Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Thank You 2019

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guyzies, hopefully everything is great and okay. 
2019 tried me in all aspects of life as type this and reviewing time monthly 
I can't help but smile and say
2019 You Tried Me. 

I recall in January I had my first real panic attack which lasted a good couple of days, and since 
I identified my panic attack I haven't had one stretching for days, 
I would like to thank God for that. 
I also had to deal with a reality of being a single mom ( I never like sharing personal personal things here on the blog but I just have to put this out there) yeap I'm a single Mom and never planned for things to go bad there either but God has different plans for my life so, 
thank God for that I guess. 
Left my job because I got tied of working the same job in different companies and not being valued enough, plus my boss was a ***** and I was just done so, 
thank God for that. 
My weight is at an all time high because I can't stop myself from eating two bags of potato chips in less than 10 minutes for a while I never saw it but I think I have food addiction because I have soo many emotions bottled up however I have no outlet (which is supposed be creating content/blogging) however it just added to my anxiety because I began comparing myself to everyone under the Sun and forgetting my own inner sunshine. however I'm glad that I'm typing this,
so thank God for that.

Blah blah blah blah just wrote done a few things that made my 2019 suck however I powered through like a soldier and partially showed up when I was meant to show up but I forgot to 
show up and be selfish for me. 

In 2020 I'm saying enough with the self-loathing and more with self-love. 

Hopefully we get to share this journey together. 

See you soon

***

Zanele

Friday, December 27, 2019

A Fun Christmas Lunch 2019

Soweto, South Africa
Merry Christmas guyzies, hopefully everything went well and that your 
Christmas was just amazing. 
This year I spent Christmas with my two older sisters and our kids
which was just wholesome.
As I get older Christmas means spending time with family
 and eating loads of food. 

My sister was in-charge of the main and dessert dishes however
 I made the starters just to take the pressure off, off her. 
The day went by quick and just before you know it we were all full 
without even eating dessert, the dessert was super 
enjoyable the morning after though. 

The Starter

- Prawns
- Chicken Wings
- Meaty Samoosa's
- Sparkling Wine
- Orange/Guava/Fruit Juice 

The Main

- Turkey
- Gamon
- Sauteed Red Cabbage
- Steammed baby carrots
- Grilled Potatoes
- Tuna & Macaroni
- Green Bean salad
- Gravy

- White &Red wine
- Sparkling wine
- Vodka/Whiskey/Amarula
- Fruit Juice 

Dessert

(pictures not take because the kids got to it before I could take them)
- Chocolate Cake
- Triffle
- Vanilla Cake
Overall Christmas is a fun time to spend with the family and friends.
Take advantage of it because as the years go by 
the family unit gets smaller and smaller.

Take care guyzies.

See you soon.

---

Zanele

Friday, December 20, 2019

Revlon Gift Sets Under R250 + Giveaway

Soweto, South Africa
2019 Holidays | Revlon Gift Sets Under R250

Preparing for the holidays this year has been a bit overwhelming I can't lie, because 
there was a wedding at home and the clean up from that has been a nightmare for the 1st two weeks
of December have been just a headache. 
At home I'm known as someone who loves Christmas and when the Christmas Tree didn't go up
on the 16th of December the kids began giving me a side eye, and I'm sure one of them 
was starting to call me the Griche because the movie with the 
same name had been on repeat the whole day. 
So the subminimial messages have been heard kids and Christmas in on. 

I'm just going to do everything last minute and I will take you on that journey with me.

First thing on my list are presents then food. 
That's it I have only two things on my last minute Christmas adventure.

Christmas Gifts:
For me a Gift Sets items just save me time and they wrap easily and also look really great under the Christmas Tree.  *REVLON does really great Christmas Gift sets lets take a look at a few they have for us this Christmas.  
REVLON LOVE THAT VELVET 30ML EAU DE TOILETTE/90ML PBS/150ML BODY LOTION - R 220

REVLON LOVE THAT VELVET 

- Love That range which embodies a woman in all the facets of her life. 
She is fierce, she is bold, she is soft, she shines out amongst the rest. 

The fragrance truly has that luxuriousness with its floral, fruity scents and it's my top pick. 

SHOP : HERE 
REVLON UNFORGETTABLE DELUXE PACK 17ML/150ML BODY LOTION - R130 
REVLON UNFORGETTABLE 
- Unforgettable is a rich and intensive floral and woody oriental.
Top notes: freesia, orange blossom and lily-of-the-valley. 

The classic fragrance recently had a facelieft this year and I wouldn't be sending you 
in the wrong direction if you had to get this git for your loved one.

SHOP : HERE
REVLON PINK HAPPINESS ORIGINAL PAMPER PACK 30ML EAU DE TOILETTE/ 90ML PBS/150ML BODY LOTION - R220

REVLON PINK HAPPINESS

- The most floral and pretty fragrance Revlon has.
Top notes: Bergamot, lemon, elemi and black pepper
Middle notes: ylang-ylang, jasmine and lily of the valley.

With fragrance is pretty playful and fruity, someone who is into fruity scents will enjoy this pack.

SHOP : HERE

P.S. If the products are sold out online, do what I will be doing this weekend,
just go in-store and you will find them there I know Dischem and Clicks has that  3 for 2
special going.

GIVEAWAY
Please check out my Instagram page for more information on it.
https://www.instagram.com/zanelemondi/

See you in the long lines.

Happy Shopping.

xx

Zanele

* Thank you to Revlon for sponsoring my giveaway. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

2019 Holidays | Gift Guide For Him Under R300

Soweto, South Africa

Hey guyzies, hope all is well and okay. 
I never get the notion of holiday gifts for her being a blender and men being 
accessories, but to keep up that tradition ha ha, here are a few items that will
keep him going in 2020.

Enjoy

1. Classic Billfold Wallet R 199.00
SHOP : HERE

2. Leather Reversible Belt R 299.00
SHOP : HERE

3. Micro Spot Slim Tie R 160.00
SHOP : HERE

4. Classic Lounger Sunglasses R 160.00
SHOP: HERE

5. Crook Wooden Handle Umbrella R 220.00
SHOP : HERE

xx

Zanele

* links provided are not affiliates.

Monday, December 16, 2019

2019 Holidays | Gift Guide For Her Under R300

Soweto, South Africa
I love flowers and chocolate however I like Christmas
gifts to last more than a minute, hence this week we are diving in
on Christmas Gift that will actually get used.

Enjoy

1. Aroma Diffuser Set R 250.00
SHOP : HERE

2. Bathroom Mirror R 260.00
SHOP : HERE

3. Glass Coffee Plunger 800ml R 229.00
SHOP : HERE

4. Season To Sparkle Eco Mug R 130.00 
SHOP : HERE

xx

Zanele

*links provided are not affiliates, they should but are not. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Wishlist Wednesday | SkinCare Cleansers


Hey guzies, hopefully you have been safe and okay. 
This week wishlist is on the skincare side of things, I can't wait for 2020 
so I can start giving reviews on these items. 

Happy shopping.

Cetaphil
Gentle Cleansing Lotion 125ml - R119.95
 SHOP : HERE

Pond's
Flawless Radiance Face Wash 100ml - R89.95
SHOP : HERE

Neutrogena
Visibly Clear Daily Scrub Pink Grapefruit 150ml - R119.95
SHOP: HERE
Eucerin
DermatoClean Refreshing Cleansing Gel 200ml - R149.95
SHOP : HERE

See you soon.

xx

Zanele

*links provided are not affiliates

Monday, November 25, 2019

YouTube | Zando Bags Haul

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guyzies, Happy Monday.

Well it's black Friday week and I thought that I should do a 
quick haul, showing you bags I recently bought from
Zando, because what kind of blogger would I be if I didn't show 
that up in here.

Thanks for watching. 

See you soon.

xx

Zanele

Friday, November 22, 2019

Instagram For Quotes | November 2019

Soweto, South Africa




Instagram quotes posts here on the blog
really go well here on the blog so I'm sharing them here for
memories and you. 

The quotes have been taken from 
goodreads.com 

Enjoy

See you soon.

xx

Zanele

Around Soweto with Scottish Leader Whiskey, Gusheshe and Ikhothane

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guyzies, another vlog that was supposed to live and ooh well
my data gave up on me. 
It is now live. 
Do enjoy it.

Thank you for watching.

See you soon.

xx

Zanele

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Vlog | 2019 Colcacchio Celebrity Showdown

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guyzies, hopefully your day is great and okay.
This vlog was supposed to go live 2 weeks back however
my data decided to take a halt and there
goes another try. 


Thank you for watching.

See you soon.

xx

Zanele


NEW IN | Daily Deep Cleaning Gel

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guyzies, hopefully your day is going great and okay.
My skincare mainly consists  of a cleanser, toner, serum and a moisturizer. 
When things get bad then I will mask.
So when I got the opportunity to give the new Benzaderm cleanser a try
I said for sure I will. 

The claim: 
Cleanser for removal of blackheads and skin impurities. 
Benzaderm Daily Deep Cleaning Gel is suitable for all skin type.
It contains a special combination of Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid and tiny non-plastic exfoliating 
beads that deeply cleanses and unclogs pores to help you get rid of those stubborn blackheads. 
Your skin is then cleaner, you can feel it softer to the touch.
My Thoughts: 
For me Benzaderm is a brand that is used mainly by people with mostly 
acne problems, or atleast that is what I associate the brand with. 
What I expected from the cleanser on first application was something that
will go hard on my skin and did it the exact opposite, it just felt good.
I like that the beads also dissolve in the water and don't linger on the face after cleansing.
I have been using it the cleanser for a few weeks now and I have nothing bad to say about it. 

For more information on Benzaderm products you can see the following link:

RSP : R199 at Clicks and Dischem

See you soon

xx

Zanele

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Justine PR Unboxing | 2019 Holiday Goodie Bag

Hey guyzies, hopefully everything is well and okay. 
On today's video I get to share with you 
a PR unboxing on a few items I recently received from Justine SA

Products Mentioned: 

5. 


Do enjoy the rest of your day. 

xx

Zanele

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

YouTube | GRWM IDOLS, INFLUENCER COLLAB and MORE

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guyzies, welcome back to the blog.

I feel like I'm in a great place content creation wise, as 
I'm creating content and actually posting it. 

For now uploads will be Monday Wednesday and Friday at 10am
yeap for the first time ever I have an upload schedule and hopefully
I get to stick to it. 

This video really is just me sitting down and 
doing my make-up. 

Thank you for watching.


xx

Zanele

Monday, November 18, 2019

Mommy Monday | Last Post

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guyzies hopefully everything is well and okay.
Before there was Mommy Monday there was Manicure Monday's 
and I loved that feature then I became a Mom and thought it would be a great idea for
me to share Mommy content however, being a Mom is not easy and this
feature here on the blog is not going well, or let me just say
I'm not sharing the content the way I would like to share it. 

So for the rest of the year this feature will be on hold and I 
will see it in 2020 hopefully more refreshed. 

If no one told you this today, Mom! you are doing a great job. 

See you soon. 

xx

Zanele

Friday, November 15, 2019

Col'Cacchio Celebrity Chef Showdown 2019

Soweto, South Africa


Since 2009 the Celebrity Chef Series has raised over R2-million for charitable causes through the R5 donation from the sale of every Celebrity Chef pizza sold during the promotion each year. Funds raised through the 2019 campaign will be donated to the Children’s Hospital Trust, fundraiser for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, which treats children from around the country as well as kids from all over Africa.
The 2019 edition of this pizza promotion features limited-edition signature pizzas created by YouTube sensation, Suzelle DIY; international celeb chef, Lorna Maseko and rapper Kwesta, whose sidekick in the showdown is his vibrant daughter, Khai Vilakazi.
Pizza Line-Up
  • Spanakopizza: Spinach and tomato base, mozzarella, spinach and feta mix, spring onion, Fior Di Latte mozzarella, phyllo-pastry crunch
  • Lorna's D'lite: Discovery Vitality HealthyDining “lite” pizza with tomato base, mozzarella, chicken, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, pickled jalapeno and avo served with a light salad
  • Kwesta DaKhai: Tomato base, mozzarella, green pepper, onion, Russian sausages, pepperoni and more.
The Celeb Chef pizza range is available until 30 November at all Col’Cacchio stores in SA and Namibia.

See you soon.

xx

Zanele

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

New In From Almay

Soweto, South Africa


Hey guyzies, welcome back.
A month back Almay South Africa had a luncheon and the PR box
was delivered to us via mail.
This blogpost really is just to share with you the
products in their new state before I use them because
they will be in one make-up bag to the next and be used extra hard.

Almay if you didn't know is sold exclusively by Dischem South Africa,
I'm kinda bombed that the Almay stand is not available at Dischem Maponya
though, because they are releasing new products and expanding their shade range
to finally cater to most of us in the township.

You know the drill the products will feature in
future posts be it YouTube Instagram Twitter they will be there. 

SHOP : HERE

xx

Zanele

Friday, November 8, 2019

Scottish Leader X I See A Different You Launch Limited Edition Soweto Heart Whisky

Soweto, South Africa
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The vibrancy of Soweto meets pioneering Scottish whisky craftsmanship, in the latest collaboration between I See A Different You and Scottish Leader.

Wednesday 30 October 2019 - Scottish Leader has launched a new limited edition, SA-exclusive whisky, Scottish Leader Soweto Heart, with I See A Different You (ISADY). The creation of this whisky marks a culmination of the brand’s two-year partnership with this creative collective, who have made it their mission to change negative misconceptions about Soweto, primarily through photography.

The two founding members of ISADY – Fhatuwani Mukheli and Vuyo Mpantsha– were very involved in the conception and making of Soweto Heart. Scottish Leader invited them to visit Scotland and meet with the Scottish Leader blending team, headed up by Dr Kirstie Maccullum, one of the few female Master Distillers in the world.

“Scotland was a mind-blowing experience,” says Mukheli.  “How the mixing of all the elements comes together to make a Scottish Leader whisky is incredible; it is in fact both an art and a science. The team at the distillery were nothing but edifying and welcoming. We told them about some of our favourite flavours back home and the wonderful memories they conjur, which they captured beautifully.”

Although Scottish Leader Soweto Heart was crafted in Scotland, it is definitely inspired by South Africa, with tasting notes of milk chocolate and toffee to satisfy the South African sweet tooth. The label and carton design also reflects the collaboration between Scotland and South Africa. The result is a fusion of the renowned Scottish tartan and a more contemporary South African pattern, beautifully brought to life with vibrant colours and textures.

“We at Scottish Leader are thrilled to share this new variant with South African whisky lovers. While we have had the pleasure of working with ISADY on previous projects, this is definitely the most exciting venture for all of us,” says Lynsay Sampson, Marketing Manager: Whisky and White Spirits at Distell. “ISADY have welcomed us into their world, and we wanted to extend the same courtesy by welcoming them to our home in Scotland.”

“ISADY embodies the Scottish Leader philosophy that magic can be found simply by taking a different view on the world around you.  They have been instrumental in dispelling long-held negative perceptions about Soweto, and showing instead the pride of Sowetans, their sense of style, their love of art, and the vibrance and energy of the township. Like ISADY, Scottish Leader pushes the boundaries,” continues Sampson. 

ISADY has been committed to their vision of reframing the stories of Soweto since 2011, when they launched a photographic blog showcasing images that captured their neighbourhood’s uniqueness and contradictions. ISADY’s work has now evolved into the creation of an agency that specialises in photography and film.

To celebrate the launch of Soweto Heart and showcase its namesake’s origin and heritage with pride, ISADY will be visiting and documenting a few of Soweto’s diverse neighbourhoods over the next few weeks. These will include Pimville, the real home of ISADY; Dube, made famous by Moroko Swallows; and Mfulo, best known for having the first movie house in Soweto – Eyethu Bioskop.

“Soweto Heart is a metaphor for having the capacity to see the world differently. It’s more about an attitude than an area code. It’s the story of contemporary, forward-thinkers who take the time to look a little deeper. This is what both ISADY and the Scottish Leader brand are all about,” concludes Sampson.

The limited edition Scottish Leader Soweto Heart is available nationwide while stocks last. RSP: R279.00

*image (Founding members of ISADY, Fhatuwani Mukheli and Vuyo Mpantsha, travelled to Scotland to meet with the Scottish Leader blending team to create the limited edition, SA-exclusive whisky, Soweto Heart.)

*Press release kindly submitted Team Liquid 

* other images below to www.aroundsoweto.com

See you soon.

xx

Zanele


Monday, November 4, 2019

NEW IN | Lash Me Baby by Thandi Gama

Soweto, South Africa
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Hey guyzies, hopefully everything this week goes accordingly. 
Thandi Gama is a South African YouTuber and recently shared on her social media that
she is launching a lash line and great news, the stock is in the site is running
and orders are being taken.

The style from the line ranges from everyday office wear(tease lash) to we are 
going to a part (OMG lash).

OMG 
 SHOP - R200.00

Fantasy
SHOP - R180.00

Dream
SHOP - R190.00

Tease
SHOP - R160.00

SHOP full line here 

Congratulations Thandi Gama on your line and to many more great launches. 

Can't wait to wear and review them for you guys. 

See you soon. 

xx

Zanele
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Friday, November 1, 2019

FOOD FRIDAY | YUMMY LASAGNA

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guys, hope your week was great.
It's a new month and Food Friday's are still going strong.
Lasagna is a great comfort food and my family loves it.

From what I can tell each and every family makes lasagna different and ends up
tasting different and that is what is great about it, because the spices and the
oven used is different.

For me I use pre-made lasagna sheets, naturalist would want you
to make them from scratch but I don't have time for that, maybe one day when I'm a
homemaker, but for now the strips work just as great.

Prep Time:45 minutes

INGREDIENTS: 
- Lean mince
- Gouda cheese
- Onion
- Tomato
- Fresh Garlic & Ginger mix
- Tumeric
- Cumin
- White Papper
- Slt
- Tomato Puree
- Tomato paste
- Oil
- Pre-cooked lasagna sheets

  White sauce
- Butter
- Flour
- Milk

Lasagna is a quick meal that just makes for a great fast food, and
the great thing here is you know what the ingredients are.

Cheers to a new month.

See you soon.

xx

Cindy

Thursday, October 31, 2019

A TASTE OF TENNESSEE WITH JACK DANIELS

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guys, hopefully everything is well and okay.
Last Thursday we were invited by Jack Daniels SA to experience
a taste of Tennessee with great cocktails, Jack inspired food,
games and entertainment.

Okay here I will let the pictures speak for themselves.
The cocktails, food and entertainment was out of this world.

Thank you for the invite.

Till next time 

xx

Zanele

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Wish-list Wednesday Concealers

Soweto, South Africa

Hey guys, hopefully everything is well and okay. 
The foundation wishlist post is doing really well, 
so I thought that I should make the wishlist post a regular feature (you know taking it 
back to when Instagram just started out). 

I can't believe I haven't tried any of these concealers before. 
SHOCKIN! however Clicks has a sale and these items have been ordered, 
except for the Revlon concealers, which I know that they have extended the 
shades on it but wasn't available on site which means I will need to go in-store for it, which 
I don't mind as I need to get swatches on it to test out which shade will suit me best.

MAYBELLINE CONCEALER
- R88 (It's on a 30% sale currently till the 20th of November)

LOREAL INFALLIBLE CONCEALER
- R92 (It's on a 30% sale currently till the 20th of November)

SMUDGE PERFECTING CONCEALER
- R44.95 

WETNWILD PHOTO FOCUS CONCEALER
- R69.95

REVLON COLORSTAY CONCEALER
- R215.00

Hopefully you have a great day. 

See you soon. 

xx

Zanele

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

FOOD EVENT | CURRY & CRAFT FESTIVAL

Soweto, South Africa
Hey guyzies, hopefully everything is well and okay.
I'm a huge bunny chow fan and I when I got the opportunity to attend
a curry cook off event where I get to taste a variety of food
I couldn't say no.

The Curry Festival is the first of it's kind to be held in Gold Reef City Casino 
and the event organizers
mentioned something about the event moving from one province to the next which would be great, because sometimes
other markets tend to loss their tenacity when they are held in one area and become boring.

For more information on the next market please see the following link


Till the next festival.

xx

Zanele

Monday, October 28, 2019

Mommy Monday - Dealing with My Postpartum Depression

Soweto, South Africa
Hey Mommies, hopefully you are still well and okay.
Post partum depression, where should I start?! Glad I didn't chuck down those 2 bags
of chips again and instead I decided to write my feeling down.

Motherhood is not for the faint hearted hey (enter with caution),
 and I'm faint hearted so this depression
sneaked on me pretty quick and I just didn't have the heart to fight it because
I am a self loather, always thinking too much about everything and being emotional about everything.

When you have a moment one day, I will tell you how I lost everything that I
built in 12 years in a period of 6 months (maybe that is what took my post partum depression
to full on depression but my triggers have been everywhere these days).
Maybe I'm writing this as a plea for help or maybe because I'm a self-loather I'm just writing this
because I want someone's attention and seeking help? I just don't know.
If you have a psychologist
friend please ask them what this is because my local clinic does not have such help,
 or they will say I'm looking for attention.

Last month on the radio news I heard a story of a 27 year old mom who
hung herself at Bara Hospital
at a post natal ward, and couldn't help but cry because I kinda know those emotions.
wuuuu this is some heavy stuff for a Monday post.

My family gives me strnght but sometimes I feel like they don't understand the
internal demons that I have to fight within each day.
Having lost my Mom and Grandma before I was a Mom is also a huge knock because that
tree of life situation where they were supposed to pass down their
knowledge to me got lost in translation, luckily I have my older sisters though.
I can't lie this week has been really different, my older sister suggested that I take up exercising
(maybe she didn't want to tell me directly that I have gained approximately
 15kg's in the last six months which
could be directly proportional to my weight and the way that I'm feeling lately, but but
I can't help but eat all the time) but her suggestion is vastly making a difference,
she also suggested I have a daily routine which I'm working towards.

Ooooh, if I publish this post big ups to me.

I will see you soon with a lighter post I promise.

Later

xx

Zanele

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