Thursday, 28 March 2013

Shredded wheat nests recipe

Hmmmm chocolate treats! Remember making these at school? I love the texture with the shredded wheat and the rice krispie version too. Super quick and easy to make try these shredded wheat nests for Easter.



200g milk chocolate - broken into pieces
85g shredded wheat - crushed (add more for a generous helping per case)
2 x 100g bags mini chocolate eggs

Cupcake cases



1. Place a pan of water to boil on the stove. Once the water beings to boil turn the heat down so the water is barely simmering.

2. Melt the chocolate chunks in a small bowl placed over a pan of water.

3. Once melted pour the chocolate over the crushed shredded wheat and stir well to combine.

4. Spoon the chocolate wheat into 12 cupcake cases and press the back of a teaspoon in the centre to create a nest shape.

5. Place three mini chocolate eggs on top of each nest.

6. Chill the nests in the fridge for 5-10mins or leave then out until set.

Bianca x

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Friday, 22 March 2013

What to wear to an interview

I have been job hunting for a few months now and continually need a new interview outfit each time I go to one. I don't have a particular outfit for an interview but since they are for media companies, I am dressing in a smart/casual style.

Today I had an interview with a big media/entertainment company for an editorial internship. Before the formal interview took place, all candidates were introduced to the company by the HR department and we were shown a series of videos about the brand and what the internship programme is like. I have to say those clips got me all excited about potentially working there. Eek!

Being in the same room as people who are fighting for the same job as you was different but at the same time it's good to meet others who just want the same break as you. Best of luck to us all.

Anyway so here is what I wore:

Shirt - New Look £16.99
Jeggings - H&M really old
Boots - Topshop a couple seasons ago
Bag - Not in stores

During my last New Look haul I picked up a long-sleeved polka dot shirt that I thought would be perfect for the meeting. It buttons up all the way to the neck and has fastenings on the sleeves too but I chose to roll them up. I teamed the shirt with dark denim jeggings from H&M and some black Topshop boots.

When no one else is around to take my pic a mirror image will do ;-)

I thought the polka dot button down shirt was a great blend between trendy and smart. While my dark denim jeggings were a good option for a casual laid back style.

I had to bring an iPad with my so I took my new bag out. It's a black tote with studded detail. I got it from my aunt who buys tons of bags from a wholesaler and sells them on.

It can be worn three ways, one by the short handle, on the shoulder using the strap I attached which is like a chain and the other is longer so the bag can be worn across the body. Finally I had to wear some boots because it's still too cold to wear flats :-( booo. Bring on spring already!

What is your interview/meeting style like?

Bianca x

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Thursday, 21 March 2013

Dinner at Dover Street Restaurant

Dinner and live music sounded like a great idea for my birthday evening, my brother suggested we go to Dover Street Restaurant in Mayfair a short walk from Green Park tube.

The restaurant is in a basement location, separated into two dining sections with a dance floor and stage in the center. Some of the tables have a restricted view of the stage but luckily we were seated directly opposite it, so we saw all the action.

Serving a French/Mediterranean cuisine we ate from a set party menu with five courses starting with a Bellini drink and pumpkin soup on the house. The soup was really tasty and even a little spicy, this was followed by a stuffed mushroom for starters.

 Roast best end of  lamb
Grilled Sirloin steak with French fries

Out of all the courses I enjoyed my mains the most, I had some delicious roast lamb coated with rosemary and mustard crust, served with aubergine caviar and Lyonnaise potatoes. Yum!

Thankfully we had a decent gap between our mains so I was ready for my mascarpone cheesecake dessert, I would have not turned that away - I love cheesecake. It was really sweet and soft just how I like it.

Mascarpone cheesecake

The waiting staff were very attentive, service was perfect and efficient. We enjoyed our meal no complaints and all left very full.

While we ate a ballroom dance class was taking place, it was actually really cool to see them practice their moves in front of us and the music was fun. I think some participants were embarrassed to be on show with most of the restaurant watching but after a while they got on with their class and danced like no one was watching.

Jazz quartet

Around 10ish a Jazz quartet came on to perform and the ballroom dancers stayed to show off some of their routines and even got some of the tipsy diners involved.

I've read some mixed reviews and it seems to me that if you want to experience the best of the jazz bar/restaurant theme it is best to go during the week rather than Friday and the weekends when it turns into hen party mayhem.

If you're family is any thing like mine there is no problem with being loud here. We had fun and loved the lively atmosphere which makes this venue perfect for big groups.

Bianca x

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Birthday outfit post

On Monday it was my 24th birthday!!! I had a really lovely day with my family and received some sweet well wishes from friends.

In the afternoon I went to Frankie & Benny's to have lunch with my sis and niece and then had to dash home to get ready for dinner with the rest of the family.

My brother booked us a table at the Dover Street Restaurant in Mayfair for dinner. I'll do another post on that so you read a bit about what it was like.

I haven't done an outfit post in forever so I thought this special occasion would be a good time to share my latest style with you. Last week I bought a new aztec-style printed vest top from New Look using the rest of my gift card. I have previously purchased two tops in the same style, they are great to wear dressed up or down and are perfect for holidays. 

Yesterday's weather was typical for the UK with sun, rain and clouds all making an appearance. In great timing it poured down with rain as we left for the restaurant, so I paired my aztec top with black skinny trousers from River Island and my new Primark heels plus a massive envelope clutch which carried all my necessities.

Top - New Look £14.99
Trousers - River Island £30
Shoes - Primark £12
Clutch - Primark £8

Bianca x

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Monday, 11 March 2013

Best of Fashion Week AW13

Since the hoopla of fashion month is over it’s time to share my picks for top trends for AW13. These are just a small selection of the styles that caught my eye along with trends that I’d like to incorporate in my wardrobe later this year.
Animal print

Photos (Burberry Prorsum, DKNY, Moschino Cheap and Chic, Tracey Reese, Tom Ford and Versace)

I love animal prints so I was happy to see DKNY collection lead the way with models head-to-toe in bold leopard print looks. Across the pond Christopher Bailey stunned with a Burberry collection heavy in animal print mixed with tough texture and metallic accents. One of my favourite looks was a black and cream animal print dress. Most designers opted for leopard spots or zebra stripes, I’m looking forward to see how this style will be interpreted by the high street.

Under arm bag

Photos (Marni, Topshop Unique, Chanel and Victoria Beckham)

This is one trend we can rock now, carrying a bag no matter the shape or size as a clutch. It isn’t practical in reality if you have a huge handbag, but it looks so cool. Strangely enough I’ve already found myself carrying my messenger bag under my arm as if it doesn’t have a strap. Victoria Beckham has been papped hugging her bag instead of holding the handles and Kate Moss posed for the SS13 Givenchy campaign cradling a bowling bag, it’s only a matter of time before this trend catches on. It’ll be the new wearing-your-coat-on-your-shoulders-like-it’s-a-cape kinda thing.


Photos (Rodarte, Dries Van Noten, Roksanda Illincic, Sister by Sibling, Moschino Cheap and Chic, Topshop Unique)

Rose, fuchsia and cerise were prominent across the fashion capitals for AW13. A pastel pink suit was a showstopper at Rodarte, while sprinkles of pink were seen at Roksanda Illincic and Unique where a jumpsuit and overcoat featured in pink hues. It is said to become a staple colour rather like black, camel and white next season. I wouldn’t normally associate pink with this season but I’m interested to see how it can work and what shades will be popular.

A-line silhouette 

Photos (Lanvin, Jonathan Saunders, Holly Fulton, Nina Ricci)

The A-line silhouette seemed to be highlight across the catwalks for AW13. Skater skirts were huge in AW12 as a staple separate and I’m happy to see them again for the following winter as it’s a style that works for all shapes and sizes. 

What AW13 trends are you keeping an eye out for?

Bianca x