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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Sunday, 7 August 2016

How to Brunch like a Pro


I'm a massive fan of big breakfasts. Big breakfasts are the perfect excuse to eat some of your favourite dessert foods disguised as 'breakfast' foods (pain au chocolats and pancakes with lots of syrup included). Out of habit, I like to have big breakfasts everyday because otherwise I feel tired and hangry (hungry + angry).

Recently two of my really good friends came up from London and I saw it as the perfect opportunity to prepare a big Sunday brunch feast. I love planning and cooking for dinner parties, but have never really ventured into the world of preparing breakfasts. Now I don't know why I never did this earlier because it was so much fun! It was something different from the conventional dinner party, with the added bonus of putting you in the best mood to start the day.

Although I love looking at Pinterest-perfect plates of food, a lot of the time they just aren't realistic. Beautifully decorated smoothie bowls and perfectly poached eggs may look good for Instagram, but translated into real life they simply aren't practical for the busy working person. This breakfast I prepared was quicker to put together than it may look like, and I wanted to share some tips on how I went about planning it all.

1. Choose a theme

I never really chose a theme for this brunch, but in hindsight I can see that I was really working on a theme centred around fresh fruit and vibrant colours. It was a beautifully sunny day and I really wanted to emulate this by using bright table placemats and the best fruits in season. It would be fun to try other themes like a classic tea party, or if you are part of a book club then host a brunch centred around that. (I hope my book club friends reading this see this as an incentive and a reminder to please read the chapters by the agreed deadline now)

2. Check your local bakery

If you don't have the time to bake your own pastries, check out your local bakery early in the morning (it's worth getting up early for, trust me!) for the freshest and tastiest baked goods. Supermarkets also have bakery sections, but from personal experience, I've always noticed that local bakeries produce better quality and more fresh foods.

3. Get the timing right

Bit of an obvious one, but don't toast your bread or fry up your eggs too early - they will get cold! I waited till my guests were sat at the table ready to eat before bringing out the hot food. In the meantime I laid out individual bowls of yoghurt and fruit which I had kept in the fridge.

4. Attention to detail

It really is the little things that make the biggest differences. Small things like colour co-ordinated napkins to match the table placemats, lit tea lights dotted around the table and pretty crockery and tea sets are all little details which altogether make for an impressive show.

5. Remember to eat

This applies to all food parties you host. It can be so easy to get carried away in preparing the food and setting the table that you forget to eat the food yourself. Please don't do this! Enjoying the meal and the company you're with is probably the best part of hosting any food party.

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Thank you for reading this post, I hope it has been useful!

Love from,

Iffa
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