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Glamour Stiletto Run 2013

April 9, 2013

I ran a 100m race wearing 8.5cm heels! And placed third.

Revlon SA even got the moment on Instagram
Revlon SA even got the moment on Instagram

I surprised even myself so for all intents and purposes, that should be the extent of my blog post but I know you love details. Here’s what went down.

On Saturday morning, Glamour magazine held their annual Stiletto Run at the Table Bay Hotel. Actually some indulgent Revlon pamper sessions and the Mainstay cocktail lounge held prime position in the hotel’s discreet garden.

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Revlon SA
Revlon SA made us pretty

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Mainstay kept us watered
Mainstay kept us watered

The races however, open to readers who had registered and a host of celebs, were held slap bang in front of all and sundry at the V&A Waterfront Mall.

Shame! All those morning shoppers who wanted nothing but a chilled brekkie and some retail therapy were blasted by wave after wave of stiletto’ed women – and two men – tearing down a strip in the pouring rain screaming, my hair, my hair, it’s gonna frizz.

There was barely a mention of a grazed knee or heaven forbid, a broken ankle. On a wet day, it’s always about the hair hence my glittered camo cap.

With Glamour Mag Ed Pnina Venster
With Glamour mag editor in chief, Pnina Fenster.
With the boys from GQ, Jason Basson and Arthur Malan
With the boys from GQ mag, Jason Basson and Arthur Malan. And with Jill Grogor from Zebra Square.
Liezel vd Westhuizen wearing the Europa Art Shoes I coveted. Karisa and Leigh looking gorgeous as always.
Liezel vd Westhuizen wearing the Europa Art Shoes I coveted. Karisa and Leigh looking gorgeous as always.

Before we start, a few significant highlights need to be mentioned. First up are Cape Town ambassador Liezel vd Westhizen’s killer black suede and gold studded heels by Europa Art. Had she not being MC’ing the event, I would have wrestled her to the ground for them.

Liezel, you’re only safe cos you’re lovable. And an athlete. And 6 foot tall. So I know you would have whipped my ass. But otherwise… I’m hashtag justsayin’.

Ja, I see you lady and I'm still checking those out.
I see you lady and I’m still checking those out.

The Glamour vs GQ Mag race headlined by GQ Style editor Arthur Malan and his partner, GQ features writer, Jason Basson drew the biggest crowd. Both boys looked incredible svelte at the starting line in their Autumn tweed and wool. Until the gun went off.

Holy moly! All decorum and style went pear-shaped as Jason tore down the strip taking the longest strides known to man leaving the field in his size 10 shoe’d wake. He may even have covered the entire distance in that number of paces. Tops. GQ fashion ed Jen didn’t stand a chance in her size 5’s but the lady carried über style in black with awesome red lips and hair, so all evened out at the finish line.

The GQ team going through some final warm-up stretches before the gun went off.
The GQ team going through some final warm-up stretches before the gun went off.

I was pretty grateful not to have been in that race. To be beaten by a mile could only spell embarrassment. Right? Well, our’s was no better.

Ladies looking fine before the race.
Ladies looking fine before the race.
Pre race tension in the celeb camp had us checking out each others shoes
Pre-race tension in the celeb camp had us checking out each others shoes. (l to r) Nicci Bruce, me, Karisa, Thandi, Leigh and Sonia Booth.

I spoke of an ass whipping earlier. That’s exactly what Sonia Booth did to us. Termed the Celeb / Blogger Race, we ran for the sponsor, Paige; an awesome American Brand of jeans which has just landed in SA.

Jissus! Sonia killed it down that stretch as if it were astro-turf at the Olympics. She crossed the finish line wa-aaay ahead of our pack with time to spare for a quick weave-adjustment and lipgloss application. Thandi then ripped into second place while I maintained a degree of dignity sneaking in at third. Karisa followed me closely into fourth position; after which the field got a bit messy.

Surprisingly, only two race-goers took a nas-tee fall. One, earlier in the day, by her own misfortune (hope she’s ok) and the other in our race. Blogger Nicci Bruce from City Kids Sting whom I had met in Durban last year, had challenged all spectators to sponsor each of her falls, but the jury’s still out on whether the fell on purpose or not.

See, a certain unedited video by celeb photog Denzil Jacobs may reveal the real reason for Nicci’s fall. Unfortunately – or perhaps fortunately – Denzil has only released the official version which is beautiful. All Chariots of Fire like and everything. Pity the scandalous version containing possible damning evidence landed on the proverbial cutting room floor. Or did it? Only time will tell.*evil grin*

Sadly, Kariss and I couldn’t stay much longer as we were heading off to a party on a yacht. (I know, I know.) I’m not sure who the ultimate winner on the day was but the lady wearing the fastest stilettos in town took home an R11 000 shopping voucher from the V&A Waterfront and a R4 000 one for Europe Art shoes. Everyone else received a subscription to Glamour and an uber- generous goodie bag including some awesome Revlon cosmetics.

I racked up a killer pair of Paige Jeans for placing third. Not too shabby for someone who never exercises, right?  Clearly getting a deluxe pedi and carbo-loading on pasta the night before worked some kind of magic. Or maybe heels are just my thing.

These will suit me just fine.
These will suit me just fine.
Paige is only avaibale at distributors right now - but I will keep you updated when it hits stores.
Paige is only available at distributors right now – but I will keep you updated when it hits stores.

Speaking of shoes, here’s what the ladies and gents wore on the day.

Liezel's heels by Europa Art
Liezel’s heels by Europa Art
Jason bought these for himself and Arthur during his visit to London Fashion Week earlier this year.
Jason bought these for himself and Arthur during his visit to London Fashion Week earlier this year.
Spotted on fellow blogger / Celeb race-runner
Spotted on fellow blogger / celeb race-runner, Nicci Bruce.
The favourite on the day from the GQ team. Yes, she ran!
The favourite on the day from the GQ team. Yes, she ran!
The stripes first caught my attention.
The stripes first caught my attention.
We all need glam on a rainy day.
We all need glam on a rainy day.
Bling. Bling.
Bling from the Revlon team.
Still cant understand how Sonia Booth beat us in these. They're so delicate and pretty.
Still can’t understand how Sonia Booth beat us in these. They’re so delicate and pretty.

The absolute cherry on the top was that charity emerged the ultimate winner, as a percentage of the entry fees formed a donation to Wheat TrustWomen’s Hope, Education and Training is a community based organisation geared toward supporting women in small businesses with funding and education.

As you can see, this was clearly a day about beauty and the power of being a woman. I’m definitely doing this again next year. And may even consider training for it. Or maybe not.

A huge thanks to Jill Grogor from Zebra Square, Pnina Fenster from Glamour Mag (both of whom I believe could walk on water if they chose to) and all who made this day happening. Fun all round.

Have a glamorous day, ladies and gents.

love & light

Clouds xxx

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Glamour Oscars 2013 party at The Table Bay Hotel

February 27, 2013

An ex-boss used to host a private party on Oscars night. She’d slip into a sexy little number, pop a cork and watch the Academy Awards. By herself!

I later learnt she would actually drink to anything, even the opening of an envelope, so maybe this is not a good example. But on Monday night I did something pretty similar.

Pre sunset at the luxurious Table bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront
Pre-sunset at the luxurious Table Bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront.
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The good people who took care of us; Cruz Black Vintage Premium Vodka …
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… and the pink drinks they made.
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Manifesto by YSL
For the responsible drivers, Ceres Fruit Juice.
For the healthy ones and responsible drivers, Ceres Fruit Juice.

Only difference is, I was in the company of a hundred or so elegantly attired guests when Glamour Mag SA hosted a glitzy Oscars Night banquet at The Table Bay Hotel in the Mother City. The dress code was purple and gold, inspired by YSL and their latest fragrance, Manifesto.

I was blessed to be dressed by Du Sud, the ready-to-wear label by Errol Arendz. I’m now a huge fan as I was able to squeeze my size 34 frame and 5 foot into a 32 and 4 respectively. You could say my ‘no carbs’ plan is working but then how would you explain the shoes. Hmmm? Anyhoo, I felt amazing wearing this piece. It floated and so did I. Perfect for Oscar Night.

With Natalie Becker
With Natalie Becker
Dress and Shoes by Du Sud
Dress and shoes by Du Sud

Now according to Glamour ed, Pnina Fenster who also wore Errol Arendz (the couture version), the deal for the evening was this. Relax, have fun and enjoy the screening of the Academy Awards.

What she failed to mention – and you have to love Pnina’s unaffected approach – is that we would be in the company of South Africa’s finest, while dining on an absolute exquisite meal. We were in for a special red carpet treat all pulled together by Jill Grogor from Zebra Square.

With Glamour SA editor, Pnina Fenster who's wearing Errol Arendz.
With Glamour SA editor, Pnina Fenster who’s wearing Errol Arendz.
Jill Grogor from Zebra Square SA
Jill Grogor from Zebra Square SA wearing Nicole Miller

Early in the evening, I mingled in the Cruz Vodka lounge with RitzRico from Luxo blog. I won’t even say they looked beyond amazing because it goes without saying. Apparently, Elrico’s been styling the windows at Hilton Weiner for the past few weeks. Nice one guy. All the best on future stints like this one.

RitzRico from Luxo blog
RitzRico from Luxo blog
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Ritza channelled Bollywood with gold studded heels from Steve Madden

Then, I chatted briefly to Ty Keogh; mentioning my displeasure at him having left The Wild. Not good for our viewing pleasure, is it? Well I’m sad to announce it doesn’t get better as he’ll be spending more time behind the cameras, producing. *sad face*

I consoled myself with the hope that he may return to The Wild or a spin-off a few years from now. Perhaps even emerging from a shower scene all wet and glistening like Bobby Ewing in Dallas.

Any further dirty thoughts were stopped in their tracks when I got introduced to his beautiful gf, Nicole Flint. She’s so lovely. At least he’s in good hands.

Ty Keogh, probably wearing Tiger of Sweden as he's their brand ambassador with the beautiful Nicole Flint in KluKCGDT
Ty Keogh, probably wearing Tiger of Sweden as he’s their brand ambassador with the beautiful Nicole Flint in KluKCGDT
Two beautiful women I enjoyed meeting. Sabine Thomas who's hubby sponsored the Veuve Clicquot Masters (Champagne o' clock every day!) And editor Sarah who's keep to swop jobs with me. (Lady, call me?;)
Two beautiful women I enjoyed meeting. Sabine Thomas who’s hubby sponsored the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo on Saturday (Champagne o’ clock every day!) And social editor Sarah Cangley who’s keep to swop jobs with me. (Lady S, call me?;)
Ajax Cape Town defender Matthew Booth with his wife Sonia; and Clayton Morar
Ajax Cape Town defender Matthew Booth with his wife Sonia; and Clayton Morar
Denzil Jacobs, Tanya Nefdt and Liezl vd Weasthuizen
Denzil Jacobs, Tanya Nefdt and Liezl vd Westhuizen
LeighAnne Summers, Hakim xxx and Jeannie D
Leeann Summers, Hakim Kae-Kazim and Jeannie D
Karisa Nicholls and Bjorn Steinbach
Karisa Nicholls and Bjorn Steinbach
Karisa's earrings are by Nina Jarebrink, the Swedish designer we met at the SA Style Awards last year.
Karisa’s earrings are by Nina Jarebrink, the Swedish designer we met at the SA Style Awards last year.

Inside the Banquet hall, the Glamour continued as we dined while watching the Oscar Awards ceremony. With actors Natalie Becker and Bjorn Steinbach at my table, of course the conversation was all about the movies. I loved their wide-eyed enthusiasm and all round awe at the magic of the silver screen. They were all ‘director this’ and ‘leading guy’ that. Whatever!

Karisa and I were more like, ohh we love Naomi Watts’ Armani gown.

If I have to talk film; Argo, Django Unchained, Flight and Life of Pi are all a must-see. Needless to say the bumper pack of Act II popcorn in my goodie bag was a v. clever idea.

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I also got some details on the Atelier AHA gallery opening Natalie Becker will be MC’ing on Saturday night. Don’t worry, I’ll be there so you won’t miss out.

The other fab tidbit of news which sent me scurrying onto Twitter is this. You know Natalie shunts between LA, New York and cape Town, right?

Well, she’s besties with a famous Hollywood actor who is besties with …wait for it… George Clooney! I know! There’s hope for me! I can already see George and I picking out the fine china pattern and the nursery wallpaper. So close. I hope David Beckham isn’t reading this. I can’t bare break his heart so publicly. *sigh*

So, as you see, it was a great night in the company of fabulous peeps.

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The lovely Jen Su with celeb photog Denzil Jacobs

Before I leave, more inside news. Word on the street is there’s an uber-chic nightclub called Kong opening somewhere in Jo’burg. Yes, Karisa was right. Us Cape Town girls only know of the Mother City – and then – behind some pretty mountains, is Jo’burg. That’s it.

According to Lady Grogor, this will be the mother of all clubs rivaling Shimmy Cape Town’s best. Kong will be throwing its doors open at the end of March so watch this space.

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As most good nights do, it ended but not before ‘My girls’ as Jill lovingly calls us, got a photo-op with Ajax Cape Town defender and snappy dresser, Matthew Booth. Rival teams Chiefs, Swallows or Pirates may disagree with me but he is the most gentle, soft-spoken sweetheart to ever run onto a football pitch. (Apart from the The Chosen One, of course;)

Karisa Nicholls, Matthew Booth, me and Leigh vd Berg
Karisa Nicholls, Matthew Booth, me and Leigh vd Berg

Yip, like I said, it was good night. See you at the movies, style lovers.

love & light

Clouds

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Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2013: it’s almost time

February 13, 2013

It’s time to book those Botox appointments, ladies and gents. The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2013 tournament is upon us.

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I view the polo as And Lollipops ‘unofficial’ birthday; when it broke through the chrysalis into butterfly stage. Last year’s day of glam was my first ‘invited’ event (as Leigh’s plus one, actually)where I met the PR team from Vivid Luxury and all of Cape Town’s finest. Most have since become fun social acquaintances, and a few, even good friends. Needless to say, this glitzy day out is a must.

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Arno Carstens art exhibition at I Love My Laundry

June 25, 2012

For the sake of fun and bubbles, I hit up I Love My Laundry again. This time for the launch of the Arno Carstens ‘Arno Plus’ art exhibition.

HOWZIT!

Yip, that Arno! The solo rock singer and Springbok Nude Girls frontman, Arno. While he’s been banging out tunes and working concerts like a pro all over the world, he’s been keeping a secret from us. Art. It’s his first love; a career he would have pursued had he not met genius guitarist slash producer Theo Crous, 18 years ago.

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Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2012: The Glamour

February 29, 2012

Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is one of the most sophisticated polo events on the South African calendar. Hosted by Vivid Luxury in collaboration with Jenni Button and Viyella at the prestigious Val de Vie polo club and fields, this lavish event attracted rich, famous and beautiful VIP’s to a day of luxury and polo.

The tres chic VIP’s

Thanks to highly connected besties Leigh and Karisa, I got to experience the day in all its splendour. Leigh epitomized rock ‘n roll sex appeal in a strapless animal print mini; a gift from her sister while holidaying in Paris, paired with black killer heels by Aldo. I wore a dove grey crossover by local designer Colleen Eitzen, a matching fascinator from Accessorise with silver & gold heels from Nine West. Karisa looked chic in an aubergine wrap perfectly complimented by a white fascinator from Carrie B, gold strappy heels and a matching clutch. Dare I say it? We are just fabulous.

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