Sunday, 25 June 2017

Yummy things on toast

When I left Essex for my last term at uni after Easter, I found out that an extremely instagrammable cafe (marble & rose gold? hellooo!) had opened up near by. As soon as I saw them pop up on Facebook, I tagged my fellow bruncher Kelly and insisted we must go!! 

Toppers & Toast
(photo taken after baby hand grabber Austin splattered sour cream everywhere)

Toppers & Toast is an Aussie serving breakfast/lunch bar and can be found in Leigh-on-Sea. The magical concept is that you choose the type of bread you want to be toasted and then you choose your topping... ta da!

It probably took us at least half an hour to fully settle on a meal... we chopped and changed so much! I opted for a 'Homestyle' on organic rye, the topping included poached eggs, smashed avacado and crispy bacon streaks. Kelly went for a 'Down Under' on sourdough, and had a yummy mixture of corn fritters, crispy bacon, sour cream and T&T tomato chilli chutney. We also devoured a 'Mango Dream' and 'Coconut Crush' (serious pina colada vibes) smoothie. Mmmmmm.
Toppers & Toast
For once we both left feeling healthy and cleansed after our brunch - we usually go for cake, cake and more cake! Oh and little Austin didn't go without, he was happy munching on our tomatoes and his crisps :) In my mid-year resolution to like avocado, I'll be back before you know it!

Head on over to Toppers & Toasts fb page HERE and go visit asap!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Spring fashion with intu Derby

I was lucky enough to take part in intu Derby's Fashion SOS campaign acting as a Style Reporter. From a competition, 10 Derbyshire people had been selected to win a photoshoot experience and have their fashion crisis solved. To celebrate this, intu Derby are holding a Spring fashion event in which you can get a hold of the latest trends and find some fab discounts from your favourite stores! Download the exclusive discount booklet here.

intu Derby Fashion

The activation event was held last weekend, Olivia and I got to feel very suave wearing our press passes! We started by meeting the stylist, Kimmy Rolfe - Something I was personally excited about due to my textiles/fashion background. Kimmy had put together 7 of this Spring Summers key trends;
- Get them frills
- Mix up your sleeves
- Rock a slogan tee
- Think in pink (personal fave)
- Show your stripes (another fave)
- Go chic and sheer
- Give good shoulder

'The arrival of floral patterns in spring shouldn't come as a surprise but this time around we're noticing a distinct shift in style. Keep an eye out for 70s-style large prints and intricate micro floral designs.' 

intu Derby Fashion

'Up your shoulder game this spring with blazers complete with padded shoulders (hello, eighties!) and chic, cocoon-style tops.'

'Stripes are where it's at for spring. Nail the trend with a blue and white striped longline shirt teamed with white jeans and mules.' 

Once we were up to date with our trends we were shown the catwalk of all the models who had won the competition. It was so great for me to see the end result of our hard (but fun!) days work.

intu Derby Fashion

Big thank you to intu Derby who let me take part in this campaign! Make sure you download your vouchers and get involved. 

Read more about the campaign here.