…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
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.
Hopefully if you click on the image you can read the good bits.
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|
Trying the naughty school girl thing
Disappointingly, every single item was bought from a shop in a mall. No unique items.(Except the Bag) All available countrywide.
Shirt – Woolies
Neck Piece – Sass Diva
Cardigan – Mr Price
Belt – Can’t remember
Skirt – Jay Jays (love that it has pockets_
Polkadot stockings – Mr Price
Shoes – Nine West.
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