Author: Alyssa Pillay

#KKWFragrance Inspired Cookies For Valentine’s Day

I don’t know about you but I have been getting serious FOMO seeing celebrities break open Kim Kardashian’s #KKWFragrance press boxes all over social media. Since none of us got #KKWFragrance boxes, let’s just make sugar cookies and call it a day. Luna and @chrissyteigen are such heartbreakers 💔🔨 A post shared by KKW FRAGRANCE (@kkwfragrance) on Feb 2, 2018 at 10:13am PST   Valentine’s Day Heart Sugar Cookies yield: 25 medium-sized COOKIES prep time: 3 HOURS total time: 6 HOURS Ingredients: 2 and 1/4 cups (281g) all-purpose flour (spoon & levelled) 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar 1 large egg, at room temperature 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract optional for added flavor: 1/4 teaspoon almond extract Royal Icing 4 cups (480g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted 3 Tablespoons meringue powder 6-7 Tablespoons room temperature water gel food colouring in various colours. Method: Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside. In a large bowl using …

Queen Regnant’s Ultimate Eyeliner Guide

Queen Regnant has done her homework! It took me years to figure out the eyeliner thing, what to use, how to draw the line and what type of line to draw, so I gathered up as much information I could find(which has been incredibly useful over time!) to remove the guesswork for you. Presenting Queen Regnant’s Ultimate Eyeliner Guide!   1.Types Of Eyeliner How to tell those eyeliner brushes apart: 2.How To Draw The Basic Line Hold your eyelid to ensure a smooth and even line. Draw away!   3.The Line That Best Suits Your Eye Shape A slight modification of the basic line to suit your eye shape: 4.Troubleshooting Q-tips, earbuds, whatever you call it, will help fix those minor mistakes. Use a tiny dot of foundation and dab along the error and voila! 5.Variations Line those eyes away, duchesses and don’t forget to share the love, the world would look a little prettier with a touch of eyeliner!

Celeb Look of The Week: Dakota Johnson

The 2018 Golden Globes red carpet was brimming with Hollywood stars wearing black in order to support the Time’s Up movement toward gender equality, and Dakota Johnson was no different.The actress stepped out for the awards night in a beautiful Gucci dress with a flowing train, but unlike some of the other dresses on the red carpet, hers had a special surprise in the back. The back of Johnson’s dress had a gigantic silver star embellishment on it with delicate silver beaded lines that fell toward the bottom of her skirt. The surprising detail was fully concealed from the front of her dress so it could only be seen once she turned around. The front of the dress was simple, with a silver buckle at her waist and thin black straps. Johnson accessorized the gown with Nirav Modi dangling earrings and two simple silver Nirav Modi bangles. What a chic way to make a surprise style statement.❤

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Why Oprah Winfrey stole the show at the 2018 Golden Globes.

Oprah Winfrey brought the crowd at the Golden Globes to their feet after delivering a rousing acceptance speech that touched on the sexual misconduct reckoning in Hollywood, her impressive career, and her recognition of Recy Taylor, a black woman who was raped in Alabama in 1944 by six white men, but did not receive justice. The star was being honored with the Cecil B. DeMille award, which was presented to her by Reese Witherspoon, her co-star in the upcoming Disney film A Wrinkle in Time. Winfrey began her speech by remembering the time she saw Sidney Poitier win an Oscar in 1964. “Up to the stage came the most elegant man I had ever seen,” she said. “I had never seen a black man being celebrated like that . . . I tried many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats, as my mom came through the door bone-tired from cleaning other people’s houses.” She then brought the moment full circle. …

I Don’t Know How She Does It [with Free 2018 Printables]

Happy 2018 Duchesses! Here’s to our biggest and most ambitious year yet. Over the last year or so, a lot of people have asked me about how I manage to juggle three jobs, my studies and all the exciting events I post on QR’s social channels. At first, I felt rather overwhelmed because like any power-hungry woman, I want it all. I have learnt that planning is key. Write down everything, your goals, your daily and weekly schedule, your habits, everything. Making lists are so mind-boggling, so I tried my best to put together a few printable lists and a calendar to help you get started. The following lists will assist you in being the best possible version of yourself this year: Printables List Task Tracker Weekly Planner Daily Planner Habit Tracker 2018 Overview 2018 Breakdown I hope that you all like this cute calendar I put together(we just love pretty things!) I also designed some desktop background monthly calendars for you all #OprahVibes 😜     Click here to download high quality images of …

Christian Louboutin x Sabyasachi : An Indian Fashionista’s Dream Come True

Couture tradition is invigorated with creative electricity and sheer joie de vivre, as new and classic Christian Louboutin styles are reinvented and hand-crafted, each one-of-a-kind and some made-to-measure, in the most exquisite sari fabrics – all from Sabyasachi’s personal collection. With Christian Louboutin, the story is always a fairytale sprinkled with magic. In this true story, a chance meeting between the two designers in Sabyasachi’s Mumbai boutique lead to an immediate connection ignited by their boundless creativity and shared the adoration of India’s culture, exquisite craftsmanship, and love of food. “Like some of the best things in life, this was completely unplanned and by chance,” Sabyasachi said when referencing meeting Christian for the first time. Sabyasachi confesses that upon first meeting Christian, he asked if they could collaborate. To which Christian exuberantly responded, “Yes!” An expression of this joyful connection first came in July 2015, when Christian Louboutin conspired to create the extraordinary shoes that walked the runway of Sabyasachi’s annual couture show held in Mumbai, followed again in October 2016, with a small number …

Introducing Threads Stitched by Standard Bank

The global Fashion industry today is worth 3 trillion USD however, Sub-Sahara Africa accounts for only 1% of that. A staggering statistic, considering that the apparel and textile industry has the potential both to create jobs and contribute to a country’s economy. In today’s digital world, consumers worldwide are eager to discover products from afar – in this regard, fashion is a powerful brand builder for a country interested in exporting their cultural capital. Of all the potential obstacles to growing this market in South Africa, it seems creative talent and exposure are the least of what hinders upcoming fashion brands from thriving on the international scene, access to finance even less. There is a definite need for teaching the business of fashion – fashion entrepreneurs need to be supported in professionalizing their enterprises and running a truly profitable business. There is real opportunity to take South Africa’s up-and-coming fashion designers and turn them into powerful fashion CEO’s. Given the appropriate support, these fashion entrepreneurs could be running profitable businesses capable of competing on the …

How I Gained 10000 Instagram Followers

As many of Queen Regnant’s followers have noticed, I have tried almost strategy to gain a social media following. From posting 3 times a day to posting about almost every topic, I hit around 2500 followers and stayed at that point for a very long time. Gaining followers requires a sequence of tasks, that works like a charm each and every time. As promised, here’s what you need to do! Number Of Followers I have noticed that I gained more followers once I dropped the number of people I followed on Instagram. If you notice the follower-following count of most influencers on the popular social network, you will see that their following count is drastically lower than their actual followers. I haven’t read much into why fans prefer to follow people with a low following count, but once I dropped mine, my followers increased. Quality Of Pictures There was a time when I posted so many times a day! My family and friends got annoyed at the fact that I needed to take pics of …

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How These Babies Made Their Mark In Pop Culture History

Whether or not you watched Sex and The City: The Movie, you’ve probably seen the now famous blue Manolo Blahnik satin pumps Carrie wears to marry her long-time love, Big. The proper title for the shoe is the Hangisi, but over the past few years, it has been appropriately dubbed the “Something Blue” pump, for its role as the shoe of choice to accompany Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding gown and embedding itself in pop culture history. While the Sex and the City movie introduced the Hangisi/ Something Blue pump to the masses, the phenomena wouldn’t be nearly as far-reaching as it’s become if this wasn’t a very special shoe. Pop Culture Magic The shoes were not just another fabulous item from Carrie Bradshaw’s wardrobe, they played a significant role in the movie. So significant they could have been listed in the closing credits. Originally, Carrie buys them to wear with a simple, secondhand ivory suit she picks up at a vintage shop. The suit is not a designer label or even a name brand, and is …

The Queen Regnant VDJ2017 Diary

VDJ2017- Another year, another Vodacom Durban July done! My diary started quite early at the Hilton Durban this year- getting my hair and makeup done for VDJ2017 was a top priority. My dress was customised according to a Berta bridal creation that featured a cape, which seemed fitting to the #ColourOfMagic theme this year. I wore a headpiece for the first time in my life and I was terrified of tripping over the cape so I wore ballet pumps that were embellished with red lace trimmings that matched my ensemble. The look was tied together with a string of pearls, pearl stud earrings and a matching red clutch from Forever New. Watching the fashion events and competitions earlier on, it was breathtaking knowing that there is such phenomenal talent in the hands and minds of South African fashion designers. The interiors of the marquees at the VDJ2017 were amazing and the setup of the entire event itself was striking. We had the opportunity to catch up with a lot of people, celebrities and fellow Durbanites …