Almost a month ago I started my #ShieldItsYourMove challenge which involved me monitoring just how much I move every single day. Before I embarked on this little mission I never paid attention to just how much ground I cover in a day and just how much I move without even realising it, even whilst doing simple things like trying to dress Nina after her bath (do all 2-year olds not like to be dressed after their baths?!)or picking up my mail from downstairs. I was actually pretty surprised at just how much I do move and how much it affects my body and I’m quite relieved that this time around during my pregnancy I have been way more energetic, it hasn’t stopped me from turning into a round ball, but at least I’m keeping active.
The simple things in life are often the things that you don’t have to put too much thought behind. Country Road recently invited me to celebrate the simpler things in life and because I absolutely love their stuff and wish that my whole house slash life was made out of everything Country Road I jumped onboard.
When I think about how I enjoy the simple things in my life it often involves me hanging out with Nina James doing pretty much whatever she feels like doing. Often on a Saturday we’ll hang out in our pj’s a little longer than normal and just play, she’s really into jumping on beds nowadays which is both cute and terrifying at the same time as my child seems to have no fear! Another thing that she absolutely loves doing is ‘reading’. She has loads of books and one of my favourite things to do is to just watch her literally page through them talking to herself and pointing things out here and there. It’s so so sweet.
My Nina James loves dancing, it’s definitely something that she got from both Shane and I except that when I was little you couldn’t persuade me to get on a dancefloor or tap my foot to a beat in front of people, nowadays though you can’t stop me, I’m even swaying when standing in a grocery line! But my Nina is completely the opposite she loves dancing more than she loves anything and if there is a song playing she’s moving one way or another. I love it.
It was her birthday a few weeks back and to her present pile, we added a Fisher-Price BeatBo Robot which is one of the coolest toys I’ve seen in a while. Not only does it play music, it talks to your kid and teaches it colours and their A.B,C’s, it records their voices so that they are incorporated into the songs and it dances! It’s so cute.
There is an old building in Maboneng called The Cosmopolitan which I have always looked at from the outside and thought what an amazing piece of old architecture, it’s so beautiful and it makes me so happy to know that it has now been restored and turned into a really awesome space that contains a great restaurant, an awesome little coffee shop in the backyard and a few shops that sell very cool curated goods like Crystal Birch hats, Margot Molyneux clothing etc, as well as an impressive art collection that is all for sale.
Shane and I visited The Cosmopolitan Bar on Saturday and had such a nice afternoon. The restaurant is simply laid out and is surrounded by the building’s original exposed brick walls and big wooden framed windows which let in the most amazing light – great for photos not so great for Shane who had to wait for me to take pictures of his meal before he could tuck in.
Henriette Botha and Churche teamed up at the beginning of August to design eight bespoke pieces of jewelry. Henriette wanted to celebrate women’s month with a #womenofmzansi photo portrait series that celebrated women of Mzansi, strong women with great stories that she felt needed to be shared and admired.
Whhhooo I’m so excited to share Boogieman by Desmond and The Tutus which is their latest music video and song off their album Enjoy Yourself. This dark and humorously creepy video is one that is very close to my heart because I got to co-art direct it with my dear friend and partner in Churche, Adi Koen. This was such an awesome experience, we got to build the props and put together some of the masks and costumes that are in the video.
So many talented people worked on this project Shane co-directed it with the super talented Greg Rom from Gentlemen Films, Joel Janse Van Vuuren and Anmari Honiball made all the awesome once-off costumes and Devin Toselli was the DOP. I’m so proud of you guys and high-5 to the Jameson INDIE Channel for choosing the best music video concept and for help making this project happen, you guys rule!
The video references the budget horror films of Nollywood and traditional West African garb and the idea centers around Desmond and the Tutus getting kidnapped by the some of the coolest monsters you’ll ever see. I won’t say any more, watch the vide below and if you’re keen to see some behind the scene shots I took on the day, just keep scrolling.
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