My beautiful Mielie Meisie bag and their new range

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Mielie Meisie is a local, proudly Durban brand of handbags by our very own Jane Kilian aka GI Jane personal training (gijane_zn). Jane is that girl, the one who makes you feel proud of her and kak about yourself at the same time. She is a personal trainer, entrepreneur, is involved in various charity initiatives, does a million other things and still manages to constantly look like a dime piece. Plus she has a cake habit that rivals my own. Woman after my own heart.
Mielie Meisie collection Durban review

Jane started Mielie Meisie because she wanted to do something that was proudly South African since everything she sticks with It’s a Bling Thing is imported. Jane also has a friend that works as a domestic worker, she has a little boy and Mielie Meisie is Jane’s way of giving them a hand up and saving towards the little one’s future.

Her Mielie Meisie range of clutch, envelope and sling bags are the cutest, with interesting and unique, quirky designs. I bid on this beauty in her CANSA auction and was rather chuffed with myself because I have been admiring it from afar for so long now.
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The new Mielie Meisie collection just launched, they are beautiful and include Bollywood glam oversized clutch bags.
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The material for these were sourced in Mumbai. The Damask print maroon Bollywood clutch is my favourite of the bunch.

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My absolute favourite from the new range are these two
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And special mention to these Protea printed oversized clutch bags. I can’t decide which colour I like more. This print is also available in the sling bag style. I seem to be reaching for sling bags more and more because they’re so convenient an force me to carry only the essentials. With a tote or shopper I pile everything in and end up with back and shoulder ache.

Anyway enough about my quarter life crisis, if you want to view the bags yourself follow them on Instagram @MielieMeisie. Also follow Jane’s sister company @ItsaBlingThingSA on Instagram for accessories and clothing. You will also find It’s a Bling Thing and Mieleie Meisie products at Market At The Square in Umhlanga.

Road Trip travel essentials

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Mpumalanga is far away and dry, oh so dry. I’m so used to humidity so going anywhere inland makes my skin uncomfortable, I’m not used to feeling dry and dehydrated.

These are a few things I like to carry with me, not packed away into my vanity case but rather on hand in a smaller cosmetic case in the car. They just make me feel more comfortable and that makes for a happier Fay.

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Vichy Thermal Spa Water
For adding vitamins and hydration back into my skin, it is also really cooling and refreshing. I actually had a smaller can that was a quarter full and ended up finishing it off the day before I got back home.

I love this stuff it sinks in quickly, is very gentle and you can use it over make up as well. Read my full review here. I came home to this large bottle that I won from Chantelle, perfect timing! Thank you :)

Dove deodorant
Perfect for freshening up. I like this variant for the fresh lemongrass and grapefruit scent.

Vaseline
A tiny tub of Vaseline for just in case. It is one of the most basic and versatile products around plus everyone has a tub.

Lil-lets Feminine wipes
Because public toilets and not even 1 ply toilet roll, more like half ply. Enough said. All my ladies understand. This is a convenient pack of 8 that’s small enough to fit anywhere, they are fragrance free obviously and have aloe for added care.

Cherubs Sensitive wipes
Cheap and cheerful, perfect little convenient pack of 10. These are alcohol free and have no nasties so the whole family can use them.

I don’t have sensitive skin generally but try not to aggravate it when travelling. Better safe than sorry!

Baby lips
Everyone’s darling. The baby lips range from Maybelline is a winner, they’re like Pokemon you just wanna collect them all. My current favourite is this Baby lips Electro in Strike A Rose.

Natural Lab SPF 30 face cream
Obviously once I’ve used a wet wipe and some thermal water to spritz I need to reapply sunscreen.

I carried this sample that I received in a Rubybox to try it out. It did the job and alsoΒ  has a slight tint to it. It wouldn’t work on my combination skin in DurbanΒ  but fared well under dry conditions. I would say this is best if you have normal to dry skin and it would be a lovely base under makeup as well.

It is synthetic free and developed for sensitive skins and can be used as an everyday face cream.

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These are obviously separate to my handbag items which includes hand cream, sanitiser etc and is a whole other ball game. Perhaps I will do a ‘what’s in my handbag’ post soon. Let me know?

My Weekend in pictures: Family fun and a Wedding

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Monday kind of fell on top of me, like a bookshelf. I was never ready. I still feel like there are a million things to do.

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I took time off from everything for a week. I’m looking at a very busy next few weeks ahead and if I wanted a break and to see my brother and his family in Mpumalanga it was now or never.

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We also had a family wedding to attend in Newcastle this weekend so it worked out great.

niece and I baked oreo red velvets, with much mess and giggles

niece and I baked oreo red velvets, with much mess and giggles

I love family time, I’m lucky to have a lot of my family close to home. My eldest brother and his family are in Durban and his 3 little ducklings add sparkle to even the gloomiest of days.

I don’t see the other two enough, Everytime I do they’ve grown so much and I’m amazed at what wonderful little humans they are, it makes my heart warm.

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mandatory mirror selfie, I went for muted pinks for my make up and of course highlighter and I are besties

mandatory mirror selfie, I went for muted pinks for my make up and of course highlighter and I are besties

My nieces and nephews are all kind, warm, generous, brave, they still holdΒ Β  innocence and are filled to the brim with joy. In these times, with all the crazy and negativity that surrounds our land I am proud of my brothers and sister in laws for culturing such impressive little souls. Proud aunt? I’m okay with it.

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Lezzetli desserts fayinthemaze

The wedding was held at The Pines and was executed beautifully. Lezzetli desserts prepared the plated dessert course of passion fruit and coconut decadence. Raeesa Mitha, owner of Lezzetli is very talented and you can see the time and pride she takes in her creations. This was my second interaction with her fair and so far everything I’ve tried has been perfection. Check out her instagram @lezzetli_desserts

Coffee dates at Moses Mabhida #BlogandCake

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Jane Kilian from gijane_zn (instagram and twitter) has quickly become a dear friend of mine, she is so full of joy, always encourages me and shares my sense of humour and love of cake. She started #BlogandCake meets for us lady blogging friends to get together and chat and catch up. We had our first #BlogandCake at So Whipped and you can read about it here.
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I leave for a short break on Wednesday so we tried to have a little meet this weekend, not everyone could make it but we had a lovely morning of coffee, cake and laughs, Nino’s Moses Mabhida graciously offered to host myself, Jane, Fathima and Inge.

I can never get over the beauty of the stadium, it is definitely one of my favourite places in Durban to spend a few hours. This Nino’s branch always has quick, friendly service and attracts a happy vibrant crowd. It is a beautiful spot for breakfast or lunch and is also Halaal.

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Here are a few pictures from Saturday morning #BlogandCake as well as the beautiful weekend we had in Durban. I had a flat white and strawberry fridge cheesecake for breakfast :P I love cheesecake madly but only if it’s fridge cheesecake and not baked, so I was happy to hear this one met the specifications.

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By the way, this gorgeous and unusual clutch bag is from Mielie Meisie. I bid on it in an auction GI Jane had for the CANSA association on her instagram page. You can check out the rest of the Mielie Meisie collection on instagram @MielieMeisie or @itsablingthingsa. I’m sure everyone will agree the print is perfect for me :P

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Thanks for organising these Jane, always such fun. And thanks to Nino’s for having us over.

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Recipe: Spiced Sweet Potato Loaf

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Spices and buns and cinnamon everywhere. I may not celebrate Easter but the abundance of warm spice goodness makes me oh so happy. I’ve even seen hot cross bun flavoured fudge this year. The Easter treats have left but I’m still keen on spiced confectionery as we ease into Winter.

I have been so curious to try my hand at a cake with sweet potato. The first and only time I’ve had sweet potato cake was at a Fruit & Veg City cafe in La Lucia Mall. It was unusual but delicious. The whole idea of sweet potato cake played around in my head long before that though, perhaps from watching too many Southern movies. Southern cooking is all comfort, butter, pumpkin and sweet potatoes to me :p

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200g butter
125ml brown sugar
2 eggs
60ml honey
500ml self raising flour
8ml ground ginger
5ml ground cinnamon
200ml boiled then mashed sweet potato

Cream butter and sugar, add eggs one at a time. Beat in the honey.
Sift dry ingredients and add in with cooled sweet potato mash. Mix well then spoon into a loaf tin.
Bake at 180 degrees for around 40 minutes.

The mixture is quite thick and not a pouring consistency. You could ice this cake with a caramel buttercream icing. I like it plain as well though.

The ginger comes through deliciously and it tastes kind of like the cake version of a ginger snap. I like adding a bit more cinnamon, because cinnamon is the best spice in the world.

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