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Chocolate Couture Dress

Is chocolate your thing? Well it certainly is mine. I want to live in a chocolate house. Something quite Wonka-esque that would embody my happiness in chocolate. I want to eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch and supper and not run the risk of getting diabetes or fat (in that order, I do have priorities here). I know that these are pipe dreams. Until I saw that there was a chocolate dress designed by Downtown Abbey costume designer, Caroline McCall, which was presented at The Chocolate Show in London. I mean, how fabulous!

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My main concern though is how do you wear chocolate in public without the very real possibility that you might end up showing your bits to the world to see once the chocolate is eaten or god forbid melts! Chocolate melts at 36 degrees celcius – body temperature. Oh this is bothering me MORE than it should but I think its because I can’t quite comprehend this chocolate dress..

chocolate-dress-2 I take my hat off to that model for not chowing down on the 132 pounts of chocolate which were required to make this dress.

xo Flea143

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Guest Contribution : Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream Recipes to Try Against Premature Aging

Dark chocolate is actually good for you. Even ice cream recipes are beneficial to health if they list dark chocolate as one of the main ingredients. The operative word here is “dark,” which means that anything labeled or described as “dark chocolate” should contain nothing less than 70% to 75% of pure cocoa. This percentage is easy to overlook when cooking with chocolate, especially in making easy desserts such as chocolate jello or chocolate brownies.

dark chocolateLoaded with anti-oxidants with powerful anti-ageing properties, dark chocolate in easy dessert recipes also contains flavonoids and just the right amount of caffeine, two elements that can prevent the beginning of degenerative neurological and cerebral medical conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, memory gaps, and dementia. The higher the count of pure cocoa, the healthier it is for the body. Most people shy away from dark chocolate because of its slightly bitter taste, but remember that the dark variety is the pure, unadulterated chocolate without the sugar.

Weak Bones Can Speed Up Ageing

How does dark chocolate help in the anti-ageing process? Every cell of the body is at its best working condition when it contains fluid that has considerable alkaline content. When the body has sufficient alkaline, the risk for acquiring chronic diseases significantly decreases. On the other hand, when the body has excessive acid, the opposite of alkaline, it speeds up ageing because the body takes out calcium and magnesium already absorbed by the bones to neutralise acidification.

This neutralisation process greatly weakens the bones, making them brittle and dry, and increasing the risk of osteoporosis, among other threatening bone diseases. Some of the foods which contain acid include red meats, refined sugar, coffee, cereals and cheese. Excessive consumption of these foods will gradually lead bones to weaken, encourage fat acids to attach themselves to arterial walls that thicken into plaque and subsequently clog arteries and lead to stroke, hypertension and heart attack, and set the motion for digestive disorders that can lead to diabetes.

Try a Simple, Delicious and Nutritious Ice Cream Recipe      

Can chocolate be healthy? Only if it’s the dark kind. And are there easy-to-follow healthy recipes using dark chocolate? Here’s one to try right now: a nutritious, dairy-free, delicious and health benefit-giving ice cream recipe that will surely change minds and palates to go over to the “dark side” of confectionery:

Whisk 3½ cups of coconut milk together with 1 cup of almond milk, 2/3 cups brown sugar, ½ teaspoon sea salt, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract until sugar is completely dissolved. Pour this mixture into an ice cream maker, running the machine between 25 and 30 minutes, or when the texture becomes thick and creamy. Freeze ice cream for an hour or two, and then fold in a cup each of chopped dark chocolate pieces and raw almonds. Return the mixture to the freezer until firm.

This simple but luscious preparation is only one of many ice cream recipes which can be made healthy by using dark, rather than milk or white, chocolate. You not only prevent those wrinkles from making their appearance on your face, as German researchers have proven that flavonoids in those dark cocoa morsels can improve blood circulation to and hydrate the skin, as well as protect it from harmful UV rays.

Author Bio: 

I’m a freelance web designer and also a writer for food and loves cooking since before. For me, food has been a life journey of exploration, discovery and experimentation and as I continue along my own culinary path, I hope to share some of the lessons and flavours I learn along the way and also I’m a mom of two.  – Angel Vicky

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Soul Smile Monday

Hiya Poutlings

As well received as my past Soul Smile post was, I thought I’d share another one with you all for anyone who is suffering from mid-week blues.

Keep smiling and have a beautiful day!!!

**missfitzz

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Chocolate Will Never Go Out of Fashion…

Hi Pouters!

The Salon du Chocolat, an annual show that allows chocolate-makers to show off how sweet they really are, hit Zurich on Friday, and part of the show included models dressed in chocolate clothing.

Sometimes I think that the only reason that I never wanted to model is that I wouldn’t be able to be in a show like this without eating the clothes.

missfitzz***

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Service Review ~ Rubybox Vs Glambox

Hello Pretty pouters!

Hope you are all doing fantastically well!

So, in the past few months there has been a lot of talk on the net and in magazines about 2 services now offered in South Africa. Rubybox and Glambox. Basically what this service offers is a wonderful little treat for you.

For just the minimal price of R100 you receive a monthly box with a minimum of 4 to 5 products, some trial size and even sometimes a full size might slip into your special box.

So you subscribe to one of these services, you can pay via EFT or Credit card and once a month, like clockwork, you box of goodies is courierd to your doorstep.

So I have subscribed to both services and after about 3 months it is now my turn to give you ins and outs of this service.

So here we go! (Note I will mainly be focussing on the December boxes in this review)

Rubybox

You receive your box within the first week of every month. After opening the courier packaging, you get a matte black box with hot pink writing enveloped in organic packaging.

So as you handle the box, you hear your treats jiggle around inside, which makes you all the more excited (kindof) to just get it open and see what’s inside!

So call this an early christmas present to yourself, afterall, we all know we ladies deserve it and heck, why not put an evening aside during that month, to just relax, sit back and test all your luxury goodies that you received in your boxes?

Right, so when you open your Rubybox this what you find (not all of the December boxes had the same items in them, these are what was in mine though)

Ok first of all, the jiggling about of your treats, is because there is not protective form of cushioning for the products. Luckily in the past 3 months I have not yet received any damaged or broken products, but this should be a level of concern, as this month there was tiny glass jar in the box, which could get damaged should your parcel get squashed by some silly postman.

That aside, the December box from Rubybox contained the following products:

1. GHD Style Final Fix Hairspray – 75ml

2. Elizabeth Arden Intervene 3-in-1 Daily Cleanser Exfoliator Primer – 30ml

(Which you should know by now is my favourite new cleanser, as I received it in my October Rubybox, and now again, but I don’t mind cus now I have a travel one and I don’t have to travel with my full size one)

3. Diesel Loverdose Perfume Sample – 1,5ml

(Oh my this fragrance is just gorgeous!)

4. Africology Neroli Body Balm – 25ml

I absolutely love anything with Neroli oil.

5. A gift voucher for a Facial Analysis at Africology

They are however based in JHB so if you’re not close, you can’t really use the voucher.

All these products are well worth more than R100 (remeber to factor in what couriers cost these days) and considering I don’t have to drive to some crazy ass mall to go into shops and suffer from mall rage to get a few samples, this service is an absolute must if you want to try out products before buying full size ones.

Yes you might have heard Rubybox had some issues with their November deliveries, but every business has some growing pains. Also, a good big thumbs up for Ruby box to include eco-friendly packaging and working with a social upliftment program, Adonis Musati Project, to help pack the boxes.

I’m sure their teething problems will be ironed out soon and due time.

Right, so next up, Glambox

You receive your box within the third week of every month. Although the December boxes were delivered within the first week of December. Kudos for you Glambox for taking into account most Glam ladies will be going on holiday as of the 15th and won’t be at home to receive their boxes. After opening the courier packaging, you get a matte hot pink box. I love hot pink!

So as you handle the box, you hear nothing jiggling around inside, so you open the hot pink box, and revealed inside a very beautiful, glamorous shiny black Glambox. Immediately you feel a 100 times more special because so much care has been taken with the packaging.

So you open up the lovely shiny black box, and what do you find inside?

A little gift, your treats wrapped up with a lovely ribbon and the product explanation card. Unwind the ribbon, and open up the tissue paper and what do you find?

Your lovely treats are cushioned from damage with some black colored paper shreds, all neatly packed and waiting for your attention.

So the December Glambox consists of the following products:

1. Bourjoiss 1001 Lashes Black Quartz Mascara – Full Size

2. Cacharel Fragrance: Anais Anais – 1,5ml

Ah, Cacharel, one of my favourite fragrance companies, the once made a fragrance called Gloria, it was the most amazing ever, it lasted the whole day on your skin and was so clean and fresh and summer-ey.

3. Elancyl Stretch Mark Prevention Smooth Cream – 5ml

4. Suntra Nail Polish by Chic Cosmetics – full size

5. Mama Mio Boob tube ~ Bust & Neck Firmer- 3g

6. Pedi Relax Regenerative Cream – 50ml

It’s Summer girls! We don’t want no muffin tops in your high heels!

7. Toblerone Chocolate – 50g – YES! Every girl loves chocolate for Christmas!

All these products are well worth more than the R100 you pay for this service, and best of all, no driving around, no mall rage. Yes, I’m very mall rage prone, especially this time of the year… Hi-ho-hi-ho…

So far I have not had any hiccups with the Glambox service. (Although the product card indicates a sticker and an x-mas card in the box that wasn’t there, but seriously, it’ll just be petty to get upset about something like that, since I keep my boxes to store my hair stuff in)

I will review all product received as I use them, so that you know what to expect had your ordered your boxes, or if you wish to order a box or two in the near future.

If however you wish to subscribe for any one of these services, or both to test the waters yourself, go to

http://www.rubybox.co.za or http://www.glambox.co.za

Have a pouty perfect day!

 

*Photography by NFNT Studios

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