{OUT AND ABOUT} | The Skip Fashion Exchange

On Thursday I attended the final Skip Fashion Exchange for 2014. It was hosted by Bonang Matheba and held at The Forum at Turbine Hall (one of my absolute favourite venues) and I took the lovely Zakiyya from Loubi Lovers with (she found a pair of Loubis at the exchange!!). Skip describes the event as “an eco-fabulous way to share the love for clothes” and it truly was the perfect girls’ night out.

In order to participate in the exchange you have to bring three (or more if you would like) gently worn pieces with you. Basically if you wouldn’t give it to a friend, it is a no-no. We are sharing the love here! On arrival, the pieces are checked meticulously and then they are graded blue, purple or silver. You are given a card with stickers in these colours and that serves as your currency for the evening. I took along two dresses, a skirt and a jacket.

While you are noshing your scrumptious dinner and tapping your feet to the entertainment, the Skip fairies set up the store and display all the clothing and accessories according to their colour grading. After dinner it’s time to shop, shop shop and you get to choose goodies from the store. The Skip fairies have made sure that there are fitting rooms and a free tailor on hand to make sure you leave totally satisfied with the items you’ve picked. I didn’t manage to spend all my currency but I did get a most beautiful pair of leather boots. They are in perfect condition and I cannot wait to wear them! Once you’ve shopped, you get some Skip liquid so that you can take the best care of your new clothes.

The three course meal was totally divine and I must mention that they had special halaal catering for the Muslim guests. Zakiyya and I were delighted because at most events we aren’t catered for and we end up nibbling on salad leaves and bread and then wait not so patiently for dessert which most of the time ends up containing alcohol. 

While eating we were entertained by the Shoo Wop Shop trio who were out of this world amazing! Their rendition of Weekend Special was so perfect! We were also treated to a summer trend report and styling tips by the lovely Alexis Chaffe and guests could win ALL the outfits on display.

On the whole it was a beautiful evening filled with love and fashion. It really is one not to be missed and I will be sure to share with you where and when the next one will be as soon as I know!

Skip is running a fabulous giveaway and they are giving you the chance to win a R5000 voucher from Spree! All you have to do is register on Skip.co.za and share your Three Word Wardrobe (fabric, colour and mood) on the site by uploading a photo of your outfit. I’ve submitted a few looks and you can find them on the Skip website.

Until next time

Love and sparkles

Zaakira xox

(Some of the photos here were supplied to me by Skip)

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