Market on Main

Maboneng, it’s always a pleasure. You’ve never let me down.

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A few Sundays ago, my friend Idil and I sauntered over to Market on Main, a dream vibey space in the heart of Maboneng.

We’d started the day off a little bummed out that we couldn’t go to the Neighbourgoods Market as we wished to, turned out it only opens on Saturday. The idea was to head over to Maboneng as we figured out our next move, only to walk along the art-filled streets, from jewellery and clothing to live dance and vocal performances, drawing us to Market on Main, which – get this – opens only on Sundays.

What great luck.

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The pursuit of beautiful photos can often lead to awkward social situations – I’ve had to learn how to pose quick-fast and know what my best angles are.

One such awkward social situation at first, later turned out to be a lovely encounter. I was busy posing and shooting photos at a cute little shop’s stoop when the owner, Mary, walked up to me, perhaps intrigued or most probably concerned about this girl making strange movements at her shop entrance. We ended up chatting and when asked where I was from, I proudly responded in my best Nairobian accent. “Me I’m from Nairobi, Kenya”. “Wacha! (Stop!) Ata mimi pia ni mKenya!”

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If you pass by Market on Main, drop by Mary’s store HelloAfrica. It’s so wonderful to run into someone from home you can connect with. A few Swahili words here and there can be the little boost your day needs. Also, you’re sure to find something cute or quirky that will tickle your fancy.

Reclaimed lofts characterized by the rustic unfinished decor, give off an old school hippie vibe. Coupled with different kinds of people, products on display, sounds and smells, the Market is a great Sunday plan.

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You get to see unique views of Maboneng from fire escape staircases and balconies upstairs, and appreciate its regeneration as an urban space.

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Location: Arts on Main, Maboneng.

Open on Sundays from 10 am – 3 pm.

In My Time

All those in favour of forgetting how long it’s been since I put up a blog post and instead focus on the pictures I have to share today say I!

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Where do I begin? Yes, it’s been more than three months since I wrote to you, my internet peeps. I come bearing gifts – photos, little nuggets of love and wisdom I’ve collected during my online absence.

Accepting there’s a time for everything

It seems like all the time I’ve got right now wants to be spent at school, or working. Let me correct that, not really want but need. I’ve been working overtime and weekends just trying to get my head wrapped around this thing called architecture.

It’s hard work, and we’re all about breaking stereotypes so let’s just say I will probably keep working overtime a lot more in the near future. Until I complete my MBA of course, then I’ll focus on starting a business, and settle down.

Anyone know where I can buy an extra 24 hours a day?

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Introspection

That’s certainly not a new word on this site.

I have dreams that seem waaaaay out of my reach at times, and achievable during other times. I recently turned 28 and to be honest, I had to list down all my wins to put things in perspective and remember to be grateful for all that I have, and all that I’m working towards.

I’ve learnt to accept that some things in life take more time to show their benefits than others, and in the moments I feel tested, stretched beyond my limits, I’ve found that it’s so important to lean back, take a deep breath, pick up my journal and list what I’m grateful for. Writing down ideas that excite me and that I’d like to pursue has also been a great way to stay positive and focused.

I’ve also been polishing up my writing recently, reading loads of magazines and online journals to understand what makes text interesting to read. I’m a Contributing Writer at ThisIsEssential! It’s something I’m so grateful for, the ladies I’m working with are smart, independent women I look up to and admire. You absolutely must dash over to the site and read a few articles. Here’s one I wrote recently 🙂

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I took these photos on my birthday recently in my favourite outfit right now – a copper velvet kimono from Forever 21, copper jumpsuit from H&M and gold block heels from Aldo.

Chat more soon.

xx

 

Freedom Park, //hapo Museum

Location: Freedom Park, //hapo Museum.

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“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

I recently took a trip to Freedom Park, //hapo Museum in Pretoria which is about an hour drive away from Sandton, Johannesburg. The architecture of the place is nothing short of genius – every single corner had a character of its own expressing itself in materials and landscaping. Such designs reignite my passion for architecture, it all feels so fluid and.. perfect, just as nature is.

I mean, I visited the Museum and it inspired me to add sketches to this post! To me, this is enough evidence of why it’s so important to feed your mind and soul with experiences that move you to be a better version of yourself.

And what better way to enrich your mind and soul by learning about your history as an African?

The stories I read on the displays inside the museum were phenomenal to say the least. With objects collected from ancient times and distant lands all over the African continent, the realization that history was a few feet from my grasp left me with goose pimples the whole time I was inside. I picked up a few interesting facts about African history, from Ancient Ghana, Timbuktu/ Mali to Egypt when it was known as Nubia. And most of all, the struggle for freedom in South Africa has left me humbled. Spaces like these are so important as they remind us of our history, and make us realize how important it is to always treat each other with love and dignity.

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Also, am I not killing these photos?! I’ve never experimented as much with black and white photography until this post.

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Once I was done with the displays inside the museum, a walk around the grounds revealed gorgeous vistas of Pretoria. The building is just as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside.

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I posted on my Insta stories that this is the best museum I’ve been to so far. It’s not just about the physical space but the stories the building carried inside it, I think it’s a must visit for anyone traveling to Pretoria.