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Studied journalism at Rhodes University and graduated with a Honours in Multimedia at Vega. Currently works as a Media Strategist / Content developer / Creative writer. Ardent lover of Time. Nature. Music. Travel. Coffee. Macaroons. Jeans. Sneakers. Collared shirts. Bow-ties. Plants. Tattoos. Creative writer. Blogger.

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Advocates: Bonafide Beards Grooming

Written by | Found in: Advocates | Posted on: 3 Dec 2014 - 9:49 am
  • Get the Beard Grooming Startup Pack for R440 at

It’s no secret that beards are pretty hip right now. Maintaining and looking after the fuzz, however, has taken a backseat with many faux-hipsters. Don’t be that guy. Bonafide Beards are the only proudly South African beard grooming range that’ll help you tame that facial hair while keeping your manhood intact. Super affordable and possibly the best beard grooming products I’ve encountered, Bonafide Beards are a must-have for anyone serious about their facial follicles. Get the Beard Grooming Startup Pack for R450. 

Advocates: Clayton Swanepoel | Simon and Mary

Written by | Found in: Advocates Fashion | Posted on: 24 Oct 2014 - 1:22 pm

I’ll be honest, hats are not my thing. So when I first encountered Simon and Mary I was a little sceptical. I tried a few on and fell in love. They’re so well crafted that even my large head felt at home in one of these noggin covers.

With a background of 70 years millinery experience, these guys are making hats the way the original milliner extraordinaire, Simon Pozniak, did back in the 60s. They’re even using the same machinery.

Find them at various stockists from R500. 

Advocates: Matblac

Written by | Found in: Advocates | Posted on: 24 Apr 2014 - 7:30 am
  • Macbook iSleeves, R930, MATBLAC
  • MatBlac 2

I got my first introduction to MATBLAC at the 2012 Design Indaba. His attention to detail and passion for his craft was and is still awe-inspiring. I really love his Macbook iSleeves. Made with a combination of German felt and South African bovine leather, the iSleeve will ensure your Macbook is protected from water and static. If like me you occasionally have butterfingers you’ll be happy to know that it’ll absorb some of the shock from tumbles too. Proudly South African these handcrafted covers will make your Macbook the envy of all other MacBooks.

Advocates: Pedersen & Lennard Stockholm Reading Lamp

Written by | Found in: Advocates | Posted on: 15 Apr 2014 - 9:11 am
  • Stockholm Reading Lamp, R950, Pedersen & Lennard

If you’re like me, then you take lighting (and especially lighting used for reading) pretty seriously. Pedersen & Lennard have designed this little beauty using steel and timber. What I love most about their Stockholm Reading Lamp is the unpretentious and simple design. Letting the materials do what they do best, they’ve managed to make this lamp a work of art. Get one of these luminary masterpieces (in a variety of colours) from their online store for R950.

Advocates: The Barbershop | Wolf & Maiden

Written by | Found in: Advocates | Posted on: 9 Apr 2014 - 7:19 am
  • ‘The Barbershop’ toiletry case, R900, Wolf & Maiden

When it comes to toiletries, every man should have a good quality travel bag for his grooming gear. Sorry guys, a Checkers packet just won’t cut it anymore. For something a little more classy and uber-masculine check out The Barbershop toiletry case by local designers Wolf & Maiden. Made from 100% genuine newbuck leather this baby’s been hand-stitched and will have even your most macho buddies jealous. It fits all the essentials and then some and I don’t travel anywhere without it. 

Advocates: Kiehl’s Facial Fuel For Men

Written by | Found in: Advocates | Posted on: 3 Mar 2014 - 4:12 pm
  • Kiehl's Ultimate Man Facial Fuel 125ml, R265, Edgars
    Refuel, re-energize, revitalize…and moisturize! Kiehl’s Insider Tip: Keep a spare tube in the refrigerator for the perfect day-after pick-me-up.
  • Kiehl's Facial Fuel Energising Scrub 100ml, R205, Edgars
    Efficient and energizing facial cleanser thoroughly removes dirt, surface oil, and impurities without an over-drying effect. Kiehl’s Insider Tip: For a close, comfortable shave, use along with Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub to help break down tough facial hair and minimize ingrown hairs and other skin irritations related to shaving.
  • Kiehl's Facial Fuel Energising Face Wash 250ml, R245, Edgars
    Re-energize and invigorate complexion with this “Refuelling Facial Cleanser”! • Kiehl’s Insider Tip: For a close, comfortable shave, use along with Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub to help break down tough facial hair and minimize ingrown hairs and other skin irritations related to shaving.

I’ve never been that big on fancy skincare products. In fact, I’ve pretty much used the same supermarket-bought product line since I was 14. That changed with my introduction to US brand Kiehl’s Facial Fuel range for men. First impression – hot damn, is this what skincare actually feels like? You may pay a little more for these products but they go a long, long way. They’ll also leave your skin feeling refreshed and invigorated without you having to give up your rugged exterior.

Advocates: Aidan Bennetts Design

Written by | Found in: Advocates Living | Posted on: 23 Jan 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • Small: R745 Medium: R845 & Large: R945

These solid French oak and glass vessels by South African design whizz Aidan Bennetts combine two of my favourite materials in the shape of my favourite bottle – what’s not to love. These versatile little vessels can be used as a carafe or an eye-catching flower vase. They’re simple, sophisticated and are loaded with local flavour! Get them exclusively at Stable



Advocates: Hout Couture Wooden Sunglasses

Written by | Found in: Advocates Fashion | Posted on: 14 Jan 2014 - 12:00 pm

Described as fashion with roots, Hout Couture manufactures sunglasses that are a breathable, lightweight and durable alternative to the plastic kind. Each pair comes standard with polarized lenses so your eyes are kept safe from the sun. What really excites me about these wooden gems is that for each pair sold they’ll plant an indigenous or fruit tree through the Eco-Schools projects in South Africa! Fashion with a green purpose – winning! From R990 Stockists available at




Written by | Found in: Living Style | Posted on: 21 Dec 2013 - 2:01 pm has very quickly become one of my favourite places to buy antiques and collectables. Kirsty Machen, the brains behind the operation, sells everything from furniture and glassware to art and silverware at a steal. What makes this different from regular antique stores is that she only sells her stuff online. New deals are posted Monday to Friday and everything gets sold on a first-comment-first-sold basis. It’s also incredibly newbie friendly so you’ll never have to pretend to know anything about antiques to save face!

Advocates: Clean & Green

Written by | Found in: Advocates Grooming | Posted on: 2 Dec 2013 - 3:59 pm

I have been a fan of the locally produced Naturals Beauty Men’s Product line for a number of years. Their Aftershave Lotion in particular is a winner. Take it from a guy who butchers his face every time he shaves: this stuff really works. Carefully formulated with lemongrass, camphor, buchu extract, organic grape seed and olive oil to sooth and heal irritated (fuming in my case) skin.