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Fashion Pinspiration

One of our favourite ever social platforms has now become a huge and reliable compilation of fashion inspiration.  Pinterest has been growing at a ridiculous rate over the past few years and we've enjoyed getting fully hooked on it - it has become an unmissable daily habit.  There are so many different uses for Pinterest, mainly we love perusing around for great photography, funny quotes, artsy things and, of course, fashion tips and inspiration.

As much as we love shopping online at our various favourite stores, there is something more endearing about seeing how people have put together outfits to fit their own style.  Our favourite outfits, we have decided, are not always the expensive designer ones, actually they are the ones that combine a mixture of vintage thrift, high street and perhaps a cheeky designer item - street style.  The most important thing is that you express your own style through what you wear and we've found some amazing "Pinspiration" that inspires us to do just that.

You can let us know what you think and what you like in our comments box below.  Find us on Pinterest to see more of our compilation of visual awesomeness: pinterest.com/littlewingmag

Bold black jacket with strong shoulders and gold chain detail. Sometimes a jacket can speak a million.

Bold black jacket with strong shoulders and gold chain detail. Sometimes a jacket can speak a million.

Golden swinger pantaloons paired with a black lace leotard. Daring yet wearable.

Golden swinger pantaloons paired with a black lace leotard. Daring yet wearable.

All hail the Rock n Roll era and the fact that it's still awesome.

All hail the Rock n Roll era and the fact that it's still awesome.

Double Denim worked perfectly - love!

Double Denim worked perfectly - love!

Beautiful, Boho Chic, everything you'd ever want from a summer outfit.

Beautiful, Boho Chic, everything you'd ever want from a summer outfit.

A perfect one for dinner to club.

A perfect one for dinner to club.

Aztec print and antique jewels are what make this outfit pretty spectacular.

Aztec print and antique jewels are what make this outfit pretty spectacular.

Boho chic mixed with vintage and a bold statement hat - parfait.

Boho chic mixed with vintage and a bold statement hat - parfait.

Very cool street style, mixing together lots of different textures.

Very cool street style, mixing together lots of different textures.

Love the neutral tones and comfy flat boots.

Love the neutral tones and comfy flat boots.

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread

"Baby, it's cold outside."  No, I mean really cold - snowing and everything, minus degrees and all.  On this fine weekend, the cold and heinous weather inspired this warming recipe for Peanut Butter Banana Bread.  Adapted from a recipe by 'Joy the Baker' - this bread is an absolute winner, and it will warm up your kitchen and make your house smell amazing - beware, you'll want to eat every morsel of it in one sitting.

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A great way to mash the bananas is to peel them and squeeze them with your fingers over a mixing bowl (this also is a great stress reliever) - try to squeeze until most of the lumps are gone.

Feel free to adjust the sugar levels in this bread to your liking.  The measurement is 1 cup but it works out just the same if you use a little less or a little more.  Adding nuts and chocolate is also optional so this is a great recipe to play with, make it your own, depending on your mood.

ingredients

What you need:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups mashed bananas (3-4 bananas)
  • 3 tablespoons melted, unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup fat-free yoghurt/sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips (optional)
What to do:
  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C
  2. Use butter and flour to grease a good sized loaf pan
  3. Mix flours, baking soda, salt and spices in a large bowl
  4. In a medium bowl, squish & mix mashed bananas, butter, peanut butter and yoghurt
  5. Add eggs, sugar and vanilla and blend until smooth
  6. Pour wet mixture into dry ingredients and stir together until all flour is combined
  7. Fold in nuts and chocolate chips
  8. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for about an hour (when a knife comes out clean, it's ready)
  9. Let the bread cool down before removing from the pan
  10. Then slice and enjoy!
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In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

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It is said that way back when in the 1930's when JRR Tolkien was in Oxford University grading papers, he came across a blank page amongst the others and out of the blue he wrote on it: "in a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit".  Unbeknown to him, this would go on to be the first line of a literary phenomenon that would capture hearts and imaginations all over the world.  This was the beginning of an "unexpected journey" for Tolkien, not dissimilar from that of the hobbit in question, Bilbo Baggins.

After an epic trilogy directed by Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings was a hard act to follow.  Now delving back into Middle Earth, Jackson had another major task on his hands in delivering one of the most beloved fantasy books of our time into film.  As the first part of another (sure to be epic) trilogy, The Hobbit was a great start.

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Martin Freeman gives an endearing and inspiring performance as the courageous hobbit that chooses to step out of the comfort of his shire and embark on a big adventure with Gandalf the Grey and a dozen dwarves.  During his unexpected journey, Bilbo encounters majestic elves, monster-like orcs (the stuff of nightmares), a schizophrenic goblin, giant flying eagles and a few other certainly unexpected surprises.

Just like the book, the movie showcases the courage and determination of one small little Hobbit that took a chance and proved that his bravery could match anyone stronger or more fight-worthy than him.

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There were a lot of moments that I loved in this film but the most captivating has to be the scene where Bilbo first meets Smeagol, the schizo, scary but sweet (in a way) goblin.  Smeagol and his "evil half" Gollum are in constant battle to fight their way out and stay in control.  When Gollum comes across a juicy hobbit in his dark cave, he thinks he's gotten lucky with a tasty meal until Bilbo decides to play a game of riddles with Smeagol instead.  The special effects are genius and the character of Gollum brilliantly played by Andy Serkis.

A piece of cinema not to be missed.

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Top 10 Best Chill-out Tunes

There seems to be music in this world to suit every mood, every occasion and every persons taste.  There is music that will cheer you up after a long day of work, music to gear you up for a great night out, even full blown raver music to blow your mind away into the night.  But the music that we're talking about here?  We're talking about music to chill to.  I, myself, am someone who appreciates and takes something from all different kinds of music: blues, soul, rock & roll, psy-trance - you name it, I have a mood for it!  Some of my favourite times in the world are when I come across an amazing song to put into the "chill-bank".  Here's a few of our top chill-out tunes:

1. Kings of Convenience - Misread

2. Darius - Maliblue

3. A Night Underwater - Days go

4. DJ Shadow - What does your soul look like? (Part 2)

5. Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition

6. Nightmares on Wax - Nights Interlude

7. Lucky Jim - Lovely to me

8. M83 - We own the sky

9. Conor Maynard - Starships (Live lounge)

10. Marvin Gaye - Sunny

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Bucket List: One-a-day Challenge

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A challenge pour vous! #LWBucketList

Since we've successfully survived the much over-hyped year of 2012, we think now is the perfect time to write a great 'Bucket List' and make a resolution to work through it this year as much as we all possibly can.

Nicole and I will be putting our heads together to come up with an epic combination of our dreams and aspirations.  We commit to coming up with 'one a day for the Bucket List' and we invite you to do the same!

Let's create a great list together.  Use the hashtag #LWBucketList and get creative; show us your ultimate "Things to do before you die" through photos, images, illustrations or written musings.

Keep a look out on for our Bucket List below where we'll be updating the gallery daily, and keep us filled in on yours through your preferred social site: Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook.

At the end of the month we'll put all the great ones together and create 'The Ultimate Bucket List'.

We can't wait to see what you come up with 🙂

Little Wing

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Nutella Brownies in 3 simple steps!

Sitting in on a grey Saturday afternoon, I've discovered a little recipe that will change all of our lives!  It's the simplest and most delicious brownie recipe ever.  Utilising the deliciousness and all round competency of the great Nutella, this recipe involves just 3 ingredients and 3 simple steps.  I found the recipe on Instructables.com and have made a small adaptation - instead of making lots of little brownies in cupcake cases (also a delightful way to go), I've chosen to make one big massive cookie shaped brownie, because we love to do things in excess, why not break some boundaries ey?

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Here's the recipe:

1 cup / 280g Nutella

10 tablespoons / 62g Flour

2 Eggs

...and that's it!

Mm Nutella - how we love thou.

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What to do:

Put all ingredients into a bowl, mix and jig it around.  Pour the mixture into a baking tin or muffin tin.  Optional: top with your choice of nuts for a fun twist.  Bake at 180C / 350F / Gas mark 4 for about 30 minutes, or a little longer until the middle is all cooked through.

Then you're finished and you can revel in the ease of baking, and your cleverness of course, whilst tucking into tasty Brownies.

What it looks like:


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The Cookie Monster was just for fun 😉

Enjoy.

 

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This New Year – Make mistakes

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something. So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
Neil Gaiman
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An eager attempt at baking

We are so happy to have our new 'Food' section up and running that we've decided to try and test as many recipe's as possible and share with you our successes and misfortunes.  Here is my (not so impressive) attempt at baking a fantastic recipe: Spiced Oatmeal Cookies, captured by me and my trusted companion.. iPhone.

Ingredients

First step, cream shortening and brown sugar in a bowl.  (For the shortening, you can use half a cup of butter and half a cup of margarine)

Then, add the eggs & milk and mix well.

Next combine the flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a separate bowl.

This is where I went slightly wrong and decided to add a large amount of dried coconut flakes - why not be adventurous I thought..

Add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture.

Fold over until it looks something like this:

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Finally, use a spoon to drop small balls of the mixture on to a greased baking tray, keeping them approximately 2 inches apart from each other.

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Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until done. 

You should end up with a couple dozen cookies depending on how large or small you'd like them.  They should look like this!

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The extra coconut that I added made the cookies a little bit dry, so the lesson of the moment is to follow the recipe exactly!  Other than that they were great cookies - the batter tastes pretty awesome as well.. just saying.

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Epic photos of the week


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Must have: Cambridge Satchel

An old classic turned into a modern phenomenon!  It's not just the satchels that we're obsessing over, it's the branding and the whole story behind this company.  If you haven't had a chance to hear about how The Cambridge Satchel Company came about then have a look at the video below and see Julie's journey.  She makes it look so easy!

These Cambridge Satchel's are the perfect mix of a usable classic handbag mixed with cool colours and great craftsmanship.  We're very excited about the fact that bright coloured handbags are around and about.. we're suckers for bright coloured accessories and what an awesome way to brighten up a dull winters day!

Loved by bloggers and fashionistas all over the world, Julie's humble idea has exploded in the fashion industry and is pouring all over our social media pages.  And we say all the more power to you!  We're inspired and hope to achieve half the success that Julie has.

Love The Cambridge Satchel company?  Let us know which colour you're saving for 🙂

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I love Jamie Oliver

It's official, Jamie Oliver is a genius for the reason that he has actually made me a good cook!  Granted I have step by step instructions in front of me detailing how to concoct such awesome meals, but alas that has never stopped me from ruining a fair few dinner times.  I was recently given a recipe book as a gift (possibly a hint to improve my cuisine skills) that has changed my life, that book was Jamie's 15 minute meals.  I believe Jamie has also made other books such as Jamie's 30 minute meals, however none have been as appealing as the 15 minute miracles.  This is probably because his 15 minute recipes generally take me at least an hour so any longer recipes and I'd surely be in the kitchen for days.. not so appealing.

These are a few that have been a success:

My personal favourite so far has probably got to be the aptly named "Sticky Kicking Chicken":

Let us know if you have a go at any recipes, we'd love to hear of your successes and mishaps!

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A Magical Parade

In November 2012, the streets of Knightsbridge witnessed a truly spectacular event.  The collaboration of Disney and Harrods was highly anticipated in the months approaching the event.  Londonites and visitors alike lined the streets outside of Harrods, poised and ready to witness the unveiling of the Christmas windows.  Here's a little preview:

Quivering in the cold, we grabbed some meatball soup and warmed our bellies while we waited for the show to start.  And woe, was it a show.  All of a sudden, Disney music started blaring out all around the streets and then, despite all of the traffic on Brompton road, a glowing Cinderella carriage appeared being pulled by six beautiful white horses.

(Alas, I wasn't in the best position for photo taking)

From the carriage emerged a very real Cinderella and the Fairy God Mother.  Their looks and mannerisms were un-canny.

After the show, I realised that my cheeks were hurting because I was grinning so much throughout.  I guess I still have a soft spot for Disney...  Who doesn't right!?

The night ended with a bang...

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Capturing December: Our Photos

We have accepted the challenge and have leapt into it with full force!  Here's a gallery that we'll be updating with our daily December photos.

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Capturing December

Upon a daily peruse of fun things on the ever eternal world of the internet, I stumbled upon this Photo-a-day challenge put together by A Content Housewife.  The idea is to follow some key words each day and blog, Instagram, Pinterest or Tweet it on the net with the hashtag #ACHdecember.  Being a huge artsy photo enthusiast, it took less than a second for me to fall in love with the idea.  Are you up for the challenge?  Join us in capturing the month of December.

We're a little late so we'll be catching up in due time.  Keep a look out!  We'll be posting our photos on Twitter @LittleWingMag & Instagram @LittleWingMag

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An Enchanted Forest

To celebrate our new look - here is a little video treat featuring the beautiful Melissa Benkendorf!  
Makeup & Hair: Julia Whiteway. 
Music: Explosions in the Sky - First breath after comma.

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