Posts tagged South Africa
{To Delight} Zara

So, having heard many an excited tale about Zara opening Joburg and Durban, both in South Africa, I decided to have a look at their website in anticipation of the store opening here in Cape Town... Well.It's pretty damn impressive. I'm not going to ramble about the clothes, as great as they are. You can check them out on their site.

What really impressed me was the video that opened as I clicked on the "Woman" section. Artistic, subtle, black and white.. a pretty french girl (I'd like to add at this point that a kind reader pointed out that she is a model, Freja Beha) doing, well nothing really, apart from prancing around and looking in drawers etc, but the result is beautiful. Suggestive of a lifestyle. One can only assume that the clothing will hand us this lifestyle on a hanger, but as cynical as I sound.. I watched it twice. It really paints the brand as something cool, alternative and feminine. Lovely. I especially like the way it fills the screen. Web design has so much more impact and usability these days. Here are some screen shots to give you an idea..

So many great shots in such a short space of time! Fiiine.. here are some of their gorgeous clothes too..

Cannot wait for the Waterfront store to open! Over and out*

A Simpler Kinda Life on Rosi's Farm

I have been meaning to share these for a while. They are pictures I took whilst staying on my dear friend Ros's farm in Sedgefield, near Knysna. There's something so nostalgic for me about farms. I spent a good part of my childhood on my grandparents' farm in Zimbabwe, riding my bike for hours, on dusty roads, through fields and bush, sitting by the dam pondering everything and nothing, listening to the birds and feeling so far away from any form of hustle, bustle and stress.Rosi's farm is gorgeous. It felt more "English" than the farms in Zim but it still gave me that wonderful sensation of calm and escaping from city pressures for a while. We had a fabulous time, laying on the deck on the lake, having hot showers outside with a view of the hills and fields, walks along the long dusty roads and tea in the sun outside.

Where we slept... Niiiice :)

Nostalgia right here people...

And how perfect is this little still life?

Sunshine through the trees and hanging moss suggesting stillness... and age... rolling stones... a new saying is in there somewhere... "Leave me alone to gather some moss damnit!"

*Sigh* Take me hooommme country rooaad! To a plaaacce I beloooong! West of Sedgfield, south of Knysna... Take me hooomme, country roooaad! Cough cough ahem... anyway, twas a lovely getaway and chance to look back and be grateful for my wonderful childhood. Over and out*

It's time for Africa!!

Today is the start of the Soccer World Cup 2010. And I'm right in it!! This will be short as we are about to head to the train station to join the crowds celebrating in town. Last night the concert in Soweto was amazing!! Shakira rocked our worlds! My thoughts are with Mandela. Condolences and thanks for all you've done for this country. We love you Madiba! Enjoy everyone!!

Earth Hour 2010- DO IT

Just realised that I will be away for Earth Hour so just wanted to remind everyone to take part.

This is directly quoted from the website: "Earth Hour 2010 takes place on Saturday 27 March at 8.30pm (local time) and is a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world. It is a call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Europe to Asia to the Americas will stand in darkness. People across the world from all walks of life will turn off their lights and join together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet."

http://www.earthhour.org/Homepage.aspx Here's Canberra last year:

Come on everyone its ONE hour and i think its amazing that so many countries are joining together in a united effort. Candles are cool anyway :)

Madiba we thank-you.

Today marks 20 years since Nelson Mandela was released from prison. I still live in awe of this amazing man. Who else could serve 27 long years in prison only to come out preaching forgiveness and reconciliation with the idiots that put him there? We really all need to learn from his life.. to take just one aspect of his personality and aspire to be more like that. Without him, South Africa would still be a mess. Though I still see the scars left over from years of apartheid, Madiba made this country what is is today. If only the other presidents in this world would follow his lead...

May we all learn to be more patient, forgiving, kind and strong. Many of you will have (hopefully) seen the incredible movie based on this man's rule and the Spingboks Rugby Team (Invictus). The following poem is something Mandela often recited in prison and taught other prisoners the lines.

'Invictus'

Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley (1849-1903)