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5 Things People Assume About Bloggers

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Here’s what I need you all to straight up know, right now. 

1.  They all reckon you’re a digital dominator

I’ve baffled so many people with my
very old, broken iPhone with no storage space, complete inability to sync shit
and utter confusion when talking about “The Cloud”. I’m a blogger, not Bill
Gates people. I am completely useless when it comes to tech – I still have a
physical day-planner and don’t read books on a Kindle. I kick it old school,
but mainly because I have some serious trust issues with computers.

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 2. People think that you actually take yourself seriously

I hate telling people that I’m a blogger. It’s
the most obnoxious statement to pass my lips. Trust me, I know how hilarious it
all is, I laugh at myself on the daily. I’m just a regular human girl living a regular human girl life…

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 3.  They decide that you must be overly self-confident

Yeah so what we take a few very posey pics
for “look posts”. I can promise it wasn’t without numerous moments of
self-hate, complete censorship, manic laughter and then the unadulterated freedom to
ensure that only the best 5 out of a disastrous 5671 snaps are posted.

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4. People go to you for updates about all the coolest
new places 

Well, yes, maybe it’s my own fault because
I create this illusion that I know what’s hip-hop and happening with the young
folk. But truth be told, I’m not cool, I just happen to have very cool friends. They’re
the ones you should be asking about that sweet new bar in Umhlanga, I’ll only
find out about it 4 months later. I
mean, I’m still using Mean Girls gifs for god sakes!

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 5. Ousiders definitely think you’re superficial and have like, no
personal privacy settings

Blogging is a hobby and just a way to keep
myself writing and snapping. I totes promzies that I see beyond posing in a new
skirt or decorating my flat. (Although that stuff is pretty fvcking fun.) And
yeah, I have quite an open sharing-is-caring policy about my life but my close friends all know that when it comes to the serious stuff, I am Fort Knox baby. At least for a full week. 

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I love bad bitches, that’s my phucking prollem.

During this blogging journey, I’ve “met” a lot of cool girls (and some guys!). I’m talking about local bloggers who actually respond to comments, care about their readers and are as sassy as hell. Some of these ladies remain technical strangers while others have become good friends after understanding them better from all their online musings.

Down to earth females are not in as abundant supply as one would think, so here are my top friendly birds that I’ve grown to love and respect within the social media sphere. Thanks for the support and BIG thanks for not being full of it. It’s rare to connect with strangers but special to connect with ones who are individually talented and gorgeous. I dig ya’lls online presence – keep up the humour and personality and thanks for taking the time to keep up with lil’ old me.

Give these flavours a try:

1. Nomali

Blog: Nomali From Soweto

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2. Shan

Blog: Vogue and Bindis

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3. Tarryn-Lee

Blog: The Floral Coat

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4. Lauren

Blog: Glossaryzine

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5. Anja

Blog: Glitz and Grammar

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This Is A Public Service Announcement: Call for Submissions

I know three things:

1. I’m pretty sure that you’re all sick of my voice by now.

2. I know so many pretty dang fantastic writers/creatives/illustrators/bloggers/photographers/fashionistas alike.

3. There is a need for a friendly and upbeat community for others to submit their musings without worrying about a cyber-backlash from misinformed idiots. I like constructive crit, but I’m not crazy about unneccessary bullying. Sad that this often has little to do with websites/mags/online platforms but rather the bored readers. Boo, you whores! hashtagirony

I’d love to open up Girl With A Bum to you all. If you’ve got something to say or something to share, then let’s get a community vibe in this jol and rally together around a network of creatives who want to work and play together. I wanna be a part of what you’re doing! And if you say no, I also won’t phone you at night begging for you back and crying on the phone. Just the odd text asking if we’re really over. 

Any submissions or queries, big or small – email jennajupiter89@gmail.com. If you’re a creative/talented/substandard in anyway then, in the words of my friend Keke, “fux wit me”. I think it means we can hang?

I got my break/inspiration/motivation from submitting my stuff to local mags and websites who were supportive and open enough to take them on and give us a platform. I’m not saying we’re gonna get skyrocketed to fame but  rather that there is room for errbody on this dot com.

Can’t wait to hear from you!

Ps: I couldn’t find relevant images for this post so I added random pretty pictures like a real adult. 

Office Editorial – Day 3

It’s Monday and Caz and I are in full fashion force. Here’s how we do:

Caz

Inspired by the streets of London, Caz wears a grey muscle tee, purple crushed velvet mini skirt and black leather sandals. I love all the silver accessories today!

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Me

Returning to my favourite sports-luxe look, I dressed up in a black slouchy beanie, Nike T, striped maxi skirt and black and white Adidas sneakers. I kept it simple and clean with my midi rings and watch. 

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ELLE Style Reporter 2013: Outtakes from my application

One of my goals for 2013 was to further my interests. Seeings as I actually take New Years Resolutions seriously,this goal has lead to the development of the very blog that you my dears, are reading now.

I have also endeavored to take risks and to push myself and have had a few exciting opportunities this year as a result of putting myself out there. Shortlisted for a TV commercial, guest writing for one of my favourite Durban Websites and hosting functions: Not to blow my own horn, just to demonstrate what you can do by applying yourself!These are also by no means amazing feats, just personal accomplishments that let me know I am heading in a positive direction.

So regardless of the fact that my first instincts were telling me to “quit while I was ahead” with this ELLE Style Reporter Search entry, I decided to bite the bullet and go through the process, if only for the exercise of it all.

I am glad to say that it was worth the effort- irrespective of what does or doesn’t happen with my application. I met some truly wonderful and vibrant people in between the skeptics and those that asked me for money in exchange for their picture.

Here are some of the outtakes. Thanks to those that participated even though I looked like a madwomen jumping out of a moving car to take their pictures. Thanks for letting a complete stranger ask you to pose or walk for my camera. My love for my city and the potential of its people is only that much more stronger.

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Loved this Motley Crew of trendy young things. Loved them even more when I found out that have their own line of clothing! Check out Down Town Alley

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Art Film Co.

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You all know by now that I am a sucker for people in my city, doing something innovative,different and risky. People that have the foresight to bring the 031 a taste of something fresh and original. People that add a new dimension and help our city expand and have more to offer to it’s good citizens.

The people of Florida Road’s  Art Film Co. are those kind of entrepreneurs that  I’m talking about.

This DVD shop is no ordinary movie store. A simple idea that I really admired,needed some investigation.So, luckily for me and you, Seren from the shop,took time to answer a few questions for Girl With A Bum.

Hello there interesting human! Tell us how The Art Film Co. got started?

S: Art Film Co. is an evolution of our original store, DVD Gurus, that we had in Melville, Jhb. It was started in 2004 and then the business expanded to Pretoria. We brought the concept down to Durbs but opted to change the brand name in order to allow for more diversity.

What was the biggest risk about starting it up?

S: The market in Durban is different to that of Jozi ,Pretoria and Cape Town. Most Durbanites are not as easily enticed into something new, especially if it is on the fringes, so we need to work much harder at gaining an audience.

Yes and that is why I get so excited about people sticking their necks out and investing time in the 031 .What do you offer customers?

S: Simply put…a wider and more selective range. The well-advertised cinema releases are chosen on merit and not on studio or distributor marketing tactics. In addition to Hollywood cinema (new, 70s-2000s and classics), we also have the best selection of films from some alternate genres.For example (and among others), Art House, Independent, Foreign Language, Gay and Lesbian, Asian Violence/Extreme, Cult, Anime/Manga, International Classics and Documentaries.

Who would enjoy a place like this?

S:The store caters “for the discerning film lover” – any movie enthusiast who wants to have a wide range of choices from the best of world cinema. We have around 5000 titles on offer at the moment.

Sounds good to us! So, DVD we HAVE to watch at the moment?

S :Seven Psychopaths – from the makers of “In Bruges”

We have heard this film is awesome!What should we eat/drink while watching it? Just so we can plan a perfect movie night for this long weekend.

S: Beer or wine

Now it’s a party! What makes Art Film Co., different and unique within the Durban area?

S: With film being a true unifier, our aim is to bring a kind of diversity to the Florida Road area and we hope to be able to be around long enough to make an impact in art, cinema and theater sectors.

 Who are the people behind the scenes at Art Film Co.?

S: A group of passionate film geeks

Art Film Co will be doing special screenings and film related events every 3 or so months in the year. They have a significant web presence and can be found on www.artfilm.co.za or www.facebook.com/artfilmco. Check them out regularly for a complete listing of, and info on, all titles in their selection, as well as updates and recommendations.

So,if you’re looking for something different to add in between the rerun of High School Musical that is on TV, or ancient episodes of Friends on your laptop, then check these guys out for some fresh ideas for your viewing pleasure.

Black Score.Too Drunk To Crunk

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So one of my latest obsessions is Black Score.

UK based artist and designer,Simeon Farrar,is the crazy genius that is behind the deadpan humor,quirky designs and #goodbadcelebritydrawings.

I adore his offbeat take on current headlines as well as celebrities,new and old. He seems to know what is what with the cool kids, targeting “It Girls” like Cara Delevingne and Jordan Dunn for his t-shirt designs,popular with the likes of Rita Ora and her BFF Cara herself.If only I had enough cash money to order myself one and pay the devilish shipping fees! His illustrations are able to capture the nuances of celebs down to a tee,with simple inky line drawings showing his raw talent.

Here are some of his awesome illustrations and designs:

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And my favourite…

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You can find all these images and more on 

http://www.blackscore.co.uk/blog/

A Sum Of Parts- An Exhibition of skulboy’s Latest Work

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Last night my friends and I got our hipster-cool on to attend skulboy’s latest exhibition at Gallery 415 in Umgeni.

After the massive success that was “You & Me” in August last year, it was no surprise that this talented artist’s latest show was bustling with a lot of familiar faces and  a fantastic vibe.

A Sum of Parts was described on the Facebook Event Page as:

“A Solo Exhibition Of Works By skullboy

Featuring collaborations with Xavier Vahed (DBN), Lesley Tuchten (CPT) and George Holloway (DBN)

In the few months since skullboy’s ‘You & Me’ exhibition in August 2012, he has been exploring new mediums, styles and concepts in his dingy, secluded studio. Heading in a very new direction, ‘A Sum Of Parts’ is a collection of works documenting this exploration through varying mediums from painting to sketches to sculpture and photography. Through the eclectic body of work skullboy addresses his past experiences, beliefs and style as each individual artwork contributes to explain the overall aesthetic and conceptual deviant that is skullboy.”

 Needless to say I was blown away by the entire installation. Every medium was executed with talent and it was great to see everything from the mundane to the disturbing,documenting his experiences.

The best part was (re)meeting skulboy as he is rather down to earth instead of trying to portray the tortured artist in the corner, making his work all the more genuine and authentic.

I tried to take some snaps that documented the atmosphere of the evening,but unfortunately my flash is not in full working order,which made for some dodgy lighting and photo’s that I am not particularity thrilled about.But,here they are none the less:

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Mel from Miss Molly Fashions and Chelsea

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A blurry Yours Truly

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Kaptain Cade (Right) who is responsible for some of my favourite ink

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My new Capetonian friend – Niki Jay

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Beautiful friends (and two housemates) Kris,Jane and Lauren.

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Keke from Planetary Beats

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Somebody call this girl and ask her what lipstick she uses-loved this outfit!

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Micaela de Freitas (left) ,the lady behind Humans Of Durban

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skulboy himself

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My outfit (and new bedding!)

Check out more from skulboy here