WHAT a topsy-turvy week it has been since Valentine's Day, it almost doesn't feel right to celebrate the week of love when there are such terrible headlines in the newspaper every day. Your Skinnerbek started with One Billion Rising at the Grand Hotel in Central on Valentine's Day.
I had no choice but to join in for a good cause: part of a an international initiative to get one billion women and men dancing in a stand against gender violence and sexual assault.
I met Emily Leonard and Sibulele Nombebe, who looked like they were in their own world.
From there, I went to Cubana in Humewood, where French DJ Diamond Dealer was playing. The mood was chilled with Valentine's couples, many rocking the red and white theme. Diamond Dealer sure knows how to keep the crowd entertained so I danced the night away and forgot all about my Mr Right problems.
On Saturday, Sifiso Zungu, well known in the social scene, held a party in Summerstrand and was supposed to host Joburg DJ Twitty, who decided to play a no-show game. His excuse was that he was late for his flight. When told to drive to the party instead, he decided not to answer his cellphone. Sies, Twitty!
Anyway, Sifiso started the night wearing yellow track pants and a white T-shirt, but thank goodness he later changed into something more suitable. Free advice to those ladies in hot pants: if you want to rock shorts, then visit the gym more often to get rid of that not-so-nice-looking cellulite.
You can't traumatise us like that! Having said that, I spotted Lonwabo Tsotsobe on point in the fashion department. He rocked up with his new wheels.
Bay TV sports presenter Nombulelo Mooi looked fab in her black and white striped dress and a new hairdo.
I also spotted another Bay TV presenter, Thenjiwe Mjuleni, in the company of an unknown guy. She refused to have her picture taken, although hun I loved your platform heels and that weave looked nice on you. There was also the sexy Sinomtha Mboya from Imbizo group.
The other big party on Saturday was Dining Under the Stars – a James Bond themed fundraiser for Community Chest at the NMB Stadium. Salmon starters, followed by a slow cooked lamb shank and summer vegetables and finished off by a quartet of chocolate desserts made for a fantastic meal in the middle of our beautiful pitch.
I felt like I was breaking the rules being on the grass but, you know, this is a once a year opportunity.
Being as brazen as I am, I ordered my Martini dirty. Unlike Bond, I don't like mine shaken.
Effervescent and dynamic "pavement special" Bradley Goldman hosted the evening and the fashion police were also out in full force. Weza and Linda Moss made an adorable couple, both cool as a cucumber – he in a grey suit and she in the ever-present little black dress.
The jury is still out as to why Mayor Zanoxolo Wayile arrived at the function minus half the sleeves of his jacket. Seriously, who still wears safari suits?
I also noticed a fellow guest wearing the red halter-neck low back, long trained dress she wore to another function two months ago – not even the hairstyle changed.
KayCee of Algoa FM did not disappoint with the music – even the first lady was boogying down (and we needed to after that feast).
By the way, Liz Prins is sporting a huge tanzanite ring.
The verdict is still out on whether she and Mr Ngakane are engaged or not – someone please let me in on the secret.
With the sun blazing on Sunday for the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Concert in the Park, Zwai Bala and Naz Tim-Holland belted out tune after tune, and this after hosting a sundowner show the previous night.
One lucky man, Paul Thompson, happened to be celebrating his birthday that morning and the crowd and orchestra sang Happy Birthday, while his wife, Wendy, beamed from ear to ear while taking pictures. The event was a real rainbow affair that would make any politician throwing a party green with envy as we danced and sang side by side as one.
Tonight I am off to the grand opening of the Boardwalk Hotel and international convention centre. I will spill the beans in next week's edition.