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I am Italian by birth, but I’m passionately South African. I used to dance professionally for a contemporary dance company in Johannesburg, having had a ballet-trained background. I still managed to study, obtaining a BA in languages and a BA Hons cum laude at the University of Port Elizabeth. I got married to my childhood sweetheart, had my daughter Lia, now 21, and got divorced at the age of 40.
I had not been working since my daughter was born, becoming a full-time Mom, but in the face of adversity, I had to find a way to earn a living and to regain my self-respect. I started doing publicity for a ballet company called Ballet Theatre Afrikan and learned the ropes the tough way....making millions of mistakes and taking each knock as a learning curve. When the Lotto withdrew its funding, I perceived the closed-door as a window of opportunity and started doing some PR work for lifestyle-based clients in the beauty, fashion, entertainment and travel industries. My love for creative writing was revived as I wrote all my press releases which were almost always published without editing.
I remarried last year (I had my beautiful son, Luke, in 2005 at the age of 45) and this year completed an internationally certified 200hour Yoga Teacher’s Training course with my daughter. I have had three articles published in the Live Out Loud magazine, two more are coming out this winter.I have also been privileged to give something back for all my blessings, in being able to do pro bono publicity for the Quads 4 Quads event for QASA, the Quadriplegic and Paraplegic Association of SA.
I conduct numerous publicity campaigns, such as the Wits Art Museum which opens in May this year, as well as writing extensively for various clients in diverse business fields.
Paola Chellew

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Clico Restaurant- A Matter of Course

If you love refined dining there’s no question that you will love Clico Boutique Hotel’s gorgeous new Summer Menu devised by creative Chef Marnus Scholly.…


Posted on December 8, 2017 at 14:00

Cancer- A Love Story- Book Review

I love reading- I literally devour books and almost have a panic attack when I’m nearing the end of the current one I’m reading and haven’t got a back-up. This particular book, written by local author Lauren Segal, was not one I was keen on. I hesitated because of the subject matter- I was afraid of being…


Posted on November 28, 2017 at 13:37

Philippa Yorke-Smith and Design Phenomenon- Empowering Individuals

To win one of these gorgeous necklaces, enter the competition below

Philippa Yorke-Smith got the idea for “Design Phenomenon” four years ago when…


Posted on November 12, 2017 at 7:00

Abs-oil-utely Fabulous! Filorga’s new Oil-Absolute

 I have to state upfront that I am a lover of facial oils- living on the Highveld, with its dry winters and intense heat in summer, I can really attest to having dry and dehydrated skin, which if not pampered, can be very ageing – and let’s face it, we want to be able to…


Posted on November 7, 2017 at 17:56 — 1 Comment

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