We did a fabulous shoot recently in Camps Bay for BaliBali Fashion Boutique, Cape Town. I think the beaches in Cape Town are gorgeous! We are working on their marketing posters for the Lifestyle Centre in Kloof Street as well as for new brochures + digital advertising. I’ve designed + launched all their social media platforms and our new “Hippi Chic” campaign is looking good! Summer is here! (Please note all these pics are copyright. If you want to use any of these photos, get in touch with me here).
I went to a gorgeous bar in Cape Town this weekend. They were doing a happy hour with some seriously good cocktails. As a Banter, it’s pretty hard to say yes to a cocktail you know is full of sugar and carbs. You don’t want to break your eating plan but let’s get real, you do want to have a good time. I did some research and below are the carb counts in different cocktails (and other drinks) for those of you out there who areBanting. I did a previous post on which drinks have no carbs at allhere. If you’ve never heard of “Banting” before, you may want to check out this awesome post.
+ Cocktail per glass
Margarita: 56 grams
Piña Colada: 90 grams
Long Island Iced Tea: 44 grams
White Russian: 26 grams
Mai Tai: 30 grams
Champagne Cocktail: 13 grams
Fog Cutter: 13 grams
Gin/Vodka and Tonic: 14 grams
Mojito: 12 grams
Cosmopolitan: 10 grams
Now for some more common drinks:
+ Beer per glass
Regular Beer: average is about 12 grams
Light Beer: check the label – most are 3 to 7 grams
Ale: most are 5 to 9 grams
Stout: variable – about 20 grams
+ Wine per glass
Dry White (e.g. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay): 3 grams
”Off Dry” (e.g. Reisling, Chenin Blanc): 5 to 6 grams
Dry Champagne: 2.5 to 4.5 grams
Muscat: 8 grams
Dry Red (e.g. Syrah, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sav.): 3.5 to 4 grams
Zinfindel: 4.2 grams
Dessert Wines: 12 to 14 grams
Sweet Late Harvest Wine: 20 grams
+ Liquer per shot
Amaretto: 25 grams
Bailey’s Irish Cream : 11 grams
B & B Benedictine: 8 grams
Campari: 12 grams
Coffee Liqueur (e.g. Kahlua): up to 24 grams
Cointreau: 15 grams
Creme de Cacao: 22 grams
Creme de Cassis: 17 grams
Creme de Menthe: 21 grams
Grand Marnier: 10 grams
Kirsch: 9 grams
Ouzo: 16 grams
Sambuca: 17 grams
Triple Sec: 16 grams
When Skybok was up in Durban 2014 filming for the Tourism Indaba, we went on an organized media tour. It was incredible seeing townships one would never get to see. If you travel here, make sure you do an organized tour with a legitimate company. We spent the day touring Durban and surrounding townships where Nelson Mandela began his journey with the ANC. The particular township we went to also happened to be where Ghandi spent his years in South Africa. It’s called the Inanda Heritage Route. We ended off with a gorgeous beachfront party and buffet in true African style! Below is a list of companies who do township tours. It is an unforgettable and heart-warming experience. You won’t be sorry.
Flight Centre recently hosted some VIP guests at the Marly Hotel in Camps Bay, Cape Town, to promote the launch of their new Red Label Holidays. I was lucky to be included! I loved connecting with Erika from Die Burger, Bridget from Good Taste Magazine, Vicky from Opulent Living, Ilse from BizCommunity and, of course, the Flight Centre Brand Manager for the Western Cape Region, Reeva.
Happy November first! I’m giving away this gorgeous Essence hamper to the value of R250 (perfume + nail polish + nail art express dry drops). All you have to do to win is share this post on FB + tag my page so I know it’s you. I’ll draw out a lucky winner + announce it here in a week! Happy Spring!
I’ve had the good fortune to enjoy a lot of modelling in my time. I’ve done work for clothing, lingerie and swimwear brands across South Africa. I’ve done work for hotel groups, television shows,automobiles, photography student projects, editorialsand beauty shoots. I’ve been to Top Model UK in London as well as shot for fashion events in New Yorkand Johannesburg. I remember my first “gig” was modelling a Phillip Treacy hat for a fashion event and I was very nervous. But after 3 years in the industry, here are some basic guidelines I can give any aspiring models. There’s no hard and fast rules, but these may help you.
+ Take comfortable clothes
Photoshoots take a long time to set up. Arrive in comfortable stuff that’s easy to slip on and off. You’ll be wearing it while they do your hair and makeup. Soft button-up blouses work, as do easy tracksuit pants and slops. You’ll change into these for lunch break and when you go home. As for what to wear underneath; nude bras and nude g-strings are a safe bet. Make sure you know what you’ll be modelling because if you need a backless bra, you don’t want to forget it!
+ Pack low-calorie snacks
Believe it or not, you get really hungry posing! It’s stressful finding the perfect position for lighting, as well as to show off the garment in the best way. You’ll want to have water and snacks nearby to see you through the day and to keep you in a good mood. You don’t want to be grumpy because you’re hungry, do you? Nice ideas: nuts, fruit, salad, crisps. Bring a kitbag with all your stuff in it.
+ Have a few stock poses you know you look good in
This is work and time is money. You can’t waste everyone’s time figuring out how to stand/sit/lie in order to look your best. All women know their “good side” and what angles work best for them. This is a strength. Play it up. Before you arrive on set for the shoot, practice taking photos at home in different poses figuring out your best side and best poses. Be aware of what shows off your assets and the clothing/jewellery/make-up/product in the best possible way. Use the timer on the camera or ask someone close to take of you. Of course if you have some experience in front of the lens, you’ll have a good idea of how to “pose” already.
+ Bend your body into positions that dont feel natural
Usually the positions that don’t feel natural are the ones that make us look the slimmest! If what you’re doing feels weird on set, it probably looks great on camera!
+ Have your headphones and good music on your cellphone
Setting up takes time. You’ll find yourself ready with clothes and makeup and have to wait. You’ll be waiting for the photographer to sort out his lighting. You’ll be waiting for other people doing the shoot with you to be ready. Either way, you want to keep upbeat and positive. Having good music and headphones with you is a must.
+ Get lots of photos while you work
It’s always handy to ask someone to snap you working. This is good for your morale and great for your marketing down the line.
+ Don’t do anything on social media while you work
Remember, there’s no rush to post anything anywhere there and then. Rather be professional on the day and concentrate on the job at hand. Any “update” can wait until you get home. It can wait until the job is over and you have time to sit and update on your social platforms, as well as interact with your audience.
+ Always credit your photographer, make-up artists and hair stylist
When you post the photos, it’s important to credit the photographer and the make-up/hair stylist. If they have social platforms, link back to them.
+ Make sure you’re within your contract
Legally you may be unable to post the photos or say anything about the job until the campaign/film/photoshoot has been officially “released”. If it’s a big job, you usually sign a contract with the company to keep everything secret until they say you can release stuff to the public. That makes sense. Keep professional and wait until it’s okay to release your stuff. This includes behind-the-scenes photos and photos with fellow artists/performers/models.
BaliBaliis a women’s fashion store in the trendy “Kloof Street” of Cape Town. It’s part of the Lifestyle Centre which is home to the popular Wellness Warehouse. The store is next toKnead Bakery and Vida e Caffe. Fashion Designer Merrissa Lebetkin designs a lot of the pieces. She also ships in gorgeous collections of clothes, ornaments, lighting, home decor, jewellery, accessories, art and gifting goodies straight from the shores of Bali. Halle Berry is one of her customers… I think you should be too 🙂 If you’re from Cape Town, pop in next time you’re in Kloof Street. If not, put shopping here on your To Do list!
Here are 3 amazing facts about Bali, Indonesia:
+ Volcano Agung is considered the most sacred place on the island. All temples are built to face it and islanders sleep with their heads towards it. The Balinese believe that Mount Agung is a replica of Mount Meru, the central axis of the universe. Mount Anung last erupted in 1963 and is still active.
+ Bali is home to some very unusual black sand volcanic beaches. Thanks to the active volcanoes that dot the Indonesian Peninsula, tourists can get a glimpse of something very rare and magical when visiting. They’ve certainly attracted the attention of the world’s top designers, organising special photo shoots here with the likes of Cara Delevingne for their ranges.
+ Bali has the most expensive coffee in the world, Kopi Luwak. Prices for this coffee (made of civet droppings) can go up as high as $50 a cup! Kopi Luwak is a name for any beans collected from the excrements of civets. The tastes may vary according to the type and origin of beans ingested by the civet as well as the process subsequent to collecting the – the roasting, ageing and brewing. The ability of the civet to select its berries (and other aspects of his diet and health) also influence the taste of the coffee.
Highlight on one of Skybok’s clients Retro Afrika Bioscope – a studio label of Gravel Road Entertainment at the Waterfront Film Studios in Cape Town. CEO Ben Cowley has just returned from France for the “Lumiere Film Festival & Classic Film Market” in Lyon! Retro Afrika exhibited some retro titles at the Classic Film Market as well as its restoration services.
+ “Joe Bullet” (a film banned in 1971) will be showcased at the MoMA The Museum of Modern Art in New York City on the 8th & 13th November as part of the “To Save and Project” Film Preservation Festival.
+ “Trompie” DVD will be released in Musica nationwide
+ “Joe Bullet” will be showcased at the Carthage International Film Festival in Tunisia