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Interview with SA Fashion Blogger Robyn Williams

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Robyn Williams is a sassy, creative and vibrant young fashion blogger. She is also an aspiring business woman. Her blog, ‘I am Gemini’ has reached 2k followers in just one year. Her blog shows that you don’t need to have tons of money to be stylish. It all depends on how you style yourself.

JT: Who is your biggest style icon?

RW: I think designer Gert-Johan Coetzee. He is my role model. I like the clothing he designs. I like his style and the way he dresses.

JT: What motivated you to start your own blog?

RW: I liked fashion since I was young. I was always that “girly” girl with the bags and stuff. I have a lot of clothes, so my friends would always come here before we go out and they would end up wearing my clothes. Before we go out they would send me messages asking what I think they should wear and they would send me pictures of their outfits. One of my friends, Tarrin Moolman encouraged me to go for it. I told her one day that I actually want to start a blog. I was two-minded about it because I thought people might not like it but she said, “Robyn, just give it a try, if it works it works if it doesn’t it doesn’t.”

JT: How did you come up with the name?

RW: I am a Gemini firstly, and secondly the quote, “For the Gemini, style is the very essence of who they are.” I read that quote and it is what made me.

JT: What is your dream job?

RW: I want to be a personal shopper/ wardrobe stylist/ fashion blogger. I’m studying BCom General now and last year I had no idea what I wanted to do. My dad has his own company, I always relied on falling back on his business if things didn’t work out for me. But then I thought since I am doing my own business degree, I can start my own fashion company. I want to style for celebrities, sorting out their outfits for events and I would like to start my own shoe range.

JT: How would your friends describe you in three words?

RW: I think they’d say I’m creative. Because I actually did all of the decor for my friend’s baby shower and made the decorations. Fun – I think they’d say I’m fun, because they always want me along when they go out. And talkative, because I know I talk a lot!

JT: What is a style secret you can share with girls?

RW: Not everyone knows this, but I have a really big tummy so I wear high wasted jeans or I would buy jeans that are two sizes too big. Then I would pull them up to hide the tummy. It’s all about dressing accordingly.

JT: How do you keep up with the latest fashion trends?

RW: I always follow up on what the celebs are wearing on Instagram. I’ll make use of the hash tags to see what’s happening in the fashion industry.

JT: Which trend do you wish would come back in style?

RW: That’s one to think about.. I think those denim jackets with the fur, it would be cool for winter.

JT: Which trend is not in style that you’re happy about?

RW: Those wide piped pants. I hate that.

JT: What advice would you give anyone wanting to be fashion blogger?

RW: It’s tough. It’s really tough because there are a lot of people doing it – everyone wants to be a blogger. You have to believe in yourself and work hard; you have to sit down and do research. What I do is, I follow bloggers who are already established out there then I learn from them.

You can follow Robyn on Instagram @iamgemini_by_robyn or like her Facebook page: I am Gemini.

Robyn seen with favourite celeb Emo Adams

Written by Tamica Mopp

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Quick Take: The Shack

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A lot of people have been anxiously awaiting the movie The Shack to go along with the book of the same title by William P. Young. I usually don’t read books once I’ve seen the trailer for its movie, but for this one I made an exception. I figured it had to be good since it is now considered one of the most successful books ever published, and has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

The movie was pretty good. I rarely find myself sitting in a movie thinking, “Hey this is pretty good compared to the book,” but there I was thinking just that. The storyline followed the book almost exactly. Very few extra lines or jokes were added, and they weren’t really necessary since the book had plenty of quirky one-liners in it to begin with.

But then it happened. We get to the end of the movie, right to where one of my favorite scenes in the entire book took place – and it was COMPLETELY left out. They didn’t just cut most of it and allude to a major part of the book. They simply left it out of the story. Now the movie was getting pretty long, and I was getting a bit tired, but this scene was a huge lesson in forgiveness that really brought the whole book full circle and drove the message home. They were doing a great job up until that point, but in the end I left thinking, “The book was better” – as always.

P.S. I highly recommend the book for anyone who in interested on seeing religion from a very different perspective. If you don’t really enjoy religion then this book probably won’t interest you at all.

Written by Liz Sarant

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Hope for South Africa

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“With kindness, we will shift our future” -Sakyong Mipham

On Sunday, I took the metrorail to Simon’s Town. I’m a Gautenger, but I’m staying in the Western Cape for a few months, and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see the penguins at Boulders Beach. As the beach is an hour’s walk from Simons Town train station, I decided to make things easier for myself and cycle instead.

It wasn’t my first time taking the train, but it was my first time traveling on the train with my borrowed bicycle, and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. What I hadn’t anticipated, though, was people’s heartwarming kindness. Complete strangers helped me to hoist my bicycle into the train, carry it up and down flights of stairs in the subway, and load it into the luggage compartments of the City-to-City bus that took us the last leg of the journey. At first, I was worried about my bike being stolen, but I quickly realised that these people had nothing but the best intentions to help, with no ulterior motives or thoughts of personal gain.

This wasn’t the first time something like this has happened to me – nor, I am certain, will it be the last. In the past month alone, I have witnessed or been a part of countless small acts of kindness, generosity, and community assistance. People all across the country give up seats for each other on public transport, alert each other when they drop something, hold doors for each other, listen to each other’s problems… These small acts of kindness are all around us.

It makes my heart swell with pride and hope to see this. This is South Africa. This is my country. My country is not the squabbling politicians we see on TV. My country is not the reams and reams of depressing news stories, parading theft, corruption, murder, violence and lawlessness left, right and centre. My country is not distrust or selfishness.

My country is the security guard who walked me home last night because I didn’t feel safe alone. My country is the “bergie” I met last week, who picked up armfuls of litter on the beach simply because it saddened him to see our beautiful world a mess. My country is the strangers – normally guys off of the back of somebody’s bakkie – who used to help my mother push our tiny, ancient car to a petrol station every time we were stranded on the side of the road. My country is the kindness of everyday people towards everyday people – young and old and in between, black, white, coloured, Asian, Indian…

Some South Africans are leaving, immigrating to Australia or New Zealand or someplace else. Every day, people pack up their bags, climb onto planes, and tell us that they are headed for “a better life”. It makes me so sad to see them go, to see them give up and run away, rather than stay here with us and help us to enrich and better South Africa. Worse still, they tell us – those of us who stay, by choice or due to financial constraints – that we, in turn, are headed for disaster. They tell us we’re doomed. “There’s no future in this country,” we’re told, time and time again.

I do not believe this. Maybe I’m just ignorant, young, and blindly optimistic, as some have told me, but I believe that there is hope for South Africa. I believe that there IS a future for this country, and for everyone in it. Though our country may not be rich economically, we are rich in people who dream big and love hard.

I believe that there is hope for my country, and I believe that it begins when we, the people, join hands in kindness and generosity, lift each other up, and go forward toward a beautiful future.

Written by Aimee-Claire Smith

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Dear Younger self (Challenge to the #FunDzaFanz edition)

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This is a letter to my young self and it’s about all the things that I know now but wished my young self knew back then, and how it has shaped my life today. You can also practise this at home and send us your younger self stories or comment below with some of the things you know now but wished you knew then.

Self-love

You are beautiful, your skin colour and your hair is beautiful. Stop looking at the mirror with dislike because the world around you tells you that you should look a certain way. One day you will wake up and find that what the world values is not necessarily what counts. Your beauty lies within; it doesn’t matter what your body size is at the moment because that can change if you so wish. Don’t even bother with skin colour because that too can be changed, even your hair can be tamed, but your true self, your values, personality, the things that make you who you are, will always remain the same regardless of what you change physically. So start loving and appreciating the inner you because that is what counts the most.

Career goals

I know you see the world as having so many possibilities and it truly does, so keep on dreaming and don’t stop believing that you can do and be anything you want in life. Write those dreams and goals down because if one day you will find yourself confused and not so sure of which career path to take (It happens sometimes) you can look back on what you wrote and be motivated to try some of them. Remember there is no one end goal, only the beginning of something new and interesting, so continue to search and continue to reinvent yourself in whatsoever field you choose because that is what makes life more interesting, and it will keep you constantly on your toes.

Relationship

Not every boy you meet will be the one you settle down with, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be happy in a relationship and grow from it. Dr Myles Munroe once said in one of his videos (The purpose and power of a woman) ‘Imagine the kind of person you would like your daughter/son to marry, and then look at the person you’re dating and if you wouldn’t approve then it’s time to move on’. But don’t worry too much about this in the short-term – remember you are still young and still have time to learn and understand what makes for a good relationship for you.

Everything will be OK

Time really does change and heal a lot of things, so if you are worried or facing some difficulties right now, don’t over stress yourself too much because the fact that you are alive and are aware of your problems means there is still time to fix it or work through it. Always remember that you have a destiny and purpose to fulfil and until that has be reached; you should worry less. As Tom Fletcher once said “Everything will be ok in the end; if it’s not ok it’s not the end.”

Education

Education is very important and will continue to be one of the things you fall back on because it helps you learn and grow mentally. Getting education doesn’t end when you finish school or university, it is something that you will continue because you will realize its importance in your life. I know you don’t like waking up for school every morning especially in winter, and I know how exams and test can feel like such a headache, but always remember that these are the things that you will one day look back on and be glad you did, because as the world is round, so is life sometimes, and you never know when you might need that English writing or comprehension test – who knows, someday you might grow up to be a writer.

Friends

Friends come and go but the ones who truly value your friendship will stick around for a long time. Choose your friends wisely and remember that a friendship works both ways: you need to put in the effort, and support your friends just as much as you would like them to love and support you.

Money

Money comes and goes so learn to value it, and also, learn to save. It will not fulfil your every need, but it can help you enjoy the times you have with it if spent wisely. Don’t use money to keep people around because the moment it is gone, so are they.

Spend time with yourself

Spend time learning about yourself and what makes you happy as this builds character and will help you understand yourself better and how you relate to others around you. You are special and you are worth it, always try to be positive and keep your chin up. Love yourself more.

I hope you have liked my letter to my younger self, I broke it down into points that I learnt were valuable to me then and are still valuable now. You can write a proper letter or you can also break it down as I did. I can’t wait to read all your letters and if they are really good it will be published on our site. #BringOutTheWriterWithin

Written by Phoebe Sibomana

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Everything, Everything Movie

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This week, after waiting for what has felt like forever, we were finally able to watch the trailer for “Everything, Everything” the movie based off of Nicole Yoon’s 2015 YA novel Everything, Everything.

Everything, Everything tells the story of Madeline Whittier who is an 18-year-old who has never left her house due to an immunodeficiency disease – basically, she’s allergic to the world. Only living inside her house her entire life was completely normal for her and fine until Olly moves in next door. He’s tall and wearing all black and obviously they fall in love.

Two teenagers falling in love would be fine in any other circumstance, but when one can’t leave her house and the other can’t come into that house things get a little bit complicated.

Everything, Everything is an excellently written innovative novel that adds a new and difficult twist to the traditional teenager love story. If you loved Eleanor and Park, Hazel and Augustus, and Sammie and Coop add Madeline and Olly to the list of amazing teenage love stories to envy.

WARNING: If you haven’t read the book, maybe read the book before watching the trailer: Click here.

If you’ve read Everything, Everything and are looking for another great book check out Nicole Yoon’s The Sun Is Also A Star, which was nominated for the 2016 National book Award. It is a genuine story of two teenagers on two very different paths who cross at the worse possible time. I devoured it in 24 hours. Nicole Yoon is an amazing author who has earned her place on my favorite author’s list.

Everything, Everything will be out later this year so grab a copy now so you can read it before seeing the movie! Because we all know, the book is ALWAYS better.

P.S. Incase you didn’t know:

Eleanor and Park from Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Hazel and Augustus from The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Sammie and Coop from The Memory Book by Lara Avery

Written by Liz Sarant

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