The Dame International is about uncovering the unconventional anywhere in the world. My aim is to experience and meet all kinds of unusual people, places, products and events and share those adventures with my audience. 

Who is the dame behind The Dame?

The Dame International Unconventional UK Lifestyle Blog

My name is Lisa and I was born and raised in sunny South Africa. I immigrated to England in the summer of 99. Since then, I have traveled the world and spent 2.5 years living in Australia, all in search of serendipity.

I am a self taught Jill of all trades – freelance social media manager and creative content writer, photographer, DJ, dancer, animal volunteer, graphic/web designer and video producer.

I enjoy art, tattoos, horse riding, longboard surfing and skating, dancing, travel, photography, writing and design.  I am also a slightly obsessive cat lover. My heroines are Mae West, P!nk and Juliette Lewis. In 2014 I completed my training to become a certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and I am currently working on adding Reiki practitioner, Modern Mystic and Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor to my quiver of talents!

I am currently based in Suffolk in the UK but travel as often as possible staying in quirky hotels, attending alternative events and meeting eccentric people leading interesting lives.

My Personal Motto

Live life bold. Blaze your own trail, live life on your own terms and be unapologetic about who your are and what you like.


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Items which have been gifted or sent to me from a PR company for blog review post will be either highlighted with a (*) asterix sign or clearly marked at the bottom of the post. All opinions are my own and 100% honest. I would never accept anything that I felt was not fitting to my blog or my style i.e something I wouldn’t buy for myself.

  • http://www.journey-keeper.com/ Nadya Booyse

    An ex patriot I see. Only now do I see that you are also South African, although I rather like to think that we are all simply Earthlings. But it is still nice to see that South Africans are also doing stuff. :p
    Nadya Booyse recently posted..self created

  • http://wwww.visakanv.com Visa

    Love the hair, and the attitude! I will be following <3

  • http://www.youyeti.com Yeti


    I didn’t see a blanket email address to send this to – so I hope this will be ok.

    So i wanted to be a good samaritan and get you a “wish list” item from amazon…being i have been enjoying the blog, and tweets – along with the view (you in your entirety is a very attractive one).

    anyway, you will be seeing a package soon – but being amazon.uk seems to have some issues with cross country gifts….it will be addressed to Geoff Lee. This of course is me – but the item is for you.
    I hope you enjoy.

    p.s. Tamara is oddly my favorite artist as well – so, your taste is extra refined.

    • https://plus.google.com/109216927181343878191 The Dame

      Well! Thank you very much! I just checked my “Purchased” list on Amazon and am extremely pleased at the gift you chose, I cant wait to show them off!

      And you know what, they are the perfect gift to me right now. Today I got a massive hit of inspiration to upgrade my life and these are the perfect shoes to take me into my new life!

      Thank you very much for your generosity.


  • http://www.mytruthsetsmefree.wordpress.com Nadine Marie

    Hey Lisa, thank you for visiting and following my blog. You have an intersting journey. May your path continue to be illuminated and may you continue to be Divinely led and guided. Much blessings, namaste. ♥♥♥Nadine Marie♥♥♥

    • https://plus.google.com/109216927181343878191 The Dame

      Thank you Nadine Marie, what a lovely heart warming message, Namaste xo