About two weeks back we received an invite from P&H Boutique to a “Shop & Mingle” event which was to be held at La Passant in Sandton on 5 December (the event was a joint venture between P&H Boutique and Ruutos Hair)… We were quite intrigued to check it out and see what it’s all about – its not everyday that one can just do some shopping and mingling
Unfortunately Nipha, our resident Fashion Contributer, couldn’t make it to the event as she is based in KZN and Matlhodi also had other commitments, so I took my sister, Zama, along. She loves fashion so I knew she would be game.
The event was held in a nice intimate venue at La Passant restaurant. The chairs and tables were all taken out so there was enough space for P&H boutique and the other small businesses there to display their merchandise. The floor had a number of clothing rails with clothes on but there was enough space for people to walk around, check out the clothes on display and just mingle (there was a downstairs and an upstairs area). I really liked the vibe in the room, very chilled, and it was nice to see everyone dressed so fashionably. Well, the dress code was “High Fashion”, after all.
The entrance to the venue. There was a red carpet as you walked into the venue. Very smart.
As you can see there was enough room for everyone to walk around and look at clothes as well. It got busier as the night went on; by 7:00pm the place was pretty full. There was also a cash bar where people could buy cocktails.
We all received hampers when we arrived. The hamper consisted of one or two magazines of either Grazia, Destiny and Destiny Man; as well as a 50% discount voucher for a shoot at Joe Strydom Photography. I must say the hamper was disappointing (I was expect just a tad bit more goodies) but I guess it’s to be expected since entrance was free if you RSVP’ed.
They had a few men’s clothes on display; so the event was not only catered for ladies. I also saw quite a number of guys in the crowd.
Mangwanani African Spa was also on hand to give “express” massages. I thought this was a great idea. It was at a cost though. lol.
And of course I spotted a few naturals in the crowd (had to take their pics!) and these ladies were kind enough to allow me to take a few pics of them
Mbali from Hunadi. She was such a lovely and bubbly lady. Here she is standing next to some of the clothes she makes. I loved her designs!
Serake. She and her gorgeous full afro just stood out for me from the crowd. Lovely hair!
Xoli from Epitome. Love the bald look! She and her business partner, Sannah, run a style makeover company. They offer advice on how to dress for your body type and which colours work best on you, etc. Quite informative I must say.
And I met Wisaal!! I was excited to meet her as I’m fan of her blog Wiscellaneous (check it out, you will love it!). We were actually coincidentally standing next to each other while waiting to get into the venue and I recognised her face from the blog. Such a beautiful lady.
My sister, Zama, and I
I think the event was organised nicely and we had fun. Vimbai, former Big Brother housemate, was the MC and we saw a glimpse of her but we didn’t see her addressing the crowd unless maybe she did that before we arrived or after we left. We didn’t stay too long, we were there for about 2 hours or so.
I must say the price tag on most of the items on sale was quite steep for us; but a lot of the clothes, accessories and bags were hugely discounted (but not enough that we could afford to buy something lol). What we enjoyed the most was just meeting new people and just mingling