Life, Writing

Post office and pen pals

I walked past this Madame Zingara store in Kloof Street called this is not a post office – looks cute will have to check it out soon.

It reminded me of a time when I had pen pals (I was 12) and how I loved getting letters in our post box. I felt like a grown up getting my own mail in those blue and red airmail envelopes. I had 8 pen pals in total all girls except for 1 boy who was from Egypt. The girls were from all over Europe: Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Denmark, Greece and Turkey. I enjoyed learning about the people, culture and countries thousands of miles away from where I lived. The anticipation of waiting for a letter to arrive for me and when I actually received a letter was so exciting to me. The only thing I regret was not keeping at it and staying in touch with my pen pals.


fashion, Life, travel

Pop Ya Collar – Interview with La Muse

Oh, for the love of Blog!

You’ll notice on my blogroll that I have a link to Pop Ya Collar and as any habitual bloggee or blogger knows there are just certain blogs that you find you must read daily. This one happens to be one of the first blogs I started reading as well as being the inspiration for my own.  La Muse is all about keeping us abreast with urban street fashion as well current and past trends. When she is not busy blogging she is working for one of SA’s biggest fashion retailers as the ladieswear denim buyer and recently had the opportunity to interview Bryanboy when he was visiting Cape Town. The lovely thing about this inspirational blogger is that she works one floor up from me. And despite me gushing like a Bieber fan on Prozac La Muse agreed that I could interview her.

1. How and when did you start blogging and why do you call yourself La Muse?

I started blogging 2 years ago, and I called myself La Muse for fun. My boyfriend (now fiancé) used to call me The Muse on his blog 2oceansvibe so it kind of stuck.

2. It seems you do a lot of research before you post anything? How do you find the time to post everyday?

I am addicted to blogging. I am passionate about it so writing every night after work is no bother to me at all.

3. How do you think you differentiate yourself from other fashion bloggers?

I try to have original content where ever possible.

4. Does fashion blogging bring you any other career opportunities?

Yes, if you have many readers and you get your name out there other opportunities do come.

5. What has been your greatest achievement?

I have 15 000 unique readers a month and for me that is a big achievement.

6. What motivates/inspires you?

Everything inspires me, I have my camera with me all the time as every passing moment could bring about a chance to capture something inspiring and that you want to write about, especially when it comes to fashion. If I see a pair of shoes someone is wearing I take a photograph.

7. You went from lingerie buyer to jeanswear buyer, was it a big adjustment for you?

Yes, in the beginning I had no knowledge of denim so I had to start from scratch. I have spent a lot of time with suppliers and technologists , I am still learning every day and enjoying every minute of it.

8. What do you love/hate most about your job?

Being around creative people all day! Hate that I cannot blog all the time.

9. Describe your personal style.

My style has changed over the years, I use to be very fashion forward, always wearing the must have item, but now I tend to buy more timeless items with a few very trendy things in-between.

10. Any must haves or recent splurges?

Anything orange – Loving all things orange at the moment.

11. You travel a lot, what’s your favourite country to shop in? Would you want to settle down there?

I love France ! We go to the South of France every year and I love shopping at the vintage and antique markets!

12. What 5 staple pieces should every girl have in her wardrobe?

A kaftan, moccasins, Haviannas flip-flops, panama hat and something from Chanel.

13. Favourite store/designer or fashion icon?

I love the store Cos overseas and I also love Afraid Of Mice in Town – Vintage store selling second-hand brands like Chanel and Marc Jacobs. Fashion Icon would be Audrey Hepburn.

14. What’s in your handbag right now and what do you never leave home without?

I don’t leave home without camera, iPhone and iPad.

15. What’s your goals for the future, you have achieved so much already?

I would like to have my own clothing line one day.

16. What other passions do you have other than fashion?

I love painting fashion Illustrations.

fashion, Life

Has history taught us nothing?

August 9th is Women’s day and well August is unofficially women’s month so I would like to focus on all things relating to us ladies for 1 month. Other important things happening this month is my mom’s birthday and it’s the month of Ramadan for Muslims which for me is also a time for sacrifice, reflecting and spiritual upliftment.

This reflecting time got me thinking about what occurred a few years ago in Europe and one of the many problems that faces women today. For those of you who don’t know France is the first of 4 countries that have passed a law (in 2004) which bans Muslim women from wearing hijab (head-covering and modest Islamic styles of dress in general) in public schools, universities and government buildings. Guilty parties will be fined if this law is violated. What saddens me about this is what happened to freedom and the right to live your life and practise your faith how it has been prescribed to you.

Many in the Western world believe that women who wear hijab are being oppressed by their husbands or family and many Muslim countries certainly does give one cause to worry as so many of these Middle Eastern countries have twisted the faith of Islam to suit their selfish needs. But I also know of so many women (young, single women) who willingly choose this as a way of life and how did it get to the point that a country can pass a law where they tell you what you can and can’t wear (but cavorting around semi-naked and having no respect for one’s body or scarves as a fashion trend is perfectly acceptable of course)

Pictures: streetfsn

Barack Obama said the following in his 2009 speech in Cairo when he called on the West “to avoid dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear”, and he elaborated that such rules involve “hostility” towards Muslims in “the pretense of liberalism”.

Many people fear what they do not know or understand and the media does not help as the picture it usually portray is a somewhat altered version of the truth. I have read so many comments on the web of people who think all Muslims are terrorists and that women have bombs strapped under their hijab or burqas but I would like to challenge them to befriend a Muslim before they formulate an opinion because wouldn’t it be unfair to call all Germans Nazis? So much hate speech. Has the history taught us nothing?

I think it is time the world wakes up and smells the diversity and a time where we all respect one another regardless of race, gender, religion, etc. As quite a liberal Muslim who has been raised in the Western world and more specifically in South Africa a country that has been plagued by apartheid and oppression for years, I just want to say one thing. People deserve the human right to live and do as they please as long as it does not affect anyone and is not illegal.