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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.

Warehouse Wurking

Another afternoon of Gloss Lady and I running around sketchy locations for impromptu look post shoots.

We laugh in the face of danger.

Cami: Lady and the Punk

Skirt: MRP

Shoes: Truworths

Bag: Superbalist

Watch: Swatch

Sunnies: Sportscene


So, out of the 11 tattoo’s that I have,only four involved a planning session.The rest (and my favourites ) are all spontaneous little inky marks on my body.

However, I seem to have gotten caught up in planning my next tattoo.Generally I don’t try and find tattoo’s that include obscurely symbolic images.I chose what I think is pretty,which may be foolish,but I am not going to force out a deep heavy meaning,just because it’s a tattoo.

So this next one is going to be a bit of both- pretty and meaningful. 

I want to get the word “CREATE” tattooed with antlers framing it. The word and concept of create/creation rocks my world. Basically it is our job as beings to create,to make something out of nothing and to use our talents no matter how big or small.We have to ability to make something from scratch, whether it is reflected in art,photography, blogging ,a business,a career or a family. We have the chance to start with nothing and create something,unique and personal.To build on what our ancestors have left behind.

The antlers are for the following reasons (In order of importance):

1. They look freaking sweet ass.

2. Deer can lose antlers and regrow them. These beautiful, individual horns can start from nothing and grow into these intricate bone structures.Not only once,but time and time again.They are a symbol of power and an affirmation of ability.

3.They look freaking sweet ass.







For the font,I want something structured :


I dig the font used on “Dirty Beaches”


And on “daydream”


Booking for the end of the month and need to decide on placement.

As most of my tattoos are small and discreet,I have been dabbling in the idea of getting it on the inside of my arm or somewhere more subtle like ribs or foot.This worry lead to a disturbing dream that I got Foghorn Leghorn (animated rooster) wearing high heels,as a full colour half sleeve that I couldn’t escape.

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