Pre-Christmas do and eatery’s re-launch set tongues wagging in fashion stakes

YOU can tell it’s nearing the holidays – Skinnerbek’s diary is always full of really fun things when it comes to the silly season, and this last week has been no exception.
The Businesswomen’s Association always throws a good party and is full of gals who like to dress for the occasion. 
And, oh boy, The Ranch in the Bay treated them to a three-course Christmas lunch fit for a queen last Friday.
Most took the dress code of red, green or gold to heart and there was many a “lady in red”, including the BWA’s own Samantha  Bowers and Leanne Bennett who  were both decked out in red from top to toe. 
Sam’s flamboyant red earrings pulsed like Christmas tree baubles – as did those of the ever-festive Sue Gaskin – and Leanne topped off her outfit with an eye-catching Mother Christmas hat.
Salome Clack wore a figure-hugging red number that she told us cost only R90 at Treasure or Trash – that is the emporium of second-hand delights run by two former BWA chairwomen, Jane Stevenson and Cheryl Reynolds.
Skinnerbek thinks you looked stunning Salome! And just nine tenners for an outfit like that – Skinnerbek knows where she’s headed ahead of the party season this summer.
Jane and Cheryl, marketers that they are, of course sported numbers from Treasure or Trash, right down to Cheryl’s sky-high shiny red heels that someone obviously had tossed into the trash only to be re-discovered as treasure.
Who wouldn’t like to have an entire store as their own personal wardrobe?
And the night before, it was off to the Boardwalk for the much-anticipated reopening of a venue that Skinnerbek knows a lot of Bay residents have been missing since it closed for a revamp earlier this year.
The re-launching of the new Bayside Pantry went down like the delicious cocktails they had on offer.
It was nice to see that some still make the effort to dress for a special occasion.
Perhaps a tad underdressed were the gals who greeted the guests in their short pink dresses.
Looking lovely as ever, The Herald Spec-Savers Miss Port Elizabeth, Nandipha Mnuna, kept it elegant in a  black number and some tan heels.  The chairwoman of Emfuleni Resorts, Bongi Siwisa, and tourism chief executive  Mandlakazi Skefile also dressed for the occasion. Animal print is not easy to pull off but Skefile did a rather  sterling job, Skinnerbek can tell you.
The food was, of course, the main attraction and for some, buffet means going back for more and more.
Several plates were piled high with food and some guests definitely did not go hungry. 
But smiling faces were seen all around and the sushi seemed to go down exceptionally well.

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