The Birkenstock Trend

by Julia on 23/07/2014

The Birkenstock Trend

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Ok, don’t freak out! I know Birkenstocks were once pretty much the least cool shoes on the planet (except for Crocs maybe) and words like ‘chunky’ and ‘ugly’ come to mind, but things have changed. Bloggers around the globe are incorporating Birkenstock shoes into their outfits and strutting their stuff in these comfortable and functional shoes; without looking like hobos or hippies, I might add. Birkenstock now equals street style chic and if you’re not convinced, let me give you some styling ideas for the coolest shoe on the block at the moment.

1) If you’re a little unsure whether you like this trend or not, you might want to start off with a Birkenstock-inspired shoe instead of the real thing. These can be a little more elegant and a little less ’functional’.
2) Keep the rest of your outfit relatively elegant. I’m talking feminine jumpsuits or flowing dresses. Your Birkenstocks will look great as a contrast.
3) Birkenstocks don’t have to be beige or brown. Opt for pink, green or blue to really make a fashion statement this summer.
4) I know they’re pricy, but designer Birkenstock-inspired shoes are also an option. Check out Marni or Givenchy- they interpreted the Birkenstock trend really well (in my opinion). Think fluorescent materials and exciting colours. Basically: a luxe reinterpretation of the classic Birkenstock.

So, what do you think? So hot or so not?

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Summer 2014 Beauty Picks

by Julia on 21/07/2014

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Summer is my favorite time of the year, and I also feel that my skin really enjoys this season. Humidity keeps it hydrated and dewy, and the sun gives it a healthy glow. I don’t have to worry about a dull complexion or deal with dry and flaky skin. I love it! A few beauty products are perfect for this time of the year and give you that wonderful glowing and sun kissed look, so I’m going to share some of my favorites with you here…

1) BB Cream: Choose a light formula that will give you just enough coverage without making your face feel cakey. You won’t need to use foundation and most BB Creams already contain SPF, which is an added bonus.
2) Bronzer: If used wisely, bronzer can give you such a great sun kissed look. Make sure you don’t go overboard. I know it can be tempting, but it looks really awful (and orange). Check out some tutorials on YouTube and you’ll get the hang of it in no time.
3) Highlighter: A good highlighter can be a lot of fun. It adds a little sparkle to your face and underlines that healthy, summery glow. I tend to put just a little bit of product around the corner of my eyes, which I think looks really nice. Again: YouTube is your friend here!
4) Body Lotion/Body Butter: Pick scents like coconut, mango or orange to really get into a summery mood. The Body Shop Coconut Butter is my personal favorite at the moment and I can highly recommend it : – )

Do you have any favorite beauty products this summer? Let me know in a comment below!

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DIY Summer Face Scrub

by Julia on 18/07/2014

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We spend a lot of time in the sun this time of year, which means we should also spend some extra time pampering our skin after exposing it to so much sunlight. After all, a golden glow is the look we’re aiming for, and this can only be achieved if we treat our skin well and give it the attention and care it needs after countless tanning sessions. Exfoliating is really important during summer, as dead skin cells will give your complexion a dull and dry appearance. They will also clog your pores, and mixed with suntan lotion etc. this will not do you any favours.

Making your own face scrub is a great option to combat dull skin. Not only is it cool because you can make it without much hassle in the comfort of your own home, it’s also full of natural goodness.

To make your own summer face scrub you will need:

Two parts oatmeal  (ground up in a blender)
One part honey
One part coconut oil

Mix these ingredients together and you’re done. Easy peasy, right? Now simply use your face scrub like any other exfoliant, moisturize, and enjoy your soft and healthy summer skin : – ) Use this great face scrub 1-2 times a week and get your glow on this summer!

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Halfway there!

by Naina on 16/07/2014

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Hello there girls! We’re already halfway through the year, and we’re also halfway through the July edition of Insiders Tip. The girls this month are exceedingly beautiful and creative and we’re on our toes to witness who you all pick to be the winner of this sunny summer month. The winner will win a super summer-tastic prize to carry with her wherever her adventures take her, and will be featured on the sidebar of insidefruits for a whole month, so please help a sister out and pick which girl you want to see more of! Check out the charming contestants here and make sure to hop on over and VOTE right here!

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Pre-Holiday Prep

by Julia on 14/07/2014

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Are you going anywhere nice this summer? Italy, maybe? France? Brighton? No matter where your summer holidays take you this year, it’s important to follow a few steps to ensure that you feel and look amazing and your holidays are relaxing and worry-free. So let’s get started…

1) If possible, get a hair trim. Summer and sun often cause split ends, and you can easily battle this problem by getting a quick haircut before you’re off.
2) Get enough sleep. I know this isn’t always easy, but you’ll feel much more energized and healthy. It will also make travelling for long hours less exhausting, and you’ll begin your holiday with lots of energy and in a great mood (plus you won’t have to worry about covering up dark circles under your eyes)!
3) Consider getting a wax the day before you leave. This will leave your skin amazingly smooth for weeks and you won’t have to worry about shaving all the time.
4) Exfoliate and moisturize your skin. You’ll look and feel great : – ) Now all you need is a tan!
5) Don’t pack your suitcase the night before. Start planning this a little while in advance so that things don’t get so stressful. Leave enough time so that you can go out and buy anything that you still need for your holiday (a new bikini, a beach bag, a book etc.)
6) If this applies to you, make sure that your passport is still valid.
7) Dye your eyelashes. This is a great tip and it means you won’t look like a panda after going for a swim. Definitely worth considering!

Writing this post has put me in such a great holiday mood. I can’t wait to go away this summer! What about you? Let me know what you have planned this summer and also let me know if you have any additional tips for smooth travelling and vacationing :)

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Over It All

by Naina on 11/07/2014

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You may have memories of your childhood dressing, the days when mom chose everything for you. Among those maternal choices were probably an overall or two, which is the reason why these pieces have a kind of childish connotation attached to them.

However, this is all changing. Seen on celebrities and the coolest street style sites, overalls are making a comeback into our more adult-like lives and can be worn whether you’re 2 or 20. Here are a couple tips to getting over your childish ways and integrating the overall into your cool kid wardrobe:

Hang Loose: Instead of buttoning up tight like a little child, buy a pair of overalls one size bigger than you need, and let one strap go unlatched. This will emit a little bit of a bad kid vibe to contrast the original image of this piece.

Be Bright: Instead of going for the typical denim overall, go for something in a completely different color, like bright yellow or neon green.

Print Play: This may seem like a childish solution but pair a floral or aztec printed playsuit with some strappy sandals or sky high wedges for a fun feminine vibe.

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Fire Up the Rainbow Grill

by Penelope the Plump Unicorn on 09/07/2014

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Well folks, it’s July, and assuming the weather behaves as it should, that means only one thing: barbeque season. I personally love nothing more than a sunny weekend afternoon spent with friends in the back garden with the grill going, a variety a salads to sample and a supply of tasty, refreshing, ice-cold beverages. The thing is, though, that unicorns aren’t so big on red meat, so finding the perfect meatless option for barbeque days can sometimes be a bit of a magic trick, but of course those are my specialty! So here is a unicorn-approved veggie burger recipe that is sure to make both unicorns and T-Rexes happy!

Ingredients:
3 large red beets
2 oz. olive oil
8 oz black beans
8 oz chickpeas
8 oz white beans
1 red onion, finely diced
3-4 cloves garlic
1tsp diced jalapeño
2 tbs cider vinegar
1 cup rolled oats (gluten-free is a good option!)
¼ cup apricots, diced
½ tsp Hungarian Paprika
2 tsp brown mustard
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp celery salt
¼ tsp coriander
¼ tsp thyme (dried or fresh)
1 egg (optional – helps hold it together, but for vegans just make sure to retain more moisture in other ingredients!)
Salt and pepper to taste (use chili pepper if you like it hot)

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 200°C. Wrap the beets in aluminum and roast for about an hour – they should be easily pierced with a fork or knife.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil on a skillet and sauté the onions with a pinch of salt on medium-high heat. Stir every few minutes, and cook until they are translucent and start to have a slight char around the edges. There should be a decent amount of sticky sludge in the pan – makes it tastier! Add in the garlic and jalapeno and cook for about 30 seconds before adding in the cider vinegar. Scrape up the sludge from the bottom of the pan and mix it all together, and simmer until the cider has mostly evaporated before removing from heat and allowing mixture to cool.

Drain half of each type of the beans and dump them in the food processor along with the apricots on top.  Pulse in short bursts until roughly chopped (be careful not to over-blend!), and transfer into a large mixing bowl. Add in the rest of the beans and gently mix together.

Scrape the skins off of the beets and roughly grate them into a strainer over another mixing bowl.  Remove as much liquid as possible from the beets (for the egg-free version, maybe leave a little bit of juice here). Set the beet juice aside – if your patties are too dry, you can use this to add moisture as they cook.

Add the beets to the bowl with the beans and dump on your spices and a dash of olive oil and mix together thoroughly with a wooden spoon or clean hands. At least consider doing a taste check here (taste should be slightly stronger than desired) and then add in the oatmeal and egg (if desired) and knead the mixture together with clean hands. Roll into a tight ball, cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours (or up to 3 days).

When ready to cook, form the mixture into patties by taking a handful and rolling it into a smaller, tighter ball and then pressing down onto a flat, clean surface. Fire up the grill and cook as desired. Using a grill pan is advised, especially if you are doing the vegan version. Serve on a bun (or salad) with whatever toppings your heard desires!

Now you are ready to go enjoy summer like a proper, guilt-free unicorn!

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Men Can Make It Chic Too

by Naina on 04/07/2014

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Female fashion bloggers are widely and well known as icons of style and guiders of good dressing. We turn to their sites for practical inspiration and wishful thinking; for tips on how to use what we have in our own closets in order to be as cool as what we see on our screens.

However, it’s once in a while nice to take a break from girly fantasy land and instead switch to the more masculine sphere. While we don’t take what they wear and try to imitate the same, it’s nice to have some testosterone-filled things to drool over once in a while.

MDV Style: Mariano de Vaio is an Italian heartthrob with the perfect flippy hair that girls fall for and an on-camera stare that has the ultimate ‘come hither’ vibe. He is married and has a child but hey ladies, it’s okay to look but not touch!

I AM GALLA: Most girls think that guys can’t mix and match, but this man coordinates color better than most females on the planet. From color coordinated dress shirts and shoes to darker hued vibes, Adam Gallagher is extremely well put together.

This Fellow: For the ladies more into an inked man, Bobby Hicks is the one for you to online stalk. Mixing his cool tattoos with composed suits and bowties, this guy knows how to blend styles and keep it interesting. He and blogger girlfriend Keiko Lynn are also an adorable couple to style stalk.

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Insider’s Tip – Sunny July Skies

by Julia on 01/07/2014

Can you believe it’s July already? Crazy, right?  Summer is in full swing! After an exciting competition last month, I’m very excited to present you with this month’s nominees for Insider’s Tip. In addition to being featured on our sidebar for an entire month, the lucky winner will also win an exciting prize that will surely make them feel summer-tastic  : – ) So make sure you check out this month’s amazing nominees and vote for your favourite here!

The Quirky Queer: Izzy is relatively new to the blogging world and regularly shares creative outfit posts with her readers.  Check out her awesome photography- I’m totally impressed! She’s currently still at school, but hopes to go on to study physics at university someday. This little lady has not only got the looks and the fashion sense, but she’s also got the brains! : – )

Tie Dye Eyes: Allie from Liverpool and has loved everything to do with fashion since she was little. Her mom taught her how to sew when she was young, and she loves creating great outfits. Tie Dye Eyes reflects the fact that Allie has multicoloured eyes, which is pretty awesome if you ask me. Check out her great outfits and catch a glimpse of her pretty tie dye eyes on her blog!

Kirsty Wears: Kirsty has great taste and is always on top of the latest trends. Do you need some inspiration for stylish summer outfits this season? Kirsty has got every trend covered. Check out her amazing crop top outfit combinations and floral print trousers; they are to die for! And speaking of things we love about Kirsty: check out her amazing hair!

She’s Dressing Up: Nicola is from North West England and puts a lot of effort into her personal style blog. She describes her style as “rock-n-roll meets staying-in-on-the-sofa”, which makes for a pretty interesting combination if you ask me : – ) If you love leopard print and skull imagery as much as Nicola, and are looking for a fantastic new read, make sure you check out her blog!

Zoey in Wonderland:  Zoey is a fashion graduate and this is reflected in her great sense of style. Her blog is her fashion wonderland, where she shows her readers amazing outfits. Fashion plays a huge role in her life, which shines through in every single one of her amazing posts. If you’ve been looking for a place to kick back, relax, and get inspired, look no further : – )

Take a look at the legal terms and conditions here, if you’re interested.

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stylefruits GmbH
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Insider’s Tip – Double double!

by Elizabeth on 01/07/2014

IF June winners

Hi everyone! June is all but over, meaning it is time to announce the winner of this month’s Insider’s Tip! Except… ladies this month, we have a tie! For the first time ever, two bloggers have won Insider’s Tip. Congratulations to Grace of Dorothy and Olive and to Rachel of The Style Sparrow! Both bloggers will be receiving a 30ml bottle of “La vie est belle” by Lancôme, and will be featured on our sidebar for the entire month of July.

Grace is a writer, columnist and freelancer with a penchant for floral prints and a mane of gorgeous red hair! Her blog posts are beautifully written, and her style is gorgeously classic with a nice touch of modern spunk. Her shoe collection is envy-worthy, and all of her photographs are taken in a variety of gorgeous locations, making them doubly interesting for your viewing pleasure. A top-notch blog all around!

Rachel, on the other hand, has a totally different style. Her posts are short, sweet and all about the fashion, and her personal style is much more modern-urban-chic. Cue the bright colours, holographics and a statement-making shoe collection. Great blog to reference if you are looking to create the perfect street-style, statement-making outfit for a party or a day shopping!

Congrats to you both!

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