Layered

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Top and Shoes: ASOS | Skirt: H&M | Bag: eBay | Jewellery: J Crew

it’s Wednesday and that means it’s almost the weekend.  I already feel like I have worked 5 days this week and there is no sign of it slowing down!

This sweatshirt was the easiest and most comfortable outfit I could wear today.  To chic it up a bit I layered it over a leather look racer skirt and put on my favourite metallic pumps.

I am so happy to be featured on the ASOS #asseenonme gallery again this week for my last post Red. White. Blue
Make sure to go and have a look and follow me on Instagram @b_lovefoodlovefashion

Enjoy the rest of the week everyone!

Red. White. Blue.

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Duster : ASOS | T-Shirt : Primark | Skirt : H&M | Bag : New Look | Heels : Primark

There is nothing better than late summer/early autumn morning, when it’s cloudy enough to warrant a light coat; but when the sun burns through, you get a lovely warm day.

Red, white and blue is such a classic colour combination.  I love wearing navy hues with a splash of red to brighten up a look. I have always been a lover of horizontal stripes, the nautical vibe has something so summery about it.  This skirt is a favourite for when I am having a bleugh day! Something with such a lovely pattern, being as figure hugging as it is, is definitely bound to make you feel great!

Have a great week everyone!

DIY: Revamped Rings

I have a lot of jewellery. I love it. Accessories can make or break an outfit in my opinion. But sometimes the accessories literally so just that, break.

So what do I do with broken or tarnished pieces? I revamp them into something else? I also tend to have quite a few leftover beads and gems from making my own jewellery so I like to use them to make a few alterations to existing pieces too :)

All you really need is:
Glue, Wire Cutters, a selection of gems or beads, an old ting or 2 (to act as your base).

The first ring was simple- I used an old cage style ring with has tarnished now (this lasted ages for a £2 Primark ring!) And used a gem from a lovely cocktail ring I had that had snapped off. Using the lines of the cage, I used a strong glue (E6000) and placed the gem on top, leaving it to set overnight.

The second ring was a little more fiddly and inspired by all the beautiful Chanel pearls we have seen over the past season. I used an old plain stackable ring and cut it with the wire cutters. You need to open the by moving the 2 cut sections forward and back so as not to warp the ring size. Place your pearl on and pop a little glue on the other end, pushing the ring into the holes of the pearl.

There you have it a new cocktail ring and one pearl detail midi ring :)

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Pony Hair and Perfect Jeans

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Blazer and Shirt : H&M | Jeans : Zara | Heels : New Look | Bag : ASOS | Sunglasses : Oliver Bonas

Being quite small (with a good set of hips and a bum), I find it really hard to buy jeans.  Jeans are some of the versatile pieces in a wardrobe and so when I find a pair I actually like I tend to live in them.  These Zara ones are fantastic- although they are a bit long, they fit me perfectly and have a little stretch to them which means they always fit right.

I like to mix up similar tones of particular colours. The contrast creates a nice effect and when you add in another texture like this gorgeous pony hair clutch from ASOS, it’s a recipe for glamour.

I am very happy to say that I have been featured on ASOS in the #asseenonme gallery :) for my look Top Knots and Polka Dots (the 5th picture in ;))

Coffee Cake

I have not posted anything food related in so long that I feel like I should change the name of my blog!

Coffee cake is an unsung hero in the cake world.  This has gone down a treat in my office :)

You will need:

150g caster sugar
150g butter or margarine
3 eggs
170g self raising flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp hot water
1 tbsp instant coffee (add more if you like it strong)

For The Icing
225g icing sugar
100g butter or margarine
1 1/2 tbsp instant coffee
1 tbsp hot water

Peeheat the oven to 160°C.  Prepare 2 baking tins with greaseproof paper or grease them with a little butter.

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Cream together the sugar and butter in a bowl.

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In a cup whisk the eggs till bubbles appear then add to the butter and sugar.

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Begin to whisk this together adding in the flour, one tablespoon at a time (about 5 spoons should be enough).  Mix this together till it combines.

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Add in the rest of the flour and baking powder and fold into the butter mix.

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Dissolve the coffee granules on a spoon with a little hot water. Then add to the mix and fold in.  The mix should change colour slightly.

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Pour into your tins and cook for 30 Mins.  Mix together ingredients for the icing and put in the fridge to set.

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Once cooked, allow the cakes to cool on metal racks and ice.

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Suede

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Suede Jacket: Vintage | Top: Espirit | Jeans and Shoes: New Look | Bag: Zara

There is nothing I like more that a cute jacket.  We all need that transitional piece in our wardrobes that helps us maintain our chic!

This is what I like to call an “inherited” piece- as in borrowed from mum and never returned hahah.  The style is like a bomber but the suede is so beautiful that this jacket stands out on its own and as a result, looks great with everything!  I was having a lazy style day but this jacket revved it up. 

Only problem is, you do have to check the weather forecast before you leave the house!

The End of the Day

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Top, Shoes and Bag: Zara | Jeans: H&M | Boucle Jacket: ASOS

I like to shoot my looks in the morning when the sun is bright and I feel my look is more fresh.  However some days, I get so caught up in running around or stuck at work that posts take a back seat and everyday life steps into the limelight (boring I know!).

This look was shot in 5 minutes just before stepping into the house, it made me realise that from now, my looks will have to be shot in the day, as the evenings draw in and those “late-in-the-day” opportunities become less frequent. 

I was looking forward to autumn but now that it’s almost here, can’t it just be summer a little while longer? :)

Have a great weekend everyone B x

Top Knots and Polka Dots

Getting ready the morning I wore this dress, I debated getting changed maybe 3 times.  As it wasn’t too grey out and I felt it would be possible to get away with this strapless beauty with a jacket…translated: “come hell or high water, I am wearing this dress”. 

Needless to say the high water came. Less than 5 minutes after shooting this look the heavens opened and what can only be described as “rain of a Biblical nature” fell.

Luckily enough we managed to catch a few shots outside the back of the royal Palace in Brussels.

ASOS have been having a sale to end all sales and this dress was a great find.  You can’t help but feel summery in a polka dot print.  On city breaks, I tend to blow dry my hair as it is so much easier to manage (and less products to pack).  But after a few days all I can be bothered with is to lift my hair into a tidy top knot. Chic and practical- my favourite!

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Jacket: Zara | Dress: ASOS | Bag: New Look | Sandals: H&M

Reflecting

It’s a new week and I am back at work (boooo), even though my trip was a short one, I do miss the freedom and care free nature I have whilst away.  I see it reflect in many aspects of my life – especially my style.  On holiday as much as I want to be this super chic woman; sight seeing in a dress and heels, I am not that woman.  Especially when it’s a walking holiday. In the wind.  And rain…

Anyone who reads my blog regularly knows I am the queen of comfort, it is the key part of my everyday style.  I am the type of woman who will buy shoes if the ones I am wearing are too uncomfortable!  I know beauty is pain, but me + pain = disaster for all those around me.

This trip I packed very light, a few shirts and jeans and a few dresses – no heels! There’s a first for everything :)

For this particular outing I chose my favourite pieces from my suitcase, however the intermittent wind and rain called for a long coat and hat.  Hair altered into a neat(ish) plait and leather jacket exchanged for my long ASOS coat and I was ready to hit the road.   Despite the beautiful sites in Brussels, I couldn’t help but shooting this look against this colourful backdrop :)

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Hat and Coat: ASOS | Shirt and Sandals: H&M | Jeans: Topshop | Bag: New Look | Jewellery: Michael Kors, A Girl’s Best Friend Jewellery

I’d love to know your holiday style! Is your look more casual or very glamorous abroad?

Bianca xx

Brussels: Day 2 Photo Diary

Brussels is so beautiful and a break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is great- even if it all ends tomorrow :(

Today we went to an antiques fair, and walked the whole city just popping into shops and sites, enjoying the brisk weather.  It really is a city that you can get lost in!

EU Parliament

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Notre Dame du Sablon

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The Antique Market

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Lunch

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Dinner

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If you have any suggestions for my last day in Brussels, do let me know!

Bianca x