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31 August 2011

I came to a screeching halt in CNA yesterday when I spotted the cover of the Homes & Antiques magazine!  I wasn't going to take a look, but I couldn't resist and what was meant to be a quick errand run turned into a marathon reading session while my groceries slowly melted and the time ticked by.  I began flipping...casually at first and then more excitedly as I tried to soak up and memorise all the things I needed to Google when I got home.  My memory let me down and now all I can think about is rushing back to get the mag!  It was packed with the most frame worthy images and spreads that left me drooling!  

Home & Antiques is the Antiques Roadshow magazine...the BBC TV show.  I quite enjoy the show as it always conjures up the idea that there is treasure in every home and that the value of something is not always the most important thing.  Now...don't dismiss this mag as one for the grannies...it is a dreamy reality escape.  Their site has some cool reads too...love this feature on vintage sunglasses and learnt more about Lea Stein too...I adore her brooches.

I am off to CNA now...toodles!  Oh and the mag is just under R70...not bad when you see all that is inside - the pics above are a mere glimpse!

I heart this

28 August 2011

I have been reading the blog kit & nancy for a while and love the inspiration behind the name - Laura's (the creator) two grandmothers...namely Kit & Nancy.

These creations from her latest exhibition (entitled Home Beautiful) are so wondrous - wouldn't mind staring at them...most of them are sold (of course).  Love, love, love her work!

The Package Project 2011

26 August 2011

Finally...The Package Project for 2011 is on its way to getting started.  Watch this blog for details next week!  I am phasing out The Package Project blog and hosting all on the Cupcake Couture blog to make the managing easier.

Please only start mailing me once the details are up - thanks!
Happy weekend!

New Product Page

25 August 2011

Click, click, click on over to the new PRODUCT page.  Newly launched, bespoke corsages is what you will find.  Often brides request that I design accessories for their big day and so Cupcake Couture is now offering a wedding service aimed at making your day truly beautiful and unique.  Corsages, badges and accessories for your guests or your bridal party.  Add a quirky element or some classic chic.

The Build-A-Brooch is also available to hire for showers, hens parties or kitchen teas.  It is a fun and creative way to get guests to interact, get inspired and take something home...their own corsage.  Other creative projects are available too for example decorating notebooks if the corsages aren't quite your thing. 

Happy browsing and please mail me if you have any enquiries.

Hope to...

I hope that I will have some time to share my travels with you...I  just have to catch up on admin (booooring), but it has to be done.  Then I will be blogging and sharing once more!

Newly added to my top ten shops in the WORLD list is Rock Paper Scissors on Bree Street!  The owner Jodi is friendly and lovely to talk to...I like happy shopkeepers as it makes all the difference in which light the product is viewed.  I felt as if all the beautiful retro pieces and accessories that I yearn for on the pages of  Spaces all popped out and into Jodi's shop!  Vicki from I Want That did a beautiful post on the shop too.  I will be sure to include more snaps soon.

A Cape Town Outfit

23 August 2011

I am back and so excited to share all my photos with you.  I had an amazing time and feel inspired and ready to work once more!

I thought I would begin this week's posting with an outfit post...

I really like this outfit and so I should if I am wearing it.

This top reminded me of this Marc Jacobs that Alexa wore.  Nude peachy pink, beaded, vintage, sheer sleeves...check, check and cheeeeeck!  I found it at Bonny & Clyde behind Corner Cafe.   I added the brooch to add emphasise to the delicate bead work.  The brooch which is vintage and in the most amazing condition was a mere R40 at a market...steal!  I recently sliced some exceptionally puffy and dramatic sleeves off a vintage blouse to make it a shirt vest...it has the most delicate collar beaded with tiny bows.  I wore the deconstructed shirt under the ensemble.  There isn't much of a story on the skirt - it is actually from Primark in London and I usually layer it over a little stretch lacy skirt to give it some flair and shape...also stops it riding up my stockings.  The belt was a treasure I found for a couple of pounds in a Golders Green charity shop.  It is patent leather with a beaded pearly bow centre.  I hope you are enjoying this ridiculous in depth analysis of the history of my wardrobe...feel free to stop reading at any boring point!  The bag which I adore was scouted down the South Coast on a hospice shop raid and I added a corsage that I made for myself (rare occurrence) with some of Jezze Print's ribbon.  The sunglasses are my most faithful pair to date from Mr Price.  They fit so comfortably and despite my clumsy nature of dropping them at least five times a day - they still live (touch wood).   What else is there...oh yes shoes.  My shoes are also from Mr Price.  I need to have black pumps at all times and wear them to death.  These are a pair I helped to create when I worked there and despite their comfort factor they also retail for R59.99 (all thanks to negotiation).  Right - that's it!

Happy Weekend

19 August 2011

Beautiful photo from Love & Lavender


16 August 2011

I had such fun taking part in this Soup Swap for Elle Decor.  Love all the containers that the other 'creatives' came up with.  Amazing recipes for delicious Wintery soups.

Over & Out

15 August 2011

I am off on a working holiday for a week.  I quite enjoy my job so I don't mind doing some of it while I am on holiday. 

Looking forward to great food and shopping in Cape Town.  I am also spending some time being an 'intern for a day' at the studio of one of my favourite local creatives.  On Friday I am hosting a panel to chat about the creative industry in South Africa (more to come soon).

If you are in Cape Town, a creative or love our local craft industry or are a regular market shopper...and want to attend feel free to mail me for an invite.  I have a couple of spots available. 

This is a lomo shot I took the last time I was in CT...


Thank you to all of you who entered the giveaway!  I loved your flavours!
Macaroons from Pugly Pixel.

Wouldn't it be lovely...

12 August 2011

Wouldn't it be lovely if we could rather spend our day at a picnic...in a beautiful field...nibbling on cake and reading in the sunshine.  Work beacons from every corner so I will have to dream of picnics instead.

Happy weekend -  here is to spending your weekend doing something lovely...perhaps even having a picnic.

Delightful pic found at the Etsy store of a Very Story.

Working on...

11 August 2011

The Cupcake Couture team (small as we are) have been having fun creating new wedding orientated boutonnieres.  This one in particular is for the groom.  Watch this space for more products coming soon.  These will be to order along with the new range.

*Thanks to Lauren for her styling and shooting assistance!  What a friend!

Rescue the Birthday...

08 August 2011

On Friday...my actual birthday I started feeling rather ill and ended up abandoning all cake eating efforts to instead bond with my pillow!  This meant that there was also no energy for I heart Market on Saturday...I was sad to not set up shop, but needed to rest!  In an attempt to rescue the dismal birthday situation I did manage to muster up enough energy to celebrate on Saturday afternoon and on Sunday morning.

On Saturday I had a DIY celebration and each friend decorated a notebook while gobbling coral coloured macaroons from Daniela's.

On Sunday morning I celebrated with another bunch of friends and had a breakfast bar...yogurt, mini cereal boxes and Milo.  I also prepped fruit, nuts and flake to make the yogurt even more interesting.

The initial idea for a breakfast came via Cakies...check out their birthday breakfast complete with pancakes.

I am been a keen follower of The Confetti System and tried my hand at making some of their tasseled decorations.  It was fun, but my attempt isn't half as wonderful as their installation pieces.  I had so much fun preparing everything...I feel like doing it all again...ha ha!

Thank you for all the birthday wishes!

For the paper tassels I used crepe paper and washi tape.
The cute striped bowls and straws are from In Good Company.

Thank you Amelia from Whimsy who snapped these photos!

I love Cake

05 August 2011

Birthday time here at CC!  
Wishing you a happy weekend!
Photo frame via Pugly Pixel.

Pretty Happy!

04 August 2011

I did a little happy dance when I found out that CC was featured on The Pretty Blog.  I am such a huge fan of Nicola and Christine's work!  Thanks gals!

 These photos caught my eye on The Pretty Blog.  Click here for full post & credits.

Don't forget to enter the BIRTHDAY giveaway!  I am loving all the flavours so far.

Giveaway Time

01 August 2011

This week is an exciting one for CC...it is my birthday on Friday so I am spoiling you!  A fun giveaway which is open to all readers!

Lauren and I worked on a new product shoot on Saturday.  I created different scenes while she photographed them and assisted me with the styling.  We had great fun...eating the macaroons post shoot (okay...during).

Giveaway Details:
Leave a comment on this post telling me your favourite macaroon flavour...you can make one up!
Become a Twitter follower for an extra entry.
'Like' the CC Facebook page for another entry.

The giveaway is for all readers - local and international.
I will pick the winner on the 12th August.

Good luck friends!

This is the brooch you can win: