With Love, Bali

Bali which is known for its breathtaking waterfalls, temples, beaches and rice terraces to mention only a few, has always been on my list of places to visit. Earlier this year, I closed my eyes and I made it happen. Needless to say I immediately fell in love with Bali. Aside from becoming a real spa “ho” with the endless spa treatments, this place has so much to offer in terms of things to see, do and experience AND it allows you to test your bargaining skills for all you shopaholics. I was really in my element, wearing short shorts, loose dresses with excessive pom poms, minimal make-up and embracing the au-natural hair. It made me wonder, has my home environment confined and restricted me or rather, have I become rigid because of my daily routine, work dress code and lifestyle. Ugh well that just sucks and if that is the case, don’t you wish you were on a permanent vacation? I certainly do…

These images were taken in the heart of Ubud at the Tegalalang Rice Terraces and the popular Bali Swings.

With Love, Bali

P.S. Planning your next trip to Bali, Check out “Things to do in Bali” (going live next week)

Till Next Time

The 156 Supermodel

xoxo

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Rebel Girl

The rebel in me has been wondering, what if you said exactly what was on your mind at the first thought, what if you got up in front of everyone and walked out of a meeting, what if you closed your eyes, pinned a random destination then hopped on a plane. What if…!

There are many outcomes to these and other scenarios where you reach THE point of no return; Rebellion! When one thinks of being rebellious an overflow of bad and negative things come to mind. However, I would like to think of being rebellious in a more positive way. So, let’s idle the current situation, in South Africa and the rest of the world where people’s lack of respect for humankind result in hurtful remarks, comments and views for a while, and rather focus on the humor of life. So again I ask, What if, you said exactly what was on your mind at the first thought… (Smirk)

I certainly had a good laugh as I tested this theory for a day by telling people randomly what was on my mind, and it is amazing to see their reaction by your ‘blatant honesty’. With this, I recently came across The Rebel’s Manifesto which is quite pertinent at this stage of my life. Without even realizing it, as young people we are becoming indoctrinated by society with rules, cliques, fame, fortune and all it has to offer, that one must beg the question: Are we living our lives freely without having to apologize, defend or hide? As you ponder on this, I leave you with…

The Rebel’s Manifesto

1. Do the opposite of what you were taught in school.
2. Care not for the opinions of others. They are based on their own thoughts and fears.
3. Study the work of other rebels. Steal things from them. Research with fury.
4. Forget about the competition. They are on a different path than you. Trends are for suckers.
5. “There’s nothing we really need to do that isn’t dangerous”— John Cage.
Do the things that scare you on a daily basis.
6. Make a mess.
7. Embrace your darkside. Your so called “Dark Qualities” (or labels) are a source of great power.
Find a way to incorporate them into your work. Feature them.  Pay particular attention to what makes you angry.
8. Exercise your voice. Put your thoughts, ideas and opinions out into the world  even if it scares the shit out of you (see number 5).
9. Expand your horizons. Leave home. Visit other places/cultures. Wander aimlessly.
10. Never limit your playtime. Even if your brain is telling you otherwise. All of your best stuff comes from it, if you allow yourself to remain open to the unknown.
11. Question EVERYTHING.
13. Follow your heart.

 

I dare you to write your own Rebel Manifesto, because let’s be real, we are all Rebel’s at heart. I certainly have, in my little black book.

Do yourself a favour, do something rebellious today. But whatever you do, just don’t get caught. If you do, simply smile and say, Madonna told me to do it.

Live like a Rebel Girl 

Love 

The 156 Supermodel 

xoxox

The LBD revolutionized


The Little Black Dress or rather the LBD in the world of fashion is undeniably the most timeless wardrobe essential. The LBD has been altered, re-created and revolutionized over the years but not once has it gone out of style or off the fashion radar. It has and always will be a fashion trend true to its name; The LBD.

Just like the LBD, I’ve realised that there are things in life that never go out of style. Many women are changing their views, attitudes and even persona about many things in life however, in doing so some qualities still remain in style. Such as…

1. Being Loyal

Loyalty is a characteristic that cannot be defined by words but rather shown, earned and reciprocated, be it in a relationship, friendships or in the work place. One aspect of loyalty which has become more evident is its rarity. As society we have become fickle in our quest to climb the social ladder, gain a title and make easy money. The extremities to which we go to get ‘there’ is questionable, making loyalty seem like a Christmas gift as opposed to an inherent trait.

2. Being Bodacious

Derived from the words bold and audacious. However, this word also has many different connotations such as being sexy. It is time to own being bold, audacious and even sexy without feeling insecure, timid or having to ‘please explain yourself’. If you are confident in your own skin and stop thinking and caring about what other people will think and say then you will naturally exude an admiral attractiveness. It’s time to add the real BB (Bodacious Babe) to your morning make-up routine.

3. Being Dauntless

This word sums up how we should wake up each morning. We should wear this quality on our sleeves or it should be the diamonds on the soles of our shoes as we traverse life. Maybe that is a tad too dramatic but so true. Being fearless, determined, confident and spirited are qualities that will never go out of style. But at the same time you cannot be selective, meaning you have to constantly be brave, you have to constantly stand tall for what is right, you must not let people influence your way of thinking or deter you from your ambitions and lastly, you must never let your fears dictate your destiny.

Like The LBD, there are certain things that never go out of style. So, remember to be loyal, be bodacious and dauntless the next time you are unsure of what’s in or out of fashion.

 

Till Next Time

Love

The 156 Supermodel

xoxo

The Great Wall

Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.

Many a times it has been said, “Seeing is believing”. I have always seen amazing images of The Great Wall but to be honest it was never on top of my list of tourist attractions to visit. However, I had the opportunity to visit The Great Wall and I was left in awe by this man-made wonder. I decided to visit Mutianyu which is a popular section of the Great Wall that has been fully restored. The experience in itself was amazing and even though the Chinese people refer to it as the Long wall (长城/ Chángchéng) as opposed to the Great Wall, I realized that the history etched in the stones and bricks is what makes it “Great”. My friends and I went up with the cable car to tower 14. We then walked down to the 6th Tower so that we could take the Toboggan down. It was literally a “cool runnings” moment come true. I would highly recommend it but also do your own research as there are many sections of the Great Wall which each tell a different story. In the end each section is joined and seen as The Great Wall.

Leaving your mark wherever you go is good but leaving it in a positive way is best. Shruti Poojary

Miracles happen everyday. They bubble up from their hidden source, surround us with opportunities and disappear. Deepak Chopra 

P.S All these images are my own which have been edited because on the day the Air Quality Index aka pollution was above average with a rate of 139.

Love 

The 156 Supermodel 

xoxo

The Perfect Silhouette

She stood in the dark, as the reflection of the light outlined her silhouette.

Suddenly she stepped into the sunlight as her shadow faded.

And in that moment, reality was laid bare. Mikhaila Turner 

Life is only a reflection of what we allow ourselves to see.

My actions reflect who I truly am and your interpretation of them reflects who you truly are.

She walked in shadows believing she didn’t deserve the sunshine that was only a step away. Leo Christopher 

Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and the shadows will fall behind you. Walt Whitman  

Till next time 

Love

The 156 Supermodel

xoxo

Images taken by Mark Gorokhovski and Cody Alana Hoffman 

A New Reflection

Some have said  “You’ve changed…” Whether the notion is implied positively or negatively, I am happy ‘af’ because if I haven’t changed it means I haven’t tried anything new; I haven’t embraced the unknown, I haven’t engaged with people from different parts of the world to tell me and teach me about different parts of the world,  I haven’t stepped outside my comfort zone or  I haven’t experienced something challenging and daunting.

So yes, I have indeed changed. I have grown, progressed and moved from where I was a year ago, a month ago, a week ago and even a moment ago.

Many have different views on change be it in a person or in general however, it is inevitable and the way you react to it is a direct reflection of you as a person.

Here are a few rules when thinking of changing as a person.

RULES OF CHANGE 

  1. Change for yourself, for what makes you happy.
  2. Do not try to change people or let people change you.
  3. Always strive for a positive change.
  4. A haircut is as good as a change (so maybe its time to book that appointment)
  5. Be open to change but never change into something you’re not.

If you’re searching for that one person that will change your life, take a look in the mirror.

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.Socrates

Change can be scary and unpredictable, BUT a start to a new beginning.

Perception is a wave. You change as your perception of something changes because you define yourself as a reflection of whatever you happen to perceive. Frederick Lenz

As long as the change is a reflection of your true self and someone you can smile at when you look in the mirror knowing the outer appearance reflects the inner soul which is one of beauty, grace and virtue.

Always the short girl changing for the better.

Love

The 156 Supermodel

xoxo

New Heights

FEAR. A simple four letter word that surmounts to more than it can actually withstand. When asked, “What is your greatest fear?”, the typical response is usually, I am afraid of heights.

Well, I’m also afraid of heights along with other fears but that has not stopped me from skydiving 10000 ft or standing on the tip of a 233m tower in Macau. The way I see it (besides being inherently daring and crazy), you can walk out the door and an electric bike can run you over (as reference to living in Shenzhen) or better yet you can choke on your favourite cupcake (awful I know) so you might as well surrender, look down and live in the moment.

Again I ask, What is your greatest fear?

  • Fear of the unknown, fear of not being accepted or being good enough, fear of failure! Fear leads to overthinking, worrying, anxiety, stress and it just consumes so much of your time.

With this, you have two options:

1. Let your fears control you and your state of mind by keeping you from dreaming, trying, doing and living.

2. Face and overcome your fears with an inner strength, will power and a zero f@#$s attitude.

The choice is yours. Do not let your fears decide for you.

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.

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others

Poem by Marianne Williamson 

Get the look:

Pants-Monki

Shoes- Charles & Keith

Jacket- Zara

Top- Local store in Shenzhen
Sometimes we have to jump, we have to leap and we even have to fall, because in doing so, our trying and persevering will not be in vain and we are able to get up, look forward and aim to new and even greater heights. 

Always the short girl reaching new heights

Love

The 156 Supermodel

xoxo