This past Saturday was just one of those days that couldn’t possibly have turned out any better. I must hand it to the Vivid Luxury team, they sure know how to put together one hell of an event…
My dress for the event was from a little shop in Canal Walk called Daisy Island (which is now closed sadly) – it’s that dress that you can wrap and twist into like 20 different styles, it’s pretty awesome. And then I was rocking another lovely fascinator by Carrie B, check it out:
The venue for the event was the Val de Vie estate just outside Paarl. The absolute gorgeousness of this place actually can’t be explained in words. So I’m going to let the following images set the scene:
Bjorn was lucky enough to score two VVIP tickets, which according to Google stands for “Very Very Important Person” – and boy did they go out of their way to make you feel like one. Of course, being a Veuve Clicquot event one major perk was fabulous French champagne flowing all day long!
Food wise we also got seriously spoilt, with dashing young gentlemen working their way through the crowd. Each time passing with something even more enticing than before:
As (let’s face it) a polo event is really more about the fashion than the horseback action, the entertainment kicked off with a fashion show where Jenni Button and Viyella presented some gorgeous gowns & menswear from their latest collections.
But don’t worry, there were horsies too – I can prove it.
Instead, I’m going to move on to some “happy snaps”. Here’s me with Bjorn, who was looking very suave:
We got to mingle with TV personality & actress, Kelly Parkhurst (who is sooooo sweet) and her equally lovely fiancé, Grant, who was rocking some very brave only-real-men-wear-pink shorts. Loved it.
Then the obligatory ladylike piccie before we totally overindulged in the champers and started looking um… “not so fresh”.
But even if that DID in fact happen (never to me of course, cause I’m an absolute angel), they totally had you covered with the Elizabeth Arden pamper area where you could have your hair & make-up done:
AND as if that wasn’t enough, you could walk out there with your handbag filled with free Elizabeth Arden goodies including their famous 8 Hour cream and some Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara. I was cursing the fact that I only brought a tiny clutch bag. Stupid, stupid girl…
While there I bumped into darling Sarah Martin who was wearing some seriously lust-worthy killer heels:
Dominiek and Kerry from The Little Hattery were also there offering up some fabulous hat & fascinator options, which in case you didn’t know is a total must for any horse related event:
Back at VVIP city, we were given yet more food. My favourite, being an Afrikaanse meisie, was the steak & chips – but a fancy version of this old classic:
Then the beautiful Jeannie D sparkled in a sexy Jenni Button number:
All the while my very own piece of eye candy had been collecting various Veuve inspired accessories to complete his look:
I think it was to help him get into the zone for the big boules tournament…
I had the VERY tough job of supporting him from my sun lounger, champers in hand…
After the sun had set, me moved over to the Equus Lounge for the big after party. Here people could let there hair down on a chandelier framed dance floor:
While being entertained by The Swing Tings:
And who was busting out some killer moves right next to me on that dance floor? None other than that Fresca dude, Hakeeem Kae-Kazim! You remember those ads from the 90s – “cause nothing tastes like Fresca!!!” Of course he’s moved on to much bigger and better things since then, including roles in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
I finished off the evening chillin’ in style on a gorgeous Victorian couch with my two US buds, David & Jon Jon:
Now THAT’S what you call a successful day out. I am very impressed that I managed to last all the way through, I must be getting really party fit – which in my book is far more useful than being gym fit.
This event is definitely something to look out for again next year.