Tunage Tuesday - Someone Great Session 9

I'm going to take you back a bit to some of my favourite songs from uni. To be honest they are still some of my favourite songs. Ask my friends which song they think of when they think of me, they'll probably say Birthday by the Junior Boys or Enjoy the Silence by the Cure or a song from M83. You see I've always had a very distinct taste in music. It's what makes me, well me. 

I use to make mixtapes for my friends so they could hear what I was listening to at that moment. My dad use to get them too. He would call me up and ask if I had time to talk about the mixtape I made him. He would take me through each song one by one and tell me what he thought about them. My dad use to make mixtapes to back in college, he's the influence. And here I am making them for you today.

I just love sharing music with people, my heart literally wants to explode with excitement, because there are some many great songs out there. I associate memories with songs. Do you? When a certain song comes on like Birthday from Junior Boys, I can see myself back in Columbia, Missouri dancing with all my friends at a house party or walking down the street with a friend talking about life or the time when I actually got to see the Junior Boys in Austin, Texas. My friend Meg, Tyler and I had just left Austin City Limits Festival and were walking downtown when we passed a bar that said the Junior Boys were playing there. I went up to the door guy and asked if I could go in and said of course after you buy a ticket. I was so excited, I literally about had a heart attack! That night was truly a night I will never forget. I'm lucky to have so many amazing memories attached to such great music.

To music, memories and someone great. 

kelly x

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Be the Light

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In a world full of darkness I want to be a light. I'm so sadden by the horrible events that have unfolded recently. I sit in bewilderment wondering what would posses someone to hurt another human being. But believe it or not despite all the craziness that is occurring all around us there are good people in the world, people just like you and me that want to change the world for the good. It is our duty to bring joy, happiness and love to those around us and if each of us do our part in our own envirnoment then the world will be a better place. It's as easy as saying hello to someone in the morning or smiling at someone on the tube or asking someone if they need help. These little gestures matter and they will make someone feel good and feel special. Be the Light to those around you.

Let's meet a women that is trying to bring joy to those around her, Lynsey, owner and designer of Bax and Bay. Lynsey launched Bax and Bay back in 2015 with a capsule collection of baby changing bags called the cub bag but since has expanded the collection adding t-shirts and accessories for kids and adults. Her womens t-shirts are uplifting, fun and are guaranteed to put a smile on your face with their bright motifs, hello sunshine slogans and her ever so popular mama fox tee. Better yet a percentage of every purchase goes to one of the many charities they support. 

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I am just loving her brand new Be the Light Sweatshirt in grey. It's soft, oversized and has the best slogan money can buy right now. It says it all, Be the Light. That's what I am trying to do and I hope you are too.

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Check out Bax and Bay's full collection here.

kelly xx

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tunage tuesday- transition session 8

It's Tunage Tuesday and this means we have a great playlist for you today that will take you through the week! As I've mentioned before I am a huge music lover. There is always music on in our house. Music brings me ease. 

This week is all about transition, as we have just made the transition from summer into autumn. This can be very symbolic of our lives as well. Many people go through changes in their personal lives as one season fades into the other. 

Transition is a good thing. It means we are moving forward and that is never a bad thing.

I hope you enjoy this weeks playlist.

Happy listening!

kelly xx

 

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Chit Chat Friday with Norah's Brownies

Who doesn't love a rich chocolatiy beautifully decorated brownie???!!!! I mean seriously everyone should love them, especially Norah's Brownies. They are truly one of a kind and are so beautifully designed. You almost don't want to eat them because they are so pretty, but that is not the point. 
I met Leah, owner and creator of Norah's Brownies briefly at Ashlyn Gibson's first Ola Mama clothing swap. Leah was the one around the table asking everyone if they had tried the brownies yet. I finally dipped in and was blown away by the taste, it was like having a little party in your mouth, yes they are that good. And since that first moment of trying Leah's brownies, I have not stopped thinking about them.
There are some major bonuses to Leah's beautiful and scrumptious brownies:
They are free of gluten, diary and refined sugars, so any of you out there that love sweets but can't eat them, now you can and you can order her delicious brownies online and they are delivered straight to your door! I know, amazing!
I had a chance to chat with this exceptionally talented women. Read on to find out more about Leah.
Photos by the talented Katrina Campbell. 

TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND?

I have quite an eclectic background. I trained in theatre design at Leeds university , went into styling and fashion management until I got my dream job as a visual merchandiser. I travelled Europe and even went to Tokyo working in show rooms, and shop merchandising. I was made redundant so decided to train as a Design Technology teacher. I taught for 6 years with my most recent job being the head of food in a school in Tottenham.

WHAT SPARKED THE IDEA FOR NORAH’S BROWNIES?

I was on maternity leave with my second daughter Norah, I was planning on going back to work, however, the school didn’t quite have the same idea (not sure I should really be saying this) I had a choice of using some extra time to start a new business or extend my maternity leave and look for a new job. I sat at my kitchen table and said to myself. I need to come up with an idea. It felt like I was on the apprentice but I was the only team member. I’ve always taught that you can be the best at what you know. And what I know is food and how to make it look pretty.

HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN NUTRITION AND HEALTHY BAKING?

Even though I taught food nutrition, most of my interest in healthy baking comes from being a Type 1 diabetic. I have been on many courses to learn about carb counting and the effect of sugar on the body. My husband is also gluten and dairy free so I was set a challenge to bake something that we both liked.

 

WHERE/WHEN DID YOU LEARN TO BAKE?

I learnt to bake properly when I took on teaching food GCSE, I realised I had to scrub up on my profiteroles to ensure zero embarrassment. I baked everything in the baking book about 5 times so I would never get caught out.

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS FROM FOR YOUR BROWNIES? THE FLAVOURS, TOPPINGS, DECORATIONS, ETC.

I try to stick to healthy toppings, so dried fruit and nuts were my first toppings, I then started discovering gluten free and sugar free foods like the pretzels and marshmallows which have been fun to make. Everything I do is very organic. I never have a plan I just do and I wait to see if I like the look of it. I guess its like painting you have a rough idea, but sometimes it turns out a lot different to how you thought it was going to. I am influenced by my environment so living in Hackney inspires a lot of my work.

 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO GO TO WITH YOUR KIDS/YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE JUST YOU?

I live next to Victoria Park and it is by far the best park in London. We can be there for hours with so much to do. In the summer they have water fountains that keep the girls entertained. Just me, that’s a hard one, there is never time for just me…. But when we go to Shoreditch house on the weekend I quite often sneak off and leave the girls with my husband so I can curl up on a sofa and read.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE BAKERY?

The Luminary Bakery is a bakery amazing, its run by a lady called Alice who is a total inspiration. The bakery support and teach women from difficult backgrounds to bake and how to run their own business. It’s an awesome project and I’m excited about working with them in the future.

IF YOU COULD COLLOBARATE WITH ANYONE WHO WOULD THIS BE? WHY?

This is also a hard question, its taken me all day to think of who. I like collaborating with like minded people and businesses. I could do a Camille Walala collection, I love her.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN? WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO US?

I met Camille Walala last weekend and I asked her could she give me any advice about being a creative and running a business on your own. She said. its hard hard work, as long as you know that then they’ll be no surprises. It definitely is the hardest thing I have ever done. My advice to others would be, if you don’t love it don’t do it, you can’t force a small business, otherwise you’ll become bored or irritated by it. It really does have to be something you truly believe in and believe will work

IF YOU WEREN’T BUSY RUNNING NORAH’S BROWNIES, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR SECOND DREAM JOB?

That would probably be a food photographer or something back to my visual merchandising days, I just love making dispalys.

WHO IS YOUR ICON, SOMEONE YOU LOOK UP TO? WHY?

Icon is quite a big word, I’m not sure I have anyone that fits in to that category. But I am inspired by companies like Meringue Girls who started off on a market stall in Broadway Markets’ school yard and now they are thriving company. They motivate me into thinking if you can make a business out of meringues I can make a business out of brownies.

 

WE LOVE MUSIC AT GIRLSTALKTOBOYS, WHO ARE YOU LISTENING TO AT THE MOMENT?

I have a song by a band called Whitney, No Woman on repeat whilst I’m baking and Tash Sultana Jungle, these songs take me to my happy place

ANYTHING YOU ARE WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT? ANY

I working on getting my product out to more cafes. I’m working with some in Enfield, Walthamstow and Southfields so watch out if you live in those areas.

Thank you Leah for this wonderful chit chat! Please head over to her website and place your orders now!!! You can also book her in for parties. 

Norah's Brownies

kelly xx

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Wardrobe Wishlist Wednesday- Autumn Dresses

1.   Arket Chambray Wrap Dress 2. Topshop Black Tassel Earrings 3. Dieppe Restrepo Black Rod Boot 4. H&M Satin Wrap Dress 5. Topshop Pink Tassel Earrings  6. Topshop Marmalade Boot 7. Gestuz Leopard Print Dress 8. Miista Leah Velvet Flats 9. Topshop Tassel Earrings 10. Simply Be Velvet Dress 11. Miista Billie Velvet Boots 12. Rosita Bonits Leaping Tiger Earrings

Now that autumn is amongst us, I thought it appropriate to start planning my autumn wardrobe. I'm a sucker for a dress. My dress wishlist is probably a mile long. I in fact need blouses but instead of searching for the perfect blouse I look for dresses instead. I mean a dress is so easy and comfortable and pretty! You can't go wrong with a dress.

When looking for a dress I am automatically drawn to a midi dress. I find a midi dress very chic compared to a mini dress. I love the fact a midi will cover my legs but also show off my shoes. Here I have picked four dresses that give you a variety of styles and can be dressed up or down. Versatility in a dress is crucial for me. I focus more on quality then I do quantity these days. Yes I do love a high street dress, like the wrap H&M one above. It's chic, the colour is beautiful and it looks expensive. All winners in my book. 

I consider myself quite stylish and I'm very much into fashion but I do not focus too much on trends. I like to keep up to date with what is hot at the moment but then I apply what is appropriate for me. 

I do love the velvet trend at the moment and I will definitely rock it. I love the Simply Be Velvet dress above. They specialise in plus sizes but luckily a size 12 should fit me like a dream. I've also spotted a few velvet blazers which I hope to add to my autumn wardrobe. Not pictured here but I'll post soon. 

Leopard print will never go out of style for me. I will continue wearing it for as long as I live. It's fun and there are so many versions of a leopard print that it would be hard to get bored. I absolutely love the Gestuz Leopard print dress above, it's stunning! And I can't wait to hang it in my closet. 

Let's talk about the Arket Dress! It's so cool. It's simple which I love and it can be worn in so many ways. Wear it with black ankle boots like I have above or trainers or heels. Either way will look stunning.

So those are a few of the dresses I have on my autumn wishlist. I hope you find one that suits you!

Happy dress shopping!

kelly x

 

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