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.

Fitness|Fitness event

Planet Fitness Sweat Party

Those of you that know me, will know that I absolutely love fitness events.

This time I headed off to the Planet Fitness Sweat Party held in association with USN and Women’s Health Magazine.  The event was held at the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton which made for a grand venue, especially with the majestic statue of Madiba towering over us in the background.

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Sharing in the Madiba Magic

A total of approximately 700 men, women and children attended the event and the fact that this event was for everyone justified my excitement.  It meant that I could workout with my kids and seeing that I’m on a mission to get my kids living a healthy and active life this was the ideal event for us.

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He’s definitely #FitLikeMummy

Host Siv Ngesi brought the energy and his dynamic personality as he kicked off the event.  Let me not forget to mention that he brought the moves as well.  His witty and out-there sense of humour had everyone pumped and rearing to go.  My little one was super excited to meet the uber dynamic Siv in person.

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Skylar & Siv Ngesi

 

We eased into the proceedings for the day with a warm-up of Sun Salutation Yoga, which was followed by a very intense Zumba challenge and Brazilian Booty Blast that I will be feeling for days.  Then it was more Zumba Fitness and Strong by Zumba which definitely turned the mornings event into a sweat party of note.  The fact that it was an exceptionally hot day magnified the situation and we were sweating up a storm.  And of all days I decided to workout in white.

The highlight of fitness events is the introduction of new and exciting workouts.  The Planet Fitness Sweat Party introduced PILOXING which is basically a combination where Boxing meets Pilates meets Dance.  This was hands-down my favorite workout of the day and is definitely the type of exercise that appeals to me and my personality.

The day came to an end with Bollywood fusion followed by a Yoga cool down. All in all it was a fantastic morning and even though we finished earlier than scheduled I honestly think everyone was super grateful as it was exceptionally hot and space was limited.  USN treated everyone with samples of their products all morning long and then if that wasn’t enough we were given a parting gift and sent on our merry and sweaty way with a Spike in hand.


This event was exceptionally special for me because I got to meet so many people who follow me and my blog.  It was so lovely to hear about their journeys and experiences.  Words will never be able to express the gratitude I feel for the kind words of encouragement and thanks received on the day.  Days like these reaffirm how surrounding yourself with like-minded people is essentially the key to winning at maintaining a healthy lifestyle change.

 

Fitness|Fitness event

Fit Night Out Cape Town

When Women’s Health SA advertised late last year that Fit Night Out, Cape Town was on the cards for early 2018, I had a serious case of FOMO and very impulsively decided to book my ticket. Maybe this is the point where I mention that I actually live in Johannesburg.  Travel all the way for a fitness event? I hear you ask.  Well who wouldn’t when #FNO is a gathering of women from all walks of life who do so in the name of fitness and fun. Women’s Health has created a platform that is all about women empowerment, self-acceptance and love and a whole lot of letting your hair down, getting your beautiful bodies moving and building up a sweat. In short,  FNO is an epic workout party and one you seriously shouldn’t miss.

The weekend finally arrived and I hopped onto a plane headed to the Mother City for some fun in the sun.  Little did I know that I would be presented with an opportunity to hang with and interview fitness experts who inspire and motivate me.  This was truly the stuff dreams are made of and I was absolutely beside myself.  I mean I was spending a weekend with my amazing friends, they were going to experience my lifestyle change in person (instead of on Instagram) and …. I was getting to meet the people who have impacted my life in the most profound way.

With approximately 1700 women in attendance, almost doubling 2017’s register, it was a truly magnificent summer’s day with DJ Zar pumping out the coolest of the coolest tunes.  As the sun blazed down upon us ladies, the rhythm took control and as energy levels increased, uncertainty and nervousness washed away for the first-timers readying us for an amazing evening of fitness fun.

The event kicked off with Grid workouts at the Virgin Active stand, photo ops at the Shield stand and some retail therapy at the Adidas store.

An impressive line up of some of SA’s top fitness experts was scheduled for the night.

  • Ceri Hannan and his team kicked of the night with an energising warm-up.
  • Women’s Health #NextFitStar Inge Viljoen took us back in time with an 80’s aerobic workout.
  • Queen Fitnass pulled off an impressive skipping demo
  • PopUpGym with Letshego Zulu and Queen Fitnass demonstrated a killer partner workout
  • Inge Viljoen challenged former Miss SA, Melinda Bam to a workout (check out the March issue of Women’s Health Mag to find out how she got them abs)
  • Yoga with Earthchild Project lead by the uber sassy Noks
  • Afropop Gumboot Class with 33Concepts
  • Rumble Boxing Class with Virgin Active

Additional intense workouts by Queen Fitnass, Takkies and Fitness Bunnie got the ladies moving at the Shield Stage while Siv N and Aneeke aka FitGirlZA amped things up on the other end at the Powerade stage.

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Shield #FitSquad with  @sbahle_mpisane@queenfitnass  and  @takkies7 were #ShieldReady

Boy oh boy, did the #FITSQUAD bring the heat.  What better ambassadors than these three remarkable fitness experts, to put Shield’s Invisible Black & White range to the test of all tests.  These ladies are absolute powerhouses and are always on the move. Fit Night Out was no exception.

QueenFitnass performed several demonstrations and if you follow her on Instagram, you will know that this titan of a woman knows no limits and its easy to see that #NeverDone is the epitome of everything she encompasses.  Having recently given birth to a beautiful baby girl, sexy fit mom Takkies helped the ladies get in touch with their sexy selves.  This Creator/Founder of Rockingnheels Dance Workout and choreographer showed off her moves and the ladies were keen to follow suit.  Takkies is an excellent example for all women out there that there are #NoExcuses.  She is real and oh so relatable.  Last but most certainly not least of the #FitSquad is Sbahle aka FitnessBunnie.  Her high intensity workout had the ladies pretty much in it to win it … of course I’m referring to the spot prizes that Shield handed out on the day.  She was relentless and pushed the ladies to give it their absolute all.  Aside from her demonstration, FitnessBunnie was also wonderfully supportive, encouraging and dancing alongside her #FitSquad when they performed on stage. If fitness videos and meal guides are what you’re after then this entrepreneur and fitness expert is indeed the one to follow.

Shields latest innovation for the invisible range is “specially formulated with Clearex and Micro-Crystal technology.  As a result it offers less product buildup with the same 48-hour protection – so your clothes stay protected and so do you”.  The fact that almost everyone in attendance was dressed in black and white, really made this the perfect opportunity to determine if Shield’s latest innovation was all it’s cracked up to be.  So it  was exceptionally apt that the awesome goodie bags we received, contained Shield Products so all the ladies were indeed #ShieldReady for Fit Night Out.

Low and behold, after 7 hours of working out and running around taking pics as well as conducting interviews, I can honestly say no white marks on black tops; no yellow stains on my FNO white vest and despite me sweating up a storm, I was and definitely felt protected.

Fit Night Out is powered by @womenshealthmagsa and @adidasza in partnership with @shieldza, @totalsports_sa@virginactivesa, #powerade and #polaroideyewear .

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FNO Goodie Bag

See you soon Durban and Johannesburg, because Fit Night Out will be heading your way sooner than you know it.