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The Cosmo Self-Love Sunday Brunch

For years we’ve been told what perfection looks like and what ideals we should strive for in term of our bodies and visual appearance. Thankfully this ridiculous notion is something of the past and the focus has shifted to self-love.

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in a recent survey Cosmo learned that over 74% of women are unhappy or only slightly happy with their bodies. In an effort to shine light on this issue they launched the #DearBoobs campaign which celebrates all women’s bodies.

Cosmopolitan hosted a self-love brunch in partnership with Strawberry Lips on Sunday the 27th of October 2019.

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The Self-Love Sunday brunch was all about celebrating all unique women bodies and promoting the #DearBoobs campaign responses. Showing that all boobs matter and all women should focus a little more on self-love.

When it comes to events hosted by Cosmopolitan you can expect nothing other than perfection. From the venue to the goodies by the amazing sponsors, everything is always in place. One of the only downsides of these perfectly planned events is that you have to get your ticket early or you’ll miss out. The Self-Love Sunday Brunch was sold out within the first two weeks after the event was first announced.

I was lucky enough to get a ticket to attend this self-love promoting event and it was genuinely a great way to end off the week.

Photo by Cosmo Photographer

The Self-Love Sunday Brunch

The brunch took place at the gorgeous Val de Vie Estate which is a bit of a drive but definitely worth a visit. Upon arrival we were greeted by the fabulous Cosmo team with welcome drinks and a vouchers from GHD and Edgars.

From there you could start enjoying pre-activation’s from the many fabulous sponsors including Soda Stream, Estée Lauder, Strawberry Lips, Mousson and Edgards. These included fabulous girly spoils such as make-up touch ups and getting your nails done or hands massaged.

The event took place in a brunch setting and at your table you already had everything you needed for the activities taking place throughout the course of the day. A lifesaver was the fabulous cappuccinos served on demand by the FLEET Coffee Company. As it was a cold and rainy day here in the Western Cape those coffee’s kept us girls going.

The event started with a welcome from Cosmo editor Holly Meadows and Strawberry Lips Marketing Manager Vanessa Nel. Both fabulous women with a passion for inspiring more self-love and empowerment in other women.

Photo by Cosmo Photographer

From there 3 panelists read their #DearBoobs letters and a short panel discussion commenced. The panel discussion was hosted by Holly and Cosmo Deputy Editor Noxolo Mafu. The panelists included a celebrities and influencers from the #DearBoobs campaign: Boitumelo Rametsi, Elzet Nel, Danni Bowler, Valentina Nicol. MAC Brand Manager, Kerry Hochfelden   was also part of the panel speaking on behalf of Estee Lauder Companies and Glenda Williams for Edgars Buying Head Intimate wear & Int Brand.

After the panel it was time for us ladies to get creative and dive into a little self-care with a Gratitude Journal Workshop lead by Celeste Stewart. The focus of the workshop was on championing a self-love plan and sustaining long term. The creative juices were flowing but more importantly girls were urged to focus on the things they love most about themselves.

From there it was time for brunch which was served by the remarkable chef at Val de Vie Estate. The brunch included a variety of delicious treats such as sweet and salty scones, mini burgers, croissants, brownies and other baked goods. It was a feast laid out for royalty and each table had their own selection to enjoy so no one went hungry. The Strawberry Lips cocktail bar also opened during this time where you could opt for a Pink Russian or Strawberry Pie cocktail. The Pink Russian was a gin based cocktail and the Strawberry Pie a vodka and coffee liqueur cocktail both topped up with Strawberry Lips.

Photo by Cosmo Photographer

After brunch it was time for the last activity which was a Drawing Session led by Art Curator, Jana Terblanche. While it might seem like a terrible idea especially for those of us who aren’t artists it turned out to be great fun. Jana gave us many different challenges where we had to draw our partners at the table. These challenges included drawing with your weak hand and drawing without lifting the pencil from the paper. It led to a lot of laughter and genuinely created a loving and happy vibe where many girls got to connect with those around them.

After much laughter it was time for prize giveaways and the activities to come to an end. However, there was still plenty of time to enjoy the Strawberry Lips cocktails and take part in the many activation’s. These activation’s included getting a free bra fitting and consultation from Edgars, taking photos at the fabulous photo booths and hand and nail treatments.

Photo by Cosmo Photographer

Value for Money?

A ticket to the Cosmo Self-Love Sunday Brunch would set you back between R245 and R295 depending on if it’s an early or late bird ticket. The ticket includes your brunch, coffee, cocktails by Strawberry Lips, an Estée Lauder gift pack and a fabulous goodie bag. Plus the chance that you might win one of the many raffle prizes from the fabulous sponsors. Sponsors for the event included: Strawberry Lips, Val de Vie, Mousson, Estée Lauder, Edgars, Soda Stream, GHD, CNA and ORMS.

The Goodie Bag included the September Issue of Cosmopolitan, a recyclable tote bag, Yardley Bond Street deodorant, Mousson body lotion, imPRESS One-Step gel nails, a Mousson branded notebook, a Soda Stream My Only Bottle, product samples and other Cosmo goodies. Then there was a R200 voucher from Edgars and R500 voucher from GHD.

The Estée Lauder gift pack included a 50ml Modern Muse perfume (valued at R1550) and 50 ml Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (valued at R1225). This gift pack alone is valued at R2775.

Photo by Cosmo Photographer

A Cosmo girl after all

There’s a reason why any and all events hosted by Cosmopolitan almost always sell out within the first few weeks. The events are perfectly planned and attendees always have plenty to look forward to including fabulous food, drinks and goodie bags.

The Cosmo Self-Love Sunday Brunch was definitely one of my favourite events thus far thanks to the interactive activities and key focus on self-love. Each and every attendee left Val de Vie Estate with a smile and a little more self-love, some even went home with a few more friends.

Were you at the Cosmo Self-Love Sunday Brunch? What were your thoughts on the event, food and activities?

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