Keep living it vividly grand.

Keep living it vividly grand.

People like changes. And so do we. In a good way at least.

And that is why Vividly Grand had its brand new makeover. The layout is still something of a working progress, but we’re enjoying every moment of it! Granted, we have been posting a decent amount of fiction lately, but who can resist some good and fresh literature when it presents itself in the spur of the moment?

Going energetically forward from here though, loads of posts will still keep the ladies and gentleman educated and entertained on the proper conduct of the most noblest way of living in an extremely confused and overexposed world.

This week’s findings include a post for the men on how to properly fold a paper plane, of which the basic three examples shown, were outside my own framework of memory on the subject. Hop over to but beware, it can get both time consuming and end up in a full-blown addiction.

For the ladies we found this lifestyle article at Atelier Doré titled: Nina Clemente’s Fettuccine Bolognese. I’ll spare you the just of it as it doesn’t matter where in the world you are, that just sounds good! The recipe and story can be seen here:

Then to something more on a motivational note. I read one of these coffee quotes this weekend that stated:

Weekend coffee tasted like happiness and new possibilities.

Weekend coffee or not, happiness and new possibilities are terms I can work with. Every day of my life. Yet it sometimes happens that we take a step in faith, a move in the right direction and everything seems to be coming against you. And not just the random everyday stuff either, but a series of supernatural and disastrous events gang up against you. (I know all the other lifestyle bloggers have these beautiful idyllic lives but I find myself in the real world here.)

What helps one through such a time, is the reminder that nothing is permanent. The thought doesn’t make it lighter or easier to bear, but somehow in that, there is hope, and with hope, a definitive course of action. Action leads to momentum, and before you know it, you enter the Promised Land, (or whatever places your heart desire.)

And on that note, we’ll keep posting, keep encouraging and most of all, keep living it vividly grand.

Power, Love, Self-control

Power, love and self-control

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7


When confronted with the challenges and difficulties in this life, that which we are commanded to overcome, (Revelations 2:7) it is often easier to, out of habit or otherwise, become the victims of whatever it is we are facing.

The response to an unexpected calamity is more than often, either to ignore it by falling into a gradual, downward spiraling depression, or to be suddenly overwhelmed by emotions of sorrow and fear, often as a result of unbelief.

Even though we know the scriptures, we still see how powerless we are against the evils of this world, whether outside our circles of influence or effecting us directly on a personal level.

What then, according to the Word of God, should our expectation be the Holy Spirit who lives and reigns in each of us, who are in Christ Jesus?



The power of God in us. When people look at your life, would they without hesitation say that you are full of the power of God? Would people look at the fruit of the work of your hands, and know that God’s power is mightily in work through you?

We would most certainly say that of Jesus, and yet his Word declares that if his words remain in us, then He is in us and we in him. (John 15:7)

So whatever we are facing, whatever difficulty, whether it be financial, in health, in our relationships, or a major threat to the safety of our community, we need to ask and think upon the power of God in us regarding the situation.

If you are wondering about the definition of the power of God, go and read the stories of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt, David’s mighty men fighting wars, Jesus commanding the weather to behave but also the power of God through sacrifices of love.



It is needful for us to love God above anything (or anyone) else, but are we receiving enough love from Him to love ourselves with a velocity that outshines all the troubles of this world?

We say we love God, but do we spend sufficient time in His presence? The ten minutes of prayer every morning is worth a lot but spend ten minutes with your spouse every day and see where your marriage is heading.

If we really love God, it would show in our actions, (just like any other love affair) and those actions would include ample time reading the Word of God and ample time sitting in his presence (either through meditating or verbal prayer.)

Our love for God, through our very living, should transcend into am unquenchable love for ourselves and ultimately, an equal love for others, of which the result cannot be anything but thoughts, words and actions loaded with power, love and a sound mind.


A Sound mind

Many of us are familiar with this verse and we read it with much comfort, sometimes missing the essence of this very phrase at the end.

The King James Version speaks of “a sound mind” and rightly so, for among men, there is nothing more productive, more effective and more powerful in the Kingdom of God, than a sound and healthy mind. Research and science keeps reminding us that most of our illnesses originates in the brain, and that if you want to live a healthy lifestyle, you need to align your thoughts toward more heavenly patterns of love and holiness.

Looking a bit closer at the original Greek word in the verse, sōphronismos, the meaning of the word according to Strong’s is more in the line of ‘discipline, that is, self control: – sound mind.’

Our daily habits can be the biggest culprits with many an unwanted circumstance, but the knowledge of the meaning of this verse gives us something hard to chew on. Seemingly clean thoughts does not quite emphasize the discipline and self-control needed to overcome the mountains we face.


If we then, in our true and genuine love for God, ask Him to fill us with the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 7:11) harnessed with persistence in discipline and self-control, then over time and with patience, the power of God working in and through us, will be undeniable to those who are in need. It has the potential to change not only our worlds, but also the lives of so many others.

Written by:  Johannes A Snyman  Photo: Tanja Heffner



Italy has been and remain long associated with elegant clothing, sophisticated class, and of course, with the very masculine descendants of true roman sons, the epitome of what it means to be dressed like a true gentleman.

Naturally, it can get a bit overwhelming when diving into the online ocean of fashion and media, especially if not familiar with the fashion trends of the major metropolitans. It then becomes super handy to know someone who has done the effort in guiding those initial, over enthusiastic steps, one might take toward the higher end in life.

This is where Alessandro comes in.

Alessandro lives in Milan, Italy and started the very successful brand and Instagram account, GENTS CAFÉ in May 2016.

The idea behind the brand is “to create a daily source of inspiration for modern gentlemen from all over the world,” and Instagram seemed to be a very good option as a platform for the purpose.

Alessandro has a passion for Sprezzatura, which he, in his e-book explains, “is a term introduced by Baldassare Castiglione, Italian author of The Book of the Courtier, as well as guidance for distinguished and elegant gentlemen, who first spoke of this ‘art that conceals art’“.

Now here comes the interesting part.

The e-book, the first volume of “The Gents Café Handbook” and free to download from the Gents Café website, is as handy as they come when searching for the latest and most relevant online magazines, otherwise known as the best classy blogs around.

The e-book features no less than thirteen of the top publications in the world of gentleman fashion, from the all-round men’s style, ‘Mr. Porter Journal’ to the extremely classy ‘I Am Galla.’

Jumping straight into the handbook, not only started me on a couple of hours’ worth of exploring, but added a whole new dimension to my Instagram feed, garentued to be a delightful experience that just can’t be compared to any other. 

Article by:  Johannes A Snyman  Photo: Supplied / WebsiteGents Café / Location: Milan, Italy

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Bloggers want to be him. New Yorkers adore him. And photo journalists has been copying his techniques for goodness-know, how many years now.
The very special, (and may I add,) very creative man behind the camera in the streets of, well most major hubs in the world, is fervently leading the way in the world of fashion photo journalism.
His name is Scott Schuman and he is The Sartorialist.

Becoming one of the world’s renowned photographers, one can imagine a lot of hard work, inspiration and ambition needed but he admits himself when he says, “Each day I feel like I can take the best picture of my life…” and stresses the importance of a good morning routine, so that once, you “hit the door, then you can forget about yourself and do the job, because you feel good…”

Scott started his blog back in 2005, photographing what have been described as ‘real people.’ And have been loving it ever since, with his blog and social media following going through the roof.

Scott also states that part of dreams he wants to fulfill is to get better at what he is doing. In his own words does he want to capitalize on all the different things that he is good at, writing better, shooting better, and communicating better.

Below a truly inspiring documentary, THE SARTORIALIST directed by Tyler Manson.