All Posts By Nomvelo Chalumbira

A Fresh Yet Familiar Intro Into Spring by MRP

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Mr Price invited us to Cape Town to view their upcoming 2017 Spring and Summer collection. Many of the clothes from the various MRP brands are on trend and perfect for this summer. The boudoir touches of lace and sheer in the Oakridge collection were my favourite. Simple, classic and good quality. Bright coloured 90's inspired outfits and bohemian feels came through strongly, which are both trends you will find in the MRP Project collections coming this August and September. Bold printed tees are making quite the comeback in the MRP RT range, which will be great for the summer days out. These graphic tees have a playful finish and some with choker details, ruffles and garter to spice things up. You can pick your favorite cut, from slouchy, boxy, muscle or fitted. This item will have you living in tees all summer. One can expect a lot of bare shoulders and texture overload as ...

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Letlhogonolo Letsholonyane

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27 year old Founder & Director of Own It Intimate Wear & Own It Start Up Academy At just 27 Thlogi Letsholonyane  is owning her path and building her retail empire one garment at a time. After graduating from LISOF in Fashion Design and Retail, Thlogi began her fashion designer career by getting into the Edcon graduate program, where she later got promoted to the cosmetics buying department. Tlhogi couldn't keep still for long, she paid her dues doing a stint as a design consultant for a uniform company, designing uniforms for 5 star hotels and casinos like The Saxon, Maslow and Sun City. However the intimate wear owner's knack for entrepreneurship and hunger for new challenges, found herself carving out a new path at 25 in the form of her businesses, clothing label; Own It Intimate Wear and a start up academy; Own It Start Up Academy. The vibrant and passionate entrepreneur has been continuously pushing fashionable boundaries by growing ...

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Vuyo Renene

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22 year old Musician A songstress oshiy’ induk’ ebandla (Leaving a good mark behind). Vuyo Renene is leaving no note unsung as she serenades the South African music scene with her amazing vocal prowess. A full-time BCom Law student, Renene is betting on herself as a self-managed musician and artist, turning her passion into profit. Renene says she cannot recall a time without music being her daily bread, "for as long as I can remember, music has always been a pinnacle point of reference towards the world around me: whether I was creating it or observing the vehement power and influence it could bear onto people's lives, music has shaped the universe as I know it. Music has been my first teacher and friend that guided my footsteps and held my hand through the everyday highs and lows we experience in this wonderful yet often turbulent flight of life." The road has not always ...

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Neo Baepi

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26 year old Photographer & Digital Content Producer Neo Baepi found her click in  the art of photojournalism and she is well on her way to making photographic history as  a fierce and combative member of the LGBTQI community, documenting queer love and joy - to change the narrative that we are only to be consumed as sites of pain.  Baepi says, "I love shooting people and suspending moments between me and them in time." Baepi was a part of the team that gave us the children’s book, The Girl Without A Sound. Since then, Neo has been doing the most with her work taking off to new heights. The photographer reflects, "All I really want to do with my work is take back some of the power, investing in “the culture” while being an integral part of it. White creatives tend to take and never invest in our shit. I also really ...

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TBT to my 5 Star Oppikoppi Experience & How to Win your own

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The adventurer in me and (sometimes) FOMO always has me trying out all sorts of things at least once, especially a music experience. More than 20 years of great live act performances, dust, my personal appreciation of a variety of music and my curiosity, found me at the gates of Northam for what was my first experience of the legendary Oppikoppi music festival. Oppikoppi has been a long-standing event on the South African festivals calendar since 1994. As a fan of festivals, I decided to give Oppikoppi a try last year. For a long time Oppikoppi was known as being a white jol, which is understandable since it started out as a rock festival - and we all know that for a very long time, rock music was not popular amongst us black folk, or at least here eMzansi. I am always game for a good time and kick-ass party, so I let the adventurer ...

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Monthly Monologue: The Steep Gradient of Growth

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The topic of mental health  is still so shunned upon and I have never understood why. I never really took the idea of seeing a therapist or being really aware of my feelings seriously until I experienced my first real hard-hitting wake up call failure in my undergrad final year. 2016 was a lot to say the least - I was working, completing my undergrad, trying to manage Melenial and attempting to maintain a social life,  ALL at the same damn time. I LOVE my life, but like many people, I sometimes get overwhelmed and sometimes become prone to anxiety breakdowns. I can't tell you how many times last year I had to keep myself from just throwing in the towel and wanting to wail like a baby in a corner. But I got my sexy lady lingerie on and kept it moving and even SLAYED in all ways in the process. So ...

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“Be Vigilant”: How Ladies are Attempting to Stay Safe

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Illustration by: Nicholle Kobi | Images by: Blossom Lovely Photography  | Written by: Nomvelo Chalumbira  | Edited by: Simbongile Ndlangisa  Personal safety has become of great importance for us womxn, now more than ever before. We are seeing and  are more aware of the spike in reports of acts of violence committed against womxn. We are living in an increasingly violent society in which the fear of crime is ever-present. Ladies our safety is absolutely paramount whether at home, groove or work/campus. Even though the burden to stay safe and be safe should not fall on us wholly, we come first so let's protect ourselves by all means possible. At the Savanna Loco event we asked our fellow Melenial Sista's what they are doing to keep themselves safe during these volatile strife times. Anelisa Mangcu "How I stay safe is by basic communication. We can't predict anything that could possibly happen to us , but the best thing to do ...

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YouTube Stars – The New Reality Sensation

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Network operator, Cell C, began a reality TV show competition, Break The Net, which is searching for the next big South African YouTuber. The winner will walk away with R250 000 in prize money and a trip to LA worth R50 000. Since the 23rd October 2016, and every Sunday night until 4th December, contestants are given tasks by Derrick Watts and The Sunday Blues. The tasks must are completed by way of a three minute video that must be uploaded within 48 hours of the task being issued. The competition is now down to the Top 5 of the best up and coming South African YouTubers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hB0nv3p_88A We are big fans of YouTube. It has become the new Google for all your visual answers, from how to beat your face to the gods, to how to make a ten minute meal for your monthly Sunday lunch with mates, to catching up on any entertainment. YouTube is ...

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#BreakTheNet YouTube x Cell C Style

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We are big fans of YouTube. It has become the new Google for all your visual answers, from how to beat your face to the gods, to how to make a ten minute meal for your monthly Sunday lunch with mates. YouTube is plug with all the answers. So, naturally we were drawn to the latest craze, Cell C's Break The Net YouTube challenge. Network operator, Cell C, began a new digital reality app show competition, Break The Net, which is searching for the next big South African YouTuber. The winner will walk away with R250 000 in prize money and a trip to Hollywood worth R50 000. Since the 23rd October 2016, and every Sunday night until 4th December, contestants are given tasks by Derrick Watts and The Sunday Blues. The tasks must be completed by way of a three minute videos that must be uploaded within 72 hours of the task being issued. The competition is now ...

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Our #MBFWJ16 Runway Faves

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Last week from 10-13 August was that time of the year again, the country's most prestige fashion events, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Johannesburg #MBFWJ16 was upon us at Sandton City's Nelson Mandela Square. #MBFWJ16, The four-day event, in collaboration with African Fashion International (AFI), is where South Africa's and the rest of Africa's leading Fashion designers come to showcase their work of arts on the runway. #MBFWJ16 is also where you will find your favourite fashion gurus donning their best garments and checking out the latest designs for the upcoming Spring/Summer season. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNPpW393Udk&spfreload=5   I will confess that for the first time this year, since attending Mercedes Benz Fashion Week's, I was the most impressed with the whole experience. From a fully serviced Media lounge, to proper press updates on the upcoming shows. The designers brought their A game as well as the fashion show watchers. It almost seemed as though the runway was in the street (outside the runway). People ...

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