OMG! What a weekend your Skinnerbek had. Last Friday I had the opportunity to visit some wine farms in Plettenberg Bay in the build-up to the annual Sasfin Plett Wine and Bubbly Festival. What an exuberant event, I tell you.
Can I confess at this point that I had no clue Plett had so many wine farms?
We visited the beautiful Redford Lane wine estate and the breathtaking Kay & Monty vineyards.
Skinner just wanted to stay there and not be moved or bothered by anyone.
If there was ever a time for your Skinnerbek to bag a rich foreigner, it would have been at the wine and bubbly fest, which I attended last Saturday.
But nope, no way, all those rich old men already had arm-candy. As it is, their stylish ladies stuck like glue.
Just imagine shopping in Milan, holidays in Paris and wine in Plett.
The festival was great, so was the wine and the company even better. But, like I said, I’m still single.
No one parties like your favourite umgosi because one minute I’m drinking bubbly and quaffing oysters, the next I’m guzzling a Savannah from the bottle in Kwazakhele at Lunga General Jazz Club where, on Sunday, we bade farewell to Bay activist and BayFM jazz presenter Bantu Mtshiselwa.
Bantu, who is jetting off to Germany to further his studies, got everyone moving and dancing with his five-hour set, including the likes of businessman Khusta Jack.
Bay poets Ntsika Tyatya and Poeticsoul were also in attendance. I don’t think there’s anyone in this city who talks as much as Tyatya . . . Let’s be real, the dude talks faster than I can blink. Yhuu hayi, someone give that boy a chill pill.
Star Nyembezi of Algoa FM, who is also friends with Bantu, was there and girls kept passing by his direction since he looks like Black Coffee.
Because I was at the Plett festival I missed the first Nelson Mandela Bay Fashion Week, but my spies said it was actually pretty cool. Literally! She froze her butt off at the Tramways last week and said many complained there was no dora to warm them up.
Day one of #NMBFW also started fashionably late and the beautiful master of ceremonies, Nastassja Louwschieter, had a tough time telling jokes while everyone waited for the first show.
You know PE, the crowds wait to see what everyone says before they put their hand in their pockets to support.
Luckily the turnout improved and by day three, on the Saturday, you could call it a successful event.
Many of the city’s fashion pack were there: businesswoman Bongi Siwisa, for example, in a wrap coat by Tina Ngxokolo, who is a family friend (and did you know her famous brother Laduma was also in the city this week?).
BLC Attorneys director Sonja Tifloen rocked a red and green outfit from Gucci: those shoes darling, we loved them, but why not wear one of our local designers?
This “Legally Stylish” lady did say the red satin skirt she wore on day one was a South African design, however.
I’m off to get some much-needed beauty sleep, though I’m told bubbly is supposed to keep one looking rejuvenated. Until next time, darlings!
Event of the week:
Mandela Bay Fashion Week at Tramways Building