Still stumped for Valentine's Day?

Two words guaranteed to bring a smile on this most romantic of days: Jewellery and Cakes.

And two Irish sisters are leading the way producing just that. One; Aisling is a Dublin-based Jewellery designer and founder of Rangoli, the other, Tara bakes exquisite cupcakes and runs Cupcake Me.

Aisling’s jewellery and hair accessories are heavily influenced by India’s visual landscape – vivid colours, wonderful pattern and elaborate ornamentation as well as the energy of the people. She spent six months there in 1993 taking in wonders such as Hanuman the monkey god and masala dosa breakfasts!

The name Rangoli comes from a style of South Indian drawing which are done by the women and girls of the household – usually drawn outside the doorsteps using rice powder. During festivals they are coloured in using vivid, bright powders. Nowadays, Aisling’s crochet and bespoke designs remind her of Rangolis – so the name is very appropriate!

Tara’s story meanwhile is less exotic but even more delicious – she was made redundant over a year ago and quite by accident got into baking cupcakes. Her company, Cupcake Me produces beautifully ornate and elegant cupcakes and clearly the artistic streak in the family doesn’t stop at Aisling. Tara’s creations have been featured in such publications as The Gloss, Prudence, and Irish Brides Magazine as well as on the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show. Mmmm.. cupcakes/breakfast… THERE’S a sweet Valentine’s Day idea!

Recently, the girls decided to celebrate that they are both working in the world of weddings with this Cupcakes and Jewels photoshoot! They teamed up with photographer extraordinaire Christina Brosnan of Brosnan Photographic and I think you’ll agree the results are quite exquisite.


So, if you are stuck for a present for your loved one on this most romantic of holidays here are the details:

Cupcake Me cupcakes are available in Cavistons Food Emporium in Glasthule, Co Dublin


Rangoli are based at Studio 67, The Design Tower, Trinity Centre, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2

Both are available to order online.

Check out Christina’s amazing Photography on her website (Guess what -she does weddings!)

- Photos used with Permission -


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  1. Just yum!!! Super big fan of cupcakes! Who is’nt? and Rangoli..beautiful, love their pieces.

  2. Thanks so much for the lovely feature Lisa! Myself and Tara had so much fun planning this shoot… thinking of colour combinations, designing fondant bows…and eating cakes! A big thanks to Christina Brosnan too for the wonderful pics.

  3. what a brilliant shoot!!and over and above that- these two sisters are super creative- love the teaming up of cupcake and jewelry!!!!!

  4. OMG they look so yummy! Do they make red velvet, my fave?

  5. Everything about this shoot was yummy!

  6. Lisa!

    Thanks for the wonderful feature – it was so much fun to work with Aisling & Christina on this project! They are both so wonderful and talented!

    Tara X

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