Till drugs do us part…

|By Elana| Home

They are talented, and drug addicts.

Most of their music I only bought after their deaths and sang their songs to celebrate their gifts. Only then I became a fan of Amy, Michael, Whitney, and many others who lost their lives as a result of addiction. George Michael’s streams increased by 3000% the day after he died. 3000% !?

This week, traveling to London on a family holiday, we landed at Heathrow and was informed by my Gospel music Promotor brother that George Michael died. This is serious.  Shocked. Then shocked at how he potentially died. Ian (my husband) a devoted father and music man, changed our travel itinerary. Instead of visiting the British library on the day, they were going to George’s home. That afternoon he started doing reporting to all major TV and radio stations back home from the location. George Michael’s house.

George Michael is dead, and Ian is standing in front of his house’s gate as if he was invited for tea. Reporting. George’s car still parked outside the house with a bottle of water in it that he sipped on whenever.


Pictures: Ian Bredenkamp

Listen here:

Credit: one of Ian’s interviews on radio

Back to the music. I decided to interview Ian. He knows music better than Google and iTunes. Really. I want to know about great musicians who he adores.

Me to Ian…

E: Which other music stars passed on this year – but lives on for you?

Ian: David Bowie

George Michael

Lemmy from Motörhead

Leonard Cohen

Glenn Frey


E: Do you have 5 pictures of you with famous musicians?

Ian: Yes.

E: You are so vocal.

Ian: (grunts)


E: Who is your favorite all time artist?

Ian: Rolling Stones. I love their combination of showmanship, the blues, great songs and legend status

E: I love it! I love you.

Ian: I love you too. Ask more questions.

E: Why did you drag me to Mariah Carey last year?

Ian: Because in life we should try spend 2 hours in the presence of massive stars. There’s normally a reason they sell millions of albums and tickets: it’s because they’re so good! So even if you’re not a massive fan it can be a fascinating experience watching someone who has honed their craft. Also: I love the sound of 20 000 people singing along to a song at the same time!

E: We had The Beatles as our wedding song – do you know the words of the chorus?

I give her all my love
That’s all I do
And if you saw my love
You’d love her to
I love her
She gives my everything
And tenderly
The kiss my lover brings
She brings to me
And I love her
A love like ours
Could never die
As long as I
Have you near me
Bright are the stars that shine
Dark is the sky
I know this love of mine
Will never die
And I love her
Bright are the stars that shine
Dark is the sky
I know this love of mine
Will never die
And I love her, ooh

E: How do you even?… nevermind

E: Why do you know every musician and the album cover so well?

Ian: It’s a cliche but music is my passion. It’s what I grew to love from the age of 10. I’d spend countless hours playing air guitar to Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet or trying to dance to the songs on Michael Jackson’s bad. Music is what I love.

E: Tell me a story that involves you, music and being a teenager

Ian: My friends and I spent many hours making pirated cassettes from our fave albums. We called it transferring then, not pirating. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Guns n Roses, Prince etc. I’d cut the album covers out when they were featured in music magazines and then I’d glue it all together to make great looking sleeves for my cassettes. My collection grew and grew but I wanted the real deal, not pirated goods. Then CDs were introduced. So I got a job selling ice creams on the beach to make money for CDs and eventually got a job at the perfect place for a teenager: Musica!

E: Beethoven said – “To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.” Any artist that you admired on album but that missed the notes live?

Ian: Hahaha great question! Yes, Crowded House, LIVE, Rihanna and Kings of Leon all left me with a disappointed taste in my mouth

E: We are in London while George Micheal passed on – what are you going to do about it?

Ian: We found our way to his home in Highgate. What an eerie, other worldly experience. I’ve always seen candle lit vigils outsides the homes of stars on TV but never been in the place to attend one myself. There were hundreds of flowers, candles and posters, cards, album covers. TV crews and fans. The most bizarre was that his Range Rover was still parked outside his home on the kerb and fans were writing messages in the dirt on the side of the car.

E: I Love you

Ian: I love you too.


From London, Elana & Ian

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Dié Besigheids Advies het my Gehelp

|By Elana| Home

So die nuus is in…ek begin ‘n nuwe TV show en kan nie gelukkiger wees nie. Die kanaal is wonderlik en my span ‘n regte wenspan.

“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” – Jill Churchill


Ek het geweet as ek ‘n nuwe projek wil begin dat ek my prioriteite in orde sal moet kry. My meisiekind het onlangs skoolkie begin maar dis n nuusbrief vir ‘n ander dag. Vir nou wil ek jou die advies gee wat my gehelp het om my twee nuwe projekte te begin. Die een, ‘n nuwe TV show en die ander een ‘n reklama maatskappy.

Wat is nou eintlik belangrik vir jou?

Daar kan nie 17 dinge in jou lewe wees wat “baie belangrik” is nie. Sommige goed is meer belangrik as ander en jy sal vir jouself moet besluit; is dit jou metgesel, jou ma, jou vriende, jou kinders, jou werk of om net die lewe te geniet.

Maak n lys van wat jy as belangrik ag. Hier is n voorbeeld om jou aan die gang te kry;
– finansiële sekuriteit
– kwaliteit familie tyd
– gesonde verhouding met jou man of partner
– ‘n goeie besigheid
– om te spaar vir die toekoms
– jou kinders se opvoeding
– gesondheid
– om as ‘n kenner bekend te wees
– jou kinders se sukses

Jy kan ‘n groot hoeveelheid “belangrike” punte maak. Dan, maak n sirkel om die 4 punte wat jy as die mees belangrikste ag. Dit is daai 4 goed wat jy in ag gaan moet neem en waaraan jy elke dag moet aandag skenk.

As jy ‘n prioriteits lys opstel sal jy ook weet as jy jou lewe, besigheid, of familie waardes gebasseer het op wat ander mense dink is belangrik vir jou, sit jy jouself op vir failure op ‘n persoonlike en besigheids vlak. So dit is die tyd om te fokus op jou eie prioriteite, jou eie besluite en wat vir jou die belangrikste is.

Ek deel graag met julle 2 punte wat op my lys is: die een is gesinslewe en die ander is om steeds ‘n werkende ma te wees. Elke dag werk ek aan daardie twee punte. Dit kry al my aandag.

En dan die beste nuus ooit, dat my prioriteits lys vir my werk.

As Julle die volle press release wil lees, dis onder, anders sien ek julle op VIA, kanaal 147 op DStv.

Volgende keer deel ek meer oor hoe werkende mammas nogsteeds goeie mammas kan wees



Kliek hier vir die press release.


WIN!! with Speedo!

|By Elana| Free Stuff!, Home

This week one of my sisters’ little ones gave her a hug and said, ” Mamma, you give nice hugs, like a big soft mattress!”  The biggest compliment to any mom, and the biggest insult if that comment came from a grownup! (I had massive giggles).

Soft or not, Hello Summer! It’s coming, and I’ve never ever had my summer body ready for summer. The expectations are just too high, my goals unrealistic, and after all, I have been pregnant more the last 4 years, than trying to work on that perfect body anyway.

So, I roped in our friends at Speedo to make us feel comfortable and confident in and out of the water.

They carefully placed prints, detailing, colour and neckline shapes to help your body appear in perfect proportion, creating optical illusions that enhance and shape the body: slimming, lengthening, balancing or creating curves, while distracting from the bits you’re not so keen on. You know, the soft mattressy bits… Just kidding.  They are really amazing though.  All-over body shaping fabric to smooth and shape your tummy, waist and bum.

Because we love water, they’ve used XTRA LIFE LYCRA® fibre in our swimwear.  That means, It lasts up to 10 times longer than unprotected elastane so our swimsuits fit and shape like new for longer.


We’re giving away a swimsuit from Speedo Sculpture!

To enter, use the widget below, and remember to subscribe to Chocolateface‘s newsletter here.

WIN with Chocolateface and Speedo!

Giveaway ends Friday, 28 October 2016. Terms and conditions always apply! 

Make sure you follow Speedo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram here, here and here.

Good luck with summer.  Or I should say, summer better watch out for you!

All my love,




#Win with Green Cross!

|By Elana| Free Stuff!, Home

Here is a little Wednesday treat!

Our friends at Green Cross wants you to wear South Africa’s leading comfort footwear brand!


They manufacture and distribute shoes, shoe care products and foot care products.  Green Cross shoes are lightweight, padded for extra support and made of soft supple materials which conform to the shape of the wearer’s foot. Their shoes are ideal for people who spend much of their day on their feet.GReen Cross Summer Banner

We’re giving away a R2000 Green Cross voucher!

To enter, use the widget below, and remember to subscribe to Chocolateface‘s newsletter here.

Win with Chocolateface and Green Cross!

Giveaway ends Monday, 12 September 2016. Terms and conditions always apply! 

More infomation about Green Cross available online Green Cross.





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