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February 2017

My Life

Survival Of The Organised…

Randomly, I remembered my grandmother saying a woman must have a good bed with a comfy mattress, matching delicate under garments, expensive luggage for when she travels, and cooking/kitchen utensils that would be the envy of every woman that visits.

Now that I am older, I can appreciate where she was coming from.

I love my bed – and when I lay down to sleep in my bed it feels like I am floating mid-air on a marshmallow. Unfortunately, my alarm clock is the jealous type. Why, you ask? Well, just as I am getting into my sleep groove, and sweet dreams are showing in full colour, my alarm goes off – loud and proud. Like, seriously!? I can’t deal with jealousy.

Both hubby and I have been “head down – bum up” kicking some pretty monumental career goals (if I may say so myself). This has been our reality for the last two weeks now – a real blur. What do they say – fail to plan, plan to fail? We were not taking any chances.

This dedication and commitment doesn’t come easy because we have had to make some sacrifices to get to where we want to be.

It’s funny because I remember back in the day we would look forward to the weekend, as it was an opportunity for us to catch up with friends, consume ridiculous amounts of adult beverages and literally dance the night away.

These days on the weekends we just want to sleep in (hello cloud 9 marshmallow bed), hang around the house in our PJs pumping ourselves up to do it all again next week.

Adulting Advanced Level 110! I think we have moved on from just plain adulting – surviving and fending for ourselves.

At this stage, I may have already been admitted to a mental asylum BUT four key actions keep me sane on a weekly basis. They are listed below:

1. Select all clothes for the week, iron them and have them ready to go (undergarments included).
2. Meal preparation – cook all the dinners for the week ahead and freeze them.
3. Drink at least 2litres of water and get a minimum of 7 hours sleep.
4. Engage in at least 30mins of exercise or meditating daily.

Although I’ve outlined the answers to my sanity, I would be interested to find our what coping mechanisms you have put in place to survive in this concrete jungle. Hit me up in the comments section.

IamTinashe

She Tried It

No Scrubs…

Some of you have been kind enough to send me messages complimenting me on my skin and complexion. I thought that was really sweet of you all! Thank you. Trust me – it hasn’t always been the case – it is an ongoing battle. It has been a never ending journey with lots of trials and errors to get my skin to where it is today.

Like most women, I too have beauty products I swear by for my everyday routine. Some are cheap, others leave you feeling guilty when you think of people going without food, water or shelter – but I make an honest living so I still buy them anyway.

The thing is, you don’t always have to spend money to have a clear complexion. Some of the most effective beauty products are sitting in your panty right now. My grandmother and mother taught me that.

For instance, for most Zimbabweans reading this, my bet is that you have mealie meal in your pantry. For those that are from other countries, you may have semolina or polenta. I like to use these everyday products to create a scrub that will help get rid of product build up, or to really cleanse my skin. So how do I do it, you ask?

Step One:
Pour one cup of mealie meal (or semolina or polenta) into a bowl.

Step Two:
Add water. This can be cold water, but I personally like to use slightly warm water. Once you have added water proceed to mix the ingredients to create a smooth and consistent paste- (no lumps!).


Step Three:
To begin the process make sure you have clean skin. Use wet wipes, Vaseline, make up remover – whatever you normally use to wash your face – just have clean skin.

Step Four:
Apply the paste all over your entire face avoiding the eye area. I like to apply to my décolletage (the front area of my neck, shoulders and upper chest). The decolletage should always get the same treatment as the face. Wait about a minute as the product settles on your skin.


Step Five:
Starting at the chin and using your index and middle fingers, work the product in a circular motion up and around your entire face. When you are confident that you have scrubbed all impurities from your skin, proceed to rinse your face with luke warm water.

Step Six:
Pat your face dry with a clean towel then apply your usual facial beautifying products.

And there you have it – a cheap and effective way to keep your skin glowing and fresh.

Glasses – ZARA | African Print Dress – My own design |

IamTinashe

Shop My Closet

SOLD: African Print Peplum Top

Some people collect stamps, I happen to collect clothes. But even the most avid collector has to make room for new threads.

With that being said, I will be giving you – my readers – the opportunity to shop my closet.

Item Two: African Print Short Sleeved Peplum Top

Information: This top was custom made when I was first inspired to wear African print as corporate attire.

Number of Times Worn: Two

Size: 8 – 10

Condition: Mint

Its as if this top just came off the assembly line; there is not a single defect of any kind in the product. It is in the BEST possible condition a product can possibly be in.

Price: You can bid for the item or its set at $AUD20 if you buy it now.

You can find the item being sold here (EBay) and here (Carousell). If you’d like more information about the item click on the description part of ad – it’s all there.

Happy bidding and buying!

IamTinashe

P.S – My last item sold so fast! Thank you for your support, it is much appreciated.

Fashion

Restrained Yet Powerful

Knowing the people I work with, (they make it their business to see what i am wearing each day) I am pretty sure that when I stepped into the office today my colleagues just about had to restrain themselves from yawning, or just blatantly shouting “Boooorriinnng”!

I guess that’s fair – if you compare this outfit to my usual bold African ensembles, this look is very westernised. Less “Miss Africa” more “I am just going to make like your foundation and blend in”.

Each day I dress for myself, and my man of course. Wink! Hand on heart, if I am feeling fly in my get up, I am gonna rock the fudge out of it.

Unfortunately, not all women are free. Some place unnecessary limitations on themselves for fear of being talked about, laughed at or just stared down.

 

In my twenties, my confidence really exploded. I stopped giving two fudges and decided I was going to do me – straight up, no ice. No restraints, no apologies. I was going to wear what I wanted, when I wanted and how I wanted to wear it.

This is not always easy in a society were women are self conscious about their body shape. Who can blame us? You open a magazine or watch a TV show and the women there appear to be somewhat underweight, not really representing the average women – so how can women relate?

I guess it’s fitting to reiterate that this blog was created for real women (like me) to showcase their unique beauty. The styling and poses may not be of magazine or modelling standard – but they are real, flaws and all.

My message for those floundering on the decision to show case their overtly feminine figure – listen here – there is not going to be another time in which you look the way you do now. Change will be constant. When you are eighty, your breasts down to your belly button (images) you will look back and wonder why you were never comfortable in your own skin.

Simply put – my own message – well, that’s were I get my confidence from. As it stands I already look back at photos and think my gawd – I was so skinny back then, why the hell did I think I was fat?

I guess I had a lot in my heart today, which I just had to share. Just like this outfit, my thoughts are restrained, yet making a powerful impact.

Necklace and Bangle – Lovisa | T- Shirt – Sportsgirl | Pleated Skirt – Witchery |Heels – Aldo |
IamTinashe

Foodie

Make It Quick…

I am a working mother and come Friday I am super keen to head home and just lounge out whilst watching mindless reality TV. I used to think Friday night was an opportunity for me to take a break from being in the kitchen and taste something different.

Lately though, whenever we have bought takeaway I have often found myself somewhat disappointed by the food’s lack of flavour. This will sound cocky, but as I taste the food I actually think that I can do a better job. There is nothing that I hate more than parting with my hard earned money only to be served trash.

So – I have headed back to the kitchen on Friday night. Instead of takeaway, IamTinashe will be whipping up tasty dishes that resemble takeaway – in the comfort of our home.

In a previous life, my mother was a home economics teacher so she had taught me a thing or two in the kitchen. Below, I share with you my quick and super tasty fried rice.

Ingredients Needed:

  • 2 cups of white rice (cook it the night before and freeze for best results)
  • 1/2 an onion, roughly diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, roughly diced
  • 1/4 capsicum, roughly diced
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of frozen veggies that have been thoroughly defrosted
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • soy sauce, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of all seasoning salt, to taste (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of Chinese five spice, to taste (optional)
  • sesame oil, to taste (optional)

Directions:

Prep  – 15mins | Cook Time – 20mins | Eating In – 35mins

  1. Heat wok over high heat. Pour in olive oil, then stir in garlic, onion and capsicum. Cook until onion is transparent.
  2. Toss in defrosted veggies; cook for about 1.5 minutes.
  3. Crack in eggs, stirring quickly to scramble eggs with vegetables.
  4. Stir in cooked rice.
  5. Lightly pour soy sauce, add seasoning salt, Chinese five spice and toss rice to coat.
  6. Drizzle with sesame oil, and toss again.

And…done!! Time to serve the food, sit back and enjoy!

*I am a pescetarian so obviously there is no meat – but if your spirit compels you – add meat!*

Honestly, every time I taste this fried rice I just about close my eyes and I truly feel like I could be at my favourite Asian restaurant. Yes – it’s that good!

Hopefully this recipe is something that you will try and enjoy!

If you have recipes that you would like to share for working mums, please send them through.

IamTinashe

Shop My Closet

SOLD: Classic Doc Martens

It’s fair to say that over the last few years I have accumulated some “stuff”. Stuff that I no longer need, stuff that is no longer appropriate to wear as a mother and stuff that I can no longer fit into. 

My husbae has been threatening to call the TV show “Hoarders” on me for years and I have finally reached a point where I am ready to let go. The adult me only wants to keep things that I truly love and wear regularly – everything else must go. 

With that being said, I will be giving you – my readers – the opportunity to shop my closet.

Item One: Doc Marten Traditional Boots

Information: I bought these when I thought I needed Black boots. Turns out Doc Martens don’t really suit my style, so they were never worn.

Number of Times Worn: Zero

Condition: Pristine

You can find the item being sold here (eBay) and here (Carousell). If you’d like more information about the item click on the description part of ad – it’s all there. 

Happy bidding and buying!

IamTinashe