The necessary/:Social Media Break.

Often one can feel overwhelmed, a building fear of anxiety and not spending enough time in the real world due to the excessive demands and the consuming nature of the digital world that sometimes, you just need to pause and take a break. And it is okay to do so.

I am not a major social media fan, I mostly use it for my blog and even that fails at times therefore apps come and go on my phone and if Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook are absent, I do not exactly feel a void in my daily life, however I have friends with a different narrative to mine and over hearing and observing their experiences with the social media break activity, I have decided to share this post to help others understand and identify with this much needed activity.

Why do people do it?

Most people just try it out to focus on themselves (spiritual, emotional stuff) or spend more time with family and friends. It can be temporary or permanent. It is a subjective and personal decision to take but the underlying factors is being more real and less digital.

There is no defining concept, rules or guidelines as to how to take a break from social media because it is something you do on your own terms. If you want to take a break from one platform- then do it, if it is from all or just to minimize the time you spend on each then let it be. Whatever you choose is subjective, but you must just stick to it.

Often what works is to replace/dedicate the time you spent on social media on a new hobby or activity you have neglected. This helps steer your mind away from the temptation to go on social networking sites (even though the app is uninstalled;the website is still in reach). Engaging in other activities helps fill full the purpose and gain another perspective over your life or strengthen bonds with friends and family.

Without stating that social media is a beautiful creation that is advantageous in so many ways depending on how you use it but too much of anything is never good. Whenever you feel you have forgotten what a face to face conversation is like or the feeling of not being connected to WIFI is like. Take a break, it could be for a month, a day or just an hour and try something without using your gadget.

I dare you to.

 

44 on Stanley

Hello There

Set against the backdrop of Auckland Park Johannesburg, the hide away spot is anything but city life like. It’s a peaceful hide away and a space filled with small businesses and big restaurants. I enjoyed the scenery for great pictures and good food. A blogger’s dream. I didn’t get the chance to take all the pictures that i had hoped to shoot because the security guard said we must speak to the managers about taking pictures on Monday.( and I visited on a Sunday, sooo) Out of respect for his job I stopped because I was being watched, in my mind however, I was confused because I did not spot a “no picture sign” neither did any one working around there say anything nor is it a bad thing to take pictures of places you go to (I hope) never the less. It is a fun spot for anyone who wants to shop or eat or both

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Thanks!

Quick guideline to picking a restaurant

Hello there

Picking the right restaurant is a big deal, it matters for some of us who enjoy good food and a good vibe all in an aesthetically pleasing space but how exactly do you find the right type of place for you?

I have tried to compile a few tips to help with the choosing and eliminating process so things are easier when finding the right place to brunch, lunch or dine at.

1. Pick a location

Locations help filter your search for restaurants in an area because if you search ” restaurants in Cape Town ” then that might take you hours to go through but if you are more specific and search ” restaurants in Camps Bay” then that might be easier. Also remember that locations dictate the type ( how fancy) and therefore the price of restaurants so also know your budget.

2. After picking a location, have an idea of the type of ambience ( vibe) you are interested in or the type of food. Obviously a vibe is something you experience when physically at a place but websites ( which is no. 3) often describe vibes pretty well.

Tasha’s, Menlyn Maine|Pretoria

3. Websites and people’s reviews are good sources of gaining more of what to expect at a restaurant. Websites like eat-out ( my favorite) or magazines give descriptions of nitty- gritties ( like payment options) to recommendations of what to try out on the menu. Most restaurants have their own menus online as well and this helps work out the prices and the type of food they serve.

The restaurant dictionary of RSA I think

4. Instagram is a great tool to use especially if a restaurant doesn’t have a menu. I love using Instagram to look at more photos of the restaurant ( this is to judge  if it is aesthetically  pleasing of course) and to get an idea of portions.

The Green Craft Bar, Glenvista|JHB

A lot of research occurs prior to picking a restaurant because good food is an investment.

Review: The Body Shop Products

Hello there!

The Body Shop has established itself well into the South African cosmetic space and from my years of experience, I’ve grown to love their products even more. The Body Shop was founded in 1976 in England and aims at making raw materials that are commonly known to be good for the skin, available to the market.

There is an abundant number of products that are available at the Body Shop so one might feel overwhelmed to chose the right one for themselves. My advice is to look for what you need ( scrub, body lotion etc)and then look for which range ( grouped by their natural ingredients i.e. Tee tree, chamomile, aloe etc) you are most comfortable with.

The latest products that I bought is what I have decided to review today because it’s the first time that I’m trying them out

1. Tea Tree Toner ( 250ml for R100)

I was immediately drawn to the product because of the Tea Tree ingredient which assists in clearing the skin, acne and allergic skin reactions. When I first tried the toner, I must admit, I felt a burning sensation on my skin for the first few minutes thereafter I felt my pores breathing for the first time in a while and my skin tighten. The witch hazel ingredient which is used to cleanse the skin and remove make- up really left my skin feeling clean. I usually use it three times a week at night time. The product is absolutely divine and keeps my skin breathing.

2. Vitamin E Moisture-Protective Emulsion( 50ml for R220)

This little baby might seem small but it is quite tough. The Vitamin E is helpful in removing dark spots, locks in moisture and keeps the skin’s elasticity and therefore prevents the formation of wrinkles. The face cream is quite thick so if you have dry skin, this is quite helpful and you can apply very little onto your skin and still obtain maximum results. It is perfect as a day cream due to its Ultraviolet Light Absorbing ingredients topped with SPF 30 which leaves the skin protected thoroughly from the sun.

3. Moringa Body Mist ( 100ml for R150)

I have touched on what a Body Mist is on my previous post on Scent Sessions. I bought the Body Mist because I needed something light and semi-sweet for everyday use. It’s a lovely Body Mist that is quite strong yet not overwhelming. I find it more suitable for summer due to its sweetness. There are also other Body mists from the other ranges like Vanilla and Fig.

I am extremely happy with the products that I bought from the Body Shop which are also available in Selected Clicks Stores. They are quality products at reasonable prices.

Tell me what you think by commenting below, thanks.

Sources:

http://www.thebodyshop.co.za

http://www.livestrong.com

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.za

Essential tips for shopping vintage pieces

I am a big fan of vintage clothes ( until you call it second hand clothing or remind me that it could have belonged to a deceased person) purely because it is living nostalgia.

People find shopping for vintage clothing quite tricky because it is not like walking into a regular retailer and picking out clothes that are sorted out in an organized manner making things more easier to locate. Thrifts are rather more adventurous

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This is an item I bought from Essential Vintaj, Maboneng

A few tips tips from my side is to pick thrifts that best suite your style and personality: I prefer local markets and precincts thrifts because they often have clothing that mimic modern trends but are still authentically old. Clothes from these places are clean and in good condition.

Another tip is to know what you are looking for before going shopping. There are often too many clothes to sift through and time is money. Have a purpose or something in mind so that it makes life easier and at least while looking for something specific, you can stumble upon other things ( and end up not even buying what you intended to).

Online shopping is also quite fun and there are many sites that cater to the vintage lovers:

Vintage lover

Guard the vintage

Lucky Pony

( and so many more, these are the ones I regularly keep tabs on)

Instagram influences also help as a source of inspiration when you are looking for something new and cute, here are some accounts I follow too.

thanks.