IMG_6484

Travel and Lifestyle: High Tea at Ladurée and What is a Perfect Macaron?

 

If you haven’t personally been to Ladurée, I have no doubt that you know what it is and what it is that they specialise in, courtesy of the good old Gossip Girl days… and for those who still have no clue then here’s a little background for you:

Ladurée is a luxury French bakery and pastries house, they are world famous for their macarons and have 52 stores in the world, 6 being in Paris alone and of course we don’t have one in SA. 😉 Little fun fact for you: Ladurée made macarons for the film Marie Antoinette! Amazing! 🙂

So where did I have the Ladurée experience, you might ask, I had high tea in Times Square in Hong Kong. Personally, I’m a huge fan of macarons and I don’t particularly have a sweet tooth. The perfect macarons for me is where the macaron shells have feet, not hollow and the outside is slightly hard but not crispy and baked to perfection but the inside of the macaron shell should be so airy that it melts in your mouth. Of course, a macaron is not a macaron without filling, although I’m a huge fan of chocolate ganache but a little bit of blueberry or lemon curd filling never hurt. The filling must be smooth and in fact where all the flavour is because the macaron shells don’t actual have any flavouring, just colouring. Although still attempting to bake the perfect macarons myself, I definitely know how to enjoy a good macaron! Unfortunately we don’t have a Ladurée store in SA but you can get pretty good macarons from Tashas Le Parc in Hyde Park Corner, they have a variety of different flavours and certainly worth a try if you’re seeking good macarons.

IMG_0020

IMG_0007

IMG_0004

IMG_0010

IMG_0023

IMG_0006

We also ordered lemon cake and also some sort of chocolate brownie, if I remembered correctly.

I cannot for the life of me remember the flavours I ordered but the pink one is definitely “Rose” because I always order that flavour and it was delicious! 🙂

Hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading! 🙂

With love…xxx

Sent from my iPad

IMG_2604

Lookbook: First Look of 2014

 

Hi Everyone! Seeing that I haven’t been doing lookbook posts for so long, I got a little camera shy in the beginning but quickly warmed up to it! So here’s my first lookbook post of 2014. I actually had tons of fun and seeing that we’re experiencing such fantastic weather lately in Jozi (being very hot), I couldn’t go without a Chocolate Frio from Vida to cool me down. Being in the quiet suburbial streets of Sandton really reminded me of what a beautiful country we live in with so much green and fresh air! 🙂 Not that I wouldn’t jump at the chance to go on holiday again and explore the rest of this beautiful world! Oh, and I’m obsessed with my new Vivienne Westwood sunnies that I purchased on my holiday! What do you think? 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your week!

IMG_2583

IMG_2587

IMG_2591

IMG_2594

IMG_2597 IMG_2598 IMG_2599

IMG_2603

 

IMG_2592

 

IMG_2619

IMG_2622

IMG_2624

 

Hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading!

What Im wearing:

Mango tee

Leather leggings from Zara in Taiwan

Converse sneakers

Hat from Forever New

Vivienne Westwood sunglasses

Burberry sling bag

Pandora bracelet

Tiffany & Co ring – Tiffany lock collection

With love…xxx

Sent from my iPad

VIVA-GLAM-14-BEAUTY-300

Beauty: Rihanna for Viva Glam

Happy Friday Everyone! If you think the RiRi heart MAC phase is over, you cannot be more wrong. If you were one of those who missed her RiRi heart MAC collection including her holiday collection, don’t despair because I have wonderful news for you! 🙂 Rihanna for Viva Glam is set to launch on 6 February 2014 and the collection will feature both a lipstick as well as a lipglass in a “frosty blue-red”. For those RiRi fans, not only will you be able to get your hands on a super chic lipstick and lipglass but every cent of the purchase price paid to MAC will go help those men, women and children all around the globe in combatting HIV and AIDS.

VIVA-GLAM-14-AMBIENT-300

So a little background to Viva Glam for those who don’t already know… Viva Glam lipsticks were introduced in 1994 by MAC to raise money for the MAC AIDS Fund and over the past 20 years, MAC has launched 7 exclusive Viva Glam lines including lipsticks and lipglass, with each featuring a limited advertising campaign with celebrities such as Lil’ Kim, Christina Aguilera, Mary J, Blige, Dita Von Teese, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and of course the latest addition, Rihanna… just to name a few. So what does the MAC AIDS Fund do? The MAC AIDS Fund basically provide financial support to organizations working with underserved regions and populations, which in turn, such organizations provide a wide range of services to people living with AIDS around the globe. Basic services include providing nutritional services to people living with AIDS, providing counseling, providing knowledge training, testing pregnant moms for the disease and so forth.

So diarise 6 February 2014 as the product line will be available in MAC stores nationwide and not only glam up but at the same time, you can lend a helping hand to those of need… in a glamorous way of course! 😉

With love…xxx

Sent from my iPad