I got lucky with my bus buddy who turned out to be freediving champ Hanli Prinsloo.
If you didn’t know, chick is like a seriyas international sportshero and a champion for ocean conservation. Felt like a bit of douche talking about what I liked to do for fun (eat, sleep, shop, get drunk, read, write, play with make-up…) compared to her average weekend fare that includes hitting up ashrams, saving the sea and hanging out with tiger sharks…
Still, we soon found common ground in our mutual love of popcorn…
Eventually, we pulled up to our mystery destination, The Conservatory. Set in the heart of the Franschoek Valley, this is one of the prettiest venues I’ve seen yet. Check it out:
Interesting peeps on the scene included eTV’s Tanya Nefdt.
Adore her handsakkie? It’s from local boutique Slate.
Supersport’s Lize West was also there, dressed in vintage fabulousness from head to toe…
…save for a pair of Vivienne Westwood PVC heels:
Entertainment-wise, we got to listen to Hot Water, an ecletic afro-indie band. (One of the singers, Donovan Copely, is the brother of District 9’s Sharlto…)
Generally I like my plastic, manufactured kak a la Lady Gaga and Mevrou Spears, but I actually enjoyed Hot Water’s music. It definitely helped create a nice, festive atmosphere and most chicas agreed that the dude dressed as a traffic cop was ‘kinda hot’.
After a big of schmingling and mingling, we all sat down to enjoy a yummy three-course organic meal. My organic beef fillet main was so tender that I could cut it with the cutesy little biodigradible knife and fork it was served with.
After lunch, Michelle Garforth-Venter and her hubby, Riaan, gave a talk on how to live a greener lifestyle.
Later, we were given signed copies of Michelle and Riaan’s new book, The Green Line – a South African guide to green living. I had a look through it this avie and think it’s a fab resource for anyone wanting to live a more earth-friendly lifestlye, but not quite sure where to start. It’s also full of practical green-living tips, from how to recycle effectively to picking out energy-saving bulbs for your home. Don’t think I’m gonna be starting a wormery anytime soon (its a great way to make nutrient-rich compost), but I’ll definitely be putting some of their advice into practise. I’m also keen to put a few of Michelle’s ‘good for the environment’ beauty recipes to the test. (She claims you can create a handcream from lemon and tomatoe juice if you mix it up with glycerine…)
Once the ‘green speak’ wrapped up, there was a lucky draw in which both myself and Hanli won a Wonderbag, an electricity-saving sakkie that helps retain the heat of any pot you plop inside of it so as to slow cook food like rice, samp or beans.
Anyway, once licquored up and sugar-rushing off my face from the copious amounts of nougat, meringue and Turkish delight that I stole off the dessert towers…
…I snapped up a bulging goodie bag and jumped back on the bus. Take a look at how spoiled we were:
Thank you Garnier and MarieClaire, I had a lovely time. And you’ll be glad to know I rejected a plastic bag this morning, opting to stash my steam meals in my handy Garnier sakkie.