Beauty, Bubbly and Baking with Shiseido, Van Loveren Christina, The Birdcage and Phenology Florist
If there are a few things that’s a girl’s best friend, in times of celebration or in need, it’s bound to be one of the following; something sweet, soft and decadent to indulge in, alcohol (and loads of it) especially if its bubbly or buying something that  makes you look and feel like a million bucks. This month at Come wine with us, we decided to spoil the girls with our first ( and hopefully  not last!) Beauty, Bubbly and Baking event.
A while ago, we were introduced to Shiseido at a launch party put together by Jacobus Le Roux and his fabulous team at Living your Brand. We absolutely loved the Shiseido brand, especially because it’s hugely popular overseas and  ranks as one of the top ten 10 favourite cosmetics brands in the world!
We really wanted to get Shiseido on board, and thought of what better way to combine this stunning product with baking and bubbly! We approached one of our personal favourite baking suppliers and our dear friends at the Birdcage Tea bar in Stellenbosch, Beate and Shanel.  These girls are classy and cutting edge when it comes to baking cakes! They sell about 150 cupcakes a day! Very few people  know  them, but we can assure you that The Birdcage is a hidden gem in Stellenbosch. So next time you’re there, be sure to pop in.
Our entire inspiration for this event, was about the professional, sharing their winning recipe in terms of your Beauty, Bubbly and Baking routine. Van Loveren wine Estate is one of the most well known and established wine brands in South Africa. In 2010, they released  their latest addition to their wine collection, namely Christina (which forms part of their premium wine range). The Christina range consists of  whites and reds including of course a Method Cap Classique retailing for about R80 per bottle. Personally we think this bottle of MCC is one of the best value for money MCC’s currently on the market .
CWWU felt that we needed an  extra finishing touch coupled with  great brands to add to our concept. We approached one of our Come wine with us members, Nox Makunga  who isn’t just a senior lecture at Stellenbosch in anthropology, but also the owner of Phenology Florist shop in Somerset West. She was very keen on doing all our flowers for both occasions, and giving everyone an interesting chat on flowers which we thoroughly enjoyed!
NoMU who is a familiar face at our Come wine with Us events, gave us a great selection of their new baking products and  kits that Beate from the Birdcage used to make her wonderful cup cakes   for the goodie bags. Most of the ladies  were very impressed with the NOMU baking kits that will  be launched later this year.
The  morning started with a baking demo at The Birdcage who demoed 3 cake basesses. First up was a flowerless carrot cake,  with a cream cheese frosting  and candied nuts. The second cake was  chocolate whereby she used the NOMU Chocolate cake baking cit to prepare. She also showed us how to make an easy ganache for this beautiful cake. Last but not least, was a Lemon and Poppy seed cake where  she also used the Vanilla Nomu Baking cit, and then added poppy seeds and the NOMU vanilla paste. A lemon frosting was prepared for the icing.
After Beate finished off her cakes, Alexa, who is part of the sales and marketing team at Van Loveren, chatted to us regarding the Christina brand and what makes Method Cap Classique different from Champagne. She also gave us a brief intro into how Method Cap Classique is made. Apparently the grapes need to be quite green which is always very crucial when it comes to making MCC. We absolutely loved her pretty apron which was made by Nadine Kelly from Funky Aprons in Robertson.
After the demo, all the ladies gathered at their seats for a high tea, prepared by the Birdcage and were razzled and dazzled by the Girls from Shiseido. Gayle introduced us to this awesome brand that just hit the shores of South Africa. What makes Shiseido so unique is that there are quite a few ranges in the brand which would suit most pockets and skin types.
During the tutoring of the demo, basic techniques and recipes were shared and various points were discussed from cleansing your skin, choosing the perfect base, doing the ultimate smoky eye and  creating the perfect pout lip!
What was really nice about the demo, was that wards you could chat to a professional makeup artist afterwards who would help you choose the correct lipstick.
Next up was the vibrant Nox from Phenology Florist, who everyone thoroughly enjoyed! Her tips on how to keep flowers looking fresher for longer was quite insightful. Who would have thought of adding  Vodka and Sugar to your flower’s water ??? She also explained  a few interesting facts regarding selecting flowers and her inspiration behind the flowers of the day.
Last but not least Beate came around to demo the final decorating stages of the cakes. She demonstrated 3 different  techniques and how to decorate the cakes that she baked earlier on in the day.
 Alexa also chatted to us about the final stages when it comes to de-gorging and what it actually means.
As per usual, prizes were given away at the end of the event. Those who Tweeted and mentioned us the most  as well as  brands involved, were very graciously rewarded with an apron from Funky Aprons, Baking cit pack from NOMU and Shiseido hampers.
Guests were also treated to an AMAZING goodie bag that consisted  of Shiseido beauty and skin products, makeup vouchers, Cup cake made by The Birdcage, and a bottle of Christina MCC.
On conclusion of  the  morning everyone felt very pampered and relaxed. This event was one of our favourites and we will definitely keep you in the loop when we will be doing something like this again!
Lots of foodie and wine love
Sybil and Peet
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