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HIDDEN away from the busy La Ramblas, this small Vietnamese café in Barcelona is a gem in disguise.

Popular with the locals, Bun Bo serves a cheap and cheerful three course menu for just €10 in a quirky Vietnamese setting. With a choice of options on their set menu, customers can sample authentic Vietnamese food for a small price. If that doesn’t wet your taste buds, the €3.50 cocktails will…

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A light starter, the prawn and pork rolls proved to be a great foundation for the courses that followed. Wrapped in rice paper, the rolls were stuffed with lettuce, herbs and vermicelli and complemented this unusual combo well, although it tasted a little plain. The cashew nut dipping sauce was this dish’s saviour.

A safe option, the chicken noodles was a winner all round. Made from a mix of fresh vegetables and delicious wok fried noodles, this course was a very filling and healthy choice.

A tad displeasing to the eye, the coconut pudding was an unexpected surprise. With a sweet mango sauce, this cold dessert was the perfect finishing touch to a lovely three course meal.

With an excellent waiting service and good for value food, Bun Bo is a great place to escape from the touristy areas and is a definite must-visit if you plan on heading to Barcelona.

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If there’s one trend which is currently taking over my wardrobe, it’s monochrome. I wore this to my first London Fashion Week show on Friday,  (I know, I’m such a newbie but it was an amazing experience) you can read my review here.

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Black high waist skinny jeans are my go-to (I love anything high waisted) and this River Island crop top is a great light layer. I love my cut-out buckle boots from Matalan – they are the best sale item that I have ever bought, and my instagram followers have spied this Zara necklace before.

Is monochrome taking over your wardrobe too? I’d love to know what you think!

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Pretty pleats, marvellous metallics and beautiful botanicals dominated the runway at Ong-Oaj Pairam’s SS15 show.

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Taking his fragmented memories of growing up alongside his family’s Noodle Factory in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thai-born Ong-Oaj’s new season collection was all about East meets West with focus on silhouette and form – a world away from his AW14 Disney-inspired collection.

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Highlights of the show included pastel hue boilersuits – worn by both sexes – proving that Ong-Oaj’s collection is both practical and wearable, and floor-sweeping gowns which showcased the dream-like aesthetic the Brighton-based designer was hoping for. Classic co-ords and heavily-featured prints completed his stunning collection.

What are you thoughts on Ong-Oaj’s collection?

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This summer I completed a styling course with the London School of Styling. Why styling? Well, I have always been interested in this part of the industry, and after delving into the world of PR (which was far too many swear words for my liking) and dressing models for runway shows (I can only see a model’s wobby bits – yes wobbly bits so many times) that I fancied more of a challenge.

So low and behold, I enrolled on the London School of Styling’s course which I found on twitter through @UKFashionIntern – if you don’t follow them already, FOLLOW. They are really good at advertising internships, paid placements and helpful courses such as these. (Don’t worry they didn’t pay me to plug, but if you’re reading UKFI – hi!)

This part-time course held classes on a Saturday every few weeks which was perfect for those with 9-5 jobs! Beginning with a theory class, four photoshoots followed: womenswear, personal styling, menswear and advertising, and the course finished with a tips and tricks class.

Keep an eye out over the next few weeks for mini lookbooks from my shoots – I’d love to know what you think, and a final review of the course!

Are you interested in styling? Did you take this course or thinking of taking one?

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AFTER a brief hiatus I am back! Here is a teeny tiny catch up as to why I have been gone so long!

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I guess the biggest change that’s happened to me is the fact that I now work and live in London! Gone are the days of running around the shop floor, and hello to working 9-5 in an office! Regular readers will know that it has been a dream of mine to work in the fashion industry, and I am happy to say that I am now working for F&F as their copy assistant!

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Don’t worry I haven’t become a ‘food snob’, but living in London has made me aware of all the great food haunts, and it has also made me want to change the way I eat and what I eat. I guess you can say I was having a ‘quarter-life crisis/epiphany!’ (I like to think the latter) On my blog you will now find little posts about food, health and fitness. So feel free to recommend me your favourite restaurants and health tips!

NEWADVENTURESAside from my new job and moving to London, I have been doing a styling course and booked a mini tour of Europe! I’ve always wanted to see the world and experience different cultures, but it took me turning twenty-two to realise life is too short. As cliche as it sounds, you do only live once (dare I say, YOLO?) and I now have a new perspective on life. There will now be posts on my travels as well as the ‘little adventures’ that I embark on.

 

I hope you will enjoy reading my posts, and I would love to know what you think.

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