Working 9-5 (30)

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Blazer: Primark | T-Shirt: H&M | Culottes: Local Boutique (New Look have similar ones now!)

I have never had a normal 9-5 office job.  Shock! Horror! It’s not something that has ever appealed to me.  But now, I am embarking on a new career and this means I am stuck indoors Monday to Friday from 9am to 5.30pm.  How will I cope?  By wearing super cute outfits of course!

The office is pretty relaxed as far as formal wear goes and jeans are acceptable.  I don’t want to get too relaxed and wear jeans everyday as it can get boring. Seeing as it is going to be a sweltering 30°C in London today I thought I would break out these printed culottes and keep the top half simple.  Monochrome is always a smart option for work and this way it is a little quirky!

What do you wear to work?  Have a great day everyone

Bianca xx

Flowing and Free

What a busy week.  Birthdays, parties, Christenings and leaving do’s.  Been a busy bee! When having a busy week, I like to pop my hair up in plaits to keep it out of my way.  I love this skirt as it is allows me to add a bit of glamour into my everyday wardrobe and also hides when I have had an indulgent week food wise! Haha! The side slits give this skirt a life of it’s own in the wind and unlike a lot of maxi skirts, you still have freedom to move around.  The beautiful Moroccan print brings in so many lovely colours that I kept the rest of the outfit edgy with some leather accessories.  Leather can be great in summer, even when its warm.  Here’s to the new week and the start of a new job!

Enjoy your week!

Bianca xx

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Waistcoat and Skirt: Primark | Top: H&M | Bag: Zara | Shoes: New Look

Allure Me

For today’s post I am teaming up with a fabulous UK based (yippee!) Jewellery site called Allure Me.  This company was started by sisters Andrea and Christina this year, with the aim of getting affordable and gorgeous jewellery across the fashion world!  I love their pieces as they aren’t what you would find in regular high street shops.  They have a fantastic range  of statement jewellery.  Check out a few pieces below! As a jewellery designer, it is really nice to be able to collaborate with other designers and businesswomen :)

‘Bella’ necklace £8 (left) and ‘Blue Divine’ necklace £30 (right)

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‘Roxy’ necklace £20

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‘Mystical Gems’ necklace £18

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Everything is £3.99 P+P

Website: http://allureme.wix.com/allureme
Twitter: @Allure_Me14
Instagram: @allure_me_2014
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllureMe14

Bianca xx

The Woman Behind the Camera

We took loads of photos on holiday.  Some were great and some not so great- I really need to invest in a DSLR camera now, all suggestions welcome!

We shot a few OOTD looks for me but one thing I noticed was how fab my mum looked our entire trip.  Usually she is the woman behind the camera, but today’s post is all about her.  Packing light has never been one of her strong points, but this time not only did she pack lighter, but she also packed some great key pieces.  This was my favourite of her daytime looks.  An all white ensemble with a pop of colour with this great, red, linen shirt.  Very Riviera Chic! I must admit, she poses really well too and was totally natural in front of the camera! I could learn a thing or 2 :)

Bianca xx

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Birthday Weekend in Pictures

7-7-14…my 27th birthday.

Eek…27! Gosh I feel like I’m getting on a bit.  But never mind, age happens to the best of us.  I just wanted to share a quick post of a few photos from over my birthday weekend.  Thanks everyone for a wonderful birthday!

Wireless with my sister and a crazy Kanye West…

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Sushisamba for a fabulous dinner with my girls…

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I must say I am feeling especially overwhelmed by all the love. It’s nice to feel special on your birthday! ☺

Club Tropicana

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Top and Shorts: Choies | Bag: American Apparel | Shoes: Zara | Jewellery: J Crew and Michael Kors

The final day of my whirlwind trip of Nice, Ventimiglia and Monaco (technically 3 countries in 3 days) was a lovely day spent with family doing a few touristy things in Monaco. 

I got these cute matching seperates a few weeks ago from Choies and have been waiting for the right moment to rock the look.  When better than in Monaco?!  The colours and tropical leaf print are so summery and it’s  great that you can mix and match seperates to that you get more outfit choices. 

I took so much jewellery on this trip and just kept wearing the same necklace, #obsessed.  But isn’t it great when you find a piece that sets off any outfit perfectly and is OTT in the glamour stakes?!

The heat was incredible today so these short shorts and top knot were the best way of keeping cool in the sun.  Back in London now and ready for a few more days off from work, nothing special going on, just Wireless Music Festival and my birthday! 

Two more holiday posts to come so keep an eye out for them and make sure to follow me on Instagram @b_lovefoodlovefashion for more pictures :)

Oh and Happy 4th July to all my US based friends, family and followers!

Bianca x

Dora the Explorer

Every time I see someone wearing this revived trend I think of that great children’s programme, “Dora the Explorer”.   I’m a bit older than Dora’s usual audience but she did have a bit of foresight  in the style stakes.  She always had a backpack and everything she could possibly need was in it. 

Whilst planning my trip to Nice, I decided I needed to add a backpack into the equation, however, it could not be too bulky or look like I was prepping for a mountain trek.

I saw this gorgeous, white, box bag in New Look and instantly fell in love.  It maintains it’s shape no matter how much bag abuse I commit.

This shoot was done in Ventimiglia, Italy, which is a short train ride from Nice.  Great food and shopping and perfect for a quiet getaway from the crowds.  It amazing how much things change in a 40 minute train ride.  Neon is always a summer staple and this H&M dress is perfect for a day strolling on the beach.

Stay tuned for a Holiday diary featuring all the great food from Nice, Ventimiglia and Monaco.

Bianca xxx

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Dress: H&M | Bag: New Look | Jewellery: J Crew, Banana Republic, Michael Kors, eBay | Shoes: Zara

The French Connection

Bonjour de Nice!

Getting up at 2am to drive to Gatwick airport for a 6am to arrive in Nice was well worth the sleep deprivation. 

The sun is shining, the people are lovely and I am feeling oh so French! After a day travelling and touring the city, I checked into my hotel in the mid afternoon and had a quick nap (the best 2 hour sleep I ever had!). 

Trying to get into the swing of things, I decided to put on this great H&M striped dress with some bling and my trusty flat leopard sandals.

I have to mention these sunglasses.  In my sleepy daze, I got impulsive and bought these beautiful Guess by Marciano sunglasses.  As it is my birthday soon, my excuse is that they are an early present to myself :) Well a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do in the name of her fashion purchases!

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Dress: H&M | Shoes: Zara | Bag: American Apparel | Jewellery: J Crew,  Michael Kors | Sunglasses: Guess by Marciano

Open your Eyes

When getting ready to shoot this look, I realised that I didn’t have my sunglasses with me (why didn’t I take my handbag to work?!).  Now it wasn’t particularly sunny out, so I thought it would be fine.  I was wrong. Very wrong.  It may not have been sunny, but boy, it was bright!

Many a blogger knows how difficult it is to look cool and modelesque without rocking a super angry face… its almost impossible in regular daylight.  RBF is real!  Tyra Banks taught us all to Smize- that’s smiling with your eyes, but when I do it, my eyes look like they are closed.  Lesson to be learned- carry sunglasses at all times.

Jewellery is my thing.  I love layering up different chains and styles to create contrast.  This blue necklace is a great splash of colour for this casual work look and still looks pretty against this oversized pearl necklace.

I want to just say a quick thanks to everyone at My Agenda/Mom Agenda for sorting out my new planner.  I love that it has so much space for everything I could possibly think of!

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Jacket: H&M | Top: Espirit | Jeans: New Look | Shoes: New Look | Jewellery: Primark,  eBay and Michael Kors | Diary: Mom Agenda | iPad case: Marc Jacobs

Bloopers

Happy Sunday!

I love those “Making of…” shows. The ones where you see the actors in their true form, their real personalities, how many times they messed up their lines and all the funny faces they pull. You feel as if you know the real person not just the character they play. It got me to thinking, what about my blooper reel?

There are some great and funny shots that never ‘made the cut’ for my posts.  You are in for a treat here :)

I think that blog posts should give you a sense of the blogger’s true personality and there’s nothing better than catching someone off guard!  I am a joker at heart, I find it difficult to keep a straight face and take the mickey out of myself regularly.  After looking at these pictures I have come to realise that I also love squinting, swinging round random pole-like objects, breaking into dance on a street corners and have the ability to gurn like a toothless old woman! 

I hope that these photos make you smile and make sure to check out the prettier, published posts- sans gurning!

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My personal favourite is the one below, courtesy of my wonderful brother!  Please don’t judge me hahah

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Have a great day and remember to smile! :)

Bianca x