A Blogging Journey To Becoming You…

We chatted with Kathryn Rossiter, local lass and mommy blogger behind the lifestyle blog, Becoming you. I met Kathryn at a recent do hosted by Good Housekeeping Magazine and was both intrigued and impressed with not only her, but also her successful blog which features a wide range of inspirational topics from beauty, fashion, and décor, to family, motherhood and blogging.

Q:  Tell us a bit about yourself – where are you from, what makes you tick?

My name is Kathryn and I live in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. My primary role is as mom to 2 cute kids – a boy of 6 and a girl of 3. I also juggle a couple of part-time work roles such as Blogger, Social Media Writer and Media Liaison.

Q:  Tell us about Becoming You…

Becoming you is a women’s lifestyle blog. The name Becoming you reflects a journey of discovering who I am (or you are) and is also a play on the word “becoming” as an adjective which means attractive, lovely, pretty, handsome, fetching; stylish, elegant, chic, fashionable, tasteful.

Q:  Where did it all start, why blogging?

I started 2 years ago when I realised that as a mom of 2 kids I had forgotten what it was that I enjoyed and what MY interests were, aside from my kids. I started reading loads of blog and really enjoyed taking this time out for me! Obviously this then progressed to me having the crazy notion that I could start my own blog! Becoming you started as a space for me to document what I enjoyed and when I noticed that many other women also struggled with taking time for themselves I decided to use my platform to encourage them to stop neglecting themselves and to rediscover who they were: to become more of themselves.

Becoming You

Q:  What do you enjoy most about your blog?

I adore getting positive comments and feedback from moms or women who have discovered Becoming you and through it a bit more of themselves. That makes it all worthwhile! Another one of the benefits of blogging for me has been meeting so many amazing people, especially other bloggers. I have loved getting to know bloggers via reading their blogs and then bumping into them at a launch or event. I am fortunate that my blog crosses over quite a few subjects which means I have befriended beauty, fashion, food, lifestyle and mommy bloggers in Cape Town and really enjoy chatting to all of them and learning from each conversation I have. Also the free review goodies and fab events are nice too! 😉

Q:  What is your long-term vision / goal for Becoming You?

My blog has grown amazingly over the past 2 years into an inspirational online space for women featuring articles across many topics including beauty, fashion, travel, interiors, photography, motherhood, celebrities, product reviews, interviews and competitions, all of which are aimed at encouraging women to take some time to remember what it was that made them unique and gave them joy (aside from their kids!) My long term vision is for Becoming you to recognised as a credible source of information and encouragement for women across South Africa. I’ve always dreamt of working at a magazine, so turning Becoming you into an online & print magazine similar to Sweet Paul would be amazing!

Q:  What inspires you?

I would love to say I get inspired by my exotic travels around the world but alas that is not my current situation! (hopefully it will be one day) In the meantime I find inspiration in my current surroundings. It is everywhere if you only know HOW to look at the world. A primary source for me is reading everything I can – be it in print or online.  I have always been a huge fan of magazines and since I was 16 my dream job was to be a Magazine Editor. As I am now the editor of Becoming you I feel fortunate to have a bit of glimpse into that world!

Q:  Could you share your Secret Indulgence with us?

Oooh definitely Lindt dark chocolate – any flavour but I’m partial to orange 😉 Other luxuries I enjoy are beauty treatments, lounging in the sun reading a magazine and sushi…

Q:  What is your favourite current décor trend?

Right now I’m loving painted wooden furniture – although I’m not sure if that is a trend or horribly outdated. I recently enlisted the help of a friend to give me some décor tips and we decided to paint all my “orange” wooden furniture white, and a little desk a pretty duck-egg blue, I’m loving how it’s brightened up my home and I think it’s working well in my home décor but I wouldn’t take my word for it as a trend.

Q:  Tell us five things on your Bucket List…

I wrote a bucket list about 18 months ago which makes for interesting reading now but if I was to pick 5 things for a updated Bucket List they would mainly be all travel experiences as this is one area of my life that is severely lacking at the moment…

1. Travel overseas with my kids – Disney World or Mauritius would be awesome for them and us because of the amazing kids entertainment offered but I would also love to take them somewhere like Thailand and introduce them to the wonders of a different culture.

2. New York, New York and then a cross country road trip on Route 66.

3. Visit Provence and the South of France – for a self-professed francophile this is another “must see”

4. Spend a month (or more) sailing around the Greek Islands

5. Do a Biblical History Tour

And just for good measure

6. See the Northern Lights….

{You can follow Kathryn on her blog, Becoming you, or find her on Facebook and Twitter!}

And the Most Beautiful Object in SA is…

*Drum roll please*

The winner of the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa 2013 is Gavin Rajah for his Pebble Dress!

Pebble Dress by Gavin Rajah
Pebble Dress by Gavin Rajah

This dress from Gavin Rajah’s Spring/Summer 2013 couture collection was created out of leather pieces that were moulded into pebble shapes and then embroidered onto mesh by hand. The leather pebbles are placed to create a gradation of colour with rose gold blending into chocolate.

Rajah’s studio pioneered the technique to foil ostrich skins with the Klein Karoo Co-op last year. After the technique attracted interest from Chanel and other international fashion brands, the studio decided to create their own textiles in foiled leathers. The result is a more tactile leather with depth and dimension. The garment is handmade and has been created without seams in pure couture tradition.”

Gavin Rajah was nominated by Malibongwe Tyilo, in his capacity as a Blogger of Skattie What Are You Wearing?

Malibongwe had the following to say about Rajah’s creation: “The Pebble Dress combines to great effect some of the most relevant design influences at the moment: leather, ombre, texture and craft. Their unity creates a completely resolved design piece. At first glance, your eye is attracted by the complete garment and it’s almost scale-like appearance. A closer look reveals the incredible amount of work and precision that has gone into creating not only the garment but also an entirely new fabric.”

Gavin Rajah

Speaking from Mumbai, an ecstatic Rajah said: “I’m incredibly humbled by this accolade and it’s a testament of the work being produced by my studio. I want to thank Ravi Naidoo and his team for offering not only this amazing platform to share, collaborate and interact, but bringing to the fore creativity and design in South Africa. A special thanks to all who voted for the Pebble dress.”

For more information and pics of the Most Beautiful Object in SA, please visit www.designindaba.com.

Good Housekeeping SA - Cover

Review: Good Housekeeping Magazine SA

Good Housekeeping SA - Cover

The next time you are standing in front of the rack displaying magazines at the supermarket or bookstore, take time our to meet the new kid on the block Good Housekeeping Magazine (SA).

Yes the Good Housekeeping mag has come to our shores at last.  It might be the new kid on the block in terms of South African mags, but it is an internationally recognized superbrand which was first launched in 1885 – you heard right!  Wrap you brain around that one – 126 years ago! With more than 30 million readers across the globe. In fact in the very first issue, there is a double page spread showing you exactly the countries it is to be found in.

As I write this I am reminded of a comical local TV ad about a man that is a company’s 1 millionth client. He is being interviewed as such and the TV presenter asks him “what took you so long?” Echoing my sentiments exactly – I so enjoyed reading this GH (shortened version of name) I too have to say “what took you so long to get to SA?”

It is not specifically an interiors magazine, although it naturally has a very good décor section and pages with all sorts of gorgeous décor goodies to buy from SA retail outlets. To quote the editor Sally Emery, “It is targeted at women exactly like you and me – women with full, busy lives, who are looking for smart, easy, affordable (and fun) solutions to all the challenges life throws at us.” Having read the GH from cover to cover, I could not sum the content and mission up any better – it is as she said it.

The various sections /categories of the GH are all titled with a wonderful play on the word “GOOD”. There is “Good Choices” – good buying options shared; “Good Looks” – which deals with beauty & fashion; “Good Buzz” – insights into home, family, celebs etc; “Good Advise”- expert advise on different aspects of life; “Good Enough Housekeeping” – fun ideas, short cuts, step-by-step solutions and then lastly “Good Health” – speaks for itself.

In the Good Enough section you will meet our favourite local blogger, Vicki Sleet from I Want That. Vicki, who is also Good Housekeeping’s Lifestyle Editor, heads the lifestyle advice column called “Ask Vicki” for all house-care tipe questions. Well done Vicki!

On the cover of this first issue is none other than Heidi Klum who after 4 children still looks like so slim, trim and beautiful. There is a fab interview with her in the Good Buzz section.

What do I fancy most about this mag and in particular this issue? For starters, I don’t do bikinis anymore and was so chaffed to find an article showing full length bathing costumes and helpful hints as to what to look for when buying. Then the “101 wonders / magic must haves” – clever buys with awesome images.  I cannot actually single out anymore because the mag is jam packed with loads of interesting tips and features.

They are equally as active online. You will find loads of competitions on their website. Stay updated & interactive with them on Facebook and Twitter.  Marica and I have just had the fun-est time entering the entire lot of FAB competitions online. Get in there quick peeps – it anything from an iPad and appliances to picnic baskets and a nature reserve weekend! I have read the book “Elephant Whisper” and want nothing more than to go hang out with them ellies in Thula Thula. The iPad – okay, between Marica and I may the best woman win (hopefully).

Will I buy it again – yes I definitely will. After battling to find a Mag that I could settle into for years now (other than décor mags) I think I have found my everyday gals mag.

Happy reading all – until the next time, Yours in service to interiors.