This is something we associate with the certain animals and specific seasons. We may say we are going to hibernate over a cold weekend, spending time warm and cosy indoors. But we don’t have a memory of an enforced socio-economic hibernation. Yes, history teaches us that every 100 years there have pandemics with a similar socio-economic impact. Yet, in our societal memory a pandemic, such as, this was not forthcoming. It became all new, and why not? It is new for us. Wearing a mask in public, having a restricted lifestyle, not being able to go out to meet friends for a drink and more. Working from home, for those us who are lucky enough to be able to, has changed how we look at work. Suddenly, work has become more flexible – we put in more hours, are more productive – because we can also do the odd chore at home without a worry. Work-Life has changed. Fibre is now paramount. It is no longer a luxury or a consideration; now it is a must. A necessity.
Slowly the economy is opening up, bit by bit every day freedoms we took for granted are becoming available to us again. We can meet up with friends again, we can to restaurants and we can start going back to work. Some of us haven’t been so lucky to return to work, we are facing retrenchments and few employment opportunities. It is an age of unreason, an age we were not prepared for. Covid-19 is still with us and it will be for several seasons.
Inside of each of us there is the indomitable spirit to overcome, to create, to build, to rebuild, unlearn, relearn, learn and to reconnect.
We at Pomegranate Promise, like everyone else, are coming out of hibernation and exploring the new “spring” with its challenges.
Stay inside! If you must go out, practise social distancing! No hugging! No handshakes! Stay Safe!
We are social beings. We need relationship. We need touch; to touch and be touched. We need to walk, run and enjoy the outside. We need to exercise self-discipline and self-control in our lives, and more so in this Black Swan Lockdown Season. Covid-19 is not something to shrug off. We must be proactive in our personal hygiene and our care of others, and ourselves. We must respect each other. So many things we need and must do in this season.
It is an unseen enemy but a real one. What we cannot do is allow it swallow us, to drown our joy and creativity. We cannot allow it to stop us from being, doing and achieving. We will overcome. We will meet again – in person! We will touch again, share a coffee, share a dinner and go out.
In the meantime, most of us are forced to work from home. This is proving a challenge. Some of us are juggling family time, housework, three meal preparations a day for all, work, personal time, exercise and keeping in contact with loved ones. It can be like living in a washing machine; everything is happening in the same space at the same time. Yet! We manage and we are able to find a rhythm, a routine and live well. There are financial challenges with businesses struggling to find means to stay sustainable; salaries being reduced, forced unpaid leave and more; impacting each of us with our monthly commitments.
One of the most important things we can do is to wake up each morning knowing we are, each one of us, unique and incredibly special. Because we are, we must wake-up and start each day with purpose. First things first: make the bed followed by that first cup of coffee or tea.
Dress comfortably yet professionally; after all you are still working even though you are at home. For online meetings avoid bright colours and vivid patterned clothing as the camera image can be distorted or blurry. Dress simply. Make sure your hair is brushed and combed. Don’t lose your discipline in professional dress and personal care. Keep your home-office space neat and devoid of clutter. Have an office code at home: a blue piece of paper means I am working but you can interrupt me; a red piece of paper means I am in an online meeting and do not disturb; a yellow piece of paper means don’t disturb me – have urgent document to get out. Work out a code that works for you and your family.
Covid-19 is teaching us again what is important: each other. When this is over, let us not get caught in the treadmill that stuff, status and more is what counts. Let us remember, it is relationship, it is loving each other and being. Less is more. The simpler life where necessities are bought; and where relationship, touch, exercise and love are the things that count.
Yours in promise and blogging
When seasons change, the purism of only summer or only winter clothing no longer applies. It a season for revisiting your wardrobe to create a style unique to yourself and showing others that fashion starts with being savvy on how to wear clothes.
Designing a season friendly casual look or a smart bold look starts with understanding your day and your environment. Are you going to be rushing from one meeting to the next in one building or moving between buildings, and then upon leaving the office going out to dinner with no time to change? Are you spending a leisurely day running some errands or simply lazy around the house or meeting up with friends for a social coffee or lunch or early dinner?
If your day is where you rush from one meeting to the next, then consider layering by adding either smart tailored jacket that is comfortable to wear and a scarf for the early morning chill; or you may want to add a lightweight cardigan or jersey over a long-sleeved cotton shirt. Not every company requires that you wear a suit and if this is the case, then have fun matching tailored jackets or blazers with your chinos or jeans. This look will also allow you to look good as you leave work to go out to dinner.
A day scheduled for running errands or lazing around the house or meeting up with friends means you have the opportunity to layer using a heavier weight shirt over your favourite T-Shirt, or a gilet over a light-weight cotton shirt. A cotton knit over a long-sleeved shirt allows for that smart casual look for the in between season look. Long-sleeves can always be rolled up, allowing you to look smart yet casual.
This is best time to maximise the mix and match combinations in your wardrobe. Revisit your wardrobe and the potential it offers for layering before you go shopping. You probably have everything you need in your cupboard. Save your money for that ticket item that will make a difference for the summer or the winter; that new stylish blazer or warm winter coat.
Yours in promise and blogging,
You’re going away from the ‘madding crowd’ of deadlines and more things to do than time available. You’re going to relax, and connect with friends and family.
Packing for a holiday needs a bit of planning to avoid arriving unprepared or without an item when you arrive at your destination. Do your laundry a few days before you need to pack to ensure that the items you want to take with, are clean and ready to go. Have a single colour to form your base and only add in two or three items to form a contrast. This will make for easy packing and stylish outfits. The one-week travelling case:
- 2 to 3 pairs of shorts
- 1 pair of jeans
- 1 plain tailored shirt
- 1 printed coloured shirt
- 3 plain T-Shirts
- 1 graphic T-Shirt
- 1 polo shirt
- 1 hoodie
- 2 swimming shorts (if going to the beach)
- 1 pair of loafers
- 1 pair of good sneakers
- 1 pair of casual shoes
- 1 belt
- Boxers for each day
This classic travelling wardrobe will cater for the lazy days, the evenings out, the odd mishap which holiday’s bring like spilt coffee, and if the weather should turn a bit chilly; at all times allowing you to look your best.
Yours in promise
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“Buy what you don’t have yet, or what you really want, which can be mixed with what you already own. Buy only because something excites you, not just for the simple act of shopping.” – ― Karl Lagerfeld
Clothing must be comfortable; complement your body shape and make you feel good. Whilst clothing is a necessity, it is also an extension of your identity.
When shopping for a new clothing item, always consider your existing wardrobe and how this new item will enable you to mix and match creating new looks with what you already own. Do not buy for the sake of buying. Buy because you enjoy the shirt, the pants, the jeans, the t-shirt and how it makes you feel.
Wearing clothes which fit well and boost your mood, is guaranteed to help you perform your best at work and to relax more socially. Your confidence will be higher. Dr. Baumgartner, in her book “ “You Are What You Wear: What Your Clothes Reveal About You” writes that “when you dress in a certain way, it helps shift your internal self”.
You are worthy of feeling good in what you are wearing; take pride in how you assemble each outfit each day. Walk tall in clothes which are well cared for and which make you feel good. It has been proven that dressing in this way improves your productivity and ability to relate to others. If you just throw any old thing on and don’t care how it sits or it is creased; it impacts how you feel about yourself, on how you work, and how you interact with colleagues and friends.
Classical colours and clothes that have demonstrated over time to work because they suit different occasions and body shapes, are a must in your cupboard. Have a staple of classics and add those one or two items which excite you, to make them trendier and lift your spirits.
Yours in promise and blogging
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The T-Shirt is a wardrobe staple that can be dressed up or down; it can add to an outfit or tone an outfit down.
A plain white or charcoal or black or navy T-Shirt can be worn on its own with jeans for a casual look or it can be worn under a jacket to create a smart casual look with either jeans or chinos.
it is the graphic T-Shirt displaying artwork that lifts up a pair of jeans or chinos paired with or without a jacket to create an effortless style for an evening out with friends or for that afternoon social event.
It is a statement making T-Shirt which embraces you, your preferences and your identity. Your graphic T-Shirt can range from an iconic brand or music band or a voice regarding our environment or other. It can also be an Art Print T-Shirt where the graphic is an artwork.
A simple graphic T-Shirt, where the colour of the T-Shirt is offset by a single coloured artwork, is a wardrobe addition every man should have. It gives your basic wardrobe mix that quintessential look.
Yours in promise and blogging
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One of the most versatile items in our clothing wardrobe is the T-Shirt. When our favourite T-Shirt becomes worn and faded with a few holes, we tend to relegate it to being worn at home for comfort and for those odd jobs around the house. We hold onto it until we really need to let it go.
The T-Shirt had humble beginnings. It started as an undergarment which laborers would shorten the sleeves of in the late 19th Century. In 1913 the United States Navy had them manufactured and issued as standard undershirts. In 1920, Scott Fitzgerald named it in his book This Side of Paradise; and in doing so, the humble T-Shirt formally entered the English Dictionary.
In 1950, as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Marlon Brando wore a white T-Shirt. He redefined the American male look. It stopped being seen an undergarment. It was found to be a very comfortable clothing item. By the 1970’s the T-Shirt became the canvas for music bands and anti-war protests to print their logos and messages on. It became a messaging canvas.
For us at Pomegranate Promise, this loved clothing item – the T-Shirt, is more than just a messaging canvas, it is an art canvas.
As a wardrobe staple and must-have clothing item, the T-Shirt is here to stay. It fits most, if not all occasions; it all depends upon you and how you wear it.
Yours in promise and blogging,
(photo by: Samad Ismayilov)
Our first Art Print T-Shirt, pPromise#1, is available for purchase! So is the original doodle art and the signed canvas print. In total 51 prints, of which 50 are T-Shirts and 1 is a canvas print.
We have gone live with a concept mulled over several times; a concept that would not go away. A pesty concept which kept infiltrating the mind and fueling the imagination of possibilities. Instead of stifling it we realised it.
We decided to work with a decentralised business model promoting small business, leveraging of expertise, and to encourage active aging by engaging with retirees who bring not just know-how but also wisdom to a new way of working. As an online business we knew we had to have the fundamentals of a traditional business in place. What a journey!
It has been one filled with joy, enthusiasm, despair when things have gone wrong, relief when the wrong is remedied and the anticipation of going live.
A just started journey, we are a long way from our destination.
The learnings have been enormous and there are many more in store for us. There was no team until the phone calls started to find out who could help with building this concept and take it to market. An amazing and unique team came into existence.
Hard work alone would not have made this possible; working with a team and incorporating each one’s ideas has.
What a privilege to work with such amazing minds and energy. A blessing and gift from God.
Thank you to everyone involved in taking Pomegranate Promise live and launching our first Art Print T-Shirt.
Yours in promise and blogging,