the air as confetti instead (gender stereotypes clearly do)! Love it or hate it, I hope that this trend does at least one thing: that it reminds people to take a moment from all of the concrete and fluorescent lighting to love the world in which we live and to stop and smell the flowers.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Cat Photo Friday

I wouldn't mind finding one of these in my Christmas stocking!

A young girl with three Siamese kittens in Croydon, London in 1931. 
(Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Friday, 8 August 2014

Welcome to Cat Photo Friday!

Since today is International Cat Day (I know I know, I was as delighted as you when I discovered there was such a thing) I think it's the perfect time to introduce to you: Cat Photo Friday! For those of you who just let out a joint audible moan, don't worry - I'm not going to spam you with tons of pics of furry fluffies that all look identical (even though I see absolutely nothing wrong with that!). Instead, I'm going to share with you cat photos that I think are incredible for one reason or another. Look at them, don't look at them, but get ready for some kitties!

Marine Sergeant Frank Praytor feeds a two-week-old kitten canned milk through a pipe during the Korean War in 1953. Seargent Praytor adopted the kitten, who he named Miss Hap "because she was born in the wrong place at the wrong time", after its mother was killed as a result of artillery fire.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Can't we all just get along?


Yesterday, a car guard in Cape Town reminded me that both sexism and racism are still rife in this country. Yes, I know this is not meant to come as a surprise, but I guess the optimist in me wishes that people would stop and think before they say things that are potentially hurtful to others. There wasn't a scene, no one raised their voices, and it probably only lasted about 3 minutes in total, but those three minutes left me feeling so terrible about myself that I still flush when I think about it. What was said doesn't matter, the point is: stop being assholes and start loving one another. It's that simple.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Art that makes me feel AWESOME!

This is the best thing I've seen in a while and is absolute proof that humans can be awesome if we really want to be.


An English writer, illustrator and animator who goes by the name of October Jones gained notoriety earlier this year for his cartoon depictions of the passengers that he saw on his daily train trip to work. Now he's at it again, this time leaving motivational messages for his fellow train-riders - how amazing is that? I love it that he's using his skills to make people's days a little better - it sure worked for me!

Monday, 7 July 2014

Art lovers unite!

Don't you just love the Internet? Amidst the loads of junk and porn that clutters up whatever magical techno-stuff that makes up the world wide web, there is always the chance that you will stumble across something truly spectacular. And today, I have. I give you: the World Bodypainting Festival 2014. 


Described as an art, music and fashion show, every year artists from around the world gather in Pöertschach am Wöerthersee (a very small village in Austria) to portray their incredible walking artworks. This year marked the 17th World Bodypainting Festival, with 47 artists trying their hands at the theme POP ART. I love art, but I especially love art that breaks the boundaries of what is expected and gives the world something truly beautiful and inspiring. Throw in the fact that these talented artists created their pieces on human flesh, and you've got me hook, line and sinker! Check out some of my favourite looks from the festival, here.

For more about the World Bodypainting Festival, visit bodypainting-festival.com/en/.