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I’m back! Not that I went anywhere… but this week was a toughie. Stayed off social media, never left the house except for work and was just unconcerned. Couldn’t even find a retrograding planet to blame all of this on. Lol. I’m sure I was people’d out shem. I’m good now. Let’s razzle!

Watching:

I recently discovered The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime Video after taking a break from Netflix. It’s so so good! Granted it’s another white show with white folk, but we’ll allow it. When I saw in the credits that ‎Amy Sherman-Palladino created and writes for the show it made ALL the sense. Fast talking, insane wit, great sets just like her first show Gilmore Girls. It’s my new show right now.

Besides TMMM I was watching Disney’s Mulan all week. I also don’t know. I wasn’t interested in watching humans until just last night. My girl Mulan held me down. Lol. What is everyone else watching? This is where having regular television wins. I’m missing all the SA shows. DSTV needs to come alive with making Showmax a more grown up streaming service.

Listening:

Teyana Taylor’s K.T.S.E. has been on CONSTANT repeat for me. At work, on commute, in the shower, in the kitchen. I am obsessed with her new album. I don’t know how I feel about these albums that only have 7 or 8 songs! I feel like this album was robbed of being a full bodied 12 track work of art. She is giving me old school R&B voice with old Kanye beats and great excerpts from classic hits. Love. I want a part II asap.

Drake is out. Scorpion literally dropped today. At first listen, I’m very much into it. It’s almost a coming together of his debut (lot less pop), ‘Take Care’ (lot less hip-hopping) and ‘Nothing Was Ever The Same’ (less features – but Jay-Z is back – yay!). There’s less ‘Views’ and ‘More Life’ vibes which I don’t hate. We have those in the bag. So far Emotionless is a fave (not just because of Mariah!).

My boos Darkie Fiction dropped their HOT lead single from their long awaited (according to me as their #1 fan) EP Sobabini. “Bhoza” has the nostalgic kwaito sound we all love and crave with Yoza’s beautifully odd vocals and Katt Daddy’s energetic rap. He’s honestly the best ad-libbing hypeman ever. “COME OOOON!” Best.

Doing (Weekend Tingz):

This weekend is insane! It reminds me of one weekend in October last year where I just couldn’t deal. I’m certainly going to try my best to make it to most events.

Tonight the main event is KoolOut’s 10 Year Birthday Celebration at The Good Luck Bar. These guys have been at it since their inception a decade ago in Cape Town and are just expanding and perfecting their formula. Tonight’s concert will have most of all the artist they have worked with including Rogue, Kwesta and Reason.

The first ever Vouge Nights Jozi will be held at JHB Hive tonight hunties. WOKE Arts and founder Lelo Meslani (a.ka. Lelo What’s Good) are all about creating safe and inclusive spaces for the LGBTQ+ community. Allies are obviously welcome (because intersectionality) but you best come correct. Come as any fishy, cunty version of yourself and let’s have some fun.

Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival – The Concert is on tomorrow from 10am at Constitutional Hill. The line up is out of control. I have never to be honest. Big ups to the organisers on this huge feat. R50 for entry. It’s peanuts for everything that’s on offer.

The Pantry Market at Keyes will be a nice little morning to midday sitch. Their winter edition will have all your comfort foods to help deal with this weather. Think breads, cheeses, soups, curries, chocolate, pies the whole lot. Go fill up before the streets claim your name.

It’s month end so you know Feel Good Series is back and this time around in a new venue – King Kong. I can’t say this venue without busting out in Nicki Minaj’s Chun-Li. It will get you too, watch. My super talented babycakes Leon is performing at 6pm tomorrow, so be sure to go check him out along with some new FGS DJs. Also jumping off is the Issa Vibe party just up the road at The Tennis Club. My boo thang Mx Blouse is bringing the groove we love and performing from around midnight. I done said this weekend is insane!

Sunday is JULY! Cancer season and my birth month. It’s also my big brothers birthdays. I don’t know how my mother managed with two cancerians to be honest. Kool Out is hosting their monthly party, Koolin In The City at a rooftop venue – Elevate in Marshalltown. I’m going just to check this chic venue out to be honest. This one is dubbed the DJ edition so you know Akio & P-Kuttah are gonna hold it down with some of Jozi’s top spinners.

There are plenty of markets to check out for a more chill vibe. Sunday Best Selects is back again at Breezeblock from 3pm. Victoria Yards is having their Open Studio Vibes on Sunday. I’ve been once before and it was a great discovery of artisanal jewelry, furniture, artwork and clothing. Check out my post on it here. I totally forgot that The Incredibles 2 is out in cinemas so that’s another alternative, but I cannot with cinemas on weekends. The winter sun is too deelish. I’ll bookmark Edna and the gang for next week.

Whatever you’re doing, have a good one. Hope to see you on some dancefloors because this weekend has a lot of party, music and culture in store.

Happy Friday ❤

xo

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Is it me or do things pop off during Winter in this city? Also shout out to the solstice. We’re halfway through gang. Here’s to longer days and less darkness. No but seriously, there are ALL the activations and ALL the events happening ALL at once. I actually cannot! I mean I can… but like wooo shem! Or maybe it was just this week? Either way Jozi is doing the most don’t get left behind. Ok now I’m rambling…

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Watching:

Only thing I managed to watch in this busy ass week was Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Always a good easy watch for constant chuckles. Titus Andromedon is my favourite character on television right now. The outrageous levels of this show are kind of aspirational, especially in the episode I watched recently about white privilege. Amazing mess!

OTR II has been all over my instastories. I naturally fell into a YouTube rabbit hole of most of the performances by Bey and her bae. That stage is BANANAS. Apesh*t video is even more bananas. Like how do you just go take over the Louvre?!

Coconut Kelz is back with a new video. This time she pokes fun at Sashi Naidoo and her comments on Palestine – awks, and the lady who was kicked out of a Kulula flight for using that word. Smh. Go have a laugh over here.

Listening:

3 words. EVERYTHING IS LOVE. Full stop end of sentence. The Carters stay coming for our edges and we stay sipping their kool-aid. I’ve given the album about four listens. I have my faves. I just want more singles so I can get more videos from these two. Their visuals are always on point.

Christina made the mistake of releasing her album on the same weekend as The Carters. To be fair she had no clue. I’d be haaaaacked! Really interested to see the first week numbers because her album Liberation is really good. Some old Xtina, her deep ballads and some new current alternative sounds with great features. Worth a listen.

My girl Nicki Minaj on the other hand was touched by an angel and moved her June 15 release to August 10. Obvs that angel is her homegirl Beyonce! Lol. Love her songs with Ariana, ‘Bed’ and ‘The Light Is Coming’. Nothing new on Nicki’s Bed – island gyal vibes, but Ariana’s track is fire! It kind of has that NERD ‘Lemon’ hyper beat I dig.

Doing (Weekend Tingz):

Friday I have a friends 30th hangout so will probs be at that all night. But La Santa in Melville is having a funeral for Kanye West called 808’s & Heartbreaks. Apparently it’s going to be all the PRE – slavery was a choice, Trump loving Kanye music. I love me some ANG so I trust they will turn it all the way out with a good mixture. It’s not going to be all Kanye, don’t stress. Dress in black!

The Bioscope is hosting The Other Peoples’ Film Festival this weekend. This fest is in recognition to World Refugee Day that was 2 days ago. It will showcase films from other parts of the world with seemingly different by the same realities we all face. Maybe in contradiction to this, Cinema Nouveau in Rosebank will have the annual European Film Festival running from today until July 1st. Expect award-winning foreign language films from independent film house you probably haven’t heard of. 2019 Oscar nominees amongst these for sure.

Rosebank Sunday Market has the Car Boot Sale event they have every last Sunday of the month. Vintage clothes, antiques and great food stalls. I haven’t been to the Rosebank Market in ages. Might pop into this one before I get into a really busy Sunday of farewells and new chillout spots.

What’s sure to be a fave series for the rest of the season is Sunday Best Selects. A 6 week residency at the super cute Breezblock in Brixton. Sunshine, laughter, calm energies and a whole lot of bubbles over some good wavy music. Find me there for a wind down.

I’m looking forward to a mixed weekend of fun, hugs and a dose of chill. The days are slowly getting longer from now on so let’s enjoy em!

Happy Friday ❤

xo

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Ever been given a compliment and instantly shied away from it or watered it down to a point it was unrecognisable to you? Almost as if it bounced off and didn’t land where you knew it was intended for. How about if someone said something mean or seemingly nice but it was covered in spikes and ill intent? Those, in comparison, tend to cut through and make a lovely little nest inside of you. Granted this isn’t the case for everyone but I reckon it rings true for most. It certainly rings true for me.

This year has had some life changing events for me. My one hour meeting with a psychic-medium being one and five days in the desert at Afrika Burn being the other. The latter was were I was confronted with this notion of struggling with compliments and positivity. Be it how much people loved my thought out outfits, how beautiful I am or what a phenomenal dancer I am. None of these were untrue. It’s not that I didn’t know any of these things deep down inside. Under that shimmering blanket of stars in an endless sky, I did. I do. It’s just that somewhere along the way you’re made to feel bad for being so sure about your gifts. You get bullied, called names or even defriended because God forbid you make someone else feel small.

After the burn I came back feeling so raw. Exposed. As if people could see inside of me. Everything I had felt and shared with all those strangers from all corners of the world. All those strangers who too were dancing in vulnerability wanted nothing from me. Nothing but the truth. They lost nothing in themselves from these exchanges. If anything, I surely believe more was gained.

I shared these feelings with my housemate Andrew the week we got back from Tankwa. What he said to me shook the hell out me. While I was busy freaking out about feeling so vulnerable and being overwhelmed by how easily accepting of me people were, he hit the pause button and pointed out how I’ve mastered the art of navigating this world expecting negativity. Be it from my skin colour, my sexual orientation, being from a broken home, my dorkiness or strange humour. The list is probably much longer than this, but you get the point. I am so well equipped in receiving negativity and knowing where to put it. This behaviour leaves no space for positive reinforcement. So I get awkward or shy about it. Mostly because even though it’s true… I myself don’t believe it.

Fast-forward to Bushfire while having a conversation with friends Sisi and Sisana. We were sitting around our campsite during a magnificent sunset and at one point they began showering me praise about this very blog and my sense of style. What does Aya do? He gets all weird and tries to redirect the compliments to something else. Sisana, bless her heart, immediately clocked this behaviour and then made up “negative” things to say to me to prove the point that I would accept them easier than I would the positive truth. This led to further dissection of the sources to my ease and comfort of receiving negativity externally and internally. I’m still dissecting. It was as if they were listening in on everything I had spoken to Andrew about.

In the last few months I’ve gotten better at letting the negative bounce off with no room to make any damn nests. What has helped a lot is from listening and finding readings from spiritual teacher and author, Marianne Williamson. I’ve taught myself to channel what I was overwhelmed with during and after the burn into the place it originated from. A place of love. Love of self and love of all living things. The negative stuff operates from a place of fear. To tie the essence of this post with what Marianne so simply but powerfully says – “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” I do not fear the negativity because I know it. It’s comfortable. I’ve mostly lived within it. The real fear is in the positive. For me it has been uncomfortable. Tapping into that power and light is the real tough stuff.

So I say let’s accept and receive the kind words from friends and strangers who want nothing more than to spread the positive thoughts they have for us. Give back that positivity a thousand fold and always trust and believe in what we know. Speak, act, live and give from a place of love. There is such rebellion in that. Let’s rebel.

xo,

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Weekend Mirror Style

The first half of 2018 is almost done. So much has happened. So much is happening and so much is yet to come. It’s been a continuously hopeful year paired with more doing than saying – Loves! I don’t know what I usually write in this intro part of these posts, but that’s what I needed to say I guess. Let’s peep some lewks. 😛

Friday: Friday was a dream. Work was cute, I felt cute, people were being cute. Also I’m gonna kill my friend Buhle for getting me onto saying ‘cute’ for everything. Urgh! I lowkey love it obviously. Had my babes over for dinner. We ate, drank a ton of wine and had all the DMCs. So much alignment, healing and positive reinforcement. If y’all don’t do this with each other start immediately – ayimandi! I stumbled upon my Mevrou & Co tee and wore that with black pants, silver New Balance and the star of the lewk was this grey woolly jacket moment I got from VintageGoddessClothing.

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Saturday: So you know how I said Friday was a dream… The wine got the better of me and the devil within thought a young Kitcheners razzle was a smart idea. *buzzer sound* Nope. It was super fun and all but wine was then mixed with gin (mostly cos I hate carrying wine glasses when I’m out) and that was that. My whole day went to the PITS! I voided everything I was meant to do and never left the house. I used to beat myself up about these kind of days but now I’m like “I had a really great time with really great peeps” so, Oh well. No lewks to be seen here.

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Sunday: The grey coat made a return yesterday and it’s defs one of my fave lewks I’ve put together. A mellow grey poloneck vibe at the top and a colourful pastel party at the bottom. Dark mint green pants and pink suede New Balance 247 luxe brought the fun. A yummy winter look to take to Nirox Roots Music Concert and check out some dzaddy’s with their little ones doing the most. Somehow I managed to sip on some wine again. The sun required it. Allow.

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Writing these posts are so fun for me. Stay hopeful. Keep doing. If you feel it’s right it doesn’t have to make all the sense at the moment. Trust that it will.

Have a dope week!

xo

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The flu is coming for me. I can’t really be surprised. My ass was out in nothing but ripped stockings, short shorts and a poloneck on Wednesday night for P_Party. It was obviously a magical, queer and femme lovefest so I’m just gonna have to dope up on the meds before this escalates. I got things to do. Probably will be best to be more dressed for the weather going forward? We’ll see. 😀

Watching:

So I saw the trailer for Pose and was instantly gagging! It’s a show following a young gay dancer who gets kicked out of his small town home to make it big in New York City. Sounds tired right? Well this gay stumbles upon a whole new world of the NY ball culture – voguing, “the category is…”, lavish costumes and the unshakable need to express through imitation. I’ve only seen one episode. The acting is a bit weak, but Ryan Murphy did the best thing by hiring a diverse and realistic cast which in my view makes up for it. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think. I have to stream it on those sites, so good luck.

I also fell into a Charmed YouTube rabbit hole this week. It was triggered by seeing the CW’s reboot of Charmed. TRAUMA!! It’s so awful I can’t even begin to… Uh. Whatever. Anyway, Charmed was epic and a very important part of my younger years. I still dream of having Prue’s powers and a spell book now and then. I’m just gonna pretend that this reboot isn’t happening.

Staying on YouTube, I’m so into The Narrative channel which brings great content and conversation specifically on some of South Africa favourite creators on ideas of identity, representation, creating our own African stories and letting go of Western ideas. So excited about what more will come from this.

Listening:

I finally compiled that Bushfire playlist I mentioned a few posts ago. It’s not all the artists on the line up  but it’s mostly the ones I got to see and fell in love with. If you don’t have Spotify… Angazi. Maybe try out the trial and see if you like it? It’s pretty dope. If you do have the far more superior music streaming app (wink), then go have a listen. It’s a lush Saturday afternoon listen.

Sound Africa released a new podcast episode this week titled ‘Brother,This Is Cape Town‘. It’s a story of an ex-convict (Bongani Dyalivana) who spent a decade in prison; how he got there, his longing for his father and starting over. Bongani actually co-produced the podcast himself and tells his own story in his own words. It’s such fantastic and real storytelling.

The OG of dirrty Xtina Aguilera’s new album ‘Liberation’ is out today. I’ve been waiting for it. Dunno about y’all. Singles have been fire I’ve had them all on repeat. So let’s see if her full offering gives the same heat. Crossing fingers!

Doing (Weekend Tingz):

It’s not Youth Day weekend without some Sarafina! The musical hit is back and showing at Joburg Theatre until June 25th. I used to watch this film so many times growing up without fully knowing what went on or was going on at the time. A timeless classic. Definitely going to check out the stage production.

Pluck is showing at The Bioscope after debuting at the Encounters Film Fest. It looks at the always topical, always witty Nandos marketing campaigns from inception to being the leaders in the field.

Darkie Fiction is performing live at Kitcheners tomorrow as part of a youth focused set of artists blazing the music scene. I’ve loved this duo since they came out with their catchy summer track ‘Selula’, and they just keep getting better. Other acts include Bonolo Thomas and Nouveaux.

It’s gonna be a campy poptastic broadway singing spectacle with the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus at Wits tomorrow night.  I didn’t know anything about this chorus before, but this particular concert happening in Jozi and Cape Town is to benefit GALA (Gay & Lesbian Memory in Action) so trust imma be there shimmying my shoulders off.

Keyes Art Mile still have their recurring weekly Art & Design Saturdays event. I’ve only ever been to one and the TMRW Gallery has the coolest exhibitions through the use of digital mediums like VR and all the surrounding galleries and shops will be open. I think they have DJs too. Sounds like a cute Saturday sitch.

Sunday there is The Roots Music Concert at Nirox. It’s a Father’s Day vibe apparently (joy). Some of my faves are performing so I’m getting my ticket right now! Bongeziwe Mabandla, Sibusile Xaba and Urban Village are on the line up and it’s sure to be a delicious afternoon. God I hope the weather doesn’t get any funny ideas.

That’s that. Hope you all have a lovely weekend. That cold front is coming for everything so dress nice and warm if you’re gonna go out and play. Happy Youth Day and never forget those who stood up for themselves so that we could do the same. Check out Sifiso Khanyile’s doccie Uprize! on the black consciousness movement that influenced the 1976 youth uprisings. It’s crazy good! Archiving at its best shem.

Happy Friday ❤

xo

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Weekend Mirror Style

I am EXHAUSTED!! The last 4 days have been very eventful. M.I.A on Friday was FIRE! Home-girl put on a show for her chil’ren. Saturday was well… trippy. Sunday saw the ‘3 Babes’ do an excursion into the North and Monday was spent in Diepsloot helping a school with their computer lab and library. I legit slept for like 12 hours last night. That being said, I’m looking forward to the week.

Friday: Most of this day was spent doing as little as possible at work, dying in meetings while anticipating M.I.A. I remembered that I once had an off-white jersey so I dug it out and wore it. The supporting acts had to have some colour so I went with a red check button up and dark blue skinny jeans. I tried black jeans, it just didn’t work. The mustard socks were for more colour against the brown suede ankle boots. Cute winter look.

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Saturday: One thing we can be grateful for about Jozi winters is the afternoon sun. Nice and warm (for the most part). Took advantage by wearing my tartan skirt, that most people think is a kilt. It’s very much a skirt. I need to get one those strong diaper pins to fasten the flap because I was flashing all sorts of people whenever some wind would show up. Wore the skirt with a navy polo-neck and white old-school design New Balance. 3 items, simple but effective in creating a full lewk. Fave!

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Sunday: Going to the North of Johannesburg is an excursion and a half. The Farmers market is always nice for sunshine and some yummy food but coming from downtown it’s a mish! But we sucked it up and paid millions for an Uber to Fourways. What I’m finding is that deciding on a “main” item then working with it is what works best when I get dressed on weekends. I decided on a grey and black striped kimono for Sunday and added in the oversized white tee, ripped pale blue jeans and white Asics Gel-Lytes around it. The colourful cap I added in just for control (and effect).

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One of my favourite weekends so far. A mix of people, energies and locations. So necessary.

Chase that dream, meet those personal deadlines and make that stranger smile. #newweek

xo

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