Thursday, 26 September 2013

Food: Godiva Truffes Signature & Légendaires

Godiva is another one of my favourite chocolate brands. After pretty much trying hundreds of chocolates around the world, I've concluded there is nothing like a great quality truffle.

Godiva are one of the real masters of chocolate, and these truffles sent to me to try are absolutely a little piece of heaven! The Godiva Truffes Legendaires is a collection of the brand's iconic legendary truffles from the past as well as with six new recipes. Each truffle in this box represents a highlight in Godiva's 60-year history since 1946.

The box of Signatures I received had these new flavours and I loved them. They are really unique, and taste as luxurious as they look. One specific thing I loved is that the creamy contents inside the shells didn't taste oily, like a lot of bad quality truffles do. It tasted just perfect, with hits of different tastes and a perfectly soft texture.

If you're stuck for what to buy someone for their birthday, or just want to buy the ultimate little treat, this Signatures pack is perfect because they're inexpensive but come in stunning packaging and ooze luxury. Plus they are so rich and tasty that you can really enjoy one truffle without needing to eat an entire pack like with cheap chocolates!

So are the flavours:

Our signature version of the traditional truffle: luscious milk chocolate mousse sourrounded by crisp, dark chocolate and rolled in fine cocoa powder

An intriguing blend of rich liquid caramel and sel de Guerande, covered in both milk and dark chocolate and topped with dark chocolate slivers

Creamy dark chocolate ganache covered in pure dark chocolate rolled in delicate 72% dark chocolate flakes

Inspired by the traditional Belgian biscuit: cinnamon Speculoos biscuit mousse surrounded by smooth milk chocolate and covered with  Speculoos biscuit crunch

Wildflower honey infused ganache combined with light vanilla mousse, covered in dark chocolate and rolled in creamy white chocolate flakes

Smooth cappuccino mousse covered in dark chocolate and rolled in creamy white and milk chocolate flakes

 Beautiful packaging

Truffes Signatures, 9pcs - £16

Also available in 18pcs (£37), 16pcs (£27) and 24pcs (£32) in London Godiva stores, Selfridges and Harrods


Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Travel: Before they pass away

Whilst reading Conde Nast Traveller (love it!) I saw a stunning photo of a tribesman that I thought was just part of an article. As I turned the pages I became more and more fascinated by what I saw - stunning, colourful and detailed images of tribes all over the world, shot by inspiring photographer Jimmy Nelson.

These pictures were so beautiful that as I stared they pulled me in, made me feel like this person was right here in front of me. They almost made me emotional, because even before I read the descriptions I knew these were images of tribes that were endangered.

British photographer Jimmy took a trip of a lifetime to 44 countries, and documented these tribal cultures that may not be around for very long. His inspiring journey will show those who care just how precious these tribes are, their traditions under wraps and so difficult to maintain through the modern world of 'convenience'.

I say convenience because when you give someone something they have not had before (such as TVs, clothes, etc.), that makes their life easier, why wouldn't they take it? This then changes their way of life, without them being strong enough to resist it or maybe even noticing they are changing. I witnessed this myself when I went to Thailand recently - the tribes from Nepal were being forced to come into Thailand and make scarves for tourists because their own government was taking their land and not giving them a chance. They are literally being driven into modern society without choice, and losing their way as they raise the next generation.

Jimmy took photos of 30 tribes around the globe, and his book has over 500 images. You can read more about the tribes here, or buy the book here (great gift and now down to £37 from £100!).

According to the website, "the goal of this visual anthropology was to capture the lives of remote and endangered tribes. The tribes he captures might seem wild and somehow alien, but they show clear dominion over their remote and unforgiving environments, offering a remarkable glimpse back in time to how we urban dwellers once lived."


Images from Before they pass away website

Style: Isabel Marant for H&M is here! (well, not yet)

*Drumroll please* - It's here!!

I've been waiting to see this collection for ages, and after the images were release today I was too excited!!! H&M have had some amazing designer collaborations lately, but in my opinion this has got to be the coolest one yet.

There's sure to be long queues outside H&M stores in November as Isabel Marant's designs genuinely appeal to a wide range of people. This collection has her iconic ankle boots (major lust!), aztec and Indian inspired padded jacket, cozy jumpers, hippy jewellery and of course - leather!!

I love the 70's hippy feel to her Parisian chic designs, but one has to wonder - what sort of quality are these collections in H&M? I know it's a fab opportunity to get an authentic designer steal for a bargain price, but comparing to their actual pieces just how much detail goes into them when it's in H&M's hands??

Anyway, if you have the courage to freeze your bum waiting outside for hours at one of the 250 stores worldwide, check it out on November 14th! Wish I could go!

Images from H&M and Grazia

Monday, 23 September 2013

Style: Fashion Week street style highlights

Some looks I loved from NYFW, LFW and MFW...

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