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brand-ed: a different night out…

Last night I went along to Randlords for the first brand-ed event of the year. I was really looking forward to it because of the venue & I’d been to a branded event before so I knew they were just generally awesome, well organised & packed with fantastic women – both in attendance & those presenting. I set my GPS & was delighted to see that it was a mere 1,7 kms from home & got there in 4 minutes despite it being peak hour – fabulous!

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Randlords  is a plush laid back venue in the heart of Jozi in Braamies on the 22nd floor of South Point Towers.

Randlords is an amaaazing advert for Jozi CBD (not that I believe she needs one!) & was even better than I’d imagined in my mind. Think state-of-the art cocktail bar, floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall glass, a sommelier chosen wine list & distinctive, flavourful tapas, all while you’re soaking up  360′ panoramic view of the city.

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The view over the west of Jozi…

I got there around 6pm (just in time for sunset) & I made my way out to the deck. It’d been a rainy coldish day all yesterday but lucky for us the rain let up a bit so we could head outside to have a proper look. I really love Jozi rain (very different to Cape Town rain) & it felt like the city had been freshly washed & served up squeaky clean just for us. Even these pics (& a took a million of them & couldn’t choose which ones to post) don’t truly do the view justice. You really need to see this with your own eyes to fully appreciate it.

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Carmen Dell, one of the 3 founders of brand-ed, with Anne Powers

We settled into the evening with the 1st guest presenter, Anne Powers a 50-something (ok she later revealed she’s 55) A-list actress (back in the 80′) who, when she hit 50, was suddenly spat to the side lines by a cruel industry. More than her escapades as an actress, performer & entertainer I enjoyed Anne’s honest pearls of wisdom on motherhood, being broke & having suffered physical abuse. Of course she triumphed & but what I liked was that she doesn’t sugar coat anything about her journey & her confidence  & charisma are enviable.

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Jozi only got prettier as the sun went down…

The next talk was hosted by the team from Pure Aesthetics, a medi spa with a holistic focus on skin health based inside the Linksfield Medi Clinic. Dr Gabriel Dorcus, a plastic & reconstructive surgeon (I’ve always wanted to meet one!) was up 1st & gave a couple of short pointers about the causes of ageing namely intrinsic  (chronological) & extrinsic  (environmental/lifestyle) factors. He shared easy tips for what to look for in a plastic surgeon. I liked this quote that he used: “gravity is the gift that keeps on giving”. Now isn’t that the truth!

On the less invasive side, Ingrid Katz a qualified therapist introduced us to advanced high performance skin care brands like QMS & Otiphi. I liked her philosophy of seeing your skin as investment that will reward you if you look after it. Amazingly Pure Aesthetics offered every lady in attendance a complimentary treatment this weekend, so watch out for my post on that. I’ve always been curious about the medicated/medicinal side of beauty industry so I can’t wait for this!

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The food was top notch just as you’d expect from Randlords.

The tapas included salmon with mashed potatoes, chicken curry (above), gnocci, thai fish cakes & it just kept coming!

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Dessert was so yummy I found some of it on my dress when I got home – true story!

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We were spoilt eve further with lucky draws with amazing product hampers from Skin Aesthetics and tickets to Anne Power’s movie premier next week. Not to mention these goodie bags.

A big thanks to the brand-ed team for having me. I know they’re already well into planning the next event, so I will keep you posted of those details.

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