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Just n Motion • The Importance of Strength Training for Women

August 17, 2017
Just n Motion • The importance of strength training for women

There has been a misconception. Many women think that strength training and lifting weights to improve your physique and strength is a ‘manly’ way of exercising. However, women have made significant strides in our modern day society of being just as capable of matching the demands of modern exercise techniques as men. Women typically used to be characterised by spending 90% of their gym workouts on cardio machines but this has definitely changed. In fact, the way female athletes and active individuals train has changed significantly over recent times. So WHY do strength and weight training? It’s a NO Brainer Ladies!…

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The TOP Female Travel Photographers you need to follow on Instagram

August 15, 2017
Miss Everywhere • The TOP Female Travel Photographers you need to follow on Instagram

#wanderlust Travel photography has always been popular on Instagram, yet never so much as in 2017, when tens of millions of new signups led to staggering growth figures for both the most followed people on Instagram and smaller accounts alike. Travel photographers rejoiced as their work was displayed on a grander scale than ever before, and Instagrammers of all kinds thrived. As we’re celebrating Women’s Month here on Hello Smart Blog, we thought it only appropriate to shine the spotlight on six of the top female travel Instagrammers to follow this year and beyond. Expect plenty of sun-drenched infinity pools,…

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Smartgirl Street Style • The Graffiti Parka

August 10, 2017
Jeani Meyer - Smartgirl street style • The graffiti parka

Pull a Kate Moss and rock a Parka It’s not like it’s ever really been out of style, but this season the humble parka has become the fashion pack’s main squeeze, lending it’s warm embrace to celebrities and street-style stars alike. Seen at Vetements, Sacai, Etro, Tommy Hilfiger, Saint Laurent and Coach, 2017’s on-trend version of the parka is oversized (naturally), heavy-duty, and brilliantly functional. The parka has long been code for cool, but its real glam era came when Kate Moss wore one, pants-less, on the cover i-D. Shot by Craig McDean, Moss stood, back to the camera and…

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Tiffany’s Tips • Why Vitamin D3 is my secret weapon

August 8, 2017
Tiffany's Tips • Why Vitamin D3 is my secret weapon

Trying to “define” or “sum-up” a woman in a simple term is, well… not simple at all! As women in modern-day life we have to take on multiple rolls and achieve the almost-impossible at times – while still looking good doing it and without even flinching or complaining. During the past months here on Tiffany’s Tips, we’ve learnt all the beauty tips and tricks of the trade on how to get things done and look like a million bucks, but this month I am focusing on what you are putting IN to get optimal results OUT. So, I refer back…

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Brainy Business

The World’s Top 10 Self-made Women Billionaires

August 3, 2017
The world's Top 10 Self-made Women Billionaires • Zhang Xin

More women entrepreneurs than ever before have climbed into the 10-figure club. A record 56 self-made women are now billionaires including the first ever from countries like Vietnam and Japan. In fact, more than half of these enterprising women hail from Asia. Worth a combined $129 billion, these trailblazers have founded some of the best known brands around the globe including Gap, Spanx, Alibaba and Little Caesars. Women are still the much rarer sex when it comes to wealth creation but they are moving in the right direction. The best-known self-made women billionaires around the world include Americans like Oprah…

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Bright Sparks

Dr. Ricardo Peach • Director Vrystaat Kunstefees

July 28, 2017
Bright Sparks • Dr. Ricardo Peach

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time – Thomas Merton Meet Dr. Ricardo Peach. The phenomenal creative maestro behind the Vrystaat Kunstefees/Arts Festival. A virtuoso of note with a truly interesting and impressive CV: He is Director of the Vrystaat Kunstefees and also developed and is the Co-director of the Programme for Innovation in Artform Development at the University of the Free State, partnering with the Vrystaat Arts Festival. He managed the Capacity Development Program at the Australia Council for the Arts (2014). Was an independent cultural consultant with expertise in research and analysis,…

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The Vrystaat Kunstefees • Arts Festival

July 19, 2017
Cool Spots • Vrystaat Kunstefees / Arts Festival

Vrystaat Kunstefees / Arts Festival / Tsa-Botjhaba Bloemfontein campus of the University of the Free State vrystaatkunstefees.co.za There is nothing better to conquer the cold Free Sate winter than the Vrystaat Kunstefees in Bloemfontein, a marvelously fantastic arts festival with one-of-a-kind hospitality. Drama, comedy, musical theatre, visual arts, dance theatre and entertainment for the kids. These are just a few of the highlights which festival goers can look forward to at the Vrystaat Kunstefees every year. This year is certainly no exception. One festival. Many stories Bloemfontein is wonderfully central and boasts some of the best theatres in the country…

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Graaff-Reinet • The gem of the Karoo

June 29, 2017
Cool Spots • Graaff-Reinet, Reinet house

Graaff-Reinet Eastern Cape, South Africa graaffreinet.co.za Where history and Karoo Hospitality meet. One of the Smart Team’s absolute favourite things to do is travel. Yes, we love experiencing the wonders to be found abroad BUT we also ADORE the vibrant and charming gems of our very own beautiful country, South Africa. At the top of our MUST-see beloved local gems is Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape.   Set in a curl of the Sundays River, the Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet is the fourth oldest settlement in South Africa and has seen more than two centuries of travellers, adventurers and prospectors…

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Music by Magpie • The magical memory of a song

June 26, 2017
Music by Magpie • The magical memory of a song

Have you ever experienced the feeling of nostalgia while listening to music, when one song floods your mind with a memory of a time and place and the people that shared that moment with you? There have been many studies regarding the brain and it’s connection to music, Psychologists and Neurologists have been documenting the effects for years, however I personally believe that this nostalgic feeling is a kind of magic, and emotional reaction I cannot quite describe in words. Memories stimulated by music often come from a particular times in our lives, and predominantly our youth,  Psychologists have called…

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Just n Motion • Balance your way through Winter

June 21, 2017
Just ‘n Motion • Balance your way through Winter

WINTER…that one word that has the ability to disrupt our training routines. However, let us try and beat the winter bug by heating up your exercise program by introducing an awesome exercise modality which is now is known as PROPRIOCEPTION. So what is proprioception or more commonly known as balance? It’s the ability to sense stimuli arising within the body regarding position, motion, and equilibrium. Even if a person is blindfolded, he or she knows through proprioception if an arm is above the head or hanging by the side of the body. People who have good body Biomechanics have the…

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