For those of you who don’t know me all that well, I have to tell you that I’m absolutely obsessed with all things fashion. Clothes, shoes, accessories, makeup and great hair….you name it~ I LOVE IT! They all form key parts to creating the perfect look and when you have the nack of putting them all together like you’ve been hit with the magic wand of a Hollywood stylist then you probably deserve a spot at New York Fashion Week ~ haha!

February 28, 2017 0 comment
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When I have a sweet tooth (which is most nights these days) I tend to attack the sweetie cupboard, and this really is  not helping with my New Years resolution of eating clean and training hard. (hand over eyes emoji)

I LOVE cooking and baking, so it really didn’t suck having to search through recipes to help stock my shelf with a healthier option (I was in my happy place nose buried in recipe books). I tried and tested loads of recipes with different healthy substitutes and eventually ended up with this gem. This recipe for super yummy chocolate cookies is so easy, super quick to make, and did I mention healthy.

Its low carb, low fat, low sugar, vegan, gluten free, high in protein and ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!

(My photos may not be up there with the greats but I’m not a food photographer so bear with me lol)

February 6, 2017 2 comments
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I heard about Open Streets Cape Town advertised on our local radio station and thought it would be a really nice outing for a Sunday morning. So off hubby and I went, which took a lot of convincing as the weather was a little miz this past Sunday morning in the City Centre, Bree Street, which is where this past weekends Open Streets was located. The weather eventually decided to play ball and soon enough the sun was shining and it turned into a magnificent day in Cape Town.

January 17, 2017 0 comment
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To say I’m over the moon about my new fabulous brows would be the understatement of the century!! Let me start from the beginning…

I’ve always had a feeling that my eyebrows were just a tad off balance. So when I heard about the new latest craze called 6D Microblading hitting the shores of SA I knew I had to try it out. It’s a process whereby they use micro blades to make small incisions in your skin which they then fill with pigment to create a line that actually looks like hair. It’s semi permanent because they use pigment rather than ink and it lasts around 1 – 3 years depending on your skin and how you look after them. You can also go in and have a little refresher done should you feel you need to as time goes by.

I had my consultation with the wonderful Charlie from The Urban Beauty Lounge in Wembley Square who have partnered up with Vogue Lash & Brows, and all the while we were chatting the numbing cream was working it’s wonders on my brows so that I would be comfortable throughout my treatment. Before I knew it I was lying down with a ruler across my forehead while she measured me out and centered me up so she could tell where my eyebrows really should be…. in an ideal world. LOL!

Once I had all my markings done we made sure that we were both 100% happy with everything and so it began…

Firstly she chose between a few pigments and found one that was the best match to both my natural eyebrow hair and also the most flattering on my skin. She wiped the numbing cream off one brow, picked up her magic wand and we started the Microblading.

I was amazed that I could barely feel anything bar a little bit of scratching and pressure where the blade was pressing against my skin. Charlie also made sure that when she was working on one brow that the other brow still had the numbing cream on and she topped this up often.

It felt like it all went by in a flash and I could barely contain my excitement when she wiped off the excess pigment and said we were done. Even though I was a bit red and swollen, my brows were perfectly aligned and my arches were like something out of a beauty campaign.

I was then given my debriefing for lack of a better word ~ haha. I was told to keep my brows dry for 5 days post treatment and I was given something called “Barrier Cream” to apply from the 5th day onwards. I was also told that there may be some flaking of the areas but I didn’t have much which was fabulous. She then told me that I had to come back and see her after 4 weeks for my “touch up” session where she filled in any little areas that needed it after my healing process.

Prices vary from salon to salon but at The Urban Beauty Lounge it costs R2500 for the first session and then the 4 week touch up is R1250. I know it sounds a tad expensive but please trust me that it’s definitely worth the spend!

I feel like a million bucks after all said and done and would ABSOLUTELY recommended this to anyone and everyone looking to feel the same.

 

Here’s to raising eyebrows in the best way possible!!!

Much love 😉

Tracy

xxx

The Urban Beauty Lounge
(021) 465 5999
076 386 4793

info@theurbanbeautylounge.co.za

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January 6, 2017 0 comment
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Christmas time in the McGregor house is a very nostalgic, grossly exaggerated celebration. We use the whole month. Don’t waste a second of it… Lots of entertaining, big tree and an even bigger lunch. All the family pull in for champers and pavlova.

We thought we would provide you with a little Christmas inspiration and a very mild dose of what the 25th December looks like in our house…

It’s all too many cooks in the kitchen adding their flair to the feast but that’s how we get the best results.

We decided to do a gorgeous summer inspired decor versus the traditional kind (although our tree, decorated by the kiddies, is pretty eclectic) to our lunch this year. Some Delicious Monster, pretty flowers and candles for the table. I think one way of getting inspired is foraging through your garden, or the neighbours 😉 Pick something green or colourful and fill your vases.

Keeping with our summer trend, we had a braai (barbecue for those not in the know). Beautiful fresh crayfish and prawns – natural and full of flavour! If these aren’t in season (or just not up your alley) you could substitute anything you want really, for us it would be lamb because, well, that’s Xmas in a roasting pan…

We served it with Lemon crushed thyme roasted potatoes; Tomato, feta, red onion and basil salad; Radish avo and pine nut salad and a Caprese tart. Way too much food of course, as one has to over cater on Christmas Day but leftovers can always be reused or given to those in need.

Dessert was a Tropical fruit chocolate pavlova (all the flavours of summer for us) – mango, granadilla and lemon curd with greek yoghurt (and maybe a hint of cream… ssshhh).

For the kiddies  (and some adults) Choc dipped waffle cones with ice cream and toppings in abundance. Your imagination can run wild with ideas – Peanut Brittle, Honeycomb, Sprinkles, Caramel covered popcorn, even Popping candy! Cover with a sauce of your choice and add a Flake for luck… Voila.

 We hope your Christmas is a safe and special one with your friends and family and you’re surrounded by love above all else.
All our Christmas love,
Kerry, Tracy and Cindi
xxx
Photo Credit: Darren Bester Photography
December 22, 2016 2 comments
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Light Mask therapy is a treatment for the face using a LED light mask which uses combined visible light (red and blue) and invisible infra-red light (pink). We found this amazing gem of a skin treatment at the Libi Roos Skin Care boutique in Cape Town and were so excited when the day came that she could fit us all in. Straight off the bat Libi went through all the benefits of the light treatments with us. We then each had individual consultations so Libi could determine what each of us needed in terms of treatment according to our specific skin types and worries.

Some of the many benefits include, to name a few (and the list is quite long):

  • Promotes collagen production for plumper, more youthful looking skin
  • Reduces inflammation in skin conditions such as acne
  • Increased skin radiance
  • Stimulates cell activity and cell renewal
  • Increases circulation
  • Helps with pigmentation

The treatment lasted 20 minutes and was so relaxing. A really nice time out from your busy lifestyle of work, family and kids…

THE RED LIGHT

The red light waves penetrate deep into your tissue and increase blood circulation and lymphatic activity in the area. This in turn stimulates collagen and elastin production and damaged cells are quickly energized and repaired. This photo rejuvenation treatment is recommended for mature skin for an Anti-ageing treatment, for devitalized or damaged skin (sun damage) and for rejuvenation and repair.

THE PINK LIGHT (infrared light)

The invisible infrared ray works in every setting maximizing the efficiency and outcomes of each light treatment. It increases cellular growth and reproduction, increases the uptake of nutrients and increases cell vitality.

THE BLUE LIGHT

The blue light is recommended for Acne and anti-inflammatory treatment. It creates an anaerobic condition so the acne bacteria cannot survive and reduces inflammation caused by acne lesions.

 

After each of us had finished our treatment we all felt and could visibly see a change in our skin after just one session. As Libi explained, most people generally see a difference after about 4 treatments depending on each individual’s skin type/needs. Another pro to this therapy is that it can be used in conjunction with most other treatments and there’s absolutely no downtime after.

What we absolutely loved about Libi and her boutique which she runs from her home, is she caters for both young and old, and also tailor makes the treatment process to each individual client according to their budgets and time constraints which is fab.

You’ve gotta try it!

For your tailor made package contact Libi Roos 072 850 9279 (@libi_roos_skincare) email: libiroos@gmail.com

 

xxx

Kerry, Tracy and Cindi

 

 

 

December 18, 2016 0 comment
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I knew before I left South Africa that I would be eating my way through Australia, Masterchef-Style and quite frankly that is exactly what I did…

I have a very healthy relationship with food… well, love affair rather. I am in my happy place when I have myself surrounded by plates of (great) food, good company and a great vino.

The beauty of what Australia has mastered is their food philosophy. Urbanology of food, so to speak. These brilliant little cafes and restaurants you find hidden down alleys that you either find because a local has recommended it or you take the risk of walking into the unknown… Food is creative, seasonal with small menus and a whole lot of passion. Cool, alternative style music is played that makes you want to sit all day from brunch through to dinner sipping latte then cider then wine. I would, mind you, if it didn’t mean I couldn’t walk the streets to further experience the next alley or café or gallery…

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I especially love the Asian influence on their food, gorgeous, fresh flavours. Australian food, I feel, isn’t one of any one thing but more an influence of the world.

November 28, 2016 0 comment
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Starting our own blog has been something we have wanted to do for a very long time. And when we say blog we don’t mean that we’re going to try and attempt long paragraphs of creative journalism excellence (because trust me none of us have a truly inspired way with words ~ ha ha) but rather a space where we can share great stories about all the moments of inspiration and the tiniest of things that make us tick.

November 21, 2016 4 comments
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So we all know that sheer panic one feels when the days start getting ever so slightly warmer and the clothes we need to start wearing in our wardrobe start showing a little more skin…..it means….SUMMER IS COMING! I tell myself every year that I’m going to do things differently, get my summer body ready in winter blah blah and always seem to land up wishing I’d stuck to my plan a tad more ~ haha! But then I remind myself not to panic.

November 21, 2016 1 comment
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