Thank You & Update On “I’m Taking A Break” Blog Post

Thank You

First and foremost I would like to thank each and every single one of you for taking the time to read my previous blog post.  I had no idea my blog post would mean so much to so many people.  I can’t tell you how many emails, Facebook messages, comments and tweets I have received from both men and women.  I was absolutely gobsmacked when I saw how many of you can relate to what I am going through.  And I am so humbled and blessed to have so many people in my life who genuinely care about me (even though we’ve never met in person before).  I guess the world wide web has both positive and negative aspects – you get the trolls who think it’s acceptable to leave a nasty or hateful comment on a photo / video or blog post.  But then you also get kind-hearted, gentle souls who support and uplift each other.  Thank you for helping me focus on the latter.  Each and every one of you have made me feel very special and loved these past few days, and I can’t thank you enough.

There are a few things I want to chat about in this blog post, so let’s go grab a cup of tea / coffee or hot choccie and meet back here in a few minutes…


The first thing I want to touch on is exactly what I’ll be taking a break from.  I have noticed a few of you are under the impression that I’ll be taking a break from both vlogging AND blogging.  I think some of you misunderstood and thought I’m taking a break from everything for a long time.  This is definitely NOT the case.  I am only taking a break from filming my YouTube videos, but I am definitely not taking an indefinite break from blogging.  Blogging is my passion, a part of my daily life and I don’t see myself giving up on that for quite some time.  So, you’re stuck with me for a while longer.  What I meant in the blog post was that I do not want my feeling of despondency towards YouTube vlogging, to affect how I feel about blogging.  Which brings me to my next point:


I’m still sick.  I managed to pull myself together for our goddaughter’s christening on Saturday, which was a very special day for both Neal & I.  But on Sunday morning when I woke up, it legitimately sounded like a dude was snuggling up next to Neal.  My throat and chest felt very dry and my voice had changed – I now have a husky (and slightly sexy, might I add) masculine voice.  We celebrated Mother’s Day with the parentals yesterday and even though I wasn’t feeling 100% (both physically and emotionally), I tried to enjoy myself the best way I could.  And that included talking to Neal in an extra deep & masculine voice – it totally freaked him out!  Haha!

This morning when I woke up, though, my voice was almost completely gone.  I think I shall go visit the doctor because I have a hectic week ahead of me.  I have a few beauty media events that I need to attend (one of which I’m flying down to Cape Town for on Thursday – just for the day), plus my friend Ashleigh is here from London and I want to see her at least twice this week.  I’m feeling like dog poo but need to get better because I want to get my ‘blogging groove’ back.

I think I should take this week to relax and get better – so I won’t be very active on my Twitter or Facebook pages until next week Monday.  Everyone needs a social media detox every now & again.  I do, however, still want to share some happy things with you…so make sure you follow me on Instagram.  I’ll be posting photos whenever I feel inspired to do so.  I started using a very affordable curling iron this past weekend and I am impressed – even in my current mental state, this curling iron made me super excited & I want to share it with you (it retails for R 249,00 but is on sale now for R 199,00) – how often do you find a good quality curling iron at that price!?  I’ll be posting a photo of it on my Instagram tomorrow – you can follow me on Instagram here.

I find organising my working- and living space helps a lot when I’m feeling overwhelmed and anxious.  I’m hoping to be rid of this flu bug within the next few days so that I can start my ‘declutter & organise’ project.  I always have a good cleanout twice a year – during Spring and then later during Autumn.  I find when I have a lot of ‘stuff’ lying around, it consumes my mind (it adds to me feeling overwhelmed) and I have trouble being creative or even just functioning like a normal human being.  It’s a vicious circle, though, because when I feel anxious or depressed I have absolutely no inclination to pack things away or keep my working / blogging space organised (even though I know it will make me feel better).  But those are the very things that add to me feeling overwhelmed and out of control.

You guys must think I live in a house that should be on an episode of ‘Hoarders’.  It’s not that bad – haha!  When I say ‘stuff’ is lying around, I don’t mean I have clothes and dirty plates scattered across the floors everywhere (I’m way too anal).  I mean when I apply my makeup, I don’t put everything back in my acrylic organisers.  I don’t put my makeup brushes back in their holders, so after a couple of days my whole vanity is covered in brushes, eyeshadow palettes, blushes, powders, pencils etc.  Same goes for my workspace – I have pens, post-it notes, beauty products, press releases and memory sticks everywhere.  And same goes for my clothes cupboard.  I always feel better when I whittle down my cupboards & drawers and donate everything to charity.

It’s time for a purge.  Both literally and metaphorically.

I am busy replying to all the emails and messages I have received during the past couple of days – and if you haven’t received a reply yet, sit tight.  I promise I will reply to you either today or tomorrow.  I am so thankful that so many of you have taken the time to share your personal experiences with me.  It’s difficult for me to explain exactly what I am feeling right now but just know all your words of encouragement and love have motivated me to be strong, have hope and take time to enjoy the good things in my life.  It really feels like I have gained so many new friends in such a short amount of time.

I’m on a mission to feel better, both emotionally and physically, and I will see you right here in this spot next week Monday.  Bring a snack because it’s going to be my ‘April 2015 Favourites’ & it’s going to be a long one!



  1. Nereshnee Elijah 11 May 2015 / 16:08

    Glad to hear that you not stopping your blogging? Hope you feel a bit lighter and better very soon.

    • Luzanne 18 May 2015 / 09:50

      Thanks so much, Nereshnee! :)

  2. Janneke 11 May 2015 / 16:09

    Hope you feel healthy again soon Luzanne x

  3. Nereshnee Elijah 11 May 2015 / 16:09

    Please may I have the name of the curling Iron – I am not on Instagram :(

    • Luzanne 18 May 2015 / 09:52

      It’s the Vidal Sassoon Infra Radiance curling iron – amazing stuff!! I’m definitely going to feature it in my ‘May 2015 Favourites’. 😀

      • Luzanne 18 May 2015 / 09:52

        You can get it at Clicks – I think it’s still on sale for R 199,95.

  4. Camilla (Jane Wonder) 11 May 2015 / 16:32

    It fascinates me that you say “I find organising my working- and living space helps a lot when I’m feeling overwhelmed and anxious”. THAT IS ME TO A T! I thought I was the only one. Last week I was SO stressed at work and everyone was side eyeing me because I was sorting through all my drawers and papers and cleaning my desk. Only then could I sit down and focus on a huge report I had to do.
    I will come do a wardrobe clean out and organise for you when I am in JHB next. I have some really nifty tips on how to organise your closet that I have not seen on Pinterest.
    Sending SOOO much loves my Lu xxx

    • Luzanne 18 May 2015 / 09:54

      Haha! Loved reading this comment, Cam! You definitely need to come to my house & help me organise all my clothes – it’s a nightmare (plus give me some fashion / style pointer, since I have no sense of style). :)

      Miss you! xo

  5. Jess 11 May 2015 / 16:51

    It’s only been a couple of days but I’m already missing your reviews and beauty tips. :) Take as much time as you need, Luzanne, your health always comes first. Sending you chicken soup!!! xo

    • Luzanne 18 May 2015 / 09:55

      Thank you so much for being so supportive, Jess. I really appreciate it so much. :) xox

  6. Rebecca S 11 May 2015 / 16:53

    Sending you lots of happy and healthy vibes, L! Looking forward to your next blog post. 😉 Feel better, spend time with friends and family, and take it easy. We’ll all be here ready and waiting.

    P.S. Totes lolled at the story about your new manly voice. 😀

    • Luzanne 18 May 2015 / 09:56

      Thank you for your support and kind words, Rebecca. It means so much to me knowing so many of you care about me & my health.

      The sexy masculine voice is unfortunately gone – much to Neal’s delight! 😉

  7. Em Cameron 11 May 2015 / 17:25

    Take all the time you need, its not nice being sick this time of the year. There is a very nasty bug making the rounds, so make sure you take lots of medication and rest. I hope you will feel back to your old self again soon, and I knew everyone would be supportive and kind regarding your decision. You are a wonderful person, Luzanne, dont ever forget that.

    • Luzanne 18 May 2015 / 09:57

      Thank you for taking the time to write this sweet comment, Em. :)

  8. Qondiswa N 11 May 2015 / 18:13

    We all love you, Luzanne! Get well soon, I’ll be here checking in on your blog every day hoping to see a new post. 😉

    • Luzanne 18 May 2015 / 09:57

      Thank you very much for all your support, Qondiswa! 😀

  9. Samantha 11 May 2015 / 21:35

    Sending lots of love and strength to you. I hope you get better soon. You are definitely my favourite blogger out there by far, and while I like many will miss your amazing videos I totally understand where you are coming from. You need to take care of yourself first. I look forward to reading posts once you are well again and wish you all the best x

    • Luzanne 18 May 2015 / 09:58

      Thank you, Samantha – comments like your make me want to get back in the saddle! I’m feeling much, much better today fortunately & loaded my ‘April 2015 Favourites’ blog post. 😉

  10. Carmen 12 May 2015 / 08:37

    Hahahaha trols… I love it. Im also just recovering from this vicious flu and my voice is so sexy at the moment(especially on the phone) that my boyfriend calls me all the time and before he only emailed or texts hahahaha.
    I sincerely hope you feel better because Im sure Neal doesn’t want to be freaked out any more and of course no one wants to feel like dog poo.
    An entire week with no post, tweets and Facebook OMG scary I will have to find something else to do with my life lol.

    Unlike you my house does look a bit like Im supposed to be on Hoaders buried alive so I too intend on spring cleaning and since there are so blogs and social media I should probably start this week.

    You take good care of yourself and get well soon we going to miss you!!!!!!

    • Luzanne 18 May 2015 / 10:00

      Bwahahahaah!!! LOVED your comment!

      I hope this past week wasn’t too bad, but it’s also nice knowing people missed my blog posts. Thank you for always being so sweet, kind, supportive and encouraging, Carmen. :)

  11. Lulu 12 May 2015 / 12:05

    Really hope you will feel better soon so that you will be able to enjoy the week!

  12. Milli 12 May 2015 / 12:05

    Wow it takes a lot for someone to talk about their life struggles with people she has never met. You a fighter and a strong woman! Take care of yourself and be at peace. Your health comes 1st and you shouldn’t feel like you need to keep up with anyone. Hope you get better in your own time.

    I love your blogs and I will still be here check it out.

    • Luzanne 18 May 2015 / 10:01

      Your comment brought a huge smile to my face – thank you, Milli. :)

  13. Telma 12 May 2015 / 12:45

    Hope you get better soon luzanne:)

    • Luzanne 18 May 2015 / 10:01

      Thank you, Telma – I’m feeling much better today! :)

  14. Linelle 12 May 2015 / 13:51

    Hope you feel better soon :) when I feel sick I take a med lemon before bed and put on my winter pj’s and just sweat it out (doesn’t sound amazing but it works for me). Anyway look forward to your next blog post!

    • Luzanne 18 May 2015 / 10:03

      Thanks so much, Linelle. I took your advice and conked out every night with a Med Lemon in my system. I’m feeling so much better this week, thank you. 😀

  15. Forever_21 12 May 2015 / 15:13

    Your personal posts always have me wanting to reply with essays but I have stopped myself from doing so on your previous post and will do so now, hopefully.

    I just thought I’d let you know you did achieve something this week. I am very good at LABing (that would be Life Avoidance Behaviour) by disappearing in a book/series/the net and completely ignoring things around me. Your post reminded me that I have been back home for a week and I am still living out of a suitcase so I was inspired to unpack and put everything away as needless to say clothes had spilt out all over the room. I am sure this evening I will have a more restful sleep in a more calm and clear environment. Thank you :)

    Good luck with this week and the months to come. I hope you feel better soon.

    Oh and PS I prefer blogs to vlogs except maybe how to videos as pics and words can achieve just as much as a video and the reader can bounce around and go back to something at her own pace.

    • Luzanne 18 May 2015 / 10:05

      Thank you so much for taking the time to write this beautiful comment. :)

      I am so happy to hear my words encouraged you to unpack your suitcase & pack everything away – I’m sure you had a wonderful sleep that evening.

      Great idea regarding doing pictorials for how-to’s – going to give that a go! Thank you!

  16. Andrea 13 May 2015 / 13:06

    Be gentle on yourself and hang in there :) x

  17. Nicky Johnson 13 May 2015 / 17:43

    Glad it’s only temporary as I look forward to reading and seeing the interesting things you find and review. Sometimes a good break is needed to revive oneself. Everything of the best hope to hear from you soon will definitely check out instagram

    • Luzanne 18 May 2015 / 10:06

      A break was definitely needed last week, I’m feeling so much better today. Thank you for all your support and encouragement, Nicky. :)

  18. Samantha Carstensen 15 May 2015 / 13:15

    Super stoked to hear that you will continue blogging :-) Get well soon x

    • Luzanne 18 May 2015 / 10:07

      Thanks, Samantha! I could never give up blogging, I enjoy it way too much! 😉 xo

  19. Stephanie 15 May 2015 / 22:31

    Glad you are on your way to to feeling better Luzanne :)

    Always remember do what makes you happy. And do not allow anyone to steal your joy <3

    • Luzanne 18 May 2015 / 10:07

      So true – thank you, Stephanie. :) x

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