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(Hat: ASOS, Top: Urban Outfitters, Jumpsuit: River Island (care of Miss Cohen), Sunglasses: Boohoo, Shoes: Topshop, Bag: Accessorize)

As much as I love taking inspiration from eras like the sixties and seventies, it's still key for me to not look like I'm in a fancy dress costume (trust me, there have been occasions I've looked like an American Hustle extra and had to head back to the drawing board)- so venturing out in a flared jumpsuit meant some serious thinking beforehand and toning things down a little.

In the end I opted for a subtle white tee and sandal combination (asking the questions 'What would Natalie Off Duty do?- isn't that girl just the coolest?) But trust me, flares are all fun and games until it rains- and unless you're dancing at a festival- sitting on a London bus with soaked trousers ain't all that fun- meaning perhaps I'm a little short for this flares thing? Either way, having my hair done by Blow Ltd at The Apartment meant I happily sauntered around feeling like one of The Pierces- which is definitely something I could get used to...

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and here's what I wore...


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An afternoon in Primrose Hill

So, you may or may not remember that a couple of months ago now, I (along with Mat and Remi) hopped on a flight over to Ireland with ASOS, for a couple of whistle stop tours of the beautiful Dublin and Belfast. Okay, so they may have been pretty fast paced, but that’s not to say that we didn’t pick up names of some true hidden gems- and although it’s been a while, I couldn’t help but share, especially if you’re planning a trip soon! Also- let me know if you have any favourites there too, I’d love to add to this list (plus stay tuned for my Belfast guide too)!

The Bernard Shaw Dublin
#1 The Bernard Shaw

From the outside, the Bernard Shaw may not seem much more than a cutesey pub, but step inside and I can assure you, you'll be greeted with some of the best Italian and mediterranean lunch you'll ever have (if only I could have bought their panini and desert recipes back with me)! The place is super cosy inside, with homely touches (ahem, crochet lamp, ahem) and some of the friendliest, most knowledgeable staff around- definitely one to take note of.

11-12 South Richmond Street, Dublin - check the site here!

Skinflint Dublin Skinflint Dublin #2 Skinflint

It's no secret that I'm a bit of an Italian food fiend (see above), so hitting Skinflint for some completely delicious grilled pizza (with some incredible topping combinations) was a real treat. Not only does this place boast amazing pizza, but you can rest assured they have meatballs, not-so-boring salads and the best chocolate mousse I’ve ever tasted on the menu- which is definitely saying something.

19 Crane Ln, Dublin - check the site here!

Bunsen Burger Dublin #3 Bunsen Burger

It seems to be a routine event for me, that whilst travelling anywhere- I have to find a blooming good burger spot. Firstly, who can resist a science based pun? Yup, thought not. Okay, so the menu may not be particularly extensive, but when it comes to hitting a good burger on the head- these guys have it sussed, plus do the best milkshakes to go hand-in hand too. Also- did I mention they have gluten free and paleo options? Extra brownie points!

36 Wexford St, Dublin - check the site here!

Vintage Cocktail Club Dublin #4 Vintage Cocktail Club/The Liquor Rooms

Being a non drinker, it’s extra special when you stumble across a cocktail (or, y’know mocktail) bar that can cater to your specific needs, and go the extra mile concocting drinkable potions based on flavours you truly love. With the Vintage Cocktail club tucked away in Dublin’s side streets (you have to ring a doorbell to get in, making it almost feel like a secret party of Gatsby’s) and the Liquor rooms offering live stand up artists and a black and white photobooth- both places are exceptionally cool, with staff that know cocktails inside out.

VCC: 15 Crown Alley, Dublin - LR: 7 Wellington Quay, Dublin - check the sites here and here!

Guinness Storehouse Dublin Guinness Storehouse Dublin #5 The Guinness Storehouse

Whether you’re a Guinness drinker or not, a visit to the storehouse is the perfect way to spend a morning getting an amazing insight into some of Dublin’s vast history, as well as learning about a certain beverage I’ve heard is pretty famous in that part of the world. On top of that, the top floor bar shows views across thw whole of the city, making for a pretty wonderful escape on a bright day- not bad hey?

St James's Gate, Dublin - check the site here!

The Library Project Dublin
But don't forget to visit...
Shotsy Vintage/Cocoa Atelier/Temple Bar/The Library Project bookshop/Little Museum of Dublin


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Five places to visit: In Dublin

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(Top: Miss Selfridge, Trousers: Miss Selfridge, Shoes: Topshop, Bag: Lulu Guinness)

If you want to know a fact- it's that the British seaside is one of the prettiest places in the world when the sun is shining. Okay, okay- so it's pretty obvious- but I'm certain there's nothing more warming (literally) than being able to take your shoes and socks off, patter along the stones and sands whilst listening to the faded hum of arcade games in the background (along with the smell of vinegary chips too, if you're lucky).

So, when I paid a visit to Bournemouth a just under a couple of weeks ago, I was pretty thrilled to see the weather was in sync with my packing (a rare, but special occurrence) and Carrie and I were able to enjoy the seafront and cute beach houses, before retiring into Poole for supper in gorgeous fish restaurant, Storm with a couple of the wonderful ladies behind Lush and gorgeous Adrienne from The Sunday Girl (but more on that all very soon). I haven't properly been to Bournemouth in years, so it was lovely to be able to enjoy it in all it's glory- and I definitely hope to head back soon!

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and here's what I wore...


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Bournemouth Beach

Food at 52 Gizzi Erskine Food at 52 Gizzi Erskine Food at 52 Gizzi Erskine Food at 52 Gizzi Erskine Food at 52 Gizzi Erskine For a really long time now I've been a fan of Gizzi Erskine. I think I perhaps first saw her moons ago on This Morning with Ruth and Eamon- and was blown away by her sixties inspired style (I wonder why that had me at hello) and eye for amazing flavours. If you know me you'll know I'm not the most experimental eater and tend to stick to the safer foodie combinations (margherita pizza anyone?) so being introduced to someone who takes (damn tasty) risks with food, was right up my street.

So you can imagine my excitement when I had the chance to do a bit of cooking with a certain Ms Erskine, with host Nescafe's Dolce Gusto at Food at 52, in order to make some super tasty fritters and a salted caramel chocolate tart. Yup, it definitely tasted as good as it sounded.

Anyway- rather than harp on about how tasty the dishes were, although- trust me I could all day- I thought I'd pop them below for you, so you can give them a go yourself. The sweetcorn fritters make for an amazing Sunday brunch alternative, and the avocado with coriander is so fresh and delicious- plus, don't even get me started on the tart...

Sweetcorn Fritters:

200g sweetcorn form the cob | 2 chopped spring onions | 1 green chilli- halved seeded and sliced | 1 egg | 1 egg yolk | 75ml buttermilk | 30g polenta | 15g cornflour | 1/2 teaspoon salt | 1/2 teaspoon black pepper | oil for frying | olive oil to drizzle | 4 cooking chorizos | 250g cherry tomatoes | 1 avocado | 1/2 lemon juice | sea salt | coriander

1. Heat your oven to 200 degrees, and rub the chorizo with oil and pop into the over to roast for 20 minutes (adding in the oil drizzled tomatoes for the last 10).

2. Mix together the corn, spring onion, chilli, egg, buttermilk, polenta, corn flour and seasoning into a large bowl- cover, and place in the fridge to rest for 15 minutes.

3. Heat a frying pan and add some oil- spoon into the hot pan half of the fritter mixture into 2/4 dollops and cook for 1/2 minutes until golden underneath- before flipping over.

4. Top with chorizo, roasted tomatoes and avocado- and serve with lemon juice and fresh coriander.

Food at 52 Gizzi Erskine Food at 52 Gizzi Erskine Food at 52 Gizzi Erskine Food at 52 Gizzi Erskine Food at 52 Salted Caramel Tart:

1 x pack of ready to roll short crust pastry | 150g unsalted butter | 160g good quality chocolate | 8tbsp cocoa powder | small pinch of salt | 4 eggs | 180g caster sugar | 3tbsp golden syrup | 3tbsp single cream | For the caramel: | 150g caster sugar | 65g unsalted butter | 100ml single cream | 1tbsp sea salt

1. Grease a tart tin with butter and then dust with flour. Place the pastry inside and blind bake in the oven on 170 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

2. Cook the tart without the blind bake for the last 5 minutes of cooking. When the pastry is cooked and starts to brown take it out and leave it to cool. In the meantime make the caramel by melting the sugar and a splash of water in a saucepan on a medium heat until it is a light golden colour, then whisk in the butter and double cream.

3. Finish with the salt. Pour the caramel into the cooked tart and place in the fridge to set for one hour.
4. Preheat the oven to 140 degrees- and when the caramel has almost set, start making the chocolate mix by melting the butter, chocolate, cocoa powder and salt in a bowl over simmering water until smooth.

5. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and sugar together until light and well creamed, followed by the golden syrup and double cream. Add the chocolate mixture and mix well.

6. Pour the mix unto the tart on top of the set caramel ad bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes.

Enjoy!

Don't forget to check out the pod over on Facebook too!

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Cooking with Gizzi...

Coconut Bounty Balls Recipe Considering how much baking I've done in the last few days, I'm surprised it's taken so long to get a recipe up on here, so apologies for the delay! Massive doh...

Anyway- of late I've been trying to eat a little healthier. I'm certainly not unhealthy by any means, and getting my five a day is usually high on my daily to do list (not literally) but given what I see on Instagram on a day-to-day basis (breakfasts laden with chia seeds, cacao nibs and quinoa for lunch)- I usually feel pretty naughty when I'm sitting down for a packet of chocolate buttons (always worth it guys) or sneaking into the fridge for a slice of cheese (we have all done it).

So- in attempt to make my snacking marginally less naughty, and more cheeky- I put together a little somethin' somethin' for some homemade bounty balls- like the ones you get in the shops, but minus a lot of the nasties! On top of that, these are so easy to make- who said being healthy had to be hard?

You will need:
- 200g broken up dark chocolate (I used Bourneville as I like the sweetness, oops)!
- 100g desiccated coconut
- 4tbs coconut oil
- 80ml coconut milk
- 40g icing sugar

1. Mix the coconut oil and desiccated coconut with your hands until it comes together a little. Add in your milk and then stir until blended well.
Coconut Bounty Balls Recipe 2. Add in your icing sugar to add a little bit of sweetness (the amount is totally up to you, you may want to include more or a little less, depending on how much of a sweet tooth you have)!

3. Mix it all up and roll into small balls. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper, pop the balls on the sheet and refrigerate your treats for one hour- or until hardened.
Coconut Bounty Balls Recipe 4. Pop your broken up bar of chocolate in a saucepan on the hob, and melt on a low heat (without stirring- this helps avoid lumps) and leave to cool on the side.
Coconut Bounty Balls Recipe 5. Take your balls out of the fridge and dip them in your cooled chocolate, before refrigerating for another hour and then sprinkling with coconut to serve- yum!
Coconut Bounty Balls Recipe
If you give these a go yourself don't forget to use the hashtag #bakewithliv so I can see! Also, let me know if there's any recipes you'd like to see!


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What Olivia Cooked: Homemade Bounty Balls

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(Hat: American Apparel, Sunglasses: Boohoo, Top: Boohoo, Suit: C/O New Look, Bag: Lulu Guinness, Shoes: Topshop)

Okay, so apparently this week has been the week of the suit, with girlie dresses, any candy flossed organza and puffed sleeves out of the window for the time being (but fear not, I'm sure they'll be back soon)- with a sassy two piece, being my go-to of choice for meetings and rushing around the city (even better when it's a pair of shorts in this funny old weather).

Okay, so it might not be entirely appropriate for the 8:09 service to Charing Cross (when a sea of grey and navy Moss tailoring is the standard uniform), but I've long been of fan of mannish tailoring and dressing (that's suits to you and I, not tracksuit bottoms, boxers and polo shirts) so this New Look co-ord put a fun (and more ladylike) spin on something a little more formal. On top of that, I remember seeing a two piece from Warehouse a couple of years ago and literally obsessing over it- and truly believing that by owning a tile print jacket and trousers, I could finally achieve all ambition of being Florence Welch- queen of the printed two piece. I know, it still hasn't happened- but I'm getting there. Onwards and upwards, and here's to more commuter shocking looks!

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and here's what I wore...



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Suited and booted

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Hello, you! I'm Olivia, or Liv- a 23 year old girl living in London, spending most of her time blog writing, photo taking, social media updating and occasionally cake baking.

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