This past Saturday was just one of those days that couldn’t possibly have turned out any better. I must hand it to the Vivid Luxury team, they sure know how to put together one hell of an event…
My dress for the event was from a little shop in Canal Walk called Daisy Island (which is now closed sadly) – it’s that dress that you can wrap and twist into like 20 different styles, it’s pretty awesome. And then I was rocking another lovely fascinator by Carrie B, check it out:
The venue for the event was the Val de Vie estate just outside Paarl. The absolute gorgeousness of this place actually can’t be explained in words. So I’m going to let the following images set the scene:
Bjorn was lucky enough to score two VVIP tickets, which according to Google stands for “Very Very Important Person” – and boy did they go out of their way to make you feel like one. Of course, being a Veuve Clicquot event one major perk was fabulous French champagne flowing all day long!
Oh yeah… come to mama…
Food wise we also got seriously spoilt, with dashing young gentlemen working their way through the crowd. Each time passing with something even more enticing than before:
You can just leave the tray, thx!
As (let’s face it) a polo event is really more about the fashion than the horseback action, the entertainment kicked off with a fashion show where Jenni Button and Viyella presented some gorgeous gowns & menswear from their latest collections.
You just can’t beat that backdrop…
But don’t worry, there were horsies too – I can prove it.
As I know absolutely nothing about the game of polo, I’m just going to leave it at that…
Instead, I’m going to move on to some “happy snaps”. Here’s me with Bjorn, who was looking very suave:
We got to mingle with TV personality & actress, Kelly Parkhurst (who is sooooo sweet) and her equally lovely fiancé, Grant, who was rocking some very brave only-real-men-wear-pink shorts. Loved it.
Then of course also my two partners in crime for the day: Leigh & Clouds there on the right. Mwah! Love you girls.
Then the obligatory ladylike piccie before we totally overindulged in the champers and started looking um… “not so fresh”.
Gorgeous gals: Leigh, Kelly & Clouds.
But even if that DID in fact happen (never to me of course, cause I’m an absolute angel), they totally had you covered with the Elizabeth Arden pamper area where you could have your hair & make-up done:
AND as if that wasn’t enough, you could walk out there with your handbag filled with free Elizabeth Arden goodies including their famous 8 Hour cream and some Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara. I was cursing the fact that I only brought a tiny clutch bag. Stupid, stupid girl…
Check out Leigh – she has that crazy eye thing going on. The girl just loooves free beauty treats.
While there I bumped into darling Sarah Martin who was wearing some seriously lust-worthy killer heels:
Dominiek and Kerry from The Little Hattery were also there offering up some fabulous hat & fascinator options, which in case you didn’t know is a total must for any horse related event:
These were some of my favourite pieces:
Being the total divas we are, we couldn’t resist a quick pose-off session on the red carpet:
That guy in the background was laughing his head off at us…
Back at VVIP city, we were given yet more food. My favourite, being an Afrikaanse meisie, was the steak & chips – but a fancy version of this old classic:
Then the grand finale to blow everyone’s hair back – hot pink macarons served on super cute individual serving trays:
Some fabulous people on the scene included fashion blogger, Jasna Zellerhoff aka Fashionjazz and celebrity blogger, Clayton Morar.
Lookin’ good guys
Top Billing presenter, Jo-Ann Strauss was without a doubt my best dressed lady of the day. Her look was put together by local designer Elbeth Gillis and she was a real show-stopper:
Then the beautiful Jeannie D sparkled in a sexy Jenni Button number:
And sports hotties, Ryan Botha & Ryk Neethling were there to ensure there was some eye candy for the ladies as well:
Clouds was in this photo as well… but I totally cropped her out! Bhahahahahaha. Sorry babe! I just wanted them all to myself…
All the while my very own piece of eye candy had been collecting various Veuve inspired accessories to complete his look:
I think it was to help him get into the zone for the big boules tournament…
Just look at that concentration. You can do it!!!
I had the VERY tough job of supporting him from my sun lounger, champers in hand…
Ah… what a tough life…
After the sun had set, me moved over to the Equus Lounge for the big after party. Here people could let there hair down on a chandelier framed dance floor:
While being entertained by The Swing Tings:
Love this lady – gorgeous girl with an amazing voice
And who was busting out some killer moves right next to me on that dance floor? None other than that Fresca dude, Hakeeem Kae-Kazim! You remember those ads from the 90s – “cause nothing tastes like Fresca!!!” Of course he’s moved on to much bigger and better things since then, including roles in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Shame, not the most flattering shot for either of us. But too good a celebrity moment to pass up.
I finished off the evening chillin’ in style on a gorgeous Victorian couch with my two US buds, David & Jon Jon:
Also giving my feet a much needed rest… sjoe
Now THAT’S what you call a successful day out. I am very impressed that I managed to last all the way through, I must be getting really party fit – which in my book is far more useful than being gym fit.
This event is definitely something to look out for again next year.