Friday, 16 May 2014

STYLISH EDIBLES | A COLLAB POST BY JESS AND SHAYE




 MY OUTFIT
  1. TOP-PRIMARK
  2. NECKLACE-ACCESSORIZE
  3. SKIRT-EBAY
  4. BELT-PRIMARK
  5. TIGHTS-PRIMARK
  6. SHOES-NEXT

SHAYE'S FOOD 
  1. CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRIES
  2. STEAK WITH CHIMICHURRI
  3.  BAKED EGG &AVACADO

Have you ever heard of the phrase you are what you eat? Well me and Shaye from Simply Shaye, were inspired by this phrase when we decided to  collaborate on this food meets fashion post. Shaye is a lover of food and I obviously love everything to do with fashion, so it seemed like a perfectly creative post to do. Shaye decided to create dishes inspired by the spring weather, and I created and outfit inspired by the dishes she created! We really worked hard on this post and I hope you enjoy this post, let me know if you like to see more posts like this in the comments below!

 Shaye:

Stylish Edibles

The warm weather is finally rolling in, and I know that for me that means taking advantage of the new foods coming in to the local markets.   As a foodie I like putting a little zest on family dinners, or making snazzy-looking dishes once we start having friends around for barbeques. We're pretty good cooks, but even the best-tasting food seems even better when it looks great, too. Here are a couple of ways to easily add pizzazz to any nice meal!

1. Go Mini
One really easy way to go fancy is to go mini. (I mean, look at the portion sizes in French restaurants!) Instead of cake or lavish desserts, consider making something a little less guilty.  Using fruit as the base of a dessert is a great step in the right direction.  I love strawberries, and I’ve seen the way Shari’s Berries dresses them up and they look awesome.  You could have just a few stylish berries and be all set instead of richer, unhealthier dessert.  Or have some fun in your own kitchen and create your own fruity sweet dessert.

2. Go Drip-Crazy
Sauces are a great way to literally spice up any meal. One of my cheats is to drip sauce across the top of any entrée as a garnish.  It’s an easy way to add a splash of creativity to any dish.  Instantly it ups the “Ohh!” factor, the design alone will excite the eye as much as the palate.  This also ends up saving on condiments since you end up using less this way—which is also healthier.  I like to always mix up my sauces but with the warm weather coming, nothing makes me happier than a drizzle of sauce over perfectly grilled meat.

3. Go Healthy
Eating fancy doesn't mean having to sacrifice your waistline! In fact, if you make your food more stylish, it can be a great opportunity to save on calories. Cooking food inside other food is a fun way to dress up any meal: consider tucking rice and veggies into bell peppers and baking them, or stuffing a mixture of veggies inside a cabbage leaf and steaming it . One of my new favourite things to do is to spoon out avocado pits and bake eggs in the hollows, which is swanky and scrumptious!  You could also drizzle your favorite hot sauce over the eggs, much like I have, to double to elegance of the dish.  


Jess:

Spring Fashion

Now  I think we can all agree that Shaye's dishes not only look yummy, but they look hella colourful too! Taking inspiration from the colourful mini foods I decided to first play with hints of colour to add interest to my outfit! I went for a statement red lip, emerald nails and my floral hi-tops!

I decided to go "mini" with my skirt, and opted for a high-waisted, cream leather mini skirt. To add  spring freshness, I added a bleach wash denim shirt, which I tucked in and cinched in with my embellished black belt.

To add a tough of elegance, I wore my gold, long line medalline necklace. I still added interest to the outfit without over powering the overall look!

I hope you like this post, thanks to Shaye for collabing, until next time!


 
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Sunday, 4 May 2014

LIFE UPDATE| BACK TO BLOGGING?




So my lovely readers it has been officially over a month since I last blogged! I think this must be one of the longest blogging breaks I have had, but boy did I need it. I wasn't completely outta the blogging scene, I mean I still went to events, still organised the #fblchat and all things FBL and I still read and commented on blogs. I just didn't put my fingers to keys, and well upload a post... 

Anywho, during my hiatus, I came to the conclusion that I had really neglected the real reason  I started blogging. In 2011 this blog was started as a creative outlet, and in some way during the 3 years, I can say I lost the true reason I blogged. I got caught up in the competition and being the best, that at times I just didn't blog for me. So from now on, I truly blog because I want to. When I put a post out I'll promote it, obviously,but I won't obsess about how many likes or views it gets.. I'll just let it go and well go on with the rest of my life ya know!

Now what have I been doing since I have been outta the blogging scene? well if you follow me on instagram you'll know:

  •  I have just been enjoying life tbh and connecting with my friends.
  •  Ohh my big sis also competed on the jumpoff.  She won one battle, but sadly lost her title. But I am super proud as she was the first female producer for ages! Check out her stuff here: Beatnik8 souncloud & YouTube. 
  • I am also officially a working gal now! I work in social media and blogger outreach as part of my role! Which is pretty fitting since I am a blogger. It is cool, but hard work though! I'll write more about this in a separate post, since I COMPLETED ONE OF MY 2014 GOALS.

That is about it tbh. My brain just needed a re-boot! I am currently editing my second YouTube video, but my editing program is being très difficult. So I'll get it out ...eventually. I am also going to take up another hobby, I am thinking dance as I did a little back at uni and I love to dance.. so hopefully that will make me feel more creative? I dunno I am just happy I am back to doing what feels natural and I am so glad that I have so many supportive readers. I read all your comments back on my "Am I my blogging bug?" post and it also helped me get back into blogging. 

I am rambling! Thank you and enjoy the bank holiday weekend!


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