Some amazing art that has come through to me in the last couple of weeks! What talented artists! Thank you Ana Andromeda, Barrios Marquez + Thom Chen for drawing these portraits.
Skybok is filming yet another local designer, Steph Golden of “StephG Rock Couture” – well known for his signature caps, handmade + covered in bling! Just the way I like them! We’ll be shooting him this week – watch this space.
I’ve had over 52 shares of this post on the Banting diet. Here is a gorgeous Banting recipe I just tried out for lunch today. It’s a quick, delicious way of eating salad the Banting way! Made up of 7 layers, I call it the “Banting Band Salad”. Enjoy!
+ Baby spinach
+ Green peppers
+ Frozen Green Beans
+ Boiled Egg
+ Sour Cream / Mayonnaise
+ Pumpkin Seeds
+ Crispy Bacon
+ Grated Cheese
+ Always start with the lettuce
+ You can also start with Avocado
+ Keep it covered with a lid or foil
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Following Mail & Guardian’s recent article “Ten Of The Biggest Voices on South Africa’s Social Media Scene“, I discovered a group of photographers who collectively call themselves “I See A Different You”. They are based in Soweto + photograph their world the way they see it. Soweto stands for “South Western Townships” + is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. I find these guys really inspiring. Follow them on Twitter, Facebook + Instagram. This week I definitely take my inspiration from this group of creative entrepreneurs who seem to be among the loudest shouting online – and have over 16,000 people who are listening.
I shot yesterday at Roodebloem Studios in Woodstock, Cape Town. We had so much fun! The studios are amazing (huge kitchen, lounge, private makeup room, bathroom, beautiful modern finishings) I think they are every photographer’s dream! I have some awesome behind the scenes photos on my instagram @misstamikajade. We did my hair the same as we did for the bridal shoot this past weekend in Stellenbosch. I actually rarely have it curly in real life, it’s more naturally wavy like in this shoot I did for City Lodge. All these photos were taken on my new gold iphone6.
+ Photography – Talitha Snow
+ Hair and Makeup – Pipa Cross
+ Assistance – Gabrielle Fortunato
I’ve learnt that the best experiences we have are the sum of multiple “wow moments”, not just one. It’s the same feeling as the first time you used a great product. It probably felt like it was designed just for you. Every action you took while using it felt right. Your senses (vision, touch, sound) were in tune with the experience.You might’ve said “wow” while using it. The product touched you on an emotional level and you remember it. You shared it. And you want to use it again.
I felt this type of positive emotion the first time I used Instagram. At first, it may seem like using Instagram would not be that much better than just using any one of the other social networking platforms. But the trick to Instagram’s stickiness is not just one, but multiple “wow moments” that make it substantially better than using other photosharing sites. The first time I used Instagram, there were a few distinct “wow moments”:
1. Will my photos be safe? Instagram gives you a privacy option. You can turn it on anytime.
2. How will my photos be shared? Instagram has one newsfeed where your photos will pop up for friends to see, and visa versa. Only people who follow you will see them, and visa versa.
3. How do I fit into the global community? Instagram introduced hashtags, where your photo is categorized for anyone anywhere in the world to see.
4. Do I have to pay a subscription fee to use this service? Signing up to Instagram is free.
5. How do I upload a photo? Instagram connects to your phone’s camera + galleries, online or offline. You can choose any photo you want from anywhere you like at anytime.
6. How do I make my pictures look less boring? Instagram introduced editing features + filters so you can make your photos look better.
7. Do I have to be on my pc to upload to it? Instagram is only accessible via your phone. So all you need is you, your cellphone + the moments you’re capturing.
The way Instagram baked multiple “wow moments” into their product is one reason why their system is so strong. With each additional “wow moment”, your chances of using the app increases compared to not. Its simplicity is addictive. However, one of the challenges with creating multiple “wow moments” within your product is that they take time to construct. Instagram took over a year to build. You need to be patient and willing to go all-in on a problem to create an experience worthy of multiple “wow moments.” Creating the right experience is risky when you might not have all the signals to say what you’re building is the right thing. But that’s part of the road to building a differentiated product. You won’t have all the answers at the start. You might screw up a couple of times. The trick is persistance; bouncing back after you mess up.
To reduce risk, you can begin by focusing on the main one or two “wow moments”. This may not be good enough to create the full experience you’re after but as you build more and seek to reach that same level of quality of that one “wow moment,” your product will get closer to what you’re after.
Part of bouncing back is streamlining your definition of what you’re building. It’s often best to start by picking out the right problems to focus on + not get too caught up in solutions yet. How you solve each of the problems could be done a thousand different ways. To begin with, getting problems down is the focus. You can define potential solutions later.
Looks like bouncing back while in the process of building your dream product (blog, brand, service, item) could be summarised in a few sentences:
+ “Wowing” your audience
+ Making the experience as simple as possible
+ Defining what you’re building
+ Patience while you build
+ Persistance while you build
+ Learning each time you fall
African proverbs on Learning
- Learning expands great souls. ~ Namibian proverb
- To get lost is to learn the way. ~ African proverb
- If you close your eyes to facts, you will learn through accidents. ~ African proverb
- By trying often, the monkey learns to jump from the tree. ~ Buganda proverb
- You always learn a lot more when you lose than when you win. ~ African proverb
- You learn how to cut down trees by cutting them down. ~ Bateke proverb
- The wise create proverbs for fools to learn, not to repeat. ~ African proverb
- By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have dispersed. ~Ashanti proverb
- You do not teach the paths of the forest to an old gorilla. ~Congolese proverb
- What you learn is what you die with. ~ African proverb
- Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone. ~Moroccan Proverb
- When you follow in the path of your father, you learn to walk like him. ~Ashanti Proverb
- Ears that do not listen to advice, accompany the head when it is chopped off. ~African Proverb
- Advice is a stranger; if he’s welcome he stays for the night; if not, he leaves the same day. ~Malagasy Proverb
- A fight between grasshoppers is a joy to the crow. ~ Lesotho proverb
- Milk and honey have different colors, but they share the same house peacefully. ~ African proverb
- He who thinks he is leading and has no one following him is only taking a walk. ~ Malawian proverb
- An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep. ~ Ghanaian proverb
- He who is destined for power does not have to fight for it. ~ Ugandan proverb
- Do not forget what is to be a sailor because of being a captain yourself. ~ Tanzanian proverb
- He who fears the sun will not become chief. ~Ugandan proverb
- Because he lost his reputation, he lost a kingdom. ~ Ethiopian proverb
African proverbs on Unity & Community
- Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. ~ Bondei proverb
- It takes a village to raise a child. ~ African proverb
- Cross the river in a crowd and the crocodile won’t eat you. ~ African proverb
- Two ants do not fail to pull one grasshopper. ~ Tanzanian proverb
- A single bracelet does not jingle. ~ Congolese proverb
- A single stick may smoke, but it will not burn. ~ African proverb
African proverbs on Family
- If I am in harmony with my family, that’s success. ~ Ute proverb
- Dine with a stranger but save your love for your family. ~ Ethiopian proverb
- Home affairs are not talked about on the public square. ~ African proverb
- A friend is someone you share the path with. ~ African proverb
- Show me your friend and I will show you your character. ~ African proverb
- Return to old watering holes for more than water; friends and dreams are there to meet you. ~ African proverb
- Between true friends even water drunk together is sweet enough. ~ African proverb
- Bad friends will prevent you from having good friends. ~ Gabon proverb
- If there is character, ugliness becomes beauty; if there is none, beauty becomes ugliness. ~Nigerian Proverb
- The skin of the leopard is beautiful, but not his heart. ~Baluba proverb
- Ugliness with a good character is better than beauty. ~Nigerian Proverb
- You are beautiful, but learn to work, for you cannot eat your beauty. ~Congolese Proverb
- The one who loves an unsightly person is the one who makes him beautiful. ~Ganda Proverb
- Three things cause sorrow to flee; water, green trees, and a beautiful face. ~Moroccan Proverb
- A pretty face and fine clothes do not make character. ~Congolese Proverb
- A pretty basket does not prevent worries. ~Congolese Proverb
- It’s those ugly caterpillars that turn into beautiful butterflies after seasons. ~African Proverb
- The most beautiful fig may contain a worm. ~Zulu Proverb
- It is only a stupid cow that rejoices at the prospect of being taken to a beautiful abattoir. ~African Proverb
- A chicken with beautiful plumage does not sit in a corner. ~African Proverb
- There is always a winner even in a monkey’s beauty contest. ~African Proverb
- Dress up a stick and it’ll be a beautiful bride. ~Egyptian Proverb
- Beautiful discourse is rarer than emerald ~ yet it can be found among the servant girls at the grindstones. ~Egyptian Proverb
- When a once-beautiful piece of cloth has turned into rags, no one remembers that it was woven by Ukwa master weavers. ~Igbo Proverb
- A woman’s polite devotion is her greatest beauty. ~African Proverb
- If you find “Miss This Year” beautiful, then you’ll find “Miss Next Year” even more so. ~Nigerian Proverb
- A happy man marries the girl he loves, but a happier man loves the girl he marries. ~ African proverb
- If you marry a monkey for his wealth, the money goes and the monkey remains as is. ~ Egyptian proverb
- Marriage is like a groundnut; you have to crack it to see what is inside. ~ Ghanaian proverb
- Hurry, hurry has no blessings. ~ Swahili proverb
- Patience is the mother of a beautiful child. ~ Bantu proverb
- To run is not necessarily to arrive. ~ Swahili proverb
- Patience can cook a stone. ~ African proverb
- A patient man will eat ripe fruit. ~ African proverb
- At the bottom of patience one finds heaven. ~ African proverb
- A patient person never misses a thing. ~ Swahili proverb
- Patience attracts happiness; it brings near that which is far. ~ Swahili proverb
- Always being in a hurry does not prevent death, neither does going slowly prevent living. ~ Ibo proverb
- However long the night, the dawn will break. ~ African proverb (personal favourite!)
- The wealth which enslaves the owner isn’t wealth. ~ Yoruba
- Having a good discussion is like having riches ~ Kenya
- Do not let what you cannot do tear from your hands what you can. ~ Ashanti
African proverbs on Food
- If you see a man in a gown eating with a man in rags, the food belongs to the latter. ~Fulani Proverb
- They ate our food, and forgot our names. ~Tunisian Proverb
- An abundance of food at your neighbour’s will not satisfy your hunger. ~Bayaka Proverb
- Food you will not eat you do not boil. ~African Proverb
- When your luck deserts you, even cold food burns. ~Zambian Proverb
- Happiness is as good as food. ~Maasai Proverb
- Good words are food, bad words poison. ~Malagasy Proverb
- The goat says: “Where there is blood, there is plenty of food.” ~Ghanaian Proverb
- Eat when the food is ready; speak when the time is right. ~Ethiopian Proverb
- The forest provides food to the hunter after he is utterly exhausted. ~Zimbabwean Proverb
- Fine words do not produce food. ~Nigerian Proverb
- If you watch your pot, your food will not burn. ~Mauritanian, Nigerian, and Niger Proverb
- A spider’s cobweb isn’t only its sleeping spring but also its food trap. ~African Proverb
- Man is like a pepper, till you have chewed it you do not know how hot it is. ~Haussa Proverb
- When the food is cooked there is no need to wait before eating it. ~Kikuyu Proverb
- Words are sweet, but they never take the place of food. ~Ibo Proverb
- A healthy person who begs for food is an insult to a generous farmer. ~Ghanaian Proverb
- Don’t take another mouthful before you have swallowed what is in your mouth. ~Malagasy Proverb
- The grasshopper which is always near its mother eats the best food. ~Ghanaian Proverb
- The chicken that digs for food will not sleep hungry. ~Bayombe Proverb