Thursday 31 July 2014


Eid Mubabrak!
Blessed Eid!

Eid means celebration, a celebration to mark the end of the month of fasting and the beginning of a new month. In a spiritual sense it means a celebration of a month of spiritual cleansing, of renewed devotion and a new way forward.
This Ramadaan, has been difficult in the sense that the plight of Palestine had become more intense with their suffering and death splashed all over the news and social media. It is hard celebrating this day, knowing that on the other side of the world there are families, dispossesed from their homes and  unable to attend a mosque to perform Eid prayers. Having said this, we are honour bound to celebrate Eid the way we usually do, however being mindful of those less fortunate all over the globe.

I was not too phased about an outfit this year, and close to the end of the fast, Abashiya from Fabulous in Hijab came up with something really up my alley- a red carpet inspired look… And voila and new Eid outfit was mine. She really knows what I like and I was suitably impressed. I was unable to wear it the morning as I usually have too much cooking, hosting and entertaining to do- so I wore it in the afternoon when we did all our visiting and greeting.

I loved the colour combo, which has been on my mind for a while, despite being told by my eldest son its like Snow White’s dress (haha). The ensemble was finished off with an ombre silk scarf, animal print heels and clutch.

My family

I forgot to show off the side pockets, but that was an important feature of my skirt…

Outfit details:

Top & Skirt by Fabulous in Hijab
Accessorize Clutch
Nine West heels
Silk scarf old
Honey Chandelier earrings
Fred Tsuya cuff from Zando
cK sunglasses
Usual gifted rings and tennis bracelet

Ciao for now, 
RuBe xoxo

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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Macaron fun with 15 on Orange and BWB

Hello lovely readers,

When I was invited to attend a macaron (not the coconut macaroons ahem!) workshop, I instantly accepted and committed to attending. Thereafter, I realised that I would be fasting at the time, but hey, I was so keen to attend. I mean two hours out of my day is doable right? And whilst I don't usually do events or anything of the sort during Ramadaan, this workshop was going to teach me to make super awesome macarons!

The set up was beautifully done, with really yummy snacks and drinks - none of which I could indulge in (thankfully I could pack a goodie bag to take home). The executive chef, Sanet, and her pastry chef, Retha, welcomed us and after mingling and quick chat with my BWB buddies, we started the demonstration of making the perfect macaron.

It really does seem so easy to make, and the actual secret is in getting the consistency just right. I mean egg whites, sugar, food colouring and ground almonds… what could go wrong right? Actually lots! The piping action, for one, has to be done at a 90 degree angle to ensure the macarons raise evenly. Secondly, the almonds, need to be so fine that it doesn’t clog the piping bag.. and so on and so on.

Aside from the technical side of making macarons, the workshop was just so much fun! I was in stitches for most parts of the morning and catching up with the ladies was the best part. What I really love about our group is all the different personalities, and how well we all fit together. 

I would like to thank Sanet for hosting us in absolute style and opening up her kitchen to a bunch of (sometimes rowdy) women. The hotel was such a beautiful setting, the perfect background to learn the art of making dainty little macarons. 

Sanet awaiting the rush of all the ladies
Retha, pastry chef and magician in my eyes

So lucky I could pack some these goodies as a takeaway

These wouldn’t as a goodie bag treat, but for obvious reasons didn’t last long!

Nicola is pretty close to making perfect macarons- so impressed!

Heather asssiting to seperate the eggs

Just add ground almonds and you have the makings of a perfect macaron

Beautiful Alice, adding the food colouring

Practising the piping on meringues

Sarah, using some elbow grease to ensure that the almonds are finely ground

Lauren, who kept repeating the new word MACARON….
Jen, drawing outlines as a template to ensure evenly sized macarons


Jens, most creative gift jar :-)

Add a bit of lippy before hitting the road….

An amazing morning spent with newly found friends!

Ciao for now, 
RuBe xoxo

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Thursday 24 July 2014

Plaid and THAT pop of colour

Hi beautiful readers, 

As we near the end of Ramadaan, I am filled with a wistfulness, knowing full well that life returns to normal pretty soon. The spiritual air will start to fade as the hectic schedules sets in and it will once again be a memory of a beautiful month spent in increased worship and reflecting on all my blessings. I trust all my readers who observe this month have had the opportunity to enjoy and reap the rewards of this auspicious month.

The cold weather also helped, as it fostered the need to stay indoors - also easier to keep the kids from playing their physical sports and rather spend the time in recitation!

Today’s look was from before Ramadaan but also a cold, wet and dreary day. After a few snaps our photo shoot was rained out! 

I have once again worn the leather pants, dressed up this time with some fuschia heels and a blazer.

My outift:

Woolworths leather pants
ZARA Blazer
GCouture plaid shirt (old)
Nine West heels
Pauls Boutique bag from Asos
Woolworths hat
Bracelets ZURI
Forever New Spike earrings 
Woolworths necklace
Elizabeth Arden lips

Ciao for now,

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