I met my friend and photograpgher Jaco at Isabella’s Cake and Food Shop, in Eldoraigne, for our last meeting of 2014 just before we each headed out on our long and overdue vacations over the festive season. Not a bad setting to wind down and discuss the year gone by and the year ahead right?
Isabella’s has just the right amount of feminine retro décor to make it fun and fabulous and their extensive menu offers something for everyone’s tastebuds. Take note of the pink and white stripes mixed with intense monochrome prints, the checkered floor tiles, the massive chandeliers and the single pink roses on each table in the pics below. It sets the scene for the shop’s market, ladies who lunch.
The venue is very supposed to be very popular for hosting events like birthdays and baby showers. The staff were prepping for an event that took place just after we left. I discovered just how popular Isabella’s has become when I bumped into one of my dearest cousins having lunch with her girlfriends. If she’s endorsed it, then I know its got a great reputation. Let’s just say we’re a family who love to voice our opinions (good & bad). We also managed to grab some snaps of their lunch choices to share with you because we were really just there for the snacks.
Jaco ordered samoosas and a strawberry milkshake while I opted for tea and macaroons. As a fan of Laduree and Pierre Hermé, I’ve struggled to find macaroons in South Africa that come even a little close to these high standards so off course I’m thrilled to have now discovered Isabella’s macaroons.
Jaco also snapped some pics of my new do. I cut off my long locks (after way too many years) and I’m now sporting a Lob thanks to my hairdresser Tim from Chase Hairdressing. He’s been my hairdresser for a decade now and I drive 84km each way to his salon every time I need a cut so that’s either crazy dedication on my part or he’s really just that good! Hmmm… I think this requires further discussion in another post (soon).
WHAT I WORE
It seems for once I was actually dressed for the occasion. My (vintage inspired) black and polka dot collared dress blended perfectly with the restaurant backdrop. The dress is unbranded. It was one of those random purchases from an actual magazine catalogue. Remember those? I’m still undecided on whether I like it or not. It’s definitely not my usual style. I paired them with a pair of black suede court shoes (bought ages ago) and a soft black clutch made of rose blossoms. This sweet bag was gifted to me by a very dear friend and mentor.
ALL IMAGES BY THE VERY TALENTED JACO. PHOTOGRAPHY