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November 2015

Lifestyle and Interviews

BLUEBERRY & ALMOND BUTTER SMOOTHIE RECIPE

November 26, 2015

LedByLucy- Smoothie-Ingredients-BlogLedByLucy- Smoothie-Ingredients-BloggerThis wholesome blueberry and almond butter smoothie recipe is fast becoming my favourtie winter breakfast. It is filling, comforting and full of energy to help kick start your morning. Whenever I make myself a smoothie for breakfast I like to think that I am doing my body a little favour by feeding it all of those nutrients.

I don’t know about you but I love a cocktail with my Sunday brunch (a Bloody Mary, 8.5 on the spice scale please) and when it comes to cocktails the decorations and embellishments are a real seller. So I’ve been playing with healthy smoothie embellishments. I made fruit skewers and decorated the rim of the glass with chai seeds.ledbylucy-health-food-1ledbylucy-smoothie-blogger-health

Blueberry And Almond Butter Smoothie, makes one.

  • One peeled and ripe banana
  • Three pitted dates
  • Half a cup of blueberries
  • One tablespoon of chai seeds
  • One tablespoon of almond butter
  • One cup of cold water

Pop everything into the blender and give it a wizz for two minutes.

For the decorations pop additional fruit onto coktails sticks to make skewers. Run lemon around the outer edge of the glass then roll it in a saucer of chai seeds. Make sure that the seeds just go on the outside of the glass so you don’t end up with more in the liquid.

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Note– If you make this in bulk and store it in the fridge overnight then it will expand considerably into a thick yoghurt like texture (I literally had to eat mine with a spoon the next day). So I would suggest drinking it fresh and only blending batches as you need it.

This particular smoothie was inspired by Deliciously Ella, her healthy lifestyle recipes and tips are 100% worth checking out if you haven’t done already. I also love Kimberly Snyder and featured her Glowing Green Smoothie in this old post which I wrote a very long time ago.

In the spirit of organic goodness I’d like to introduce you to ULTRA TEE, the lovelies that made my Artichoke Jumper which you can see in my photos. All of the ULTRA TEE range is organic, eco-friendly and fair trade. I said earlier that drinking my smoothie makes me feel as though I’m doing my body a favour, wearing this jumper makes me feel as though I’m doing some good for the earth too.

Happy smoothie making, let me know your favorite recipes too. x

Lifestyle and Interviews

MUSE OF THE MONTH: INTERVIEW WITH SARA THOMAS, ASOS STYLIST, BLOGGER & WAISTE VINTAGE OWNER

November 22, 2015

LedByLucy-Sara-Waiste-Interview-Vintage-BloggerSara has an expansive collection of bohemian seventies dresses and just as many impressive business accolades to match. Sara is her own #GirlBoss and has carved a successful career through her creative passions. She is the founder of successful online fashion boutique Waiste Vintage, the author of vintage fashion blog Waiste Blog and has also recently been appointed as the vintage ASOS Stylist. I caught up with Sara to find out more about her journey, what advice she would give to others wanting to follow in her footsteps and of course her style rules and vintage fashion icons.

How did you get to where you are now? Tell us a little about the journey  to becoming a successful blogger, opening your vintage store and of course your newly appointed role as a vintage stylist with ASOS.

Well, I actually started in the ASOS studios, my first ‘proper’ job, working in the e-commerce environment as a studio assistant then coordinator gave me all the valuable experience I needed when it came to setting up my vintage shop. The blogging I used to do on the side whilst working there, until I combined this with starting my shop and started featuring my own vintage for sale. And then from my styling through my blog and website I landed the new ASOS styling job!LedByLucy-Sara-Waiste-ASOS-Interview-Vintage-Blogger.jpg4You are lucky (and hard working) enough to have turned your dreams and passions into a career. What advice would you give to other people stuck in the rat race that want to follow in your footsteps?

Thank you. I would say don’t give up on your dreams. Make sure you have a USP and try to stand out with what you are doing to everyone else. You need to get lots of experience but don’t be afraid if you make mistakes, it’s all about learning from them.LedByLucy-Sara-Waiste-ASOS-Interview-Vintage-Blogger.jpg-4Fashion has a cyclical pattern and we often see vintage trends coming back onto the high street, and then they disappear again for a while. Your love for vintage remains forever strong. What sparked your love of vintage and what stops you following the latest trends?

To be honest I just don’t really pay that much attention to trends. I prefer to dress for me and what I like and feel comfortable in, rather than constantly following trends (although it’s great to get some 70s style pieces from the high street at the moment). I’ve always loved vintage, for me it’s all about going to hunt them and never knowing what you’re going to find, that thrill of finding something one-off that no one else has.

LedByLucy-Sara-Waiste-ASOS-Interview-Vintage-BloggerWho are your vintage style icons and what do you think the attraction of them is for women today?

I would say a great vintage icon would be Stevie Nicks, as she not only did (and still does!) have the best style, she’s also an amazing and inspiring woman who has achieved so much. She is just such an empowering female artist.

LedByLucy-Sara-Waiste-Interview-Vintage-Blogger.jpg-2How do you describe your personal style and do you have any key fashion rules?

Seventies style bohemian with a love of patterns and textures. Just always wear what you feel comfortable in, and don’t be afraid to mix it up.

EMBROIDERED_17Next time you feel like channeling you inner Stevie Nicks or want to time-travel back to the early seventies then Sara’s blog is the place to head.

If you enjoyed reading this have a nosy at the People and Projects section of my blog where I regularly feature interviews with inspirational women working within the creative field.

Fashion & Beauty

OUTFIT OF THE DAY AT MUSEUM ISLAND

November 19, 2015

LedByLucy-Newgate-Watch-Blogger-Fashion-BerlinDSC_0161LedByLucy-Museum-Island-BritStitch-BlogLedByLucyDSC_0141Photo Credit: The photographs in this post were taken by the amazing Berliner Post, have a look at Ayten’s Instagram page which is full of cultural shots from around Berlin.

Wearing: Brit-Stitch Brit Luxe Shoulder Bag in Vintage Red/Newgate Watches The Liberty (use discount code newgateloveslucy for 20% off before 31st Jan 2016)/ French Connection Corvette Coating Fur Trim Coat/Kurt Geiger Carvela Boots/M&S Pearl Earrings

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Travel & Places

NHOW BERLIN REVIEW: A SUNNY LUNCH DATE

November 12, 2015

LedByLucy-Nhow-Berlin-BloggerLedByLucy-Nhow-Berlin-BlogLedByLucy-Berlin-Fashion-ASOS-BlogLedByLucy-Food-Blogger-Nhow-BerlinLedByLucy-Nhow-Berlin-Travel-Blognhow-berlin-1LedByLucy-Cru-London-Fashion-BloggerA lunch out with my boyfriend was exactly what I needed after recovering from the flu and working from my bed for a week. The weather had been miserable and so I was skipping down the street when the sunshine showed it’s face for our date.

Our choice of venue was the nhow Hotel in Berlin because on a sunny day the terrace looking onto The Spree is glorious and I was craving some fresh air.

Located between Universal and MTV nhow has a strong musical theme. Guests can hire guitars or amps to be sent to their hotel rooms and there is a huge mirrored recording studio on the top floor. The musical theme continues throughout the bar, restaurant and lobby with grand pianos dotted around and musical lifts (one for jazz, another for pop and so on). While I was ordering my food a fellow customer took a seat at the piano and played a perfect rendition Lana Del Rey’s Video Games which inspired someone else to hopp on stage (yes there is a stage) and have a go on the drums. To me the resemblance between nhow and the set for Live and Kicking is uncanny. It would also be the dream home of a 90’s pop band with its gold pleather seats, curved floors, pink bathrooms and purple mood lighting.

If a 90’s pop aesthetic isn’t your thing, the outdoor terrace really is special in the sunshine with brilliant views of the Oberbaum Bridge. I was so happy sitting there with the sun on my face and a delicious glass of champagne in hand. We ordered the Clubsandwich “Klassik” and Berlinner Currywurst mit Pommes from the vinyl shaped menu which was nice, simple and tasty.

Let me know if you have been or decide to go. Lucy x

Wearing: Rollas Eastern Bandana Hi Neck DressWomen’s Seafolly Georgette Sunglasses (similar mine are vintage), Head Over Heels Sandals by Dune and Willow Weekender by CRU London

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Fashion & Beauty

STYLE SPOTS AT ASOS BERLIN PARTY

November 8, 2015

I recently attended a party hosted by ASOS at Bikini Berlin Garden. Naturally the guests were all looking absolutely fabulous and so I captured some of my favourite looks to share with you…

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Natalia Avelon-LedByLucy-Fashion-ASOS Actress Natalia Avelon looked super glamorous wearing ASOS head to toe with a Zara handbag. The warm golds and organges in her outfit really complimented her colouring.

JackieHide-ASOS-LEDBYLUCYModel and Blogger Jackie Hide looked smoking hot wearing an & Other Stories prim and proper shirt mixed with spray on black vintage trousers. Instagram @JackieHide

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Leonie Stein-ledbylucy-fashion-ASOSMarketing Assistant Leonie Stein was an ethereal dream wearing a floral maxi-dress by ASOS. Instagram @lijony

See what I mean? Absolutely fabulous was no exaggeration.

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Lifestyle and Interviews

PICTURE POSTCARDS: LIFE LATELY

November 5, 2015

 Every weekend we go to the forest for a bike ride and watch the leaves change colour.

LedByLucy-Berlin-Flea-Markets-Blog LedByLucy-Berlin-Sunset-Blogger LedByLucy-Berlin-Bloggerledbylucy-gig-tressor-blogLedByLucy-Bloody-Mary-BloggerLedByLucy-Berlin-Wall-Blog1. Every weekend we go to the forest for a bike ride, it has been spectacular to watch the whole forest change colour this Autumn.

2. Lately every bike-ride seems to involve accidentally stumbling upon a flea-market, this city is full of them.  You can find anything and everything on the stalls, my recent random find was a glass hammer. Useful.

3. I took this sunset snap on Halloween, I was walking through Tiergarten and listening to the wolves howl from the zoo. Very spooky.

4.  During my sister’s stay we reverted to ridiculous, giggling teenagers. Every moment of having her here was awesome. Apart from when she nearly missed her flight.

5. Nick played his first gig at Tresor  in Berlin which is a huge club and there was over 400 people there including lots of our friends. I was so proud to see him play and loved soaking up the vibes in the club.

6. I really miss Bloody Marys from Gorlilla, Manchester. I searched long and hard to find a contender to match those standards before finally discovering Mogg & Melzer. Wowee, they are deeee-licious!

7. Love at the East Side Gallery.

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Fashion & Beauty

TWINSIES! AN OOTD WITH MY SISTER

November 1, 2015

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LedByLucy-Berlin-Fashion-WhiteStuffMy sister Josephine has been staying with me and I loved showing her our favourite spots in Berlin. As we live so far away from each other I really wanted to take some nice pictures of the two of us together that I can have printed and hang in my new apartment. We headed out to lunch at my favourite little Italian in Kreuzberg and the walk there was beautiful with bright autumnal leaves framing The Spree. I just adore the pictures that we took, we were giggling so much and they really capture our personalities. The only thing missing is my other sister Rachael but I will be seeing her soon enough.

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I am wearing: Zara Shorts, Oasis jumper and CRU London Vincent Crossover (use CRU15LBL20 for 20% discount for LedByLucy readers).

Josie is wearing: White Stuff boots, White Company coat, TopShop skirt, TopShop shirt and CRU London Appleby Bucket Bag (use CRU15LBL20 for 20% discount for LedByLucy readers).

Suggester Post: Autumnal Kreuzberg With The Berliner Post