Song of the week…

Music is one of my favourite things in the world. It’s funny how there is always a song you can relate to, as if you have written it yourself. Music is a way of life, it tells us about past experiences, messages or feelings we can’t express otherwise.

So my little present for you is to find a song of the week, every week. To take off, I chose a song by Taylor Swift. It is called Better than Revenge and is about a girl who stole her boyfriend. I think this is something we all can relate to whether the person achieved it or didn’t even get close.

Here is the lyrics and a website where you can listen to it. Sing it at the top of your lungs and show that who you are and where you are now, is better than revenge!

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Better Than Revenge [Lyrics by elyrics.net]

Now go stand in the corner
And think about what you did
Ha, time for a little revenge

The story starts when it was hot and it was summer
And I had it all, I had him right there where I wanted him
She came along, got him alone, and let’s hear the applause
She took him faster than you can say sabotage

I never saw it coming, wouldn’t have suspected it
I underestimated just who I was dealing with
She had to know the pain was beating on me like a drum
She underestimated just who she was stealing from

She’s not a saint, and she’s not what you think
She’s an actress, whoa
She’s better known for the things that she does
On the mattress, whoa

Soon she’s gonna find stealing other people’s toys
On the playground won’t make you many friends
She should keep in mind, she should keep in mind
There is nothing I do better than revenge, ha

She lives her life like it’s a party and she’s on the list
She looks at me like I’m a trend and she’s so over it
I think her ever present frown is a little troubling
She thinks I’m psycho ’cause I like to rhyme her name with things but

Sophistication isn’t what you wear or who you know
Or pushing people down to get you where you wanna go
Oh, they didn’t teach you that in prep school, so it’s up to me
But no amount of vintage dresses gives you dignity

She’s not a saint, and she’s not what you think
She’s an actress, whoa
She’s better known for the things that she does
On the mattress, whoa

Soon she’s gonna find stealing other people’s toys
On the playground won’t make you many friends
She should keep in mind, she should keep in mind
There is nothing I do better than revenge, ha

I’m just another thing for you to roll your eyes at, honey
You might have him, but haven’t you heard?
I’m just another thing for you to roll your eyes at, honey
You might have him, but I always get the last word

She’s not a saint, and she’s not what you think
She’s an actress, whoa
She’s better known for the things that she does
On the mattress, whoa

Soon she’s gonna find stealing other people’s toys
On the playground won’t make you many friends
She should keep in mind, she should keep in mind
There is nothing I do better than revenge, ha

And do you still feel like you know what you’re doing?
‘Cause I don’t think you do, oh
Do you still feel like you know what you’re doing?
I don’t think you do, I don’t think you do

Let’s hear the applause
C’mon show me how much better you are
See you deserve some applause
‘Cause you’re so much better
She took him faster than you can say sabotage

Listen to Better than Revenge at: http://taylorswift.com/releases [Under Speak Now Deluxe Edition]

The Great Gatsby Trend

With the premiere of the movie The Great Gatsby approaching on us, a new trend is likely to emerge. We discussed this trend in our trend analysis class and I was quite interested to see it for myself. While researching on the Internet, I found a new set desire in my heart to become this fabulous.

Think short hair with cloches. Think classic yet glamorous outfits. Think 1920’s!

The movie’s stylist, Catherine Martin [www.huffingtonpost.com], dresses the characters in her “modern take” on the 1920’s fashion and portrays what I consider a classic, powerful woman.

Photo credit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com – Hulton Archive/Warner Bros.

Photo credit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com – Hulton Archive/Warner Bros.

Photo credit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com – Hulton Archive/Warner Bros.

I’ve seen this trend already emerging in our stores and lives, which is no surprise to me. As women in our modern society, we have become powerful and strong. We fight for what we believe in and demand value for everything we give in this life. We love, we care, we support and we provide. So why not dress powerful and sexy at the same time? Why not look as classy as we really are?

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Therefore MyBFF’s, if you are ready to show your true colours and that you believe in yourself, it’s time to start this movement. Don’t be scared. Give your modern take on this fashion trend of the 1920’s and be the girl who the guys desire and the girls want to be…

Matric farewell/Prom Hairstyles

Matric Farewell 2012 is creeping on us and before you know it, your “picture perfect” night is going to begin. Out of experience I know how important it is to us as girls, to look perfect in every way (and from every angle). To help you with this, I’ve researched some of the best red carpet hairstyles of 2012 that might compliment your dress and personality. So without further ado, here is my hairstyle trends for matric farewell 2012:

*****Elegant*****

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*****Girly*****

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*****Arty/Risk takers*****

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*****Sexy*****

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*****Short*****

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Remember: it is important that your hairstyle fits the style of your dress and your personality. You don’t want to look like a totally different person on your biggest night. Take risks and do exactly what you want…this is your night!

To talk or to stop talking? [That is the question…]

We all know that there is a fine line between best friends and frenemies. Unfortunately, we don’t always realise which version our friends are until it’s too late. Therefore I have decided to make a list of when you should talk to your friend about something she did and when it’s time to cut the cord and stop talking.

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Talk

Stop Talking

She didn’t attend one of your important events like your party. She constantly has excuses when you want to hang out.
You are not sure whether you can trust her with one of your biggest secrets. You always need to think about what you are saying in front of her, afraid that she might tell.
Her number of messages and phone calls reduced over the past few weeks. She only contacts you when she needs something.
She doesn’t like your boyfriend. She flirts and secretly contacts your boyfriend.
She excluded you from an event or group. She forces you in doing things you don’t like or agree with.
She doesn’t support you as much through a difficult time. She tries to “fish out” all the details of your problem without caring about how you feel.

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Just remember the saying MyBFF’s: Don’t make someone a priority in your life if you’re only an option in theirs!

Mothers’ Day Presents

Hopefully you all know by now that this upcoming Sunday, the 13th, we are celebrating Mothers’ day! It is the one day of the entire year we give back to our moms, who “o so generously” do just about EVERYTHING for us during the other 364 days of the year.

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Now if you haven’t bought a prezzie yet, don’t get anxious. I have developed a list of the top 10 (in no particular order) presents, in my opinion, for Mothers across the nation:

  1. The most important thing to a Mom is her family. Make her smile by purchasing a beautiful photo frame and complete it by placing a family portrait inside.
  2. As a girl, you know that nothing makes you feel more special than a bouquet of flowers. Instead of giving it to her, arrange for a flower company to deliver it at her doorstep. She will LOVE the unexpected surprise.
  3. Taking care of the whole family 24/7 can be quite exhausting. Book a back and neck massage for your Mom at the nearest spa or beauty centre. Placécol beauty salons are quite affordable.
  4. Don’t have that much to spend? Write a CD with your Mom’s favourite songs. This thoughtful present will bring music to her ears, literally!
  5. The winter is approaching rapidly. Spoil your mom with a scarf in her favourite colour. Pair it up with a note for e.g. This is to keep you warm during the winter for all the times you kept us warm during a cold.
  6. Make up a whole basket of little treats she loves. Chocolates, little creams, slippers, magazines…you know what mommy loves best!
  7. Diamonds are a girls’ best friend, or in our budget, costume jewellery. American Swiss has great specials for Mothers’ Day with items that will add shine to your Moms life. One up it by engraving a piece.
  8. For those who have no budget at all, here is an idea. Mom is always cooking, making coffee, washing dishes etc., right? So, why not return the fav! Make a bunch of “voucher cards” that she can cash in. This includes giving her a massage, making coffee/tea for her, giving up the remote and so on. No expiry date ladies…
  9. Moms are not born smart, although we believe it at a certain age. Their secret: reading books. Those romantic love stories boost your brains with knowledge girls! Spoil your Mom with a book that you know she’ll love. This is great for some alone time.
  10. As women, it is our duty to always smell good. Buy Mom her favourite perfume. Too expensive? Go for the petite travelling size and pair it up with a soft shade of lipgloss, thus the perfect kit for Moms’ handbag.

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Just remember that breakfast in bed goes without saying. No present will be complete without it. It’s time to spoil your moms, ladies. They deserve it, I mean, look at what beautiful daughters they created! 😉

Make-up colour theory

Colour theory is a body of practical guidance to colour mixing and the visual impacts of specific colour combinations (Google dictionary – web definitions). Colour theory and its impacts were one of the most interesting discussions we had in class. The effect of the right colours was mind blowing and I would like to share this “rainbow secret” with you…

Colour schemes. I found these two working the best:

Triadic

This refers to three colours that are equal distances apart and form a triangle on the colour wheel. When you use these colours together it forms a beautiful play of colours. My favourite triadic to use is yellow, violet and orange.

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Complementary

Next to chocolate, this is the best discovery for women. It is two colours opposite of each other on the colour wheel. When they are placed together, everything becomes brighter and more intense. Play around with your eye-colour. Use a shade/tint of red for green eyes or orange for blue eyes. If you have brown eyes, you are lucky because any colour suits you.

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Remember that you can use the schemes on different features of your face (e.g. blue eye-shadow and an orange lip). Practice makes perfect!

JHB Fashion week 2012 disaster

After the JHB fashion week 2012 had taken place, the whole class of Fashion media 01 was in a buzz. Everyone had something to say about designers, celebrities and feeling like one themselves. One topic though, seemed to pop up in every conversation we had: how unprofessional and amateur our fashion shows are.

The first mishap was acted out for us by one of our students. He displayed in the most hilarious and unfortunately accurate way how one of the models lost her shoe and swore when it happened. This shows highly unprofessionalism and shocked us all. You never see it happening in Milan? It was explained in the class that a lot of times they don’t give the models the right size shoe and they need to squeeze or somehow fill it.

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Another problem was the power failure at the start of a show. The models kept on walking and no one could really see. Most shows also started 15 to 45 minutes late.

OR IS IT?
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I know what you’re thinking: This is Africa and we are used to it, but isn’t it time we stop using it as an acceptable excuse and start demanding value for our time and money?