Gooey Date-stuffed Caramel Cakes




A fudgey, almond butter filled date is the star of this treat! Insanely delicious and filled only with nutritious alternatives. Who said you can’t have cake for breakfast? Yum!


Ingredients:

¼ cup coconut oil, melted 
3/4 cup coconut milk 
1 free range egg 
1 tsp vanilla 
3 tbsp pure maple syrup or raw honey  
1 ¾ cups almond meal
¼ cup buckwheat flour 
1 tsp cinnamon 
1 tsp mesquite (optional)
1 tsp baking powder 
1/3 cup walnuts 
2 tbsp almond butter

4 medjool dates 
4 heaped tsp almond butter  

Preheat oven to 150 degrees Celsius, fan-forced.
In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except the medjool dates and 4 tsp almond butter. Ensure everything is well mixed. 
Divide the mixture into 4 greased ramekins. 
Cut each medjool date in half and fill with a tsp of almond butter. Insert into the centre of each ramekin. 
Place the ramekins in the oven for about 25 minutes or until just cooked. 
Allow to cool slightly and serve warm.  


Serves 4. 





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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.


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BB Takes Splendour In The Grass!


It’s that time of the year again when tens of thousands of festival goers make their way to North Byron Parklands for 3 big days of music and madness.
Splendour kicked off today and BB is there amongst the action! So far it’s been a bunch of fun seeing so many of our lovely customers, meeting new faces and glitter face painting like crazy!
If you are making an appearance at Splendour come and see us! You won’t miss our purple flags right near the entry. We have all your festival essentials like gumboots, socks, sunnies, flasks and more!
If you aren’t at Splendour this weekend and need a distraction from the constant Instagram posts then check out our new arrivals or shop our 40 under $40 sale!







Kristina wears: 



Baked apple oats with salted caramel





The classic combo of oats and apple has just had a makeover! Topped with a healthy salted caramel- this is the ultimate!

Baked oats:

1 cup oats
½ cup water
½ cup coconut or almond milk 
3 tbsp almond meal 
1 apple grated
1 tsp cinnamon
1 ½ tbsp pure maple syrup 
1 egg (1 chia egg if vegan) 
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp mesquite (optional)
Pinch salt 
1 tsp vanilla extract
Macadamias, to top (optional) 

Salted caramel:

3 tbsp coconut sugar 
1 tbsp coconut milk or almond milk 


Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius, fan-forced.
In a small mixing bowl, place the oats, almond meal, water and milk. Allow to soak for 5-10 minutes. 
Add all other ingredients to the bowl and stir well. 
Divide into 3-4 small ramekins. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until just firm to touch. 
Meanwhile, place the coconut sugar and milk in a small saucepan over low heat until completely dissolved. Pour over the baked oats.


Serves 3-4. 





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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

BB Exclusive tees - Will you be our Sorting Hat?



Do you solemnly swear you're up to no good?
'Cause we need some magical help! 
Which Potter-inspired tee should we make?





Let us know your ideas in the comments below!

Or if you have other tees you are dying to add to your wardrobe.. let us know!!

Beginning Boutique finalist in the Telstra Business Awards!


The Telstra Australia Business Awards celebrate the best in business and we are so excited that Beginning Boutique has been announced as one of six finalists in the running for the small business award!
The whole BB team has played a part in earning this recognition and Director Sarah Timmerman couldn't be more proud.

"I am mostly excited about being chosen as a finalist as it's a way of recognising the achievements of all BB's team members"

We are excited for the Queensland Gala Dinner on the 30th July and wish all of the finalists good luck.
See the full list of nominees here:




Got festival plans this winter?


Splendour is just around the corner and we are doing some last minute packing. Festivals in winter are always a little tricky with outfit planning for the warmer days and cooler nights but we have narrowed down some must-have items that are good to go no matter the temp, and will give you instant street cred.


Laid Back Anorak $99
Shop now >



Windsor Smith Eagar Boots $179.95
Shop now >



Fringe Behaviour Dress $69
Shop now >


Pixie Jewelled Septum Ring $19
(also available in silver)
Shop now >







& the winner is....





 

Lemon lime curd tarts



My signature lemon curd tarts with the added zing of lime! The perfect afternoon pick-me-up. 

Ingredients

Pastry:
3/4 cup almond meal 
2 tbsp buckwheat flour 
2 tbsp chia seeds 
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 heaped tbsp pure maple syrup or coconut nectar
2 tbsp. melted coconut oil 


Filling: 
1 egg
1 egg yolk
Juice 1 lemon
Juice 1 lime 
1 ½ tbsp pure maple syrup or coconut nectar
2 tsp finely grated lime zest 
2 tbsp. coconut oil (not melted) 

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 140 degrees celsius. Grease 9 holes of a mini muffin tray with coconut oil. 
2. Place all of the base ingredients into small bowl and stir well until combined. If the mixture looks too dry, slowly add 1 tbsp water until a dough- like consistency is formed. Press the tart mixture into tin. Bake for 20 minutes or until slightly golden and crisp.
3. Meanwhile, make the lemon lime curd. Place all ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat and whisk until well combined. Turn the heat to medium, continuing to whisk. The mixture should gradually become thicker and thicker until a curd consistency. Allow to cool complete-ly. Place in the fridge to make firmer.
4. Once the tart shells are cool, fill with the lemon lime curd.
5. Place in the fridge for half an hour. 


Makes 9. 





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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

BB Stylist Collective feat. Cara McLeay from A Fashion Love Affair




I am a huge fan of crop tops so was instantly drawn to both the Georgia Crop & Off Duty Tee - I styled them both with skirts but I will definitely be wearing both with cut off denim and boyfriend jeans for a more casual beach look. 

Gingham has a special place in my heart, too, and I love the fit of this Sparrow Dress, so flattering! It would look perfect with cute flats and a great belt too. 


I always have so much fun styling the BB Exclusives, I am obsessed with everything and am always heading back to the site to see what's new...they never disappoint!






Healthy Soft Serve





You CANNOT get more simple or more healthy than this delicious banana soft serve! Great for those mornings when you are in a rush. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 large bananas, chopped and frozen
  • Buckinis, banana, nuts and goji berries to top


Method:

  • Place the bananas in a high-speed blender. Blend until creamy.
    At first the bananas will appear crumbly but will eventually form a smooth texture, similar to that of a soft serve.
  • Transfer to a bowl, top with buckinis, banana, nuts and goji berries.  


Serves 1.





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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

YOU’RE A WIZARD



What do wizards wear on the weekend? Whether you’re sipping Butterbeer with the gals, being active & taking your Hippogriff for a stroll, or banishing some bad wizards to Azkaban, make sure you’ve got your perfect Potter accessory to compliment your look. Those Muggles won’t know what hit ‘em!

What does your perfect day look like? Make those dreams (almost) a reality with the Best Day Ever Tee! Imagine watching the sunrise at Hogwarts, practicing Quidditch in the morning, feeding Buckbeak at lunch, defeating You-Know-Who in the afternoon and chilling with a Butterbeer at night. Ahh… bliss! Team your tee with a denim skirt + ankle boots so you can solemnly swear you’re up to no good in style.

“If you having Quidditch problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but a snitch ain’t one”. Did you know Jay Z was a wizard? And we don’t just mean a lyrical wizard… This piece is totally perfect for chillaxing on the weekend with your favourite Gryffindor pals. Rock this bad boy with a chambray shirt round your waist + sneakers for a day look that’ll make the Slytherin team look like a bunch of house elves!

Show your allegiance to the Order with a statement Potter Specs Ring. Simple, stylish and subtle so you won’t get caught out by any Death Eaters! Layer this piece with other silver accessories + your favourite party dress for a evening look that’ll have the wizards asking, “are you a love spell? ‘Cause I think I’ve just fallen head over heels for you”. Ohhh yeahhh.


PS: We’ll be celebrating Harry Potter’s birthday on the 31st of July. Join us and make your own cup of Butterbeer with our recipe below. Cheers!


Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe 

Ingredients:
  • 1 pint of vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 bottle (24 oz.) vanilla cream soda (very cold)
Directions:
  1. Allow ice cream to soften, about 30 minutes, and bring butter to room temperature, about 2 hours
  2. Blend butter, sugar, and spices in large bowl
  3. Add to ice cream and freeze
  4. Heat cream soda in a pot until warm but still carbonated (at least 3 minutes).  You could also just go with the very cold cream soda (my preference) and have a more frozen/slushy drink.
  5. Fill each glass with a scoop of ice cream mixture and pour warmed or chilled cream soda over ice cream
  6. Serve!

Day Dreamer


Seeing really is believing, and we're pinching ourselves at the sight of the Dreamers Two Piece Set Lilac on the striking Lauren Calaway, blogger at Travelsize Supermodel.

Although we are in the cooler months her in Australia, Lauren is living it up in the Californian summer sun and we are living vicariously through her perfectly styled summer outfits. 

This tie dye two piece set is also giving us some serious outfit inspo for Splendour which is only 3 weeks away! This outfit can easily be made into the perfect winter festival look with your favourite trench or anorak and ankle boots or gumboots - dancing the night away is sure to keep you warm too! 

Beginning Boutique will have a stall at Splendour In The Grass this year with your favourite festival looks and accessories - come and see us! 







xx

NEW BB


Stylist Collective feat. Nicola Cross



Nicola Cross is back this month styling her 3 fav BB exclusive items. We love that her style keeps us guessing and we never know if she is going to go for a free flowing boho dress or a street style crop and cut offs - either way, she nails every style she wears! Here are Nicola's top picks this month a little bit about how she loves to style them:







"I love a detailed back on a dress, and never go past white. This one is so perfect it didn't need any accessories to add, simplicity the key"



"Cool winter months where a turtle neck is a on high demand, teamed with high waisted jeans, and a wide brim hat, and maybe a denim shirt tied around the waist to be the perfect outfit for those morning coffees"





"I am a sucker for anything checkered, from scrunchies to picnic blankets to the beautiful crop, paired with a pair of high waist ripped jeans and a pompom beanie Im in casual heaven'


HOW TO // Wear Floral In Winter

 

You can style a dark floral print the same way you would a LBD, with your favorite coat and boots for daytime or add a bright red lip and heels for a night out.


 
Floral prints are standard when it comes to playsuits for spring and summer but if you can find a long sleeve style it automatically gives it that winter look. Throw on your favorite ankle boots and cardigan for daytime and add strappy heels and accessories for an evening look.



Don’t completely avoid light floral prints when searching for a winter look. A tip is to makes sure the complete print is not light, so if the background is a light colour, then the print should be a dark colour. Wearing a light coloured background with a light print will look to summery, but a monochrome floral will be suitable for the cooler months.