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Reflections and Rooftops

A friend recently celebrated her 30th in the most unique way.

NOTE: Those of you who say “there’s nothing to do in Durban” are sorely mistaken.

While this concept may have been old news for this particular group of friends, it was a completely unique and novel idea to me. Basically we hit up a parkade in Durban town, paid the 12 bucks to get in and partied on the roof!

We set up fairy lights and a picnic and drank and feasted above the bustling inner city until the sun went down and we all felt sleepy from the warmth radiating from the concrete underneath us.

We had focaccia, artichokes, salted caramel cake, wine and all those good things and the background music was all thanks to a taxi below blaring some sort of gospel into the empty parking lot across the road.

It’s always a wonderful feeling to see your city through new eyes, or at least from a new vantage point. I’m sure we are hardly the first pioneers of a parkade party, and yes the jol could have been cut short should security have done their rounds, but I think the point is that there is a consistent amount of fun and adventure if you’re up for looking for it and stepping out of your familiar comfort zone.

Sometimes it’s about revisiting the most obvious places – setting up a picnic in the park you pass on the way to work everyday, trying out the old beach arcade or finding an empty parking lot to party in. There’s really no excuse to feel bored because there are always new ways to discover your city if you have a few good friends and a decent bottle of Merlot.

Basically, just get out there, gadammit!

Prom Queen

It’s been a crazy year of new jobs and hard graft so I gladly welcomed our annual Christmas party, with open arms. This year, it was prom themed so I went all out with an OTT skirt, crimped hair and regrettable glitter. As per usual, the Gloss Lady and I had to document the occasion with a cringey photo shoot, so check out what I wore!

Ears/Topshop   Lipstick/Amplified by MAC    Crop/Factorie    Necklace/MRP   Bag/Thrifted in London   Nails/Courtney Shaw     Skirt/Imagination Costume Hire       Shoes/Truworths 

One Night In Paris

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One of my best friends finally ties the knot this weekend so I thought I’d post some pics and tips from her bachelorettes as build up to the big day!

Don’t say I don’t spoil you now…

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Kris and her fiancees first date was to watch Rugrats in Paris (bless) and their proposal happened in front of the glistening Eiffel Tower – so the other bridesmaids and I decided to run with this classic Parisian theme. The girls did a great job ordering cuppies, buying copious amounts of champagne and handcrafting the decor – it seriously all paid off. Holla if you ever need event planners!

Some Tips:

1. Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest – just not when your boss is looking.

2. Never underestimate the decorative power of a good old-fashioned doily. Yes those words just came out of my mouth.

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3. Theme your music – Edith Piaf really got us in the Parisian spirit.

4. Vovo Telo make for mean caterers if you ask them nicely.

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5. Fairy lights make everything pretty – even that bare wall with drill marks in it.

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6. A simple shot of Pimms mixed with lemonade, poured into individual bottles, is an easy and fun welcome drink.

7. China Mall and Everlastings velly good plice! Just be patient and sift through the kitsch crap.

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8. Budget for gift bags – some girly paraphernalia and a feather boa made sure that every guest was part of the theme!

9. Use your resources – friends to bake, moms to flower arrange, boyfriends to lift “heavy tables”.

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10. Plan your after party for somewhere no-one you know frequents so that you can all let loose. We went to… gulp… Tiger Tiger. I know right.

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Woodstock Mafia Pt. 2

Only 3 more days until some pretty rad lads get their rock ‘n roll on along the East Coast. If you thought the first part of the interviews were entertaining, well then you gotta check out what the rest of the band had to say….

Apparently rock ‘n rollers really are all about the sex and drugs. Typical.

From Owen, the cheese-grater

1. Our sound is thumping and grungy.

2. The filthiest band member is Ryan because he once stuck his finger up a cat’s butt.

3. We’d use our last 50 bucks for a bankie.

4. We hope Durban girls will be topless!

5. The thing we dig most about the SA music scene is free beers backstage.

And finally we have Joe:

1. Our sound is tight like a nun’s bum.

2. The filthiest band member is Ryan because he’s half ginger.

3. We’d use our last 50 bucks for 3 Black Labels to share between the band.

4. We hope Durban girls will be bare-chested.

5. The thing we dig most about the SA music scene is the unlimited cash put into bands 😉

You can flash your boobs at these guys out at Ollies Pub ‘n Grill on the 6th of June or Live The Venue on the 7th.

In the mean time, peep their YOUTUBE or SOUNDCLOUD

DAANCE Club

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Wait whaaaa? There’s a party going down where you get to select the music for the night?!

This Saturday, DEW and DAANCE CLUB are throwing a rad little vibe. The difference? The party is pretty much user generated. What this means, my little millennials, is that ya’ll get to create the playlist for the evening – and we all know that music makes or breaks a jol.

Even better is that, nothing will be on sale. That’s right – you bring your own drinks and snacks and trade it up with fellow party-goers. Think of it as a freeconomic society that would make Mark Boyle proud. Instead of being stuck with a limited choice of warm beer and refried fast food, you get to bring and share the good shit and create the ultimate party with your friends. And those who aren’t your friends will be by the end of a dance-crazed evening! 

Wanna dance? Then quick – get your song in here!

When? SATURDAY 12 APRIL 2014

Where? DEW CATCHER SITE (Browns Road, Durban Point – this is that futuristic looking wind turbine situated on the beach between DUC and Ushaka).

While you were out…

In the spirit of the well-received list-post I put up last week, I thought I’d share with you all, what I was up to during my mini hiatus. This is the shit I should of been writing about during my December holiday, but I was too busy out having fun to give a fuck about the internet.

I know right – those words just came out of this mouth.

1.Red Huxley Came To Play

The boys from Capetonian band Red Huxley, crashed at my house for a weekend. Many gigs, many drinks and many hangovers were had.

image2. Fake Birthday at Spiga

Like, no-one is around for my real birthday, so I had a fake birthday at Spiga D’Oro. Yay for pizza and caramel vodka shots and the loudest rendition of “ Happy Birthday To You” that I have ever received.

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3. Klimstmas Pahty

One of many festive, champagne-fuelled dinners.

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4. This awesome bitch called Karla bought me a tree for my birthday!

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5. Besties got engaged. And I got emotional. 

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6. We ate some good food at Chihuahuas Pop Up Mexican Restaurant for my realizies birthday. Loved the vibe, loved the decor. Mixed emotions about the tequila.

7. Manning Road Madness House Party. RIP liver and dignity. A lot of enthusiastic dancing to Spice Girls thanks to DJ Fuego.

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8. Got my nose pierced (again). Cried like a baby (again).

image9. The Winston Ball. Dr Fly and the Nurses – enough said!

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Look here’s me derping about with Marty.

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10. Boxing day Cricket- beer and sunstroke FTW.

image11. Holiday Party at Live where I fell in love with, and fan-girled all over , The Dollfins. Again, what dignity? 

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12. Bestie came to stay and tear up the 031.

image13. New Years “No Plans Party” at the Upstairs with bottomless pizza.

 And 7 stitches.

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14. One of my dearest friends had her penis-clad bachelorettes. 

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Thanks Durbs, the holiday was one of the best. 

J xx

Hallo! Ween.

Our little Halloween shindig at The Upstairs last week was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who came out and drank jugs of Witches Brew and danced to the Frankenweenie soundtrack. I had a lot of fun that night, but not so much fun the next morning at work. Erlack!

The winner of the R2000 Lola Malone’s tattoo voucher was none other than Hunter S Thompson/ Raoul Duke himself. Congrats ol’ chap.

Here are some pics, that got progressively blurry as the night went on.

J xx

PS: Big thanks to the Weatherman for adding to the evening’s Spook Appeal.

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Hallow’s Eve 2013

So Halloween is possibly my most bestest day of the year.I love things spooky, I love my childhood memories of trick or treating and I love dressing up in silly outfits!

Therefore, my martians and goblins ( Yes Lil’ Wayne, that includes you too) , you are all obliged to make me happy and come for a party at The Upstairs.

We’re throwing a ghoulish Halloween Ball and giving away a R2000 Tattoo Voucher from Lola Malone for Best Dressed! 

There will also be prizes for best make-up, and spot prizes through-out the evening for all the fearless freaks…. 

We’re conjuring up a twisted Sailor Jerry Halloween PUNCH and will have disgustingly rad trick or treat bar “specials” for who those who are daring…… 

Entry is Free, but if you’re a party pooper the Grim Reaper will tax you 50 bucks!!!!

If you’re looking for some outfit inspiration then check out my post on A Fashion Friend for some scary ideas here. ( Think Amanda Bynes in a blonde wig scary!)

You can RSVP to the event right here, too!

J xx

90’S Grunge Riot

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The Upstairs is back with another hot and happening event “90’s Teenage Grunge Riot”.

Come 
Dowsed in mud 
Soaked in bleach 
As I want you to be 

This is going down this Friday 6th September and the Facebook Event Page describes it as this:

It’s all magic to me. Country to punk rock, all of it. Chopin to Kurt Cobain. But it always all comes back to punk or grunge rock for me, because that was the last time that passion ruled the airwaves.
– James Marsters

The 90’s. In my opinion one of the best decades ever. 

grunge – grənj – noun
1. grime; dirt.
2. a style of rock music characterized by a raucous guitar sound and lazy vocal delivery.

Come one come all, put on your flannels, Doc Martins or Jelly babies. 

So who really needs a reason to come as they are, as they were, as I want them to be? 

See you dope kids this Friday, and if not…

WHATEVER!

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For those of you who are having trouble with the link to the event – it starts at 7 pm at the Upstairs on Florida Road

J xx