NEW VIDEO: Halloween – Party hacks and snacks

Well hello there,

I’ve been fiddling around with the idea of a video segment to this here blog for a while now. Having produced a very silly introduction video a few weeks ago which, quite frankly, I was not too impressed with – I found myself shoving that dream onto the back-burner in a hurry and instead staring at my computer screen for a few weeks hoping that inspiration would give me a smack across the face. (Hoorah. So productive.)

Lo and behold. I have decided not to over-think it (a God-awful habit of mine),  just freaking post something, and see what happens.

My skillzzz (yes, with a “z”) are completely lacking (production-wise) but since I love themed parties (and Halloween, in particular) I thought I’d start just off with a simple idea – and hopefully I will receive only constructive crit. (Who am I kidding? – Trolls! On your mark…)

I would be eternally grateful if you could “like” my video if you think I should do more stuff like this and/or subscribe to my channel if you’d like to be notified every time I post something. 🙂

Drop me a comment and let a gal know what you think.

Bisous!

Zozette

 PS: Kind of a fitting post for a channel launch – seeing as it is my 100th post! 😀

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You say goodbye, I say HALLOW.

Hallow there. Searching for a Halloween costume for this year?

Since my annual Halloween posts are, by far, my most popular, I thought I would make damn sure that I don’t leave y’all hanging this year. (Since my blog has been a little quiet of late…)

Here is a little round-up of some cool ideas I’ve found on the interwebs – for the devout fancy-dressers out there:

 

www.pinterest.comSocial Media platforms! Cool part is – you can rope in as many friends as you like!

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Hallo, Halloween!

Since last year’s Halloween costume suggestions were found to be quite popular among readers, I thought I’d gather some new ideas for 2013. There is absolutely nothing better than a clever or funny costume – so hopefully some of these ideas inspire you to take the lesser traveled road (ie: The road faaaaar away from Slutty Street) when it comes to picking out your costume.

Because we all know we’re going to see a few of these this year:

Miley fancy dress.Urgh.

Let’s stick to the better, less vomit-inducing ideas, shall we?

Let us proceed:

Big bang fancy dress.Amy Farrah Fowler and Sheldon Cooper from the Big bang theory.

SHAMY! Super-funny and easy to execute!

Daria katy perry fancy dress.Daria and Jane Lane, portrayed by Katy Perry and Shannon Woodward.

Awesome throwback to the 90s MTV show.

Firefox fancy dress.Firefox!

Super clever tip-of-the-hat to a superior browser. 😉

Grumpy-CatGrumpy Cat.

Hey! Do you wanna come to my Halloween Par…. No.

Magritte fancy dress.The Son of Man by Magritte.

Art fanatics can pull this off in no time at all. Apple print-out + suit = Done!

Tulio Miguel fancy dress.Miguel and Tulio from The Road to El Dorado.

Because that cartoon was helluva funny, and if you didn’t think so, you probably had no pulse.

Up house fancy dressThe Up house!

Um, Pixar anything?! YAY!

Lazy fancy dress.Error 404.

Feeling lazy this year? Still keep it clever!

Bisous!

Zozette

Holi Moly

My honest-to-blog review of the 2013 Jozi Holi One/ We are one festival. Play-by-play, homies. PLAY. BY. PLAY.

2 Weeks before We are one:

Holi Moly – I hate to start on a negative note, but WHAT a ticket palava. Holi’s advertising stinks, so a lot of my friends missed out on tickets. Also, the use of a sub-par ticket hosting site means that many people are losing out due to technical errors. Not cool.

Holi Moly – I own no white clothing. What a stress. (Thank God for Mr P.)

Emmerentia dam – On arrival:

Holi Moly – I walk in through the entrance and all I can say is – What a well organized event. The sun is shining and for once festival food is something to get excited about! From spicy biryanis, to delicious stirfries, to Greek gyros, to chocolate dipped waffles on a stick! Not only is the food good, but the ginormous bar can also accommodate the hoards of people expected today. With a brutal fruit slushie in my hand, so far, so freaking good.

Holi Moly – Shopping!! Affordable goods to make your day extra fun and safe; Face masks with famous mouths printed on them, from The Joker, to the Cookie monster, to my own selection – Barbie. (Asthma annihilator!) White clothing for people who didn’t get the memo. (Thanks for telling me.) White umbrellas for more colour and sun coverage. (And eye poke-out…ing.) And of course, full body suits with goggles and masks, for those that want complete coverage from the colour. (Um… Just stay at home?)

Holi Moly – People are arriving… and I have a feeling I am going to be face-palming A LOT today. Is this Jersey Shore? Am I being Punk’d? Ashton? So so so very many orange idiots walking around. This is not H2O. Confused and a little bit irritated. Do these events not have a screening process?
Security: “Sorry sir, you are only wearing a speedo. Access denied.” or “Uh, ma’am, you look like a Dorito. Access denied.”

Holi Moly – I am SO lucky I went with great people. I’m not socializing with these freaks. YAY powder! YAY colour! *choke* YAY face mask! Much jumping around and powder throwing ensues.

Holi Moly – What shit is this line-up they call music? I was expecting something with, like, lyrics and stuff. As the sun moves downwards, the music is getting more unbearable.

Holi Moly– Let’s get out of here. Our pretty dust is thrown, we are filthy, the jocks are on the move…. and now the car is dirty. Sorry Danny.

beforeafter

Holi Moly – At least we enjoyed ourselves in our own bubble of colour and fun. AND we manged to get some great shots out of it. *Hi 5!* (Photos below courtesy of Jennifer Leigh, Daniel Brocklebank and myself.)

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A week later:

Holi Moly – Still coughing up powder. This breathing business is not easy.

HOLI MOLY – THE CONCLUSION

CRAP ticket organizers, AMAZING event organizers, LOVELY food, GREAT retail therapy, SHITTY music line-up, SCARY guest list. PRETTY colour dust! AWESOME friends.

Next year, maybe I’ll go to India instead?

Did anyone else go? I have a feeling CPT had a less vom-worthy crowd? Yeah?

– And they had December streets performing! Gosh.

Bisous!

Zozette

Meow-nopoly

A wheelbarrow, a battleship, an iron, a race-car, a thimble, a top hat, an old shoe and a Scottie-dog.

What do these things have in common?

If you had a childhood anything like mine – you’d know instantly that these are the infamous Monopoly gaming pieces.

I played a lot of Monopoly as a kid. My best friend and I would set up a game at the beginning of our school vacation and play the crap out of it for three weeks straight. Mind you, even after all of that property trading and hotel building – I still don’t think we ever managed to complete a game. Also, having played the game so much – you’d expect me to be a little more financially-savvy in my old-age. Well, I’m not. (This could possibly also be the reason why I’ve never finished a game.)

ace monopoly

Not only has the game evolved to the point of trading money with the help of a credit card. (Yes, a credit card. – Paper cuts were part of the fun!!) – but now apparently the most beloved icons of our childhood are being shunned by kids of today, prompting Monopoly to do away with the archaic design of the iron, replacing it with a new household element:

The cat.

NEW MONOPOLY TOKEN

Now, at first I was positively outraged. How dare they? The iron? It’s a traditional piece of history!

I finally put down my shaking fist, pulled myself together and realized that the iron had never really been relevant. Like ever.

I don’t think any any kid of the 90’s or the 80s, or even the 70s,  ever saw one of those things in action? Heck, I think the electric iron was even patented sometime in the 1800s!

So in this new light, I am fully embracing the kitty. (Being a crazy cat-lady helps.) I might even be happy to play one of the new improved Monopoly board games, credit card and all. (Calculating 100s of 1000s is beginning to prove quite tricky.)

I’ll draw the line when they replace the houses and hotels with mansions and malls.

Just saying.

Bisous!

Zozette

New Years Eve Fun!

I know I appear to have missed out on a Christmas post, but I assure you I will show you what my crafty fingers have been up to soon enough. Some friends and I are having a belated X-mas gift swapping party in the new year – so I’ll only upload my festivities then. 🙂 (I don’t want to spoil anything, you know!)

However, I thought I’d collect a few New Year’s Eve ideas for the new year that we thought we’d never see!

First up, some DIY party ideas for a quiet night in counting down, or the big bash of your choice.

NYE

1. DIY confetti slingshot at Green Wedding Shoes

2. DIY Sequined wine glass cuffs also at Green Wedding Shoes

3. Printable midnight kiss Tic Tac labels at Infarrantly Creative

4. DIY Matchbox confetti at Carolyn’s Homework

Next on the list. NAILS. All can say about this, is GLITTER GLITTER GLITTER!

Whichever colour. It doesn’t matter. Just get some sparkly up on those nails.

Glitter nail

Then, one thing I want to do this year (especially because we survived the impending doom of a non-existent apocalypse) is make a time capsule. I did one when I was in Primary school and it’s actually really fun. I love Kelli Crowe’s idea of using a mason jar for a capsule. Really cute.

Fill the jar up with ticket stubs, keepsakes and photos – and set a date when you’re allowed to open it again. Perhaps it can become an annual New years tradition? Or maybe you need a good five year gap to forget what you put in there?

I’ve drawn up a little questionnaire you can fill in and pop in there too, for a good chuckle. You’d be surprised how much you change as a person in a year.

Click here for a PDF: Time capsule

Drop a comment below and let me know if you have any New Years traditions you like to take part in every year?

Otherwise, have an absolutely super New Years Eve and may 2013 bring dreams a plentiful.

Bisous!

Zozette