Keeping It Together

As most bloggers know, it is hard to fit in a full time blog with a full time job and life.  We all want to try and spend as much time on our blogs as possible, but finding the time can be easy.

I have a full time job, Monday to Friday 9-5.30 and at times it can be hard to find a moment to blog.  I often feel a little bad asking family and friends to take my picture when they are equally as busy.  But there can be points in the day where I cannot even get a chance to drink a nice cuppa, let alone take a picture!
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My blog has become a great passion and as a result I have to find ways to manage my time effectively.

 

Here are my tips:

1. Keep a “store cupboard” of posts

Don’t post things the second you do them or take photos of them purely because you have the content. Keep a few post ideas in the vault ready for when you have a slower week.

 

2.  Give yourself a set amount of posts for a week

Like the above, don’t post your ideas the second they are ready.  Most weeks I aim for2-3 posts a week.

 

3.  Write things down

I use a notebook to write down any outfit/recipe/post ideas so that I can go back to it at a later time.  Keeping a log of your ideas makes blogging a bit easier.

 

4.  Use your down-time wisely

I use my lunch break to make personal calls, edit photos, reply to comments and even write posts.

 

5. Time management

I always have a paper diary- as much as I love my technology, electronic diaries just do not feel right!  If I know I have a busy week coming up, I will block out some time on a quiet evening to get a few things scheduled.

 

6.  Take a break

If you feel that your blog is taking up too much time, then take a week off!  Loyal readers will always stick around- and I’m sure they understand :)

Bianca x

Winning

Life can be so hectic sometimes, there a 1 million things to do and more often than not, not enough time to do them! There are a few great moments in your everyday journey when you feel like you are #winning in life.

Getting in a good workout before work…#winning

Finding money in an item of clothing that you didn’t know was there…#winning

Getting a seat on the morning commute…#winning

My #winning moment came when I received an email from Asos telling me about their mid season sale.  Us ladies tend to have a lot in our online shopping baskets and I am no exception to the rule!  An item I had my eyes on for awhile but held back from buying had gone on sale! Thank God for next day delivery because I didn’t want to wait a moment longer to wear this floral peplum hem skirt. Thankfully the rain held up long enough to take these pictures :)

Being a shorty, I don’t normally go for dropped hems.  But how could anyone resist this floral, almost Flamenco inspired skirt?!

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Skirt: Asos | Jumper: H&M | Jacket: Gap | Bag: Forever 21 | Heels: Primark

Water, Water Everywhere?

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In the Western world, we often take things for granted. Everything is in abundance and we forget that there are still so many places in the world where things we consider “basic” are in fact a luxury.

We flick a switch and there is light…

We got to the supermarket and there is food…

We turn the tap and there is water…

I think Water is the most important commodity in the world, yet even today, there are still millions of people who have to go without it.

Water Crisis Facts:

  • 780 million people in the world lack access to safe water. 2.5 billion lack improved sanitation.
  • 1 in 9 people doesn’t have safe water to drink. 1 in 4 doesn’t have a toilet.
  • Every minute at least one child dies due to a water-related illness.
  • More people in the world have access to a mobile phone than a toilet.

I am pleased to let you know that today I am hoping to help a great cause. Water.org is collaborating with the Tony award-winning musical URINETOWN in London, to put on a special charity performance gala on MONDAY 20th OCTOBER.

Urinetown is set in a futuristic, dystopian society where the Earth’s water supply has been depleted. As a result, things we consider “normal” today are against the law in their society. Can you imagine a world where where going to the toilet can land you in the arms of the law?! All they need is one person with the strength to start a revolution! In my opinion, their tag line, “Sometimes all you need is a drop of a hope to change the world” really ties in with the message of Water.org; and through this collaboration, Urinetown aims to raise awareness about the real global water crisis that the world’s population is facing today.

Water.org is a well-established charity and have worked had to develop solutions to the world’s water crisis. Water.org looks for innovative, community-driven and market-based initiatives to really ensure that all people have access to safe, clean water. Water.org has positively transformed the lives of more than a million individuals around the world, ensuring a better life for generations ahead. Learn more at http://water.org and www.facebook.com/water. So if you aren’t doing anything Monday night and fancy helping out a good cause- make your way down to Central London for a big night out, raising awareness for a good cause!

 

URINETOWN The Musical

APOLLO THEATRE

FROM 29 SEPTEMBER 2014

GALA PERFORMANCE MONDAY, 20 OCTOBER AT 7.30pm

 

 

GALA Ticket Prices:                            £29.50 – £85.00

                                                            £125 for Premium Gala Tickets and Afterparty

 

Address:                                             Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES

 

Website:                                             http://www.urinetown.co.uk

 

Facebook:                                           http://www.facebook.com/UrinetownUK

 

Twitter:                                               @UrinetownUK

 

Instagram:                                          UrinetownUK

 

Tennis Chic

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Jumper: H&M | Leather Trousers: Topshop | Heels: Zara | Bag: Vintage

Sportswear has been a trend for quite a while now. The sporty Tennis/Cricket design of this jumper is probably the closest you would get me to playing sports this time of year, well pretty much any time of year actually!

I do love an oversized jumper, however I’ve never been a huge fan or polo necks or anything too high on my neck.  Being a small lady with a larger bust I always feel a bit suffocated or a little too buxom!  So when I saw this I was overjoyed.  A low neck, monochrome, oversized and flattering.  Everything I could possibly want in an item of clothing!

With something this oversized, balance is key, skinny leather trousers and simple black courts- yes please! Colourful sunnies add a little personality to a monochrome look.  These are now my go to aviators, after breaking my other pair…Rest In Pieces.

I decided to do something totally out of the ordinary and tie my hair in a low, loose  bun. Anyone with curly hair knows that once you change your style in any way, the only way to tame it is to tie it back.  To be honest, I quite like it, it’s a very different look for me and is quite chic, a far away cry from my usual big hair and I don’t care look!

Enjoy

Ballet Revolución

I have so many passions in life, 2 of which make up the name of this blog! But there are so many interests that make me who I am.  I studied Spanish at University and love all things Hispanic; the food, culture, music and dance are just so fiery and passionate, you can’t help but get into the swing of things!

Dancing has always been a passion of mine…Whether its me dancing around the house or on an actual dance floor, it has always had my heart.  I danced growing up and even helped out as a teachers assistant for a time.  As much as I don’t dance in the same capacity anymore (more bars and clubs than stages and auditoriums) I still find myself getting into a Latin fever when I hit the gym for my beloved Zumba classes!  So when I was approached to write a review of Ballet Revolución, I literally jumped at the chance!

Ballet Revolución is a mix of different styles of dance including ballet, contemporary dance and hip hop from a company of only 19 Cuban dancers and live musicians.  What is more, all these dances have African, Spanish and Cuban influences, making this show totally unique.  For those of you who have seen it before (they were here in 2012 and 2013), you will know how fantastic it is!  The music includes hits from Bruno Mars, Usher, Beyoncé, David Guetta, J-Lo, Prince and Rihanna as well as typical Cuban and Hispanic sounds.

I really urge everyone to go and see it- this show is absolutely fantastic.  There are Performances at 7.30pm every night, with additional matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm at Sadler’s Wells, London.

 www.sadlerswells.com

For my readers across the globe, make sure to keep an eye out for when they are in your city and definitely get along to see them!  It is a phenomenal night out, to keep in theme with the evening, why not head over to Cuba Libre in Islington for some pre or post show nibbles and drinks!

Have a great week everyone!

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Maximise

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Shirt: Zara | Gilet: eBay | Skirt and Boots: New Look | Bag: Vintage

Did you see what I did there? Maximise, because its a Maxi skirt.  HAHA! Well, I thought it was funny :).  I have often been told that I am the only person who finds my jokes funny.

Summer is well and truly gone now. No more #legsout or #hotdoglegs. But one thing that I love is the fact that I can still get away with a Maxi skirt. The longer and weightier versions of these skirts are great for this time of year. Swap your flipflops and summer tops for denim shirts and ankle boots for a wearable day look.

I called this post Maximise for another reason – we tend to pigeonhole our clothes into seasonal items. I like to use unexpected items and make them work in a different season. My wardrobe has to work for me.

I’d love to know your thoughts on this, do you wear summer pieces in winter or vice versa?

Bianca x

Upside Down Plum Cake

With Autumn, comes the baking bug.  I love baking.  However I don’t eat cake.  I have no problem feeding other people cake though!

This is so easy to make and barely takes any time! Every fears the “upside down” part of these cakes – fear not.  Put a plate (larger than the baking dish) on the plate, flip it over and leave it! The cake will drop from the dish on its own.

175g butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup brown sugar
800g firm blood plums, halved, stones removed
1 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
3 eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup ground almonds
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour, sifted

Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a 6cm-deep, 22cm (base) round cake pan.  I actually used a large dish you would use for a flan or quiche. Line the base with baking paper if u wish.

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Melt 50g butter. Drizzle evenly over base of pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Then level out the sugar so that it covers all the sides.  Skin and destone the plums, then place them in pan to cover base.

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Using electric beaters, beat remaining 125g butter, caster sugar and vanilla on high speed for 4 to 5 minutes or until pale and creamy. Add in the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.  Using a large spoon, gently fold in almond meal and flour. Spoon mixture over plums. Smooth surface.

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Bake cake for 40-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Stand cake in pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a serving plate.

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We served this with cream, but ice cream or custard would be good too.

Taking it Easy

Hey Lovelies!

A day off is one of those rare delights during a work week.  There is something so fulfilling about knowing there is one less day to spend at work and I spent my day taking it easy, gym, lunch with the family and bit of fun. 

Come autumn I tend to fall into a routine, “be prepared for all eventualities”.  Especially on a day like today, where we had 4 seasons in 10 minutes.  Any long time followers of my blog know what a fan I am of a Jeans and T-Shirt combo.  It’s the ultimate fashion failsafe and can be fancied up or dressed down so easily.  Last year I saw Tartan scarves everywhere and this autumn seems to be following suit, much to my excitement! This look embodies my whole “easy living” attitude for today.

What do you all like to spend those rare days off mid week?

Bianca x

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Jacket: Topshop | T-Shirt and Jeans: New Look | Boots: Zara | Bag: Vintage | Scarf: New Look

White Chocolate Cheesecake

Today’s food fix is a white chocolate cheesecake with a super easy recipe.  This recipe calls for my 3 favourite words- No baking necessary!

You will need:

500g biscuits (I have used half Digestives and half Ginger Nuts)
500g Full fat Cream Cheese (I used Philledelphia)
300g White Chocolate
300ml Double Cream
50g Caster Sugar
100g butter

Weigh and crush your biscuits either by hand or in a food processor until you get quite a fine crumb.

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Melt the butter either in a pan or in the microwave and mix into the biscuit crumbs.  Then put into the tray and pat down.  Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

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Melt the chocolate in a bowl above a pan of water.  Stir it occasionally. Allow it to cool for a few minutes.

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Whisk together the cream cheese and and sugar. Then add it the cream and continue to mix.  Pour inthe melted chocolate and continue to mix until the mix begins to stiffen.

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Once the biscuit base is chilled, spoon on the cheese mix and level it out then refrigerate for 6-10 hours, preferably overnight.

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A Little of This and A Little of That

Style is something so personal so when I see a style or trend that gets labelled too quickly, I think it’s quite silly.  Every woman has her own style.  I love how chic and polished items look against unkempt and grungy pieces.  I keep hearing the term Contrasting being thrown about, but, to me, that has been done for ages ever!

Textures, prints, light, dark, slim fit or overszed- there is contrast to every outfit, whether it is thrown on or pre planned.  It just depends on your personal style.

An oversized camouflage jacket is lovely against a slim fitting blouse and leather skirt.  It makes a polished look a little bit more edgy.

Alternatively- I thought it would be nice to chuck my new favourite autumn piece into the mix when shooting this look.  The wrap compliments the more polished vibe. It’s great that with one little addition a look can be totally changed.  Everyone knows that I love my bling and this necklace is the perfect new piece to add to my collection :)

What do you all think about this “trend”?

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Jacket and Bag: ASOS | Blouse, Wrap and Skirt: H&M | Boots: New Look | Jewellery : eBay |