Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Life Is Sweet

On Monday, I thought it was just a coincidence that the deep purple CASSIS delivery van drove past me... Tuesday, I was a little annoyed when it happened again, but I tried to ignore the purple blur out the corner of my eye, as hard as it was...  This morning, I am convinced that they are trying to torment me... Let me explain. Picture this... 

 and this...
 and then this...
Now picture it driving past you... beyond your reach! Yes... imagine the taste, the deliciousness... now watch it dissapear! Isn't it terrible?! For those of you who don't know, CASSIS is the South African equivalent of the infamous Laudree in Paris. Yes, the masters of the best Macaroons in the world...

There are a few of these stores situated in and around Cape Town and I am a frequent visitor. Macaroons... Everything about a macaroon is wonderful! They are little bites of happiness and can turn a very bad day into a very, very good day! Just Magical! If you have never tried one, you are missing out on one of the greatest joys of life... 

There are hundreds of different flavours to choose from! Rasberry, Piscacio, Chocolate, Coconut, Vanilla, Orange-Chocolate and Lemon to mention but a few. They even experiment with flavours such as Black Forest, Lavender and  Pina Colada. My  absolute favorites are still the Pistacio and Chocolate ones.

This episode of Gossip Girl had me laughing for days, and it is the perfect example of the power of a Macaroon! Roses, Macaroons and a Hot Bubble Bath! Mmmmm... Sounds like the perfect destresser to me! Laudree went on to use the clip for their marketing campaign ...

 Love this!

I have been wanting to make my own batch of Macaroons for a while now, and have recently bought Alice Thompson's first book, Macaron. The beautiful book has 35 delicious recipes including  flavours such as salted caramel and liquorice. 

They are not hard to make and you'll reap the rewards of their deliciousness when they are done! To give you an idea, I have uploaded a short video tutorial for you...

 Such a cute song :)

You will hardly ever catch me in the kitchen but when I do feel like baking, I love playing music  in the background. I find french tunes create a lovely atmosphere and adds a little touch of fun to the process- Makes me feel professional :)

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The best thing about Macaroons? They are the perfect touch of magic... anyday, anytime, anywhere! ♥ 
I hope you have been inspired to try macaroons or to make your very own!

Have a Beautiful and Happy Day

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Honey and the Bee

Today I would like to make a tribute to someone who is Beautiful, Funny, Happy, Kind, Gorgeous, Crazy, Caring and Simply the Best- my precious cousin, Pascale! Happy Birthday, Pickle! I hope you have the most wonderful, happy and special day filled with balloons, cake and lots of love!You are an angel in my life and I adore you ♥.... 

Matanna has always been obsessed with Owl City songs and I have to agree that they are pretty awesome, but she recently made me listen to one of their newest songs, Honey and the Bee. If I had to describe this song in one word, it would be Happiness! It takes me an hour to get to work every morning because of all the traffic and I literally had the song on replay the whole way there! It makes you want to get up and dance and you can't help but smile- Definitely my song of the year! I have uploaded the cute music video just for you, so take a listen...I'm sure you'll love it too...

 The lyrics are amazing and the whole tune just puts a smile on my face :) 

The truth is, everyone knows that life can't always be smiles and rainbow and butterflies, sometimes there are days full of clouds and rain and cold miserable weather... but why should they get you down? My friend, Heike is a true inspiration when it comes to matters like these... I never see her without a smile on her face and she is always full of optimism. I found a little something that reminded me of advice that she would give to me....

We ♥ It

It is so true... If you are having a hard time, rely on your friends, if they anything like mine, they will be your wings when you forget to fly! Listen to songs that make you feel happy, Laugh and Remember the Happy Memories not the Sad... Don't Forget, just look for the Good... and for Cupcakes...

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I bet you have listened to Honey and the Bee at least three times already... :)

 So go out and Smile, Happy looks good on you :) 

Monday, 29 August 2011

A Hot Cup of Tea and a Warm Pair of Socks

Good morning to all my beautiful friends... What a stunning weekend! The weather was so warm and the days just glorious! I spent the weekend catching up with some very special friends and by the end of it, I was dreading the start of a new week. However, when I woke up this morning and the sun was shining and the weather predicted to be around 25 degrees, I decided that maybe Mondays aren't so bad afterall!  I threw on a pretty top and the cute summer sandals that have been staring at me for the last two months and took a light jersey due to the fresh morning air... I dont know if its just the office but the sunshine was definitely a little bit deceiving and I think I might have taken out my cute sandals a few days early...

Winter sure is making the most of its last few days, with only three days left till spring! It has been so chilly sitting here at my desk. All I want is a hot cup of tea and a warm pair of socks... 

We ♥ It
Do you remember when you were a little girl and your mom used to dress you up in those gorgeous little socks with the frills? Well, I had been looking everywhere for a pair and they finally seem to be making their way into haute couture... I happened to find the cutest shop, while walking around Knightsbridge, on my trip to London not so long ago. It is called Tabio. The shop itself is tiny, and only caters for socks, stockings and tights...but it is filled to the brim with every imaginable type of sock you could wish to find (Socks to wear with sandals, secret socks, thick socks, thin socks, ankle socks you name it, they have it) It was here that I found my beautiful frilly lace socks, and lots of accessories such as bows and frills to add to any socks you all ready have.

Anyone who says money can’t buy happiness is shopping in the wrong place. Three words…Same meaning: Ruffle Ankle Socks, I Love You! It’s out with the new and in with the old. These simple items have become the Ferrero Rocher in the fashion world and the Turkish Delight of our lives. What was once just baby-doll- dress-up talk has become the latest trend. Pair them with an elegant pair of stilettos or a cute pair of pumps with a girly dress, skirt or shorts for a vintage look that leaves you feeling absolutely ladylike! These frilly fashion fabs are the easiest way to tastefully craft a fun feel to the most ordinary outfit, giving you a fresh, flirty and fabulous feel. 

From Spring into Summer and Autumn into Winter they are every season’s must have. From plain and simple white and black to pastels, brights, chiffon or lace. The moment has arrived to experiment with stripes, hearts or stars and the diversity is infinite. Doll-up the prettiest princess or add a feminine touch to the queen of rock. Imagination can take you anywhere as you allow your personality to express the originality of your style. The time has come… let the socks rock.

Have a happy day

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Perfectly Pretty

As the countdown continues, with only one week left till spring, my mind keeps wandering to the garden tea parties I mentioned before… And with my birthday fast approaching, I can’t help but want to start planning my very own party! So, naturally, I have been thinking of all the different options and happened to stumble across the very lovely Hostess with the Mostess

 What a gorgeous party idea, I'm thinking a group of my closest girlfriends, cake, champagne and happiness

 Pink everywhere...Of course..

 The rasberries just add that little touch of elegance

 There will be lots and lots of cupcakes decorated with fresh spring colours and a few flowers to add some magic to the look

There will be a variety of delicious treats to feast upon and I absolutely adore the raspberry garnish
 Perfectly Precious! I cant wait to start baking...

 The different colours add a bit of character to these cute cake pops
Sugarcrafting is a lot of work, but it is also lots of fun and always adds an extra little something to a cake or cupcake. A friend of mine is doing a cake decorating course, I'll definitely be contacting her for some lessons on how to make these gorgeous pink roses.

 I love how the flowers have been set out in an unconventional way... it is very creative and looks gorgeous!

 Aaaah! Macaroons!! There must ALWAYS be Macaroons!!

So, I have sucessfully found some inspiration for my Birthday Party this year! Cant wait to organise it! Thanks to Hostess with the Mostess for their great ideas and beautiful pics!

Happy Days