Win with #LittleLumps!

|By Elana| Free Stuff!, Home

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I want to make your week if you are a Mamma! I was totally impressed by Little Lumps’ clothes for babies, so I hope you can be too. Only thing is…don’t dry any of the little tops in the tumble dryer for too long…but I should have known that right? Right.

Little Lumps is an online store specializing in baby clothing that is of a high quality at mid-range prices. All of their products are designed and manufactured in South Africa and are available through their online store at

We’re giving away a hamper from LittleLumps valued at R500!

The hamper consists off: a Hello World Onesie set (2 x long-sleeved onesies),
Aqua Hooded Jacket, Trackpants – star pattern and grey


Subscribe to Chocolateface and email with the subject heading “LittleLumps”, and also let us know the age of your little one, to be entered into the giveaway. Competition closes on Friday 29 July 2016…So hurry!

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I Quit!

|By Elana| Elana Style, Home

I quit!

Never give up. A Cliché right? But so true.

I had a resignation this week from one of my team members. It didn’t surprise me, because when you work with people, you know behaviour, you understand patterns, you notice poor performance, and then finally their urge to give up. To quit. I don’t mind it when people give up. I always just wonder why?

What about you? Do you want to give up or quit?

It made me think of the times in life that I wanted to just, Give up! Quit!

I remember when I just started out in entertainment; one of my team members on the channel that I presented on, gave me a tough time. O boy, gossip, stories and fiery words. She did a lot in her power to hurt my feelings. I phoned home to Cape Town, to tell Daddy, that I am going to give up. I should have saved the money of the phone call i made, cause dad encouraged me to stay in JHB. He said this;

Why give up? Why quit? It’s called show business, not show-friends.

Well, I stayed, and 20 years later, I am still in the business that produces results, change, satisfaction, and produces very little friends. Because I understood this; I have a purpose in life, and I am going to need to be vigilant if I want too achieve my goals. I don’t want to be famous, I want to make real change, I want to make people feel good, I want to make people feel valued, I want us to understand that we can do anything!

My mentor claims that there are 3 realities in life,

  1. Life is difficult
  2. Life is difficult for Everyone
  3. Life is more difficult for some than for others

Somehow we believe everything should be easy. A smooth easy way to success. A prize when you get something right! Right?

Well, here is the truth. Nobody escapes life’s problems, failures and losses.

Work hard, run your projects with dedication. Today, You better need a really blerrie good reason to quit, cause I’m on your case.

Go to work.






#BRITAHydration: And the winner is…

|By Elana| Home

Heya! Loved your comments, emails AND I really like the fact that I got you thinking about something as simple as drinking water.

Now, we randomly selected Candice Esben as our winner. Well done!

That Marella XL (White) jug and a pack of 2 x MAXTRA replacement filters valued R800.00 is on its way to you! You are gonna enjoy the water filtration jug. I keep mine on the counter and use it not just for drinking water but for cooking too.

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If you missed out on anything, follow my hydration journey on this blog and #BritaHydration.

Look out for our next giveaway this month!

Stay tuned for details.

Elana X

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Why I always thank the waiters. 

|By Elana| Home

In our local Chinese restaurant down the road a tourist walks up to me and in a barbaric manner dangles his beer bottle in front of me. My husband and baby are sitting behind me. I got up to stretch my legs. He says: “I called you, you ignored me, and I want another beer.” He thought I was his waitress and insisted that I bring him another beer.

I’m on holiday with my family in a 5 star hotel. While walking to the buffet bar to dish more eggs for my baby, a French gentlemen in a neat suit calls me in his delicate accent. He points out what he would like for breakfast and asks for more coffee. “I stay here, I’m not your waitress” … He apologized and life went on.At a function for the rebranding of a Jewish organization, I’m the host.  I introduce myself to my table. “Are you my waitress” the gentleman asks. He holds his glass towards me, …”No, I’m your MC.”   Later I retell the story on stage and it gets a laugh. I laughed with everyone.

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I’ve been in this situation a few times. Mistaken for “staff”.  I’m not surprised when this happens. I’m black. Most of the staff I know look like me and I look like them. What I do mind is how we speak to people who help us.  Waitresses. Staff. I do mind how they speak to me.I MC a lot. Every time during my soundcheck on stage, I clap hands and say thank you to our waitress staff.  Loudly over the microphone I say thank you and dedicate my first speaking turn to them to say that we appreciate them. In venues where I MC I often see the same waitresses over and over. They always come and say hi and comment on my dresses.

Last week I met Pinie.  She’s new. She brought me a coffee in my dressing room. As she put my cup down I say, “do you know what you mean to me?” Then I ask her a question that changes her face, posture and professional poise. I ask her “do you have children?” Turns out that she is a single mom and her baby is staying with strangers while she is holding this job down. While she is bringing me a coffee, her daughter, same age as mine, is with a caregiver so that she can work to provide for them. I hugged her and wiped her tears with my serviette. Her hair is neat and the hug I gave her was long and nice. I whispered in her ear,..”It’s gonna be ok.” We took a selfie. She left encouraged. I was worried. What I did felt good.

Next time you see a waiter… They are people. We are people.  They have children. I have children. We have hearts and a job and stress and feelings and problems and joy and good and bad days just like you. So if you are in a bad mood, don’t take it out on them. Who knows, next time I might bring you that blerrie beer when you ask.

Just be nice.


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