Monthly Archives: November 2013

Gwen’s Festive Look for ThanksGiving !

Gwen Stefani is expected to be around 6 months pregnant, although this is just a guess as she seems to be keeping her bump well under wraps – quite literally.

Spotted over the Thanks Giving holiday, Matching her signature red lips to her Jumper dress Gwen really does look fabulously glamorous in this outfit. Although a casual look, If accessorised correctly, maybe with a chunky necklace or a court shoe, this is a look that could quite easily take you from day to evening.

Ive searched high and low for Gwen’s look, and I’ve linked you to the appropriate websites. Enjoy 🙂

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ASOS Red jumper dress – £40.00

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Kurt Geiger wedge boots – £149.00

4305300209Zara Mini leather city bag – £89.99

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Solidea Black Maternity tights – £28.84

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Bad hair day? Do One!

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After a slight little mishap at the Royal camp, the poor Duchess was sent on her way to do her Royal duties with ROOTS! OMG call the Hair police! And yes this made national news! Ridiculous !

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Any new mum knows that once your bundle of joy arrives, your roots are no longer a Priority, Beautiful Kate should count her lucky stars that she’s not a blonde! After 8 weeks I can look like someone thats had an upside down dip dye crossed with this guy!

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NOT A GOOD LOOK !!! 

Anyway I’m here to save the day, I’ve put together a few products that will help you disguise the roots, keep the frizz at bay and keep that hair straight without hours of styling!

  • Talcum powder – Great for blondes, not so much for any other colour! Sprinkle directly onto roots, tip head upside down and imagine your at some heavy metal concert!
  • Dry shampoo!
  • Tangle teaser – will stop your hair breaking! Fantastic invention !
  • Kerastase Hair Oil – MAGIC!
  • Macadamia deep repair masque!
  • Joico K-Pak Shampoo to repair damage
  • Palmers Coconut oil – repairing conditioner
  • TIGI Bed head Dumb Blonde Smoothing Stuff
  • Any Anti Frizz product from John Frieda! Especially the Serum
  • Palmers Coconut Oil – Moisture-Grow masque

You can find most products at your local Supermarket, but if you can’t try www.feelunique.com !

 So there you have it,  If you wish to share any of your hair secrets, please let me know!

Daniella

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Rocking your Bump! By Guest Blogger Sia Cooper

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Pregnancy is a time in a woman’s life where our bodies change so rapidly and sometimes we are left feeling a little confused about how to dress! But pregnancy is no excuse to throw your style out of the window; instead, embrace those curves and enjoy feeling and looking your best while carrying your baby.

During the first trimester, most women typically do not have to alter their style or wardrobe any in way because the baby is still way too small. If this is your first pregnancy, you most likely will not start showing until your second trimester-for some, even the third! Here are a few simple ways to dress throughout all 3 trimesters!

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First Trimester Style

You will find yourself still fitting into those skinny jeans and pre-pregnancy clothing, but don’t jump at maternity wear just yet! Instead, keep wearing what you own and alter as you go along. You should not notice too many changes during this stage-besides queasiness and a growing bustline!

Few tips to remember for the 1st trimester:

*Keep wearing your pre-pregnancy clothes as you were until you notice things getting a little too tight.
*Start looking into a future wardrobe and cute maternity styles to get an idea, just in case!
*Invest in some comfortable shoes, pants, and bras. Since your breasts are probably bigger than they were before (thanks hormones!), its not too early to find a more comfortable bra to start sleeping in or wearing throughout the day. Don’t reach for a maternity/nursing bra just yet though. During this stage, I wore my sports bra wherever I went!

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Second Trimester Style

This is where things start changing! You will find yourself with a small “pouch” which may look like you ate a few too many tacos rather than carrying a little one (or that’s how I felt!). You want to flatter your ever growing tummy during this trimester. You can certainly still wear tight clothing-I urge you to enjoy your little bump and feeling sexy and stylish during pregnancy! While some women may need to start buying maternity pants at this time, you may be one of the few lucky ones who still fits into their jeans! If they are still comfortable, then by all means, ROCK it!

Few tips to remember when dressing for the 2nd trimester:

*Your pants might be digging into your waist-it’s time to break out something called a Belly Band which can be purchased online to help get you through this time. I also suggest a great pair of Victoria’s Secret Black Yoga Pants. These actually have a huge top band on them which supports your growing belly! I own 3!
*Flowy tops work wonders to hide the little akward pouch going on, but not too flowy or baggy. Always pair flowy tops with tight bottoms, or tight tops with loose bottoms; vice versa.
*Feel sexy and enjoy your growing body, because it only gets bigger from here!
*Invest in comfortable shoes. Choose flats over stilettos during this time. If you feel the need to still wear stilettos and are comfortable doing so, go right ahead! I did!

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Third Trimester Style

At the beginning of the third trimester is where you will find yourself Googling maternity pants and bras. Your belly is protruding at this point and you need not only to feel comfortable, but to look flattering as well. They say flowy tops are best as far as comfort goes, but I personally prefer tighter tops to show off my bump. You will figure out which style suits you the best, and what you are most comfortable with since every woman’s growing figure is different!

Few tips to remember when dressing for the 3rd trimester:

*Maxi skirts and Maxi dresses have become a staple of mine since hitting the 3rd trimester! They are so comfortable to move around in and you do not have to wear pants!
*Wear black. Yes, it is true! Black is virtually slimming and very nice looking on pregnant women.
*Accessories! By wearing statement necklaces, belts above the bump, or even some jeweled headbands, it will take the attention off your bump, which you may feel is gigantic at this point!
*Avoid clothes that are too big aka BAGGY! This will make you appear larger than life.

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Bottom line: Enjoy dressing and rocking your bump, don’t try to hide it, but remember to stay comfortable as well!

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Drew Barrymore Confirms her pregnancy !

Drew Barry more confirmed her second pregnancy with Husband Will Kopelman last week, and I couldn’t be more excited! Drew sported some fabulous style throughout her first pregnancy with Olive, so Im excited to see what fashion treats she has in store for us this time around. Take a look at the amazing dress she wore when confirming her pregnancy. Even though I’m not a massive believer of covering your bump up, Drew carries this look of effortlessly. Ive found a similar dress at Gorgeous Couture. 

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Any Questions or if your interested in my new Virtual style package Please don’t hesitate to contact me 🙂

Daniella X

My First Rainbow Cake !

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Doesn’t this cake just make you happy? I really wasn’t expecting this cake to taste anything special, as at first I actually forgot to add the eggs… ooops! So it’s a miracle this cake even worked as I added them at the end! But OMG it really was Delicious!!

The most important thing to remember when creating a rainbow cake is patience! Its six cakes in one so it can be very time consuming – not ideal with a crawling hooligan! So I bought extra cake tins (18-20cm), so it would speed up the process.

The layer cakes are just standard vanilla sponge, but the taste is really in the frosting. Using just regular icing sugar and Stork Butter, I added freshly squeezed orange juice into the Mixer, It really gave it that kick it needed, and gave it that WOW taste it was missing!

For the six layers of cake: You need to divide the below measurements by 6 to bake each layer individually.

530g plain flour

6 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

340ml milk

4 tsp pure vanilla extract

600g caster sugar

340g butter

6 eggs (at room temperature)

Food colouring – I used Dr Oetker food colourings

For the Orange icing: You may need extra depending on how much you decide you want to use.

 800g Icing Sugar

400g Butter

The juice from one large orange

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) and grease up your cake tins using baking paper and butter. Combine your flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and pop to one side. Then mix the milk and vanilla together in a measuring jug or bowl.

Using an electric mixer on low speed, mix the sugar and butter until blended, increasing the speed slowly to create a pale and creamy effect – at least 5 minutes of mixing! Reducing the speed – ADD THE EGGS !!! One at a time, then add the flour mixture, followed by the milk and vanilla.

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When smooth, divide evenly into six separate bowls and add the food coloring. Once all colored, pour the batter into the already prepared cake tins and pop in the oven for 20 minutes. Over baking can run the risk of your cake tasting like sawdust! So keep a close eye on your rising cakes.

You need to cool the cakes on a wire rack for at least an hour, but once completely cooled the fun can really start!

Preparing the icing is simple; mix the butter and icing sugar in the mixer until smooth and fluffy. Reduce the speed and squeeze your orange into the mix, the amount you squeeze is totally up to you, I liked the tangy taste so squeezed the lot in! But be careful not to drop any pips into the mixer. The icing should be smooth and easily spreadable, but stiff enough to hold its shape.

To assemble the cake; If like me you like the ‘rustic’ look, you don’t need to bother with the below instructions, Just use your common sense and build the sponge on top of each other with a layer of frosting in-between each level, and ta da you have yourself a rainbow cake! But if you want a neat presentation you need to follow the guidelines. Using a long knife, trim the cake to make the sponge level all the same size. Place the purple layer, on your cake plate/stand, and spread a thin layer of icing over the top with a spatula. Repeat with the blue, green, yellow, orange and red layers.

Using the same icing mix (you may need to make extra) frost the cake all around the outside, and add the decoration of choice. Jelly beans, smarties and m&m’s seem to be popular.

So there you have it, a delicious but a little bit ‘rustic’ rainbow cake.

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