Adventure – Ziplining



I’ve been dying to go to our local zip lining facilities close to Nelspruit, called Hazyview sky trail. It is literally swinging from treetop to treetop in the middle of the forest.

I think it can be quite scary, especially for me with a slight fear of heights, but it is definitely a extremely thrilling experience with a heavy adrenaline rush.

Let’s get the money saving on and go do it!


Sport – Athletics



My younger brother just took part in the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China and I was inspired to write something about athletics.

For all sport lovers, the Olympics is truly a highlight in ones diary. It’s where all different types of sport come together and celebrate their sport and the athletes hard work during the year.

When I was younger, athletics day at school was the best day of the school calendar. I participated in everything possible event from 100m to 800m, to long jump to discus. You get the opportunity to do the thing most kids love when their young, race! The adrenaline rush as they shoot the gun at the starting line, the rush of being behind and the catching up, and of course the thrilling feeling if you won the race. This is why I love athletics!

Style – Spring is almost here!


The 1st of September marks the first day of Spring. In some places like Cape Town the warmer weather will still play hide and seek but here in Nelspruit the heat has already shown itself!

I predict that this years style will once again be pattern power. Large colourful flower patterns will definitely be high fashion and looser clothing will also be preferable amongst most people. The hippie look will also definitely feature again, especially in my closet.

Get your tan on, because spring is almost here!

#outofthebox – Masked Ball Wedding

masked ball

The traditional way for a bride to walk down the isle is with her veil over her eyes. What if that tradition is mixed up and a mask is used?

These days you get beautiful designed masks that have feathers and glitter or even just an intricate design. You can also have masked ball as the theme for your reception to pull everything together. Guests can dress accordingly and decor can also reflect the theme in a way. You can make it very subtle or very dramatic.

Why not mix it up and do something different for your wedding!

In action @ a CANSA event

CANSA event

I was lucky enough to be a part of a CANSA charity event that took place in the Botanical Gardens in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga! I helped with the pouring of welcoming drinks working alongside Two Red pens and Makro.

Each table was bought by a company like Harley Davidson for example and they had to decorate their table to stand a chance to win a prize. They were judged on their creativity and the food that they supplied with that. There was beautiful tables with lots of handmade decorations that made each table unique.

Show me Nelspruit covered the event and you can go look at the lovely table decor on their website!

New Beginnings


All new adventures to start today on the first week of August!

My new and last Internship of my Aleit Academy Events Management course will be spent at Two Red Pens in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. Here I will spend my time working on events, their magazine, Mom’s Notes and do some design work for corporate companies.

Working alongside Alison Blair who was nominated as a National Finalist in Business Woman of the year 2013 will be a great experience and I will definitely learn a lot!

Two Red Pens always have brand new – Ideas for success!

Contact them at:

Tel: 013-744 0730
P.O. Box 19521, Nelspruit, 1200

#photography – Charmaine Fashion Shoot

Charmaine Fashion Shoot BEST269


Beautiful Charmaine made my life very easy behind the camera. After starting off a little bit unsure of herself and feeling a little bit uncomfortable, she started relaxing and then got into it. We shot at different places in Stellenbosch area and she had 4 different outfits that we played around with. In this way she got to show off some leg and show her cozy winter outfits as well. Go have a look at the end results on my facebook page and please like my page if you feel its worth looking at 😉


#photography – aaaaaand Action!


Taking action photgraphs can be tricky but taking photos of such a pro is easy! Lloyd Harris (17 years of age) is not only my brother but also in the top 70 tennis players in the world under 18. He has properly traveled the world from Croatia, London, Italia, Germany, Paris and many more. The latest experience was traveling to Roland Garros in Paris to take part in the Junior Grand Slam. I think you should remember this name… he is going to go far!!

See more photographs on my facebook page

#photography – it’s autumn time

Jana & WG Couple Shoot BEST11

What a beautiful time to take photographs! The bright yellow, orange and red colours makes photographs feel so much warmer. On one cold autumn day in Stellenbosch I had the opportunity to photographs this beautiful couple celebrating their 2 years anniversary in a months time. I hope you enjoy the couple photos as much as I did.

Visit my facebook site to view more pics.

The girl behind the camera…

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My photography page on facebook is a very big marketing tool in my business and that is why I upgraded it to made sure all photos represents my style etc. I made a logo that shows my quirky style and I emphasized that a smile is all you need in life!

This is a little post I made earlier to give clients an idea of who I am and what I am all about! Go visit my Monique Smiles Photography Facebook Page to see more!

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