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Stylish Blog Thing

Woop:-) I have been tagged by the lovely Miss Mermaid and been awarded my first ever blog award. Very cool and thank you:-)
According to her ‘Swimming Upstream’ is an “arty blog by an awesome Dutch photographer – read it for learning about music you’ve never heard of before.”
That’s quite cool eh!

The deal is that:
a) you have to link back to the person who awarded you the award
b) share 7 things about yourself and
c) Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
d)  Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award.

Ahhh 7 things about myself? OK. Here we go
1. Coffee. I love it. The taste. The smell. The idea of having coffee with someone, spending time with friends, catching up. More coffee should be had.
2. I love Robert Capa. Handsome. Dangerous. Adventurer. Photographer extraordinaire.
3. Magazines. Started buying them when I was 10 years old and have never stopped. Music, art or fashion magazines… From Oor (their Anton Corbijn pages in the 90’s made me want to be a photographer) to Vogue to ID or Dazed and Confused. I’ll read them all.
4. I am claustrophobic.
5. Like most girls, I have a thing for shoes… sneakers, stilettos, wedges, green, black, blue, red, all of them but they have to be pretty. As we say in Holland: shoes maketh the man.. well, they maketh the woman too:-)* I like make up and bags too. Yup, I’m a girl:)
6. I make road movies in my head.
7. I would like to publish a book one day full of travel stories, portraits and great graphic design.

I’m not sure I can make to it 15 but here are some of my favorite bloggers. I’ll come back later and add some more.
The Green Hair Mermaid Blogs – A personal and often moving blog in which the wonderful mermaid tries to find her way through life with musings about family, love, religion, art and anything that is on her mind.
 Groupiemom – Cool and fun, wannabe assassin and groupie.
My life: FTW! – I don’t know anyone who matches her gusto for life. She is for the win!
Agony Bette – Seriously, someone needs to pay that chick a fortune, the absolute best for bad advice. She’ll have you in stitches in no time. And did I tell you she is an awesome person as well? Well, she is.
Lost Is A Place Too – Lauren Fowler’s blog, all round awesome and very talented illustrator, cool person and hot chick.
One Small Change –  Blog by the super talented photographer Deborah Rossouw.
Beatnik Bazaar –  Pretty things, pretty photos, über stylish. ‘nuff said:)
Lena_ski – The personal side of the Overtone blog. She loves, no *lives* music.
Being Brazen – She has bucket lists by guest bloggers! And fashion. And 10 things I learned this weekend.
Miss Moss – Endless gorgeous images to browse through. Fashion, design, photography, art. Beautiful.
 The Pessimiss – This is what happens when you love fashion:) Inspiring and funny.  And she ran an amazing Valentine competitions for all you Capetonians out there.
 Symphony of Whales –  Music blog by Cape Town musician Nathan Maingard. He likes Sharon van Etten, we share the same birthday, he has all sorts of cool music suggestions, he likes to travel. In short, a cool blog.

*we don’t but it sounds good:)

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On Opening Night

The opening night is over… It was amazing and I had a fab fab fab time. Thank you so much to everyone who came out!! I can hardly get my head around the fact that the Swimming Upstream project is up for show now. Cool:-)

The whole day was amazing. I was lucky enough to have Jolene help me out all day long. We made our way to Orms at about 11 am to fetch the prints and damn, they did a stellar job. Packed it all up and went to the GD straight away. As soon as we pulled up at the Grand Daddy a big car moved out of the way creating the one and only available parking space in front of the Grand Daddy Hotel. The guys helped us carry the frames into The Venue and move furniture around.  Then we still had to decide on the order of the photos. I had made a selection on my computer but it is different once you’re inside a venue. There’s only so much space available, which photos do you want people to see first when they enter the room. Certain photo go together well, other don’t… When we finally made the decision of who to put where it was more than an hour later. Handyman Sheldon was quickly bribed to forget fixing the water pump and help put up the photos. Thank you:-) 

I think my favorite part of the day was sitting on the floor with Jo, eating pasta, drinking caipirinhas, tweeting and chatting while staring at my own work and realizing it has actually become a reality. Nice:-)

Jolene and I rushed home to Woodstock at about 4 pm in order to shower and change. Made it back just in time for me to fly into a fit, to get the dj table *back* into the room, move some furniture out of the room and for the champagne to be found before the first guests came. And from then on the night just whizzed by.

Verity opened the exhibition with a beautiful introduction and what Swimming Upstream means to her after which we played the video and Akio spinned his records all evening long. He had brought another dj with and they just took turns. Thank you guys so much!

And I can’t wait to see the Pixel Revelation’s video of the evening and some of Joy’s pics:-) If you have any as well, please let me know as between the excitement, champagne, chatting to people, rum & coke, being interviewed, tequila shots, the occasional hiding behind you just so I could take it all in and some more chatting and some more rum & coke, the evening just flew by.

Made it to bed at about 3.30 am. We started the ext day with a yummie breakfast at Superette and now it’s back to reality. Pics need to be sold, banks to be paid and visas to be sorted out… But the night happened anyway:-)