HARARE – Natural hair has now exceeded being a mere movement, but it is now a way of life in Zimbabwe. Corporate naturalistas are making their mark in their kinky Afros, no need to be told our hair is “unprofessional”. My natural hair is growing, however it has reached a stunt, much like my hair when it was relaxed.
It must have been the water of Zambezi that cleansed my thoughts, away from the smoke of the urban city of Harare – the smoke I rather felt was from the Falls’ “Smoke That Thunders” – Mosi-oa-Tunya known as Victoria Falls.
Celebrating 11 March the Mashoeshoe Day…death of the first King of Lesotho nation. It was no surprise when our head tailor insisted to use shweshwe for his uniform bomber jacket. I believe staff should love to wear product too!
A brief historyof ShweShwe Fabric
In the 1840s, French missionaries gifted the Basotho Chief, King Moshoeshoe I indigo-printed cloth. Extremely pleased, the King endorsed the fabric and it spread in popularity throughout the Sotho and Zulu inhabitants of his domain. According to historians, the name ‘shweshwe’ derives from its royal influencer, King Moshoeshoe.
In 1858, Germans arrived at the Eastern Cape. They too brought indigo cloth. Xhosa women attending German missionaries adopted shweshwe and it gradually spread throughout the Xhosa people.
Harare, Zimbabwe – I always wonder if people have a plan when they reach their goal weight. The journey to your weight loss or fat loss target is an exciting one, unfortunately the biggest problem is “Then what?”
From experience how you transform is very important in the maintenance of the body and what your next goal is.
My goal was to shred and get smaller…my next goal was to build muscle and stamina…current goal is to refine my muscle and build strength. Again that is my choice, so it has to be clear what you want and how you intend to maintain.
Back to the issue on how you gained the body, from previous experience people who used fast track methods, testosterone boosts, fat burners while achieve results fast and perfected with the high level of training, gain the weight back once off it. The truth is train your body to increase the hormones for burning fat, be patient and consistent. Get to your body weight if you had the bare minimum can be adjusted. Gym fees have hiked, and if your gym was already crazy expensive… can you stay fit without that gym? Do you have alternatives?
Stay hydrated and consistent, build a sustainable lifestyle, not terrible habits! Abeg!
HARARE, Zimbabwe – The year is starting and I cannot contain how excited I am to be alive first and foremost and able to make great clothes that people love as well.
Last year I lost a very important part of my soul, grandma Josephine who was in full support for HAMBA from the time in Lilongwe. Being able to share the beauty of life through my art. I am truly grateful!
I therefore love how the bomber jacket has been my favourite piece from the beginning.
To date there are four versions of the bomber.
Version 1: It was lined in pongee and mainly had khakhi sleeves as the signature look the contrast was everything.
batik Blue jacket
the favorite jacket
Version 2: This bomber is lined with fleece for extra warmth and bigger pockets
Version 3: Crop Bomber adds a different proportion for women to show their waist and less bulky look.
Version 4: Zipper bomber for extra security has zippers for pockets
We keep getting better and we keep making the all weather bomber jacket for everyone!
Harare, Zimbabwe – I recall starting this blog as a tumblr account on a dialup connection with ZOL as well as my moms HP computer which was for her company. If I had seen that in a few years I was going to have a collection in Malawi and clothes shot in Johannesburg I would have never believed.
I started very small but driven. I had a web camera for my content. Imagine a laptop on the ground as I took pictures of my shoe finds.
Often we forget where we came from. How much has been done to fuel a dream. Often making us feel ungrateful when we look back 5 years ago how one dream to start a blog has turned into a business from travel to fashion.
In 2014 I started Ngosikadzi and the designer I worked with, was a mess. In 2017 I met Michelle Hakata as a boss of mine ended up teaching me how to run a fashion line. A senior media person taught me how to start a fashion line! Mentors are found everywhere.
The point I am making is there is no need to get bogged down in getting trained before you find that drive to work with what you have access to.
Today could be the beginning of a new journey into unknown territory…your obstacle is YOU as much as your enabler is YOU. What side of you are you going to let dominate you.
Just do it. As long as you do something you learn.
Having moved from South Africa, I took fitness for granted. Being on a student budget and having no car meant my food and walking sustained my very slim figure. Gym there wasn’t expensive at all either. Maybe an equivalent of $30 for 3 months access per facility or class. These were world class facilities at the gym…yet I had zero interest.
Fast forward, moving back to Zim meant I had more food and less walking, thus I needed a gym. It took me 3 years to find a gym and start my fitness.
Here are some tips on how to survive:
Lower Your Expectations
Expectations? What are those?
Okay get over yourself if you want a world class gym paying $100 membership, excluding the signup fee. That is $1200 a year. Subtract public holidays because in Zimbabwean gym culture, they close on Sundays and Public Holidays. In addition, the festive…
It is the NEW YEAR and for many people continuing or starting on body goals has commenced.
I took a break this festive from the fitness and had fatigued my body from the travel so I decided to start mid January.
I had to learn some lessons along the way on what I need to carry in my gym kit and general rules when gyming to get the most of my 45min to 1 hour training session.
Whether you choose a local community running club, Zumba, a gym or a personal coach or trainer there are some non negotiable entitities you need to carry. As well what you MUST do as well.
1. A gym towel and water bottle are needed to be carried at all times. And also a tracksuit Jacket in case of weather changes.
2. Cellphone should always be untouched or on silent in a gym session. Do not get tempted to read messages or overshare your gym time by yourself. Get with it. Make sure it is safe from water or any damage.
3. Never ever carry junk food with you to the gym. People hate that ish.
1. Outdoor is a face cream and SPF sunscreen for the outdoors. A cap, visor helps stop sunburn.
2. Gym gloves, because weight training is better that way.
3. Deodrant. I choose mens deo because of the strong sweat smell. Fitness Planet gym insists one ato use their gym they need perfume and deodrant.
4. Your bathing equipment towels lotion and slippers to take a shower at the gym before you head out. Best to always wash off the grime and sweat. Carry easy change of clothes.
Arrange your items in easy order before you sleep or head out to make sure you do not forget to wear all items.
Wash gym clothes soon after usage so they do not pile into a stinky mess and leave your clothes with a sweaty stench.