Monday Me : #BigFatIndianWedding #ShaunWedsLerina

Our New Year was kicked off with a bang!This past weekend was filled with heaps of excitement as cousin Lerina got married! I love family weddings because they bring in family from far and wide to join in the celebrations and we get the feelings of togetherness that we shared as kids before we had our own kids to run after.

It all kicked off on Friday with the nelengu at 7am! Lerina looked beautiful, even covered in tumeric. The evening nelengu was more formal andย  is traditionally more of a last celebration before the wedding day. Again, Lerina looked stunning. She was dressed by Durban duo Mark and Clint and they lived up to all the hype, but then again they had a beautiful canvas to work on.

The nelengu was lots of fun and the highlight was definitely the choreographed father-daughter dance to Desi Girl. It was awesome, and I had no idea that my uncle had those moves in his repertoire! With my Uncle’s band, Global Warming, and a DJ there to entertain us, we all danced away into the night.

The heat was crazy, but with airconditioners on full blast we got ourselves ready for the wedding. It was held at The MTSS Hall in Merebank. Everything was set up to perfection and everyone looked stunning. Everything went exceptionally well and both Shaun and Lerina looked amazing up on stage performing the rituals We took a few selfies while waiting to wish the bride and groom (obviously).

From the brides house, to the groom’s and then to the hotel, it was a whirlwind of an evening that ended with some shooters at around 12:30am. While we are all in need of a good rest, it was an amazing weekend spent with family and an abundance of love.

Well done to the Naidoos and the Rungens on all the hard work and planning coming to fruition. To Shaun and Lerina I wish you both all of the love and best wishes for your many many many years together. Welcome officially to the family Shaun!

You can see more of the photos from the celebrations if you use the #ShaunWedsLerina on Instagram

Monday Me : 03/11/2014

Last week I had decided not to take on any orders because I basically needed a break. There comes a time sometimes when you know that if you don’t take a time out you’re going to burn out.

I really enjoyed the time. I got up to date with all my admin i.e replied to all my emails and sent out all my invoices. Planned my schedule for November and blogged my booty off.( not literally, though I wish it worked like that! ) Ok, so I technically didn’t take a real break from work but I did get to just sit my Justin and the girls and do nothing in the evenings which is something I’ve missed, since my work brain is permanently switched on these days. Also the fact that I didn’t have a cellphone for the week may have helped also.

Justin and I celebrated our 6year anniversary on Friday & Saturday. You probably wonder why 2 days. Well… we had our marriage ceremonies ( yes 2, 1 Hindu and 1 Christian) on the 31 October and our reception was on 1 November. So we make the most of it and celebrate on both days. He are some pictures from 6 years ago.

We went to see Tumi Morake at Suncoast on Friday night with my sisters and their husbands. I absolutely love that woman and I cannot sing her praises enough! She is so uncensored and you feel like you’re sitting and listening to one of your friends when she’s on stage. She was worth every cent and if you haven’t had a chance to see her I recommend you go the next time she’s in your town. I recently went to see another very well known “daywalking” comedian ,and personally, if it was a battle, Tumi would come out on top.

On Saturday we had a lovely lunch at Havana Grill in Suncoast as well. The food and service were amazing and I’ve got a review post lined up all about it. I did feel dweeby taking pictures of our food before we ate but a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do ๐Ÿ™‚

Justin’s birthday is this Wednesday and it kicks off the birthday season in our family. We have one party a weekend and 2 on the last weekend, one of which is Jasmin and Teyla’s. There are 8 birthdays in total in my immediate family so it’s a very busy and expensive month especially since it’s also the run-up to Christmas. It all ends with my birthday in December and I’ll be 33 this year. I feel like I’m owning my 30s so I’m looking forward to it!

October was a phenomenal month and I have higher hopes for these last 2 months of 2014. Let’s all support the guys doing the Movember challenge and have an awesome November!


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The smackaron and other stuff

This post is very long overdue but I’ve been a busy little bee.

I’ve dedicated alot of time recently to creating a fitter, healthier me and unfortunately between my family and business it’s left little time for much else.

The most exciting news is that next month not only will Madame Macaron be 1 year old, but we will be launching our Macaron of the Month Tasting Club. I’m very very excited about this and I’ve been spending alot of time sourcing packaging because the last thing I would want is a box of smashed macarons landing on someone’s doorstep.

I’ve been thinking about doing this for a very long time and all the contemplation is finally yielding something great. I will post more about it next month when all the details are finalized.

The other big news is my creation, The Smackaron!
To be fair is was an accidental creation, but as many have told me, the best things are done by accident.

So what is a smackaron? Only the best thing you will ever taste! I could liken it to a sweetie pie but it’s so much better. So lets say sweetie pie meets macaron. It’s a soft, delicious mound of red velvet macaron mixture (with a tweak here and there), filled with cream cheese frosting and covered in dark chocolate. Need i say more?

If you love macarons you will adore the smackaron.

In case you don’t believe me here was the latest feedback ๐Ÿ™‚

“@Amy_mi: Ohhhh my Holy mother of calorie sin!! Finally tasted @madamemacaronsa ‘s red velvet dark choc macaroons! Heaven! I need more!”