When I paid for my ticket to join in the Bloggers Meetup in Cape Town I could not have anticipated the “WOW” factor that we experienced yesterday. Thanks to the hard work of the two dedicated ladies who made this whole thing happen – Lauren (Lipglossed Ninja) and Nicole Dirks (Budgetista Fashionista) – everyone had the best time.
In the week leading up to yesterday I read up on the venue, Shelley’s Gourmet Cafe, in the hopes that I’d be able to familiarize myself with the unknown territory that is Kloof Street (Thank you genetic “on the wrong side of the boerewors curtain navigation skills” and Google Street view 😛 ) and thanks to the highlights in my hair, it wasn’t totally awkward when I asked the cutie at the Wakaberry right next door “Um scuze me? Where’s Shelley’s?” when the Shelley’s sign was in clear view … focus on my pretty shoes.
How would I describe Shelley’s? In a word? OK, maybe two – Mischievously Eclectic. There was just the right amount of playful eccentricity that made you believe that the Mad Hatter would jump out at any moment from behind the red avant-garde chair with a wooden Springbok head yelling “Let’s watch the next episode of Modern Family!”. The visual intrigue of the venue would keep me up all night, simply because it is so genius how it all fits together perfectly and seemingly effortlessly. It looks like Gran’s house with the wooden floors, high ceilings and rickety front gate got slapped by Valentines day, Mothers’ day, England and Ideas Magazine.
The eats where just divine, with de-crusted egg mayo sandwiches, quiches, smoked chicken macro canapes and (the best of course) red velvet cupcakes, chocolate brownies and a wonderfully decorated chocolate cake. My heart was racing from the sudden sugar fill (I was chased out of the house by my bride-friend for wedding duty at 7:30 and had to ditch the brekkie shake)
In the next couple of days I will keep my eyes and ears peeled for pics of the event… see, my little Canon didn’t want to fire so much. I think the heat got to her, but at least I got to take some pics and here they are … in slide show 😀
I knew there would be goodie bags but Lauren and Nicole far exceeded my expectations and I’ll try my best to list everything we got. So now I have tons to write about… because it’s only the right thing to do after not having to buy ANYTHING for the next year!
All the girls there yesterday:
|Anja Van Der Spuy||AnjaWintour||www.glitzandgrammar.co.za|
|Charlene van der Westhuizen||MsCharlieW||www.prettypleasecharlie.blogspot.com|
|Heather de Bruin||HeatherDeBruin||www.femmelifestyle.co.za|
|Laura Jane van Laeren||WhimsyIsForever||www.whimsyisforever.com|
|Namreen Sonday||220779 (Namu)||http://namusnarratives.blogspot.com|
Do check them out when you have a moment 🙂