Friday, September 28, 2012

Marie Claire Trunk Show - GIVEAWAY TIME!

I can't blerry wait for the MC Trunk Show this week!  I've been spending my money wisely for the past few weeks just to make sure that I have some change to spare.  Apparently over 40 of SAs top designers will be showcasing & retailing their collections and some of the stuff will even be on special discount for the day (the word "discount" actually causes a chemical reaction in my body).  Tickets are available for a mere R50 on the MarieClairvoyant site BUT because I love you so much - 6 of my readers are gonna get a ticket FOR FREE BISHES!!!  All you have to do is tweet the link to this blog post and  use the hashtag #MCTrunkShow - don't forget to tag me @VieArem in your tweet so I can see!
Winners will be announced on Monday morning! 


style spotting @ MartiniZA

I was pleasantly surprised last week when I arrived home from a really long day to find a lovely little package waiting for me... I obviously unwrapped straight away and found 2 bottles of Martini & 2 glasses waiting for me which was weirdly EXACTLY what I needed at that precise moment.  In the package was an invite to the Global Martini Royale Casting Competition cocktail & canapes session which I attended on Tuesday at Turbine Hall in Newtown.  It was really lovely & intimate & the cocktails were actually so yummy... I think I might actually start drinking this stuff on the regular cuz I had 5 cocktails (ssssh don't judge me!!) and was still able to string a sentence together afterwards... 

Pretty shoes in a pretty colour

I love this bangle

The lovely Camilla Geldenhuys ( @CamGildenhuys ) sporting a very sexy pair of patent leather Louboutins.... nice!

This is Steph Conner... if you somehow don't know her, she's an amazing photographer & a good friend & I absolutely love this African inspired shirt dress thingy she was wearing 


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

#weavediaries - day 1

When it comes to matters of the head, there are really only 2 types of people in the world: the pro-weave and the anti-weave. This categorization transcends gender, social class, nationality even and at times stirs up heated debates, inspires documentaries & could even determine your career (so I’ve been told).  I would like to think of myself as a blissful fence sitter.  To be honest I’m just too non-committal in the hair department to comfortably sit in ANY box but for the most part I have fallen into the natural hair category, which by association would be the anti-weave camp.  So anyway, 2 weeks ago a friend of mine, after hearing me describe the kind of weave I would get if ever I got one, decided to buy me one of those really expensive Indian hair-pieces (that I would never personally spend money on because I just can’t bring myself to make that kind of investment) and as one does with unwanted gifts, I thanked her graciously and proceeded to put the hair piece at the back of my wardrobe and forget about it. 

After getting back though, from a week-long trip to the capital of humidity, my hair was in a state and suddenly this tangle-free bundle of perfect waviness I had previously ignored started to look more appealing so I took it to my hair dresser who is a weave specialist and let her finally live out all her fantasies on me. 
I actually totally underestimated what a life altering thing this weave would be.  I mean seriously, it’s just a hairstyle right??
It really is a way of life that I am truly struggling to adjust to.  It’s like having a new roommate who leaves her stuff everywhere and never ever leaves me alone.  In fact, from here on out we shall refer to the aforementioned weave as Sadika.  (Don’t ask.  It’s the first name that came to mind).  I’ve decided to keep a diary of sorts for the duration of this thing being attached to my head (might as well make the most of it right) just so I can remember in future when I have to justify which category I fall into.

Day 1:
I arrived at the hair salon at 11am with a very clear concept of what I was looking for. Very curly, natural looking, shoulder length. I even had pictures.  This is what I was going for: 

6 hours later (yes, I finished at 5pm), enter Sadika (not the best picture but you get the idea)

I have NEVER had this much hair on my head in my entire LIFE!! I literally couldn't SEE anything on the drive home.  It kept blowing into my eyes and mouth and the more I tried to move it out the way the more powerful it seemed to get.  

Somehow, I got home unscathed and introduced Sadika to the family.  This is the interesting part & the moment when you realise that human beings are no good dirty liars and babies and dogs are the only ones to be trusted:  I was greeted by an enthusiastic chorus of "YOUR HAIR LOOKS GREAT!!" by the hubby and his 2 friends.  My one year old on the other hand couldn't make eye contact with me.  He eyed Sadika suspiciously from every possible angle before agreeing to be hugged & halfway through the hug started yelling and attacking my head.  By the time I managed to free him from her clutches I was sure he had ingested at least 3grams of hair and was THOROUGHLY unimpressed.  
I keep catching my reflection in the mirror and wondering who this strange woman is in my house but I'm kind of stuck with her for the next few weeks so just gonna ride it out & see how long this lasts.
Will keep you posted. 


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Elle Rising Star Awards... The Show

I had one of the best nights I've had out in a while on Thursday night at the Elle Rising Star Awards.  The show itself was run with military-style professionalism (when last did you ever attend a fashion do that started on time???), the designer collections were all of an impeccably high standard & the guests included a combination of eclectic types, fashion veterans, and just incredibly stylish people. 
Big congratulations to the winner Jane Elizabeth Kotze who I'll be chatting to a bit more this week about the collection & where to from here so look out for that. Check out for more pics of the final collections. 


Friday, September 14, 2012

Sunglass Hut Inner Circle...

Yesterday afternoon I went to the Sunglass Hut Inner Circle launch lunch at Bliss (44 Stanley). I actually felt pretty special being invited because the vibe was super intimate with a sit down lunch at little tables of 4 and each chair had an awesome goodie bag with your name on it which I thought was a nice touch..

Other than all the beautiful people & yummy food, the point of the lunch was to launch Sunglass Hut’s new lifestyle website which is actually really cool. The best thing about it is that the contributors are made up of all our favourite local bloggers: MissMilliB, Thithi Nteta, Man Of Cloth & Miss Funi – which is really great ‘cause it’s like 4 for one deal & a one stop shop for all your fashion related content! You can sign up or “like” the page and win prizes etc and freebies are always cool. For the record, this is not a paid ad. Just my humble opinion. Go check it out though & make up your own mind!

prints on prints on prints on prints on prints on prints on prints.

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