Thursday, 7 September 2017

The Denim Jacket


Denim jacket - LOTD (here)
Shoes - Koi Footwear (here)

Hello,

If you want your outfits to instantly look a little more 'glam', invest in some embroidered pieces. Not only does it add a beautiful dimension in texture, but the intricate designs and brights colours can instantly make an outfit look more unique. I love the red floral work on the shoulders of this denim jacket, which conveniently matched the embroidered design on the shoes. There's a variety of different textures going on in this outfit - denim, velvet, fringes on the shirt etc - but the complimenting embroidery work is what really pulls it all together.

A common misconception is that embroidery pieces are expensive, but this really doesn't need to be the case! This jacket was just £27.50 and the shoes were only £30 (excluding student discounts and coupon codes too!) Both pieces are comfortable, durable and excellent quality - all for a fraction of the price of their high-end counterparts. I'm all for investing in high-end pieces, but sometimes you just want to update your wardrobe with some fast fashion. A few clicks and discount codes later, and my wardrobe is feeling refreshed already thanks to these pieces.

Love from,

Iffa

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Thursday, 31 August 2017

The Red Blazer


Hello!

I haven't actually posted on this blog for over a year. This post is just to remind you all that I am alive! I wanted to post a bit more content here before I get my head down in books again.

As soon as I saw this red longline blazer I knew I had to buy it! Red is the colour of the season and this blazer just felt like the right way to channel it. Blazers are often associated with workwear, but I didn't want this blazer to fit in with the workplace. But the bold and bright colour, along with the padded shoulders and longline fit, made this blazer the perfect evening piece.

Wary of overdoing the whole outfit, I opted for high-waisted black cigarette pants to offset the blazer's longline fit. The additional white ribbed shirt made sure that all attention was on the red. Overall, I wanted this outfit to emulate what a confident, sophisticated woman would choose to wear. A woman who isn't afraid of mixing conventional pieces with modern tailoring and bright colours.

I bought these heels from here. They are six inches and very glam but surprisingly pretty easy to walk in! I wish I wore heels more often because they really do add the finishing touch to any outfit.

Love from,

Iffa
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Sunday, 11 December 2016

A Middle Eastern Feast


Hello!

I made this wonderful feast of Middle Eastern food over summer for some very special Yemeni guests. I've been wanting to write about it and share my tips with you all for quite some time!

I really love Middle Eastern cuisine. It is so incredibly diverse and full of so much flavour. It contrasts quite differently to Indian and Pakistani food. From personal experience, I've found that South Asian foods tends to focus more on creating bold flavours - hence the emphasis on spice! Whereas Middle Eastern food tends to focus more on creating a beautiful blend of complimenting flavours - the emphasis on the latter is more about the balance and the subtelty of flavour. Both cuisines are incredible in their own respects, but for this feast of desserts, I really wanted to pay homage to two classic Arab dishes: basbousa (semolina cake) and baklava, as well as add a Middle Eastern twist to my classic chocolate truffle recipe!

Firstly, the basbousa! Basbousa is a delicious sweet cake made with semolina and soaked in sugar syrup. You can get so many different variations of basbousa - some add orange flower water, others add in chopped nuts. I have recreated this cake many times and in my own version, I like to combine cinnamon with freshly squeezed lemons for the syrup. I also like to add my own touch by drizzling the finished cake with a homemade cacao sauce and sliced pistachios. The addition of edible rose petals on top was purely aesthetic, and matches well with the green and pink colour scheme!

I am yet to meet a person who dislikes baklava. Baklava is one of my all-time favourite desserts, and homemade baklava is particularly special to me because you can really taste the difference when you compare it to store-bought alternatives. For the nut mixture you can use pretty much any combination, but personally, I prefer a mix of pistachios, walnuts, and hazelnuts. Drenched in delicious honey syrup and nestled between cinnamon spice, this baklava was probably the best I've ever made - they really hit the spot!

The homemade chocolate truffles were incredibly rich and decadent. I topped them with sliced pistachios, finely diced turkish delight, beautiful rose petals as well as the chopped baklava nut mixture that I had sweetened with honey syrup. The result was an incredibly indulgent and luxurious treat! I loved combining my classic truffle recipe with a Middle Eastern twist. I served these truffles on the baking sheet I prepared them on because I quite liked the look of the chocolate splatters on the sheet. Otherwise, these would make a fantastic gift for any chocolate lover.

For part of the breakfast, I made Greek yoghurt parfaits layered with generous servings of crunchy granola and the baklava nut mixture I had prepared the day before. To avoid this parfait from looking too much like a dessert, I added fresh fruit, pumpkin seeds and finely chopped nuts to the top of the glasses.

Love from,

Iffa
xoxo
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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Sonic Boom


Jacket - Topshop
Top - Pull and Bear
Jeans - Zara
Boots - Koi Couture
Bag - Zara

Hello!

After my previous rather boring, all black post, I thought I would switch things up and post an outfit with a bit more colour. I would never have dreamed of wearing an outfit like this around six months ago, and maybe in six months I will say the same again (awkwardly enough, I'm saying it right now), but in my view fashion should be be fun, even if it is just for the moment. On a side note, I think I was influenced by some sort of 90's/Sonic Boom type of vibe with this outfit. I can't really elaborate on it because I have no idea why or where from.

I was just looking to wear my blue denim jacket in a way which didn't involve something white or black - my normal go-to choices. Even though I would say a denim jacket is a staple piece worth investing in, I haven't really worn it much at all. When I bought this jacket I was so excited and determined to wear it with everything that I even had the back personalised and monogrammed by Hand and Lock in London. I really have no excuse to not wear it more!

Love from,

Iffa
xoxo
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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

All Black in Summer


Hello!

It feels odd to be posting this outfit up on a day when it turned out to be surprisingly pretty warm and sunny. When these pictures were actually being taken it was ridiculously cold, so much so that I ended up buying an extra scarf to try and keep warm. 

This outfit is definitely one of my more 'down day' outfits - the kind of outfits you put together when you have limited time to get ready and frankly, limited patience to either. On days like these you want to look as put-together as possible, but with absolute minimal effort. In these type of instances I tend to go for all black, purely because it's difficult to go wrong when you're only working with one colour in your whole outfit. A less lazy Iffa would have opted for a few dark grey pieces to try and add more texture to the outfit, but for the sake of keeping an honest and realistic blog, I'm glad I didn't.

I have to give a special shoutout to these heeled boots because are super comfortable and go with literally anything. They're from Koi Footwear and can be found here. I have to confess I'm a loyal Koi customer! Their shoes are always on-trend and affordable, so I end up buying the same styles in a few different colours to match with different outfits.

Love from,

Iffa
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