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Keeping It Candid

Finding bloggers and influencers that speak to who you are, encourage you, and inspire you is so important.  No longer should we simply follow people who we think fit into the cookie cutter mold that society wants to force us into – it’s not just about the perfect feed with the blonde-hair blue-eyed family.  It’s about relating to people, knowing they are real and honest, and relating to what they are posting.

One such person that I have been following for some time is Cisca de Kock.  She has been blogging for some time, and I often find myself popping over to her social media to see what she is posting about and what is happening in her life.  Plus, you know I’m a sucker for spreading kindness, and Cisca has this in bucket loads.

This is such a surreal experience to be able to introduce you to her on my little blog, and I am totally freaking out right now!  #fangirl


Your name:  Cisca de Kock

Blog name:  Keeping It Candid

Social media handles:  Instagram, Facebook, Twitter  and Website.

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3 fun facts about you:
1. If I could win a life time supply of clothing it would be socks! I swear they have superpowers and disappear- I always end up wearing my husband’s socks.
2. If I had to eat one type of food for the rest of my life it would be BILTONG.
3. If I had to be trapped in a movie for a day, it would have to be Clueless.

How would you describe yourself:  Honest, Perfectionist, Goal driven

How did you get into blogging:
My Mom passed away when I was 5 months pregnant with Hudson (my first born). I was devastated, and went into a deep and dark depression. When Hudson was born, I sunk even deeper. I had no one to talk to. No one to listen to my motherly fears and I just felt completely lost. I started seeing a Psychiatrist who deals with Post-Partum Depression and she suggested that I try and find an outlet. So one night in September 2017, while pumping milk for Hudson I created my own blog called It’s a Mom’s Life on WordPress. I honestly did not think it would reach anyone, and that was ok. It felt so good to write what was on my mind. From there I created my Instagram page which was first called “Raising Little Hudson” . Hudson was a little eager beaver and my water broke at 36 weeks (It was like a scene out of the movies – I actually wrote a 3 part Birth Story Series) We had to leave him in NICU, one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do, to leave the hospital empty handed. The day we left, the one nurse said “Have fun raising little Hudson” and that’s where the name stemmed from. This September my blog will turn 3 and since then both my blog and IG handles have changed. As my blog and social media handles grew, so too did my interests. I started off just featuring and blogging about local baby boy clothing brands. It became a bit expensive buying new clothing every month. It also became exhausting to take photos of Hudson. I knew it was not something that I wanted to do forever, and that’s when I starting exploring other avenues.

What does your blog feature:
Keeping it Candid is a Lifestyle | Beauty |Travelling and Parenting Blog. I started my blog to create an authentic account of my journey through life. Whether you are a lover of all things luxury: an organic foodie or a reveller in all things local, practical and affordable, Keeping it Candid will keep you up to date with the best in South Africa. I am a firm believer in YOLO and embrace each and every day to the fullest.

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What do you want people to feel when they are interacting with you:
I want people to feel comfortable and not feel like they are being judged. Over the years, I have made so many connections with other women. Some of them echoed the exact same feeling I had when I felt alone. My main goal has always been to use this platform and to make women feel that they are not alone and that it is natural to feel the way they do, especially if they are new mothers.

Why do you encourage people to support local:
This current Pandemic has really put things into perspective when it comes to sustaining oneself. A have so much respect for women owned local businesses. At the moment, they need all our help to sustain themselves. So much care goes into creating affordable and great quality products.

Why is family so important to you:
There’s so much I wish I could have shared with my Mom. Her death was so sudden and unexpected, that it still haunts me. The void that she left grows deeper every day, but I know that she would want us to remember her and to celebrate her. She also passed away on my Dad’s birthday, 1 December. Before the boys, December was such a difficult time. Having the boys now, we make it a happy time for them, a time that they will always find special, even if their Gran cannot celebrate with us. I am very fortunate and blessed to have married a man that respects me and treats me as his equal. I am double blessed with two beautiful boys, whom I will instill the values that were passed onto me. I treasure each and every moment that I can spend with my family.

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What is one way you feel we can all spread kindness:
There are many, but I want to mention two ways. Always treat others the way that you want to be treated. We also need to practice being quiet more often and to listening to others.

How can people reach out to you to work with you:
They can either make contact through my blog or DM. Alternatively they can email me at : cisca@dekockfamily.com

Quote you live by:
You are the artist of your own life, don’t hand the paintbrush to anyone else

Anything else you want to add:
The number one question I always get asked is: What camera do you use?
I don’t have a fancy camera, I always use my iPhone 8 + to create content. I will always try and think out of the box. Sometimes I take a lot of photos and I will change up the styling, until I am happy with it. Once photos are taken, I select the ones I am happy with and then either edit with my iPhone editing app, VSCO or Lightroom.

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Cisca, it was such an honour to be able to feature you on my blog, and it has been an absolute joy to get to know you better.  Thank you for your kindness, your messages and just for being you.

Please follow this wonderful woman – you will be a fan from day dot I can promise you!


 

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Flamingo Moon

I first came across Flamingo Moon through Pink Cosmetics, & I immediately fell in love! I placed my order for some of their products & when they arrived I spent hours playing with all the beautiful goodies & designing some gorgeous Instagram flatlays.

I have always seen so many beautiful images that others have done, & just had no idea where to actually start! And Janet Pink has always been so helpful & kind with advice – in fact she even started a FB group called The Pink Life where she offers advice, along with hints & tips on how to take your business/personal branding to the next level. I knew I had to chat to this beautiful lady & find out a little bit more…


Your name: Janet Pink
Business name: Flamingo Moon
Social media handles: Facebook & Instagram

Tell me more about what you do: We supply backdrops for flatlays and table top photos as well as props to make your pics look as beautiful as possible.

How did this idea come about: As I am always needing to take constant beautiful photos for my Pink Cosmetics products, I have collected lots of props along the years. I saw a gap in the market for props and backdrops as everyone needs to take their own photos for daily Social Media posts. Props are difficult to find and then to curate and put together for the right pic that will get noticed in Instagram. Then I had the idea to put a backdrop together with props that match and complement so that taking product shots becomes easy and simple.

Why is an instagram image so important to portray who you are & what you are trying to achieve: Instagram is so visual and you might only get 1 chance to show your brand/product/image to potential clients so ALL your pictures need to be 100% on point and beautiful.

I know a lot of people use their bedding/linen as a backdrop for product images. Why is this a big no-no? Uuuggh it’s my pet hate! It just looks like you made NO effort whatsoever & its normally creased and just looks terrible! Our goal: Never seeing another product shot on a duvet ever again!!!

You recently launched the insta prop packs – please explain more about these: You need the perfect balance between textures and colour to make a eye catching photo and it can be really hard to do this. We curated our Insta props kit with the latest trends in mind, to make it easy to take stunning pics that will be noticed. A blend of the right colours, textures, elements and that “magic touch” is what you will find in every kit. They are all limited edition and will not be available again once sold out. We will be launching new designs all the time, so your posts will be ever changing, but always on point and beautiful. Literally just add your product and shoot! This Insta prop set contains everything you need to mix and match, move the props around , and style up to 10 or more different flatlays in minutes!

What else do you sell: Backdrops for flatlays and tabletop backdrops for seamless product shoots. Props for all types of photos from beauty to food photos. We are working on our top down backsdrops too which will be 2 m x 2 mtr big.

Where can people buy these from: We are working on our stand alone website but in the meantime it’s exclusively on Pink Cosmetics website. Under the Flamingo Moon tab.

Why are you so attracted to beautiful things: Who isn’t? Pretty things make me happy and especially if they are covered in glitter!

I know you also have a group on FB called “The Pink Life”. Please can you explain a bit more about that: I never get much time to update it but it’s where I give back to my clients and followers by teaching them the basics of Instagram and shooting photos and tips and tricks for small business owners to make business easier. The things I have learnt on this journey.

Quote you live by: Everything happens for a reason. Even in my biggest mistake or formula flop I learn something new.

Anything else you want to add: I would like to thank all my clients and followers on both Flamingo Moon and Pink cosmetics for helping us grow and achieve sales everyday. I absolutely love what I do and it brings me so much joy. I am a single Mom and supporting small businesses like mine, literally means you are helping to pay for my children’s education, rent, food etc. Also it means I can work from home and not spending hours away from them at an office. Thanks to you all.


Isn’t this absolutely amazing? Janet has really taught me so much – & saved me from the bane of using my duvet cover as a backdrop for my product shots! Her Instagram kits are filled with beautiful things & really do enhance your posts.

If you want to be taken seriously on Social Media, then this is something that you really need to look at. Ask questions, learn from Janet, & experiment!


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