Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Don't Just Settle For Potential

Today’s post is a little encouragement that I have for my sisters and brothers because I know what happens every year around this time. Even though this is a joyous time to be with loved ones and family alike, people do become the true versions of themselves.  I say so because a person will always be consistent with everything they do. If all of a sudden they have behaviors or mannerisms you are not used to, they were just hiding them. Only certain situations can bring that side of theirs out and this time may be one of those situations. Don’t despair, weigh your options and make a decision that you will be able to live with for the rest of your life because this sets the tone of what your future may look like.  

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Thee Day: Happy Anniversary 1

A year today, I opened the doors of sindisosdiary and published my first post. I can’t believe that I stuck to this journey for 12 consecutive months. A year is a long time especially in terms of what can be done or achieved. Honestly I am in awe of the growth and the amount of learning that has taken place within this year. Ever so often one has to delve into reflection mode and acknowledge what they are grateful for. I for sure am grateful for good health, family, having a career and a passion (blogging) that is booming into something to look forward to everyday. A lot could have gone haywire but to God’s grace, mercy and compassion; things have been more positive.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Anniversary Giveaway: Year One Closed

Sindiso’s Lifestyle Diary is turning one in exactly 4 days’ time and I must say this is so surreal. I started this blog as a way of sharing my love for fashion, writing and reading with anyone willing to indulge in those things. What started as a pastime is definitely flourishing into a passion. This has been a year of many first times and unearthing of potential I never thought I had in me. As I reflect on the past year, I am seeing growth, maturity and confidence that the blog has afforded me to experience. I am still echoing the words that I said in a reflection post here that blogging, being the creative behind your blog and staying consistent is really hard. Many times I found myself doubting every look or post I put together wondering if people will enjoy it. And I must say that your support and encouragement in this regard is unparalleled; THANK YOU!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

25 Get To Know Me Questions Tag 2016

When I decided to start this blog, one of the few tags I wanted to do was the “25 Get To Know Me Questions Tag”. I wrote this piece almost a year ago to-date. It was meant to be a part of the first few posts I published but somehow I felt I wanted my readers to know me from the way I present myself in my posts than me just telling them that this is who I am. Now I think some of the things I will be saying will have meaning and you can actually “see it” in me. The 1(one) year anniversary of sindisosdiary is almost here, and what better day to publish this post than today. Whilst talking about that, I have been putting together a small token of appreciation (gift) which will be awarded to one lucky follower of sindisosdiary. The details of the giveaway will be in my next post, so be on the lookout for that.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Exhaustion Or Laziness

Am I the only one who has so many ideas and things to do but very pedantic when I actually have to put in the work and effort to do it? I get distracted by minor details and then I leave it incomplete. What do we call this? Laziness or just looking for excuses to not implement anything?

Saturday, 26 November 2016

How To Stay Winning In A Relationship

Relationships are often those sink-holes we dive into by faith or optimism that they become a success. No one can honestly say the intention of getting into a relationship with someone is just to pass time and not hope for a positive end goal. I am one of those that when I got into my current relationship, I was a broken soul. I was in the process of mending and finding myself again. If you have not read a piece on how my partner and I got together, Here it is.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Perfect Match: Black and Brown

For about a week now, we have been experiencing mild to heavy rains. They may have left damages to property or even caused serious accidents that left some families without their loved ones. I sympathize with those who lost their loved ones. On the other hand, we are grateful for the much needed rains as some parts of the country were starting to have shortage of water and this shortage was eventually going to have a detrimental effect on produce and farming businesses. The rains have come at an idyllic time hence one can say God’s timing is always best.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Modern Vintage And Orange

You know when they say “love at first sight” I often wondered if there was such a thing or people are just bluffing. Well I can attest today that there definitely is such a thing. When I saw this dress online, I fell in-love. Some may say there is nothing special about it but to me it just tickles my fancy. Ever since I bought it about 3 months back, I have worn it at least 5 times. That is a lot considering that there are items I have not touched for months if not years in my wardrobe, literally.  

Monday, 7 November 2016

Denim On Monday

Denim has always been in style for as long as I can remember. It transcends through generations and season. In fact just like leather, with time and more wears it tends to show character and it's true make. I find that the denim jackets have become staple pieces that can be dressed up or down and still look like the outfit was centered around the outerwear. They just add that “something” special to an outfit that not many clothing pieces can without sticking out. They blend in so well with the rest of the clothing pieces.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Relaxed Look - Khaki In Spring

Goodday friends and family! I don’t know if I should be excited that Christmas is around the corner or be nervous as I don’t think I am ready for the festive season. Christmas is a time where friends and family come together to celebrate and share the joys and sorrows of the year that is about to bid farewell. Even in such a time, there is lots of money that gets spent and many a times wasted on things that we do not need; yet we still buy to impress anyone interested in “appreciating” them.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Are Some Work Opportunities Worth The Terms Of Relations With Brands?

For a couple of weeks if not months, I have been pondering writing about a topic that most bloggers or content creators can resonate with. I hope this will not be taken in bad light but be acknowledged for the message that I am trying to get across.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Reflection 3: Life Lessons And What I am Enjoying Right Now

Firstly let me start by apologizing for my inconsistency in terms of putting up new content. Life has been a bit challenging on my side and I have not been in the greatest of moods. But I am at a point where things are picking up and normalizing again and I can give the best of me to this blog. I am hoping that sometime in the future I can reflect on my recent life changing situation and share with you some of the challenges I went through that can only make me a better person from now onward.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Reflection 2: Finding Peace Amidst Challenges

How do you find peace when you are going through life changing situations?
I have asked myself this question before and at the time it was so easy to answer. It was just a mere routine question to remind me to reflect constantly on things going on in life. However when you go through life changing situations, it is a different concept all together.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Where To Get The Bang For Your Money: 1 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway Planning

Hello guysJ! Can you believe that Sindiso’s Lifestyle Diary’s one year anniversary is coming up in about 3 months’ time. I never thought that I would be writing a post about the upcoming day. A lot has happened since the first post. I have experienced highs and lows but all were lessons that can only make this brand better. Sometimes failure is not a curse or the end. It simply just means that your initial attempt was not good enough or the dream is just delayed; and I should just persevere until I get it right.  I once read a quote which said that it is often better to fail whilst trying that doing nothing at all. 

Friday, 23 September 2016

What I Am Currently Loving For Spring 2016

Hello best friends! It is that time where I share with you some of the items I am loving for the season. I love shopping and as such I thought why not put a wishlist for the Spring season as I have done for the Winter Season here and the Autumn(Fall)season here. Some of the items on this list I have just purchased and they will be making an appearance on the blog in the weeks to come. I must say that this was the most affordable clothing wishlist I have put together when comparing it against my previous ones. These items range between R30 and R1000 and you cannot beat that. The items are on trend and are versatile enough to last you throughout the season and even transition to the other seasons.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

How To Be A Well Rounded Woman

Today we live in times where women do more than just being house wives. They are no longer defined by the surnames they carry but by the impact they have to those around them. It is times like these that we find ourselves juggling being wives, mothers, sisters, confidants, prayer warriors and career women. 

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Chilly Spring Day In Pink And White

There is definitely no two colours that say girly when put together than Pink and White. But that does not mean men cannot wear Pink and still be masculine. In fact most metrosexual guys rock pink better than women at times.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

My Love For Leather Jackets

Am I the only one having withdrawal symptoms towards saying goodbye to Winter? Honestly I never thought it would be so hard for me to say goodbye and embrace the dawning of the new season (Spring).

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Spring Is Finally Here

Spring is finally here. We have been waiting for months to bring out our Summer dresses and colourful clothes. O what a time this is going to be. As much as I am excited about it, I am also a bit nervous about some of the fashion we are going to see. 

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Fifty Is Half Of Hundred

I have never been so excited to have hit this milestone in my blogging journey! Can you believe that this post you are reading is my 50th published post? Yip it is and I cannot contain my excitement as I have started and taken down other blogs in the past; but this one seems to have survived the (same) ordeal that could have befallen it.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Tapping Into Unfamiliar Territory

These are exciting times in my world as I feel like my passion is leading me into greater and bigger things. I know that it may be a little premature but I think I am seeing some progress and people are taking note of the potential this blog has. It is scaring me at times as I feel like everything is happening too fast. Does that mean that I wish it could pan out otherwise? A big fat – NO! It  is just that I tend to be over citical of my work and efforts which can lead to me doubting my potential or even underestimate what blogging can do to one’s aspirations and dreams.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

How Much Of One's Personal Life Can Be Shared On Social Media

I have been struggling a little bit about how much of one’s personal life is good to share without being judged for it. What good and bad will overly sharing (which is relative) can do if not open a door for people to be up in your business (personal life and otherwise). Those that know me very well will tell that it takes an arm and a leg to actually open up about certain aspects of my life. We are living in times where technology has afforded us the means to see what people around us are up to and their possessions. Many can deem it as being too boastful, egocentric or simply being a show off.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Exciting Winter Style Collaboration

Dumelang bagwera baka (Hello Friends)!
I am so soooo excited to be sharing this post with you. It is my first collaboration piece and I could not have done it with anyone better than a fellow personal style and lifestyle blogger Michelle; of Simplysiro. It is often intimidating to approach anyone for collaboration posts especially if it is a seasoned blogger. However Michelle was open to the idea from the get go and here we are today. Her friendly and great personality just brings this demeanor about her that is so lovable and relatable. She did not mind that I was not even from her beautiful country Kenya; she just embraced the idea of One Africa One Nation. 

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Hello Hi...

I feel like I have been gone for some time. Only to realise that it has only been 5 days since I last posted; but it may seem like forever to others including me. How are you all doing? I am guilty of often delving into the business of the day without even greeting sindisosdiary’s greatest and dearest friends. I have been well and I hope you are doing well too.

Monday, 1 August 2016

The Thief That Really Tried It But Never Made It

Honestly where are we supposed to feel safe when we are being pick pocketed in the grocery stores? I swear this past week was not my best week at all. I have always heard of stories of being searched whilst at the grocery store and even seen one guy attempting to steal something from another lady’s bag. But nothing has ever happened to me until now. I feel like I am experiencing a lot of first times in my adult years.

Friday, 29 July 2016

My Embarrassment My Agony

I have had to change my post for this week to give a little update. On Tuesday morning amidst the cold and showers, I had a mini accident where I tripped in the middle of the road with traffic coming towards me. At one point I thought one of the cars was going to hit me but the guy stopped just in time and even came to see if I was ok. As an adult, it is not the norm that you trip and fall. I did not know how to handle the situation. For a good 3 minutes I could not feel my back but thought nothing much of it. Luckily I managed to get on my feet thanks to the wonderful and true gentlemen who work at my company.  

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Everything Blue And Brown

For the past week and a half, I have been trying to migrate my blog from blogger to wordpress and what a pain it has been. I am not one for giving up easily but for now I have aborted the mission J There was a lot at stake especially now that I was going to lose my blog views as well as my comments; of which even to date I could not get them on my wordpress site and I have lost some in my quest to changing platforms.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Girl In Progress....

Madume family! Madume means greetings to those who do not know Sepedi. Yes I am a pedi girl with a Zulu name. This past weekend I traveled to Phalaborwa my home town as I always do on most weekends if not all. It was hot as hell as if the rest of us who live in Gauteng and other places around the country are in another continent. You would swear South Africa has 3 seasons at a time. You have the Western Cape having bipolar weather similarly to that of the UK. Then you have Gauteng which is cold like ice; and Limpopo boiling hot. But it is these facets that define our beautiful country for what it is today. We are blessed!

Friday, 8 July 2016

Pastel In Winter

This week went by quickly; in fact it was running away from something I just don’t know what it is or pin point it. I remember waking up on Monday and today it is Friday. Is it because I had so much to do and I just fell short in getting to everything I set out to do for the week? Maybe it is wrong to blame or focus on this week alone; but why isn’t this year waiting for some of us to achieve at least two of our objectives?

Saturday, 2 July 2016

A Day In My Office Wear! Post 5

I cannot help but laugh as I edit my upcoming posts. I know just how much I love the colours BROWN and BLUE, but they seem to be overpowering all the other colours in the pictures. Not that I planned it, I just pick random items from my wardrobe and put multiple looks together; as long as they make sense at the time, then they are good to go. Besides this is how I dress daily. 

Monday, 27 June 2016

Style On A Budget 2016

The economy is not really playing ball with all of us. And the news of Britain leaving the EU is not helping our economic situation at all. The situation is very volatile and making it difficult to manage with the little we have. There is a lot of uncertainty that has come with this as Britain is one of South Africa's biggest trading partners. Therefore, we are forced to be creative with the money we have. A little has to go an extra mile as things are getting very expensive. Even the basic of basic necessities has become near impossible to get.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

It Was A Family Wedding Day

Two weekends ago I attended my cousin's traditional wedding. It  was a beautiful affair celebrated with friends and family alike. You know, love is a beautiful thing but I feel it is just not celebrated enough. Maybe people fear the unknown or what they have seen in other marriages but I still say give it a try and make the decision for yourself. 

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Happy Father's Day 2016

Today it is Father’s day. This is a very special day to many and many can be included in the celebration but they do not qualify. I hold this day dear to my heart as I was also given the opportunity to know how it is and how it should feel to have a father around. I am fortunate enough to have been blessed with 2 fathers. One who raised me and the one who gave me life (I am only having a relationship with him now, 27 years later). 

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Winter And Khaki

Who and what can honestly go wrong with Khaki in Winter? The change in season brings with it the beautiful knits, trench coats, jackets and boots in all shapes and colours. Not to mention that during this time we also get to see who the best in layering and putting colours together is. Dressing up is an art in itself and no one can judge your sense of style; besides style is personal. If you can show your personality through your style, you have achieved the ultimate goal that everyone wish. We all wish others can decode who we really are through what and how we wear our clothes.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

A Day In My Office Wear! Post 4

It has been sometime since I wrote a post on my work wear. Not that I have been neglecting my blog but it is just that life has thrown a few curve balls my way and sometimes finding even a glimmer of a smile is difficult. As much as my blog is my outlet to share my personal and lifestyle stories; some things are better kept between close friends and family members. I will try by all means to get back to my schedule as soon as I can. 

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

I am an African : Africa Month Inspiration

For the month of May, many a places around the continent were celebrating Africa month. I deemed it fitting that I celebrate this month with a look that shows or says "Africa my continent". We come from a continent that has seen; and is plagued by many atrocities which have been happening for centuries and decades. Sadly there are still places where our brothers and sisters suffer from famine and war stricken challenges. In the words of my former president Thabo Mbeki’s famous parliamentary speech I leave you for now. Please do read the speech, I promise you will enjoy it especially if you have not heard or read it before. Thanks for stopping by. 

Sunday, 22 May 2016

What I Am Currently Loving For Winter 2016: Coats and Knits

I have never been this excited about winter than I am this year. Never mind that winter has always been my favourite seasons in the year. But it just warms my heart as I cannot wait to snuggle up in bed watching movies on weekends with minimal trips to the shops and friend's houses. This will actually do some good on my wallet and my relationship (wink-wink).

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Transitioning A Picnic Outfit To Dinner Ready In Seconds

Many a times we are caught up between hectic day jobs, meetings in between and rushing home to family time. I am often guilty of always running late from one commitment to another and I end up being forced to wear the same outfit to my next event. How many of us have had this unfortunate event happen to us? I think many J

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Mother's Day Inspiration 2016 : Relationship Between A Mother And A Child

Today is your special day mom. Yes you! You deserve the praises and accolades given to you today and forever more. A bond between a mother and a child is one that only the 2 of you share. No one can understand the dynamics and sacrifices that you do daily to make sure your children are fed, bathed, taken care off. And I am not speaking from a monetary or material point of view but from a genuine abundance of love.