YOUR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND HIT LIST

Posted on May 17, 2015

If you’re stateside this weekend, you’ll be bagging yourself a three day weekend courtesy of Memorial Day. Whether you feel like partying your way through to Tuesday, having a much needed chillout session, or just having a good old fashioned stay-cation, we’ve picked the best things to do (and the wardrobe to work while you’re doing them)…

LIFE’S A BEACH

As of this weekend, New York’s iconic Coney Island is open all day every day until the summer season comes to an end on Labor Day. Try out the new Luna Park rides, or take a tourist style walk along the pier with a famous Coney’s Cone ice cream. On the West coast? LA’s Hermosa Beach is home to the Fiesta Hermosa this weekend, a huge street fair full of arts, music and food.

What to wear?
Channel Beyonce’s Coney Island set XO video and go for jeans and a tee with layered jewellery and a statement lip colour. We reckon popping your bikini on underneath is a good shout, too.

PARK LIFE

Dallas dwellers can add some culture to their park picnic by heading to Klyde Warren Park. There, you can catch the Dallas Symphony end the weekend with a free concert. Over in Cali, embrace old school Woodstock vibes at the Topanga Day Country Fair with vegan snacks and hippy arts.

What to wear?
Look picnic perfect in this season’s modern florals and work a sundress with chunky sandals, or go retro in flares, fringing and wooden wedges.

CITY HIGH

Chicago is going all out on the firework front, kicking off the weekend with the first sparkling instalment of a whole season of weekly displays. In New York, catch the annual Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade – which has been a beloved tradition since 1867 – from 1pm, and see veterans take to the streets alongside school bands and antique cars.

What to wear?
Celebrate city-chic style and work all white in crisp shirts and shorts, or the summer staple, a LWD (that’s little white dress, of course!) Throw on a denim jacket for the evening chill.

What are you up to this Memorial Day weekend? Let us on know on Twitter.

GO GREEN WITH MY NEW ROOTS

Posted on May 15, 2015

From Deliciously Ella to Tart London and Anna Barnett, the food blogging girl gang have been taking their web recipes out into the real world for a while now. The latest to join the cookery book club is holistic nutritionist and all round healthy eating pro Sarah Britton, with her debut release My New Roots. We caught up with Sarah to talk blogging tips, food-porn and just how easy it is to go green.

Why did you decide to take your recipes from blog to book?
It just seemed like a natural progression, my readers were very adamant that they wanted a physical copy of the recipes - even though there are over 200 free recipes on the website!

What’s your favourite recipe from your book?
One that I really love is the sunflower and sesame seed brittle. I used to make peanut brittle with my mom when I was a little kid – with white sugar, butter and peanuts, so now I have a much healthier version in the book!

Where do you get your recipe inspiration from?
I’m very inspired by the seasons and the cycles. I have my own garden so I get a lot of inspiration from being out there and seeing what’s growing. Pinterest helps too!

What advice would you give to future food bloggers?
You have to learn to take photos, people eat with their eyes, whether it’s about fashion or food. Find what you think is really important and then focus on that,  once you find your niche I think anything is possible.

Like the sound of sunflower ‘n’ seasame seed brittle? Try out Sarah’s recipe below!

SUNFLOWER SESAME SEED BRITTLE

SERVES 6 TO 8 (V, gluten free)

11⁄4 cups / 175g sunflower seeds
1⁄2 cup / 45g unsweetened shredded coconut
1⁄4 cup / 35g sesame seeds
1⁄2 cup / 75g dried cranberries or raisins, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1⁄2 cup / 120ml brown rice syrup or barley malt

1 . Preheat the oven to 325°F / 170°C / gas mark 3. Line a rimmed baking sheet with baking parchment.

2 . Combine the sunflower seeds, coconut, sesame seeds, cranberries, salt, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl and stir well.

3 . In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil over low heat. Add the syrup and whisk until uniform. Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients and fold quickly to incorporate it before the mixture becomes too sticky. Spoon the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and smooth out the top with the back of an oil-greased spatula.

4 . Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool completely on the baking sheet.

5 . Using the edges of the parchment as handles, lift the cooled brittle off the baking sheet, and put it on a work surface. Crack the brittle into pieces, and store them in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. (If you used barley malt, keep the finished product in the freezer if you want it to be crisp, or at room temperature for a chewy brittle.)

My New Roots is available to buy now

HOW TO WEAR PRINTED TROUSERS

Posted on May 13, 2015

From florals and paisley to geometric tiles to stripes, this summer’s print game is seriously strong. Our favourite place to wear it for now? Trousers. Whether you’re favouring a flare or playing it straight – printed trousers are a surefire way to nail your start-of-summer dressing. Here’s three ways to style them:

1. KEEP IT CO-ORD

The easiest thing to pair with your printed trousers? A matching top,  ’cause co-ords aren’t going anywhere this season. Go for super bright, summery patterns and team with boxfresh trainers for the day, or go all-out for the evening in metallic wedges and colour match lipstick.

2. TEAM WITH A TEE

If you fancy trying the trend but want to keep your look laid-back, this one’s for you. Pair a slouchy flared style with a simple white tee and minimal accessories. Not feeling the flares? Team your tee with printed joggers and trainers instead.

3. GO TONAL 

It’s not secret that we’re fans of the colour marrying trend, but it’s an excellent trick to use if you’re struggling to style your printed trousers. Use your chosen trouser design as inspiration and work your way up to match your top and accessories to the print.

FEEDING THE FASHION CROWD

Posted on May 13, 2015

Want to know what the fashion insiders eat? Meet three female chefs bringing their sought-after recipes to London’s most stylish – with a new book and pop-up restaurant to boot.

TART LONDON

The girls behind catering company Tart have cooked for some of the biggest names in fashion (think Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Cara Delevingne) and now they’re cooking for you! Founders Jemima Jones and Lucy Carr-Ellison have teamed up with heritage brand Wedgwood to open a pop-up restaurant in London’s Queen’s Park, offering their posh-yet-healthy grub to the public. Head over for a daily changing menu of breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea, all served on exclusive tableware designed by by Wedgwood – fancy.

Tart’s Kitchen is open on 74 Salusbury Road, London, NW6 6NU from 8am-5pm until 23rd June

ANNA BARNETT

Anna Barnett turned her obsession with cooking into blog ‘Get In My Gob‘ back in 2001, which has led to her penning recipes for big fashion mags like Vogue, holding supper clubs for London’s fashion elite and now launching her first cookbook – ‘Eat The Week‘. Offering recipes handily broken down into days of the week, it’s the perfect way to fit cooking into your everyday routine. Whether it’s ‘Budget Mondays’ (suggesting healthy yet reasonably priced recipes because you’ve indulged at the weekend), or Thursday’s ‘Cooking for Company’ (dinner party ideas because you’re ready to be sociable again) – there’s a section to make sure you eat well every single day. We’re sold!

Eat The Week is available to buy on Amazon 

THE BEST MOM MOMENTS

Posted on May 8, 2015

From Solange’s wedding dance with her son, to the ever expanding Beckham clan, we’re celebrating Mother’s Day in the USA by remembering four of our favourite Mom moments.

1. SOLANGE’S MOTHER/SON WEDDING DANCE

That dress wasn’t the only thing everyone was talking about after Solange’s surprise wedding last year – at the reception she performed a dance to  Rae Sremmurd’s ‘No Flex Zone’ with her 10 year old son, Julez and it was insanely adorable.

2.  ZOE KRAVITZ AND LISA BONET, TWINNING

In case you hadn’t noticed, Zoe Kravitz has really cool parents, but we particularly loved this snap of Zoe with her mom, Lisa Bonet, which Zoe captioned ‘Night out with my best gal’. Aww.

 3. JOURDAN DUNN’S SINGING SON

The cutest Fashion Week moment by far this season was Jourdan Dunn’s Instagram video of her son Riley performing ‘Everything Is Awesome’ from the Lego movie, for her celeb pals, Cara Delevingne, Taylor Swift and Kendall Jenner.

4. FRONT ROW FAMILY

Ever since Victoria Beckham began showing her collection at NYFW, the Beckham brood have been placed firmly (next to Anna Wintour of course) on the front row supporting Victoria, dressed in super sharp looks.

 Are you a mom-to-be? Check out our stylish maternity and mini designs.

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