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Getting High on Sugar at 15 On Orange

Macaron Workshop 04If you like to live life in the sweet lane (rather than the savoury) or occasionally like to dabble into the art of baking or like to hang out at the latest coffee spots or just watch the #foodporn tag closely on Instagram when you’re hungry you surely would of heard of a Macaron/Macaroon. I am not cool like the rest of you and I had certainly heard about Macaroons in the past but I have never been offically introduced to one. This weekend was my chance and it was not only an introduction but an entire crash course into the the true art of making them.Macaron Workshop 01

Being inherently lazy by nature baking in all forms always seems like a lot of hard work, or should I say, the cleaning up after baking seems like a lot of hard work! So I generally steer rather clear of messy things. With that being said though, I do silently envy all the talented people in my life who seem so domesticated I wonder where my convent school upbringing sent me on the wrong path. So, being given the oppurtunity with the group of ladies who I have grown to call friends at #BWB to go and learn the art of Making Macaroons, my heart initially skipped a beat because OMG I CAN’T BAKE TO SAVE MY LIFE and my brain said – YOU CAN DO IT. So, needless to say I jumped at the opportunity to learn and eagerly responded to Heather, the founder of #BWB from FemmeLifestyle with an eager “I’ll be there!!”.

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Upon arriving and being greeted at the breath-taking, ultra modern Crystal Towers 15 On Orange, African Pride Hotel by Executive Chef Sanel and Chef Retha – who is undoubtedly the Queen of all Things Sweet, in a beautiful set up room with counters for us to share together, they spoke about the humble beginnings of the Macaroon and that it is in actual fact called a Macaron (and do not go to France and ask for a Macaroon as you will get stared at funny) but we in SA have butchered the name a bit. They taught us (or shall I say me, as all the ladies I was with already knew) the basics of how to whip up a merengue which is the basis of any macaraon but with added ground almonds or coconut.

A macaron shell is distinctive as it has a crisp crust and a soft interior which are light and airy but still slightly chewy…. The fun is really in the fillings. We were taught how to make Salted Caramel and Chocolate Ganache. Not being the biggest salted caramel fan in the world, I tried it but steered clear and it was Chocolate Ganache the whole way for me. I was initially very intimidated by making either of these fillings but they are really so simple and even I could do it…. that is saying something! 😉Macaron Workshop 03

We received extra tips and tricks for making these sweet morsels and the variables that can utterly end up with them being made to be put into the dustbin like the age of eggs, the heat of the oven according to its size and make or even the humidity levels of the kitchen. We were also shown how to pipe them correctly which is an art form in itself, it’s all the wrist!

We got an impromptu tour from Executive Chef Sanel and Chef Retha where chaos was the order of the day with LOTS of photos being taken, mirror selfies, and lots of giggles with some of my favourite ladies.

The Macaroon Workshop offered by 15 on Orange, African Pride Hotels is for groups of 12 or more and is not the only workshop they offer. For more information, call the hotel and ask to speak to banqueting on 0861 11 9000.

A huge shout out and thank you to Executive Chef Sanel, Chef Retha and everyone at 15 on Orange for an unforgettable experience and for the oppurtunity to learn how to make macarons/macaroons, You will definitely be seeing me again soon!  I am not sure if any will be coming out of my kitchen in the future, for now I think I’m going to be practicing how to make merengue and take it from there.

Be sure to check out African Pride Hotels on Facebook and Twitter @APHotels

x flea143

Disclaimer: This Workshop was offered to all the ladies from #BWB or #BloggersWhoBless and has in no way altered my view in anyway.

Related: {BWB} The Art of A Perfect Macaroon {Lauren of Lipglossed Ninja}

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Get Your Glow on This Summer with Caribbean Tan

Rumour has it when my legs came out of the trousers I’ve been wearing over the very cold winter in Cape Town and saw sunshine for the first time in a while the sun decided to run away for a while, only to return last week.

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This predicament can easily be avoided, with no added harm to your skin from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays which have been so commercialised that people are either really petrified of them (like me, who generally avoids the sun) – good excuse, I’m British! OR have just given up on trying to protect themselves from the dangers and have a very meh approach to skincare and the sun – like TANNING MOM!

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A few weeks ago at Cindy Nell’s Pamper Party at Langaro in Camps Bay, I was formally introduced to Caribbean Tan. I have heard about the wonders of Caribbean Tan from a few of the ladies in my family who are crazy about false tans, and have been for years. As a general rule, I’ve avoided them. I’m okay with being pale. In fact, I prefer it to being sunburnt and/or orange.

Caribbean Tan though on the other hand, does not burn you or make you orange. All it does is give the skin a good healthy glow, which lasts for up to two weeks. I was recommended due to my dislike of previous fake tan applications to try the Tanning Mousse which is a Gradual Colour in shade A, which retails at Dischem and selected pharmacies for R84.95, that the mousse will be an easier application with limited streaking.

I won’t bother explaining the process of applying it, as its as simple as exfoliating, getting clean, putting some cream on and voila, a tan develops over time.

Really not rocket science. Really simple.

They told the truth – it worked! I managed to attend a family function wearing a dress last weekend and I didn’t blind the people walking by.

I am not sure if my cynical approach to fake tans in general have been converted but for special functions and when I sometimes feel like a little bit more of colour is needed to wash away my pale limbs and body, I will definitely turn to Caribbean Tan over any over brand I’ve tried previously.

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Within the Caribbean Tan Range, they have various other products which may excite the Tanning lovers interests and they retail as follows:

Tan in a Can – Instant/Gradual Colour – R84.95

Tanning Spritzer – Instant Colour – R84.95

Tanning Mousse – Gradual Colour (The one I have and spoke about above) – R84.95

Wipes – R44.96

They have Pre-Tan products of Body Exfolia for R44.95

and Tan Extender products of Moisturising Shimmer Cream for R44.95 and Intense Body Butter for R44.95.

I would certainly buy this product again, especially as a head start before a beach holiday… it really is the best tan I’ve used, ever.

x flea 143

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post however this product was given to me as a gift at the Cosmetix Pamper Party. This has not altered my view on the product in anyway.

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Fade to Pale : Victoria Beckham

Hi Poutlings!

Vicky Beckham, my favourite Spice Girl has evolved quite a bit since her days as Posh. In fact, her skin colour is practically unrecognizable now… in a very good way!!

50 shades of Victoria Beckham... ok, not quite, just a few! lol

50 shades of Victoria Beckham… ok, not quite, just a few! lol

Of course, her past signature looks like the angular bob and over-sprayed tanned skin, weren’t exactly career ruining for her exceptional style, but what I like is that she looks like a normal human now. And she agrees! She told Hello! Magazine:

“I don’t wear fake tan anymore,. Sometimes I’ve been turned orange but that’s definitely a look from my past. Being overly tanned is very aging and, dare I say it, a bit footballer’s wife. Embrace your natural colour!”

I totally agree, and I’m ahead of her on this, I’m pale, I’m ok with it. I’m actually deathly afraid of the sun… I believe sun damage is not something to be taken lightly, and I really don’t like the orange look. By the way, I love her tongue in cheek comment about the footballer’s wife look! I suppose it’s ok to say that, when you are in fact, a footballers wife?

What are your thoughts?

x missfitz

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