Who’s that Girl – Donne Wright

Ordinary Women

This lovely warms my heart.  Even if we were not from the same gene pool, I would treasure her.  She is fiesty, funny, loving and most of all a kind soul.  Meet my cousin….

Getting to know you:

cropped-images.jpg  Tell us a little bit about yourself?

DW: I’m a 35 year old mom to two boys aged 7 and 9, been married for 12 years this year and love been the only female in my home 

 cropped-images.jpg  Daily routine?

DW:  I wake up at 04:30am to be at gym at 05:00 get home at 6:00 give the kiddies breakfast make lunches, while they doing their thing I go shower and by 07:00 we off to school, work for my hubby in the mornings, fetch the boys and we basically run around for the rest of the day doing sport, homework and more sport

 cropped-images.jpg   What is your middle name?

DW:  Don’t have one

cropped-images.jpg Fears?

DW:  Something happening to me, want to watch my boys grow up and always think no one will love them like I do x

 cropped-images.jpg Anything you wish to change about yourself?

DW:  Would like to be thinner lol, don’t we all?

cropped-images.jpg List 3 of your best personality traits?

DW: Caring, Easy going, Compassionate

cropped-images.jpg List 3 of your worst personality traits?

DW:  Zero patience, moody and bad tempered

cropped-images.jpg One thing not many peoples know about you?

DW:  Suffer with anxiety disorder

cropped-images.jpg Do you have any bad habits?

DW:  Don’t think I have, but hubby will disagree, I bounce my legs in the car while his driving, called (Lubbe voetjie) in our family.

  

 The fun stuff:

cropped-images.jpg What was your nickname in high school?

DW:   Don, Don-Don

  cropped-images.jpg Any tattoo’s or piercings?

DW:   Only piercings – ears and had one in the belly

cropped-images.jpg What is on your beside table?

DW:  My tablets, lamp and some books

cropped-images.jpg Are you a morning or night person?

DW:  Don’t think I’m any – always tiered in the morning and exhausted at night, think I’m a day person

cropped-images.jpg If you could get a free airfare, name a country you would visit?

DW:  Ireland

cropped-images.jpg One luxury you can’t do without?

DW:  My Dishwasher

cropped-images.jpg Chocolate or vanilla?

DW:  Vanilla

 cropped-images.jpg Favourite childhood television program?

DW:  Gummy Bears

cropped-images.jpg  Are you a collector of anything?

DW:   Love scarves

 cropped-images.jpg  What is your first thought when you wake up?

DW:  My Boys

cropped-images.jpg Last thought before you go to sleep?

DW:  My Boys

 cropped-images.jpg  Dream job?

DW:  Just what I have now, work in the mornings and spend the rest of the day with my boys.

 cropped-images.jpg Any hidden talents?

DW:   Can do the splits and a one armed cartwheel lol

 cropped-images.jpg Name one regret you have?

DW:  Maybe not travelling before settling down

 cropped-images.jpg  One thing you miss about being a kid?

DW:  Eating whatever you want and not putting on weight

cropped-images.jpg One thing you love about being a woman?

DW:    That I got to carry my baby boys while being pregnant – would have been very jealous if it was the other way around

cropped-images.jpg Favourite song at the moment?

DW:  I’m don’t listen to music much – only my CD’s which are 90% kids Christian music which the boys and I jam to in the car

cropped-images.jpg If you were a Come Dine with Me SA contestant, what would your menu be?

DW:  Starters – Satay Chicken /  Main – Green Thai Curry / Dessert – Poached pears

cropped-images.jpg Favourite fragrance?

DW:  DKNY – Pure

The serious stuff:

cropped-images.jpg Do you think morals are universal or relative to the beliefs, traditions and practices of individuals or groups?

DW:  Definitely universal, do understand we all have different belief’s and stuff but should follow similar morals

cropped-images.jpg Do you think God exists?

DW:  100% yes 

 cropped-images.jpg Do you think any kind of afterlife exists?

DW:  Of course, I believe you have two choices Heaven or Hell

cropped-images.jpg Do you vote? Why/why not?

DW:  Yes I do

cropped-images.jpg Your thoughts on gay marriage?

DW:  That’s a tough one, being a Christian I don’t believe it’s right, but also don’t judge people that are gay – All the gay people I have come across are really awesome x

Donne Wright

Donne Wright

Who’s that Girl – Lorin Greenhalgh

Ordinary Women

Today’s young lady was a welcome addition to our family last year.  If you can survive my crazy family and embrace them with open arms, you can just about take on the world.  Have a read about what Lorin has to say:

Getting to know you:

cropped-images.jpg  Tell us a little bit about yourself?

LG:  Im a happily married 20 year old (yes I know, young right) with big dreams, and I have a passion for fashion. I love to °LOVE° the special people in my life – and by that I mean giving them lots of kisses and squeezes, and spending as much quality time with them as possible.

 cropped-images.jpg  Daily routine?

LG:  At 6:00, I wake up to the sound of a very annoying alarm. Kiss my husband goodmorning. Wash my hair, brush my teeth and then get dressed. Then at 6:40 we leave for college – where im studying fashion design and clothing production. Get home between 4-4:30. Chill for a bit before gym or home exercises unless we have lots of work to do then we give it a skip. Husband (Ryan) cooks. Shower then relax the rest of the evening chatting, playing games or watching movies/series.

cropped-images.jpg As a newly wed what are you enjoying about married life?

LG:  Well that really depends on what you consider “the married life” to be. For myself, im enjoying absolutely everything – the laughing, braai’s,long conversations, cooking, drives to nowhere, shopping for household items etc. I feel blessed with a beautiful extended family that came along with it. Family is really important to me.

 cropped-images.jpg   What is your middle name?

LG:  Kay

cropped-images.jpg Fears?

LG:  Heights – or should I rather say ‘falling’.  Something happening to my husband, family or friends.

 cropped-images.jpg Anything you wish to change about yourself?

LG:  Maybe my chubbiness, use to weigh 48, now I am at 62. Goal weight would be 56…

cropped-images.jpg List 3 of your best personality traits?

LG:  Loving, Caring and Confident

cropped-images.jpg List 3 of your worst personality traits?

LG:  Very opinionated, Stubborn and Controlling – only when it comes to wanting to get things done before a deadline.

cropped-images.jpg One thing not many peoples know about you?

LG:  That I am a real softy, but have my days if people take advantage of it.

cropped-images.jpg Do you have any bad habits?

LG:  Yes, shopping, milkshakes, pinterest, social media, judging others by there outfits and lack of trust.

  

 The fun stuff:

cropped-images.jpg What was your nickname in high school?

LG:  Lolly or Lollypop

  cropped-images.jpg Any tattoo’s or piercings?

LG: No tattoos yet – still trying to decide on what.  Piercings yes – 5 earings, and a belly ring.

cropped-images.jpg What is on your beside table?

LG:  Don’t have a bedside table, but if I had one it would be my phone, lamp, a sketch pad and pencil.

cropped-images.jpg Are you a morning or night person?

LG:  Definitely a night person.

cropped-images.jpg If you could get a free airfare, name a country you would visit?

LG:  Greece 

cropped-images.jpg One luxury you can’t do without?

LG:  My husband, without him nothing else matters.

cropped-images.jpg Chocolate or vanilla?

LG:  Chocolate 

 cropped-images.jpg Favourite childhood television program?

LG:  Don’t have a favourite, usually just watched whatever was on – like care bears, power rangers, powerpuff girls etc.

cropped-images.jpg  Are you a collector of anything?

LG:  Yes, clothes. Especially if it’s in mint green or white.

 cropped-images.jpg  What is your first thought when you wake up?

LG:  My husband, and the ‘to do list’ for the day.

cropped-images.jpg Last thought before you go to sleep?

LG:  My husband, and the next days ‘to do list’.

  cropped-images.jpg  Dream job?

LG:  My dream job would be a successful fashion designer with my own business and clothing line.

 cropped-images.jpg Any hidden talents?

LG:  Good at hip hop dancing.  Taking photo’s.

 cropped-images.jpg Name one regret you have?

LG:  Not listening to my mom and step dad when I was younger. 

 cropped-images.jpg  One thing you miss about being a kid?

LG:  Dancing, modeling, being energetic and fit.

cropped-images.jpg One thing you love about being a woman?

LG:  Playing dress up

cropped-images.jpg Favourite song at the moment?

LG:  Story of my life by One Direction. 

cropped-images.jpg Favourite fragrance?

LG: Paco Rabanne

 

The serious stuff:

cropped-images.jpg Do you think morals are universal or relative to the beliefs, traditions and practices of individuals or groups?

LG:  Both universal and relative.

cropped-images.jpg Do you think God exists?

LG:  Yes, indeed I do.

 cropped-images.jpg Do you think any kind of afterlife exists?

LG:  I’m sure there’s something out there.

cropped-images.jpg Do you vote? Why/why not?

LG:  I haven’t had the chance to vote yet but I sure will when the time comes. I believe that this country has potential if it’s in the right hands – I am DA all the way.

cropped-images.jpg Your thoughts on gay marriage?

LG:  Im all for gay marriages. Everybody deserves to find love and happiness. A feeling isn’t created by gender, or race but created by the heart…

Lorin Greenhalgh

Lorin Greenhalgh

Who’s that Girl? Bianca Els

Ordinary Women

Today we feature someone I have know pretty much her whole life.  My little sister, Bianca.  I was under the grand illusion that I would be an only child for years, then in Sub B (grade 2 for those young ones) my Mom came back from the hospital with this surprise bundle.  I must have been pretty stoked as I did try and feed her a sarmie when she was a week old (ever the kind caring older sister).  Love this crazy kid to bits and I am on a mission to hook her up. So if you have a singleton boy out there looking for love, mail me. (You are very welcome Binky). Have a read what my one and only sibling has to say.

Getting to know you:

cropped-images.jpg  Tell us a little bit about yourself?

BE: I’m a single happy 34 year old that has been living in Cape Town for 5 years 

 cropped-images.jpg  Daily routine?

BE:  Usually wake up before my alarm, then put something on to watch until alarm goes off.  Get ready for work.  Work till 4:30, then head home where my neighbour and I usually go for a walk and a catch up (more a catch up lol).  Evenings are chilled either movies or series at home or doing something with my mates

cropped-images.jpg Things you love about living in South Africa?

BE:  SA is amazing, weather, people and we have amazing beaches

 cropped-images.jpg   What is your middle name?

BE:  I don’t have one thankfully

cropped-images.jpg Fears?

BE: Something happening to my family

 cropped-images.jpg Anything you wish to change about yourself?

BE:  I think I have the same answer as most woman, my weight (but I’m working on that)

cropped-images.jpg List 3 of your best personality traits?

BE:  Kind, willing to help and loyal

cropped-images.jpg List 3 of your worst personality traits?

BE:  Procrastinate, Sarcastic, mmmmm need to think about the 3rd one

cropped-images.jpg One thing not many peoples know about you?

BE:  I don’t like being in small spaces and I don’t want children

cropped-images.jpg Do you have any bad habits?

BE:  Plating my hair

  

 The fun stuff:

cropped-images.jpg What was your nickname in high school?

BE:  B, Binx

  cropped-images.jpg Any tattoo’s or piercings?

BE:  Tattoo’s I have 5 (for now) piercings I have 3 in my ear and 1 belly

cropped-images.jpg What is on your beside table?

BE:  Sally (my hard drive), sinus tablets, a photo of my dad

cropped-images.jpg Are you a morning or night person?

BE:  I’d say night

cropped-images.jpg If you could get a free airfare, name a country you would visit?

BE:  I’d visit a someone in the UK now 😉

cropped-images.jpg One luxury you can’t do without?

BE:  The web

cropped-images.jpg Ninja’s or pirates?

BE:  Ninja

 cropped-images.jpg Favourite childhood television program?

BE:  For me sitting and watching pop shop and fast forward with my family that was always fun for us. Taping the songs on the VCR pausing for adverts etc

cropped-images.jpg  Are you a collector of anything?

BE:  Not to my knowledge, but I can say my collection of thing’s with MO’S on them is growing

 cropped-images.jpg  What is your first thought when you wake up?

BE:  Did I win the lotto?

cropped-images.jpg Last thought before you go to sleep?

BE:  Did I take a lotto ticket?

  cropped-images.jpg  Dream job?

BE:  Sandra and I have always wanted to open an events management company.  I’ve always wanted to manage a band

 cropped-images.jpg Any hidden talents?

BE:  I can clap with one hand (don’t ask)

 cropped-images.jpg Name one regret you have?

BE:  Not moving to CT sooner

 cropped-images.jpg  One thing you miss about being a kid?

BE:  I was skinny then lol

cropped-images.jpg One thing you love about being a woman?

BE:  Lip gloss,nail polish and dressing up

cropped-images.jpg Favourite song at the moment?

BE:  That is a tough one as I have a couple.  John Newman – losing sleep


The serious stuff:

cropped-images.jpg Do you think morals are universal or relative to the beliefs, traditions and practices of individuals or groups?

BE:  Should be universal but everyone is different

cropped-images.jpg Do you think God exists?

BE:  Yup

 cropped-images.jpg Do you think any kind of afterlife exists?

BE:  Something is out there

cropped-images.jpg Do you vote? Why/why not?

BE:  I didn’t until I moved to CT.  Helen makes you want to get involved and keeps you interested.

cropped-images.jpg Your thoughts on gay marriage?

BE:  All for it, everyone deserves a chance to be happy and to find love

Binky

Binky

Who’s that Girl – Sandra Thies

Ordinary Women

Today’s lovely lady hails from my hometown of Slummies.  She is BFF to my sister and with her razor sharp tongue and wit, she keeps us entertained.  Have a look at what Sandra had to say.

Getting to know you:

cropped-images.jpg  Tell us a little bit about yourself?

ST:  I am a wife and mom of 5 (2 human kids and 3 furbabies).  Loving life and everything that goes with it.  Very extroverted and will do just about anything for a laugh.  My life philosophy is that everything happens for a reason and its up to us to make sure that we gain something positive out of every single situation, no matter how negative it may seem.

 cropped-images.jpg  Daily routine?

ST:  I get up, shout and swear at the alarm then go for a run.  Get home, make breakfast for human kids then for the furkids too.  Push kids out of bed, kick husband out of bed, shower.  Drag myself off to Jail (I literally work in a jail.  The old Lock Street Jail has been converted into a student res for Fort Hare).  When I am finished doing my time, I rush home, cook supper, do homework, bath kids, feed furkids, nurse husbands feelings of neglect 

cropped-images.jpg You have lived in both Cape-Town and East London.  What do you miss about each place when not living there?

ST:  I miss the contradictions that Cape Town has to offer.  One part of town is hustle and bustle and the other is so laid back.  I miss the stylishness of Cape Town, the beautiful scenery, the “theres-always-something-to-do” vibe and mostly I miss one of my best friends, B.  When not in EL, I miss the familiar and friendly faces, my family and the chaos that makes up this friendly town.  Also Shamrock Pies and Windmill Milkshakes

 cropped-images.jpg   What is your middle name?

ST:  Elizabeth

cropped-images.jpg Fears?

ST:  All the normal fears such as losing a loved one, having my kids turn out like me and walking around my house in the dark, but I also have a completely irrational fear of spiders.  I can’t even watch them on tv or listen to someone have a conversation about them.

 cropped-images.jpg Anything you wish to change about yourself?

ST:  No, I believe every little thing makes up who we are and I am rather fond of me.  I might consider a boob job one day though.  Love the Girls!

cropped-images.jpg List 3 of your best personality traits?

ST:  I have a wickedly dark sense of humour.  I love with everything that I am.  I can be very empathetic.  

cropped-images.jpg List 3 of your worst personality traits?

ST:  I have a wickedly dark sense of humour.  I am a little OCD.  I have absolutely zero tolerance for stupidity and will react with dripping sarcasm. 

cropped-images.jpg One thing not many peoples know about you?

ST:   I can knit and embroider.  

cropped-images.jpg Do you have any bad habits?

ST:   I will nap whenever and wherever I can.  I tend to be very over protective towards my friends and family and won’t hesitate to tell someone off if I feel they have hurt someone I love.

  

 The fun stuff:

cropped-images.jpg What was your nickname in high school?

ST:  Fuzzy Demon

  cropped-images.jpg Any tattoo’s or piercings?

ST:  I only have my ears pierced but recently had my first tattoo.  It’s a double infinity sign which two of my friends and I got together.  It symbolises our long running friendships

cropped-images.jpg What is on your beside table?

ST:  My book (The Elephant Whisperer), my Samsung Tablet, pain meds for the pulled muscle in my ass (from running) and tissues for my Boston Terrier puppy who has a bit of a runny nose.

cropped-images.jpg Are you a morning or night person?

ST:  Definitely a night person.  Satan himself wouldn’t mess with me in the morning

cropped-images.jpg If you could get a free airfare, name a country you would visit?

ST:  My greatest dream is to visit Italy.  I have a bit of a fascination for old architecture and how religion and politics affected the style of the buildings.  It’s my nerd side coming out in me.

cropped-images.jpg One luxury you can’t do without?

ST: Johnnie Walker

cropped-images.jpg Chocolate or vanilla?

ST:  Chocolate, the darker and richer the better

 cropped-images.jpg Favourite childhood television program?

ST:  Gummi Bears (and yes, I still know their theme song)

cropped-images.jpg  Are you a collector of anything?

ST:  I collect Coca Cola items for my kitchen and Heineken stuff for my husband. 

 cropped-images.jpg  What is your first thought when you wake up?

ST: You MUST be freaking kidding me *insert expletive*

cropped-images.jpg Last thought before you go to sleep?

ST:  I work out how many hours sleep I will get before my alarm goes off

 cropped-images.jpg  Dream job?

ST:  I would love to be doing Events Co-ordinating

 cropped-images.jpg Any hidden talents?

ST:  I can bake really well and cook even better.  Its become a passion

 cropped-images.jpg Name one regret you have?

ST:  Not learning to cook earlier in life and perhaps even train

 cropped-images.jpg  One thing you miss about being a kid?

ST:  The freedom and lack of responsibility.  Being able to run naked on the beach.  That sort of thing is frowned on at my age. 

cropped-images.jpg One thing you love about being a woman?

ST:  I love being able to constantly exceed peoples limited expectations of women.  I also love my boobs.  

cropped-images.jpg Favourite song at the moment?

ST:   I Alone – Live

cropped-images.jpg If you were a Come Dine with Me SA contestant, what would your menu be?

ST:  I would make phyllo pastry cups with black mushroom, feta cheese and pancetta for starter.  Main mean would be crayfish in a champagne sauce and for dessert I would do something decadent with dark chocolate ganache Something Thai

cropped-images.jpg Favourite fragrance?

ST:   Chanel, Chance’

The serious stuff:

cropped-images.jpg Do you think morals are universal or relative to the beliefs, traditions and practices of individuals or groups?

ST: I think the sense of right and wrong exists in every single walk of life, no matter where on the planet you call home.  I don’t however think that everyones idea of right and wrong is the same.  People take the religious moral high ground, however, this comes at the sacrifice of their enemies lives.  I think its up to us to teach our kids not only what right and wrong is, but also why those practices are indeed, right and wrong.  Very deep thinking for a Tuesday morning 

cropped-images.jpg Do you think God exists?

ST:   I do believe in a higher power.  Regarding religion, I think the jury is still out on that one for me 

 cropped-images.jpg Do you think any kind of afterlife exists?

ST:   I do indeed.  There is too much life force in people for it to be just ended because the outer shell no longer works

cropped-images.jpg Do you vote? Why/why not?

ST: Yes.  You have to be the change to see the change.

cropped-images.jpg Your thoughts on gay marriage?

ST:  I think that marriage is about joining the lives of two people who love each other deeply.  I don’t think it has anything to do with their sexuality and everyone else should mind their own business.

Sandra Thies

Sandra Thies

Who’s that Girl? Jenny Casey

Ordinary Women

Today’s wonderful lady, Jenny Casey aka JC, goes way back with me.  We attended the same Primary School (where JC was Head Girl), we didn’t attend the same high school and I can’t remember our paths crossing again for years (which is odd since Slummies is so tiny). With the dawn Facebook I was able to reconnect with loads of people I had lost touch with.  One of my things to do in  my 40’s on my list was to reconnect with an “old” friend.  Jenny was that friend.  After loads of chatting on Facebook we met for coffee in Cape-Town while Jenny was visiting.  A quick cup of coffee turned into a 3 hour chat.  We have since met a few times and I love listening to JC’s interesting travel stories and admire her determination to be taking on the Comrades.  This is one lady I a am grateful to have back in my life… thank-you Facebook!

Getting to know you:

cropped-images.jpg   Tell us a little bit about yourself?

JC:  Am a wanna be runner, a keen traveller, a food and wine lover, an arts enthusiast and a godmother

cropped-images.jpg  Daily routine?

JC:  No routine, except my oats and green tea in the morning

cropped-images.jpg Things you loved about living in Durban?

JC:  It’s a small big city (everything is within a 20 minute drive); one can wear short sleeves in winter; walking on the beachfront from Mini Town to uShaka is food for the soul; the Berg, the Bush and the sea are no more than a 2 hour drive away; its green and beautiful! And some wonderful people live in it! 

cropped-images.jpg   What is your middle name?

JC: May

cropped-images.jpg Fears?

JC:    Am working on them … but in the mean time don’t say “no” to me and keep snakes away 

cropped-images.jpg Anything you wish to change about yourself?

JC:    Improve my fitness level  

cropped-images.jpg List 3 of your best personality traits?

JC:   Enthusiastic, loyal and positive 

cropped-images.jpg  List 3 of your worst personality traits?

JC:   Could be a bit more patient 

cropped-images.jpg One thing not many peoples know about you?

JC:  I met Mother Theresa when she came to East London. 

cropped-images.jpg Do you have any bad habits?

JC:   I procrastinate

 

 The fun stuff:

cropped-images.jpg What was your nickname in high school?

JC:    Did not have one … now I go by the name JC or JenJen (it melts my heart when the little ones call me JenJen)

cropped-images.jpg Any tattoo’s or piercings?

JC:  Pierced ears … no tattoos – am not a fan – would rather have the tattoo as a painting on my wall

cropped-images.jpg What is on your beside table?

JC:  Photos of my nieces and nephews, lamp, alarm clock from my mom, loads of books

cropped-images.jpg Are you a morning or night person?

JC: A morning person; if I do not get up and do, it does not happen J

cropped-images.jpg If you could get a free airfare, name a country you would visit?

JC:  Mozambique … good friends have recently moved there

cropped-images.jpg One luxury you can’t do without?

JC: The internet and my communication devices

cropped-images.jpg Ninja’s or pirates?

JC: Well it would have to be Ninja’s as Luca Bear (my goddaughter’s brother)  wanted them for his birthday and pirates were so last year

cropped-images.jpg Favourite childhood television program?

JC: Can’t quite remember, but the Gummy Bears song is playing in my head! … oh, and the Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we!

cropped-images.jpg  Are you a collector of anything?

JC:  Nope … though do have a fair number of Russian Dolls

cropped-images.jpg  What is your first thought when you wake up?

JC: What time is it?

cropped-images.jpg Last thought before you go to sleep?

JC:  Thank you!

cropped-images.jpg  Dream job?

JC:  Lying on my couch 

cropped-images.jpg Any hidden talents?

JC:  None that have presented themselves yet

cropped-images.jpg Name one regret you have?

JC: I have no regrets, just lessons learn’t 

cropped-images.jpg  One thing you miss about being a kid?

JC:   I loved being a kid, but I love where I am now … so not missing anything

cropped-images.jpg One thing you love about being a woman?

JC:   Socialising

cropped-images.jpg Favourite song at the moment?

JC:   ROAR

cropped-images.jpg If you were a Come Dine with Me SA contestant, what would your menu be?

JC:   Something Thai

cropped-images.jpg Favourite fragrance?

JC:   Kenzo Amour

The serious stuff:   

cropped-images.jpg Do you think morals are universal or relative to the beliefs, traditions and practices of individuals or groups?

JC:  Universal

cropped-images.jpg Do you think God exists?

JC:  Without a doubt

cropped-images.jpgDo you think any kind of afterlife exists?

JC:  Indeed I do

cropped-images.jpg Do you vote? Why/why not?

JC: I vote, to exercise my democratic right as many people died in order that others can exercise theirs.

cropped-images.jpg Your thoughts on gay marriage?

JC:  People should be able to marry whoever they love. Commitment is rare these days.

JC

JC

Who’s that Girl? Elana Bailey

Ordinary Women

Miss Bailey and I had a lucky chance meeting through her plus 1! They were still living in Jozi at the time and I can honestly say I dont think a day has passed where we haven’t had a what’sapp, email or facebook chat.  This lovely lady is a genius when it comes to painting faces, in fact, on my “To Do” list is still to have a lesson in the mastering of smokey eye.  She is super smart, super witty and super passionate about everything that tugs at her heartstrings.  Have a read and a chuckle about what she had to say!

Getting to know you:

cropped-images.jpg    Tell us a little bit about yourself?

EB:  I have a deep love and passion for the beauty industry. I’m a qualified health and skincare therapist and makeup artist and I have a blog (like everyone else with internet access). I have a beauty blog, though: www.beautybill.blogspot.com. 😉 I’m a mom to three: Mila, William and Mackenzie. The fact that they’re dogs is superfluous. I’m also a show dog mommy. Or is it dog show mommy? Whatever, I show one of my dogs, and I am her mom. Your mom.

cropped-images.jpg   Daily routine?

EB:  Wake up, check phone/time, beg dogs to move so I can get out of bed, wash hands, brush teeth, wash face, feed dogs, feed self, do dishes, check what cleaning/washing needs to be done, do it, check emails/social networks, work (loose meaning), walk the dogs, talk about what’s for dinner, get/make dinner, eat dinner, watch some TV, read, sleep. This of course is an average day, but can be thrown out at any given moment.

 cropped-images.jpg Things you missed about the Mother City while living in Jozi?

EB: The clean-looking sky on the horizon, the familiarity, friends being just a short drive away… until I moved to the other side of the mountain 

cropped-images.jpg Biggest adjustment you have had to make since moving back to The Mother City?

EB:  Trying to understand how suburban areas are not more dog-friendly and accommodating to pets. Johannesburg wins this one.

cropped-images.jpg  What is your middle name?

EB:  Danielle

cropped-images.jpg Fears?

EB:  Too many

cropped-images.jpg   Anything you wish to change about yourself?

EB:  Currently, my lifestyle, which is a constant work in progress.

cropped-images.jpg  List 3 of your best personality traits?

EB:  Resilience, loyalty and (a few weeks later) I’m nurturing. (It really took me a couple of weeks to fill this one in. Anyway, see you later, I’m off to a self-esteem/awareness workshop. :-P)

cropped-images.jpg   List 3 of your worst personality traits?

EB:  I could be more patient, I could have a better thought-to-mouth filter function, and I could be less hard on myself, I suppose. 

cropped-images.jpg   One thing not many peoples know about you?

EB:  I’m allergic to dogs and all types of grass (there are about 5 in SA, according to the nurse that conducted my allergy tests). And about 7 other things.

cropped-images.jpg   Do you have any bad habits?

EB:  Plenty. I touch my nose a lot. I have allergy issues and if my nose isn’t runny, it’s itching, or really dry. I don’t pick it, though, so don’t worry. I sometimes auto-complete people’s sentences in my head, before they’re done talking, so if I look surprised when you tell me something seemingly obvious or boring, it’s because it went differently in my head. This doesn’t happen very often anymore.  

cropped-images.jpg Which bad habits, if any, drive you crazy?

EB: Touching my nose. Actually, no, just my allergies, which leads to lots of nose-touching. It does drive me bananas when people don’t pack shit away when they’re done using it, though. And when one doesn’t close bottles or lids properly. Oxidation, people. *snaps twice*

 

 The fun stuff:

cropped-images.jpg   What was your nickname in high school?

EB: Lana B, Miss B, but mostly just Elana. This one guy called me “legs” because I had sporty legs at some point in my life. Not sure why it didn’t stick. I preferred it to “Betty Boob”. I don’t even know what that means. Who is Betty?

cropped-images.jpg  Any tattoo’s or piercings?

EB:  Ear lobes. I’m incredibly adventurous in the body art department. It’s why I got this super cool stretchmark on my hip, but I can’t tell you what it means. It’s personal. The artist knew what he was doing, obviously

cropped-images.jpg What is on your beside table?

EB:  A lamp, Biologically Appropriate Raw Food books (for the dogs), tissues (both clean and used), and bed socks my ma made for me. 

cropped-images.jpg   Are you a morning or night person?

EB:  I’m a… errrrrr… an all-day person?

cropped-images.jpg If you could get a free airfare, name a country you would visit?

EB:  Repubblica italiana

cropped-images.jpg  One luxury you can’t do without?

EB:  Skin care products. Technically, it’s not a luxury. Not in my book. Otherwise, chocolate.

cropped-images.jpg   Ninja’s or pirates?

EB:  Pirates, because I’d probably fit in, however slightly, with my sailor-mouth. Also, I talk a lot, do Ninjas even talk?

cropped-images.jpg   Favourite childhood television program?

EB:  Heidi, The Simpsons, Care Bears and Gummy Bears. Heidi was non-negotiable. 

cropped-images.jpg Are you a collector of anything?

EB:  Magazines. Wait, that’s hoarding. Can we change this question to “Are you a hoarder of anything?” I collect Jelly Beans and pink Fizzers, do you have any?

cropped-images.jpg What is your first thought when you wake up?

EB: Varies, but mostly “What is the time?”

cropped-images.jpg Last thought before you go to sleep?

EB: Depends on the day, but mostly “A back rub would be nice right now.”

cropped-images.jpg  Dream job?

EB:  Running my own beauty line. Oooh, now that I mention it, can I also run my own bra line?

 cropped-images.jpg   Any hidden talents?

EB:  My boobs twerk.

cropped-images.jpg Are you mostly a clean or messy person?

EB: Pretty balanced, mostly clean.

cropped-images.jpg Name one regret you have?

EB:  Not participating more in social and extra-mural activities at school.

cropped-images.jpg  One thing you miss about being a kid?

EB: Running around and playing sport without a care in the world, and eating anything without a worry. Especially eating Holy Moly’s with my pa in the car, so that my ma wouldn’t know. She sent us to the shop to get bread and milk ONLY.

cropped-images.jpg One thing you love about being a woman?

EB: Just one? There’s an expectation of greatness, which motivates me to be better.

cropped-images.jpg  Favourite song at the moment?

EB:  What is this question? *cries* 23 comes to mind, by Mike Will Made It ft Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J. I love Miley’s parts. Oh, also, Gorilla by Bruno Mars. Love you, Peter! *blows kiss*

The serious stuff:

cropped-images.jpg   Do you think morals are universal or relative to the beliefs, traditions and practices of individuals or groups?

EB:  SHEESH! This is tough. Although I think it should be universal, a lot of the time it is (generally) shaped by beliefs, traditions and practices of individuals/groups. Some issues/situations are clear-cut: there’s a right and a wrong, and other times, there are shades of grey for different people. But the grey is often influenced by beliefs/traditions/culture/brain development. 

cropped-images.jpg    Do you think God exists?

EB:  Does what I “think” matter?

cropped-images.jpg    Do you think any kind of afterlife exists?

EB:  Eh… I don’t think of this very “simply” but yes, I do. 

cropped-images.jpg    Do you vote? Why/why not?

EB:  Yes, because it is my democratic right, as well as a responsibility. 

cropped-images.jpg  Your thoughts on gay marriage?

EB:  I don’t have thoughts on “gay marriage”. If people (read: anyone) love each other and want to be united in marriage, they should be able to make that choice and have the option. My thoughts on marriage, however…

Elana Bailey

Elana Bailey

Who’s that Girl? Michelle Bartie

Ordinary Women

I met this lovely lady 10 years ago when we worked together at NFB. We quickly made friends and before long had an amazing supper club going, with in house entertainment provided by the husbands.  Michelle (aka Bart Girl) and the family relocated to Port Elizabeth while we were still living in East London, which made for regular trips to Port Elizabeth for our family.   Shell, I would so have had lip-ice down as the one luxury you can’t do without 🙂

Getting to know you:

cropped-images.jpg    Tell us a little bit about yourself?

MB:  Wife, mother, friend, taxi driver, maid, cook, counsellor blah, blah, blah…….I am very lucky to be able to work part-time in the insurance industry.  I also have a small little home business.  I package gift baskets & boxes, mainly for corporate clients

cropped-images.jpg  Daily routine?

MB:  Wake up at 4h45, gym (when hubby is not out of town), get kids ready for school drop-off, work until lunch time, taxi time!! Home, supper, homework, my other job (gift basket packaging), time for wine & series catch-up – I’m a series junkie!

cropped-images.jpg Things you loved about living in New York?

MB: What didn’t I love??? Oh just the vibe, anyone who has been will relate.  Also the lasting friendships I formed and the overall experience for a young girl, this is where I found the real me and I think changed from a child into an adult.  NYC has a special place in my heart.  This is also where I realised my husband was “the one”! Oh and bagels & Starbucks coffee……………

cropped-images.jpg Things you missed about South Africa while living abroad?

MB: Family, my man, meat – they cook 1 steak for a family of 5!! Yes! I am a read meat chick! Home cooked meals, not everything out of a box!!

cropped-images.jpg   What is your middle name?

MB: Carol

cropped-images.jpg Fears?

MB:    Spiders

cropped-images.jpg   Anything you wish to change about yourself?

MB:    My height, so the weight can be more evenly spread…hehehe

cropped-images.jpg  List 3 of your best personality traits?

MB:   Honesty, true friend, I think my organisational skills are pretty awesome (Yes Nix, Monica is still around)

cropped-images.jpg   List 3 of your worst personality traits?

MB:   Put everyone else’s needs before mine, love gossip (is that bad??), impatient.

cropped-images.jpg   One thing not many peoples know about you?

MB:   I’m quite an open book I think

cropped-images.jpg   Do you have any bad habits?

MB:   Perhaps you should ask my husband cos I think I am just cool…..  

 The fun stuff:

cropped-images.jpg   What was your nickname in high school?

MB:    Shells

cropped-images.jpg  Any tattoo’s or piercings?

MB:  Nah, just ears pierced

cropped-images.jpg  What is on your beside table?

MB:  Lewis Pugh’s 21 Yaks & a Speedo, hand cream, eye cream, panic button, a few mag’s

cropped-images.jpg   Are you a morning or night person?

MB: Definitely morning

cropped-images.jpg  If you could get a free airfare, name a country you would visit?

MB:  Alaska by cruise

cropped-images.jpg  One luxury you can’t do without?

MB: Hand cream

cropped-images.jpg   Ninja’s or pirates?

MB: Neither really 

cropped-images.jpg   Favourite childhood television program?

MB: My little pony, Trompie

cropped-images.jpg  Are you a collector of anything?

MB:  Photo’s, I take hoards and don’t delete anything!!

cropped-images.jpg  What is your first thought when you wake up?

MB: I jump up and go,go,go, my thoughts only kick in with my coffee in the car

cropped-images.jpg  Last thought before you go to sleep?

MB: I struggle to “shut down” at night, so just watch series until I pass out

cropped-images.jpg  Dream job?

MB:   National Geographic photographer

cropped-images.jpg   Any hidden talents?

MB:  None that have presented themselves yet

cropped-images.jpg  Name one regret you have?

MB: I have no regrets, just lessons learn’t

 cropped-images.jpg  One thing you miss about being a kid?

MB:   No worries, freedom, no responsibilities

cropped-images.jpg One thing you love about being a woman?

MB:   Being a mom.  And we really are the fairer sex!

cropped-images.jpg  Favourite song at the moment?

MB:   Avicii, Wake me up

cropped-images.jpg  Since PE has been featured so often on Come Dine with Me SA, if you were a contestant, what would your menu be?One

MB:   Probably something like this: Caprese salad starter, roast deboned, stuffed leg of lamb with a beet root & feta salad and potato wedges and for dessert, creme brûlée and lots of pink bubbles throughout the evening.

cropped-images.jpg  Favourite fragrance?

MB:   Narcisso Rodriguez for Her

The serious stuff:

cropped-images.jpg   Do you think morals are universal or relative to the beliefs, traditions and practices of individuals or groups?

MB:  I think they have a lot to do with your upbringing.

cropped-images.jpg    Do you think God exists?

MB:  Yes

cropped-images.jpg    Do you think any kind of afterlife exists?

MB:  I like to think so but am wavering a bit on this topic at the moment.

cropped-images.jpg   Do you vote? Why/why not?

MB: Yes, I then have a right to have my say.

cropped-images.jpg  Your thoughts on gay marriage?

MB: I have no problem with gay people, each unto their own I say and honestly see no difference between gay or straight marriage.

 

Bart Girl

Bart Girl