Sisters With Blisters

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The 11th annual 1st For Women Sisters with Blisters walk kicked off exactly a day after the start of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children. About 5000 men and women, all dressed in pink, took the streets to lend their voice to the protest against women and child abuse.

According to 1st For Women, South Africa actually has one of the highest rates of violence against women in the world and on average, 3 women are killed daily by an intimate partner! 3 a day, that’s an insane number, right? Even though the walk itself was full of love, and smiles, and laughter, it’s all in support of a very serious cause. Every single person that entered Sisters With Blisters might have been dressed up in tutus, balloons, and glitter, but they were fully aware how important this issue is in South Africa, and that standing together is the only way forward.

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Did you know that The Department of Justice has estimated that 1 out of every 4 South African women are survivors of domestic violence. In 2014/2015, it’s estimated that 563 841 sexual offences occurred but only 62 649 sexual offences were reported. 8 174 of these sexual offences cases went to court, and only 1% of these cases resulted in a conviction. These are not numbers to be proud of. We have so much beauty in our country, but also so much pain. It’s important that we acknowledge our problems, and take an active stand against them.

How do 1st For Women play a role in all of this? Well, the 1st for Women Foundation was established back in 2005 with one clear objective: to uplift and inspire women of South Africa. In the 11 years that they’ve been running, they have remained dedicated to this cause. As of this year, the Foundation has donated over R49 million to a few different women-related charity organisations that focus on two main causes: violence against women, and cervical cancer.

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I love companies that really walk the walk and talk the talk. It’s one thing to say that you’re dedicated to making a difference, and it’s another thing entirely to actually make a difference… and I think 1st For Women have managed to do just that. Take a look at their website for more information, and to see the charities that benefit from this amazing project: 1st For Women Foundation

 

WIN 1 of 5 Double Tickets to the “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” Premiere!

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This is just a very quick post to give you all the information you need in order to come and join me at the Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them premiere.

I’ve got FIVE double tickets to give to some serious Harry Potter fans that are keen to see the Fantastic Beasts movie before the rest of South Africa on Wednesday the 16th of November at the Mall of Africa.

I identified with Hermione SO much when I read the Harry Potter books for the first time, and the movies really captured the essence of the books too. I’m glad that the Harry Potter world is still bringing joy into so many lives all these years later! Remember that you can still tune into the DSTV Harry Potter Pop-Up Channel 109

HOW TO ENTER:

Using Snapchat – or any other app that lets you faceswap – get a picture of yourself and faceswap it with your favourite Harry Potter character from any of the films. Once you’ve done that, post it on Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook, and use the following caption:

“Hey @StephanieBe! I’m Sirius-ly excited to Slytherin the #FantasticBeasts premiere with you! ”
(Twitter/Instagram)

Hey @StephanieBe! I’m Sirius-ly excited to Slytherin the #FantasticBeasts premiere with you! #MMHarryPotter
(Facebook)

If you want to double your chances, take a look at Yeswecrann’s website, he’s got an identical competition running at the moment!

I’ll also have a few other ways to win coming up over the next few day, just keep an eye on my Facebook page and my Twitter account :)

Ts & Cs

  1. Only one entry per handle per platform.
  2. You have to be following the handle/like the page to win the tickets.
  3. Prizes per handle: 5 doubles split over my social media accounts.
  4. Have to be able to pick up the tickets at Mall of Africa at the premiere.
  5. Have to use the hashtags and handles provided, and follow any instructions.

 

Lil Dicky ft Brendan Urie – Molly [Video]

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This music video absolutely cut me up the first time i watched it, and the song is just too real for words! I love that Lil Dicky proves that he can do more than just “comedic” rap, without it seeming insincere. This is probably his most sentimental song from his debut album, “Professional Rapper,” and by far my absolute favourite.

I was a little worried that the video might get a little cliché, sort of typical romantic drama movie style – but the ending really sold it to me. Brendan Urie is also just superb on the track, and they included him so well in the music video as the wedding singer. Put your headphones in, turn it up, and really listen to the lyrics.

Lil Dicky ft Brendan Urie – Molly

My Google Story – #MyGoogleZA

It’s hard to think of one specific moment when Google has made a big difference to my life, because honestly Google plays a part in my life almost every single day. When I’m planning a holiday I spend hours Googling tourist attractions, transport options, and hotel accommodations. I use it to give me up to date exchange rates, just by searching “convert Rands to Dollars/Pounds,etc” and Google Maps was my lifeline when I first moved to Johannesburg and had literally no idea where I was all the time. In all honesty, I would say that Google Maps is probably the most used app on my phone, even more than my social media apps! I hate getting lost (even though it happens all the time) so even if I’m in a taxi or driving with a friend, I usually have Google Maps open and the route planned out. My life would certainly be a lot harder if I didn’t have the option to use Google to prep for my shows during the week – as it is I spend hours finding new music online, and without it I would be lost and definitely wouldn’t be able to research the best music for my show.

I do have one specific story to share when Google (and their apps) literally saved my skin. When you think of Brazil, what’s the first thing that spring to mind? Probably football, or beautiful beaches, bikini clad women with perfect bodies… which is fair i suppose, but honestly, if you don’t speak Portuguese (or Spanish which seems to be their most known second language) then you probably won’t be able to find any of those things. I’ve traveled to places like China and Hong Kong, and in all seriousness, the language barrier in Brazil is way more of a hindrance. In cities like Sao Paulo, Fortaleza, Belo Horizonte, and Manaus you could go days without anyone being able to speak or understand even the minutest amount of English. Joe and I traveled Brazil during the World Cup for a month, and without Google Translate we wouldn’t have been able to tell the taxi drivers where we needed to go, or ask the pharmacist for headache tablets, or even order off of the menus in restaurants.

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Thanks to Google Translate, whenever I needed to ask something that hand gestures just couldn’t get across, I’d whip out my phone and just use Google Translate. The best part was that I would type the English in and translate it to Portuguese, but then I’d just switch it around, hand them the phone and they could type in Portuguese and translate it to English for me to understand. I even had a few locals asking me what app I was using because tourists would stop them all the time and try and speak to them, but they had no way of communicating. As a result of the app I felt like I could actually genuinely connect with more people because we were able to go beyond the “where *makes wild hand gestures* toilet?” questions you might ask when traveling in a country where English isn’t even the fourth language. I had some fully fledged conversations via that little app on my phone, and we always parted ways with smiles on our faces. I remember there was a day in Sao Paulo where my phone died, and we tried to get around without the help of the app, and it was significantly more testing. I had to resort to pointing at pictures in a booklet to try and ask the taxi driver to take us to Beco do Batman (yes, that’s actually its name… no it isn’t pronounced Batman like the superhero).

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Today I’ve collaborated with Google to bring you an EPIC hamper to the value of over R5000! But to be honest, you can’t actually buy most of these things, they’re exclusive Google swag. All you need to do is share your Google story on social media (Twitter/Insta/FB) and you could win :) Tell me about the time Google Maps helped you avoid the traffic and you made your crucial meeting just in time, maybe you found your wedding dress via Google Search, or maybe like me Google Translate helped you out of a sticky situation? Don’t forget to tag me in your story and use the hashtag: #MyGoogleZA – you need to do this in order for your entry to be counted.

What’s in the hamper:

  • Sony Xperia device
  • R250-00 Google Play Vouchers
  • Google Cardboard <<< this is amazing
  • Selfie Stick
  • Power banks
  • Google Headphones
  • iKnow Board Game

Just a quick FYI – I’ve recently downloaded Google Calendar too… and I’m hoping it’ll help with productivity and keeping all my events/appointments/meetings/travel in a row. So far it’s super easy to use and nice to look at too :P Thought it was worth mentioning in case you’re looking for something better than the native calendar app on iPhone/Android.

CONGRATS to Gary B Laight for winning the competition! His entry was received via Facebook, and he perfectly described how Google has become an essential part of his everyday life!

Terms & Conditions:

The competition is only open to people older than 18.

Only one entry per person, and entries may not be longer than 300 characters.

By entering this contest you agree to the competition rules: https://events.withgoogle.com/mygoogleza/terms-conditions/

By entering you agree that your stories may be published.

The full Ts&Cs can be found here: https://events.withgoogle.com/mygoogleza/terms-conditions/

Booked By Webfluential

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I’m hoping that this post is helpful for you in some way, regardless of whether you’re an influencer, a brand, or even someone just starting out a baby blog. I’m been working with Webfluential pretty much since their inception, and it has honestly been amazing to watch them grow over the past year or so. I’ve always been a massive advocate of Webfluential because of the way that they’re able to protect both the client/brand and the influencer. They’ve now expanded and launched a tool that i’m sure will positively affect the industry in South Africa for good!

It is also worth taking a moment to pause and reflect on how far “social media” has come in the past few years and to remember (as a brand and as an influencer) that it’s so important to maintain your integrity. To the influencers, don’t accept jobs from brands that you don’t like or don’t or wouldn’t actively support in your day-to-day life. I have turned down countless jobs with brands that i don’t feel an affinity towards, and honestly it’s much better that way… for you as well as your followers. You don’t want to become a never-ending tweeting billboard. To the brands/agencies, pick your influencers with care… and hold them accountable for the work they do. Webfluential allows you to do that, so use it often ;)

So what is Booked By Webfluential?

Essentially it allows influencers to get briefs directly from brands via their websites or Webfluential media kits. It also guarantees the influencer payment for every booking, it automates reporting, and also provides a one-on-one chat feature for the influencer to collaborate with the brand. It’s also the first in the world to do this, and it’s local… how amazing?

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As an influencer, how can you get started? (skip to STEP 3 if you’re already on Webfluential)

STEP 1:

Sign up to Webfluential as an influencer, you can do that here: JOIN [it’s free and 100% legit]

STEP 2:

Create a Media Kit for yourself, so brands know who you are and what you’re into :)

STEP 3:

Search for the “Booked By Webfluential” plugin on WordPress, and install it.

STEP 4:

Profit!

This is what it’ll look like on your site. I created a separate page called “Book Me” and now i can manage my own bookings directly with brands! Both myself and the band have the safety and security of knowing that there is an independent 3rd party who will make sure that the campaign is handled correctly and professionally.

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There are so many extra bits i could say about this tool, but i would be here all day. So i’ll give you the highlights package:

–>It’s free and simple to install
With this easy-to-use WordPress plugin, you can take bookings anywhere, any time, from any brand

–>Show you mean business
It’s the credibility you deserve. Brands gets a professional quote from you instantly when they use your booking form

–>We’ll help you price your work
Set your own rates, or use pricing suggestions from Webfluential

–>Get paid, on time, no hassles
No more following up on invoices; all jobs booked through Webfluential come with a payment guarantee

–>Better collaboration
Use the Chat Room feature to one-on-one with brands about creative elements, timings and other questions

–>Reporting made easy
You don’t have to spend time gathering stats and page views. Post-campaign reporting is automatic

–>Everything in one place
Being an influencer has never been this easy – all your bookings, briefs, reports and payments are in one place

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Damn, Daniel Explained

If this whole “Damn, Daniel” thing has got you confused, just watch this handy interview with Ellen! They talk about the origins and why it blew up. I genuinely have no answers for you as to why this is a thing, but i honestly love it. If after watching the video you still don’t “get it” then i feel like the next few years are going to be tough for you on social media. This is just the beginning…

Dear Fat People Part 2 – Nicole Arbour

Nicole Arbour found herself in a world of trouble when she released her “Dear Fat People” about 4 months ago. It was headline news around the world, she was invited onto talkshows in the USA, and probably received a record amount of hate directed at any one individual on the internet. In the greater scheme of things, i don’t realllllly understand why this makes people so angry? It’s her opinion, and she is hardly advocating anything horrific… she’s asking a genuine question: why are we “celebrating” fat-ness these days? If you actually listen to what she’s saying instead of getting emotional/angry immediately you might see that she isn’t saying that fat people aren’t beautiful or shouldn’t feel comfortable, just that we shouldn’t praise fat people for being fat… it’s a bad precedent to set in a world where obesity is soon going to become the leading killer. Regardless of whether you agree with her or not, it is still her opinion and she’s using her own platform to share it. I just think that the vile hate thrown her way is unnecessary.

She takes on the recent decision by Sports Illustrated to put a “plus size” model on their front cover, where the model is preaching body positivity and acceptance – YET the photo is photoshopped to within an inch of its life! Yes, she could approach this in a less inflammatory way, but she’s obviously an entertainer and to a certain extent probably wants you to get upset.

Take a deep breath and check it out:

Snowboarding Toddler

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Just in case you didn’t feel like enough of an underachiever today, how about you watch a video of a toddler (who can’t even speak yet) snowboarding? She is only 1yr and 2 months old! I mean, seriously… I don’t even have this kind of skill as a semi-functioning adult. This tiny little thing, Sloan, only apparently learnt to walk a couple of months ago, and she’s already got some serious core control.

Granted, she does live in Utah, where it snows pretty much every single Winter, so they have access to things like ski resorts, etc… but still, i never seen a baby in so much control of their tiny bodies.

Check it out:

Oh Wonder – Lose It

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London-based duo Oh Wonder make some beautiful music together, and their latest music video is beyond sweet. They held a fake casting for their new music video where dancers had to come in and perform for them, but the casting was the actual video too. Midway through their routines, the backdrop fell, and the dancers were surprised with confetti canons and an entire line of backup dancers with massive pale pink balls.

These poor dancers who were auditioning for the music video had no idea what was going on, but being performers, it didn’t take them too long to just sort of get into it and go with the flow. I found myself beaming throughout the entire music video because you could see that even though their audition didn’t go to plan, and they had a pretty serious curve ball thrown at them, they just sort of embraced it and it ended up being beautiful. It’s possible that i’m reading too much into this, but i feel like it’s a great metaphor for life… we can’t always  control what’s going on around us, and what other people do, but we can always control our own actions… if you’re willing to adjust your course in the face of serious and uncomfortable change, something amazing could be waiting on the other side.

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