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Monday, April 15, 2013

It was hard to see this leopard in a tree while on safari at Thornybush Game Lodge in South Africa last week.

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Big cat.

The wild cat’s excellent camouflage made me wonder if FitzRoy the cat chose his favorite bowl for similar reasons of discretion.

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Orange cat in an orange bowl.

If it’s good enough for cats, it’s good enough for me! When we left Thornybush for Cape Town, I got all stealthy with the hotel’s carpeting.

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Catwoman.

What Wendy Wore
Dress: Diane von Furstenberg (2002)
Shoes: Prada (2010)

I had another opportunity to try camouflage when we visited an ostrich farm. Naturally, I wore my faux-ostrich-feather jacket by Stacy Lomman. I thought I blended in perfectly with the young ostriches.

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Birds of a feather flock together.

Then a lady ostrich came over to inspect me …

… but I’m not sure she was very impressed.

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She looks a little skeptical.

I got so much use out of my feathery jacket on the trip. Most of the time, the temperature was in the 50-60 degree Fahrenheit range, and Stacy’s piece was perfect for that. As always, the jacket got an incredible amount of attention. Naturally, it was a huge hit with the ostrich-farm employees. But no matter where else I went during my travels — JFK airport in New York, Johannesburg, Cape Town — people stopped me to inquire about and often touch the jacket. My favorite encounter was at the airport in Hoedspruit. (We flew there from Johannesburg and then drove an hour to Thornybush.) Two Australian women couldn’t take their eyes off the jacket and asked all about it. They instructed me to tell Stacy that she is very talented. Then one of them said warmly, “Congratulations on owning such a beautiful thing.” That sentence really struck me. We so often look at anything fashion-related as frivolous and unnecessary. But what’s life without beauty, however we may attain it? It was Albert Einstein who said, “The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.”

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Beware of me.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering what beauty/fashion choices are appropriate for the pursuit of animals on safari, I recommend wedge sneakers and red lipstick.

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Sunset cocktails in the bush.

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16 Responses to “What Wendy Wore: Camouflage and Safari Gear in South Africa”

  1. stacy says:

    I’m so flattered by what those two ladies said. And I’m thrilled that you wuv your ostrich jacket, you wear it so well. How hilariously perfect that you went to an ostrich farm! I’m still dying over that photo with the bird, it is priceless. It’s gold, Jerry, gold!!

  2. stacy says:

    PS — Um… your legs… OMG. H.O.T.

  3. Eli says:

    Officially the most stylish Safari voyager!!

  4. first, what stacy said about your legs! Love the pic of you and the ostrich. She’s like “was that a contribution or a sacrifice, lady?” Thanks for linking it all up to Visible Monday.

  5. Tina says:

    Sounds like such an awesome trip. Welcome home!!

    • WendyB
      Twitter: WendyBrandes
      says:

      Thank you! And I’m gonna feature you on the blog this week, love the photos of you from your event!

  6. Heather says:

    Love the leopard and ostrich looks. Fabulous! Wonder if the ostriches were a little scared?? I’ve always wondered what one would wear on a safari and I’m glad to see that fashion doesn’t take a back seat!
    Heather from Friendship, Life and Style

    • WendyB
      Twitter: WendyBrandes
      says:

      I think the ostriches just thought I was a really, really ugly ostrich. That female ostrich is clearly thinking, “Ew, she almost looks like a human. How horrible.”

  7. Faux Fuchsia says:

    Am unsurprised about the compliment from the Australian lady- Australians are the nicest people you will ever meet.

  8. Val Sparkle says:

    You look amazing in that leopard dress on the leopard carpet, you animal, you!

  9. Bella Q
    Twitter: citizenrosebudz
    says:

    Ok, I never have an excuse to look sloppy! Here you are looking FABULOUS, on safari, and hanging with live ostriches. I am taking off my sweats and putting on some wedge sneakers.

  10. I think lady ostrich wanted to nibble your feathers.