A movement called Social Club

A couple of weeks ago, I got invited to attend a Social Club gathering at I Love My Laundry in Bree Street. The theme: Day to Night

What is Social Club?

At first glance of their Twitter bio (We break dance out of our comfort zone, push our boundaries and have a jol! Join us if you dare! Socialise and learn a new skill, craft or hobby at our events) you still can’t quite figure out exactly what it is that they do, but after daring to join them, I found that it IS just one big jol!

Basically, every month, they’ll set up an evening of fun and get someone who is experienced in a skill to teach this skill to 30 other people. The one I attended was a Day to Night look transformation, which was really helpful. So, while you’re feasting on food, sipping on wine and having a great time with your friends, you’re learning a new skill. And if all of this isn’t incentive enough, you get a goodie bag too!

What makes Social Club so special?

There’s a similar sort of thing going on called Secret Eats where you pay an amount and then you book a seat to dine at a “to be announced” venue. It’s actually pretty rad. Social club is almost the same thing, except for the fact that you know what you’re getting and where you’re going from the go.

Why you should try it… at least once.

I was quite excited to try out this “Social club thing” but it totally surpassed my expectations. Yes, there was wine and it was fun but I did NOT expect to ACTUALLY learn something. I also did NOT expect to meet some amazing people either. I met Natalie Vice, who I can totally see myself getting really drunk with, and some really cool chicks who I didn’t know, but got along with like a house on fire. Sometimes, you need to step out of your comfort zone – nothing good ever happens there anyways.

Suddenly, the Social Club Twitter bio makes a whole lot of sense 😀 you’re welcome!

Click here to visit the site, Facebook page, Twitter page and Instagram page and make sure to book your seat with your besties for the next round!

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Révérence de Bastien – forget everything you know about pedicures… coz it’s wrong

A little while ago, I was invited to enjoy a pedicure at the One and Only Spa. But not just ANY old pedicure. I was treated to a “True pedicure” done by the mastermind behind this revolution: Mr. Bastien Gonzalez.

Despite being intimidated by his impressive resume I snapped up the opportunity because his technique and expertize not only comes highly recommended but also extends to the likes of top models like Cindy Crawford.

Let me just note here, that I was completely blown away by the One and Only. You hear stories about the exclusivity of the hotel – the setting and sophistication, the spectacular service and breath taking views, but only until you experience the full majesty of this hotel, will you truly be able to understand the meaning of the name – One and Only. It is also the only place in South Africa where the Révérence de Bastien treatments are done.

As I listened to his journey of podiatrist gone pedicure pioneer, Bastien transformed my feet from tired to fabulous, all the while performing jaw-dropping techniques that I’ve never seen a pedicurist do.

What is a True pedicure?

Based on the treatment I had and my chat with Bastien, it was evident that what he was doing, was more of a foot health concentrated treatment than a beauty treatment. The treatment of “beauty” as a health issue is becoming increasingly popular and it makes sense. Why? Because a healthy body is a beautiful body.

Bastien starts off by carefully assessing each client’s feet, instead of “conveyor belting” pedicures as if every foot was the same. The lack of foot health knowledge in pedicurists is the reason why most of us schedule monthly pedicures – wasting money, time and in some cases, doing more harm than good. “I cure the feet. When I’m done, I never want to see you again. You can maintain these results at home” he said to me. I have to say, I like the sound of not spending tons of money on pedicures every month.

The technique

In my case, there wasn’t much that Bastien needed to do, so he started by cleaning and shaping my nails. I was very impressed (the pseudo germaphobe that I am) to hear that every tool used, is carefully sterilised, hygienically packaged and sealed again. The tools are also of such a high quality that it comes with a life-time guarantee. He then buffed my nails using a tool that looks like a drill (and I almost had a mini heart attack when I saw the damn thing).

He then treated my nails with a vitamin rich cuticle treatment – Révérence de Bastien Onguent, which was also the Bazaar Beauty Awards winner of 2012 for the Best cuticle solution/oil (it smells like sweeties).

Afterwards, he got rid of a little bit of hard skin on the soles of my feet (not even worthy of being called a callus) and explained to me that there are 3 different methods of getting rid of them:

  1. With a surgical blade
  2. Soaking feet and then getting rid of calluses with a blade
  3. Peels

All of which should always be done by a professional.

He continued to massage my feet and legs (and I almost fell asleep), giving me valuable advice – before getting married, I should definitely put “nightly foot rubs” in a prenuptial agreement.

The conclusion

Bastien endured lots of negative feedback from fellow podiatrists. They called him a sell-out and said that he “watered down” their profession. I say, he’s changed the way I and many other women around the world look at pedicures and foot care in general – Thank you Bastien!

Addressing beauty issues as health issues makes more sense to me and it IS the future. Think of this: if you have your hair done for your wedding, would you have a back alley hair dresser do your hair or do you want Ted Gibson (Celeb hair stylist)? I want the best! And who better to give you a pedicure than a podiatrist?

He has spas all around the world and trains the therapists in his team to his treatment protocols and standards. His range which is especially dedicated to foot and hand care, Révérence de Bastien, is the crème de la crème of its kind and includes:

  • The Black Diamond Scrub – mineral foot exfoliator
  • Le Baume – Sensitive Feet balm (Winner of the Women’s Weekly Best Beauty Buys award for best foot cream)
  • Silky Talcum Powder – cool veil (my favourite)
  • Nail Brightness – Pearly Buffing cream – a grainy cream which further buffs the nails after the use of the Natural Horn Buffer)
  • Volupthe – Graceful hands delight – daily hand cream with white tea.
  • Celeste – Leg shimmer Dry oil

Check out the “Chocoholic Delight” package they have on offer now. It ends the 31st of May so … HURRY UP! It is very pricy, BUT completely worth it for a one of a kind treatment that is sought after by models and socialites around the world.

Do yourself a favour and watch this video

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Caffe Villagio – the cutest place ever

By now, most of you might have gathered from my tweets and constant moaning that I’m part of a wedding. To everyone whose ears have fallen victim to my self-pity, I apologise profusely and I promise I won’t belch out another horrible word about it.

One great thing that emerged from this experience, is the jewel that is “Caffe Villagio”.

Lilia, the manager, metaphorically held my hand throughout the entire kitchen tea arrangements and has graciously adapted to our tight budget. With snacks like mini wraps, meat balls and scones (amongst others), our tummies were well fed throughout the entire (2 hour) wedding shower.

The staff was also extremely sweet and helpful and so funny too. It wasn’t my first visit there and it won’t be my last either. I’m so happy that this special memory was made at Caffe Villagio.

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Titanic at Galileo open air cinema – #CPTBloggermeet

Galileo - stamp

I have to admit, the two tickets to any movie at the Galileo open air cinema, was certainly in my top 3 items in the Cape Town Blogger meet goodie bag.

I checked out the lineup of golden oldies and thought “Hmmm… I watched Titanic with my first boyfriend ever… I think it would be good to see it with my last boyfriend ever” * cue the aww *

Hillcrest

So off we went to the Hillcrest Quarry with our wine, snacks and loads of excitement. The vibe was awesome and there were Sedgwick’s Old Brown girls with samples of, get this, Old Brown mixed with GINGER ALE!!! It changed my life!

There was sushi, pizza, life size Jenga and a guy with props coming around taking pics of everyone (but I opted out coz of the acne sitch I got going on). We had such a great time and watching a movie under the stars is truly magical.

Besides the whimsy of the evening and wining and dining under the stars, the movie was a real treat.

starss

I noticed things that I didn’t see the first couple of times I ever watched the movie and when the signature “Come Josephine” scene happened, cameras were flashing.

Image from Fanpop

I was so so impressed with the entire set up – we’re never going to movie the old way again!!! Here are more pics of the lovely evening. Don’t forget to follow them on Twitter at @Galileo_Cinema and check out the rest of the lineup here

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Beefcakes Cape Town …. Oh honey! It’s beautiful!

When I first heard of Beefcakes and the type of “jol” it is, I said “Oh my Lady Gaga! I have to go there as soon as possible!” This was well over a year ago and I’m ashamed that I “used” my best friend’s birthday as an excuse to go to this fine establishment. So… again with my “wrong side of the boereworsgordyn navigation skills” I Google mapped my way to my final destination (O_O) and went through the menu so I could make sure I have enough moola on me… I should have brought more….

Parking is pretty simple – we had front door parking but it was kind of expensive (R25 up). We were welcomed by a platoon of muscled pretty boys that were so beautiful, that I couldn’t look them in the eyes… it hurt. Which says a lot… coz I am still wearing my relationship goggles which means I’m usually oblivious to handsome, muscled youngins…

From the website I knew to expect black, white and pink decor and maybe a Marilyn Monroe portrait somewhere but the pink flamingos were a special kind of special. The glitter cabaret hats on the tables were so cool and it served us well as a prop for photos too.

Our waiter, who’s name escapes me now, (but who’s name as far as I was concerned was “sexy pants”), was the kindest, sweetest thing ever, and because I was sober the entire night, I realized that I was the “dirty old man” at the local Teasers…. It’s a slippery slope, I tell you.

But… the real reason for me wanting to finally see what the fuss is about, was the drag show. I LOVE drag shows. My uncle is gay and does shows like these from time to time as a gag (but at the Baxter) and I absolutely love them. I thought it was about time to hear a queen tell it like it is ….. and Princess Pop does not disappoint.

Ah! Those legs…. I’d kill for those legs!!! And she sang like Rihanna!!! In fact… she made me want to sharpen up my womanity somewhat, because those pink glitter lips of hers was way more than I could muster up for the night.

It was certainly a night to remember and I would go back in a heartbeat. I’d have to say that the highlight (besides Princess Pop) was when the guys took off their shirts (holy mother of Madonna) and the body shots started comin’ and ol’ Lady Drunk and Horny, out for a night with the gals, decided it would be a great idea to get on top of the poor guy giving the body shot. Besides looking like a fool, she broke the table….

They take awesome pics of everyone each night and they post it on Facebook.

Check out their site here.

Follow them on Twitter and like their Facebook page…. and um… for a second today I was wiping the (drool) aftermath of my Beefcakes hunks perving session off my keyboard…. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

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