Category Archives: Beauty & Brains

Quarter-life Crisis

Quarter-life Crisis

I am at a place where I don’t know anything. Coming from someone who has always known what she wanted from life, this is scary, to say the least. Further studies, well, those have been put on hold as I decide what it is I even want to do, if there is anything I even want to do! My job, well, let’s just say me and Job are not so in love anymore. Somewhere along the way, my love for dear Job faded. When I wake up in the morning, I don’t think fondly of… Continue reading →

Supermarket Underwear

Supermarket Underwear

A funny thing happened yesterday. I am one of those people who would buy just anything from a supermarket: groceries, beauty products, sanitary products, shoes, clothes… I mean, they put them on their shelves so you can buy them, right? As it is, I am not exactly shy about buying certain things in a supermarket. Haven’t you always wondered why when you buy sanitary towels or tampons they have to be wrapped so tightly with three pages of old newspaper as if they were a banned commodity or harmful to all who view it? Seriously,… Continue reading →

How to get Rashes off your face [Part 2]

How to get Rashes off your face [Part 2]

This is another gem from another of my aunts (yeah, my aunts are better than yours!) During my sister’s upcoming wedding preparations, the bridesmaids had a meeting with the beautician, who happens to be my aunt. Ok, I have a confession to make. I never really did stick to my tried-and-true remedy for rashes. I am quite lazy when it comes to beauty treatments. I honestly can’t picture myself waking up an hour earlier than usual everyday to apply makeup and do all those things that women with perfectly flawless skin do to maintain their… Continue reading →

Quiet Desperation

Quiet Desperation

Sometimes, when I am not too wrapped up in myself, I watch people; notice people. Sometimes, when I look really really closely, I see their eyes and what’s behind them. I notice their clothes, gait, expressions. Body language is the greatest whistle-blower. I see a man, heavy laden, dragging a mkokoteni (hand cart) along a road filled with cars hooting at him for causing an even greater traffic jam, regardless of the fact that whether or not he was there, the traffic pile-up would reduce by, what, a centimetre? Anyway, the man’s body is young,… Continue reading →

When the honeymoon phase is over

When the honeymoon phase is over

So there you were, the two inseparable lovebirds, cooing at each other, stealing glances, barely keeping your hands off each other. You called each other 10 times a day “just because”. The sweet little gifts were exchanged and the sweet nothings whispered in each other’s ears. Everyone around you was jealous and sick at the same time. But, though you barely noticed it, it’s gone now. You can’t even remember the last time you missed him/her. Or you met a kindred spirit. This girl understood you and finished your sentences. You had the same taste… Continue reading →

The Feminine Woman

The Feminine Woman

Being a woman is hard. Ask any woman. I know this because I am one. We are emotional, loving, caring, tough, nurturing, strong, beautiful, complicated beings…hardly a simple combination. We cry, laugh, shop, talk for hours, eat, try on clothes, clean, cook, work and try to stay sane. We fight, love, care, seek and try to please everyone. Somewhere in each woman is a little girl who never got over the beauty of a rainbow, pretty butterflies and flowers. The little girl in her seeks to be beautiful, noticed and loved. It’s true of every… Continue reading →

The “Church Girl, Church Guy” Phenomenon

The “Church Girl, Church Guy” Phenomenon

A phenomenon that I have always heard about recently came knocking at my door. I never used to believe the “rumors” that guys go to church to look for nice Christian girls to marry or date or whatever, well, that was until it happened to me. See, I am your average church girl. I grew up in church, I go to church, I am involved in church, I talk about church…really, I am a church girl. This is not necessarily a good thing, according to some. Family members and random acquaintances used to warn me…as… Continue reading →

Women – Our Own Worst Enemies

Women – Our Own Worst Enemies

So girls, let’s have a heart to heart. Why do we hate each other, spite each other and bring each other down? Why do we use bad words on each other…the B word, the WH word, the S word? We are all the same, we go through the same stuff, we have the same emotional make-up, we look pretty much the same inside…so shouldn’t we stick together? Girl 1: “That B stole my boyfriend!” Girl 2: “How could she? She just looks like something the cat dragged in anyway.” Girl 1: “I gave her a… Continue reading →

The A Word

The A Word

Adultery. We judge and sneer at those who indulge in it, but we haven’t been there…at least those of us who aren’t married. I watched (well, not the whole of it but nearly half of) a movie called Derailed starring Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen and I saw the reality of cheating. It’s so easy to look elsewhere when home is no longer a peaceful place to be and your spouse no longer the angel you married. People have problems….sick children who drain every ounce of energy from their parents making it nearly impossible for… Continue reading →

The School Of Life’s Lessons [Part 1]

The School Of Life’s Lessons [Part 1]

Lesson On Employment and Unemployment So, having been in the School of Life for the past 6 months (i.e. out of school and out in the Big Bad World),  I have realised one thing…employment sucks, and unemployment sucks equally. Indulge me for a minute: Both have an equal number of pros and cons, even though they may not be very well-balanced. When you are unemployed, you get to have free time to reflect on your life and where you want to be, your dreams that you had let go of, what you really want from… Continue reading →

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