Reviews

Four & Twenty Cafe

There are few things I love more than a good breakfast/ brunch spot. Four & Twenty has been on my list for a long time, and I was in the area recently and decided to pop in with Dylan. I loved it, had an amazing brunch, bought one of all the cakes to take home, went back about a week later and did the same thing, but brought my mom along too.

The two owners actually studied at Silwood too, and the attention to detail in everything here warms my heart.

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mmm homemade lemonade. This is a big must.

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as “posey”as this photo looks, this is a genuine candid photo of my Dylan

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Avo Sumptuous breakfast- Ciabatta, smashed avo, caramelized onion, danish feta, poached egg and a balsamic drizzle.

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Caramel popcorn eclair !! this one went home to my mom who loves eclairs

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This pink beauty went home to my sister, The lemon curd centre is incredible.

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If you’re in the area, I would highly recommend stopping by, they can get quite busy, but you can leave your number and have a wander through the park across the road while you wait for a table. You can get more details or see the menu here

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May Favorites

IMG_7860*wooly hat, I’ve only seen the mistake now, and don’t have the original image saved to change that. 
IMG_7861 IMG_7863Zara perfume mini- This is the cutest little bottle and a lovely little gift for someone or just to keep in your bag, the only issue I have with it is that it isn’t a spray, you have to empty out a drop or so, carefully, which is tricky on the go.

Lush lemon cuticle butter- This has been wonderful for winter hands

Lush Marilyn hair treatment- My hair is bleached, and this is a perfect treatment for blonde hair. It works as a toner and conditioner.

Lush Rose Jam shampoo bar- This smells like candy and Im obsessed. I find that shampoo bars last a whole lot longer than liquid shampoo, they are expensive, but well worth it considering how long they last.

Forever 21 floral hairbrush- I had no need for another hair brush, this one just looks cute and pretty.

Accesorize (kids section) hair clips- These are smaller clips than usual, which are nice for clipping away a fringe or disobedient stray hairs.

Is everyone hanging out without me -Mindy Kaling- Hilarious book, I love The Mindy Project and this doesn’t dissapoint.

Cotton on Kids pom-pom beanie (I have a small head) – Again I had no real need for another beanie, this one was pink, cheap, pretty and fits my small head nicely.

Pink spotted Pjs- same as the beanie and the hairbrush, Im a sucker for pretty pink things…

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these things yourself

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Taste of Cape Town

This post is late. One, because I have been putting it off for too long, I couldn’t quite decide on how to write it as some of the parts were positive and others negative. I don’t really think Ive ever done a negative review, and I wasn’t sure how to review something negatively without the post sounding too harsh. Ive just decided to be my honest self and see how it goes.

The second reason for this post being so late is that Ive been sick with flu for a week now, being high as a kite on flu meds didn’t inspire me to do much blogging.

So here we go, my honest review of the Taste of Cape Town. IMG_7697 The attention to detail was beautiful, I unfortunately couldn’t photograph it all as it was very crowded. IMG_7706 This is the food stall of a well-known and slightly over-priced bakery in Cape Town. I was incredibly disappointed with their items, more on this later. IMG_7711 Brownie cheesecake ice lolly, who thinks of these wonderful concoctions, I loved this variety, something different from the usual. IMG_7716 IMG_7717 IMG_7720 IMG_7722These were amazing, spinach and mushroom dumplings with sweet chilli sauce, I had some, my sister had some and then I even went back to get some more of them, they were THAT good.
IMG_7724 mushroom and parmesan Gnocchi, also amazing. They used exotic and wild mushrooms which added more flavour and texture to the overall dish.  IMG_7732  now, onto the disappointing bits, I bought a Guinness and brown sugar cupcake, two cake pops, and a white chocolate and blueberry tart. Firstly the cupcake was tasteless and very dry, then the cake pops were oily inside and quite inedible, they also were a bit oddly shaped, and not all the same size? That may sound like Im being overly fussy, but for the price and reputation this bakery has, I was a little disheartened but it. IMG_7733 IMG_7739  Then for the worst of it, the blueberry tart, the pastry shell had clearly been patched up in places along the bottom and sides, and it was millimeters thin in some places and then incredibly thick and undercooked in other places. The white chocolate filling was ok, however, I could have done with more blueberry, and not just a tiny sauce swirl on the top. Perhaps fresh blueberries inside the filling? IMG_7741 To end off on a more positive note, this is a gluten free, salted chocolate bar from Yummi bakery. I could do with another one (or two) right now, they were delicious.

I will go again next year, as I did love the experience as a whole, It did end up being quite expensive, as you purchase food tickets, and that leads you to forgetting how much you are actually spending there.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post,

Love Quartz

Immaculate Eggception |Lush Review

The following is a review done by my mom on the Immaculate Eggception bath bomb by Lush.

Colour: Yellow 

Duration of fizz: 20- 30 seconds (disappointing) 

Smell: Smells like spring- a little confusing as we are going into Autumn… but nevertheless very pleasant, and it lingers on the skin to enjoy all day or all night. 

Touch: Silky and soft, leaving the skin feeling the same. 

Immaculate eggception is truly an eggciting easter treat from Lush… Eggspecially when enjoyed by candle light due to the ever impending power outages. 

*Quick side note from me, we have a little problem with the supply and demand balance of Electricity in South Africa, so we have load shedding/ power outages/ power cuts almost every day.

I hope you enjoyed that review, unfortunately there are no photo’s as my mom didn’t take any, but the bath bomb is yellow and egg shaped, if that helps.

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Lush Cosmetics Review | Floating Flower

This is a new bath bomb from Lush and its already a favourite of mine. It smells like jasmine and creates creamy, foamy bubbles that are incredibly moisturising. This is one of their bath bombs where the scent lingers on your skin for quite some time after you’ve stepped out of the bath. IMG_7367  Mine unfortunately got cracked on the way home. IMG_7368 IMG_7372  It first creates a pink and orange foam, then the centre starts to crumble out and its a kaleidoscope of bright colours. IMG_7374 The centre reminds me a bit of Lucky Charms? anyone else?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, happy bathing, Love Quartz xx

**I am not paid to review these products, I am just an avid Lush lover, I will let you know if I have ever been paid to review any product.

Tea Party – “Boere Sjiek”

My mom took me for tea at a place called “Boere Sjiek” roughly translated that means “Farmer Chic” for anyone out there that isn’t South African. I was a little apprehensive as this place is in the middle of an industrial area… However, I seriously want all of my birthdays to be held at this place and Ill probably insist on having my wedding here too. The attention to detail really is next level, the entire trip was an experience of note. I don’t want to give too much away but this place is a must. They only do quiches, cakes and cupcakes, so eat lunch before you go. Their prices are incredibly reasonable, the quiche is R30 ( around $2.50) IMG_7379  A bunny cake stand and pastel pink cupcake!!IMG_7380 IMG_7381 IMG_7382 IMG_7383 IMG_7384  Even their sugar is pinkIMG_7385 IMG_7386 IMG_7387 IMG_7388 IMG_7389 IMG_7390 IMG_7391 IMG_7392 IMG_7393 IMG_7394  this was what my mom’s teapot came with, a furry little tea cosy. IMG_7396 IMG_7397 IMG_7400  my latte with pink sugarIMG_7401 IMG_7402  a giant pond filled with baubles and fresh roses, I couldn’t have been any happier if I tried. IMG_7404 IMG_7405 IMG_7406I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and if you are in Cape Town, grab your best friends and head out this way for a fancy little tea party.

12 Kiewiet Street, Okavango Park, Cape Town. Phone: 021 982-2023

Love Quartz xx

Daddy-O Purple Shampoo | Lush Cosmetics

A quick review on my most favourite purple shampoo, ever. I’ve had bleached blonde hair for quite some time now, and I really have tried all the purple shampoo’s I could get my hands on. This one wins by far every time. It smells incredible, and really takes that horrible brassy tone out of my hair. It smells like lemon/lime and roses, and the smell lingers in my hair for a few daysIMG_6725

It says I can be used for brunettes too, I wouldn’t know but maybe you lovely brunettes out there could give it a try and let me know?

As you can see below it works up to a gorgeous, foamy lather. This product is one of my favourites. Just a warning, be careful to rinse your hands well after using the shampoo, especially in between your fingers as it can stain… IMG_7076Love Quartz xx

Celebrate Body Lotion | Lush Cosmetics

I don’t know if Im completely won over by the smell of this body lotion yet. That said, It feels AMAZING on my skin. I suffer with really dry skin, especially my knee’s, ankles, elbows ect. The cream smoothes on so beautifully and keeps my skin so soft and moisturised for hours and hours. IMG_6722

The little pot contains Brazilian Orange oil, Lime Oil, Cognac Oil, Almond Oil and organic Cocoa Butter.

I think it could be the Cognac oil in here that Im not quite loving, smell-wise. But Im a huge fan of Citrus smells and the combination of Orange and Lime is beautiful.

This is the first body lotion Ive used from Lush and I will definitely make an effort to try some of their other ones.
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I hope you enjoyed this post, all my love, Quartz xx