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Coat: Front Row Shop | Top: Espirit | Jeans and Bag: Zara | Boots: H&M

The clocks went back over the weekend and it’s getting so dark from much earlier now.  As a result, any chance I have to take a quick picture or 2, I have to jump at it! Much to my surprise, it has been quite warm out, in fact, I haven’t really needed a coat, just a light jacket.

Trends come and go but there are some pieces you buy that instantly make you look forward to wearing them. Now I am far from a winter person, I call the darkness “depressing” and wait for the days to get longer again; however I am now looking forward for the days when I can wear my beautiful pink coat. Pink coats and other pastel tones were a huge trend last year and as far as im concerned- this is no longer trend but a wardrobe staple.

Have a fabulous weekend everybody :)

The Trend Piece

The Battle May be Won…

I can be super indecisive sometimes. 

I am talking indecisive to the point where not only do I frustrate those around me but myself too.  It’s not really a problem with big decisions or meaningful things.  Just those silly moments- for example “hmm chicken or beef, or maybe the risotto?!”

You get my drift!

When I drove,  I had a spare wardrobe in the boot of my car.  Now that I’m at the mercy of public transport I have to dress for every eventuality while minimising the possibility of carrying a small suitcase everywhere I go!

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Being indecisive can be beneficial sometimes every now and the ! for instance, when I couldn’t decide which jacket to wear with this look, I shot both and then chose which one to wear out. #bloggerproblems. The leather jacket makes this look sleek and edgy, perfect for daytime; but who can ever say no to the glamour of an ostrich feather jacket is such a beautiful hue?! The ultimate glamour jacket.

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Needless to say, the feathers won the Battle of the Jackets!

Feather Jacket: ASOS | Leather Jacket: Topshop | Jumper, Shorts and Boots: H&M | Bag: Forever 21

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Turban : eBay | Jacket and Jeans : Zara | Jumper and Heels : Primark | Bag : American Apparel

This outfit drummed up a fair few comments from people.  Well not the outfit so much as the turban on my head.  I love them. They can be that little touch of glamour that is needed to finish an outfit off.  I also love them because they cover up a bad hair day like any other hat would.  My style isn’t like everyone else’s.  I enjoy being slightly odd and wearing things that might not be considered on trend.  If I wear something that you don’t like, that is my perogative and vice versa.  There could be 10 identical dresses on 10 different people and noone would look the same in it because we make the item our own.  My style is what I make it.  Comments will always happen, I just have to learn to shake them off!

Afternoon Tea with a Twist

Afternoon Tea is such a British thing. But so many countries have their own version. Today my version takes inspiration from Morocco. I collect tea sets…yes I’m really an 80 year old woman! I picked up this lovely one in Marrakech last year. For my Moroccan afternoon tea I made cheese Briouats and Baklava. Sweet and savoury :)  The tea was a blend of fresh Mint leaves that I had boiled on the stove for an hour.  However, you can always use mint teabags for something easy and still effective!  As far as I am concerned, all cooking should be easy yet inviting! Its all in the presentation!

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For the Briouats:

500g cream cheese, chilled
500g fillo dough or large spring roll wrappers
4 tablespoons butter, melted
vegetable oil (for frying)
Sesame seeds (optional)

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Lightly brush butter on the bottom two-thirds of the dough. Place a tablespoon of cream cheese towards the bottom of the strip, and fold the bottom up to enclose the filling.

Fold the bottom left corner of the enclosed dough upwards to the right, aligning it with the right edge of the strip. Then flip the bottom right corner upwards to the left, aligning it with the left edge of the dough. You should see a triangle take shape. Continue folding the triangle, flipping right and then left in this manner, until you reach the end of the dough.

 

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Trim any excess length off the edge of the dough, dab it with a little egg yolk, and tuck the end of the dough into the “pocket” formed by the open edge of dough on the briouat. You can use the tip of a butter knife or your scissors to help tuck in the flap of dough.

Heat one inch of oil in a deep skillet or sauce pan. Deep fry the cheese briouats in batches until light golden brown. Drain and serve.

For the Baklava:

250g butter, melted
500g  chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 packet filo pastry
200g caster sugar
250ml water
8 tablespoons Greek honey
1 large piece of lemon peel

Preheat oven to 180 °C. Butter the bottom and sides of a 23x33cm baking dish.

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Toss nuts with cinnamon. Set aside.
Unroll filo pastry. Cut whole stack at once to fit the dimensions of the baking dish. Cover filo with a damp cloth to keep from drying out as you work. Place two sheets of filo in dish, buttering the top layer. Repeat until you have 8 sheets layered. Sprinkle 2 to 3 tablespoons of nut mixture on top. Top with two sheets of filo, butter, nuts, layering as you go. The top layer should be about 6 to 8 sheets deep.

Using a sharp knife, cut into diamond or square shapes all the way to the bottom of the dish. Bake for about 50 minutes until baklava is golden and crisp.

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Make sauce while baklava is baking: Boil sugar and water until sugar is dissolved. Add honey and lemon peel. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, then remove from heat and allow to cool. Remove lemon peel and discard.
Remove baklava from oven and immediately pour cooled sauce over it. Let cool. Leave it uncovered as it gets soggy if wrapped.

 

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This post is in association with the Denby Great Cake Off. Check out the competition here!

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!

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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