As you may or may not have noticed I've been a little bit M.I.A from the blogging scene for the last month or so. This is due to the time of year when the amount of university work I have to do just gets a little bit too much and blogging gets left behind. After a very stressful month I'm back and I thought I'd show you what I've been up to. I took these photos for this project at Holborn Studios again, with the lovely Zuzanna from SUPA model management. The theme behind the images was to look at "tomboy"styling, so I wanted to keep the hair and make-up very natural. I'm pretty pleased with how they've come out the first and fifth are my favourites. I just wish I had taken more photos from the shoot!
Thursday, 12 December 2013
Saturday, 23 November 2013
I recently caught up with two girls who are causing quite a stir in the baking world, let me introduce you all to The Meringue Girls. These girls are using unusal but exciting flavours to make merignues into something of their own. Move over cupcakes, cake pops and cronuts there's something new in town...
For those of use who don't know who you are tell us a little bit about yourselves?
We are both trained chefs, Alex trained at Leith's and Stacey trained back in her hometown of Auckland! We both live in East London, with our Boston Terrier,Gus.
How did you both meet?
Alex and I met in a hot sweaty kitchen in Hackney, East London. We bonded over our love of food - especially sweet things and with our powers combined, the Meringue Girls was formed!
Out of all things that are out there why did you choose meringues?
Cupcakes have had their time, now everyone is looking for the new thing. They're cute, they're bite size, they're low fat and gluten free - what's not to love!?
You have some amazing flavours to offer, the G&T, Mojito and Passionfruit sound great, which are you favourites?
Stacey's favourite is Manuka Honey - we fly the manuka honey powder in from NZ and the taste reminds her of home. Alex's favourite is chocolate, nom!
What are your top tips on how to create the perfect meringue?
Our book offers the perfect guide to meringue making, we break it down so that it is super easy to follow and fail-proof. Always follow the recipe exactly, especially the oven temperatures as this is key in meringue baking, and always ensure the bowl is sparkly clean before you whisk any egg whites in it!
I saw you on Paul Hollywood's new show Pies and Puds recently how was that? Is he as scary as he seems on The Great British Bake Off?
It was amazing to be part of the show and we were really exciting about being a part of it. Paul is lovely really, he is a a Meringue Girl at heart.
As well amazing creating some pretty cool meringues you both have great style, who are your favourite designers and what inspires you?
Stacey lives in Doc Martins and Alex is more of a Nike Air Max kind of girl - our styles are really different but we still manage to share our wardrobes pretty much daily! We both like being unique and a bit crazy and colourful - like our meringues.
You've been part of some pretty amazing things on your career so far, what's been your highlight?
Highlights were definitely our first book launch and the amazing response we've had from people tweeting and instagramming pics of their baking from the book to us - it's so lovely to see what everyone's favourites have been.
What's next for you both?
We are about to open our first MG Bakery in the new year which we are SUPER excited about, and also working on our next cook book, watch this space!!
You can buy the girls book here!
Photography by the amazing David Loftus
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
I'm currently in my third year of studying fashion photography as I'm sure a couple of you know. I photographed one of my closest friends, the absolutely gorgeous Liv for one of my test shoots for a project I'm currently working on. I'm pretty pleased with how they came out, as I wanted them to have a really girly/feminine feel to them and I think I was able capture that in these photos. I really loved doing this photoshoot as I loved the styling and working in the lovely Holborn Studios.
I'm also looking for models and Make up artists for another couple of upcoming shoots so if you know of any let me know or send them to this post to get in contact!
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Tuesday, 5 November 2013
I recently picked up this dress in my local Primark and I have completely fallen in love with it, so much so that I also got the dark red version of it too, both for the bargain price of £30. The red dress is pretty much a dupe of the Saint Laurent Collared dress except this one is less than a percentage of the price! I wore mine with some cosy knit tights and biker style ankle boots to toughen the look up. This is a look that will become an autumn/winter staple of mine as it's just so easy to put together.
I've also teamed the look with my new Rebecca Minkoff Mini Affair bag in Navy which I picked up in at the beautiful Henri Bendall's store in New York (which you can read about here.) I've wanted one of her bags for a while and always thought I'd get a Mini Mac after seeing YouTubers such as Miss Glamorazzi and Fleur De Force rave about them! However I saw this online just before I went, and knew this was the one I had to get and I'm very excited to have my first designer handbag. I know it's one that I'll use for years as it's such a classic style.
What do you think of this look? What's on your handbag wishlist? Check out a few of mine here.
Here's what I wore:
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Whilst most of us are mourning the loss of The Great British Bake off from our Tuesday night evenings, I have a recipe that might just help us move on and prepare us for next year. Party rings are one of my all time favourite biscuits, but I was really shocked when I found out recently that they aren't vegetarian as they contain pork gelatine. So I took it upon myself to create my own version, these were really easy to make and they don't take too long to bake either.
For this recipe you will need:
1 & 1/2 cups of butter
2 cups of caster sugar
1 & 1/2 tablespoons of honey
5 cups of plain flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoons of salt
For the icing:
Food colouring (I went for pink & blue)
In a large mixing bowl cream the sugar and butter together, once mixed well together add the eggs and baking powder. Then stir in the flour and the sallt, mix the ingredients together until it makes a dough like mixture. The dough then needs to sit in the fridge for at least one hour to chill.
Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees and take out the dough from the fridge, flour your surface and rolling pin and begin to roll it out. Take a medium sized circle cookie cutter and a smaller circle cutter ( I didn't have one of these I just used a cap from a piping bag) and cut out your shapes until you're left with a ring. Lay the rings onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and put into the oven for 8-10 minutes.
Once baked they need to cool before they're iced. For my icing I made the measurements up myself but I added smaller amounts of water to the icing sugar until I was happy with the consistency. It's really important not to add too much water otherwise you'll end up having to use lots of icing sugar to thicken it up again.
When decorating the biscuits I chose one colour to be my base and the other colour will be used for the stripes. Put your base icing on first and let it set for a around 10/20 seconds and using another spoon drizzle the other colour on top, so it creates the striped effect. Once you've done this to all your biscuits let it set in the fridge for a few hours and then they're ready to eat!