The Beautiful Woman Experience

Last month I received an invitation to attend the first ever Bella Donna Experience. The event is the brainchild of African Secret’s Stacey Jane Smith and Good Hope FM’s Tarryn “TK” Trussell. Let me tell you, I was blown away when I saw the black and white invitation. I had a feeling that it was going to be an amazing experience – I was not wrong. 

Our hosts, TK and Stacey

The event was held on Sunday, 2 November,  at the very elegant Pearl Spoon in Claremont. We were greeted with either a glass of Bain’s whisky or a flute of champagne on arrival (happy faces all around). What I loved about the entire set up is that it wasn’t ye ole typical ladies gathering – you know… scones, tea, chatter. No, this was educational. Stacey and TK placed us into groups of 4 or 5 and we were had to learn a bit about each other. Let me just say this, respect to the ladies out there juggling a family and living in a man’s world #womenrock! 

Each group had the opportunity to visit and learn from different sponsors. 
Our first stop was Common Thread which is a female clothing line based and manufactured in Cape Town. I learnt that I am a pear shape and accentuating my waist was beneficial to my physique (who knew). 

Ferial and Feroza, owners of Common Thread. Oooh yes! I was the lucky winner of one of
their gorgeous creations


We then moved on to locally produced Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky. I am not going to say much about this except that Bain’s is South Africa’s first single grain whisky and that I am now a self-proclaimed Bain’s ambassador. Bain’s, if you see this give me a call, let’s talk business #justsaying.

Head To Toe Make-Up and Hair Styling School I have to admit that I was really excited about this stop. When I found out that the school was a sponsor, I immediately booked my ticket. H2T will be exhibiting at the Cape Town Hair and Beauty Show, so I was really looking forward to meeting the school’s director, Aliki – yet another amazing woman. I learnt the art of contouring – ok, I haven’t mastered it yet, but I am learning. 

The phenomenal chef at Pearl Spoon, Shane, served up some tantalizing finger foods during each session. My mouth waters at the thought of his cottage cheese, salmon, grapefruit and ginger blini. Talk about a mouthgasm. I will be going back ASAP. 

After networking, exchanging business cards, photo’s and hugs, my time at the Bella Donna Experience ended all to soon. We were each given a goodie bag filled with bath salts, Essence make up, a tot of Bain’s whisky (yay!) and a yummy macaroon from Pearl Spoon (seriously, mouthgasm) among other treats. 

Tatum won a double ticket to the Cape Town Hair & Beauty Show

This was the perfect breakaway after a rather crazy week. If you would like to know more about the Bella Donna experience, why not join their Facebook page to be kept up to date. 

Bella Donna would like to thank their sponsors: Bains, Head 2 Toe, African Secret, TK Design, Common Thread, Pearl Spoon, Cape Town Hair & Beauty Show, Rockin Naturals & Vada


As a member of the organizing team behind the Cape Town Hair & Beauty Show, I can divulge that Head to Toe will be based in the VIP section, giving our guests free makeovers. I can also tell you that VIP tickets (which includes a goodie bag and soooo much more) are now available at Computicket for only R200. General access is R120 and both options gives you free entry into the after party, so you really score big. The #CTHBS2014 facebook page is currently running a competition in collaboration with NSI Western Cape. You stand a chance to win a mani & pedi course (including a kit) to the value of R3000. Why not “try your hand” at it 🙂 

Stay Gold, Mandy


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