My sincere apologies for taking what I can only call a sabbatical. I know, I deserve a gun to the head - not quite - but close enough. Before you cock your gun, let me explain the mayhem: For a few months not, I've been writing for the Fashionably Speaking and Eye on Fashion columns in True Love magazine (you've been reading those right?), had a few stints on Sabc 3's FLASH (yes, it's a TV show, and I've been doing a few red carpet reviews for them. Flash plays on SABC 3 at 9pm on Friday - watch it).
Anyhoo, this is what I've been up to while I was away (bare with me, this is a long post to recap before we start December on a clean all-things-forgotten slate - yeah, the bit about me not posting as regularly as I should):
Sansui Summer Cup Race Day Pre-party
I unfortunately arrived quite late for this party because (exciting news!) I was invited to be a guest on popular national radio station MetroFM to talk about fashion and redcarpet looks ahead of the MetroFM music awards (which, I was sadly not invited to - strange hey?)
However, the Sansui Summer Cup offered a better option where those in fashion hung out, drinking and dancing - which I was also not invited to! However, I made it onto the list of the pre-party, YEAY! LOL. Got to hang out with uber-fab designer, Suzaan Heyns and other kids in fashion.
Left: Mlle Funi and Moira of Suzaan Heyns (and Felipe Mazibuko in the background)
Right: Suzaan Heyns and a friend, sitting on the floor in couture... love it!
Left: female DJ Zinhle with Shekeshe "Shakes"
Right: me in a ciggy-maze courtesy of the photographer
Stale news, by now: As you are all aware, the new Sandton City section has opened and with it came a haude of new stand-alone stores. Exciting stuff, disappointing stuff too - but what's life if there are no down sides to it? Morbid but true!
As you all know by now, the South Africa is home to Zara's 80th store and it is expansive, with about 2700 meters square of ready-to-wear haven for toddlers, men and women. Price ranges from R99 - R1000 for clothes and shoes while a few other accessories will fetch a few purple ones over R1000. Not as badly priced as I thought they would be - remember the excitement over Mango till the price tag dampened everyone's shopping spirit? Not the case with Zara.
Checkout the Sandtonista for more details.
Left: Janine Jellars, Editor of Seventeen Magazine South Africa
Middle: Sonia Booth and friend, Moipone
Right: Mlle Funi
Left: Thula Sindi, Penny Lebyane and Gerry Elsdon
Middle: Mtv Marketing Director, Sylvester Chauke with make-up artist, Vuyo Varoyi
Right: Thandi Dowry
Left: Selae and Sam
Middle: the super fashion-glam-goddess, Lindiwe Suttle
Right: Dumi Gwebu colour-blocking it out with his friend
Left: Owner of On-Point PR, Vista Kalipa and Mens footwear buyer specialist, Teboho Pheko
Right: Owner of Styling Concepts (a fashion press room) Lorraine with 5 Fm DJ, Anele
Left: FHM editor Hagen Engler with his stunning wife, Nomfundo
Right: Fashion peeps: Maps (no 2 on the FHM best dressed Men list, Jenny Andrews, Miss Mili B and Nicole van Heerden
Steve Madden shoe launch:
It was all sparkles at the Steve Madden store - an i'm actually talking about the shoes: studs, semi-precious stones and shoes in all shapes and (not so much in) sizes. I swear though that they mis-placed some of the shoes, especially the wellies, flats, boots, leopard print booties and cute fold-over boots - they were in the ladies section! Surely they are meant for men? If not, I'll do the right thing and show them they are really for men.
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We like her Dubai-bought dress. Doesn't remind you of Liz Hurley's (1994) Versace safety pins dress (top right)? No? Im going bananas, this I know!