So, you’ve all read about the #CTMeetUp elsewhere, now it’s my turn to talk it.
My weekend was a little crazy. I managed to pile an extra 240km on my car in 2 days, and it was rushed but well worth it. Saturday morning I had to work, but this left me with enough time to get home from Stellenbosch (I live in Durbanville) in order to pick up Heather from www.acidicice.co.za and head off to the Southern Suburbs (I left my passport at home but luckily nobody asked for one). The venue was the stunning Italian Kitchen Newlands and after collecting our name tags (I felt so chuffed and important when I saw not only my name but also my blog name on my tag, especially because I’m used to being recognised for being on twitter, not for blogging) we were met by the sight of a few friends (including Robyn, Karen and Sally. It was so nice to be around people I knew and like, because as much as I’m a very out-going person, loud, large groups of strangers make me hide in a corner. As we walked into the venue, I think the sound my mind made as it blew could be heard in Gauteng.
The venue has the most AMAZING courtyard, and there were snacks, and wine (and non-alcoholic champers for the DDs and moms in the group) and people giving massages. Massages at an event? That’s more or less when my mind blew. I’m not one for being touched (the irony of this will strike you when you scroll down) but I could see a few people oohing and aahing and really getting into it. Heather had even remarked in the car about missing her chiro appointment, and promptly made a bee-line for the lovely ladies and gents from Rain Africa who were clearly doing wonders with their hands
(this is evidence of how good they were) There was much chatting and much laughter, and it was so lovely to just have a few hours to myself (I might not be a mom, but as any woman will tell you there is seldom me-time in a life filled with cooking, and laundry and loving the fur-kids, and work, and budgets, and cleaning, and sustaining a relationship, and and and and) and have a glass of bubbly and enjoy the company of women I am very fond of, and who are still some of the only (and by no-means does this make them any less important) and closest Capetonian peeps. Once all the chatting was over, it was time to start the formalities. By formalities I mean goodie bags, more wine, and a few talks. First up was Melissa Louise from Zana who immediately won everyone’s hearts by dishing out pencil bags. Naturally I HAD to have a mint one (more on that later), and while MY mint bag didn’t have a prize in it (the mint bag was 3 seats away from me), I am utterly in love with it, and it’s now home to all my unopened products, and my spares and living in my dresser drawer. It’s so pretty I may give it a permanent home on my dresser though. Melissa chatted to us a bit about Zana, and one of the best things about them has to be their international shipping policy, ie, they ship internationally. In a country with rubbish postal services, that’s a BIG plus. Next up was Jenny from Zomato. I’m fairly new to Zomato, but I’ve found it to be an amazing app so far. There is definitely a shortage of recommendation in the north, but Jenny was kind enough to give the group her address, and explained that if you want somewhere on the app, you email her, the team goes out, collects menus and they load the restaurant – which is great if you’re like me and can only stomach eating at the same place a few times. She also explained that they often invite frequent reviewers out to join them for dinner and drinks, and who doesn’t love the idea of yummy food in return for reviewing and recommending other places that make good food? Nobody? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Now go get the app. Last but not least was Ronel from Rain. She is clearly amazing at her job, and had the room in hysterics in no time. What I loved about her talk was she didn’t try punt a product, she told us a story. She educated us on the business model, and explained how Desmond and his team of therapists (the angels giving massages) had started as packers and were now ticking off the hours before they qualified as therapists. I applaud any company that educates, furthers and promotes their staff from within. Not only are their products cruelty-free, they smell amazing. I’m not a big fan of lotions, mainly because I’m lazy and I don’t suffer from scaly skin, especially in the Cape, but the lotion in my goodie bag has the most amazing powdery scent, and I love that in lotions (my face cream has the same smell and it makes me so happy every time I use it). Next was pizza. Pizza! Square Pizza! As someone who loves pizza (yeah, yeah, banting) I was absolutely thrilled by the idea of square pizza. SQUARE PIZZA! The restaurant actually prides themselves on the fact that you get 30% more pizza by making it square (my maths is dreadful so I won’t dispute that, but any math whizzes out there are more than welcome to dispute that if you please but I won’t, because it was delicious and I don’t care about percentages).
Then Cindy put on her Oprah slash Mom outfit (and voice. You can really hear she’s a mom of three) and started dishing out prizes. Heather and I were both lucky enough to win vouchers for full body massages from Gingko Spa as well as one to give away to our readers. We’re going on Sunday so keep an eye out for that competition. I must admit, when Cindy asked me if I was okay with running the competition, that was the last thing I was going to object to. I don’t like being touched. I like being touched even less when it’s a stranger doing the touching and I’m nekked. Nonetheless, fortune favours the brave, I accepted my prize, and Heather and I have booked our massages and I will let you know how that goes. The prizes were amazing, as well the bags, and everyone walked away with someone (in true Oprah style, those who were not lucky enough to win prizes were spoilt with hampers from Catrice and Essence).
The AMAZING goodie bags from #CTMeetup. Included are some products from @revlonsa (who I obviously can’t endorse but can still thank), @oh_so_heavenly_sa, @zanaproducts, @rainafrica @johnfriedasa, @admarula, @spreecoza, @caribbeantan_sa and @zomato. Thank you to all who sponsored and to the lovely @cindyalfino for an amazing get-together! A photo posted by Taryn Tibble (@tatibble) on
Sponsors, goodie bags & prizes:
Oh So Heavenly
Incompass Insurance *** Cindy is a broker and big cheese at Incompass, so if you need a broker you know who to call
Magical Moments In Time
Revlon *** As you can understand I can’t endorse Revlon as they are not cruelty-free, but I can’t deny the eyeliner is lovely, because yes, I did try it, because yes, I am a make-up addict and was so curious
Sadly it was then time to leave as I had to be in Somerset West by 7, and it was very close to 5.30 when we left (I dropped Heather off, picked up the manbeast and rushed off to my next do). I really had an amazing time, and will definitely be keeping my eye out for the next #CTMeetUp because it was amazing. The hashtag #CTMeetUp even trended during the day (despite the fact that the an equally large chunk of the SA blogging/twitter community was at their own event in Joburg so we had competition) and Cindy really knows how to organise an event. Again, I can’t express how much fun I had, and I am looking forward to running my first giveaway on my blog (my puny little blog is going to host a giveaway!).
Sheesh, okay that was long. If you got this far, honk your horn!
Hugs & sloppy daxie kisses