International Inspiring Womens Network Celebrates Women

Yesterday I attended the IIWN Spring event at the Michaelangelo Hotel in Johannesburg.

It was sheer indulgence for the senses. A decadent lunch with chocolate in abundance, an array of beautiful flowers and models in dresses made from flowers, a range of inspiring women who shared their stories, a dance fusion , lovely exhibitors and
lots of awesome prizes for the guests.

The models of these beautiful dresses, designed by Sorelli, included Anni King designer Joanna Chen and Bianca Makeksky from Hello Joburg Mag.

Anusha Singh has created a wonderful and inspiring platform for women to share their stories and messages of inspiration to empower other women.

More of the event in pics:

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Tourism Ireland celebrates World Tourism Day

To celebrate World Tourism Day, in association with GreenpopSA , Tourism Ireland gave back to the community and environment by literally digging deep and planting trees at Witkoppen Primary School on 23rd September 2014.

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The objective of this tree planting initiative was to give back to the communities at large and assist them in reaping environmental, economic and social benefits as a result as this year, the theme for international Tourism Day is ‘’tourism and community development’’. Greenpop is a social enterprise that runs urban greening and reforestation projects in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Greenpop plants trees and strives to see inspiration instead of gloom in the green space and create innovative and sustainable solutions. By educating people on best practice tree care, monitoring trees and working together to leave a lasting legacy, Greenpop says green living is fun.  The excited students at Witkoppen Primary School rolled up their sleeves and dug holes, planted trees and made sure their new treasures are well looked after. The students, who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, proposed ways in which they can look after trees by watering them three times a week and throughout the school holidays with “grey water” or recycled water brought from home.  They are committed to starting an Eco Group which is a club within the school which will educate the pupils about recycling and environmental issues.

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As Ireland is known as ‘’The Emerald Isle – the land that boasts 40 shades of green’’,  it appropriate and considered it a privilege to be a part of this greening initiative.

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It was a pleasure to watch the children’s faces light up as they participated in the  fun activities planned and in planting trees to beautify their surroundings as well.

Some pics of the day:

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What Heritage Day in South Africa means to me

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Heritage means that I have a tremendous history behind me that enables me to offer my country lessons I have learnt as an Indian born in South Africa.

I am a part of what has made this country great, which is a mixture of many nationalities and religions. I have a meaningful upbringing as an Indian, with values of community, love, compassion and humility instilled in me.

Let us celebrate our culture and the diversity of our beliefs and traditions. South Africa as a nation belongs to all its people.

National Braai Day is in recognition of the South African culinary tradition of holding braai’s in their homes, communities and gatherings. It signifies a unifying force amongst our people.

Knowing the richness of my heritage helps me to be the best I can be. Be proud as South Africans, as we are powerful as a nation in solidarity of love, hope and peace. Enjoy a united Heritage Day this 24 September 2014.

What does Heritage Day mean to you?

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#PhotoAweek – The Hemisfèric in Spain

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The Hemisfèric is the largest hall in Spain to contain three systems projecting onto a concave screen of 900 square metres:

  • Large-format cinema, IMAX Dome.
  • Digital 3D screen measures: rectangle about 12×6 meters.
  • Digital projections. Astronomical representations and entertainment shows

It was inaugurated in 1998 and was the first building in the City of Arts and Sciences to open its doors to the public. The Hemisfèric is a spectacular construction designed by Santiago Calatrava, with an ovoid roof over 100 metres long that contains in its interior the large sphere that constitutes the projection room.

This is one attraction in Spain which is well worth a visit to.

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Tips & tricks for best pics on an iPhone 5S

The best part of owning an iPhone is that I have a camera with me where ever I go. I came across this really cool video where photographer Lorenz Holder demonstrates some creative smartphone photography tips & tricks using an iPhone 5S.

Happy snapping and dont forget to backup those pics regularly. Let me know if you have any fab tips to share. Enjoy the watch :)

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What makes MaCherie Nails so amazing

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Manicures have been widely advertised at spa’s and beauty salons, and honestly speaking, nothing has really peaked my interest until recently. I am rather conservative when it comes to nail colour but a few weeks of unhealthy looking nails , I decided to pretty up my hand.

Two weeks ago I had the privilege of meeting Kelly, the talented Nail Artist from Macherie Nails. It was not too difficult choosing a style and colour with so many beautiful designs available. Kelly assisted me with in choosing a colour and design to suit my skin tone and off course my not too bold personality.

Whilst applying the gel poilish, I recieved some education on Gel nails. I discovered that the UV light used at another salon, had actually burnt my skin on my hand. Thankfully Ma Cherie nails uses an LED drying light which is much safer on the skin.

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Kelly is skilled in fine arts and it isimpressive to watch her draw on the fine detail on each nail. After about an hour and nails looked flawless.  What makes Ma Cherie nails so amazing is that they were dry as soon as they were done. How awesome is that. I could reach into my bag without having to stress about my nails smudging. Gel nails are perfect for women with  a busy lifestyle, like myself. They are high gloss and look beautiful.

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Two weeks later and still no chipping! As your nail grows you will be able to notice the nail growth between the gel nail and your cuticle. When it becomes too untidy, the Gel nails have to be soaked off to prevent damage to the nails.  My nails are now 2 weeks old and this is how they look:

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Nail art is its own accessory and even has its place on the red carpet. It is probably one of the simplest and most affordable accessories to emerge.  Kelly is an artist with the nail as a mini-canvas. She knows her  craft of nail care and nail art well.

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Hope this was useful! I’ll be waiting for you to share your experience

**Special Offer to my readers: R50 off for gel polish for 5 of my readers.

(R210 but with one finger nail art on each hand . Valid only  Until 10 October 2014  and you can call Ma Cherie nails to make an appointment first (Saturday not included in the booking).

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#PhotoAweek – Bourke’s Luck Potholes, South africa

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Bourkes Luck Potholes , Blyde River canyon

Situated in Mpumalanga, South Africa , these magnificent cylindrical potholes were formed by through erosion at the confluence of the Blyde and the Treur rivers. The site was named after a prospector, Tom Bourke, who ironically never had any luck on his claim as the gold-bearing reef lay a short distance to the south of the river. Old pieces of mining equipment strewn about the area serve as reminders of the gold rush era of the 1870s. There are various bridges to walk over and admire these naturally sculptured potholes and the gorge downstream. A must see attraction in South africa.

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#PhotoAweek – Zhangye Danxia Landform China

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Rainbow Mountains: Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park located in Gansu Province in China.

This mountain range of densely packed layers of minerals and rock is formed as a result of movement in the earth’s crust. This makes rock layers appear in different colors, textures, shapes, sizes, and patterns. The combination of differences in density and erosion creates towering peaks, cave holes and stone halls. This UNESCO World Heritage site has 4 viewing decks in the park for visitors to admire this masterpiece which  boasts a kaleidoscope of natural colours.

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Coping with Jetlag

Jet lag is that feeling of confusion, restlessness and sleepiness you get when you fly from one time zone to another and your body tries to  grapple with the bio-rhythmic confusion.

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As Dr Meltem Ayran explains, nn example is : you feel like jumping on a plane to New York, and Turkish Airlines flight no. TK3 on an A330 takes off at 7.25am. When you get off the plane it’s around 11.30am but your watch says 18.30pm. For now, no problem. Yet, jetlag is sneaking up on you… at around 16.00pm in New York City, Istanbul time will be midnight, and you need to be active when your body wants to sleep!

Maybe you’re in New York for a few short days on vacation or business trip. What to do? If you cede control and let your body do what it wants, it will adjust to the 8-hour time difference in about 4-5 days – and suffering from jetlag for that long is no fun!

Normally, a body’s biological clock will adjust to the local time, but only once the body has adjusted will your biological clock reset. Our biological clock is governed from our brain by the lentil-sized pineal gland, which produces the hormone melatonin, responsible for regulating our sleep patterns. Melatonin levels increase at night in the dark and reduce by morning light. Appetite, bowel movements, blood pressure, and body temperature are all thus regulated, as are many other bodily functions.

What are the symptoms of jetlag?

  • Sleeplessness, broken sleep, and fatigue are the principal problems.
  • Listlessness, constipation or diarrhea, bowel disorders, loss of appetite, tension, difficulty concentrating, headaches, memory lapses, blood pressure fluctuations, menstrual irregularities, nausea, and decreased immunity are all additional problems.

Who gets hit by jetlag the most?

  • Almost everyone is affected.
  • People who have regular sleeping hours, the tired, the sleepless, those who do not drink enough water and are dehydrated, people over 60, and people with chronic illnesses are generally very affected.
  • Children are less affected as they can sleep at different times of the day.
  •  The severity of jetlag’s effects depend on how many time zones are crossed, and in which direction (east or west). Flying eastwards presents more difficulties.
  • Long flights can affect the duration and severity of jetlag: not sleeping enough on the plane; long exposure in a low oxygen cabin; long periods in the same position; eating at irregular hours; dehydration due to the cabin atmosphere, drinking coffee and/or alcohol.

What can we do to cope with jetlag?

  • To cope with jetlag, i.e. adjust quickly to the new time zone, the most important rule is to live according to your new time. Go to bed, eat, sleep, go to work, according to your destination.
  • A little planning before flying can be effective. A few days before flying, work your body: if going west go to bed 1-2 hours later, if going east wake up 1-2 hours earlier. This will help adjustment.
  • If you use medication, insulin, or for high blood pressure for example, consult a doctor.
  • The day before traveling, during travel, and the day after, avoid alcoholic drinks. Alcohol in the body will dehydrate, disturb sleep, and cause nausea.
  • Like alcohol, caffeine should be avoided. It causes similar problems and can make other problems (such as a fear of flying) worse.
  • Due to low humidity on the plane and dehydration, it is important to drink lots of water.
  • On long flights, turning off the lights and total darkness help the body adjust.
  • Wear comfortable clothing on the flight, try to take a walk on the plane once an hour, or at least move your legs. This will lessen the risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms that can occur due to inertia.
  • Some people use melatonin to adjust their body’s metabolism to sleep. Melatonin isn’t sleep medication. People who use it say they suffer less jetlag and less severe symptoms. But there haven’t been enough studies on it. You should consult a doctor before using melatonin, especially if for example you use blood thinners or suffer from epilepsy.
  • Some travelers may benefit from the use of sleeping pills; but they are not recommended for more than a few days as they are habit-forming.

Wishing you a healthy and jetlag free flight.

Source: Dr. Meltem Ayran

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#PhotoAweek – Turkey

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Turkey has the only city in the world that lies on two continents. This city is Istanbul

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