22 December, 2014

MEET WHEN WORDS FAIL



Why did you choose these BB pieces to style on When Words Fail? 


We think BB have great affordable pieces that our followers would like. We had a lot of fun choosing the pieces to
style. BB have a lot of outfits that suit our style!


How would you differentiation your styles? 


We both are quite similar in style however there are little differences, for example Nicole loves to dress things down more wearing more converse and Birkenstocks where as Danielle loves to wear a little heel most days.


How can we tell you two apart? 


Easy! Danielle’s has shorter hair and I (Nicole) am slightly taller, plus we have certain freckles and moles that people tell us apart with. We think we look completely different!


Any exciting plans for When Words Fail in 2015? 


Yes! 2015 is a very exciting year for When Words Fail, we have a lot of travel planned and a few campaigns coming up


Do you prefer blogging or singing? 


We love both! We have been singing for longer, but in the last year blogging has really taken over. We haven’t done much singing lately at all, we miss it!


What is the best and worst thing about working with your
sister? 

The best would be that we have such similar taste, we both know exactly what works best for our blog. We understand each other. The worst would be being sisters we are too honest with each other and fights can break out haha


What will you be wearing on New Years Eve?


Danielle: I’m wearing a sheer black dress I designed that my nan has made. Nicole: not sure yet! Ill decide closer to the day!


What is your go-to thrown on outfit when you are in a rush?


We both love a good midi length dress, or maxi skirt and denim shirt.


Do you guys fight over clothing? 


Yes ALWAYS! Because we have such similar taste we both plan on wearing the same things and fight over who gets to actually wear that particular piece.


Who decides what you post on Instagram? 


We both post on instagram, we usually just text each other the picture we are planning to put up, just so theres no arguments if one of us doesn’t like the shot being put up.

What are your top 10 picks from our BB exclusive range?


(bb.com.au/bb)


What are the 3 items in your wardrobe you can’t live without?


Danielle: White linen shirt, black suit jacket and denim shorts Nicole: Leather pencil skirt, simple white tee & plain black midi dress or maxi dress


What is your go-to fashion item for summer?


Danielle: White linen shirt
Nicole: Ripped denim shorts


Where is your favourite holiday destination?


Nicole: Nothing beats Bali! Ive been there about 7 times and it never gets old! Danielle: id have to say Paris! I loved everything about it when I was there






Skye Tells All



We asked Skye all the things you guys wanted to know about her time in and out of the BB house.

20 December, 2014

Healthy Raspberry Shortbread Slice


Christmas is literally around the corner! 

Time to get into the spirit and create some impeccable treats for friends and family. 
This healthy shortbread with a raspberry jam is a major hit in my house!



Shortbread:
1 cup almond meal
3/4 cup buckwheat flour
2 ½ tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1 egg 
1 tsp cinnamon 
3 ½ tbsp pure maple syrup or coconut nectar

Raspberry filling: 
2 cups frozen raspberries 
½ tbsp. chia 
½ a lemon, juiced
2 tbsp pure maple syrup or coconut nectar




Preheat an oven to 150 degrees, fan-forced and line a small rectangular dish with baking paper. 
Place all the shortbread ingredients in a small bowl and mix until a dough forms. If too dry, add a tbsp water. If too wet, add a small amount of almond meal. 


Press a bit less than half of the dough in the dish. Bake for approximately 12 minutes or until very lightly golden. 


Meanwhile, place the raspberry filling ingredients in a small saucepan over low to medium heat. Stir until the liquid and all the ingredients are warmed through. 
Mash thoroughly with the back of a fork. 


Roll out the remaining shortbread dough and use a cookie cutter to cut into stars.





Pour the raspberry filling over the base and then on top, arrange the shortbread stars. 


Place back in the oven for 10 minutes.






My name is Sophie and I'm a 20-year-old media student from Sydney.
I have an intense love for healthy food, nutritious cooking and cafe exploring! This has been a long-term passion of mine as I understand the importance of fuelling your body with goodness. Not only do you feel amazing and energetic on the inside, you glow with health on the outside! It may sound cliché, but it is absolutely true! I love leading this healthy, active lifestyle.

FOLLOW SOPHIE: @coconutandbliss

19 December, 2014

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!



2014 is coming to an end and we are taking the chance to reflect on what an amazing year it has been for BB! We want to thank you for your continued support and look forward to many more years of our fun-filled cyber relationship.

We asked our own #GIRLBOSS Sarah for some 2014 highlights and some hint’s as to what we can expect in 2015.  




Three Emojis to describe yourself: 



Tell us about three amazing things that happened in 2014:


1. We started our BB exclusive collection




2. We hit 400k on Instagram & Facebook


SO much! 


 Tell us a little bit about BB’s plans for 2015…


We are moving in to an even bigger and better office

Our exclusive collection will continue to grow

Planning ways to make the website even better for customers

Figuring out new ways we can look after our customers. 


Your BB holiday wish list 



WATCH / HAT  / DRESS / BAG / SPEAKER


Pinch yourself moment of 2014?


Being featured in West End Magazine!




Stylewise, what do you think is going to be huge in 2015?


Gypsy, I think that the inner gypsy in every girl is going to come out.  Long hair, beach days and beautiful prints will be taking over.  Gorgeous tie dyes, water colours and Technicolor.


What are the challenges and rewards of your job?

I love meeting customers and getting to know them - making a customer happy makes my day. 

 Being able to bring my cat to work is another reward! 



 Being relevant is always a challenge and being able to stay on top of everything I need to do!


Top 5 2014 BB Lookbook Moments







THANKS!

17 December, 2014

NYE Styling with Skye from Big Brother 2014



We talk New Years Eve styling with the beautiful Skye from Big Brother 2014.
Shop all of Skye's NYE looks here.

13 December, 2014

Healthy Lamingtons



 The ultimate Aussie hit! Get ready to enjoy these all summer long with zero guilt. Made purely from the goodness of nutritious ingredients but tastes JUST as amazing as the traditional version! This recipe is a sneak peak from my latest ebook ‘Blissed Out,’ full of savoury and sweet recipes all created by me! Head to my blog and click on ‘Ebook’ to check it out!
Serves 4-6




Ingredients:
Cake:
3 eggs
2 ½ tbsp coconut nectar or pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 ½ tbsp. coconut oil
1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees.
2. In an electric beater, place the eggs and coconut nectar. Beat for 5 minutes until very fluffy.
3. Gradually beat in the coconut flour, vanilla, baking powder and coconut oil.
4. Pour mixture into a lined loaf tin.
5. Place in the oven for 30 minutes or until lightly golden on top.
6. Allow to cool then place in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.




Jam:
¾ cup frozen raspberries, thawed
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp water
1 tsp honey/ maple syrup/ coconut nectar (optional)
1. Mash the berries in a bowl.
2. Add the chia, water and sweetener if using and mix well.
3. Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.




Chocolate coconut coating and assembly:
½ cup cacao
2 ½ tbsp coconut oil, melted
3 tbsp pure maple syrup or coconut nectar
Dash hot water
1 cup desiccated coconut
1. Next, remove the cake the pan and cut in half.
2. Spread with the chia jam.
3. Place the other half on top of the bottom layer and jam, like a sandwich. Cut into 4 large squares or 8 small rectangles.
4. Stir together the cacao, coconut oil and maple. If it is not a spreadable consistency, add a small amount of water until it is slightly runny but not too thin. 
5. Spread over each square and roll in the desiccated coconut.








My name is Sophie and I'm a 20-year-old media student from Sydney.
I have an intense love for healthy food, nutritious cooking and cafe exploring! This has been a long-term passion of mine as I understand the importance of fuelling your body with goodness. Not only do you feel amazing and energetic on the inside, you glow with health on the outside! It may sound cliché, but it is absolutely true! I love leading this healthy, active lifestyle.

FOLLOW SOPHIE: @coconutandbliss


11 December, 2014

#BBxLT - How To Get The Perfect Tan With Loving Tan


What happens when you put together a reality star, a lolly bar, fake tan and a group of rad girls? … Only the best event ever!

Last night Brissy babes were invited to a night of all things girly with our ‘How To Get The Perfect Tan With Loving Tan’ event.




Summer is here and what better excuse to get together and learn how to achieve the perfect summer glow! Loving Tan shared tips and tricks on how to be beautifully bronzed this summer, from preparing your skin to applying the product and prolonging your tan.

We were so lucky to have Skye from Big Brother join us as a special guest! Everyone got the chance to snap a selfie with her and ask her all the post-show goss.




Can we just say… how amazing was the Lolly Bar? This was all thanks to Lush Lolly Bars (check them out on Facebook) who created the masterpiece and even themed the colours around BB & Loving Tan!






Everyone’s drinks were topped thanks to Coco Vodka who provided the most delicious (and healthy) Coconut Water + Vodka drinks.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to keep in the loop with all upcoming events.

Check out more pics on Instagram by searching the hashtag #BBxLT



06 December, 2014

Gingerbread Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce

Preparation time: 5 minutesCooking time: 10 minutesServes: 1.


It’s December- yes, bring on the Christmas treats! However, for many looms the reality that it also happens to be summer over here.... a.k.a bikini season. 
Well here’s the fact: with my recipes, you can have your (pan)cake and eat it too! 
These gingerbread pancakes are full of nutrition and insanely delish- I promise! I often double, triple or quadruple the recipe if cooking for more people.


Pancakes:

  • ¼ cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ banana, mashed
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • 2 – 4 tbsp coconut water or milk
  • 1 tsp sweetener of choice (honey/ pure maple/ coconut nectar)
  •  ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 heaped tsp ground ginger 
1.   Combine dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
2.   Place all wet ingredients together and whisk.
3.   Fold into dry ingredients.
4.   Let the mixture sit for just a few minutes! (I find this helps it to thicken! Leave this step out if you’re in a rush.)
5.   Melt half a teaspoon of coconut oil in a frypan on medium heat, placing about ¼ cup of mixture on the pan each time in a circular shape. I don’t spread mine out too much as it allows them to become fluffy and thick! Leave it for a minute or 2 or until small bubbles form, then flip!

Note: if you don’t like banana, feel free to leave out! Just add less liquid!

Chocolate Sauce:
  • 1 heaped tsp raw cacao (depending on how chocolatey you would like it!)
  • Dash hot water
  • 1 tsp nut butter or tahini
  •  1 tsp sweetener of choice

1.     To make the sauce, simply combine the above ingredients until it has reached a consistency that is slightly thick, but still runny.

2.     Pour the sauce over pancakes! Top with fresh berries, activated nuts, banana, cacao nibs or whatever you desire!







My name is Sophie and I'm a 20-year-old media student from Sydney.
I have an intense love for healthy food, nutritious cooking and cafe exploring! This has been a long-term passion of mine as I understand the importance of fuelling your body with goodness. Not only do you feel amazing and energetic on the inside, you glow with health on the outside! It may sound cliché, but it is absolutely true! I love leading this healthy, active lifestyle.

FOLLOW SOPHIE: @coconutandbliss


04 December, 2014

DIY NAILS: COLOUR BLOCKING


Getting a bit bored of your current mani? Here at BBHQ we thought we would mix things up and show you how to create your very own colour blocked manicure- no fancy equipment required!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1. A minimum of 3 shades of nail polish.
We went with our favourite Kester Black nail polishes in the delicious shades of Deep Violet, Cerulean and Bougainvillea.
2. Clear top coat
3. Sticky Tape or Scotch Tape
4. Nail polish remover
5. Cotton buds




BEFORE YOU START:

It is important to start any mani make-over with clean and smooth nails. So if yours are not up to scratch (excuse the pun) we recommend giving them a quick file and buff.

STEP 1:

Using a light colour of your choice, give your nails a quick base coat. We used Bougainvillea by Kester Black. Apply a second coat if required and allow your base coat to fully dry before continuing on to step number two.




Tip: Due to the layered design of this manicure you need to allow a LOT of time for each layer to dry fully before the second coat. So why not invite your besties around, and watch your favourite chick flick whilst you are all waiting for the paint to dry!

STEP 2:

With a general plan of how you would like your design to look, start applying the sticky tape in various diagonal arrangements across your fingernails working on only one hand at the time. Smooth the tape onto your nail to remove air bubbles.

TIP: Remember the part of the nail you cover will remain the base coat colour.



STEP 3:

Carefully apply your second colour of choice to the sections not covered by the sticky tape.Take extra care to apply the polish right to the edges of the nail, it is ok if you paint over the tape.



Continue painting all your nails.



☆ WAIT FOR POLISH TO DRY ☆

STEP 4:

Depending on your design arrangement and the affect you would like to achieve you can either remove the sticky tape and then add another layer in a new direction or you can apply the sticky tape in a second layer over the top of the existing tape. 

Note: You can try and paint each nail the same (difficulty rating: high) or make it random like we did (difficulty rating: easy)! You can also mix it up and add as many layers as you like giving you the option to create a simple or busy design!



STEP 5:

Paint your final colour in the un-taped sections.



STEP 6:

Carefully and slowly remove the sticky tape to reveal your design.

Note: Some tapes will leave a sticky residue that you can try and remove with soapy water once the polish is dry.

TO FINISH: 

Clean up your finger tips by using nail polish remover & the cotton buds. Then finish your nails by applying a clear top coat, this will help create a smooth and shiny finish.



Now go and show off your new fancy digits!!!