Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Wearing neon - style blogger inspiration

Neon is the one summer trend that looks hard to pull off well. Browsing some images tumblr I found some style bloggers who were rocking the trend the way it should be done.

Images from Tumblr.
Neon SS12

Online shopping at Forever 21

Torrential rain, dark, dull and windy the weather is soooooo bad outside. Weather like this makes it so hard to decide what to wear.

It's not exactly mild enough to bust out the spring wardrobe, yet it isn't exactly freezing so winter garments are out of the question.

Browsing the Forever 21 site I did some online shopping and purchased some items that I hope will help to bridge the gap between the seasons.


One favourite items was this baseball jacket that found its way into my basket without hesistation. I love this style of jacket, it's similar to a varisty bomber and looks light and warm enough to wear right now with a hoodie layered underneath.

I can't wait for my other items to arrive!!

More bombers...
bomber jackets

What clothes are you wearing to cope with the transitional season? Leave your comments...

Bianca x

Friday, 13 April 2012

Please keep pyjamas for bedtime

I don’t know about you but I just can’t adjust to the pyjama hype this season. Some trends are best left on the catwalk and for the glossy editorial spreads, for me this is one of them. Whether it is high fashion or not no one should wear pyjamas out in public.

Pucci, D&G and Stella McCartney went for sleepwear on the catwalk for SS12 and now Rihanna, Florence Welch, Kirsten Dunst and many more are being papped out and about in their ‘stylish’ pyjama daywear.

Salma Hayek, Rihanna and Rachel Roy just rolled outta bed

I am all for super comfy clothing but this is taking it too far. Loose fitting, no shape and crazy ass prints - celebs flocking to wear unflattering clothes is giving the passive fashion public the wrong idea.

I don’t care how many people are wearing it this is a tricky trend to master - choose one too loose and your swamping your frame, one too silky and you may as well become Hugh Hefner.

During a fashion segment on This Morning (this morning) a stylist struggled to showcase the pyjama trend from the high street and explained the pieces picked were supposed to be pyjama ‘inspired’ – what?

Technically he showed off a collection of paisley and chain mail outfits that are a trend within themselves as Patrick Kielty rightly pointed out.

Instead of trying to make this trend work for you I say steer clear and just keep pyjamas for when you sleep alone in the bed and for lounging about the house.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Cross-over body bags: My pick

You know you’ve rinsed an item out when it brakes. My favourite bag gave way after buckling under the pressure of being full of things I didn’t necessarily need but carried with me anyway.

All is not lost because there isn’t anything that a needle and thread can’t solve (we're in a recession).

Cross-over body bags or messenger bags are ideal because they are hands-free and without mine it’s a nuisance.

So in between the demise and resurrection of my bag I decided to look at what the shops have to offer and spotted some great substitutes if things don’t work out the second time around.

Leather floral satchel, ASOS £55. Break away from block colour with ASOS's floral messenger. You can't go wrong no matter what the season, florals are always in.

Tumbled messenger bag, Zara £39. Not too big or too small Zara's bleack cross-body bag is the ideal size for everyday wear.

Straw box duffle bag, George at Asda tel: 0800 952 0101. Great size and throwback 90s design Asda's straw style is a standout choice.

Lacrose across body bag, Aldo £24,98. Get fruity with Aldo's messenger bag and inject some juice into your outfit.

Leatherette tassel handbag, Forever21 £24.75. There's plenty of space to fill in this multi-compartment bag.

Bianca x

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Topshop nail shades

My ever-expanding nail colour collection could get bigger. Topshop's nail shades have caught my eye.

The fashion store's nail line is one I haven't tried before but according to reviews the polishes are of good quality and produce great results.

The three hues I'm feeling from the left are: Peaches and cream, Domestic Goddess and Windy City.

Peach tones are one of ss12 beauty trends this pale apricot colour could pair well with other pastel shades.

Mauve is classic, chic and a step away from the signature red nail worn out by a lot of us including me.

Dusty blue is an experimental shade for me but I can see it working well for summer.

Now I need to work out which one to buy first.

Bianca x

Jammy dodgers recipe

Yum! Sweet jammy biscuits

Serves: 12
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Baking time: 20 minutes

You will need
100g unsalted butter, softened
100g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 egg, slightly beaten
215g plain flour
1tsp baking powder
Raspberry jam to fill

Preparation can get messy

1. Preheat the oven to 160C/gas mark 3. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy and mix in the vanilla. Add the egg and mix in until smooth.

3. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the mixture. Combine gently, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

4. Lightly flour a flat surface and using a rolling pin, roll the dough to half a centimetre thickness. Cut 24 rounds with a five centimeter crinkle cutter, re-rolling the dough until all the scraps are gone. Be careful not to overwork the dough.

5. Place them on the baking tray as you go. Use a small heart cutter to cut out hearts from the centers of half of the biscuit rounds.

6. Place into the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until the edges start to brown. Turn onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely.

7. Use the jam to sandwich the biscuits together.

Taken from Red Online recipes, Molly Bakes for Ella Valentines Baking Eggs

Bianca x