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See ya, 2014.


HAPPY GADAMN NEW YEARS! As per tradition, I like to do a little roundup of the year that was. Here are some of Girl With A Bum’s 2014 moments – the ups and the downs.

I kicked off 2014 with a champagne bottle to the head and 7 stitches for good measure. 


I started a new job at a kick-ass digital agency. Then changed jobs again to go corporate like a real sell-out.

I began dating a rad guy. Then that rad guy and I decided to part ways. Only good vibes there. 

I saw one of my oldest friends walk down the aisle. And cried like a baby.

Got my nose pierced and my foot tatted. And cried like a baby.


imageAnother year of saying hello and goodbye to new house mates. And seeing a Facebook feed brimming with engagements and pregnancies.

Did a fair share of dranking, smoking, dancing and late nights. 

Drank a LOT of Steph Weiss while I was at it.

imageHad a few epic weekends – staying at the Elangeni Hotel, Midlands meandering, missioning to Mantis and Moon, tanning in Umdloti and dancing at Rainbow Jazz Lounge.

Got sucked into Neknoms, Ice Bucket Challenges and “No Make-up Selfies” like I did Bitstrips in 2013. Can’t help it, occasionally I follow the crowd.

My hair went from long to short, to blonde to purple to grey to brunette again.

Continued blogging while laughing that the acronym for my blog is GWAB.







Adopted my baby Church.

Festivaled it UP at Ramfest, Kendrick Lamar, OppiKoppi and Parklife.

Took up swimming for a few brief, yet glorious months.

Wrote an article about my spirit guide, Ewok.



Found out that a beloved “internet friend of mine who had tragically died of cancer” – was actually all a Catfish by a crazy, crazy girl. Rallied up a group of other girls affected by the scam. (More coming soon!)

Got a personal trainer with Boss Lady Lauren. Man, those 5am wake up calls!

Had a local newspaper steal my content and publish it without my permission. Went through a series of arguments and fights, only to be further let down by some really awful people.

Was lucky enough to be a bridesmaid for a beautiful friend of mine


My body briefly gave up on me and I was in and out of the docs for blood tests and medicines. Then I got better because I am strong like Mother Russia.

My mommy got very, very sick and retrenched but bounced back because she IS Mother Russia. 

We found a lovely home for our beloved piggy, Molly.


We said our final goodbyes to our family home as well as my awesome digs. I then said hello to my dream flat.

I said another very hard goodbye to my second mom/domestic executive of 18 years as she retired to her home in the Berg.

Lived through a teeny tiny earth tremor and the MRP Tear Gas Incident ‘14.

Went to, and fell in love with the Transkei for the very first time.


Learnt how to NaeNae. Sort of. 

Sold some shiz at a market. Promised myself “never again”.

Fell irrevocably in lust with Black Math. 

Wore a sari to Halloween, for no good reason. Thus beginning a casual chain of events.


Lost tragically and suddenly, my very beautiful aunt. 

Saw dear friends leave for Dublin, Jozi, Amsterdam and Germany. More goddam goodbyes. Made some pretty epic new friends too.

Turned well old – hello 25!


So, plans for 2015?

Travel in the slow lane (occasionally)

Travel, in general.

Love deeply.

Eat thirds.

Purple Haze

I guess when it comes to changing my hair up, I am a little insatiable. I can’t wait to try something new and whether we’re shaving it off or cutting it short, I’m all for the change and the risk. I mean, YOLO right?

This time I took a page out of my style icon’s book and went purple. As per usual, here are a few shots of my most favourite look to date.

If you want your own Nicole Richie lavender locks, hit up my most awesome hairdresser Jo at Adrian Putz in Westville.

Oh Audrey!


A little look book of my new short, ombre locks. 

After weeks of deliberating and hours in the salon, I finally present to you, my much shorter and blonder hurr. I’ve had almost every hair colour and hairstyle known to middle earth, but none quite like this! I love doing drastic and crazy things to my coiffure because you know, yolo, and also it grows back.

PS: In true first world problem style, which black crop do you think looks best for my Hepburn-esque look?

Racer Front – Factorie



Long Sleeve – Factorie



Strappy Crop – MRP


PS: Shot to Gloss Lady for the pics.

J x

Posh?Oh My Gosh! Vodacom Durban July 2013

After all my involvement with the marketing and advertising of VDJ 2013, I felt that I simply had to make the effort to attend Durban’s biggest event, for the first time since 2009.

So how do I interpret the theme? What is “Posh” to me?

Firstly as a child of the 90’s,it’s Posh Spice. Victoria Beckham and the black and red of her Louboutin’s with the gold logo. Black ,red and gold make up my colour scheme for my outfit.

Posh is steel capped toes and pointy heels.

It’s Mrs Beckham’s chic pant’s suits with plunging necklines.It’s classy and sexy.It’s aloof.

Posh is Audrey Hepburn’s elegant cat eye sunnies in Breakfast At Tiffany’s.

It’s Mac Red lipstick bliss!

It’s Jackie O’s over-sized handbags, interpreted into the contemporary over-sized clutch.

Posh is black on black.It’s long sleeved dresses and floor length,high slit dresses.Understated elegance and regal exuberance.

Posh is 1950’s glamour hair or sleek and slicked back. Which ever style makes you feel prim and proper with a splash of “You Can’t Sit With Us”.

Posh means business and class.It’s business class.

Vodacom Durban July 2013 is on Saturday 6 July at Greyville Racecourse

All images from my Pinterest Boards

I finally did it! I got my undercut!

What a liberating experience and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.Thanks to my extremely gifted hairdresser-Jo from Carl Putz Hair Salon.

Morningside,May ‘13.