My Kiehl’s #PioneersByNature Inspiration + GIVEAWAY

Iris Apfel

Here’s something I bet you didn’t know about me – I have a huge soft spot for senior citizens.  They’re usually incredibly wise, hilarious and super cute too.  So naturally I would choose to feature an elderly lady in today’s blog post.  In last week’s Kiehl’s Pioneers By Nature blog post, I mentioned I would be telling you a bit more about an inspirational person in my life.  Granted, I don’t know this lady personally (gosh, I wish I did!) but I feel like she has quite an impact on my life, even if it is an indirect impact.  She is known as a trendsetter, a style legend but I don’t consider her an inspiration for these reasons (fashion isn’t something that interests me at this point in my life).

Iris Apfel is bold, colourful, eccentric, assertive and delightfully unscripted.  At 94, this self-proclaimed ‘geriatric starlet’ is a gem of wit, beauty and smarts.  She’s known for her chunky accessories, her quirky ensembles and her signature owlish eyewear – “the bigger to see you,” she likes to say.  But aside from all that, her confidence, no-nonsense attitude and sense of humour makes you want to be her best friend (even if there is a 60 year age gap).

Iris is a formidable presence, and she refuses to be anything other than quick-witted, brutally honest and above all, herself.  She is a 94-year-old woman who isn’t afraid to say what she thinks – she lives the ultimate authentic life and believes that you should be who you are, and not what someone else wants you to be.  Even though many people around the world see Iris as fashion guru, she is adamant that she is “NOT a fashionsta” and does not want to be known “just for getting dressed”.  She often says she would never spend $700 (R 7000) on a handbag – not because she doesn’t have $700 to spend, but because she doesn’t think handbags should cost that much.

Iris is known for her remarkable collection of couture costume jewellery, she is a talented artist and uses all her clothing and accessories to compose works of art that are worthy of a number of art exhibitions and museums in the US.  Here are a few (of many) memorable moments in Iris Apfel’s life thus far:

♥  Her career started as an interior designer and textile maker which took her to all corners of the world to source rare antique fabrics.

♥  Years later she worked in Washington D.C. to lead a White House restoration project for the Kennedys.

♥  She rose to fame in 2005 when the Metropolitan Museum of Art mounted an exhibit celebrating her ability to boldly mix flea market finds with haute couture.  Many fashion icons come into the public eye quite early on in life, but Apfel became a celebrity at the age of 83.

♥  A version of the show is now on view at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.  She originally started donating 80 to 90 pieces of her clothing and jewelry annually to the museum in 2010; to date she has donated almost 900 pieces to the Peabody Essex Museum.

♥  This free-spirited darling made her vibrant makeup debut in 2011 when she became a MAC Cosmetics spokeswoman and created her own collection.

♥  She is the star of the documentary ‘Iris’, directed by 87-year old Albert Maysles.  The documentary is a story about creativity and how, even at Iris’ age, a free spirit and radical individualist inspires people from all walks of life.  She reminds us that dressing, and life, is nothing but an experiment.

Iris Apfel Inspiration

Over the years Iris has shared many pearls of wisdom, here are a few of my favourites:

“You learn as you grow up, if you’re intelligent – or even three-quarter witted – that there’s no free lunch. You pay for things in various ways.  Living, loving, everything else is a matter of the same principles: You learn to work with what you have.  And there’s nobody today who can’t do something to help herself.”

“When I wake up in the morning, some days I feel a certain way, some days I feel another way.  I’ll say I live by the ten commandments if that sounds good for you. But live and let live is my motto; I don’t sit and judge anybody.  I always feel it’s better to be happy than well dressed.  I go with my gut, I don’t do things intellectually.”

“If you don’t learn constantly, you don’t grow and you will wither.  Too many people wither on the vine.  Sure, it gets a little harder as you get older, but new experiences and new challenges keep it fresh.”

“I’m not good at putting on makeup, but you have to be a moron not to be able to put on lipstick.  Now since I’m older, I don’t do my eyes anymore because when you’re older, your eyelids wrinkle.  If you use blue or green, and you’re not really expert, you end up looking like a turtle.”

“I’m not a rebel.  I don’t dress to cause attention or to upset anybody.  I dress to please myself, and I hope I please other people.  And if I do I’m very happy and if not, it’s their problem, not mine.”

Aging gracefully is about no heavy makeup, and not too much powder because it gets into the wrinkles, and you know, to not get turtle eyelids, and to not try to look young.  You don’t have to look like an old fuddy-duddy, but I believe it was Chanel who said, ‘Nothing makes a woman look so old as trying desperately hard to look young’.  I think you can be attractive at any age.  I think trying to look like a spring chicken when you’re not makes you look ridiculous.”

“I don’t see anything so wrong with a wrinkle.  It’s kind of a badge of courage.”

“If you’re not interested, you’re not interesting.”

“I always tell people to follow their dreams, to be true to themselves, and not just be carbon copies of what they think they should be, because then they’ll go through life miserable.  And it’s phony.  I think we live in a button-driven society, everybody is always pressing buttons to get the answers.  More and more people live without soul, they’re just an empty shell.”

“You have to know yourself and know what you can carry. If you’re not comfortable, no matter how well dressed you are, you’re not going to look right.  I’d rather be happy and feel comfy.

“You have to try it.  You only have one trip, you’ve got to remember that.”

Iris Apfel has inspired me in the following ways:  It’s never too late (for anything in life).  Find something that you feel passionate about and express yourself by channeling your passions.  Be your authentic self, even if people judge you.  Individuality, personality and confidence are beautiful traits in everyone.  Be curious.  Have a sense of humour.  And trust your gut.

One thing is for sure, Iris Apfel is definitely my spirit animal.  And at the risk of sounding utterly childish, she is exactly the type of person I want to be when I grow up.

Kiehl's Giveaway

Kiehl’s South Africa and I want to hear from YOU!  Who inspires you?  Who do you look up to?  Who in your life has achieved something great?  Remember:  It doesn’t necessarily have to be someone you know personally.

If you tell me, you could win yourself a Kiehl’s #PioneersByNature hamper worth over R 2200,00!  The hamper will contain the following products:

♥  Lip Balm #1 in Mint – you can read a review of this wonderful lip balm here, this is the only lip product I have been using these past few weeks.

♥  Midnight Recovery Concentrate – you already know I love this facial oil, I have featured it on the blog numerous times already.  You can take a look at my full review here.

♥  Dermatologist Solutions Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturising Serum Concentrate – love this stuff!  It is exactly what dehydrated skin needs, you can read my rave review here.

♥  Dermatologist Solutions Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate – 2015 is the year of celebration, because this brightening serum is 10 years old!  I started using this last year and loved it so much I mentioned it in my August 2014 Favourites blog post.  If your skin is looking dull and lacklustre, trust me, you need this in your life!

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The giveaway is open to South African residents only.

A winner will be chosen on the 14th of October 2015 & I will announce the winner on Twitter, Facebook and in this blog post.

Good luck!

Disclaimer:  The above photos are courtesy of Fashion Reverie, The Guardian, One Kings Lane, and Abercrombie Gems.



  1. Mishka 6 October 2015 / 20:02

    My mum inspires me- single mum yet keeps it all together with whatever life throws at her

  2. Janneke 6 October 2015 / 23:23

    my older sister, she just have her stuff together and is always kind and caring, I really love her for that and hope to be so too.


  3. Danielle 6 October 2015 / 23:40

    The person who I feel inspired me the most is my mom. Throughout school I was bullied by kids and not once did she give up on me. She lifted my spirit every single day and till today she is still supporting me and lifting my spirit as high as can be. She is the most amazing woman I know and will never complain about a single thing. Her positivity brings light to my eyes and hope to tackle anything.

    I love her to the moon and back.


  4. dina dos santos (@tenaciousD2013) 7 October 2015 / 08:45

    My sister inspires me, She has such an awesome heart. She took me in at the age of 13 raised me and then took my dad in to look after him when he fell ill. She always put others before herself. She is selfless and compassionate. I try and follow in her foot steps in being a good role model also to my kids

  5. Falon Harris 7 October 2015 / 08:58

    My dad is my biggest Inspiration. He dropped out of school in Grade 9 and faced many obstacles with his family that most people wouldn’t be able to handle so young. He went on to starting his own company and has become one of the most successful businessmen in our province. He has always taught me to dream big, that nothing me no one can stand in the way of hard work and determination.

  6. Tyler Leigh 7 October 2015 / 08:59

    My best friend inspires me, she faces every single day with the odds against her due to Lupus. And everyday no matter what she gets up and she fights. I have seen her on her worst days and been nothing but proud of her determination to live the day to its fullest.

    She inspires me to be better as I don’t face the challenges she does, she makes me fight harder for my own life and she humbles me in times when I take my own body and life for granted.
    I honestly would be a different person if not for her. <3

  7. Gabriella 7 October 2015 / 08:59

    So I have a few, in terms of business and career goals, Jenna Lyons and Sophia Amoruso are amazing and savvy business women. Lena Dunham and Emma Watson inspire me to be a better feminist and Chimamanda Adichie inspires me to be a better person!

  8. Janet 7 October 2015 / 09:10

    I am blessed to have many inspirational people in my life, but I think the one who stands out for me is a friend who, despite facing loss, abuse and some hardships most of us will never have to endure, has come out fighting strong, standing on her own two feet and infusing the world around her with love and humour. She is at the top of her career, has turned her health around by eating right and keeping fit, running marathons and triathlons. Very few know of the heartache she has endured. She is a beacon of hope and encouragement and a big source of inspiration to me. She has proved that she is one of the amazing #PioneersByNature and a totally amazing woman.

  9. Bianca 7 October 2015 / 09:16

    My husband inspires me. He is always filled with joy and sees the positive in everything. He is driven and courageous in everything he does.

  10. Nikki 7 October 2015 / 09:19

    My mum inspires me. She is currently battling Stage 4 cancer and has been a super star through it all. No complaints, still wants to do everything for herself and so positive :)

  11. Renate 7 October 2015 / 10:01

    My dad definitely inspires me. I lost my dad this February and still feels like yesterday. My dad taught me so many things I will always keep dear to my heart but most of all he taught me to have unconditional love.

  12. Joles 7 October 2015 / 10:16

    My mother, Margaret, is the light in our family and inspires me like no other person on this earth. From her shines true love that would sow love in every member of the family. She shows true compassion that is needed to link each family member towards unity. She is the epitome of a woman through her beliefs, decisions and care as shown by her noble love.
    Mother’s wise words of advice filled with tenderness remains with each of her 3 daughters in how she taught us to forgive and keep our hearts pure and open and never to allow envy or jealousy to ever set in. I am able to remain calm even in the most adverse of situations due to the resilience that she has cultivated in me.
    I admire my mother for the years that she silently put others first, before herself. She would wake up in the wee hours of the morning just to feed us. She sacrificed her sleep just to keep an eye on her gentle and delicate baby. She hums beautiful lullabies as she promises her child the comfort in life and the everlasting love that she is willing to offer. As we grew up she guided us not just on our first steps but also in first words. She opened us to the beauty that the world can offer. She chose to be with us whenever we were sick. She would skip workdays just to attend school meetings, birthdays and other occasions. And still she provides comfort in times of heartaches and sufferings. She is willing to lend an open hand whenever we face difficulties in life. She guides us to the right path. She utters encouraging words to give strength. My mother is the most forgiving person. No matter how painful words from us may hurt her, she would still be the one to initiate to close the gaps between us. She initiates peace and love so that the family would stay bonded together. She always humbles herself for the welfare of her family. She knows how to forgive and forget. A mother is the first to feel pain in times of indifferences and conflicts that each family member is going through but she knows how to be strong to transform pain into courage to shed hope during rough times. She is the first person to save her child from the untoward incidents that we may face in this cruel world. A mother would always be a mother. No matter where she goes, no matter what she does, she will remain to be the most loved person on earth. Her works may not be printed in the best books ever published. But her true worth would remain in each child that had witnessed how unselfish she is, how good she is and how beautiful she is inside and out. And that is real beauty for me.

  13. Jess 7 October 2015 / 10:34

    Not just one, but all the people in my life inspire me. They are so interconnected in my life that they are everything and my life would not be the same without them. My mom has a terminal illness but her positivity just shines through and that inspires me.

  14. jess 7 October 2015 / 10:52

    Jonathan Sacconejoly. He’s an amazing YouTuber and Vlogger. He sets himself goals, works really hard and accomplishes them – both personal and professional. And he’s done it all with an unflappable sense of humor and kindness – he’s a good person and I try to be more like him everyday.

  15. michelle 7 October 2015 / 10:57

    People who inspire me are those who cares for others not just them selfs, they are humble and dont forget where they came from. They are always showing effection and helping others. That to me is truly amazing and inspirational.

  16. Lizelle 7 October 2015 / 10:58

    Definitely my grandmother!

  17. mercialeen o'connor 7 October 2015 / 11:39

    has to be my mom, the strongest person I know, who has been through it all, abuse, divorce and still manages to be kind, patient, loving. She has a beautiful

  18. Michelle 7 October 2015 / 11:54

    My Parents… they had me very you and our family has had many ups and downs but somehow they refuse to ly down or give up! They always get up again and time and again shows us that true success comes after failure!

  19. Jolene van Wyk 7 October 2015 / 13:07

    I would love to win this hamper, to try on my very sensitive and eczema prone skin! I think it would be just what I need!

  20. Jolene van Wyk 7 October 2015 / 13:08

    Oh, and my mom and sister are my inspiration

  21. Chantel de Jongh 7 October 2015 / 13:18

    Would love to win this hamper!

  22. Jeannette 7 October 2015 / 13:31

    My husband inspires me. He grew up on the wrong side of Cape Town in a poor family. But he decided that he wanted to make a difference in life. Today he is a successful manager and he managed to buy his mom her own house to allow her to life safely close to us. He is a lecturer at GIBS in his spare time and I have never met anyone who can take the challenges that life troughs at them and turn it into opportunities, like him. He inspires me every day to be the best ME I can be.

  23. Lara 7 October 2015 / 13:48

    my gran inspires me – she turns 90 in 2 weeks’ time, but she looks like she’s 70 and acts like she’s 20! She plays golf 3 times a week (no golf cart – she walks those 18 holes) and likes to spend her spare time having a drink with friends at the 19th hole, hanging out with her family, doing crosswords and gambling at the casino and playing on her iPad. Her beauty secret? Eat as much chocolate as you can. I’ve seen her eat chocolate mousse for breakfast. I love her with all my heart and I only hope I can be like her one day :)

  24. Tanya 7 October 2015 / 14:07

    My parents inspire me, married 30 years. That’s what i want foe my marriage and child(ren). Together through thick ans thin, in sickness and in health


  25. Anina 7 October 2015 / 14:28

    Almal is gewoonlik gaande oor die kleintjies, maar by n familie byeenkoms sal ek myself ook altyd tussen die ouer garde bevind. As n laatlam het ek saam met n ouer generasie groot geword, en dit maak seker dat ek ook altyd hul geselskap opsoek en uitsoek.

    Daar is verseker mense na wie ek opkyk wat ek nog nooit persoonlik ontmoet het nie, maar die twee wat ek vir seker moet uitsonder is twee wat ek wel ken, my lewe lank al – my wonderlike, grasieuse, interessante en mees vredeliewende ouers. Liewe aarde, ek het baie respek, baie liefde en baie tyd vir die twee mense!!! Meer as 50 jaar saam, amper 47 jaar al getroud, 3 kinders, 6 kleinkinders en met n heel paar klappe van die lewe al weg, is dit nog steeds die mense wat ek ken wat sonder twyfel altyd die goeie in mense soek.

    Hulle maak n gedugte span en is die mees SOLIDSTE mense wat ek kan. Sag en dierbaar en terselftertyd, emosionele onbeweegbare ROTSE.

    Hulle gaan nooit weet van hierdie comment nie (kom skaars reg met die mees basieste van selfone, daar was nog nooit n rekenaar in hul huis nie, hahahaha) maar dis n voorreg om biki eer aan hulle te bring, selfs al is hulle vreemdelinge vir julle almal wat dit moontlik gaan lees. :-)

  26. Tracy Jacobs 7 October 2015 / 15:10

    Iris is an absolute gem! My parents inspired me, my husband inspires me and my 2 sons also inspire me. All have a zest for loving life…..and isn’t it funny that they are also the people I love most in the world ❤️

  27. Nikki 7 October 2015 / 15:22

    I love Iris Apfel. What a rockstar. My parents are my inspiration. 33 years married and still going strong. I also cannot forget my brave, amazing &, smart little sister. She’s the epitome of following your dreams and not caring what anyone has to say.

    I’ve said it be fore and I’ll say it again. Kiehl’s have amazing products


  28. Tanusta Jainarain 7 October 2015 / 16:28

    My late brother has and will always be my inspiration , I idolised him and mimicked him in many ways , during my dark days when I don’t feel like getin outa bed I always picture to myself what he would’ve wanted for me and how can I make him proud and it motivates me to pick myself up

  29. Ursula 7 October 2015 / 16:51

    Hi =), for me its my mom. She is super strong and a major inspiration in my life. It’s though to see her sad because her very own #PowerPioneer, her mom is suffering from Altezeimers and not the vibrant lady she use to be. I HATE seeing my mom sad but she is strong through the tears and the heartache of seeing her mom fade away. <3

  30. Genevieve Dorman 7 October 2015 / 17:43

    Live and random people inspire me… to live life to the full, be creative and bold! (I suffer from Lichen Planus and the Kiehl’s products are so gentle on my skin, been supporting the brand since it arrived in South Africa)

  31. Ailsa Jean Loudon 7 October 2015 / 17:50

    My Mum inspired me -but she now lives in Exeter and has dementia :'(

  32. linda 7 October 2015 / 18:16

    My son Jesse is my biggest inspiration and the most incredible human being I have ever known.
    He was born with a rare chromosome disorder which has left him severely disabled.
    He cannot walk, talk and is tube fed.
    Yet through all his disabilities he is such a happy little person, he only knows how to show love and affection.
    Just seeing the world through his eyes is so refreshing.
    He’s a testimony of God’s mercy and even though he is an earthly flawed vessels he’s spirit is lovely and strong.
    Each and every day of my life is made better because of this little boy.

  33. Elizabeth Watson 7 October 2015 / 19:15

    Definitely my mom. She didn’t have the opportunity to go to university but moved up the corporate ladder by never being afraid to ask questions and always being ready to learn new skills. She eventually started her own clothing business and learnt everything on the go while still finding the time to be a mom. She’s the most determined person I know with incredible energy, she should be retiring now but is still looking for new opportunities.

  34. Angelique Greyling 7 October 2015 / 20:29

    My best friend inspires me, she is probably the most positive person I have ever known. She has faced a lot of challenges in her life but still manages to have a smile on her face and a positive outlook on life.

  35. Bianca Balutto 7 October 2015 / 21:11

    My grandparents inspire me they went through alot during apartheid being a mixed family ( grandfather Italian and grandmother coloured) they always fought to be together. They were faced with so many challenges been beaten up and taken away from each other and their kids but they survived and fought back. That is really inspiring.

  36. Pravina W 7 October 2015 / 21:20

    My Mom and Sister inspire me – through trials and tribulations they’ve shown me that women can endure and through strength overcome so much.

  37. Mishka Zeena Lawrence 8 October 2015 / 08:43

    My grandmother is my biggest inspiration. She has overcome so many struggles in her life and now even though her health is failing, she continues to remain positive.

  38. Stephanie 8 October 2015 / 09:34

    Iris Apfel that lady is such a fashion icon. I just love how age does not define your style. She rocks!

  39. Kirsty Storar 8 October 2015 / 09:44

    My mom’s best friend, Sarah. She epitomises the phrase “ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS”! She’s drenched in style, always immaculate, always a glass of bubbly in hand and the most envy-worthy shoe closet you will ever see. But more than that, she is the most loyal and hilarious woman you’re likely to meet. She’s never swept up in drama, rumour or gossip. She’s unfazed by pettiness and negativity – she just gets on with it going strength to strength – the ultimate “middle finger” to those who were trying to tear her down.

    Her confidence and grace in the face of everything is super inspiring. She’s the poster child for “fabulous” and should be a role model to anyone who struggles with low self esteem. xx

  40. Carey-Anne Kerby 8 October 2015 / 10:18

    Thank-you for introducing me to this remarkable woman!! with going through a difficult time in my life for the last few years with plenty to complain about then I met this young lady @Nisha360 on twitter, she has shown me that even in my darkest hour I can find the strength to carry on and get through it. I have now learnt not to regret something that I never got a chance to do, and to add it to my bucket list and make a plan to do it. Thank-you now I have another inspiration all thanx to you. appreciate the assistance and the motivation to carry on!!

  41. Elke 8 October 2015 / 10:34

    My grandmother has inspired me in my life because she is always hardworking and kind. She always takes care of someone before herself. She is always there to talk to whenever you need it. When I grow older, I want to be just like her

  42. Angelique 8 October 2015 / 10:39

    My mother is my biggest inspiration. she’s had some very hard time having to bring up three kids alone after being widowed at age 36. She pushed through, successfully raised her kids and never stood back for anyone. To this day she still fights and pushes forward through everything in life. She is seriously the only person I know who can make a success of anything she touches. (Even fixes household appliances!)

  43. Lara Moyles 8 October 2015 / 10:49

    Not necessarily a person, but rather people: bloggers. I’ve been reading blogs for years, and a year ago decided to take it upon myself to start a blog myself. It’s been overwhelming, exciting and packed full of adventures and reminiscing! So, thank you to all the bloggers out there!

  44. Jyothi Laldas 8 October 2015 / 12:21

    My dad is my inspiration. He has taught me how to let live and let love. He is the most resilient person and he never lets anything get him down. He is awesome.

  45. Siobhan 8 October 2015 / 14:32

    I just want to say: how funky is this lady! Shes just so awesome!
    I don’t have anyone that inspires me hey… If i have to think of it, everyone that’s come across my path has inspired me in one way or another. Even if it was in a small way. I don’t think I have one person that stands out the most to me.

  46. LiezelTee 8 October 2015 / 15:04

    All my girlfriends have been inspiring me lately, we don’t need a hero, we need to know that success is for anyone, not matter what rank of the popularity ladder.

  47. lechell botes 8 October 2015 / 15:28

    My mother is my biggest inspiration, LOVE her lots

  48. Pastelsandflorals 8 October 2015 / 16:08

    In my life , my grandmother inspires me . She has been through so much and yet she stands tall , confident and she does her best to keep everyone happy ! She is the one person that keeps us all together . She sticks with each of us through thick and thin . She keeps our family together and I don’t know what I’d do if I lost her ! She inspires me to be strong , to keep my head up high , to achieve things I would think is impossible.. She is my inspiration

  49. Tatum 8 October 2015 / 17:58

    My sister. She takes life by the horns and lives each day to its fullest potential.

  50. Cherise Finlay 8 October 2015 / 18:09

    RIght… so the person that really inspires me is my friend Marika, Never in my life have I know someone that is so pure of heart and truly just wants the best for people around her. Always seeing the positive in every situation. But when days are dark, that is when she really knows how to help put things in perspective. I think she must be on the most influencial list 😉 she loves facials and taking care of herself so I would definitely share this prize with her :)

  51. rehana seedat 8 October 2015 / 18:30

    I am inspired by my bestie Fathima Mahomed with her openness, compassion & vision. She encourages others to take one small step to make a difference in the lives of others. A kind hearted person who has love for her family and community. She is involved in many activities in our community which sometimes keeps her up early hours of the morning. This has never bothered her because she strives to bestow happiness and joy to the underprivileged. An individual with a heart of Gold that always brings a smile to anyone’s face. She always tells us to see good in others and she never judges people based on how others perceived them. It is her goodwill, humanity and selflessness that has made her rich. She is an educator in a school in a poor area in Kwazulunatal, she holds those kids so dear to her heart as she patiently educates them about God, school subjects and makes sure they are always smiling. She also loves cooking & utilises her skills in preparing & distributing hearty meals to the underprivileged children in our area.

  52. Sibahle 8 October 2015 / 18:57

    Iris Apfel looks so stylish. She really is an inspiration.

  53. Carmen Klassen 8 October 2015 / 20:35

    My 7 and 5 year old nieces. They are so present in the world. Tjey grateful for every little thing. They work hard at school and achieve A’s. Pharelle (7yrs) reads a book a week(150 pages). They are kind, loving and compassionate little girls. They ask me to take them to shelters to give there clothes to little girls who are less fortunate.

    Iris Apfel is the cutest, most stylish grandma ever. I say grandma with the utmost respect.

  54. Gill 8 October 2015 / 20:41

    My daughter inspires me, she’s so driven and passionate about life, very very proud of her!

  55. Suvana 9 October 2015 / 07:33

    My mum is my inspiration.

    We take for granted how much our mums do for us.

    They are truly super heros! Multi tasking is what they do best.

    Always making sure they put our needs before their own.

    She always inspires me to achieve more , be better and do better.

  56. Cara Fay 9 October 2015 / 23:01

    I noticed a lot of people have said their mom and that truly made my heart smile. Mine too is my mom, she has always worked so hard for me and although our lives together haven’t turned out how I know she would of wanted them to I am so grateful for all her sacrifices she is my hero.

  57. Samantha Taylor 9 October 2015 / 23:21

    Hmmm… When I read this question I thought of many people that inspire me, like my mother and father, who created a beautiful life for myself and all my siblings, and then I thought about my boyfriend and how he went through so much at such a young age but tends to inspire everyone around him.. I also thought about

    – I also thought about my house worker, who is reaching her late 30’s and has decided to Finnish her matric
    – and that man who had nothing but hope and belief that he could do great and be great
    – what about the lady who was abused? And managed to get out of there stronger than when it started
    – or even that little girl who has absolutely nothing but such a happy face

    I’m inspired by life and all that’s in it. Everyday I learn and capture these moments!

  58. Kristi 10 October 2015 / 14:07

    I definitely look up to my mom. She’s a massive pioneer and she’s a breast cancer conquerer. She takes on so much and nails it all. If there’s anyone I could be when I’m older, it has to be my mom.

  59. momo 10 October 2015 / 23:13

    The person i look up to the most is my grandmother she overcame cancer and lost her left arm in the process but she hasn’t let that put a damper on her lifestyle. She’s always tells me that each day is a blessing and we should be grateful for the time we spend with the ones we love.

  60. Alexa Pohl 11 October 2015 / 08:05

    Sounds so cliché but my mom is definitely my inspiration.
    Despite the many struggles of being a single mom of 3 girls, she always showed true grit, grace and beauty. She taught us to never take things for granted; to think of others before ourselves; to turn to God during the good times & bad. We’ve become strong independent women because of her. She was our mom but also a mom to many others & has made such an impact on so many kids/people in our community. She’s never shy, always says what’s needed & never asks for anything in return.
    I love you Mom!


  61. Caelin 11 October 2015 / 13:47

    Definitely my mother! She is the utmost selfless person – she has always put her four daughters first. After a long day at work she would come home and still make the most delicious home made dinners, with a smile on her face. She is a single mum so has not had much help, and she still managed to do everything for us. I love you so much Momma, and I am so grateful for you and everything you have taught me!! xxxx

  62. Rivania Pillay 11 October 2015 / 17:34

    My inspiration is most definitely my mom! She used to work day/night shifts in her previous hospital for +/- 12 years. She recently moved to a different one where she doesn’t have to do night shifts. She is now blessed with free weekends and even though she could be using it to catch up on some retail therapy or a good book, she spends it all taking care of my brother and I. She takes us to do whatever we want to even if it means watching a movie she doesn’t enjoy. She always puts us first when this is her opportunity to do things for herself. During her years of night shift she spent her tea breaks with her mom and any days off helping other family members or using it to squeeze in a day at the mall with us. She is so full of love both in the hospital and out. Now that we finally have the opportunity to spend quality time with her we have just been showered with love and care. Yes that is the job of every mom and every mom out there does this but it seems like we only give them credit on Mother’s Day. So I dedicate this post to my mom because she deserves to be acknowledged not only on Mother’s Day.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway!
    Rivania | The Glam Unicorn

  63. Shelley 12 October 2015 / 11:29

    It’s hard to pick one person who has inspired me as I’ve been lucky enough to have several people influence my life significantly. It’s impossible to mention all of them but here are the cream of the crop:

    My grandparents – They formed the building blocks of our family and showed us, as grand children, what it takes to make a great family…lots of love, compassion, understanding and hardwork. If you dont work at it, it will fail! These are values I endeavour to to apply to my own family.

    My parents – They’ve shown me what it takes to be good parents, which also means being a strong couple. They demonstrated the importance of being there for their children but also making time for themselves as a couple.

    My husband – He’s taught me to believe in myself (even more than what I did before) and to compromise.

    My daughter – She’s taught me the virtue of patience (something I always thought I had but clever it had never been tested). I never knew the depth of my patience until she arrived.

    I cant imagine my life without these influences and I’m abundantly blessed for having had them! :) #emotional #lovemyfamily

  64. Arleen Marree 12 October 2015 / 12:36

    My daughter inspires me. She reminds me daily to enjoy the little things in life…a wild flower she has picked for me or the tight hugs she gives me for no reason other than love.

  65. Anne 12 October 2015 / 23:11

    My mother my mother my darling mother!

  66. Kelley Petersen 12 October 2015 / 23:26

    My mom is my inspiration. She has achieved so much and has overcome every obstacle that she has been faced with. She is so dedicated to every role that she plays.

  67. Michelle Baron 13 October 2015 / 11:36

    My mom. We recently lost my dad very suddenly, and I’m amazed at how she’s managed to cope and still support my brothers and I emotionally. Superhero for sure.

  68. Rene Groyer 13 October 2015 / 12:12

    My late dad inspires me.He was the kindest,most compassionate person I ever knew and when he lie dying of stage 4 cancer,he cared more about my problems than his own.Love you dad forever

  69. ann 13 October 2015 / 12:29

    The women in my family are my age inspiration- my mom looks decades younger than she actually is- thanks to a positive outlook, good genes and a naturally thick head of hair, the same can be said for her younger sister. They take the dread out of aging, as they never seem to get older

  70. Pietrie Morton 13 October 2015 / 12:31

    My Dad is my ultimate source of Inspiration! Having been my Best Friend and not only my parent! Being a Business Man my Dad always had many ideas and he always tried his best to realise his dreams to be sucessful this drive is what makes me get up daily and take the tiny steps forward to make my own dreams come true. Sadly I lost my Dad to a heart attack but I continue to keep his positive mind set & the love he had for others alive. Luckily we share a birthday which keeps me connected to all the memories and life lessons he has taught me. Xxx

  71. Lize 13 October 2015 / 13:11

    My grandmother is turning 90 next week and one of my biggest inspirations. She aged gracefully and has always been the most caring, kind and lovable granny we could ask for. Here’s to believing I will age in the same graceful way xx

  72. Nicola Meyer 13 October 2015 / 13:18

    My late Gran, my Mom and my precious sister

  73. Ruth T 13 October 2015 / 13:20

    My #powerpionneer at the moment is my amazing beautiful mother-in-law. She has just found out that she has cancer (lymphoma) and is currently undergoing Chemo. She is facing it all with such strength and courage even though it has been truly hideous and she is about to loose all of her beautiful red hair. I can only hope to be half the person she is!!

  74. Marcy Loubser 13 October 2015 / 13:22

    All 3 of my children are an inspiration to me, all unique in different ways and theyve taught me so much, to stop snell the roses, dont sweat the small stuff, they so passionate about life its very inspiring they make you want to be a better person, totally blessed xx

  75. Samantha 13 October 2015 / 13:26

    My mum, the strongest, smartest woman I know who would sacrifice everything for the people she loves :)

  76. Janei Viljoen 13 October 2015 / 13:28

    So many people in my life inspires me. My grandparents who still loves eachother after so many years. My parents and my sister.

  77. Roslyn Kinnear 13 October 2015 / 14:12

    My mom Nikki Katz inspires me, she is my best friend, my rock, my everything. I would take a bullet for her. She is always there for me, a shoulder to cry on, a person to laugh with and share my most intimate thoughts. I could not have asked for a better mom. A truly inspiring lady whom I adore as well as the best granny to my two beautiful girls. I don’t know where she finds the energy to be the person she is. She can cook like a dream and I always get me bags, i love her to the moon and back. She is the most selfless person and is soo generous without ever asking for anything in return. The beggars by her house always wave at her when she drives past as she gives them bread etc nearly every day. I really don’t know where I would be today if i didn’t have my beautiful mom. I LOVE HER and the best part is she loves me unconditionally.
    MOTHER ( muther ~ a verb : to love, nourish, protect, teach, comfort, guide, nurture, support, embrace, cherish, reassure. All the things my gorgeous MOM does.

  78. Nicola Ashe 13 October 2015 / 14:22

    Midnight recovery sounds like my kind of miracle! Would love to try out the Kiehls range :)

  79. Nicola Ashe 13 October 2015 / 14:26

    Oops pressed submit too soon!
    Everyday miracles happen all around me all the time – through the support of a crew of creative collaborators who inspire me to do what I love and to be mindful of the choice we have, to make a difference in the hours we have available to us. No more mediocrity – just a collective sharing of resources, time, effort and spirit which makes being in business in SA right now so inspiring.

  80. farzana 13 October 2015 / 14:43

    I inspire me.
    I’ve come a long way from the meek, let-people-walk-all-over-me person I was years ago.
    I draw strength from my own life’s experiences and know that I can do anything I set my mind too.
    I am my strongest supporter and display courage to live my life by my own rules :)

  81. rizwaana tayob 13 October 2015 / 17:30

    My mum inspires me her life has been a life experiences ups and downs have been my inspiration and life coach to me

  82. Teri hill 13 October 2015 / 17:46

    Haven’t tried this brand yet, but heard nothing but amazing things!

  83. Teri hill 13 October 2015 / 17:49

    My mom inspires me every day. Single mother of 4 children, divorced twice, and never given up on fighting to be happy! She is the only thing that has kept me going in my rough patches. She is amazing!

  84. Claire 13 October 2015 / 21:02

    My Mom inspires me, she is my rock. Would love to try more Kiehls products, love their ultra face cream.

  85. Lorato Mokgaotsi 13 October 2015 / 21:42

    Women who stand up for their abusers inspire me and women who works hard for a better life

  86. Daniela Cardoso 13 October 2015 / 23:19

    My amazing Mom is my true inspiration…she who has nurtured and shaped me into the woman I am today. Having lost my Father to cancer when I was only 4 years old, my Mom raised me as a single parent and I am in total awe of her strength, courage and tenacity to face life head on and with such a positive attitude despite what life throws at her. Mom recently lost her own Mom, my Gran, in January this year to cancer and again she refuses to allow this to impact her life negatively and continues to be positive. She has always encouraged me in my education and to follow my dreams and has been there every step of the way and thanks to her, I am now fulfilling my dream at Varsity as I finish my 2nd year towards earning my degree in Civil Engineering. I am so grateful to her for all the sacrifices she has made in always putting me first, her unconditional love and support, her willingness to always go that extra mile for me, her generous and loving spirit and huge heart. I cannot imagine my life without her in it, she is an amazing role model and I only hope that one day I can be privileged enough to be such a great Mom, role model and inspiration to my own children.

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