Fry’s and Ginja Kitchen Studio teamed up for a fun evening

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A few of us went over to Ginja Kitchen Studio in Durban North last week, they teamed up with Fry’s for a meat-free food feast. It was such a fun evening! Instead of standing around watching Chef Jacqui do her thing, she got us all involved in making our own mains.

Chef Jacqui

Chef Jacqui

Fry's Family Ginja Kitchen Studio event

On Arrival Chef Jacqui had a delicious spread of starters ready for us, all made using different Fry’s Vegetarian products. My favourite was the prawn style tempura with delicious slow roasted tomato and sweet pepper soup, yummy!

Fry's Family Ginja Kitchen Studio event

 

Fry's family Ginja Kitchen Studio event

After noshing on all the tasty treats and some chit chat, Chef Jacqui put us to work in the Dirty Fork Ginja Kitchen Studio. It is a lovely Masterchef style set up and we were all able to interact and learn from Chef Jacqui. @the_frysguy was there too, mostly taking awkward pictures of me looking like a serial killer.

I will cut you and smile menacingly while doing it

I will cut you and smile menacingly while doing it

Myself, GI Jane and Viveshni from Madame Macaron joined forces, which seemed like a great idea at the time but between Jane tweeting up a storm and me trying to be a selfie pro, we almost completely ruined our dish. Thank goodness for Viveshni, who saved our supper and blogger reps.

fry's family Ginja Kitchen Studio event

Fry's family Ginja kitchen studio event

look what I made, Fry's schnitzel and creamy mushroom parcel with Mediterranean vegetables

look what I made, Fry’s schnitzel and creamy mushroom parcel with Mediterranean vegetables

I had a lovely (and very tasty) time at Ginja, they regularly host classes and foodie events and dinners. If you are interested stay in the loop by following them on twitter @GinjaFood and @dirtyforkstudio. Thanks for another cool food event Fry’s. I’ve learned so many interesting ways to enjoy the products, it has completely transformed the way I view meat alternatives. We eat Fry’s at least once a week now and the Schnitzels and crispy prawns are firm favourites. Check them out @frysFamily

 

NWJ Bridal Show 2015 + giveaway

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Everything is all loved up. Can you feel it in the air? If you are planning your big day and looking for suppliers for all kinds of things you need to hit up the NWJ Bridal show. I went with a client last year and we had a great time, with so many beautiful things to choose from and there was no shortage of my true love, cake, either.

NWJ Bridal Show 2015

 

The fashion show was my best, so many local and international designers with the most breathtaking dresses. There’s also a male fashion segment although I suspect it’s a lot more fun to watch for us ladies. A good looking man in a suit is basically the equivalent of lingerie.

NWJ Bridal Show 2015

The show is happening for one weekend only this March and there are always huge prizes being given away, this year they are also giving away a R10 000 NWJ Fine Jewellery prize on the NWJ Bridal Show Facebook page so one lucky person is going to get to splash out.

When: 7 & 8 March 2015
Where: Durban Exhibition Centre, 11 Walnut rd
Cost: R75 to be purchased via computicket or at the door

You can WIN yourself double tickets to the show, there are 3 chances to Win so do one or do them all to cover your bases.

– Comment on my Facebook post about the show tagging NWJ Bridal Show and a friend

AND/OR

– Tweet “Hey @fayinthemaze I’d love tickets to @NWJBridalShow https://thesparklinglabyrinth.wordpress.com/  ”

AND/OR

– Comment below

Done! Winners announced 02 March :)
Durban South Africa only.

Mani Monday: birthday nails

Birthdays used to be my favourite celebratory day of the year, I used to love them more than Eid. After I turned 21 that changed, I started dreading the day. It sounds silly but that’s just how I felt. Anyway, in my birthday wishlist post I said I was going to stop that nonsense and own it.

And that small change in attitude changed it all. I loved every minute of my day and started the celebrations days early haha.

For birthday nails I used two coats of Woolworths white on all my nails and two coats of Morgan Taylor it’s my party (the one I posted on instagram) on my ring fingers.
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Woolworths white is the perfect opaque white that I love. Morgan Taylor it’s my party is a super sparkly glitter polish with pits of pink, rose gold and blue in it. I did have to place the glitter quite a bit because a wanted a densely packed glitter effect and simply apply it in the normal way left the glitter sparse.

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Yes, Midi rings FTW

I’ve fully embraced flash tattoos, I love how they look plus it’s like having weightless jewellery. I used two little butterfly flash tattoos on my left index finger and right thumb. I am very happy with how they turned out on the white. I then top coated everything.

All the celebrations started with Madame Zingara on the Friday night. I will be doing a whole post on my experience for SA Bloggers so watch out for that. The show has been fully booked till March, so if you haven’t booked yet you better snap to it before April fills up as well. Everyone should experience Madame Zingara at least once.

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Birthday spoils including the gorgeous leopard print throne they're all on

I got so many wonderful gifts and surprises. How adorable are the pineapple earring from legit? Amy and I have beautiful matching infinity bff necklaces. My birthday culminated in a lovely surprise dinner arranged by my best friend that went on to midnight. A very full day indeed! Enjoy the little slide show below that I wanted to share with you all.

http://flipagram.com/f/QkD3hwiWuH

Hope you’re all having a good Monday so far :)

Vichy Capital Soleil spf 50 BB cream

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This yellow tube is my day one bff. Do you know what I’m saying. I received it to try out at the Spicegoddess event and have been using it every day since. Around the beginning of summer Vichy announced Thando Hopa as their new Capital Soleil line ambassador. Thando has albinism which makes her skin extra sensitive and susceptable to harsh UVA/UVB rays.

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The Tinted velvety BB cream has a SPF50 rating making it ideal for our harsh South African summer. I don’t ever leave the house without sunscreen, in fact I wear it around the house too because UV rays can filter through windows and bounce off surfaces. Whatever skincare and treatment you are using, you are undoing all your efforts if you aren’t being sun safe.

Vichy Capital Soleil spf50 BB cream

This is more of a tinted moisturiser, as most BB’s seem to be. It has a thin, slightly runny texture and last time I checked was only available in the shade Natural Tan. The shade is very adaptable though and works on the medium complexion spectrum, this has pretty sheer coverage so I would think even a fairer girl with some summer tan happening could pull it off.

Vichy Capital Soleil spf50 BB cream

The formula is meant for people with normal to dry skin, which means it is that extra bit moisturising. I have combination skin and my t-zone really behaves badly in Durban humidity. However I have still enjoyed using this and it’s nothing my beloved blotting tissues can’t sort out (except now I can’t find them, Cettua’s are my favourite so if you spot them holla at yo girl please, I need to stockpile like Honey Boo Boo’s mama).

It also has a delicious summer scent that just makes me think of lazy beach days. You need a pea sized amount of the stuff, I’ve been using this all summer now and the tube barely has a dent in it. So I think it’s great value at R269 for a 40ml tube, I’m going to happily keep buying this when mine runs out.

 

So Whipped now offers high tea

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I had an ideal start to a self appointed long weekend. Our own GI Jane along with the lovely Candice behind So Whipped cakes, which newly opened in Gateway, arranged a blogger high tea last Thursday.
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So Whipped have taken over the spot that used to be the climbing wall and offer a whimsical pastel setting with delicious cupcakes and treats all made by Candice. They also brew Union coffee and pride themselves on a perfect cappy every single time. I’ll also add in that the latte art is on point.
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It was my first time there and I can see what all the fuss has been about. Everything is delicious. The Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla custard cream were my favourite along with the rich, dense and chewy chocolate brownies. There are also macarons, red velvet and chocolate cupcakes.

There are savoury options as well, I tried the butternut quiche and tomato tart as well as the most divine pastry with mushroom mousse. Candice is aware of her Muslim clientele and therefore doesn’t serve any meat on premises.

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Next on my So Whipped hit list? The Belgian chocolate cupcakes and a very interesting donut muffin. Yup, you read right.
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The lovely and warm Candice herself

So Whipped now offer high tea at R145 for a selection of pastries and cupcakes.
Booking is essential and they can accommodate up to 60 people at a time for event high teas.
Follow them on twitter @SoWhippedCakes and Instagram @SoWhipped for updates, promotions and too see the beautiful things they do.

Gateway have also launched mall WiFi, can we get a round of applause for a Durban mall that understands our needs. First half hour free and there are (very reasonable) bundles available to purchase thereafter.

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