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09
Jun
09

catch up (2) – Andrew & Bronwyn’s ‘Bon Voyage’ party

Last saturday Andrew and Bronwyn hosed their annual joint birthday party. They always throw awesome parties. Most of them are dress-up and always end up in great fun (and a very late night!)!!! 🙂 This year they had a Bon Voyage party. I was a little confused on what to wear because it’s winter and freezing at night so it’s difficult to dress up in this weather.

So Bryan and I decided to go as skiiers! 🙂 we thought that we could be ‘Bon Voyaging” to some awesome skiing place in Sweden! We looked really good!

Bryan and I

Bryan and I

Others dressed as pilots and air hostesses. Very clever costumes! Leanne and Dave had the best outfit! They looked gorgeous!

Dave and Leanne

Dave and Leanne

 

The pilots

The pilots

There was even a terrorist!!! ha ha ha. He was carrying a bomb and everything. If you wondering how he managed to get such a full beard its quite disgusting. His mother works at a doggie parlor so all the hair is actually fur glued on with pritt! Need I say more! 🙂

 

terrorist and frightened pilots

terrorist and frightened pilots

Alex and Natalie came as a business man and his sectretary! ha ha ha!!! Unfortunately I don’t have a pic of them.

But the party was awesome. They make great gluvine and caphirina… so you can only imagine how the evening ended! 🙂 We danced until the morning and had a wonderful party! Thanks guys can’t wait for next year!

Check out some pics from the party…

He's going on the "cane train"

He's going on the "cane train"

Rich and Bry

Rich and Bry

eeeekkk

eeeekkk

Nat and Richie

Nat and Richie

oh dear! :)

oh dear! 🙂

swedish ladies!

swedish ladies!

me and my best friend!

me and my best friend!

love and kisses

love and kisses

xxx

06
Jun
09

catch up – 27 Dinner

WOW, this week has been so busy, I have had no time to talk about the 27Dinner which was at 44 & Stanley Vitaminwater pop up store (for more info on Vitaminwater go here

It was a great evening for me to meet some of the media and marketing guys that I am so inspired by. Bryan came with me which was really good for him aswell. He really needed to mingle with some of the guys in the IT field. We found some very interesting people to chat to. One of them was the owner of Vitaminwater. He was a bubble of energy and really exuded a love for his product! I really respect people like that! I hope oneday to have as much passion as they do for their brand!

The evening was organised as usual by Mike Stopforth (and his company Cerebra) along with the sponsorship of Vitaminwater. They did an awesome job… we had free food (which was good to warm us up on the chilly winter evening 🙂 ) and free Vitaminwater cocktails on the house. Was great, thanks guys! 🙂

Mingling at the dinner

Mingling at the dinner

Mike Stopforth

Mike Stopforth

What was also a great addition to the evening was that Vitaminwater has set up this group of ‘grannies’ (as they put it) to knit beanies for the those in need. There were a whole lot of these beanies for us to take. They were great to keep our heads warm on the night, but we promised to pass them on to someone who needs it more than we do. Bryan and I are looking for someone to pass ours on to… I’d like to give it to a child because I know how freezing they must be in this weather!

Bryan with Beanie

Bryan with Beanie

me!

me!

Anyway, another very interesting person who I hope to have more comms with in the future was Llew from Clickatell. He inspired some great ideas in mobile marketing! He a short presentation on what Clickatell actually does and how to use mobile marketing effectively. It was very interesting and it definately opened my eyes to the idea of customised marketing messages being sent via sms. So thanks Llew for the great insight!! 🙂

So it was a great night and I can’t wait for the next one. I hope Jeanette can come with next time!

03
Jun
09

No time!

I have not had time to update my blog 😦 I’ll have to bring my camera into work tomorrow so I can sit in my lunch hour and tell you about my weekend and the 27 Dinner!

27
May
09

27 Dinner tonight

Just a quick post…

I can’t wait! Bryan and I are off to the 27 Dinner tonight! We managed to get our names on the list early, so we are GOING woo hoo!

Its looks like it’s going to be a great evening to network, listen to some music and some great minds! I think it’s going to be outside… so note to self…better dress warmly!

25
May
09

time with mom

Mothers day in SA was about 2 weeks ago, but my mom and I celebrated it on Saturday.

I decided that both of us needed to spend some quality time together, because since I started working, I find that we don’t spend as much time with eachother as we used to.

Before the days of work, and while I was studying, we used to go out every morning and have a cup of coffee somewhere. It was a great break from the studying and it gave me some bonding (and shopping 🙂 ) time with my mom!

So… on Saturday I booked us into Woodlands Spa for a hot stone massage and a pedicure. WOW!!!!! It was amazing! I recommend it to anyone who loves (and needs) to be pampered! The massage was brilliant! I managed to forget all about the pain of my teeth and actually relax!

I booked a couples room for the two of us. Their normal rooms are great, but it’s more special if you can have the treatments done together in one room. The rooms have little wooden decks and big glass windows that look over the Crocodile River… very peaceful!

We sat and had a really nice tea and chocolate muffin when we were done! I know what you’re thinking, chocolate after doing the healthy, healing thing, but it was so indulgent and yummy!

It was a wonderful day with my mom, she really deserves all the pampering in the world, and I hope it made her relax just a little! Thanks mommy for spending it with me! 🙂

22
May
09

Metal, wire and stone

I had my braces put on yesterday 😦

Let me reverse quickly… I have been having some major issues with my jaw over the past few years so I made a decision last year to do something about it. I had two options, 1. to have an operation to fix the problem of my jaw dislocating, or 2. to go by it a slightly different way and go visit a guy who specialises in jaws who could help me with no operation. Either way, I had to fact the reality of getting my braces back on.

So naturally, i chose option 2! I am absolutely petrified of operations and from talking to some girls who have been through the op before, I decided I really didn’t want to go through that that pain. Plus, these operations that you do for your jaw only really work if you have an issue with your bone structure (so we’ve heard)…they don’t fix any ligament or joint problems. Apparently it just makes the whole situation worse.

So anyway, I have been going to a fantastic ortho for the last 9 months who has been brilliant in fixing my jaw. He uses very new methods and moves the jaw, muscles and ligaments without applying any force or need for an operation.

I’m in my 9th month of my 2 1/2 year treatment, and my jaw already feels hundreds better! The dislocation has stopped, I can eat harder things again and I can yawn like a normal person! I am so happy that he has been able to fix it so quickly. However I am still in the early stages of my treatment, as he now has to keep the new position of my jaw very stable so it does not move back to where it was previously.

Part of that process is moving my teeth to a new position in my mouth so my jaw has some leverage to rest on. The only great thing about having my braces again is the fact that I can fix all the issues I had with my teeth in the meantime.

The major problem I’m having now (and it’s only been a day for goodness sake) is the pain!! it’s funny how your body makes you forget pain. I remember being in discomfort when I had braces previously, but nothing like this… it’s really horrible…

…and the worse thing is, on top of the pain, I had to really pluck up my self-confidence this morning to get up and go to work! Now that I’m here, everyone has been so supportive which is wonderful… I love my work in that way, everyone here actually cares… it’s so great!

So in order for me to start feeling a bit better (and to spoil my mom), I have booked for the two of us to go have a hot stone massage and pedi tomorrow morning at this wonderful spa in Magalisburg called Woodlands.

It is very tranquil there as it is situated right on the river. You have treatments in these little private rooms that have decks onto the Crocodile River… it’s really wonderful…

I’m hoping a few hours there will give me some time to spend with my mum and relax to forget the pain 🙂

21
May
09

Getting your boss to love Social Media

Because I love the online sphere of marketing so much, I thought i should start sharing some interesting things I have been learning in my new job.

Quirk has just posted a great article on how to sell social media to your boss… I think the topic of Social Media for any brand at the moment is a majorally hot topic! Seems like everyone wants a piece of the pie 🙂 But what I find most interesting and relevent about this article is the fact that it is very difficult to push the concept of social media onto your business if 1. your boss doesn’t believe in it and 2. if your brand is not relevent for that type of social media.

What I am slowly coming to realise is that, YES, we have to think about playing in the social media space, because whether we like it or not there are people talking about your brand online, but, and it’s a big BUT for some, it has to be relevant, and the type of platform you use has to be relevant. There is no point in having a Facebook profile or tweet constantly if your target audience is not noticing…

So my interim solution… make sure you get your boss involved. Having the support to take the plunge into the social media space makes it much easier and gives you the kind of support you need to carry it off, and secondly, ensure that you research where your target audience is and where the people that are talking about you are, so that you can capture their interest that much easier.

Well that was my social splurb the day 🙂 hope it was helpful!