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.

♥ ♥ ♥

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

x

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


15 July, 2014

INTERVIEW: Being Cool with Ainsley & Ula



There are some who find cool and there are some who are born cool – and Ainsley and Ula were born in leather jackets, with insane hair and a penchant for slogan shirts with naughty words on them.

We chatted with our favourite babes from Sticks And Stones Agency about being cool on Instagram, their outfit must-haves and sh*tty movie reviews.

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ULA, 7 - @ulacoco


Favourite thing to do on the holidays?

Horse riding and playing with my puppy – he’s a fox terrior and his name is Jet. Mine craft is my favourite game to play.

Outfit of choice?

My leather jacket, white and black stripy tights and my Simpsons t-shirt!

Do your friends have Instagram?

Nope they are so behind.

What’s the key to the perfect post?

Having rad hair helps and an awesome tan and the best clothes!

What’s your favourite Instagram post?

Me and my stepsister laying on the grass and the one of my mum and me.

What is your favourite sport?

I like to play netball, I play any position.






AINSLEY - @sticks_and_stones_agency


Um, where is your jacket from?!

My fav PR company sent it to me for a shoot and I haven’t sent it back yet.. haha - it's by Zhivago!

What are your favourite brands?

Definitely Discount Universe and O-Mighty… it changes daily. But they are two brands that I have always loved.

Your go-to outfit when you’re in a rush?

It’s always my white muscle with holes in it, and a bra without underwire for complete comfort. Or a leather jacket and leopard print jeans or plaid pants– I get dressed for Instagram hahaha.

Favourite Instagram-ers?

@fuckcherry and @thefatjewish are the only two that I always go back on – I actually look at them every day. Also @prettypukedood – it’s a little bit offensive haha. And of course @sebastienfougere and @ulacoco ;)

Who decides what you post on Instagram?

It’s a collaboration - either I will have an initial idea and Sebastien will improve on it or I will have to commercialise it.

Your most outrageous Instagram post?

It would be either the Barbie and Ken one reposted from @prettypuke dude but this one might take the cake – ‘carrot boner’ – just doing what bunnies do. The bunny one is my favourite!

What do you love to blog about?

We have done shitty movie reviews. We go Monday night because it’s the quietest and we want to go before cheap Tuesday. It’s now my favourite part of the job. We choose a movie title out of a jar and we go and see that. I start to feel guilty when I criticise people’s art even though I know they are still going to make millions… The reviews are really shit – not necessarily the movie!

Your favourite model you have worked with lately?

Sahara Ray is phenomenal – I could shoot her every day. We did a shoot with her for an LA online mag – ‘Live Fast Mag’ where we did a cool trashy motel shoot. We have behind the scenes polaroids on the blog aka ‘pornoroids’.

What’s happening in the future for Sticks And Stones?

We are definitely doing a YouTube channel next. A lot more videos – a weird film about a beard is coming out very soon – that will be the launch of our YouTube channel. We are going to do ‘live shitty interviews’ – interviewing corporate people as well as awesome people that we love. We’re in LA in November for more photoshoots – an anniversary shoot – something for that but mostly collaborating with photographers.

♥ ♥ ♥

11 July, 2014

Homegrown Lookbook














Introducing our latest lookbook, which stars our favourite homegrown healthy lifestyle advocate, Essena O'Neill, and her authentic, girl-next door appeal. Featuring boho and alternative styling, this lookbook showcases our favourite prints of the moment and coveted jewels by Hunter Gatherer.

Model/Muse - Essena O'Neill
Creative Director - Kelsey Heinrichs
Photographer - Grace Markham
Stylist - Chloe Clark

Videographer - Taane Erickson

Shop the all these looks here

Check out our behind the scenes video below!



09 July, 2014

☮ ✌ SPLENDOUR STYLIN' ✌ ☮

I want you to close your eyes for a moment and picture this – you’re at the front of the stage waiting for the next act. You’re squished against thousands of people – but there’s electricity in the air. The girl next to you glances your way. She says: “you look good, girlfriend”, because you absolutely do. You feel a sudden surge of excitement. You made it here! Suddenly, the lights dim and people begin to cheer – Outkast have just stepped on stage. Andre 3000 definitely winks at you and that’s because he knows how good you look. You laugh and dance into the night…


It’s that time of year when you dust off your gumboots and air out your tent – Splendour In The Grass Festival is coming to town! To celebrate one of Australia’s biggest festivals we’re giving away a $1000 festival wardrobe! OMG! Make those daydreams a reality - check out these stunning festival looks you can grab right here at BB:




Enter the competition through the link below! Don't forget to thank us when you're getting style props from Outkast. ♥

08 July, 2014

BEHIND THE SCENES: ESSENA O'NEILL













Another day, another lookbook!

Last week we shot our newest lookbook with one of our favorite bloggers, Essena O'Neill.

Essena popped in to our West End office on her way home from a relaxing few days in Byron Bay to shoot our newest lookbook.

With a little bit of hair styling, a coat of nail polish and a natural makeup look, we were ready to shoot.

We wandered around our neighbourhood to find the perfect locations including Betty's Espresso and some rundown houses, one with the perfect mystical cat that we tried so very hard to get pictures with!

Although she doesn't like to think of herself as a model, Essena was the perfect muse for this lookbook!

Keep an eye out for the release of this lookbook in the coming weeks.

Credit to our A team:
Photographer: Grace Markham
Creative Director: Kelsey Heinrichs
Stylist: Chloe Clark
Videographer: Taane Erickson