Good morning! We're a little late off the bat this week getting Phindi's latest feature out but we have been gearing up for a whopper sale come Black Friday. Without going into too much detail, let's jump straight into this weeks feature!
So the festive season is upon us and most people will be taking that well deserved break after a year of nothing but hard work. As you plan for that much needed rest, whether you're travelling, staying at home, visiting family or even, if you are like me, still working - it is important that you tone things down in every way. Let your hair down and kick off those boardroom heels. No more tip-toeing around the office.
Give your feet a bit of a breather without losing your sense of style. I recommend finding yourself that pair of shoes that allows you to still look smart, be comfortable, and gives you the option of wearing them with nearly everything in your wardrobe! You need a shoe that is ideal for almost any occasion - especially on holiday!
Holiday packing can be tricky. It needs proper planning and some thought process to every item going into the suitcase. We can always get away with packing a lot of clothes but never enough shoes. Shoes are naturally bulky and you don’t want to squeeze them into the suitcase and end up damaging them, do you? In an ideal world you could pack more than what you need but in reality you actually need fewer shoes that offer greater versatility. What shoe, you ask?
If you are the kind of girl who wears everything from Hot Pants, Dresses (all lengths) to jean and T-Shirts - I’ve got just the shoe for you. The Tsonga Badinga Espadrille is currently my absolute favourite. I love its trendy, sporty-yet-classic-and-clean look. For me, it serves both as a casual and semi formal shoe. When I feel like being ‘girly’, I rock it with dresses or skirts - the look is great when you need to be a little smart especially when you are on a holiday date night with girlfriends or your partner. You can also wear these lovely espadrilles with pants, however, I want to urge you ladies not to wear these stunning shoes with pants that cover your ankle. Trust me on this - you want to show off the beauty of this shoe.
The Badinga Espadrille is not only beautiful, but it is honestly the most comfortable shoe I have worn - ever. Like all Tsonga shoes though, comfort is naturally their number one priority. If, like me, you're working during the holidays, take advantage of the season: give your feet a break. They'll thank you for it later. The nice thing about the Badinga as an office shoe is that you can totally dress it up! This espadrille is class. It also spans the seasons - regardless of the weather - they are an all time classic. They have such a minimalist cut and style, with the closed back and front, but open vamp area, your feet are still protected from the cold on cooler days, and on those hot days your feet still manage to get some fresh air. Being leather they're allowed to breathe as well. It's like a little hug for your feet!
My suggestion for the pre-season madness would be to grab yourself a pair of these gorgeous espadrilles. They're available in a multitude of colours and I promise you - they'll make you feel ready to take on the silly season in true style. Remember to use our special coupon code to take 10% off your order! Consider it a little gift from me to you this festive season! Here's a quick link to view the Badinga espadrille in the online store.
This is Phindi Gule,
adies, there's nothing like getting up in the morning knowing that you are headed for the longest day of your life at the office - added to that you also need to look the part at those meetings. So you start thinking... is it going to be a suit; pencil skirt and a blouse; maybe a dress or simply dressing up those skinny jeans?
Well, whatever you go with, we all know that the shoe you pick will ultimately make or ruin the outfit. With every look mentioned above, you will not go wrong when you complete it with Tsonga's Zangemuva Wedge Heels. They're super light and comfortable (for those long run around days) with hand-stitched upper premium soft milled cow leather that gives the shoe it’s quality and elegant status.
If you would like to purchase a pair of Zangemuva high-heeled wedges of your very own, visit this link: Zangemuva Wedges.
Phindi wears Tsonga wedge heel sandals
As women, we love heels as they enhance our overall look. We wear heels to make our legs look longer, to make the body look thinner and most importantly to improve our posture. I feel like there's no better shoe to do just that, improve your posture, than these lovely heels from Tsonga. Wedge heels offer much more support than stilettos or high heels.
Furthermore, keeping a balance is also easier on Zangemuva wedge heels which helps reduce the number of falls that accompany high heels. You know me, always looking at things from a health perspective... well these Zangemuva wedge heels have more arch support which reduces foot and ankle problems - and, because I am a bit of a runner, this is especially important to me!
Given the nature of my work (Business, Radio and TV), I always strive to rock up looking the part BUT I’ve also learnt that in looking the part COMFORT and QUALITY are crucial. Tsonga's Zangemuva wedge heels offer style, comfort and quality all in one… I say: "Go on and spoil yourself ladies!"
During the course of the week I will show you a couple of outfit suggestions that you could pair with these gorgeous sandals. Stay tuned!
Use my special promo code when you make your next purchase to get 10% off your order. One per customer. Valid until 31 December 2018. Exclusive to the Tsonga online store.
A few weeks ago we got to spend little over an hour with the effervescent Phindi Gule in her stunning Umdloti home. She has long been one of our "women to watch" and we are so excited to have her join the team this Summer as our style contributor. Phindi has a host of acclamations to her name for her contribution to radio in South Africa, as well as being a presenter, analyst and commentator on SABC television in the Athletics fraternity it is no wonder this woman just amazes everyone she meets.
She is a qualified Chemical Engineer and Journalist and to round off her already exquisite personality, this woman has accomplished several Ultra Marathons and in January, 2019, Phindi Gule will be launching her own weekly show on DSTV called "FitU with Phindi Gule". If she isn't someone to admire, then we don't know who is!
We feel honoured that in her busy schedule Phindi managed to share with us some of her Tsonga favourites and some styling inspiration that might help some of us plan our Summer wardrobes just a little bit better!
We will feature Phindi's style updates on Tuesdays each week. Be sure to follow along on both Tsonga and Phindi Gule social media platforms.
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What is Plogging? Well it’s a trend I stumbled into in my travels. Most of us take pride in how we look but how many of us take pride in the environment we live in?
I was impressed by a group of runners I met in London who practice PLOGGING. While running behind them I noticed that they would stop whenever they spotted any rubbish, collect it and put it in the bags they carried then carry on. That’s plogging, picking up litter while running. We all know that Running is good for our Health, well picking up litter is good for the planet’s health. I liked what I saw as I’m all for cleanliness, many even call me a “Neat Freak”…well…they say "Cleanliness is closer to Godliness” so don’t blame me. I vowed to practice this when I got back home but first, I needed to have a plan. I knew it wouldn’t be practical for me to do this for the entire 30km if I went for a long run or even a 10km as it might end up taking me 2hrs to finish 10km. So I came up with a plan that meant picking up litter the first 10-15minutes of my run then give my run some wings. I know it sounds like minimal cleaning up but you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes. Small things practiced regularly make a BIG difference.
My fellow Runners, I’d like to invite you to join me in keeping our roads clean. Say “YES" and accept the challenge to PLOGGING - Together We Can Do More!!!!!!
NB: Kindly make use of disposable gloves - Happy Plogging Friends.
It is no secret that sugar is addictive, a number one health hazard that is contained (in huge quantities) in all energy drinks. This does not, however, stop people from consuming these energy drinks. South Africa ranks 5th in the world as a country with most of the population consuming energy drinks. It is largely men between 35 and 40 years old.
There many dangers related to the intake of energy drinks, for now we will focus on the following combinations:
Added to the above, there are negative effects to one’s Blood Pressure and the Heart. After drinking an energy drink one’s blood pressure increases by 5 point (with coffee it’s just one point) and the level remains elevated for up to six hours.
If you already have heart problems, I strongly suggest you stay away from energy drinks as they alter your heart beat rate as follows:
As outlined last week, hair is the biggest problem for women - how to wear it, color, wig, weave…endless problems.
Here are the quick points every Woman (particularly Active Woman) needs to now about the up-keeping of their hair:
Every woman cherishes her hair and when it comes to working out it sometimes gets in the way - deciding which hairdo goes with your lifestyle is key. It’s often never an easy decision to make as it may involve settling for a practical hairdo instead of a sophisticated cute/ pretty look.
For the African Girl with ethnic hair, it gets even more complicated. Our hair is coarse (naturally thick, curly and stubborn), for it to be straight you need to apply a relaxer cream and maintain that hairdo. Alternatively, weaves, braids dread locks or a natural afro will be the way to go. All these take a lot to maintain - adding exercise means even more work.
If you exercise regularly, you will need to wash your hair more frequently so best you make sure you use a gentle lightweight shampoo/ conditioner formula (as most shampoos contain alcohol & sulphates, always check the content) that won't over-cleanse and strip your hair of it’s natural oils.
Be picky about the type of Hair Band/ Ties you use. For hair ties, use those gentler than your average elastic. For Hair bands use ones with fabric that dries up quickly.
For swimmers, if you swim in a chlorinated pool make sure you rinse the pool water (containing chlorine & salt) out of your hair thoroughly with clear water.