I simply cannot say it better than Seth does from 2oceansvibe. Standard Bank, I’m talking to you. I know you need to reach me so I can fill out this and collect that. But I’m not going to answer your private number. I don’t care if I never get my new credit card. Really, I don’t.
And to those friends of mine who insist on taking off their caller IDs because I don’t take their calls every time they phone, you are pretty much the reason I have stopped answering my phone completely. You have spoilt it for everyone.
Seriously, y’ulle. I’m a busy person. My hair smells like rich mahogany. Why can’t you just send a text message?
Phoning someone: totally arb.
Posted in Cape Town, cellular, insight, mobile
Tagged 2oceansvibe, blogger, calling from private number, cellphone ettiquette, manners, my branded life, phone ettiquette, rude, seth, south africa, standard bank
the time for me to grow up has finally arrived. see, for the past 3 years i have been freeloading off the companies i work for and relying on my oral sex skills to keep me in laptops. but now in these harsh economic times it seems that not even a blowjob can get passed under the tax table without someone asking why the new girl has the MacBook Pro Aluminium Ltd Edition Steve Jobs worx, and the sad truth is that if i want a fancy laptop i am going to have to buy one. sigh.
some people ask me, “Alex, why didn’t you buy one ages ago, you are so digital and stuff, surely you want your own super duper machine??”
it’s a good question, but i have a good answer, and that is that buying a piece of digital as meaningful and statement-making as a laptop makes me want to wet myself just so that i have something else to think about. see, the machine i buy will slot me into someone’s pigeonhole, and i have a lot of brand therapy to get through before i even start on my digital brand-made persona. for example, i am still not drinking alcohol because making a decision about what to drink and hence making a statement about who i am really is too much for me. this girl can’t cope with that right now, not before i decide on my summer sunglasses brand. and now i have been forced between a work-provided desktop PC (yes they still make them LOL) and some sort of mobile digital device that says the following about me:
- i am an innovator and not afraid to try and buy new things and i am smart enough to make the choice that is not the obvious one for everyone else but totally works for me
- i am rich and have a lot of money to throw around despite everyone suffering in these harsh economic times which means i am an anomaly and hence highly desirable as a friend / colleague / blogger / girlfriend / cool chick in ur photos / person taking photos at your self-published book launch
- i have an amazing sense of style and taste that makes anyone who sees my piece of digital feel inadequate in all that they do, including their career, who they are as a person, as a lover and of course, especially, on levels of physical attractiveness
- i have my shit together yet i am also a slightly kooky wildcard and my digital piece is alternately an object of love and peace and beauty and a devastating weapon of destruction and slicey words that will blow your mind and also make you see things differently and change your perspective on how you view yourself
- that i am a self-starting innovative go-getter who will stop at nothing to release her single / publish her book / write her blog / twitter her thoughts / upload photos of her rad life / download photos of her friends’ rad lives / shop online for her favourite brands (as of yet just a handful because i am really discerning)
Need laptop with auto-facebook-reply to keep in touch with my "friends".
you see how hard this decision is? do i get a sony viaoaoaooo or whatever in pastel pink because it contradicts my strong jawline? or do i get the new macbook air because it’s completely useless in south africa and it will make people wonder how i make my money? or do i go against the laptop grain and get the most advanced blackberry known to mankind and make a big deal of blogging at the family christmas or whenever i’m in a mall? would i go to malls just to blog and start a mall-blogging trend?
Which laptop makes me appealing to child predators?
this decision will have severe repercussions, make no mistake. i just want y’ulle to know that i’m putting a lot of thought into it and can promise that i will make the right decision when the times comes, and i might change my mind, but that will be the right decision, too.
Posted in branding, cool products, free stuff, mobile, my real life, online, personal branding, purchase process, retail, technology
Tagged apple, better, blogger, brand, cake, chick, choice, choosing, consumer, decision, digital, free computer, girls, hot, judged, laptop, MAC, macbook pro, make people feel inadequate, mybrandedlife, oral sex, pc, pigeon-holed, process, south africa, technology, which, which laptop to buy, young dolls
this time hosted by emma. and you can only imagine, i’m sure.
Posted in Cape Town, parties, SA cool kids
Tagged blogger, Cape Town, christmas party, decoration, emma rasmussen, gammon sticks, ideas, mince peyes, mybrandedlife, south africa
ended up at kirstenbosch gardens for Emily’s birthday which coincided with the love jones concert. who’d have thought these guys could draw this kind of crowd? though the idyllic setting may have something to do with it.
and some scenes from office putt putt in mouille point:
Posted in Cape Town, instant grass, music, office fun, people i work with, popculture, SA cool kids, youth
Tagged birthday, blogger, Cape Town, concert, emily veitch, instant grass, kirstenbosch, love jones, mybrandedlife, office, putt putt, south africa
christmas in jozi, jozi style. hosted by the terminally stylish genevieve melville.
Posted in fashion, johannesburg, parties, popculture, SA cool kids
Tagged , blogger, christmas party, cool kids, crackers, dance, genevieve melville, johannesburg, john sithole, jozi, mince pie, mybrandedlife, south africa, style
rad sticker on shirley’s locker
naughty pens painting by james b hannah, found at paige’s place
chandelier, also at paige’s place. stunning, is vintage, i <3 it.
this is a waterproof book especially for summer by the pool – you can wet it and drop it in the shallows and still read it, rocking. last summer i managed to drop Shantaram into the pool twice, so it bloomed like a flower and became unreadable. although you have to have wrists like a man to handle that book.
Posted in cool stuff i like, design, instant grass, popculture, seen around town
Tagged blogger, chandelier, cool stuff seen around, james b hannah, manga girl sticker, mybrandedlife, naughty pens painting, paige nick, south african, vintage, waterproof book
a while ago we were approached by Legit to identify a super cool up-and-coming sassy lady to become the face of the brand. after going through a whole lot of so-so’s, we all decided on Nonhle, who’s currently bubbling up all sorts of fuss from her role as presenter on Channel O, and all the fun stuff that goes with that, like hanging with Hollywood:
here’s nonhle snug under rihanna’s umbrella. and here she is during a makeup session:
and here’s a nice little write up nonhle’s progress got on Suga’s Bloggiwood local schleb blog, which is where i got these images too. i reckon nonhle’s only going to get bigger round these parts. that’s if she doesn’t get snapped up the in states since she’s there all the time.
Posted in celebrity, fashion, internet, johannesburg, retail, SA cool kids
Tagged , actress, blogger, bloggiwood, celebrity, channel O, instant grass, mybrandedlife, nonhle tema, personality, popular, presenter, rihanna, south african, suga, trends, umbrella, youth