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Good Times TRAVELLING Times:Sowetan Derby weekend

Published December 20, 2012 by aquahlekkergarla

When i have a trip to take i get too excited to an extend that i cant even concentrate at work or sleep properly lol…few weeks back i took a bussiness trip with my bussiness partners to Johannesburg to purchace stock for our new boutique.This trip turned to be entertaining because it was time for Sowetan Derby (Kaizer Chiefs and Pirates) game @ Fnb soccer city stadium in Soweto.So you can imagine the hype,the fun all through the weekend.Bussiness mixed with pleasure and lots of family bonding;check out some pictures for the trip…

SAM_0064 SAM_0065 SAM_0068 SAM_0071 SAM_0074 SAM_0081 SAM_0090 SAM_0108 SAM_0114 SAM_0117 SAM_0119 SAM_0127 SAM_0128 SAM_0129 SAM_0185You can see the madness in these pictures…The Fnb stadium,that was inspired by the African calabash,our chill at the park,we braiied,drank,danced,did lotsa driving around…I had a great great time….Hope you enjoyed them pictures..lotsa love…xoxoxoxo

INSPIRATIONAL:BONANG MATHEBA

Published November 29, 2012 by aquahlekkergarla

From the moment she kicked started the entertainment scene,i new there was something special about her.She hails from my hometown,Mafikeng,South Africa.She is an executive producer in her own entertainment house,owns a clothing line called baby star fashions,a tv presenter,a radio personality/dj,one of the top events mcs’,she appears in magazines almost every month,she is a modeler,she has a reality show runing online like she is the IT girl and her birth name is Bonang Matheba.You cant ignore her because she is every where and she is very inspirational,She truely motivates me as she is just a year older than me and i have interest in the fashion world and will be opening a boutique soon and i have a clothing line too.I love her but mostly her fashion style baybay…I bet she has every things thats roaming in the fashion scene,from the spiked shoes,colourful denims,denim jackets nd shirts,leather clothing,animal prints,polka dots,laces,sequins and her evening gowns mostly designed by her one and only designer Gert Johan Coetzee to die for and her jewellery is dope,she shops mostly @H?&M,mr price,sandton,Zara,NY cotton,sass diva,LV the list goes on…all ubber expensive and stylish..check it out..

source:Bonang Matheba facebook fan page

My Pretoria-Jozi Trip

Published August 16, 2012 by aquahlekkergarla

This scarf am wearing is from USA the same like the one Soulja boy was wearing in that kiss me through the phone video lol,it is one of my treasured items in my closet.These sunglasses are char coal black,and i never keep sun glasses when i have one someone just have to ask for them and i give them away just like that.I had them for 2 weeks and now they are owned by someone else..:( anyway on the brighter side they say blessed is the hand that gives than that receiving.That upper pic is the snacks i travel with all the time,an ice tea + energade sweets +BBQ biltong and my journey is mwaaah….i never eat much ever since i saw a woman with running stomach the other time i took a long ride by bus and the bus did not have a toilet inside they left her in the bush so i never want to be the victim.At the corner there its the flats where my friend lives in Pretoria i visited him.That hand is carry my Gautrain gold card,i enjoyed the fastest train ride ever between Pretoria and Johannesburg,so am never taking anything between Pretoria and Johannesburg except for GAUTRAIN,is clean,fast and comfortable and affordable though most people feels its expensive…The chocolate mint wimpy ice cream is what i usually have when i touch down and then we have my million dollar teen smile.

That me looking like a teenager.Next is the Mandela bridge in Johannesburg.The hair band i made it myself,i had this big summer coiled hat and the coils we coming apart so i made the band with it and people love it they always ask where i bought it lol.The pic at the right upper corner is  me in the comfy Gautrain seat from Pretoria to Johannesburg.The wall  is painted with street art,love it.You can see the yellow skinnies i love so much.The welcome board is at the Gautrain station in Rosebank, yah that’s all here.

The first pic from the top is me at the gate of my home in Soweto,South Africa.It was cold and i just had to have the coffee when traveling up and down around the two cities.You can see my cousin there with a pop of pink top,she is one of my favorite cousin and we both love coffee more so that am scared its gonna get us sick lol..well that’s a rap up of my vacation with family moments,new experiences,coffe with my cousin and all.I hope next time i will be having a cam.

BLACKs’ HAIR MYTHs

Published July 12, 2012 by aquahlekkergarla

Growing up as a young African girl,i have heard lots and lots of Myths about our kind of hair *the kinky,bushy and dark hair* and i just wanted to share with you these myths.

                                                                                              My hair updone lol

                      My hair moved around and about by wind#Ignore the funny face lol

This hair do it always saves me trouble,i master it ,its quick and very nice…..anyway on with the myths now….

#1 Black hair doesn’t grow

There is a common misconception in the black community that black African hair can’t grow long on its natural and relaxed state. Well i got news for you,black hair can grow long and healthy as long as you treat it with proper care and follow a regimen that works for you.I got proof my hair does grow….

#2 Black hair needs grease

Many people in the African community believe that black hair needs grease in order for their hair to be healthy. Grease..REALLLLY????? are you kidding me,grease will only allow flying dust to stick to your hair and when it’s too hot i bet we will see your face dripping oil instead of sweat. This common belief is false and many grease products actually have petroleum and mineral oil which are not good for black hair and FYI petroleum and mineral oil will clog up your hair scalp too which actually hinders hair growth and health.

 #3 Braids make your hair grow

Many Africans have a believe that having braids in your hair will promote hair growth and this is not true.   Having braids in your hair can cause more of an opposite effect.   If done tightly*which we always do believing  that the tighter the longer it will grow*, braids can actually break your hair off and cause damage.   Instead of promoting hair growth, braids protect your hair from heat and other environmentally related damages not grow,yes your hair will grow but you cannot rely on braids to have your hair grow,if overdosed OOPs!!1 overdone you will lose it instead oh having it.

 #4 Cutting black hair makes it grow faster

Cutting black hair does not make it grow faster.   Many black women believe this common myth and it’s not true.   Hair that grows out of your scalp is dead therefore cutting, so it can’t possibly make it grow faster.   Cutting and trimming will actually make your hair appear healthier because damaged ends are removed OK!! stop cutting your hair hoping for the Nile river long hair because you wasting your time and resources.

 #5 Black hair is stronger than every other hair type

Black hair is not stronger than every other hair type.   Black hair is actually closer to being the most fragile compared to every other hair type.   African hair is more prone to breakage in its natural and relaxed state.   Black hair can lose its moisture much easier therefore it’s very important to apply protein and moisture treatments along with natural oils like coconut oil regularly.   Also be very careful when grooming the hair.   Tools like wide-tooth combs and boar brushes can be your hair’s best friend.

#6 Going to the salon regularly will make your hair grow long

It’s not necessary to go to the hair salon regularly in order to have your hair grow to your desired length.   All that’s required of you is to properly care for your hair. Do protein and moisture treatments on your hair, use as little heat as possible, and continuously moisturerize your hair (especially the ends) to promote hair growth.Or else you gonna be working for the salon all your salary going there….

 #7 Natural hair isn’t versatile

Many people in the African community believe that black hair isn’t versatile and that is far from the truth.   There is a lot you can do to natural hair.  You can twist it, braid it, wear  cornrows, coil it, wear as an afro, wear as an afro puff, loc it, and create knots.   With these different techniques, you can create so many different styles.   There is no limit to what you can do to natural hair as long as you’re willing to learn or you can have someone style it for you.

There you have it,my hair works fine against these myths because they are myths lol…

discliamer:i researched some of the information and added my opinions here and there…;)

xoxoxo

Aquah

Fashion w/t limits:DurbanJuly

Published July 10, 2012 by aquahlekkergarla

Durban July is an event organised by Vodacom(a cellphone network service provider in SouthAfrica).In this day fashion is expressed without limitation,your creativity is just allowed to go all the way,you can go as far as designing a dress with leaves,grocery plastic bags,plate numbers,horns,grass just whatever you find is appreciated.It takes place at Durban,SouthAfrica,all roads were facing Durban this past weekend as people were flocking to this big city.This big day is an opportunity to let your hair down and show off your creativity in an eye-catching outfit for the big day. Based on the year’s theme ofcorse, racegoers are encouraged to put together garments for raceday that add to the special occasion. The competitive-minded designers enter the raceday competitions, and the edgy and daring are showcased in the Avant Garde raceday competition.There is horse racing,betting,food,fashion,musicand just everything.Its actually one of the biggest events in Africa attended by people from all over the world….i was more interested in the fashion part….just too much hey…..check out creativity meets fashion….

source:durbanjuly.co.za

 


Choral Music is FUN

Published July 6, 2012 by aquahlekkergarla

A while ago a friend of mine invited me to a music competition and this competition was sponsored by the President Of Botswana,my friend’s choir scooped first position and imagine it was their first time to take part into these competitions am so proud of them.This music competition is choral kinder of Music,i loved different kinds of attires that the groups wore…it was a beautiful day music lovers were going one direction,Choir members not eating anything sweet for several days before the competition to avoid scratching their voices, i think they where even drinking cooking oil instead of water to smoothen the pipe and the voice box lol..am kidding am not sure but at my elementary school we were given cooking oil and half cooked maize to eat,we were told they made our voices to come out nicely we were not allowed to eat sweets and if you happened to eat them a rod was going to cross your butt lol..wow elementary memories hey…anyway lets check the pictures…The winners of the competition… i HEART their colorful attire

                     Me and the guys from another choir

                                                                                                        Me and the boys

This guy is my older brother’s friend and he was in a choir too singing,pity my brother does not have interest,funny because my dad used to sing choral music i dnt know why he is not interest i thought boy child must copy dad aish…anyway am sorry for some photos with bad quality its because i was a bit far at the back and using both my phone and my camera…..

 

xoxoxo

Aquah

MafTOWN DADDY’S town

Published July 5, 2012 by aquahlekkergarla

I know am a Bad friend am sorry i havent been blogging…i travelled to my dad’s home town in South Africa its called mafikeng i just came yesterday and my network was tripping and only today its better.i thought i would share with you some buildings or places i love about my little home town.:) enjoy……The Protea Hotel..beautiful

The museum

The museum again

Anglican Church

Memorial to the Boer War siege of Mafikeng,some of our relative are return there..HISTORY THOUGH…

Mafikeng airport building

Busy on the rails

The petrol station

On the side of the road as you going to the border

I took these shots bored because i didnt know what i was going to share with you about my Home town…:(but atleast you got an idea that its a historical small town,with a bit of game reserves on the road sides and a quite developing beautiful town..i love it because my family history lies there…i had a good time as my cousin’s have closed school and they are all back home from all parts of sounthern Africa…i will share their photos later on in other posts…

xoxo