This past Saturday, in that little grassy oasis at mall of Africa, The Grand White took place in partnership with Skip, Siemens, Liberty and Zando. My first year attending, and I had the pleasure of being a special gust of Skip! The event is held in a secret location that is only revealed on the morning of the actual picnic, and every year the all white theme includes a touch of another colour. This year the touch was Blue, but you guys know I don't really do colour, so I went with a standard all white with a touch of black, and a red lip.
The Grand white, which is an annual picnic sort of event, is not my usual idea of a picnic. This one has a stage and live acts, celebrity guests and MCs, and an all white dress code and decor theme. This year, we had the pleasure of Bonang Matheba's talent on the mic which made the job of myself and my 'co-host' Enhle Mbali that much easier. We were tasked with getting fabulous attendees to enter the best dressed competition, in which the winners won a R2000 Zando gift card, a Siemens washing machine and a year's supply of Skip. Unfortunately I couldn't enter, or I really would have, those are legendary grown up prizes. I've tested the Skip New Variants Perfect Whites that was part of the prize, and it literally 'does exactly what it says on the tin.' This varient of the Skip Perfect Care range makes your whites brighter and fresher, keeping them looking newer for longer instead of that faded weird, off white yellow colour that white clothes tend to go after a while.
Long dining tables were decorated elaborately with candelabras and bouquets of flowers matching the 'Touch of Blue' theme for 2018. I guess the most picnic-y part of the afternoon is the 'bring your own (insert food and drink of choice)'; I thought that was a fun idea. As guests of the event however, me and my guest, your fav photographer Anthony Bila, were generously fed and watered in the gorgeous hospitality section, thankfully shaded from the blazing Midrand Sun. Anthony was smart to wear a pinstriped lined two piece from a capsule collection he had made for the two of us, because I was baking in my Daily Paper button up shirt. He was cool, calm and collected under the shade of his Simon and Mary hat, while I ran around the event with a mane full of tight curls.
The crowd was made up of a mix of young and 'mature', predominantly black, and to my great joy, predominantly women. I bumped into a few of my friends and people I know during the festivities, Lebo from Castle Lite, Candace from Candi & Co, and your girl Pharoahfi from MTVBase. The ladies were dressed to the nines in their all white outfits, singing and dancing to the live entertainment that included Kelly Khumalo. While roaming the grounds looking for contestants to enter into the Best Dressed competition that Enhle and I were running, I bumped into my Candi & Co family at their pop up salon, and got a quick mani to rescue my damaged nails. I thought that was a really clever idea, to have interactive stalls at the event that allowed attendees to do more than just eat and drink and dance, although I'm not sure you really need much else when those bases are covered.
It was a glorious way to spend a beautiful Saturday afternoon with my love, good friends and a lot of good vibes! Be sure to check out the details for next year's event! For more information, visit the website here.