…at the Braamfontein store opening event – #PumaDigsEgoli

I remember this night concluding at Kitcheners, at about 4am. SMH

 


This past weekend, I attended my very first Oppikoppi festival in Northam, Limpopo.

Went alone to a place I’d never been.

I think I’m still reeling from how incredible that festival is, plus still coughing from all the dust stuck in my chest. It was also my tent sleeping experience. Froze the first night.  I had a beautiful time and wouldn’t change a second of it. Even getting lost on my way there. Highlights: Sharing my tent with the super amazing and gorgeous Georgia Gardner of Rolling Stone Magazine. Finding friends, making friends, losing all of them and starting all over again, almost every two hours, encountering friendly and crazy strangers. The Red Bull stage was my absolute favourite – even with it’s rocky hike holding on for dear life to a rope I wasn’t sure would keep up. The sunset over one of the stage’s as Vusi Mahlasela sang  my soul to releasing all anxiety. Meeting twitter people I like and enjoy. Drinking a weird concoction involving tequila, vanilla vodka, tobasco sauce and juices. Sitting around a big fire in the wee hours of the night with some strangers talking about everything and nothing. Having random people point and scream hey, it’s Akona with the tequila’, having my client, MK, email on Monday to jokingly say “at this point, MK would like to distance themselves from Akona, who was easily the biggest party animal of the weekend. Finally, having been able to share the experiences with people online, as well as those who were physically there. I loved everything, even the dust, the endless walking (and the aching body afterwards), the traffic (took 7 hours to get home) and my clutch leg dying almost as soon as I got near the bathtub for the post-Oppi scrub.

Nothing can prepare you for Oppikoppi, no matter what. Other than the essentials, an open mind and jolly deposition are all you really need.

Found loads of pictures that require some time to get through – for now, here’s moi

Day 1 (first pair of gum boots too.)

My mickey ears that @Kate_P gave me

Rock climbing

Twitter friend

Chris of The Kreef Hotel

Everyone’s favourite DJ Raiko.

With Zama

Some cutie who insisted of having his pic taken

Friendly stranger met on the rock climb

The end – dropping off the rental car barely able to stand

 


I’m so in love with my mom’s old skirt. It’s such a great fabric!

 

What I’m wearing….

Headscarf: Maria McCloy

Earrings: Someone sold them to me at The Attic one tipsy night

Jersey: Mr Price

Belt: YDE

Shoes: Aldo

 

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A few weeks ago, I got the awesome news from the lovely people at Cosmpolitan magazine that I had been selected as part of a great group of women who were to be crowned as Cosmo’s 2012 Twitter Queens

I was on cloud nine that whole day. And for the days leading up to the shoot promised not to swear on twitter. lest I am deleted from the list. Still trying not say anything terrible on the social network until the magazine is printed and in store – in case they pull my profile. tl tl tl

The shoot was so much fun, I was nervous as hell but one of last year’s twitter queens, Jo Lurie talked me through throwing the nerves off a cliff and stomping them dead. I did. I relaxed. and had an amazing time.

The hair I styled myself and the hairstylist and photographer decided it was great and didn’t have to change it up. Got make-up done, put on a pretty shirt and accessories and then it was light’s, camera, winning smile!

 

The Twitter Playground 2012 Cosmo Queens will be featured in the September issue of the magazine to see the final product and the rest of the super interesting women chosen this year.

Thanks to @ThatNicole and @CosmoKim for the behind the scenes shots.

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So a few months ago I got an unexpected message from City Press Lifestyle writer Zama Nkosi to ask if I’d be interested in taking part in the City Press iMag, iStyle,  feature. Of course I was completely flattered and it took a moment to wonder if she was maybe asking the rugby playing Akona Ndungane and mistakenly sent me the message:) Turns out not to have been the case and I finally agreed. 
She then sent me a layout of a previos iStyle feature they’d done with some gorgeous shoe designer whose name I have since misplaced in my head. Her profile was so beautiful and interesting, glossy and delicious. I could not believe she thought me worthy of such.
The shoot happened on a sunny afternoon at 44 Stanley. I was extremely nervous! The brief was to bring an outfit and accessories that I loved and had a story to tell about myself. Not as easy as it would seem. At the time I was (and still am) going through a bit of a body confused stage. The stylist, Zama and Photographer were all really encouraging and friendly, which made the nervousness a little less paralysing. 
This was the final product. Some of my favourite items at that time. Featured in 22 July issue of City Press magazine. Princess for a day. 

 

Hopefully if you click on the image you can read the good bits.

Thank you to Maria McCloy for always having such beautiful goodies – the skirt and the earrings are from her Market on Main stall. 
Thank you Zama Nkosi for giving me the opportunity to be a princess for a day, and making my blabbering sound good from the interview. Please pass along my thanks to your team. 
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I used to wrap my head in scarves and shawls many many moons ago and have recently started trying it out again. It is fun, adds some element that stops young men from hollering ‘hey shortie’ when they “greet”, and a spot of colour when needed.

Steph O’Conner  – of Conner Varin Photography – and I were chatting about styling hair and head-wraps and how there are minimal examples out there of how to style braided or natural hair, and how to tie different head-wraps.
I’m properly struggling a) Finding interesting ways to style my long braids and b) tie 4 metres worth of beautiful fabric around my head.

Need to practice more.

These pictures of my latest try were taken by Anthony Bila. 

I was thoroughly bored with my outfit on this day, so the turban totally helped

With the lady who has inspired the recent head wrapping  – Lethabo Boogy Maboi

Me, Steph and Boogy. – Image by StrussBob



Maria McCloy – the vintage queen, African Print clutch bag maker, Accessory creator extraordinaire!
Here are my latest goodies from her incredible collection

Long wire earrings. I think they are from her Masai inspired range.  Loving these lately because they work so well with my coverall hairstyle.

The blue skirt from her R50 vintage box from a while ago – had to get it tailored to fit my newly slimmed waistline. I love the colour and the fact that it has pockets. Pockets are a girls best friend!

Again – do check her out every Sunday at the Market on Main at Arts on Main between 10am and 3pm. You will not be sorry.

See some more of her goodies on Facebook