Why I Have Mixed Feelings About My Magazine Feature

Pink Peonies Blog Your Family

When I first started blogging, I never in a million years thought that a magazine would ever contact me & ask if I would like to be featured in an article.  You see…I’m not a trained journalist (I’m an Afrikaans girl, writing blog posts in a second language), I’m not an accomplished photographer, I’m not a young model, and I’m definitely not that interesting.  So I was over the moon when a journalist from Your Family magazine contacted me in October 2014 and asked if they could feature me in one of their articles about enviable jobs.

I was very excited but also very hesitant, because I didn’t want to come across as being ‘certain type of blogger’ in the article (we all hear stories about words being twisted in newspaper and magazine articles), nor did I want my blog to be reflected in a bad light.  I was very paranoid (thinking back, I probably should have trusted my gut), and that’s why I told the journalist upfront that I would need to sign off on the article content and photo before it went to print.  She agreed and we set up a date for my photo shoot.  She then also sent me the questions for the article and asked that I send her my answers as soon as I was able to.  I think I sent her my answers the very next day (I was so excited!).

When she sent me the draft of the article, I was surprised to see typos, a “quote” that was most certainly NOT a quote (I found this “quote” to be very misleading), incorrect dates, plus no mention of my blog or website URL…even though I clearly included my blog name and URL in my answer to question number 1 (you will see below).  I corrected her mistakes and replied to her email asking that, at the very least, my blog name be mentioned (since the feature was about me being an online beauty blogger).  She said that she would include the name of my blog and we left it at that.  I honestly didn’t think it would be that difficult to add a blog name to the article…

I was SO excited about this article (those of you who follow me on Twitter know this, because I tweeted about it)!  My mom was so proud, she sent me a photo of the article last week when she saw the February issue of Your Family in-store.  Something in the article immediately caught my eye and my heart sank.  I drove to the nearest store, paged through the magazine right there and when I saw the error that had been made by the journalist, I closed the magazine, put it back on the shelf and walked out of the store.  I was gutted.

I have the WORST luck when it comes to things like these.  Give me a situation, and something will almost always go wrong.  I’ll place an online order and the product will arrive broken, I’ll save up for months to buy something and it will be out of stock, I’ll apply for a passport and it will be sent to some small town in the Eastern Cape for collection.  It’s like I attract bad luck sometimes, not terrible luck, but the type of luck that screws you over and irritates the crap out of you.

Here’s what happened:

The Your Family journalist mistyped my blog website address – instead of www.pinkpeonies.co.za, she typed www.pinkponies.co.za  And nowhere else in the article does she mention my actual blog name i.e. Pink Peonies.

Some of you might think it’s an honest mistake, and perhaps it is…but when you’re a journalist, the DETAILS are a huge part of your job.  All she had to do, was copy and paste the URL I had sent to her in my answers.

I actually bought the magazine a couple of days ago but I’m avoiding it like the plague.  I just can’t get myself to even page through and read the other articles.  Everytime I look at it sitting on my desk, I feel like it’s giving me the skink-eye.  *sigh*  Not only am I extremely ashamed and embarrassed (even though countless people have told me that it is by no means any fault of mine), but I also feel like it reflects badly on my blog.  The whole reason why I agreed to the feature, is because I knew IF done the right way, it would give my blog exposure.  Pink Peonies Blog is something I work on every single day of my life, I have worked so hard to create a space I can be proud of.  Now it feels like a complete stranger has taken something away from my blog, almost ‘cheapened’ it in a way.

The worst thing is, there is a South African online store called ‘Pink Pony’ that sells horse riding gear.

I’m so sad about all of this…  I’m so disappointed, so embarrassed, and so despondent.  The journalist apologised after I informed her of the typo but hasn’t even offered to print a correction in a future Your Family magazine.  I should have known that something like this would happen, as her emails to me contained a lot of typos (plus her initial draft of the article was a mess).

So, I guess I’m writing this blog post to get your opinion on this whole incident.  I tend to be very hard on myself, and most of the time I’m my own worst enemy.  One of my personal resolutions for 2015 is to be kinder to myself, BUT still, a part of me blames myself for this typo.  I have no idea why, because it was the journalist’s responsibility to check EVERYTHING before the article went to print (and I gave her the correct website address).

I can only hope people will google my name and not ‘pink ponies’, because otherwise noone will ever discover my blog.

I’m also adding my Q & A from the article at the end of this blog post because 1. I think it will be nice for you to read my full answers to all the questions that were sent; and 2. it also gives you an idea of how I see blogging, how I feel about my own blog and how certain bloggers sometimes generate an income from blogging.  At times the whole subject of sponsored content (when a brand actually pays a blogger in cash in exchange for a product review or campaign) is a bit of a mystery to newbie bloggers or blog readers, mainly because no one likes to talk about it.

I hope you enjoy reading my answers, and please let me know in the comments section below what YOUR thoughts are on my feature (if you’ve read it) and whether my disappointment is understandable?

Pink Peonies Blog Your Family Magazine

Are you in your dream job?

Yes, definitely – makeup and beauty products have always been a passion of mine.  I love testing out new products, and reviewing them on my blog, Pink Peonies (www.pinkpeonies.co.za).

What makes your job so fun?

I get to do something I genuinely love and that in itself is fun because there is always something new to write about. I also get to trial and test the latest beauty products on the market and share my experiences on my blog.  Companies will sometimes send me products for review even before they have been launched to the public, so I’ll be one of the first individuals in South Africa to test new products and share them with my readers – and that’s really exciting.  I also I get to interact with women from all over the world (not only South Africa) through all my social media channels.  I’m very fortunate and have amazing readers who are so supportive of my blog.  I receive tweets and emails on a daily basis from readers thanking me for an honest blog, for taking the time to write detailed blog posts and for introducing them to new beauty products and brands… I love that every day brings something new.

What did you do before you started blogging?

I was a Recruitment Agent  (I know…not even remotely beauty-related) and started my beauty blog as a hobby.  I worked on it in the evenings and on weekends while I was still working and when my blog gained popularity (which took about a year) I decided to leave recruitment and give full time blogging a go.

Why did you want to become a full time blogger?

To be honest, it wasn’t something I planned or expected – it just sort of happened as I got the opportunity to leave my full time job and the time just felt right.  I didn’t start blogging to make it a career; it was initially just a hobby on the side, and as time went on I found I really looked forward to getting home and sitting behind my computer to write reviews.  I’d look forward to the weekends when I could take photographs for the posts too and the more I wrote, the more my readers asked for – and before I knew it I was effectively working 2 full time jobs!

How long did your blog take to gain popularity?

I started my blog in March 2013, and although I had some loyal readers from the start (Hi, Mom!) my blog only really started growing after about a year…

How old is the blog?

Pink Peonies is 1 year & 10 months old.

Did you have to ask companies for products to review in the beginning?

No, it was (and still is) very important for me to not be a blogger who asks for products to review.  I blogged as a hobby, and I bought the products anyway – so reviewing them was the natural next step.  I certainly didn’t start the blog to get free stuff, because it’s not in my nature and is never guaranteed anyway.  It was a good 8 months before any brands noticed my blog and offered to send me products for review – and although I felt proud that brands wanted to work with me, I was nervous as I didn’t want my readers to think I was only saying nice things about the products simply because they were sent to me.  So I made a real effort to review things honestly, good or bad.  These days, I still won’t ask for products but fortunately I get to work with some lovely brands that think their products may be of interest to my readers.  But I actually still buy a lot of the products I review with my own money.

How much would a full time blogger make a month roughly?

This is a very difficult question to answer as it’s different for everyone.  Being a full-time blogger doesn’t necessarily mean you will get paid for what you do, and there certainly isn’t a set monthly income. Being paid as a blogger is a bit like being a Sales Executive, it is not a steady income and months can go by before you get a sponsored blog post… and let’s be honest, free shampoo doesn’t pay your rent.  It also takes years of work before you become truly respected (my blog is still a baby in that sense).  I think of my blog as an online resource for South African ladies and I think my readers return as they find the content engaging and genuinely interesting.  It’s hard to turn down a sponsored post when you work on this full time (and I have turned down quite a few sponsored blog post offers from brands), but I do sometimes have to step back and think: “It’s not about the money, this just isn’t right for my blog.”…  At the end of the day, I put my blog’s reputation for honesty first.

Can one sustain themselves with a blog ‘income’?

Again, a very difficult question to answer as we all have different situations, budgets and expenses.  I would never recommend someone start a blog with the intention of getting paid, as you are at the mercy of your readership.  I really don’t know any blogger who has started a blog with the intention of making it a career – those who do it full time, started as a hobby and got there unintentionally because they are passionate.

South Africa is relatively new in terms of the blogosphere, in the US and the UK for example it’s a real career – and people can go into blogging and work at it as blogs are a trusted source of media in those countries.  Some of the ‘Super Bloggers’ in the US / UK get paid more than some CEOs!!  South Africa has yet to catch up though, and I think as time goes on, more and more brands will see the value.

How is income mainly generated through your blogging?

There are so many ways, but it’s through advertising and content mostly.  A brand will approach a blogger to work with them to produce sponsored blog posts, so they will pay a fee to generate content or review a product.  Some blogs will work with affiliate companies where they are paid to include links to products, and if a person clicks through to that product and goes on to buy it – they’ll get a commission, others offer advertising space on their blogs (I personally don’t advertise on my blog though).  Also, if a blogger starts a YouTube channel, they can earn a commission through advertising once they reach a certain amount of views / subscribers (but my channel is still very far away from generating an income).

I always indicate any sponsored content at the end of each blog post, and I also make a point of telling my readers when a specific product has been sent to me by a brand / PR company.

Where do you want your blog to be in the next few years?

I am hoping my readership will continue to grow along with the blogging industry in South AfricaI also want to grow my YouTube channel as this is a very new avenue for me and something that took me a long time to find the courage to do.  Almost everything I know about beauty, makeup and hair, I have learnt from watching YouTube tutorials – so I hope I can give something back in the same way.

At this point, do you see yourself doing something else?

At this point, no.  If I ever stop enjoying it, I will stop – but for now, I love it.  It’s probably the hardest I’ve worked in any job, as there is always something to do!  I sometimes take close to 50 photos of just one product in order to get that one special shot.  I then edit my photos, write the blog post (which takes a good couple of hours, unless I have to do research in which case it takes longer), upload my post, reply to blog comments and social media comments and work through my email inbox – if there’s an accompanying YouTube video you can add a good amount of extra hours as I need to prep for the video, film it (an edited 10-minute video usually takes 30 to 40 minutes to film – imagine all the bloopers!), edit it, export & upload.

It’s not uncommon for a post to take me a few days to get live.  Even though blogging can be stressful at times, and is time-consuming most days – I enjoy every single minute of it and I do have the benefit of being able to work from home.  I could also be having the worst day, and be exhausted or frustrated about something that has happened – but then I log on and see someone has left a lovely comment and that makes it all worthwhile.

I HAVE GREAT NEWS THOUGH!  I’ll be featured in another magazine in the next couple of months (totally unrelated to my Your Family feature) and I have a good feeling about this one!  I’ll still check, double check, and triple check the final draft of my feature but I’ve met the Beauty Editor of the magazine and he’s VERY professional.  Let’s hold thumbs all goes well, but like I said, I have a good feeling about it.



  1. Candice 21 January 2015 / 10:46


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  2. Nadia 21 January 2015 / 10:50

    What a noob journalist :( Still, your name is out there for the masses and hopefully, with the help of Google, the article might still lead some magazine readers to Pink Peonies. It really is a lovely and informative site and I hope you continue growing. x

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 18:49

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Nadia! :) Fortunately the Online Editor and the Editor of Your Family magazine have contacted me, apologised and informed me a correction will be published in the March 2015 issue. 😀 x

  3. Charlene 21 January 2015 / 10:53

    OH HELL NO! This is completely unacceptable! I would not let this slide – but I know that you are wondering if it is even worth the hassle. It is really pathetic that someone whose job it is to write articles makes so many mistakes even after you provided her with everything and proof read it. I am definitely tweeting about this as soon as I get done with this comment.

    On the plus side – I am really proud of your achievement and so love visiting your blog. Please don’t let this affect you too much and keep doing what you love.

    Biggest Hugs and I am of to tweet now XXX

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 18:57

      Thank you so, so much for tweeting, Charlene! I really appreciate it so much. :) I’m happy to report the Online Editor and Editor have been in contact with me to apologise and they will be publishing a correction in their March issue.

      I’ll be updating this blog post, just so that future readers will know Your Family mag corrected their mistake. :) xo

  4. Kristi 21 January 2015 / 11:23

    Luzanne, you are such an incredible and inspiration person and this isn’t fair to you at all. You can see you pour your heart and soul into your blog and it reflects. I do think the editor should take it upon herself to tweet about the error/Facebook and print a note in the next issue about the error. it’s only fair.

    And you just carry on doing what you’re doing, keep your head up high, and don’t let this get to you!

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 19:26

      I actually got a lump in my throat while reading your comment, Kristi – thank you so much, you are so sweet. And thank you for tweeting and posting on the Your Family Facebook page, I appreciate your support so much. :)

      I heard from the Online Editor and the Editor of YF mag and they will be publishing a correction in their next issue. I’m so relieved! :)


  5. Bianca 21 January 2015 / 11:26

    Firstly, congrats on the feature. It totally SUCKS thought that the journalist got your url incorrect. You are 100% right that it is part of a journalist’s job to be detail oriented, this error should have never been made. As far as being embarrassed goes, you really shouldn’t be. It was not your fault and you shouldn’t be embarrassed at all. They publication should offer you a small error correction in the next publication, that is the proper thing to do. If you ever get asked to do another feature then insist on seeing the page before it goes to print so that you can double check it yourself. Chin up!

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 19:27

      Thank you, Bianca! :) I’m happy to let you know the YF mag Editor and Online Editor got in contact with me and they’ll be publishing my correct URL in their next issue (March 2015).

  6. Porchia 21 January 2015 / 11:48

    Totally unacceptable, Luzanne! You have NOTHING to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. You should definitely be proud of your blog but I can understand why you would be disappointed since you work so hard on your blog.

    Your Family magazine should publish a correction in their next issue, it’s the right thing to do!

    You just keep doing what you’re doing, we all love your blog!

    P.S. Thanks for posting the questions too, it’s so interesting to read about the in’s & out’s of blogging. XO

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 19:29

      Thank you for your support and words of encouragement, Porchia – it means so much to me. :)

      Fortunately they will be publishing a correction in their March 2015 publication – they’ve apologised to me, plus have also in the interim tweeted and Facebook posted the correct URL. x

  7. Holly Morello 21 January 2015 / 11:50

    Wow, congratulations Luzanne!! I’m so sorry to head about all of this, what a mess! The magazine should offer to correct their mistake in their next publication.

    Your blog is one of my favourite blogs and I’m so happy to hear you’ll be featured in another magazine! Well done!

    Holly x

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 19:31

      Thank you, Holly. 😀 I’m very happy to let you know YF mag have been in contact with me over the past few days and have said a correction will be published in the March 2015 magazine.

      Looking forward to my feature in the other magazine too, will blog about it once the magazines are on the shelves. x

  8. Carmen 21 January 2015 / 11:59

    Im appalled….. I dont know you personally but you are one of the nicest, sweetest, friendliest and most genuine people I know (from social meadia, your bog and youtube channel). you dont deserve this.

    Your Family(I say your family because the jounalist represents the mag) were terribly unprofessional. Dont they proof read or spell check? I would think they would considering 1. they sell a mag. 2. they are dealling with peoples lives – hard earned work. They have no pride. They have no respect!!!!!!!!!!!.

    I can understand why you feel some what responsible but YOU DID NOTHING WRONG (sorry to shout I mean that in the best way possible).

    Your blog is beautiful and I can see how much work you put into it and how proud you are of it from the posts and picture and girl, you know how to take a picture and write a post!!!!!! Dont worry people will find your post. Its called Karma.

    Big hug

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 19:32

      Thank you so, SO much for tweeting them, Carmen. I can’t thank you enough for the support you have shown my little blog in the past. :)

      Your comment totally made my day – thank you. :)

  9. PippiG 21 January 2015 / 12:21

    Unacceptable- request a reprint and push back! No time for unprofessional people.

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 19:33

      I’m so thankful, the Online Editor and Editor of Your Family mag have been in contact with me. Both apologised and have informed me that a correction will be published in the March 2015 issue. They’ve also tweeted & Facebook posted the correct URL, in the meantime. :)

  10. Rentia 21 January 2015 / 12:30

    This needs to be communicated to the editor.
    And they need to come up with a solution in order to rectify the problem.

    Do not let this go!

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 20:16

      I’m very relieved, the Editor and Online Editor saw the tweets some of my followers sent to YF mag (and probably also saw this blog post). They’ve apologised and will publish a correction in the March 2015 magazine. :)

  11. Faatima 21 January 2015 / 12:39

    Oh shuckles i can just imagine how upset you are :(

    As a suggestion,

    Could you not contact the Pink Pony company and request them to put a message at the top of their blog with a link to your blog and a short message explaining the mistake? They only have to keep it on for 6 months max i would think?

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 20:19

      Fortunately the Editor & Online Editor contacted me, have apologised and said there will be a correction in the March issue. They’ve also tweeted and have posted the correct URL on Twitter and Facebook.

      I’m trying to not let it get to me too much, these things happen for a reason. I might not know exactly what the reason is right now, but I’m sure all will be ok in the end. :)

      • Faatima 26 January 2015 / 11:08

        Yay. It is pleasing to hear that they have taken some steps towards rectifying the mistake. All of the very best for your next feature. Hopefully there wont be any bloopers :)

        • Luzanne 29 January 2015 / 10:06

          Thank you, Faatima! I’m holding thumbs all will go well, but I’m sure it will. :)

  12. Kelly Harris 21 January 2015 / 12:47

    I’m so, so sorry to hear this. Your blog has done so well, and I love following you on Facebook, so we all do hope that your name gets out there, and it’s so frustrating to think you were given such a great opportunity, and because of one journalists laziness and carelessness you’ve missed out on that! It is pathetic to say the least, and they should include a note in the next issue. Don’t worry though, we’re always sharing your posts so I have no doubt you’re blog will get out there! xx

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 20:23

      I’m very happy to report the Editor got in contact with me and they’ll be publishing a correction in the March issue.

      Thank you so much for your support and words of encouragement, Kelly. It means a lot to me. :)

  13. Siobhan Hughes 21 January 2015 / 12:48

    I would definitely speak to the editor personally! How shocking that you can’t even complete the requirements that your job offers?!?! I actually can’t wrap my head around that.
    I’m going to go out and buy the magazine though, as yours is by far my favourite beauty blog and I’ve read every single one of your posts! I’m in the process of starting up my own blog, and you have inspired me so so much.

    P.s. I just received my first little package that I ordered off Ebay after reading all your reviews – a NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair and I nearly cried with joy when I tried it out – it’s that amazing!

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 20:45

      Thank you for your support, Siobhan. xx

      I can’t tell you how happy comments like these make me, it makes all the frustrations and hard work totally worth it! I’m looking forward to checking out your blog once it’s live, let me know when I can go take a look!

      NYX Butter Gloss – love them!!! Did you see they’re launching their new “Intense Butter Gloss” glosses? They look incredible!

  14. Taz 21 January 2015 / 13:03

    No. Just No. Your blog is so amazing and you are always trying to help South African ladies with beauty tips and honest reviews and this is what you get!?!?!??! No! It’s so wrong, Luzanne.

    You shouldn’t feel any shame, Luzanne. You work hard and take pride in your work! Your Family magazine and that journalist though is another story..

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 20:47

      Thank you, Taz – I really appreciate your support.

      The Editor and Online Editor of YF mag have been in contact with me since posting this blog post, they’ve both apologised and have informed me that a correction will be published in the March 2015 issue. They’ve also posted the correct URL on their Facebook page, plus have also tweeted about the correction.

  15. Ursula 21 January 2015 / 13:12

    Such a calm and well-written blog post, Luzanne. I would be seeing red if I were you, total HULK mode! Listen to everyone around you (and your readers), you should NOT, I repeat, you should NOT feel any shame, or guilt. You gave them the correct details and they messed it up!

    Well done on being asked to be in another magazine, your blog is amazing and you deserve it! XOX

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 20:48

      I tried to keep it as professional and honest as I can, thank you for seeing that. :)

      I’m very excited about the next feature, and feeling so blessed too! x

  16. Abby 21 January 2015 / 13:35

    That is totally unacceptable for them to get it so wrong!!!

    I never even knew that you blogged full-time, congrats on reaching that level. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your responses to the q’s :)

  17. Odette 21 January 2015 / 14:08

    I would be livid! Don’t feel bad, this only reflects badly on them as a magazine and the journalist.

    Your blog is beautiful and I am sure there will be many, many more opportunities for you. Just look, there’s another one already waiting for you. xxx

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 20:51

      Thank you for your words of encouragement, Odette – definitely brought a smile to my face. :) x

  18. Anina 21 January 2015 / 14:35

    Ai…dis regtig onaanvaarbaar, maar ek kan jou verseker dat dit slegs negatief reflekteer op die joernalis en die tydskrif en nie op jou nie.

    I feel I should say this in English in the hope that somebody from the magazine is actually reading these!
    Publishing incorrect information reflects incredibly poorly on the journalist and the magazine, you shouldn’t take it personally. Such sloppiness is super unprofessional – more so if you make your living with the written word.

    Now even less likely to buy the magazine…

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 20:55

      Dankie vir jou comment hier op die blog, Anina (so ‘n mooi naam!).

      Fortunately the Editor and Online Editor of Your Family magazine contacted me today & yesterday and have apologised, plus informed me that a correction will be published in the March 2015 edition. They’ve also tweeted the correct URL, and have also posted my blog URL to their Facebook page.

      Dis alles te danke aan my lesers, julle almal is so ondersteunend! :)

  19. Tessa 21 January 2015 / 14:36

    I cannot believe you were asked how much you earn a month?!! How inappropriate!

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 19:38

      I must admit, I was a bit taken aback when I read the question but tried to answer it in the most general way possible (if that makes sense). :) When you’re a blogger, you don’t get a steady monthly income anyway…so I wouldn’t even have been able to answer that question 100%.

  20. Qondiswa N 21 January 2015 / 14:40

    Nothing about this is OK, you should take it up with the editor of the magazine. Completely unacceptable, Luzanne.

    Your blog is beautiful and amazing, they were unprofessional!

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 19:42

      Thank you for your support, Qondiswa. :) Very happy to report they’ll be publishing a correction in their next issue, plus they have also tweeted and posted the correct URL on their Facebook page.

  21. Henriette 21 January 2015 / 14:43

    Congratulations on being featured! And although you are understandably upset – don’t hold on to the bad as the good is clearly coming your way! Also, I expect most people with half a google brain would still be able to pick up your blog – if you type in for example “Luzanne pink” it automatically finishes the word “peonies” for you…

    And loved your Q&A!

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 19:43

      Thank you, Henriette. :) I’m hoping most people will google search using those words, or just ‘Luzanne Ashby’. :)

  22. Margaux 21 January 2015 / 15:21

    Luzanne, your blog is such a pleasure to visit – both your content and your images always make my heart sing!
    It’s so unfortunate that this happened, and most importantly it is NOT your fault. It sounds like you couldn’t have been a more delightful interviewee.
    Looking forward to the next magazine feature, which will hopefully show off Pink Peonies and yourself in the way that you deserve!

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 19:44

      You are too kind, Margaux – thank you. :) *blush*

      I’m sure the next feature will be a slam dunk! 😉

  23. Belinda 21 January 2015 / 15:22

    How disappointing… They really should offer to correct their mistake by publishing a correction in a future issue of YF magazine.

    Loved your answers btw, you are one of very few bloggers I trust completely when it comes to honest reviews. :)

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 19:46

      The Online Editor and the Editor have been in contact with me, both apologised and have informed me that a correction will be published in their next issue. I’m so relieved, and so thankful that they offered to correct their mistake. It’s all thanks to my readers – everyone who commented on this blog post, who tweeted Your Family, and who posted to their Facebook page too. I’m so lucky to have such supportive blog readers. :)

  24. Olwethu B 21 January 2015 / 17:38

    Completely unacceptable, Luzanne – they need to fix this asap!

    Your blog deserves only the best! :)

    O x

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 19:47

      I’m very happy to let you know they’ll be publishing a correction in their March issue, which will be out on shelves mid February. :)

  25. daisyperson blog 21 January 2015 / 19:18

    Just shows you that being a journalist doesn’t make you a great writer! So happy you got featured! Will be on the look out for the magazine!


    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 19:47

      Thank you for your support, Janneke! x

  26. Rhea 21 January 2015 / 21:39

    I’m so glad you have another opportunity to let South African public know about your amazing blog. I am not a girl who usually researches make up etc but after reading your blog I see it’s not just about looking good, it is about doing good for ones self. You introduced me to great brands like retail box and gave me the confidence to invest in Lush products which I would not normally have done.

    May you grow from strength to strength.

    Rhea x

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 19:50

      Your comment brought a huge smile to my face, thank you Rhea. 😀

      You are SO right, it’s about making yourself FEEL good (whatever it is that makes you feel happy) – for me, it’s beauty products. 😉 I’m so happy to have introduced you to those amazing brands. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave this lovely comment for me. xo

  27. Wilma 21 January 2015 / 21:49

    You and your blog deserve so much more than this, Luzanne. It reflects in no way badly on you, but rather the magazine and the journo.

    Know that your blog is loved by many and that your honest, interesting and unique blog posts will always be why people return every day.

    I loved reading your answers to the questions, thank you for including them.

    xo Wilma

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 19:51

      Thank you for your words of encouragement, Wilma. I really appreciate it. :) x

  28. Rebecca S 21 January 2015 / 21:51

    So disappointing!! They should publish a correction and apologise publicly. Don’t let this get you down, your blog is amazing! Most definitely a favourite of mine. :)

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 19:52

      The Online Editor and Editor have both been in contact with me, and they’ll be publishing a correction in their March issue. I’m so relieved!

      Thank you for your support, Rebecca. :)

  29. Kelly M 21 January 2015 / 21:59

    Don’t feel bad about this, Luzanne, your blog is one of the best blogs in South Africa and more of these opportunities will come your way. I log on every day hoping to see a new blog post on Pink Peonies, you have me hooked! 😀

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 19:53

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Kelly. :)

  30. Estee 21 January 2015 / 22:34

    Congratulations, sweet Luzanne! It’s a pity they got your website address so wrong but hopefully people will still find your lovely when they google your name. :) This doesn’t reflect badly on you at all, so don’t even worry about that. :) xxxx

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 19:53

      Thank you, Estee – fortunately YF have informed me they’ll be publishing a correction in their March 2015 issue. x

  31. Sibahle 22 January 2015 / 06:24

    Congratulations on being a full time blogger :-) I loved the answers that you posted above. Don’t be too hard on yourself :-( I hope your next magazine feature will not have the same unacceptable mistakes.

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 19:55

      Thank you, Sibahle. :) I’m trying to not be so hard on myself these days, but one always thinks: “What if…”

      I’m holding thumbs all goes well with the next feature – I’m sure it will! 😉

  32. Siobhan Hughes 22 January 2015 / 10:14

    FYI: – they’ve put the correction up on their site, and have said they’ll publish it in the March issue too… phew!

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 19:56

      Thank you so, SO much for letting me know, Siobhan. I really appreciate your support, and I was so happy to hear they’ll be publishing a correction. 😀

  33. Elrese 22 January 2015 / 15:16

    Baie geluk girl! Dis well deserved. So jammer om te hoor dat jy so gesukkel het, ek verstaan waarvandaan jy kom. Dis nogal ‘n groot probleem wat ek met tydskrifte het, lyk my nie die mense doen meer spot checks of iets nie, kan nie vir jou se hoeveel keer ek spelfoute in tydskrifte sien nie! Dit irriteer my grensloos, skryf gaan gepaard met spel, dis eintlik nogal pateties. Die feit dat sy jammer gese het maar nie eens aanbied om net ‘n regstelling in die volgende een te doen nie is baie verkeerd! Maar die negatiewe opsy gesit – ek dink dis fantasties dat jy die geleentheid gekry het en is nogtans iets om op trots te wees! Welgedaan xxx

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 20:01

      Baie dankie, Elrese – en dankie dat jy die tyd vat om my blog posts te kom lees. :)

      Ek verstaan 100% wat jy hier sê, ek lees ook partykeer van die tydskrifte en wonder hoe die spelfoute gemis is. Gelukkig het die Redakteur my gekontak en het onverskoning gevra namens die joernalis en die tydskrif – hulle gaan ‘n korreksie in die Maart 2015 tydskrif publiseer. Ek waardeer verskriklik baie dat sy my direk gekontak het. :)


  34. Simone Cameron 23 January 2015 / 11:49

    This is so ‘not cool’ on so many levels….mxm. I can’t think of a more mature response!

    You should not feel responsible. The magazine MUST issue a correction in the next issue. You should insist on that and also report their ‘journalist’ for such shoddy and unprofessional work!

    I mean what was the point? They approached you! And I LOVE Your Family…so I am so disappointed with this.

    Hold your head up high…your readers know how to find you. I’m sure the next article/feature is going to be great AND accurate and more people will discover what an awesome blog you have going here :)

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 20:11

      Thank you for always supporting my blog the way you do, Simone – it’s always so nice to see your name pop up in my comments inbox. 😉

      Very happy to report they’ll be publishing a correction in their March edition magazine – I must admit, I feel relieved.


  35. Lulu 23 January 2015 / 12:35

    You have always worked hard on everything you do and especially on the blog because it is your passion. I’m so very proud of you. Don’t be too hard on yourself, it was NOT your mistake. I know the next article in the other magazine is going to be perfect!

    • Luzanne 23 January 2015 / 20:08

      Thank you very much for your words of encouragement and support – comments like these make my day! :)

  36. Nadia van der Mescht 25 January 2015 / 18:50

    First of all – congrats on the feature. Second of all, don’t be so hard on yourself. I totally understand & have had very similar things happen. It feels tragic – I get it. Going forward you have learnt a lesson & I damn well hope so has the editor & journalist. Just know that your readers are angry & disappointed with you! Nonetheless… well done! x

    • Luzanne 29 January 2015 / 10:05

      Thank you so much, Nadia – this comment really means a lot to me. I’m very fortunate – the Editor and Online Editor have been in contact with me since my blog post, both have apologised and will make sure a correction is published in the March 2015 magazine. They’ve also posted my correct URL on their Facebook and Twitter pages. :)

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