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I officially need to find new friends.

Just kidding.

I only say this because they are going to bankrupt me this month. In Johannesburg, the majority of my friends are born in Aquarius – January/February (myself and Sox included) and I have quite a few friends in the Libra sign too. However, in Cape Town, it seems that everyone I know is either an  August/September/October baby. It has been birthday after birthday after birthday and while I love a good celebration, it’s very hard saying NO each time to the most delicious looking birthday cakes.

We celebrated a very good friend of mine, Laura’s birthday. We went to Kloof Street House for a girls dinner. If I were you I’d order the burger. It is so tender and delicious, it comes with camembert cheese and the most delicious mayo. I didn’t even take a photo of it I gobbled it up so fast.

Monica and I doing the flick pose. As you do.
Wild hair, don’t care! Love this birthday girl so much!
Martine, Georgina and I

In other news, one of my best friends Lucia and her fiancé Tomislav came to Cape Town. It was fantastic spending time together. We went to a place I’d never been to and it was fantastic to yet again, discover another gem. The Crypt is a jazz restaurant with great food and a show. The evening we went, the UCT Jazz Singers were performing. They were excellent and it was such a wonderful evening of red wine, steak and jazz.

Lucia and I
Sox and Tomislav

Back to a birthday… On Friday we celebrated Natalie’s birthday with a surprise girly luncheon. It was so beautifully decorated…


Kim and Sloane
Natalie and I

 How cool is this cake?

I found out on Friday night that I would be flying to Johannesburg to MC the Miss Hellene 2014 Charity Pageant with actor and singer, Emmanual Castis. Miss Hellene is the pageant for all Greek and/or Cypriot girls between the ages of 18-28.

I left Cape Town on Saturday morning, leaving this weather behind…

…and arrived in hot, sunny Johannesburg.

Prada Sunglasses from Sunglass Hut, British Airways tickets, Lovisa ring and Catrice nail polish

I went straight through to Emperors Palace for the lunch and the dress rehearsal.

We even had lunch at a Greek restaurant, Platia and I felt like I was back in Greece.

After the lunch and rehearsal, I went through to my hotel room for a cup of tea and another read through of my script and some exploring…

 How gorgeous is this chandelier?

After exploring, I headed to hair and make-up where the amazing girls worked their magic.

Back to the hotel room to change into my black and gold Lipsy dress. *But first…let me take a selfie*

The dapper Emmanual Castis and I back stage…

I had so much fun on stage and even practiced some of my Greek. Here are the gorgeous contestants and I….

Ashley Hayden was one of the judges. I adore her. She is also a big reason why I went into the TV and Radio Presenting. I used to watch her and say: “I’d love to do that!

After the pageant, Greek sensation Giorgos Tsaliki came out. When I was in Greece we saw posters for this singer all over the place. I remember saying to Sox that he looks like a Greek Ricky Martin…

Fast forward to Johannesburg, South Africa and out came the Greek Ricky Martin to perform. Girls went wild and even the guys went wild. It was a great party!

My beautiful Ismini was at the party and we danced the whole night – my feet are still sore.

After getting home late, ahem…early morning… I slept in a little and then headed over to Karolina to visit my gorgeous Godson, Gabriel. He is (unbiasedly) the most adorable little baby. First, Karolina and I went for a lunch, leaving Gabe with his dad for some boy time and so that K could get out of the house for a little bit.

BUT, we couldn’t stay away too long and I’m not sure who was itching to get back home more!

We arrived back to this sleeping beauty.

After a feed, nappy change and play session, it was time for Aunty Bailey cuddles… He smells so good and his baby breath is just the best. I may sound broody… OK fine… but it’s also pure pride!

 We both decided we’d be more comfy on the couch, so we headed there for afternoon snoozes.

After a good snooze and his bath, I said goodbye and headed home for some furry cuddles from Duke.

Monday morning, I left early, gobbled down a quick breakfast at Lanseria airport and headed home to Cape Town.

Life is good and each day is a blessing.

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