28 October, 2014

Trick or Treat Yo’Self - Halloween Recipes + DIY decorations!

Halloween is just around the corner – and if you’re anything like us, you’ll be up until midnight the night before desperately patching together a costume, making treats (and eating them), and trying to make zombie brain decorations by pouring tomato sauce on a cabbage.

It's time to relax! We’re here to relieve you of that horror. Read on to find our super easy vegan Halloween treats recipe and links to our very own pastel ghost and black cat garland decorations!

Go on… trick or treat yo’self!

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Strawberry Ghosts and Pretzel Screams

You need:
Sandwich bag
Baking paper
Strawberries
Pretzels

White Chocolate:
1 1/2 cups Raw Cocoa Butter, grated or finely chopped
¾ cup refined coconut oil
½ cup coconut sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate:
1/2 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup maple syrup
1 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


Directions:


1. Combine the white chocolate ingredients into a food processer and blend until smooth. Put into a bowl, and do the same for the chocolate ingredients.
2. Use your white chocolate to create the white base of the “eyes” for your pretzels by dolloping the chocolate on baking paper in circular shapes about the size of a 5 cent piece. Place in the fridge.


3. Whilst the eyes are in the fridge, use the remainder of your white chocolate to dip the strawberries in, making the strawberry ghost bodies. Lay them on a plate lined with baking paper. Refrigerate once finished.


4. Dip the pretzels into the dark chocolate, completely covering them. Lay them on a plate lined with baking paper. Take the eyes out of the fridge and place two on each pretzel, and then freeze.


5. Take the sandwich bag and cut a small piece of the corner off to create a piping bag. Using the rest of the dark chocolate, dollop little pupils for the eyes and faces on your ghosts and pretzels. Put them in the freezer to set.
6.     Devour.




DIY black cat & pastel ghost garlands!



Trick or treat? Here’s a little treat from us – click to download our DIY pastel ghost and black cat garland templates!

Simply cut them out, attach to string and hang around your home for a spooky delight.

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Happy Halloween!

25 October, 2014

☮ ✌ BB POP UP SALE SNAPSHOT ✌ ☮


It was 7am on a bright and sunny Saturday. The doors to the BB Office opened, the racks began to roll out, and a long line was forming. An excited murmur filled the air; the BB Pop Up Sale was beginning at any moment. The girls were getting prepped for some serious shopper-cise (shopping + exercise, womankind's oldest sport). And for a good reason - shoes stacked higher then Gisele Bundchen on the runway, racks at thrift store prices, boxes and boxes of $10 steals... Oh yes, there was definitely going to be some bargains scored on this day.

The lucky 100 ladies at the front were handed goodie bags filled with Zuii Organic, Loving Tan, Nak Hair, Mosaic Beauty, and Style Magazine (just to name a few)! The BB Office took a deep breath, and the doors opened...




If you're reading this right now, you may have survived the BB Pop Up Sale storm that hit Brisbane on Saturday! THANK YOU. It's always amazing meeting you. Did you spend some time getting pampered by Zuii Organic? Or go selfie crazy in the photo booth? Share your pics of your day with us on Instagram → #bbpopupsale

Have a look at some of our pics from the event below, and don't forget to check out our Facebook album too!

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17 October, 2014

RECIPE: RAW VEGAN COOKIE DOUGH BALLS



We love when someone in the office decides to make afternoon treats... and even better when they are guilt free! Our photo editor Rachel made these amazing Raw Vegan Cookie Dough Balls and even made Raw Vegan Chocolate bites to go in them or eat on their own!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

For cookie dough mixture

- 3/4 cup cashew nuts
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For chocolate

- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup raw cacao powder
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract



STEP 1.

Combine all chocolate ingredients into a food processor until combined

STEP 2.

Spoon out tiny amount onto a plate to make choc chips and freeze whilst you make the cookie dough balls

*The chocolate will melt through once added to the dough. If you want your choc chips to stay hard, freeze for 3+ hours. We did this with out left over chocolate and froze them in shaped ice cube trays


STEP 3.

For the cookie dough, combine cashews, oats, salt and cinnamon in a food processor until all combined. Do not over mix otherwise the mixture will turn into a butter


STEP 4. 

Add vanilla extract and maple syrup to your mixture and combine again

STEP 5. 

Scoop out the mixture into balls and place them on a plate ready to serve with your chocolate bites or freeze for later. 


ENJOY!


03 October, 2014

DONUT TOUCH ME


You may remember Miss Ula Coco from our recent Being Cool With Ainsley & Ula interview. We had a chat with Ula and her super rad Mum, Ainsley, from Sticks and Stones Agency and learnt about their love for slogan shirts - so it was only fitting we gave Ula one of our Donut Touch Me Tee's

This exclusive tee designed by us, for you, is a little bit cheeky and a little bit sweet. 

Ula wanted to direct her own shoot with Mum Ainsley behind the lens, and what can we say - she's a natural and sure knows how to rock a statement tee!

Donut's not your style? Shop our other printed tee's here

You can keep up with Ula's rad wardrobe here

26 September, 2014

Behind the scenes: Spring Lookbook











This week we shot our newest lookbook featuring some very exciting new additions to our BB exclusives collection.

Amy Dowdle was the perfect muse for our girly yet edgy collection. She rocked rad ice cream prints and girly floral dresses to perfection.

In collaboration with The Little Flower Company, we were able to have an amazing flower wall that exceeded our expectations. Our creative team also painted up a storm with some custom backdrops. The end result is a feast for eyes (and your wardrobe!) and we're so excited to launch the lookbook next week, get excited!

Our awesome team included:

Model: Amy Dowdle
Photographer: Grace Markham
Creative Director: Kelsey Heinrichs
Stylist: Chloe Clark
Makeup & Hair: Carly Lim


29 August, 2014

RECIPE: NUTELLA PASTRY TREAT


Three thirtyitis is a serious issue in our office, one that we usually try to ignore or overcome with a healthy option. But for those days when you just need something sweet in the afternoon we may just have the perfect treat. Did we mention it's made with the best ingredient ever... NUTELLA!

Our Photo Editor Rachel shows us that you can do more with Nutella than eat it directly out of the jar with a spoon (we're all guilty!)

This delicious afternoon treat had everyone in the office begging for the recipe, so we thought we would share with you all. We can all make it, eat it, regret it, then eat some more!


WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

- Puff pastry sheet
- Nutella
- Strawberries



STEP 1.

Preheat oven to 220 degrees C

STEP 2.

Cut a puff pastry sheet into 4 squares

STEP 3.

Diagonally slice the edges of the pastry piece to approximately 1/3 of the way in (as you will need to "braid" the pasty piece)

STEP 4

Put 1 tablespoon of Nutella and chopped strawberry pieces down the middle of the puff pastry square

STEP 5

Fold up the diagonal slices inwards one by one until each strip of the pastry is folded in.

STEP 6

Cook in oven for about 10 minutes or until pastry is brown on top

TIP.

Add chopped banana with or instead of strawberries


20 August, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: #GIRLBOSS


What is a #GIRLBOSS? A week ago I’d have pictured a sassy woman with big hair, big style and a big attitude who snaps her fingers in a 'Z' formation. BeyoncĂ©, basically. Sophia Amoruso’s bestseller #GIRLBOSS changed all that. Don’t know who Sophia is? Does Nasty Gal ring a bell? Yep, she’s the Founder and CEO. She’s a social media queen and leader of an empire that began in her bedroom. So if you want to get a unconventional insight into ruling your world then take notice to what #GIRLBOSS has to say.

#GIRLBOSS is Sophia’s unconventional road to success… not that Sophia is the conventional type of person. Once upon a time she was dumpster diving for free food and gave up shaving her legs. She had a string of sh*tty jobs (although later, they saved her life), shop lifted, hitchhiked and dressed like she was from the 70s. Then one day she got a hernia and needed to pay for the operation. Hello, Nasty Gal was born on eBay.

This isn’t a step-by-step guide on building an empire – it’s advice from someone who’s been there, done that. It’s got unique insights into the fashion and business worlds. Sophia’s gonna dish out some harsh truths – like money looks better in the bank then on your feet (put down the sale shoes!), and what not to do at a job interview - but she’s totally going to endorse you doing things exactly your way. You’ll find other stories and advice from other successful #GIRLBOSS’s too. Girl power, amiright?

#GIRLBOSS is funny and exciting and smart. #GIRLBOSS is like the friend who convinces you not to spend $$$ on pants you’re only buying because you saw them in Vogue. #GIRLBOSS is part lifestyle of the rich and famous, part cringe-worthy Puberty Blues. That’s exactly what a #GIRLBOSS is – a journey to creating your own success. And that’s exactly what you can be.

Who runs your world? You. So be the best at it.

Grab your copy of #GIRLBOSS here! Don't forget to check out our other books.

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05 August, 2014

TAN TALK WITH LOZ CURTIS









BB’s super stylist Chloe recently caught up with beauty vlogger and tanning guru Loz Curtis to talk about our favourite tanning brand; Loving Tan! Find out some of her top tips so that you too, can have the much sought after year-round Summer glow!


What is your favourite Loving Tan product and why?

My favourite would have to be the Deluxe Bronzing Mousse in Ultra Dark because it gives such a deep natural brown colour in one easy application. I prefer a mousse because they are quick drying and easy to use. It’s also handy to get even coverage when they have a colour guide like Loving Tan mousses to make sure you don’t miss any spots!


How do you prep your skin for your tan?

I use the Loving Tan Tan Removing and Skin Polishing glove to remove any dead skin, I find it’s best to do this at the end of your shower when your skin is most hydrated – you will literally see the dead skin cells scrub off!


Do you use a different product for your face and your body, or the same one?

Sometimes I tan my face, but when I do, I use a light layer of moisturiser first to prevent overdevelopment, but I generally like to have a darker shade of foundation & bronzers to match up my tan!

What do you look for in a tan?

The deepest, darkest natural looking brown colour I can get!


What are your tips for getting the right shade?

It’s really a matter of trial and error – if you’re really pale I would suggest starting with a medium to dark shade and once you become confident with that work your way up to the dark to ultra dark shades


What are your tips for making sure your tan looks natural and not orange?

Finding the holy grail tanner… Loving Tan mousses are olive based and contain DHA & erythrulose which is an active ingredient that eliminates any orange tones, whereas most other leading brands only have DHA.


Do you use different tans for summer and winter? If yes, why? 

No, but in Winter you do need to ensure you exfoliate your skin properly before tanning.


So whether you are as obsessed with tanning as we are, or you are yet to try going faux; check out our great selection of Loving Tan for everything you need for the perfect shade of bronze! Now you can fool your friends into thinking you have just gotten back from a holiday in the Bahamas!

Shop Loving Tan here

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23 July, 2014

CURRENTLY OBSESSING : FLASH TATTOOS












Introducing Flash Tattoos, the new IT accessory offering an instant style update that won’t cost you an arm and a leg!

The temporary tattoos come in metallic colours and can be cut up to be worn anywhere on your body in any way that you like, meaning that the possibilities really are endless.

Flash Tattoos can last up to 6 days and the easy application brings back memories of when we were young and would go crazy over the free tatts found in lollie wrappers!

Flash Tattoos come in a great assortment of designs so whether you’re a boho babe, beach goddess or indie rocker there is something for everyone. We love wearing Flash Tattoos out dancing, to the beach or music festivals... actually we love wearing Flash Tattoos whenever we get a chance to show some skin! Some of the designs are made to look like jewellery and we are loving them as a chic alternative to our delicate, expensive (and breakable) accessories.

Its not jewellery, its not a permanent tattoo, but it IS the hottest accessory out right now! Shop our awesome selection of Flash Tattoos here but be quick before they sell out (again).

Xo