March 5, 2019 Roshan

Autumn Moments ~ Falling Leaves ~ Awakening Roots.  Ever had the feeling like you needed a defibrillator to kickstart, or reawaken your life?  Well instead of something that requires your heart to stop before using it… try looking at your life from a landscape perspective. I recently came across this insightful article from Court Sinclair, which dealt with ones Inner Landscape and I’d like to share some it with you here as it gives you a practical exercise to help you interpret your own inner landscape. If you had the ability to SEE inside of yourself, would you? The natural world…

January 8, 2019 Roshan

Whether you have a Boss from Hell or a Boss made in Heaven, we don’t get to choose our boss. They choose us.  The selection process is determined by the type of Boss you find,  and the type of employee the Boss wants. Which ultimately points out whether he/she wants a pushover, strong and independent, easy to reprimand, or a diy employee. As a female boss, many of my female employees were under the impression that I would be the dragon lady. To one or two I probably was. Apart from the generalised stamp, my staff members came to realise…

January 2, 2019 Roshan

Looking back on goals I set for 2018, I did pretty well in achieving them, but it wasn’t so much setting goals than the steps taken to achieve them. Here’s how that rolled out: Create a Modest Fashion Retail space.  Brought an International Fashion Brand to South Africa and set them up for retail at the Artem Gallery. Brought the Council of Modest Fashion to South Africa. Together with the COMFAfrica team hosted a Modest Fashion Conference and Exhibition, and soon after, set up the Africa Modest Fashion Collective PopUp store at Kenilworth Centre. Set out to study a Honours…

December 13, 2018 Roshan

The year started as every other does; a suitcase of routine and dreams:  meet the teachers, cover school books, last minute back to school shopping, and an eagerness to take on the new year. My eagerness got the better of me; I enrolled and applied for an Honours degree rather late in the first term, applied to stand on the SGB at my sons school, applied to stand as Class Representative for my daughters school, and accepted invitations to attend fashion industry events on behalf of my company Style Africa. My initial plan for 2018 was as follows Make time for…

December 3, 2018 Roshan

Not sure if we were highly confused or just messed up.  In the 80s, I wore floral pants and stripe jerseys – no one complained – no one called the fashion police – fortunately NO ONE TOOK ANY PHOTOS.  I think most of the fashion fauxpas happened in the 80s.  From hair to makeup to wardrobe. In the 80s Madonna wore big bows, brightly dyed hair, and lace downtown, while Paloma Picasso wore retro sunglasses and sumptuous elegance uptown.  The eighties was an over-the-top period when, stylistically, anything seemed to go. When you think of the 80s you probably remember:…

November 21, 2018 Roshan

ç At the age of 19, I recall my cv being read out during a Humanology course. The lecturer pointed out that; “This young lady has done more in her life than a 40-year-old.”  Now that I am 40 I’ve had to summarise and leave things off my cv by highlighting what is relevant to the purpose it is required for. I feel 22, (sometimes act like it too).  I’ve never lived up to stereotypes – always created my own paths when I couldn’t find one that suited my needs or what I envisioned for myself. This makes me stubborn…

November 7, 2018 Roshan

Homespun is an independent ethical skincare formulator offering luxury natural skincare and holistic products. I was introduced to this awesome brand on my visit to Workshop Modesty; a modest fashion boutique in Cape Town, South Africa.  I met Ilhaam, an agent of Homespun who took me through the amazing product range from scrubs, serums, lipsticks. They even have a beard range for men. Owner of Homespun, Yasmin Thokan says; Homespun was not a life long dream.  It was just something that came to be by my inquisitive mind.  I began researching skincare ingredients and found it absolutely fascinating.  It started…

October 29, 2018 Roshan

Desert Cove Fashion from Dubai, UAE, is all about the hottest trends being hijabi-fied to suite the wants and needs of all women who wish to dress modestly, yet fashionably.   Designer Mosika Zeid took a few minutes to speak with me about the birth of Desert Cove. Inspiration When I began my journey as a Hijabi, I slowly lost my sense of style, which was due to the lack of trendy modest fashion wear.  Not only was it hard to still embrace my fashionable side but also harder to find the quality and coverage that I needed without the…

October 23, 2018 Roshan 3Comment

Ever feel like you’re in a slum and can’t seem to get out of it.  Procrastinating rather than focusing on what requires urgent attention.  Well…. Let me tell you… you probably just lost your mojo. Mojo is that thing that keeps you hyped up, gets you interested in what you’re doing and expands your ability to produce great work.  Defined in the dictionary as : good luck, charm or skill that seems to come from something magical or supernatural. Whether on the sports field, at work, or at home, whatever requires your full attention, requires your mojo to be activated. It’s…

October 15, 2018 Roshan

On Tuesday 16 October 2018, the Africa chapter of the global Council of Modest Fashion (COMF) will debut at Africa Halal Week. In partnership with Wesgro, COMF intends to be at the forefront of conversations around the current and growing landscape of modest fashion in South Africa, Africa and the world. On the heels of the successful Halal International Trade Business Meeting, Africa Halal Week is an initiative by Wesgro to foster business linkages, conversations and opportunities within the halal industry of Cape Town and the Western Cape, South Africa, and the rest of Africa. As an integral part of…

August 20, 2018 Roshan

I’m probably the typical yoyo dieter.  I move from balanced to un-balanced.  You may have noticed my weight fluctuating through the years. In 2015 I lost 16kgs in 4months.  It wasnt’ difficult and didn’t take a major amount of work either.  Just DISCIPLINE.  Over 2 years I managed to gain about the same amount back (sad as it may seem). However this made me realise that it actually takes me longer to gain weight than lose.  So on the plus side (excuse the pun), it shouldn’t be too hard for me to return to a reasonably healthy weight after my…

May 14, 2018 Roshan

We are too critical of ourselves when we look in the mirror. Why do we look in the mirror?  To see if we are pulled together properely? To see if the image before us is what we want to present to the world? What if we don’t like what we see?  How can we change how we see ourselves? Allow me to introduce you to the 3C’s; colour, confidence, comfort. The 3C’s that affect the way we see and feel about ourselves and the way in which we see and feel about the world around us.   CONFIDENCE Confidence is…