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I know I've probably ranted about how much I hate the winter before on my blog, but I'M GONNA DO IT ONE MORE TIME FOR GOOD MEASURE!!

I hate the winter. I hate the snow. I hate the cold.

I definitely get some form of S.A.D (seasonal affective disorder) in the winter because as soon as it gets below 5 degrees and starts getting dark at 430pm, my monthly Uber bills start going WAYYY UP and the likelihood of me gracing society with my presence does WAYYY DOWN.

Because I spend basically all my time indoors after November I decided to throw together a little feel good playlist to cure your winter blues of all my favourite disco/funk/soul/motown songs which are always guaranteed to have me dancing around my living room/bathroom/kitchen/bedroom etc...

You can download my playlist on Apple Music - HERE!



"Gendered products are just a way of extracting more cash from you" - Belinda Phipps

...and unfortunately women are often the ones paying the higher price. Research done by The Times found that products marketed towards women were marked 37 cents higher than the same male gendered product.

Personally I don't give a F*$! if my soap or razors are pink or blue...What I care about is if a product does its job.

Here is my beauty hack list of products that you should definitely be 'borrowing from the boys'

1. NIVEA POST SHAVE BALM : One day my friend Liv, who is a HUGE beauty junkie (no seriously, her make-up collection rivals an entire Sephora store) was doing my makeup for a shoot. The first thing she brought out for me to put on my cleansed skin was Nivea's 'Post Shave Balm'. To be honest when she told me to put it all over my face as a primer I looked at her like she was effing insane. Little did I know that this 'post shave balm' serves as an amazing primer and moisturizer combo which keeps your make-up in place all day.

2. RAZORS & SHAVING CREAM - The beauty industry has engraved it in our minds that women need 'female' razors as we as females are 'gentle' and 'sensitive' and therefore need a 'gentle' and 'sensitive' shave...Well I in fact do have REALLY EFFING sensitive skin, and I'll tell you first hand that I have been using men's razors to shave my legs for years now and my legs are perfectly fine. Men's razors generally have more blades and again are cheaper than their 'female' counterparts.

3. DEODORANT - I've been using men's deodorant since high school. Not because i'm an exceptionally sweaty person (although I will admit my hands are clammy all the time - GROSS FUN FACT), but because I refused to smell like a pile of my grandmother's potpourri. In my opinion men's deodorant smells better and definitely gets the job done - Not to mention its consistently cheaper than the 'women's' alternative. I use Old Spice 'Fiji Deodorant'.

4. PERFUME/COLOGNE - Although men's perfume/cologne may not differ that greatly in price from women's, you should still take a walk in the men's fragrance section the next time you are out shopping. I rotate between 3 different scents depending on the season and my mood - but my all time favourite go-to Dolce & Gabbana perfume happens to be sold in the men's department. A lot of perfume brands now make unisex scents such as: Byredo, Tom Ford, Le Labo, and Dolce and Gabbana...



Steph and I make weird shit. But I love it. 

I won't call it art, because I know he'd hate that or think it was lame, but it really is.

There are very few photographers who I have shot with (a.k.a none) who when shooting, have told me to 'stop being sexy' or 'be less sexy'. Steph is the only one - and he tells me every goddamn time. Now i'm not saying that all of the photographers I shoot with are pervs (LOL love you all), but it is very rare to shoot with someone (especially a man - oh p.s Steph is a guy) who doesn't automatically want to shoot something stereotypically 'sexy' or look at the female form as something inherently sexual. 

Although I'm basically naked or half naked in most of the stuff that Steph and I have shot, I wouldn't categorize our shoots as something that would qualify in the mainstream as 'sexy'. Ya sure, you can make the argument that I'm half naked so it's automatically 'sexy', but once again, I think it is important to steer our thoughts away from equating a females body with sex. 

On the other hand - There's absolutely nothing wrong with a female wanting to be sexy, especially if it is for their own enjoyment and not for the approval of someone else. Not everything women do is for the approval, attention, and enjoyment of men. I think it is really important for females to be in charge of their bodies, take back ownership, and most importantly for them to be in love with their bodies and themselves.

Anyway S/O to steph for being the realest, and one of my favourite photographers to work with!


Photography - @stephverschuren 
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