Friday, 23 March 2012

Enjoying the small things in life

A wonderful reader of my blog Rachel, reminded me about moderation and how the little things in life are so important to my sanity.

As the weekend draws near, so does Friday afternoons dreaded traffic..dum dum dum (I'm feeling a lil dramatic today, but in a good way).

So here are my tips for getting through the traffic with your sanity intact:

1. Breath
2. Put some good music on (you could even make an epic travelling cd filled with all your favourites)
3. Remember that the maniacs on the road who are trying to lane jump in traffic are there to remind   
    us that we need to be vigilant when on the roads..things happen when we forget that and if any
    destination is reached sooner it will be whatever lies ahead for us in the afterlife.
4. Pedestrians will cross roads, and generally at a leisurely pace, might as well let them pass you,  
    pump the music louder and chill - promise you it ends up far more serene this way.
5. Bikes will come flying by, so either change lanes carefully or chill. You will get to your destination
    at pretty much the same time as you would have had you 'just got round the slow-poke', there is  
    traffic, chill (statistics have proven this).
6. Might as well enjoy the scenery that is the beautiful city we live in...
    my favourite moments while driving have come from breathing, jamming in my car and taking in 
    just how the light is streaming across and making what would be a beautiful photograph had my
    eyes been camera lenses and could capture it in more than just my memory bank.

Have a fantastic weekend guys!

Over & out.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Ramfest in Recovery

What a crazy ass experience, all of which I remember. Winning in my books!

Just a year ago I was stuck in a dysfunctional relationship that should never have been begun in the first place. But once I was in I was transformed, in some way or another after realising that this was the longest relationship I had ever been in, I fell into the trap (set up by my low self-esteem) and believed that clearly only someone with that many issues could ever love me and be with me for longer that 3 weeks -  what I have come to call the 3 week curse.

A year on and happily single (o.k. that's a lie sometimes, but for the most part it's true) and clean, not entirely serene (but that's o.k, it's life). And still making some of the stupid mistakes, but that's o.k too, because if I expected myself to just be fixed I would be as naiive as the family members of a dear friend of mine (not naming names, *cough* *cough*).

Nearing 9 months now (saying that in my head sounds obscenely weird) and finally went to my first outdoor adventure... Ramfest. Off I went, on my own - dear g-d, must have been feeling real brave yesterday and driven insane by my deep love for Inflames.

Thankfully as I have come to realise over the last couple months, I always tend to bump into friends. And had made plans to meet up with some of the my lovely friends that I had not seen since I disappeared into rehab. Unfortunately it didn't go exactly according to plan (as I didn't get to see all of them), but that's ok I guess.

What it did make me realise is just how much I am willing to put my body through in order to watch one of my all time favourite musical geniuses. Migrane aside it was a phat jam! I could have listened to them for the rest of the night and the next day quite happily.

I did however learn a lot of life lessons upon my Ramfest journey and a few things about myself. That said, no hangover and an early bedtime so I could be at work today all bright and bushy tailed.. it was an epic day (even if I got totally sweaty and often had to go dunk my ass under the water towers). The joys of festivals. (laughs to self) Responsible Mitchel, has changed in so many ways and yet remains flawed and driven by her heart and not her head some days is here to stay. She just needs to learn to manage the heart issues with a little more logic and a little less hopeless romantic wishing for the Decembers of yesteryear and all will be well.

Just for today I'm still my hopeless romantic self and that's o.k. I don't need to punish myself, nor do I need to beat myself up for the next month because I'm still human. I am human, and that means I am fallible and at times get caught up by my hearts yearnings, it doesn't make me a bad person. It just means I'm not a robot.

Over & out.


Friday, 2 March 2012

Gifted Friends Series Rose Molteno

In my life I have been very fortunate to meet friends that are not only passionate, but also extremely talented. One such friend is Rose Molteno, an incredibly talented designer who in September 2011 started working full time on her own company, Molteno Creations.

She has been in the industry for five years now and from the get go she was making waves. The judges at the Durban July knew they had a gifted designer on their hands when they chose her as a finalist in the Durban July.

Rose isn’t afraid of working hard and is passionate about creating exquisite garments for anything from your Matric Dance to your wedding. Any occasion can be made even more spectacular with a Molteno creation hugging your curves and showing off your temple in all the right ways.

Rose learnt her trade (coming top of her class) graduating with an International City & Guildes Diploma and working under names such as Michelle Harper (YDE) and Craig Native.

She certainly knows her stuff when it comes to creating incredible gowns that fit like a glove and any girl would be lucky to own their very own Molteno Creation.

More recently Rose is looking for a fresh face to represent her marvelous company for 2012 and from next week a competition will begin where you can enter (simply by ‘liking’ her Facebook page - to become The Face of Molteno Creations 2012. The finalists will be notified in September 2012 and the winner will win a fabulous make-over and professional photo shoot to either add to, or begin her modeling portfolio.

So come on ladies, what are you waiting for… get clicking and stand a chance to look and feel like a princess, even if it’s just for one day.

Don’t forget to check out her website for more details on prices and ordering – & her Facebook page to see some of her incredible creations 

Will post pics of her work soon... 

Over and out.


p.s Coming soon – an interview with the talented designer. <watch this space>