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My Style: An Outfit To Make My Glasses Shine

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On Saturday my new Swag & Stare glasses arrived so to celebrate I thought I would wear an outfit to show off my new specs. As I went for the Gramercy in red I decided to wear my new red River Island smock dress, which is kind of perfect for this in-between weather we are kind of having, as it looks good layered up with a chunky cardigan and paired with biker boots for a casual weekend look, and it matches perfectly with my red and black frames.

As we had friends over this weekend we went into Cambridge to enjoy the gorgeous sunshine, yes for most of the day it was warm, the sun was shining, and it was actually spring-like, it sadly changed towards the end of the day into rain showers, but hey a couple of hours of sunshine is better than none.

While in Cambridge we just had a chilled out day, took a walk along the river, saw some fluffy baby geese, messed around on a huge log, oh and nearly fell off, wandered around Corpus Christi College, so I could admire the architecture, oh and stopped now and then for a bite to eat and a couple of drinks.

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My Style: Gramercy Red Glasses, Swag & Stare (c/o) // Red printed smock dress, River Island // Skinny black belt, New Look // Biker boots // Black cardigan, AllSaints //

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Fashionista Barbie Bakes: The Great River Bake Off

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A couple of weeks ago the River Island press team asked me if I wanted to take part in their Great River Bake Off along with some fab bloggers and magazines, apparently the team had seem my Instagram feed full of Easter treats and thought I would be up for the challenge.

I am not always the best in the kitchen, I can be a little hit and miss when it comes to actually cooking a meal, but baking cakes is one of my favourite things to do and I do love a little competition among friends. So we all had to make a Victoria Sponge from the ingredients we were sent, it was just up to us about which recipe, how to decorate, and of course baking it!!!

I decided to make miniature Victoria Sponge cakes as when I was little I remember making these with my mum, but back then we used to make a large cake and then use a cookie cutter, but thanks to the genius that is Lakeland you can actually makes these little beauties with a special miniature sandwich tin tray, which I have to be honest makes it so much easier.

I was so pleased with how the miniature cakes came out and I think I have finally perfected the art of making great buttercream, so I was really chuffed to find out that the River Island team judged my cakes as the ‘Best Tasting’. Oh yeah I actually won, not the overall competition, but come on the taste of the cake is surely the most important!!!

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Ingredients:

Miniature Sponges

175g unsalted butter, at room temperature – I like to leave out for at least an hour before

175g caster sugar

3 large eggs, beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

175g self-raising flour

Pinch of salt

Buttercream

150g unsalted butter at room temperature

300g icing sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting

1 tsp vanilla extract

Filling

6-8 tsp strawberry jam

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4

Cream the butter and caster sugar together until the mixture is pale and light. I use a free-standing mixer – the Kenwood K-Mix on a medium speed for about 3-4 minutes.

Gradually add the beaten eggs, mixing well between each addition, don’t forget to scrap down the sides of the bowl from time to time to make sure everything is mixed. Then add the vanilla extract and mix again.

Sift the flour and salt into the mixing bowl and fold in – either use the fold setting on your free-standing mixer or use a large metal spoon or rubber spatula to do by hand until the mixture is glossy and smooth.

Divide the mixture between the Mini Sandwich Tin – roughly one heaped tablespoon – just over half way up on the tin, and level with a teaspoon.

Bake on the middle shelf of your preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes until golden, well risen and a wooden skewer inserted into the middle of the cakes comes out clean.

Leave the cakes to rest in the tin for 5 minutes, this gives them time to cool to make it easier to remove. My tin has loose bottoms to the tray to make it easier to remove – do so carefully and run a knife round the edges if they are stuck to the sides. Place onto a wire rack and leave until cold.

While the cakes are cooling make the buttercream by cream together the butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract until the mixture is pale and light.

Cut each of the cakes in half, do this carefully so not to break the cakes. Spread the bottom layer with buttercream and the top with a teaspoon of jam and sandwich together. Lightly dust with icing sugar to serve.

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It was so much fun taking part and I love that I won the ‘Best Tasting’ cakes – thanks to the River Island press team for inviting me to take part and sending me the most adorable apron!!!

Want to see all the other entrants, and the overall winner Grazia head on over to River Island’s blog, the Style Insider.

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My Style: Day Four At London Fashion Week

Fashionista-barbieDay four at London Fashion Week always makes me question what day it is, I know it is Monday, but my body is saying it is Thursday already!!! With that in mind I have brought out my favourite flats – my Russell & Bromley patent brogues, super comfortable, go with everything, and I love that they make my feet super tiny.

As each day I tried to work a trend or a key look that I am loving at the moment, today was all about the pinafore dress as everywhere from River Island, where mine is from, to Topshop and H&M have gorgeous ones at the moment. I have to be honest I was a little worried about the fit as my straps kept falling down and then I realised that you could adjust them, I wasn’t sure how to layer up without losing the cute shape of the dress as it is quite thin.

I decided to just pair it with a slouchy white tee, I tried jumpers and a shirt but it just kept making it look bulky. To nip in my waist I used my cute red bow belt that looked great against the black and white, and unlike other days where I have been wearing silver jewellery I decided to go for gold pieces as I really wanted to wear this adorable stag necklace from Wonsuponatime, a fairly new online jewellery boutique that I’ve fallen in love with.

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My Style: Black pinafore dress, River Island // White tee, New Look // Gold stag necklace, Wonsuponatime (c/o) // Black patent brogues, Russell & Bromley (c/o) // Red bow belt, New Look // Black ‘The Trader’ bag, Osprey London //

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**Thanks to Alex & Paulie for the piccies**

Behind-The-Scenes: Rihanna For River Island

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A lot of people are excited to see Rihanna’s debut fashion collection, including me, and a lot of people have questioned her slot at London Fashion Week, but whether you agree with high street names showing at fashion week or not the anticipation for her line is incredible and this video just builds up the tension.

Rihanna sits alongside her costume designer and co-designer on the line Adam Shulman and chats about her excitement about dressing “young, sassy personalities”, to her love for River Island and British street style, as well as what we can expect from the collection, which she describes as “casual, chic, and flirty”.

I have to be honest I was excited before, but hearing her speak about the collection, seeing glimpses of swatches and sketches I really can’t wait for her LFW presentation.

Are you looking forward to shopping the Rihanna for River Island collection?