I firstly had to make an early morning trip over to the Shongweni Farmers Market to pick up the beautiful washi tape from Washi Bug. Then it was home to do make-up, hair and get dressed. My sweet hubby and kids loaded the car with all the prizes and the delicious cupcakes from Smith's Bakeshop (how they were all there was a miracle!)
Hubby drove me down to Hashtag (18 Windermere Road) and we parked just down from the restaurant. Michelle was already there and Hashtag staff had just opened up and were busily sweeping, washing floors and moving furniture. Okay I just have to tell you a bit about the history of this gorgeous building : it is known as Little Chelsea and it is a Victorian double-storey building with a cast-iron verandah. It was designed by architects Reed & Hurst in 1897 and was built for L Evans. It was declared a National Monument on the 9 May 1986. Hashtag have a lovely outdoor seating area with white couches. The inside is very spacious with a nice amount of seating and you can even sit at the bar. Lots of ladies were raving about the quirky "selfie" zone bathrooms and many pictures were taken there.
Verushka also arrived while the staff were busy and once they were done we all went into high gear unpacking cars, putting the last items in the goodie bags, setting the tables and generally running around like mad women.
Hubby put up the Uber banners inside as there was just too much wind outside. Ross from Uber was extremely generous by offering a VIP ride in a stylish vehicle for one lady to and from the blogger meet. I ran the twitter competition (first time I have done a competition) and Faeema was drawn as the winner of this fabulous prize. Uber also gave a special code that all the ladies could use to get a discount on a ride AND gave us all 2 x R200 cards for first time users of Uber.
It was lovely to watch all the ladies arrive, take a seat and immediately start chatting. Faeema was the last to arrive in a beautiful silver Mercedes and then it was time to start. Verushka welcomed everyone and then I introduced Mandy from Kitten Action. She explained to us what Kitten Action does and told us how blessed she was with our donation (R1250-00 and LOTS of kitten food).
|Mandy from Kitten Action|
Then it was onto the Lenovo ladies who created huge excitement with their review of the Yoga tablet and saying one lady would win it. We had to tweet what we would give up and it was so funny seeing what ladies were willing to do. We all continued tweeting for Lenovo even while Brett from Fry's spoke to us about flatulent cows and how just by giving up meat for one day a week helps with the cow problem :) Fry's were the ones who started the Meat Free Mondays that we now see people tweeting about every Monday. The next talk was from Karen of Philosophia Botanica (skin and body care) who passed around amazing products for us to try. She is in the process of opening up a spa where these products will be used. I just love this quote from the Philosophia Botanica website
|Brett from Fry's|
|Goodie Bag Excitement|
|Sorry no dessert before picture :)|
|Ssifiso from Uber|