Toodles for this week...


Madame Cupcake must be off until next week. I am jetting off for a quick trip to Cape Town and there won't be much blogging time. I will however...be snapping away and looking for treats, ribbons and buttons to make all the new creations extra special in loving memory of someone who was always an inspiration in my life (part of the trip). Have a wondrous weekend. x

T & S


At this month's I heart Market the clever duo from Tea and Sympathy created an installation with cement hearts that littered (in a good way) the pavement. It was so thrilling. I snapped them up and I need not tell you just how pretty they look in the Cupcake Couture residence. They are now doing even more good and spreading the cheer. Place your order!

Miss Lecroc


Miss Lecroc has been painting these handbag portraits at her kitchen table since 1998. Her Parisian rose-scented apartment bears witness to that. The watercolours are precise and perfect. I dream of having her dissect what my bag of tricks holds.

Good News



Cupcake Couture's tape measure corsage was featured in the Sunday Times this past week. How delightful! They are available from I heart Market, at Mooi in Durban, Fat Tuesday in Kloof or if you have a certain design in mind...we can work on it.

Have you been to...


Granny's Purse


So... it says that this book is for children aged three and up. Whatever! That can't be right because I love and adore it. Look how absolutely awesome it is! It is an interactive die cut storybook showcasing all of Granny's secrets! We would breed far more creative children in our schools if this was compulsory reading. I know I am getting carried away, but I really would like one of these. Do you think there are vintage heirlooms lurking within...I am envisioning a brooch perhaps!

I am loving...


Ooooh...chic, cute, pretty and perfect! That is Amelie's Boutique. The star of the site...is of course Amelie who is a cross between Lou Doillon and Alexa Chung. Perhaps she can be friends with Fifi Lapin. I need to get my pencil crayons out and create a Cupcake Couture mademoiselle.

Found these bits of inspiration on one of my favourite sites.

London Shop


I discovered the shop - Fur Coat No Knickers on a gift finding expedition. When I lived in London I used to love going exploring after work especially in the Summer...when the days had a different feeling and the day lasted so much longer. It took the place of another vintage shop that I frequented in Kingly Court off Carnaby Street. A real gem - these pictures don't do it justice.

I heart Market - November


Make sure that you head down to Windermere Road for I heart Market on the 7th November. Remember that there will be 3 markets in December... 5th, 12th & 19th.

Durban as Inspiration - The People & Places


Carol Clark's shop is beautiful. Vintage inspiration meets classic style. Look out for the lovely displays.
Boston Ivy - my favourite florist based in Durban North. Look out for them next year at the Karen Hatfield decor house. If you are looking for a touch of flower chic be sure to go and see the ladies. Click on my collage above to get a closer look.
Every Saturday there is a food market at Gordon Road School. I met Annie of the Bread Winner today and just thought that her stall was too lovely not to capture. I love the name and think it puts a fun spin on the traditional concept of woman and their role (no pun intended).


Greenglades in Westville is a venue of opportunity and have some cute gifts for every type. I especially love the Wart & Fish display.

It is not too late...

You can still make it to the I heart Durban party tonight. My talented friend Michael designed the poster for the party. He does all my designs too. Such skill!

My Inspiration



I have to feel inspired wherever I am...and my pin boards do a great job of holding my memories and pretty things to look at. Cupcake Couture is making pin boards with your choice of fabric. Pick you size and we get going. In the meantime here is what I have put on mine.

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