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31 March, 2015

BB Stylist Collective with Sticks & Stones






Last week, we had the pleasure of spending a morning with Ainsley from Sticks & Stones agency who dropped into BB HQ to style and co-orindate 5 of her favourite BB looks for our BB Stylist Collective project.
Ainsley joins a handpicked bunch of stylists who will be working with Beginning Boutique to showcase their personal style, working with our BB Exclusives range. 

Ainsley, who can pull off Yellow hair like a boss, mixed in unique vintage favourites from her own wardrobe with exclusive BB products to create a glam rock look which Ainsley can definitely call her own! 

We are inspired by Ainsley’s approach to fashion:

"I love feminine & colourful styles but they must be put back with tougher elements like black leather jackets & accessories.This is pretty much how I approach all of my outfits. balance feminine with masculine until I find the perfect balance". 



Thanks Ainsley! We might need to take this approach to our own Autumn Wardrobe! 

Need to see more glam rock technicolour goodness? Check out Ainsley’s Instagram @sticks_and_stones_agency


Also, keep your eyes peeled for our lookbook styled by Ainsley - it's a hoot!! 
































28 March, 2015

Healthy double Chocolate Thickshake



Ditching sugary junk food has never been so easy! This wholesome, delicious alternative will be sure to tantalise your tastebuds while delivering many nutrients! 




Thickshake:

1 banana, chopped and frozen
1 ripe banana
½ cup coconut milk 
¾ cup coconut water
2 tbsp cacao
1 tbsp coconut nectar/ pure maple syrup 
1 tsp vanilla extract
Small handful cashews 



Sauce:

1 tbsp cacao
½ tbsp. coconut nectar/ pure maple syrup 
½ tbsp tahini
dash hot water
Coyo and sweetened cacao nibs, to serve 






Add all thickshake ingredients to a high-speed blender. Blend until creamy. 
Add all the sauce ingredients to a bowl.
Drizzle some of the sauce around the inside of 2 small glasses.
Pour the thickshakes into the glasses.
Top with cacao nibs, coyo and the remaining sauce. 





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

Pink & Gold Easter Egg Cookies! by Chantilly & Coco


Pink & Gold Easter Egg Cookies!

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /
1 cup (226 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup powdered icing sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder (not sugar)



METHOD:

1.Pre-heat your oven to 150 Degrees

2.In a bowl, sift the flour & mix in the salt (set aside)

3.In a separate bowl, mix in the softened butter & sifted icing

4.Then add the vanilla essence and cinnamon powder into the wet mix

5.Whisk for 2minutes








6.Slowly pour the dry mix into the wet mix and then with freshly cleaned hands, hand ball the mixture altogether to make a tight round flat disk.

7.Wrap the disk in glad wrap so its air tight and fridge for 1hour or until chilled and firm.

8.Use a baking trap with 2 pieces of baking paper to roll out the cookie dough to about 1-2cm.

9.Use your egg cutter to cut your cookie from the rolled out dough and bake in the oven for 8-10minutes until cookies are a light golden colour.

10. Leave on a cooling rack for half an hour before dressing.

11. Dress your eggs with sugar fondant and edible gold paint or express your creativity through your own designs.












You can purchase baking and decorating items from your local Cake decorating stores 



21 March, 2015

Chocolate pudding cake with hot caramel







If you want to cut out the junk, but not feeling enticed by the steamed greens, then this is the option for you! Fudgy, rich but full of goodness! No guilt here!  




Cake

¾  cup hazelnut meal (or almond) 
2 tbsp buckwheat flour 
1/3 cup cacao 
1 tsp gf baking powder
2 free range eggs 
1 tsp vanilla 
¼ cup coconut oil, melted 
3 ½  tbsp coconut sugar 
 1 tsp mesquite (optional)
1 tbsp. almond (or macadamia) butter
¼ cup coconut milk (or milk of choice)
¼ cup hot water 





Sauce

¼ cup coconut sugar
1 tsp tapioca flour 
¼ cup coconut milk or coconut cream 
1 tsp vanilla 
Generous sprinkle of salt 




Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius, fan-forced. 
Grease 4 individual ramekins with coconut oil.
Place all ‘cake’ ingredients into one bowl. Stir thoroughly. 
Pour into the ramekins and bake for 22-25 minutes or until just firm on top. 
 Meanwhile, place all the ‘sauce’ ingredients into a small saucepan. Turn the heat to high and bring to the boil or until a thick, pouring consistency is achieved. 
Next, remove the cakes from the ramekins using a knife and serve with the hot caramel sauce. 


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

15 March, 2015

Salted caramel cookies (vegan)



A great snack to take to school, work, uni or even to nibble on at home! The
sweetness of the ‘caramel’ is perfectly balanced by the salt, creating a to-die-for
healthy treat. Sugar-free, dairy-free and gluten-free!

Makes about 12

Preparation time: 20 minutes



½ cup buckwheat flour

¾ cup almond meal

1 tbsp macadamia butter (or other nut butter)

1 tbsp coconut nectar (or pure maple syrup or honey)

1½ tbsp coconut oil, melted

1 tbsp mesquite (optional)

½tsp baking powder

½tsp salt

Sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)

80g Loving Earth ‘Salted Caramel Chocolate’, melted (available from health food
stores)

20g Loving Earth ‘Salted Caramel Chocolate’, roughly chopped

1-2 tbsp almond milk or coconut milk




1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celcius, fan-forced.

2. In a small bowl, place all the ingredients. Stir until well combined.

3. Roll into tablespoons and flatten onto a tray lined with baking paper.

4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until just golden and still quite soft. 

Cook for a
few minutes longer for a crunchier texture.




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





12 March, 2015

☯ Get The Look: ZOOLANDER ☯




Do you ever think there’s more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking? Yeah, neither do we. Hansel and Derek Zoolander are BACK, and fresher than an orange mocha frappuccino with their return to the runway at Paris Fashion Week. Shop their totally hot right now looks so you can dere-lick the competition like the hot little potato you are!

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Water is the essence of wetness, wetness is the essence of beauty, and geometric is the essence of Derek! Make like the male model of the year and ensure your outfit is ON POINT when you hit the city streets with your male model posse. Stick to bold, geometric prints and don't be afraid to clash patterns. Now all you've got to do is wink, pose and BLUE STEEL!

Shop
Beil Playsuit $49
Afends Sugar Knitted Sweater $99.95
Mr & Mare FB Heels $89.95
Quay Isabell Sunglasses $50

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That Hansel – he’s so hot right now! Channel the style of original boho king with incredibly chiselled features, by mixing aztec prints with vintage boots, and layering with gypsy jewellery and metallic temporary tattoos. Now you're ready to do some seriously stylish soul searching on the road, travelling or hopping the festival scene. Whatever, peace!

Shop
Messina Dress $65
Windsor Smith Serina Boots $189.95
Palm Springs Choker $29
BB Instant Tattoos $12

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