Sunday, 29 March 2015

Blogs VS Magazines

This Months Vogue | Pineapple and Banna smoothie | Avocado & Peanut Butter Rice cakes with Almonds and Honey

A bit of a different post today but I felt like writing a big chatty blog post about something I have been talking about a lot recently at University: Blogs vs Magazines. I have participated in a number of my friends focus groups and filled out a number of questionnaires in the past month for people's dissertation's about blogs. One focus group in particular was about blogs vs magazines, and comparing their influence on us as fashion students and our levels of trust towards each one. To me I find this a very interesting subject, as I love both mediums, however predominantly, I read way more blog's than I do magazines. It is not that I enjoy magazines any less, but apart from my monthly Vogue subscription, I seldomly buy them these days. I see them as more of a treat to read, maybe on a long journey or to read on holiday but not part of my day to day life. Whereas blogs, I more or less read them every day.

For me I trust both mediums. Magazines to me provide expert knowledge from people working within the industry, whereas blogs provide more honest, personal opinions on style and beauty. I personally trust a lot of bloggers even when they do sponsored posts, if I have read them for a long time, or the brand fits their style or personality, I trust their opinion. I think blogs are much more relatable and it is so easy to click straight from your favourite blogger straight to buy the product/clothing they are talking about it, providing a more instant shopping experience almost.

The growth of bloggers into being recognised as a mainstream medium is amazing, I think we should embrace new online developments in media and celebrate that full-time bloggers have established themselves within the fashion and beauty industry and are doing it all by themselves with their own hard work! On the flip side, I know that the increasing development of online medium's including blogs is having a detrimental effect on magazines and their sales, which does make me sad. We seen it last year with the change of Company Magazine to purely an online magazine, which I was really gutted about, I always loved that magazine. I really hope others don't follow in the next few years because even though I don't read them as often as I used to, theres nothing like chilling out and loosing yourself within the pages of a magazine.

I would love to hear your opinions on this subject! What do you prefer to read?

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

70's vibes

Fur Jacket - Vintage
Striped Playsuit - Missguided
Heeled Boots - New Look
Sequin Bag - Topshop
Necklace and Rings - Accessorize

Not to blow my own trumpet or anything but I literally love this outfit! I am obsessed with this playsuit from Missguided, when I seen it on the website I just had to get it. I love the colour and the silk material is one of my favourite things. I am big fan of playsuits in general, I find them super flattering and also comfy. This look is slightly inspired by the 70's trend coming through for Spring/Summer - which I am loving. I actually wore this outfit when I was out in London recently. I teamed it with my black fur jacket, some black heeled boots and this sequin bag from Topshop. I love the bag as well, it definitely adds a bit more glam to the look and I think the accessories help give the outfit more of an evening look. I can imagine in summer this playsuit will be perfect to wear on holiday or to a festival or even when it is a bit warmer with some sunnies and a denim jacket. Although, I am not sure it will ever get warmer in Scotland at this rate. (Still in our winter jackets up here)

Anyway I better get back to writing my dissertation - 4th year is killing me wahhhh!

Sunday, 15 March 2015

The Good Life Eatery

'The Good Life Salad'
'The Goodness Bowl'
'Avocado Chilli Toast'
Last Week I was in London for the weekend and my friends and I headed to The Good Life Eatery whilst in Chelsea. I had heard of this place through social media, such as Instagram from the likes of Millie MacIntosh and Tanya Burr and thought it looked amazing! I am a big foodie, I love all the foods especially super healthy food so I was really excited to try this place out and it did not disappoint. There menu is very catered towards a gluten free, dairy free and vegan diet and although it was slightly on the expensive side, the food was delicious, super fresh, and I definitely felt like my body received enough vitamins to last me for the rest of the year (haha). I had 'The Good Life Salad', which was Kale, Black and Red Quinoa, Puy Lentils, Sweet Potato, Toasted Walnuts, Goji Berries topped with Orange Tahini Vinaigrette. I had never had half these ingredients before, not even Kale, but I really enjoyed it, it was super tasty. The portion size for the salads are huge and they are super filling, so I only managed to finish half of it. My flatmate Rachael had 'The Goodness Bowl', which was kind of a bit of everything, including a Lentil Salad, a Spelt Salad, Caramelized Onion Hummous, Avocado, Zuchinni Fettuccini (basically pesto courgetti) and Sweet Potato Falafel. This salad was probably the better one to go for as you got to try lots of different little salads, we all had a taste and it was delicous. My friend Hannah had the 'Avocado Chilli Toast', which was a little on the small side portion wise, but she said it was lovely and it certainly looked amazing too!

We also all had healthy smoothies, which were incredible, even the green one I promise! I had 'The Hulk', which was a green smoothie with Wheatgrass, Spirulina, Raw Almonds, Coconut Milk, Pineapple, Banana, Madagascar Vanilla and Fresh Basil, I think it was also topped with Bee Pollen and it tasted amazing. Rachael had the 'Berry Sunrise', which was Blackberries, Blueberries, Banana, Almond Milk, Raw Almonds and Honey. I tried it and it also tasted amazing. Then Hannah had the 'CocoButter', which was Coconut Milk, Coconut Water, Organic Peanut Butter, Dates and Madagascar Vanilla. This one was the sweetest out of all of them and kind of tasted more like a milkshake and if you love peanut butter like me, this one is for you! We also got some 'Raw Peanut Butter Cups' to take-away, basically a healthy, raw ingredient version of Reese's Piecess, which were also heavenly.

Writing this has made me hungry. I wish I didn't live so far away from London so I could go more often, as it really was incredible food! I want to go back already and try something else from the menu. If you do ever go, I suggest going for an early or late lunch as it is quite a small place, maybe with about 20 seats, so it gets very busy. We went about 2.30pm and it was a perfect time. I know this kind of 'super super' healthy food isn't for everyone but hopefully some people will enjoy reading! :)

Have you ever been to the Good Life Eatery? Do you think you would like it as much as me?

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Denim Dungaree Dress & Leopard Print Fur

Fur Coat - New Look
Denim Dungaree Dress - Topshop (similar)
Roll Neck Top - Forever 21
Boots - River Island
Bad - Accessorize
Sunglasses - Brick Lane Market

I spent last weekend in London with my best friends and it was so much fun, drank lots, ate lots, laughed lots. The best kind of weekend! It made me really miss living there, I love London, there is just so much to do. On the Friday we headed out for a day in the sun, so my flatmate snapped some outfit photo's for me before we ventured out. I am loving the denim trend that is in for Spring/Summer, so I wore this denim dungaree dress I got from Topshop a few years ago, with my leopard print fur jacket that I love. This outfit is a little bit Alexa Chung fashion week 15 inspired, girl crush! I teamed it with some standard brown ankle boots, a classic black bag and some chic sunglasses and I was ready for the day.

We went to the National History Museum for a wander before going to the Good Life Eatery for lunch (I have a foodie blog post going up this Sunday about this). We then went into the centre for a bit of afternoon shopping before going for dinner at Dishoom in Shoreditch, which was amazing. It is sort of like a tapas style Indian Restaurant. The food was literally incredible, the best Indian I have ever had and apparently it was voted the best restaurant in the UK this year - I would highly recommend if you are ever in London! :)


Sunday, 8 March 2015

Oreo Chocolate Cake | Baking

For my flatmates birthday I made her an amazing Oreo Chocolate Cake. It was literally mouthwatering, I possibly used too much filling, but I have a sweet tooth and couldn't help myself. I used an Oreo Chocolate Cake recipe from BBC good food, which I always find have such a huge range of recipes. The chocolate cake was a pretty standard recipe and then for the icing I actually used a different recipe (I kind of adapted a few and made up my own) as I wanted to use cream cheese in the butter icing, as well as using half a pack of Oreo's crushed into the mixture. Mmmmm. I then used the rest of the Oreo's as a topping. As well as this cake tasting insane, I also think it looks fabulous, if I do say so myself haha. I have left the recipe below!

Oreo Chocolate Cake Recipe

For the cake:

  •  250g self raising flour
  •  250g light brown sugar
  •  50g cocoa
  •  250g dark chocolate
  •  250g butter
  •  4 eggs

For the filling and topping:

  •  1 pack of Oreo cookies
  •  100g butter
  •  160g cream cheese
  •  A few drops of vanilla extract
  •  350g icing sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons of milk

  1. Mix the flour, sugar and cocoa together. Melt the chocolate and butter together with 200ml of water over a low heat, then beat this along with the eggs into the dry ingredients until the mixture is smooth,
  2. Divide the mixture between two cake tins and bake in the oven for 40 minutes at 160C/fan 140C.
  3. Once the cakes are removed from the oven, allow them to cool before icing
  4. For the butter icing, beat the butter, cream cheese, vanilla extract, milk and icing sugar in a bowl until smooth and fluffy before adding half a pack of crushed Oreo's cookies
  5. Spoon half the mixture on top of each cake and spread before placing them together, then break up the rest of the Oreo's and crumble over the cake as a topping

I really love baking and I am always looking for new recipes. 
Have you got any other creative cake idea's I could try?


Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Into The Night

Blazer - Primark
Bralet - Topshop
Culottes - Missguided
Heels - New Look
Clutch - Primark
I have never worn culottes before, but I have always thought they look amazing on other people. Not sure I am brave enough to sport them for a day look but I think that they are perfect for a night out. I am going to London this weekend with my friends and I am going to wear this outfit out on the Saturday night. I think it is the kind a look that you can get away with more in London as well. I am excited to wear them - I hope I don't chicken out! I have teamed it with a black bralet and a white blazer, I think this makes the look a bit more smarter too. The blazer and clutch were recent purchases from Primark, I love a bargain! 

Have you worn culottes before? What do you think of this look?
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