SKINNERBEK | Ironmen, art and an international cruise liner - what a week!


Hi dolls!
Here’s to hoping you had a joyful week and are ready to party this weekend away.
In search of the past week’s mgosi, your Skinners went to the opening of the GFI Ceramic Fair at the Park Drive gallery last Thursday evening.
The official opening was on Friday but, you know, when you know people who know people you manage a pass to private functions.
Anywho, the opening pulled a proper crowd of ceramic lovers including the fabulous Niqui Cloete-Barrass who was our emcee for the evening.
And of course, what is an exhibition opening without wine?
Skinners was all too happy to enjoy a glass of the good stuff while admiring the unique pieces of some 20 ceramists showcasing at the venue until May 4.
When Skinners learnt that the classy fair, which included a workshop by renowned ceramist duo Andile Dyalvane and Madoda Fani, was sponsored by Investec, I couldn’t help but wish they could sponsor my expensive lifestyle. A girl can dream, right?
Because your gossip girl likes to go where the vibe is, she took a stroll on the beachfront during the Ironman Africa Championship weekend. Besides being irritated by road closures and insane traffic, I’ll say it wasn’t too bad an experience for someone who’s not into athletics much.
Hobie Beach was pulsating with supporters, while those brave and fit enough to take on the race pushed against the Bay wind.
Of course, Skinners was rooting for a South African pro (because she knew nobody else) and having SA’s Annah Watkinson in the top three women professional athletes was enough consolation for me.
I confess that what I enjoyed more than the actual race, however, was all that shopping I did at the stalls.
Meanwhile, everyone else seemed quite invested in the race, especially as the runners approached the finish line.
On Wednesday, Skinnerbek’s minion cracked the nod for a tour and lunch on board Cunard’s magnificent Queen Victoria in the harbour before the cruise ship set off for Cape Town and then to Southampton.
My minion spotted Algoa FM programme director Baydu Adams who, it turns out, is also a savvy designer and the brains behind funky brand the Cape Flats Native Clothing Company – a man of many talents.
What Skinners would give to sail off on a world cruise right now – now that’s where Investec might’ve come in handy!
Let’s catch up again next week. Ciao!

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