VLOG: The Body Shop Play For Peace Event

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve written a blog post. YAY.

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I am one of those people who get overly excited for Christmas and everything that comes with it. My favourite part is spreading joy and love throughout the festive season. The Body Shop South Africa was kind enough to invite me to their end of year media event and I just have to say that this cause is something which is quite close to my heart.

One of the reasons I love the season of giving is because I myself did not have much to begin with. I grew up in a family where we did not have much, but we had each other and that taught me how to be grateful. My parents worked their fingers to the bone to provide for my brother and I. I’m very grateful for my family and I wish everyone could experience love like that.

The Play For Peace Campaign is an initiative The Body Shop came up with in order to support children in need. For every gift set you purchase from The Body Shop, you contribute to the Peace Play Project, which provides a safe space for children to play and heal. This programme teaches children how to deal with their trauma, cope with their losses and express themselves without violence.

The Body Shop has inspired me to give more this Christmas, which is why I will be embarking on a few charity campaigns this Christmas. To follow my journey, subscribe to my YouTube channel and look out for my Christmas videos coming up.

Please support this amazing campaign by purchasing any selected gift set from The Body Shop.

 

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VLOG: Life in the Fast Lane (Literally) – Audi TT Rides, Tamzen’s 21st and Wine Tasting.

If you told me last year that I would have an amazing group of friends and would be going out more often, I would’ve probably laughed at you and told you to tell someone else a joke. My life has changed so much since I came out of a 4 year relationship in April and I can honestly say I’ve never been this happy. I really enjoy going out with my friends and most importantly, I look forward to going to campus every day because I have them to look forward to. In this vlog you can come with me to go wine tasting, take a glimpse at what Tamzen’s 21st looked like and even take a spin in her new Audi TT.

 

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Here are a few photographs with the memories made for this vlog, what I like to call
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One of my favourite quotes from Harry Potter is:

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light”

Everyone creates their own happiness, if you choose to do so. For 2 weeks I refused to go to campus because I was in such a dark space and feared running into my ex at campus. Then I asked myself, why is he going around as happy as can be when I’m stuck at home feeling miserable? It was at that point when I reached rock bottom, that I knew the only place I could go was up. I really have to thank my friends for being my pillars of strength in such a dark time, but most importantly for showing me that I was happy before and I can be even happier now. I am genuinely enjoying this stage of my life and constantly meeting new people. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

 

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August Instagram Round Up

August was a great month, if I’m being completely honest. Not only did I celebrate my 21st birthday but I managed to be more consistent in terms of posting my Instagram. I did not like how my feed looked at all and I decided that I wanted a more cleaner feed with white detail (not an all white feed as that is too difficult for me to maintain). In August I loved the filter N2 on VSCO Cam and tended to go for a darker theme to my page. Are we friends on Instagram? If not you can give me a follow here and I’ll follow you back if you leave me your username in the comments! I love following other bloggers and getting inspiration for product shoots or flatlays.

 

I’m not sure how the rest of this month will play out with regards to my Instagram schedule because I have so many assignments and tests 3 weeks every week. I will however be posting videos every Friday, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel here.

 

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ICYMI: Get To Know Me [YouTube Tag]

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I wrote a very detailed personal blog post about myself which you can find here.

If you like tag videos, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this video and if you do decide to watch this video, please subscribe to my channel if you like my content. I am trying to reach 600 subscribers by the end of the year!

This video is the latest tag I did on my YouTube channel. Here are a list of the questions if anyone decides to do the tag on their blog or channel. If you do decide to do this tag, please leave me a comment as I love finding new blogs and I genuinely enjoy getting to know other bloggers ♡.

THE GET TO KNOW ME TAG ♡. (Credits: YouTube Tags xx on Tumblr)

  1. Are you named after anyone?
  2. When was the last time you cried?
  3. Do you have kids?
  4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
  5. Do you use sarcasm a lot?
  6. Will you ever bungee jump?
  7. What is your favourite cereal?
  8. What is the first thing you notice about people?
  9. What is your eye colour?
  10. Scary movie or happy endings?
  11. What is your favourite smell?
  12. Summer or Winter?
  13. Computer or Television?
  14. What is the furthest you’ve ever been from home?
  15. Do you have any special talents?
  16. Where were you born?
  17. What are your hobbies?
  18. Do you have any pets?
  19. What is your favourite movie?
  20. Do you have any siblings?
  21. What do you want to be when you grow up?

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Behind The Blog: Get To Know Deeanne ♡.

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The year was 1996, and being as stubborn as I am (and always fashionably late, because I like making an entrance) I was already way overdue, as my mom had been in labour for almost 12 hours. Having nearly escaped death, I came into the big wide world on the 8th of August.

So. What’s in a name you ask? Well, originally my grandmother had asked that I be named Michaela as she seemed to grow very fond of it. Unfortunately the circumstances surrounding that name at the time were just not something my parents wanted to associate me with. So my parents decided that two names were better than one. So Deon and Jo-Anne came together to form Deeanne. The rest is pretty much history. Okay, maybe not so much.

I have stared death in the face not only once, but twice. When I was younger, I started suffering terrible symptoms and my mother’s instincts quickly kicked in, and I was rushed to hospital at the speed of light. I was then diagnosed with meningitis and so began my stay in hospital. Had it not been for my mom’s quick instincts, the doctors said I could have been blind, deaf or even worse.

I’m a fighter, you see. So don’t worry. I’m okay. My childhood was great. I loved primary school so much so that I became friends with everyone. The type of school I was fortunate enough to attend was one that had taught me so much and I enjoyed going to school. Having won numerous awards (no, really every year of primary school from grade one to seven I was invited to an award ceremony) I quickly worked my way up the academic ladder and eventually in my final year (grade 7) I was made head girl, was part of the prefect council and at one point was also a librarian. Little did I know that when I was in grade 1, I would find my passion. One day, while sitting in the doctor’s office, my dad told me the story about the boy who cried wolf. I was so fascinated by this story that I just had to tell my teacher. So what did I ask? I asked her if I could tell the class a story. My teacher was so impressed that she asked me to repeat the story to another grade one class and then a grade 3 class! That day I came home with 5 stars on my head and my parents were so shocked, they thought I had done something wrong!

High school was a difficult transition for me personally. Going from a school where you were friends with everyone to suddenly moving to a school with cliques was not easy for me. I did not like my school or any of the subjects they offered. However, I always excelled at creative writing and one day, my mom found one of my papers I wrote about how I missed being a kid (which I got 80% for, just by the way). She was so amazed by my writing skills that she told me it was definitely something I should look into.

Then came university. Having been rejected for my previous choices, I found out that there was still a course available that offered a waiting list. I was so desperate to get into UWC specifically that I did my very best to get in (that’s a post I want to write separately, so I’ll get into that another time). After being accepted 2 weeks into the semester, I fell in love with my university. I loved the friends I made and I really enjoyed writing (for anyone wondering, I’m a double major in English and Language and Communication Studies). Yet, I missed writing something I wasn’t forced to write and I wanted an outlet. So in 2015 I opened my laptop and started a blog.

And so began Thee Chic Critique. I think my first blog post was something about what I was loving at the moment (which included dark chocolate and Teen Wolf) and I built a community. People started following me on social media and was genuinely interested in the content I was creating. Then the unexpected happened, and my blog started experiencing technical difficulties which wouldn’t  allow me to write anymore.

That’s when I created a new blog, but I wanted a better name and something that was more personal. I noticed that on my previous blog, I would sign off all my blog posts with “Sincerely, Deeanne” and I loved how that sounded. Not only did my blog have a new name but it gave my new blog an identity. Something which resonated with over 200 bloggers. I now have over 3550 views in total and companies are willing to work with me on a regular basis.

Something I do want to say is that I never started my blog to work with companies and to get free things. I’ve always had a passion for telling stories. I enjoy writing so much so that sometimes I don’t even realize how long my posts are. Isn’t that what blogging is supposed to be about?

This year (2017) I have left the country for the first time, came out of a very toxic relationship and made the most amazing friends I could have ever asked for. I’m not sure what exactly the future holds for me. I’m in no rush to get there either. I’m currently focused on myself, my relationship with God and enjoying my university experience. I’d like to graduate Cum Laude from my university and work overseas for a while before going into journalism. At the same time I’d like to branch out and really take my blog and YouTube channel to the next level. I’ll be alright.

This is me, Deeanne. The girl behind the blog Sincerely, Deeanne.

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Varsity Vlog 01: Lectures, Apartment Shopping & Convertible Rides!

“Dream big, work hard, stay focused and surround yourself with good people.”

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I love university. I love the fact that it’s nothing compared to high school and you’re surrounded by people who are aiming for the same goals as you, which inevitably is to graduate.

I want to write a separate post detailing my university experience and what university was like, but just for some background purposes, I thought I’d fill my readers in on some information. I attend the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, which is one of the top universities in the country. I am currently in my third year of university, studying a Bachelor of Art and majoring in English and Language and Communication Studies. I am an aspiring journalist with a passion for writing and reviewing products. My main goal for my final year is to complete my bachelor Cum Laude (with an average of 70% across all modules).

In this vlog I take you with me to campus and you get to meet some of the gems I call my friends. Then I have a busy day and end up going apartment shopping. The best part of this vlog (in my opinion) is definitely the convertible ride at the end!

My university experience was not all sunshine and roses and I never want my viewers or readers to feel that I’m trying to portray “the perfect life”. If you’ve been a follower of mine for a long time you would know that I have come a long way since my days of being bullied in high school, to coming out of a 4 year long toxic relationship.

This video blew up so quickly, if you would like to see more then please subscribe to my channel so I can create more content!

 

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What I Got For My 21st Birthday!

“Life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated!”

I firmly believe that birthdays are not ordinary days. They’re milestones which we should be thankful for, no matter the circumstance. Every year I celebrate my birthday, I really take the time to remain thankful that I am able to see another year and live another day.

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I hate this part.

Just a disclaimer that I am in no way trying to brag or show off what I received. I genuinely enjoy watching what other people get for their birthdays and I create content which I hope my readers and viewers will enjoy. Please do not feel the need to watch it if you don’t like these videos, I always want my channel to feel like a safe space for others and I want others to feel comfortable. With that being said, any negativity or unwelcome comments will be removed from my channel and you will be blocked from my channel and not allowed to enter any giveaways I may have in the future.

I have two papers due on Monday and Tuesday that I have to get back to, so I will be back on Monday with a brand new blog post ♡.

P.S: I am convinced that I am cursed. My YouTube subscriber count will not seem to go over 560 for some reason? So if you would like to subscribe to my channel, I would really appreciate it x.

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21.

“Broken things can become blessed things, if you let God do the mending”

I could start this blog post in one of two ways.

I could break down in tears and say a million thank you’s as I have done in the past…

Or I could tell you what my plans are for the future and once again mention how truly grateful I am for every read, every comment, every person who’s visited my blog no matter if it was out of curiosity or simply because you were genuinely interested in my content.

If you didn’t know, I celebrated my 21st birthday on the 8th of August and I have never been so grateful and eager to start this new chapter in my life. My mom and dad keep thanking me for making my family proud, but it’s really me who should be thanking them for all they have provided for me, no matter how hard the situation was and being the best support system I could have ever asked for. I will always be your little girl, no matter how old I am.

For those who have been following my blog or YouTube channel, you would know that I mentioned that I was extremely unhappy for a long time. I lacked motivation, had no friends and I isolated myself so much that eventually I just fell into this dark space. Then in April of this year I came out of a 4 year relationship, losing not only my best friend but also my only friend at the time. I no longer keep in contact with him, but I truly wish him everything of the best for the future.

You see, at the time I had my heart broken I asked God “Why am I being punished?”. Little did I know that what I thought was a punishment, was truly the biggest blessing in disguise. Having to quickly make a plan of finding an alternative way to campus, I was blessed with a new friend, a new chapter and ultimately a new beginning. Nicole, if you’re reading this, I truly believe you are my guardian angel (you too, Tamzen x). One thing led to another and I eventually made even more friends, was forced to put myself out there and in turn the world started opening so many possibilities for me. In the time I started healing I found myself on a date with a very handsome British stud, who I still remain friends with to this day even though he has returned home.

Instead of going out even when I didn’t feel like it, I started channeling all my focus and energy into my YouTube channel which in the beginning, nobody would help me with. I have been uploading consistently every Friday for the past few months. In the process I have also started growing my subscriber count and working with companies who have been so nice to send me gifts, products to review and showing me love on my Instagram.

I’ve stamped my passport and left my country to visit the beautiful treasure which is Thailand and in the time, I just took every opportunity to grow and find myself while allowing God to fix my broken heart.

I always thought that “when one door closes, another one opens” was just someone trying to make you feel better about your horrible situation and trying to offer some sort of hope in your dark times. But wow, I have honestly experienced it in more ways than one.

So. What happens next?

To be honest, at this point I am just trying to focus on my studies while at the same time growing my blog and YouTube channel. At this point in time I don’t think I’m looking for a serious relationship. I’m just trying to enjoy my university experience and live life to the fullest. You see, a year ago the person I was would sit in the car alone and watch the university experience pass her by because she didn’t have any friends. Today, she looks forward to varsity because her friends are what helps her get through the long days. With only one year and a few months left of university before I graduate, I look forward to seeing what the future holds. I really want to find myself and continue to grow with God’s help, day by day. I still remember the days I prayed for the things I have now.

Once again, thank you to everyone who constantly show me support on my blog and YouTube channel. I will continue to create content my readers will enjoy and hope you are excited for what is still to come.

“I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person” – Rita Mero

Well, here’s to being 21. I hope the next few years are filled with nothing but laughter, late nights, good times, great memories and most importantly blessings and happiness. Cheers!

 

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Life Update: I’m Single, Done Blogging & Future Plans?

I have no idea how to begin this blog post.

I think one thing my readers don’t know about me or choose not to see is that I don’t really like to put my whole life on the internet (ironic, right? I literally post videos on my YouTube channel documenting my life’s adventures and beauty routines). But on a serious note, I feel like I owe it to a lot of people to understand why I haven’t been blogging and why I have not been consistent with my uploads.

Most of the reasons are discussed in my latest vlog which you can watch below. Now just a side note, this was filmed before my initial reason for this post so it’s just a few details. Click play to watch and leave me a like & subscribe:

 

Now, the real reason for my absence on both my social media as well as my blogging/vlogging platforms is because I’ve recently come out of a 4 year relationship. You may or may not have seen my ex in a few of my blog posts and videos but I can’t keep it a secret forever. Due to the fact that we have dated so long, we have both become different people and for that reason, have decided to part ways. I wish him nothing but success and happiness and for this reason I just ask, that should you stumble on an old post or video, that you kindly ignore it and not pay it any further attention.

At this point in time I’ve decided to focus on my blog while at the same time growing my followers and meeting new people along the way. I am not done blogging although it may have looked like that for a while. Thank you for all the love and support you’ve all shown both my blog and my YouTube channel.

As for my future — next year is my final year of university. I still have a long way to go in terms of final year and graduation but this is only a new beginning. Although I am trying to remain at the top of all my classes, I still want to be able to develop a routine in terms of blogging and filming and my schedule will works as follows: I will have 3 blog posts a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and a new YouTube video every Friday.

Someone once said that sometimes you have to accept that some people can stay in your heart, but not in your life x.

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February Instagram Round Up!

Before it’s time for March round up again (which, I’ll be honest was not my best month for uploading on Instagram due to the fact that I am back at varsity) I just thought I’d share my snaps from the month of February.

If you’d like to be Instagram friends feel free to follow me here and please leave me a comment saying you’re a blogger or you found my blog because I don’t always follow people back as I do tend to get a few random followers.

If you would like any posts related to my Instagram in terms of how I edit my photos, how I grow my following and how I work with brands then feel free to leave me a comment.

Have a fantastic week ahead, all my love xo.

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