Saturday, 22 August 2015

The Biscuiteers Fashionista Collection.

Biscuiteers fashionista tin
All photos in this post have been kindly lent to me by Biscuiteers
As some of you may or may not know I work for a pretty cool company called Biscuiteers, I've mentioned them a whole bunch of times on my blog so I'd be pretty surprised if you hadn't seem me write about them before. A couple of months ago they launched their Fashionista collection, full of amazing hand-iced biscuits all themed around pieces from fellow blogger and Poppy D's BFF Alice Naylor-Leyland's wardrobe. Sounds amazing right? I was lucky enough to be involved with the campaign as I had the task of photographing the designing process, the event and the final product! It was such a great experience to be involved with something so exciting, especially after only joining the team a few months beforehand. I'm sure you'll agree that the tin is absolutely incredible, a few of my favourite biscuits include: the flamingo bag, red heart sunglasses, the rose gold lipstick (of course) and the leopard print shoes. If I'm totally honest it's possibly my favourite tin that they do, it's just so stylish and totally depicts British style! So if you have a best friends birthday coming up, know someone who loves fashion or simply just fancy treating yourself to something extra special, this is the perfect biscuit collection for you! 
Charlotte Olympia pom pom shoesflamingo bag
Alice Naylor-LeylandBiscuiteers fashionista tin

In late June the tin was launched in the Notting Hill boutique, and I have to say it was possibly the one of the best events Biscuiteers have ever held! I was racing around all night trying to get all of the best photos for the Biscuiteers bake love blog. There was a great atmosphere throughout the shop, which made me even more excited to capture buzz during the event. It was a really great night and was truly amazing to see all the hard work that had gone into the tin to finally come to life, even better to see it be loved so much by everyone who came. Guests included Mary Charteris, Tamera Beckwith, Marissa Hermer, Alice Naylor-Leyland, Princess Beatrice of York and Charlotte Dellal aka Charlotte Olympia (I had a slight fan girl moment when she walked in but some how managed to keep my cool, just don't ask me how...) I left the event feeling a excited and exhausted but I had tummy full of biscuits as well as a camera bursting with photos that I so was excited to share the rest of the team. Who could really complain? 

Biscuiteers Biscuit popsMary Charteris
Charlotte DellalBiscuiteers Fashionista tin

I do work for Biscuiteers however I wanted to write this blog post and I was not asked to do it. I am just completely obsessed with the tin and wanted to share it with you all! I mean who could blame me? It's amazing!

Thursday, 13 August 2015

THE ASOS rust denim dress

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As I’m writing this it seems like it may be the wettest day in London there’s ever been. I can’t believe a few days ago I was tottering around in my garden on a sunny Saturday figuring out how to shoot this outfit. I know it’s a very boring thing to talk about but the weather this summer just feels like it’s been particularly bad, there’s even expected to be thunderstorms when I go on holiday to Barcelona! The bad weather seems to want to follow me everywhere… But in true brit style I remain hopeful that there may be an India summer on the way and I may finally get to wear summer wardrobe.  
One of those pieces is this dress from ASOS, I spotted it on Amy from my favourite blog, The Little Magpie, and just thought the colour and cut was so lovely. Since then I’ve seen it pop up on my Instagram feed non-stop for the last few weeks. I think this is due to the flattering shape and it’s the sort of thing that could easily be worn again in the colder months. Being able to wear something again and again is so important to me when buying clothes. I’m not one of those bloggers who luckily can afford to buy lots of different pieces, however I’m sure my mum would say differently…. ( as I am known to do an ASOS shop a few times a month!) What do you think? Is this something that's important to you? I think I may start doing a few more blog posts where I re-style a couple of things from my wardrobe that you've already seen on my blog, just to show how to change things up. Let me know if you'd like to see this in the future or not! 

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Thursday, 6 August 2015

How life has changed since leaving uni...

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Dress & Sandals c/o  from Marks and Spencer | Strawberry bag from Topshop 

Speaking about life after university is something I’ve wanted to blog about for quite a while but I couldn’t find the right time to talk about it. It’s been just over a year since I’ve left and it finally feels like the right time, Marks and Spencer asked me if I wanted to talk about style evolution and I thought the two would tie in perfectly! 
I left BIAD with a 2:1 in visual communication specialising in photography. I’ve written a whole post about my university experience, so if you want to find out a bit more about that please do go and take a little look! After leaving uni I went straight into an internship and at a luxury lifestyle and travel PR agency, I was only meant to be there for one month but before I knew it I’d been there for four months! I then joined Biscuiteers as an intern for two months, gave myself a break over the new year then leapt right into another internship for a month at a film and entertainment PR agency. After applying for a lot of jobs I got myself a job back at Biscuiteers as the marketing assistant. Since then I have fully immersed myself into working full time, adapting to a working wardrobe and learning lots of new skills. I absolutely love fashion but knowing what to wear to work everyday is a bit tricky! This dress from M&S is perfect for the ever changing English weather and will easily transition into Autumn with a pair of cable knit tights and Chelsea boots, and more importantly it's office appropriate! Working full time has also meant I’ve been able to save for holidays and experience things I wouldn’t have been able to usually afford before. Including my two trips to Barcelona and New York I have coming up this summer, which I am just beyond excited about! Expect lots of  fashion and lifestyle blog posts from my travels.
P.S I'd love to hear you post/current university stories, leave them in the comments below!

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Kate Doran, Homemade Memories

A few weeks ago this book landed on my desk at work, and if I'm honest I've become slightly obsessed. After constantly telling the girls at work how much I loved it, I thought I should get in contact with the author herself, Kate Doran. For those of you who love baking (and who doesn't?!) this book is a real treat! Full of amazing recipes and gorgeous photos by Helen Cathart, it's one of the best cookbooks I've seen in a while. So I caught up with the author, blogger and baker extraordinaire to find out a little bit more... 

caterpillar cake
You've recently just published your first book, homemade memories. How was your writing experience?
Writing a book has been such a fascinating journey. With the blog I can write whatever I want, with no real word limit whereas for the book the recipe introductions would be set in stone so I wanted each one to be perfect. While I’ll test recipes for the blog roughly three times, I tested some of the recipes for the book up to twelve times to make sure I was completely happy with the results!

What's your favourite recipe and what's the one people mention to you the most?
People seem to love the jaffa cakes which feature on the cover. I think there’s that childhood connection and they’re also so simple to make. Can I have two favourite recipes? For sheer nostalgia and deliciousness, I love the chocolate caterpillar cake. I’m also really happy with the malted milk chocolate ice cream balls – like an ice cream version of a Malteser.

You have your own blog, The Little Loaf. What bloggers do you love?
Where do I start? I must be subscribed to about 100 blogs and there are so many talented and brilliant bloggers out there. Some of my favourites are LondonBakes, NotWithoutSalt, Green Kitchen Stories, Smitten Kitchen and The Vanilla Bean Blog.  

helen cathcart homemade memoriesHomemade Memories Kate Doran

What first attracted you to baking?
It gets said a lot but baking is a real therapy. There’s something wonderful about relaxing into the process and spending time in the kitchen. I’d say greed also played a part!

Why did you settle on a recipe book full of memories?
These are the recipes which I’ve loved to make throughout my life and which seem to resonate most with readers of the blog. I wanted to share my happy childhood memories and tastes with other people.

What was your favourite thing to bake as a child?
Every year, my brother and I would make our own birthday cakes so I think I’d have to say some sort of chocolate birthday cake. There’s a simple one bowl chocolate cake and a chocolate honeycomb biscuit cake in the book, both of which are adapted from those childhood favourites.

Do you have any baking top tips?
Always read the recipe instructions thoroughly. Try to be precise, but also trust your instinct. And have fun!

When you're in London what foodie places do you like to visit?
Restaurant-wise, I adore The River CafĂ©, Spring – Skye Gyngell’s new restaurant – and Moro. For cakes and treats, Ottolenghi is pretty awesome and I recently had an amazing afternoon tea at Sketch.

Victoria Sponge Kate DoranHomemade memories Kate Doran

You have a whole section in your book dedicated to drinks, is this something you'd like to explore further?
There were a number of drinks I had to include in the book, most of which I’ve adapted with a little grown up twist, such as a slush puppy of sorts made with prosecco and lemon sorbet. And hot chocolate of course, which is the ultimate childhood comfort. I’d definitely like to include more drinks on the blog going forwards.

If you were only able to eat three things for the rest of your life what would you choose?
That question is way too hard! If I have to answer, maybe ice cream, crusty bread and seafood. But I’d need some vegetables in there somewhere too – it’s all about balance!

And finally, what are your plans for the future?
Continue doing what I love. Develop and expand the blog. And hopefully write another book – watch this space!

Click here to buy Kate's book Homemade Memories or visit her blog, The Little Loaf!
All photos by Helen Cathart.