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Some Winter Fashion Trends for MEN – by Francois Louw

June 4th, 2015 Posted by Opinion Piece, Uncategorized No Comment yet

Fashion and beauty consultant Francois Louw popped in to my website to shed some pearls of fashion wisdom for the guys out there this winter. As you know my fashion journey has been long but it is something I am proud to say I work hard at. It’s never easy to know which items to buy and how to make them look great. That’s why I am so glad Francois stopped by to talk us through some trends for this year – I am clueless! Francois gives some advice:

 

A shining winter coat of amour with a bit of fur. Even I was taken aback with just how much fur – fake or otherwise – there was at the men’s show this time around. While real pelts aren’t for everyone, the easiest way to incorporate this into your wardrobe is with a (faux) shearling collar bomber jacket.

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Monochromatic look – all different shades of the same colour base - If you’re looking for an easy-to-wear trend, it’s hard to beat the coming season’s black and white pairings. The trick to getting this right: keep it almost-all black, mix up your materials (wool, leather and cotton) and invest in at least one item with a monochromatic pattern. Other monochromatic Looks: Full on white, full on black, or full on denim, take your pick. The solid-hued look is huge this winter season.

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White sneakers Rain doesn’t fall often in the Middle Eastern region, which means there won’t be fragments of mud on your shoes, which means: all the more reason to wear WHITE shoes! Complete a full on white monochrome look with a pair of white loafers. The time for coloured sneakers is over, white is all the noise now!

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Statement suits - Turns out, those checked suits from last winter were just easing us into a whole new era of bold tailoring. Pattern-wise there are no rules on what you should go for next season although stand-outs, so go for whatever feels right to you.

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Dinner jackets that you wear to a party or known as The Fancy Tuxedo Jacket: It can be printed, velvet, or embroidered, it just has to be a fancy tuxedo jacket!

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Coloured Leather Jackets: For decades, leather jackets have been THE winter trend for men. They can be worn with almost anything: suits, casual wear, or sportswear. This winter, the new leather jacket trend is: Coloured. Oxen red, royal blue, kaki, and beige, are just a few of the coloured options available this season.

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MORE ON FRANCOIS:

Francois is passionate about the beauty industry and how it can help people enhance their image and confidence.  He is a regular guest consultant on The Link SABC1, ETV- ENCA, VUZU – V-Entertainment and the SABC Afrikaans radio station RSG, Jacaranda, PowerFM and SAFM.

His voice is well known on SABC radio on many advertising campaigns and he is currently on the celebrity panel of judges on South Africa’s newest reality TV show, Fashion Guru SA which will be seen in 2015 .


Francois hosts image workshops for corporate company’s and for the private sector and specifically concentrates Hair, Make-up, styling and wardrobe workshops.

 

Follow him:

@FrancoisLouw1

https://www.facebook.com/francoislouwbeauty

http://www.francoislouw.co.za

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A MINI Adventure

April 29th, 2015 Posted by Opinion Piece, Uncategorized 1 comment

Recently I have been feeling quite overwhelmed by the opportunities that had presented themselves to me (no pun intended). Life has been a rollercoaster, work has been manic, my church work has all come to a climax, my service work has required my undivided attention and in the process I have been struggling to stay afloat. In a moment of prayer, I felt so strongly that I needed to take a break, even just for a weekend, to learn to appreciate again the many blessings that I had and to be reminded that what was going on in my life was actually such a blessing and not a curse. The sad news was that I just couldn’t find a gap anywhere in my schedule… And so I stole THE most epic adventure EVER one Friday night!!

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One Friday afternoon I called up a few friends and we decided we were going to go on an adventure for the evening. We weren’t sure where the night would take us but we sure as hell knew that we all needed a break from this very serious life we had all been living. We wanted something new, something beautiful and a chance to just be away.

 

Sure as nuts we decided to take a drive out to one of the most beautiful parts of the Cape, Noordhoek. We had no idea what we would be doing there, and so the unexpected journey began.

 

Let’s just start by saying driving that Ou Kaapse Weg road during sunset in the brand new Mini Cooper we were in, was just absolutely spectacular. That was a beautiful getaway in and of itself. We arrived at Café Roux because we knew that they always have something awesome to showcase and on this night there was a band I had never heard of called John Wizards playing. They were, for lack of better words, strange, but I so enjoyed the sound… And little did I know they actually had quite a large following!

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Here is one of their songs called Muizenberg:

This one is a live performance of Lusaka By Night:

 

Anyway, after getting into the groove at Café Roux and having a completely overpriced burger, it was time to go and explore the area. We took a quick drive down the road and spotted what seemed to be an abandoned horse show-jumping ground. The stars were out, the moon was bright so the 4 of us jumped the rail, scurried through the dark field to find swings hanging from the trees. We swung in the dark, laughed, got dizzy, fell… And it was time to sit in the open field, fall back and look at the stars in the quiet night sky. My cousin, Sven, decided this wasn’t enough after a while and so the ghost stories began to flow… We laughed, got goose bumps, stared some more at the nights sky and all its beauty appreciating Gods creation until sanity kicked in and we realised that it was time we snapped back to reality and head home before we were found trespassing. I so hope the owner of the farm doesn’t read this – Sorry Mr farmer, your swings were great!

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We all piled back into the Mini and were on our way back home over those beautiful hills. The mood in the car was almost silent as we all looked in awe of how beautiful Cape Town was. It made me realise that in the rat race I had been living, I forgot to take a step back and see that in fact, my life is about far more than the successes of my work and that for me to truly find fruit in my work it is a necessity (and not a nice-to-have) to take a break and appreciate exactly where you are NOW instead of focusing on where you always think you still need to go. With all the violence we are seeing in our news, it is hard to sometimes recognise goodness and so it is important to TAKE goodness, for if we also spread hatred and sadness, where will people experience joy from?… Thank you to Hayely, Dwight and my cousin Sven for joining me on this epically unexpected journey. I am glad I got to share some joy with you! Let’s do it again soon.

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To Mini Auto Atlantic, if it weren’t for the car you guys gave me, this adventure would never have been inspired. The car is INCREDIBLE and one day I hope to not only have the honour of driving it, but of owning it. The new Mini Cooper is such a legend – I am in love!! It has all the bells and whistles, turbo-charged engine flashy lights, epic interior and more. You can check out these cool cats here: http://www.mini-autoatlantic.co.za

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Until my next post, ciao for now…

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My Freak Finger Accident

March 13th, 2015 Posted by News, Uncategorized 6 comments

I must warn you that if you are the type of person that looks away at some of the scenes in Grey’s Anatomy, then this is NOT the blog for you – GRAPHIC IMAGES!

 

As some of you may have seen on social media, on Tuesday 10 March 2015 on a regular morning I arrived at gym with my gym trainer as I do most mornings and began my session as per normal. About half way through my session, we had finished doing bench press with free weights and I was on my first set of incline press. After my 12 reps I attempted to drop the weights at my side so I could sit up… And this is where the freak accident happened.

 

I was unaware that next to me were lying the weights from my previous set. As I let go of the 20kg weights my right ring finger got slammed between the weights I let go and the weights that were lying next to me – crushing the tip of my finger. At first it just felt like I had slammed my finger in the door. That is until I decided to look at the finger… This is what I saw:

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Gross right?! Well naturally we rushed off to hospital to have it checked out. I didn’t scream or anything but I remember clearly praying out loud and feeling ill and faint in the parking lot. After a big mistake (ending up at some dodgy hospital) my brother and his fiancé transferred me to Mediclinic in Gardens. They were INCREDIBLE – brilliant nurses and doctors.

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Later that afternoon I was admitted into surgery where the surgeon had to rebuild my nail bed, align the tip of my bone, remove my nail and re sew my nail back on as a temporary splint. It was a short 1-hour surgery and probably looks much worse than it was, but DAMN it was an ordeal. Can you believe that he put stitches through my nail to keep it in place?!

3 days later I had to go visit the surgeon again to check the wound. Check out the stitches:

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This was probably the most painful part. Looks like he did a great job, but still so gruesome!

 

Anyway, in the process I have learned how hard it is to brush your teeth with your left hand, how hard it is to wash your left armpit with your left hand, how hard driving is with 1 hand, how frustrating typing is and how impossible it is to write with my left hand.

 

I must give a big thank you to my family, my gym trainer (Dan), my surgeon and all the nurses (who all were so kind and wanted to say hello because of my days on Hectic Nine-9) and to YOU for the incredible support. I literally have been dealing with the best and felt so loved!

 

Now I’m on my 6-week road to recovery… Prayers welcome!

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There Comes a Time When You Need a Push In Order To FLY

November 24th, 2014 Posted by Inspiration, News 9 comments

In September 2010 a young, wild and curious me took a chance at something new… Four years later it is time for me to take that journey again. This time with so much more experience and understanding. Yes, it’s time for me to open the doors to a new Mlungu for Hectic Nine-9.

I really cannot believe that my journey on Hectic Nine-9 has spanned over 4 years. Those years have seen me graduate with my degree from UCT, present the live show, work as a studio producer for live television, start a company, take on my very own radio show and serve the board of a fantastic organisation. In many ways I have shocked myself by the possibilities one can achieve when you are passionate about something. I do, however, feel that I am starting to outgrow my own shoes and I am itching to take that next dangerous step to allowing me to fly towards even greater success.

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So yes, on 15 December this year I will be hosting my last show on Hectic Nine-9. I did, however, feel as though I owed you all an explanation and to hopefully make you realise that in no way is my decision to leave based on any anger or fear.

 

So why AM I leaving?

You know, I wish there was a simple answer for this question. One of the main reasons that I am leaving is that for anybody to be in one place for too long is unhealthy. Hectic Nine-9 has taught me so much in my four years and has seen me grow from presenter into producer and beyond. I do, however, feel like my opportunities for personal growth are starting to deplete and because I am so passionate about growth and development, I would not be living up to my message if I hung around for safety’s sake – it’s time that I spread my wings and experience a new challenge in my life.

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To reject the fallacy, no there is nothing that I am leaving Hectic Nine-9 specifically for. Rather it’s an opportunity for me to rediscover who I want to be (the me God wants me to be) and to take the time to explore more opportunities in my field.

There are plenty more reasons I could go in to for making this decision but I feel it would not be appropriate on the web. I do want you to know that I am extremely happy and excited for the future.

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Let me elaborate… I am 23 years old and have experienced more work opportunities in my 4 years of TV then most people experience in their entire lives. God has blessed me like that. I do, however, feel as though it would be irresponsible of me to hang on to my opportunities for much longer and to not let other people have the same opportunities I have had. In addition to this, I have a massive fear of being stagnant. I never want to feel like I arrive at work and am learning nothing. In order for me to keep growing as a person, it’s important that I experience new things and take big risks in the hope that it comes with rewards of personal growth. I have big dreams, South Africa, and cannot achieve them by standing in one place. I may have nothing in the immediate pipeline for the future but I cannot create any opportunities while I am still with HN9. I need to experiment, fail, experiment again and fail again… I need to be the best!

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So what’s next?

As it stands, I am going to continue with my radio show on Good Hope FM. On the work front, I am also freelancing as a Development Producer in Cape Town. Other than that I am on the hunt for the next big challenge in my life. This might see me work on more television shows (or behind the scenes), it might see me move to Johannesburg, it might see me start a business or 2, it might see me start a YouTube channel or 2, it might even see me move to the UK to explore how places like the BBC do television and specifically how they incorporate digital as an entertainment medium into the way people consume media.

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Work aside, I do feel like God is calling me to be involved in more service. I will continue to serve as a director on the board of Life Choices, I will be taking a new position as a youth leader at my parish, the entrepreneur in me is going to be working on a few digital platforms I am wanting to develop – one is an innovative look at religion and specifically Catholicism, and the other is in insurance – using online video content to promote saving in our youth. Other than that I will still be assisting Hectic Nine-9 as a freelance studio producer into the new year.

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What has this journey taught me so far?

Wow! I don’t think there is a way that you can speak to 3 million youth on a daily basis and not get affected. HN9 has been my absolute life for the past 4 years and one of the most amazing experiences I have seen was something I saw on Facebook recently. When I had started on the show in 2010 I had accepted a series of fans on my private Facebook account (as I didn’t think I would be there for long). These kids were only 15 or so at the time. Recently I have seen all their posts of glory as they are starting to be accepted into universities and winning accolades. I cannot believe that I have journeyed with our youth during some of the toughest years of anyones life. How proud I feel that our viewers are achieving so much with their lives and inspiring their peers.

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Another lesson I have learned is that people do business with people. Not once have I received a vote of thanks or message of praise from a fan purely because of the fact that I am on TV. Rather, I was receiving votes of thanks and messages of praise because of how everyone that watches the show on a daily basis connected deeply with something personal they knew about me. It has been such an important lesson to remember – that people aren’t stupid. They will know if you are being fake with them, so be real ALWAYS! And be the authentic you always – bruises and all.

Never lose hope! If there is one thing that the youth of South Africa should be proud of, it’s their ability to never lose hope. Every day you interact with us on air, I am overwhelmed by your desire to learn, grow and become the person you want to be. It has inspired me to keep going in spite of the many challenges I face on a daily basis.

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This isn’t goodbye!

You and I will get a chance to say our final goodbyes on the 15th of December so I have decided to not speak for too long here. Just know that I am not abandoning you. I will always have a special place in my heart for the youth of my beloved country. One day when you are all entrepreneurs, famous TV stars, dancers, actors, lawyers, doctors or even fisherman and policeman, I hope you will send me a message so I can revel in your success with you. Continue to shine positivity and light to your peers and loved ones and never forget that you are not alone in whatever circumstance you may find yourself in. God has a great big plan and you are exactly where you are meant to be. Smile!

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I wanted to leave you with a message I received on Facebook in the hope that it will inspire you to use your life to grow other people around you:

Dear Danilo

It has taken me a whole lot of courage to write to you this message but here goes nothing…

I am telling you this story of mine because I believe sharing something personal with someone brings some sort of healing. I was born with a severe heart muscle condition and recently I’ve been told that I will only live for the next year or two maximum. Seems like a very short time left isn’t it? But each day I have is a gift and grateful to still be here and I always remember that God has my life in His hands and has the final say. When I watch you present, its like you speak to my heart, I felt a sense of peace that came over me. I believe that God was blessing me through YOU and I want to say Thank You for being that blessing in my life. I can’t even put into words the joy and peace I got from you.

You encourages me to let my faith keep me going even in this situation I am in. Thank You for always sharing your wisdom, it really reflects on what a kind and gentle heart you have. You are an amazing person Danilo, beautiful inside and out and I pray that God may continue to bless you in everything you do.

I have grown to love you as this God-Fearing man so Thank You for who you are and I will always be a fan in this lifetime and in the next.

If heaven can’t wait to have me then I can’t wait to tell heaven about you.

Love always”

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Lots of love #DANcers and I know we will see each other on your screens again soon! Please keep supporting me the way you have been and follow me on this digital journey as I try and bring South Africa one step closer to the modern era of digital TV.

 

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The Power of Introverts

September 17th, 2014 Posted by Inspiration 7 comments

So all too often I get called a loud mouth… I am the typical example of what might be termed an extrovert. I thrive off being the centre of attention, being loud and feeding off people.

It has always been the viewpoint that people like me are the best to have in a company – we are innovative, able to sell, we contribute to society…

But today I just want to paint another viewpoint. Today I realised the power of introverts. I also realised how dangerous it can be for an extrovert to overshadow an introvert. The video I have attached is awesome! So much to learn from it. I wish more companies and teachers would watch it! Quiet people aren’t strange – they are highly intelligent and take a while to process information but when they do, the results are mind-blowing!

So learn to understand yourself better and realise you DO have a unique role to play. Work to those strengths.

Introverts ROCK and here’s why:

 

 

If you are an introvert and liked this, please share it with your friends! Also, comments welcome

Ciao for now!

Source: http://thesavourysoul.com/

Financial Education Short Course WINNERS

August 13th, 2014 Posted by News 13 comments

Firstly can I just say how proud I am of everyone who sent me messages, emails, tweets, facebook messages and had the courage to post their story on my website. I was truly inspired by everyone and so glad to see young (and old) South Africans taking their financial futures into their own hands.

It was impossible for me to choose only 10 so I have extended the list to include 12 entrants whom I felt were hungry enough for knowledge.

 

To the winners

A representative of 1Life and Boston will send you an email to the address you provided in your comments to explain how to enter (using the special code Danilo Acquisto). It is simple to register and they will guide you through everything. Please send me feedback on how the course was. You know where to find me on Twitter: @Danilo_Acquisto or on my Facebook Page: Danilo Acquisto

 

To those who did not win this time

Do not fret! I will make more of these opportunities available to you. You just need to keep checking in on my website to see when they are being given away. We are also planning something much bigger with this so watch this space.

 

And the winners are (in no particular order):

- Nkhensani

- Faeezah

- Zandiswa

- Lloyd

- Siyamthanda Jacobs

- Melony Adams

- Johannes

- Charlotte Mkhonto

- Romano Austin Bradley Claassen

- Bellinah Mabizela

- Lourens Shoatja

- Zanokuhle Mabuza (submitted for a friend… I am waiting on their friend’s email address)

CONGRATULATIONS! Enjoy the course…