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Last Saturday, smack in the middle of my hard-fought, perfect long weekend, I left the house.  Are you done gasping dramatically? Thank you. Heather had bought tickets to the Aday in Bloom conference, an even she wanted us to check out – she’d been previously. And, knowing me, knew I’d unlikely ever go unless I got an email from the ticketing place telling me that I had a ticket. That, someone, had paid for with their money. It’s very nice to be seen.

A Day In Bloom is an event series hosted by Nandi Dlepu (MamakaShaka/The WKND Social/Jo’burg cool) and her business partner Farai Simoyi. They’re events for creative women who are (low-key) working for themselves or hoping to work for themselves looking for same. Farai, from what I understand, also does the event when she’s New York and Nandi here in Jozi.

So Heather and I merrily – after she almost got lost because there was a wedding at the top of my road – made our way to Kramerville. (Yup, another reason why I would not have bothered to get tickets myself) To a cute co-working/exhibition space (I think). Heather and I used to work in Sunninghill together and Kramerville was on my taxi route. I was always like [eyes emojis] when I drove past because the area seemed v designer and cute and great for “brunch” when you are a professional bruncher.

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The lineup was very bawse. They had Thandiswa! Maria McCloy! And faces I recognise from IG on their panels. The iteration of the even was bigger this time around because it was a conference version and not like the one Heather had previously attended, which was more of an intimate studio visit.

I saw Gugu Intimates merch irl. The brand is making nude underwear for dark skin tones. Their display was the first area I went to when I arrived, I asked the woman tending to the stand if there was a catalogue. There wasn’t but the owner soon came over to say she just knows what I’m wondering about and we can chat when the conference gives attendees a break. Looking at the promo material and the product on display, I had the answer to my unasked question.  So I didn’t bother her beyond that.

My only criticism of the event would be the chairs, which I wasn’t sure were fats friendly. They held. But then I’m also tall so it was a bloody mess sitting that long. I was walking around a lot. Also the food and the fact that they only brought the water (as far as I saw) after the bubbly ran out. Oh, it was VERY warm.

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A Day in Bloom was also my chance to meet one of my internet baes, Thulisa from Thick Fit and Fabulous. What a babe! Meeting her made me realised how much getting Instagram last year has made me feel more connected to my blogger favs. Before Instagram Thulisa and I would chat every few weeks/months in the comments of each others’ blog posts. The gaps got even bigger when we took hiatuses. Now I see her face and looks and her kind words every other day. 

It was really cute being out and helping Heather smuggle Anat into Nando’s after. Check out the next A Day in Bloom event if you’re in the mood to socialise with creative women.