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Wish List Wednesday – 5 Fab Eco Fashion Finds

It’s still cold here in London. Actually it’s gotten colder!!!  ARRRGH! Summer where are you??? I miss you!

As a result of the dropping temperatures this weeks Eco Fashion Finds once again includes layers to combat the cold but keep you comfy should the sun decide to put it’s hat on.

I’m obsessed with cropped wide leg trousers at the moment as well as jumpsuits. These Juna trousers from Komodo are just perfect.

Eco Fashion Styling Tips

Hair – I think down and straight but not too straight. Keep a bit of texture in there with a small helping of sea salt spray.
Makeup – Try a classic black cat eye flick with a matte lip. This outfit is so neutral feel free to play with some colour on the lips and nails.
Outfit –Leave the denim shirt untucked and maybe try it buttoned all the way to top super nerd style. But nerds are the coolest so like it’s totally fine! If you re feeling bold you know I love a raw edge on my denim so cut off those cuffs baby!
Accessories – Small hoop earrings or these Ear Huggers from Cat Bird NYC.

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komodo.co.uk

Matt Nat rucksack bag
gatherandsee.com

Wish List Wednesday – 5 Fab Eco Fashion Finds

Here in the UK the sun is shining – FINALLY – but the wind is still chilly. If you get caught out in a shadow or a cloud drifts in between you and the warming rays of the fireball in the sky you can feel Old man Winter gently breathing down your neck sending a wicked chill down your non coat wearing spine. That’s why for this weeks Eco Fashion Finds I’ve chosen some pieces that will keep you covered during the unpredictable climate changes but also remind you that one day you’ll be dressed for summer. And when I say one day I don’t mean like a period of time in the future when you can throw your cares to wind and step out your front door in nothing but a flowy summer dress and strappy sandals knowing confidently that you will be comfortably  warm all day long.  No, I mean literally, for one day this summer you will be able to let approximately half your skin see the sun for a whole day. One glorious day of beautiful English Summer. Am I right?!?! Hehehe  Until that elusive day arrives we must remember to dress appropriately when walking out the door even if the sun is shining brightly luring you to leave your layers behind.

Eco Fashion Styling Tips

Hair – Low loose bun or messy ponytail
Makeup – Fresh and light or if you’re feeling sassy black mascara and a bright lip like Prickly Pear from 100% Pure because the sun shines therefore you can shine.
Outfit – I’d keep the shirt loose with maybe a half tuck since this looks more relaxed. Roll up the jeans to just above the ankle.  Or better yet cut them off and leave the raw edge because raw edged denim is so hot right now. ; )
Accessories – A short delicate silver necklace would be nice with minimalist rings and chain bracelet. If you go with the bright lip match the nails with Rocha from Zoya.  Otherwise try a new springtime color like one of these from Zoya’s Springlettes Collection.

 

Wish List Wednesday – 5 Fab Eco Fashion Finds.

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My Eco Fashion Wish List for this week includes culottes because….CULOTTES!!!  Culottes can be tricky though. They look all sweet ‘n innocent and remind you of being a child of the 80’s.  No? Is it just me???  Uh…ok. Anyway.  The challenge is making sure the length is flattering on your lovely legs because if they hit you at the widest point or the length is too long for you one can end up looking like Melissa McCarthy from Tammy. Did you see that movie? Hilarious! Love me some Melissa McCarthy! Decide if they are above the ankle, just below the knee or mid calf?  What works for you will be different than your BFF so take a minute to figure out what kind of culotte wearer you are. A good way to do this is is find a street style image of someone with your body shape wearing some cool culottes and if that length looks good on them chances are it will look good on you. Otherwise head to your local charity shop or locally owned boutique and try on different styles, lengths and widths then take full length selfies to see which ones suit you best.  Above all wear what makes you happy because if you feel good you will look good! Boom!

Top 5 Eco Items This week by thebourgeoisbohemian featuring mesh shoes

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£115 – kaightshop.com

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Komodo blue pants
gatherandsee.com

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Mesh shoes
veja-store.com

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7 Delicious Recipes for a Gluten Free Afternoon Tea

Finding a yummy gluten free afternoon tea that’s homemade and not full of sugar is a challenge so for Mother’s Day this year instead of spending money on a fancy, expensive and usually disappointing gluten free afternoon tea in one of London’s historic hotels I decided I’d make my own at home.   It’s been 10 years since I’ve had “real” cake. The last gluten filled item I consumed was a delicious frosted cinnamon roll from a bakery that makes bread the old fashioned way. I had the cinnamon roll on Mother’s Day 5 years ago that gave me a swollen belly that made me feel like someone was blowing up a balloon inside my tummy. I was expanding like Violet Beauregarde from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and was just as unhappy about it. Thank god gluten doesn’t also turn my skin blue because the headaches and the brain fog are enough! Blurgh! From that day forward I became super strict  with my diet and cut out all wheat and gluten. I even check when I order scrambled eggs because sometimes they put pancake batter in them to make them fluffy. I mean gluten is in EVERYTHING people! I honestly don’t miss bread and pasta but sweets……oh how I miss you!  I love cookies and cakes and even though not being able to eat them is amazing for my waistline it’s so sad for my sweet tooth that has been severely neglected lately. Not only due to the evils of gluten but also because I’ve recently discovered I’m prone to candida over growth which means I have to limit my intake of sugar as well as gluten. AAArgh! Seriously?!?!?!?

I’m claiming it was a total success because Prue didn’t complain about anything. She’s very particular about what she eats. She ate so many frosted cookies I had to cut her off! My biggest cheat for this tea was the Prosecco but I thought “ya know what, I gave brith, with no drugs at home -it was 6 years- ago but I did do it and that’s something to celebrate so Mommy is having’ some Prosecco! Prue or course indulged in her usual drink of choice, cold pressed apple juice.  Here’s the menu with links to the recipes. I’ve included my substitutions under the images of each treat.

 

Gluten Free Afternoon Tea Menu

Beef and Horseradish no bread sandwiches

Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Tea Sandwich  from Oh How Civilized

Crustless Mini Quiche from Michelle Smith Secrets 

Teeny Weeny Sausages 

Gluten Free Cut Out Sugar Cookies from Gluten Free on a Shoestring

Vanilla Tarts crust from The Coconut Mama  filled with Vanilla Coyo yogurt.

Lemon Curd Dessert by Prudence

Organic black tea with Almond Milk

 

Gluten free afternoon tea

The tea was served in my  vintage tea pot and vintage china.

Gluten free afternoon tea

The cutlery, small glass bowls and small cake stand are all second hand from thrift stores and eBay.

Gluten free afternoon tea

Gluten free afternoon tea

The quiche were made from organic free range eggs and the bacon in the sandwiches is organic and free range.

Gluten free afternoon tea

I managed to find organic roast beef on offer for the beef and horseradish no bread sandwiches.  Bargain!

Gluten free afternoon tea

I substituted organic coconut sugar in the cookies and coloured the frosting with raspberries. Prue prefers synthetic food colouring but she managed to overlook it this time. You can make the frosting using tapioca flour instead of icing sugar. I’m still working on the recipe but once I master it I’ll share it with you.

Gluten free afternoon tea

My first attempt at gluten free tarts..tarts hehehe that word does me giggle. I was very pleased with how they turned out. So cute and so so yummy.

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Gluten free afternoon tea

Prue snatched two of the cookies before I finished taking photos. haha