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10 things that will make your week a little better

Sometimes you just need a little pick-me-up to get you through the week. Here are 10 tweets, tumblr posts and pictures that are guaranteed make you giggle.

  1. Since it’s exam time, we’ll start off with something way too relatable for words.GordynYou actually had a legitimate question and it was something about your upcoming exam. But hey, a 5-day late “It’s on SunLearn” reply is sufficient, right?


2. So you’re forced to be this person during the actual exam. memeSeriously. The desperation is real.

3. Also, the entire time you’re writing the exam, you’re asking your brain where it is.jafarCOME BACK TO ME PLEASE.


4. Because you find your mind wandering around and you start questioning your sanity.

koffieNow we’re asking the real questions. 


5. Being a university student, you’re probably craving a cup of coffee or tea. Let’s just hope this isn’t you.



6. Or perhaps you prefer buying your caffeinated beverage at a fast-food restaurant. Some places ask for your name. My advice: stick to a very generic “Bob” or “Lisa”. Unless you feel like losing all hope in humanity.



7. All this studenting makes one hungry.alice


8. Maybe you eat at res, or prefer to cook for yourself. Either way, I truly hope you’re having a better day than this poor soul who had to experience this LASAGA disaster.




9. Desert time! Shall we all have a moment of silence for the person who received this unfortunate pudding?we

I don’t know about you, but I definitely feel like I’ve had a better day than the receiver of this creepy cake…


10. Lastly, we all know that we’re a little much to handle at times (especially when we’re trying to survive exams and also be a presentable human being). Just remember that you’re awesome, no matter how extra people think you are.nachosAwesome like avocado. Because avocado.

Fashion: Classic Chic and Comfortable, Autumn/Winter Trends 2017

Fashion designer Rachel Zoe said, “Style is a way of saying who you are without having to speak”. Style is a lens through which we can express ourselves and I believe winter is the perfect season to do this. With the arrival of winter, we are introduced to some vibrant and bold, yet comfortable fashion trends. These include: velvet, sportswear, knitwear, eighties, ruffles, sweaters, classic trenches, denim-on-denim. I will be breaking down some of these exciting trends for this season as well as looking at possible transitional pieces to assist us in the transition from autumn to winter. But Harmonie could surely take the fashion world by storm with all the ultra-inspiring and trendsetting pieces that I’ve seen.

Winter marks the return of what is perhaps one of my absolute favourite fashion staples: the classic trench coat. Considering that bold hues are trending this season, a trench in an unusual colour makes for the perfect plot twist to your life. A Harmonite rocked this look recently, wearing a bright trench and it looked fabulous. Another Harmonite wore what appeared to be a trench-inspired item in beige, pairing it with a white shirt and dark pants for the ultimate elegant finish.

Velvet is emerging as a major fashion trend this year, featured as the trend to watch by numerous fashion magazines. Perfect for a night out, but quite a tricky and difficult trend to pull off. The easiest way to pull this off is simplicity; choosing to wear one or two velvet items velvet jacket and/or velvet boots, instead of wearing full velvet. But if you want to go full-on with head-to-toe velvet, go for it! Fashion is all about taking risks, and according to Cushnie et Ochs, an American fashion house founded in 2008, “Life is too short to wear boring clothes”.

Another trend that is currently dominating the fashion world is sportswear. I have seen quite a few ladies rocking this trend, perhaps because it’s time to break a sweat and hit the gym. But besides going to the gym, this trend could possibly be worn for a night out. How? Maybe by wearing a sporty ski jacket with a cool pair of jeans. The fashion industry is said to be obsessed with this trend. Clothing from the eighties is also seen making a return to the runways. I saw a Harmonite wearing a baseball jacket and jeans and her shoes, accessories and top were paired together so well that she had crafted a look that contained elements of both these trends.

It’s staring to get cold and you know what that means? Sweater weather! Sweaters are super-comfortable, warm and perfect for exam season. They’re in fashion and there’s rarely anything that a sweater cannot be paired with. I’ve been seeing a myriad of cute sweaters in Harmonie, as well as a few Harmonites rocking those awesome Harmonie sweaters.

Denim-on-Denim. I LOVE denim. Mostly because it’s timeless and will probably always be considered trendy. This trend involves wearing the much-loved denim jeans with a denim shirt and/or denim jacket. On that note, a denim jacket is regarded as one of the must-have items in your wardrobe this season. Another must-have item is a bomber jacket, available in a variety of colours and textures, including (but not limited to) metallic, floral, or a gorgeous khaki. I haven’t seen much denim-on-denim being worn but I have seen some cool-looking denim jeans. I saw a Harmonite wearing a stylish pair of burgundy jeans, the colour of autumn leaves and perfect for the transition between the seasons.

Skirts could also possibly assist in transitioning from the season of autumn to winter. They’re perfect for when you’re tired of the pants and sweater combo, plus they come in a vast array of styles and prints which allow you to play around with your look. A long skirt could be worn which gives off a mysterious girl from a novel appearance. Another option would be to opt for a skirt that is shorter in length, but pairs well with knee-high boots. Last season, I saw a Harmonite wearing a black and white dress with knee-high boots, altogether creating a truly runway-worthy look. Who said being stylish needs to be rocket science? Keep it simple with this transitional item and trend to try (because it makes life oh so more convenient): longer sleeves. Basically, your sleeves are longer than usual and cover your hands so no need for gloves (yay!) and when you need to use your phone you simply stretch your hands out or push your sleeves up.

Harmonites are striking the right notes when it comes to fashion, and setting some major trends. Fashion is a tool to express yourself and as Bill Cunningham said: “Fashion is the armour to survive everyday life.” Now go forth and conquer.

By: The Girl with the Pink Sneakers

A Morning Well Spent: Hats and Heels

There are always debates regarding whether or not staying in a student residence is of any value. Those in favor of private accommodation will say that it allows for more freedom or that sharing immediate living quarters ‘is not my forte’. These are all of course valid opinions, and we cannot have preconceptions regarding personal preferences. But there are few opportunities that campaigned as much for the benefits of staying in res – and more specifically, in Harmonie – than the event that took place on the 25th of March in our own quad.

This was the annual Harmonie tea party, and basking under a lovely morning sun were the excited faces of be-hatted ladies in florals and chiffon. By their sides, the animated faces of their guests and loved ones: a mother, a best friend, a mentor. This was a special group of people: the invitation was extended to every single Harmonite, with the only requirement for attendance being that their companion be someone that is an inspiration to them. Some brought the friend that had been in their life for ten years, some brought the mother that woke every morning at five to pray for the hard academic day that lay ahead for their daughter. And amidst finger sandwiches, scrumptious scones and delicate tartlets, laughter and loving sentiments were exchanged in abundance. As mothers and friends bonded over a cup of tea and a piece of carrot cake, a photographer subtly went around the long table of chatty ladies, capturing these precious moments for the rest of eternity. And, of course, there was a beautiful photo-booth situated beneath our signature Jakaranda tree, making for countless beautiful photo opportunities.

When being asked for advice by prospective students on what kind of events are worth attending at university – this is the answer. For moments such as these are a big part of the foundation of life-long friendships and are surely a very welcome break from the relentless pressures of academic life.

Marlise Theron

What a (Toneel)FEES!

Harmonie’s first years have been excelling in all they do from the moment they set foot in the hallowed halls of our dear residence, so the fact that they managed to present a Toneelfees production all on their own comes as no surprise.  Thanks to Jamiela Abrahams (better known by her nickname, Jay) and her tiny but mighty crew of three girls, Harmonie was able to present a real showstopper put together in record time.

The Toneelfees is an annual theatre festival where University residences and PSO’s enter short plays they have written, directed and acted in themselves, and compete against each other in order to determine whose is the best. The theme for 2017 was “A Touch of Laughter” and Harmonie joined hands with Oude Molen to deliver their very own, one-of-a-kind production.

The play Jay and her cast presented was witty and amusing, and our lovely actors, Jean-Marie Malan, Femia Kamper and Ornilla Serage delivered a simple yet classic performance brimming with hidden nuances. If so much can be done with so little time and such few resources, just imagine the extravagant production that will be delivered next year!

It is easy for people to undermine the importance of events such as this festival. According to Jay, “the worst part is how downplayed Toneelfees is, it’s not taken seriously enough”. When asked what her experience of the entire process was, she replied that “it was fun and challenging. These kinds of events are important. It promotes campus involvement, especially amongst first years who want to do something worth the extra time and effort to tell a story on stage”. One such first year, Ornilla Serage comments that Toneelfees allows “a bunch of students to come together and do what they like. It’s very creative, it’s fun, it’s a way to meet people… There’s only good to be taken out of it”.

I for one am filled with great expectations as to what Harmonie will deliver in the years to come.

Ayden Kruger

House Fun(ds) Dance

Exams are right around the corner and the nerves are starting to set in. It’s time to start drinking vitamins, because the biannual symptoms we all know so well, have started to manifest: binge-watching series, stress eating, freaking out about due dates and, worst of all, procrastination.  Luckily, the House Fund(s) Dance was just in time to allow us to blow off some steam and enjoy fabulous Harmonie socialising. The next Harmonie dance, the one and only House Dance, will only be late in the second semester, therefore attending this one was an opportunity not to be missed!

The dance took place in the heart and stomach of Stellenbosch University: the Neelsie. Having a dance so close to home was amazing. There was no need to drag along comfortable shoes or jackets. It also allowed us to show off our outfits to the students in FHARGA. They only hate us cause they ain’t us.

The Harmonie newcomers came out in their numbers to represent. This forecasts an incredibly participatory first years group. However, several Harmonie alumni also attended the dance, which lead to a number of vocal reunions between current and “old” Harmonites.

The theme this year was emoji’s, which was ingenious. Not only do most of us use them every day, but thanks to recent WhatsApp updates, there are a bunch of new ones available for our social media pleasure. We really are a diverse group of women: we had scientists, a unicorn, cowboys, queens,  and any other emoji you can think of. Hands down the two outfits that dominated the evening were Caitlynne and Emma’s amazing matching costumes. MacDonald’s chips have never looked as fabulous.

The beverages for the evening were the most diverse I have seen at a Harmonie dance. This dance really offered something for everyone. The cuisine consisted of one of the top three student favourites. Romans pizza is an absolute must. MacDonald’s and Pulp popcorn may have been a bit impractical, so maybe next time.

The last hour of House Fund(s) Dance was the best part of the evening. That was the moment we all come together and just let go. Dancing and singing along to music with your friends is one of the best feelings in the world.  The music was louder and the dance moves were on point.  Shout out to the wonderful ladies of the Second Years Committee, who organised the whole event. Thank you for helping us to take a break before all of the exam pressure.

  • Kayla Odendaal 

My first experience of the senior’s dance

I was completely amazed by the outcome of the dance. The atmosphere, drinks, food and company were more than perfect. I went to the dance with high expectations; after all, I was very determined to make it a night to remember. I was one of the first to arrive at the venue. I was quivering with joy and excitement when I entered the building. The atmosphere was already set with the background music and lights, which just gave me that immediate feeling of excitement. I was amped to start the night on the dance floor. However I didn’t wanted to be that one girl that you find dancing on her own. So I waited for my friends to arrive so we could open up the dance floor.

Not long after I arrived, everyone started to show up. The ladies looked beyond beautiful with their own unique styles. It was an interesting and exciting experience to see the girls all dressed up compared to their everyday casual clothing. One thing that I know for sure is that the ladies in Harmonie know how to dress to impress!

On arrival everyone was welcomed with an alcoholic punch that was really tasty and just the right way to start the night off. I found it easy to mingle with everyone and all the guests were very open to socialising. I truly like the concept of having the dance at a nightclub. It makes things so much easier and Tin Roof was a more than adequate venue. It is also good to change up the scenery.

After we ate our scrumptious Romans pizzas, I decided to join my friends on the dance floor. That is when the night truly started. My friends and I decided not to take dates, but rather take each other. I found it lovely to spend the night out with my Harmonie sisters.

Last but certainly not least: the photo booth! I loved the idea of using props as they added character and flair to the photos. It was a fun and interactive way to capture the memories that were made that night.

I can say with all honesty, it was a night to remember. I’m totally looking forward to the next senior’s dance. The senior’s committee did a great job in making it a memorable night.

Tayleigh Davids


By Lindsay Thys

So living in res, you do not always feel like cooking, but I’ve taken the time to try out some quick and easy dishes that are delicious and fit the student budget too!

Easy Pasta Bolognaise pressure-cooker-one-pot-pasta-bolognese


Oil (olive, canola or sunflower seed oil, for frying)

1 chopped onion

1 clove of garlic, minced

1 small punnet Lean beef mince

1 packet of tomato paste

1 can of chopped garlic and tomato

Brown sugar, salt and pepper

Penne pasta


  1. Heat oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Leave to cook, stirring often, for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Add mince and cook, stirring for 5 minutes or until browned. Stir in tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. 2.
  2. Add canned tomatoes and garlic and add a bit of sugar (this is optional – sugar usually balances the sourness in the tomato, 1-2 tablespoons should be enough). Stir to combine. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to the boil. Cook uncovered for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and boil gently, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until the bolognaise sauce is thick.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water, following packet directions, until tender. Drain. 4.
  4. Dish pasta into bowls. Spoon over bolognaise sauce. Add cheese or basil leaves to top it off, and season with salt and pepper to taste.


So I took the liberty to try this out, it was my first time making any kind of pasta, and surprisingly it was REALLY good!

I added Tabasco to the bolognaise sauce for an extra kick because I like all things spicy (and I got hot sauce in my bag) #swag

And I added some cream to the sauce to make it thick and extra creamy.

I love this recipe because it took me less than an hour to make, it’s saucy, it reminds me of home and it’s affordable!

But you can’t just trust my opinion, right? So I let Hunter and Nadine try it as well.

Hunter says: 

“I liked it, the cream served the dish well, The Tabasco came through strong, although I don’t know if that was a good or bad thing, cause I’m not a huge fan of spicy food. But overall, it was a good dish, and the fact that it was a res dish made it even better. I’ll definitely try it again”


Easy Butter Chickenindian_butter_chicken_1


Cubed chicken breasts

Butter chicken spice

Oil and butter

Butter chicken paste

Fresh cream

Garlic and ginger mix

Some plain yoghurt and some coriander to finish


  1. Spice the cubed pieces of chicken with the butter chicken spice. Add some oil, a table spoon of butter, and garlic and ginger mix to pan and allow chicken to cook for 10 mins or until it starts changing colour.
  2. Then add the butter chicken paste and allow to simmer for about 10 mins. Add your fresh cream and coriander, stir through and let it cook for 5 mins.
  3. Dish your butter chicken and serve with some naan bread or rice.

How to prepare Naan

Add some butter into pan and allow Naan bread to heat up for about 5-10 mins on a medium heat.


Two words: IN LOVE. This was yet again, my first time making this dish and it exceeded my expectations by far. *Pats back*

Indian cuisine has always been my favourite because of its many flavoursome dishes, and butter chicken happens to be my favourite. I love this dish because of its exotic flavour; also, the naan bread that I bought at food lovers complimented the dish well.

I love that it has the perfect balance of spicy yet rich and creamy! If there is one dish that everyone should try it’s definitely Butter chicken!

Again, you can’t just take my word for it, So Tuschani tried it too.


“Lindsay’s butter chicken is so yummy! It was saucy and flavourful – just like a curry should be. She better make it for me again”  

Section Week

Harmonie Molassesêr 2017: “Ladies with Gees”

From the “Kuierleiers” to the Smarties, the ladies of the Harmonie Molassesêr team pulled out all the stops. The audience was chauffeured through a realistic tour around the University of Stellenbosch in the comfort of their own seats.

The purpose of the energy-charged production was to promote staying true to one’s roots, and simultaneously feeling comfortable while walking on the Rooiplein during lunch hour intervals. “Roots” here is not used in the context of one’s hair roots, but rather as a representation of what makes you, you.

Stellenbosch University is known for its diverse group of students who study and reside on, as well as around, the university’s campus. Each student seems to use their own method of socializing, staying active, and (most importantly) making HEMIS. This diversity is exactly what Harmonie’s Molassesêr ladies were determined to prove.

The day of the Molassesêr started off on a very good note (pun intended). At 06:00, the ladies had their very last rehearsal. Instead of acting as an alarm clock for the rest of the house, as was intended, windows had been angrily shut by 06:05 in reaction to the noise level. This did not offend the Molassesêr ladies though, as it only served to prove that their gees was where it should be!

The ladies’ first performance at the AmaMaties hub was both nerve wrecking and exciting; this was their first time seeing the judges reactions to the moves that were incorporated, the song choices, and the way in which they presented themselves.

The performance was divided into different categories of students of Stellenbosch University, namely: Kuierluiers, Smarties, Humanitarians and The Poppies.

The story revolves around a student at the University of Stellenbosch trying to find her way through each and every group. She ends up never fitting into any of these groups, finding herself unhappy, unattractive, tired and fighting a nasty hangover. She later learns that the only way she will ever fit in as well as be happy, is to be herself and to stick to her roots because each and every student is flawless in their own unique way. There truly was no better way to end off than with the flawless lyrics: “Baby we look so

good all the time, Oh Yeah Oh Yeah Oh Yeah”.

by Tamlyn Blignaut

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