Trust me, you really want to go to the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate in 2014

Can you believe it’s already time to start thinking about your blue and white outfits again? It’s almost time for Cape Town’s most glamorous horse racing event, the L’Ormarin’s Queen’s Plate and I was invited to attend the event’s media launch pre-party.

When I left the house to attend, despite being told to dress smart in blue and white, I had no idea I’d be off to anything quite so extravagant. CSA PR had pretty much created a mini Queen’s Plate skouspel complete with a vintage karretjie and even a gorgeous white thoroughbred race horse to greet us. Sjoe!

The horsie’s name is Howling Wind, just so you know.

The first thing I did upon slipping inside was grab my friend Clouds’ hand, squeeze it tight and go ‘OMGOMGOMGOMG’ while jerking my face in the direction of the enormous, hulking cheese platters. I then grabbed a seriously delish blueberry martini, did a bit of a schmingle and then eventually stationed myself at a table with friends to demolish a conveyor belt of prawn cocktail and blue cheese topped with fig.

Cheese, glorious cheese!
How much do we love a good strawberry tree?

All I can say is that if the actually event is anything like the before hand bash, visitors to the track are going to be in for a serious treat.

Guys, if anyone has a less blurry snap of Clouds and Sheri Lee please let me know.
Going clockwise we’ve got fashion blogger Jasna Zellerhof et moi; Dom and Kerry from The Little Hattery, fashion blogger Sheri-Lee Greenway, fashion blogger Clouds Drummond, celeb photographer Denzil Jacobs and radio’s Kia Johnson (who just so happens to be summer arm thinspiration).

So, am I going to see you there? The official race day for the 153rd L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate has been announced as 11 January and tickets are now on sale via Computicket.

A general access Style Lounge ticket goes for R250 and this is where the always fun after party takes place with some of SA’s hottest live acts. These haven’t been announced just yet but the mo I have this info I’ll be sure to pass it on. You can also spring for the picnic area (R600) but, if you can afford it, you really, really want to be in the Stud Club (R1 200). This is where all the celebs hang out and you’ll get to watch the races up close (if you’re not too busy flirting with hotties like Ryk Neethling). There’ll also be a bar with free-flowing L’Ormarins vino and Peroni beer until 6pm plus a decadent buffet lunch. Oh! And let’s not forget about the onsite make-up artists to help you out with the odd touch up as the day goes on.

Dunno about you but as I type, I’m already mentally planning my outfit.

Love, love


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