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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

5 Desserts To Decorate With Gold Leaf

How to Use Gold Leaf to Decorate Desserts
I'll be the first to admit to anything and everything metallic catching my eye.  Sometimes accessories, always product packaging and without a shadow of a doubt, home decor.  But what about food?  Restaurants have got the right idea: go big or go home.  Most dessert menus these days are nothing short of spectacular, and usually thanks to the elaborate presentation.  No complaints here.  Last Spring, I started experimenting with styling chocolate strawberries with gold leaf, and uh, I didn't stop there.  Gold leaf is super accessible and yet delivers serious style, making it the ideal finishing touch to whatever dessert you're serving up.  Needless to say, you can place edible gold leaf on anything you like (although if you've used it before, you'll know it's a pain in the neck to use - so delicate!), but my top five suggestions?  Read on...
Doughnut Covered in Gold Leaf

D I P P E D   S T R A W B E R R I E S  

My first escapade with gold leaf was using chocolate-dipped strawberries.  If you find the edible sheets very difficult to put in place, covering just the lower half of strawberries can save a lot of time!


As shown in this post.  Ta-dah!  If you keep your doughnuts in the fridge (shame on you), make sure to take them out for a while before using, as gold leaf prefers damp surfaces to stick to - so don't let it come into contact with your fingers!

C H O C O L A T E   T R U F F L E S

Next on my to-do list, for sure.  Smaller desserts mean less work, but with chocolate truffles the effect is just as striking.  Better yet?  Drizzle chocolate over the truffles first, or dust lightly with cocoa powder afterwards

I C E   C R E A M

Try not to go overboard to avoid overkill and it could be magical.  If you're displaying a scoop or two in a bowl, position a couple of squares of chocolate on the side and also cover them with gold leaf.  Like I said, magical

C R È M E   B R Û L É E

Admittedly, this isn't something I've seen on the menu before - but how I wish it was!  I'm kind of tired of seeing berries awkwardly balanced on desserts.  The large, flat surface could become ten times more glamorous with a small cluster of gold leaf covered fruit in the centre

Gold Leaf Doughnut Food Styling Lifestyle Blogger
I just adore beautifully presented desserts.  Obviously, taste comes first.  But there's no rule that says you ever have to compromise on presentation!  Having said that, I'm just as happy to tuck into a belgian bun without any glitz or glam.  Anyway, as always super looking forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments below!  Have you ever tried using edible gold leaf on food before for special occasions?   

With love,

Gabrielle x


Sunday, 14 January 2018

Colourful Faux Fur | It's Cool To Be Kind!

Styling Long Colourful Faux Fur Coat
This past week has been pretty lovely; a few standouts include modelling bridalwear (can't wait to share more!), shooting new looks for the blog and meetings with a couple of dreamy brands!  I've also been having a bit of a 'metallic moment', seeing me buy over-the-knee glitter boots in the Topshop sale (sneak peek on my Twitter) and uhh, sprinkling gold flakes over a doughnut - sassy doughnut alert.  But it also brought with it something a lot more serious.  While in London, an animal rights protest was taking place outside a popular outerwear store, spreading the message of their cruelty to animals.  Honestly, through seeing constant strong expression online and clear disliking of people choosing to wear real fur, I'd started to kid myself into thinking that out in the world, wearing real fur was a thing of the past.  Except, it's not.  I'm not here to judge, but I am here to help spread the message of how gorgeous (and warm!) faux fur can be and how unnecessary it is to look at real alternatives.  Bottom line?  It's cool to be kind.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

5 Reasons To Book A Hotel Staycation This Month

Green and Gold Chic Bar Stool
I absolutely adore the sense of camaraderie (particularly online) when it comes to hitting the ground running at this time of year; sharing dreams and setting goals.  However (and it's a big however), I'm also pretty sure we're going to need many incentives along the road to keep the motivation at this sky-high level!  I'll admit, I've got it pretty easy on this front as one of my main goals this year is to reach a whole other level of calm through mindfulness and learning how to truly relax  - so you won't catch me whipping myself.  But regardless of whether you're going full steam ahead, or learning how to take a step back, there's something we can all relate to - holidays!  So, you're looking into booking a staycation (probably, I mean this is January), why should you ditch the cosy cottage, quirky glamping experience and budget options this month, all in favour of a chic hotel staycation?

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Double Vinyl | Stepping Out Of Your Fashion Comfort Zone

How to Style Double Vinyl Patent Leather
Patent leather boots? No problem.  Vinyl skirt?  Also no problem.  But pair them together and you've got yourself a pretty saucy dominatrix-esque outfit that even a mohair chunky knit jumper can't tone down.  Oops.  I wouldn't say my personal style is safe - due to the masses of mile-high stilettos I pair with most outfits - but I rarely step out of my comfort zone.  My comfort zone is pretty vast at this point, and so it surprised me to find how categorically uncomfortable I felt stepping out in double vinyl.  The good news?  That feeling didn't last for long...
Reiss Jemima Chunky Knit Jumper
Aldo Loreni Patent Leather Black Ankle BootsIf 'familiarity breeds contempt', stepping out of your fashion comfort zone is definitely the way to go.  A funny sense of pride comes with having broken the cycle and tried something new, and once you've started thinking about unusual-for-you outfit combinations, you just can't stop!  With this week arriving and bringing with it a fresh new year, it's the perfect time to step out of your comfort zone and try pairing different pieces together.  My advice?  When you're ready to challenge yourself, roll up a pair of jeans (or jumper) in your tote, ready to whip out should you lose your nerve at any point throughout the day.  Or, y'know, suspect hypothermia to be setting in. Speaking of which, anyone else find their legs never get cold?  I'm literally a walking-talking ice cube, and yet that doesn't seem to apply to my legs?!
Fashion blog how to style double patent leather outfit
Unusual way to style oversized chunky knit jumpers
Patent Faux Leather Ruffled Black Mini Skirt

Jumper - Reiss

Skirt - H&M

Boots - Aldo (also at Zalando)

Clutch - Victoria Beckham at Farfetch   |   Hat - Mint Velvet

Fashion Blogger Walking in Double Vinyl Styling
Aldo Black Patent Loreni Stiletto BootsAt the end of the day, fashion is meant to be fun.  And this sure as hell was fun to wear!  Will I be pairing the two together again?  No, probably not.  Been there, done that, got the raised eyebrows.  But it's definitely prepared me for stepping outside my fashion comfort zone more in future.  Damn, it feels exciting to be starting a fresh new year, right?!

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With love,

Gabrielle x

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