About a month ago, I was up in Joburg for work, complaining on Twitter about something of little consequence (as one does) when I got a Tweet from a guy called @Paul_Ballen, offering me some of his home made ice cream. Needless to say, I thought it was a spam bot at first, but after some investigation and bio-reading, I grabbed that offer with both hands and ran with it like the future of ice cream in the human race depended on it.
Five tubs of ice cream later, I was a convert. I don't even want to talk about other ice cream any more. How can you go back to mass-produced, vegetable fat saturated "ice cream" once you've tasted the magic that is Paul's Homemade Ice Cream? Exactly. You can't.
I'm not just saying this. Paul's ice cream literally is the best I've ever tasted. Rich, creamy and incredibly more-ish. When I was in Joburg for the MK Awards last week, I made Paul come deliver me another tub of my favourite flavour: Dulce De Leche and I was hard-pressed to share it with my mom and sister, who were soon fighting over who gets the next spoonful.
Paul is a 22-year old Psych. Honours graduate who started playing around with ice cream recipes after his mom gave him an ice cream maker for his birthday. Fresh ingredients like eggs and double cream form the custard base, and the flavours are added with real ingredients. So if you order Chocolate, Nutella & Oreo, there is actual real Chocolate, Nutella and Oreo in there.
Here are some of the flavours Paul is making on order at the moment:
CHOCOLATE NUTELLA AND OREO
MAPLE SYRUP AND CARAMELIZED PECAN
COOKIES AND CREAM
You can check out Paul's Ice Cream King blog hereand his Facebook pagehere. Currently he's only selling through online orders (here's the online order form) and he delivers around Joburg.
Thanks for ruining me for all other ice creams ever Paul.
This weekend, Nash and I take to the streets on our bicycles to shoot a rad video for Lee's The City Is Mine campaign. Because really, the city is ours. And by "ours" I mean "mine" and "yours" and "yours" and "yours".
The City Is Mine is about showcasing your city and what you love about it. It's not some kind of Cape Town documentary video. It's just a video about this city and what we think is awesome about it.
We'll be shooting the sunrise in the city bowl, then cycling around Company Gardens, then off to the Beta beach area and then wrapping things up with a little bit of pizza and festivity at Kirstenbosch (probably won't be cycling all the way there) for Wrestlerish (get your tickets here). Throughout the day our friends will be in and out on their skateboards and bicycles when they feel like popping in, and we'll be shooting with some friends of our own, from Motion City Films.
If you've got a bike or a board and have some time to be in our video on Sunday, mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what time you're available to pop in and say hi. Cause the city is ours (mine and yours and yours and yours), and we want you in all your bikey/boardey glory!
Here are some awesome bicycle images to get you excited...
You might remember that I teamed up with REVLONin February, to tell you all about their new PhotoReady range and run alive chat on Facebook, answering all your makeup questions? And you might remember that I promised that I'd be giving you some of their awesome products too? Well, I keep all my promises.
I love Emma Stone in the new TV commercial for the PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Foundation.
REVLON is giving me a hamper of their hottest new products to give away to one lucky Mermaid out there.
The hamper includes:
PhotoReady 3D Mascara
(My favourite product from the range)
PhotoReady Sculpting blush Palette
Colorstay 16 Hour Eye Shadow
the whole hamper is worth R1000
To WIN all you have to do is:
- Like Revlon on Facebook
- Follow Revlon on Twitter
- Tweet about this competition, including @RevlonSA and @NatalieRoos in your Tweet, with a link to this
- Comment below with your name, Twitter handle & email address
*Competition will run for two weeks, and will close on Thursday, 12 April at 12:00
I recently watched Factory Girl, the story of Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol. Starring Sienna Miller and Guy Pearce, the story follows Edie, a trust fund baby who drops out of art school to move to New York and become a model/socialite.
This movie really intrigued me and I think Sienna Miller was phenomenal. Her portrayal of Edie Sedgwick was beautiful and heartbreaking and I became immediately fascinated with her. Now what you need to know about me, is that I can become really quite obsessed with stuff. Briefly, but passionately.
So I Googled Edie Sedgwick. I read up on her and looked at images of her and imaged what it would have been like to live in that era. And I felt so, so sad for her and found her whole lifestyle to be really quite scary and then I was grateful that I wasn’t alive in the 60’s and that I am safe in 2012. And then I was all confused about who I am.
Edie’s life with Warhol in New York was a party of drugs, acting in abstract films directed by Warhol, spending her entire inheritance in just six months and becoming a fashion icon of the 60's. Her relationships with Andy Warhol and a character based on Bob Dylan (Hayden Christiansen), are as interesting as they are unhealthy.
As Warhol’s muse (he called her his “Superstar”) Edie gained fame within New York's social scene with her short hair and eclectic fashion sense. Edie was introduced to - and had a brief love affair with - Dylan, causing jealous feelings from Warhol and a massive falling-out between the two.
Even after Edie split with Dylan, choosing her friendship with Warhol over her love for "Bobby", Warhol replaced Edie in his films with a girl called Nico, who he dressed up to look like Edie. This caused all Edie's mental demons to come out to play and she spiralled out of control. Drugs, alcohol abuse and living in a hotel became Edie's new life, outside of Warhol's circle. In the fashion world, no one would hire her, as her association with Warhol and his obscure films had created a "vulgar" image around her.
I really enjoyed the film. I think I'm one of those people who have "Golden Age Thinking Syndrome".
It's like a form of nostalgia. Midnight In Paris (a film by Woody Allen) describes it as “The erroneous notion that a different time period is better than the one ones living in – it’s a flaw in the romantic imagination of those people who find it difficult to cope with the present.”
So anyway, here are some gorgeous pictures of Edie...
Edie was in and out of mental hospitals and spent her entire life, battling anorexia and depression. After spending her entire inheritance, she worked briefly as a prostitute before moving back home to her parents. She married a man she met in hospital and died of an accidental drug overdose at the age of just 28.
Nash is heading off to LA soon and I have been spamming him with Jeffrey Campbell requests. I don't know what I'll do if he returns without at least one pair...but it will probably involve a Kill Bill-esque yellow suit, and I probably won't be remembered as completely "sane" by those who know us in the years to come.
These are all from various ranges, and I'll settle for any (or all) of them.