Photography and Styling: The Grey Mustard
Model: Tintswalo Mnisi (@tintswalo_mn)
Pink Shades: Lilay Accessories (@lilaydesign)
These photos were actually taken by my friend (Lolwethu Qasha). I found them on my memory card and I just had to share them.
I loved them so much but I didn't have anything to say to follow these pictures so I figured I would just re-purpose a series I used to have on my previous blog called Faces. But I'll be doing things a little differently. To take the pressure off, I will be posting images of people I find inspiring or just images I find beautiful, either taken by me or my friend (i will always tell you guys who it is). There won't always be a long caption or full-blown article, sometimes. it will just be the photos.
This post is collaboration post with Green Contours. Both blogs will be covering the same topic but from different angles. Here, you will find information covering aesthetics and Kayla will be covering the more technical side of things. In other words, she covers plant care and I cover where to put the plants. Be sure to visit her page, your plants survival may depend on it!
The desk is typically "the boring space". You go there to focus on getting shit done. I don't know about you but I find that boring spaces can be unmotivating and unappetising. I can never find the gusto to pick myself up from what I'm doing to go work in a dull and dry space. Bright colours and exciting stationary make me want find reasons to stay in my study space. Colourful, easy to care for plants, like the one in the photos below, add
intrigue and excitement to any study space without much effort.
Where one sleeps, meditates/prays, and enjoys one on one time. This is a sacred space for most people. Making it cleaner and less cluttered gives one peace of mind. An orchid, in a colour that suits the theme of your room, adds an air of intimacy without being overwhemling and distracting from elements in your room that you find personal.
Mixing small vine-like plants and heavy trunked plants adds texture to a room usually filled with glass and stainless steel. I chose to decorate this space by placing the smaller plants between shelves to act as dividers and the stockier plants around the windowsills and counters.
GO WILD. Bushy, leafy, deep green plants are welcoming and lively. Fill your living space with these babies to add bounce and fun to the most exciting and open spaces in any home. And if the space starts to fill crowded, add some mirrors to open it right back up.
You know those random empty spaces you have no idea how to fill? Transform them into art pieces. Make the walls a gallery of treasured photos of your family and friends to foster sweet nostalgia or simply place a table and a potted plant there to heighten delicacy in the room. Or you could do both! Get in touch with your creative side and exploit theses spaces but be sure to visit Green Contours to get insight into what types of plants will suit the sunlight levels in your space and information on how to maintain your new green buddies.
What is youth?
My mom loves to say, "everyone on the internet is an authority on something." So in the spirit of that phrase, I'm not going to an answer to that question. Or, atleast, not yet.
Happy short-haired black girls: Natasha (@natashie_b) and Amanda (@uamanda_rsa)
Maybe, as I go through life, meet people and deepen the connections I have already made, I will be able to find the answer to these questions. Maybe I will find that I'm more lost than I was when I start. Whatever the case may be, I'm sure to have fun while trying.
This is the start of a new series documenting my post-pubescent ramblings on youth.
As you may or may not know, I'm an Industrial and Organisational Psychology major, so I come across my fair share of psychological theories, philosophies and literature. Most of what I learn is fascinating but for some unknown reason, my favourite theory is one of the most basic theories of development. I'm almost 73.6% sure that every Tom, Dick or Harry is familiar with Erickson's stages of development.
But before I get on with my rambling, let me quickly explain what Erickson's theory of development is to the John, Chris and Barrys that don't know what I'm talking about. Erik Erikson was a developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst that proposed 8 stages of development that we all go through as we age. Each stage represents a specific age bracket and the developmental alignments we are likely to make within that period. The fifth stage of Erikson's theory deals with Identity vs. Role Confusion, it is reached once a person falls between the age bracket of 16 and 21. Within this period, the individual either gains a sense personal identity by reflecting on personal values, beliefs and goals, OR becomes confused about his/her personal identity.
I'll be 21 come this September and I'm not sure what role I'll assume as an adult. What will I do after I get my degree? Where will I stay? Who do I want to be? Will I ever truly be an adult? I can feel myself spiral into role confusion and I'm not particularly sure of how to jump out of it. Ok, don't get me wrong, I'm not completely lost per se, I do know who I am. What I don't know is what to do with who I am.
This sort of melodramatic-millennial-adolescent whine song has become tired. Aimlessness can be a crippling feeling but it's nothing anyone can't handle with a pinch of perseverance. I'm no where near where I want to be regarding my future and the control I'd like to have over it. HOWEVER, I am kilometres away from the starting point of my journey to complete self-discovery. It's been a long ride but I'm getting there because of a few lessons I learnt along the way.
Okay, yes, I'm a bit of an Aimee Song. I'm obsessed with avocados. I'm also a self-proclaimed trout aficionado so I decided... why not combine my favourites and come up with the ultimate snack?
Raw trout ( I get mine at Woolworths, super fresh and equally yummy)
Half of an avocado
1 crushed rye crispy bread
Flat health wrap
2 tablespoons of lemonjuice
Salt and pepper
A tablespoon of diced onions (OPTIONAL)
First, mash up half of the avocado in a bowl, add in the diced onions, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and the salt to season. Mix it up well until you've reached a smooth, lumpless consistency. Then butter up the wrap in your avocado mixture. Layer the trout over the avocado, add the rye crispy bread on top of the trout. Then finish by drizzling 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and a dash of pepper over your wrap. Then, TADA! You're done. Easy right? You can wash it all down with a nice cool cup of ginger lemonade.
As someone that consumes imagery and anything visually delicious for breakfast, I am so happy that artists are really trying with their music videos. It's not just naked chicks, fast cars, money in the air and gold chains anymore. It's art. Stories. Dancing. VISUAL DELICIOUSNESS. Lemonade, Frank and his visual album, Endless and my current favourite, Seat at The Table by Solange, are a few examples of how the mainstream music industry is transforming and evolving. It's not as primitive and primal as it once was. It tells a story.
And even when the video is hot, sexy and primal. It still tells a story.
Side note: Teyana is such body goals man! If I were Byreeeeeeeeeen, I'd be hating myself for leaving that.
Oh! And if the video doesn't load here, just check it out on Vevo.