Lifestyle|Women

Every Month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month with The BraGuru

Those of you that follow me will know that Taryn Palacios from The Bra Guru has a very special place in my heart. Pretty much because she is a whole lot of special. Her business is more than just a business. Taryn is all about empowering women to feel confident and comfortable in their skin.

Wearing the correct bra and bra size can do wonders for a woman.  Aside from ensuring that you have total support and comfort, imagine a life without irritations and that dreaded chafing. Boosted confidence will mean that you look and feel sexy, appealing and attractive. Any outfit worn over a correctly fitted bra will look incredible and flattering. So I strongly suggest that you make that appointment at The Bra Guru to get that professional bra fitting done sooner rather than later. You can thank me later!

#ThinkPink

Taryn has taken on a new initiative at The Bra Guru this year and hosted her first Annual Pink Party in October. She has teamed up with The M Store and Kindness Like Confetti for an absolutely incredible cause that you can also get involved in.  Below, Taryn shares more about this incredibly important initiative.

1. Tell me more about the initiative you are spearheading and why it means so much to you?

Being in the bra business we are exposed to breast cancer and the many brave survivors on a weekly basis, it is the reason we decided to introduce our post-operative range. To ensure that your breast prosthesis and/or remaining breast are supported correctly we have a range of bra’s specifically designed for women with mastectomy’s. We are passionate about women having a healthy relationship with their breasts and providing a supportive and helpful service that can make their recovery that much easier. Every month is breast cancer awareness month with us but we are so happy to host our annual pink party to bring attention to how we can help and for women to stay up to date with the latest developments.

2. Collection of old bras (how long will Bra Guru be a drop off point?)

You, dear reader can get involved and help by donating your old bras which will be donated to ladies in need. The Bra Guru will be a collection point all year round and ladies are welcome to come in and drop them off anytime. Let’s put those old bras to good use and positively impact lives together. Your donation of an old bra will also get you a 10% discount.

3. Does the 10% discount apply for the duration of the campaign?

We offer the 10% off for your bra donation, this is usually an October campaign, but I am very happy to extend it to all Fit Like Mummy followers. If they donate a bra they get 10% off by telling us they heard of us from the “Fit Like Mummy blog

4. How is Chene Kerswill & The M Store involved?

The M Store provides post mastectomy bra’s and breast prostheses to reinstate confidence, femininity & comfort to women who have had a mastectomy. Chene Kerswill studied Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics at Tshwane University of Technology and works at Deist & Associates Prosthetic Centre as well as running The M Store.

The M Store will measure and supply your Lymphedema garments as our Qualified Lymphedema specialists have extensive training pertaining to edema in breast cancer patients. Our practitioners will measure your extremity, prescribe and supply the relevant compression sleeve. Al l items are covered by your medical aid. The M Store also provides expert advice & bra fitting services by a certified post mastectomy bra & breast form fitter. This will ensure that you are fitted with the correct bra & breast prostheses!

5. Alyson Samson – Kindness like Confetti

Kindness Like Confetti (KLC) is a registered non-profit organization based in Linden, Johannesburg. KLC runs the Project Uplift where they collect new as well as gently used bras for women who can’t afford their own. In addition to this they run three other projects, as well as running monthly projects in the spirit of kindness which target different community needs. Please join Team KLC and help them change the world! Get in touch with Alyson Samson on 0726751536.

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Cricket|Women

Gob smacked that the Protea Women’s Team heads of to the Women’s World T20 tournament without a title sponsor

On the 23rd of October 2018, I joined in the festivities when Cricket South Africa (CSA) pulled out all the stops to host a send-off never to be forgotten, for the Protea Women’s Cricket Team prior to them heading off to the West Indies. Captain, Dane van Niekerk and her team are all set to take on the Women’s World T20 tournament this month.

The street outside CSA was lined with media and excited young ladies who waved South African flags as they awaited the arrival of the Protea Women’s Team. As the team bus came to a stop outside CSA, one could not help but feel Proud to be a South African and especially proud to be a female. It was evident that the send-off was a well-kept secret as the overwhelmed players disembarked the bus and made their way into the building.

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A National Sporting Team without a Title Sponsor

As the formalities got under way, it was mentioned that the Protea Women’s Team doesn’t have a title sponsor. How, in the 21st century does a team of professional players, representing their country at the highest level in a sport (that has traditionally been male dominated) not have a title sponsor? Absolutely unbelievable if you ask me, but hopefully it’s just a matter of timing. The average age of the team is a super young 22 years old. The youngest is Laura Wolvaardt who turned 19 in April and the oldest is Shabnim Ismail who has just turned 30.

These young ladies are proudly South African, unbelievably talented and continue to do their country proud. The associated hashtags, #AlwaysRising and #WeAreMore embodies the true essence of the Protea Women’s Team who give their very best with or without a title sponsor.

Chat Time with the Protea Women’s Team

I had the absolute honour and pleasure of getting to know the Protea Women’s Team when I interviewed some of them at their send-off. They are a fantastic bunch and the love and admiration they have for each other is extremely evident. I must admit their playfulness during their downtime is heartwarming and refreshing, but shouldn’t be mistaken for their commitment to the game of cricket. They ooze passion for cricket and their enthusiasm for the game is contagious. Below is my interview with some of the players, including Vice Captain Chloe Tryon.

My Message to SA Brands

To the incredible brands out there, “What are you waiting for??” The opportunity to be the title sponsor for the Protea Women’s Team is something you should be jumping at. Time is seriously limited as these ladies are pumped and ready to take over the cricket world. It is just a matter of time before they are snatched up. Plus they do plan to bring home the Women’s World T20 tournament trophy.

World T20 Kicks-off

This coming weekend sees the official start of the Women’s World T20 tournament, so make sure you don’t miss a game.

Proteas Women WT20 schedule:

  • Monday, November 12 – SA v Sri Lanka
  • Wednesday, November 14 – SA v West Indies
  • Friday, November 16 – SA v England
  • Sunday, November 18 – SA v Qualifier 1

To the Protea Women’s Team … we are 100% behind you ladies, so go kick ass and bring back the trophy like only you can.

Review|Women

Review – Anita Active Dynamix Star Max Support Sports Bra

A month ago I was invited to try out the Anita Active Dynamix Star Max Support Sports Bra and was requested to seriously put it through its paces before writing a honest review.

This however wasn’t the first time I had seen an Anita Active bra. During my initial encounter with the Anita Active range earlier this year, I immediately fell in love with the look and feel of the bra, but somehow never got around to trying it out.

The Importance of a Good Fitting Sports Bra

To be rather honest, I seriously underestimated the importance of a good fitting bra. Apparently it’s all about the perfect fit! Experts say it’s just as important to wear a well-fitted, quality sports bra as it is a pair of quality trainers. A good fitting bra can make a big difference to your workout as well as your breast health. Let’s not forget your soaring confidence levels.

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Wearing the Anita Active Momentum Wire Free Sports Bra in this photo (but this is a review for another day)

During my fitting, Taryn from the Bra Guru explained in detailed how a bra should fit and stressed the importance of getting measured by a professional bra fitting service. Check out my blog post on The Bra Guru to get the low down on all things bra related.

My Thoughts on the Anita Active Dynamix Star Max Support Sports Bra

  • Lets start with the fabric which is extremely lightweight and I love the barely there feel of it on my skin.
  • The dual colour options are vibrant and bold. I must admit that I felt super sexy and confident wearing that bra, purely because of the design and the way it immediately improved my posture.
  • The fabric is also breathable, which is aimed at active sweat management. After wearing that bra for an entire day in Durban, which is known for its hot and humid weather, I will have to admit that this feature of the Anita Active bra gets a 10/10.
  • Its front-adjustable strap system allows an “easy on & off”. This is truly such a cool feature and design. It really does make life easier and makes this an all round sports bra. You can basically adjust the straps depending out your workout.
  • The back, cross design feature sits at exactly the right spot on my back. I found it super comfortable and was able to wear the bra for a long period without experiencing my usual back pain.
  • The straps are padded and I really like the thickness of the straps. I found that it didn’t cut into my shoulders during high impact activities.
  • Due to my foot being injured, I am unable to run at the moment. So I asked a friend who owns an Anita Active Bra to review the bra during her run. She confirmed that the straps did not cut into her shoulders during to her run and that movement is minimal. So more run, less bounce!
  • This is a wireless bra that actually performs like a bra with a solid under wire support. My breasts honestly haven’t looked this amazing since I was 16. Unbelievable support and shape and for the first time ever, my breasts and my body are not at war with each other. My breasts move with my body and not against it.
  • Another feature that has me shook – there’s NO padding of the bra cups, yet it gives the perfect shape to ones breasts. Have a look at the video below to see what I mean
  • And finally. Wait for it … these bras are available in cup sizes AA-G. You heard right, a G cup!

After wearing the Anita Active Dynamix Star Max Support Sports Bra regularly over the past month, I have to admit that I now understand why this sexy sports bra won the international Red Dot Design Award.

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Inspirational Peeps|Women

Left Empowered & Inspired as Sta-Sof-Fro wrapped up the #WearYou Seminar Series for 2018

Balancing Love, Life and Everything in Between

Sta-Sof-Fro, the No. 1 brand in South Africa for people who prefer to style their own natural hair, wrapped up a series of events focussed on empowering women with a final salon seminar for 2018 in Johannesburg. The series focussed on the following Seminar themes:-

  • Seminar #1 – Wealth
  • Seminar #2 – The Profitability of Passion
  • Seminar #3 – Balancing Act

I was pleasantly surprised with an invite to attend this prestigious, (invite-only) event. The event was held at the exclusive Fairlawns Boutique Hotel in Sandton.

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I won tickets to the event for my friend and I with Mapula Ndhlovu

Having a full-time career, being a working mom by day, who is also a blogger by night and balancing everyday life is something I have managed to master with time. Achieving balance is however different for every woman and can sometimes become extremely overwhelming. With some women having it all together, it begged the all-important question of …. “How?”

The third panel of #WearYou speakers came together to answer that very question. The panel of speakers included media personalities and business women Palesa Masiteng and Lerato Sengadi. The Queen of Fitness herself, Mapule Ndhlovu as well as medical doctor and fashionista Dr. Nandipha Sekeleni. These four remarkable women, each power-houses in their own rights, joined the stunning Nicole Bessick on stage.

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On the couch with Nicole Bessick

The unscripted Q & A session with the quick-thinking and witty Nicole, had these ladies share their personal experiences in career and life. Their individual and honest takes on how they have managed to achieve balance in their lives was not only refreshing but also inspiring. As we sat in the audience clinging to their every word, in the hopes of finding the key to achieving balance, we found ourselves laughing, smiling and even crying. Best of all, the women, who are all extremely different were in fact all relatable for various reasons. In fact, several of the women who attended the seminar agreed with the above statement.

For the past 7 months Sta-Sof-Fro opened the floor for women to engage and share their personal experiences. Their journey’s no doubt changed fellow woman’s lives. The intimate seminars, aimed to break stereotypes and create dynamic dialogue, allowing the #versastyle women to embrace their personal truths, reminding all, that it’s ok to be and #WearYou. The #WearYou campaign has been and continues to be an extension of what the Sta-Sof-Fro ethos stands for.

Final Words from the Brand Manager

“Watching this campaign take shape and to have these ladies breathe life into it has been an overwhelming experience,” commented Sta-Sof-Fro Brand Manager Lerato Selepe. “The speakers and guests have shared, laughed and cried, they have experienced “I thought I was the only one” and “aha” moments and #WearYou made a real impact on the lives of women which is what Sta-Sof-Fro believes in.”

Plans for the Future

Sta-Sof-Fro foresees keeping this movement alive with plans to involve more leaders in various industries on the continent. To allow them a platform to share their personal experiences, truths and narratives as real woman in an ever-changing world.

The Key to Living a Balanced Life

Women who attended the event reiterated the fact that they felt empowered and inspired in more ways than one at the end of each seminars. It dawned on them that self-love is indeed the greatest revolution. The focus on living a guilt-free life that encompasses being kinder to oneself is the actual key to living a balanced and fulfilled life.

Leave a comment below to let me know what your #VERSASTYLE is.

Wellness

Grabbing PMS by the Balls

At the very tender age of 40 I can thankfully say that I have no freakin clue as to the kind of havoc PMS can cause in a woman’s life. Well I do, but I don’t if you know what I mean. That time of the month is really a non-event in my life but so many of you have a completely different story to mine. In the interest of understanding what throws you over the edge and turns you into a crazed lunatic, this post if for you, the woman who has to face the dreaded monster called PMS.

PMS

How long should it last?

PMS should start consistently a week to two weeks before your period and stop a day or two after menstruation starts. Which basically means that on average you have a week of calm and peace in your life. Like WTF?? But that’s life and we got to find ways to roll with the punches.

The most common emotional PMS symptoms

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Crying
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Food Cravings
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Over-sensitivity
  • Sadness
  • Rage

Ways to cope with PMS

Exercise. As much as you didn’t want to hear this, physical activity can lift moods and improve depression. Exercise may help counteract some of the hormone changes that may trigger severe PMS. No one is expecting you to run a marathon. Try taking a walk, running, cycling, swimming or even yoga.

Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and sweets. Another thing you didn’t really want to hear. I mean what the hell are you going to be left with. I’m not entirely sure that this is the answer to your problem, but avoiding caffeine, alcohol and sweets (sugar) can make a considerable difference.

Small, frequent meals. Eating small meals throughout the day rather than two or three big meals may also help ease PMS symptoms. Try to eat six small meals a day to keep your blood sugar levels steady.

Calcium supplements. It’s been said that getting plenty of calcium can help ease mood changes related to severe PMS. Chat to your GP to get a supplement that can help your body cope better during your menstrual cycle.

Stress management. Stress can make severe PMS symptoms worse, so finding ways to give stress the slip can help treat PMS. Try relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing and yoga.

Chart your symptoms. Chart your symptoms for several months to be sure that you are experiencing PMS and not another conditions. Debilitating PMS is a reality which includes both physical and emotional symptoms. It is therefore best to consult your doctor on ways to cope.

Holistic approach. Massage and acupuncture have been known to help some women cope better.

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