Courgette Pasta Video Review

Deliciously Ella’s Recipe:


Serves 1:

 1 courgette

12 brazil nuts

¼ lime

¾ avocado

½ a handful of mint

¼ cup of water

2 tablespoons of olive oil

salt to taste

6 chestnut mushrooms

Fashion Recipe’s improved take:


 Serves 1:

 1 courgette

12 brazil nuts

½ a lemon

½ an avocado

½ a handful of mint

3 tablespoons of olive oil

Salt

Pepper

 

Recipe Review:

 Deliciously Ella is one of the most famous food bloggers in the U.K. She has already published two books and runs a café called the Mae Deli. Deliciously Ella’s recipes are very easy to do and extremely healthy and delicious. This is one of our favorite recipes however altered a bit. Her courgette pasta is absolutely delicious however some alterations needed to be done.

As you see from the video we have reduced the amount of avocado and put more lemon. We also didn’t add the water as the sauce becomes too watery. One of the biggest alterations we did was to remove the mushrooms. In Ella’s recipe, she sautés mushrooms however because the salad is raw the mushrooms bring warmth to the salad that is not great. This courgette pasta is best eaten without any mushrooms and no added water as the sauce becomes way too watery. Hope you enjoy.

 

Selfridges launches Body Studio

Selfridges launched its first ever section dedicated to bodywear.


 Just when you begin to think that the fashion curve for sportswear is beginning to plateau, the flagship store introduced the most exciting department section. If you want to feel young, fresh and sporty it is definitely a place to visit.

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Body Studio by Fashion Recipe

 

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Swimwear Body Studio by Fashion Recipe

The 37,000 sq. feet studio on the third floor is the newest and most innovative project designed by Neri+Hu. The Body Studio is separated into different sections consisting of lingerie, swimwear, sportswear, holidaywear, sleepwear and chillwear. As Graeme Moran stated for Draper, ‘Selfridges doubled the volume of products available in store.’

Luckily for everyone the Body Studio has more than 100 brands that it features in its section. Price wise it is as expected and expensive however if you are not looking to spend your money then you might as well check out the wellness cafes. Selfridges quoted for Design Week that ‘the concept of all the area aims to combine “fitness” with “mind and body wellness as it is influenced with “Japanese Zen” and “Californian healthy living.” And yes, it does go beyond all expectations.

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Sleepwear Body Studio by Fashion Recipe
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Lingerie Body Studio by Fashion Recipe
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Activewear Body Studio by Fashion Recipe

Neri+Hu stated to Design week that the different room aim to be a ‘progression of spaces that play with notions of private and public.’ Fashion Recipe wondered whether that is true and asked Artemis Doupa an architect that teaches architecture in the Manchester University, ‘I definitely agree, when I saw the Body section I could envision this progression of spaces. It is very well designed as the simplicity is incorporated perfectly.’

The official launch was on the weekend of 6th and 7th of May. GQ partnered with Selfridges on the weekend in order for them to promote their Vitality brand. The men’s department body section also sounds incredible with the key brands including Tommy Hilfiger, Bjorn Borg, Lacoste and many others. On the weekend of the launch GQ in collaboration with Selfridges was serving smoothies and live demonstrating products.

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Entrance of Body Studio by Fashion Recipe

The most exciting news is that the Body studio introduced collections from our most favorable brands such as Moschino, Versace and Paul Smith. Even if you didn’t attend the opening weekend do not worry as the Body studio will most probably be collaborating again in order to make sportswear and activewear even more exciting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Becoming a Fashion Entrepreneur

Every high-street brand has launched an acitvewear collection and the competition is growing steadily. Now is the time to become a fashion entrepreneur so why not choose to create a business in the sportswear industry?

Long gone is the time where it was embarrassing to wear sportswear. In the past year, the whole fashion industry has seen an uptick in sportswear and activewear. Fashion Recipe believes that now is the time to create something of your own with the taste of sports. According to research firm Key Note, the sportswear sales in the UK grew 9.5% to £5.9bn in 2014 and will surpass £6bn by the end of 2015.

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Image taken from Forever 21’s activewear collection

Imagine what potential 2016 will bring? Euromoniter examined sports in the United Kingdom and predicted that the sportswear and fitness activity will continue growing in the upcoming 5 years. In their report they mentioned the increase will ‘predominantly be driven by the rise of budget gyms and fitness classes which have become increasingly common.’

The sports fashion industry is not only growing steadily but also more women have been showing interest in the market. Market research house Mintel also took interest in the sportswear activity. In September 2015 they published analytics stating that ‘in the past 12 months of purchases of sporting goods, 70% of people purchased them for sports use and 51% purchased them for non-sports use.’

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Image taken from Zara’s activewear collection

People at this stage are buying activewear for a daily use. Instagram has pushed that the idea of wearing sports clothes is very fashionable. In today’s world a woman that looks fashionable is the one wearing LuLu Lemon tracks, a crop top and Nike sneakers. Startups magazine stated in article for business opportunities that the athleisure section will continue growing by about 24% over the next five years, ‘to make a splash you have to be a unique product or offer better designs, materials and a brand that people really engage with.’

So what is an entrepreneur? ‘Entrepreneurship is the process of creating something new with value by devoting time,’ Hisrich and Peters wrote in their book for Entrepreneurship. It might sound like an easy job however it is not. Fashion Recipe interviewed Alex Wills, the founder of Fashion Formula an online tech start up business that focuses on selling fabrics, textiles and gift wraps online. The only reason for his success was that he never lost aspirations despite difficulties, ‘there are always hiccups along the way especially as you are young and starting up.’

Alex became inspired to create Fashion Formula because he saw a loophole in the market, ‘I wanted to create a portal where it is easy and transparent for the consumer to buy printed fabrics.’ His advice  for the future entrepreneurs is to commit all of their time, effort and energy.

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Fashion Formula’s image and motto

‘Some businesses grow organically, especially in fashion due to trends involved. It is important to make a good and thorough business plan. There are tools such as Princes Trust and Small Business Centre that can help you if you are based in London. Take any advice you can and apply it. Look into market strategies so that you make sure you think about everything from your suppliers to your competitors. Don’t forget to create good business relationships because that can do wonders especially during Fashion Weeks.’

So how do you become that awesome fashion sportswear entrepreneur? Firstly you need to find your creative inspiration. Whether you want to make the next clothing sportswear brand or become a famous fitness blogger you need to be sure that’s what you want to do.

You need to build extensive research into your potential competitors and also find the suitable marketing strategy. Nowadays Instagram is the way to go, it is free advertising that is very easy to use and gets to the right people. Alex’s team got a 1000 followers in less than ten days just by using social media skills. Furthermore find a team that would work well. Be innovative and unique. Following the news trends will help, as it is important to always be on top of things.

Becoming a fashion entrepreneur is one of the most exciting things and despite being difficult in the meantime it is extremely rewarding, take Alex for an example! Grab your chance and go for it!

 

The new tracker bracelets

We live in an era where checking your pulse, heart rate and step count is absolutely normal. In the past couple of years,there have been many upcoming competitive brands such as the Apple Watch, Jawbone, Fitbit and many others. However which of these brands is the one to have?

Fashion Recipe found out which are the exact products the average consumer needs.

Apple Watch


We cannot begin our list if we don’t mention the famous Apple Watch. Despite the sales of the Apple Watch not being ideal, it is still one of the gadgets to have on your wrist.

Apple hasn’t provided us with concrete sale figures as they do not like to disclose such information however despite the sales being very high in 2015, it seems like they have slowed down in 2016.  Analyst Andy Hargreaves predicts to his customers that ‘anecdotal evidence suggests Apple Watch demand is slowing quickly and predicted sales for the end of 2015 will end up reaching $ 10.5 million which is 500, 000 less than the initial estimates.’

Despite the disappointing sales what is so good about the Apple watch?

Fashion Recipe had the immense pleasure to interview Melville McKee, a race driver for the GP3 Formula 3, ‘I use it mostly as a convenience. As I do a lot of sports it is great for me to keep track of my activity.’ Melville has a lot of experience within racing and he feels that he is the perfect customer. He constantly needs to keep data of calories being burnt, heart rate, running and cycling distances, ‘it is just on my wrist which is handy and on top of that it is very low key as I can wear it to the gym or even dinner.’

The apple watch is a great exercise companion, it can call you an Uber and even answer your calls. If you are loyal to Apple and looking to be fashionable then Apple Watch is the way to go however there are a couple of other examples below that could be more suitable for you!

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Melville McKee’s Apple Watch
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‘My apple watch combines elegance and spirit. I used to have a Garmin Vivoactive however I switched and I haven’t been happier,’ Yannis Ventouris a business consultant told Fashion Recipe.

 

Jaw Bone


According to James Stables in Wearable magazine ‘Jaw Bone is best for sleep tracking.’ Jaw Bone is not like the apple watch, as it cannot take calls and doesn’t have a screen. The bracelet is connected via Bluetooth and all the stats appear on your phone. ‘It monitors the user’s bmp (heart rate), respiration rate, body temperature and galvanic skin response, it can give you your REM, which are either light or deep sleep stats,’ James writes. The newest model of the Jawbone UP3 is very good-looking and quite stylish. They have a selection of colors from which the customers can choose. The price is at about £130.

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Jaw Bone UP3 Image by Wearable
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Ali Magico’s Jawbone Bracelet

Fashion Recipe was curious to know whether the bracelet is as good as what everyone says. Ali Magico stated in an interview for us, ‘Jawbone helps me sleep better and keeps me motivated to walk more.’ If you are wondering how it makes you sleep better Ali believes that it shows his sleep patterns. ‘After a while I figured out what times are better for me to go to sleep and also if I wake up at night I look into the reason for it. It is a great lifestyle tool if you use it every day.’

If you are a difficult sleeper just like Ali then it is worth purchasing Jaw Bone. The app shows how long you have been in a deep sleep, light sleep, how long it took to fall asleep and how many times you woke up.

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Ali Magico’s Stats on his phone from the Jaw Bone bracelet

Polar Loop 2


Two years ago Polar introduced its first sports bracelet. The first Polar Loop only measured steps and calories. However why would you need a bracelet as any smart phone can do that! Polar Loop Two is the second and improved generation of the bracelet that has an add on of the sleeping tracker, just like Jawbone. However comparing the look of the bracelets, Jawbone looks much more sleek. Sarah, an architect sent us a photo of her pink Power Loop 2 and we have to say we weren’t impressed. Despite Sarah telling Fashion Recipe that she really likes it, it simply looks very bulky!

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Sarah’s Polar Loop 2 Bracelet

On the positives one great feature that the Polar Loop has compared to the Apple watch and other bracelets is that it is waterproof. Even though it is waterproof until 20m you can still shower with it and not worry about taking it off.

However if you are an Apple user then maybe you should steer away as the bracelet works best with Androids. The negatives continue; ‘Power Loop 2 also has poor sunlight legibility and cannot track intensity,’ Simon Hill stated in his review for Digital Trends. Polar Loop 2 shouldn’t be your first choice however it is cheaper compared to the other bracelets in the market pricing only at £95.

Fit Bit


Fit Bit is the last activity tracker on our list however it is worth having a look. If you are wondering what FitBit does, Nathan Chandler wrote a review for Electronics stating ‘FitBit is a physical activity tracker designer to help you become more active, eat a more well-rounded diet, sleep better and ultimately, turn into a healthier human being.’ Nathan got it absolutely right.

There are many positive reviews on the FitBit bracelet as it is also very good looking. Fashion Recipe spoke to Karim a health orientated entrepreneur. His opinion was ; ‘it is cool, frankly the main reason I got it was for its heart rate monitor. I don’t need to wear a strap across my chest and it motivates me greatly.’  One even better feature about the FitBit is that it has an alarm installed where it wakes you up by sending slight vibrations on your wrist. If you don’t like being woken up by your other half this would be the best bracelet to purchase as a present. The sleep tracker is not as good as Jawbone’s however the alarm is very easy to use as it wakes you up very lightly.

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Karim’s Fit Bit bracelet

Each bracelet has its own unique feature and look. The most important thing is to choose what suits you best however keep in mind that they keep on updating their models so it might be worth waiting a bit until the perfect one comes out for you.

Best sportswear to have this season

What should we be purchasing this s/s 16 in the actviewear and sportswear department?

Fashion Recipe spoke to a couple of experts and made up a list of items to purchase, these are our picks:

Backless Tops


1.’Tops that show a bit of back as the rise of the beautiful sports bra. Beforehand we would never even look at our bras let alone anyone see them. There is a very beautiful surge of tops that show the sports bra at the back,’ Sadie the owner of Hip&Healthy states for Fashion Recipe.

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Lulu Lemon Tank £58
Cope active top
Blue Life top £75 from Copeactive

 

Bras


2. As Sadie already mentioned, we would never let anyone look at our bras, however now they have made them so beautiful and comfortable. You wear them with one of the tops from above and Fashion Recipe can promise that you will look as stylish as ever! You can either go for a pattern or a simple colour that requires less work.

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Mara Hofman £116 from Hip&Healthy
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Alo Yoga  £39.95 from Hip&Healthy

Leggings


3.  Marija Krosnar the blogger behind Sportsanista said to us  ‘I love a great track pant for comfort, I live in a pair of Lulu Lemon. I also adore a good legging that has personality to it.’ So we went out and found two amazing options for a nice high-waisted legging. Sadie recently shared a secret with Fashion Recipe and said that high-waisted leggings are the best because they don’t fall off and they make the structure of the body look even more feminine.  Here is a selection of two leggings, one very simple black with mesh that has a tightening effect and the other one for the more confident women willing to show off their bodies.

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Lulu Lemon £88
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Carbon 38  £75

Sneakers


4. Sneakers are extremely important because you can wear them at any point of the day especially if they are simpler. The blogger behind Little Things About Fashion is most certain the white sneakers Zara offers in their activewear collection are the ones to own. Not only they are extremely affordable but look beautiful. Their simplicity is key to any outfit, as Svetoslava said ‘they match dresses, leggings and jeans. They are the shoe to have this season and you would be foolish not to get them.’

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Zara Pimsolls with Laces £25.99

Nike’s are one of the best sportswear shoe to have. They are extremely comfortable and perfect for working out with. Nike has proven itself over the years to have one of the best performing sneakers. Their iD range is incredible, as you can order any colour you want and even though they are pricey they are worth it. The blogger behind Sportsanista totally agrees with us as she said that she even put her logo on them!

Yoga Mat


5. If you are a yoga fanatic, you have to have the yoga mat that matches your motivation. Recently brands have developed incredible yoga mats that are not only beautiful but also practical. You can always purchase a simple mat from Lulu Lemon however there are some options that Fashion Recipe needs to present to you. If you are not a yoga crazie, then you can definitely purchase it as a present for someone that is. Fashion Recipe can promise that they will love your present.

 

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Mara Hofman Yoga Mat £120 from Hip&Healthy
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Yeti Yoga £55 from Copeactive

Onesies


6. Yes onseies! It might sounds strange however onesies are extremely trendy and very good looking! However it is recommended to only wear them at the gym so that people don’t look at you in the street. There is a selection of high-end onesies that Fashion Recipe believes are the trendiest item to have in your closet. You don’t need to have many of them however it is worth it to buy one. This particular onesie from Koral Active is so simple but yet so beautiful and yes they have given it the fancy word of a jumpsuit.

The granola

There are many believers thinking that granola is healthy. However it is the fault of the food industries pushing a product that is actually one of the least healthy breakfasts one could have. Keri Gans the author of the Small Change Diet states in her book that ‘most granolas have too much sugar and very little fibre. A healthy breakfast cereal should be the exact opposite.’

Lizi’s Granola hit the English market 10 years ago and has been extremely popular as you can purchase it in almost any high-end food store such as Partridges or Whole Foods. You would think that due its high price of £3.65 per a 400-gram bag the granola would be extremely healthy. However even though Lizi’s granola is low fat and low in sugar it still contains 494 calories per 100 grams.

 

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Image taken from Lizis

Lizi’s granola has been extremely famous and it even began exporting to China since 2015. However there are many places stating that granola is not the way to go if you want to lose weight. As Alice Smellie wrote for the Daily Mail ‘the healthy bowl of granola has more sugar than coke, and more fat than fries.’

If it is one of the main dishes in your daily meals, then don’t worry because it is extremely easy to make! Home made granola doesn’t contain any preservatives and it lasts a long time! This is a take from Lizi’s macadamia and mango granola however homemade and better tasting.

 

Ingredients:

 500 grams of oats

150 g almonds

150 g macadamias

2 mangoes

75 g pumpkin seeds

50 ml maple syrup

2 tablespoons of cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Fashion Recipe’s take on Lizi’s granola served with plain yoghurt

Directions:

 Take your almonds and macadamias and put them inside a napkin. Take the napkin and hit it on the kitchen table so that the nuts can disintegrate in medium sized pieces. If you want to do it the easier way then simply put them in a food processor for a second because you don’t want the pieces to be too small. Put your almonds and macadamias in a bowl with the oats and pumpkin seeds. Mix them together.

Take your mangoes, peel them and put them through a food processor so that they turn into a smoothie like consistency. Add the mangoes in the bowl and mix well again. Add in the maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Mix well again. You should have a nice mixture that is a little bit sticky. Once you have done that heat up your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Put baking paper on your tray and spread the mixture on top. You should evenly spread the mixture and it must be a very thin layer. Bake the granola for 30 minutes, if you like it crispier then bake it for another 10 minutes.

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Fashion Recipe’s take on Lizi’s granola served with plain yoghurt