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Monday, July 3, 2017

Manicure Monday | Why I began blogging

Happy July guys, I can't believe we are in the second half of the year already, where has the time gone to? But the true question really is What is Time? LOL sorry been watching a lot of GENIUS on NatGeo channel 181.

For most of May/June I could say that I lost my blogging mojo and honestly it couldn't have come at a better time, because I was also just tired. My mind went on a mental lock and couldn’t bear typing out anything I just slept went to work and slept again.

Was the rest worth it? I don't know yet however I am writing again which is good. On top of that I also did a mini vlog yesterday it was random but I just felt like doing it. Blogging allows one to share their thoughts it is such a beautiful thing, so in the Winter of 2014 my colleague/friend Charity who has the blog JustKutloano was working on her blog header during our weekend shift and I asked her what she was doing, she said Blogging. I was shocked cause I thought it was impossible and she was like all you need really is a Gmail account and you are good to go.

The first blog name I thought of was so long - In Out and Around Soweto with Zanele Mondi LOL what was I thinking. The second one, which is the current one In Out & Around Soweto which I still love. Why In Out & Around Soweto, well I have an explanation on that HERE
However, the passion behind it really was to share the love that I have for my home town Soweto, which has been lost lately cause all I blog about really these days is eyebrow pencil review, mascara, eyeliner, lipliner….etc. Don't get me wrong that is good however something is missing from the blog and I plan on rectifying that going forward.

If you don't re-evaluate your past, someone else will. I have seen alot of blogs lose their plot because they want to focus on the in thing, and I'm not saying that is bad however I can't for example be reviewing a very expensive under-eye cream if I have never mentioned any affordable eye creams to begin with. I'm not saying that only reviewing expensive things is bad, all I'm saying is know your readers.

In the same time I won't and will never short-sell my readers just because something is affordable and won't work... I will just tell it like it is... The nailpolish I have on today is one of the Essence Autumn/Winter colors, which is deep and dark and I love it.
June was a time for me to rest and reflect. I would like to thank you all for your kind words during my hibernation I really do appreciate it.

That's it for today's post I hope that you have a great productive week.

See you soon.

xx

Zanele

Monday, June 12, 2017

Update | On A Mini Break

Hey guys, hope all is well and okay on your side, 
Well I'm not okay I have been working non-stop on the blog and on my 9 to 5 for a while now, 
which I have been loving. 
Certain issues in my personal life have just popped up and I just thought that 
I should deal with them for the next two weeks or so. 

I really wanted to do this post so it won't look like I went out of action for no reason. 

If it was possible for me to create content during this period I would 
however I just need to be with the family. 

Thank you so much for the continued support I really do appreciate it, as the blog 
In Out & Around Soweto wouldn't be anywhere without it. 

So I'm taking just a mini-break and will be back soon. 

Much love. 

Zanele

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Event | A New Dawn Is Rising

On Tuesday Dawn invited us to a great night of sharing their latest products and to also give us words of encouragement. The event was held at the beautiful Shine Studios in Braamfontein, Joburg.

My sister got there on time to take pictures for me as I was held-up on my 9-5, the beautiful pleasure of having a sister who understands your grind should never be underestimated 
and for that I will forever be grateful of her.

P.S. All the pictures in this post were taken by her, as I arrived for the event way late.
Lets continue…with some few words from Dawn. 

Confidence is the key to success. When you feel confident, you are able to see and seize the opportunities around you and handle the challenges you face in your path. This is why Dawn is making it their mission to give young South African women the physical and emotional confidence to achieve greatness in life. 

Dawn believes in the young women of South Africa and wants to empower them to glow with beauty and confidence every day.
This renewed brand vision is part of a brand relaunch that will see Dawn reposition itself to be more relevant to today’s modern, young South African women who are trying to get ahead in life. This week Dawn will launch a mentorship programme with the guidance of mentoring NGO, SAYes. 

Through this collaboration, Dawn will become the catalyst that connects successful women with SAYes so that, together they can help young women by giving them positive role models and mentorship.  

 The Dawn relaunch includes an inspiring brand film that provides a powerfully emotional story of a typical day in the life of a young South African woman. The film epitomises the Dawn woman; eager, able and ready to conquer her dreams, yet constantly facing obstacles on her road to success.

Dawn wants to be a part of her journey. By providing her with a quality skin care lotion that gives her skin the care it needs to glow with beauty, Dawn allows her to look and feel her best when she goes out each day to conquer her fears and obstacles.

Along with a new point of view, Dawn will also be launching all new, modern packaging designs for the full range of products, which will appear in retail stores in August this year.

The Dawn range of hand & body lotions have been specifically crafted by a team of skin care experts to deliver confidence on the go. With its unique blend of Special Oils, Vitamin A and E and Glycerine that absorb easily into the skin, Dawn offers optimum moisturisation for up to 24 hours, leaving your skin feeling silky smooth and soft.

"Mentoring is a critical tool to aid the empowerment of South Africa's young people and future leaders. Whether in corporate, educational or personal settings, effective mentoring can help young people develop the life skills, confidence and direction they need to thrive in adulthood.” Says Michelle Potter, Co-founder and Executive Director, SAYes. 

A new Dawn is rising – one where Dawn is at the centre of a sisterhood of support and upliftment, one where Dawn is the voice that whispers when she’s on the cusp of greatness… 
#YouGotThis
- Dawn
WE also got to sign a mini declaration after the event, that says: 

The daily challenges we face are tough. 
To overcome these barriers to success I had to believe in myself and my abilities confidently.
Tonight I’m part of a conversation that inspire confidence in young women – the confidence to build self belief. Find the resilience to keep going and realize her full potential…, 
beyond her circumstances.
Tonight I pledge to continue this journey of encouragement, to continue the conversation of mentorship and to continue to spread the anthem of support

#YouGotThis
#IGotThis

Thanks Dawn South Africa for the lovely event. 

till next time
Zanele
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