#ISaveAfros Brunch

Last week Saturday, I hosted my #ISaveAfros brunch. It was the first event I hosted on my own, after co-hosting a few with the Healthy Hair Gurus back in the day. It was a deliberately intimate brunch, as I knew any more women would’ve lessened the one on one attention I wanted to give my guests. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for my followers for awhile and I’m so glad I finally did it.

It was held at my family’s favourite restaurant, Munch Café in Kramerville. You might remember we hosted Kai’s first birthday party at the Kyalami branch. I love their food, vibe and knew it’d be the perfect place for me to have a table of ladies to chit chat with for a couple of hours. My guests were treated to some tasty bites, fresh juice and of course, their personalised hampers (you know me and my DIY gene). I also gave a surprise mixed hamper to the lovely Botshelo, who gave the best answer to my impromptu giveaway question. Although I’d advertised that the brunch was going to start at 10am and finish at 12pm, we carried on chatting for much longer, only saying bye to the last guest close to 2pm.

There was no agenda for the day because I wanted to keep it simple, natural and encourage organic conversation. And that’s exactly what happened. Most of my guests had questions they’d been dying to ask me and others fed off each other’s questions. The loose plan was to have the topic of conversation exclusively be ‘natural hair’, but it drifted into our challenges and experiences as women and mothers too. I got emotional whenever a guest told me how much hearing my story or how me sharing my opinion on something helped them in a particular part of their lives. I’d obviously known that these women ‘followed’ me but I had no idea how deeply my truth had effected many of them. It was one of the most fulfilling experiences, getting to meet and treat some of the women who’ve followed me for years and others who’ve recently joined me on this journey.

       

 

And now they’ve seen first hand how much I love to talk, and listen.

To all the ladies who entered the giveaways, thank you and I hope to meet you in the near future. I encourage you all to keep engaging with my content – you never know what’ll come up 😉 And if you’re a silent follower, please do start commenting so I can get familiar with your name.

To the ladies who were my guests, thank you for the laughs, cries and love.

I appreciate you all so much.

Photography: Kevin O’Reilly, Thandie Pakathi, Nicoleen Meeding, Nompumelelo Kubheka.

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7 Comments

  1. April 16, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    It looks like you ladies had a great time. I wish we had gatherings like this in Eastern Cape too.

  2. Lindiwe
    March 24, 2018 / 9:33 am

    We love you too. Thank you for the amazing time we had together.

    • Aisha O'Reilly
      March 31, 2018 / 9:00 am

      Thanks Lindiwe!

  3. Nolwazi Magula
    March 23, 2018 / 6:15 pm

    I had the best time of my life spending some time with you and my other fellow naturalists. It was an honour to finally meet you in person

    • Aisha O'Reilly
      March 31, 2018 / 9:00 am

      So glad you enjoyed it, thanks again Lwazi, you’re too sweet!

  4. Thandie Phakati
    March 23, 2018 / 5:58 pm

    Such a beautiful REAL experience. I also loved how intimate it was, that was a brilliant choice Aisha. I really felt like everyone’s natural hair had a story attached to it, you laid a great platform for me to naturally express myself. You will see my name popping up in posts all the time lol. Thank you Aisha. P.s I made it on photo credits ohh yeah 😂

    • Aisha O'Reilly
      March 31, 2018 / 9:01 am

      Aww thank you Thandie, I look forward to seeing your name more often hehehe

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