Ezulwini 12.11.2016

I am so happy to wake up to this day! It has been exactly a month since I started publishing images from the streets of Swaziland! The ride hasn’t been super smooth, but I have managed to find really cool stuff and I am happy of all the lessons.. such as

1. Don’t underestimate the importance of light. (Especially when using your dear old Samsung Galaxy as a camera.)

2. Be polite, ask for permission, don’t publish pictures of people you haven’t spoken to. (A lot of people don’t want their faces all over the unending interweb. People have a right to refuse, it is okay and it doesn’t change the fact they look awesome.)

3. Run after people. (If you saw something nice, turn around and go say hi!) (Don’t be creepy though.)

4. Be patient. Maybe today is not the day.

5. Remind yourself why you put yourself into this. (For me, personally, I want to make people feel good about themselves, make people smile and also show the rest of the world what a funny little place Swaziland is.) (Not in a bad way Swaziland, you are quite little. And also very very nice.)

I haven’t been able to post anything in a few days, sorry about that. First I didn’t seem to spend any time anywhere but at the office and at home. Unfortunately from my home I can’t just take a walk. This is due to variety of reasons such as countryside location, snakes, crazy dogs on the street, rain, mud and so on. All very bad reasons but I guess I can add “busy with the usual struggle of life” to the list.

Secondly, there is a very unfortunate circumstance around here as well, called super expensive internet. In Swaziland we have one and only mobile operator, providing us data at a rather high cost. Basically to post a couple of pictures and to check a few blogs I follow, it costs me diamonds and a couple Kruger Rand’s. On the other hand, using public WiFi hotspots would cost ones sanity. It. Is. Just. So. So. So. So. So. Slow.

Well anyway, here I am now. And here’s what I’ve found.

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Have a stunning day!

Greetings from Botswana!

This weekend I traveled to my second home in Africa, Botswana. I saw such cool outfits, of which some I had a chance to take a picture of. May I introduce my souvenirs and these nine gorgeous ladies.

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This outfit was at a funeral, I couldn’t resist the simplicity of black and white. And the hat!

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These lovely ladies I found at a mall at Kanye, a village which I would call a town. I first saw the lady on the left with the stunning necklace and yellow pattern skirt. As I reached her, the others appeared and I was so happy to have them all in the picture. They were Gaborone girls visiting Kanye for a wedding.

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On the last day I drove to Gaborone to say hi to some friends who I can also call my relatives. It was just another dry and hot Sunday, where you want to wear something loose and light. Can you imagine that the lovely lady in blue is about to give birth in a month? And can you imagine that the lady in orange/green dress is her mom? They all look soooo good.

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Have and awesome week and wear whatever makes you feel good!

Ezulwini 1.11.2016

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As I’m writing this post we are already two days into November – my birthday month – yay! Yesterday as I was just minding my own business at the mall, I saw this lady walking the other direction. Being such a splash of colour, how could I not run after her? She was a wonderful spirit! She even offered to make me a headthing like hers, how absolutely lovely!

It seems like I always post about Ezulwini, but I have an excuse to offer. My life just happens to happen in Ezulwini, and I often see these interesting people while just minding my own business. I will definitely make an effort to post more of other places as well, at the end of the day it’s all about planning. I want to bring you the whole variety!

Wishing you a very Nourishing November!

Manzini 30.10.2016

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This Sunday morning I drove to Manzini, the vivid, boiling hot and hectic second capital of Swaziland. What I found today was not hectic at all, I’ve never seen the streets so empty. I guess everybody were already in church, my timing was bad. I took the best out of the situation and hit the mall!

These two gorgeous ladies and the handsome man were my first Manzini catch, but I promise there will be more. I hope one day I can also share some of the church outfits with you, they are bold and colourful with accessories for days!

Happy Sunday moments!

Ezulwini 28.10.2016

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The last Friday of October 2016 started with an awesome breakfast session with a group of amazing goal-catchers. I call them goal-catchers because that’s what we do, we think of what we want in life, where do we want to be, how do we want our life to look like. Then things just start happening, it’s like magic but it’s no magic, it’s our brain. You can do it too!

We all learnt the magic at a course called Investment in Excellence, facilitated by The Pacific Institute Swaziland. It is a life changing, mind blowing course, an uplifting journey to yourself.

So at breakfast we laughed, shared our stories and laughed a little more. This beautiful lady in the pictures was the captain of our ship, an awesome Pacific Institute crew member, and an inspiring life coach. A personal trainer as well, by the way. She looked so fresh today with the pink-peach-red colourconfusion, I couldn’t resist.

I wish you a treatful weekend! 🎃

Smile That Smile! – Daily Shatzi: Thursday Theme

What an awesome post! You can tell me all these hyper positive, super happy, “unrealistic” things gross you out, it’s fine. But I love this stuff! Thank you fantac.cisse, have an awesome weekend!

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Hello Everyone and Happy Thursday 🙂

Today, I wish to share twenty reasons to smile and keep smiling, no matter what.

  1. Because you’re happy.
  2. Because it makes the person in front of you happy.
  3. Because when the world wailed at you to cry with him, the best reply is a compassionate smile.
  4. Because you are someone else’s reason to smile.
  5. Because it piss off your enemies.
  6. Because it warms your friends.
  7. Because someone is sad and need to see a smile.
  8. Because it breaks people’s barriers.
  9. Because it put people at ease
  10. Because it soothe insecurities.
  11. Because when you’ve been through a lot, when you’ve been through the worst, keeping your smile is your greatest victory.
  12. Because so far, nothing has break you down.
  13. Because you’ll work hard so that nothing ever will.
  14. Because you are in love.
  15. Because you are now single and ready to mingle.
  16. Because you just won.
  17. Because you…

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Ezulwini 26.10.2016

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I had a brilliant afternoon at the mall, seeing such beautiful people and different styles. Our creativity is unending and it makes me smile to see people walking with their heads up, feeling amazing and all ready to conquer the world.

Today is yet another day of heat and sun, I’ll keep my eye out for some joyful umbrellas. I used to laugh at the fact that you’ll carry your umbrella with you any day, in case of rain and in case of blazing sun. Where I come from, umbrellas are always black or grey, they are for autumn and rain, for the times when days are windy and cold, peoples batteries losing Vitamin D every day after the days of summer. Here umbrellas are red, pink, yellow and green, they have ears and eyes, flowers and unicorns. My favourite is one with all the colours of the rainbow. I mean, how could you be sad with a rainbow umbrella?

Have a happy day, be brave and keep your head high!

Mbabane 20.10.2016

A rainy night out up on the mountain was filled with familiar faces and good laughter. We had live (touch) rugby and live music, we had people celebrating a farewell and people celebrating a birthday party, we had our boots, scarves and jackets.

 

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While the weather is trying to decide whether to be winter, spring or summer, some awesome energy was brought in by the details; the bright colours, pineapples of the scarf, crazy shoes and a spark of summer in the smile.

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Let there be rain!